3 Medicinal Fall Flower Suggestions For Breast Cancer

This fall use Echinacea, Lavender and Sage for your medicinal infusions to relieve anxiety and tension. These three medicinal garden flower suggestions are tailored to breast cancer health concerns. Our hope is that the information below inspires you, as jumping board of sorts, in creating your own unique dream medicinal healing garden. Each plant was picked based on its ease of cultivation and medicinal usefulness and versatility.

Echinacea
Purple coneflower is one of the most popular garden ornamentals with its showy purple flowers that attract all manner of butterflies and bees. Not only is it gorgeous, it is easy to grow—Echinacea is a decidedly unfussy plant, withstanding drought, disease and insect infestations. Purple coneflower (another name for Echinacea) roots, seeds, and fresh flowers are all medicinal, and can be made into a tingly tasting, immune-stimulating tea or tincture.

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Lavender
Lavender aromatherapy to help reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and mild depression. It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a sedative and calming effect. It can also have an uplifting, refreshing and rejuvenating effect on the psyche.

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Sage
Growing the medicinal herb sage can be fun and emotionally therapeutic. Learn how to grow, harvest and dry sage as a breast cancer gardening therapy. Another therapeutic benefit of sage is smudging. Sage smudging is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which herbs are burned for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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5 Ways To Support Our Bodies For Self Healing

Healthy self = Heal thy self | Supporting our bodies for self-healing
Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. They have many self-healing capacities, so let’s look at how we can support these to reveal our healthy self. Healthy self = Heal thy self!

Imagine cutting your finger

Here’s a scenario to consider. You are chopping some food, and you cut your finger. If you take care of it, cleaning it immediately and keeping it clean after the bleeding stops, the cut will heal itself in a few days. If it’s really bad, you might need some additional support like stitches, but it will still heal and will just take a little longer.

If you don’t support that healing, you’ll get into trouble. For example, if you rub dirt into that fresh-cut instead of cleaning it, the healing will be delayed. We need to support the body, and then its natural healing capacity can work.

But what if you cut that same finger every day? That constant damage and injury will mean that your body can’t heal itself. It will try, but that constant insult will prohibit healing.

1. Diet as a repeated injury
The same applies to chronic illnesses, rather than physical injuries. Just like the scenario of cutting your finger every day and it not being able to heal, if we “injure” our body every day by the way we eat and live, then we aren’t giving the body the support it needs to heal itself.

A diet without adequate nutrients is damaging to our whole body every day. Every day that we don’t eat well or sleep well, we are depleting our bodies. We aren’t providing an environment in which our body can heal itself.

Consider eating food that is inflammatory to you every day. It’s just like cutting your finger every day – more damage is occurring, and there is no chance for healing. And this damage relates to much more than just inflammation in our digestive system. If we aren’t getting the nutrients we need every day, this can affect all of the biochemical reactions going on in our bodies. Those nutrients – and the lack of them – affect all the systems of our bodies.

Eating a diet that is lacking nutrients is like injuring yourself every day. Instead, we need to support the body.

2. Medications as a ‘band-aid’
We might be tempted to try some medications to cover up the symptoms of an illness and make us feel better, at least temporarily, but frequently they don’t support self-healing because they have side effects too.

Let’s say that you have the symptoms of a cold – a slightly high temperature, and just not feeling great. So you reach for Tylenol or Aspirin every few hours. By reducing your temperature, the medication might make you feel better for a short while. However, the medicine has also interfered with the natural healing process, because your body was using that high temperature as a means to get rid of the virus. What might have been better would have been to relax, drink plenty of fluids, take a warm Epsom salts bath, and have an early night.

3. Active, not passive
Taking medications or over-the-counter pills requires very little effort on our part – we are quite passive – just popping our pills. But as the title of this blog post says, for a healthy self, we need to heal ourselves. That is an active process. We need to feel empowered to provide a favorable environment for the body. That means DESS – diet, exercise, sleep, and stress reduction, along with love, good relationships, and spirituality. When we put these things in place, then we are no longer cutting our finger every day, and the body can start to heal.

