Healthy banana crackers

 

Raw Banana Crackers Recipe:

Mash in a medium sized bowl 2 (very) ripe bananas, then stir in 1/2 cup of unsweetened dried coconut, 1/4 cup of flax seed, 1/4 cup of raw sesame seeds, and 1/4 cup of raw hemp hearts.

This is the base of the recipe – you can add in other ingredients to modify the flavor and texture.  I added a tsp of orange rind to this first batch.  You can also prepare this recipe in a food processor, but I found using a bowl and a couple of utensils just as quick and effective (and less cleaning afterwards).

Once well combined, spread the mixture on baking paper until it is evenly spread to 1/4 inch thick and, then, place on dehydrator tray.  You can ‘score’ the crackers in advance for easy separation later.  Dry for about 24 hours in a dehydrator ‘oven’ at 115 F.  After the first 12 hours (or once the entire sheet starts to feel moderately crisp), flip the teflex sheet and gently peel off the sheet (so you can dry the underside of the crackers).  Once the entire sheet feels completely crisp and has no ‘flexibility’, the crackers are done.  You can speed up the drying process by setting the dehydrator on a higher setting (ie 145 F) for the first hour.

Makes one full sheet.  Multiply recipe for larger quantities. Store in an air tight container.

A friend of mine brought these crackers from Melbourne and I was so inspired to try them that I couldn’t wait for her recipe, so just made them from the instructions on:

https://kregweiss.ca/2014/02/14/raw-banana-crackers-for-healthy-snacking/

I don’t think my friend used a dehydrator, so will post her recipe as soon as she sends it!

 

I need You …

…if you have cancer, had cancer or another serious disease – or know anybody else who has.

Imagine sitting at your doctor’s office and he tells you that he has bad news: ‘You have got cancer’. He looks at you with sad and serious eyes and the clock in his surgery seems to stop together with your heart beat. All of a sudden you hear his voice from a distance and hardly hear or remember a word he says. Every question after that seems tense and the anticipation of his answer feels like you’re awaiting a judge’s verdict: Which cancer? How serious? Why? What causes this? (‘Nobody knows for sure’ is the most common answer, followed by ‘bad luck or bad genes’?) What is my diagnosis or expected outcome? Will I live? How long?

Usually this initial visit initiates more follow-up visits after more CT-scans, tests, biopsies and visits with your new oncologist. The verdict may be better or worse than mine – but in the majority of cases the verdict you hear will come under one or more of these three categories: surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy.

For my non-Hodgkin’s Stage 3 lymphoma, there was only one option: chemotherapy (or the new version: immuno-therapy). Lucky, because Lymphoma is apparently the easiest one to eliminate ‘short term, at least’, but not so lucky as it’s incurable. (said my oncologist)

Some of you have read my blogs about the journey that followed and the excitement after refusing chemotherapy and the subsequent enrichment of my life on every level, by finding all the reasons for having cancer in the first place and taking responsibility for my own healing. My life has been a very steep learning curve and you may have read about the life transforming ten days of silent meditation (Vipassana), followed by an equally profound ten days in Bali in February-March, where much of my healing took place – and I felt a strong calling to help others with cancer to experience the same possibilities:

Next year I would like to offer the penthouse at the Entrance for this purpose, either for cancer patients to help them on their healing journey or after a therapy to detox and regain their strength and heal their bodies, emotions and souls.

In the meantime, the place will get transformed too, a meditation area will get built by covering part of the upstairs terrace, creating an oasis with plants, buddhas and meditation cushions and massage beds. The entire indoor upstairs studio will become a healing hub. I am getting a BEMER (not a BMW!), which stands for Bio Eletro-magnetic Energy Resonance. It’s a mat and a computer, designed in Germany and Switzerland, which had an amazing affect on me – and I have already blogged about.

The infrared Sauna will be delivered this week and other devices and therapies will be on offer.

NOW HERE COMES MY REQUEST: I would also like to trial this unique program during three weeks (actually 5 days) in 2017 to get feedback and testimonials:

Week 1: July 24 – 28, 2017 …This week will focus on detoxification, guided meditation, organic healthy food (and cooking it), emotional therapy, BEMER and other therapies, exercise, yoga, etc.

Week 2: August 21 – 25, 2017 …The second week will be similar, but will take all the recommendations and ideas for improvement from Week 1 – and go deeper into meditation and preparation for fasting

Week 3: September 4 – 8, 2017 …Juice fasting and most of the program from before (but NO food). I have a slow juicer and there will be special organic juices to help support the body when fasting.

All three weeks would be ideal for a cancer patient to progressively improve and strengthen their immune system, eliminate toxins and help their supplements to reach their destination in their bodies, aiding the healing process. Yet for these trial runs, one or two weeks are perfectly fine too. These three weeks are not claiming a cure for cancer – but they will give every participant the best food (lots of research and a ‘Food as Medicine’ Uni course later), the latest technology (that is not toxic or invasive), physical and emotional therapies (like EFT) and not just my support, but that of the other participants and therapists.

