Before rushing to schedule your next mammogram it's important to know about the most recent research. Studies are saying that mammograms may not be the best choice for breast health. The amount of radiation given to the body can actually increase your risk of getting breast cancer, especially if you’re getting a mammogram on the current recommended schedule. Mammograms expose your delicate cells to harmful radiation! I will hear the debate that "background radiation" is worse than mammography. I say, ANY and ALL radiation is harmful to the body. Why add extra radiation that is not in your best interest if there are other options?
We’ve been grilled for years on checking our breasts every month, and getting yearly mammograms. Guess what? It hasn’t increased survival. Do you know what does? Prevention. If you read my posts you know I’m a firm believer in “primum non nocere” or first, do no harm. Mammograms are causing harm to your body that isn’t necessary to reduce breast cancer. Unlike wearing highly profitable “pink” ribbons for a lobbied agenda, I’ve compiled information that has been proven to work and actually does what it intends to do, which is to save lives.
Breast Cancer over-diagnosis and over-treatment are the rule. Unnecessary breast cancer treatment occurs at a ratio of 10 to 1 and results in unacceptably high levels of over-diagnosis which leads to millions of unnecessary treatments worldwide. It also leads to tremendous suffering, disability, and expense brought on by the unnecessary surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments.
A Cochrane review performed by researchers in Denmark describes the tragedy of over-diagnosis and over-treatment with a simple numerical example.
If 2000 asymptomatic women are screened for breast cancer using mammography, 1 of those women will benefit from cancer treatment. This is good. However, 10 other women in that group will undergo unnecessary treatment including mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy based on the limitations of the mammogram. The researchers also noted that 200 women in the screening group will experience a false positive result and endure the emotional strain of additional testing required to disprove the initial error. Altogether, 30% or more will endure some level of unnecessary testing and treatment in order to save 1 woman. Clearly, we need a better way to diagnose malignant breast tumors without harming so many other women.
The first thing all women should do if they haven’t yet is get a thermography scan, or even better a NLS bioresonance scan (see HERE). Thermography scans use a digital infrared thermal imaging to detect and record infrared heat from the surface of the body. Abnormal cell clusters that lead to breast cancer have an increased blood supply that elevates the temperature of the skin over that area. A thermography scan can catch breast cancer approximately 8 years before a lump is even present! The NLS (non-linear system analysis) scan detects cell changes at a quantum level. If this sounds too science-fiction for you it's not. We use this technology already in MRI or EEG tests. NLS bioresonance is used without the negative side effects that mammograms or x-ray technology gives.
Just like every other disease prevention strategy, diet and lifestyle changes are required. This is imperative for health-maintenance and healing. Decrease or eliminate as many toxins that enter the body. This includes emotional or physical stress.
Next, adding the following supplements to your daily intake has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer:
Vitamin D3 - Increasing your vitamin D3 daily has been shown to reduce breast cancer by 77% within 4 years.
Turmeric – Increasing turmeric into your diet (or through supplements) can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 50%.
Flax seeds – 3 Tbs for 3 weeks or more. Decreased the size of breast cancer tumors in every woman tested.
Animal-based Omega 3 fats – (example: krill oil)
One thing to look into is your iron levels – Too much iron in post-menopausal women can increase risk. If you have breast cancer and post-menopausal, have your Ferritin level checked.
We’ve heard it before, but yes, self-checks are important. Check your breasts for any changes. Get to know what they feel like and have awareness for anything new.
This list includes:
If you find changes in your breast give your doctor a call. If they agree an area is suspicious they will send you to get an ultrasound. If the ultrasound detects something a biopsy is the next step.
A bit about radiation – In Dr. Christine Horner’s book, “Waking the Warrior Goddess” she mentions “a European study published in 2012 found that when those who have the genetic predisposition for breast cancer (BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation) are exposed to any diagnostic radiation before age thirty, their risk of breast cancer increases by 90 percent."
The study also found that a history of mammography before age thirty raised the risk by 43 percent.
"A newer type of mammogram touted to be much better at detecting breast cancers, called tomosynthesis, takes a 3-D image of the breast. You definitely want to avoid this type of mammogram because it uses three times more radiation than the standard type!"
