Five Ways to Fight Breast Cancer

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So, you just received some of the worst news of your life.  Everything stands still for what it seems like an eternity as the doctor breaks the news to you, “You have breast cancer.”  Millions of thoughts race through your mind.  If you are not Superwoman and just an ordinary woman like the rest of us, millions of thoughts run through your mind and your life may even flash before your eyes.  The end that you see is so dark and feels so lonely. (Men, let us not forget that 1 out of 1,000 men also receive this diagnosis).

Well we all know that this vessel that our souls are housed in is breaking down by the minute and there is more to healing than just the physical.  It takes a holistic approach to treat and ultimately cure any disease.  An approach to treatment that considers mind, body and spirit!

Before you finish writing the story of your life, why not add some chapters and take it one day at a time, of course, leaning on the Creator of All, our Heavenly Father first and foremost to help you fight this battle?  He has put everything we need here to prevent and even heal Dis-Eases.

Where does cancer come from?

Most researchers would agree that there is some type of gene mutation that occurs.  A small percentage of cancers occur as a result of an inherited gene mutation from our parents that we are born with.  Most gene mutations occur after birth and aren’t inherited.   They may be caused by outside forces, such as smoking, radiation, viruses, cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens), obesity, hormones, chronic inflammation and a lack of exercise.  During cell growth, these gene mutations occur frequently.   The majority of the time, our cells contain a maintenance plan to repair a cell that is performing incorrectly, however, when the mistake is missed, the cell can become cancerous.

What natural things can I do to help my body heal?

Keep in mind that all of the things below are meant to serve as supplemental care to cancer treatment.  Some choose to treat only naturally and others may decide to use a combination of holistic plus a more westernized approach.

  • ALKALIZE YOUR BODY:  Cancer cells thrive off of an acidic environment and just love to break down sugar.  After getting in your 5 servings per day of veggies and fruits that you need to eat to maintain a healthy diet, juicing veggies with a small amount of fruit is extremely powerful!  Green vegetables like kale and spinach help to alkalize the body fluids the best.  Blending instead of juicing and making smoothies is another healthy way to alkalize.  Keep the fruits to a minimum and add natural anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory foods such as fresh ginger and spices such as tumeric.  Make sure you get organic foods and pass on the pesticides. This is an excellent reference for juicing and great ideas:  Juicing and Cancer

 

  • WATER IS SO IMPORTANT:  What is your water source?  While researchers are still trying to decide if the pH of our water has any influence on stopping or slowing cancer growth, ask them if they would rather drink from the tap or drink water that has been properly filtered and chemical/toxin free.  Water makes up a major part of our body weight so we should know that what we replenish with is very important!  At a lower pH, cancer cells thrive.  Can you drink water with a pH that is too high?  Sure.  There is a balance to everything.  Ideally we would all drink spring water but not many of us have continuous access to a spring.  Ionized water is also held in high regard when it comes to aiding in cancer treatment.  It’s a great antioxidant and therefore neutralizes free radicals in the body that are known to aid in cancer development.  (see article for full explanation Ionized Water Treatment).  If you must drink bottled water and do not have a good filtration or purification system in your home, FUJI bottled water is great and is more alkaline.  FUJI also has a reverse osmosis purification system that can be installed into your home which is also more ideal.  ( FUJI Water System )

 

  • Lack of Sleep and CancerThere was a 2003 study done that showed how well we sleep may determine how well our body will be able to fight cancer.  Not too long ago, I also wrote a post about the link between high cortisol levels (the “stress hormone” triggered during times of anxiety) and lack of sleep as well as how lack of sleep can lead to us being more susceptible to other diseases and disorders.  Relationship Between Cortisol and StressSome even believe that our mental well being may also be a big part of the recovery process or can contribute to the worsening of cancer.  In previous studies, physicians found that problems with sleeping change the balance of 2 or more hormones that influence cancer cells, one of them being cortisol.  Cortisol is a big player in regulation of our immune systems and the release of cells called “natural killers” that help our bodies to fight cancer.  We have a natural rise in cortisol and it reaches it’s peak at dawn after we have slept and it lowers during the day.  Sleep disturbances can disrupt this rhythm, leading to a lower ability of the body to fight breast cancer.

    A second major player is the hormone melatonin which is also affected by sleep. It’s produced by the brain during sleep and may have antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to cells that can lead to cancer.  Melatonin also lowers estrogen production from the ovaries so if you suffer from lack of sleep, this leads to a deficiency in melatonin.  Levels of estrogen most likely will result, thus increasing the risk of breast cancer.   Bottom line….we all need to sleep minimum 7 hours per night and sleeping during the night is more in tune with our bodies and our circadian rhythms.  See below reference for more reading.

    How Sleep Affects Cancer

  • What things should I stop doing?

There are so many things that we eat that can allow cancer to thrive but more importantly there are things that we use such as personal hygiene items and cosmetics that can literally be killing us.  Please refer to my recent post.  It is best to go natural when at all possible and eliminate these items, especially in the battle against cancer.  The less exposure to toxins and the more awareness to prevent further exposure, the more your body can begin to repair itself. Pretty Kills (known toxins you may be using)

  • What role do Mind and Spirit play?

