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July-August 2014 (Vol. 10, No. 4)

NOTABLE & QUOTABLE: Sol Luckman on Snooze

ast month I gave an interview about my new novel, Snooze: A Story of Awakening, on Envision This that was a lot of fun and covered a lot of fascinating territory.

The skinny, shallow story is that Snooze is a young adult (YA) sci-fi/fantasy novel about a psychically gifted boy named Max Diver who uses his developing paranormal abilities to travel to the dream world in search of his astronaut father who is marooned there for reasons to be revealed.

The full accounting of and behind Snooze, which received an honorable mention in the 2014 Beach Book Festival Prize competition in the general fiction category, goes into much, much deeper territory—much of which I touched on in the interview.

I introduced some of the more profound motifs contained in Snooze in the article below on lucid dreams, siddhis, or superhuman abilities, parallel universes, and cryptids, or mysterious creatures such as Sasquatch.

In my recent interview, I plumbed these themes from Snooze and many more, including:

• The novel’s in-depth treatment of Dewey Larson’s revolutionary physics known as the Reciprocal System of physical theory, or Reciprocal Theory, which provides a theoretical framework for the interfacing realities of consciousness and unconsciousness, or waking and dreams;

• The book’s positioning of patriarchy, symbolized by Max’s father, as that which appears strong but is, in fact, weak and in need of rescue;

• The ways in which Snooze can be read as a profoundly “Gnostic” text promoting deep ecology and a wholesale reinvention of the way humans conceptualize and relate to nature;

• The necessity of activating the energy of the heart, as confirmed scientifically through the research of Glen Rein and the Institute of HeartMath, in order to access the miraculous totality of human potential;

• The possibility, explicitly explored in Snooze, that as enough people awaken in this manner, a social tipping point will be reached sufficient to overthrow the controlling Matrix of our current reality and create a freer, more harmonious and more prosperous world.

Here are some excerpts from the amazing reviews of Snooze that have already come in …

“Snooze is without doubt one of the best coming-of-age, awakening books that I have ever read, and it had me entranced from beginning to end.” —Ingrid Hall, Author & Freelance Editor

“Snooze is a book for readers ready to awaken from our mass cultural illusion before we self-destruct.” —Merry Hall, Co-Host of Envision This

This is a good read. One to share across generations, across space and time—or time and space.” —Dr. Janet Graham, Kalamazoo, Michigan

A literary treasure. Snooze is a beautiful and fascinating depiction of the awakening process that will touch your heart.” —Liliana Cartagena

This is a book that, when many people read it, will be instrumental in the world being a better place to live.” —Jennifer Churchill

Snooze is finally available—in both paperback and ebook formats—at most online retailers, including Amazon, Amazon (UK), Amazon (Canada), Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Lulu, and my own website. For a complete list of online sellers carrying Snooze, check out the search function on the book’s Goodreads page.

You can also peruse or download the first fourteen chapters of Snooze at …

Gratitude for reading—and sweet dreams!

Sol Luckman


1. Lucid Dreaming, Superhuman Abilities, Parallel Realities & Bigfoot by Sol Luckman

2.Frequency, Vibration & Oscillation: Energy Patterns Affect Your Wellbeing” by Pao L. Chang

3.Time to Stop Living on & Start Living with the Sentient Living Organism Called Earth” by Liz Bentley

4.Genes Aren’t Responsible for Cancer; The Body’s Cultural Medium Is” by Mae Chan

5.25 Excellent Articles Detailing Foods for Preventing & Addressing Cancer” by Sol Luckman

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1. Lucid Dreaming, Superhuman Abilities, Parallel Realities & Bigfoot

Sol Luckman

My earliest dreams were lucid ones of flying. I have a particularly vivid memory of soaring above my father’s tobacco fields where I used to hunt for arrowheads as a boy.

There was a technique to flying in my dreams—akin to the way a condor rides thermal currents to corkscrew higher or lower. The feeling was one of exhilaration almost beyond description … like walking into the light upon dying, or emerging into it at birth.

I can still visualize the red clay of the tobacco fields falling away beneath me as I ascended—until they resembled not so much the fertile Cherokee relic hunting grounds of my leisure, but rather irregular red pepper flakes fallen at random on a green tablecloth.

Perhaps it’s not surprising I should return to the theme of lucid dreams of flying in my new novel, Snooze: A Story of Awakening. After all, such dreams persisted well beyond my childhood and occur even today.

Not infrequently, my lovely partner, Leigh, ever patient with my foibles, is awoken in the dead of night by my odd habit of putting an arm above my head in sleep—as if I’m slicing through the air. Fortunately, over time she has cultivated the ability to ignore this eccentricity.

