Archive for ‘Inflammation’

July 12, 2013

Holistic Cancer Resources

by healthybydesignblog

knockoutanticancerI am not a medical expert. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I decided I need to know all I could and hopefully in the process, be able to help her somehow. I began really digging into information on alternative holistic treatment for cancer and these are some of the incredibly valuable resources that I found. I am writing this blog, because I share these resources so often, I am hoping this will be a more effective way of doing just that.

Nothing prepared me for what I was about to learn in Suzanne Somers’ book, Knockout.  Pay attention to that subtitle: “Interviews with Doctors WHO ARE CURING CANCER, and How To Prevent Getting It In The First Place”. Regardless of what impression you may have had of Suzanne Somers as an actress, she is very serious about this topic, because about ten years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer herself. And regardless, none of this is at all her opinion; it’s interviews with prestigious, cutting edge doctors, as the subtitle indicates. What struck me, was that although these doctors had different approaches, all their approaches revolved around nutrition and detox. This is the book that sent me looking for Shaklee. Suzanne Somers is not affiliated with the company in any way. In fact, she is affiliated with Life Extensions, if I remember correctly, which is a reputable company. However, Shaklee has been around almost 60 years, and has a stellar reputation, so as I said, I got busy learning more about what they had to offer that might be of help to my family, and in particular, to my sister.

I think EVERYONE should read this book. Think about this: other “movie stars” such as Farrah Fawcett and Patrick Swayze received a cancer diagnosis, took the traditional route, and they’re unfortunately no longer with us. Maybe she’s got something here?

The next book I recommend is Anti-Cancer. The first few lines at the top of this book are equally thought provoking: “All of us have cancer cells in our bodies, but not all of us will develop cancer.” So we go from a book written by a tv star to a book written by not only an MD, but also a PhD. This author had a brain tumor. Unfortunately, this author is also no longer with us, however, this book is SO INFORMATIVE that it’s a must read. He goes into detail about how our food supply has been severely compromised starting after WWII. For instance, cows used to eat pasture grass prior to WWII, but afterwards, the standard is for cows to be fed corn, as well as shot up with growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics. When the cows were eating grass, which is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, their flesh, the meat we eat, was also high in Omega-3s. Omega-3s REDUCE INFLAMMATION. Now, however, because they are fed so much corn, their flesh is full of Omega-6s, which PROMOTE  INFLAMMATION. (See earlier post on this topic.)

Let me rephrase that slightly. When the cows were eating pasture grass, their body and their flesh was balanced with just the right amounts of Omega-3s and Omega-6s. We need both. Omega-6 fatty acids turn on inflammation when we’re injured to begin the healing process – your skin gets hot and red and swollen, that’s inflammation doing what it’s supposed to do. Then after awhile, the Omega-3s kick in, the swelling goes down, the redness diminishes.

Today, our diets are very high in Omega-6s, and very low in Omega-3s, so we are literally fueling inflammation. Inflammation is the root or beginning stages of many auto-immune diseases from arthritis to cancer.

Finally, I also found a CD that was very helpful. One is offered by Dr. Steven Chaney, PhD. Dr. Chaney is currently a professor of nutrition at UNC at Chapel Hill. Dr. Chaney also ran a cancer research facility for over 30 years and is extremely knowledgeable about the topic. He distributes a CD that features Dr. Margaret Christenson, MD, FACOG, called, “Cancer: Preventing, Surviving, Thriving.”  I have shared this CD with numerous friends. Dr. Chaney and Dr. Cristenson are both affiliated with Shaklee, and they discuss Shaklee products on this CD. Dr. Christenson was originally running a very successful ObGyn practice, when she became so exhausted that she literally had to close her practice. She was incredibly skeptical about vitamins, but after taking them several months, she regained her health. So what did she do? She quit taking her vitamins once she felt better, and guess what? She got sick again. It made a believer out of her, and she now runs a successful holistic health practice. You can order this CD online at the link provided above.

I hope this information helps you! The more informed you are, the better choices you can make for your health.

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November 2, 2012

8 Out of 10 American Kids’ Lives Expected To Be 17 Years Shorter Than Their Parents

by healthybydesignblog

Boo! This Is Frightening!!

