“How I healed my body”. An interview with Cancer conqueror Nina Santamaria


From Nina Santamaria

“Hi Ger! 

Thank you for inviting me to tell a bit of my story.  I hope this gives others a new perspective in health and choices they make for their bodies.  I used to be shy in telling my story because I wanted to keep things totally private, especially being a girl, but after 3 years I am comfortable sharing it when I realised it could give some people hope.  So now I’m happy to answer this interview.  :-)

1. What we’re the symptoms that you were experiencing that lead to the check up? What was your doctor’s initial diagnosis of your condition and when was this?

“For several months I was experiencing lower back pain and constant discomfort in my abdominal area.   In February 2013, having some difficulty moving or walking already, I went to have myself checked by a doctor and was asked to take some tests. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 ovarian cancer. They found a malignant 19-cm tumor in my ovary and since it seemed to be an aggressive case bordering on Stage 3, I had to undergo surgery to remove it as soon as possible.”

2. What were your initial thoughts and feelings?

“First, I worried about my family especially my mom. She was devastated with the news; she lost her husband (my dad) to cancer 30 years ago. My next thought was, ‘OK so now with this diagnosis…Stage 2 doesn’t sound so bad, that’s got to be better than stage 4. So what is the next step? Let’s get this surgery going… Fortunately the surgery was successful, but all the doctors recommended chemotherapy and radiation for 6 months to clean out remaining cancer cells in my body.”

“A concerned relative told me, “You have to think hard about this. Don’t feel pressured by the doctors, they will prescribe what they have studied, but this is your body; you have the freedom to do what you want with it. Chemo is not the only option. Do your research and ask for time to think”. That struck such a strong chord in me. It was the best advice I ever received. So I asked for time and was given 2 weeks to decide.”

3. What did you do?

“I consulted with experts: I talked to 2 different, well-known oncologists, and to a homeopathic doctor who prescribes natural treatments. The more chemo was explained to me though, the more it didn’t make sense. If cancer was caused by a failure of the immune system, why would you do anything to attack it instead of help it get stronger?”

“I went online to understand what happened to me. What was cancer, what causes it, and why did it happen to certain people? I watched health videos and documentaries. I read up. The website www.healingcancernaturally.com was a big help. I would recommend it to anybody, even those who are perfectly healthy. It would be good to browse through it so you could understand how cancer develops in a healthy body: not only are there physical causes (toxicity, lack of nutrients, etc) but also emotional, spiritual, mental and energetic causes in its development.”

“I talked to people who went through chemo and those who underwent natural, homeopathic treatment. I was determined to understand. I watched health videos and compared chemo to natural treatment.”


What was the treatment that you decided was best for you? And what gave you the confidence to trust this way? What did your family and friends make of your decision at the time?

“After listening to what my body, mind and heart was telling me; I decided to go for the natural, homeopathic treatment. I learned and believed that our bodies were “naturally engineered” to fight disease and as long as you are treating it right and feeding it the right nutrition— clean, natural, organic food that it was designed to consume— you will be able to boost your immune system and aid your body in regaining its health back.”

“The more I understood what caused the disease, the more I was confident in my decision to heal myself naturally, starting from the inside. Literally, from the mind (believing that cancer was not a death sentence, it was curable, and it was something I was to live with for a long time), to the soul (I worked on inner peace, surrendered my ordeal and challenge to God) and to the body, determined to detoxify and to learn how to use food as medicine.”

“Of course, my decision was met with frowns and worry by my family (except my mom who was behind me 200% of the way, she is my biggest cheerleader, nurse, cook, everything) because nobody in my family was familiar with holistic type of healing. I had to take a big leap of faith and just pushed forward with my decision because time was ticking, the cells could be multiplying.”

5. What are some of the major changes that you made to your diet and routine?

“I followed everything my doctor said. To detox means to rid the body of toxins that cancer cells would feed on: SUGAR and ACID, to put simply. I switched to a raw, organic diet (80% raw, 20% cooked) and had to juice specific veggies and fruits everyday. I gave up meat, fish, dairy, sugar, coffee, bread/gluten, and everything preserved, canned, bottled, and frozen. I strictly ate only what was beneficial for me and avoiding what was “poisonous”. I had to eat mindfully, knowing the function of each food I was eating. Since clean, organic food was hard to come by, we had to prepare meals at home and I had to bring it everywhere in a freezer bag in case I got hungry.”

