Growing Off-Grid: Home Hydroponic Systems Available for Fresh Vegetables and Salad

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” Ron Finley

Hydroponic Buckets Just 3 weeks from seed - Lettuce, Kale, Tomatoes, Courgettes

Hydroponic systems are the most cost-effective way to grow your own, high quality food at home.  They require little to no maintenance and no use of pesticides – so your produce is always fresh and safe, grown just the way you like it. When you are set up, all you need are seeds, tap water and nutrient solution (preferably organic).

We provide a total solution for all your off-grid hydroponic needs (no electricity required). Get ready for fresh fruit and vegetables grown the easy way, right on your own doorstep!

Growing your own food provides a very real sense of freedom and independence in a world of ever-increasing concerns surrounding our finances and health.  So it makes a lot of sense to be in charge of your own food supply. We certainly need to become more conscious of what we are putting into our bodies, both in terms of food and medicine.  After all, as Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

So whether you are a complete novice to hydroponic growing or a self-proclaimed veteran, we hope to assist you in living a healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyle.  Take a look at the lettuce I grew in just 3 weeks from seed!

Hydroponic Lettuce - Just 3 weeks from seed

The hydroponic system offered here is as simple as it gets, growing food without the need for ongoing watering, weeding, electricity, pumps, or complex piping. It is just based upon an ingenious use of buckets and net pots, which capitalise on the amazing adaptability of mother nature!

1 x 20 litre bucket (top diameter 33cm, hight 35cm) represents approximately 4 square feet of growing space and according to the square foot gardening method, under optimum growing conditions, 48 square feet is sufficient to provide fresh vegetables and salad greens for a person, for about three-quarters of the year*.

This hydroponic system is based upon the Kratky method, developed by Prof. Kratky of the University of Hawaii. It was designed to make hydroponics as simple as humanly possible, using no pumps, aeration or electricity – just a bucket of nutrient solution with the plants supported in net pots. Nature does the rest! What Prof. Kratky discovered was that when plants are exposed to nutrient solution, their roots specialise. Those roots which are dipped into the solution directly, become specialised water roots, whilst those suspended in the air become specialised air roots. In soil, they would normally be mixed together.

Kratky Method Explanation

Deep water culture hydroponics operates on a similar basis, but it requires pumps and aeration, making it many times more expensive and complicated, without generating any greater yields.

Why choose hydroponics over soil?

Many people don’t realise it, but soil is basically a gigantic sponge containing nutrient solution (from the breakdown of organic matter and rocks), so hydroponic growing is much more natural than people think. We just cut out the negative aspects of soil. As well as nutrients, soil also contains plant diseases, pests, moulds and fungi and is far from portable. Equally, soil can vary dramatically in pH, which affects what can grow in it. In hydroponics, all of these factors can be controlled for optimum results. This is why NASA uses it to help feed astronauts!

Kale and Tomatoes after just 3 weeks from seed:

Hydroponic Kale and Tomatoes in Just 3 weeks from seed

This system has many advantages:

• Delicious produce is just pennies per portion and can save you a fortune compared with supermarket prices.
• No weeding.
• Perfect growing conditions every time, for explosive yields.
• Requires water very infrequently, if at all.
• Even a thirty-bucket system can fit in the boot of your car if you move home.
• Can be placed off ground – great for people with limited mobility.
• No mess or soil to contend with during harvest.
• Wide variety of produce can be grown in a small area.
• No need to check PPM or pH if you use the nutrient solution we recommend. (Please beware not all nutrient solutions are equal).

If what you are trying to grow is green and leafy, then partial shade yields best results, but if it is the fruit you are trying to grow then as much sun as possible is recommended.

Check out my pea plants at 4 weeks from seed – they are 2 feet tall and are ready to produce sweet and delicious peas:

Pea plants at Just 4 weeks from seed - ready to produce peas

As you will see from this listing (and photos from my own garden), these buckets are capable of successfully growing:

Cabbage
• Kale
Broccoli
Cauliflower
• Brussels Sprouts
• Lettuce
• Spinach
• Peas
• Pak Choi
• Tomatoes
• Aubergines
• Peppers
• Strawberries
• Corn
• Pumpkin
• Butternut Squash
• Cucumbers
• And more! (Basically, anything that grows above ground).

