Posts Tagged ‘diet and cancer’

Tribute to Rose Green Ferguson

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Cancer, Uncategorized on January 30, 2019 at 11:02 am

roseWhen Roses’ husband Hal called me to let me know that she was in transition, headed home to a greater place, I was beyond saddened, I was angry too.  Angry that cancer took yet another amazing woman, a person I loved and respected. A colleague and friend, Rose made the world a better place for having been in it, and I will miss her greatly.

When I first met Rose after her recurrence, she told me she decided against more chemotherapy as she had a strong conviction that it was not the right choice for her this time. Her training as a naturopathic practitioner and nutritionist — not to mention countless hours spent reading studies, articles, and books – provided her the knowledge, confidence, and strength that she was making a good choice. She had done the research and prayed for guidance. Rose prayed over ever decision to be sure it was the best for her body, knowing through God she would find the answer. She was determined to recover, and grateful for the perseverance and tenacity to move forward. She was steadfast in her belief that she was on the right path, but God had another plan for her. We can be angry with God, but he always has a plan, painful as it can sometimes be.

Rose lived with her cancer for over 18 years. She accomplished this through her immense knowledge and with the tender love and support she gave to and received from others, especially her family. Those of you who knew Rose knew that she did many things to combat cancer. She kept to a strict but delicious and varied diet, using the power of food as medicine alongside many supplements and essential oils. But most of all, she relied on her faith in and love of God.

Rose felt that a very big component to her health was her relationship with God.  She would meditate with God and visualize His healing power going into her bones and the rest of her body. She felt it was very powerful and would do this once or twice a day. She once told me she would speak every day to her white blood cells to increase and be strong like the Lion of Judah, in Jesus’s name. She would use visualization to see her lymphocytes making strong colonies like an army; shoulder to shoulder not allowing any abnormalities in her cells and in her body. She worked hard on this visualization.

Days before she began her transition, and while in great pain, Roses’ only thought was to share some things she learned from her new doctor. She wanted to share these with me as she thought it could help others. That was the kind of person Rose was, always striving to make a difference in the lives of anyone she crossed paths with and even those she hadn’t. She would pray for me, pray for others, and insist that others pray for others she was praying for. It brought a big smile to my face when I heard that over and over again at the celebration of her life.

But cancer is sneaky, and can take advantage of us at our weakest times (and even at our strongest). Stay vigilant; if you are on a holistic protocol that is working for you, stay on it. Try not to revert back to your pre-cancerous lifestyle that could allow cancer back through the door. If you notice symptoms, you may need to make changes to your protocol. Get checked out and don’t delay seeking treatment (conventional or holistic).  The sooner you address the issue, the better your chances.

However, don’t let the beast we call cancer get to your soul. The mind is more powerful than the body, so stay out of that dark place we call doubt. Most importantly, you don’t have to be dying to start living. Enjoy every day; tell your loved ones how you feel—you just never know when you won’t get the chance to do so.

Roses’ light still shines for me and for countless others. I will greatly miss her voice, love, kindness, and wisdom.  My heart aches for her beloved husband Hal and for their loving children, family, and friends.  Rose’s love shone through everything she did, always a kind word, a sweet note, or a cherished gift.  I can feel her presence as if she was still here, and in a way, she is and always will be.

Rose Green Ferguson M.A., R.D. C.H.C., was an internationally renowned naturopathic practitioner and nutritionist who specialized in chronic diseases (such as G.I. issues (i.e., leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and celiac disease) and thyroid complications. She shared a plethora of knowledge of a variety of natural modalities including diet therapy, supplementation, essential oils, and hydrotherapy.


~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation and the creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  This post is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

The Mind-Body Connection to Beating Breast Cancer

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Much has been written about the importance of the mind-body connection as it relates to a patient with cancer. Unfortunately, many physicians still don’t understand or appreciate the importance. And in fact, many of us patients struggle with it too.  We want to take care of ourselves, but often we focus most on the urgent task at hand, our cancer.

