Is sugar toxic for our bodies?


There has been a lot of talk about sugar in the news lately with the foreboding question, “How bad is sugar for our bodies?  Many people, even doctors, can argue both sides of the case.  Some say that sugar doesn’t harm our bodies while others claim it’s extremely toxic.  Here is what I know about sugar:

Sugar is linked to obesity, cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  When we eat too much sugar, our liver gets overloaded with fructose and converts some of the sugar into fat.  Some of that fat ends up in our blood stream.  Every cell in our body does need glucose to survive, but tumors also need glucose (sugar) to grow.

So what is the simple answer?  Approach your diet with balance.  Keep sugar to a minimum.  If you limit sugar, you will decrease your chance of getting cancer.  Stay away from processed foods–they are filled with hidden sugars.  Find something in your life that creates joy and will satisfy you like a sugar binge would — whether it’s exercise, sports, creativity, a hobby, or music…. Your body will thank you for it.

As always, to your health!

Health Coach Autumn

Is there a Cancer Cure in Tree Bark?

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Pau d’arco, from the Lapacho tree, has been studied by many people, cultures and institutions showing one similar finding: it is a bark with unbelievable health benefits. Pau d’arco comes from an evergreen tree that grows in South America. Because this tree (Tabebuia avellanedae) is now endangered, people are harvesting tree bark from similar species with intentions of either curing disease or turning profits. The greatest attribute found in this tree bark is a possible cure for cancer.

The University of Maryland Medical Center found that the bark of the Lapacho tree has anti-cancer properties, and is also anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antifungal and antibacterial. Not much testing has been done on humans, but unconfirmed studies by researchers show that the bark stimulates immune system cells called macrophages.  The bark extract reportedly kills lung and liver cancer cells that are grown in test tubes.

The tea, which is often called Taheebo tea, is hard to mix with water but has been reported to have cured some people’s illnesses.   On the CureZone website is a testimonial that claims the tea cured lymphoma in a man who was diagnosed and told he would only live a matter of months.   In 2009, Anna Hodgekiss from Mail Online reported a woman who had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and set out on a venture to cure the ailment by eating various tree barks.  She did not specify the bark she might have eaten over the years, but her physician says there is no trace of Crohn’s disease in her body now.  The woman reports selling the beneficial bark to a “pharmaceutical giant.”

Common uses of Pau d’arco listed by the University of Maryland Medical Center are for the treatments of candidiasis, herpes simplex virus, influenza, parasitic diseases, bacterial infection and cancer. Louise Tenney writes in the Cancer News Journal that this tree bark, often referred to as Taheebo, Ipe Roxo, Lapacho and Pau d’arco, has curative powers that have time and again relieved “thousands of people with untold suffering.”

Distributors with the Taheebo Tea Club report a client has cured a skin condition in their dog. The owner of the Taheebo Tea Club also stands by his belief that the cure for cancer is in this tree bark.  The group claims to have cured brain cancer in a client, and to have also cured cancer of the colon that was diagnosed in the owner’s father.  Although the tree that produces this famous bark is endangered, the Taheebo Tea Club claims there is no need to kill the tree just to harvest the bark. Their method strips the wood in a way that leaves the tree standing for another harvest.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports high levels of bark extract has the potential to be poisonous. But there was one study conducted in the 1970s by the National Cancer Institute that found no toxic effects on liver or kidney tissue.

Another risk the ACS reports comes from the products being falsely advertised as Pau d’arco when they are actually other tree barks.  Twelve sample products were tested in Canada, and the study showed that only one contained lapochol, which is an ingredient in pure Pau d’arco.

The University of Maryland Medical Center warns people that this bark in high doses can cause uncontrollable bleeding, as it is thought to be a blood thinner (others report this is a blood builder and a tonic that is used to treat anemia).  The uncommon side effects of Pau d’arco include “anemia, nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness.”  So, it is hard to tell how beneficial this herb exactly is, but people around the world want to see firsthand if the cure for cancer really is in this tree bark.

By Lindsey Alexander, This article courtesy of

Mushrooms Each Day Keep The Doctor Away

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Did you know that mushrooms are one of the best foods you can eat to boost your immune system?

Mushrooms travel through your body and activate your body’s natural defenses to fight cancer cells.  They also prevent abnormal cells from obtaining the blood they need to replicate and grow.

Mushrooms are natural angiogenesis inhibitors, meaning they not only fight cancer, they fight fat too.  What a deal!  Other great angiogenesis inhibitors include onions, garlic, soy, cinnamon, berries and tea.