Most things will grow to full maturity within 2 months, with larger fruiting species taking up to 80 days or so.

Different produce requires a different amount of square feet to grow in, so the lids can be drilled with different numbers of net cups. For example, you can have up to seven net pots of peas in one bucket, whereas you would only have a maximum two large tomato plants (or 4 small dwarf varieties). Most of my own hydroponic vegetable garden is based upon having four net cups per bucket (so this is what we provide as standard). This way I can plant companion plants together, for example two tomato plants and two lettuces. They all grow at the same rate initially, but by the time the tomatoes are tall and shading out the lettuces, the lettuces are already ready to harvest.

Hydroponic Courgettes after Just 3 weeks from seed

For many green leafy vegetables such as kale or lettuce you can either harvest the entire plant, or better yet, do as I do and just take some leaves from each plant when you want a salad or some greens. Two buckets can grow eight lettuces in just over a month, or you can harvest a lettuce-worth of leaves per week on an ongoing basis.

Why would you buy irradiated, pesticide-laden and gas-packaged produce from a supermarket (which has travelled hundreds if not thousands of miles) when you can simply snip fresh food from your hydroponic system on your doorstep.

Better yet, get your kids involved and eating healthily. There is no better way to encourage children to eat their veg than when they have grown it themselves from seed in just a matter of weeks!

A packet of a thousand seeds can cost as little as 99p, so why would you pay more than 99p for a single portion? Become part of the urban food revolution – strive towards self-sufficiency with your very own off-grid hydroponics system.

The buckets are deliberately black to blend in more naturally with your surroundings, but also to capture some of the heat from the sunlight. This extends the growing season, allowing you to plant earlier and harvest later.

In my own garden, (which I now view as more of an urban farm), I do not use ANY pesticides whatsoever.  However, I do have an expanse of gravel which deters pests such as slugs and snails. Excellent results can be achieved by placing the buckets off-ground (on a greenhouse table or something similar).

The systems are available on several different scales.

A five-bucket system is not enough to feed a person, but it will provide all the salad greens you need for one person* (or will supplement your diet with fresh produce) and comes complete with four pre-drilled holes per bucket and the twenty net cups required to complete the system. The buckets are also pre-drilled with an overflow hole in case of rain. (1, 2, 5 or 7 hole systems are also available, or any combination thereof). Rockwool cubes to start your seeds in and nutrient solution with a measuring syringe are optional extras.

A ten-bucket system will provide all the salad greens you need for two people (or else provide extra growing room for vegetables)* and comes complete with four pre-drilled holes per bucket and the forty net cups required to complete the system. The buckets are also pre-drilled with an overflow hole in case of rain. (1, 2, 5 or 7 hole systems are also available, or any combination thereof). Rockwool cubes to start your seeds in and nutrient solution with a measuring syringe are optional extras.

A twenty-bucket system will provide all the salad greens you need for four people (or salads and vegetables for a couple)* and comes complete with four pre-drilled holes per bucket and the eighty net cups required to complete the system. The buckets are also pre-drilled with an overflow hole in case of rain. (1, 2, 5 or 7 hole systems are also available, or any combination thereof). Rockwool cubes to start your seeds in and nutrient solution with a measuring syringe are optional extras.

A thirty-bucket system will provide all the salad greens you need for six people (or salads and vegetables for a family with small children)* and comes complete with four pre-drilled holes per bucket and the hundred-and-twenty net cups required to complete the system. The buckets are also pre-drilled with an overflow hole in case of rain. (1, 2, 5 or 7 hole systems are also available, or any combination thereof). Rockwool cubes to start your seeds in and nutrient solution with a measuring syringe are optional.

A HUNDRED-bucket system (virtually an urban farm!) will pretty well provide salad greens and vegetables for eight vegetarian people* and comes complete with four pre-drilled holes per bucket and the four hundred net cups required to complete the system. The buckets are also pre-drilled with an overflow hole in case of rain. (1, 2, 5 or 7 hole systems are also available, or any combination thereof). Rockwool cubes to start your seeds in and nutrient solution with a measuring syringe are optional extras.

