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My Cancer Journey

My Cancer Journey: The Supplements I’m Taking

After reading about all of the supplements and their ability to shut down metabolic pathways in cancer, I was more than willing to jump on the long list of supplements provided by my Integrative Oncologist.

But it was incredibly overwhelming. Frankly, I do not like counting out pills each week, but that’s what I do. Jeff got me this pill sorter and it keeps me in check.

Here is the list. Many of these are multi-vit so I’m listing all of the included vitamins as well.

If you are here seeking advice for your own cancer, I would be remiss not to say that this supplements have been tailored to me and my specific tumor genes. So, this isn’t medical advice. It’s just a look at what kind of protocol you could be setting yourself up for if you seek this strategy. I strongly suggest roping your Oncologist in and if they shut you down, its a really good idea to shop for a new or at least a secondary oncologist for your care.

My Supplements via Pill Form


Berberine (1000mg a day)

Turmeric via Curcum-Evail

Melatonin (20mg nightly)

Barberry / Dandelion / Bilberry / Milk Thistle / Artichoke / Schisandra / Broccoli / Wasabia Japonica

Vitamin C / Biotin / Zinc / Selinium / Manganese / N-Acetyl L Cysteine / L-Leucin / Green Tea EGCG / Turmeric / Grapeseed / R-Lipoic Acid / Vitamin E Isomers

Vitamin D / Vitamin K / Calcium / Magnesium / Zinc / Genistein

Magnesium Buffered Chelate


Vitamin D w/ Vitamin K1 + K2

Multivitamin: A / C / D3 / B1 Thiamine / B2 Riboflavin / Niacin / B6 / Folate / B12 / Biotin / Panthothenic Acid / Iodine / Zinc / Selinium / Manganese / Molybdenum / Potassium / Betainehci / Annato Seed / K2 from Natto / Vanadium

Marrow Plus: Spatholobus Stem / Ho-Shou-Wu Root / Salvia Root / Codonopsis Root / Astragulus Root / Ligusticum Root / Rehmanna Root / Lycium Fruit / Tang Kuei Root / Lotus Seed / Citrus Peel / Red Date Fruit / Oryza Sprout

Fish Oil

Detox Antiox

Ultra Liver Support

Brocco Protect


Pure Resveratrol Powder

CBD / THC 4:1

My Medicinal Tea that I make with Powdered Supplements


Mycoceutics Immune Max – Mushroom Blend

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Carnitine Tartrate


Dan Shen

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan





My Cancer Journey

My Cancer Journey: The Foods I’m Eating

No Sugar • No Dairy • No Red Meat • Low Carb • No Egg

Daily Goals

Between 40 – 60 Grams of Protein Daily
(no less no more)

One cup of Berries a Day
(no more, and no other fruit)

At least 3 cups Green Tea a Day & 1-2 cups Dandelion Root Tea

2-4 cups Bone Broth a Day

3 servings Cruciferous Veggies a Day

 3-6 Brazil Nuts

Green Veggie Juice
(Spinach, Carrot, Celery, Ginger, Lemon, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cinnamon)

One Serving Fermented Foods Daily
(Goat Kefir, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Miso)

Use Herbs & Spices in cooking
(Turmeric & Black Pepper, Cardamom, Dulce, Nutritional Yeast, FlaxSeed)

Weekly Goals

A leek a week

1oz-4oz of Organ Meat

Eat Fish 2-5x a Week
(Sardines, Frozen Wild Caught Salmon, Sea Scallops, Shrimp)

Any meats (basically only Chicken and/or Turkey) should be cooked at temps no greater than 300°



Here is a sample week. To be real, it’s a bit ambitious as I duplicate meals more often than this, but each of these are in the rotation from week to week. I have included links to specialty ingredients and recipes so click on over.

