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Food helps cure all cancers and diseases

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This tasty apple and turkey salad with sunflower seeds was purchased at Sweet Tomatoes in Phoenix, Arizona and can be useful in fighting cancer and other diseases (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

A previous article was written about how food helps cure Leiomyosarcoma.  All the treatments discussed in that article can also be applied to other cancers.  Food has always been a source of curing many diseases like digestive disorders and the flu.  Foods used to help cure all different kinds of cancer have been a very hot topic.  David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD created a website that chronicles his fight with a brain tumor and the diet change and foods he consumed to cure his cancer.  CureZone.com is another website dedicated to finding alternatives to medication and they have a specific page called “Foods That Heal.”  In 1921, Dr. Wiley wrote, “…that food would be the future, not drugs.” Eating to Prevent or Cure Disease is an article written about how foods can be used to cure certain digestive diseases.

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Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, which helps the immune system fight diseases and cancer (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Dr. Peter D’Adamo is thinking progressively by creating diets that center around a person’s blood type.  It says on the website, “Blood Type O thrives on a lean, high protein diet.  Blood Type A thrives on a primarily vegetarian diet.  Blood Type B thrives on a mixed diet of meat, fish and dairy.  Blood Type AB thrives on a modified vegetarian diet.”  Having a diet centered on what is good for the body will help a patient with any disease.  Nutritionists, doctors, and naturopathic doctors can help people cure whatever disease they have, but the average person can start with a healthier diet on their own.

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Arizona Taco Festival lures taco lovers to new home venue

Street Taco Platter

This delicious street taco platter was provided by Rubio’s Fish Tacos, a vendor at the Arizona Taco Festival over the weekend (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012)

The Arizona Taco Festival found a new home this year at the Salt River Fields Sports Complex in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Philip Erdeljohn, a taco enthusiast, said, “It is crowded for a Sunday.  So many people here and I overheard a security guard say that there were 17,000 people here yesterday and they’re expecting the same today!”

Mariachi Band

An all female mariachi band serenaded taco lovers while they ate at the Arizona Taco Festival (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012).

This two day festival included mariachi bands, chef demonstrations, Lucha Libre wrestling, taco eating contest, food trucks, chili pepper eating contest, margaritas, a tequila expo, and even a wedding!  The wedding took place on Saturday.  There were also live bands for people to enjoy while eating their tacos.

The Taco Festival’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter kept people informed of most of the activities.  “I liked that the parking was free and close, but I hated waiting in line for 15 minutes only to find out that I couldn’t use my cash money and had to use carnival raffle tickets to buy my food and drink!  They did not warn us that it would be like that on the website.  I would like to know something like that ahead of time,” said Philip.

Lucha Libre

Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained crowds of people at the Arizona Taco Festival (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012).

Overall, it was a taco fiesta to be enjoyed by people of all ages.  There was even an area for kids to play in bouncy castles and drive go-karts.

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The Green Goddess Nursery is the place for outdoor living spaces

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The Green Goddess Nursery sells plenty of supplies for the Big Green Egg in North Phoenix, AZ (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012).

One of the great places to shop for desert and greenhouse plants is The Green Goddess Nursery located in North Phoenix, Arizona.  Its location is on Bell Road between 40th Street and Tatum Boulevard.  They are open seven days a week, Monday-Friday 7am-5pm and 8am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays.  This is a strictly local business, which provides great customer service and helps customers design the best outdoor living space for their homes.  They also provide customers with the option to follow them on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.  They also have a company blog and they offer coupons to their patrons and new comers on their website.  One product they offer to outdoor cooking and kitchen enthusiasts is the Big Green Egg, an oven, a smoker, and a grill all in one.  “Grilling Prickly Pear cactus is one preparation for it,” says Green Goddess Nursery Manager, Aaron Grimm.

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This Mini Green Egg is available for purchase at The Green Goddess Nursery and great for small spaces in Phoenix (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012).

This place has something for everyone in the North Phoenix and Scottsdale location.  Shop and buy local, as always.

 

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These Prickly Pear cactus are available, along with many other cacti at The Green Goddess Nursery in North Phoenix, AZ (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012).

