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Foodie Friday: Nutritional e’Pap Recipes


Yesterday we gave you some important information about e’Pap, a revolutionary nutrient-loaded porridge that was created to cater to the feeding needs of HIV patients and babies.

Nutrient content in fruit and vegetables has dropped up to 76% over the past 50 years in the USA and Europe. Proof that modern intensive agriculture practices create the problem. The result is a global crisis of mass starvation of micro-nutrients in communities both rich and poor.

Such is the success of e’Pap in improving nutrition, energy and productivity for those who consume it, that up to two million servings a month of e’Pap are distributed in Africa.

e’Pap could be the answer for Children with Cancer – it is full of vitamins, cheap, and easy-to-make; it does not even require cooking so is suitable for use in even the remotest rural areas.

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Revolutionary Nutritional Porridge Created by South African Doctor Saving Lives!


Children with Cancer generally have many problems caused by their cancer and by the cancer treatments they are undergoing, such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, including losing weight, inability to eat or swallow, and an impaired immune system exactly at the time that they need everything they can get to fight this devastating disease.

Part of the answer to these problems may lay in a nutrient-loaded porridge that was developed by the late Dr Basil Kransdorff, a South African doctor,  specifically to cater to feeding HIV patients and babies.

The late Dr Basil Kransdorff and wife Rose’s work helping an NGO called CARE (Community AIDS Response) at the Joburg General Hospital, led to a worldwide debate on Food Security vs Nutrition Security.

Back in 2000 there was no medication and Doctors were telling patients diagnosed with HIV to go home, eat a healthy well-balanced diet and prepare to die. It was a difficult time when little was known about treating those living with HIV.

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Wishlist Wednesday: Feeding our Families


It is winter in South Africa, and that means that we need to eat more, eat more hot food, and eat more nutritional food in order to stave off the bitter cold weather, influenza, the sniffles etc.

This is vitally important for our Little Fighters, as Children with Cancer need all of their strength to build up their immune system which is compromised due to the cancer and as a result of the treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy.

Children with Cancer have to follow a nutritionally specific diet, which is often impossible for cancer-affected families to follow due to lack of funds.

In excess of 50% of the individual Childhood Cancer-affected families that are supported by the Little Fighters Cancer Trust have lost one income due to the child’s diagnosis. LFCT supports in excess of 100 Childhood Cancer-affected Families with groceries every month!

With one parent in the hospital for months, sometimes years on end, the sole breadwinner struggles to make ends meet at home. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust ensures that these families have food in the home while the Child with Cancer is in and out of hospital via our Feeding Our Families project.

We need YOUR help to put food on the table for many of our ‪‎Little Fighters and their Families who are really struggling. Read the rest of this entry

More on Alternative Cancer Treatments: Gerson Therapy


Although we have previously mentioned Gerson Therapy, we thought that you might be interested in more information on this Alternative Therapy for Cancer.

The Gerson Therapy was one of the first natural cancer therapeutics and has successfully treated patients for more than 80 years. Rooted in an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements, the Gerson Therapy restores the body’s ability to heal itself.

The Gerson diet is naturally high in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients, and extremely low in sodium, fats, and proteins. A typical daily diet for a Gerson patient on the full therapy regimen features 13 glasses of fresh, raw carrot-apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables; three full plant-based meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; and fresh fruit and vegetables available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet.

The Gerson diet is extremely detailed. It is not just the foods that are included and excluded; it is when the foods are eaten, how often they are eaten, how they are prepared, how not to prepare them, what to cook them in, how to package them, etc.

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Foodie Friday: Liquid Nutrition


Children with cancer often suffer from Appetite Loss when undergoing Radiation Therapy or Chemotherapy, which means that they are not getting the nutrients that they need to fight their cancer.

Add to this some of the side-effects of these treatments such as ConstipationDiarrhoeaDifficulty Chewing,  DehydrationDifficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)Mouth Sores or MucositisNausea and Vomiting, and Taste Changes, all of which make it difficult for them to eat, and parents are faced with a massive problem.

