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Hacking anti-cancer with green tea and attitude — 23 Comments

  1. Clothes matter very little when you lose your face. I have just spent the last year recovering from a very aggressive cancer that had eaten away half my nose. During the surgery to cute it out they found another basil cell that went deep into my cheek.
    I now have most of my forehead on my nose.
    This has healed surprisingly well. I did lose my will to fight during the worst of it and the thing that helped me was a meditation by Dr. Joe Dispenza called “You are the Placebo”. The book is great as well.
    I was not able to wear my glasses for months because of the full face bandages, as I sat home and healed. But I made sure I wrote everyday at 9 pm no matter what.
    I just wrote till I got tired which was about 45mins to an hour. I ended up with a story I will be posting on Amazon this week. It has taught me that life is short and to stop waiting till the stories I write are perfect, since that will never happen. I showed me that I was stronger then I ever thought I could be and if I could face having no face, then I could face anything the critics had to say.
    I wish you all the best in your search for a cure.
    I will be ever lurking in the background of your life as I have been for years.
    Love and best wishes, Linda

  2. Holly I LOVE your wardrobe hack. A few years ago I actually hired a specialist to design me a “writer’s uniform”.

    I wanted something comfortable that I didn’t have to coordinate. I was imagining multiples of the same item in the same color. She talked me out of it.

    I’ve been doing something like you, but I’ve recently “deleted” 50 lbs. and am still in transition, size-wise, so I’m doing pants and t-shirts (and frequent trips to the thrift store as I shrink) until I “arrive”. It works for now.

    I usually combine my green tea with other herbal teas, for yummy flavor and variety. I don’t even miss the soda. To get “beyond” soda, I added a TINY amount of baking soda and lemon juice to herbal teas. Slight fizz.

    I had a brain crisis in 2000, when I couldn’t remember the name of ‘shirt’ (and other words). I had to resort to saying, “that fabric that covers the top part of your body”. Awkward. And embarrassing.

    I was drinking diet Dr Pepper (with aspartame). When a friend told me her experience (same as mine), I went cold turkey. It took a year to get my brain back. It had taken her about as long. I now use stevia for sweetening.

    I’m eating a version of Paleo. Lots of veggies. VERY low carb; no fruits while in the losing phase, since they are so high in sugar. LOVE this way of eating. NO sugar cravings when you don’t ingest sugar (and things that turn to sugar); super-easy.

    Bruce Lipton (LOVE him!) is on YouTube:

    Biology of Belief – by Bruce Lipton (full documentary)

    (Or just search for Bruce Lipton and/or Biology of Belief on YouTube if the link doesn’t work.)

    I wish you the best, Holly.

  3. Hey, Holly,
    Way to go.
    I’m forwarding this post to a friend of mine who has cancer and is done with chemo and looking for other ways to enhance her life and cure herself.

    Take Care.

  4. I’m glad you’re on the mend Holly! I’ve had my own health issues off and on through the years, and sometimes my body told me “Hey, time to get some sleep!” Even though it did seem excessive, it helped my body recover and heal.

  5. I know I’ll have to get much more active on this side of m life. When I was diagnosed with beginning diabetes, I pulled myself together and lost 10kg of weight. I’ve been doing regular exercises at least once or twice a week (I know I need to up that but it’s not easy with kids, although it slowly does get better the older they get). I’ll try the green tea even though I hate tea, because I saw a friend lose weight rather rapidly after she began drinking it. Cancer has been a scare in my family (my granny died of it and one aunt had breast cancer), so I’m all in for preventing it. And the first step is to go the final mile to get off diabetes medication again (I’m very, very close). All the best, Holly. May we both write many more books in the years to come.

  6. Great post, Holly. One other category of person to take note of this hacking approach is the one who’s lost a close family member to cancer. Having lost several members of my family to the disease, it’s one I live with daily.

    Green tea does lots of good things for the body. I’ve been drinking it for years and Japanese is the best, both in flavor and results. Roobios and Oolong are also terrific hackers. They encourage the body to rid itself of fat. The effect is slow, but measurable.

    You’ve set yourself up for improvements in your life and that’s always a winning approach. As for the stress factor, I can say from experience that it can put you at death’s threshold. The body never fully recovers. I’m twenty+ years past my initial brush with major stress deterioration and relapse easily if pressured to long. I’ve been told by MD’s that it’s normal to relapse in that way. Rest and a change of environment (physical or mental) is the best way to relieve it.

    Just my two cents worth. I’ll be watching how you progress with interest. BTW, I love your clothing hack. Having come out of the corp. world, I appreciate personal clothing comfort and non-conformity to fashion. Great system you’ve got there.

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      I have taken a certain amount of ribbing for my ‘dress in the dark’ system from friends who note that it isn’t very girly.

      But it works for me. I hate to shop and I have no desire to look like a victim of fashion.

      Clothes that are simple and adaptable and timeless (and that I could fight in…see Shoes and Handbags) work for me.