Bonus 1: Get a free digital copy of my book “Cancer Uncensored: Your step-by-step guide to cancer prevention, early detection and cancer survival”, which contains an A-Z list of super foods you can grow yourself (and usually retails for £12.99 in paperback).

Bonus Digital Book

Bonus 2: Receive online access to a series of video tutorials showing you how I plant my seeds, arrange my growing space, and what little day-to-day maintenance is required. Allow my experience to shortcut you to home-grown success!

*DISCLAIMER: Different parts of the country have different micro-climates and levels of sun-exposure so results may vary. Equally, your choice of nutrient solution may dramatically impact upon your results. I can only go by my own results and the feedback from satisfied customers.  Yields quoted are based upon when your plants have matured and can be harvested in stages throughout the growing season – and came from the multi-million selling book “Square foot gardening”.

These hydroponic systems are put together by hand, including the drilling of the lids and the overflow holes. So please anticipate possible minor cosmetic imperfections, which will not be visible when your produce is growing. We have never received any complaints, but in the interests of transparency, I felt it important to mention.

This system is designed for use outdoors or in a greenhouse. The problem with operating it within your home or conservatory is the possibility of odour. Deep water culture systems use a fish tank air-pump to aerate the water and this prevents certain types of bacteria, which cause odour to develop. I am not saying this system cannot be used indoors, but bear this in mind. All of my own systems are operated outdoors so I do not have experience of indoor use to draw upon.  My outdoor buckets have no detectable odour, but I have read that with indoor systems, this could be a possibility.

Systems are sent by 24 hour courier.  Available in the UK only.

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Buy with confidence and happy gardening!

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Kale – An Anti-Cancer Food

Kale - A Great Anti-Cancer Food

Kale is high in folate, which is vital in preventing blood vessel and DNA damage. It is a member of the cabbage family, so it also includes a number of the anti-cancer properties of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

In addition to the folate, it is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron and a range of phytochemicals including lutein which promotes eyesight and has been shown to be beneficial in cancer studies.

According to the American Cancer Society, the carotenoids in Kale, have been shown to lower the risk of a range of cancers including mouth and pharynx cancers, oesophageal cancer and lung cancer. Other studies show similar properties with respect to bladder cancer.

Power combination: Be sure to eat kale alongside foods rich in vitamin C, as this helps the absorption of the iron. Equally, adding oil, such as cold-pressed olive oil will help the absorption of the carotenoids.

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Ginger Root And The Prevention Of Cancer

Ginger Root For The Prevention Of Cancer

Ginger has long been known to possess a number of therapeutic properties. It is being used in remedies for coughs, colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and even to reduce nausea. However, a recent study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, indicated that it also could be used as a supplement to prevent colon/bowel cancer.

Participants in the study were noted as having significantly reduced markers of colon inflammation. Such inflammation has been shown in prior studies to be a significant precursor to colorectal cancer. The levels of Ginger Root used in the study were 2g of ginger extract, which is the equivalent to eating 20g of raw ginger.

Other US studies have also shown ginger to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can help to relieve the discomfort from arthritis, and more importantly where cancer is concerned, gingerols, an active ingredient within ginger, have been shown to kill cancer cells.

Interestingly, a US study indicated that ginger was just as effective in the treatment of arthritis as the standard and currently available anti-inflammatory drugs, but did not display any of the dangerous side effects.

In a study conducted by the University of Michigan, ginger was found to be excellent at killing cancer cells. When researchers dissolved ginger powder into a solution containing ovarian cancer cultures, the mutated cells died.

It was found that the ginger destroyed the ovarian cancer cells in two different ways. Firstly, the ginger triggered programmed cell death, (apoptosis), and secondly, the ginger triggered autophagy, which is where the cancer cells digest themselves. The researchers discovered that ginger caused the exact same rate of apoptosis that chemotherapy drugs achieve, yet ginger does not cause any side-effects.

The researchers also highlighted the fact that Ginger Root helps to control inflammation, which can be a precursor to ovarian cancer.

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Can Figs Prevent Cancer?

Do Figs Prevent Cancer?

Figs have the greatest amount of fibre, in comparison with any other fresh or dried fruit, which makes them excellent for your digestive system.

