Overcoming The Bridge of Death

Can Powerful Emotions Kill You? The Negative Health Effects Of Anger, Loneliness, Stress, Sadness, And Shock…

Though feelings are a powerful forces and an inescapable part of life, they can have a pretty significant effect on your health — especially if they’re negative emotions. Below are five common emotions that can have a negative impact on your well-being unless they’re coped with properly.

Anger

Anger

Studies have shown that anger can actually lead to heart attacks and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems — perhaps not surprisingly, as a sudden burst of anger can cause an over-the-top surge of chemicals throughout the body, like adrenaline and noradrenaline. During a bout of anger, the brain’s amygdala overreacts; blood rushes to the frontal lobe, the area in charge of reasoning. This is why anger can often be blinding — and can lead to you throwing a phone at the wall.

But along with this impaired judgment,  anger  can also bring  with it dangers  to your cardiovascular system.  There are a  “number of physiological changes”  occurring in our bodies when we get angry. Further research is needed to figure out exactly how anger can have such a strong impact on our health.  But what researchers found was that two hours after an angry outburst,  people had nearly a five  -fold increase in heart attack risk, and a three-fold risk increase for stroke.  “Although risk of experiencing an acute cardiovascular event with any single outburst of anger is relatively low, the risk can accumulate for people with frequent episodes of anger,”  Dr.  Elizabeth Mostofsky,  researcher  at  the  Harvard School of Public Health and a lead author of the study.

Loneliness

Loneliness may also be just as dangerous as a sudden outburst of anger. It tends to be         a long-term condition,  like depression, and is a risk factor for early death,  according to Dr. John Cacioppo,  a psychologist at  the University of Chicago  and  author  of  a  study about loneliness.  Feeling lonely could increase your risk of premature death by 14%,  he found.  “Loneliness is a risk factor for early death beyond what can be explained by poor health behaviors,” Cacioppo told USA Today. “Poor quality of sleep hastens aging.”

It’s important to maintain social relationships with friends and family, and to even make small talk with new faces every once in a while. Older people who are lonely tend to have higher levels of stress, and less of an ability to adapt to difficult situations if they don’t have anyone to lean on. Loneliness can increase levels of stress hormones in the body like cortisol, affects sleep quality, and increases blood pressure. Isolation and solitude can also weaken your immune system. So maintain your friendships and social bonds; it will do you good.

Stress And Anxiety

It’s almost common knowledge at this point that stress has a huge negative effect on our bodies.  Stress  almost  always  manifests  itself  through physical symptoms:  migraines, grinding teeth, lightheadedness, nausea, exhaustion, heart palpitations, insomnia, and a decreased or increased appetite. Constantly worrying and carrying a burden of stress has been  linked  to  early  aging,  high blood pressure,  chest pain,  and  a weakened immune system. People who are stressed are less likely to take care of themselves,  sleep  and  eat properly, and thus are more likely to get sick.

According to the American Psychological Association, stress is a complicated condition that is closely tied to a myriad of health issues:

Stress can  make existing problems worse.  In  one  study  for  example,  about  half  the participants saw improvements in chronic headaches after learning how to stop the stress-producing habit of “catastrophizing,” or constantly thinking negative thoughts about their pain. Chronic stress may also cause disease, either because of changes in your body or the overeating, smoking and other bad habits people use to cope with stress. Job strain — high demands coupled with low decision-making latitude — is associated with increased risk of coronary disease, for example.

Learning how to reduce your stress could be one of your best investments — exercise, eating healthy, and giving yourself “me” time as well as a chance to relax and unwind will go a long way.

Shock

Shock, or trauma, can cause both short-term and long-lasting consequences on both     your mind and body.  Shock typically involves an unexpected situation that throws an unprepared person off their feet,  and  leaves  them  unable  to cope  or  react properly. Psychological trauma occurs in the brain,  and can actually change the structure of the brain in the area where the frontal cortex, emotional brain and survival brain converge. Physical symptoms  that  occur due to shock  or  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include sleeping and eating issues, sexual dysfunction, lack of energy, and chronic pain.

Sadness

It’s called heartbreak for a reason. When you’re experiencing deep grief or sadness, it takes a toll on your health, too. One study from St. George’s University of London found that it is actually possible to die of a broken heart — bereavement increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke by nearly double after a partner’s death, the researchers discovered. “We often use the term a ‘broken heart’ to signify the pain of losing a loved one and our study shows that bereavement can have a direct effect on the health of the heart,” Dr. Sunil Shah, senior lecturer in public health at St. George’s, said in a press release.

How does psychological stress affect people who have cancer?

People  who  have cancer  may find the physical,  emotional,  and  social effects  of the     disease to be stressful.  Those who attempt  to manage their stress  with risky behaviors  such as smoking  or  drinking alcohol or who become more sedentary may have a poorer quality of life after cancer treatment. In contrast, the people who are able to use effective coping strategies to deal with stress,  such  as  stress management techniques,  have been shown  to have lower levels of depression,  anxiety,  and  symptoms  related  to the cancer and its treatment. However, there is no evidence successful management of psychological stress improves cancer survival.

Evidence from experimental studies does suggest that psychological stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. For example, some studies have shown that when mice bearing human tumors were kept confined or isolated from other mice—conditions that increase stress—their tumors were more likely to grow and spread (metastasize). In one set of experiments, tumors transplanted into the mammary fat pads of mice had much higher rates of spread to the lungs and lymph nodes if the mice were chronically stressed than if the mice were not stressed. Studies in mice and in human cancer cells grown in the laboratory have found that the stress hormone norepinephrine, part of the body’s fight-or-flight response system, may promote angiogenesis and metastasis.

In another study, women with triple-negative breast cancer who had been treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy were asked about their use of beta blockers, which are medications that interfere with certain stress hormones, before and during chemotherapy. Women who reported using beta blockers had a better chance of surviving their cancer treatment without a relapse than women who did not report beta blocker use. There was no difference between the groups, however, in terms of overall survival.

Although there is still no strong evidence that stress directly affects cancer outcomes,  some data do suggest that patients can develop a sense of helplessness or hopelessness when stress becomes overwhelming.  This response  is  associated  with  higher rates of death, although the mechanism for this outcome is unclear.  It may be that people who  feel helpless or hopeless do not seek treatment  when they become ill,  and  also give up prematurely on or fail to adhere to potentially helpful therapy, engage in risky behavior such as drug use, or do not maintain a healthy lifestyle, resulting in premature death.

Also Tom Laughlin discusses the 6 psychological factors that predispose one to develop  cancer, from his book,”The Psychology of Cancer.”  Discovering how these factors work in one’s life, and then transforming them, is essential for the cancer patient, and it is also an incredible tool in the prevention of cancer. This is a must for every cancer patient and for those who are afraid of getting a cancer.

