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Funny Greeting Cards for Cancer Patients by Lumpy Cards!

Lumpy Cards – Funny Greeting Cards for Cancer Patients 

Do you know anybody with cancer? Chances are that you do.  Do you know most people with cancer find difficult to talk about their health condition? They feel rejected, neglected and find that other people also avoid talking about the cancer condition they are going through.


 Lexi Timmons, a young entrepreneur from Los Angeles, has a very different approach when the time to send for a greeting card for cancer patients comes. Here is her story:

October 2013

Los Angeles– A Local oncology nurse seeks to make cancer patients laugh. To fill an industry gap, she just launched a cancer-focused greeting card company after her mother was diagnosed with the disease.

According to industry experts, there is only one other small, independent greeting card company that publishes cancer-focused cards at this time. Nurse Lexi Timmons was inspired by the experiences of her mother and former cancer patients. Noticing the market dominated by depressing sympathy cards, she specializes in uplifting humor and encouragement during a person’s scariest time in life.Lexi-Profile-LumpyCards-greeting-cards-cancer-patients

The name of the company is LumpyCards, which captures the playful aspect of the line. The line celebrates holidays and last chemos from a cancer patient’s point of view, and mocks side effects of treatment. “A lot of the inspiration came from jokes my patients would crack about the terrible night they’d had before,” Timmons said. Her vision is to touch cancer patients with her cards in cancer centers all across America.


The launch recently began with an Indiegogo Campaign for crowd sourcing and funding with videos of cancer survivors and their response to the cards.

The U.S. trade Greeting Card Association (GCA) of the greeting card and stationery industry reports an estimated $7.5 billion in annual retail sales. Nine out of ten households buy greeting cards each year, with the average household purchasing 30 individual cards each year.


The American Cancer Society estimated almost 900,000 men would develop cancer in 2013, and just over 800,000 women.

With such a staggering rise in cancer, these cards are needed. Do you know someone with cancer? If you’re looking for birthday cards, christmas cards, anniversary cards, cards specific to cancer treatment, or anything in between, LumpyCards has just the card for you. From sensitive to crude, there’s a card for every occasion and personality you’re buying for.

 Connect with LumpyCards online at, Indiegogo, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


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Sergei Butenko’s 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge

This is the best challenge I’ve ever seen in my life! Some people challenge them selves to (over)eat hamburgers and thinks like that. Those unhealthy-gross-destructive contests get to TV. Some other people watch them.

Sergei’s Green Smoothie 30 Day Challenge is :

  • original
  • fun
  • healthy
  • constructive
  • role modeling to young and adults
  • EASY to participate and do it!
  • it can’t get any better

I know, unfortunately, I got to know about this challenge today. Nevertheless its better today than never. Still it’s an honor for me to help spreading this outstanding endeavor from Sergei Butenko, part of the “illustrious” Raw Family! 🙂

I’m looking forward to this challenge which is not difficult for me because I have a 60 oz green smoothie almost every day! Try Sergei’s Green Power Smoothie.


by Sergei Butenko,

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Join the FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge beginning April 1, 2013 and drink a daily cup of nutritional goodness packed with leafy greens and delicious fruits. The goal of the challenge is to get you to drink at least one green smoothie a day— it can be a meal replacement, a snack or your dessert. It’s totally up to you! We just want you to commit to doing it daily so that you can reap the awesome rewards such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Clear skin
  • More energy
  • A nourished body


At Simple Green Smoothies, we make healthy eating a lifestyle— not a diet. 

During the challenge you’ll receive: 

  • Motivation and tips sent straight to your email inbox weekly
  • Free green smoothie recipes with exact measurements (no more guessing if it will be tasty)
  • Weekly shopping lists so you can plan and prep
  • Four weekly challenges to boost the nutritional content of each green smoothie recipe (and to up your game on being a green smoothie rockstar during the 30 days)
  • Support from our Instagram community of over 91,000 followers and 19,000+ Facebookrawkstars!


3 Ways to Succeed in the Green Smoothie Challenge

  1. Subscribe to the Simple Green Smoothies 30-Day Challenge and confirm your subscription.
  2. Let us know you are joining the challenge by posting in the comments below.
  3. Share this 30-day challenge on Facebook and Instagram. Let friends know you’ve joined the 30-Day Challenge and you want their support! This will help keep you accountable.


Rather buy our  30-Day Challenge eBook?