“I had to sleep early, specifically from 9pm to 3am. The body apparently works its magic at night, replenishing and recharging organs, cells, blood, everything. If you keep busy by working, exercising, eating, watching TV or listening to music, your body’s energy is spent on keeping you awake instead of breaking down toxins or managing blood sugar levels.”

6. What other lifestyle changes did you make? 

Did you pray or meditate? If so what types of prayer and meditation would you do?

“I did healing meditation in the mornings soon as I woke up. I prayed and reflected on my situation a lot. Being Roman Catholic, I prayed the rosary constantly to keep me focused on what I wanted to achieve. The rosary is a form of meditation for me. The words “Be it done to me according to Thy word”, uttered by Mary, awes and humbles me as it teaches one to trust completely in His plans. I never questioned or felt angry at what happened to me, and I believed that in prayer and faith that I could be healed and continue living.”

Did you find a way to reduce stress? What did you do?

“I worked from home during the first few months, doing yoga 3 x a week and “hilot” massage. (Post operation) I wasn’t allowed to do anything strenuous for 12 months but I travelled a bit. I went to Bali with my friends to watch a surf competition and meet our surf idols; I went to Paris to see a design fair and to visit museums and parks. I went to the beach a lot, swam in the ocean, did stand-up paddle and just hung out with friends. I was grateful for the life I still had. As my doctor advised, I was finding my balance again, because my body was thrown in disharmony after years of stress and toxicity.”

7. What were the results 6 months later, 1 year later and 2 years later?

“The results have never been better, beyond my initial expectations. My cancer immediately fell into remission after the first 3 months, dropping to almost-zero levels.”

Although Nina chose the natural way of healing, it is important to note that she still continued getting CA (cancer antigen) 125 tests every 3 months to monitor her results. A score would be between 0-35 is the healthy range.

“Pre-surgery I rated 795+++ which was indicative of a strong chance of Stage 2 Ovarian CA. After the surgery, I rated 33+ which was within 35 range but still high. After 3 months of detox, I scored around 5.  After some more months of detox I scored a 3.  It’s been playing around a score of 3 to 6 for the past 3.5 years. I only hit 6 once, (and that was the time I was sleeping late again) and it scared me, so I went back to a stricter diet and was able to bring it down to 4 again.  So I’d like to believe just eating and sleeping right actually regulates my health test performance.  I take it every 3 months and the last time I took it was June 2016.”

“I’m now on my 42nd month (3.5 years) after diagnosis, and I’ve never felt better. I get checked regularly and my good health remains. I have never even had a fever or a bad cold since then. I surf regularly and work out 2x a week. I still eat mindfully and as organically as possible. I now know when to say no (like working on weekends, staying up late at the office, being around negative people), and when to rest when I think my body needs rest. We never know what our future holds, but we can try to make the present meaningful. If you throw out good energy from within, you’ll get that back too.”

What would you say to anyone who is going through something similar?

“Choosing to take the natural, holistic treatment is no easy path. My body suffered shock and sleepless nights the first few weeks due to the drastic change in lifestyle and the deprivation of all I was used to consuming. I would be anxious sometimes because there would be no conventional ways to measure how I was doing. But in time, you will learn that going back to how nature intended your bodies to eat and recuperate is the only way to go. The modern world has diminished our faith in our bodies’ internal capabilities to heal, but fortunately more and more people are getting to see the logic in doing otherwise.”

“If you are diagnosed with something, one way to remove fear is to accept and understand your predicament. Information is readily available for you to know your treatment options. Just remember that while you are treating your physical body, do not neglect nurturing your mind and spirit as well.”

“Simply put, in my case I just really believed I would get better. I treated it as sort of a science problem: this is the problem, what’s the objective, what was the solution, what was the desired result?”

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How to reduce belly fat.

