Emerald Heart has been nominated for PUMA’s Project Pink program and we need your vote!!

What is Project Pink? It’s PUMA’s more-than-just-October breast cancer initiative that enables fans to vote for their favorite charity to tell us where all the money we raise should be donated. PUMA sells Project Pink product, and for each sale, a 100% of the profits (up to $120,000) are donated to the winning charity that is selected by fans. Now that your organization has been nominated, you are in the running!

Voting began September 19th, and our organization needs fans & supporters to vote for us. You can vote once daily for us from Sept 19th until October 7th. The charity with the most votes by that date will win all the proceeds raised by Project Pink! It all starts with one person, telling another person, who tells another person…and big things can happen.

In order to vote, fans must go to the PUMA Football Facebook page and click on the “Project Pink” link. From there, you can search for your charity and vote. The Emerald Heart Foundation is on page 5 out of 15 on the first list.
The voting has begun, so please help us so we can help you!!!
In order to vote, fans must go to the PUMA Football Facebook page and click on the “Project Pink” link. From there, you can search for your charity and vote.


~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and she writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.
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The Expert Within

The following is a post by Judith Driscoll. I hope you enjoy it and find your “Expert Within”. For Judith, a psychotherapist diagnosed with Melanoma last July, the discovery of research supporting emotional approaches to healing cancer was beyond empowering. She was encouraged to learn about others—like her, “type Cs”–who had survived cancer by altering their approach to life. Although it challenged the medical culture she is a part of, she felt inspired to share her non-traditional, holistic approach to healing influenced by these recent discoveries. Her blog—theexpertwithin.com—shares her week-by-week process of reading, integrating, and tweaking her emotional landscape, her life, and her diet: healing through the cultivation of self-esteem, emboldened authenticity, and better eating. Check it out. If her blog gets sillier over time, it means she’s “working her program.”

The Expert Within

In a blog I write called “The Expert Within” (theexpertwithin.com), I posted an entry about Dawn, a student in my writing class who lacks confidence in her writing. While she doesn’t disparage her writing with actual words, she quite clearly conveys a dismissive view when reading her work aloud in class. The moment she starts to read, she races from one point to the next, like a tourist making up lost time during the drive between guidebook-endorsed attractions. She punctuates scans and skips with the words, “blah, blah, blah,” frowning unsympathetically at her pages.

One evening others in the class offered that an attitude adjustment towards her work is in order, demonstrat-able by a change in her reading style. Dawn wondered aloud how to change an attitude that was so pervasive, a question I have wrestled with myself lately. We both mistakenly thought that an attitude change had to precede a change in behavior. Surely it isn’t behavior first, followed by attitude?

But why am I writing about Dawn and her writing in my one big chance to post on a site about cancer and treating cancer in ways that I think are important? Since my cancer diagnosis, I have struggled over this nagging sense (and burgeoning proof) that self-esteem and cancer are related. If a poor attitude towards self has allowed the cancer, how to change it? How does one begin to see him or herself differently when everything seems to support an existing attitude? (By the way, if you question that poor self-esteem can contribute to cancer, read Cancer as a Turning Point by Lawrence LeShan, PhD, or Getting Well Again by Simonton, Matthews-Simonton, and Creighton.)

While I can’t always find my own answers, perhaps I can offer more clarity where others are concerned. (You know, those who can’t do, teach.) I see, for example, that Dawn can simply start to read her written words more lovingly, demonstrating to self and others the esteem that she seeks. When a change in attitude is sought, a “fake it ’til you make it” approach can be quite helpful. Change the tone of voice, slow down, voice enthusiasm and positive emotion, and a more positive attitude will follow.

Research has uncovered an interesting phenomenon: even a change in posture will help adjust brain chemicals so that you exhibit more confidence. Over time, a physical demonstration of confidence with nary a change in self-talk will improve the thoughts about self dramatically.

Can our bodies actually change our minds? Absolutely, according to current research presented in a Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy. A posture change lasting only two minutes reconfigures the chemical balance of your brain, allowing chemicals linked to lack of confidence change to a mix of those which make you more assertive, confident and comfortable. Try it. Google the words “Amy Cuddy Ted Talk,” and look for a video in which she replicates the gender-rooted “Type A” postures associated with self-esteem and alpha behaviors. Assume the power pose, wait two minutes, and see if you feel like you look.

I’m going for a full five minutes of unbolstered uprightness. After years of a low-confidence slouch and client face-to-face sessions done from a C-curve over my laptop in a plumphy armchair, I’m standing and sitting taller. I’ve adjusted my car seat so it’s bolt upright, and when standing, I occasionally remember to adjust my shoulders back, facing the outside world with my heart front and center. Aside from a self-esteem boost, I can expect another direct anti-cancer benefit: my more open chest allows my lungs to fill up with air and exhale deeply, adjusting my internal PH balance back to optimal. (Okay, so I can’t see in there to know this is happening; I’m trusting what I learned recently.)

