Posts Tagged ‘Cancer’

Happy New Year + Context for This 2018 Shift

David and I are still busy here hosting my mom and contemplating our own pivotal 2017, with continued major shifts into 2018. Last New Year’s Eve, David and I drove to Kalamazoo from Goshen, IN for a mini-honeymoon at the Radisson, enjoying Kalamazoo’s First Night Celebration. I posted about our experiences here.

What I did not share was how we had reserved our 2016 holiday letter for mailing from the post office in Kalamazoo last New Year’s Eve. We did so with the strong, full intention that we would be living here next (this) year at this time. We felt magic in that symbolic action, and every time we pass that post office, we celebrate the results.

Here we are, and what a whirlwind year it’s been! We have so much gratitude and awe for how everything transpired, and the volume of physical work it took to make it so. For us, 2017 was very much about bringing ideas into tangible actions, step by step into the new. We expect 2018 to continue that trend but in a more expansive and even more grounded and disciplined way.

I don’t have time today to write a long post about the coming energies, but for those wanting more context, I’ll include the following links (and sometimes links within links). I do want to note three significant factors: Continue reading

GMO plants, GMO people, and cancer

Totally agree!

Reversing the Irreversible: A DVD Review

I’ve enjoyed reading and reviewing Boutenko family books for years, but this is the first DVD I’ve had the chance to watch. Filmed and directed by artist and 15-year-raw-foodist Valya Boutenko, this DVD contains “37 testimonials of people who improved their health naturally.”

[Review continued below this YouTube trailer. Please note that the sound on the DVD is much more balanced than on the YouTube video. You can clearly hear Valya above the music. ūüôā ]

I found this DVD refreshingly low-key despite the dramatic stories people shared. Water scenes separate the various sections, coupled with quiet reflections from Valya. In watching the river flow over and around the rocks, one can’t help but notice how clean and serene Valya herself is. This quiet film captures what many have come to recognize as “signature Valya” — bright, clear and powerful without being flashy. Her walks in the Oregon woods between scenes underscore how natural and simple raw foods can be, and it’s easy to understand why the Boutenko’s have influenced so many on their own healing journeys.

This DVD is a must-see for anyone suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, as it contains several stories of complete healing from this crippling and often “untreatable” disease. The cancer section also offers some stunning testimonials from people who opted out of chemotherapy and radiation and cured themselves with raw food and juice alone. Other cancer survivors mention the value of visualization in addition to dietary shifts.

Perhaps the most gripping testimonial comes from a woman who was given only six months to live — 12 if she agreed to chemo/radiation. She skipped both and changed her diet instead. At the time of filming, she continues to thrive six years past her diagnosis. She’s fifty-eight years old and runs mega-marathons, sometimes back-to-back! Another man completely cured himself of fibromyalgia: in four days.

Weight loss, mental clarity, recovery from depression, ADHD, MS, skin diseases: it’s all here. I loved the diversity of people interviewed: men, women, teenagers, seniors, different ethnicities and cultures. Whether from Pennsylvania, L.A., or British Columbia, most seemed to share two things in common: gratitude for their recovery, and huge, sparkly eyes! The degree of eye contact amazed me, and those interviewed obviously felt a nice connection with Valya as they shared their stories.

Well-known folks like Karen Knowler and Philip McCluskey share their stories. I hadn’t heard Karen’s before, and people who have come to love Philip as a speaker and inspiration will enjoy seeing him before he lost all 200 pounds. Hearing his pre-juice-feast interview gives extra appreciation for how far he has continued to explore and refine his journey and being.

This 57-minute film won the Green Apple Award at the 2008 Raw Lifestyle Film Festival in West Hollywood. Watching it will leave you inspired and feeling like you’ve just attended your own potluck with a lot of generous souls who’ve lost the lives they knew only to find and cultivate more beautiful ones than they ever imagined for themselves. Reversing the Irreversible definitely has a heavy raw food slant, but I’d recommend it for anyone who enjoys inspirational tales of triumph and love.

Reviewed by Laura Bruno, author of The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide.

Breast Health: Some Medical Intuitive Observations

Medical Intuition is the ability to access information from a person’s body and surrounding energy field, which exists on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. With so many women suffering from breast cancer or monthly breast pain, I thought I’d offer some Medical Intuitive insights on breast health. In this area, prevention works especially well. I’ve divided this post into physical, mental, emotional and spiritual patterns I frequently see affecting breast health.¬†Please keep in mind that I do not intend this article as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. I’m only sharing patterns I’ve noticed in nearly eight years as a practicing Medical Intuitive.¬†