THE WHAT? SERIES: is a non-profit cancer education web series presenting honest questions  and  answers.  That are constructed in the hope of removing some of the fears around cancer, empowering the viewer with knowledge and understanding. In this series you will be introduced to cancer fighters,  medical professionals  and  caregivers from all walks of life sharing their experiences and their understanding in the support of others.

This program is an extension of the feature film WHAT THE F@#- IS CANCER AND  WHY DOES EVERYBODY HAVE IT?. Both  created by filmmaker Allison W. Gryphon     in response to her April 2011 stage 3a breast cancer diagnosis. THE WHAT? SERIES is brought to you by THE WHY? FOUNDATION.

 

 

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Your Story Matters

 

Looking back to May 2014 when we first started the Solitarius facebook group.  We had a cancer coach  on board  DrTamara Hartley Hunt.  Whom always had others interest at heart. Most recently the start of June,  I heard that Dr. T  passed away from colorectal cancer…. being first  diagnosed May 26, 2012.  With my inner thoughts also telling me being that healing is about Mind, Body in Spirit…. to truly heal one must be totally focus on themselves. 

In DrT own words from her personal blog post. When I received this news       I honestly couldn’t believe it. Then I remember back to DrT talks inbox and    it became clear to me.  That maybe…. one just needs to focus on themselves and listen to what your heart tells you. DrT was always on the go ~ in a rush  to help others and neglected maybe what she may have needed !!!  That said I truly miss DrT from our group because she truly had a huge heart.

 I finally decided to post this is because I  figured DrT would have wanted     it this way.  TO Let everybody  know  to  look  after  your  own  well being. TO Totally focus on your own healing first !!!

  That said, On January 2, 2002;  Johanna McClure was diagnosed with stage IV Ovarian cancer.  After  an  amicable  divorce  from  her  husband     of twenty  five years.  Johanna  found herself  in a position to redefine her future. She had a huge change of life as she returned to school and earned and received her bachelors degree at age  forty – nine.

    She then pursued her dream job, bought her own home,  fell in love and eventually moved to another town. After a wonderful Christmas spent with her family.  Johanna experienced severe bloating  and discomfort;  she was miserable. A CT Scan revealed ovarian cancer. Johanna immediately began treatment and took the first steps on a nine year journey.

After going through cut, burn and poison, remission and relapse would again change her entire world.  Johanna has been a decade long survivor. While showcasing hope, determination and endurance. She has written a book “I’m Living With It Not Dying from It”  and is constantly on the go — while visiting her one daughter that lives in North Carolina.

 

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is more contagious than any cough, sniffle,  or sneeze.  When  laughter  is  shared,  it will bind people together and increases happiness and intimacy.  Laughter also triggers….  healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body

“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”

~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Laughter is good for your health

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
The Benefits of Laughter
Physical Health Benefits:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

Laughter and humor help you stay emotionally healthy

Laughter makes you feel good. And the good feeling that you get when you laugh remains with you even after the laughter subsides. Humor helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations, disappointments, and loss.

More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh–or even simply a smile–can go a long way toward making you feel better. And laughter really is contagious—just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile and join in the fun.

The link between laughter and mental health

The link between laughter and mental health

  • Laughter dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
  • Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  • Humor shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

The social benefits of humor and laughter

Humor and playful communication strengthen our relationships by triggering positive feelings and fostering emotional connection. When we laugh with one another, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against stress, disagreements, and disappointment.

Laughing with others is more powerful than laughing alone

Creating opportunities to laugh

  • Watch a funny movie or TV show.
  • Go to a comedy club.
  • Read the funny pages.
  • Seek out funny people.
  • Share a good joke or a funny story.
  • Check out your bookstore’s humor section.
  • Host game night with friends.
  • Play with a pet.
  • Go to a “laughter yoga” class.
  • Goof around with children.
  • Do something silly.
  • Make time for fun activities (e.g. bowling, miniature golfing, karaoke).

Shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for keeping relationships fresh and exciting. All emotional sharing builds strong and lasting relationship bonds, but sharing laughter and play also adds joy, vitality, and resilience. And humor is a powerful and effective way to heal resentments, disagreements, and hurts. Laughter unites people during difficult times.

Incorporating more humor and play into your daily interactions can improve the quality of your love relationships— as well as your connections with co-workers, family members, and friends. Using humor and laughter in relationships allows you to:

  • Be more spontaneous. Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troubles.
  • Let go of defensiveness. Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
  • Release inhibitions. Your fear of holding back and holding on are set aside.
  • Express your true feelings. Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface.

Bringing more humor and laughter into your life

Want more laughter in your life? Get a pet…

Therapeutic Benefits of PetsMost of us have experienced the joy of playing with a furry friend, and pets are a rewarding way to bring more laughter and joy into your life. But did you know that having a pet is good for your mental and physical health? Studies show that pets can protect you depression, stress, and even heart disease.

Laughter is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Even if you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a common sound, you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.

Begin by setting aside special times to seek out humor and laughter, as you might with working out, and build from there. Eventually, you’ll want to incorporate humor and laughter into the fabric of your life, finding it naturally in everything you do.

Here are some ways to start:

  • Smile. Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s contagious. Pioneers in “laugh therapy,” find it’s possible to laugh without even experiencing a funny event. The same holds for smiling. When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling.
  • Count your blessings. Literally make a list. The simple act of considering the good things in your life will distance you from negative thoughts that are a barrier to humor and laughter. When you’re in a state of sadness, you have further to travel to get to humor and laughter.
  • When you hear laughter, move toward it. Sometimes humor and laughter are private, a shared joke among a small group, but usually not. More often, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humor you find in it. When you hear laughter, seek it out and ask, “What’s funny?”
  • Spend time with fun, playful people. These are people who laugh easily–both at themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who routinely find the humor in everyday events. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
  • Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week? In your life?”

Developing your sense of humor: Take yourself less seriously

One essential characteristic that helps us laugh is not taking ourselves too seriously. We’ve all known the classic tight-jawed sourpuss who takes everything with deathly seriousness and never laughs at anything. No fun there!

Some events are clearly sad and not occasions for laughter. But most events in life don’t carry an overwhelming sense of either sadness or delight. They fall into the gray zone of ordinary life–giving you the choice to laugh or not.

Ways to help yourself see the lighter side of life:

 

  •  Laugh at yourself. Share your embarrassing moments. The best way to take yourself less seriously is to talk about times when you took yourself too seriously.
  • Attempt to laugh at situations rather than bemoan them. Look for the humor in a bad situation, and uncover the irony and absurdity of life. This will help improve your mood and the mood of those around you.
  • Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. Keep a toy on your desk or in your car. Put up a funny poster in your office. Choose a computer screensaver that makes you laugh. Frame photos of you and your family or friends having fun.
  • Keep things in perspective. Many things in life are beyond your control—particularly the behavior of other people. While you might think taking the weight of the world on your shoulders is admirable, in the long run it’s unrealistic, unproductive, unhealthy, and even egotistical.
  • Deal with your stress. Stress is a major impediment to humor and laughter.
  • Pay attention to children and emulate them. They are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing.

