News and Change

Hi dear readers (all 5 of you who are left). I know I hardly post here anymore. But today I have good news to share. The saga of the breast cancer question has been answered. I had the genetic test done for BRCA 1 and 2 (thanks to insurance paying), and the result is I have neither mutation! This is a relief. The oncologist still thinks I should consider taking Tamoxifen because of the family history and atypical hyperplasia I have. I’m not so sure, given the potential life-ending side effects. So for now I am cancer-free and I have options for trying to remain so.

There are other, less toxic avenues I started down. One is to consume green smoothies. I’ve not done much research for scientific findings of the health benefits of green smoothies (particularly regarding cancer prevention), but from so many books I’ve read (Michael Pollan, Mark Bitman, etc.), an increase in consumption of these foods can only promote health.

I don’t have the high-tech blender suggested for this (they are pricey at $400, though I’m told worth it). If I stay the course, maybe I’ll get one. Depends on how many blenders I burn out. The cool thing is that so far the smoothies I make taste good. I’m told some of the greens I might end up using make for a less sweet concoction. But thus far this is the recipe I’m using: two generous handfuls of spinach; 1 small banana; 1 pear; 1 cup grapes. (Or I could go with more pears, no grapes, etc.). About a tablespoon of grade B maple syrup, and 1.5 cups of water. I blend the hell out of it for two minutes.


Voila! A truly tasty beverage (even comes in my favorite color!).

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8 Comments on “News and Change”

  1. Barbara Says:

    So happy to hear the news on your results.

    So do you use your green smoothies as a meal replacement or as a supplement to your regular meals?

    Take care.


  2. Kathryn Says:

    I have mine in the morning as breakfast, about 1 quart. I still eat regular meals. We’ll see if they take over!

  3. Mom/Grandma Says:

    Just thinking that I wanted to mention the idea of buying certified organic veggies, fruits when possible?
    I know it’s a bit higher in price — what do you think? Or removing skins when possible etc.?

  4. Kathryn Says:

    I’m not certain about buying organic. Price is significantly high here… I don’t buy organic now for the prepping and consuming these other ways (salads, steaming) at this point. Not peeling anything, because part of the point is to get the fiber and nutrients in the skins too. I’ll think about whether to switch to organic produce…

  5. Angela, Australia Says:

    Good news for you. I often read but don’t usually comment, so does this make 6 readers?

  6. acm Says:

    could throw in a little live yogurt to help up the beneficials too, and I throw a little wheat germ into just about everything these days! 🙂

    good luck!

  7. Barbara Says:

    I’ve been trying to drink a ‘shakeology’ smoothie every day but have fallen off the smoothie wagon. I love my morning coffee so it is hard to drink an icy smoothie and then switch over to my hot drink. I know that it has many benefits I just have to make it a habit. Good luck with your health kick.

  8. Euan Says:

    Really glad to hear about the results Kathryn