4. Inflammation is the language of discontent with our environment
We know that most chronic illnesses have inflammation at the root of them. This inflammation in our bodies – wherever it might appear – is the body trying to tell us that our environment is not conducive to self healing. It’s like a warning light coming on in our car. If that warning light comes on, we take the car to the garage to get it checked. When we have inflammation or symptoms somewhere in our body, how often do we either do nothing or just pop a pill? What we should do instead is…think that we aren’t providing what the body needs to heal. Think that there is something wrong with our environment. Think about what our body and our environment need instead of what we are providing…

Sometimes, it might be necessary to work with someone to figure this out. It might be that you need some tests to determine that, for example, you are deficient in Vitamin A, or that your hormones are out of balance. A natural health care provider (such as a nutritionist, lifestyle medicine practitioner, naturopath) might be able to help you find out what is out of balance in your environment. Is too much stress making those hormones out of balance? Is a polymorphism creating that vitamin A deficiency? They can then educate you in what seems to be going on. That knowledge can be very empowering.

5. Be empowered
When you understand the workings of the body, and what might be lacking in the body’s environment, then you can make changes and see improvement. Then you are ready to heal thy self. You take an active role and work to rebalance your hormones or eat foods containing vitamin A.

So if you are ill, take some time to look at what might be out of balance in your environment. Is something lacking, is something in excess? It could be nutrition, sleep, stress, difficult relationships – these can all prevent our body from healing itself. We need that good environment. Nurture yourself and be at least as good to your body as you are to your car when its engine light comes on! Take action. Don’t be passive. Let the body do what it is designed to do – heal itself.

Of course, I’m not suggesting we should never use pharmaceuticals. In some instances, especially acute illnesses, they are very important. Yet even if we do use pharmaceuticals, we should still check to see if they deplete the body of certain nutrients/vitamins/minerals, and continue to work to support our self-healing.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Red Clover & Soy for the Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms During Breast Cancer

red-clover-for-menopausal-women-with-breast-cancerDaidzein is an isoflavone found in red clover and soy.  Because Daidzein has estrogenic properties, researchers want to know if it stimulates the growth of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.   So far the results have been controversial.

Researchers did a review of all research on the use of Daidzein in red clover and soy in the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women who also had breast cancer (1).  They wanted to know if this isoflavone could prevent menopausal symptoms and whether or not women with breast cancer were at risk in taking the natural substance.

They found 131 articles on the topic.  There seems to be no change in menopausal symptoms as found in the articles when the woman took soy or red clover.  A fortunate thing here is that it doesn’t influence any tissues that are responsive to estrogen so that women who want to consume Daidzein are not likely at risk for worsened breast cancer when drinking it as part of the diet.

CONCLUSION: Soy consumption may be associated with reduced risk of breast cancer incidence, recurrence, and mortality. Soy does not have estrogenic effects in humans. Soy intake consistent with a traditional Japanese diet appears safe for breast cancer survivors. While there is no clear evidence of harm, better evidence confirming safety is required before use of high dose (≥ 100 mg) isoflavones can be recommended for breast cancer patients.

Source:

  1. Fritz H, et al. Soy, Red Clover, and Isoflavones and Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review. PLOS. Published Online: November 28, 2013.

Dr. Adem Gunes

Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

Easy To Grow Citronella

Citronella For Breast Cancer Healing GardenMany people use chemical mosquito repellant or some sort of toxic pest spray and thinking nothing of it.  Lets use healthy alternatives in our healing garden and reduce breast cancer risk.  When we spray toxic chemicals into our environment (already laden with the same) we are also setting ourselves up for breast cancer.

Citronella Research

Citronella scent is one of the main ingredients in many insect repellents. It works by masking more desirable smells to mosquitoes, making people harder to find. There are a variety of other herbs that are considered pest control plants.Citronella in healing garden

Consider placing a Citronella on your patio, by your windows and doors. While you don’t need to plant your mosquito-deterring plants in pots, the portability that pots allow is a great asset. You can move them outside to wherever family and friends happen to be at the moment. Choose several containers and arrange different kinds of plants in them to produce not only an attractive container garden, but also a readily available, portable mosquito repellant station.