They also contain digestive enzymes that promote regular bowel movement. This helps to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

Figs also contain a number of antioxidants, which help to protect your cells and DNA from free radical damage.

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Revlon, supporter of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, uses cancer-causing chemicals in its cosmetics

Revlon, one of the largest cosmetic companies in the country, known for their supportive stance in breast cancer research, is talking the talk but not walking the walk. A survey put out by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics uncovered the startling news that the cosmetic…

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Recommended Books on Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Whilst Cancer Uncensored the book, is a complete reference guide to cancer prevention, early detection and survival, I would always advise people to read around the subject so that they can make their own informed decisions when it comes to their health.  By all means, consult with your Doctor… but ultimately all decisions regarding your own health are yours.

I found the following books to be immensely helpful.

I will constantly add my recommended books on cancer prevention and treatment over time, so please check back here often.  Equally, I will also add resources for recipes, anti-cancer diet strategies and more.

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Dr Johanna Budwig – The Budwig Diet

Dr Budwig, (30 September 1908 – 19 May 2003) , was nominated seven times for the Nobel Prize.  She claimed to have a greater than 90% success rate with her protocol which was used on all kinds of cancer patients over a 50 year period.

“What she (Dr. Johanna Budwig) has demonstrated to my initial disbelief, but lately, to my complete satisfaction in my practice is: CANCER IS EASILY CURABLE, the treatment is dietary/lifestyle, the response is immediate; the cancer cell is weak and vulnerable; the precise biochemical breakdown point was identified by her in 1951 and is specifically correctable, in vitro (test-tube) as well as in vivo (real)… ” – Dr. Dan C. Roehm M.D. FACP (Oncologist and former cardiologist) in 1990.

Dr Budwig’s protocol relied upon eliminating the four suspected “causes” of cancer:

  • Nutritional deficiency.
  • A weakened immune system.
  • Toxins.
  • Oxygen deprivation.

She did this through a diet rich in flaxseed oil, mixed with cottage cheese or quark, along with meals high in fruit, vegetables and fibre.  She also advocated the avoidance of refined sugar, animal fats, meat and processed oils.

Some of Dr Budwig’s most compelling research showed that refined vegetable oils, margarine and deep-fried foods, deprived the cells in your body of oxygen.

Mainstream science has already proven that the nucleus of every cell carries a positive charge, and the membrane on the outside of each cell carries a negative charge.  Further research shows that the negative charge on the outside of healthy cells is three times stronger than in cancer cells.

It is believed that if the negative charge on the outside of cells is diminished, it also reduces the cell’s ability to absorb oxygen and nutrients, whilst simultaneously making it much harder for the cell to excrete waste products.

Dr Budwig discovered that many types of processed oil, (which have been heated for up to an hour during processing), strip the negative charge from the surface of our cells.  Dr Budwig’s research showed that chemically processed fats and oils are not water-soluble when they are bound to protein in your body.  They end up damaging the action of the heart, blocking circulation, inhibiting the renewal process of your cells and impeding the free flow of blood and lymphatic fluids.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids reverse this process.

On that basis, an abundance of “dead” heat treated oils and a lack of fresh omega-3 oils could be a major contributor to our current cancer crisis.

Dr Budwig was a firm advocate of cold-pressed oils, which had not undergone extensive processing.  Flaxseed, olive oil, sunflower oil, virgin coconut oil and safflower oil were all recommended.

But the mainstay of her treatment, flaxseed oil combined with cottage cheese or quark was far superior.  Dr Budwig found that this combination helped to restore the electrical balance of your cells and was very high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

The average Western diet has a ratio of around 15 parts of omega-6 to 1 part omega-3.

In 2009, the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington DC, published study data that indirectly confirms Dr Budwig’s findings and beliefs.  They stated that…

“such a high ratio has been shown to increase the likelihood of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, whereas increased levels of omega-3 (a low omega-6/omega-3 ratio) exert suppressive effects.

In the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, a ratio of 4/1 was associated with a 70% decrease in total mortality. A ratio of 2.5/1 reduced rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer…  The lower omega-6/omega-3 ratio in women with breast cancer was associated with decreased risk. A ratio of 2-3/1 suppressed inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and a ratio of 5/1 had a beneficial effect on patients with asthma.”

