Do We Need Another Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign? NO!

October marks another Breast Cancer Awareness annual campaign, I’m pretty sure all of us are aware of BC.

I was aware in 1983 when my mom developed breast cancer at 48.

I was aware in 2002 when my sister developed breast cancer at 46.

We are aware that statics states 1 out of every 8 women in the US will get breast cancer.

We are aware that statics states 1 out of every 3 persons in the US will get some type of cancer.

The American Cancer Society Research Document states in Cancer Facts and Figures 2014:

How Many People Are Expected to Die of Cancer This Year?

“In 2014, about 585,720 Americans are expected to die of cancer, almost 1,600 people per day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths”.

We hear about, make plans and decisions on early detection, genetic testing and prophylactic procedures.

We are told we’ve made progress . . . in what? Since 1952, is it early detection and treatment modalities?

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein

What progress have we made in prevention?

The American Cancer Society Research Document in Facts and Figures 2014 states:

“A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented. All cancers caused by cigarette smoking and heavy use of alcohol could be prevented completely. In 2014, almost 176,000 of the estimated 585,720 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use. In addition, the World Cancer Research Fund has estimated that up to one-third of the cancer cases that occur in economically developed countries like the US are related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could also be prevented”. (bold mine)

Now that you have the facts what are you willing to do about it?

What’s your plan to stay cancer free?

Are you in remission . . .? What is your plan to stay in remission?

Are you satisfied with just knowing and supporting organizations that will continue to “race for the cure”?

If that’s you, it’s ok.

But, if you are the type of person that is about preventing cancer and maintaining remission, let’s talk, I can help you. Let’s not become another static.

For a limited time offer through this blog post: Free- 50 minute “Stay Cancer Strategy Session” contact me at: asklinda@en-pointe-health.com or go to my website: http://www.en-pointe-health.com scroll down to Free Strategy Session “click” follow the prompt and schedule your session in an available time slot. I’ll look forward to talking with you!

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Linda Raymond, Founder and Author of the forth coming book: 7 Simple Steps to Cancer Free Living

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Lady Sings The Blues. . .Is TOO Much Sugar The Blame?

How many of us really knew that eating sugar can cause us the moody blues?

It’s true. . . when you eat simple refined sugar it instantly enters your blood stream.

Blood sugar levels spike, dopamine is released in the brain equaling addiction, massive insulin is release from the pancreas which rapidly drops the blood sugar level in your blood which causes a crash and burn effect.

After your sugar high you feel shaky, spaced out, moody, depress and uncomfortable.

Do you want to get this under control? I can show you how. Email me, reference this article and ask for a FREE 30- minute Kick My Sugar Cravings Strategy Session at: http://www.asklinda@en-pointe-health.com

In the mean while check out this article below by the Founder/Director of Integrative Nutrition Joshua Rosenthal

Sugar Blues

Like heroin, cocaine and caffeine, sugar is an addictive, destructive drug, yet we consume it daily in everything from cigarettes to bread.
-William Dufty, author of Sugar Blues.

The United States is the largest consumer of sweeteners and one of the largest global sugar importers. We started in 1689 when the first sugar refinery was built in New York City. Colonists soon began to sweeten their breakfast porridge with refined sugar, and within 10 years individual consumption had reached 4 pounds a year. The average American now consumes more than 100 pounds of sugar and sweeteners per year. In contrast, Americans consume an average of about 8 pounds of broccoli. The USDA recommends we get no more than 10 teaspoons per day, yet most Americans eat about 30 teaspoons per day—that’s three times the liberal recommended daily value.

Humans love sweet things. Even before we started refining sugar, we sought out foods with sweet tastes. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that occurs naturally in foods such as grains, beans, vegetables and fruit. When unprocessed, sugar contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins.

When brown rice or other whole grains are cooked, chewed and digested, the natural carbohydrates break down uniformly into separate glucose molecules. These molecules enter the bloodstream, where they are burned smoothly and evenly, allowing your body to absorb all the good stuff.

Refined table sugar, also called sucrose, is very different. Extracted from either sugar cane or beets, it lacks vitamins, minerals and fiber, and thus requires extra effort from the body to digest. The body must deplete its own store of minerals and enzymes to absorb sucrose properly. Therefore, instead of providing the body with nutrition, it creates deficiency. It enters swiftly into the bloodstream and wreaks havoc on the blood sugar level, first pushing it sky-high—causing excitability, nervous tension and hyperactivity—and then dropping it extremely low—causing fatigue, depression, weariness and exhaustion. Health-conscious people are aware that their blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly on a sugar-induced high, but they often don’t realize the emotional roller-coaster ride that accompanies this high. We feel happy and energetic for a while and then suddenly, explainable, we find ourselves arguing with a friend or lover.

Sugar qualifies as an addictive substance for two reasons:
1. Eating even a small amount creates a desire for more.
2. Suddenly quitting causes withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue.

