Thursday, 26 May 2016
Cancer & Nutrition...The Connection is REAL
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Healing Essential: Nutrition
When discussing cancer, it's a topic that brings quite an array of views, onions and responses.  And that's just with the MD's!

Yup, there are the educated oncologists out there who strongly recommend strict, healthy diets to help patients in their healing, while others simply have no clue and encourage their patients to eat whatever they feel like - especially when on chemotherapy treatments.   And then there are those who support their patients in choosing a healthier diet, but will then offer cookies and milkshakes to patients in their office, breaking Rule #1 in nutrition for any cancer patient... 

ELIMINATE THE SUGAR!   This is not limited to processed, white sugar, but includes all food - processed and natural with any level of sugar (honey, fruit, etc..).  Only berries and granny smith apples have a low enough glycemic level to be considered.

While many doctors will suggest that sugar doesn't cause cancer (still debatable), they can't deny the evidence that clearly shows cancer feeds on sugar.  Among many tests, the most obvious are the PET scans used to detect cancer activity prior to treatments.  During this test, a radioactive glucose is injected into the body.  Then when the cancer begins to awake and feed on the sugar, they light up to showcase their location.  So why in the sane mind of any intelligent person would we allow a cancer patient who is desperately working to eliminate cancer the very food shown to activate and feed the cancer?   

To answer that is another post...So let's get back to general nutrition.

WHY focus on nutrition?  Simple answer.   To provide the body with the proper amount of nutrients that will allow for maximum function of the systems with the ultimate goal to have an increased immune system.  While there are probably many explanations that can be offered to explain why, there are two that seem to be consistent in all of my research.

For starters, the cancer develops in part as a result of an immune system that is unable to properly eliminate toxins that then override cell function and the ability to self-destruct abnormal cells.  Boosting the immune system can help to reverse this process, on so many levels and with so many biological details that can also be saved for future post.  But for now, understand that this is how and why you will hear of those "miraculous" healings where the rare individual cures themselves of cancer (or other threatening illness) simply by changing their diet.

Second, if someone with cancer is taking conventional treatment, their body is under attack way beyond the cancer itself.  For the same reasons I mentioned above, boosting the immune system can help a person recover more quickly, suffer less side-effects, and reduce permanent damage from these treatments.

Nutrition is just one of the tools that is absolutely critical for healing and further wellness.  Improving one's immune system with nutrition helps to heal and maintain the body, but don't be fooled into thinking that it's all you need to do...it's just one part, but one that EVERYONE can easily start with.  There are some great resources for understanding a proper diet for maximum function.   While you certainly can utilize the resources to help guide you in this area, please be sure to let your physician(s) know what you are doing.

Look for more posts on nutrition coming soon.

Sources: 
Cancer Killers
TTAC
 

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Posted on 05/26/2016 5:33 AM by Paula Swift
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Thursday, 19 May 2016
Just BREATHE!
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Mindset and energy are the biggest elements in healing.  My elementary study of quantum physics has only enticed my desire to know more about it, but even with minimal education, I am convinced of this!   Not only has my own experience proven this to me, but I continue to see first hand the cases around me where people are either on a path towards healing or one of further destruction.  Always, I repeat - ALWAYS - there is a mindset and energy catalyst to the direction their body is heading.

With my own self-tests of energetic and mindful influence, along with the ability to begin recognizing these connections in others, the seeds of healing of the unseen were planted deep down within my soul.  I will get into my own experiences and continue to feature others' in further articles, but for now, I want to highlight the following two.  Both incorporate breathing and the energetic and healing impact on our bodies, but from very different perspectives and practices.

The first story is recent, published earlier this week on the Today Show.   It showcases the power of the mind through the practice of karate, and the energy transformation within the body through breathing exercises in children healing from disease - cancer specifically is discussed in this.   These children learn these tools and how to utilize them to aide thier body in the healing process.  One patient discusses how he was able to reduce his pain medication...that alone is HUGE!   And while it's not eliminating the conventional treatments (perhaps it could - when people are ready for it), it has the ability to greatly impact the child's rate and success of long term healing!   And just as importantly, it's allowing the non-western approaches back into our medical system...call it integrative or whatever suits you.  This is a step in the right direction!   Check out the full story here.