Citronella Plant (Cymbopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus)Citronella For Healing Garden

  • Citronella, a grass, is considered a weed in some areas due to its ability to take over and  more readily accepted plants are squeezed out.
  • Citronella is a strong-smelling grass and in the right place, works to help discourage mosquitoes.
  • It can grow to a height of five or six feet in the ground in warmer climates.
  • In cooler climates, the best approach is to plant it in large pots (with casters on the bottom) so it can be wheeled indoors during the cold

CitronellaPlease – do your best to get pesticides out of your environment.  If you regularly have your home and garden sprayed with insecticide, consider some alternatives, think about the fat cells in your breasts and let’s make our environment and our bodies a much cleaner, healthier place.

Source(s):offthegridnews.com

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Better Than Green Tea?

Daily Antioxidant Tea Recipe For Breast CancerThis new data on the antioxidant content of thousands of foods revolutionized the way my family eats. For example, you’ve known me as a veritable green tea fanatic, not because I particularly like it, but because that’s what the science said was the best thing to drink. But that was before 283 beverages were tested. I don’t think I could even name 283 beverages. They tested everything from red bull, to crowberry liquor.

Let me pull out a few… Water has zero antioxidants, as does Red Bull. At this scale Pepsi, Coke, and cow’s milk get a 1; glass of white wine; a cup of red tea; … black tea… green tea, red wine—7 times the antioxidant power of white, but neither as good as grape juice. Here’s a shot of espresso, a cup of coffee, and matcha tea—tea made out of powdered green tea leaves, which is what I’ve been drinking.

But what is this? What beverage could be better than actually eating green tea leaves? Matcha has met its match. In terms of antioxidant power, the healthiest thing to drink on the planet earth appears to be… hibiscus tea! So like red zinger blows everything else out of the water.

Here’s my latest recipe:

  • Half gallon of water
  • 8 cups
  • 4 bags of tea in which hibiscus is the first ingredient—I like wild berry zinger
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons of erythritol

Directions:

I just put it in the fridge overnight. No need to heat it; it can just cold brew. In the morning I take out the tea bags, shake it up, and drink throughout the day, every day, all day long.

And as always, extra credit, for green foam: pour a cup of the tea into a blender with a bunch of fresh mint leaves, blend on high, and then pour it back. So you have dark green leafies blended into what may be the highest antioxidant beverage in the world, and it tastes – like fruit punch. Your kids will love it!

Doctor’s Note

Note the impressive manganese content of hibiscus tea may exceed recommended limits at high intakes, though, so we probably shouldn’t drink more than those 4 tea bags a day’s worth.

The sweetener I use is erythritol, detailed in Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant.

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Check out the other videos on beverages and don’t miss all the videos on ranking foods. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

For some context see my blog posts: Hibiscus tea: flower power, Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings, Amla: Indian gooseberries vs. cancer, diabetes, and cholesterolIs Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?, Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year, Treating PMS with SaffronHibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?, and Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

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In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

How To Make Your Own Fire Fragrance For Your Fireplace

Breast Cancer Healing Fireplace AromasDuring this winter make those warm fires even more enjoyable with herbs that you can burn in your fireplace. We have collected a variety of natural items that will give off wonderful aromas. And the best part is many of them are items you can find right in your home or grown in your backyard healing garden. Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

Benefits of natural aromas for your fireplace:

  • No chemicals that you really shouldn’t be breathing.
  • Herbal smoke purifies the air if you’re inside.
  • Herbal smoke keeps the mosquitoes away if you’re outside.
  • The smoke smells AMAZING!