Today, sugar is found in many of the usual suspects, like cakes, cookies and candy. But you will also find it in canned vegetables, baby food, cereals, peanut butter, bread and tomato sauce. It is often disguised in fancy language, labeled as corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, glucose or fructose. Even some so-called healthy foods contain sugar. A lemon poppy seed Clif Bar has 21 grams of sugar, or 5 teaspoons. Compare that to a chocolate-glazed cake doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts, which has 14 grams of sugar, or 3.5 teaspoons. You may think your afternoon cup of coffee only has a little sugar, but a *16-ounce Starbucks Frappuccino actually contains 53 grams of sugar, or 13.25 teaspoons—that’s like eating almost 4 donuts!

Over consumption of refined sweets and added sugars found in everyday foods has led to an explosion of hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes. *Now type 3 is on the rise. Diabetes of the brain, formally known as Alzheimer.

Written by Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition, 2008.

*Edited and updated: Linda Raymond 2014

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Some People Said I Was Crazy. . .Why I Turn Down Genetic Testing for the Mutated BRCA1 & 2 Gene

I was 27 when I received the shock of my life, my first mammogram, and then strongly encouraged to get genetic testing.

I was a classical trained ballet dancer still performing with a civic theater. I barely had breast! Why so young, you might ask? My mom was misdiagnose at 48. She was told she had a calcium deposit on the sternum, but intuitively she knew something was terribly wrong. At her insistence correct diagnosis came at 50. She lost her battle at 62. My older sister, years later diagnosis at 46. She lost her battle at 52. Both were said to be survivors.

Our family doctor insisted that all of us girls, there were 5 of us, come in for genetic testing. I made a conscious choice not to. I asked myself, what would I do differently knowing if I was positive or negative for the mutated BRCA1 and/or 2 gene?

Would I opt for drastic measures, preventive surgeries. . .removing both breast and ovaries? Chemotherapy prophylactics? Would I be enslaved in fear with knowing or not knowing if I carry the mutated genes?

The answer for me. . .it didn’t make a difference. . . knowing. . not knowing. I live my life to the fullest, in the healthiest way possible, mind, body and spirit and all without fear of what may or may not happen. I was a wife, and continue to be a mother and now proud grandmother. I continue to educate myself and others on being proactive with their health.

I now help women, breast cancer survivors a year or more in remission, to live fearlessly, reclaim, renew and thrive with their second chance at life.

Each of you must make your own decision to genetic test or not. Do your own research and ask questions. Make your decision base in knowledge not on what the next celebrity decides to do.

To get you started here are some pros and cons for genetic testing:

Excerpt from: BRCA1 and BRCA 2 Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing Fact Sheet National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health What are some of the risks of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer risk?

The direct medical risks, or harms, of genetic testing are minimal, but knowledge of test results may have harmful effects on a person’s emotions, social relationships, finances, and medical choices.

People who receive a positive test result may feel anxious, depressed, or angry. They may have difficulty making choices about whether to have preventive surgery or about which surgery to have.

People who receive a negative test result may experience “survivor guilt,” caused by the knowledge that they likely do not have an increased risk of developing a disease that affects one or more loved ones. Because genetic testing can reveal information about more than one family member, the emotions caused by test results can create tension within families.

Test results can also affect personal choices, such as decisions about marriage and childbearing. Violations of privacy and of the confidentiality of genetic test results are additional potential risks. However, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and various state laws protect the privacy of a person’s genetic information. Moreover, the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, along with many state laws, prohibits discrimination based on genetic information in relation to health insurance and employment, although it does not cover life insurance, disability insurance, or long-term care insurance.

Finally, there is a small chance that test results may not be accurate, leading people to make decisions based on incorrect information. Although inaccurate results are unlikely, people with these concerns should bring them up during genetic counseling.

What are some of the benefits of genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer risk?

There can be benefits to genetic testing, regardless of whether a person receives a positive or a negative result. The potential benefits of a negative result include a sense of relief and the possibility that special checkups, tests, or preventive surgeries may not be needed.

A positive test result can bring relief from uncertainty and allow people to make informed decisions about their future, including taking steps to reduce their cancer risk.

In addition, people who have a positive test result may be able to participate in medical research that could, in the long run, help reduce deaths from breast and ovarian cancer.

If this article resonates with you? I would like to offer you a FREE Staying Cancer Free Strategy Session. Email me at: http://www.asklinda@en-pointe-health.com and put in the subject line: “FREE Staying Cancer Free

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month -Find Out Which Household Items Can Help Detect Skin Cancer

Be proactive, practice safe sunning. . . Sun exposure, early in the morning. . . later in the evening. Yes, you need your vitamin D, supplement with a good fish oil. Your skin will be glad you did!