THH Fat Loss

The one question that we get most asked is “How to lose belly fat?”. It is actually quite simple, but it takes commitment and discipline. Always keep in mind that reducing belly fat is not just about looking your best but staying healthy and disease free too.

Here are 5 simple principles that you must adopt to say goodbye to that belly fat for good:

  1. Workout the right way.

To burn visceral fat (belly fat) perform exercises that require high intensity, whole body movements and get your lungs gasping for air! Avoid isolation exercises such as bicep curls that work a single muscle, instead engage in exercises such as boxing, rowing, swimming or full body circuit training for about 30 – 40 minutes everyday and see the difference.

  1. Stay Away from Sugar / Junk

Losing weight is as much about staying away from junk as it is all of the other things. Sugar is your main enemy when it comes to trimming down your belly fat! The energy from sugar, if not immediately used, is quickly stored into fat and more often than not; it is stocked up in your belly.

If you want to avoid junk food, to be safe, eat only real food that is from this earth and avoid anything that comes in a wrapper and made in a factory. If you are a sweet tooth, satisfy your tastebuds with more natural foods, such as fruits? It has a dietary fiber which slows the release of the sugar and other benefits that we will discuss below.

  1. Increase Fiber Intake

Fiber aids in digestion, helps cleanse your digestive system, assists in regulating bowel movement, as well as helping you to feel full for longer. It helps flatten the belly by slowing the digestion of food, meaning that it is less likely to be stored as fat. Great sources of fiber are brown rice, quinoa, fruit and vegetables. We also recommend trying psyllium husk as a fiber supplement.

  1. Balance your plate – Load up on vegetables.

Getting your nutrition right is everything when it comes to weight loss. When your body is nourished it will shed body fat, much easier than when it is nutrient starved. That is why at The Healthy House we don’t just count calories, our nutritionists also balance the amount of carbohydrates, protein, essential oil, vitamins and minerals that go into each meal.

Contrary to popular belief caused by fad crash diets, it is actually very healthy and important to eat carbohydrates. You need carbohydrates for energy and without it, your body will crave for instant energy from sugar and fat. You just need to make sure that you eat the right type of carbs and make sure that your plate is balanced. Choose complex carbohydrate sources such as brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato or whole grain bread, add a portion of protein and fill the rest of your plate with fresh vegetables. Try balancing your plate using the following guide.


  1. Do what ever it takes.

At the end of the day, your mindset on reaching your goal will greatly affect your success. Even the best of principles are worthless without approaching your goal with the right mindset. So if you are serious about improving your health, we encourage you to do all that it takes, because a half hearted approach often means failure. We have a team of nutritionists who are committed to helping each and every client achieve their goal, and we are very good at what we do. Click here to view some of our testimonials.

If you would like to speak to a professional, click below.

Wishing you health + happiness,

Stephanie Dorosan, RND
Head of Nutrition
The Healthy House
Ph: +63 917 311 4337
W: www.thehealthyhouse.ph



The two most important give and take relationships in your life


Give and take with your body

During our daily grind we consume a lot of our body’s resources, we deplete our stored energy, our muscle tissue break down, and soft tissue gets worn, our organs get put to work, our immune system uses a lot of vitamins and minerals keeping us healthy. This natural breakdown of our cells creates imbalances. Nutritionally we have to give our body everything that it needs to be able to restore itself. We must sleep early and long every night to ensure that your body can complete its restorative process nightly. This restorative process puts our body back into balance and harmony with it’s natural state.

Give and take with the environment

The same concept applies true to our environment, through our daily activities, electricity and gas consumption, eating, pollution, city waste habits and every breathe we take, we exhaust the resources of mother earth and create imbalances in nature. Rather than worrying if the damage that we create will destroy life on earth as we know it, we can choose to give back to the earth by planting trees, caring for nature and encouraging others to do so. Do not wait for “the government” to give back what your lifestyle has taken from earth and take action on your own. There are plenty of wildlife conservation programs in the world that you can join or give too.

For those who are looking for the perfect meal plan to restore their body into great health, reduce visceral fat and improve energy sign up now for a free consultation with one of our nutritionists.