Want to fight breast cancer?  Eat mushrooms!  Eating just 10 grams of mushrooms each day reduces your breast cancer risk by 64%. Add green veggies and green tea to that number and you’ll reduce your risk of breast cancer by 89%!  WOW!

Have you ever tried a chanterelle or a shiitake? 

How about a white stuffing or a reishi?    Mix It up!  

Happy mushroom eating to you!  And me!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at


Is Spontaneous Healing possible?


Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

What is Spontaneous Healing?

Spontaneous healing, or what I like to call self-induced healing, is an unexpected cure or improvement from a health condition, disease, cancer or health problem that appeared to be getting worse.  Spontaneous healing is sometimes also called spontaneous remission or spontaneous regression.

Studies have shown that people who have been spontaneously healed have believed or experienced one or more of the following and it has made their spontaneous healing possible:

1. The person believes that humans have the potential to be spontaneously healed.

2. The person believes in their own potential to be spontaneously healed.

3. The person had a transformative spiritual experience.

If you truly believe you will get healed and take steps toward that healing process, spontaneous healing is possible!

I hope you are not only loving others but also loving yourself today.

To your health, happiness and bright future!

Autumn (check me out at

Don’t throw out your skinny jeans!– Weight loss is possible!


Are you tired of fad diets?  Are you unhappy with your weight?  Do you wish you still fit in your skinny jeans?

I used to get the same feeling like clockwork every Friday night.  There I would be, staring into my closet in a daze, my bed covered with cute shirts I had tried on that no longer fit.  I would be contemplating if I should still go out, because I simply had, NOTHING to wear.  Maybe I should just stay home, throw on my pajamas and watch old reruns of Sex in The City??

I felt defeated.  I knew the food I had eaten that week and the non-existant exercise had caught up to me.

I almost did stay home, many times.  But I had to go out– it was a necessity.  You see, I was unhappy with my job.  Staying home all weekend, not having any fun, and then going back to work Monday sounded like a death wish.  So I would squeeze into an outfit, put on some clunky cute jewelry and hope I was having a good hair night.

I didn’t have to feel this way and neither do you.

Today,  I have a job I simply love.  I never feel like I’m bulging out of my clothing anymore.  I am happy, healthy and active.

Here are some keys that helped me lose weight and get back to feeling good about myself:

– I ate healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, fish and extra virgin olive oil.  These not only filled me up, but also helped protect me against heart disease, cancer, depression, and Alzheimer’s.  The body uses fat for energy, so why not make sure it’s the good fats?

-I skipped the big meals, and had three small meals with many healthy snacks in between.  This helped me control my portions and made sure I wasn’t overstuffing my stomach with too much food all at one time.  Feeding my body more frequently taught my body that it’s okay not to store food till the next meal, because the next meal would be coming sooner than later.

-I drank more H2O.  Often I thought I was hungry, when I was simply just thirsty.  Drinking more water gave me more energy; so I had less energy slumps.  This is turn meant I ate less sweets.

-I moved more….I spent less time sitting around and more time being active.  I made sure I never sat for more than an hour without getting up to move around for a few minutes.

-I became grateful for everything and anything in my life.  I started a “Gratitude and Motivational” journal and wrote in it frequently.  It helped me focus on what made me happy in life and who I wanted to be.

I hope this will start to help you fight your “battle of the bulge.”  Stay tuned to my future blog posts for more weight loss tips!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at

Onions are Cancer Fighters


Everyone has heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”…  And now to that I now add “and an onion a day keeps the cancer away!”

Studies show that high consumers of onions are much less likely to get cancer.  Onion consumers are 56% less likely to get colon cancer, 71% less likely to get prostate cancer, 73% less likely to get ovarian cancer, 50% less likely to get stomach cancer and 88% less likely to get esophageal cancer.  (Based on eating 1/2 cup a day or more)   And to that I say, “Bring me an onion!”

So what are the most powerful onions out there?  Shallots, Northern Red onions, New York Bold onions, and Western Yellow onions top the list. The least powerful include Empire Sweet onions, Western White onions, Imperial Valley sweet onions, Puverian sweet onions and Vidalia onions.

Other fabulous natural cancer fighting foods include green veggies, mushrooms, beans, berries and seeds.  All of these foods are Angiogenesis inhibitors;  which means that they inhibit blood vessels in cancer and fat cells from growing.

Isn’t this some great info to share since tomorrow is October 1st and it will officially be “Breast Cancer Awareness Month?”  Pass along this info to those you love–

To your health!

Autumn  @