Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory infection caused by a bacterium that causes damage and inflammation to the airways. Many of the cases of pertussis today are caused by the shedding from the vaccine itself. There are 3 stages of pertussis that can last in total up to 12 weeks. Although it’s been called the “100-day cough”, early treatment can make a tremendous difference and even avoid the symptoms altogether. Once infected, the individual is immune between 30 to 70 years. The suggestions below are based on Dr. Suzanne Humphries published article, my own experience with my 3 children that had it at all 3 stages, and further research into the topic.
3 Stages of Pertussis:
1. Stage 1 – Common cold symptoms. Sometimes there are no other symptoms than a cough. This stage lasts about 2 weeks and is the ONLY stage where antibiotics are useful in halting the disease. Colloidal silver is also very helpful in halting the disease at this point. Both kill the bacteria causing the illness.
2. Stage 2 – (The paroxysmal stage) Cough turns into violent coughing spells that make it hard to breathe. The episodes can be terrifying for the individual and their caretaker. The sound that the individual makes trying to catch their breath is the tell tale sound of whooping cough. This stage can last 1 to 10 weeks. High dose Vitamin-C therapy is crucial at this stage and will make a drastic difference in the cough.
3. Stage 3 - The last stage is the repair stage. The coughing spells decrease and the body starts recovering from the illness. This stage can last 2 to 4 weeks.
Immediate treatment for this illness is important!! Antibiotic use (azithromycin is the typical prescription) only works within the first stage of the disease (first two weeks). Unfortunately, most pertussis diagnoses don’t occur until the bacteria has taken a good hold of the body, and the “whoop” that occurs is more prevalent. EARLY TREATMENT IS KEY!!! Pertussis is contagious up to 3 weeks after cough starts without treatment. If an antibiotic or colloidal silver is taken the illness is contagious up until 5 days of treatment. Children usually do not have other symptoms besides the cough and can attend school without problems after they are no longer contagious.
• Milk products (milk, cheese, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, etc)
• Sugar (including artificial sweeteners)
Pertussis care suggestions:
Call the doctor to get a prescription if there is a known pertussis outbreak in the area and having any symptoms. Hold on to it and have ready to take if cough progresses. It’s always good to have a plan B. You can try suggestions below first, but keep your doctor in the loop! Antibiotic use has its own set of issues. Use only if needed. Use colloidal silver at very first sign of coughing, or if the individual has been around someone with known pertussis to boost the immune system and prevent illness.
Other helpful remedies include:
Vitamin C dosage:
(Information below is from Dr. Suzanne Humphries from the website orthomolecular.org) You can also find this information on Dr. Humphries website at drsuzanne.net.
About Vitamin C brands: Use sodium ascorbate NOT Ester-C or calcium ascorbate. For older children and adults Shaklee sustained release Vitamin-C works really well too. Other good brands that Dr. Humphries recommends is Nutribiotic powdered sodium ascorbate, Livon Labs liposomal Vitamin-C (gel form), or Sufficient-C brand powdered ascorbic acid drink mix. The liposomal Vitamin-C is best for breastfed/formula fed babies, and younger children. It is also a good option to use before bed or in the morning.
Dosage: Based on Dr. Suzanne Humphries research - 200-375mg per kg in weight divided over 24-hour period. During peak times the body may need even 1000mg per kg per day. 1 kg = 2.2 lbs
A 16 lb baby will need between 1,460mg – 2,737mg of Vitamin-C over a 24 hour period, up to 7,300mg during peak times. The liposomal Vitamin-C is better for breastfed/formula fed babies. Take a finger with some of the gel and swab the inside cheek of the infant. If the baby is still coughing and is constipated you can use the powdered Vitamin-C. Mix a small amount (250mg) into breastmilk or formula. Drip into baby’s mouth with a dropper every 15 minutes. Do not put into baby’s mouth if they are asleep!
Directly from Dr. Humphries’s website: “Two to four week infants usually require 1-2 sachets of lipospheric ascorbate per 24 hours. Five to eight week babies usually require 1-3 packs. Treating such very young infants usually requires assistance from a medical practitioner and very close monitoring, often rocking the baby all day and night during the peak days.” Rocking the baby will help the mucus to move up and out of the body, and also comforts them.
If a breastfeeding mother is having a hard time keeping up with milk demands she can take fresh garlic. There are compounds in garlic that increase milk production.
A 50 lb child will need between 4,540mg – 8,500mg of Vitamin-C over a 24-hour period, up to 22,700mg during peak times.
