by Rika Keck, ACN, Adv. MT, HLC
Having attended various 'Clinical Approaches to Cancer' symposiums, it is very clear that whole food nutrition, nutritional (non-synthetic!) and botanical supplementation support the individual - without adversely affecting treatment, or sometimes enhancing medical treatment if that is desired...
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: Cancer has been a hot topic on the news lately, with the recent decision of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy and Pierce Brosnan's daughter's recent death of ovarian cancer. Just as important as the path you have chosen for treatment there are many other ways to support and heal the body during time of stress. Rika Keck, has written a personal letter from her heart on other modalities to support yourself or a loved one.
Editor's Note: Yes, this may be a lengthy video but well worth the look. William Li discusses how our precious food can help starve cancer. Based on the process of how our blood vessels grow and feed cancer, Li explains a new treatment, angiogenesis, that treats cancer before it's too late.
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: The Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago has implemented a Laughter Yoga program for the cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Laughter Yoga has proven to reduce the patients stress levels, raises their spirits, and helps them tolerate their therapy better. It has been such a successful program, that the hospital staff started their own monthly practice.
by Debbie Drinkard-Govum
Symbols are powerful images of our deepest feelings and can provide enormous comfort during challenging times. I have always paid attention to symbols in my life but never more so than when I had breast cancer...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Debbie shares her personal story of courage through breast cancer and explains how three symbols gave her comfort during this challenging time. These symbols were associated with real world events and served as signs that she was not alone. They empowered and inspired her to keep going. She reminds us that we receive signs when we are facing life's challenges. It is our job to notice and work with them.
by Jenny Park
There are certainly no guarantees in life for perfect health, but practicing the yoga lifestyle can truly make a difference. When it comes to cancer prevention, there are preferred foods, meditation, breathing techniques (pranayama), and postures (asanas) that do wonderful things inside us that support and strengthen the immune system and major organs...
Editor's Note: Yoga’s restorative benefits and injury prevention have long been studied and documented. It’s meditative effects on stress and calming of the mind have been praised by both wellness advocates and doctors alike. This yoga instructor discusses the revitalizing benefits that yoga has on it's practioners.
by Bryan Knight
Breast cancer survivors can reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes by up to 68% with hypnosis. [Elkins, 2007 and 2008].
Especially when they use cooling imagery, according to a more recent study in which researchers asked such women to choose specific cooling imagery to be combined with their hypnosis session. Some of the chosen images were of places the women had actually been to, others were of a more general nature...
by Lorene Sauro, RHN
Kale is one of the best leafy green vegetables, considered a star amongst healthy-eaters. It is loaded with nutrients including potent phytonutrients from the Cruciferous vegetable family which includes broccoli, cabbage and bok choy. Studies have shown that two phytonutrients in these foods, the Indole-3-carbinols and the sulforaphanes help prevent heart disease and cancer, can act as anti-inflammatories and helps our bodies slow down the aging process...
by Lynne Sullivan, DC
The immune system is your body’s defense against invasion by foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. It is composed of a complex system of specialized tissues, cells, and organs whose purpose is to recognize and destroy these harmful invaders, thus preventing the development of infection and disease. Supporting and enhancing your immune system through healthy lifestyle choices as well as implementing select nutrients and herbs, and most of all having a healthy nervous system, will help reduce your susceptibility to colds, the flu, and other infections and diseases...
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wisniewski: People who get adjusted regularly are healthier overall. These patients report they are sick 1.5 times per year as opposed to people who do not get adjusted are sick 7 times per year. Dr. Lynne describes simple ways to have a healthy and fully functioning immune system in this article.
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