Purchase The 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge eBook and get started now! You will get instant access to our January challenge where we had over 100,000 rawkstars blending with us. In this guide you will get helpful green smoothie tips, awesome recipes, weekly shopping lists, printer-friendly recipe cards, and answers to your most common challenge questions. Click here to buy. Please note that this eBook is based off of our January 2013 challenge, which is different than our April 1 challenge. In our Spring challenge, we’ll be sharing new weekly challenges, green smoothie tips, and fresh new recipes. Get ready to rawk with us!

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Food for Thought: Iron – a Double-edged Sword |Jeannette von Johnsbach Newsletter February 2013 |

Food for Thought
by Jeannette von Johnsbach

February 2013

Iron – a Double-edged Sword

Hi Carlos

Iron is a key vitality mineral. It carries oxygen to our tissues, and builds vitality, magnetism, and optimism. Iron is important for mental function.

Iron deficiency anemia is a common problem for children, premenopausal woman (incl. pregnant and lactating woman), athletes and seniors.

Taking extra iron without knowing weather or not it is really needed, is a bad idea. Anemia can also be caused by other causes, such as genetic diseases (e.g sickle cell anemia, thalassemia), B12 deficiency, chronic internal bleeding and cancer. Compensating with iron supplements regardless of the cause can spell serious problems, so always find the true cause of an anemia with your physician.

There are people that are “slowly killed” by too much iron. Excess iron has been linked to cancer, heart disease, infection, arthritis, and parkinson’s disease. Iron deposits in brain tissue is being increasingly linked to neurological diseases, such as Alzheimers. [1]

Experts now question wether cancer is a “Ferrotoxic Disease” after a study showed that ridding excess iron through blood donation appeared to cut cancer death rates in half. [2]

According nutrition researchers, the association of red meat consumption and increased risk of breast cancer may be due to the fact, that the heme-iron in meat gets absorbed by the body, even if the body has enough iron. In contrast: Iron absorption from plant-based sources is blocked by the intestines, if iron is not needed, and absorption is increased, when iron stores are getting low. [3, 4, 5]

Our body has a very limited capacity to rid itself of excess iron. Processed foods that are fortified with iron and multivitamins with iron can contribute to iron overload over time. Have your iron levels checked by your doctor.

To enhance iron absorption:

– Love Chlorophyll rich foods (green leafy vegetables, herbs, algaes, sea weed
) – Add Vitamin C rich foods to your meal
– Sprout your grains, nuts, seeds and legumes 
(sprouting inactivates phytic acid)

– Skip coffee, tea and chocolate

Plus, in times of need, the Homeopathic Cell Salt Ferrum Phos. 6x will help your body utilize more iron from you food.

Get the Glow – Safely 😉

Jeannette von Johnsbach

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1 Dr Joanna F Collingwood, Professor Jon Dobson, Iron and Alzheimer’s disease: the good, the bad and the ugly (Keele University, Staffordshire, UK), The Journal of Quality Research in Dementia, Issue 3, Alzheimer’s Society,

2 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer as a Ferrotoxic Disease: Are We Getting Hard Stainless Evidence?, Gustaf Edgren, Olof Nyrén and Mads Melbye, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden (GE, ON); Division of Epidemiology, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark Oxford Journals Medicine, JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst., Volume 100, Issue 14, Pp. 976-977.

3 Cancer Causes Control. 2007 Dec;18(10):1047-53. Epub 2007 Sep 6., Does excess iron play a role in breast carcinogenesis? An unresolved hypothesis. Kabat GC, Rohan TE., Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY 10461, USA..

4 Michael Greger MD, Risks of Iron Supplementation, July 27, 2012

5 Mechanisms of heme iron absorption: Current questions and controversies, Adrian R West and Phillip S Oates, World J Gastroenterol. 2008 July 14; 14(26): 4101-4110.,

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Nutrition for Athletes: Raw Food Power Smoothie by Sergei Butenko

I met Sergei Butenko on a 5-day hiking on the beautiful trials of Oregon, some 5 years ago.
We had so  much fun with Sergei! learning how to pick wild edibles, diving on the ice-melting streams, jumping on water pools amnd even Sergei was teaching us to walk on a rope tide on two trees!
He provided all the living foods for the group of 8 on the hike! We were not hungry at all and we very much enjoyed the food!
Watch this video of Sergei on the tide-rope! on that hike I mentioned above:
Sergei Butenko, as well as his family, her Mom Victoria and her sister Valya, really walk the talk: the living foods live style.
Sergei graciously agreed to be our guest writer and let us publish this excellent article. I’ve been making and drinking this delicious-nutricious green-power smoothie since he sent out the recipe!

