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Shelly Keren
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Sep 26, 2023
In Radical Remission
Yom Kippur is a special day. Whether you are religious or not, you can't help but feel something special.   I am not religious, but living in Israel, I enjoy the special energy of this day. Yom (meaning 'day') Kippur (meaning ' Atonement') starts at sunset and ends 25 hours later.                                       Everything is closed here - stores, cafés, schools, businesses, news channels (everything!) and there are no cars driving in the streets.   The streets are quiet, you only see people (especially children) riding their bikes or walking on the streets (mostly dressed in white) and enjoying this special quiet day.                             Many people fast (not eating or drinking for 25 hours).   Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement and forgiveness. It is a day to reflect on the past year and ask for forgiveness.   The special quietness of this day gives you time to look inside, to reflect, and to think about who you need to ask for forgiveness. It can be of another person or it can be of yourself. For blaming yourself of something, for putting yourself last, for not taking care of yourself, physically or emotionally.   And today, on this special day, I can't help but think of the Releasing Suppressed Emotions healing factor.   When we practice forgiveness it can act as a release whereas when we hold on to emotions from the past (such as resentment or anger) it can really make us sick. We might feel pain in our body, particularly the stomach, head or heart. If this is long-term it can turn into chronic stress, which can even create a blockage that can lead to serious illness.   So, the idea of Yom Kippur, of cleaning the soul with forgiveness once a year is pretty cool.   Let go of resentment, hurt & anger. Make amends with whomever you are forgiving (someone else or yourself) - it will help you feel better and lead to better health.
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Shelly Keren
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Sep 10, 2023
In Radical Remission
In the Radical Remission 'changing your diet' chapter, Dr. Turner tells us that the radical remission survivors reduced or eliminated sweets, meat, dairy and wheat. In addition, half of their plate (of every meal) was made out of vegetables or fruit.   Are you familiar with purple sweet potatoes?   These gorgeous sweet potatoes (in my opinion they are not sweet at all) are very rich in antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation and boost your immune system.   I bake them in the oven and then add olive oil, thyme & rosemary.   Yesterday, at my Friday night family dinner, I served these beauties.   When I put them on the table, my mom, dad and sister, all mentioned that these beautiful purple sweet potatoes were shown on the Netflix documentary: 'Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones'.   YES! 😊  I was happy that they remembered this. These Purple Sweet Potatoes were mentioned in the Okinawa chapter of this great documentary. This documentary explores the 5 blue zones, studied by Dan Buettner for 20 years. He takes the viewers on his journey in which centenarians share what they think is their secret to living to 100. I really recommend watching this, as it has so many similarities to Dr. Turner's research in the Radical Remission books.
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Shelly Keren
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Aug 20, 2023
In Radical Remission
When I first took the radical remission online course, I LOVED the worksheets that were handed out at the end of each factor. They really made me think. Stop and think. Each factor on it's own. For example: What are the things that I am grateful for, what are my happy memories and what will I make time for this week? This month? Methods in releasing suppressed emotions, and how to implement this week? This month? Looking at my meal plate, evaluating, and seeing how to improve it. What should I  add, and what should I remove to achieve a well balanced nutrition?   But how do we get these things done? How do we make it a priority and not fall back to our old habits? For me, I have a few methods that I've found work for me: I have a to do list, on a piece of paper. It has many of my to'do, some of which I postpone and some which are urgent. I added the Radical Remission action items to my to do list (such as: schedule a walk with a friend, register to that dance class, add 1/2 plate of veggies to tonights meal etc…) Sticky notes! Yes, they are a great reminder. I stick them on the refrigerator or onto my computer screen (even if the reminder is a small reminder, such as texting that whatsapp group and schedule a get together with my favorite group of friends) Reminders on my phone – I have tons of reminders on my phone, but they work! Prepare my smoothie at 5pm reminds me (because sometimes life is hectic and I get caught up in other matters) My radical remission game plan chart – put it in my work room near my computer, or on my night stand. Go over them often.   How are you progressing with your game plan? And what helps you get those action items done? Please share your tips with us  💛
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Shelly Keren
RHGC-1
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Aug 13, 2023
In Radical Remission