When I heard this statistic, I only heard the first part, “8 out of 10 kids today will live shorter lives than their parents.” I thought that was shocking enough, in America? Today? But even so, I assumed maybe they meant by a shorter life span, they meant shorter by six months, maybe two to five years at the most. Then while listening to a recent Shaklee audio file from Jude Peskuski, the originator of Shaklee’s Project MAHMA (Mom’s At Home Making A Difference), I was informed for the first time that our kids’ life spans are expected to be 17 YEARS SHORTER THAN THEIR PARENTS. My jaw just dropped and I stared at my computer in disbelief. (If you would like a copy of that audio file, email me and I will forward it to you.)

Their Daily Diet Is Killing Our Kids Slowly, But Surely

I used the bucket of Halloween candy as a visual, because of the time of year, not because candy is the primary culprit. The culprit is their daily diet! Things like processed chicken patties and “nuggets”, sandwich meats, microwave and toaster oven meals. Processed meats, genetically modified (GMO) wheat and corn products, preservatives, food additives, food colorings, antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones, high fructose corn syrup, and the list goes on and on.

Many kids start their day with things like cereal or pop tarts, toaster pastries, etc. If it’s not labelled as non-GMO, then what you’re feeding them is genetically modified wheat or corn. Not to mention the food colorings, sugar, and preservatives. Food allergies are a main concern in everything from ADD/ADHD to bed wetting.

Everyday we put stuff in front of our kids that may look like food, but has little or no nutritional value. And our kids are overfed and overweight, but under-nourished. The closest some kids get to vegetables are french fries and tatertots with ketchup. I took a couple of my daughter’s friends to a restaurant once, and one of them had NEVER HAD A SALAD IN HER LIFE. Oh-my-Lord!

Starting Early Is Best! But It’s Never Too Late To Get Started!

It’s just too easy to start kids out with the pre-packaged, cutesy boxed kid food when they’re babies and toddlers. We’re too tired to cook after working all day! Busy working moms have a challenge in front of them. I’m a single working mom, so I know first hand. But if you start them out eating veggies, rather than crackers and Ramen noodles, they will learn to eat that way. If you didn’t get off to such a good start, your kids won’t be thrilled about it, but you can begin introducing new things into their diet, and start taking some things out. Start with soda. Get the stuff outta your house!!! It’s the number one contributor to obesity, contributes to a fertile environment for cancer growth, and weakens teeth and bones. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Diet sodas are EVEN WORSE! The artificial sweeteners in diet soda are carcinogenic! They can cause symptoms similar to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! And as I am learning more all the time from friends who are hooked on them, they are extremely addicting.  When I was growing up, I thought the only people who drank water were the ones who couldn’t afford soda. Boy did I have a lot to learn!

Before my daughter’s diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which makes her pre-diabetic, I was tremendously overweight and figured I’d be that way the rest of my life. Skinny people made me sick. I thought I had just lost the skinny lottery, you know, and my poor kid, well she’d just inherited my bad genes. I have since learned that only between 10-20% of our health has to do with inherited traits, and that a whopping 60% is directly related to diet and lifestyle. Whoa! I had to take some responsibility for my daughter’s future health! Not only could our unhealthy lifestyle cause her to struggle with weight as I had most of my life, but she could end up with a long list of health problems if she were to ever develop full blown Type 2 diabetes. By the way, Type 2 Diabetes used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes, but they can’t call it that any longer, because so many of our kids who were not born  with Type 1, are getting Type 2 because of their diets. Most people born with Type 1 never reach the age of 50. I wonder if the increase of Type 2 diabetes is a big chunk of that shortened lifespan?

Also, with my daughter’s condition, her diet could impact whether she could have kids later in life or not. How I feed her today may determine whether I ever have any grandchildren! But even in general, scientists are learning more all the time that even what the grandparents have eaten can affect the health of their grandchildren. The drugs and pharmaceuticals that the grandparents took when they were younger, can impact the health and development of their grandchildren. You may say, “Well, I turned out alright!” But your children’s generation is different. Our food supply has never been so contaminated and tainted and processed. Fast food consumption has increased over 2000% since your childhood. Just think about it. How often did you get to go to McDonalds as a kid? How often do you take your kids today? If you’re like me, there’s a huge difference in how many hamburgers and chicken mcnuggets I consumed, and how many my daughter has. Less than 2% of people get the nutrients they need for basic good health today.