Fittingly, the idea for Snooze came to me one morning as I lay in bed attempting to shake off a dream of flying.

My then nine-year-old son, deep in the throes of superhero addiction, sat beside me on wake-up-dad duty and casually remarked that I looked like a superhero myself in my blue, lavender-scented sleeping mask. (Lucid dreamer or no, I’m an infamously light sleeper, and find that darkness does wonders for my pineal’s production of sleep-inducing melatonin.)

“You think so?” I managed to ask, removing my mask, through a yawn.

“Definitely,” he replied with absolute confidence. “You could call yourself Snooze.”

This seemingly casual exchange mysteriously opened up the floodgates of my creative consciousness—and soon I had composed the first chapter of the novel that would come to be called Snooze.

I had in mind to write something indeed like a superhero story—but a believable one, a far cry from the standard stretched affairs currently gracing so many silver screens.

I also had a notion to write a book about how real magic, as opposed to a load of hocus pocus involving wizards and wands, might function in—and ultimately change—the real world.

By “real magic,” I mean just that. Specifically, I’m referring to the longstanding tradition of seemingly miraculous abilities called siddhis in Vedic lore—which are understood not as superhuman capacities so much as inherent to, if submerged in, human nature.

Siddhis come in a number of varieties, but common ones, witnessed by thousands of people over the ages, include telekinesis (moving objects with the mind), telepathy (ESP), and levitation or flying.

Historically documented in numerous individuals, from Indian gurus to the Catholic priest Padre Pio, such powers are said to emerge organically from within the human being, often in connection with pineal gland activation and lucid dreaming.
The idea of siddhis had fascinated me ever since I first learned of them in college. It was mind-blowing that one of the oldest systems of personal development on the planet—the Vedic tradition of India—insisted, in essence, that everyone inherits the capability of becoming a superhero!

Begging the question … What would it actually be like to experience the sprouting and flowering of these inborn occult powers in oneself?

This question guided me during the character development of my protagonist, Max Diver, a boy “gifted” with just such abilities that immediately begin to reveal themselves only to grow more intense as the novel progresses.

In exploring this esoteric theme, rather than just shooting from the hip with wild-eyed speculation, I drew on a wealth of established knowledge, often of a scientific bent.

Obviously, I’m indebted to Carl Jung’s influential theories on the relationship between the unconscious and the subconscious and states of waking consciousness in personal “alchemy.”

Subtitled “A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-death & Mystical Experiences,” Rick Strassman’s seminal DMT: The Spirit Molecule served as a starting place for theorizing the role played by the pineal gland in the development of human potential.

Dewey Larson’s Reciprocal System of physical theory (shortened to “Reciprocal Theory”), elaborated in such classics as The Universe of Motion and Beyond Space & Time, became the touchstone for Snooze’s physics of parallel universes.

The notion of mirroring realities in a unified field, further developed and applied by David Wilcock in The Source Field Investigations and by yours truly in Potentiate Your DNA, was already near and dear to my heart.

In Snooze I had the highly satisfying opportunity to “try on” how the mystical realm of time-space might be literally experienced from the perspective of the everyday world of space-time … for someone capable of making, and surviving, the journey.

Finally, we come to Snooze’s treatment of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch. From the time I saw Creature from Black Lake and The Legend of Boggy Creek as a kid, I was simultaneously terrified and hooked by the thought that a giant, hairy apeman might somehow inhabit the fringes of consensus reality.

As an adolescent circa 1980, long before the current Finding Bigfoot craze, I went so far as to go on “squatching” expeditions in search of the creature in the woods of Appalachia—to the general amusement, and mild derision, of my family and friends.

I never encountered Bigfoot, never saw so much as a smudgy footprint of questionable provenance, but to paraphrase Journey’s Steve Perry, I never stopped believing.

Lloyd Pye, author of Intervention Theory Essentials and a major inspiration behind the theory of cryptids, or mysterious creatures, outlined in Snooze, never stopped believing either.

Pye’s research in genetics, Bigfoot and human origins directly challenges mainstream scientific orthodoxy and dogma. Pointing out that slow-moving, dimwitted, diurnal pandas were once thought by “scientific” Westerners to be merely creatures of legend, he logically asked why couldn’t fast, intelligent, nocturnal Sasquatches exist?

“Some explained their elusiveness by pointing out that less than forty percent of the earth’s surface was fit for human habitation,” we read in Snooze. “That left fully sixty percent of the planet—much of which was poorly surveyed even if it had managed to be explored—as a potential habitat far from human eyes for any number of cryptids, including Sasquatch.

“As for why no fossilized Bigfoot bones supposedly had ever been found, Max’s mother pointed out that practically no fossilized monkey bones had ever been discovered either, for the simple reason that fossils didn’t form in the heavily forested areas inhabited by monkeys. If Bigfoots lived in similar places, as often reported, it only made sense that they wouldn’t leave fossils either.”

