The Health Mama

helping healing with whole food nutrition


May 2015

Top 10 cancer treatments and my favorite Liver recipe


I always am thinking about my sister. I don’t think a day goes by that I haven’t thought about her about 100 times. She is my inspiration to try and live better each day. She is my reminder of what is important and helps me to stay close to the Lord because I know she needs his help and so do all of us that love her. This life is meant to have trials, challenges, pain, heartache, and suffering. It can be hard to understand but we truly cannot change or become the person we need to be unless we are tried, challenged, stretched, and tested. I don’t know why it seems like some people are tested more than others. The Lord just wants us to come to him and he will help you through any trial that you have to bear.

Angie starts Chemo tomorrow, so let’s all pray for her and her body’s ability to fight this cancer.

I wanted to share this blog post by Dr. Josh Axe. I love his website. If your not following him on Facebook, you should. He is smart, open, and giving with all he has learned. He has a personal story with his mother and cancer so he has done the work helping to support her in healing.

Here is the link to his article:

If you noticed that liver was on his list. I want to help everyone start eating more organ meats, including me and my family.

This recipe has been the best one that I have found to get liver into you. No more liver smoothie’s for me or swallowing chunks of raw liver. I’m serious!! You have to try this. Mary from the Paleo Chef came up with this recipe.

Bangin’ Liver
1/3 cup cooking oil/fat of choice (I prefer ghee)
1 lb calf’s or chicken liver, chopped
6 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 chili pepper, seeded and chopped (add as many as you want to make it really spicy)
1 1/2 tbs cumin powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp cloves powder
1/4 tsp cardamon powder
Juice of one lime or lemon
1 tsp salt

Sprinkle some salt on the chopped liver
Heat up the oil/fat in a large frying pan, keep the cover nearby
Add the liver and stir carefully, allow the liver to brown
Once the liver has changed colors add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well
Cover and let cook for another 15 minutes on med-low heat
When serving, be sure to scrape some of the sauce & browning that has occurred in the pan.
Serve with an additional squeeze of lemon/lime and salt to taste
I also drizzle high quality extra virgin olive oil to top it all off.


Positive Thinking

IMG_0661I have had some self discovery this past week. Angie, my sister who is battling stage 4 lung cancer, was told that the current chemo drug she is taking is not treating the cancer anymore. She talked with her doctors and they decided together that she was going to start regular Chemo treatments now. This is the full blown infusion of Chemo.  She was on an experimental chemo drug that was just for her kind of cancer and trying to avoid the whole body from getting the Chemo. This isn’t their last option, but the next step. Together with her husband and doctors, Angie has decided this is the next course of treatment.

I was so upset hearing about the cancer growing and just felt heart broken for her and her family. Not that I was giving up or that she still can’t beat this cancer because I BELIEVE with all my heart that she can. But, that she would have to endure the side effects that come along with the chemo. I was at the temple pondering and praying for her and I realized that what I needed to do, more than ever, is support her in ALL her decisions. This is one of the decisions you don’t take lightly and no one else can make for you. It is easier to say what you would do if it was you, but when you are the one that is diagnosed and fighting for you life, the decision may not be as clear cut as you would have thought.

I believe that if you decide to the traditional treatment for cancer with radiation and chemotherapy, then you do it with 100% belief that it is going to work! You need to visualize the chemo working and stay focused on all positive thoughts about it working. If you decided to go a more alternative, natural route, then you do that 100% with all beliefs that it will work for you and see it through. You have to follow your gut, your own inspiration and beliefs. So, I am asking all that love and pray for Angie, to pray for the chemo to work. Pray for the doctors, and pray for her to stay strong, positive, and to feel the love and support that she has all around her. No one is giving up on her and this fight with lung cancer. All we need is time, there will be a cure for lung cancer some day if not already in the process of coming forth. I am trusting my Heavenly Father knows more than us and will help Angie in this journey she is going on. I love you sister!

I wanted to share with you a few ideas on starting your day out with positive thinking.

#1. Prayer:  No matter what religion you are, praying first thing in the morning will help shift your mind to a more relaxed, positive mind frame. You can focus and give to God your worries, troubles, questions, and ask for his help knowing that he will help you get through this day. It helps me to let go of what is out of my control and have faith that he knows what I will need to learn and experience in this life.