Checklist for lightening up

When you find yourself taken over by what seems to be a horrible problem, ask these questions:

  • Is it really worth getting upset over?
  • Is it worth upsetting others?
  • Is it that important?
  • Is it that bad?
  • Is the situation irreparable?
  • Is it really your problem?

Using humor to overcome challenges and enhance your life

The ability to laugh, play, and have fun with others not only makes life more enjoyable but also helps you solve problems, connect with others, and be more creative. People who incorporate humor and play into their daily lives find that it renews them and all of their relationships.

Life brings challenges that can either get the best of you or become playthings for your imagination. When you “become the problem” and take yourself too seriously, it can be hard to think outside the box and find new solutions. But when you play with the problem, you can often transform it into an opportunity for creative learning.

Playing with problems seems to come naturally to children. When they are confused or afraid, they make their problems into a game, giving them a sense of control and an opportunity to experiment with new solutions. Interacting with others in playful ways helps you retain this creative ability.

Here are two examples of people who took everyday problems and turned them around through laughter and play:

Roy, a semi-retired businessman, was excited to finally have time to devote to golf, his favorite sport. But the more he played, the less he enjoyed himself. Although his game had improved dramatically, he got angry with himself over every mistake. Roy wisely realized that his golfing buddies affected his attitude, so he stopped playing with people who took the game too seriously. When he played with friends who focused more on having fun than on their scores, he was less critical of himself. Now golfing was as enjoyable as Roy hoped it would be. He scored better without working harder. And the brighter outlook he was getting from his companions and the game spread to other parts of his life, including his work.

Jane worked at home designing greeting cards, a job she used to love but now felt had become routine. Two little girls who loved to draw and paint lived next door. Eventually, Jane invited the girls in to play with all the art supplies she had. At first, she just watched, but in time she joined in. Laughing, coloring, and playing pretend with the little girls transformed Jane’s life. Not only did playing with them end her loneliness and mild boredom, it sparked her imagination and helped her artwork flourish. Best of all, it rekindled the playfulness and spark in Jane’s relationship with her husband.

As laughter, humor, and play become an integrated part of your life, your creativity will flourish and new discoveries for playing with friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and loved ones will occur to you daily. Humor takes you to a higher place where you can view the world from a more relaxed, positive, creative, joyful, and balanced perspective.

Steve Mazan’s  whom is a cancer survivor  himself  from   a TEDx  event  in  San Jose,  titled that day as   “Something to Laugh at”…. also titled  “The Power of Laughter.”  Steve discusses  the true power of laughter and how it allows people to let go.  He shares stories from his years on the road in comedy clubs  as well as  a poignant story  from his multiple trips to the Middle-East  to  perform  for  our troops.  Where a young soldier  showed  him  the real value in laughter. Steve also plays a prank on the TED audience in the spirit of the “Pay it Forward theme of the event.”

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Stress & Physical Health

Modern life is full of hassles,  deadlines,  frustrations,  and  demands.  For  many  people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and taking these steps to reduce its harmful effects and might even eliminate it’s dirty cousin depression?

What is stress?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic mobilization process known as the “fight-or-flight” response.

This response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

Stress can also help you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you’d rather be watching TV.

But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.

How your body responds to stress

The latest research into the brain shows that, as mammals, we have three ways of regulating our nervous system and responding to stress:

  • Social engagement or social communication is our most evolved strategy for keeping ourselves feeling calm and safe. Since the face and heart are wired together in the brain, socially interacting with another person—making eye contact, listening in an attentive way, talking—can calm you down and put the brakes on defensive responses like “fight-or-flight.” Social engagement is how you clear up misunderstandings, ask others for help or forgiveness, and calmly handle daily interactions. When using social engagement, involuntary body functions such as breathing, blood pressure, heartbeat, and digestion work healthily and the body is able to repair and grow new cells uninterrupted.
  • Mobilization, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight response. When social engagement isn’t an appropriate response and we need (or think we need) to either defend ourselves or run away from danger, the body prepares for mobilization. A flood of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol are released to rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus—preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. At the same time, the body functions not needed for fight or flight—such as the digestive and immune systems—stop working and the repair or growth of body tissues slows. Once the danger has passed, your nervous system then calms the body, slowing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and winding back down to its normal balance.
  • Immobilization. This is the least evolved response to stress and used by the body only when social engagement and mobilization have failed. Immobilization is associated with people who have experienced some sort of trauma and find themselves “stuck”—in a reflexively enraged, panic-stricken or otherwise dysfunctional state—and unable to move on.  You become frozen, your nervous system shuts down, and you can’t do anything. In extreme, life-threatening situations, you may even faint or lose consciousness, enabling you to survive high levels of physical pain. However, until you’re able to arouse the body to a mobilization or fight-or-flight response, your nervous system may be unable to return to its pre-stress state of balance.

When stress becomes a problem

Ideally, we’d respond to stress most of the time using social engagement or, when alone, using sensory quick stress relief techniques.  While mobilization  or  fight-or-flight can protect us from danger, the body does a poor job of distinguishing between threatening experiences and minor, daily stressors. If you’re stressed over an argument with a friend,  traffic jams, or a mountain of bills, for example, the body can still react as if you’re facing  life-or-death situation. When you repeatedly experience the fight-or-flight stress response in your daily life or, in cases of trauma or immobilization, never fully return to a normal balance after a stressful situation, it can take a toll on your wellbeing and cause serious health problems.

How do you respond to stress?

It’s important to learn… how to recognize  when  your  stress levels  are out of control.          The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feel familiar, even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll.

The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress affects the mind,  body,  and behavior in many ways,  and everyone experiences stress differently.      Not only can overwhelming stress lead to serious mental and physical health problems,     it can also take a toll on your relationships at home, work, and school.

Stress doesn’t always look stressful

Internally, we all respond to the fight-or-flight stress response the same: blood pressure rises, the heart pumps faster, and muscles constrict. When stressed, our bodies work hard and drain our immune system. Externally, however, people tend to respond to stress in different ways:

  • In “fight” mode you may appear overexcited. You tend to become angry, agitated, keyed up, overly emotional, or unable to sit still.
  • In “flight” mode you appear underexcited. You may pull away, space out, show very little energy or emotion, or become depressed.

Similarly, with the immobilization or frozen stress response, your external appearance may also be very different from what’s going on inside. On the surface, you look paralyzed but inside you’re extremely agitated and feel “stuck,” unable to do anything to help yourself.

Signs and symptoms of stress overload

The following table lists some of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Keep in mind that the signs and symptoms of stress can also be caused by other psychological or medical problems. If you’re experiencing any of the warning signs of stress, it’s important to see a doctor for a full evaluation. Your doctor can help you determine whether or not your symptoms are stress-related.