What Can We Do?

Buy food in it’s simplest, most unprocessed form. For example, don’t buy instant potatoes, buy a bag of potatoes and peel the darned things. Although, I don’t really recommend potatoes that much anyway. Buy frozen veggies instead of canned veggies. Make a pot of soup instead of buying canned soup. Want to make a turkey sandwich, buy a free-range turkey breast, bake it and slice it for sandwiches rather than buy processed turkey loaf. Avoid fast food as much as you can! My friend Lynn has a hamburger she bought over ten years ago from a fast food restaurant, and she just put it on a plate and left it out. The bugs haven’t eaten it. The mice haven’t eaten it. Mold and fungus won’t grow on it. You know why? Preservatives. Yep, that’s what we’re giving our kids.

One Step At A Time

You are not going to change every bad habit over night. I didn’t either. Start with adding one good thing and taking away one bad thing. One good thing I’d like to suggest to add, as a passionate Shaklee mom, is the Shaklee Incredivites and the Mighty Smarts. The Incredivites are a basic chewable children’s multi-vitamin, and the Might Smarts are Omega-3s in a citrus chew that kids love. However, I give my daughter the regular OmegaGuard, which is the adult Omega-3 fish oil capsules and the adult multi-vitamin Vita Lea. The OmegaGuard costs half what the Mighty Smarts cost and she gets a larger dose of the Omegas. It’s the same issue with the Vita Lea, she gets more for less, and due to her PCOS diagnosis, her endocrinologist wanted her to have more of the nutrients than the children’s vitamins contained. However, as a friend of mine was just telling me yesterday, some kids have trouble swallowing pills, so the kid friendly versions are a good choice.

May 23, 2012

Cows & Chickens: You’re Eating Whatever They’ve Eaten

by healthybydesignblog

How are diseases like cancer actually encouraged by our modern diet?

I’m a country girl, and when I was little, my granddaddy had cows out in the pasture eating grass. Grass contains Omega 3s, which fight inflammation. Chickens, too, when allowed to do their own thing, will eat grass and bugs. That’s what is meant when you see the term “free range”.

Most of the meat we eat now, is not only full of antibiotics, chemicals, and growth hormones, which are bad for us, too – especially processed meat – but the meat (or egg) is now missing a natural balance between Omega 3s and Omega 6s. We are now eating meat with almost no Omega 3s, and very high in Omega 6. Omega 3s FIGHT inflammation, Omega 6s PROMOTE inflammation. Inflammation is the root of many diseases, particularly arthritis and cancer, etc.

After WWII, farming and agriculture methods changed and instead of cows and chickens being able to feed in lush green pastures, the demand for meat was so high, large farming organizations wanted to speed up the production. Pasture grass feeding was not a cheap way of doing things, as it takes a lot of grass to feed these large animals. The cows and chickens were moved indoors in most cases on a cement floor and fed corn. The animals grew bigger and faster as a result, and the natural balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 in our meat was never the same. (For more information on this, see the book mentioned below, Anti-cancer.)

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)

Now, one final thing about this subject. Not only are the animals corn fed now rather than grass fed, the corn that they are being fed is genetically modified (GMO). This means that scientists have taken a plant DNA, and spliced it with DNA from BACTERIA, VIRUSES, AND ANIMALS. One result of this process, is that the bacteria in our gut becomes contaminated with this human-engineered stuff. See the plant DNA is combined with the DNA from Bacteria and Viruses, so that it will produce it’s own toxins to kill the bugs that are trying to eat it. An expert explained to us this weekend, that the bacteria in our gut splices genes, too, and we can literally begin to produce our own toxins as a result of consuming GMO foods. One of the world’s largest companies known for GMO foods was literally run out of Germany recently, and guess where they relocated? Raleigh, NC!

Guess what else is full of GMO corn, many of the cereals you and your kids are eating for breakfast. But that’s a topic for another day.

Recommendations Regarding This Topic:

  • My friends Barry and Bonnie Sadler raise grass fed beef at Sadler Farms Natural Beef. You can order it online.
  • Anti-cancer: A New Way Of Life. All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer. This is a fascinating book. If you or someone you love has had a cancer diagnosis, this is a must read. Get empowered!
  • Omega3 Fish Oil is a powerful inflammation fighter, and Shaklee’s is the purest available to my knowledge