Health Update #16 12.2.09

December 2, Tuesday, 2009

Hi, Everyone!

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Always a good time to give thanks for the many blessings we have. Looks like retailers were glad that shoppers were able to spend some money.  For me it’s always good to give thanks and then prepare myself for the Christmas message. It fills me with optimism and hope for you, me and a better life for everyone.

Much has happened with my search for aftercare and deciding not to do drugs. The surgery was the bump in the road, the choices I make here on out weigh heavily as life and death.  But it is a journey and I’m finding a lot of quality help when I ask and the support continues with patience and understanding because I’m a bit slower in accomplishing things still.

I’ve seen Dr. Gelband again in Chicago and truly believe that he is a gifted healer. I recommend him to anyone that is wanting to do a healthy check up. He uses kineseology and can tell immediately if something isn’t working and when something he has tried does or doesn’t work. Then he tests for toxins, nutrients, heavy metals, structural, emotional, allergies and his fixes are many and varied. He knows if what he just did tests strong. This time in his work on me, I’ve gone from subconscious thoughts of apathy and despair to grief and regret. I say that to you a bit incredulous because I don’t see myself as apathetic or despairing, but then, who would believe that I’d get cancer?

My friend and downline Shaklee leader, Harriet, put me in touch with her friend Ray, a farmer with grass-fed beef and quite a bit of experience in raising healthy veggies who uses a refractometer to test on the brix scale. The meter he bought is about $89 and tells you a higher number if the fruit or vegetable is more nutritious. Ray is sharing that maple syrup and baking soda and about the paw paw plant being helpful for cancer. He’s a follower of Dr. Mercola who is in Chicago as well.  I enjoyed meeting Ray and Jean this past weekend and we promised to learn from each other in future discussions.

While in at Dr. Gelband’s I bumped into Liza who as a former mold remediation specialist helped me find Dr. years ago. We talked a bit more on the possibility of the mold being a catalyst for my and any cancer. She’s searching her old computer files to see if she can find the lab report showing that the cornet case was 4400 ppm with a possible 5000 ppm of mold.

Today at my business networking meeting,  Stan who is with Young Living Oils suggested “thieves” as being a good addition to everything else I’m considering. He has agreed to bring me a bunch of his product so I can take it with me to Dr. Gelband’s next trip to have him test me on them. Stan was so surprised to learn about the cancer and immediately went to the question of why and at my suggestion of mold, he pulled out a book with studies on how his product helps that.  So…another research path for me.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bevacqua sent me the good vitamin D product (so many bad D products out there), iodine, good pH strips for testing acid/alkaline, and Zymitol which is a broad spectrum enzyme product.  If anyone missed one of the early updates explaining about Dr. B, her health story is a miracle and she found Shaklee products helped her get her life back and she uses it along with the best products she can find in the world and has the blood testing followup to verify it effectiveness. She has had a clinic in Tucson, AZ for years and her expertise is in the area of molecular biology and what improves the blood. A consult with her is about $400 but is well worth the money for improving your blood chemistry to get to optimal health.  It is about the total picture ultimately anyway, cancer is just one bump that happens.

One of the commonalities of health challenges I’m finding in my talking with others is having digestive and elimination issues. So normal is the ability to enjoy foods without gas, diarrhea, constipation or a burning in your chest.  I’ve spoken with those recovering from cancer and it seems a common thing that things with elimination and digestion were not normal. So Dr. B has put me on an additional enzyme.  Dr. G. suggested to me 5 EZ-Gest of Shaklee plus 3 optiflora pearls which is acidophilus/bifodos which seems to help also with my carb and lactose sensitivities. 

Another similarity is when we’re on a good road to healing, we are famished, really truly hungry and don’t seem to gain weight when we’re eating more than what we normally are used to.  And we’re truly energized by the food instead of having a loggy feeling.