Athletes Need More Nutrients Than Less-Active People

By Sergei Boutenko
Pictures by Nicole Slater

    If you run, hike, swim, snowboard, cycle, attend crossfit, or actively engage in any other sports, then you’re probably aware that your body requires extra nutritional supplementation in order to function properly. Simply put, athletes need more nutrients than less-active people. They demand more from their bodies and thus must compensate with the right nutrients to keep up performance and recovery. Unfortunately, today’s athletes have been duped into believing that in order to maintain proper health, they must consume a wide range of animal products, supplements, and power gels. Sergei Health Through Green Smoothies

I think this is one of the biggest misconceptions in the field of sports and fitness. In this post, I am not interested in arguing whether athletes should be vegans or not. I simply want to challenge the traditional approach and illustrate that the nutritional needs of an athlete can be met through natural means. I believe all athletes can benefit by consuming more fresh, organic greens and fruits in a blended concoction commonly referred to as a “green smoothie.”

    To keep the body performing optimally, you must consistently replenish the following seven essential nutrients: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. Traditional athletes accomplish this by taking multivitamins and supplements. In my personal practice, I have found it beneficial to disregard tradition and instead blend green smoothies made from dark leafy veggies and fresh fruit. While I do not consider myself an “endurance athlete,” I live an extremely active life. Here is my idea of a good time: last summer I climbed Mt. Shasta (a 14,179 foot tall mountain in Northern California) in four hours and forty-five minutes. The following day I decided that I needed to climb more mountains so I scaled nearby Mt. Mcloughlin (9495 feet) and Mt. Thielsen (9182 feet) in one day. Mind you, I have never taken artificial supplements and base my success and endurance largely on my diet. 

    Let us now look at the essential nutrients needed to sustain prolonged exercise, as well as how one can get these elements in natural form.

1.) Calcium is essential because it prevents muscle cramps and helps strengthen bones. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) most athletes don’t meet their need for daily calcium intake. Lack of calcium can lead to a slew of problems, such as, osteoporosis and hormone imbalance. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommended daily dose of calcium ranges between 1,000-1,500 mg per day. Most people think that the best way to get calcium is to drink a glass of milk. Few people are aware that dark leafy greens are just as effective at loading the body with calcium. According to the USDA, one cup of milk has 314 mg of calcium ( A cup of collard greens has 357 mg of calcium. That’s 63 mg more than a glass of milk. Thus a green smoothie crammed with collard greens can meet ones need for calcium no worse than milk.

2.) Iron is another common element that athletes are deficient in. One of iron’s primary functions is to carry oxygen to cells and eliminate carbon dioxide from the body. Most sports nutritionists recommend eating red meat to get your daily dose of iron. In traditional sports nutrition it is rarely mentioned that tomatoes, apricots, pomegranates, currants, olives, Swiss chard, and parsley are also excellent sources of iron.

3.) Magnesium is essential for athletes. Its presence is vital in more than 300 chemical processes that sustain basic human function and health ( These functions include blood pressure regulations, muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve function, immunity, and cardiac activity. Foods that contain high amounts of magnesium include: almonds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, spinach, beet greens, collards greens, and dates. Adding these foods to your green smoothies will aid your body in many of its metabolic processes. 

4.) Potassium is easy! Every good smoothie needs a banana. According to the USDA, one cup of mashed banana has more than 800 mg of potassium. If you’re not a fan of bananas, here is a list of other foods that are high in this essential nutrient: avocado, beet greens, spinach, apricots, cantaloupe, figs, nectarines, and pears.

5.) Selenium is critical to antioxidant production. Athletes who don’t get enough selenium in their diet experience more cell damage and take longer to recover from strenuous exercise. Regular consumption of Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, spinach, and seaweed will ensure that your body gets enough selenium.

6.) Sodium retains water in the cells and prevents dehydration. Fresh fruits and vegetable are better at helping cells retain water than any sports drinks on the market. Period!

7.) Zinc levels are directly correlated to endurance. Athletes who have lower than recommended zinc levels in the body will struggle to perform at their peak. According to the ICPA ( zinc is also crucial for tissue repair. Here are some foods that contain high amounts of zinc: pumpkin seeds, squash seeds, water melon seeds, peanuts, bee pollen, sweet peppers, spinach, parsley, and seaweed.

