Kamoteng Kahoy Tea (2)

See my January 19, 2012 post Kamoteng Kahoy Tea must be FRESHLY prepared daily 

Because the diameter of the cassava root was only an approximate 3-4 cm, adding 1/2 inch daily of available cassava root left much to be desired in terms of trying to establish an empirical dose. With a 4 cm. diameter cassava root on hand, I figured that weighing a peeled 3 ½ inch length, using a diet scale, would give a consistent baseline to start with: the diet scale showed 125 gm. Continue reading


VM: A positive mammo case

A mortal dread of surgery had kept VM from having a lump on her left breast checked sooner. Then, realizing that no amount of prayers would make the lump go away and that it was just steadily growing bigger, she finally decided to seek medical consult. A 12/13/2011 bilateral mammogram confirmed a suspicious 12 mm. rounded density on her left breast, and yet another non-palpable one deep in her right breast. She brought the results to my brother, the doctor, sometime before Christmas hoping to be referred to me for Metabolic Therapy (MT). She was however advised after examination to first have a biopsy to help identify the type of, if indeed it was, cancer so that a more suited chemotherapy could be prescribed after surgery. Continue reading

Kamoteng Kahoy Tea must be FRESHLY prepared daily (updated)

Choose freshly harvested young roots, about 3-4 cm. Snap in two to make sure that meat is white without the slightest discoloration or brown veins.

Cut a 4-inch length, wash clean and dry, then scratch off brown skin using thumb nail only. DO NOT USE cassava with any brownish discoloration under the skin.

Slice, chop, and process in a blender for 2 minutes, then place the pulp in a wide-mouthed jar, add 2 cups (16 oz.) of distilled water.

For lack of a blender, use a grater to reduce the cassava to a pulp, add the 2 cups of water then vigorously beat with a fork for 2 minutes. Continue reading

Cassava: The Local Laetrile

Ms. A., my patient in New York City back in ’64, was a very conservative, single, Hispanic old lady who never thought to go see a doctor for the simple reason that to show her breasts, even to a lady doctor, was immodest, and unthinkable!  It was her sister who called us at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; the stench had became unbearable and nauseating.  When I first saw her at home, both breasts were cancerous.  She was hunched over a hospital over-bed table, unable to lie back.  Breathing was difficult with two hard and heavy mounds pressing down on her chest.  The left breast oozed pus and worms.  Dead tissue around the edges gave the stink of decay.  Inoperable, this patient lived with her cancerous breasts for a good 25 years; it was truly a miserable existence.  Laetrile would have made a huge difference for Ms.A.

The problem was, her doctors would have scoffed at Laetrile, pronounced a fake cancer cure by the FDA and therefore banned in the U.S..  Even in the ‘70s, it was still illegal in most states and Mama’s supply often had to be sourced from Tijuana, Mexico.

Luckily we have a local alternative to Laetrile: kamoteng kahoy or cassava.

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