Call it poetic timing or subliminal programming—but I finished the first half of Snooze while sojourning in Humboldt County, California, close to Bluff Creek, where the famous Patterson-Gimlin film purporting to capture a female Sasquatch strolling through the woods was shot.

In my treatment of the Bigfoot phenomenon, be it reality or legend, “Patty” became fictionalized as “Zana,” a nod to the renowned Russian hominoid. Pye wrote in great and convincing detail about Zana, an apewoman who for decades was a member of a remote village, where she worked as a laborer and bore simian-looking progeny to human fathers.

In closing, I wish to assure Pye—who recently passed away from space-time and is perhaps awakening in time-space even as I write—that, at least in the pages of Snooze, Zana lives!

Copyright © Sol Luckman. All Rights Reserved.

Sol Luckman is a prolific painter and acclaimed author whose books include the international bestselling Conscious Healing and its popular sequel, Potentiate Your DNA. His latest novel, Snooze: A Story of Awakening, is the riveting, coming-of-age tale of one extraordinary boy’s awakening to the world-changing reality of his dreams. Written with young adult and young-at-heart readers in mind, Snooze proved its literary merit by receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Beach Book Festival Prize competition in the general fiction category. Follow Sol on Facebook here and learn more about his work at

2. Frequency, Vibration & Oscillation: Energy Patterns Affect Your Wellbeing

Pao L. Chang

Frequency is all around us and can be found in all things. Whenever we take a breath, we are inhaling frequency. Whenever we listen to music, we are interacting with frequency. Even when we think, we are using the power of frequency to help us express our thoughts. Since we are always interacting with this invisible wave of energy, we should learn to understand it so that we can comprehend how it affects our life.

What Is Frequency?

Frequency can be expressed in many ways. However, at its core it is an expression of energy. This energy expresses itself in wave forms, but at its core it is actually made of cyclic patterns of scalar waves (standing waves) that flash “on” and “off,” causing it to pop in and out of existence. This state when energy flashes on and off is known as partiki phasing. The speed at which partiki contract and expand determines the frequency rate of scalar waves. If you are confused or want to know more about how this process works, read this article titled Frequency and Vibration: How They Create the Structures of Matter & Life.

Vibration, Frequency & Oscillation

People sometimes use vibration and frequency interchangeably, but they both do have their differences. Vibration occurs when energy contracts toward the center point from which it first came out of. Oscillation happens when energy expands away from the center point. Frequency is achieved when one pattern or cycle of vibration and oscillation occurs. In other words, when an energy unit is done contracting and expanding, it has created one frequency pattern. How fast an energy unit contracts (vibration) and expands (oscillation) will determine the frequency rate of all things.

The frequency rate is what sets the rhythm of particle pulsation, which then allows the formation of wave spectra within dimensional reality fields. This process also determines the density levels of matter in the material realm. As the frequency rate of matter increases or flashes faster, matter becomes lighter and less dense. Since our body is made of matter, it will also become lighter and less dense as our frequency increases.

How Frequency Affects Your Wellbeing

Frequency has the ability to heal or harm you; therefore, if you want to stay healthy, you need to understand how it affects your wellbeing. For example, certain electromagnetic energies generated by computers, cellphones and electronic devices contain energy codes or frequencies that don’t synchronize and harmonize well with your body. When you surround yourself with these types of electromagnetic energies, they disrupt the natural flow of your body’s energy, causing it to flow out of order. If the natural flow of your energy is disrupted for too long, it could cause health conditions to manifest. This is why when you look at a computer screen for too long, you get eyestrain and sometimes headaches.

Eating food that contains very low frequency can also disrupt your energy levels. In the early 1990s, Bruce Tanino of Tainio Technology was able to build a frequency monitor that could determine frequency levels of certain parts of the human body. He found that a normal human brain’s frequency rate was precisely 72 megahertz (MHz). As for the human body, it was between 62-78 MHz.

Bruce also found that the human body becomes susceptible to colds and flu near 60 MHz. Furthermore, he discovered that junk food often has zero Hz and thus it does little to prevent the body’s frequency from dropping. In theory, if you can keep your body’s frequency rate above 60 MHz, you should rarely get sick.

The Relationship between Frequency & Matter

The true state of reality is made of energy that flashes on and off, creating energy codes and frequency patterns that are processed by our consciousness to give us the perception of time and the solidity of matter. In other words, matter behaves more like an illusion. However, from our perspective, this “illusion” is very real and is necessary to help us evolve, so we should take it very seriously.

