Play to your strengths. If you are not great at something, do more of what you are great at.
CONTINUING THIS WEEK ON A NEW SERIES, CHANGE? PLUS, CONTINUING ON THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY. ALSO, CANCER: CIVILIZATION’S -NO. 2 KILLER?????
Today Dan and I are exploring the third biggest thing that gets in the way of people making durable, consistent changes in their lives.
Do not move on from one story.
Ultimately, we suffer in life to the degree that we are run by our stories and beliefs about the world.
And the bigger the belief is, the more power it will have over you.
Take these two people for example: Adam and John.
Adam believes that the world is not a safe place, that everyone is in it for themselves, that women cannot be trusted, that it is hard to make money, that life is ultimately meaningless and filled with suffering, and that everyone that he loves is going to abandon him.
John believes that the world is an inherently safe and loving place, that everyone is fundamentally good and have each other’s backs, that money flows easily and effortlessly when you are in alignment with offering your highest gifts to the world, that meaning is something to be self-constructed, and that love, and intimacy are things to be cultivated with anyone who you feel called to invest in.
Adam’s world view is fear-based, reluctant, scarce, and contracted.
John’s world view is love-based, trusting, empowered, and expansive.
Based on these two sets of global beliefs, who do you think will have an easier time in life?
The one who believes that life is an unsafe, scary struggle, or the one who trusts in people, love, and a deeper sense of meaning?
At a certain point in your journey, after feeling your feelings and taking a higher degree of responsibility for yourself, it is a necessary step to investigate and dissect what stories you carry about yourself and the world around you.
Until you understand what lens you see the world through, you will project unnecessary lies onto everyone and everything around you.
Once you understand what stories your core wounds are projecting on to the world around you,
you will then be able to comb out the metaphorical knots in your psyche and see the world as it is, as opposed to seeing it as your pain has convinced you it is.
A lot of growth work comes down to seeing how your mind projects noisy, convincing demons on to the world around you, and systematically distinguishing your stories from reality.
The sooner you do the work of deconstructing these imagined monsters, the sooner you can start living your life from a healthy, loving, empowered state and give your gifts freely and without fear.
Lean into your stories with an honest, willing desire, and you will transcend your mind’s thoughts in no time.
Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every post this week; I will share something that I have written or done in the past that has to do with this very topic.
OCTOBER IS THE MONTH FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Posted on blog - Monday, April 9, 2012
FIVE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE STARTING CANCER TREATMENT
Please know that if you are newly diagnosed with cancer, you have CHOICES.
Whether it be an integrative, complementary, or a completely alternative approach to your treatment, you are not powerless.
Your doctor is there to guide and collaborate with you, not to order and instruct you.
The below questions are designed to get you thinking.
If you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with cancer, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to spend some time pondering these.
Pray about them.
Educate yourself until knowledge overcomes fear.
Then decide what is right for you.
5 Questions to Ask Before Agreeing to Any Cancer Treatment
1. If I did not do any treatment for 6-8 weeks, how could my cancer progress?
After going through an initial biopsy and staging procedure, this should be your first question.
Find out how your cancer behaves. Learn as much as you can from your doctor and your own research.
Do not focus on the treatment!
Learn about the actual cancer.
Whether your cancer is aggressive or indolent, an immediate switch to a diet high in organic, raw juices, salads, and smoothies, and free of all sugars, meats, and processed foods will slow your cancer’s growth and begin to re-build your immune system.
Also consider supplements that strengthen the immune system.
As soon as you are diagnosed, there is no time wasting.
You will be surprised about how long your doctor will wait to schedule you for your treatment.
Testing alone takes WEEKS.
It has taken years for your cancer to develop to its present condition.
You should immediately begin an anti-cancer diet.
There is no reason to wait, no matter what treatment you decide on!
2. What are long term side effects and what are the conventional treatment cure rates for my type and stage of cancer?
Following your diagnosis your oncologist will immediately begin to teach you about the schedule of chemotherapy and radiation you will receive for your cancer treatment.
Learn about the side effects and decide if they are something you are willing to risk, especially knowing that there could be long term effects AND a greater risk of developing a secondary cancer later.