How much stress is too much?

Because of the widespread damage stress can cause, it’s important to know your own limit. But just how much stress is “too much” differs from person to person. We’re all different. Some people are able to roll with the punches, while others seem to crumble in the face of far smaller obstacles or frustrations. Some people even seem to thrive on the excitement and challenge of a high-stress lifestyle.

Your ability to tolerate stress depends on many factors, including the quality of your relationships, your general outlook on life, your emotional intelligence, and genetics.

Things that influence your stress tolerance level

    • Your support network – A strong network of supportive friends and family members can be an enormous buffer against life’s stressors. On the flip side, the more lonely and isolated you are, the greater your vulnerability to stress.
    • Your sense of control – It may be easier to take stress in your stride if you have confidence in yourself and your ability to influence events and persevere through challenges. If you feel like things are out of your control, you’re likely to have less tolerance for stress.
    • Your attitude and outlook – Optimistic people are often more stress-hardy. They tend to embrace challenges, have a strong sense of humor, and accept that change is a part of life.
    • Your ability to deal with your emotions – You’re extremely vulnerable to stress if you don’t know how to calm and soothe yourself when you’re feeling sad, angry, or overwhelmed by a situation. The ability to bring your emotions into balance helps you bounce back from adversity and is a skill that can be learned at any age.
    • Your knowledge and preparation – The more you know about a stressful situation, including how long it will last and what to expect, the easier it is to cope. For example, if you go into surgery with a realistic picture of what to expect post-op, a painful recovery will be less traumatic than if you were expecting to bounce back immediately.  Supplementation?



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Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Within the last few weeks I knuckled down trying to figure out                           the best ways  to fight this deadliest form of breast cancer.

Have you or has someone in your family been diagnosed with Breast Cancer or Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)?

Did you know that 1 in 5 people diagnosed with breast cancer have the KRAS-variant, an inherited gene mutation that provides powerful, life-saving information about an individual’s additional cancer risk, as well as how they will respond to specific cancer treatments?

You may be eligible for one of several studies that determines if you have the KRAS-variant, information that can be used to help you make the best decisions for you health.

Leslie Parrilla from Venice Beach had dreams of marriage, kids and a thriving career but all of that changed last year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Like Parrilla, Angela Robinson was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Both women chose to fight the ticking time bomb inside of them with a procedure called hyperthermia.
My primary doctor offered a traditional medical treatment which is to cut poison and burn which is surgery, chemo and radiation.
The woman shows what they believed was the less invasive option with few side effects. To them, chemotherapy and radiation were like grenades inside your body indiscriminately wiping out the good cells along with the bad.

Hyperthermia is a treatment of cancer using heat.
Machines like this deliver heat through ultrasound or microwave directly to the tumor for about an hour. Then the patient undergoes little doze radiation treatments for about 30 minutes, five times a week for about three months.
Hyperthermia doubles the effectiveness of radiation.
Hyperthermia is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is being offered at Duke University, UC San Francisco and Saint Louis University. Dr. Bicher says, 80% of his early stage patients have survived at least five years after treatment. But other cancer experts like Oncologist Kristi Funk doubts the effectiveness of hyperthermia.

Another successful Breast Cancer Treatment with Hyperthermia combined with Low Dose Radiation at the Valley Cancer Institute, Los Angeles, California. Leslie was offered the conventional surgery followed by radiation and chemo, but she did not want to go through the hard side effects of standard treatments. After doing several alternative cancer treatments not very successfully, she found Hyperthermia. In about 12 weeks she was cancer free with the added bonus of hardly any side effects.

Hyperthermia combined with low-dose-radiation in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Wood, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Culver City, Brentwood,
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Breast Cancer and how to treat it using alternative therapy

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My name is Leslie Fluegel. I am writing this testimonial to say thank you to GOD and       all my family and friends that prayed with me and for me during my journey with breast cancer.  I wanted to share GOD’S miracle of healing and encourage others to investigate alternative medicine.
In October 2006 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. November 2006 I had a bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction and removal of all my lymph nodes under my right arm.  I was told I had stage 4 breast cancer  since it had moved into all my lymph nodes.  I was also advised to have 16  traditional chemotherapy treatments  and 36 rounds of radiation covering from under my chin, to the bottom of my rib cage, and under my right arm. So I had triple negative breast cancer the rarest and deadliest form. I was told I had 6 months to live.
I prayed for an answer and GOD led me to one with the help of my wonderful children, Ashley Castillo and Chad Fluegel. They begged me to go to Burr Ridge for a consultation with Dr. Steven Ayre at Contemporary Medicine.  My children knew of  Dr. Steven Ayre because he had successfully treated a lady in their congregation fighting cancer. I was so impressed with Dr. Ayer and his staff.  They took me  in their arms  and  treated me like family. They treat everyone this way. Their number one goal is to help heal. I did 12 IPT treatments (Insulin Potentiation Therapy) from January 2007  through March 9, 2007.       I learned about healthy nutrition, vitamins, and the balance of Mind-Body-Spirit during my treatments with Dr Ayre.
I was cancer free after my last IPT treatment on March 9, 2007 and stayed that way until January 2011. During one of my 6 month check-ups at Contemporary Medicine with Dr. Ather Malik we found a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. Dr. Ather Malik did blood work to check tumor markers with the six month prior blood work and ordered a biopsy of the lymph node of the right side of my neck. In February 2011 I was told that my biopsy results were positive. My breast cancer had metastasized in my lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. A PET-SCAN revealed that the cancer tentacles had wrapped around my jugular vein  and were going down my arm.  I was told… I did not have long to live and that I also needed surgery  to remove all lymph nodes  from my neck  and also remove my jugular vein. Once again faced with such sad news I knew that I must stay the same course of action that I had such success with before. I by then also called Contemporary Medicine and Dr. Ather Malik saw me the next day.
Dr Ather Malik sat and explained the course of action we would do. He spent time and answered all my questions I was to have 6 IPT treatments (Insulin Potentiation Therapy) and then take a two week break and run blood test and check tumor markers. My last IPT treatment was March 11, 2011.  On March 25, 2011  I got the results of my blood test.  My tumor markers were lower and in the low/normal range. Dr. Ather Malik was pleased but wanted another biopsy of the neck area. I agreed to have a PET-SCAN and CT scan from my eyes to my thighs and extra scans of my neck. If there were any signs of cancer I would do the biopsy.
On March 19, 2011 I went to visit herbalist, Rueben Schwartz in Hestand, Kentucky. He suggested herbal treatments. He wrote out a regimen of herbs for me to take three times a day.  I applied a wet cloth  soaked in herbs  to my neck area where the tumor started every day for 30 minutes. I soaked in a bath tub of warm water with 1 ½ cups of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide daily for 20 minutes.  I  was  able  to  do  this for four weeks before my PET-SCAN and CT-scan on April 21, 2011. My PET-SCAN and CT-scan results showed NO CANCER anywhere in my body.  This is nothing short of a miracle.  There was NO cancer and I did not have surgery to remove all lymph nodes and jugular vein.
My journey with breast cancer has taught me so many wonderful things about life, love, hope, faith, and alternative wellness care in the 21st century. I have learned to heal Mind-Body-Spirit with the help of Dr. Steven Ayre,  Dr. Ather Malik,  and  the  Amish  Herbalist Rueben Schwartz. I praise GOD for this miracle and hope my testimonial helps someone explore all options for cancer treatment. https://www.facebook.com/leslie.fluegel.5