Frequency gives matter uniqueness and characteristics, so that when the consciousness of our mind and body processes the energy patterns of an object, we see shapes, colors and textures. Frequency, vibration and oscillation are some of the major energy properties that organize matter into sacred geometries, giving matter “life” and the ability to structure itself into objects. Below is a video that demonstrates this amazing phenomenon.

This article, which appeared here, is offered under Creative Commons license.

Pao L. Chang is the editor and founder of and, two comprehensive blogs dedicated to educating people about energy mechanics, financial health, wellness, self-improvement, natural food, alternative medicine and spiritual wellbeing. He loves to explore the mystery of alternative medicine, the science of consciousness, quantum mechanics, sacred geometry and how energy affects the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body. His main goal is to help people free their minds so they can find inner peace, love and happiness. He is also the author of two published books, Staradigm and Natural Weight Loss Secrets.

3. Time to Stop Living on & Start Living with the Sentient Living Organism Called Earth

Liz Bentley

Contrary to the common belief that the Earth is simply a dense planet whose only function is a resource for its inhabitants, our planet is in fact a breathing, living organism. When we think of the Earth holistically, as one living entity of its own, instead of the sum of its parts, it takes on a new meaning. Our planet functions as a single organism that maintains conditions necessary for its survival.

James Lovelock published a book in 1979 providing many useful lessons about the interaction of physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes on Earth.

Throughout history, the concept of Mother Earth has been a part of human culture in one form or another. Everybody has heard of Mother Earth, but have you ever stopped to think who (or what) Mother Earth is?

What is Gaia?

Lovelock defined Gaia as “a complex entity involving the Earth’s biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and soil; the totality constituting a feedback or cybernetic system which seeks an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet.”

Through Gaia, the Earth sustains a kind of homeostasis, the maintenance of relatively constant conditions.

The truly startling component of the Gaia hypothesis is the idea that the Earth is a single living entity. This idea is certainly not new. James Hutton (1726-1797), the father of geology, once described the Earth as a kind of superorganism. And right before Lovelock, Lewis Thomas, a medical doctor and skilled writer, penned these words in his famous collection of essays, The Lives of a Cell:

Viewed from the distance of the moon, the astonishing thing about the earth, catching the breath, is that it is alive. The photographs show the dry, pounded surface of the moon in the foreground, dry as an old bone. Aloft, floating free beneath the moist, gleaming membrane of bright blue sky, is the rising earth, the only exuberant thing in this part of the cosmos. If you could look long enough, you would see the swirling of the great drifts of white cloud, covering and uncovering the half-hidden masses of land. If you had been looking for a very long, geologic time, you could have seen the continents themselves in motion, drifting apart on their crustal plates, held afloat by the fire beneath. It has the organized, self-contained look of a live creature, full of information, marvelously skilled in handling the sun.

John Nelson illustrated the “Breathing Earth” with two two animated GIFs he designed to visualize what a year’s worth of Earth’s seasonal transformations look like from outer space. Nelson—a data visualizer—stitched together from NASA’s website twelve cloud-free satellite photographs taken each month over the course of a year. Once the images were put together in a sequence, the mesmerizing animations showed what Nelson describes as “the annual pulse of vegetation and land ice.”

As the climate changes, the planet comes alive. Earth appears to breathe when ice cover grows and melts—in and out, in and out.

White frost radiates out from the top of the globe and creeps south in all directions. It travels through Siberia, Canada, and northern Europe, heading towards the equator located around the circle’s edge, but ends before the top of Africa. The Mediterranean Sea is the visible body of water on the top left hand side, and the Great Lakes make up a small network of dark blue shapes on the land mass to the right.

The Earth acts as a single system—it is a coherent, self-regulated assemblage of physical, chemical, geological, and biological forces that interact to maintain a unified whole balanced between the input of energy from the sun and the thermal sink of energy into space.

In its most basic configuration, the Earth acts to regulate flows of energy and recycling of materials. The input of energy from the sun occurs at a constant rate and for all practical purposes is unlimited. This energy is captured by the Earth as heat or photosynthetic processes, and returned to space as long-wave radiation. On the other hand, the mass of the Earth, its material possessions, is limited (except for the occasional input of mass provided as meteors strike the planet). Thus, while energy flows through the Earth (sun to Earth to space), matter cycles within the Earth.

The idea of the Earth acting as a single system as put forth in the Gaia hypothesis has stimulated a new awareness of the connectedness of all things on our planet and the impact that man has on global processes. No longer can we think of separate components or parts of the Earth as distinct. No longer can we think of man’s actions in one part of the planet as independent.