Some wonderful natural items to burn in your fireplace

  1. Dry some apple and orange slices in the oven. Then burn them in your fireplace. This can make for a very sweet-smelling scent that fills the air.
  2. For a wonderful pine smell, burn pine cones in your fireplace.
  3. Try burning a cinnamon stick or two for a sweet scent.
  4. For a pleasant fragrance burn orange or lemon peels in your fireplace. The oils in the peels give off a citrus scent which is very clean, not sweet.
  5. Burn a braid of sweet grass in your fireplace. Sweet grass is a herb that is used to clear negative energy and has a wonderful sweet scent that lingers in the air.
  6. Burn dried sage in your fireplace for a more acerbic scent. Once it has burned, it clears any other odors from the air, and then a lighter scent tends to linger.
  7. Toss some rosemary in the fireplace on the outer edges of the burning wood and your space will come alive with a delightful, pine-scented aroma.
  8. Try adding essential oils such as lavender. Just put a few drops on your branches or logs, then allow it to dry and burn in your fireplace.

Enjoy your fireplace with therapeutic qualities during breast cancer recovery with these healthy, natural and safe fireplace fragrances ideas.

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Breast Cancer Treatment By Natural Means

Breast Cancer Treatment By Natural MeansNatural Treatment of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a common threat for women all around the world. It is still considered a leading cause of cancer deaths in women, despite the presence of improved diagnostic skills and effective treatment options. Nowadays several studies have proven that natural options are being considered for many patients in the treatment of cancer.[1] In natural treatment, natural herbs or supplements are used cancer cells. They can also be used in combination with other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation to prevent from their side effects. Some commonly used substances in natural treatment of breast cancer are:

Black Cumin

Black cumin, better known as Nigella sativa, is nature’s cure for just about anything. With anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, it is endorsed by patients with breast cancer and leads to positive results. Black cumin oil should be rubbed on the affected area thrice a day and also be consumed as a mixture with carrot juice.[2] Not only this but black cumin also protects against the damage done by radiation and Thymoquinone, a substance in black cumin, is famed for reducing the size of cancer [3]

COQ10

Coenzyme Q10 has a protective effect on the breast tissueCOQ10 is found widely in meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and canola and soybean oil. The basic function of COQ10 is to support the immune system and act as an antioxidant. If introduced in the diet, Coenzyme Q10 has a protective effect on the breast tissue.[4] It is found at low levels in food but if foods with COQ10 are taken, they increase the body’s own ability to create this useful, anti-cancer substance.[5]. It is also known as Ubiquinone and helps energize the body.

Curcumin

This substance with antioxidant properties is a member of the ginger family. Its roots contain turmeric, which is an anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin is known to prevent the growth of breast cancer cells, apart from catalyzing apoptosis.[6]. It especially targets genes related to angiogenesis, apoptosis, cell cycle, and metastasis.[7]

Ginseng

Ginseng, a herb found in green tea and certain fortified drinks. It is known to inhibit breast cancer cell growth.[8] All three kinds of ginseng − American, Korean and Chinese − are acknowledged to be equally effective. It isn’t found naturally in any food sources but can be introduced to the diet in various ways, popularly in the form of tea.

Indole-3-Carbinol

Indole-3-Carbinol is a member of the glucosinolate family. It is found naturally in the cruciferous vegetables and in the form of dietary supplements. Indole-3-carbinol restrains breast cancer cell growth [9] It is a promising chemopreventive agent.[10]

Quercetin

quercetin is a flavonoid for breast cancerCommonly found in apples, grapes, berries, leafy green vegetables and pantry herbs, quercetin is a flavonoid. It holds antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are quite beneficial for breast cancer patients. Another thing to note is that flavonoids also have chemopreventive properties, and quercetin, in particular, scavenges free radicals.[11]).

Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone responsible for regulating the sleep cycle. Found abundantly in bananas, green tea, almonds, rice and oats, melatonin is an organic sleeping pill. It increases survival in patients with advanced breast cancer and inhibits breast cancer cell growth too.[12] An overdose of anything, however, can be harmful thus; 20-40mg of daily melatonin intake is recommended.[13] Melatonin is known to target estrogens and is considered an anti-estrogenic drug).