Dawn, wintering in Mexico, is no doubt blissfully unaware of this blog post. Here in the frigid Midwest, I will continue to wittle away at my slumpy posture with post-it reminders and straight-backed chairs; and every so often I’ll hike my arms into a fake victory stance just to punctuate my self-directed good vibes. Why not kick-start your own inner expert? (You know what to do.) Cancer, finding its once familiar slouchy home all but dismantled, will surely pack up and find a new one.
Judith Driscoll

Executive Director, Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation
~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

How I Stayed Strong When My Wife Had Cancer

It was just a few days before Thanksgiving in 2005 when my wife, Heather, was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma. For the first time in my life, I would become a caregiver for someone that I loved; someone with cancer. Trepidation set in, and I was nervous about my new role. Not to mention that three months prior to her diagnosis, Heather gave birth to our first and only daughter, Lily. Once a time of great excitement and joy, the holidays came upon us and the reality of the diagnosis sank in. Our lives rapidly fell into disarray.

Heather’s doctor described her illness to us when Heather was first diagnosed with mesothelioma. He explained to us that her treatment options would need to be assessed by a specialist, and that we could either go to the local university hospital, a regional hospital without a mesothelioma program, or to a specialist in Boston. My wife was silent due to the shock, but I knew what we had to do. We had to get to Boston to see the specialist. It would be the first of many tough decisions that I would make as Heather’s husband and caregiver.

The months that ensued were complete madness. Between Heather’s doctor appointments and caring for Lily, I had to drop my employment status to part-time. This put a hardship on my family financially. I often found myself fearing my wife’s death, leaving me a widow with a child and no money or possessions. Even though I wanted to drop to the floor and cry on numerous occasions, I knew that I had to be strong for my family. Our family and friends were a great help, which is something that I am still immensely grateful for to this day. I found solace in their kindness, and began to understand that I was not alone in the fight.

It is not easy to care for someone with cancer. It is hard and stressful, and quite possibly the toughest test that I have ever had to face. Bad days are bound to occur, but it is important to stay strong and use every resource you can muster to stay sane. After intense mesothelioma treatment, Heather has been cancer free for seven years, but it took a long time for our family to adjust and return to our normal routines. I went back to school and recently graduated from an Information Technology program, and we’re doing great. In fact, I spoke about my family’s travails during my graduation speech. Heather and Lily were in the audience to cheer me on. Never give up hope; I didn’t, and I have a great amount to show for it.
Cameron is husband to Heather Von St. James, survivor advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, and father to Lily Rose. He, along with Heather and young Lily, had their world’s turned upside down when Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, just 3 1/2 months after the birth of his only child. When faced with the very real possibility of raising Lily on his own, he fought alongside Heather in her battle with mesothelioma. It was his determination and refusal to compromise on doctors or treatments that led them to Boston to receive radical surgery from esteemed mesothelioma surgeon, David Sugarbaker. Heather continues to thrive 6 years later.
Throughout the next few years, while being a caregiver to Heather and dad to Lily, Cameron returned to school full time to finish his degree. He worked full time, went to school full time and graduated with high honors at the top of his class in June of 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology. He was soon offered a position at US Bank as Network Analyst and continues to pursue his career.
Like Heather, Cameron is passionate about bringing awareness to mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure. It is his hope that sharing his story will help others those battling cancer and their caregivers who provide them care and guidance in their journey.

Medical Dosimetry—Improving the Outcome and Ultimate Recovery after Radiation Treatment

Are you currently undergoing radiation treatment? If so, you probably know that there is a whole team of radiation oncology professionals involved in your care. But you may not know that one of those professionals is a medical dosimetrist. This person is responsible for designing a radiation treatment plan that maximizes the radiation dose to your tumor site while minimizing the radiation to the surrounding healthy tissue. Your medical dosimetrist works closely with your radiation oncologist, your medical physicist and your radiation therapist to create a plan that leads to the best possible outcome for you. Your medical dosimetrist also follows your treatments closely in order to modify your plan as the radiation is administered and your body starts to respond.

Next time you are in the clinic for treatment, ask to meet your medical dosimetrist. Ask him or her to show you your treatment plan and explain it to you. You’ll gain a better understanding of your treatment process – not to mention insights into why the radiation treatment machine stops and starts when it does. The medical dosimetrist plays a key role in your treatment and ultimate recovery.

For more information about medical dosimetry, visit the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists Website at www.medicaldosimetry.org (Under General Information, click on the “What is a Medical Dosimetrist?” link).

The American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) is the professional society for medical dosimetrists. AAMD promotes and supports the medical dosimetry profession through education, forums of professional interaction and a representative voice in the healthcare community. With more than 2,800 members worldwide, AAMD seeks to promote an ideal of professional conduct to which its members should aspire and endorses the highest standards of patient care. For more information about AAMD, visit www.medicaldosimetry.org.