Dr Budwig is sadly no longer with us, however her research, books and recipes for use at home are still available.

Dr Budwig noted…

“The formation of tumors usually happens as follows.  In those body areas which normally host many growth processes, such as in the skin and membranes, the glandular organs, for example, the liver and pancreas or the glands in the stomach and intestinal tract – it is here that the growth processes are brought to a standstill.  Because the dipolarity is missing, due to the lack of electron-rich highly unsaturated fat, the course of growth is disturbed – the surface-active fats are not present; the substance becomes inactive before the maturing and shedding process of the cells ever takes place, which results in the formation of tumors.”

In one of her books, Dr Budwig wrote…

“I often take very sick cancer patients away from hospital where they are said to have only a few days left to live, or perhaps only a few hours.  This is mostly accompanied by very good results. The very first thing that these patients and their families tell me is that, in the hospital, it was said that they could no longer urinate or produce bowel movements.  They suffered from dry coughing without being able to bring up any mucous.  Everything was blocked.  It greatly encourages them when suddenly, in all these symptoms, the surface-active fats, with their wealth of electrons, (from the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture), start reactivating the vital functions and the patient immediately begins to feel better”.

“I have the answer to cancer, but American doctors won’t listen. They come here and observe my methods and are impressed.  Then they want to make a special deal so they can take it home and make a lot of money.  I won’t do it, so I’m blackballed in every country.” – Dr Budwig.

As Dr Willner, M.D., Ph.D., author of The Cancer Solution, says, “Numerous, independent clinical studies published in major medical journals worldwide confirm Dr. Budwig’s findings….  Over 40 years ago Dr Budwig presented clear and convincing evidence, which has been confirmed by hundreds of other related scientific research papers since, that the essential fatty acids were at the core of the answer to the cancer problem…  You will come to your own conclusions as to why this simple effective prevention and therapy has not only been ignored – it has been suppressed!”

In order to make use of this information, we really need to actively manage our nutrition.  But we cannot even rely on the nutrient profile of the produce we consume, due to the effects of over farming and food processing.

“Compared to 100 years ago, Omega 3 is down 80%, B vitamins are estimated to be down to about 50% of the daily requirement. Vitamin B6 consumption may be low, as it is removed in grain milling and not replaced. Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and E have also been lost in food processing. Minerals are depleted in a similar way. Fibre is down 75-80%. Antinutrients have increased substantially – saturated fat, 100%; cholesterol, 50%; refined sugar nearly 1000%; salt up to 500%; and funny fat isomers nearly 1,000%.” – Dr Rudin.

For more information on Dr Budwig’s methodologies and other alternative practitioners visit:

http://www.budwigcenter.com/budwig-protocol.php

Or else visit our alternative medicine section.

 

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The top things to do to reduce your risk

Below is a list of articles highlighting what you can do to reduce your cancer risk.  You may also wish to visit our cancer prevention section, which covers many cancer-fighting foods:

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Meditation

Meditation involves calming the mind and body in order to relieve anxiety, stress, pain and to focus your body’s resources on healing.

The connection between mind and body has been indisputably proven, but the mechanism by which it works is simply not understood. Equally, harnessing the tremendous benefits is a matter of personal practice and perseverance.

Since the 1950s, over 3000 studies on meditation have been conducted, including studies on visualisation, which showed that sports people could achieve greater improvement in their game or sport through visualisation than control groups who simply practised the sport.

Dr Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind-Body Medical Institute, which is affiliated with Harvard University, has documented that meditation induces a wide range of biochemical and physical changes, which he collectively referred to as the “relaxation response”.  These changes include altered respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism, response to pain and brain chemistry.

Given that stress actively increases your body’s amount of circulating free radicals, and free radicals are linked to an increase in the rate of cancer, it follows that eliminating stress through meditation should directly impact upon your level of cancer risk if engaged in on a regular basis.

A study conducted by Yale, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital has demonstrated that meditation actively increases the volume of grey matter in certain parts of your brain.  Using brain scans and participants with intensive Buddhist “insight meditation” training, alongside a control group who did not meditate, the researchers discovered that the parts of the brain responsible for processing sensory input and attention span had increased thickness.