#2. Meditation: I am talking about actually taking just a few minutes to visualize yourself doing and being what you want to be for the day. See yourself doing the very task that are asked of you or that you want to accomplish and see yourself doing it the very best you can. See yourself smiling and laughing with your kids. See yourself hugging and kissing your husband. See yourself working and being productive. If your fighting a disease, see it healing. See yourself being happy.  See what you want to be that day. I know it sounds cheesy but it works!! I have just starting doing this and it changes my own day and attitude.

#3. Journal: I have been writing just three things I am grateful for every night before I go to bed. Somedays it is harder than others, but most of the time it is easy to recognize how blessed I was that day and helps me to feel love and contentment.

#4. Set Goals: Sometimes I write them at night for the next day, or I will write them in the morning. Most of these are just small goals that will help me accomplish my big goals. They are the little accomplishments I can do each day to help me work towards my big “push” goal.

#5. Make a vision board. We just did this for family night tonight with our kids. You want to be able to look and visualize what you want to become and have. What’s important to you and how are you going to get there? Looking at this vision board, will help your mind to accomplish the tasks, steps, and goals to become those things you see.


Some of you that follow me on Instagram @denisethehealthmama or on my Facebook page Denise Christian/ The Health Mama, may have noticed my family has been doing a “diet” called GAPS. I really hate the word diet, because this is NOT a weight loss diet. This is a way of eating to heal your GUT. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. If you google GAPs and Dr. Natasha Cambell Mcbride  or Dr. Jack Stockwell and Mary Stockwell, you can find all kinds of wonderful information on if GAPS is something you may want to try.  The truth is, we all need this kind of healing. After years of research and study, I realized that all disease starts in the gut. I wondered if some of the issues that our family are still dealing with would be helped by trying out this diet. I made an appointment with Mary Stockwell, who is a GAPS certified specialists.

Mary tested each of us individually with a Bio Meridan test and found which organs in our body were stressed. She listened to our issues and complaints and took hours to explain to use how and why this diet is essential for healing our body. Some of our issues are eczema, candida, seasonal allergies, gluten intolerance, headaches, gas and bloating, skin issues, and just wanting to avoid disease in the future.

We each got our own supplements that are all FOOD based supplements from Standard Process. We take our specific supplements 3-4 times a day. We got A LOT of supplements. I was actually really overwhelmed at the amount recommended and the cost of all of these, but I knew if it helped us be healthier and solve some health issues, then it would be worth it. My sweet husband supported me and we all made a commitment to do 100% what was asked of us. We would do our part and have faith in the process.

You basically eat bone broth, chicken soups for 1-2 months, every meal. You can add the meat back in, after you have made your healing broth so your getting meat and healthy fats in your broth. I have many blog post on making bone broth and so thankfully that wasn’t overwhelming to me to do this. The first three days are the hardest, because this is all you eat, with your supplements. You also may experience some detox symptoms as the bad bacteria dies off. You slowly add fermented raw homemade dairy, fermented vegetables and fermented drinks with your soup. Each day we could add in a few foods and would see how we all felt. We are now on the full GAPS diet, so it is much easier now for everyone. We basically eat healthy fats, organic meats, vegetables, egg yolks, grass-fed butter, avocados, low sugar fruits, and even can make some fun treats with almond flour, BUT the soup is still our main food at each meal.

I am so impressed with my family. This has been hard and a lot of prep work from me, but I believe this will work. We have two more weeks with the kids and then Adam and I will stay on it strict for one more month. I am hopeful the kids won’t go crazy when this is done and binge on sugar, but keep doing the foods we have been doing. They have went over two weeks with no sugar, no processed foods, no gluten, and basically no crap. It has been amazing to watch them have that kind of self control and discipline. I hope that they can always remember they can do hard things and will take this diet as something good and helpful for the way they eat in the future.

GAPS has helped children with Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer in the digestive system, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and type 1 diabetes. It also has helped with all allergies, candida, over use of antibiotics, bed wetting, thrush, colic in babies, congestive heart failure, gluten and lactose intolerance, eczema, asthmatic episodes, blocked nose, ear infections, mood swings, obsessions, or depressions, schizophrenia, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive behavior substance abuse, and even a cranky teenager. The list goes on and on, so that’s why I thought we would give this a try.

As you can see, this was not cheap! (Gulp) Pressure is on


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