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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Exercise and Breast Cancer; Breast Cancer Boot Camp

We all know it, hear it, read it---exercise reduces risk and increases survival.  However, sometimes we just need a little motivation.  Tamra Herb offers just that; whether you exercise for you or to raise money for cancer, you benefit.

Beat Cancer Boot Camp (BCBC) is designed to condition your body and mind for healing. The classes include a variety of exercises designed to be effective and challenging. Workouts are geared toward all fitness levels as you move through various stages of cancer treatment and recovery.
BCBC is a Nationally Recognized Fitness and Support Based Support Program. The program is designed to empower and inspire cancer survivors, spouses, family members, friends and anyone else who wants to join the battle against cancer and take charge of their lives! BCBC was developed to help motivate all who have been touched by cancer to stay active during cancer, treatment and beyond. BCBC creates very strong support groups where cancer survivors and their loved ones can come together to reclaim their lives with exercise and a shared appreciation for one another.
“We fight – not only for ourselves – but for all those who fought before us… including my parents  Eli & Barbara Posinoff”
 
Tamra Herb is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer of 16 years, Dietician and Naturopathic Doctor who has worked in the health field for over 20 years helping clients with all kinds of medical conditions including cancer recovery survivors. Tamra’s knowledge and motivation empower people physically, nutritionally and mentally to make permanent life style changes that truly create wellness in all areas of their lives.
 
Tamra runs a non-profit boot camp in Santte, CA. Contact Tamra Herb @ 1ehfitness@gmail.com

 
In good health,
Elyn
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.  Find Elyn at www.elynjacobs.wordpress.com..
 Follow Elyn on Twitter@elynjacobs, Facebook @Elyn Jacobs Consulting and LinkedIn @Elyn Jacobs
 
 
 
www.best fitnesss results .com and www.bcbc.com

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Food; the Natural Alternative for Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors


Estrogen can fuel the growth of some breast cancer cells.  If your breast cancer is estrogen-receptor positive, your doctor may suggest hormone therapy to reduce the risk of recurrence.   There are many ways to block the effect of estrogen or lower estrogen levels, but most oncologists recommend pharmaceutical remedies.   Tamoxifen is most often prescribed for pre-menopausal women to prevent recurrence, as well as to treat metastatic breast cancer; it is also sometimes prescribed to help prevent the development of breast cancer in women at high risk, such as BRCA carriers. Aromatase Inhibitors stop estrogen production in post-menopausal women; they work by blocking aromatase, the enzyme responsible for making estrogen.  AI’s are not effective for pre-menopausal women as they cannot stop the ovaries of these women from making estrogen.  However, these drugs all come with the risk of permanent resulting effects, such as heart damage, as well as a host of side effects, some temporary and some life threatening.  (For more information, please view the links at the bottom of this page) Many seek alternatives to these drugs, but there is not one simple magic bullet for a substitute and sadly, many doctors are not trained in alternatives.   However, managing estrogen is just one part of beating breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a multifactorial disease; therefore it must be targeted on many levels.  We must control the estrogen, cut off the pathways for cancer, and reignite the self-destruct button that cancer cells so cleverly turn off--normal cells have the ability to self destruct if they begin to reproduce too fast or become damaged; cancer cells disable the process and then are allowed to replicate and grow.  What magic bullet can do all this?  Food.
The compounds in everyday foods can block and manage estrogen just as effectively as drugs, yet cause no side effects and come with a host of other benefits. To block estrogen without a prescription aromatase inhibitor, eat plenty of celery, parsley, basil, artichokes, oranges, red grapes, onions, garlic, olives, olive leaves and extract and members of the cruciferous family. But those same foods can do so much more.
Quercetin, for example, found in apples, red wine, red grape skins, tomatoes, onions, and green tea, has anti-estrogenic effects and may reduce the metastatic potential of cancer cells.  It disrupts the process that turns healthy cells into malignant cancer cells and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect DNA from cancer friendly mutations.  And like Raid (ok, it's toxic, but you get the idea), quercetin stops cancer cells dead in their tracks, which can stop tumor growth, encourages cell death, and cuts off cancer pathways. Apigenin, found in foods like parsley and celery, can stop breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing and also blocks estrogen.Plant extracts such as turmeric, lycopene, and green tea can target cancer on many levels; they hit many targets and cut off pathways.  Combine a variety of these foods, and you have one powerful anticancer meal.  And remember, all fruits and vegetables have their own individual benefits, so include a wide, colorful variety to your day.  Just picture the lycopene in those carrots surfing your body on a seek and destroy mission, mopping up free radicals before they can damage your cells.  Peppers, they never get enough credit; they have tons of vitamin C without the sugar, and can lower your CRP, a critical marker for inflammation. And don’t even get me started on the dark chocolate…yes, food; it’s delicious, beautiful and can beat the socks off cancer.
 For more information, please visit:
http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/natural-alternatives-to-aromatase-inhibitors/.
Please understand that nothing in this post represents medical advice, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor. I have compiled this information solely for those seeking alternatives to Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors and cannot endorse either protocol.

