GREG'S LEGACY

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Spring: Time to get a life

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Weekly update letter

Dear family and friends

Since being diagnosed in March, I have been confined to the house – right throughout winter.  Between the cancer, the hormone therapy and sitting on my bum all day, I have become weak with no stamina to do anything around the house,

Now, with spring and a few warmer days, I am determined to become active again through the reclamation of my vegetable garden.

Initial clearing showing strawberries (right), French shallots and chives in foreground.  Nice mulchy soil though!

Initial clearing showing strawberry bed (right), French shallots (rear centre) and chives in the foreground. Nice mulchy soil though!

My first venture into the plot last Thursday saw me weeding out the first bed finding strawberry plants hiding amongst the weeds.  After the winter rains, the weeding is easy – simply fork the soil and shake out the weeds.  That first episode found about 70 strawberry plants that are now neatly rearranged in the bed.

For the next twenty four hours, I was neatly arranged on my bed with muscle aches from head to toes. After coming out of hospital on Anzac Day, I was initially banned from physical activity for six weeks.  Then, with the hormone therapy, I was robbed of my stamina and could not get physically involved.  Then came winter.  Is it any wonder I had muscle pain.

The strawberries form part of my alkalising diet which is an alternate cancer therapy.  I have read that cancer cells thrive in an anaerobic environment caused by an acidic blood supply.  By going alkaline, the blood is aerated and the cancer cells wither and die. Here’s hoping!

As it is all about fresh produce, my life’s work through the summer is to feast on my own home grown fruit and vegetables.  In cleaning out the vegie garden, I have salvaged a couple of apple sized beetroot which also fit the diet.  The surprise though is that lemons, although acidic in themselves, are extremely alkaline forming in the body.  With the lemon tree currently full of fruit, I am drinking lemon/honey/water every day and it tastes great. I am going to add a bit of sodium bicarbonate to give it a boost. I am working on drowning those tumours in lemon juice.

Another benefit of working the vegie plot is getting out in the sun and generating Vitamin D.  This is necessary to allow calcium supplements to be absorbed and I need the calcium to counteract the tendency of the hormone therapy to give you osteoporosis.  It’s all bloody technical, isn’t it?

After about four or five sessions in the vegie garden, I am no longer suffering muscle pain.  I have been able to clear another bed and plant corn;  planted some garlic and French shallots; and rescued about a dozen chive plants.  This week, I am preparing the tomato patch.

Regards
Greg

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Written by Greg Naylor

13 September 2008 at 12:00 am

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  1. Good to hear you’re staying positive, Greg. Good luck in tonight’s game too, although I’m obviously saying that more out of courtesy than belief. It should be a good one.

    raydixon

    13 September 2008 at 2:01 am

  2. Thank’s Ray for your wishes of good luck on tonight. Of course, if Collingwood lose, you have committed me to following the Saints for the premiership, haven’t you? I hope the sentiment is reciprocal 😉

    Greg Naylor

    13 September 2008 at 10:39 am

  3. […] askmenhealth.org: Recent news and info related to conditions and diseases that could influence men&a… wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Weekly update letter Dear family and friends Since being diagnosed in March, I have been confined to the house – right throughout winter.  Between the cancer, the hormone therapy and sitting on my bum all day, I have become weak with no stamina to do anything around the house, Now, with spring and a few warmer days, I am determined to become active again through the reclamation of my vegetable garden. My first venture into the plot last Thursday saw me weeding out the first bed finding strawberry plants hiding amongst the weeds.  After the winter rains, the weeding is easy – simply fork the soil and shake out the weeds.  That first episode found about 70 strawberry plants that […] […]

  4. “you have committed me to following the Saints for the premiership”

    You could do worse, Greg. Come with us, it’s quite a (roller coaster) ride, I can assure you.

    raydixon

    14 September 2008 at 1:00 am

  5. Go for it, Greg! Drown the little bastards!

    BTW, Our regularly visiting magpie family has been AWOL at our place for free feeds. Looks like they might return now that they’re no longer celebrities. I’m in two frames of mind if the do return. Either feed them or tell them to piss off.

    Did you get your petrol voucher?

    jr

    14 September 2008 at 8:00 am


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