Now, follow us as we put together a nutritional program to treat our dog's cancer, a program you can also implement for your own cancer!

IF YOU HAVE CANCER see my Cancer pages for a vitally important Alert!

Preparation for
My Nutritional Program for Canine Cancer

Measure your peas and beans into FIVE containers (I use zip-lock baggies). 

  1. Container One is for your Kidney beans, which need a hot soak, but will be boiled for 10 minutes before being added to the rest of the cooking beans.  This is to deactivate a toxin they contain.
  2. Container Two is for your Garbanzo beans and any other beans that need to be re-hydrated in the Hot Soak, other than Kidney beans.  
  3. Container Three is for your Black Eyed Peas, which will get the Hot Wash method.  
  4. Container Four is for your Mung beans, lentils and split peas, which require little or no re-hydration. 
  5. Container Five is for your brown rice.  

None of these need refrigeration.

Leave your Fava Beans in their original packaging until you are ready to cook them.  Because these were frozen and then thawed, they need to be kept refrigerated until you are ready to cook them.

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  • A large metal bowl or pot for the Hot Soak.  Plastic dissipates heat too quickly.
  • A medium sized pot with a well-fitting lid for cooking up the black-eyed peas and the rice. 
  • A skillet (at least 10”), no lid needed, to heat the rice in the first step. 
  • The largest pot you have got for cooking up the combined beans and later the Fava beans.  This pot needs a well-fitting lid.  I am using a 12 quart pot, not because I need that much space, but because I have no in-between sized pots.
  • Various spoons and spatulas, at least one or two should be heat-resistant rubber.  Don’t use wooden implements; wood is absorbent and you want no trace of animal protein (nor cleansers) in your products.
  • Three storage containers of good size, for the initial refrigeration of the cooked products.  Usually come in packages of 3-4, get the largest that will fit in your fridge.  If you can’t, then have a lot of smaller containers at hand.
  • A good sized colander.
  • Seasonings, specifically kosher salt, garlic powder, and sage.  Instant vegetable broth is optional.
  • Measuring cups and spoons, especially a heat resistant 16 ounce (2 cup) glass measuring cup.

Hot Soak

The best method for re-hydrating dried beans, recommended by the California Dry Bean Advisory Board, is a hot soak.

Bring to a full boil 2-3 times the amount of filtered or distilled water as beans.  Add one to two teaspoons of kosher salt to help the beans absorb water. 

Add your Container One (Kidney Beans) beans once the water has achieved a full boil and boil up to three or four minutes.

DO NOT DRAIN!!!  If you drain now, you will just have to heat up another batch of water.  That is why this is called a HOT soak!  This will remove up to 90% of the indigestible sugars that cause stomach cramps and gas.  Nutrients and proteins, however, will NOT be lost when you drain the water off.

Take the beans off the heat and cover.  Let rest in the hot salt water for FIVE HOURS.  The five hour soak for the kidney beans is to help deactivate the toxin it contains, phytohaemagglutinin.

Once you've started the kidney beans in their hot soak, repeat your preparations for the Container Two beans (garbanzo).  Let these rest in the hot salt water for FOUR HOURS.

By starting the kidney beans before the garbanzos, your total prep time will not exceed five hours by very much.  Unfortunately, someone has to stay home and monitor these, replenishing them with boiling water periodically to maintain the benefits of the hot soak.

(If your container loses too much heat, drain the water out and replenish with freshly boiled, filtered or distilled water.  Check at least once or twice an hour.) 

Now drain and rinse beans thoroughly, then set aside.  Keep them separate, as the kidney beans will need to be cooked a little differently.

Hot Wash

Bring to a full boil 2-3 times the amount of filtered or distilled water as black-eyed peas.  Salt is optional.  Add Container Two beans once the water has achieved a full boil and boil four minutes, then drain, rinse and set aside.

Next -> Cook up the beans 

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