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Shoutout to my dear friend and an incredible support to me and my family, Cancer Chef Kate. After working for years through her own dietary goals from Whole30, to juice cleanses to Paleo & Keto lifestyles, Kate was prepared to step in and help me navigate my huge lifestyle change.
She has not only cooked and delivered food weekly throughout my entire chemo process, but she also babysits my daughter and keeps me alive with her insanely delicious bone broth and careful attention to Cancer Fighting Foods.

I love you Kate.

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Here is my favorite tip that I learned from a book I read, THE MOON JUICE COOKBOOK

If you create a beautiful space for your daily foods, teas, and supplements then you are more likely to enjoy the habit you are creating for yourself in this lifestyle change. I did that by purchasing a few key items to set out on my kitchen shelves.

Now I am reminded daily, in an aesthetically pleasing way, that these are the foods to snack on or toss into my most recent meal pan.

What’s in the jars?

  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Chia Seeds
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Cacao
  • Rasa Adaptogenic Coffee Alternative
  • Sugar Free Cacao Chips
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Sprouted Sunflower Seeds
  • Dried Mulberries (an excellent source of resveratrol)


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Have a sweet tooth? Me too! Here are my guilt free go tos.

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Here is my growing shopping list! These are cancer diet approved go tos and you can click away to find them on Amazon.


RECIPE: Vegan Paleo Sugar Free Chocolate Cake

I am making this cake weekly around here. It’s a constant source of sweet joy! There is nothing unhealthy about it, so it’s my guilt free answer to my love for dessert or a sweet midday snack.

My favorite way to eat a piece is with a dollop of Coconut Cream scooped straight out of the can and a few organic blueberries or Harry’s Strawberries on top, and when I’m feeling extra extra I sprinkle a few additional Lily’s baking chips on the pile.

Vegan Paleo Sugar Free Chocolate Cake

Satisfy your sweet tooth but keep it low glycemic with this yummy chocolate cake recipe made from Zucchini & Avocado!

Mix these Dry Ingredients First

  • 1 cup Almond Flour (Blanched is best, but Super Fine is cool too) (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • ½ cup Cacao Powder (I use Navitas)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt

Next Mix these Wet Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Avocado (I usually use one whole large Avocado. Who wants to dirty up another cup?)
  • ¾ cup Granulated Monkfruit Sweetener
  • 2 NEAT EGGS Vegan Egg Replacement (You can use real eggs and your cake will be fluffier. But I have a sensitivity so I often use NEAT EGG.)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (No Sugar Added)

Add in the Dry Ingredient Mixture and then add

  • 1¼ Cup Grated Zucchini (After manually grating a few Zucchini's, I bought and now use a food processor for this step. #worthit
  • 1 cup Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (I use Lilly's (it has Stevia) )
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray.

Dry Ingredients

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup of almond flour, ½ cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, and ½ tsp salt.

Wet Ingredients

  1. In the mixer, mix together ½ cup avocado, 1 cup sugar, 2 Neat Eggs, and 1 tsp vanilla. Add 1¼ cup zucchini, then add flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.


  1. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

My Cancer Journey

My Cancer Journey: The Books I’m Reading

Diagnosed in late September 2019, I have been diligently seeking treatment since.

Early 2020, post chemo & radiation, my symptoms began to re-emerge and the tumor was determined to be active still. The next line of defense according to my conventional oncology team was a surgery. They discovered two tumors and fully removed them. I did suffer from some severe nerve damage that required added effort for my recovery and kept me in the hospital for over a week. Before I could recover enough to jump into the preventative chemo and immunotherapy routine, my cancer aggressively spread to my liver making me a stage four patient. We started the chemo & immunotherapy immediately.

Around that time I had started to read HOW TO STARVE CANCER and was becoming very interested in the concept of Cancer as a metabolic disease.

Current conventional oncology treats Cancer as a genetic disease with toxic processes that take the body to the limit. A reliance on Clinical Trials that are sponsored by Big Pharma means that while the medical community is on the cusp of changing their approach to cancer treatment, conventional oncology is still reliant on FDA approved treatments that deal in percentages of chance for survival moreso than cure.