~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn is on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.



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Nurture Nature: Nature’s Role in Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Thankfully, there is much we can do to influence the development, progression and treatment of our cancer. We can take the natural approach, the conventional approach, or use one to complement the other. However, there is no doubt in my mind that everything we do and everything we eat influences the course of the disease. I pulled a few of my posts from this past year…..take a peek and see if there is something to influence your health this year.
2012 Archive List

Managing Estrogen:
Tamoxifen: There is More to the Story
Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen
Managing Estrogen Naturally
Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors

Eating for Life, Not Cancer:
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Anti-Cancer Party
Food, is it Good for Our Health or Our Cancer
An Herb Garden to Fight Cancer
Why we are Not Winning the War on Cancer
What Everyone Should Know About Beating Cancer
Cancer Fighting Farm Stand Recipes
The Dark Side of Peanuts and Dairy

Our Minds, Our Cancer:
The Mind-Body Connection to Beating Breast Cancer
Changing the Cancer Environment
Redwood Forest

Cell Phones, Laptops and Other Perils:
Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer, Infertility; Are Our Children at Risk?
Cell Phones and Cancer; the Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence
Light at Night and Breast Cancer
Healing Cancer Naturally, Dental Toxins and More

And one to mention from my 2011 blog:
Eating to Cheat Cancer

Don’t forget to tune in Tuesdays at 1pm for Survive and Live Well and visit the Archives.

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I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!
~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn is on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.
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Food, It Makes a Difference

Hippocrates had it right, Let Food Be Thy Medicine. Fruits and vegetables contain hundreds of complex phytochemicals called flavonoids, which are known to prevent cancers and halt or control the growth of existing ones. Phytochemicals (plant chemicals) aim to stop tumors at the harmless stage before they can develop into cancer. And the really exciting thing is that they do so with greater safety and effectiveness than conventional medicine. Plant extracts such as turmeric and green tea can target cancer on many levels; they hit many targets and cut off cancer pathways, and they can address those molecular targets without the toxicity of multiple chemotherapies. The possibilities are endless with food, but there is no magic bullet…so fill up your plate with cancer fighting fruits and vegetables, several times a day, and include a wide variety. Read more in Food as Medicine, an article I wrote for The Pink Paper Magazine.

Blessings to all,

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation

2013 Breast Cancer Awareness calendars

I am passing this information onto you about the two 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness calendars that are now available. There are 7 lovely Breast Cancer Survivors featured in the calendars: Breast Cancer Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness, Friends of and Breast Cancer Divas.

They are available through the following link, (one calendar is listed below the other). If you cannot access this link by clicking on it then go to Paul Watson’s Facebook page Breast Cancer Photographer (go to notes and click on the link) or his website www.breastcancerphotographer to click on the link.


This is a good opportunity to do fund raising for your favorite organization; $11.00 from the sale of each calendar will go to the Breast Cancer organization of your choice. Details are listed for how to do this on the above link. Of Course, if you would like to designate Emerald Heart as your recipient, we would be most grateful.

Blessings to all,


Elaine Cantin: How to Cure Breast Cancer with a Modified Ketogenic Diet

While many choose conventional treatment for their cancer, many do not; Join us Tuesday, October 23rd to chat with Elaine Canton when she talks about her pathway for cancer treatment.

Elaine was diagnosed with breast cancer and within one week was rushed into have a surgical lumpectomy. Doctors wanted to immediately begin ‘aggressive’ radiation and chemotherapy and this idea frightened Elaine, as she had seen many family members and friends die soon after similar treatments. Elaine said,”I thought that if I had to go, I would not be going that way.”
Shortly after her lumpectomy the tumor grew back to the size of a small egg. She began researching the Ketogenic diet and after modifying it to remove several allergenic foods, Elaine’s tumor shrunk to the size of a chick pea and then disappeared! Elaine has been told by her oncologist that she is in complete remission … she is cured.

“I am just a regular girl with a very soft spot for sick children and with a very analytical mind…what characterizes me the most is that when I set my mind on doing something, I don’t give up until I succeed. I love to learn, I am self-motivated and I cannot help it, I am a leader. I am a firm believer that if there is a will there is a way, and if you believe, you can achieve something, you will.”
“My book, The Cantin Ketogenic Diet, is my diet of hope, a diet that comes from my heart, my own research… I lived it and I know what it’s like, I hope it can help others.”