I am offering this program at half-price to cover costs. Please contact me on ‘hoi.barbara1@gmail.com’ or 0402686327 if you would like more information or pass it on to somebody who might be interested. I really appreciate your help!

Blood test results

It has been six months since my last blood tests, so I concluded that my GP was right to request another one to see if I’m really as well as I feel.

On Easter-Monday evening he called me back to give me the news. Not good timing, as contrary to my relaxed attitude towards my cancer, I felt some anxiety rising up. ‘Is everything ok, Ray?’. I mean he is a friend, but still, I wouldn’t have expected an evening phone call on a holiday.

‘Well, Barbara, as everything, it’s a mixed result… your inflammation levels are down (they were rather high in October last year – CRP 11.8, when it should be 0.0 – 5.0 and this time they were 8.6. Ok, not ideal yet, but the trend is a good one), there doesn’t seem to be any mercury left in the body (yeah!!!) and all other levels are within normal ranges, but the platelets are low (131, while 150-450 is the range) and the Lymphocytes are high (4.49, while 1.0-4.0 are seen as the norm). ‘

I requested a copy and when I asked Dr. Google to explain, I found that platelets are the clotting agents of the blood and unless they are really low, it’s not a concern. I asked Dr. Google what would be a reason for the low count, and guess what: Quinine, as in Tonic Water (so I guess, no more G&Ts) lowers the platelet count.

When Dr. Google explained about lymphocytes, there was firstly a different range, it went to 4.8 on the high norm (and I’m well below that with 4.49) and it continued to explain that a low lymphocyte count would be far more dangerous, as you’d get infections easily and don’t have a strong lymphatic system to fight it. Lymphocytes make up 20 – 40 % of all our white blood cells. White blood cells help eliminate the body of toxins, dead cells and broken down cancer cells. I need them!

It reinforced again, that our body knows exactly what to do and I’m in awe of this amazing and intricate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual structure.

Ketogenic Diet

I have been looking into refining my diet, just to realize that I have already been following the Ketogenic Diet with small variations.

Far from being limited to help improve the immune system that takes care of elimiting my cancer, the Ketogenic Diet helps lose weight and improves a big variety of diseases and difficulties, that are often experienced by my dyslexic and autistic clients: hyperactivity, brain fog, inability to focus, epilepsy (for autism mainly), leaky gut syndrome. To put it simply: It’s good for almost anyone!

To see the large list of ‘diseases’ its beneficial for, click on the link below:

https://authoritynutrition.com/15-conditions-benefit-ketogenic-diet/

and to get the details of the foods to eat, click here:

https://authoritynutrition.com/ketogenic-diet-foods/

However, I have found that I am a bit stricter still, as I limit the meat intake considerably (as meat becomes acidic in the body and I’ll try to keep an alkaline environment to eliminate cancer); I limit my dairy intake to butter and cheese (occasionally), but avoid milk, which is one aspect I also recommend to my clients, too, as it is quite easy to substitute for a good quality almond milk or coconut milk and coconut yoghurt.

I avoid gluten, but looking at the list of foods, I can’t see bread or pasta anywhere, so it looks like the Kitogenic diet is also gluten-free.

 

How to Starve Cancer

When I returned from Bali, Josef showed me an article that had appeared in the Daily Telegraph on March 7. It was titled ‘How to starve cancer’ and started off telling the reader that cancer cells can be killed off by starving them to death, through fasting. That has been known to most religions and alternative practitioners for centuries, but apparently that had surprised scientists. What surprised me was that they would admit it officially, when you cannot profit from it or patent it!

My surprise was short-lived, as the article continued to elaborate on the fact that Sydney scientists under Prof. Holst are developing a ground-breaking drug which will replace the need to fast. The scientists explain what we all know: cancer cells are using glutamine (sugar) to fuel their growth, getting addicted to it. Without glutmine these cells die, while normal cells won’t be affected as they depend on nutrients for survival. Now that new drug stops cancer cells from being able to take in these glucose/sugar fix by blocking the pump on the cell’s surface, where the glutamine normally enters. “It’s like putting tape over its mouth” said the Professor. The good news includes the idea that it can also be used in conjunction with other drugs like chemo-therapies to enhance its effect.

We will have to wait a further three years for the clinical trials – so maybe start a fast in between. I loved mine and was surprised how easy it was, especially since I started with small steps by adding two Gerson-style juices, prepared in slower juicer with lots of nutrients still alive: organic carrots & turmeric juice at 9 am and organic carrot, apple and ginger juice at lunch time).  Otherwise I had about 2 liters of purified water and occasionally I went wild and drank the water from young coconuts that were harvested right on the property in Bali where I stayed for the 10 days. I can highly recommend this!

Bali Part 2

I have returned from Bali yesterday – what a life-changing experience that had been. Only venturing out of Villa Boreh (the healing resort I had unwittingly stumbled into) once, on the last day, when I driver took 8 hours to take me back to Denpasar over the mountains (it usually is a 3-hour track, and a hair-raising one at that) via Ubud for shopping…and when I saw the madness and destruction of the beautiful Bali I had seen 30 years ago, I was glad I had stayed put at the north coast all those 9 days.