Physical Factors
1) Diet. The American Cancer Society recognizes the role of antioxidants from fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds as protective against free radical damage associated with cancer. Some studies have also shown correlations between heavy meat-eating, colon cancer, and breast cancer. For a comprehensive list of FAQ’s about¬†the ACS research on various foods and supplements, please click here.
Eating lower on the food chain does seem to help people, but I have known plenty of vegetarians and vegans who still¬†got breast cancer. Clearly diet doesn’t¬†change everything, but it does seem to¬†offer some protection. I have noticed some correlation between following a 100% raw vegan diet (organic when possible) and the cessation of monthly PMS-related breast pain.¬†
2) Vitamin D-deficiency. Dr. Mercola and Dr. John Jacob Cannell have both raised the awareness of Vitamin D’s importance in overall health, including breast cancer reduction. Please click here for more information. Having worked with several intuitive clients for whom Vitamin D deficiency came up as an issue for testing, I’ll say that so far, my Medical Intuitive observations seem to agree with what these doctors share; however, I’ll let them explain the science!
3) Self-Breast-Massage. Sluggish lymph causes much of the pain of tender breasts, and it can also put people more at risk for future breast cancer. You can get that lymph flowing through brisk, bouncy walks without a bra, jumping on a rebounder, or by doing a self-breast-massage. This short YouTube video shows you exactly which movements will pump the lymph out of your breasts in a healthy way. Highly recommended!

4 ) Reiki. This ancient form of energy healing operates on all the levels, including physical. Because stress activates potential for all health issues,¬†especially those affecting the breasts, Reiki’s relaxing effect supports breast health. As a non-invasive treatment, Reiki also allows a woman with breast cancer to receive physical nurturing without the risk of spreading tumors. For¬†more on Reiki for breast cancer, please click here.

Mental/Emotional Factors

1) As part of the Heart Chakra, the breasts house our deepest emotional wounds and our greatest capacity for love. Resentment aggravates the breast tissues as much as physical factors like caffeine! Practice forgiveness for breast health. If you have trouble letting go, you might find this meditation helpful.

2). Combat Candida. You might wonder why I list Candida here instead of under “Physical Factors.” True, yeast overgrowth affects the physical body, but it also¬†thrives in¬†thought and emotional patterns that negatively affect breast health. Candida resonates with “victim.”¬†A particular kind of victim: the kind of victim that feels overburdened by life, that feels like everyone walks all over her. The kind of victim that carries a lot of unexpressed resentments and worries. The kind of victim who just can’t seem to move beyond the inertia of current life circumstances.¬†

Candida thrives in this environment! You can take all the pau d’arco tea, probiotics,¬†and oil of oregano you like, but if you don’t change the mental/emotional patterns, you’ll have a very difficult time ousting your Candida. Meanwhile, you’ll have all that grief, mild depression, and resentment¬†festering in your Heart Chakra. Not good!¬†

If you catch yourself acting like an oppressed person, shift that energy immediately. You create your external world, and your experience of the external dramatically influences your internal terrain. For the sake of your breasts (and your happiness), take steps to move beyond your self-imposed limitations.

3) Get Creative. The breasts and arms extend from our hearts. Breasts produce milk to nurse babies, and arms produce artwork, healing, writing and hugs. The Heart Chakra wants to create. If you do not channel that creativity into some positive flow, the urge for creativity may not disappear. Cancer is a very creative disease.

Even if you’ve never painted before in your life; even if you’ve never considered yourself a healer: get some energy flowing through that Heart Chakra! Hug a stranger. Awaken your healing gifts. Embrace your desire to beautify your surroundings. Doing so may just save your boobs.

4) Love Your Breasts. While I have never read any official study on this topic, I have noticed that women who have difficulty accepting their breasts or femininity often develop breast cancer or other problems with the breasts.

Remember, the body responds to your thoughts, attitudes and the deepest longings of your soul. If the body hears that you hate your breasts, it may take you at your word and orchestrate a removal of them via mastectomy. As part of your Heart Chakra, the breasts listen very closely to the cries of the heart. If you want healthy breasts, let them know you love them. And let your softer, feminine side know that it’s ok to be a woman. In fact, it’s beautiful, and wonderful and you honor the breasts as two of those obviously feminine¬†markers.

In February 2009, Rory Freedman of Skinny Bitch fame wrote a great post¬†called Boobs.¬†Go ahead; follow Rory’s lead. Release your inner diva and let those breasts know how much you love ’em!

Spiritual Factors

Breast issues encourage¬†humans to explore the tender realm of the heart as an evolutionary portal. Offering ourselves as channels for unconditional compassion for humanity, the galaxy and beyond supports the breasts. So does honoring Mother Earth. More than any other part of the body, breasts symbolize Motherhood. Awakening the Goddess within, loving Earth’s creatures and Nature, and cultivating a spirit of generosity all resonate with¬†the wisdom and guidance of our breasts.

When we actively engage and listen to our bodies, they can speak in gentle whispers instead of screaming for our attention with pain or disease. With communication and love, body and soul become intimate, and we radiate their joy.