4 Roots of Optimum Wellness

There are four essential parts to being healthy: Diet, Exercise, Sleep & Attitude.

Vitae Elixxir Healing Herbs

A proprietary combination of ten disease-fighting herbs used for more than 40 years and helping thousands of people with serious health issues.

Books by Author & Health Coach Chris Pedersen

In a world of adventure and imagination, kids’ books in print and digital that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

6 Tips to Lose Weight

Don’t count calories—take a serious look at the food you want to eat, then ask, ”Is this something that will give my body good health?”

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cancer Action Plan

If you have cancer, remember this no matter what you decide to do:
Your immune system is designed to make you well, but it requires work on your part. 
You will NOT do well if you expect to get better by following a treatment plan that is done to you without taking care of your body first. In other words, it's important to make the lifestyle changes needed to support a healthy body.

Here is an action plan to get you healthy and give your body what it needs, as well as remove from your environment those things that will hinder your health.

Clean House
Go through your house and get rid of products that are full of chemicals and likely causing major havoc to your health. For example, the laundry detergent that is mostly filler and chemical perfumes. There are many healthy alternatives you can use to replace them—brands such as Planet and Seventh Generation.

If you have a pest service, stop it! You don't need that stuff lingering around harming you while you think it takes care of pests. If your pest service tells you they use healthy, non-toxic materials, make them show you the proof. Plus check with BeyondPesticides.org to see if the company is listed.

Don't use candles whether scented or not. They are making the air in your home toxic.

These are just a few items to clean up your home. More on that in a future post.

Fuel the Body
First, get rid of non-food items—food with artificial ingredients, preservatives, chemicals, trans fats, etc. It's not really food. No sodas, especially DIET—"die" with a "t." Get the picture!

Start juicing for intense, concentrated nutrition. Juice a large cutting board full of cut-up veggies (see photo) with 1 apple (or other fruit for sweetening). This is not an exhaustive list, but here are ingredients you should put in your juicer and drink every day:
Carrots (including tops), celery, cucumber, red beets (including the green/red tops), red lettuce*, cabbage, ginger, dandelion leaves, collard greens, parsley, spinach, etc. 
*I like to buy a big box of mixed baby greens that I add to the juicer. Some high-speed juicers (such as the Breville) may spit the lighter lettuces right through without extracting much. In that case, best to add the light greens (such as herbs and lettuces) to the juice and blend with a VitaMix or blender.
No matter what you juice, use lots of greens. Add fruit for sweetening. Apples are good sweeteners for your juice. I recently started adding the juiced veggies to my VitaMix then add the fruit. Blending the fruit instead of juicing retains the fiber, which mitigates the effect of the fruit sugar.

Always use organic vegges and fruit for juicing. Otherwise you are concentrating the poisons applied when the produce is grown.

Try to have at least two big glasses of fresh juice each day while you are boosting your immune system to shrink tumors and attack cancer cells.

Attack the Cancer Cells
Targeted supplements are helpful to add to your healing protocol. The following are recommended, but again not an exhaustive list:
  • CoQ10 or the reduced form ubiquinol
  • L-Carnitine—shuttles fatty acids to the mitochondria where the cancer fight is taking place
  • D-Ribose—raw material for ATP molecule
  • Magnesium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • B-Complex, including riboflavin thiamine and B6
  • B17—aka Laetrile or Amygdalin
  • Alpha-Lipoic acid (ALA)
  • Vitamin D3 with K2—at least 1000 IU D3(I take 10,000 IU daily)
  • Turmeric—aka Curcumin
  • Frankincense—aka Boswellia
  • Beta-1,3D Glucan from Better Way Health.
  • Vitae Elixxir
Vitae Elixxir, with the powerful herb Blood Root, is an effective mixture for disease particularly cancer. I have been taking it for 8 years. I take it internally and my husband and I have used it to treat issues on our skin that resisted doctor's treatments. I treated our chocolate lab for a nasty cancer on her neck.

Read the story about our dog: http://www.healthyjourneycafe.com/2013/08/my-dog-had-skin-cancer.html

Read details on Vitae Elixxir and where to order: http://www.healthyjourneycafe.com/p/vitae-elixxir-herbal-extract.html 

This Cancer Action Plan can be done to complement standard cancer treatment (chemo and radiation)  if you have chosen that route. There are no adverse effects and it helps minimize side effects. I would also recommend you use the Vitae Elixxir foot soak, which delivers the herbs quickly into the blood stream where it can be most effective.