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Culinary “Misappropriation”: legal matters relating to Intellectual Property

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This piece of a larger pie called the “Salty Hog Pie” from the Village Inn located in Phoenix, Arizona, but recipes can be found for similar pies on the Internet (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

In the world of food, legal matters do exist.  It is important for chefs and cooks to be held liable for their cooking and baking.  People know that there have been court cases relating to this topic, what people do not know is that there has been “culinary misappropriation” by chefs.  This is concerning their cuisine style choices and using other chef’s recipes without the permission of said chef.

One such example of the cuisine style choice was the feud between chef Eddie Huang and writer/editor Francis Lam.  The basic idea is that Francis Lam wrote about an American writer who made a successful Asian restaurant.  Chef Eddie Huang is calling the idea of white American chefs opening restaurants out of their ethnicity “culinary misappropriation.”  How do other chefs feel about this topic?  Chef Margaret Thompson said, “In a way, I can understand his point. We call this “bastardization.” Taking, say an Asian cuisine and having no roots in the culture, you make it how you think Asian, Italian, or whatever should be. It will no longer be authentic. Perhaps then this cuisine should be called fusion.  The argument for purity or misappropriation is no longer substantiated.”

The idea of fusion cuisine and having restaurants comes at a price to some chefs; some ideas for dishes and recipes may already exist for their place of business.  One example where a recipe was “stolen,” was on the show Top Chef: All-Stars.  What happened was that chef Richard Blais shared a recipe/dish idea with chef Mike Isabella, a competing chef on the show.  During a “Quick-fire Challenge,” Mike Isabella used the idea that he and chef Blais were talking about earlier in the day.  Judge and chef Tom Colicchio wrote an article about the episode and the intellectual property issue created by the dish.  In the article, he wrote, “That said, intellectual property laws do not govern dishes. Menu items that appear in one restaurant can be reproduced in another. Even recipes that appear in a published and copyrighted cookbook can be made in any restaurant in the world. In fact, if a chef changed one single ingredient, s/he could even reprint the recipe in his/her own cookbook.”

Autumn Chop Salad

This is an Autumn Chop Salad created by Chef Margaret Thompson for her family in Phoenix, Arizona from a recipe she found on the Internet (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Chef Margaret Thompson has these feelings on the matter, “Well, I think all dishes come from the same recipe and chefs “re-create” them to make them their own.  If the customers do not like the latest spin on the recipe, the chef will go back and tweak it, until people are satisfied.  Lets take a tamale for instance; it is basically masa, lard, and some hot water on the outside, but there are hundreds of combinations of fillings. It all originated with a pork shoulder and went from there.   Each chef added or subtracted from the original recipe. Nobody really owns it.”

Another article presented about the “Blais v. Isabella issue” creates the idea of “Chef Law.”  Chef Law is explained as the following, “Chefs don’t use other chefs recipes.”  This is why there is a perceived problem among chefs.  Should chefs be punished for “culinary misappropriation”?  “If they out and out looked in the person’s recipe file or sat in their restaurant and took notes or pictures and used it in their own restaurant or in a contest or published this, then I say whatever rules/ consequences that apply to plagiarism should apply here,” said chef Thompson.

Each idea presents its own problems and solutions.  Chef Tom Colicchio said it best, “How often have we heard the chefs say that they were making dishes inspired by dishes their grandmothers used to make? In Quickfire Challenges, sometimes the chefs create a new dish on the spot; sometimes they do something inspired by other dishes. Yes, it’s bad form to lift a competing chef’s concept so baldly, and it is rotten for Richard that Mike did so, but Mike still had to execute the concept well. There’s no Intellectual Property law governing such a move, and no Top Chef law against it.”

This idea could be applied to people of other ethnicities opening restaurants outside their own ethnicity as well.  All that matters is how the food tastes to the people eating and enjoying it.

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Survey and movie about Leiomyosarcoma being cured with food

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Fancy That on Facebook provided this great picture showing five great cancer fighting spices to help you cook healthier to fight your cancer (Photo Courtesy of Nutrition Solution Lifestyle 2012).