This is when it is helpful to have some nutritional liquids on hand that you can give your child to drink to help them fight the cancer and maintain their weight and energy levels.

We have published many recipes for Smoothies and other Healthy Drinks, so today we are going to bring you something a bit different ~ in the form of recipes for Homemade Almond Milk, a  Cleansing Booster Beet Juice, Enoch’s famous Kick’um Juice and an Immunity Boosting Carrot, Orange, Lemon & Ginger Juice

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Wishlist Wednesday: Get WRAPPED Blanket Drive


So, it is Wishlist Wednesday again and we are continuing with our wish for  a massive donation of warm snuggly blankets for our Children with Cancer for our annual Get WRAPPED Project which in now in its 5th year!

Winter is HERE, people, and the nights are freezing – soon the days will be freezing cold too, what with the storm and snow season starting, so we need to get these blankies out to our Little Fighters as soon as possible.

Please help us to reach our target of 2 500 blankets this year – there will be many grateful smiles to say thank you, we promise!

There are many stores who currently have blanket specials on, especially for Polar Fleece blankets for as little as around R45, so when next you pop into Pick n Pay, Pep Stores, Game, etc. please pick up a blankie or two for our Little Fighters and their hospital bedside carer.

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Does Cancer Have a Sweet Tooth?


There’s a lot of confusing information and advice out there around sugar; it has been made out to be the villain of our diet, but does sugar cause cancer?

Does sugar feed cancer cells and make them grow more aggressively? How does the sugar we consume via our food and drink affect our health? Should cancer patients eliminate all sugar from their diet?

As a culture, we are very addicted to sugar, and marketing companies know that children especially love sweet things and aim their advertising at children in such a way that they are forever eating and drinking snacks loaded with sugar. Retail stores play into this by placing sweets, chocolates and sugary drinks at the till-points and at lower levels where children can see or get to them.

This article seeks to explain what sugar actually is, why the amount of sugar in our diets is cause for concern, and why a high-sugar diet can be bad news when it comes to cancer risk, although not for the reasons that one often sees in the headlines.

 

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Foodie Friday: From Shots to Salads


Hola! It is Friday again (where did the week go?) and you know what that means – Fabulous Foodie Friday Recipes 😀

Today we are bringing you something different; recipes that will tickle the taste-buds, comfort you and best of all the ingredients are all very healthy.

We touch on the benefits of Turmeric & Ginger, Celebrate with a Colourful and Fab Salad, Espouse the Healing Powers of Pears and the Miracles of Asparagus. Wow! doesn’t that all sound just too delicious?

I think I will try out some of these delicious recipes myself over the weekend – maybe the Cinnamon Baked Pears with Toasted Walnuts 👀 😍

By the way, we would really like some feedback on the recipes we post, so if any of you actually try some of them, please let us know in a comment what you/your Child with Cancer thought of the dish/drink.

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Cancer Not Recognised as a Priority Disease in South Africa


It is  crying shame to see what has happened to the once proud, functional and world-renowned South African Health Department.

South Africa used to have some of the best hospitals, doctors and nurses in the world and they were sought after by many overseas countries, but alas that is no more…

Twenty years ago on the 24th of this month a wonderful medical team at Groote Schuur Hospital saved my life (Stage IV Urethral Carcinoma) – virtually all of them are now either retired or practicing overseas due to the sad condition of and lack of support from the South African Department of Health 😦

It has become the norm to see articles about bad medical practices, hospitals and clinics running out of chronic medication, broken equipment, patients being left to lie in their own excrement, patients not being attended to and patients dying needlessly, etc. etc. and it makes me wanna bawl my eyes out…

While the following article is essentially about the state of the Ailing Kwazulu-Natal Health System, one has only to watch the news or read a newspaper to know that things are not much better at other State Hospitals around the country 😦

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has a lot of explaining to do…

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Wishlist Wednesday: Get WRAPPED Blanket Drive


We have decided to resurrect Wishlist Wednesday, and today we are wishing for a massive donation of warm snuggly blankets for our Children with Cancer for our annual Get WRAPPED Project which in now in its 5th year!