The metabolic approach to cancer offers an additional level of personalized care on top of my conventional treatments. It centers around lifestyle and total body health, addressing the issues within my immune system and microbiome that may have led me into this mess. Moving forward with the theory that I can build a body that is inhospitable to damaged cancer cells is a hopeful pursuit. For me, with a rare cancer that didn’t respond to first line of treatment, it has provided a sense of control in my outcome even when the prognosis was ‘on paper’ quite bleak.

I added an integrative oncologist to my team, and she immediately ordered up a bunch of blood tests, prescribed a ton of supplements, and confirmed all that I had learned from my reading to that point; that a LOW GLYCEMIC modified PALEO diet plus daily exercise, fermented foods, bone broth and tons of immune system gut work was on the docket.

She also suggested a few more books that I read, and I’ve listed them here, among others that I have consumed since my obsession with this approach to healing the body.

 I have to take a moment to thank my dear friend Patterson who has been willing to deep dive into this nutrition reading with me. Who else would share their time in this way? It is not lost on me, a fellow mama, how precious reading time and me time can be. It’s a testament to her personality that she has been willing to spend hers in a way that is supportive of me.

Her steadfast empathy for my situation and willingness to explore that and talk it through with me on a daily basis has been a crazy huge support for me through this journey.

Thank you Patterson, I love you.

The Blog

Kate has an AirBnB Empire and I help!

In 2018, Kate launched a second AirBnB unit and a third and then a fourth, making her a true biz owner!

If you are interested in your own AirBnB empire, here are the deets. Her strategy started out as AirBnB arbitrage. This means that she rented properties on a long-term lease, then after outfitting them, she rents them out for short term, with landlord permission of course. After a couple years of income under her belt, Kate has been able to purchase her Joshua Tree duplex from the landlord, making her a first time homeowner. She’s thirsty for more and awaiting the next investment opportunity.

Along the way, I have acted as an informal sounding board and shopping consultant for all things decor related. From paint color selection and online shopping, plus thrifting consultations via text message to pulling it all together in the end and styling each room for her photographers.

I feel a sense of pride in her overall look, proud of her for refining her decor sensibilities and pleased to have been involved. This was a particularly fun opportunity for me since I could do a lot of this advising from my cell phone while being busy with my own work plus a new baby at home!

Below are a few of the resources we use to communicate. These are commission links. Another perk for helping Kate pull these looks together are the affiliate commissions when she purchases a product from the collection below.


Music that I love

CoverSong – Early Warnings by Foreign Born ‘Boys Like…

BetsyMoyer · (COVER) Early Warnings by Rostam / Foreign Born
palisades colorado rostam boys like us remix of foreign born early warnings

No one gave me permission… but I borrowed from a live recording of a Barbara band rehearsal from New Years Eve 2010 in Palisades, Colorado, and turned it into this.

At the time, we were bent on a more organic cover version of the more electronic remix of Foreign Born’s “Early Warnings” by our favorite producer mastermind Rostam, from Vampire Weekend. Derek is playing his big old Palisades piano live, Frank is strumming out a few percussive chords on an acoustic guitar while Jerrod and my brother are beating and stomping around on things like the pine wood floors, some buckets and toy tom drums. Derek’s sister Blakely and I are singing live and dancing around the room.

After arriving back home with a rough room recording, I played around with the audio track in Garage Band. I added my own vocals on the verse, chorus and some embellishment – on top of the live recording, and there is a very swirly aesthetic giving it the dreamy fake feeling that it deserves.

I have always enjoyed it, even at the time hearing from Frank and Derek to forget the recording existed… Barbara’s days are long gone, but after going back to it time and again, I finally decided to upload it to Soundcloud for posterity.

Then this happened!

@BetsyMoyer this is awesome!

— Rostam Batmanglij (@matsoR) February 22, 2015

and then it was played on Princeton radio.