The researchers concluded that it may be possible to use meditation as a measure to slow the deterioration of brain tissue in later life.

With regard to cancer, in 2006, researchers reviewed the findings of nine different studies on mindfulness meditation and cancer.  The findings were that practising mindfulness meditation yielded “consistent benefits”, including an improvement in stress levels, the ability to cope, psychological functioning, pain management, fatigue, sleep patterns, mood and general well-being.

Another controlled study of mindfulness meditation showed that those who meditated had an improved immune response to the influenza vaccine than those who did not meditate.  So if mindfulness meditation can measurably improve immune response, surely it can play a part in cancer prevention and cancer treatment.

In light of this, I feel that meditation is a valuable addition to your toolbox.  Of course, it does not replace lifestyle changes, improvement in your diet and medical treatment, but it is a very worthy addition.

The only caveat is that meditation may not be suitable for you if you have mental illness.  If this applies to you, please consult with your Doctor.

Below are a collection of resources and articles that may be of help:

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Alkaline Forming Foods

Alkaline forming foods are very important to our health.  In 1931, Dr Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize for proving that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline, oxygen-rich environment.  He showed that cancer in fact thrives in an acidic, low-oxygen environment.  So we must do whatever we can to maintain the correct pH for optimum health.

If you do not have an alkaline water machine, you can manipulate the pH of your body with what you eat and drink.  Different foods, when they are digested, will have the tendency to shift your body towards being more acidic (bad), or more alkaline (good).

Strangely enough, it is not whether the food itself is alkaline or acidic, it is what it does to you AFTER it has been digested.  For example, lemons are acidic, and yet they have a very alkalising effect on the human body after digestion.

The following list is not exhaustive, but it helps to show which foods make your body more acidic and which foods make you more alkaline.

Experts recommend a diet of 30% acid forming foods and 70% alkaline forming foods to maintain health, or a diet of 20% acidic and 80% alkaline foods if you are trying to recover your health.

Fruit:

Alkaline forming – apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, cherries, citrus fruit (lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit), coconuts, dried fruit (dates, figs, prunes, raisins) fresh figs, grapes, kiwifruit, mangoes, melons (cantaloupe, honey dew, watermelon), nectarines, olives*, papayas, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, tomatoes.

Acid forming – canned fruit, cranberries, glazed fruit, pomegranates, rhubarb, strawberries*.

Vegetables:

All vegetables are alkaline forming – alfalfa, barley grass, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, green beans, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radishes, sea vegetables, spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, wheatgrass, wild greens.

Nuts:

Alkaline forming – almonds, almond milk, Brazil nuts, chestnuts.

Acid forming – cashews, filberts, macadamias, peanuts, peanut butter, pecans, roasted nuts, tahini, walnuts.

Seeds:

Alkaline forming – all sprouted seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds.

Acid forming – chia, flax*, pumpkin*, sesame*, sunflower*.

Beans and peas:

Alkaline forming – all sprouted beans, limas, soybeans, soymilk*, mung beans, white beans.

Acid forming – aduki, kidney, lentils, Navy.

Grains:

Alkaline forming – all sprouted grains, amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa*, rice milk*.

Acid forming – barley, breads, brown rice, oats, processed grain, rye, wheat.

 

Seasonings, Condiments and Dressings:

Alkaline forming – chilli pepper, cinnamon, curry, ginger, herbs (all), miso, mustard, sea salt, table salt (sodium chloride), Tamari.

Acid forming – jams, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, soy sauce, vinegar.

Meat and dairy:

Alkaline forming – goats milk, non-fat organic milk.

Acid forming – all animal meats, butter, cheese, eggs, fish, ice cream, milk, poultry, yoghurt.

Sugars:

Alkaline forming – honey, Stevia.

Acid forming – alcohol of any kind, artificial sweeteners, brown sugar, cane sugar, carob, malt sugar, maple syrup*, milk sugar, white sugar.

Oils:

Alkaline forming – olive oil*, soy oil*, flaxseed oil*.

Acid forming – avocado oil, butter, canola oil, corn oil, cream, hemp seed oil, nut oils, safflower oil, Sesame seed oil, sunflower oil.