No child should have to go without decent bedding and a nice soft warm blanket to keep them warm in the cold winter months, let alone a child Fighting Cancer with all their might. Children undergoing chemotherapy treatment also get very cold during the treatment and it is terrible to see them shivering and shaking from cold.

The Little Fighters Cancer Trust asks for donations of new, preferably soft (for the children’s sensitive skins due to some of the treatment regimens) single bed blankets to keep our Little Fighters warm.

Only new blankets are accepted due to the compromised immune systems of our Little Fighters.

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Foodie Friday: Anti Side-Effect Recipes


It is important to eat small meals more often while undergoing conventional cancer treatments such as Surgery, Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy.

For those who are suffering side-effects such as dysphasia, sore mouths or nausea, consuming a nutrient dense smoothie for one meal and then trying some sun-dried fruits (without sugar) and untoasted nuts as a snack a few hours later is a good idea.

A lunch with salad greens, bitter herbs, apple slices, berries and a dressing made with lemon and olive oil, a pinch of cayenne pepper and avocado makes an exceptionally nutrient-dense meal.

This type of Ayurvedic diet plan will increase your sense of taste, smell, and appetite and help one heal and feel good.

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Dysphagia: A Hard to Swallow Side Effect of Conventional Cancer Treatments


As if it is not bad enough to suffer from cancer and have to go through all the pain and stress of the many tests, the diagnosis and the treatments, conventional cancer treatments such as chemo, radiation, and/or surgery come with lingering side-effects that make life very difficult.

One such potential problem is that it can become hard to swallow without experiencing significant pain − a condition known as dysphagia, in which swallowing is difficult and/or painful.

It is difficult if not impossible to ensure that your Child with Cancer gets the correct nutrition to help fight their cancer and heal their body during and post-treatment when it is so difficult and painful for them to eat. Read the rest of this entry

Foods to Stimulate Appetite in Cancer Patients


One of the side-effects of undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer is that the appetite is often affected; most food tastes like cardboard so not very appealing. The constant nausea also generally makes one not feel like putting anything in your mouth.

Despite the many side-effects and complications caused by conventional cancer treatments, it is vital that a person with cancer consumes sufficient nutrients to help the body recover.

The human body is essentially designed to heal itself, but when it is overwhelmed by poisons, pain, and the inability to smell or taste, food might be the last thing a person with cancer wants. It is important therefore that you ensure that you choose foods for your child with cancer that will stimulate their appetite while delivering the biochemical components necessary to rebuild damaged tissues and fight against infection and inflammation. These foods should also contain properties that eliminate nausea, stimulate appetite, and heal the gastrointestinal tract.

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Foodie Friday: Citrus Essential Oil Smoothie Recipes


Following on yesterday’s post Herbal Essential Oils Proven to Kill Cancer Cells and last week’s post, High Dose Vitamin C to Improve Cancer Treatment Outcomes Passes Human Safety Trial, today we are sharing some great smoothie recipes using citrus essential oils.

Smoothies are always good for Children with Cancer as it is one way that they can get the required nutrition, especially when suffering from sore mouths or are struggling to swallow as a result of their cancer treatments.

Many essential oils can also be used in recipes in place of the fruit, seed, or plant the essential oil is derived from, and citrus essential oils such as lemon, orange, lime, and grapefruit can be delicious substitutes for the juice and/or zest called for in a recipe.

Having essential oils on hand is always a good idea as they contain loads of goodness in a small bottle and one only needs to use a tiny bit at a time – 1 drop of citrus essential oil can generally substitute for 1 teaspoon of zest or 2 tablespoons of juice. If your recipe calls for the zest of the entire fruit, this works out to between 7-15 drops of its essential oil counterpart. Read the rest of this entry

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