We hope that this article helps you on your journey to a better life :)
Gerard Sison
The Healthy House
Ph: 0917 311 4337
W: www.thehealthyhouse.ph

Learn from a master in body weight training

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Beyond Yoga + The Healthy House are very proud to present an opportunity to learn from a true master in the art of strength, balance and movement – Dylan Werner.

For those of you who are not yet familiar with Mr Werner – Dylan Werner is an inversion and arm balance master and is regarded as one of the world leaders in yoga strength training and body weight movement. Dylan is a diverse teacher, able to bring the most advanced concepts of yoga and movement to anyone at any level. With a background in wrestling, rock climbing, martial arts, health and fitness, Dylan found yoga to be a culmination of everything he loves. He was first introduced to yoga through his martial arts training. Dylan started teaching yoga in 2011 after 10 years of advanced movement training. While his practice appears very physical, he believes it’s only a tool to discover yourself, find clarity, peace, presence and meditation.

Dylan will be conducting workshops all around Manila with our friends at Beyond Yoga, that are designed to help you find your inner most strength and balance both physically and spiritually.

If you are on a journey of becoming the best version of yourself, we highly recommend that you take this opportunity to connect with Dylan, it will be most definitely worth your time.

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November 13th, 2015 |Alabang| Beyond Balance Vinyasa Class
November 13th, 2015 |Quezon City| Prepare for Takeoff!
November 14th, 2015 |Alabang| Inverted Backbends
November 14th, 2015 |Alabang| Intermediate/Advanced Transitioning Inversions
November 15th, 2015 |Alabang| Flexibility Fundamentals
November https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-en-ligne-en-france/ 15th 2015, |Serendra| Beyond Master Inversion Class
November 16th, 2015 |Alabang| Beyond Balance Vinyasa Class
November 16th, 2015, |Greenhills| Handstands and Arm Balances

Prices start at P2000 – P2400 for this rare experience, but they are selling fast, so get your ticket before you miss this opportunity. Passes can be booked and purchased at your nearest Beyond Yoga Branch.

We hope to see you there :)

ONE THING that you must do to achieve your health goal and feel happier, starting today!

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Hi there,

How you feel throughout the day can be a reflection of the quality of your sleep.
All humans and animals need sleep to live; Sleep is our natural process of restoring our body and more importantly, it provides rejuvenation and re-organization to our brain and nervous systems. Having insufficient sleep is one of the major factors, which can later lead to a wide variety of “lifestyle diseases”.

Getting great sleep is not only essential for your life, it also improves your life tenfold! Since your perception of life is 100% experiential, meaning that is experienced through the filters of your mood and internal feelings, this is one thing that you can do to create a real difference in the quality of your day to day life, your relationships with yourself and your loved ones, your work and of course your health.

If you are having trouble getting that rest and sleep that you need, here are some practices that will improve your sleeping habits:

  1. Eat Healthy

Eating right plays a great role in getting the sleep that you need. Follow a 3 – 4 hours interval in between your meals to ensure proper digestion. Avoid eating too much at night as it disturbs your sleep since your stomach will be busy digesting the meals you’ve taken. Try eating easy-to-digest foods at night such as lean slices of fish, oats, well-cooked vegetables and some fruits. Another tip is to avoid taking caffeinated drinks at night since it will keep you wide-awake for hours.

  1. Exercise Regularly

Something to keep in mind, you don’t have to be working out like an athlete everyday. A 20 – 30 minutes exercise for at least 3 – 4 times a week will be enough. Walking and jogging will be a good way to start an exercise habit and relaxing exercises such as stretching or yoga can help promote sleep. Never exercise before going to bed, as it increases your adrenal function which will also result to a disturbed sleep since you will enter your rest phase with a stimulated body.

  1. Have a Sleeping Schedule

Studies have shown that the best time to sleep is between 10PM to 6AM. The reason for this is the increase of melatonin production at this time. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland to the brain that helps in regulating other hormones and maintaining the body’s circadian rhythm. Adults must have at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep to be in their best condition everyday, although some individuals (sleep deprived) may require more.