The second story is one of my favorite healing stories!  It comes from the book written by Kelly A Turner, PHD.,  Radical Remission, a project and study of late stage and terminal cancer patients who survive with notable non-conventional method(s).  The study's purpose is to inspire, share knowledge and explore why many survive while others don't.  The differences are not in the conventional methods (surgery, chemo or radiation), but rather in the natural side of care or even the unseen.  I highly recommend this book to any and all cancer patients - the inspiration alone will be sure to have an impact!

Shin was one of the patients in her study, and his story made quite an impression on me.  Given a terminal and short-term diagnosis, Shin returned home to live out his final days with his family.  In his first days, he realized how much better he was feeling just from getting up early to watch the sunrise.  During his morning ritual, he began to focus on his breathing, discovering that which each intentional exhale there was a pattern - a pattern of cleansing and releasing the dirty energy that was built up within him.   He realized that fresh oxygen and filtered, clean water were two things he had not received in his 5 months hospital stay, and now they were his breath of life - literally!

You will really have to read his story and others in the book to get the full understanding, but there was an experiment that Shin did that caught my attention the most.   With some attention and exploration, he realized the birds would begin singing exactly 42 minutes before sunries - every single day.   Further study revealed that at first signs of light (42 minutes prior to sunrise) begin the process of photosynthesis, at which time the trees begin to release the highest levels of oxygen.  It is believed that the birds sing in order to recieve the most amount of oxygen into their bodies.  So,  Shin decided to do the same.  From then on, he awoke early enough to chant melodic tones and breath in deep the purest forms of oxygen from his rooftop every morning.   This practice began his upward spiral towards whole healing, and opened his eyes to the other parts of his life needing the right attention to continue healing from cancer!

So let it be said, there is power in focused breathing.  Try it today...even if only for a few short minutes.

 

 

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Posted on 05/19/2016 5:10 AM by Paula Swift
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Saturday, 14 May 2016
Fooled by Ensure
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There are lots of protein drinks, juices, smoothies and shakes out there with great sounding labels touting healty boosting ingredients.  Sadly, our standards for labeling allow for ample opportunity to fool us all...unless we read the labels ourselves.   Most all commercial options in this arena are full of sugars, or sugar alternatives in addition to plenty of chemicals that most of us can't pronounce.  Frankly, they're not too far off from a sugary cereal or packaged cookie, just with some added protein or other nutrient to validate any claims.  So not only do they not nourish, they can do harm...no bueno!

Don't be fooled!!  For the sake of you and your loved one's health, please read the labels and know what you are ingesting.  And if you are offering Ensure to a friend or loved one to supposedly help nourish them, please check out this article!   Not only does it explain a bit of what is in this popular drink that we are offering our aging and ill, but it also offers a great source of healing foods.

Disgusted with Ensure

While the author does offer her own formula, one can easily create their own using whole foods from the list provided in the article as well.

Ingredients that Heal

Functional Formularies use the following ingredients (among others) in their formulas:

Almonds: provide healthy fats and protein, reduce the risk of heart disease
Broccoli: full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, helps prevent cancer
Brown rice: fiber-rich
Carrots: beneficial to the cardiovascular system
Chick peas: aids in heathy digestion, regulates blood sugar
Flax seed oil: high in omega-3s, anti-inflammatory
Garlic: antibacterial and antiviral
Ginger: boosts immune system
Green peas and kale: anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants
Quinoa: high in omega-3s, fiber and protein
Rosemary: helps digestion and circulation
Sweet potatoes: balances blood sugar, antibacterial and anti-fungal
Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Wakame: anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant

- See more at: http://althealthworks.com/10010/organic-ensure-substituteyelena/#sthash.UBKJSmC3.dpuf

Ingredients that Heal

Functional Formularies use the following ingredients (among others) in their formulas:

Almonds: provide healthy fats and protein, reduce the risk of heart disease
Broccoli: full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, helps prevent cancer
Brown rice: fiber-rich
Carrots: beneficial to the cardiovascular system
Chick peas: aids in heathy digestion, regulates blood sugar
Flax seed oil: high in omega-3s, anti-inflammatory
Garlic: antibacterial and antiviral
Ginger: boosts immune system
Green peas and kale: anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants
Quinoa: high in omega-3s, fiber and protein
Rosemary: helps digestion and circulation
Sweet potatoes: balances blood sugar, antibacterial and anti-fungal
Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Wakame: anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant

- See more at: http://althealthworks.com/10010/organic-ensure-substituteyelena/#sthash.UBKJSmC3.dpuf