Tuesday, on Survive and Live Well, Dr Deanna Attai and I spoke about the mind-body connection to breast cancer.  We spoke about hope; “A physician is in a powerful position to influence the outcome of disease”, says Dr Attai. “Even in the face of the most advanced of cancers, there is usually room for some words of encouragement, which can make all the difference in the patient’s attitude towards their disease and its treatment”. If a patient is told, “there is no hope; there’s nothing I can do for you”, likely the patient will give up or certainly would not agree to a potentially life-saving, but grueling surgery or treatment, or for that matter, might not investigate alternative options and second opinions.

We spoke about healing the patient with the cancer instead of just the disease of the patient; that in addition to needing hope, “Disease does not happen in a vacuum, you need to understand the whole person before you can even begin to focus on the disease, a patient’s entire situation – diet, lifestyle, feelings about complementary/alternative versus traditional medicine all come into play.”

We shared some thoughts on how words such as the infamous “positive attitude” and ”you’re going to be fine”  mean different things to everyone and how they can often be painful to the breast cancer patient; small words, big impact.

Thank you Dr Attai for sharing your wisdom and experience to help us understand that treating cancer involves the whole person. Cancer is a complex situation….but it gets better when we connect the head bone to the neck bone… …all the way to the ankle bone.  To replay this conversation please visit:  http://hipcast.com/podcast/H1J8NTpQ.

Join us Tuesday, October 2nd, when I will chat with Dr Kathleen Ruddy as she clarifies the efficacy and potential of the first ever breast cancer vaccine and talks about the three different types of breast cancer, the genetic profiles that appear to distinguish them, and how this information can be used to tailor treatment for those currently battling breast cancer.

You can listen live, Tuesday, October 2nd at 1pm EST, on www.W4CS.com.  Have questions or want to join in the conversation?  Join us in the chat room!

For a show schedule and archives, please visit:  https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/survive-and-live-well-schedule/.




Words are a hot topic these days. Rachel Pappas and I also had a great conversation about words, tone and social graces in Cancer Etiquette 101.  Check it out if you haven’t read it.


Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. To learn about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit:  https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com.  To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit http://www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm (EST). To view info on upcoming topics and guests, please visit: https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/elyns-blog/.


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Breast Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Coach’s Tips–Video with Elyn Jacobs

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm


April 12, 2012 Youtube Video with www.BreastCancerAnswers.com

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and certified cancer coach.  During her cancer treatment she discovered how what she was putting into her body, helped or hindered her body in it’s fight against cancer. She gives three very easy to follow and helpful tips on how you can help your body fight cancer by altering your diet.

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Below is the text…my appologies as the text is computer-driven, and not all the verbage came through correctly….

Elyn Jacobs: I have three tips for you on eating to beat cancer. First let me say that nutrition matters. Dietary habits play a significant role in the prevention of breast cancer, the prevention of recurrence and slowing the progression of the disease.

Good nutrition will also support your body during damaging cancer treatments and will help you heal. That said, I’d like to suggest the 80/20 rule. So before you tell me, “No, I am not giving up my dessert or my meat”, remember, you don’t have to be perfect. Just try to eat well 80% of the time.

I also know that during cancer treatments, some foods may be very unappealing to you. So just do your best and try to avoid things like Ensure, because your body really doesn’t need the chemicals. Look for real foods.

So here are my tips:

Tip #1, Eat at least 15 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and try to include at least 10 different varieties. You also want to look for colors of the rainbow as each provides different cancer-fighting components.

Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet will also help you avoid the constipation that can come with many cancer treatments. If you find that you cannot or do not get enough produce, there are many whole food supplements out there that can help you bridge the gap between good intentions and reality.

Tip #2, Limit dairy products, meat and eggs as they can cause cancer-friendly inflammation in the body. They also add unnecessary hormones that you don’t need. You might want to consider limiting peanut butter too as that is also a pro-inflammatory food.

Tip #3, Cut out processed, fried, and fast foods, and eliminate as much sugar and refined grains as possible. You also want to try and stick to as much organic produce as you can, especially for those that are on the so-called ‘dirty dozen’, which by the way should now be the ‘dirty baker’s dozen’ because when they added blueberries they got up to number 13.

Hi, I am Elyn Jacobs, a breast cancer survivor and a certified cancer coach. I am also the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. You can find me at http://www.wordpress.com. I am also on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn @ElynJacobs, or you can email me at Elyn@ElynJacobs.com.

This information should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Use the information provided on this site solely at your own risk.  If you have any concerns about your health, please consult with a physician