SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

October 5, 2014

Too Much Breast Cancer (don’t be in those #’s)

Do I Fear  that I might get “Breast Cancer” ?

N O,   I    D O N ‘ T  !   !

 And one reason I don’t worry about that is because I truly believe the fact that . .”energy follows thought” . . , in other words, what the mind accepts,  the body acts on.  So that’s #1.  #2 is that I have attempted to give my body, my whole being, what it needs to be able to function in the most positive way and in light of actual scientific studies, and doing my own choosing based on what is correct to me because it feels right, and is workable.  

Over the decades, it becomes more and more apparent that unless we are willing to be responsible for our own health. . . fully, truly accountable for how our precious bodies are cared for, nourished and  subjected to worldly influences such as  agricultural standards and medical care when we need it,  —  we will not be the best we can be nor will we be healthy enough to even care.  If we    don’t insist on  constitutional rights of  “CHOICE” with regard to something as essential as the food we eat — that there must be transparency in all things. . . . we have the right to know what we are buying and putting into our bodies and we can’t do that with out labels.  We are entitled to natural, magical foods the way earth designed and provided it – – not the way Monsanto and others choose to desecrate and poison it, nor the way these corporations are depleting our soils, sterilizing it to the point that lowly, but necessary worms and other earth occupants can’t survive.   These greedy corporations have traded our health in for their idea of progress, but they are killing us all and ruining our planet.  What was once called food, now needs a label stating it is organic so that we can trust that it isn’t poisoned, cloned or toxic.  With the cost of food now – that stress alone is hurting us.

Those who are entrusted to protect people and insure our well-being  aren’t doing a good job – seems almost everyone has drunk the coolade and keeps their hand out for more.  And we are letting it go on and on.  The only shot any of us have is our voice – taken to the polls with our vote. . . so please at least do that and try to pick people who are working for you and your needs.  

What do I mean, giving my body what it needs?  Like you, I’ve had to learn some new stuff and be willing to change my ways even when it hurts.  I still love my chocolate, but am indulging far less now.  Drink less coffee, but drink Paleo coffee in AM and am good with that — more teas now.  Plenty of distilled water.  Still juice  and keep Hippocrates soup around (love both and hope to be able to keep on doing).  Take no pharmaceuticals anymore of any kind.  Was never big on OTC stuff, but used to for occasional headache etc.,.  I love fruit and vegetables, but also have been a carnivore all my life, so indulge now and then as I choose.    

Animals are our lesser brothers.  It is intolerable what modern factory-farming has done to not only us, but especially our lesser brothers.  Cruelty and torture are not acceptable.  When horror stories emerge, my head can’t take it, so it kinda sends me back to vegan choices.    

I try to observe as much as possible the ingestion of Raw Foods because cooking kills enzymes and that is simply a great hardship for our bodies , the organs of which must work overtime trying to make up for the lost enzymes (because, without enzymes, there is no life force.  Then those organs forced into overload, breakdown earlier.  [e.g. – pancreas has all it can do to handle the sugar load, but when it is called on to produce enzymes too. . .well, 2 and 2 still add up to 4.  and the current diabetes picture in our country reveals the obvious answer.]  We have been touted with bad advice for generations eat no fat,  don’t eat eggs, watch your cholesterol,  eat more carbs, especially whole grains.  All wrong as we now know.   We need cholesterol!  Our brains and hearts especially not only need it, but demand it or function is impaired.  What are our greatest health issues?    Heart disease and fear of Alzheimer’s disease.  Not to overlook Cancer and Arthritis and HBP and  Diabetes. . . all of which are greatly relieved or corrected with wiser food choices and adequate physical movement  (anyway at all – just move it around whether in play, work or exercise.)  

