Eating Right As I Play a Game of Chess with Cancer

Abstract: In this communication, I would like to highlight my strategies on Cancer Healing.  If suddenly one day your doctor tell you that you have been invited to play a game of chess and your opponent is cancer what should you do? Admit defeat and die or accept the challenge and change? When cancer strikes anyone, that person is often caught unprepared. But, don’t be dismayed. You can learn about your cancer and how to come up with a wining strategy. Read books and gather reliable information from the internet to get more knowledge while you are on your healing journey.

Chew Sing Kiang

1st Mile Kubong Road, Lot 599,Happy Garden,

98700 Limbang, Sarawak,East Malaysia

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Playing chess is not my hobby and I am not good at it. Before I was struck by cancer, my hobby was badminton. I had played the game regularly. Badminton is a very strenuous game, and most of the time we bet on the games we played. It’s like in cock-fight, everyone bet. To ensure that we “win”, everyone would study each player carefully. The strongest player will get the most bet. If any player is considered a weak player, he is given a few points as “handicap or bonus point”.

Before the game, each player will study his own opponent and formulate his strategy. Is the opponent an experienced player and has stamina or is he overweight and of the slow type? A player who has stamina will play a slow game just to weaken his opponent before the ‘kill’. A player with less stamina will try to play a fast game so that the game need not drag on for too long thus draining his stamina.

Likewise, in this communication, I would like to highlight my strategies on Cancer Healing.

If suddenly one day your doctor tell you that you have been invited to play a game of chess and your opponent is cancer what should you do? Admit defeat and die or accept the challenge and change?

When cancer strikes anyone, that person is often caught unprepared. But, don’t be dismayed. You can learn about your cancer and how to come up with a wining strategy. Read books and gather reliable information from the internet to get more knowledge while you are on your healing journey. Like in a game of chess, you must never give up hope or relax (such as stop seeking for options or taking your medication or herbs) otherwise you would lose the game.

I have accepted the challenge and the change required of me. With the knowledge I gathered from doctors, books in the library and the internet, I planned and formulated my strategies like in my badminton game. With more knowledge I made better strategies.

When I was doing my chemotherapy in Kuala Lumpur, my friends and many cancer patients told me to keep to a vegetarian diet but my doctor did not tell me anything except to eat more food and meat. My instinct told me that he (my doctor) was wrong.  I went on a vegetarian diet.

As days passed, I discovered that I was playing a losing game even though I tried very hard. I had to change fast and I had to improve my strategy further if I were to win. The enemy kept on gaining my territory (my tumor became bigger!)

One day during one of my “hunt” for a herbal book, I found a very valuable book entitled Cancer Success Stories – Book One by Dr. Chris K.H. Teo of Penang. It is from this book that I came to know about CA Care. I took the prescribed herbs and followed the  CA Care-recommended diet as outlined in another book,Food and Cancer, also written by Dr. Teo.

From the literature, I knew that diet by itself cannot heal cancer as much as drugs or herbs alone cannot cure it. However, diet is very important and can determine the progress and direction of our healing. More and more evidence accumulates that what we eat determines the progress of our healing, or can have a great influence on whether we are healthy or sick. With this knowledge, I am aware that most cancers are related to our food and lifestyle.

Taking the right food and following a healthy lifestyle can greatly increase the effective function of  our immune system. Our immune system is responsible for fighting off bacteria, viruses, fungi, cancer cells and foreign antigens. The stronger our immune system is, the more resistance we have against diseases.

While surfing in the internet I have found many types of diet which are mostly suitable for weight loss. They are not suitable for me. Only one attracted my attention. That’s the Blood Type Diet. Then recently, my daughter bought me a book, Eat Right For(4) Your Type by Dr. Peter J D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney. I was very happy. The author is a naturopath doctor and a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, USA. His exciting pioneering works about the importance of blood type in predicting a person’s biochemistry, was inspired by his father’s preliminary theories.

I think this is a book that everyone should find time to read, especially cancer patients. Dr. D’Adamo says our blood type is the key that unlocks the door to the mysteries of health, disease, longevity, physical vitality and emotional strength. Our blood type reflects our internal chemistry and the way we absorbs nutrients. What foods we absorb well and how our body handles stress differ with each blood type.