Ingredients that Heal

Functional Formularies use the following ingredients (among others) in their formulas:

Almonds: provide healthy fats and protein, reduce the risk of heart disease
Broccoli: full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, helps prevent cancer
Brown rice: fiber-rich
Carrots: beneficial to the cardiovascular system
Chick peas: aids in heathy digestion, regulates blood sugar
Flax seed oil: high in omega-3s, anti-inflammatory
Garlic: antibacterial and antiviral
Ginger: boosts immune system
Green peas and kale: anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants
Quinoa: high in omega-3s, fiber and protein
Rosemary: helps digestion and circulation
Sweet potatoes: balances blood sugar, antibacterial and anti-fungal
Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Wakame: anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant

- See more at: http://althealthworks.com/10010/organic-ensure-substituteyelena/#sthash.UBKJSmC3.dpuf

Ingredients that Heal

Functional Formularies use the following ingredients (among others) in their formulas:

Almonds: provide healthy fats and protein, reduce the risk of heart disease
Broccoli: full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, helps prevent cancer
Brown rice: fiber-rich
Carrots: beneficial to the cardiovascular system
Chick peas: aids in heathy digestion, regulates blood sugar
Flax seed oil: high in omega-3s, anti-inflammatory
Garlic: antibacterial and antiviral
Ginger: boosts immune system
Green peas and kale: anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants
Quinoa: high in omega-3s, fiber and protein
Rosemary: helps digestion and circulation
Sweet potatoes: balances blood sugar, antibacterial and anti-fungal
Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Wakame: anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant

- See more at: http://althealthworks.com/10010/organic-ensure-substituteyelena/#sthash.UBKJSmC3.dpuf
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Posted on 05/14/2016 5:45 AM by Paula Swift
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Thursday, 12 May 2016
The Tale of the Organic Strawberry
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The strawberry... yum!!!  Most everyone's favorite part of this time of year.  The sweetest of berries are easy to get a hold of, and satisfy the sweet tooth for many.  They are consumed fresh, frozen and offered as toppings on a favorite dish or blended to sweeten those protein and veggie smoothies. They are a sign of summer...of easier days ahead of us when we relax and vacation.  They are a staple for every occasion from late spring through summer. 

Everyone knows that oganic fruits and vegetables are supposed to be better for you.  But not everyone is convinced of such, rather still suspicious of the ploy to demand higher prices instead.  Sadly, there is/was some validity to that - hence the crackdown on obtaining the organic certifications in farming today.  But what is even more sad is that we are starting to see our organic farms being tainted by airborne chemicals from neighboring fields.  Organic foods may not always be totally free and clear of harmful chemicals, so proper cleaning is still recommended if you purchase your organic products from a market.   Strawberries are especially at risk to ingest airborne pollutants as they are the most poreous of fruits, making them more vulnerable to their environment.   Additionally, even organic berries are picked while still green, and are flooded with ethylene gas during transportation so that they are red upon delivery to the markets.

How to avoid all this?  Grow your own.   If you can't,  get LOCAL fresh berries along with your other produce.  Farmers markets are a great start, or simply go online to see if you have any organic berry farms in your region.  Ask the farmers if they are near a conventional crop and if so, what are they doing to protect their organic crops.  

Once you locate a source, stock up!!!   You can literally get gallons of fresh, ready to eat strawberries and freeze them for use later.  This can help to reduce your purchase of berries in the market, where there is still uncertainty of the fruit's cleanliness.

Learn more about strawberries and the risky tales involved.

For Mother's Day this past weekend, we ventured out to pick strawberries from a local farm here in the Nashville area.  We picked about 10 gallons, enjoyed some and froze the rest.  Reminiscing on the days when my mom would take us berry picking in the summer, and educating my son on farming and foods more, it was a great day doing both something we all love, but promoting healthy habits.

 

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Posted on 05/12/2016 5:10 AM by Paula Swift
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Self-Care...REST
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Today happens to be a classic example for self-care.  It's not something I would have done in years past, but now I clearly understand the warning signs for when it is needed, and unapologetically do what's necessary to keep myself from getting into a danger zone.  I've learned the hard way that being mindful to the body's signals is critical to our wellness.