Now that we have spoken so much about the body and how to not only heal, but prevent further damage in various ways, I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t speak about the role of our mental health and spiritual beliefs.  Why is it that more and more hospitals are finding that patients that spend time in the hospital garden have less anxiety and a better state of mind?  Studies found that gardening not only provides exercise, takes our minds off of our worries, but may also influence how we eat  as well.  Many researchers also agree that physical activity holds a major role in healing from cancer.  Gardening is seen as a hobby versus exercise, so people generally enjoy it more than running on a treadmill or aerobics.  If you have ever tried gardening, you also look forward to the daily surprises in the growth that takes place.  These things are definite positive influences on stress hormone levels, blood pressure, and our immune systems.

Let us also remember that we can control some things, but ultimately if we are walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh, we believe in something that is much bigger than all of us.  I believe in prayer and that whatever we ask, be it our Heavenly Father’s will, it shall be done.  So many things in life can come and shake the foundation of our faith, however, we must continue to believe and show our belief through our works.  Spiritual well-being is at the core of all and this I believe is a great starting point for many ailments if you are seeking full recovery.

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The Relationship Between Cortisol and Stress

In the daily hustle and bustle of life, we can often become run down and simply stressed out. Cortisol has been called the Stress Hormone and is one of our bodies worst enemies. When your cortisol level is high, it can disrupt your memory and learning, decrease your immune system, decrease bone density, increase how fast you gain weight, increase blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease.  These are just the high-lights of a long list of effects from constant stress and increase in cortisol levels.

Increase in cortisol and stress can lower life expectancy as well.  Here is how it works in a simplified schematic:
Stress and Cortisol Cycle

Something stresses or scares you initially and the Fight or Flight response is then activated.  The adrenal gland releases cortisol in response to the trigger.  The body is now ready to ward off the threat or flee.  In some cases in which there is something that you anticipate will be exciting or a challenge, the fight or flight response is also triggered, but there is a physical release of the response once the event passes.  However, when the body is in a state of constant stress and it can not achieve a physical release of the fight or flight response, our problems begin such as the ones stated above.

If we do not find a way to return the cortisol level to normal, our health will decline, however, these are some simple things we can do to combat stress and high cortisol levels:

  • Prayer & Meditation:  People that believe in a higher power in this universe have been proven to handle stress better. I personally believe that our Heavenly Father is in control of ALL.  Prayer is a powerful tool in the lives of my family on a daily basis.  For some people, techniques such as Yoga work extremely well to keep their stress level down and to provide a physical release.  Allowing the Spirit to heal or recover is key to the physical following suit.
  • Regular Exercise Routine/Activity: Well I think I have you covered on this one with my Taptutor Sessions!  Aerobic activities such as dancing, walking, jogging, swimming, biking, or skating are all effective ways to recreate the ‘flight’ outlet and get rid of cortisol.  If you exercise just 20-30 minutes several days out of the week, it will lower your cortisol level and keep it lower long-term.
  • Connection to Community: Of course having a supportive network of family and friends positively affects almost everything in our lives.  When the world sends us too much to handle, others can be recruited to help take on the load.  Don’t feel afraid to lean on a family member or friend and take some time for yourself, or better yet, take some time to enjoy your relationship and show them how grateful you are to have them in your life.
  • Music  Currently it has been found that music around 60 beats per minute can cause synchronization of the music beat with the brain, which then causes alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8 – 14 hertz or cycles per second).  Faster music can invoke a happy and upbeat response while slow and calmer music can just make you want to go into “chill mode”.  When we are relaxed and conscious, these alpha brain waves are present.  Stanford University Researchers (press release 2006) reported that “listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.” Due to the fact that music is so accessible these days, these researchers concluded that it is an easy tool to apply.
  • Laughter There is growing research that states that when we anticipate laughter,  two hormones – beta-endorphins (the chemicals of the body known to alleviate depression) and human growth hormone (HGH; which provides help with our immune system) – increase.  So next time, really let it ALL out when you hear a joke or experience something funny.  If you get some strange looks for laughing after everyone else has stopped, you may have to refer them to this article.
  • Diet: Even though diet did not make the list of some of the references that I studied, I want to propose that it can be an advantage or a culprit; a culprit in that it can be a secondary cause of stress.  For example, if you love to drink coffee and over do it by drinking 4-5 cups per day, well into the evening, due to the caffiene, it will keep you awake.  Lack of sleep can cause you to be grumpy and stressed because you don’t feel as ready to attack the day as you would have with a full night of sleep.  In addition to the caffiene causing you to be way too alert, it is also a diuretic and causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.  One to two cups per day is usually the maximum that health care providers would like to see their patients use.  Also, it may be worth boosting up your vitamin C intake through fresh fruits and veggies like red bell peppers (190 mg vitamin C, three times more than an orange), Kale and Grapefruit.  Vitamin C helps to maintain a healthy adrenal gland and cortisol levels.

The bottom line is…..don’t take yourself so seriously and most definitely take time out to pray, laugh, love and most of all enjoy the blessing of life that we have been given.

References:

  1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201301/cortisol-why-the-stress-hormone-is-public-enemy-no-1
  2. https://www.unr.edu/counseling/virtual-relaxation-room/releasing-stress-through-the-power-of-music
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080407114617.htm
  4. http://www.livestrong.com/article/497824-vitamins-that-help-with-cortisol/
  5. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20745689,00.html#kale-4