It's October, so you know what that means? It's breast cancer awareness month and everything is pink to bring awareness to breast cancer. Did you ever wonder how October became breast cancer awareness month?
It all started in 1984 by Zeneca Pharmaceuticals when they came up with the idea to focus on breast cancer. Sounds like a good thing right? But it was really self serving on their part by creating breast cancer awareness month, they were able to influence everything you see regarding breast cancer. This same company sells Tomoxifen, the worlds leading anti-cancer/breast cancer "prevention" drug and they are the people educating you on breast cancer. Maybe this is why we don't really see any information on how to actually prevent cancer...just screen for it and take their pharmaceuticals once we get it is found.
I do think we should have awareness, but the way that it is being done is creating too much fear. If we take the fear out of the picture we might be able to have the clarity to make an informed decision.
It has been said by many gurus in the field of cancer, that "no one has ever died of cancer...they die from the direct effects of the cancer treatment".
Maybe what we need is a change in perspective? Instead of looking at cancer as something you have no control over, take back control. Maybe look at it as a lifesaving effort on the part of your body. Your body is designed to thrive and it will give us many warning signs that something is not in balance. It may start out as a pain and increase until your body is basically yelling at you....listen to me, I need help!
So how do we take the fear out of cancer? Education.
So let's talk about what cancer is. According to conventional medicine, it's a tumor. The measures taken to get rid of this tumor is surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. If you are able to choose surgery. if the tumor is removed successfully, you are considered cancer free. But, if they can't surgically remove the tumor, they radiate you, or give you chemotherapy. But this doesn't get to the real reason why you got that tumor...the underlying cause.
This tumor is full of rogue mutant cells, these cells have escaped the immune systems surveillance and rapidly multiply. These rogue cells don't communicate with other cells, they resist dying and even create their own blood supply so they can take up all the nutrients ingested. And cancer cells thrive on sugar. The tumor itself is not the problem...it's a symptom. It's a wake up call to listen to your body. Your body is now yelling at you that it needs help! Please listen to your body.
There are many reasons why a tumor may form, poor nutrition, poor absorption, toxicity, lack of iodine, lack of vitamin D, hormonal imbalances, mercury poisoning etc. This is where the focus should be placed, not on cutting out the cells and declaring a war.
We live in a toxic world so we need to focus our energy on clean living and nutrient dense foods as a way to survive in it. A lot of the food that we consider food, is NOT food and can pave the way for these rogue cells. Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment, so food should be your first line of defense.
I don't want people to think I am against conventional medicine. I'm not, they have their place and I think the doctors are truly caring people and trying to save lives, but have somehow forgotten that the body is a whole, complex organism that needs to be dealt with as one.
This is a question I get asked all the time. There are a few things that you can do to ensure your child eats healthy.
Start early. After 12 months of age, your child can eat pretty much anything you do. Introduce leafy greens and the more bitter greens so they acquire a taste for them. It's ok if they don't like them right away.
Keep healthy fruits and vegetables in the house. If they are not there, they cannot be eaten.
Eat fruits and vegetables yourself. Your children will mimic what you do, if you are giving them vegetables, but eating chips. Your children will want the chips.
Don't give up! It takes at least thirteen times of an introduction to a new food for them to decide if they like it.
Offer the healthy foods often, it should be their main source and try your best to stay away from concentrated sweets. If you do offer your little one a sweet treat, make sure it is AFTER they have had their healthy meal.
When your child is old enough, encourage them to help you cook.. I had my children at the counter helping (or watching) as soon as they were old enough to stand. Another approach is to ask your child to pick out one new vegetable at the supermarket and find a new recipe to make for that vegetable.
Let your child explore the new foods and have fun! This is one of the best ways to encourage healthy eating. As long as you are giving your child all healthy foods, they can eat as much of it as they like.
Grow a garden! This is so much fun to do with little ones. They are more inclined to eat vegetables after taking car of them and watching them grow. I started planting a garden because I wanted my little ones to see where their food came from. We still have one!
Don't let the dinner tabel become a battle ground! Keep the atmosphere light and playful with your child.
If your child decides to test you, and they will, have a plan and stick to it. For example: I have a rule, that I am only making one meal. If my children do not like this meal, they don't have to eat it, but they are not getting anything else. I have never had to follow through. They may refuse the meal, take the meal that you have made and put it in the refrigerator for the next time your little one is hungry. This is their meal until it is eaten. I promise they won't starve; they will get the point that their meals are important.
By keeping healthy foods in the house for your child (and yourself) to choose, you will have less of a battle at the dinner table because the child only knows what you supply.