Resveratrol

A hydroxystilbene, resveratrol is found to act as an estrogen receptor, meaning that it inhibits estrogen from causing breast cancer.[14] It is found in red grapes, red or purple grape juice, peanuts, blueberries, and cranberries. It is believed that resveratrol safeguards against the progression of breast cancer.[15]

Sulforaphane

sulforaphane is known to target breast cancerContent found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage − among other cruciferous vegetables − sulforaphane is known to target breast cancer stem cells. Not only does sulforaphane kill cancer cells but it also “prevents new tumors from growing”.[16] Other research shows sulforaphane inhibits the growth of breast cancer and leads to apoptosis (Sulforaphane induces cell type-specific apoptosis in human breast cancer cell lines.[17]

Vitamin A

Vitamin A or its oxidized form, Retinol, is required for the hormone-like growth of cells. Studies prove that its intake reduces breast cancer risk by 17%.[18] Another study by the Fox Chase Cancer Center, US, shows that the intake of vitamin A could inhibit breast cancer in its early stages. Liver, sweet potatoes, butter, carrots, leafy vegetables and dried apricots are rich in this vitamin.

Vitamin D3

vitamin D3 deficiency are at much greater risk of developing breast cancerAn activated form of vitamin D, vitamin D3 is created by the body due to sunlight exposure. Women who have a vitamin D3 deficiency are at much greater risk of developing breast cancer than those who do not. They are also prone to malign tumors.[19] It also inhibits angiogenesis in breast cancer.[20] Vitamin D can be found abundantly in mushrooms, fish and fish products, eggs and beef liver.

Dr.Adem’s opinion

Your breast cancer risk will make you take all the necessary and beneficial measures to prevent its occurrence in later life. That includes conventional as well as natural means of strengthening your body’s defense. All the natural ingredients have been used in cancer patients with good outcome. They are all being taken in foods as well as supplements. In all situations, your doctor should endorse them. Experts in oncology recommend the use of natural options for breast cancer to improve their outcome of the disease without any potential side-effects.

Dr. Adem GunesDr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

References:

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[5] University of Maryland: Coenzyme Q10
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[9] Freudenheim, J. L., Marshall, J. R., Vena, J. E., Laughlin, R., Brasure, J. R., Swanson, M. K., Nemoto, T., and Graham, S. (1996) J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 88, 340–348
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[11] Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 591356, 15 pages
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[19] University of Toronto, Goodwin, 2008
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How To Begin A Holistic Journey Through Cancer With Emotional And Physical Cleansing

Holistic Journey For CancerBy Lisa Robbins, BScHN, RHN, CTT & Author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself! .

How To Begin A Holistic Journey For Healing
When people first begin the healing journey they are full of questions about which supplements, food and therapies they ‘should’ take, as these seem to stand out as the most important aspects to healing. It’s true that in order to heal you must give your body the nutrients it needs to cleanse and repair and you definitely won’t experience healing by doing the same things that caused illness to manifest in the first place. Sometimes though healing is more about putting less in and taking more out and this is what cleansing can do; remove congestion and jump-start your healing process.

How To Begin Physical Cleansing
Simple one day cleanses with fresh water and lemon or raw vegetable juices, for example, can play a critical role in removing physical congestion.

There is a very simple cleanse which will help you to loosen and remove congestion from your physical body. This cleanse uses Burdock root, which is very safe and is eaten as a food in many countries around the world. It’s virtues lie in its ability to stimulate liver function, to improve digestion and increase the natural rate of detoxification, pulling impurities out of the lymph and blood, drawing them into the eliminatory organs. This is the reason it is so helpful in removing congestion and purifying your blood and lymph fluids.

Burdock has been used as a blood cleanser for centuries, is included in several well-known anti-cancer herbal formulas and has been used to help clear acne and blood infections.

During this cleanse you may feel a gentle pulling sensation under your right rib cage as your liver is stimulated, digestion increases and congestion begins to be drawn out.

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Simple Burdock Root Tea Cleanse
For this beginning one-day cleanse you will need the following ingredients listed below. Be sure to follow directions carefully and drink the simple cleansing smoothie throughout the entire day.