Everything that happens on the planet—the deforestation/reforestation of trees, the increase/decrease of emissions of carbon dioxide, the removal or planting of croplands—has an effect on our planet. The most difficult part of this idea is how to qualify these effects—how to determine whether these effects are positive or negative. If the Earth is indeed self-regulating, then it will adjust to the impacts of man. However, as we will see, these adjustments may act to exclude man, much as the introduction of oxygen into the atmosphere by photosynthetic bacteria acted to exclude anaerobic bacteria. This is the crux of the Gaia hypothesis.

One of the early predictions of this hypothesis was that there should be a sulfur compound made by organisms in the oceans that was stable enough against oxidation in water to allow its transfer to the air. Either the sulfur compound itself, or its atmospheric oxidation product, would have to return sulfur from the sea to the land surfaces. The most likely candidate for this role was deemed to be dimethyl sulfide.

Published work done at the University of Maryland by Harry Oduro, together with UMD geochemist James Farquhar and marine biologist Kathryn Van Alstyne of Western Washington University, provides a tool for tracing and measuring the movement of sulfur through ocean organisms, the atmosphere and the land in ways that may help prove or disprove the controversial Gaia theory. Their study appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The Story of Water by Alice Bartholomew is another unique publication in that it reflects the author’s deep knowledge of the principles of whole geophysical systems, which helps us understand the Earth as an integrated Gaia system that sustains us. The book begins by describing our usual view of water based on Western science and then deftly moves on to the frontier sciences that embrace water as the source of life in terms of biological systems, quantum energy fields, etheric fields, spirals, vortices, and as a medium for communications and memory. An understanding of these principles can lead to strategies for treating our water in ways that guarantee a sustainable future for humankind. 

How Does Gaia Work?

The homeostasis regulated by the Earth is much like the internal maintenance of our own bodies; processes within our body insure a constant temperature, blood pH, electrochemical balance, etc. The inner workings of Gaia, therefore, can be viewed as a study of the physiology of the Earth, where the oceans and rivers are the Earth’s blood, the atmosphere is the Earth’s lungs, the land is the Earth’s bones, and the living organisms are the Earth’s senses. Lovelock calls this the science of geophysiology—the physiology of the Earth (or any other planet).

To understand how the Earth is living, let’s take a look at what defines life. Physicists define life as a system of locally reduced entropy (life is the battle against entropy). Molecular biologists view life as replicating strands of DNA that compete for survival and evolve to optimize their survival in changing surroundings. Physiologists might view life as a biochemical system that allows us to use energy from external sources to grow and reproduce. According to Lovelock, the geophysiologist sees life as a system open to the flux of matter and energy but that maintains an internal steady-state.

Beyond the scientific importance of what we have discussed here, we might do well to consider some of the more poetical thoughts of the originator of the theory:

If Gaia exists, the relationship between her and man, a dominant animal species in the complex living system, and the possibly shifting balance of power between them, are questions of obvious importance … The Gaia hypothesis is for those who like to walk or simply stand and stare, to wonder about the Earth and the life it bears, and to speculate about the consequences of our own presence here. It is an alternative to that pessimistic view which sees nature as a primitive force to be subdued and conquered. It is also an alternative to that equally depressing picture of our planet as a demented spaceship, forever traveling, driverless and purposeless, around an inner circle of the sun.

The strong Gaia hypothesis states that life creates conditions on Earth to suit itself. Life created the planet Earth, not the other way around. As we explore the solar system and galaxies beyond, it may one day be possible to design an experiment to test whether life indeed manipulates planetary processes for its own purposes or whether life is just an evolutionary processes that occurs in response to changes in the nonliving world.


This article, republished with permission, originally appeared at

Liz Bentley is a graduate in geology, professional photographer and freelance journalist with an acute insight into fossil records and climatology. Visit her profile at

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4. Genes Aren’t Responsible for Cancer; The Body’s Cultural Medium Is

Mae Chan

A team of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers has proposed that an “on and off” epigenetic switch could be a common mechanism behind the development of different types of cancer. The existence of this epigenetic switch is indirectly supported by the fact that tumors develop through different stages. When cells rapidly grow during cancer progression, they become stuck in their current stage of development and their cell characteristics do not change. So what does change?

In the fields of infant nutrition, diabetes, obesity, and the metabolic syndrome, the term “metabolic programming” has been coined to give a name to the observation that environmental experiences early in life may be “genomically” remembered and give rise to health outcomes manifesting later in life. Epigenetics emerges as an important mechanism underlying this phenomenon.

Epigenetics is the phenomenon whereby genetically identical cells express their genes differently, resulting in different physical traits. Researchers from the Boston University Cancer Center recently published two articles about this in Anticancer Research & Epigenomics.

The current paradigm states that cancer develops from environmental and genetic changes to cancer progenitor cells. These changes are the result of mutations, exposure to toxic substances or hormonal imbalances.