We now know that grains are injurious to our systems whether we experience overt symptoms or not.   This has been a very hard thing for me. Have a passion for sourdough bread.  But if one does away with grains and also insures that the diet is solid with green and colorful growing  plants,  then the diet will also be optimal because what we need and the body utilizes best is everything in the plant world – because that’s where the minerals are and its the minerals which will keep us healthy.  We have worried too much about “what should I eat?  Is plant  food enough or do I need animal protein too?  Don’t stress it!  Our species has done great for thousands of years eating just what was available in their part of the world.  From the fish eaters in the northern-most part of the world to the plant eaters of the islands and tropics to the starch eaters in many areas of the world.  We all are in fact somewhat different reflecting our heritage.   Meat. fish and fowl are all fine, if you want it and are okay with it.  Try to learn to use gentle heat to protect the nutrient content.  Charred stuff can be carcinogenic.    If one can’t abide eating animals, our protein needs can be satisfied with nuts and seeds and eggs – as many as one wants.    

Giving up the rather large category of breads (grains) leaves a vacuum which is easily satisfied with the addition of healthy fats. Eat lots of avocados – mineral rich and healthiest fat! Go for it! Our body needs fat – plenty of it, but the right kinds of course. Use Extra virgin Olive Oil, Coconut oil, butter from pastured cows and the healthy fat from animal protein of your choice as long as it is also pastured (grass-fed), not grain fed.   You see grass-fed cattle have Omega 3 fatty acid, whereas grain-fed animals are changed into primarily Omega 6 fatty acids which are then the fats we do not want to ingest.  Its bad for the animals just like it is for us. Not the natural choice for them or us.    Which is also why we want to limit our oils and fats to the Omega 3’s . . and we can hardly get enuff of the 3’s.  

Most of us grew up loving something from the oven – the smells drove us crazy!  We have to get over it!  Those who eat lots of grains in all the forms soon want something else to eat fairly swiftly.  Why?. . . because we seem to need/want something else.  Doesn’t mean we are just gluttons or have no discipline or self-respect.   That’s the way it works.  The body is still asking for its needs to be filled, ergo, the so-called hunger urge rises, so we go off to the kitchen again.  But if we continue to nibble on anything of the ‘grain’ ilk, we just keep the cycle going and meanwhile the body is starving for nutrient and can’t stop telling us this.  But we have just fed into the diabetic syndrome thing which triggers the downfall of our pancreas and the onset of downward life thrust.  It can worsen or change altogether and go away!  Honestly.   That’s what the Cereal Killer movie was about.    Instead of a cookie, a piece of toast or etc., try a 1/2 avocado, or some eggs or a hard boiled egg;  a small handful of nuts (your choice), keep drinking that good water and carry on.  

You’ll notice from the git-go, that something with fat in it satisfies marvelously well and you actually aren’t hungry like that any more,  so missing grains is is not as hard as one thought it would be.  If you do it for a day or two, you’ll understand and then you notice the slimming down of the belly. And if you keep doing this, the inflammation starts to subside and this allows some excitement because you start to wonder what else can I get from this new way of eating?   So I got carried away again, sorry.  

I just wanted to share with you a special message from Kelley Herring of the HEALING GOURMET.  Kelley is a favorite of mine as she offers such great concepts which are valid, helpful and practical.   Jan

 

Exposing The TRUTH About Cancer

28 Doctors, 11 Scientists, 9 Survivors and

One “FDA Dragon Slaying” Attorney Break Their

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TODAY’S HEALING GOURMET MESSAGE
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Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Four women die from breast cancer every hour.

Yet, despite these frightening statistics, there is good news: research shows that lifestyle and environmental factors play the greatest role in your risk for cancer. Genes only account for 5-10 percent of cases.

The foods and nutritional supplements you consume, the substances you’re exposed to, and your level of physical activity all impact your body’s production and function of hormones, inflammatory substances and immune factors that have the power to promote… or prevent cancer.

Here are 10 ways you can help to reduce your risk of breast cancer:

#1 – Balance Your Blood Sugar: One of the most important elements in preventing cancer is keeping your blood sugar stable and in a healthy range. High-glycemic foods fuel cancer by elevating insulin – a cancer-promoting hormone. Cancer cells also metabolize glucose at a much faster rate compared to other cells, and the presence of excess glucose in the blood accelerates their growth. And that’s not all. Sugar also depresses your immune system, giving cancer cells a dangerous window of opportunity to multiply and divide while the body’s defenses are down. Protect yourself by only enjoying low glycemic foods.