The movie introduced my thesis topic to the world with pictures and a narrative.  It also got me involved with communities on Facebook about this topic.  The Leiomyosarcoma Awareness page on Facebook is one that I am currently involved in and have been asked, “What kind of diet can I follow to help me?”  This is a great question that will be addressed through interviews with a Nutritionist and a Naturopathic Doctor.

 

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These are the results for, “Which foods do you think will help fight cancer?” This clearly shows that people think that a change in diet involving these foods will help them fight, cure and prevent LMS and other cancers (Photo Courtesy of Survey Monkey 2012).

Dr. Oz offers an article on his site written by Dr. William Li about what you should buy to help prevent and cure cancer at the grocery store every week.  His list offers items such as leafy greens, specialty cooking oils, and fish.  Once again, The Cancer Cure Foundation offers a more extensive list that I took a lot of information from for my survey.  A poll was also created on Facebook and people who took it, said out of having to have chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and just changing their diet to cure/prevent cancer, they would change their diet.  This is really important information too.  All these ideas will be discussed with an Oncologist, who may give me the answer that the first three options I listed, maybe the only true way to fight cancer.  It is great that I make sure to get all sides of this story.

 

LMS ?

81.3% of people surveyed did not know about LMS before I presented a topic on it. It is one of the rarest cancers out there, so it is not surprising that many of you did not know about it (Photo Courtesy of SurveyMonkey 2012).

Many people have not heard of Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) before I brought it up.  I am like most of you, I did not know about it until my mother was diagnosed with it 10 years ago and had to have surgery to remove it.  She like most people with LMS only have the surgery option.  She has it again for the second time and is looking for a better alternative like changing her diet.  The most common forms of cancer that people know about are breast, ovarian, liver, lung, skin, testicular, prostate, colon, and leukemia.  There are plenty of others that people know about, but these are always in the news.

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14 out of 16 people have had cancer themselves or know someone with cancer (Photo Courtesy of SurveyMonkey 2012).

My goal is to show that LMS, which is a rare cancer, can be treated by a simple change in diet.  This information could be applied to other cancers, both rare and widely known.  Most everyone either has cancer themselves or knows someone coping with it.  I want to be the journalistic voice that provides answers to all of you.

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93.8% of you want to know if cancer, especially rare cancers can be cured by a change in diet (Photo Courtesy of SurveyMonkey 2012).

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Leiomyosarcoma and food to cure cancer are new to a lot of people

 

Leiomyosarcoma was first diagnosed in 1994 according to a Case Study done by the University of Ontario.  Many people are not familiar with this disease as it is very rare that people even have it.  This cancer only accounts for 5%-10% of all soft tissue sarcomasThe Cancer Cure Foundation has provided a list of foods that people can eat to both, prevent or cure cancer.  Below is a survey that I would like people to take to help me understand the need for this article and what people actually know about this cancer and food to help prevent or cure cancer.  This research is important because it will provide a gauge to help me with future articles and other articles on the topic.  Leiomyosarcoma awareness is important, especially for females because it can be found in the uterus.  Prevention and cure of any cancer is important, but the severity of this cancer and the only option is to currently remove it.  Hopefully my research will help show that food can help cure and prevent this cancer.

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Literature Review for Thesis Topic on Curing Leiomyosarcoma with Food


 

 

 

These are links to the articles mentioned in the video.

Leiomyosarcoma Wikipedia Entry

LMS Website

AICR’s Foods that Fight Cancer

BBC News Article

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Specialty Supermarket for Mexican Food in Phoenix

 

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This is the “Welcome to Pro’s Ranch Market” bull sign that invites you to explore the store in one of the Phoenix locations (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

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This man is cooking some marinated chicken outside one of the Pro’s Ranch Market stores in Phoenix (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Chicharrones

These are chicharrones (fried pork rinds) which are a traditional ingredient in many Mexican dishes found at Pro’s Ranch Market in Phoenix (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Most of the desert southwest borders Mexico and therefore has a lot of Mexican influence on food and drink.  There is also a higher population of Mexican-Americans in the area, especially in larger cities like Phoenix, Arizona.  One company realized this and created Pro’s Ranch Markets with seven locations across the Phoenix metro area, two in El Paso, Texas and two in New Mexico.  The grocery store company of Fry’s also created a specifically Mexican store in Phoenix called the Fry’s Mercado.  The food that is in these stores relates to Mexican cuisine.  A small list of ingredients is found at IndyWeek.com.