Cancer progression is extremely complex, however. It also is well known that new mutations and the activation of more cancer causing genes occur throughout the development and progression of cancer.

“If we believe that everything in nature occurs in an organized fashion, then it is logical to assume that cancer development cannot be as disorganized as it may seem,” said Sibaji Sarkar, PhD, instructor of medicine at BUSM and the articles corresponding author. “There should be a general mechanism that initiates cancer progression from predisposed progenitor cells, which likely involves epigenetic changes.”

Increasingly, biologists are finding that non-genetic variation acquired during the life of an organism can sometimes be passed on to offspring—a phenomenon known as epigenetic inheritance.

The majority of epigenetic changes occur at specific times in an individual’s life, from their time in the womb, to the development as newborns, then in puberty, and again in old age.

Environmental factors that influence epigenetic patterns—e.g., diet, epigenetic disruptors in the environment such as chemicals, etc.—may also have long-term, multigenerational effects.

The existence of this epigenetic switch is indirectly supported by the fact that tumors develop through different stages. When cells rapidly grow during cancer progression, they become stuck in their current stage of development and their cell characteristics do not change. This is the reason that there are so many types of leukemia—the characteristics that a leukemia cell possesses when it begins to rapidly grow and expand are the characteristics that it will keep until the rapid growth stops.

Dr. Bruce Lipton refers to the work of Dr. Dean Ornish to extrapolate: “Dr. Ornish has taken conventional cardiovascular patients, provided them with important lifestyle insights (better diet, stress-reduction techniques, and so on), and without drugs, the cardiovascular disease was resolved. Ornish relayed that if he’d gotten the same results with a drug, every doctor would be prescribing it.”

Biologists have suspected for years that some kind of epigenetic inheritance occurs at the cellular level. The different kinds of cells in our bodies provide an example. Skin cells and brain cells have different forms and functions, despite having exactly the same DNA. There must be mechanisms—other than DNA—that make sure skin cells stay skin cells when they divide.

Even the strictest lifestyle changes don’t cure cancer in everyone. What about genetic predispositions to getting the disease? “It used to be that we thought a mutant gene caused cancer,” Lipton admitted, “but with epigenetics, all of that has changed.”

Then he explained how his research revealed the science of epigenetics. “I placed one stem cell into a culture dish, and it divided every ten hours. After two weeks, there were thousands of cells in the dish, and they were all genetically identical, having been derived from the same parent cell. I divided the cell population and inoculated them in three different culture dishes.

“Next, I manipulated the culture medium—the cell’s equivalent of the environment—in each dish. In one dish, the cells became bone, in another, muscle, and in the last dish, fat. This demonstrated that the genes didn’t determine the fate of the cells because they all had the exact same genes. The environment determined the fate of the cells, not the genetic pattern. So if cells are in a healthy environment, they are healthy. If they’re in an unhealthy environment, they get sick.”

Dr. Lipton then took this a step further, which brings us back to the cancer question. “Here’s the connection: With fifty trillion cells in your body, the human body is the equivalent of a skin-covered petri dish. Moving your body from one environment to another alters the composition of the ‘culture medium,’ the blood. The chemistry of the body’s culture medium determines the nature of the cell’s environment within you. The blood’s chemistry is largely impacted by the chemicals emitted from your brain.

Other than the brain, two other factors impact the fate of cells, according to Dr. Lipton: toxins and trauma. All three factors have been associated with the onset of cancer.

“If we believe that all of the irreversible changes, mutations and effects of carcinogens make cells rapidly grow, then the mechanism that allows cells to stop growing and assume new changes in character must be of great importance,” added Sarkar. “The study of cancer progression is key to understanding how cancer cells continue to differentiate.” During cancer progression, there are different stages of rapid growth and differentiation. The control that allows for this switch between growth and differentiation can only be achieved through reversible mechanisms, such as epigenetic changes.

Sarkar and colleagues have previously proposed that epigenetic changes are involved in cancer progenitor cell formation and cancer progression. They also believe that epigenetic changes have the ability to control rapid growth and change of characteristics (different grades/types of tumors) which may involve physiological processes that the cancer cells are subjected to within the body’s terrain. Sarkar compares the stages of cancer growth to a rocket orbiting in space—that is, that an object within an orbit continues to circle a given path, until it is given a signal (or additional fuel) to propel itself into a further orbit. This comparison can be made for cancer progenitor cells and epigenetics. A specific cell continues to grow at a certain stage until it is given a signal—in this case, an epigenetic switch—that propels it to differentiate into a new orbit, or further differentiated cell.

The findings may deepen our understanding of the genetic changes that can lead to cancer and how these can be influenced by our diet and our environment. The findings can potentially open new ways of identifying, managing and treating cancer through lifestyle changes instead of conventional modes of treatment.