A few years ago, I read that the United Nations (UN) has declared the year 2016 as UN International Year of Pulses. They also have a world pulse day (which was in February this year) and promote it strongly. This makes sense. Pulses are cheap. Available worldwide. They are good for the environment. The legumes & beans nutritional value is very high: it is a plant-based protein, high in folate, fiber, iron, phosphorus and more.  Legumes & beans contain several components, that when eaten as part of a balanced diet, may help prevent  high cholesterol, high blood sugar and diabetes, cancer, obesity and more. The AICR The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends eating beans & legumes as part of the healthy diet to reduce cancer risk.     So, what will you have for dinner tonight? Legumes or beans, please 😃 How can we add it to our daily nutrition? Here are some ideas: Hummus – add it as a dip to your evening veggie plate Chickpeas – add to your salad to health bowl Black beans – have a famous Mexican chili bowl Beans cooked in tomato sauce Lentils soup Peas – pea soup Black and brown beans – Majadra (a Mediterranean dish, mixed rice with legumes) Options are endless I know that some people are more sensitive in their stomach to beans and legumes. It can give gas and create stomach pain. Here are a few tips that can help: Start small – start with the small lentils (orange, brown, black). Eat small amounts each time. Start with a tablespoon. And after a few days 2 tablespoons and so forth.. Always wash the legumes and beans before cooking them Prepare in the correct manner: lentils need cooking of 10-15 minutes in boiling water Beans – soak in water overnight. I always boil it 3 times – boil, change water and boil again, and thenonce more. Then cook for 4-8 hours (depending on the bean). Try cooking it with sage Try adding some carminative seasonings to the dish – ginger, cumin seeds, cardamon. If you would like a recipe for any of the above, please feel free to ask me in the chat below, or if you have any good ideas I'd love for you to share 💚
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Shelly Keren
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Aug 06, 2023
In Radical Remission
When I was 27 years old, I worked as a graphic designer. I had just finished my MA in Electronic Graphics in the UK and returned to Israel. I was working as an independent designer. The home internet was just starting, websites were a new thing, and designing websites was a very new profession, so I was very much in demand. I was at the right place at the right time.   I had a ton of work, and all my clients were eager to finish their websites as quickly as possible, putting a lot of stress on me to finish their projects quickly and to a high standard. The stress was real!   One day, I woke up with a horrible pain in my throat. I looked in the mirror and saw sores on my tonsils. Many of them It was so painful that it made me cry. I remember going to a throat doctor and him telling me that the sores were called 'aphta', and that there was nothing he could do to help me.   My mom was living in the US at the time (in Bethesda, MD), and she had a neighbor who worked at the NIH. He looked around in his research database and found research showing that some cases of aphta sores are caused by a lack of vitamin B12. He said the researcher was a dentist in Tel Aviv, Israel (5 minutes from my house!).   I went to that dentist, and he suggested that I start taking B12 vitamin (and have the blood test as well). I remembered that he asked me if I was under stress, and at 27 I answered, No, but my clients are 😅. Shortly after starting to take the B12 vitamin, the aphta sores in my mouth disappeared! Such an 'easy' solution for such a painful problem for me! I was so grateful. 💛   Until today, every time I start feeling the smallest pain in my mouth and I know that the aphta is starting, I start taking B12, and it disappears.   (I remembered this story of mine, last week, during our Radical Remission Workshop, while going over the herbs & supplement healing factor).
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Shelly Keren
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Jul 30, 2023
In Radical Remission
When I first read Radical Remission 6 years ago, I fell in love with Dr. Turner's research. Her book gave us so much hope. Reading about the factors, the research and the radical remission survivors really helped me to be a better caregiver to my husband.   We knew that exercise and movement was very important for healing and so we could not understand why it was not in the book.   When Dr. Turner's 2nd book came out, Radical Hope, I was so happy to see that she had added the Exercise and Movement factor.   Dr. Turner explained, that exercise DID come up as a healing factor in the initial RR research, but wasn’t a factor that all had survivors utilized. Upon further review of old and new cases, Dr. Turner found that all radical remission survivors added exercise and movement back into their routines as soon as they were strong enough and able to do so.   Some Radical Remission survivors didn’t include exercise in their interviews because they didn’t consider daily walks, physical therapy, household activities, or engaging in other less formal or structured movement as “exercise.” But as we read in the book and as we know, it is!   Happy Sunday dear community, reminding you all to 'move your body':  take a walk, dance, do some gardening or play ball. Whatever you are able to do. It is so important to our health and will put a smile on your face 😊
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Shelly Keren
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Jul 23, 2023
In Radical Remission
In the past few months, I enjoyed teaching the Radical Remission Workshop (in private sessions or in our online group). When we arrive at the intuition factor, we do a guided imagery, which helps us connect to our intuition. There are many ways to access intuition, but the overall idea is, to let your mind be quiet. Not to have all the noise, reminders, thoughts, to-do's, worries etc… so that you can truly just BE. And then, when our minds are quiet, we can listen to your inner voice, and hear it.   You can achieve this by meditation, journaling, dreaming, doing a guided imagery etc.. And, like a muscle, this connection will grow stronger the more we use it.   So what does your intuition have to say to you today?