A 110 lb child will need between 10,000mg – 18,750mg of Vitamin-C over a 24-hour period, up to 50,000mg during peak times.
Children attending school can have the powdered Vitamin-C in a water bottle that they just sip all day long while away. Parents should also give the school nurse Liposomal Vitamin-C packets (or pill form) to administer to child at lunchtime or every 2 hours (whatever time frame the body is requiring at that time).
Unused Vitamin-C by the body will be eliminated through the bowels. A good determination is how the body reacts. If the cough is severe and breathing is labored then increase the frequency, dosage, or both. If the individual starts having diarrhea then reduce Vitamin-C. It means their body does not require as much. This will also give an indication of how far along the individual is on the “100 day cough”. Hopefully, with using the treatments listed that number of days will be less. The sooner the bacteria is killed the less damage to the cilia in the esophagus. This results in a quicker recovery. It is possible, and likely, to stop the progression of the illness altogether if caught soon enough.
To learn more about Pertussis treatment options, including how a hospital used homeopathy successfully, take a look at the Handbook of Home Remedies. You can find it in the "Book" section of this website.
We’ve received several calls asking us what we think people should do considering the coronavirus situation. Rather than answering these calls one by one, we’re providing this general advice on how to prepare. We’ll use the standard reporter’s format to keep things tight.
Prepare your home to be a healthy place in uncertain times. Simple preparations can reduce suffering and prevent disease.
This discussion covers general preparations for responding to any viral illness including Coronavirus nCoV-2019. We use the same approach regardless of the cause because our strategy involves strengthening the body rather than fighting the disease. Support your body and it will take care of itself.
A. Keep it Simple.
Preparation allows for a degree of self-sufficiency. Set yourself up for success by putting a little effort into planning for the unexpected.
B. Remain Calm.
We’ve seen things like this before, (colds, flu, RSV) and we’ll see them again. Not to mention stress lowers the immune system.
C. Optimize your health.
The healthier you are the healthier you’ll stay.
Here are some general guidelines for maintaining excellent health:
D. Start treating illness at the first sign of trouble.
A tickle in the throat, a runny nose – hit it hard with Colloidal Silver, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Echinacea, Elderberry, Olive Leaf Extract, and/or Lemon. A combination of essential oils used to fight the Plague was rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon and clove essential oils. A popular brand calls it "Thieves". Other good options are Tea Tree oil, oregano oil and peppermint oil. You can use with carrier oils, or diffuse them. Find these items HERE.
Doctors across the world are finding alternative treatments despite the "standard of care". Unfortunately, these good doctors are targeted and public mention about these treatments result in threats of them getting their license revoked. Political agendas and fear-mongering have taken over the freedom of speech. We have seen the "cancel culture" further the political agenda by ganging-up on good physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers that share the truth. What happened to "first, do no harm"?
By now, those that know, know. Follow your instincts. The truth will prevail.
Hey doc, what’s the best diet?
Here’s my answer:
If you want to know more about the history of the American (and therefore western) food guidelines, dig into the reporting of Nina Teicholz, Gary Taubes, and an Australian orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Gary Fetke.
Please note: Cholesterol-lowering drugs such as “statins” have had minimal impact on heart attack rates and significantly increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. A review of the scientific literature reveals a stunning truth - there are no studies that provide a conclusive link between cholesterol, saturated fats and heart disease.
Okay doc, you’ve made your points but what should I eat?
Eat whatever you want. You’re a grown up. You decide. As for simple suggestions, cut the sugar, cook with butter, eat fatty meats, the occasional wild caught fish, lots of leafy greens and as many peppers, mushrooms and broccoli as you want.
For those with food sensitivities and anyone looking to reverse a chronic medical condition, consider going on an elimination diet for a few months. There are several to choose from including juice fasts, vegan diets and my personal favorite – The Carnivore Diet. I’ve tried several of these myself over the years with varying results. My most recent personal experiment includes intermittent fasting and a carnivore diet. So far, I’ve started to heal my gut, drop unwanted fat, grow some lean muscle and improve my overall sense of well-being.
For those with type-2 diabetes, I’ve witnessed impressive results from combining intermittent fasting with a ketogenic diet. A quick search of the internet will provide an abundance of resources for this approach.
There. Those are my two cents. As for questions about our industrial food system, big pharma, and corrupt politicians, I’ll leave them alone for another day.