Ingredients:

  • Large bag of organic leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup of hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup of Burdock root (substitute Dandelion root)
  • Your favorite organic frozen berries

Directions:

  1. Put the Burdock root in a small saucepan with three cups of fresh water and simmer gently for five or ten minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and let cool completely.
  3. Strain the Burdock root tea.
  4. Into a blender add Burdock tea, two or three large handfuls of organic leafy greens, half a cup of raw hemp seeds (or other raw nut or seed of your choice) and two cups of fresh or frozen organic berries (substitute organic apples or pears).
  5. Add water to the fill line and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add more water if needed.
  6. Pour your cleansing smoothie into a large pitcher and refrigerate.
  7. Drink the smoothie for the entire day, alternating with fresh water and herbal teas.

You might like a blend of calming herbs that also have chemicals with properties that act against cancer. Try a simple blend of Chamomile, Oat Grass and Pau D’Arco.

Herbs can have powerful effects, which are mostly very helpful, however always be sure the herbs you are taking do not conflict with any medications or pre-existing conditions. Consult with a qualified practitioner first, if necessary.

Rest, relax and be at peace knowing that healing is taking place. Use this cleanse anytime to break a pattern of poor eating, to jumpstart your healing process and to add oomph to your healing protocol.

How To Begin Emotional Cleansing
As the healing process proceeds and physical congestion begins to flow out of your body, long held emotional wounds can rise to the surface.

To really pry up and remove emotional knots that have manifested in your physical body, takes forgiving yourself and others for past hurts.

It may take visiting a ‘knot’ many times, each time recognizing what caused you or another person to behave as you did, before you can release and move past any emotion tied up in the knot.

One simple way to interfere with and release harmful emotions is to practice EFT or emotional freedom technique. This quick technique using tapping your fingers on key points on your body to interfere with the pain caused by held emotions. I have found the simplest and most effective way for myself is to tap all four fingers of each hand on the top, sides of my head, while repeating a series of rational thoughts related to the emotion. The thoughts gradually bring me to an understanding of why we acted and reacted as we did. Tapping is repeated every time the same thought and emotion rise. Each time releasing more and more of the emotional baggage tied to the thought, until it is released and no longer hounds you and controls your wellbeing.

It may take several times of the thought and emotion recurring and you tapping to release it, before it is permanently gone. Quite remarkably this is as extremely simple as it is effective.

There are many organizations, instructors and natural health practitioners who can teach you which areas on your body to tap and give you practical examples of how to release negative, long-held emotions. A search on videos sites like YouTube will give large search results for how-to videos for ‘emotional freedom technique’.

When you no longer feel emotional pain or are haunted when thinking about a past hurt, you will know that the emotional release will now allow healing to continue.­­­­

Healing takes time and patience. It requires that you allow yourself to be guided by your own intuition. It asks that you honor yourself by listening and responding to your symptoms, feelings and needs, that you enjoy the best nutrition possible and that you treat yourself with kindness and love.

Lisa RobbinsLisa Robbins, BScHN, RHN, CTT, Author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself! and Cancer Cure and Survivor Stories. Learn more Lisa Robbins at www.TheGoodWitch.ca, www.IncredibleHealingJournals.com and www.HealingCancer.ca.

 

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A necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing, this book contains hundreds of easy-to-follow ways to heal your body naturally and maintain excellent health the natural way. The book makes using herbal supplements and alternative medicine easy while giving up-to-date clinical information about their history, safety precautions and medical uses.

At 852 pages, The Complete Guide to Natural Healing: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body and Maintaining Optimal Health Using Herbal Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Fruits, Vegetables and Alternative Medicine is the comprehensive go-to reference brimming with guidance for individuals wishing to improve their health naturally.

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As an author and health expert, professional writer, speaker, and health journalist for 20 years, Stacey Chillemi and Dr. Michael Chillemi share details of herbal medicine and alternative medicine in the pages of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing. The book’s detailed information on herbal medicine for hundreds of conditions are complemented by color imagery, a section on how to benefit from vitamins and supplements, how to be smart and stay safe when using vitamins and supplements, the comprehensive well-detailed herbal supplement directory, conditions and natural remedies to help heal the body and a thorough bibliography, and reference section.