Elyn Jacobs
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services and radio show, please visit:  http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com.  To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm (EST).
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Improving the Quality of Life of Children with Cancer by Deborah D Miller, PhD

The following is a guest post by Deborah Miller. Be sure to look for Deborah’s upcoming EFT tapping book “The Dragon with Flames of Love (Helping Children with Serious Illnesses Improve the Quality of their Lives)”

This book touches on topics specific to children with serious illnesses and is filled with information to help family members support their children. The stories are beautifully illustrated and based on real children who this technique has helped.

Improving the Quality of Life of Children with Cancer by Deborah D Miller

How does one deal with the emotions that occur when one’s child has a serious illness like cancer?  One incredibly powerful yet gentle way to do so is with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT o Tapping). It is a powerful, simple, noble technique that children and their families can use to manage their emotions, fears, traumas and even pains. Soft stimulation of specific points on the face and body with the fingertips, while focusing on a specific problem such as fear, and stating phrases about this fear removes the energetic and emotional imbalance in the body that creates the fear.

This technique compliments that of the hospital treatments. It doesn't interfere or replace but incorporates, augments and improves the existing treatments by providing powerful and necessary tools that relieve emotional trauma such as fear, loneliness, and unwillingness to cooperate with the doctor and/or nurses.

How can this be? Well, the body is first electrical than chemical. Thus, “tapping” positively stimulates the electrical system, which in turn stimulates the body’s natural chemical system. Instead of producing “stress hormones and chemicals” that weaken the immune system, the body produces “relaxation and healing hormones and chemicals” that strengthen the immune system and improve health.

Why is it important to manage these emotions?
Improving mood also improves the immune system. If you have a sad and depressed child their immune system is depressed or weakened. If you have a happy and cheerful child their immune system improves.

By tapping, these children release the fears, anxieties and much of the pain associated with cancer. It empowers the children to choose how they feel. It prepares them for the treatments they receive and allows them to choose to be relaxed so that these procedures are easier and more comfortable.  It is completely complementary to the treatments received.

Benefits of Tapping with Children:
·         Reduces stress and fear
·         Reduces pain and nausea
·         Eases the insertion of an IV
·         Improves mood
·         Empowers the child
·         Helps the child visualize their healing process
·         Gives them a tool to manage their emotions
·         It is fun to do and feels good

Benefits of Tapping for the family members:
·         Reduces their stress, anxiety and worry
·         Gives parents a useful tool to manage and improve their feelings while dealing with a serious illness in their child
·         Empowers parents to help themselves and their child feel calm

The quality of life for these children has improved drastically, and consequently that of their parents, the hospital staff, the doctor and others working with them. The healing process can be filled with peace, joy, love and laughter.  Tapping is one technique that helps make that possible.

About Deborah: Deborah D. Miller, EFT Expert, Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Dressing Your Truth Expert, Deeksha Giver, Reiki Master and Personal Motivation guide, is passionate about helping people release the emotional charge and traumas of their lives, especially the ones from their childhood. She does so using her scientific mind and intuition, which is a beautiful combination.

Deborah began volunteering in the children’s cancer area in September of 2007, applying EFT and other energy techniques to the children, parents and the nursing and medical staff to help them reduce stress, fear and anxiety and improve their mental and emotional health. Helping these children have tools to manage their emotions has led to a heart-felt passion to help more and more children all over the world. Her work in the hospital is complementary to the treatments given and is aimed at improving the quality of life of those involved.

To learn more about and/or support Deborah and her work with the children with cancer go to www.oaxacaproject.com or contact Deborah for private consultations and group sessions at ddmiller7@findthelightwithin.com or www.findthelightwithin.com

Elyn


Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit:  http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com.  To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm (EST).