 Mexican cuisine like all the other cuisines found around the world is a culinary adventure and it is nice when specific stores become dedicated to serving the people that like to serve their cuisine.

Agua Frescas

These are two flavored aqua frescas made with traditional Mexican ingredients found at one of the Pro’s Ranch Market stores in Phoenix (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Virgin Guadalupe

This is a Virgin Guadalupe statue surrounded by her Prayer Candles inside one of the Pro’s Ranch Market stores in Phoenix (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

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Local Arizona honey sold at Farmers Markets

Mesquite Honey

Absolutely Delightful Mesquite Honey available at the Roadrunner Park Farmers Market on Saturdays (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Desert Wild Flower Honey

Absolutely Delightful Desert Wild Flower Honey available at the Roadrunner Park Farmers Market on Saturdays (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

The desert southwest is certainly the last place some people would think of as a place that produces honey.  The National Honey Board says, “The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms).  In fact, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States, originating from such diverse floral sources as Clover, Eucalyptus and Orange Blossoms.  In general, lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.”  There are some distinct pollen sources in Arizona.  One company called Absolutely Delightful Honey offers, “Uniquely delicious, natural flavors to include orange blossom, alfalfa, mesquite, desert wild flower, Flagstaff wild flower, catsclaw and camelthorn. From time to time we get small batches of rare honeys like prickly pear or staghorn (cholla) cactus honey.”  They are found at four Phoenix-area farmers markets throughout the week.  The Benefits of Honey website says, “Honey is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. Honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes.” One way to incorporate this energy booster into a diet is to use it as a substitute for sugar.  It could be added to teas to make them sweeter and to pastries for a great unique flavor.

Clover Honey

Clover Honey available at any health food store like Sprouts or Whole Foods Market (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Alfalfa Blossom Honey

Alfalfa Blossom Honey available at any health food store like Sprouts or Whole Foods Market (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Honey is a great product for everyone to eat.  Just make sure if someone is allergic to bees, not to include the honeycomb in their honey.  The desert southwest has honey distinctive to the area, but so does honey that is produced in other parts of the country and around the world.  It is like people can go on adventures just by tasting honey.

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Absolutely Delightful Local Arizona Honey available at four Phoenix-area farmers markets over the week (Photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

 

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Luau makes a splash for kids and adults a like

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Young boy running up one of four blow-up water slides at the City of Chandler luau celebration (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

Kona Truck

The Kona Ice Truck was very popular at the Chandler event with their Hawaiian sno cones (Photo by: Christina Thompson)

This past Saturday in downtown Chandler, Arizona, there was a luau put on by the City of Chandler and the San Tan Brewing Company.  Outside in the town square, there were gelato, ice cream, and Kona Ice booths, along with giant blow up water slides, where kids could slide down and cool off from the blazing hot Arizona sun.  Many adults headed indoors to the San Tan Brewing Company restaurant, where they could enjoy one of the company’s seven year-round and six seasonal microbrews.  The seasonal microbrew available during the luau, was Mr. Pineapple, a brew specifically made for the annual event.  Mary DeBiase out of Corona, California, made a special trip to the event with her niece.  “My niece really likes pineapple and she likes to drink beer.  She told me about this event and asked me to join her and would not shut up about this beer,” Mary said.  “It is pretty tasty and the pineapple that is attached to the glass really brings out the pineapple flavor.”  There was roast pig and coconut haupia for dessert.

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This lady was scooping her company’s ice cream out to a luau event go-er, who was eagerly awaiting the cold treat on the hot day (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

Firemen

The City of Chandler firemen were hanging out by their truck talking to people and at the event in case an emergency arose (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

The City of Chandler Fire Department, Radio Disney, and other food vendors were there too, but everyone was at the restaurant and playing on the slides.  “The slides for kids was a great touch to make it family friendly,” Mary said.  “Family food events are always better.”

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The luau pig roasting on the spit at the San Tan Brewing Company restaurant waiting to be eaten by guests (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

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