Last week included a lot of various activities, following several weeks of go, go, go.  There was some work to be done for my marketing clients, attention to a non-profit that I am now on the board for, my son's birthday, his big regional race (supporting him and the event as well), family life, teaching a class, taking an online class, and some extra pushes in my workouts among all the everyday little things that pile up.  While most might consider the schedule for my week to be normal, it is no longer for me, nor should it be for anyone really.   We were not created for the modern lifestyles we live today.   And I tend to have my hands in lots of pots...it's what keeps me interested as routine quickly bores me, but I have to be careful to not overload.

I had been looking forward to Sunday to simply rest.   Sleep in, go to church, relax with my mom and my boys.  And it wasn't too far off from that.  In fact, I was feeling pretty good...that tired that you feel when you are on the rebound.  But that night, I couldn't sleep (a little cup of coffee too late in the day - shoulda known!) and I ended up with less than 4 hours of sleep.   Monday returned me to my schedule of activities and by the evening, I had a tough time driving myself to the class I was teaching.  Thankfully our discussions bring energy to me - enough to get  me home.   Upon arriving home by 8:30, I promptly made some herbal tea, tucked my boy into bed, chatted with the husband a bit and fell quickly asleep.

This morning, an active thunderstorm brought me out of my deep slumber just before 5am and kept us from sound sleep until it was time to get up at 6:30.   I felt ok, but not great.   Driving my son to school proved difficult as my eyes became super heavy!!

Arriving home, there was a choice.   I could make some coffee to go alongside my protein filled breakfast and get on with my day, or I could rest.   This was tough - Tuesdays are my heavy workload day and I had a long list of little things to be done among a few bigger items.   But I simply could not ignore my heavy eyes...my body was screaming at me for more rest.

Back upstairs to just lay my head down a bit, and almost 2 1/2 hours later I woke up...at 10:50am!   Here came the second choice...jump up and scramble to get caught up, or pay attention to that voice inside saying "this is a self-care day".   As tough as it is to put the to-do's aside, I decide to adhere to my body's demands...

So today's self-care includes:  extra sleep, extra quiet time/meditation/prayer, some breathing exercises, a gentle workout, some reading, a little writing, a little time with my boy after school and a little community time with some girlfriends tonight.  It's taking the time to really listen again to what it is that I need to hear today.   Perhaps all it is, is rest, maybe something else will come up to do for myself, or an ah-ha moment.  But if there's more to it, I'll be quiet to hear.   All these things will help to revive and restore the whole me.  

Today is a self-care day, and I won't feel an ounce of guilt about it!

So what do you do for self-care?

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Posted on 05/10/2016 1:11 PM by Paula Swift
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Thursday, 5 May 2016
Anticipation
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I remember telling my husband several years ago that I had a feeling...a feeling that something big was going to happen.   There were times when it felt like a dreaded anticipation, but the dread would fade into excitement.   The anticipation would go away only to return some months later with the same dread-excited cycle.

With each cycle came an understanding that whatever was to come was going to big, life-changing and really, my "arrival" so-to-say into my life's purpose.  Lack of patience prompted me periodically to try to figure out what this big adventure was going to be...would it be work?  Seeing a dream unfold into reality?  A relocation offering new opportunities?   I really had no clue - which did not always bode well for my lack of patience.   But I continued on with my daily life.

A couple of months after my cancer diagnosis, I was in the middle of my quiet time when it struck me that the deep lingering anticipation had shifted.  It wasn't really there anymore in the sense that had become familiar.  Instead, there was a deep knowing that the "arrival" had finally arrived.  No longer was it anticipation, it was just excitement.  No longer was there dread, for the worst of this adventure was over.   It was clear, my path had been laid, my purpose revealed.  The anticipation for the unknown had evolved into the anticipation of opportunity with a direction being opened before me. 

It was time...my time to be used...GOD's time to use me.

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Posted on 05/05/2016 5:04 AM by Paula Swift
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Thursday, 5 May 2016
ER Uses Holistic Care to Reduce Use of Dangerous Drugs
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While I would ideally love to see all care options be 100% natural, I am totally supportive of modern medicine to be used in emergency and acute situations.  Healing Touch (what I am currently studying) is recognized by many in the medical industry as an integrative therapy.  It's the facilitation of energy within a patient that helps for the body to receive healing.  Healing Touch was such a huge part of my adventure, which is why I have decided to become licensed so that I can help others.

Check out this hospital using music, Healing Touch and other natural methods to help reduce the use of dangerous opioids.

Watch Story Here

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Posted on 05/05/2016 5:08 AM by Paula Swift
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