  1. Keep the Lights Off

Probably one of the easiest ways to ensure a good sleep is keeping the lights off in your room. Our body produces more melatonin in the dark resulting for our body to function better. As much as possible, never watch TV or use your phone while in bed as it disrupts your sleeping schedule and melatonin production.

  1. Don’t Think Too Much

When it’s time to sleep, clear your mind. We all experience stress in our lives. It can be stress from work, relationships, school, etc. but learning how to manage these will greatly affect our way of life. Always keep in mind that if your body needs rest and sleep, your brain needs it also. Many of us can be too much “in our own heads”, and the only way to defeat this pattern is to “get into your body”; what I mean by that is to feel your body with light stretching and just enjoy how good it FEELS to be mobile and to free your body. I would also encourage you to trust your “GUT” instincts when it comes to making decisions, which cause you stress.

Sleep is essential to health as no medicines or supplements can substitute for it. We live in a generation where our daily routines can cause stress to our life. As much as we want to keep up with everything, always keep in mind that rest and sleep is a necessity.

I hope this article will help you in your journey of becoming the best version of yourself, if you have any special questions that I can answer for you in my articles, please feel free https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-100mg/ to e-mail me at change@thehealthyhouse.ph.

Wishing you health + happiness,

Stephanie Dorosan, RND
Head of Nutrition
The Healthy House
Ph: +63 917 702 8387
W: www.thehealthyhouse.ph

Good Sleep for Good Health


Sleep has a very important role in maintaining good health and well-being throughout our lives. When we get enough quality sleep, it can help us protect our mental health, quality of life and even our physical health. A huge part of how we feel during our waking hours depends on what goes on when we’re sleeping. As we sleep, our bodies work to make our brains function better and to maintain our physical health.

Let’s count the way on why sleep is needed for you to feel better throughout the day and even throughout your life!

1. You get sick less often

There are several studies that say that getting enough can prevent you to get the common cold. The researchers found out that their respondents who got seven hours of sleep a night or less were almost three times as likely to get sick as the respondents who got at least eight hours of sleep. Even though there should be more studies to back this claim up, you really cannot go wrong with getting at least eight hours of sleep per day when it’s possible. Getting a good night’s sleep won’t guarantee you immunity from all diseases, however, more studies have found a link between sleep deprivation and some serious health problems like heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity.

2. It can improve your memory

Not a lot of people know that the brain is hard at work while we’re asleep. As we sleep, through the process of consolidation, the brain can strengthen memories and the skills we just learned. Also, when we’re experiencing instances when we’re being a little forgetful, sleep loss can be one cause of this. So if we don’t get enough sleep, the things that we’ve tried to study or learn may be lost or not get stored properly.

3. It helps in maintaining a healthy weight

When we don’t get enough sleep, we may have an increased risk for weight gain. One part of it is behavioral. Since we don’t get enough sleep, we may get overtired and this causes us not to have enough energy for either working out or preparing a healthy meal. Another part is physiological, which means it has something to do with how our bodies function when we sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, one hormone called leptin drops. Leptin is a hormone that enables us to feel full as we eat. Because oft this drop, people https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-cialis-levitra/ who don’t get enough sleep are simply hungrier and this is when all the cravings start.

4. You’ll be in a better mood

Anyone who has ever been deprived of sleep knows the effects of it to their mood — they can get cranky, sad, or extremely irritable. Aside from this, not getting enough sleep can affect the regulation of your emotions. When you’re exhausted, you’re more likely to snap over a small thing, burst into uncontrollable laughter or cry without any reason at all.

5. It can sharpen your mind

A lot of people wake up feeling confused and unable to focus after a night of poor quality sleep. Because of this, we know that sleep deprivation really affects how we think. It impedes and reduces good cognition, attention and even decision-making. Many studies say that people who lack sleep are substantially worse at solving Math or Logic problems than when they’re fully rested. Also, experts say that these people are also more likely to commit odd mistakes such as leaving their keys inside the refrigerator by accident.

So next time, do your body a favor and make time to sleep and rest. Remember these benefits of good quality sleep and how they all go beyond just improving your mood for the day or avoiding those pesky dark circles around your eyes!