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“CURING CANCER IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT”

    Janice Digby Mccartney Hoffman Hello Everybody I am Janice Digby Mccartney Hoffman:

I am a 51 year old female from Pittsburgh, PA.  I have a husband and 4 children, 3 children are by my first husband who died in 1998 of a heart attack. In may 2011 I was experiencing extreme swelling of my face and my upper chest and arms. As my veins… would also bulge when I would wake up in morning.  As it looked like someone beat me up… then as the day went on… the swelling would go down a bit.  On May 19, 2011  I went to ER …  as I had the swelling and was getting dizzy spells,  within  a  matter  of  no time at all…. they had found the tumor on my right lung.
They called what I had superior vena cava syndrome, meaning the tumor wrapped around my vena cava cutting off the blood supply to my face and upper body. On May 21st they did a biopsy which was positive.  I went through 36 radiation treatments  and  they started me on chemo  (Taxil)  and as soon as they hooked me up to Taxil.  I went into a severe allergic reaction and paramedics had to be called,  so they stopped the chemo and I continued with radiation and after radiation they started me on Alimta every 3 weeks,  sometimes 4 weeks when blood counts were low.
From August 2011 thru May 2012 I was on chemo and Ii was a mess. I lost 75 lbs,  had no energy and was in bed all day, nauseated and miserable. The only good thing is I never lost my hair.  I was at the point,  however,  I could no longer take care of housework, nor make dinner for the kids.  I finally said  enough  is  enough.  The doctors did a scan in May 2012 and showed my cancer went to stage 4 ….as it also spread in the lung.  They told me at that point I had maybe only six weeks  to  six months to live.  In June 2012,  I was admitted to hospital for severe dehydration  and  the day before I went in.  My sister had overheard a conversation about someone taking graviola to cure their cancer.
So we immediately got the supply as I figured I had nothing to lose. So I packed some capsules of graviola in a baggy and took them with me to the hospital.  And everyday,  I would take a capsule.  Once released from hospital:  I was starting to get my energy back and little by little things started to improve.  My scan in December 2012,  also showed my cancer had stopped spreading and was contained to the areas in the may 2012 scan.
In December 2014, I started having severe back pain (which I had during this whole time but it got worse.) So they did  a MRI of lumbar which showed a spot, but the doctor was confused.  As it looks like scar tissue from an old tumor,  as it looks like my tumor in the lung shrivelled up into scar tissue.  Also I had a pet scan in December 2014 …..which showed absolutely no signs of cancer. In January of this year I found out from Ken in the Solitarius group that drinking aloe vera juice can get shrink tumors,  so  I  started taking   2 oz a day. It also helped relieve stomach issues that I had with the chemo damage.
 I received my scan results on June 11, 2015 which showed the tumor is now a pile of scar tissue and I feel the aloe vera juice assisted with that result. People always ask me if I changed my diet or if I am doing anything special and the answer is no. I’m not perfect by any means and my diet is not as good as it should be. Also during this entire time  I do continue to smoke. I know that is not a good thing but it is the one thing I have not been able to change. By sharing this story I am hoping my story can help others.
I am not claiming that graviola will work for everyone’s cancer but I can say what it did for me. I order mine online at Puritan Pride, that is most affordable place I found.  I get 100 pills with shipping for around $10. I get the brand NOW and get 500 mg. I did start out taking 3 capsules a day for the first two weeks, then went to 2 capsules a day for 4 weeks and then went down to one capsule per day. If you google graviola there is a lot of cautions about side effects, however, I can say in the 3 years that I have been taking it I have never experienced any side effects.
My next steps that I am currently working on is 1) the doctors when i first got diagnosed started me on all kind of pain pills for the pain, that was my biggest mistake was letting them put me on them And unfortunately from the pain pills it has caused additional pain.  As i now have an ileus in my small intestine.  So I scheduled an appt. with a naturopath for August 21st to get suggestions to get off the narcotics and go all natural for the pain.
In the meantime until that appt, a friend in the Solitarius group recommended Zaflamend, which I ordered and received yesterday. I only took two capsules yesterday so I will give it several days to see if it helps at all. The other thing I ordered was serrapeptase, as it was suggested to me by this group. What I hope this enzyme does for me is help get rid of the scar tissue…. so these are my next steps for attacking my cancer.  I have had many people message me…. over the past several weeks, and they kind of treat cancer like its the flu, that we are going to take a magical pill and its just going to disappear.
To me, cancer fighting needs to be a lifelong comittment, its much more than the protocol we choose to fight it with. Its about what we eat, how we exercise, how we relieve the stress in our life. I try to explain to people, when they ask about the graviola I take. As one person said to me, well I took my graviola today…. I feel great it must be working.  That is not how these protocols work, they are not a quick fix. Cancer fighting takes more than taking a few capsules, it takes a total mindset that I am going to do whatever it takes to win this battle.
I continuously make changes every day, every single day is about learning and doing what is best for our bodies. Yes I have been blessed to be cancer free for 3 years, but I still am not as healthy as I would love to be,  and everyday is a new challenge and a new learning experience.  However, its one that I have committed myself to and its not something I can do for a few weeks and then just go back to the way it was and think everything will be okay.  And no matter how much we think we know, there is always something new to learn.
The ones that concern me are those that message me and say I’ve taken the graviola for 5 days now, is that enough? They feel that we can have a quick fix and it all go away.  But we need to create the mindset: that cancer didn’t come over night and we can’t cure it over the short term. I have been cancer free for 3 years but I will never quit the fight. I am in it to win it and the long haul.
Yes I was fortunate to find the protocol that worked for my cancer but there is so much more to it, one being my attitude, I am extremely determined to beat this.  I research cancer daily. We have to also understand by taking a protocol nothing is a given …. (no matter what your choices are) for a few weeks or months.  What a person must learn is that going back to the way things were  is not an option. Once we decide on how we are going to fight this disease, its something we have to be committed to for the long run.


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Against All ODDS

Improving your odds when you have a chronic illness requires enormous persistence on your part. One can’t count on anyone to do the homework for you. You have to do that for yourself regardless if you do the conventional approach or delve into natural alternatives. It’s always a risk when you decide to branch out and try to seek a cancer cure on your own.

