Hello readers, where would be without our stories? (As Byron Katie might be paraphrased). Stories are a great way to educate, share information, pass on pearls of wisdoms in ways that can adapt to each individual that hears them, and our ability to reflect on our own stories, integrate the learnings and then reframe them and share them with our insights are powerful acts of magic.
The stories we are told around cancer are so invasive and prevalent, colonising the psyche and creating a fear that feeds the very thing itself. I want each and everyone of you to know that a cancer diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence or a harbinger of doom. It is some way an invitation to dance with a part of yourself that is hidden, and a means to access some valuable spiritual resources – regardless of how you choose to work with it.
I would advise anyone with a diagnosis to keep calm, get a second opinion, and get informed as possible before making any choices. I also want to thank you for following my dharmatic dramatic story of European Adventuring. My story is of course ongoing – I mean actually I have so many stories I could be a high rise complex in a Blade Runner scene. Many of these are written already, many more to be written.
Today though I am going to share some information, instead of telling a story as such. It is important information and does not seem to be widely known. Today I want to talk about the role of FLAX or linseed in a cancer preventative role and a cancer protocol.
From Pliny, Homer and the numerous mentions in the bible it is evident that flax or linseed is a plant with a long history of use in the world – from Egypt to India across the Mediterranean. Its fibre is used for textiles, rope, paper. The Egyptians used it for bandaging mummies. It has long been used as food both for humans and livestock, as a potent pharmaceutical to lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and for mental health, and ornamental purposes. It is apparently a hard crop to commercially harvest, being best left to grow wild in soils of its choice and was used commercially from the 1700s. It declined in use and popularity with the advent of the cotton industry and the aggressive promotion of that by the colonies eager to build empires on the backs of ‘free’ slave labour. For more information on flax – check the links at the end of this blog.
‘Of course there are also many stories and myths around Linseed or flax and there are many traditions are associated with this useful plant. Flax flowers were believed in the Middle Ages to be a protection against sorcery. The Bohemians have a belief that if seven-year-old children dance among Flax, they will become beautiful, and the whole plant was supposed to be under the protection of the goddess Hulda, who, in Teuton mythology, was held to have first taught mortals the art of growing Flax, of spinning, and of weaving it.’ (Mrs M Grieve). Flax in the popular imaginative narrative continued with the French composer Debussy writing an evocative piano piece about a girl with flaxen hair.
But what I want to write about is its use in supporting a body that is cancering.
One of the main reasons that flax oil is recommended for those of us working with cancer in whichever way is its omega 3 -6 ratio. I mean there is a whole protocol that just uses flax and cottage cheese to help the body take down cancer – the Budwig diet – named after a German Doctor called Johanna Budwig who cured herself from breast cancer using this.
Over the years I have tried to do the Budwig protocol but found the dairy aspect too gagathonic. I tried substituting goats quark – but then discovered it had to be low fat dairy. So I left it alone. I have though been taking up to a tablespoon a day of organic oil; in porridge, on sprouted wheat bread, as a late addition to soup after its been cooked; for almost 12 years.
I also use the ground up seeds – which have to be ground up just before you use them as they go rancid very quickly and lose their therapeutic power – as an egg substite. They are amazing as an egg substitute, especially in cakes! But apart from that I don’t bother with them.
But I was reminded last week by my wonderful health practitioner that as great as the oil is – especially for the cell lining of the large intestine – it is the roughage that absorbs excess oestrogen in the gut walls. Now for someone with an oestrogen positive/dependent cancer this is great news. But also, for anyone with cancer it is great news. The oestrogen balance in the body is one of the main physiological components of cancer. Chris Woollams in his great book on oestrogen cites scientific data that shows stem cells that are fed excess oestrogen will become cancerous.
Most hormones/excess oestrogen are broken down by the liver – and how the body manages this can be be tested both through working with the liver pathways with a good Chinese medicine/kinesiology practitioner, or getting blood tests. Sometimes though, as I have recently discovered about my own body, excess oestrogen is seemingly metabolised okay by the liver but is simply not digested by the gut wall for many reasons. The roughage of the flax seeds efficiently mops up this excess oestrogen. And then of course did I mention flax seeds to counteract symptoms of menopause such as hot power surging flashes…..
So for me, I will be putting remembering to put a tablespoon or so of seeds – I don’t think it matters if they are brown or gold – that is a question of personal taste – in my coffee bean blender daily and then putting them on bananas, porridge, coco yo with great delight. As my old friend Hippocavies would say
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be
Now of course that segues easily into a much longer post so at this point I will choose to leave scribing and get on with my daily guinea pig business. Thank you again for reading this blog. I hope it has been useful/inspirational. Please feel free to pass it on, share it with a friend, or comment/contact me.
Also I am in deep gratitude to a wonderful organisation called Yes to Life.
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Links and some Flax inspired music:
https://www.cancertutor.com/budwig/ – “Dr. Budwig was born in Germany in 1908. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 95. She has been referred to as a top European cancer research scientist, biochemist, blood specialist, German pharmacologist, and physicist. Dr. Budwig was a seven-time Nobel Prize nominee.”