Music that I love



I’ve stumbled upon the lady version of James Blake. I think she is my soulmate. I can’t capture my squee with words, for a lady music maker that appreciates a duet enough to texture her own vocals to such effect that I thought for a moment at the beginning that she WAS duetting with a James Blake clone. This shameless move really creates a storytelling event of a song and I’m in full support!

The bedroom producer style electronic act is sparse with big effect, full of heartbreaking vocals with tinny effect that remind me of something that I want back! These songs are a lovely inspiration and are sure to be the soundtrack for a good part of my 2015.

I’ve had Station on repeat for days, and one thing that I’ve come to realize after several listens, that there is a beautiful nostalgia here for a time that I was cruising Los Angeles streets late at night with boots on, listening to other electronic acts with similar sound… including the much more organic and rusty sounds of the Rural Alberta Advantage. The song “Summertime” in particular.

I love how music can transport you with such tangible emotion to another time!

More to come from this breakout as she gains momentum. She’s on XL records along with my beloved beatmakers and autotune shakers, XX and Vampire Weekend… Rostam and Jamie XX forever… and now Låpsley too.

Photo Album

At the LA Zoo

I love to tote my “real camera” along for family adventures from time to time. Here are some pics I snagged on a trip to the zoo. It’s a shame the kids won’t be this little forever.


RECIPE: Perfectly Simple Meatloaf

Maggie a perfect circle

UPDATE: This is a fav recipe from my Pre-Cancer Days. It would no longer fit within the new lifestyle.

We needed some comfort food for boxing day, the day that we lost Maggie (Jeff’s pup of over 14 years.) It was a sad day and the house felt quiet even with kids still high on the excitement of Christmas. So we filled the house with the smell of food and played Clue and did our best. She was a sweet girl dog that made this house feel like a home. It’s hard to be dogless.


Perfectly Simple Meatloaf
Recipe Type: Comfort Food
Cuisine: American
Author: Betsy Moyer
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Serves: 4-5 servings
  • 2 lb Ground Beef (30% Fat)
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 4 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Croutons
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of Whole Milk
  • Sauce – 4 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sauce – 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • Sauce – 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
  1. Preheat Oven to 350″
  2. Finely Chop up Onion and Green Pepper
  3. In a large bowl, mix all of the Meatloaf ingredients together
  4. Stuff the loaf into a 9×5 Loaf Pan, round the top
  5. Mix up one batch of the Sauce Ingredients and pour over the top (I like to poke little holes for some to sink into the loaf)
  6. Place in Oven at 350″ (Drip Pan below)
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  8. Pour off fat, cut and serve with a little dollop from a second batch of sauce




Post Party Split Pea Soup

2014 Informal Formal Christmas Party

Each year, I like to sink into the Christmas spirit in formal wear at my home alongside some friends and family. A few highlights are important to hit each year, hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps, a simple menu of cheese, meats and crackers, a spiral cut ham, and a group photo.

In the days following – as I continue to munch on the spoils of leftover finger foods – comes the Split Pea Soup from Heffe’s mama’s recipe box.

Vivian’s Split Pea Soup
Recipe Type: Comfort Food
Author: Betsy Moyer
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Serves: 6-8 servings
This slow cooker soup recipe is the best way to discard of your most recent Christmas Party hambone! 😉
  • 2 1/2 Cups green split peas
  • 2 1/2 Cups cold water
  • 2 1/2 Cups White Wine
  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 2 Carrots Finely Chopped
  • 1 Stalk Celery w/ Leaves, Finely Chopped
  • 1 Meaty Ham Bone
  • Herbs de Provence, Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Croutons
  1. Layer split peas, onions, carrots, ham bone & then celery into slow cooker.
  2. Pour over Water and Wine, do not cover Ham Bone
  3. Place on High for 5/6 hours or Low for 8-10 hours
  4. Remove bone & press mixture through food mill
  5. Return to slow cooker pot
  6. If needed, season w/ more salt & pepper
  7. Garnish w/ croutons