      And on rest and recuperation—I’m just now starting to feel like myself.

  7. Hi Holly!

    I’m going to have to make a trip to our local Teavanna – that green tea sounds worth the trip πŸ™‚ I’ve cut out all soda with the exception of a once a month at most treat and am drinking a TON of filtered water. I had to make changes due to a diabetes diagnosis – sugar addiction caught up with me πŸ™ But where I was once an idiot, I have become a fighter. Taking control of my A-1C to the point I’ve been off insulin for over a year and if I can get it down another .5 we are looking at weaning me off the meds. My son introduced me to Paleo for a few months ago, I was skeptical at first, but I feel a lot better. Now that its more a way of life it is actually a simpler way to prepare most meals.

    Life is worth living and health is worth fighting for. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    • Hi, Theresa! Congratulations on deciding to fight, then acting on it. That’s a tough, tough choice to make.

      Like you, I eat Paleo—Matt and I started it together years ago when we both discovered our blood sugars were astronomical, and we couldn’t afford any variety of medical care.

      We did a version of Paleo I call ‘Wal-Mart Paleo,’ which is where you buy the foods that fit the content description of that way of eating (plain meat, fresh vegetables and fruits), but you only shop at Wal-Mart, which was all we could afford.

      We ate a fair amount of hamburger (buying the low-fat version when we could afford to splurge), and we never got near free-range eggs or grass-fed beef or organic fruit or vegetables. Way too pricey for us at the time.

      And Wal-Mart Paleo worked.

      We got our blood sugar, weight, and everything else back to normal eating that way. We’ve been doing it for…sheesh—I think about ten years now. Maybe more.

      Doing anti-cancer, we’re purchasing higher quality food (mostly—sometimes we still grocery shop at Wal-Mart).

      But life is worth the fight, every single day. πŸ˜€

  8. Have been catching up on your blog posts, and very interested in the ‘stress’ side of it.

    I had my own “red flag” incident with stress 15 months ago. My family doctor told me it would take 3-12 months to recover physically. He was right. Like you, it took a combination of losing the things that were causing the stress, plus introducing healthier things in my life to boost/repair my immune response.

    Keep looking after yourself Holly, and you’ll get where you want to go.

    • I’m just discovering how bad a beating I was taking from the stress. My sleep patterns are wrecked, I am at creative low-tide, and I’m discovering that at the moment I can’t even work a full six hours. I’m lucky to log four before I run out of gas.

      It’s astonishing to me. I was working massive hours steadily, and now that I’ve recognized this as a problem and have started listening to my body, I can barely drag myself out of bed.

      I thought, “Hey, two weeks and I’ll be recovered and back to work.” Not so much. I’m discovering that while anti-cancer is entirely hackable, recovery might not be. I might actually have to sleep until I don’t need to sleep, for example.

      The only other time I faced something like this—where my body took over and shut me down on everything except eat, sleep, survive—was when I discovered the first ex was molesting and abusing my two kids. This is nowhere near as big as that, but my body’s response to this has been a bit more … defensive, for lack of a better word … than I’d anticipated.

  9. I’m more of a lurker on your blog than anything else, but I just wanted to say that your avid and fiercely proactive approach to everything that matters to you is an inspiration. I’m glad you’ve found strategies that work for you. <3

    • I’ve done vegan. I did vegan for three straight years, actually, and discovered I get really mean and cranky eating vegan. I don’t like me when I’m vegan.

      This is one of those instances where you have to know what actions you’ll follow through on, and what you’ll only give lip service to, and I know I won’t eat vegan again. I will, however, eat smaller portions of better meat.

      As for the Arhel series and becoming a better writer, writing and revising a million-plus words of fiction made me a better writer. Losing my worldbuilding for that series was just tragic.

  10. Green tea probably won’t do you any harm, and it may even be helpful (tho as someone put it, all plants are to some degree toxic; the question is how resistant your particular species is to specific plant toxins. Sheep can eat many plants that would kill a human.) But don’t get too hung up on “anti-oxidants”… your body RUNS on oxidation.


    The “fatty tissues/high blood sugar” connection with some cancers is probably actually caused by low thyroid, with fatty deposits and high blood sugar being correlation, not causation (given both are directly caused BY low thyroid). It’s important to trace back to the metabolic foundations of any disorder, not just stop at the point where a symptom can be manipulated.

    • πŸ˜€ Note that I pointed out the anti-oxidants weren’t the reason to drink green tea. I’m in it for the catechins.

      • Well, don’t get carried away with catechins either:


        Generally they are melanin inhibitors, which isn’t a good thing either.

        I also feel compelled to note that such compounds have been subject of far less research and far smaller sample sizes than were, say, trans fats and dietary cholesterol, and look how wrong they went there.

        Tho the fact is, unless you’re guzzling concentrates, you’re unlikely to ingest enough to be harmful. (Some negative effects are seen from these compounds in tea at a level of 7-8 cups of tea per day.)

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