It’s important to stay aware to the health of your breasts. Does deodorant with aluminum cause breast cancer? The truth is that the toxins in anything can cause bodies to react with abnormal cell development. Just like my body reacts to pineapple, yours may not. Nothing is a “cure-all”. Remember that. Every body requires different things. The point is just to be aware of your body and subtle changes that happen when your body is in dis-ease.
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Fevers are the body's defense weapon. They are not to be feared. Giving a Tylenol to bring down a fever is hurting the body's immune system and can cause damage to the body.
First and foremost, LET THE FEVER RUN ITS COURSE. It has a job to do! Bringing down a fever can prolong an illness or infection.
I've heart the phrase, "watch the child NOT the temperature." My thought is to watch both. I've had a nephew go to the doctor with a low temperature but acting very ill. By the time he sat on the table for the nurse to check him out his temperature was at 106.7. Yes, that is correct. She thought her thermometer was broken and got another one. You can imagine the urgency to lower his temperature. He was fine, without any known brain damage. So, always watch both; the child and the temperature. I'm not saying to be in fear of rising temps, but to check if you notice a change in the child, or at least once every hour or so.
Only interfere with a fever if it's causing changes in mental status, inconsolable distress, or severe malaise. If the child is playing with toys, or watching movies, there is no treatment needed. Let the fever be. However, if the child is miserable, crying, and cannot be calmed down then by all means give them some support.
Febrile seizures DO NOT occur because of the high temperature, but from the rapid rise in temperature which comes with certain illnesses. A 103/104 degree temperature is considered normal with certain viruses (Hand-foot-mouth disease, influenza, etc.) Febrile seizures are usually not serious or permanent in children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years.
Need to bring down a fever? Try any of the following:
When to call the doctor:
**There is no need to disturb a sick child to take them to the doctor unless something is abnormal. Sick children need to rest. Let them sleep in your bed, or couch. Put on their favorite movie, and keep them loved and comfortable. The doctor doesn't need to see them every time they are sick.
If you have vertigo, or know someone that does, you know how debilitating it can be. Getting through even a few moments is tough, but going through a vertigo spell for months can be something you don't wish on your worst enemy.
In this article you'll learn the most common causes of vertigo to date, and treatments that can help you get your life back from this 'dizzying' illness. Also, find a printable version of this information at the end.
It's important to find the root cause of your vertigo to get the best treatment. Your doctor may help you in deciding what is best in your situation. I hope you found this post helpful. If you did, I'd love to hear your story in the comments section below. If you would like a printable copy of vertigo and the treatments mentioned above, click HERE.
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You’re going about your day, thinking it will continue to go smoothly when BAM! You feel like the grim reaper himself has attacked every limb of your body. You’re sick. We’ve all been there. Your head covered with blankets, the large pile of tissues, and the moan you release every once in awhile to make sure you’re still alive. Whether it’s the flu or just the common cold, getting sick can make even the strongest whimper in agony. Here’s what we do to fight back.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you’re reading this you may have already declared yourself having lost the battle. It’s okay. Keep this information handy for next time. We all know that washing your hands and keeping them away from you’re your face and eyes is the best prevention.
Swapping spit with your love-muffin who has a nasty bug probably isn’t the best of ideas, although I know first-hand that can be difficult from doing. So, if you’re feeling brave and decide to go in for the kiss Vitamin-C is your best friend. Keep high quality Vitamin-C in your cabinets at all times. Not only will this give your immune system the boost it needs to protect you against germs, it can help your body fight against an invasion on your system. I like Shaklee’s sustained release Vit-C because it continuously fights on your behalf, or Livon Labs liposomal Vit-C.
What do you do if the ick-train hits? Fight back. I usually take 3,000mg of Vit-C three times a day for a few days. You don’t want to stop taking this too early. Your body needs time to fight off these germs, so give your body the nutrients and time it needs. If you start having loose stools you can back off by 2,000 mg until it subsides. The sicker you are the more tolerance you will have before succumbing to bowel dis-ease. It is noted in a 1970 study that patients with influenza tolerated up to 150 grams (150,000mg) of ascorbic acid within a 24-hour period before diarrhea presented itself. So, don’t be afraid to increase your intake of this vitamin. The common cold is said to tolerate 20,000 to 100,000mg orally at its peak within a 24-hour period.
