The Annie Appleseed project was designed to provide information for people with cancer or people at risk, which these days is almost everybody. Information about what we’re calling natural strategies for cancer. And that really is complementary medicine or alternative.
Complementary medicine goes along with conventional treatment. For people doing chemotherapy, radiation, even surgery, we have strategies to reduce the toxicity, what they call side effects, I call the adverse or unwanted effects, and to make life easier. The fascinating thing about complementary treatment, it doesn’t just reduce toxicities, in many cases it enhances the ability of the treatment to treat the person. It’s a crazy thing, but you have to be healthy to fight cancer. Your body has to be strong and your mind has to be strong, and you have to go forward with both of those things. And I think that having complementary treatment gives you both.
And so from our perspective we like people to know that healthy eating defined as fresh, organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible is really a great direction to go. And studies are showing that now, it makes a difference, it can affect your genes. And affecting genes is what causes cancer, because after all cancer is your own body, your own cells going haywire. And they go haywire because the genes got the wrong message and they switched on or off inappropriately. But real food, real fruits and real vegetables can change that.
And then along with that are things, be physically active. You just have to be active. And also relax and enjoy life. We’re stressed, but life is really meant to be enjoyed. There’s always something every day that people can get enjoyment from and we have to wallow in that, not look at the negatives but look at the positives. And then also we detox because our environment is a mess I mean it’s horrible. We all know that. There’s chemical poisoning, pollution of kind, pesticide, plastics. We need to cleanse ourselves, that’s affecting us as well. And the final step that we think is supplements, dietary supplements, vitamins and so on, because our food isn’t so much as we would wish and we also need some special help from time to time.
My real goal is that everybody or anybody diagnosed with cancer can find out that there are natural therapies that they can use for their treatment. Most people are going to do chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, but they’re suffering from those adverse effects, short and long term. And I really despise that when there are natural things that can help.
Ann Fonfa, The Annie Appleseed Project