Therefore one must ask questions and do endless research willingly. What this website does is help guide you to better understanding the options. AS the Facebook group page provides the support that can be a key to success. Things that I have learned for example is if your planning to go to Mexico you may want to call ahead.
While picking a Mexican clinic that specializes in your type of cancer maybe difficult. One should always consider calling Hotels down along the California Mexico Border and talk to those that shuttle patients back and forth.  Their  experiences of talking to cancer patients maybe note worthy.
Also here in the United States today:   people may be surprised of the alternative options   we  may  have  available  to  us. Mistletoe is being given on a trial basis at John Hopkins as people think the only place to go for that might be Germany. As we learn  About Paracelsus Klinik in Switzerland and Dr. Thomas Rau Biological Medicine.
Biological Medicine refers to the Reawakening the body’s own power to heal. Biological Medicine Network c/o Marion Institute 202 Spring Street Marion, MA 02738. Biological Medicine refers to the Reawakening the body’s own power to heal. One of the best ways to reawaken your body to fend off disease is through nutrition.  Knowing all about it and how to build up your immune system defenses in an alkaline setting.

A new cancer paradigm:  based on an understanding that cancer is ultimately caused by multiple interacting factors that combine to invite primary yeast and fungi infections to destroy your life.”

Cancer is a prime example  of  how  heavy metal toxicity,  free radical damage,  pathogen infection,  mineral  and  vitamin  deficiencies,  inflammation,  mitochondria  dysfunction, (Causing oxygen deficiency)  immune  system  depression,  and  oxidative stress all comes together into an end stage life threatening condition. Cancer treatment can be approached in many ways but the best way would be to address all these problems simultaneously.

Enzymes such as digestive enzymes and CoQ10 are crucial not only to your digestive system, but also for other body processes. Without proper enzymes we cannot protect ourselves from disease, our body becomes toxic and we age… naturessources.com

Also  remember  how  critical  it  is…. when  the  detox  pathways  are  open. Bowels and lymphatic. Without proper elimination all else is fruitless.” The 11 detoxification pathways (do you know them?) and how to stimulate them to detoxify your entire body. There are so many ways to detoxify and purify… let is count the ways and means!!  Could minerals also be even more important than vitamins?

Detoxification (“detox”) has broad connotations ranging from the spiritual to the scientific, and has been used to prescribe practices and protocols that embrace both complementary (fasting, colonic cleaning)  and conventional  (chelation  or  antitoxin therapy)  schools of medical thought. If your detoxification pathways are blocked, they might be. Here’s how to avoid toxins and boost your mineral intake.  Coffee Enemas!!!
I think kidneys need to be addressed first, as the GI tract eliminates through lymphatic     as well, if kidneys aren’t filtering, your whole lymph will be backed up. You should have sediment when you pee in a jar. Use herbs to support them, then adrenal, then clear the GI. I made the mistake of liver cleansing without kidney cleansing, and always have had     a bad week of trying to detox after. Move the lymph, you move everything else out :)
To summarise:
• Tackle your gut first. Get a stool test and use pro-biotics, diet, and supplements to heal the gut lining.
Look into your hormonal system. Important: work on your adrenals first, and thereafter look towards your thyroid.
• It all works in unison… the Chinese believe… if you keep the liver clear of toxins …cancer won’t kill you ?
Exercise of the lymphatic system is probably one of the most important outcomes of a good physical regimen and one that we scarcely think about. The lymphatic network is part of the immune system and is made up of fluid (the word “lymph” is derived from the Latin word for clear water), lymphatic vessels, bone marrow (where immune cells are manufactured), lymph nodes, the spleen and tonsils.
 Interstitial fluid is pumped through this system via the muscles. Without muscle contraction, fluid diffusion is inhibited and waste protein accumulates. The detoxifying abilities of the lymphatic system are reduced by poor diet, stress and heavy metal and environmental toxicity, which may result in hormonal dysfunction, immune suppression and chronic degenerative disease.
The lymph fluid also contains infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that is crucial in regulating and carrying out most of the activities of the immune system. If the system is weak, we are subject to the invasion of allergies, flu viruses and bacterial organisms. The lymph glands, located mainly around the neck, armpits  and groin, indicate an infection is present by painful swelling and tenderness to the touch.
Conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure and depression have all been linked to poor lymphatic drainage. The lymph is the body’s waste highway. Jump for Joy…and Health So how do you exercise the lymphatic system? It’s as easy as jumping up and down. Working up a sweat on a mini-trampoline exercises not just your muscles but your cells, too. It’s called “rebounding,” and it could save your life because it’s great for the body’s internal disposal unit. Rebounding aids lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the system.
Jumping up and down improves the diffusion and peristalsis of interstitial fluid between the cells. Better circulation means better cell health. When you exercise vigorously, the lymph fluid speeds up from about 120 millilitres per hour to as much as 1,800 ml/hour. This change occurs…. because when muscle contraction takes place,  fats,  glucose  and glycogen are used up to leave behind carbon dioxide,  heat,  water,  lactic  and  uric acid.      It’s up to the lymphatic system to make sure these pollutants are removed from the body.
T-tapp exercise,  Trampoline / Rebounder Workout are far superior for moving the lymph. They have a workout designed specifically for those battling disease. It will stimulate your lymphatic system without taking away your precious energy supplies needed for healing.  Why T-Tapp? It’s the Workout that Works!  It’s not Not cardiovascular. Sort of stretching. Sort of yoga moves,  pilates moves,  muscular isometrics.  Within  a  20  minute  workout  you  will  sweat  like  crazy.  While Sweating out all those toxins in the process?



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When My New Ride Began!

  

Ken asked me to give you a little on my story, here you go. I have stage 4 aggressive, ductal,  triple negative breast cancer with mets to my lungs and liver, I was diagnosed   In March of 20 14. Prior to this diagnosis, I miscarried almost all my life since 19 when     I only had one viable live birth. My eating habits and patterns where the worst, I was addicted to meats, sugars and white foods such as potatoes, rice and breads.

I didn’t eat many fresh vegetables or fruits it was  mostly junk food and processed foods.    I am obese an have been most of my life,  mostly because I just didn’t get food and how it worked. At 40 I suffered a TIA or small stroke, I always had dense breasts with fibroids so it was difficult for me to find any tumor or changes or lumps since it always felt the same to me.

In 2013,  I am from Canada and moved across the country and had to find a new doc. Going through new investigative tests for her. She asked me to do a mammogram which     I usually refused knowing it wasn’t safe for me and knowing it would be an embarrassing and painful event as it had been in the past,  I did it anyways and it was since I have large breast which required two pics to get the full picture.

That’s when it was found and when I was called back my head went  ‘Great, it’s cancer?’ Why else would you get called back.  My heart sunk…. then I went into my normal frantic mode.  What should I do and how ??  I had a friend who was an RN…. who put me on to Dr. Lorraine Day.

I listened to  what she had to say,  I made up my mind I would not go conventional as        it holds nothing for me especially after my needle biopsy which I never recommend to   any women to do the damage from the procedures was long lasting, over a month of a completely bruised black and blue breast, ( never again would they do that to me).