I’ll start by taking 3,000mg dose of Vitamin-C in the morning, at lunch, and dinner. If I feel a sore throat starting in addition to the Vit-C I’ll take 1Tbs Braggs apple cider vinegar in some water, and a homeopathic remedy. This treatment usually stops the sore throat, and or cold/flu in its tracks. If the symptoms are worse the next day I increase the Vit-C by another 1,000mg -2,000mg at each dose depending on the severity. I can say I usually win the battle against the ick if I stay faithful to the treatment.
So, what about if you’re already deep into the abyss of feeling like death? Same. Vit-C, apple cider vinegar, and homeopathic remedies. A high quality Colloidal silver can be taken like an antibiotic if I feel the cold is turning into an upper respiratory infection. I take the directions on the bottle, which is 1 teaspoon 7 times a day for an acute illness. I also have Oil of Oregano (Oreganol P73), or other Clinically Balanced essential oils on hand for the bottom of my feet or to diffuse, and Vicks vapor rub for chest and feet if there is a cough, or another homeopathic spray for coughs.
And for the love of God: STAY HOME!! You do not need to go to your doctor for this. You have a virus. There is nothing your doctor can do, so do yourself a favor and stay in bed.
Call your family or friends to bring you a pot of homemade soup. Drink lots of tea with raw honey and fresh lemon. My favorite is Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime Tea. Rest. Let your body recover. Go ahead and watch 2 seasons of Lost. It’s okay. Allow yourself time to heal.
Eat light. Your body needs to focus on fighting off those killer germs instead of taking the time to digest your grandma’s famous spaghetti casserole. Don’t do it. Broths, fruit, and herbal teas are best. If my stomach is upset I only sip on ginger ale with ice, and herbal tea. I wouldn’t eat anything else until you are no longer nauseous, which I’m sure I won’t have to convince you of.
Also try an air detox spray to kill airborne germs to keep your house from smelling like death invaded. Believe me, you’ll be doing others in the house a favor.
Shaklee Vit-C – sustained release
Livon Labs Lypo-Spheric Vit-C
Bragg apple cider vinegar
Black elderberry syrup or gummies
Dr. Schulze air detox spray
Essential oils – see article on essential oils
It’s all about balance.
That’s why things don’t work sometimes. Diets, exercise, your chili recipe. Balance. You need the yin and the yang. Nature made it this way for a reason. You will drive yourself nuts otherwise, or lead yourself down a very unhealthy path. Be careful not to become obsessed with making things perfect. I did this when I first learned about organic, healthy products. I never wanted my babies to ever bathe in soap containing sulfites, or artificial colors ever again. I became a nervous wreck. So guess what? All the craziness that went into making sure my children had the most wholesome food and chemical free products on their skin made me a stressed-out Mom. In the end the kids felt my stress, and therefore were stressed themselves. Let me tell you first hand. IT’S NOT WORTH IT! Do everything in moderation. Start slow. Work your way up. Yes, it’s true organic foods and chemical free products are important. But, if you go all gung-ho on replacing every single product in your home and empty your artificially flavored refrigerator two things will happen; you will drive everyone around you nuts, and you will also become discouraged. Take it from me. You won’t become a pro overnight. Things like this take time. Time to learn, and time to let things process in your brain.
The first thing you can do is just adding healthier options to your refrigerator. You can still get the junk, but by adding healthier options you’re getting yourself more familiar with the healthier products out there and which ones you like. You don’t want to go hungry in case you realize you hate tofu and kale. No problem. Try a few more options next grocery visit. Another great way to start is by juicing. Just this simple change can have a dramatic affect on your life. There are plenty of great recipes for juicing. My favorite is: small bunch of parsley and cilantro, a thumbnail chunk size of ginger root, couple stalks of celery, 1/3 of a lime, a 2 inch chunk of beet, an apple, one big handful of spinach, 3 romaine lettuce leaves, and 6 carrots. Enough for two people. Heaven.