Powered By Green Smoothies DocumentaryIn addition to the seven essential nutrients, sports enthusiast also require higher than normal amounts of protein. If you look at the nutritional composition of most dark green, leafy veggies, you will find that they rival many types of meat in essential amino acids (protein). For example, one pound of romaine lettuce or kale provides you with roughly the same amount of protein as a quarter pound steak ( One pound of greens may seem like a lot, but when you blend a pound of greens in a smoothie, it’s not too difficult to consume it in its entirety. After all, large, muscular animals like elephants and cows get their protein from greens.

In a nutshell, my message is simple… “Stop spending money on expensive supplements and instead, blend a smoothie!” I am so confident that green smoothies rival conventional supplements; I’m making a documentary about it. One week ago I launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a documentary about how green smoothies affect endurance athletes. For more information on my project, check out this link:

If you pre-order my video your contribution will help me fund this documentary.

Powered By Green Smoothies Documentary Sergei’s Green Power Smoothie

1 cup spinach
1 cup Swiss chard
1 cup collard greens
1-2 stalks of celery with dark green leaves
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 banana
1 peach, pitted
1 pear
½ avocado
4 dates, pitted
2 Tablespoons bee pollen (optional)

Add enough water to blend everything in the blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Serves 2-3

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Sincerely, Sergei


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Vitamix- Blentec Blenders “A Green Smoothie a Day, keeps the doctors far away…”

Vitamix- Blentec Blenders: ” And Two Green Smoothies a Day,
certainly keep the doctors far, far away…”

Do you remember the old saying: “An Apple a Day, Keeps the doctor Away”?

A friend of mine begun eating living foods, non-cooked foods, or raw foods, when one day he had an organic apple for snack. He felt so satisfied and full that started to wonder why just an organic apple had such a fast and profound physical, mental, and emotional effect on him.

The answer was simple: it was the very first time he felt the difference between a conventional grown apple (full or artificial pesticides and fertilizers, and may by a GMO fruit), and a nutrition packed, organic one! full of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals, which are not present on the conventional grown fruits.

If an organic apple a day can do such a miracle transformation in our bodies, have you ever wonder what a nutrition packed GREEN SMOOTHIE can do to our bodies, minds, emotions, and eventually to our spirit? Well, it will do a miracle! And “Two Smoothies a Day, definitely will keep doctors far, far Away!” © Carlos Caridad 🙂

“A Green Smoothie A day, Keeps the doctors Far, Far Away”
See how easy is to make a delicious Green Smoothie in less than 5 minutes with just frozen mango, oranges, ginger root, kale, celery, and green onions.

A raw food or more precisely living foods life style has been known to slow down the aging process, reverse wrinkles from your face, improve your vision, turn premature grey hair back to its natural color, keep you slim, improve your internal health, give you more energy, and increase your libido.

Benefits of having a Vitamix-Blendtec blender to make Green Smoothies

Here are some of the benefits of having a powerful Vitamix or Blendtec blenders to make and drink Green Smoothies:

