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Well, I have been always writing about incidences from my life and good-old stories from others and so on in this blog. I am sure you guys would have been bored to death hearing about my sweet tales from my fairyland.

So today I am gonna write something different. Something importan
t or related to each one of us. Knowledge is always powerful and its important that one stays informed and be aware of few medical happenings. Being a life scientist and a person who had worked with stem cells, I feel that I can provide little information on health issues through this blog. 

Chemotherapy was declared as the only source of treatment for Cancer patients but today John Hopkins have announced that there is an alternative way.
The treatment for Cancer always starts with Chemotherapy. It involves destroying both the rapidly growing cancer cells and also the healthy ones present in bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract and can also cause organ damage. It is true that the initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will reduce the tumor but prolonged usage doesnt result in further tumor destruction.When the body is overloaded with these strong chemicals from chemotherapy, the immune system is destroyed and the body is exposed to different kinds of infections and complications.The body becomes weak and gets deprived of disease fighting ability. John Hopkins team has suggested that the effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not providing the foods that helps it to grow.

Here is a list of food which can cause the cancer cells to grow back in a Cancer survivor’s body. Note them and always stay informed!

1. Sugar is a cancer feeder. Even sugar substitutes like Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful are harmful. So cancer patients/survivors please avoid sugar. Manuka honey or molasses (natural sugar subtitutes) can be used but only in small quantity.

2. Milk should be avoided. Milk causes the bod
y to produce mucus especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer cells feed on mucus, so its better to substitute it with unsweteened soya milk.3.Acidic environment is the best one for the cancer

cells to live happily. A meat based diet is acidic. Meat (beef or pork) contains livestock antibiotics, growth harmones and parasites. These are harmful ones for Cancer patients. Meat protein is difficult for the body to digest and more so difficult for cancer patients as it requires the help of many digestive enzymes.Undigested meat left behind in the intestines becomes decomposed and leads to more toxic buildup.Cancer cells have a tough protien covering. A reduced meat or no-meat diet, frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells. Its better to eat fish and very little chicken. Easily digestible food should be given to them.

4.A diet comprising of vegetables, nuts, fruits, whole grains will make the body alkaline.Fresh vegetable juice will provide live enzymes that can be easily absorbed and reaches the cellular levels within 15minutes to nourish and increase the growth of healthy cells.

5.Avoid foods that have high caffeine (tea, coffee, chocolate). Green te
a is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties.Drink a lot of pure water.Thats my

synopsis of what I read and understood about Food and Cancer from journals and internet.Hope it was informative. πŸ™‚ 
Before I go to my recipe today, I wanna share a small news about my recent gift. S gave me a new bike last week. I have decided to use it to nearby bazaar and library. Sometimes, its nice to be eco-freindly and at the same time stay healthy! 

Here is my new bike with our cars in the backdrop.

The post for today has nothing to do with Cancer but has something to do with an event Monthly Mingle : Ravishing Rice hosted by Nags of Edible Garden, started by Meeta. Its a simple rice dish made with Channa and Indian spices. Here comes my entry for the event: CHANNA RICE.


  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 cup cooked Channa
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 2 green chillies – slit
  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup coconut milk/ fresh milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs oil/ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbs coriander leaves


  • 1 Cardamon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2” cinnamon stick


  • Soak the raw channa overnight and cook with 2 cups water for 1-2 whistles or use a store bought cooked Channa tin.
  • Soak the 2 cups basmati in water for 20min and keep aside.
  • Heat a cooking pan and add ghee/oil. Once they get heated up, add the masalas. Saute for 2min.
  • Add the onions to the tempered oil and let it sweat. Now add the green chillies and ginger-garlic paste and give it a complete stir. Cook till the raw smell disappears. Mix in the cooked Channa and add the required salt.Add the soaked Basmati rice. POur in 1 cup of coconut milk and 3 cups of water. Give it a complete stir and check for salt. Sprinkle some coriander leaves.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 2-3 whistle.
  • Serve hot with raita and masala papad.

Note: Basmati rice cooking mantra – (1:2 = Basmati Rice: Water)

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  1. Very informative post dear..thanks πŸ™‚ I never knew this info about milk. Yummy and tempting rice!

  2. Interesting read Vij…informative too:).Thanks for the note.I have made rajma rice,the idea of making chana rice never occured to me…nice one.

  3. ahh..I wana have a cycle like that n this hubby of mine think I am gona end up under one of those speeding cars if I use one..blah.:(..Thanks for all those info ..Good Lord..am using all of that heavily regularly..:D..Chana rice is just yum..love chana's..:)

  4. My first time here….That rice looks tempting..Thanks for sharing the info..Plz try to visit my blog when u get time gal..

  5. I love your yummi blog. You are doing a great job. Thank you for passing by for mine I hope you be my follower too.

  6. Oh wow that's an awesome combo….looks yum….here in Bangalore due to increase of pollution many software techies are using cycles….it will reduce the jams, helps in excerise and cause no pollution….Happy Riding

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog Vij..You too have an extraordinary blog…Bike looks cool..
    wonderful entry..Rice Looks great

  8. that was very informative, i never knew about any of these..thanks for sharing it! and ht bike looks cute..what better time other than summer to bike around πŸ™‚

    the rice looks delicious as always.

  9. That sure is a very useful info Vij … as recently have been seeing a friend's cancer kid(baby)… my first visit itself made me go to that post in detail … thanks a lot for sharing … and also thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments.. will sure visit you often to read more about ur posts and recipes…. and ur channa rice looks delicious … me too have posted a channa recipe which u have seen πŸ˜€

  10. Nice info… I have shared the link with my mom (my dad has cancer)… We have tried to reduce his sugar but he always wants too much of it, what to do… The rice looks yummy!

  11. Thanks for dropping by!
    Good info and the chenna rice looks refreshing and healthy:)

  12. Eating right as an alternative to Chemo. is definite good news.Hearty chana rice,always better than plain.How very smart to get a bike ,its such a good work out too:)

  13. Cool bike! Have fun πŸ™‚
    Channa rice looks delicious… I have tried Srivalli's version and really liked it.

  14. Wow good info and the channa rice is lovely too.. Keep it going. I am following you now.. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my space.

  15. hi vij,
    That was an interesting read and a lot informative πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by…hope to c u around more often πŸ™‚
    I love legumes and lentils so anything they go in am in for it πŸ™‚
    chana rice looks yummy and perfect entry for the event!
    Keep rocking!

  16. Nice blog Vij… Healthy recipes with healthy Info.
    Great combination and very useful to everybody…
    Thanks for sharing all of these…

  17. Thank you so much for dropping in and that lovely comment.Very informative post very helpful too.yummy and new recipe looks too tempting.Thanks for sharing.

  18. Hi..First time here …Channa rice looks so tempting ..and the very informative write up..great work ..keep it up
    keep in touch

  19. first time here…loved browsing thru your blog! That was some very valuable info, thanks for sharing.

  20. Interesting read….chana rice looks yummo and ur bike looks beautiful!!!

  21. My first time here πŸ™‚ Very informative post. Thanks for all the helpful info. The channa rice indeed looks ravishing.

  22. Channa rice sounds delicious and thanks for the most informative post.

  23. Hey Vij, thats was a nice enlightenment about Cancer and Chemotheraphy!!! Your bike looks kewl… Rice is tempting!!! Looks great!!!

  24. Heyy Nitya your blog is not only delicious but also very informative..Channa rice is the recipe I had never heard of before…wanna try it soon..

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