PLANTING A SEED
Planting a seed is my intention for starting this newsletter.
As I sit and conjure my thoughts, a question comes to mind. If you could have your cake and eat it too--would you? There are two sides to every coin, as there are to every story. There are dark moments and moments of inspiration. There is love, along with sheer terror. Hope and education are what I am trying to provide. In the end, what is life without them? This newsletter is for finding inspiration when it is lost.
Dan and I are neither a doctor, nor have the experience of one, but we are both survivors of cancer who feared for our lives. This is not about what is right or wrong; it is about educating ourselves to make choices, along with the awesome power of knowledge.
Everyone should be given a choice, and it should be up to each of us to educate ourselves. With the internet, today, it's easy to research and discover alternative therapies and methodologies for treating and winning the battle against this disease. So first, we must believe that these solutions are possible. We all need to be aware of the wellness of our bodies, mind, and spirit.
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Functional Medicine is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing on the bio-chemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore physiological, psychological, and structural balance.
Functional Medicine focuses on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predispositions that influence health and disease so that interventions are focused on treating the cause of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.
There are seven basic principles underlying functional medicine which include the following:
1. Science-based medicine that connects the emerging research base to clinical practice.
2. Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness.
3. Patient-centered care rather than disease-focused treatment.
4. Dynamic balance of internal and external factors that affect total functioning.
5. Web-like interconnections among the body's physiological processes also affect every aspect of functionality.
6. Health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease.
7. Promotion of organ reserve.
Integrated Medicine couples the latest scientific advances with the most profound insights of ancient healing systems, giving you the best ways to preserve health, increase longevity and speed recovery from illness.
Integrated Medicine is a revolutionary approach to healing people — not just treating diseases — using the unique tool called person-centered diagnosis.
Integrated Medicine recognizes that the outcome of all health care is strongly dependent upon four powerful influences in the lives of each person. These four pillars of healing are:
The social support network: family, friends, involvement in community, and a strong-patient alliance.
2. Diet and lifestyle.
Nutrition, habits, and the daily pattern of rest and exercise.
3. A healthy environment.
Protection from chemical and biological toxins.
The body’s ability to self-purify and protect itself from internal toxicity.
Integrated Medicine allows you to find optimal health by understanding your individual needs for achieving balance and harmony
The Wind Beneath My Wings
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
To never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.
So I was the one with all the glory,
While you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.
Did you ever know that you're my hero,
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings.
This is the lyrics to a song that Bette Midler released in 2006. It is also a song that relates to me in so many levels. On September 16, 1974, my family changed forever. Our strength, our hero passed on due to cancer.
Within the past forty-three years, since my father’s death they have been treating cancer the same way – cut, poison and burn with the same results, death. When I received the news that I had cancer almost nearly seven years ago; I remember what not only what I had gone through, but what my mother and sisters had gone through also. Cancer changed each one of us and I did not want it to rule my life anymore. I took it upon myself with the help from my husband to change the path and researched on other non-toxic methods for treatments.
There is hope, way too many options that are not spoken by our conventional doctors that can heal this disease. The path that I took was an eye opener for I learned so much knowledge regarding how each one of us has our own blue print. We should not be treated the same way, but looked at as an individual. The treatment should not just be directed by the disease, but also by the root (the cause).
I am planting the seed, it’s up to every individual to do their research and find what is right for them and believe in what they are doing. You do have a choice, it’s how you choose it, that makes the difference.
So, Yesterday I honored my father for he was my hero and the wind beneath my wings.
If anything, take from this hope, an inspiration that you can make a change for a better lifestyle.
On September 17, 2017 Dan and I went to a speaking engagement on Karma.
As we took our seats at the Open Circle in Ajijic with an organic coffee in our hands, Dr. Victor Youcha was preparing to give a talk on Karma relating to everyday life.
He started out by saying how Karma is love. It’s a lesson we each experience throughout our life. Karma is not bad nor good, for it is a lesson showing us the way to love and light.