The reason I’m mentioning those symptoms of acid reflux, diarrhea or constipation, or bloating or no appetite is that these are things one can notice and do something about before they become bigger issues. Pay attention. And act.  Today I saw a friend at the business mtg. who has started a CINCHnotherapy program and she has lost 16 lb. and looks terrific! Truly. She says this program is truly a lifestyle change without effort.  Let me know if you want to know more and I can point you in that direction. Another former piano student called today to say her harpsichord isn’t playable by my students like I had hoped and at the end of the conversation I told her about the cancer. She told me about her father and brother having died in the last 15 years with cancer about Christmas time. She said that she wants to lose weight and stop smoking.  I applaud the awareness of taking steps now. I’m sure the cancer for me was lurking for years and my healthier lifestyle kept it somewhat in check and will now translate for me to being more proactive with what I already know to do.  It would be tougher if I wasn’t already liking fruits/vegetables, using the protein powder and taking world-class quality Shaklee supplements.  I can’t afford to be not be proactive.

Speaking of affording, everything costs money. So I wanted to suggest that you look at your health insurance. I have mine with Farm Bureau and Jill was able to move me to Blue Cross Alliance Select and a $2100 deductible as opposed to a $5000 deductible that I had before. Thank goodness. 

I’m pleased to say that the difference in the healing of my surgery lines is so much better this week. I credit time, and the Shaklee C +E cream. Also, I appreciate having something really soft and so the undergarments  help keep from irritating the area. Connie bought me a leisure bra from Von Maur and which has a side opening to slip in the puffs that I had gotten from the prosthesis center.  I am starting to address some of the body shame that comes from the disfigurement of such a surgery. It is somewhat more pronounced due to the scoliosis and I’m hearing some degrading tapes playing in my head about body image.  That’s probably why reconstruction is such a universal choice … not my plan.

A final suggestion to read this which is a summary of a 58 page article that says that resveratrol helps fight cancer. My choice for that is VIVIX which has been having remarkable results. It has been part of my wellness program stepped up from the recommended 1 Tb. a day, to 3. I think everyone who wants wellness would benefit from it and you can find out moreabout VIVIX by going to and clicking on Product Information and clicking on VIVIX.  Please contact me for the 58 page document. I think this conclusion may be enough:

Talk to you again. I sent out a 3rd wave of thank yous this past week. The support I’ve gotten from so many people  has made the recovery from surgery and the walk towards a life-giving health program feel possible and successful.

Thank you,


2 thoughts on “Health Update #16 12.2.09

  1. Dearest Ann. Wow. I learned a lot from what you’ve written. You’re such an instrument of goodness in our world. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU>

    And I love that you’re sounding secure and confident. Moving through grief and regret up from apathy and despair is GREAT! Thanks for your humility in sharing the most personal stuff because you know somewhere, somehow, it will help someone else.

    Thank you for helping ME! Much, much love, Shirley

  2. Dear Ann: Thank you so much for the email and video link. I’m in shock. I had no idea about the battle you’re waging against cancer. I have been very out of touch and I pray you will be able to forgive me for that. I have thought of you so often. We waged this same battle with Mom this year. It’s difficult to comprehend that she is a breast cancer survivor at 92 years old. I am grateful that she has taken Shaklee for a long time and has been more health consious about diet and continual exercise than most elderly women. As you can imagine, we have much to be thankful for. There have been a number of other major challenges that have required my continual attention but no need to go into all that at this point.
    I know that you have been a huge part of my support system. Words can’t express the gratitude I have for the many prayers you’ve lifted on my and our family’s behalf. I know you’ve waged war in the heavenlies and God has held my business, job and family together as a result. Knowing what you’re facing, it’s my turn to cover you in continual prayer and I will be, Ann. You are so precious to me, and countless others. While I haven’t read all of your blogs yet, I wanted to get a message out to you as soon as I heard. I love you, Ann. I wish I was there to walk through this valley in person with you. I know what it’s like having gone through it with my precious friend, Colleen and with Mom. I am praying Ps.91 daily for you. With much love and prayer, Roxanne

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