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Healing & Alternative Health:
Eight Steps for a Woman Dancing with Cancer
by Susun Weed
1. Submit. Give up. Make room for the miracle.


2. Inform yourself. Listen to your intuition. Examine all the options, but only use what feels right to you.


3. Accept support. Surround yourself with loving friends, healing music, special colors, prayer and affirmation. Create a ceremony of healing/wholing and invite your supporters.


4. Annoint your breast(s) with healing herbal oils such as calendula, dandelion, or poke. Visualize healing energies suffusing your tissues.


5. Maximize the healthy qualities of your diet:

•Use organic olive oil and butter to the exclusion of other fats.

• Increase your use of beans, especially lentils, and fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, tamari, homemade wines and beers.

• Include immune building and anticancer herbs in your diet:

•Daily use of a nourishing infusion, especially red clover flower or burdock root or violet leaf infusions.

•Daily use of fresh herb vinegars, especially yellow dock, burdock, and dandelion root vinegars.

• Frequent use of a long-cooked soup containing seaweed (such as kombu or wakame), astragalus root, and medicinal mushrooms (reishi, shiitake, puffballs, etc).


6. Increase you exercise level. Take a yoga or tai chi class weekly. Walk daily. Get a weekly massage. Pamper yourself with activity.


7. Use drugs (chemotherapy, tamoxifen, anesthesia, pain killers) as required but:

•consider a short trial of a powerful herb such as poke root before resorting to drugs; and

• always combine drug use with complementary herbs. For instance, protect the liver with milk thistle seed tincture.


8. Use radiation and surgery as needed but:

•always combine with complementary herbs; and

• be willing to set limits that you feel comfortable with - they can't take your lymph glands if you say "No."

For more information, see Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way by Susun Weed. www.ash-tree-publishing.com



My Anti-Cancer Lifestyle


An anti-cancer lifestyle is not a rigid set of rules to follow, but a safe space to be filled with your favorite ways of nourishing health and discouraging cancer. Since cancer thrives in a too-ordered situation, relax and let chaos give a hand now and then in the execution of your plan. I include all the following elements in my anti-cancer lifestyle. Were I to be diagnosed with cancer, I would continue to do these things in addition to any other remedies I might choose.


Stay in touch with my own daily and seasonal rhythms.

Sleep in total darkness or moonlight; get into the sun daily.

Eat one meal at the same time each day.

Have emotional outlets.

Choose friends who support me and my truth.

Have artistic outlets.

Receive lots of appreciation and approval (a.k.a. love).

Exercise one hour three times a week.

Get a massage once a month or more.

Do my yoga practice once a week or more.

Have sexual outlets.

Take a quiet time of beingness daily.

Make full use of all sources of joy available to me.

Eat a Mediterranean-style diet of mostly organically grown foods including daily use of cabbage family plants, raw and cooked greens, whole grains, beans, sunflower seeds, soy products, olive oil, garlic, seasonal fresh fruit, seaweed, yogurt and cheese, herbal infusions, herbal vinegars, and antioxidant seasonings.

Plus, at least four times a month, seafood, nuts, mushrooms, dried fruit, and eggs; and, less than four times a month, meat, alcohol, white sugar, and coffee.

And I avoid: Vitamin/mineral supplements, chlorine, nitrates, tobacco, prescription hormones, TV, white flour, processed foods, and non-organic animal products.


Susun Weed,
Healer


Susun S. Weed has no official diplomas of any kind; she left high school in her junior year to pursue studies in mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA and she left college in her junior year to pursue life.


Susun began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan while pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede.


She wrote her first book -- Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing)-- in 1985 and published it as the first title of Ash Tree Publishing in 1986.


It was followed by Healing Wise (1989), Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (1992), and Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (1996).


In addition to her writing, Ms Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder.


Susun Weed is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, peer- reviewed journals, and popular magazines, including a regular column in Sagewoman.


Her worldwide teaching schedule encompasses herbal medicine, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, psychology of healing, ecoherbalism, nutrition, and women's health issues and her venues include medical schools, hospital wellness centers, breast cancer centers, midwifery schools, naturopathic colleges, and shamanic training centers, as well as many conferences.


Susun appears on many television and radio shows, including National Public Radio and NBC News.



This article is an excerpt from "Healing Wise" by Susun Weed, who graciously granted us permission to bring you this reprint.




Susun Weed
PO Box 64
Woodstock, NY 12498
Fax: 1-845-246-8081



www.susunweed.com





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