  • Eliminates constipation, by providing large amounts of natural fiber that regularize and balance our bowel movements.
  • Shed, loss weight/belly fat very easily and FAST! Any one drinking green smoothies loses weight! without the serious and permanent side effects of Lap Band, liposuction and other weight loss methods that include surgery, medications to decrease apetite, and drugs. 
  • It gives you almost instant energy (without the crash that follows a morning coffee or an “energy drink” like Red Bull,etc. ;-), because a green smoothie is incorporated to the blood stream very fast, and does not take energy from your body to digest it.
  • A green smoothie is an ideal breakfast because you don’t use up energy from your digestive system, trying to break up and digest heavy proteins (meat, cheese, etc.), white breads (that contain sugars and difficult to digest carbohydrates), and other heavy meals. You are ready to tackle the world from the get go!
  • Green smoothies keep your blood stream clean and thin. Having better blood circulation, it oxygenates the internal organs faster and better, so you have more energy and you get less tired.
  • This also prevents aging and improves physical performance in all aspects of life: sports, work out, general fitness, and even improves your libido 😉
  • Since physical energy is the source of mental, emotional, and spiritual energies (“The Power of Full Engagement”, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz), all those vital energies improve considerably too!
  • Your skin becomes smooth and sexy! I was told like a baby skin…
  • Green Smoothies keep your body alkaline, healthy, and your immune system strong!
  • Drinking green smoothies is one of the best ways to loose weight fast, without even exercising!
  • There are even spiritual benefits when you drink green smoothies! 🙂 Your thoughts are align with your soul and real purpose in life!
  • this chase away viruses and most health conditions, like colds, flues, head aches, joint pains…
  • Help heal wounds faster, and recover from surgeries quicker, like my knee surgery. I was bicycling  and walking up and down the Manhattan Beach steps by the sand dune, in half of the time that a younger guy who had the same ACL knee surgery, two weeks before me!
  • etc., etc., etc.
  • Please send me any benefits you have experienced by posting them in the comments box below. I will gladly add your collaboration along with your name. Thanks.
  • You kids get less sick, if they get sick at all! This benefit is so appreciated by we parents! We don’t have to run to the doctor’s office any more!
  • again, incorporating daily green smoothies, any body can lose weight quick and safely!
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Some people ask: how large of a green smoothie can I drink and still lose weight? I drink between 40 to 60 fluid oz. of green smoothie a day, and I do not gain any weight. I am 151 lbs and feel great! Actually I lost about 10 lbs when I became raw foodist. My suggestion is to follow those numbers when you drink a green smoothie with not much fruits, about two medium oranges m. If you use frozen mango, you should limit the amount of it if you see you gain weight.
Get a Blendtec or a  Vitamix blender asap to start enjoying the benefits of daily green smoothies!
My kids refuse to go to doctors since they drink a green smoothie every day. My wife makes a 16 oz. glass of green smoothie for each one, every day. Usually is 50% frozen mango and 50% dark green leafy veggies, like spinach, kale, and green chard. We use alkaline water for the smoothie. I try not to use mango, it is too sweet for me, and I use less fruits (30%), usually oranges; sometimes an apple. (I’ll be talking about alkaline water and foods soon. Amazing topic…)
Since our children started drinking their green smoothies every day, they don’t have any the “natural” and “common” seasonal flues, stomach aches, ear infections, fever (when they have it, they recover very quickly and they haven’t lost a day of school!), allergies, digestive problems-up sets, CONSTIPATION!
( I heard once that constipation is the worst sickness, because it leads to many, many dangerous health conditions, and accumulation of toxins), mental fogginess, lack of focus-concentration and alertness, moodiness, etc., etc., etc.

Family Thanksgiving @ Palm Springs-2011

Here is a picture of my healthy family taken three days ago on our Thanksgiving vacation in Palm Springs, after seeing the Riverdance show. Great show, great dancers. I wonder if some of them, if not all, eat really healthy, because it requires a special nutrition to have those perfectly shaped bodies, mental alertness, quickness, and physical coordination!

We took our Vitamix blender with us
, and enjoyed our every day green smoothies. Well, my kids are not very fond of green smoothies… They gladly drink them because we say so and the benefits of drinking it: if they don’t drink their smoothies, they lose computer or iTouch time ;-). The Blendtec blender is more powerful and noisy than the Vitamix. The Vitamix is a great blender; we had been using it for over 5 years by now, EVERY DAY! We already had to replace one container because so much use!

Our older daughter, now in college, ask for a green smoothie every time she does not feel good because she ate some pasta or a cheese pizza at campus. Both girls like green smoothies because they can lose weight very easily and fast, and skip the gym and its grueling work outs.

My super boy drinks his green smoothie because we force him to do so :). He likes Owl City very much; we do to; in “Dear in the Head Lights” song, Adam Young says: ” and I guess that’s the way it goes”, and he drinks his smoothie…

I guess my wife and I are, just like in the Cosby show, a benevolent tyranny…

Carlos Caridad


Some properties of Green Smoothies:

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  • A green smoothie is the best and cheaper way to get antioxidants fast into your body. (“Eat To Live” by Joel Fuhrman MD) and keep you body Alkaline. Remember that cancer thrives in acidic environment
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  • Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are particles that destroy healthy cells and eventually cause cancer.
  • We get free radicals from the air we breath, water we drink, toxins in the environment, and the worst of all toxic sources- the toxic we food we eat!
  • Antioxidants make free radicals render harmless. A good amount of daily Antioxidants is a MUST nowadays to be healthy!
  • Two 16 ounces of green smoothies every day will neutralize free radicals that can produce many harmful health conditions, like cancer, fast aging, and give you the extra energy to tackle your day!
  • The first step is to buy a powerful blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec NOW. Do not procrastinate! Start getting healthier NOW!
  • The third and last is to DRINK IT! (every day 😉


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