There is a saying I love with relates to this subject. There are no mistakes, just lessons. Love yourself and trust yourself. With this everything is possible. We need to trust ourselves more and spread the love throughout our communities. You are a drop, but together we can be an ocean.
I was inspired by the doctor’s talk, I felt the Karma that he was sharing. Through Dan’s and my experience with cancer, we through love are sharing the knowledge we gained and hope to give others the options that we deserve as human beings. I am humble to be part of this fundamental experience of functional medicine.
AN EYE OPENER
I am not telling you that you have to do this, I am merely asking you to have an open mind and research the information I am providing.
Last week my husband and I had the opportunity to be part of the Annual Cancer Convention/Alternative therapies. We heard well-known medical doctors, clinical researchers, nutritionists and authors speak on prevention and control of cancer along with other diseases through nutrition, tests and non-toxic therapies.
For nearly seven years of research, since I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2 , I have always believed in non-toxic treatments.
My husband and I both were struck with this disease and neither of us had surgery, chemo and radiation. To this day we are striving to educate others in the cause of managing a healthier lifestyle, for this is the first step to a cleaner life. Through opening others minds to what is out there, for them to see that you do not need chemicals and toxins to heal this disease.
By going to the convention, it just broadens our knowledge in just what is out there as far as products, assistance, and treatments. Here are some slides and pictures from this amazing three days of listening to speakers, talking to vendors and patients from all over.
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2018 CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
(YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT)
I wanted a flair of Mexico along with the topic of healthy foods. Since I moved to Mexico five years ago due to managing my cancer, I have been an advocate on keeping healthy. You are what you eat and this message is what this calendar is about. Throughout my five years living in Mexico, I took the most unique pictures and added festive faces with outfits made from the foods that I eat from the Tuesday Organic Market and Machimá Restaurant. Combining United States, Canadian, Mexico holidays. For more information -http://www.myjourneyofcompletion.com/
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BREAST CANCER MONTH THE PINK RIBBON
Breast cancer is always filed in the back of my mind, for I was diagnosed in 2010. When October comes
around it is rather personal to me, for I like all women see pink everywhere. Now they have the Empire State Building in New York lit up with pink. Considering this I wanted to do some research on how the pink got started. The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. The pink ribbon was adopted as the official symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the next year, in 1992. The pink ribbon was derived from the popular red ribbon for AIDS awareness. Alexandra Penney, the editor-in-chief of the women's health magazine Self, and breast cancer survivor Evelyn Lauder, the senior corporate vice president at the cosmetics company Estée Lauder created a ribbon for the cosmetics giant to distribute in stores in New York City. Estée Lauder and Self initially approached Charlotte Haley, who had begun a peach-colored ribbon campaign to press the National Cancer Institute to increase its budget for cancer prevention research. Haley refused to be part of what she felt was a commercial effort, so Estée Lauder and Self changed the color of their ribbon to light pink in 2005, to circumvent Haley's efforts to stop them. A pink and blue ribbon is sometimes used to symbolize breast cancer in men, which is relatively rare. The pink and blue ribbon was designed in 1996 by Nancy Nick, president and founder of the John W. Nick Foundation to bring awareness that "Men Get Breast Cancer Too. As an art lover, I take color very seriously and adopt it in my book which shows FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE and not the CONVENTIONAL WAY while enjoying life while managing cancer without side effects.
I feel that the color should not just be pink, but a mixture of pink and green. For this represents two sides of cancer. Pink to represent the compassion, and love. This relates to unconditional love and understanding. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits. Green represents the balance of harmony. It’s the greatest balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and heart. I stand up and hope someday they will change the pink ribbon to not just pink but to stripe it with green for a balance of choice!!!!! Also, to educate people on the knowledge of other methods to manage cancer and have insurance cover whatever we choose. It should be our choice and not up to the doctors or insurance companies to dictate what we should have. It should not be one method for all!!!! Please stand up with me and make the first step for the future of our children. E-mail me with your input and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or just put on website click comments https://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/
Closing this month’s newsletter with some words of wisdom – have a fabulous month