#2 – Boost Omega-3 Fats: In the U.S. 80 percent of the fats we consume are omega-6’s. And that’s a dangerous thing because omega-6 fats (like those found in corn and soybean oil) promote inflammation and turn on genes that fuel cancer. On the other hand, omega-3s (like those found in wild salmon, sardines and grass-fed beef) provide potent anti-inflammatory action. They also up-regulate the genes that guard against cancer. Aim for at least 1 gram of omega-3s daily, from a high quality fish oil supplement (like Carlson’s) or a serving of wild salmon or foods rich in this healthy fat.

#3 – Increase Antioxidants: It is estimated that every day each cell in your body is attacked an average of 10,000 times by free radicals. These rogue molecules damage DNA and can set the cancer process in motion. That’s why it’s important to enjoy foods that are naturally rich in antioxidants. (For our best work on this subject, see Your Guide to Antioxidant Superfoods, part of Healing Gourmet’s health transformation program, The Food Cure).

# 4 – Avoid Toxins: Rachel Carson pioneered the awareness of how environmental toxins promote breast cancer in her award-winning book, Silent Spring. We now know that there are a myriad of substances that hamper our hormonal harmony including PCBs in farmed fish and conventional meats, bisphenol-a (BPA) and other hormone-like substances in plastic bottles, can liners and food wraps, pesticides on conventionally-grown produce and even food additives and artificial sweeteners. (Learn more about these and how to avoid them in Organics: Beyond Green, also part of The Food Cure).

#5 – Enjoy Some Sun: The sunshine vitamin is finally getting the credit it is due. When sunlight hits your skin, it produces vitamin D – a powerful hormone that has been found to halt the growth of a wide range of cancers. Numerous researchers have also found an inverse relationship between levels of vitamin D and breast cancer. Get more vitamin D by exposing your body to sunlight for 30 minutes of sunlight daily as often as possible. When this is not possible due to weather or season, consider taking a high-quality vitamin D supplement (like Carlson’s). Either way, because vitamin D is such a strong predictor of overall health, it is advisable to have your vitamin D levels tested.

#6 – Get Enough Rest: When you sleep, your body produces an important cancer-fighting substance called melatonin, which triggers a reduction in the production of estrogen. Melatonin is secreted in response to darkness. So it is important to sleep in a dark room and rest soundly through the night. If melatonin production is low, estrogen levels will rise and could promote the growth of breast cancer. So power down the TV and computer at least an hour before bed and get your zzz’s.

# 7 – Slim Down: Fat cells don’t just sit there. They release inflammatory compounds called cytokines that can boost cancer risk. Get your weight under control with regular, vigorous exercise and nutrient-rich, low-glycemic, whole foods.

# 8 – Beware of Booze:  Excess alcohol consumption sharply raises your risk of breast cancer. But recent research shows that taking 800 mcg of folate daily negated the increased risk associated with alcohol. If you choose to drink, do so only in moderation (this means 1 drink/day for women) and make sure you’re getting enough folate through a high-quality whole-foods vitamin and folate-rich foods like lentils, asparagus, chickpeas and dark leafy greens.

# 9 – Enjoy Cancer-Fighting Food Families: A number of foods, herbs and spices have been shown to provide powerful cancer-fighting activity. Some of the most potent include the cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower providing important glucosinolates), leafy greens (offering lutein), tomatoes (bursting with lycopene), turmeric (rich in curcumin), onions and garlic (fragrant with sulfur compounds). And remember, it’s best to get these nutrients from whole foods, rather than supplements, because these compounds work synergistically to produce their beneficial effects.

#10 – Cook to Fight Cancer: While many nutrients get a boost from heat (including those in tomatoes, for example), cooking at high temperatures can cause carcinogenic compounds to form. Opt to cook your pasture-raised, grass-fed meats and wild fish at lower temperatures to prevent the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs). You should also avoid carb-rich foods cooked at high temperatures (like chips, crackers, cereals), which can produce a cancer-causing compound called acrylamide.

To your health!

Kelley Herring
Healing Gourmet

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