Dopey? No way!

While marijuana plants contain high levels of THC, hemp contains very little of the psychoactive chemical. This single difference is what most rely on to distinguish hemp from marijuana. For example, countries like Canada have set the maximum THC content of hemp at 0.3%. Any cannabis with higher THC levels is considered marijuana. Medical marijuana produces anywhere between 5-20% THC on average.

Hemp and marijuana plants contain another important cannabinoid: CBD. Hemp plants produce more CBD than THC, while marijuana produces more THC than CBD. 

Hemp and marijuana are grown for different uses, and therefore require different growing conditions. Achieving maximum THC levels in marijuana is tricky and requires close attention to grow-room conditions. On the other hand, hemp is usually grown outdoors to maximize its size and yield and less attention is paid to individual plants.

In South Africa, Hemp is legal to grow under licence but Marijuana is not. Hemp supplement suppliers are legal and operate on the internet (like

There is a group of cannabis strains collectively called Medical Cannabis. And that’s where the confusion comes in.

Because cannabis is under the radar, the information about it is often contradictory, hazy, word-of-mouth, and one must rely on the internet.

There have been many changes in the illegal world of cannabis oil for the sick worldwide. Behind the scenes in S.A. there are groups working towards legalisation too.

In the meantime there is a list of “approved” suppliers. The “approved suppliers” methods have apparently been inspected to ensure that their bottles/containers show the % of cannabinoids and that the labels contain batch numbers. Those requirements all add to the cost of the product of course, but on the other hand the customer is assured of a quality product.

I have been told that one has to have the oil specially made for your type of illness. Oil for stress may be quite different to that of lung cancer. I’ve been told to take majority CBD with a tinge of THC. (The THC is wonderful before bed for sleeping.)  I have been buying from different suppliers as Medical Cannabis costs much more than Hemp.



We’re taking dietary advice from most obese nation in the world – Noakes

2016-02-12 13:39

“Something happened in 1977 to cause the increased obesity to occur. The Americans told people to consume more carbohydrates.”

Since the rise in obesity rates, cancer had also followed suit, he claimed.


Photo taken today 12/2/2016.  I haven’t been eating right since I went back on cortisone (too much sugar and carbs e.g. hot X buns) and after a while it catches up with me, like today I’ve been very wheezy and out of breath. Monday 15 February will be my last cortisone day and thereafter I must get my diet back on track – vegetables, salads, yoghurt. No carbs, no sugar.

I would be very interested to know if anyone has been cured of cancer / or is in remission without a change in diet?  Will ask the question next time I see my oncologist.



The interesting fact about STRESS is that it causes the body to release CORTISOL (a steroid hormone) which turns to glucose (sugar). So even a bit of stress will add inches around the waste!  Often people who live high stress lives/careers battle to lose weight.  The weight is unimportant to me but I need to remain low stress because my treatment plan is based on the concept that sugar is a cancer fuel. 

So whether I receive sugars from stress or food, I need to cut down.

Here are some resources that show the different sides of the “Is sugar causing cancer” debate with regard our food intake.

Oncology nutrition (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Cancer’s Sweet Tooth (Nutrition Science News)

How cancer cells rewire their metabolism to survive (Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute)

To eliminate sugar completely, to include some good sugars like fruit in the diet, to relent to our normal sinful sugars like Coca Cola, wine gums and chocolate cake; those are the choices faced by cancer patients.  But either way, I think we’re all agreed now (internationally), that too much sugar is just not good for the body, so I’m happy with the choice I made to follow a sugar/carb free diet on a day to day basis and to allow myself a weekly treat, e.g. an ice cream, chocochino or restaurant lunch. The weekly treat is seldom skipped…


Pills and Supplements

I still have to take chemicals like Epilizine (to prevent seizures, which is a possibility with brain tumours) and Warfarin to thin the blood to prevent pulmonary embolisms, another potential side effect of lung tumours.  Cortisones do work and I’m given them occasionally but I hate them passionately…..

These are the supplements I’m taking looks like for long term:

  • Diacom immune booster, Diacom detox and Diacom parasites twice daily
  • Iodine from Medicolab
  • Vitamin D3 5000 from Xymogen
  • Omegas 3,6,9 from The Real Thing twice daily
  • Panaxea A1 Mark 11 tea especially for cancer twice daily
  • Nutrilite Double X vitamins twice daily
  • Bio Curcumin twice daily

I also drink a cup of Chaga mushroom tea every day.

I’ve been taking cannabis oil since my diagnosis. I find some very potent and I can only manage a line equal to a large grain of rice, nightly before bed. I’m trying different suppliers.  My oncologist feels it has benefits for people suffering side effects from chemo.  I’m not receiving chemo right now but I’m taking it purely because I believe it has medicinal/healing properties.  There are efforts being made in South Africa to legalise cannabis for medicinal properties.