As an occupational therapy assistant I have worked with many children with autism. The latest numbers from a government study suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism. These numbers are expected to increase. While finishing up my schooling for occupational therapy I was looking for a way to integrate occupational therapy with my passion for alternative medicine. I came across Qigong Sensory Therapy (QST).
I saw the results from my own personal qigong practice so I was excited to hear about the studies conducted with children with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. I called several of the occupational therapists that were already using QST in their practice. Each and every one of them told me that it was the single most used tool in their toolbox, and used it everyday. They explained their experience with what they have seen, and I was hooked. I jumped on the Qigong train, and let me tell you what a ride it’s been!
It was a 5 month training program that started in Oregon, then home studies involving a case study. Since learning this technique I can tell you from my own personal experience it has changed families’ lives, forever. There is no other treatment like it in the world. Currently, there are no treatments that work for severe autism, along with mild autism like this one does. The studies concluded that:
After five months of treatment:
After two years of treatment:
A study evaluating treatment in older children (aged 6-11) showed similar results.
*These results taken from The Qigong Sensory Treatment Institute’s website.
There have been children treated with their diagnosis removed. Yes, REMOVED! This treatment technique is so easy, yet so powerful.
Qigong Sensory Therapy is an evidence-based medical massage protocol that is based on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are 12 simple movements that work on acupuncture points and meridian channels on the front and back of the body. These movements normalize the sense of touch, which was found to be unbalanced in 100% of children with autism. Once the sense of touch is normalized the sensory systems can start working together more effectively. I know some children with autism don't seem to show any abnormalities with the sense of touch, but research done with skin biopsies show every child with autism had a loss of C-tactile fibers. See that study HERE. Treatment with QST also detoxes and de-blocks the body and gets the energy moving the way it’s meant to. As a result, the child becomes more tolerant to touch, helping them interact with people and the environment around them, and improving emotional and learning development.
I have seen amazing results with children that went through QST. One particular child (almost 3 years of age) came to me with zero eye contact, was non-verbal, not eating, not sleeping well, not walking, and had abnormal bowel movements. After one week of treatment he was eating everything given to him and had normal bowel movements. His sleep improved as well. After one month of treatment he was saying 3 word sentences, walking and started making eye contact. After 3 months of treatment his doctor rescinded his cerebral palsy diagnosis and took autism off the table as well. The boy was saying 5 word sentences, had almost normal eye contact, and learning to run. This boy was lifted from his fog.
These are miraculous results. Qigong Sensory Therapy works. Is this a cure for autism? No. There is more than one cause of autism. An authorized QST therapist will be able to help you decide if QST will benefit your child.
If you would like more information you may contact us, or find a QST practitioner in your area at www.qsti.org. I feel honored and privileged to have found this effective technique to share with others. Find the book from QSTI HERE to learn the massage protocol at home, or click HERE to find a practitioner near you.
For so many the “spiritual path” seems like a good idea. I’m not saying it’s not, but just be ready for your life to change.
Whether you’re financially secure, or not, won’t matter. I take that back. For some it WILL matter. You’ll lose everything, along with your sanity. Talking about losing things, let me give you a heads up on other things you’ll lose: Friends, jobs, houses, and maybe even relationships with family members. Sound awful? It is. But now let me give you what you can gain: Friends, jobs, houses, and maybe even relationships with family members.
Going down the spiritual path is not for the faint-hearted. It’s actually for those that are outrageously strong and courageous to figure it all out. It’s facing the skeletons in their closet, and the possibilities of losing face with those that once looked up to them. Going through the layers of purging isn’t easy. When ascending, which is ultimately a rise in vibration, things that don’t serve you any longer will fall to the wayside. Behavior that was once a habitual routine on Friday night, will no longer meet your desires. Your friends that you would get “wasted” with will suddenly feel like a burden to be around. Your home, or decorations/colors inside your home, won’t feel good to you any longer. Even foods, particularly processed food, will make you sick. You’ll question your sanity at times, and wonder if you’re making the right decision. It’s a journey. A marathon. There is nothing quick about it. Don’t expect miracles overnight, although they do happen. When manifesting a better job, you might walk into your current job with a pink slip waiting on your desk. Ask and you shall receive they say. So, be careful what you ask for. Attach the phrase, “all in God’s grace, in perfect timing, please and thank you” to your prayers. It makes a difference. Your angels want to know that you appreciate their hard work.
Is the spiritual path worth it? Yes. You’ll be better for it. Is it easy? Heck no. Can you go back? Nope. It’s been said that ignorance is bliss. I believe this to be true. Once you know the things you’ll learn, it’s impossible to forget. You won’t want to go back. The path is narrow and sometimes lonely, my friends. May you be blessed to find your way.