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Stacey ChillemiHealth Expert, Stacey Chillemi is the author of the new book, The Complete Herbal Guide Directory: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body and Maintaining Optimal Health Using Herbal Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Fruits, Vegetables and Alternative Medicine. Chillemi’s passion is helping others discover the surprising secrets to healing the body and maintaining excellent health for life. Stacey has dedicated her life to the field of health, alternative medicine and herbal medicine. Stacey educates others and shares with them the natural remedies to stay healthy, restore health, and look and feel younger. If you have been on a roller-coaster ride of medical conditions, you will finally be able to heal your body, and maintain excellent health for life.

Breast Cancer: Guidelines For Buying Safe Supplements and Herbs

Breast Cancer How To Guide For Buying SupplementsBy: Rachel Pappas, Breast Cancer Survivor and Founder of www.1UpOnCancer.com.

If your doctors are trained in conventional medicine, and you ask them about supplements and herbs, they may tell you there isn’t enough research to back that they have health benefits – and may even tell you they are unsafe. But the fact is, there is plenty of research to show that botanical, fungal, pre- and probiotic, and micronutrient-based supplements, have multiple health benefits—from boosting the immune system to fighting cancer-promoting inflammation. Some have even been proven to cause cancer cell death. They come mainly from plant-based foods, and are important, as most of us do not get enough of these nutrients from food.

As far as the safety issue, it is true: there are no guarantees that a supplement is all it is claimed to be, as they are not FDA-approved. Though the supplement and herb industry is becoming a little more regulated. And there are more measures you can take on your own to ensure you are buying a quality product.

First, know that U.S. government regulations require manufacturers to observe good manufacturing practices (GMPs), intended to help ensure there are no unsafe levels of contaminants and overall safety. And there are independent, third-party groups who test for products’ purity, strength and ingredients.

Still, your best guarantee that you are getting a safe, quality product, is to be a smart shopper.

Here are guidelines to follow when looking for supplements and herbs:

  1. Check the product label for the words “Current Good Manufacturing Practices” or “cGMPs.” This “seal” indicates that what is on the label matches what is actually in the bottle as far as ingredients and dose.
  2. Look for pharmaceutical grade. Pharmaceutical grade products have met the most stringent regulatory standards verified by an outside party. A dietician or integrative practitioner should be able to help you determine this level of quality. Or you may be able to confirm on the manufacturer’s website or call the toll-free number on the bottle.
  3. Check the label for one of these four names: ConsumerLab.com, the Natural Products Association, NSF International, and the United States Pharmacopeia.   If the label has the “seal” of one of these organizations, it has passed a stringent certification process—its manufacturing facilities were inspected and the product has been tested and found to comply with specific standards for safety, quality and purity.

Avoiding interactions

Know that some supplements and herbs can interact with each other, and with prescription and over-the-counter medications.

So tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking. But bring all information you have on the supplements with you to appointments, as most medical doctors are limited in their knowledge of natural therapies. A naturopathic doctor, herbalist, some dieticians, and pharmacists will likely be able to guide you in ensuring you are not mixing natural or pharmaceutical ingredients that could have harmful interactions.

Here are more resources to help you make informed choices:

The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements. For free downloadable fact sheets on individual vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements. http://ods.od.nih.gov

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For alerts, advisories, and other actions. http://www.fda.gov/default.htm

Consumer Reports Health’s Dietary Supplements and Natural Health Products Information. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/health/vitamins-and-supplements/index.htm For general information on supplements and herbs, including for some specific conditions. And information on safety.

In summary, here are smart tips:

  1. Examine the label. Look for seal: Current Good Manufacturing Practices or “cGMPs” And make sure it includes the name of a third party inspector (ConsumerLab.com, the Natural Products Association, NSF International, or United States Pharmacopeia.) Do your research and find out which manufacturers subject their products to third-party verification and testing. Only buy these.
  2. Always discuss any supplements you are considering with your doctor.
  3. If your doctor doesn’t know much about supplements (most conventionally trained doctors do not) consider also discussing this topic with a practitioner who is trained in their use.

 

Founder of  1UpOnCancer.Com

Rachel Pappas is breast cancer survivor. She is the founder of www.1UpOnCancer.com. And the author of Hopping Roller Coasters, which tells the story of her and her daughter, both diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

 

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