So I met with the oncologist  almost immediately  and a general surgeon who tried a   biopsy prior to the needle one and missed the tumor all together yet she offered to take     it out ! I had no confidence in her so left with nothing being done. Had a good long talk with the oncologist who had to work really hard with me to convince me to do chemo?

After telling me that it wouldn’t be responsive to the chemotherapy but they would like  to try to shrink it? I though why try if it’s not responsive?  And if so…. how do they think they could shrink it? Nothing she said, made any sense. I had already talked to cannabis oil people and started using it.  Not an easy process and very pricey.

So I Told her about it as she laughed at me and that was enough to tell me I was in the wrong place.  Told me if her mother or sisters had what I had she would never tell them not to use chemo?  I felt her lying to me… so I walked asked for time to think it out and  never went back. Thereby, began my journey looking for and trying to find ways to help myself to get well. I began slowly with changing my diet, juicing kale and ginger making what I called the mean green drink…. with kale spinach, asparagus, lemon, green apple and so on…..

I learned to let go of sugars and processed food not an easy task but never got too upset with me for my slips just jumped back on the bus immediately after and finally keeping a calendar of how long between eating meats etc. I developed ways to measure my food and cutting things up getting them ready to go on a moment’s notice. I checked around on the Gerson diet. However, didn’t feel good about limiting anything to my body. Since I know    I lived that way before and it needed all the help it could get.

So I ate all fresh organic foods juiced and kept eating salads and learning how to make alkaline food more fun for me. A whole new world began to open up and my health was improving but my stressors were not fading.  All the while I was going through my own battle my partner, developed some health issues, and finally culminating in him having esophageal cancer.

So we turned to looking after him  as he was being stomach tube fed from January on   after losing more than half his body weight from November to January.  He’s now doing very well after having surgery to remove the tumor…. which was found  completely dead. Nothing but scar tissue verified by the lab and after having removed 17 lymph nodes only one had a live cell.

So the oil and the supplements had done it’s job on him  as he was getting all I could get    in him prior to surgery, by November I had added Transfer factor for both of us and super charged his immune with 5 caps of TF 3 times a day.  I stayed on the cancer dose of 3 times 3 per day. Helped him and I with more energy and felt full of live while feeling lots of stabs and pinching around the tumor site in my breast so I just kept going.

I was left to my own devices by my docs who I think were watching for me to get worse, which I didn’t . I got better and felt healthier while I lost weight, lost my diabetic meds in the process and my A1 C1 has been great ever since with no issues at all. I even kept going even with all the stress.  I couldn’t meditate yet…. too much in my head and no real peace but I finally began in February to find some peace and it slowly came when I took the time to meditate.

Since March I’ve done way much more cannabis oil than the 60 grams in a few months. And I’m still on it. Not willing to leave any stone unturned and using what I learned from empower your health Facebook groups and Solitarius.org and many others. I used mainly the Mari protocol, but not correctly, until lately when I switched from the pill forms of the protocol to more liquid forms of it. It then made a huge change for me in my body.

I was starting to get pain from planters fasciitis in my heel and my hips and lower back was hurting, when I changed to liquid magnesium 1000 twice a day no pain no nothing in less than a week!! Am I done tweaking my protocol, no but I know it’s working cause of my investigation while considering a lumpectomy to jump start my healing faster. They found the main tumor is dying in the middle showing narcosis on the CT and MRI scans done.

But we discovered it had spread to also my lungs and liver. So no surgery or lumpectomy.     IT’s natural all the way or not at all. I believe in the power of our bodies to heal themselves when given the proper ingredients in the right doses for us. I believe my immune is my key to my health so I search for all immune boosters such as TF and soul ‘s rain and core if it’s good enough for athlete’s it’s good enough for me.

I learned to lose sugars and processed foods  and embrace organics  when I at first didn’t.    I do now whole heartedly. I’ve had to learn to live, love and find my laughter again through all this. I live in the day I’m in and make sure I get out in it wind rain, sun or snow.  I’m out walking our little Yorkshire pup, a few times a day.

Do I like it?? Nope!! Snow can be flipping cold !! No one I know loves ice and snow ! lol      I run up and down the building stairs inside my condo and walk down every hall way great work out.  At first getting up two flights of stairs just about killed me. Now I can run up all 10 flights and then I break a sweat. Has this been easy? Nope! Will I give in to this cancer? Nope!!

My feeling is I’m trusting my process and tweaking it always to keep my aggressive cancer wondering what it will hit with next!  However,  more than anything.  I have accepted and found my peace,  I’m not afraid anymore,  I have moments.  But they never last very long then they pass. I love music it soothes my soul and connects me to many things inside me.

I have taken the time to grieve over the loses of all my babies…. over the years.  And now understanding it was my own diet that did it to them and to me. So only I can change what happens next. I believe God is there…. he loves me perfectly  and if He thinks I should stay I will if not then nothing I will do will change it.  It’s his will not mine now… and I’m really okay with the idea of it as my desire is to get as many years as my mom who is 83 now and I’m 57 so I have some living left to do I’m determined to do it!

If what I’m doing is helpful to me it may be helpful to you so I share what little I know. Thank you for listening but listen to your body more than anyone. Learn what it’s telling you as you get messages all the time. Just need to open your ears to them. I’m not healed yet.  However, I am healthier now than ever before in my life I started tis at an unhealthy 273 pounds and now sit at a healthier 225 pounds.  My weight today is still coming down   a little every week because I made serious changes and still am.

This is My Journey and I am sticking to it no matter what. SO Here’s to Wishing you all the best in your journeys, just never give up. As that’s most likely when things will turn for you. So hold on and enjoy the ride and learn all you need to achieve in your goals of good health.

I’m fighting breast cancer using only natural things and I’ve just had some very thorough tests at the Drs.  I’ve been told that my tumor is now dead in the middle.  It is dying from the inside out.  So for about $1000 @ month this is my daily routine!!

