The Cinnamon Challenge As Part Of My Detox Part 3

OK. Yes, I named this post after the cinnamon challenge. If you are aware of the YouTube viral videos of people eating cinnamon then you know that I am kidding around a bit. If you haven’t seen the video and want to laugh at some (let’s call them adventurous) people then  here’s a quick video of people taking the cinnamon challenge on YouTube. I absolutely don’t recommend doing it but it will probably make you laugh…unless you get grossed out easily. 🙂 It seems that there is a connection between diabetes, high blood pressure and carcinoid tumors. So, this is my effort to take the cinnamon challenge as part of my Detox Part 3.


The Cinnamon Challenge As Part Of My Detox Part 3

OK, back to business. Here’s what’s going on. Part 3 of my detox is eliminating as many toxins (including pharmaceuticals) as possible.  I just saw a video about the benefits of cinnamon on your blood sugar levels and I have decided to incorporate it into my diet. I know that for many people with Neuroendocrine Tumors blood sugar and blood pressure can be affected. For me, it seems that there is some sort of connection. Also, I have been reading about a number of clinical trials and it seems that there are quite a number of them that do not accept you if you have diabetes. So, I’ve decided work on these prolems as much as possible in addition to fighting my cancer.

Rather than take tons of meds for the rest of my life I have decided to try “The Cinnamon Challenge”. This video is much more informative and a lot less silly.



Well, it seems that everything has it’s drawbacks. It looks like too much of this cinnamon is toxic to the liver which for me is a big thing since my liver has tumors in it. The good news is that recent studies have shown that 1 tbsp. of cinnamon helps control blood sugars. What’s even more interesting is that there are other natural remedies as well. Check this out.

Recent studies have revealed that many foods have blood sugar-stabilizing effects. Here are seven of them:

Cinnamon – We all recognize this happy, holiday spice, but did you know that cinnamon can regulate blood sugar in people with diabetes? A study published by the American Diabetes Association’s journal, Diabetes Care (3), showed that, after 40 days of use, cinnamon lowered blood sugar levels in the test participants by as much as 26 percent.

Fenugreek seeds – Fenugreek is a tangy spice that some people say tastes a bit like licorice. Toasted and added to salads or cereal, or taken in powdered form, fenugreek can lower blood glucose levels. Fenugreek is also a blood thinner, so care should be taken if you also use blood-thinning medications like warfarin or aspirin.

Ginseng – American ginseng, as reported in the eCAM-published study “Ginseng on Hyperglycemia: Effects and Mechanisms,” (4) can lower both fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. How ginseng works is not completely clear, but early studies suggest that the herb increases insulin production and slows the death of pancreatic beta-cells. The ginseng root can be taken as a supplement, or it can be added to the diet as tea. Also a blood thinner, ginseng should be taken with care by people on blood-thinning medications or those with autoimmune disease.

Broccoli – Chromium has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar, and with a single serving of broccoli packing, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods (5), 53 percent of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) of chromium, it’s one of the best natural sources. Broccoli is also high in fiber, which makes it a win-win for people trying to reverse diabetes.

Oatmeal – Fiber is high on the list of natural blood-glucose stabilizing substances, and whole oats pack 16 grams of fiber into a single cup. Oats are also high in magnesium. A dry quarter of a cup has over 17 percent of the DRI.

Peanuts – Peanuts and peanut butter have been proven to lower blood sugar levels. Stabilizing your blood sugar protects the pancreas from being overworked and also staves off hunger. Other nuts have the same effect, but peanuts are easy to add to your diet. Toss some over your cereal in the morning or have a PB&J on whole wheat for lunch.

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So for now, I’m using cinnamon in my cottage cheese, my oatmeal, my breakfast risotto etc. As far as the liver toxicity goes I am drinking broccoli juice coupled with broccoli sprouts which is a known liver cleanser and cancer fighter. Read More

If you would like to read the other posts about my detox you can read:

  • Detox – The Forest From the Trees – which is about trying to understand hype from fact when it comes to naturally detoxing your body.
  • Natural Cancer Cures Here’s My Worry – this post is about what I consider a deceptive trend among a number of bloggers who claim to have “beat cancer” with natural methods when in reality, after you research their story, they used traditional methods like chemo or surgery WITH natural methods to “beat” cancer. My problem is that they never present it this way but instead act like they beat cancer with ONLY natural methods. I think this is unfair and dangerous to people who trust them.
  • My Detox Part Two, Get The Fat Out – it turns out that certain types of fat are actually considered part of the endocrine system and can increase your chances of cancer. This article is about my effort to lose weight as part of my cancer battle.

Stay healthy,
Ed – To find out how to use my images on your blog for free – Click Here



  1. Ed,
    Careful with dairy (cottage cheese) and cancer. Check into the budwig protocol – a mixture of
    cottage cheese and flaxseed oil. The mixture causes cottage cheese to lose its dairy properties and the mixture becomes a major oxygenator of the body as well as delivering good fats to the cells. The theory is that the bad fats we eat ruin the cells and they then can become cancerous and we need to replace those fats with good fats (in flaxseed oil). The Budwig protocol is used all over the world to fight cancer. Johanna Budwig is the inventor of this protocol. Bill Henderson’s stage 4 protocol uses it as the main cancer fighter as do many others in the alternative field. Check out for more info on this, it is an alternative cancer clinic authorized by Johanna located in Spain with a very excellent reputation.

      • In addition to the Budwig Center, which has excellent remote cancer healing programs available with Doctor support, Check out . Sandra who runs this site is one of the world’s experts on this protocol which includes diet as well. The site costs $25 per month to access – a pittance.
        Sandra also runs an interactive message board on Yahoo for cancer patients using the budwig protocol which has thousands of members. There is also another good message board on yahoo called Oleandersoup run by Tony Isaacs for people using the Oleander protocol. Worth joining both and seeing if it can help you heal your cancer. Both have lots of success stories.

  2. Hi Ed,

    I use cinnamon 3-4 times a week in my oatmeal. I’ve heard it’s good for cancer as well as glucose levels. Do you know if the powdered cinnamon you buy in the store as good as getting the sticks (fresh)? I wonder that about a lot of the spices/foods I eat. I heard turmeric is good for abdominal issues and I bought some on the spice rack but I have no idea what turmeric in its non powdered form looks like….hope you are doing well.


    • Hi Beth,

      It’s good to hear from you. If you go to whole foods you can find fresh turmeric (and also ginger root). Turmeric is kind of orange. I was planning on trying to grow it in a pot along with some ginger. That’s as fresh as you can get. I’ve also been looking into recipes that use turmeric and ginger.
      Here’s a link –

      I think that the any spice is more potent when it is fresh BUT everything I’ve ever seen or read on cinnamon has used the stuff out of the jar. I hadn’t read that it’s good for cancer. I will have to look into that some more. I know it’s been effective for me out of the jar. 🙂

      I’m a little frustrated. My chemo didn’t work. I’m on Afinitor now. I’m planning a post on it soon. Nothing is working…..not even slowing the growth. I’m ready to try and find a specialist again. Maybe my doctor will work with them? I haven’t had much luck with that.

      Wish me luck,

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