When you study survival statistics, you must understand that the survival rates for cancers in the U.S. are marked by a 5-year survival.
It does not take account if someone dies the day after their 5-year “cancer-versary” or if they still have cancer.
They just must be “alive” 5 years from diagnosis. It also does not consider that person’s quality of life during and after treatment.
For example, for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of the most curable cancers with chemotherapy and radiation, the 5-year cure rate according to the American Cancer Society is 84%.
According to a large 2004 clinical study, the number is closer to 40%.
You will also want to ask your doctor for the Material Safety Data Sheets for the doctor’s recommended chemotherapy regimen.
These will list all chemicals involved and their short- and long-term side effects.
Also, do not be shy about asking another doctor for their opinion.
3. How is the rest of the world treating cancer?
How much does my oncologist know about alternative cancer treatment?
Although much of the Asian and European medical world has been influenced by the American pharmaceutical industry, there are many clinics in these areas that are treating patients successfully without chemotherapy or radiation.
International doctors are much more likely to view the body in a holistic perspective than American doctors.
Your standard American oncologist probably will not know much about any treatment except the big three: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.
He/she may be aware of clinical trials available, but in most cases, there are still side effects, and these trials are still pharmaceutical.
Long-term side-effects and efficacy are not known as well. Your oncologist will not prescribe you an alternative treatment since a “treatment” is not a drug if it lacks FDA approval.
Oncologists are great for teaching you about the behavior of your cancer and monitoring you by blood tests and scans.
If you decide on an alternative treatment, you may find it helpful to have a knowledgeable holistic MD or naturopath to help coach you along the way.
One way to do this is to visit your local health foods store and find the free health magazines/ publications.
They are usually near the entrance.
Call the natural practitioners listed in there and ask around by explaining your situation.
4. What about conventional treatment will guarantee that my cancer will not come back?
Many supporters of conventional treatment believe that chemotherapy and radiation is the elite cancer cure, but one looks at even generous statistics, and you can see that is not the case.
It is true that chemotherapy will kill cancer cells in most cases, but it also kills many healthy cells along with it.
Let us say you do obtain remission with conventional treatment.
If you do not change the underlying habits that led to your cancer in the first place, how are you insuring yourself against the cancer coming back?
Your immune system will be battered during chemotherapy and radiation.
It is important to eat as much of an anti-cancer diet while going through conventional treatment to help counter the negative effects.
Please know that your oncologist should know any supplements or foods you are eating.
There are some foods that can interfere and weaken the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
5. What if the conventional treatment does not work?
On the other hand, what if I did alternative treatment and it does not work?
Oh boy, was this one I struggled with.
First, the side effects were AWFUL.
Heart damage, hair loss, nausea, anxiety, depression, secondary cancers, and infertility.
Also, if for some reason the first round of chemo did not work, I would have had to go through another 4-6 months of a different chemo.
After that, my only hope would be a clinical trial or a last-minute attempt at an alternative treatment.
I chose to pursue FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE.
It is much more difficult to do it the other way around after your immune system has been taxed by chemotherapy and radiation, sometimes multiple times.
My biggest worry was “what if the cancer gets worst and is much more difficult to treat?”
With close monitoring, this is not a problem.
Have a cooperative oncologist keep an eye on the size of the tumors and any tumor markers or blood tests that can show progress.
Consider HcG testing.
If you are initiative-taking with an anti-cancer diet, your condition should not drastically worsen in 4-6 weeks, the amount of time most alternative protocols take to show progress.
The more aggressive the cancer, the more intense the protocol needs to be from the start.
Like I said before, learn about the behavior of your cancer to weigh this decision.
Consult with more than one doctor.
Remember that the goal with alternative therapies is to build the immune system and holistic health of the person, not to rid the body of tumors.
Tumors are symptoms of a deeper problem.
Rejuvenating and supporting the self-healing process will help your body rid itself of cancer without using toxic chemicals.
If for some reason the initial alternative protocols do not work, you can change or add additional protocols.
There are hundreds out there.
Research, Research, Research
Do your RESEARCH!
Have an advocate work with you.
The amount of information you will learn in those first few visits to your doctor will be daunting.