Diet and Lifestyle


This was the hardest part for me when I got diagnosed as I’m no cancer specialist and had no experience or knowledge of cancer before my own diagnosis.  I’ve always experienced cancer as a quagmire of incohesive information – so many different points of view, some proven (or not?) and some still in the balance. Where does one go and who does one listen to?  I received advice from all corners! And careful what you read on the internet…

There are debates about the causes of cancer, environmental factors for sure, but there is a strong link to diet. I always thought I ate relatively healthy but  with my stewed fruit, fruit yoghurts, sandwiches to work (note that all carbs turn to sugar) plus many cups of coffee with two sugars, I realised that I’ve been taking in a helluva lot of sugar every day.

Initially in hospital there is not much to do but eat what one gets.

My daughter Michaela has a Diploma in Herbal Medicines and is a keen supporter of the natural way.  She advised me to go onto a raw greens diet but it was mid-winter and I needed comfort food.  She suggested that I stop having coffee and that I eat my body into an alkaline state.  I just couldn’t bear so many dietary changes all at once.

My sister’s doctor immediately suggested the Ketogenic diet (which is a lot like banting) but this time cutting out all sugars and carbs and increasing natural oils (coconut, olive, double cream plain yoghurts). I started my days with fried eggs, bacon and mushrooms.  I had to give up my daily dose of muesli (the oats turn to sugar) and this was the hardest thing for me to do plus drinking herbal teas instead of coffee!

I tried this for some time but the change was probably too quick because I only lasted on this diet for a few weeks before it became nauseating.

I then decided well if I’m terminally ill I may as well enjoy myself and not make my last days a misery (one of my big mistakes – the mindshift change only came later) and I went on to eat anything I desired, including all the old home puddings I remember as a child! (Both of the below were made by me!) In conjunction with cortisone tablets, I just expanded at a rapid rate.

Eventually I ended up feeling so ill and as if I was on my way to dying, I just had to turn my life around and find direction.  That came in the form of a referral to Dr Herman Spies.  Dr Spies put me back on the ketogenic diet in combination with Dr D’Adamo’s blood group diet.  He made me feel so much better physically that I’m still maintaining this diet today. I just feel the oncologists (and my physician I was assigned to at hospital) placed very little or no emphasis on diet or nutrition.

I have gone back to coffee, this time with no sugar (jeez after giving up cigarettes I needed some stimulation!) but follow a very simple diet:
Breakfast: a small bowl of double cream yoghurt, a tablespoon of cold-pressed flax seed oil and sprinkled with a tablespoon of mixed seeds (linseed, sunflower mainly).
Lunch: Greek salad
Dinner: Loads of cooked up veg plus a small piece of protein.
In between: Banting seed crackers from the Gluten Free Gurus or nuts (especially walnuts mixed with dried pumpkin seed).  (There are plenty recipes on the net for banting seed crackers.) If push comes to shove I may snack on droewors (dried sausage, a South African delicacy) as well.

A note on vegetables: avoid carbs e.g. peas, potatoes, beans, sweet potatoes and vegetables high in sugar e.g. carrots, beets and butternut.  My range of allowable vegetables are quite simple: squash, a little pumpkin, leeks, spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower.

I still find it hard not to feel deprived and sometimes after a week of maintaining my diet 100% I allow myself a small treat or a normal meal selected off a restaurant menu.


So important especially for lung cancer patients I feel.  Expand the chest, get some oxygen flowing through the veins!  I’ve always been a keen walker.  Nowadays it’s a short 10 minute walk at my own pace but I do it every day. It gives me that opportunity to feel free. All the time I was in hospital it was my biggest wish just to be “out there” and walking freely like before.  I used to admire all the early morning walkers and the ease of their movements.  That desire helped me to get out of hospital when I was at my worse.

Bianca, who lives close by, came round every day after work to help carry my oxygen and take me for my daily walk.  I have gradually managed to wean myself off oxygen and can walk around freely once more.  I only use oxygen at night when I sleep or when I want to fill my lungs with some good air.

I try to do the breathing exercises I got taught in the hospital in the mornings. Taking nice deep breaths of oxygen from my tank, keeping it in for a few seconds and breathing out deeply.  Or inhale, hold, sniff, and blow out forcibly. Keep a towel wrapped under the arms and inhale against it.  Use a blow bottle (available from physiotherapists, these bottles are used to assist patients with lung problems in hospital).  They have thick plastic straws through which one blows so that the water bubbles in the bottle.

Because my cancer has spread to the brain I feel it’s important to keep my mind active and challenged. I am very glad that I still have the opportunity to work for my old company from home (long distance) and to help my daughter with her doctoral degree.