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, parabens, or artificial colors 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 crazy, 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 go-to: 3 sprigs or so of curly parsley and 3 sprigs or so cilantro, a 2 inch chunk of beet, an apple, 1 or 2 celery stalks, 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger, one third of a lime, one big handful of spinach, 3 romaine lettuce leaves, and 3 or 4 big carrots. Heaven.
Next thing to do is just start checking the products you currently use. Look to see if they contain 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 (Environmental Working Group) 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 in your bathroom drawers. However, they DON’T give you recommendations on which you’ll like. This is where the balance comes in. Forgive yourself for using aluminum-laden anti-perspirant until you find something that works, or your favorite smelling lotion on date night. Life is about living. We all die eventually. No matter how many organic products you have in your refrigerator. Just do your best. Try avoiding that can of soda every other day, or increasing your intake of salads. Slow and steady is best.
"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu
Are you or someone you know battling depression? It can be heart wrenching and difficult to say the least. In this article my wish is to bring hope to a hopeless illness, and get those suffering back on their feet.
What does it take? Many times it comes down to being in the present and re-training your busy mind to adopt a new way of thinking. This is no small feat!
Be forewarned. I’m going to be straightforward with this, and no sugarcoating. The only way to cure depression is through hard work; taking the responsibility of health and well being into your own hands.
Depression is very difficult. Why? In a strange way, depression causes physical pain and "feels" good all at the same time. Dwelling in sadness can be addictive. It triggers the release of some of the same chemicals associated with addictive drugs. Whether we realize it or not, negative emotions and old patterns feel safe. They are familiar. Getting out of depression will take determination and daily work, but not to fret; baby steps. You will need to build new pathways in your mind and stay off the old ones. Eventually the new pathways will be well worn and the old pathways forgotten.
The strategies listed, done daily, will make a dramatic difference in your life. The more strategies used daily, the quicker you will feel relief. You will notice there are no pharmaceutical drugs involved in the healing of your mind. Pharma drugs block central lines of energy that are necessary to improve your health. Many of the drugs prescribed for depression have side effects that can make you more depressed or even suicidal. Stay away from them as much as possible.
If you follow the daily protocol you will find everyday gets easier and easier. Stay out of the negative thinking which is habitual. Re-train your brain.
This also works for grief, and heartbreak.
A note about suicidal thoughts:
Suicidal thoughts are never normal. Depression can be painful. Seek professional help if suicidal thoughts become part of the situation. Keep in mind that prescription antidepressants can all cause depression to deepen, triggering suicidal thoughts and actions in previously non-suicidal people. Keep careful tabs on any loved ones started on antidepressants.
Daily Protocol Suggestions:
1. No alcohol. Zilch. Alcohol is a depressant. You will feel depressed for several days after one glass. It's not worth it. Right now concentrate on getting better.
2. Give yourself a time limit to sulk, if needed, but give it a time frame. First day you might give yourself the whole weekend. Second, might be 24 hours. Third might be 10 minutes. Try and reduce each pity party, and don't allow yourself a minute later. Get up and get moving after PRE-DETERMINED time is up.
3. Solfeggio frequencies, binaural beats, and/or isochronic tones: Listen daily for a minimum of 20 minutes. Use headphones for binaural beats. Turn it up until you "feel" the vibration in your body. The point of this is to change the frequency the unhealthy body is vibrating at.
Did you know the galaxy sings? NASA has discovered the constant symphony of strange and interesting sounds coming from space. Earth itself has a frequency of 528 Hz. You can find all of these on YouTube for certain illnesses. Search for "depression".
4. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or "Tapping" - EFT works on acupuncture points on certain meridian channels by reprogramming neurological pathways. By tapping on these acupuncture points negative thoughts and emotions are disrupted so that new, healthy thought patterns can be created.
5. Get away from negative friends. Distance yourself from people that love to talk about problems. Relationship problems? Stay away from people that talk negative about their significant other and complain about their daily life with them. Meet up with people who have healthy, happy relationships and that strive to better their connections. Good friends matter. Laughter is the best medicine!
6. Positive affirmations. Write at least 15 post-it notes of positive affirmations and stick them throughout your home where you would see them constantly. "Seeing" the positive affirmations increases your vibration and reminds you of your worth. Examples of phrases to use: I am worth it. The best is yet to come. I love my life. I am strong. I am healthy. I am blessed. I can get better.