This article, republished with permission, originally appeared at

Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also a blogger and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.

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5. 25 Excellent Articles Detailing Foods for Preventing & Addressing Cancer

Sol Luckman

This is the fourth in a series of food-for-healing resource articles I began writing in 2013 that also include:

15 Articles Attesting to Chocolate’s Astounding Health Benefits

12 Articles that Elaborate on the Myriad Health Benefits of Turmeric

The Many, Many Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

In this article, I provide a number of powerful nutritional resources—most of the everyday variety—said to be able to help one avoid and even treat various kinds of cancer.

I’m personally in no position to make medical claims about specific foods impacting the Big C.

But as you’ll see from the articles below, a lot of people with a lot of fancy letters after their names have made their own claims—based on hard scientific evidence and close clinical observation—about the ability of many foods to prevent and cure cancer.

One claim I will make: don’t expect the medical-pharmaceutical mafia to miraculously produce the Cure for Cancer in our lifetime.

They’re not running for the cure; they’re running away from it as fast as possible because there’s an enormous amount of profit in suffering and death, as opposed to healing and life.

Fortunately, it appears the cure was right here all along—in our gardens and kitchens, of all places.

So educate yourself and eat up!

HONEY: A POWERFUL ANTI-CANCER AGENT. Honey is a superlative healing food. We know it has over 69 health benefits, as confirmed by the biomedical literature. But did you know it could be of profound benefit in diseases as life threatening and seemingly incurable as cancer?

CANNABIS EXTRACT (OIL) FIGHTS “INCURABLE FORM” OF LEUKEMIA. A remarkable case report documents a 14-year old girl who, after 34 months of chemo, radiation and bone marrow transplant treatments, was given up for dead. Her family discovered research on cannabis extract, and before she died of a secondary complication of her original treatment, used it successfully to put her leukemia into remission.

THIS LITTLE KNOWN CHINESE HERB KILLS 12K CANCER CELLS FOR EVERY HEALTHY CELL. A little known Chinese herb might be eligible for the growing list of cancer killers via alternative methods of treatment. According to recent studies, artemesinin, a derivative of the wormwood plant commonly used in Chinese medicine, can kill off cancer cells—at a rate of 12,000 cancer cells for every healthy cell.

TOP 8 FOODS & HERBS FOR HEALING CANCER. With 44% of men and 39% of women now being diagnosed with cancer, it has become more important than ever to understand the foods that will not only nourish your body, but also detoxify it of any cancer-causing agents. Here are some of the most potent cancer-destroying foods and herbs.

THE MISSING LINK: HOW TO BEAT CANCER WITH GARLIC. If you choose to take garlic for healing, be sure to crush it and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. This is the time needed to release the enzyme—allinase—that produces the anti-cancer compounds.

NARINGIN IN GRAPEFRUIT REDUCES CERVICAL & BREAST CANCER TUMORS BY UP TO 75%. Studies show how people suffering from cancerous tumors due to malnutrition and cachexia (high levels of inflammatory cytokines in their cells which causes weakening or severe illness) responded exceptionally well to treatment with naringin, a compound found in grapefruit.

GARLIC PROVEN TO KILL BRAIN CANCER CELLS, PREVENT FUTURE GROWTH. A small group of researchers have found something that’s useful for anyone willing to properly consume lots of garlic. They discovered that certain organo-sulfur compounds in garlic can in fact kill brain cancer cells without disturbing healthy cells.

LEMON: THE QUINTESSENTIAL CANCER DESTROYER & HEALTH TONIC. Packed with nutrients, this upbeat fruit is a cost-effective way to trim down, detoxify and boost vitality. Lemons also conceal a little known health secret. By enjoying the entire fruit (juice, rind, pith and seeds), we can strongly discourage cancer, bone loss, hypertension and more.

AMAZING MEDICINAL PLANT KILLS MALIGNANT TUMORS & DESTROYS BREAST CANCER CELLS.  Brucea javanica is one of those plants on which scientific investigations have provided enough evidence to prove that it has an impressive efficacy for the treatment of cervical, bladder and pancreatic cancers. Its selective toxicity has also been found to kill 70% of breast cancer cells.

PHYTONUTRIENTS IN CRANBERRIES BLOCK CANCER CELLS. Cranberries are unusually rich in the antioxidant compounds, proanthocyanins that are well known for their ability to prevent urinary tract infections. Recently, scientists discovered that this same compound, and other bioactive nutrients in cranberries, can help to block cancer cells from growing out of control.

HOW TOMATOES HELP PREVENT CANCER. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer, and numerous studies have suggested that tomatoes in particular have a strong cancer-preventing effect.