Even at Villa Boreh I contacted a ugly-looking body rash when swimming in the ocean once. It had rained and dirty water from the dirty rivers had polluted it. The good ‘Dr. Malte’ (the German owner/architect turned medical science nut) had the right tincture for that and many very unusual latest tech gadgets to speed up the detoxification process, increase the oxygen supply to my cells and make my fasting even better with special herbs. Many of these things I had never even heard about, one of them being ‘Germanium’ (Ge132), an absolutely amazing white powder worth more than gold and not available at all is most western countries including Australia. Maybe it worked too well? The Organic Germanium I bought comes from Japan and reading up on its amazing detoxifying abilities, especially in connection with Mercury or Cadmium poisoning, I am very excited about it. I’m now also taking a very pure form of co-enzyme Q10, which had a great effect on me so far. I did a lot of research on it while in Bali and started my book.

The other German-Swiss technology I was lucky to experience was the Bemer. I felt its effect immediately in my body. Watch the long and the short of Bemer’s microvascular effect and see for yourself:

My Fasting in Bali

Sitting by the pool, unfortunately with laptop, as I started writing my book about living joyfully with or without Cancer, sidetracked me to send this blog. I cannot believe how I stumbled onto this resort of all the places! Villa Boreh is not the holiday retreat and spa resort it is advertised to be! It is a healing place – and as the German architect who owns it wasn’t allowed to run it as such, it became a holiday spot. But there is a lab that tested my blood (all average readings, nothing is elevated or would indicate the presence of cancer), analyzed my blood life under the microscope (no impurities, macrophages or abnormalities), measured BMI and all body compositions, blood pressure (even that wasn’t as low as usualy: 80/120) and they are putting together a health plan for me:

I am getting a juice twice a day: carrot and turmeric in the morning and carrot, apple and ginger at lunch time. It is slow pressed over 45 minutes in a special Gersion therapy juicer, a method that wouldn’t be available anywhere else, I believe! The taste is out of this world. For the rest of the day I drink water or coconut water.

The owner and his Balinese wife are highly dyslexic and cannot believe that the universe brought me to them, as they had never met anyone who understood their way of thinking, even having seen many specialists in that field. It was also fascinating for me, as they are both so highly sensitive and clairsentient that they had tears in their eyes when I described how people who are more on the Autism Spectrum feel and experience life. They just found so many aspects of their own challenges in it. During a meal for a special royal visit last night, under the stars on the beach, surrounded by candles and floral mandalas, we discussed all forms of healing and quantum physics. I didn’t even mind my limitation of only drinking water, watching the delicacies being passed around.

Today is only Day 3 and I’m sure you’ll hear more about it all soon. This article I saw on FB (yes, sorry, had to have a peek into that one):

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-fasting-diet-could-reverse-diabetes-and-repair-the-pancreas-says-new-research

My Vipassana is Over

WOW! I have just returned from my 10-day Vispassana Meditation and Silence Retreat in the Blue Mountains and tomorrow I’ll be in Bali for another 10 days of meditation and fasting. A short update to tell you: DO IT! It will change your life!

It was not easy, which is an understatement, and at times it felt like giving birth for 9 days. There are times of respite and great Vegetarian food, stunning bird life and kangaroos grazing peacefully just in front of you. But most of the time the pain of sitting cross-legged on a cushion and meditating (a total of 10 hours a day, starting at 4.30 am) by becoming aware of sensations in or on your body with total peace, calm and equanimity (my new favorite word, which I must have heard a million times in the evening discourses, the only time you hear a voice) is excruciatingly painful. Equanimity or being equanimous  means that your mind is totally balanced, neither avoiding pain nor seeking pleasure.  Equanimity is one of the most sublime emotions of Buddhist practice.

For three of the ten nights I could hardly sleep at all; my mind felt like being wired, the body like being buried alive. In those times of meditation I have also become painfully aware of the mind chatter and how over-active my thinking is! In times of movement (short bush walks), it calmed down, but as soon as I was immobile, it started torturing me with really irrelevant thoughts. Firstly past experiences, movies I had seen or people from the past I hadn’t even thought of in years. Then future ideas, books I want to write or courses I want to run came uninvited and with unwelcome frequency into my mind next.

One of my biggest break-through moments came on Day 6, when I became aware of my obsession with cancer. The only visible sign of the lymphoma is the enlarged belly and spleen (the shape of a croissant on the left side of my abdomen) – and it had become an obsession of mine to trace its physical appearance, craving for its departure or at least reduction. Noticing this unhealthy pattern more and more, I have been able to completely let got of my attachment to that. Lovingly I can now observe with equanimity and joy.

Only towards the last couple of days, real progress started to creep in and it’s only now – back home in Sydney for one night – that I am enjoying a serenity, happiness and calm that I cannot describe or explain.

I have been the midwife, the one giving birth and also the baby: Now I am the baby starting to make this a real experience in my daily life.