You should also ask for permission to Audio Record your cancer decision conversations with your doctor.
Cancer can put us into a mental fog, and we do not always hear everything the doctor says.
If you have a friend or family member who has been recently diagnosed, send them this.
It is VITAL that we as patients are well-informed and make decisions out of knowledge peace- NOT out of fear.
OCTOBER 18th, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about October that is so significant during this month?
World Menopause Day – October 18, 2022
World Menopause Day is observed on October 18 every year to raise awareness about the impact the condition has on the lives of women around the world.
Despite affecting about half of the world’s population, menopause is not talked about as much as it should be.
Observing the day is also an opportunity to encourage further medical research on the condition.
World Menopause Day was established in 1984 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Menopause Society (IMS) with the intention of spreading awareness about this condition that affects women as they age.
Menopause is a term used to describe the natural decline of a woman’s reproductive hormones, beginning between the ages of 45 and 55, when the body experiences its last menstrual cycle.
Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and sleep disturbances.
All these symptoms can result in an increase in anxiety and depression.
After menopause, women are more at risk of developing conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis.
Most treatments for menopause focus on symptomatic relief as it is a normal part of aging, and, as such, is not a curable condition.
The condition has not been studied as much as it should be and is not discussed openly.
Having a World Menopause Day was seen as a solution to these problems by encouraging conversation and research on menopause and its effects.
As people worldwide are living longer, increased women are likely to undergo menopause.
It is important that we are prepared for the effects that might happen because of menopause so that we can live better, healthier lives.
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes; one quote and share with you.
TRUST YOURSELF. CREATE THE KIND OF SELF THAT YOU WILL BE HAPPY TO LIVE WITH ALL YOUR LIFE. MAKE THE MOST OF YOURSELF BY FANNING THE TINY, INNER SPARKS OF POSSIBILITY INTO FLAMES OF ACHIEVEMENT.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; SMELL
SMELLS AND MOODS-
KEY ESSENTIAL OILS-
There are six key essential oils for a simple aromatherapy starter kit.
When you buy essential oils, make sure they come in dark glass bottles.
This protects the oils from sunlight, which causes them to deteriorate.
The shelf life of most oils is up to one year from the day you open a new bottle.
Citrus oils, like orange, lemon, or mandarin; only last six months.
Keep your oils in a cool, dark, dry place with the lids on firmly.
Also make sure they are well out of reach of children.
Tomorrow, starting with the first of six essential oils; LAVENDER-
As I ponder over all that I have learned, I have come to find that we all have our own blueprint.
Our bodies are precious and there are many components in taking care of them.
Throughout the blog, Dan and I have related the separate ways through body, heart, and soul.
It is all about power of knowledge and learning to take care of yourself, keeping your cells happy.
Our immune system is one of the key factors in keeping healthy.
It is important to know how it works!
Cancer: Civilization's - No. 2 Killer
Continuing from yesterday, Dr Max Gerson (1881-1959) was Jewish but did not enjoy Warburg's standing. He was forced to flee Germany in 1933, spending the last twenty odd years of his life working in the USA.
Best known for his successful dietary treatment of migraine, lupus, tuberculosis, diabetes and cancer, Gerson was the author of more than fifty published research papers and four books.
Whereas Warburg was supported and honored for his full-time research, Gerson's magnificent work was ignored by the medical establishment.
He worked alone devoting his efforts mainly to the treatment of his patients, most of whom had been given up as hopeless cases by other doctors.
Under Gerson's care, Dr Albert Schweitzer, double Nobel Laureate, eliminated his diabetes and Schweitzer's wife her tuberculosis using Gerson's dietary methods.
After Gerson's death Dr Schweitzer said of him: "I see in him one of the most eminent geniuses in the history of medicine."
Notwithstanding recognition by such medical greats as Dr Schweitzer and Dr Ferdinand Sauerbruch, Gerson's work received no recognition by the medical establishment, which considered him an unorthodox threat to the medical system.
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
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PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTH
Play to your strengths. If you are not great at something, do more of what you are great at. #playtoyourstrengths#strength#great#atsomething#domore#whatyouare#greatat#change
Until Wednesday, every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience,
and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.