STUDIES SHOW REISHI MUSHROOMS FIGHT CANCER & DIABETES. Long-term consumption of reishi mushrooms—which are characterized by their red, kidney-shaped cap and their tough, “woody” texture—has been linked to reduced blood pressure, improved nerve function, enhanced stamina, weight loss and much more.

OXFORD SCIENTISTS: CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACIDS KILL CANCER CELLS. If you want to reduce your chance of multiple cancers, lose weight, regulate metabolism and more, you can start eating CLAs by way of cheese, yogurt and other organic dairy products. They just might save your life.

FRANKINCENSE SUPERIOR TO CHEMOTHERAPY IN KILLING LATE-STAGE OVARIAN CANCER CELLS. Like the Magi, carrying myrrh, frankincense, and gold, researchers from the University of Leicester have, for the first time, demonstrated the potential of treating ovarian cancer using the Christmas gift frankincense.

WHAT COMMON FOODS CAN KILL MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT CANCERS? Just as it’s widely known that certain foods—such as fructose and processed meatscontribute to cancer, other foods can help prevent it and still others may actually kill cancerous cells, including those that are resistant to drug treatment.

RESEARCH SHOWS CURCUMIN SUPPRESSES CANCER CELL INVASION & METASTASIS. At the School of Medicine in National Yang-Ming University, in Taipei, Taiwan, researchers studied the active component of turmeric, curcumin, for its anti-tumor capabilities. In the thorough study, curcumin was found to activate tumor-suppressing proteins which are responsible for stopping cancer cell invasion and the further spread of cancer, or metastasis.

THREE EDIBLE MUSHROOMS WITH PROVEN CANCER-FIGHTING PROPERTIES. Not all mushrooms are created equal. Some are more efficient at tackling cancer than others. Below is a list of three mushrooms which, according to ongoing research, are unusually effective at inhibiting cancerous growths.

NIGELLA SATIVA IS CANCER’S WORST NIGHTMARE. Much to the dismay of many pharmaceutical giants and doctors who reap big rebate checks from recommending chemotherapy treatments, Nigella sativa, aka black oil, has been proven over and over again to successfully treat cancer without the use of conventional treatments.

SEA CUCUMBER FOUND TO KILL 95% OF CANCER CELLS, SHRINK TUMORS. Sea cucumber has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, but it is relatively obscure in the US. This may be changing, however, as evidence mounts that sea cucumber extracts can kill cancer cells while stimulating the immune system.

BETTER THAN CHEMO: GINGER ROOT KILLS OVARIAN & PROSTATE CANCER CELLS. Thanks to research from the University of Michigan and nearly three centuries of medicinal use, we can now confidently utilize ginger root not only to kill ovarian but also prostate cancer cells—with zero toxicity.

CANNABIS CAN TREAT PROSTATE CANCER. A new study using a compound meant to mimic the medicinal effects of cannabinoids has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors—something which cannabis does naturally—can prevent and treat hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. Remind me again why marijuana is illegal?

8 PINK FOODS THAT ACTUALLY FIGHT BREAST CANCER. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, gag, when companies love to fearmonger and pinkwash packaging. Unfortunately, what’s inside those packages usually isn’t so healthy. So we’ve rounded up 8 naturally pink foods that have all been shown to help keep away breast cancer. Always choose organic to avoid pesticides and toxins. Go, Mother Nature!

PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST CANCER WITH THESE SIX POWERFUL ANTI-CARCINOGENS. Here is a list of six powerful anti-carcinogens that you can begin incorporating right now into your everyday diet to help prevent or even treat cancer.

ROOIBOS SHINES AS A POTENT DEFENSE AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S, CANCER, HYPERTENSION & MORE. If you are a fan of green, black or white tea, you may want to rethink your beverage of choice. Rooibos, or red tea, trumps all three with its substantial health-enhancing abilities.

18 SPICES PROVEN TO PREVENT & TREAT CANCER. More than 180 spice-derived compounds have been identified and explored for their health benefits. It is beyond the scope of this article to deal with all herbs and spices that may influence the risk of cancer and tumor behavior, but we’ve highlighted 18 of the most powerful.

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[DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant to provide nutritional or medical advice.]

Sol Luckman is a prolific painter and acclaimed author whose books include the international bestselling Conscious Healing and its popular sequel, Potentiate Your DNA. His latest novel, Snooze: A Story of Awakening, is the riveting, coming-of-age tale of one extraordinary boy’s awakening to the world-changing reality of his dreams. Written with young adult and young-at-heart readers in mind, Snooze proved its literary merit by receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Beach Book Festival Prize competition in the general fiction category. Follow Sol on Facebook here and learn more about his work at


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