Chapter One of the book says that early human thrived mainly on meat and it took a remarkably short time for them to kill all the big game within their hunting range. There were more and more people to feed, so competition for meat became intense. Hunters began fighting and killing each other who were impinging on what they claimed were their exclusive hunting grounds. As always, human beings found their greatest enemy to be themselves. Good hunting areas became scare. The migration of human race began. The story of humankind is the story of survival. Men seek places where they could find food. As the human race moved around and was forced to adapt its diet to the changing conditions, new diet provoked adaptations in the digestive tract and immune system necessary for it to first survive and later thrive in each new habitat. These changes are reflected in the development of the blood types, which appear to have arrived at critical junctures of human development:

1)  The ascent of humans to the top of the food chain (evolution of Type O to its fullest expression).

2)  The change from hunter-gatherer to a more domesticated agrarian lifestyle (appearance of Type A).

3)  The merging and migration of the races from the African homeland toEurope, Asia and the Americas (development of Type B}.

4)  The modern intermingling of disparate groups (the arrival of Type AB).

Each blood type contains the genetic message of our ancestors’ diets and behaviors and although we’re a long way from early history, many of their traits still affect us. Knowing these predispositions helps us to understand the logic of the blood type diets.

Dr. D’Adamo found out that many foods agglutinate the cells of certain blood type (in a way similar to rejection) but not others, meaning that food which may be harmful to the cells of one blood type may be beneficial to the cells of another. The author knows this because of a factor called lectins. Lectins, abundant and diverse proteins found in foods, have agglutinating properties that affect your blood. Lots of germs and even our own immune system, used this superglue to their benefit. For example, cells in the bile ducts have lectins on their surfaces to help them snatch up bacteria and parasites. Bacteria and other microbes have lectins on their surfaces as well, so they can attach to the slippery mucousal linings of the body. Often, the lectins used by viruses or bacteria can be blood type specific, making them a stickier pest for a person of that blood type.

When you eat a food containing protein lectins that are incompatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins target an organ or bodily system (kidney, liver, brain, stomach, etc) and begin to agglutinate blood cells in that area.

Many food lectins have characteristics that are close enough to a certain blood type antigen to make it an ‘enemy’ to another. For example, milk has B-like qualities, if a person with type A blood drinks it, his system will immediately start the agglutination process in order to reject it. Different lectins target different organs and body systems. This clumping can cause irritable bowel syndrome in the intestines, cirrhosis of the liver, or block the flow of blood through the kidneys – to name just a few of the effects.

On page 28, Dr. D’Adamo mentioned that lectins are widely abundant in pulses, seafood, grains and vegetables. It’s hard to bypass them. The key is to avoid the lectins that agglutinate your particular cells – determined by blood type. For example, gluten, the most common lectin found in wheat and other grains, binds to the lining of the small intestine, causing substantial inflammation and painful irritation in some blood types – especially Type O.

Lectins vary widely according to their source. For example, the lectin found in wheat has a different shape and attaches to a different combination of sugars than the lectin found in soya, making each of these foods dangerous for some blood types but beneficial for others. Many people with arthritis feel that avoiding the so-called ‘nightshade’ vegetables, such as tomatoes, brinjal and white potatoes, seems to help their arthritis. That’s not surprising, since most nightshades are very high in lectins.

The author said that the effects of lectins on different blood types are not just a theory. They are based on science. He has tested virtually all common foods for blood type reactions, using both clinical and laboratory methods. He used isolated lectins from foods such as peanuts, lentils, meat or wheat and the results are visible under the microscope. He can see them agglutinating cells in the affected blood type.

There is a scientific barometer that can be used to measure the presence of lectins in our system. The barometer is a simple urine test called the Indican Scale. The Indican scale measures a factor called bowel putrefaction. When the liver and intestines don’t properly metabolize proteins, they produce toxic byproducts called indols. The level of these toxic byproducts is shown on the Indican Scale.

If you avoid foods containing toxic lectin proteins that do not metabolize properly in your system, your Indican Scale will be low. If, on the other hand, you regularly consume foods that are high in indigestible lectins, your Indican Scale will be high – meaning that you have a high carcinogenity of substance in your body.

Dr. D’Adamo patients with high Indican Scale results often protest that they usually follow the diet, only easing up occasionally. They can’t believe that their Indican Scale numbers are so high. The Indican Scale shows that a toxic food entering your system is magnified to 90 times the effect on someone for whom it is not toxic. For example, if a Type A eats a processed or cured food, such as bologna (salami), the nitrates are magnified 90 times in the negative impact they have because Type As are particularly susceptible to stomach cancer and the toxic effects of nitrates.

The average person with a 2.5 on the scale has more than enough toxicity to indicate a problem. The good news is, after only two weeks of faithfully following the blood type diet, that person’s Indican Scale numbers will drop to 1 or even 0. This may be the first time you’ve ever heard of the Indican Scale, but it has been widely used in conventional medicine for the last fifty years, and all commercial laboratories perform it.