½ lemon juice, hot water, baking soda ½ tsp.
Fresh juice: lemon, line, green apple blue berries, raspberries, strawberries juiced wi…th asparagus and spinach leaves and 3 kale.  Take half the juice in a glass  and  1 ½ Cup of Keifer mix and take it all down.
Take other half of juice mix in one full dropper of each of these mushroom extracts of chaga, turkey tail and reshi and two droppers of lugols 5% iodine, and two to three tablespoons of magnesium liquid
Upon waking I use baking soda in boiled water every two hours to help me relieve my coughing from lung cancer. Works like a hot dam. Just put ½ tsp in with hot water drop a towel over your head and stir and breath in deeply.
I take in 4000 Iu’s daily of liquid vitamin C
I drink 3 cups of taheebo tea daily usually put lemon juice in for flavor. Or lime for changes?
I take 3 caps of Transfer Factor 3 times a day
I take 3 packages of soul daily and one package of rain daily
I use almost a full gram of cannabis oil daily with coconut oil
I take liquid selenium 400 iu’s twice daily
I take in up to two gallons of remineralized distilled water daily
I use Dr. Millar’s tea twice a day ½ Cup
I use up to 25 drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide in water daily
I eat no meats, no rice, pasta or flour, breads no cheese of any kind, usually fresh veggies all kinds as mu ch as I want but I pick mostly celery, cucmumbers and broccoli and cauliflower, kale, spinach up to 4 to 6 cups a day with onions mushrooms etc.
I eat lots of a wide varieties of fruits daily up to 4 cups a day and usally with keifer.
I use avacados baked with an egg and salt & pepper usally one a day
I eat nuts of all kinds, and small amounts from sunflower to peanuts.
I use organic sulphur and Soul with pancreatic enzymes and it’s a super food and Zeolyte.

Thank You Ken for allowing me to share a space:

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Grant :)


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Anticipation Heals

Cancer is a modern plague: while plagues of the past killed a few million. In 2008 – 2009, cancer deaths reached 7.5 million globally.  A 2011 U.S. National Cancer Institute report  found  that 45 percent of  U.S. men  and  38 percent of  U.S. women will develop cancer in their lifetime. About one in five will die from cancer.  

   The most prevalent cancers — include those of the breast,  prostate,  colon,  bladder,  melanoma and lymphoma. According to the C.D.C.,  nearly 20 million people have been diagnosed with cancer — 8.5 percent of the U.S. population. Doctors and researchers have been struggling to get a grip on cancer for decades. Cancer rates are spiraling out of control.
That’s because cancer is not a communicable disease.  People do not catch cancer — rather cancer is a genetic anomaly.   A cell in the body becomes  a cellular abnormality, deranged and turns against the body. Even a small rearrangement can have vast implications. Just a small change in DNA will trip up the cells operation.
The cell begins to act abnormally, for example: a deranged fat cell, instead of producing glycogen and accumulating simple fat. Might start accumulating brown fat, toxins and protein from neighboring tissues. Cells communicate, therefore, just one demented cell may not be dangerous are cells are designed to regenerate themselves.
Thereby, deranged cells can cause countless unhinged copies. As these copies multiply they develop a sort of tissue structure — a tumor. In fact, most derangements of DNA become tied to the cell’s survival instinct. Which means they clump together becoming arranged for their own survival. These smart cancer cells send out carriers to help them take over.   This is called:  m e t a s t a s i z i n g!!!
In todays world our environment, foods, houses will live in, water we drink and air we breath creates a toxic overload that compromises our immune system. They also contain numerous poisons in the form of synthetic and unnatural compounds. Even the medicine we get to get better contain toxins that poison the body and damage the liver.
Most of these compounds must be broken down and removed from the body in order for us to stay alive. Our bodies can accumulate some toxins to a certain degree. But at some put, toxic build up within the body will stop metabolism.  Also toxic build can damage the vital organs (liver,  kidney,  gallbladder.)  And these organs along with the immune system helps mobilize and break down and flush each of these compounds out of the body in order to keep these organs and cells operating effectively.
In todays world our bodies are being inundated with toxins.  The immune system,  liver,  kidneys  and gallbladder are overworked trying to break down and remove these toxins. Most immune systems are suppressed. This allows toxins to overwhelm cells and derange the DNA. This derangement can also produce a type of protein that inhibits the cell’s last resort self destruct switch — the p53 gene to become ineffective.
The p53 gene typically causes the cell to self destruct — when it becomes irreversibly polluted. Please note:  cancer is cancer,  however,  it’s where the cell that is deranged is located that dictates what type of cancer it becomes. Many types of cancer but cancer still is cancer.   Thereby, it’s a daily activity of year after year inundating your immune system that produces a vicious cycle that produces cancer to develop.
So  How  Can  We  Avoid  Cancer ?   This is the tricky question because it depends upon a combination to toxic exposure and the strength of your immune system. So we must look at and reduce all possible environmental exposures, at home, work and in play.  We should also look at out diets,  choice of consumer goods and so forth to reduce our     total exposure levels.
This can be tough to doyou may say !!  We can only reduce these exposures so much it’s impossible. Therefore, the next best thing is to improve our immune systems. This really is the only one real cure for cancer. Exercise increases the speed at which the body detoxifies because circulation and liver activity is increased. Also exhalation is increased and other detoxification measures are revved up.
Other measure one can take is maintain a healthy weight. Obesity severely depresses the immune system. Sunshine is important with vitamin D produced from the sun stimulating immunity.  While eating a plant based — anti cancer agent diet aids the immune system.   Its the phytonutrients in these plants that protect the plant from our environment that protects us from cancer.
   Practically every plant food is anti carcinogenic, gallic acid, catechins, procyanidins, tannins, luteolins, polyphenols, chlorophyll and many others have exhibited and ability, not only, to neutralize toxins, but also, stimulate the immune system to clear out cells before they become cancerous cells.  Also various spices turmeric,  ginger,  garlic,  basil and rosemary.  Along with medicinal mushroom (chaga,  reishi,  maitake  and  shittake) showing significant anti cancer properties in research.
 While fermented foods and probiotics can help stimulate and support immunity. Which can also strengthen probiotic colonies that constitutes the body’s over all capacity to combat and remove toxins. It’s also important to note a genetic component to developing cancer, children do get cancer and they haven’t lived long enough to accumulate toxins.
Nevertheless an effective detox/ cleanse of the bodily systems and organs working together to neutralize and eliminate toxins from the body is important.  This bodily process involves the liver, kidney’s, lungs, intestines, skin, lymphatic and circulatory systems working in unison effectively. First we need to release the stored toxins then neutralize them through the blood in the kidneys and finally released through the urine.
To initiate this process one should also eliminate all foods that are acid producing, like processed foods, red meats, dairy, sugar,  eggs,  grains,  coffee, and alcohol.  Starting and ending each day with at least 16 ounces of filtered water which will assist in flushing waste from the body.  The best way of accomplishing  a detox/ cleanse is by consuming a juice blend of alkaline fruits and vegetables, eating 51% raw foods, some soups,  cold water fish and chicken.
Bottomline:  Environmental toxins from chemicals to heavy metals to radiation  [from many sources]  can also create a damaging effect on weakening cells,  thereby, causing inflammation; the cancer then grows exponentially as we feed it.  All the things we do to eliminate the toxins and the diet we do to lower the intake of refined sugars helps slow the progression down.
Thereby, certainly using more toxins in the way of chemo and radiation that are both carcinogenic to kill cancer is not the answer, it is quite the opposite. Bringing down inflammation in cancer can help slow it down and for many that will buy time. Killing the damaged cells and bringing about death to the cancer stem cells has to occur before the body will overcome the disease.  Cancer indeed is complex but it is not incurable.



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