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Shelly Keren
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RHGC-1
Jul 16, 2023
In Radical Remission
I always loved juice. As a child, my family owned a grove, and we used to go there on Saturdays during the winter and pick as many oranges and grapefruits as our car's trunk could hold ;-). We would take some of the fresh citrus to my grandmother and great-grandmother and keep the rest for ourselves, enjoying fresh orange juice every morning. Today, I still enjoy my morning juice, but I make it more alkaline and add green veggies so that I get more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. Unlike smoothies, which have a lot of fiber in them, the juice absorbs very fast into our bodies. That is why I prefer to drink my green juice in the morning, as it absorbs into my empty stomach quickly so that my body gets to enjoy the nutrients quickly after the night's fast. In my green juice, I put: Celery Cucumber Green leaves: kale, spinach leaves, mint, parsley, lettuce and more… 1/2 Fruit: pear, green apple And add half a lemon, a piece of ginger, or a piece of turmeric root (depending on the season) I sometimes add a carrot or beet (but then the beautiful green color changes into a brownish shade which is less pretty, but still healthy and yummy When my husband was sick with stage 4 colon cancer, I used to juice a special juice for him in the morning (the minute he woke up). I prepared his ‘anti-cancer juice’, in which I added cruciferous vegetables (known to have cancer-fighting ingredients) in addition to antioxidant plants and inflammation-decreasing ingredients. We believe that this juice also helped in his recovery. We learned from the Radical Remission survivors that they consumed lots of vegetables and fruit and made it at least 50% of each meal or snack. Juicing, as part of our morning routine, is a healthy and easy way to start our day and help our body heal, cleanse and absorb the amazing nutrients that nature has to offer us.
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Shelly Keren
RHGC-1
RHGC-1
Jul 09, 2023
In Radical Remission
The other day, I was in the kitchen preparing the ingredients for my afternoon smoothie. My niece dropped by (she is 15 years old), and when she saw that I am putting in the smoothie green leafs (kale, lettuce, mint, spinach) she made a face. I told her (lovingly) that it isn't nice to make a face at someone else's food, and she answered why don't I just put all these veggies in a salad. Do you? I asked her. I have a salad for dinner, but there is only a certain amount of veggies that I can eat in my salad, and this way, via drinking a healthy smoothie, I get to add more fruit and vegetables into my daily nutrition. She thought about it for a second, nodded and smiled. The message went through 🙂 Smoothies are a great way to increase fresh (and preferably organic) fruit and vegetables into our daily nutrition routine and increase the intake of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants in our bodies in an easy way. And, in the summer we can add ice and it is a great refreshing drink. For my smoothie, I use: At least half vegetables. Cucumber, green leaves: spinach, lettuce, kale etc… I like to add mint or basil (the herbs that I grow on my balcony) etc.. Fruit – banana, mango, berries, avocado etc… Liquid – I like to use green tea as my liquid for the smoothie (that way I get my antioxidants as well), or you can use vegan 'milk', such as good quality almond milk or coconut water, or plain water. Extra boost – sometimes I add frozen spirulina (or powder), wheatgrass, goji berries, almond butter or any other extra boost that I feel I need at that moment.   Radical Remission survivors did LOTS of different things when it came to their diets, many of them very specific (e.g., vegan, ketogenic, etc.), but the overall sweeping trends were that they all greatly reduced (or sometimes even eliminated): meat,  wheat (meaning gluten or refined grains), sweets (refined sugars), and dairy products. They replaced these things with vegetables and fruit, with at least 50% of each meal or snack being comprised of vegetables or fruits, which is exactly what this smoothie is.   I also love to have vegetable juice, which I will tell you about next time 💚
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Shelly Keren
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RHGC-1
Jun 25, 2023
In Radical Remission
I was 36 years old when I began experiencing recurrent, severe strep throat infections. My daughter was 5 years old at the time. The doctor prescribed me antibiotics three times before later deciding that I needed an emergency tonsillectomy. Something in me told me that I did not need this surgery and that I should choose an alternative route, so I scheduled a consultation with a homoeopathic physician recommended by a friend. I informed the homoeopathic doctor about my frequent throat infections as we were seated across from each other, and then he leaned over the table and asked, "What aren't you telling me?" At that moment, I started crying. Weeping. It took me a few minutes to calm down (this was the first time that I had met this doctor). And then, I started telling him why I cried. I remembered a trauma from when I was 5 years old, and having my daughter at that age (at a similar but very different situation) brought it all up again. I tried to bury my feelings. I tried not to think about my own 'old' trauma. Not to talk about it. But my throat had different plans. My throat wanted me to express my feelings. I later found out that the throat is the area of the body that represents our expression. A blocked expression can result in illness in and around that area, similar to my recurring throat infections. So my mind-body connection arose, and caused me to face this trauma once again as a mother, and to talk about it again so that I can heal properly. In the radical remission books, Dr. turner shares with us that Releasing suppressed emotions is one of the 10 healing factors that the Radical Remission survivors did. Radical Remission survivors and their healers talked about the idea that illness represents a blockage at either the body, mind, or spirit level of the human system. This factor is about the emotions we hold on to from our past and their connection to our physical health. So that is my personal story about Releasing suppressed emotions, and how once I released it, my throat healed and the strep infection did not return. Even today, if I do get throat pain, I know how to heal myself. I think about what is bothering me emotionally and what I am not expressing (talking about). That, together with ginger, lemon tea, and Isatis herbs, is how I heal my throat these days.
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