Next thing to do is just start checking the products you currently use. Look to see if they contain artificial colors or preservatives, sulfites, parabens, and other chemicals that you wouldn’t want on your body. This can be a difficult area of concern. The options are endless, and not all chemical free products are made the same. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars figuring out which products I like, and which ones I don’t. The EWG is a website that does the work for you concerning what ingredients are in your product, whether you’re talking about makeup, sunscreen, or whatever is on your bathroom shelves. However, they DON’T give you recommendations on which you’ll like. This is where the balance comes in. Forgive yourself for using your favorite smelling lotion on date night. Life is about living. We all die eventually no matter how many organic products we have on our shelves. Just do your best. Try avoiding that can of soda, or increasing your intake of salads. Slow and steady is best.
If I was on a deserted island and could have only one supplement available to me it would be Vitamin C. Hands down. It’s the power horse of vitamins.
In a 2016 study published in The Journal of Oncology it was reported that when the body is under attack from illness or disease the need for Vitamin-C is heightened ten-fold. They determined this by testing animals own healing systems. Most animals are able to synthesize their own Vitamin C when needed. For example, a 70 kg goat will produce Vitamin C at 33 mg day. When that goat is under stress or disease, the goat can produce 190 mg a day of vitamin C. Unfortunately we are not animals and cannot make our own Vitamin C, therefore, we must supplement.
When our bodies are under attack it’s imperative we give it the nutrients needed to heal itself. That requires a generous helping of Vitamin C. I take Livon Labs lypo-spheric Vit-C in gel form, or Clinically Balanced Vitamin C powerhouse.
There have been many studies proving it’s insane effectiveness including, but not limited to: Cancer, leukemia, shingles, colds and flu, bacterial infections, mononucleosis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, viral pneumonia, viral hepatitis, ankylosing spondylitis, Epstein Barr, and other illnesses. Amazing, right?!
You would think the medical community would appreciate its miraculous healing properties, but no. Vitamin-C is a cheap, natural product, which is un-patentable and therefore cannot make big pharmaceutical companies any money. Surprise!
The healing properties of this vitamin have been known for many decades, beginning with studies conducted in 1948 by Fred R. Klenner. Others interested in natural healing methods, including Irwin Stone and the crusader Linus Pauling, completed further studies. Thanks to the efforts of these men, and many others, the usefulness of Vit-C in the treatment of disease and illness have been proven many times over. According to their studies, Vit-C is taken till bowel tolerance, a.k.a. diarrhea. If that occurs I know my body doesn’t need any more and I lower my dose by 2,000mg at a time until my stools are back to normal.
Thanks to a study published in the journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry in 1981, Vitamin C dosages to bowel tolerance have already been tested. Their study reports on average a normal, well individual should take 4 doses between 4g and 15g of Vitamin C within a 24 hour period. Mild cold symptoms 30,000mg to 60,000mg, severe cold 60,000-100,000mg, flu 100,000 to 150,000mg. Bacterial infections were effective at 30,000 to 200,000mg dosages depending on the bacteria. Cancer at 15,000 to 100,000mg. Viral pneumonia at 150,000-200,000mg+. (All of these dosages are within a 24-hour period). For more information on this study click here. (link to http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1981/pdf/1981-v10n02-p125.pdf) or use your search engine to find a high dose vitamin therapy provider. It is very important to consult a doctor providing intravenous high-dose Vitamin-C therapy before taking higher doses as kidney toxicity could occur.
I personally haven’t needed to go over 15,000mg (15g) of Vit-C to get the effects I’m looking for. I’m usually just stopping a cold or small infection in its tracks. If I ever needed high dose Vit-C therapy, I know the only route would be IV therapy from a practitioner specializing in that field. I’ve read it kills early stages of cancer, and reduces the unwanted side effects from both chemo and radiation. Good to know!! Pass it on!
Elaine Evenhouse is an occupational therapy assistant and natural health advocate.