Mother’s Day Thoughts
My mother has been gone for a long time.
As her day approaches, my thoughts naturally go back to this wonderful person who was the focal point of my existence when I was a child. Even today, as a mother and grandmother myself, I fondly remember all the love and care she provided my siblings and me throughout her entire life.
I recently read a book called “Anti Cancer – A New Way of life” by Dr. David Servan- Schreiber. It is the poignant autobiography of a brilliant young doctor who discloses his own diagnosis with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 31 and the treatment program that he put together to help himself beyond his surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Having been treated twice for a malignant brain tumor, he became a leading figure in his engagement for integrative approaches to the prevention and treatment of cancer. He died in 2011, after almost 20 years fighting a cancer considered terminal at the time of its diagnosis.
This is a must read for everyone not only to fight or prevent cancer but for the wonderful side effect of leading a healthy life free of diseases such as diabetes, heart ailments and high blood pressure.
One of the main weapons he suggests in this fight is Haldi – the most common ingredient in Indian cooking. Known as Haridra in Sanskrit, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. It also helps in faster wound healing and has blood-purifying properties.
This fact brought back memories of my winters in India, my occasional colds and that pale yellow warm milk my mother gave me on those occasions that magically took care of the colds almost overnight. It was much later that I realized that the yellow powder in the milk was “Haldi” or turmeric powder.
Here is to your health with a half cup of warm Haldi milk every night before retiring!
1/2 cup organic milk
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
Heat the milk and stir in the Haldi until completely dissolved.
TLC Tip: This can be sweetened slightly with the addition of honey or preferably with agave nectar.