As you study your blood type diet, you will notice that they are not an attempt to superimpose a rigid formula on your diet, or to rob you of the foods that are important to your culture. Rather, they are a way to lead you back to the essential truths that live in every cell of your body and link you to your historical, evolutionary ancestry.

Here is a short summary condensed from the blood type diet book written by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo:

IF YOUR BLOOD TYPE IS O:

1.      Eat small portion of meat, chicken and fish (high protein low carbohydrate diets).

2.      Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are beneficial for you.

3.      Cut out wheat and most other grains.

4.      Avoid potatoes, sweet corn and dairy products.

5.      Engage in vigorous aerobic exercise.

6.      The risk of ulcers and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis increase if you eat incorrectly for your type.

IF YOUR BLOOD TYPE IS A:

1.      You should be a vegetarian (high carbohydrate, low fat).

2.      Grains, seeds, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables are vital to Type A diet.

3.      You can eat fish e.g. carp, cod, salmon and snails (helix pomatia).

4.      Engage in gentle exercise such as yoga or golf.

5.      Meditate to deal with stress.

6.      Avoid bananas, mangoes, cantaloupe, melons, honeydew, oranges, papayas, plantains.

7.      Avoid dairy products but soya milk and goat’s milk are good substitutes.

8.      The risk of cancer and heart disease increase if you eat incorrectly for your type.

IF YOUR BLOOD TYPE IS B:

1.      You should have a very varied diet of all the blood type, one including meat; yours is the only blood type that does well with dairy products.

2.      Eat lamb, mutton, or rabbit in preference to beef or turkey.

3.      The powerful agglutinating lectin from chicken attack the blood stream and potentially lead to strokes and immune disorders.

4.      Avoid chicken, pork, duck, goose, all shellfish, tomatoes, sweet corn and star fruits.

5.      The risk of slow growing viruses that attack the nervous system increases if you eat incorrectly for your type.

IF YOUR BLOOD TYPE IS AB:

1.      You have the most of the benefits and intolerances of type A and B.

2.      Eat small portions of lamb, mutton, rabbit and turkey only.

3.      Avoid meat like bacon, beef, buffalo, chicken, duck, goose, heart, and pork.

4.      Fish, fruits and fresh vegetables and dairy foods are good.

5.      Eliminate butter, cream, processed cheese and sweet corn.

6.      Avoid mangoes, guavas, oranges, bananas and star fruits.

7.      Engage in calming exercise and relaxation techniques.

8.      You have the friendliest immune system of all the blood type.

Dr. D’Adamo has an advice for those of you with cancer, and his advice is very clear: change your diet, change your attitudes and start using antioxidant supplements. If you follow these suggestions you will be able to gain more control and a greater peace of mind. We all dread this horrible disease, but we can take positive action against it.

Well friends and cancer patients,  don’t raise your eyebrows and grimace with disgust especially those with Type A and Type AB. I am also a Type A.

The above diet is only a fine tune of CA Care-recommended healthy diet. I have been following D’Adamo’s advice for a few weeks now, and I felt better already. The recommended lemon juice with a small glass of warm water every morning helps my sensitive digestive tract by increasing the acidity of my stomach. Before this, I always have stomach problems.

My wife takes the same foods as me but her weight and cholesterol keeps on increasing. The reason is clear. She has Type O blood! The whole stuff: wheat, grains and legumes which I am taking are bad for her!

Three months ago, three of my friends who are on vegetarian diets told me that their weight are increasing but my weight did not increase as I am on CA Care-recommended diet. Now I know the reason. All the three of them have Type O blood and when I asked them, they admitted that they are on a high carbohydrate diet which is actually bad for them.

Then I met another friend who had a heart bypass and is doing very well. He is not overweight. He told me that he takes small portions of lean meat, lots of fruits and fresh vegetables and sweet potatoes everyday instead of rice or bread. He told me that he had Type O blood. He also told me that previously he was overweight because he took rice and oats everyday. This friend of mine does not know about the Blood Type Diet. By coincidence potatoes is most beneficial for Type O. He thanked me and told me that he wanted to know more.

My advice to those who has cancer and degenerative diseases is to blend both the CA Care-recommended diet with the Eat Right For(4) Your Type diet. Be creative and when you are familiar with each type of food you will have an unlimited choice of nutrients and antioxidant that are good for your body which can lead you back to your most basic identity of your ancestry.

Well, I am still playing my game of chess with cancer, my unseen opponent. But now, I have more strategies and I am confident. My final advice to all other ‘chess players’, take care and be knowledgeable. You have to take responsibility of your own health.

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