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and despite sunscreen sales being higher than ever before so are skin cancer rates,  more than two million Americans each year are diagnosed, a number that is rising rapidly. The good news  is it’s also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.

No matter where you live or how dark your skin is, you are vulnerable to skin cancer if you spend any time exposed to UV rays; whether they’re from the sun or from tanning beds. Along with taking preventative measures, the best way to prevent the threat of skin cancer is early prevention.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers…

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Hand Full of The Other Super Food

Hand Full of The Other Super Food

Easy way to measure a handful! Check out the variety.

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Blog News-Not Another Greens Blog-Power To The Nuts!

Many times you see “Super Food” listing kale, spinach, turnip and mustard greens, etc, but how many times have you seen the power of the nuts.

I am sure you are already aware of the heart-healthy power of nuts, full of protein and good fats, but these snacks are loaded with other health benefits. Treat yourself to a variety because each nut has it’s own virtues. Just don’t go too nuts, unless your are vegan or vegetarian. These Super foods pack a protein punch, but be aware that they’re high in calories.

One more thing, peanuts are not nuts. Peanuts are legumes. Put them in the bean family.

Let’s look at 5 types of nuts now.

  • Almonds-serving size-23 nuts-calories 163

One of the favorite snacks and most known to lower cholesterol.  They are also packed with more fiber and calcium than any other  nut and are lower in calories than most varieties and an excellent source of vitamin E. Did you think you only get calcium from milk?

  • Walnuts-serving size-14 halves-calories 185

They’re a good source of protein, fiber and magnesium. Why so special? They have a high level of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acid.

  • Cashews-serving size-18 nuts-calories 163

Not a follower of Pop-eye (spinach), you can get almost 10 percent of your daily value of iron in a single serving of cashews.  Compared with other nuts, they’re also a good source of folate and vitamin K, which helps keep bones strong and blood clotting normally.

  • Pine Nuts-serving size-167 nuts, about 1/4 a cup-calories 191

Pine nuts are loaded with manganese, a trace of mineral that help you maintain proper blood sugar levels and metabolize carbohydrates and protein.  Research suggests that the nut’s fatty acids may boost satiety hormones, which can help you feel full.

  • Pecans-serving size 19 halves-calories 196

If you have a man in your life. . .pack these in his lunch!  This Southern specialty is rich in beta-sitosterol, a type of plant sterol found to lower cholesterol as well as contribute to prostate health.

I hope this gave you a little different perspective on the Super-Foods.

Thanks goes to Nutsforlife.com.au for the featured picture of a easy way to measure your hand full of nuts.  Yes, some of our hands are bigger than others 😉

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Blog News-The Big “C” is Killing More Women Than All Types Of Cancer Combined! What Is IT?. . .

Cardiovascular Diseases. . .surprised? While heart disease for women was a rarity. That fact, took a turn for the worst in the 20th and 21 Century.  What changed. . .we did!  The way we work, eat, sleep, stress, exercise, cope and interact socially .  When will entered the “man’s world” we inherited his dis-ease. The problem here is not that we entered that world, it’s how we function once we are there. I AM WOMAN. . .hear me roar!  We became all things to all people all the time.  We left “self” out of the equation.

Results:  Metabolic Syndrome (X)-Abdominal fat, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, triglycerides, poor HDL/LDL ratio.  A negative impact on our hearts and our overall health.

Fact:  A woman’s risk for coronary artery disease increases after menopause.

Fact:  Heart attack symptoms can be subtle or vague, so women are more likely to delay seeking help.

Should we be worried? . . No! Take action, be proactive.  Dr. William Bilnoski , medical director, cardiology states, ” The time to start worrying about your heart is. . .never! Worry is passive and stressful.  Instead, take positive action steps to maintain and improve your heart health.”

That said, it’s never to late to protect the heart.

Here’s 7- Risk Factors that YOU can control.

  1. Quit Smoking
  2. Exercise Regularly
  3. Limit Alcohol
  4. Control your Blood Pressure
  5. Manage your Cholesterol
  6. Ease Stress
  7. Prevent or Manage Diabetes

Apple or Pear? No, not the fruit. . .Body shape matters.

Women with apple-shaped bodies-larger waists with extra weight around the abs-are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and other complications of metabolic syndrome.

Those who have a narrow waist and carry more weight around the hips-pear-shaped-have a lower risk. Since we inherit our body shape, it’s one more reason to take control of the risk factors within our power to change.

You can cut your risk of heart attack in half by adopting healthy changes. Do you have two or more of these conditions, first, consult your health care provider:

  • High BP
  • Elevated fasting blood sugars
  • Extra weight, especially around the waist
  • Abnormal blood lipid(cholesterol)levels

Need a plan?  Email me for a complimentary Healthy Heart Forever Strategy Session. Put in the subject line “Healthy Heart Forever” and I will contact you to set appointment.

Email: http://www.asklinda@en-pointe-health.com

 

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