Tuesday, July 5, 2011

7 Tips for Cancer Prevention

 Cancer is one of the most rapidly increasing diseases in our society.  Some statistics say 1 out of every 4 people will get cancer in their lifetime.  The good news is cancer is largely preventable.  By reducing or eliminating your exposure to cancer causing agents, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing cancer. 

When we think of preventing cancer, we usually think of the common suggestions: quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption, exercise, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, limit consumption of sugar.  These are all important.  But there are other, lesser known actions we can take to prevent cancer and other diseases.  Here are just a few: 

 7 Tips to Prevent Cancer 
1. Drink plenty of water.  Generally speaking, the more hydrated you are, the healthier you’ll be.  But municipal tap water has numerous potentially cancer causing chemicals in it.  To avoid increasing your toxic load, drink only filtered water or bottled water.  Make sure the filter is a better quality filter that filters out most of the toxic chemicals.  Installing a shower filter is also a good idea, so you don't absorb toxins in the water through your skin.  If drinking bottled water, it is best to drink brands that come in glass bottles.  Plastic bottles leach toxic chemicals into the water, and you will then be drinking water that may be no better then your tap water.  Mineral water in glass bottles is best.  That way, you’re getting water that is more pure and also gives your body the minerals it needs to be healthy.

2.  Eat fresh foods that have not been grown with pesticides/herbicides.  These are disease causing chemicals that increase your toxic load.  Whenever possible buy produce from local farmers who do not use pesticides.  Certified organic in stores is also another good option.  By eating foods that have not been sprayed with toxic chemicals, you will be reducing your exposure to potentially cancer causing agents.  

3. Eat meats that have been raised on smaller farms, preferably local farms.  Factory farmed animals are fed a diet that is high in toxins, many of which are suspected of increasing your risk of cancer.  Buying from small, local farms is a much healthier choice.

4. Eat and drink only organic dairy products.  These come for animals that have not been fed Growth Hormones.  Scientists believe growth hormones can lead to breast and other forms of cancer. 

5. Do not use air fresheners or burn scented candles in your home.  Studies are finding these to contain chemicals that may lead to cancer, upper respiratory diseases, birth defects and more.

6. “Don’t worry.  Be happy!”  Bob Marley had it right.  Worry, fear and stress can trigger the brain to produce toxic chemicals that can actually increase your risk of disease.  Don’t fear getting cancer.  Instead, “know” that you are healthy.  What we think, we create.  So think healthy and happy thoughts and you are likely to create health and happiness.  It really does work! 

7. Toxic overload can cause cancer.  Its important to reduce your toxic exposure, and its also important to eliminate the toxins that are already in your body. We all have them.  Finding a detox program that works for you is important to reduce your toxic load and reduce your risk of disease.  A detox diet, such as the one highlighted in Kathy Oddenino’s book, “Joy of Health” http://tiny.cc/31lfd can work wonders.  NDP™ nervous system therapy http://tiny.cc/iiivk
is also a great way to open up the cells and release the toxic chemicals that have become embedded there. 

By following these simple guidelines, you are doing so much to help yourself live a healthy, cancer free life.  Isn’t it nice to know that your health is in your own hands? 

What other ideas do you have to help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Celebrating Independence as Freedom From Fear

 Independence as Freedom of Choice
Independence Day is a cause for self-reflection.  While I don't necessarily think of myself as patriotic (I've never owned an American Flag), its hard for me to miss the true meaning of this day.  Our great country was started by free thinking individuals who clearly understood they had the freedom of choice.  They could choose control and dependency on an oppressive government, or they could choose the freedom of independence and self-sufficiency.  Our country's first leaders created for themselves and for us, an opportunity to live in peace, to live with the freedom of choice to think as we choose, to live as we choose, to live within a society that supports our freedom, both as a collective in citizenship and as individuals.  The macrocosm of our free, American society is a reflection of our internal freedom of choice, as our internal microcosm of our thinking mind.  We are designed to be free within our own self, as we are within our country.  Are you living your internal design of freedom?

Independence and Freedom VS Fear and Control 
Independence Day is a day to reflect on the level of independence we have chosen to live within our mind and our loving emotional self.  Are you living your individual independence and freedom, or are you living with fear, as your ultimate self-control?  Most people live with internal warring behavior, as reflected externally in our warring world.  This is an ego-spirit tug of war as fear vs love.  It plays itself out in our thoughts as:

* I'm happy with myself /I'm not good enough
* I want to do this/I can't do this
* I love myself/ I need someone else to love me
* I feel equal/I am better (or not as good) as they are
* I feel as healthy as can be/I'm afraid of developing cancer
* My business is doing great!/How in the world am I going to pay my next bill?

Do any of these conflicting thoughts feel familiar?  These are the thoughts of a mind controlled by fear.  When we are in fear, we are unable to live the freedom and independence that is part of our inherent design.  Being controlled by fear isn't always apparent.  It may require some self-assessment.  Here are a few questions that have helped me see the level of my own internal fear that keeps me from living my true freedom and independence.  Maybe they'll help you too.

* Are there areas of your life where you feel stuck?
* Do you have things you want to do but resist doing them?
* What would you do in life if you had no fear?
* Is your life everything you want it to be?
* Do your dreams seem like impossibilities?

Independence is our Birthright
Fear is the only thing that keeps us from living the life we desire, rich with peace, joy, and abundance on every level.  Fear is a completely irrational emotion.  We are designed to live with our loving emotions integrated with our thinking mind.  In other words, we are designed to think with love, not with fear.  Healing the fear allows us to create the freedom and independence that is our inherent birthright.  It allows us to live with love, as our true design as human beings.

As Americans and as human beings, we deserve to live our true freedom and independence.  Today is the perfect day to reflect on how you can live them with greater intensity.  For me, I'm going to make the conscious choice to allow the energy of love to guide me through my life, and allow love to heal my fear and create my internal world of freedom and independence.

I'd love to hear how you will choose to live your internal freedom and independence.    

Happy Internal Independence Day!