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Your Tools for Health, Issue #012 is here
October 28, 2005
My son and I recently returned from a homeschool field trip to Ohio with a friend and her daughter. We saw some wonderful historical sites and had a great time! As often happens with vacations however, most of us caught colds.
The good news is that I was taking two Elderberry Defense capsules a day as a preventative, was the last one to catch the cold, and when it came on I began taking about 6 capsules daily. Except for the occasional sniff or mild cough, I barely knew I had a cold! Who said herbs don't work?
October's Tools for Health focus is on breast health and some new information you may not be aware of. We'll also take a look at way's we can make a positive difference so stay tuned and enjoy!
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October 2005............Issue #012
In This Issue
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Have you ever felt stressed about doing a Breast Self-Examination (BSE), that you weren't doing it right or that you really didnít know what was going on with all that tissue you were moving around? Recent studies including one trial in China with 250,000 women have prompted the American Cancer Society to change its guidelines to make BSE optional rather than mandatory.
The studies indicated that BSE's didnít actually reduce the number of breast cancer deaths AND that women performing regular BSE may be more likely to have biopsies, unnecessary surgery and anxiety.
So what should you be doing? Hereís a quote from cancer.orgís website:
"'There are two ways to think about breast self-examination,' said Amy Langer, executive director of the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO). 'One is as a particular technique that has to be learned, has to be demonstrated, has to be practiced and done consistently and correctly.'
"Most women donít do BSE in that structured, formal way, Langer said, because they donít have confidence that they're doing it right -- and that makes them feel anxious.
"'Another way to think of BSE Ö is being familiar with the landscape of your breasts. It's knowing that you already have a bump here, a wrinkle there, and that that freckle by your nipple has always been there, so that you get a sense in your mind and in your hands of what feels normal for you," Langer said. "Thatís less overwhelming for women.'"
Interestingly, even earlier studies that lead to monthly BSE recommendations found that most women found cancers incidentally while doing every day things like dressing or bathing.
When you are familiar with your body, breasts or any other part, you will be aware of changes and able to address them.
Thermal Imaging & Breast Health
One way to familiarize yourself with what's going on in your body is Thermal Imaging. This is my choice since it is non-invasive and can Point me to trouble spots very early. I encourage you to learn more about this great tool.
Following are two pages at www.ditiflorida.com . The first explains how thermal imaging works, the second is a map of the United States where you can click to see whatís available in your area.
There are other companies who do thermal imaging so if you don't have someone close by listed here, do some more searching. I happened upon my technician quite by chance, but am very glad we connected.
What You Can Do
If one of my health goals is to nutritionally support and protect my reproductive system, including the breasts, I would make sure my supplement contained active compounds and metabolites that would
Among the ingredients I would look for such things as Maitake mushroom for its immune stimulating properties, and flax for promoting a healthy balance of estrogen levels. In addition, I would want ellagic acid, genistein, lutein beads and calcium d-glucarate.
It is also important to be aware of the hormones in foods as well as the environment. The following is taken from Living Longer and Loving It by Alex Duarte, O.D., Ph.D.
ďCancer develops in two important phases: the initiation phase and the promotion phase. Initiating factors for breast cancer include ionizing radiation, dietary factors and alcohol consumption.
"Promotional factors include all of the following:
Thatís a lot of information to take in all at once, but armed with knowledge, a person can start to make changes in both their environment and their nutritional program.
What's New at Home
Probably the newest information from the homefront is that after amost 6 months of being gone off and on, I'm going to stay home! It's been wonderful to travel but I'm looking forward to being home.
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