7. Take a walk. Take a walk outside everyday for 5-20 minutes; baby steps. Fresh air helps de-block the system and removes "ick" from the body. Nature rebalances our system and raises our vibration.
8. Meditate. Meditate for 20 minutes everyday. This can be done with the frequencies, tones, or binaural beats. Indian Flute music is great for this. Focus on gratitude to counteract the negative emotions associated with depression. Grace will follow.
9. Eat right. Putting junk into your body during this time will make you feel low, and lousy. Eat lots of vegetables and "real food". Reduce/eliminate sugar and processed food. This is a must!
10. Take magnesium. Taking 248mg of magnesium everyday has been shown to make a dramatic difference in depression symptoms.
11. Use essential oils. Diffusing or rubbing in essential oils (diluted) will raise your vibration and smells good too!
12. Vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually several different compounds. Be sure to take a Vitamin D3 supplement, especially during the long dark winters for those in the Northern Hemisphere. Get plenty of healthy sunshine when you can.
13. 5-HTP, L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine, and CBD Oil.These supplements help restore balance to the brain's chemistry.
14. Stop yourself from negative thoughts. It's a bad habit. When you find your brain is saying mean things to yourself make a conscious effort to counteract it with a healthy phrase. Love yourself, and love yourself some more!
15. Find activities that YOU love doing. Take the time to find out whom YOU are and what YOU love to do. Allow yourself time to play. It's all about balance.
You can and will beat depression! Make the decision and start today.
Vertigo: Is it really the crystals?
When we are young we played. We flipped our bodies over, did somersaults, went on roller coasters, and got our heads in every imaginable position. As we get older, those activities usually cease to exist. We are caught sitting at our computers with our heads in a stationary position for most of the day. Either our heads are upright working and interacting with our environment, or horizontal while sleeping. We don’t do as many cartwheels in our 50’s, or getting into pretzel-like positions as we used to. This, my friends, is the problem. The body is meant to move. It’s meant to be flexible and stretched.
How many of us cannot go on roller coasters anymore, or even swing on a swing because we get dizzy? It’s because we’ve allowed our bodies to become rigid. Our brain cannot decipher those movements anymore because it’s been so long since we’ve done them. This is where benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) comes into play. The brain may need re-calibration. It may not be “crystals” that somehow move around your ear like we’ve been told. If that were the case gymnasts, children, and those that frequent roller coasters at any age would be acquiring this “dizzying” illness on a regular basis. No?
Dr. Matthew Evenhouse has helped thousands of patients looking for relief from vertigo symptoms while working in the ER. His experience is telling him there is more to the story. Why is it that many patients find full recovery or at least partial relief from simple maneuvers that put the head in awkward positions? Is it because the canaliths magically moved back to where they should be, or maybe only a few made it? It’s not plausible to say this can be the only cause, especially when some people get better on their own without any treatment. It’s been said that 50 to 70 percent of BPPV cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Could re-calibration of the brain be the missing piece?
Empirical evidence is showing we need to get our magnetic brains into all positions more. It may need re-calibration and re-familiarize itself to where the limits are. That’s why the Epley and Semont maneuvers may work. They put the head in tilted positions and roll to every extreme. The “barrel roll” technique has been said to work on 90 percent of patients. Why is it then that patients may need to do the exercises more than once? Well, it may take repetitions for the brain to figure out where the body is “in space”.
How to prevent this form of vertigo? Easy. Play. A word of caution, however. Start small. Maybe start by stretching your head and neck into slow, circles; chin to chest then work your way over to the side, then back, then to other side, and back to chin to chest. Or, start swinging on a swing. You don’t have to go very high, just a little bit at first. Work your way up.
If we start allowing our bodies to move the way they were meant to, the chances of acquiring BPPV can dramatically decrease. Other causes of vertigo are: viruses and bacteria, medications, Meniere’s disease, muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders, or migraines. See my blog post HERE for more information and treatments for vertigo.
If you are over the age of 65 and the BPPV maneuvers do not help, it’s best to check with your doctor. Vertigo in older adults can be a sign of other health issues.
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 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 women 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 and illness prevention strategy diet and lifestyle changes are needed. This is imperative for health maintenance and healing. Decrease or eliminate as many toxins that enter your body. That includes emotional or physical stress.
Next, adding the following supplements to your daily intake has been shown to make a difference:
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) reduces 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.
Elaine Evenhouse is a licensed and certified occupational therapy assistant.