NEW YORK — Can the foods we eat actually help us battle and emerge victorious over cancer and other life-threatening diseases? For over 40 years, hundreds of patients from around the globe have foregone toxic chemicals and radiation to follow the course called “bio-repair,” which uses organic nutrition, detoxification and other techniques to bring the body to a state where it can literally heal itself from cancer and other diseases. Now one of the most astounding success stories of the bio-repair movement, 79-year-old Doris Sokosh, has gathered together the multitude of the healthy and tasty recipes that she believes played a role in her beating and staying free of cancer for nearly 40 years in a new book, Triumph Over Cancer – My Recipes for Recovery.
Triumph Over Cancer – My Recipes for Recovery is first and foremost a treasure trove of simple-to-make items that can be enjoyed not only by patients but anyone seeking to maintain a healthy, energetic lifestyle. Sokosh’s book serves up more than 200 delectable dishes, in nine chapters. A godsend to those looking for easily prepared and nutritious meals while battling disease, the “Drinks and Shakes” chapters provides tasty, vitamin-packed vegetable juice blends including Watercress and Pineapple and Carrot, Beet and Coconut and rich shakes including Doris’ Coconut, Almond Butter and Banana Cocktail and her Healthy Enzyme Shake of mango, papaya and lemon juice. In her “Soups” chapter, Doris presents 20 offerings, from hearty body-builders like her Bone Marrow Stock to delicious vegetable variations including her Green Soup, made of celery, string beans, parsley and green zucchini.
Sokosh’s remarkable story begins in 1971, when the then 40-year old was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy and hysterectomy. When her weight dropped to under 90 pounds, her doctor told her she was terminal and sent her home to die among loved ones. With no other options in sight, Sokosh followed a course recommended by a family friend who had heard about the just-formed F.A.C.T, Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy. Because Doris was so weak, the program started off simply, with fresh vegetable juices, consisting of organic carrots, apple, beets and celery, along with detoxification. When Sokosh regained her health, she started creating her own recipes based on the F.A.C.T. program, which were photocopied and shared among many patients in the burgeoning bio-repair grapevine over the next two decades. During the 39 years she has remained cancer-free, Sokosh continued to add to her health-promoting menu arsenal, now creating this 125-page book, available in paperback, $19.95 US at www.rethinkingcancer.org
Salad lovers will crave the 37 recipes Sokosh prescribes, from creative variations on slaws and sauerkraut to leafy green salads and salads with chilled, steamed vegetables as their centerpiece. For those who think cancer-fighting cookery is all vegetarian, Sokosh defies expectations with her bulging chapter, “Fish, Poultry, Egg and Meat Entrees.” Recommending all organic, antibiotic-free ingredients and fertile eggs, Sokosh helps readers craft nutritious creations like her cayenne-powered Hungarian Fish Casserole and Fruit Stuff Roaster, an organic whole chicken stuffed with apples, pears, pineapple, oranges and plums. Her healthy protocol truly goes ballistic delicious in the “Desserts and Snacks” chapter, boasting everything from her fig, date and cashew-filled Carob Fudge Bars to a palate cooling Pineapple Yogurt Sherbet. Sokosh’s veritable encyclopedia also features chapters dedicated to “Breakfast Ideas,” “Vegetable Side Dishes,” “Grain and Bean Dishes” and “Dressings, Sauces and Dips,” along with “General Considerations,” with tips on essential pantry ingredients (like distilled water and cold-pressed oils) to requisite kitchen supplies (buying tips for blenders, juice extractors, etc.) to the must-avoids (including aluminum and Teflon cookware). Sokosh relates the dramatic story of her battle and victory over the disease, and the genesis of her first and only cookbook, in a chapter called “How I Recovered.”
Triumph Over Cancer – My Recipes for Recovery is the latest resource from F.A.C.T., Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy, a federally approved 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization which has supported non-toxic, biologically sound approaches to cancer prevention and treatment since 1971. Sokosh was also featured in Rethinking Cancer, F.A.C.T.’s critically-acclaimed 2009 documentary that chartered the therapeutic and psychological journeys of five patients who chose non-toxic biological remedies to overcome serious illness. Other F.A.C.T. publications include Ruth Sackman’s health classic Detoxification: A Sensible Method of Maintaining Optimum Health, the just released Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery, a first-person account by cancer survivor Lou Dina, also featured in the film Rethinking Cancer and the popular 2003 Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer by Ruth Sackman. These books and the documentary Rethinking Cancer can be purchased via the organization’s official website, www.rethinkingcancer.org. The full text from the nearly 40 years of F.A.C.T.’s renowned quarterly magazine, Cancer Forum, will soon be available at the website.
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