Recently I talked with a person from Tennessee whose husband had multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) and was told he would die soon. His kidneys were in failure—it was dire. He did the foot soak and took the herbs orally. He is now cancer free. His doctor is shocked. First-hand story coming.

Detox is also critical to healing cancer. Coming soon: my long-awaited post on (yes, I'm going to say it) coffee enemas.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cauliflower & Tomato Quiche Recipe

I served this dish to my brother and sister-in-law who had just moved into the same new-home community we did a few weeks earlier. Moving is no fun and having a good home-cooked meal can make all the difference in getting back into the move with renewed energy. Running out for a quick meal you may regret eating or trying your luck by buying a quesadilla or pulled pork sandwich from the food truck that shows up each day at 11:30 could halt your progress.

I thought this recipe I found in the Costco Connection magazine would be a hearty meal. Trying new recipes on dinner guests is a gamble, but I was game to try it.

It did not disappoint. Try it out and see what you think.

Cauliflower & Tomato Quiche Recipe

from Costco Connection Magazine
yield 8 servings

category Main Dish
cuisine Vegetarian

1 small cauliflower, cut into florets
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 organic eggs
1/2 C fresh chopped basil
1 C flour or gluten-free alternative 
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Pinch chili flakes
1 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
Ground pepper to taste
5 oz of Parmesan cheese*, grated
1 1/2 C grape tomatoes, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees..
2. Steam or roast cauliflower until tender, about 12 minutes. Set aside.
3. In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauce until fragrant. Scrape garlic into a large bowl.
4. Add eggs and basil to bowl and whisk ingredients. Add dry ingredients, seasonings and Parmesan. Whisk until smooth.
5. Gently stir in cauliflower and tomatoes.
6. Grease 9 1/2" spring form pan with coconut oil. Pour mixture into pan, spreading evenly.
7. Place on middle rack and bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown and set. a knife inserted into the center should come out clean. Remove from oven and let rest for 15-20 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve.

*Since I don't eat cheese made from cow diary, I used a sheep's cheese parmesan

Now I have another great recipe for that overlooked and under appreciated vegetable cauliflower. Here are a few more delicious cauliflower recipes:

Curry Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts & Red Beans
Potato-Less Potato Salad
Indian Dal
Red  Potato, Green Beans & Cauliflower Salad


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cancer Alternatives Medicine Conference, March 2-4, 2017

When I first got my cancer diagnosis in 2008, I spent a lot of time researching and learning about my condition, the prognosis and cancer alternatives treatments. I discovered the Annie Appleseed Project, a non-profit organization that brings awareness to complementary and alternative treatments for cancer. Founder Ann Fonfa started the website as a resource for her own cancer treatment some 24 years ago since she found there was little information on the Internet about alternative and complementary treatments.
Annie Appleseed Project Mission Statement
The Annie Appleseed Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, provides information, education, advocacy, and awareness for people with cancer and their family and friends who are interested in complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) and natural therapies from a patient’s perspective.
The Annie Apple Seed project has grown to include an annual conference, now in its 11th year. Called the Complementary and Alternatives Medicine (CAM) Conference in West Palm Beach Florida, alternative cancer practitioners, patients, advocates and family can come to learn about new therapies and meet like-minded people. I always wanted to attend the conference and this past fall, Ann contacted me and asked if I would like to be on the Patient Panel on Saturday of the three-day conference. The CAM Conference begins Thursday, March 2 and runs through Saturday, March 4, 2016.

With a list of speakers addressing various natural cancer treatments, two of note are keynote speakers Linda Isaacs, MD and Michael Schachter, MD. Dr. Isaacs worked with Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez for 24 years and will discuss the protocols that she and Dr. Gonzalez worked on. Dr. Schachter will address the metabolic nature of cancer and what that means for treatment.

I'm most excited about meeting new friends on the journey and perhaps being a help for some who feel hopeless when their cancer is due to genetics. I am a great example that making healthy lifestyle changes can alter one's genetic disposition.

When I started my own journey, I made dramatic changes to my diet, and added several key supplements to my cancer fighting protocol. I did not know if what I was doing would have any affect toward stopping my body from producing cancerous polyps in my colon, but I knew I had to try. Today I know that what I do works and comes under what science calls epigenetics (genetics affected by your environment).

This is the message I want to bring to the Patient Panel at the conference. You are not a victim of your genetics. Taking action will save your life.
One of the coolest features of this conference, unlike any other that I know of, is the food. Organic, locally grown food will be served for a dinner gala on Thursday, lunch Friday and Saturday, and fresh juices and food in the morning and throughout the day. I am really looking forward to this conference.