Beverages:

Alkaline forming – alkaline water, fresh coconut water, green juices (vegetable juices), mineral water.

Acid forming – beer, black tea, coffee, soda, soft drinks, sweetened juices, wine.

Other alkalising food:

Apple cider vinegar, bee pollen, fresh fruit juice, green juices, lecithin granules, probiotic cultures, tempeh (fermented), tofu (fermented), vegetable juices, whey protein powder.

Other acid forming substances and food:

Alcohol, aspirin, cocoa, drugs (medicinal), drugs (recreational), herbicides, pesticides, some chemicals, tobacco, vinegar.

*Foods marked with an asterisk may be borderline, because on some lists they are acidic and on others, they are alkaline.

You can test yourself with litmus paper to determine your pH.  A little book of 80 test strips is just pennies on eBay.

Saliva has an optimum pH of 7.5, but you should only test yourself at least 2 hours after eating.

Urine should have a pH of 7.4 mid morning, but will only be 6.5 when you first wake up, because it is more concentrated.

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Positive Psychology

Countless peer-reviewed scientific studies have demonstrated that maintaining a positive psychology can help with a range of illnesses, including cancer.  This is both in terms of prevention and recovery.  Take a look at the following articles for more information on how a positive mental attitude can help you.

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Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis

Wheat belly“, by William Davis MD is an excellent and highly compelling book.  It details the fact that wheat has been grossly manipulated (over the course of decades) into a new and potentially dangerous product.

It has gone from a 12 chromosome grass to a 42 chromosome abomination that, as Dr Davis points out, exaggerates blood sugar levels, triggers allergic reactions, triggers cycles of alternating satiety and hunger, damages a wide range of tissues through glycation, causes inflammatory effects and influences your body pH (thereby eroding cartilage, bone and fostering an acidic environment) and activates a disordered immune response.

The very name “Wheat Belly” comes from the fact that the persistent insulin response caused by wheat consumption triggers a buildup of visceral fat (fat around your middle), as this is the emergency dumping ground for fat.

Abdominal fat is the greatest indicator of risk for heart disease and diabetes, and it correlates with a high consumption of wheat.  Worse than that, visceral fat has a habit of provoking inflammatory responses, it can distort insulin responses and can produce oestrogen in both women and men, potentially creating “man breasts” or an increased risk of breast cancer.

Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that postmenopausal women with high levels of visceral fat can have up to a four-fold increase in the risk for breast cancer.

As Dr Davis says, “the consequences of wheat consumption, however, are not just manifested on the body’s surface; wheat can also reach deep down into virtually every organ of the body, from the intestines, liver, heart, and thyroid gland all the way up to the brain.  In fact, there is hardly an organ that is not affected by wheat in some potentially damaging way.”

Dr Davis is a cardiologist, so as part of his day-to-day interaction with patients, he was focused upon helping them to reduce their body weight, lower cholesterol levels and improve their general health.  He has successfully done this for literally thousands of patients through the elimination of wheat from their diet.

Many of his patients have dramatic improvements in health, including weight loss (30 lbs to 50 lbs within the first few months being typical), a reduction in allergies, being able to eliminate diabetes medication, the elimination of joint pain and in extreme cases, the avoidance of scheduled surgery.  In many of these cases, the changes in diet, lifestyle and body weight, significantly reduced the risk of cancer.

As a direct result of this book, and the scientific insight of Dr Davis, I now happily live on a wheat-free diet.  I lost 16 lbs of unwanted body fat within the first 60 days, (23lbs in the first 90 days), significantly improved my complexion and noticeably improved my levels of energy.  My cravings for food disappeared after the first three days, making me less distracted and more productive.

By removing wheat from my diet, it forced me to evaluate my food choices, often opting for raw fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, cheese and generally more nutritious options, which keep my blood sugar completely stable.

Without specifically intending to, (and without being hungry), I have reduced my daily caloric intake by approximately 500 calories, and significantly improved my nutrition.  I now live the advice I offer in my book, Cancer Uncensored, so I know everything I recommend is achievable.  Better yet, I feel fantastic.  Thank you Dr Davis!

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