You can listen live, Tuesday, October 23rd, 1pm EST on www.W4CS.com

Want to know more about specific anti-cancer diets and protocols? Over the next few weeks, I will have several other health experts on Survive and Live Well, people who strongly believe that we can and should be active participants in our health; that diet, exercise and passion are all part of healing and thriving. We will hear from Ellen Kamhi, RN, The Natural Nurse; Wellness Coach and survivor Jan Jargon; Rhonda Smith; Cara Novy-Bennewitz; Dr Christopher Nagy; Dr Michael Schachter; and author Sarto Schickel, whose wife utilized the best of conventional medicine alongside the Gerson therapy to treat her stage IV cancer. All will share valuable insight on food and its impact on healing.

Join us weekly, Tuesdays at 1pm, EST.

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Late Stage Cancer: There is Hope

On March 29th, 1996, Daniel Shapiro passed away due to an aggressive lymphoma. In preceding years, prior to the fatal effect of this Lymphoma, Daniel had suffered from Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer. His adult son, Rick Shapiro, witnessed this harrowing experience and most difficult journey.

Years went by and Rick wondered, whether people diagnosed with terminal or late stage cancer had ever “beaten the odds”, and lived on many more years past their prognosis, with quality of life. He had heard of the terms “spontaneous regression” and “spontaneous remission”, but truly did not know what they meant. He had heard of miracle stories, but did not understand where and how these miracles could happen. He wondered if there was a logical or rational basis for these unexplainable outcomes … at least unexplainable by conventional standards.

Fast forward to the present – In recent years, Rick has become a passionate researcher and part-time educator of integrative and alternative treatments and therapies, to people afflicted with late stage cancer. He is currently writing a book based on actual audio and video interviews he has conducted, of people who were told to “get their affairs in order”, during the past 5-20 years !! Yes, people who were told 5, 10, 15 and 20 years ago, that they had a very short time to live … but they are still here, and thriving. In the words of Mark Twain – “rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated …”.

Rick has uncovered numerous stories, nationwide, of people afflicted with all kinds of cancer who pursued different avenues to achieve long term health and an excellent quality of life. Not everyone Rick has interviewed has taken the same path, however, they have attained similar, fantastic outcomes. Their stories are true. His pending book and the lessons learned from it, will provide people who walk in the frightful shoes of late stage cancer, that there truly is “HOPE”. Rick has looked into their eyes and recorded their stories. He will talk about these stories on October 9th.

Rick has a website and blog to be found at – www.latestagecancer.com He is targeting the publication date for his book to be early in 2013.

Rick is a former practicing Attorney in the States of NY and AZ. He also, currently, owns and operates a boutique Merger & Acquisition Firm in Scottsdale, AZ.
Join us on Survive and Live Well, the internet radio show for cancer, Tuesday, October 9th at 1pm, EST when Rick shares with you stories of those who have beaten the odds, and how they did it.
You can listen live, Tuesday, October 9th at 1pm, EST on www.W4CS.com.
Find the answers you need; send in your questions now, before the show, to elyn@elynjacobs.com, or via the chat room during the show.

Breast Cancer; the Answer Lies in Prevention

The sad truth is that we have spent billions on looking for the cure. However, it is becoming quite obvious that this is just not the answer. We are hoping for the cure, researching for the cure, but it eludes us as we are not looking at the cause. It seems more and more likely that breast cancer is more than genetic, it’s more than viral and it is more than just estrogen; in most cases, it takes all three to make cancer. There is strong evidence that routine dental work, such as root canals, tooth extractions (especially the removal of wisdom teeth), etc. can cause massive infections in the mouth that spread throughout the lymph system and contribute to cancer, especially breast cancer.We all wonder why some get cancer and others don’t. Wonder doesn’t matter; what matters is that people in places such as Africa and even in many European countries…..simply cannot afford nor have access to treatment. For that matter, most here in the US can’t afford it and can’t afford the resulting effects of cancer or its treatment. Most people cannot afford redoing their dental work or even to go for the exploratory x-rays which, as we know can’t be healthy.

Wonder ends when you realize that people can’t afford cancer; they can’t afford alternative treatments; they can’t afford to stop working because of their cancer; they can’t afford or do not have the access or ability to prevent cancer. There is hope; it lies in research for prevention.

Cindy Sullivan, survivor of IBC, talks about her cure. By allowing us to share in her journey, we see just how ineffective all this racing has been and why the cure as we know it, is not the answer.

We need more research to be certain of the causes; to prevent recurrence, cure those with mets and yes, to prevent breast cancer. The answer may well be safe and affordable vaccines, and we need to know sooner than later that they work. There are vaccines in the works for prevention; prevention of recurrence, and to detect and eliminate diseased cells. On Survive and Live Well, we have spoken about a preventive vaccine. Join us Monday, October 8th, on Cancer S.O.S when Dr Kathleen Ruddy and I talk with host Joni Aldrich about the complexity of breast cancer, and why vaccines may be the ultimate solution for breast cancer.

You can listen live, Monday at 2pm, EST on www.W4CS.com and www.W4WN.com.


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

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