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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.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/PumaFootball/app_419231531522608

Elyn
~~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

Elyn
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.

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.

For Quick Links to these posts, please Click Here

I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!
Elyn
~~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.
www.elynjacobs.wordpress.com
Twitter@survivelivewell
Facebook @Elyn Jacobs Consulting
LinkedIn @Elyn Jacobs

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.

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/457725/follow

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,
Elyn

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Why We Are Not Winning the War on Cancer

Did you know that most people with cancer do not die of their cancer, but rather from the complications and consequences of cancer and its treatment? And these complications and consequences are often preventable, or can be successfully treated.”Keith Block, 2012 Annie Appleseed CAM Conference

After hearing Dr Keith Block present at the Annie Appleseed CAM conference, I knew I needed to interview him, to share with you all that I learned from him at the conference and more. Thank you, Dr Block for taking the time to share with me your roadmap for surviving and thriving. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the lack of success cancer treatment has had on mortality rates. Unless otherwise noted, the information in this post is derived from his presentation and our interview.

In 1971, President Nixon declared war on cancer. Forty-one years and billions of dollars later, we have yet to win the war. In fact, mortality rates have declined by less than 5% in the last 60 years! In this same time period, mortality from heart disease has dropped 64%. It’s not that we don’t have new cancer drugs; it’s just that they’re not offering major improvement in survival time. Most often these new drugs have only improved outcomes by 4-16 weeks. The numbers tell the story: we are not winning the war on cancer.

Cancer itself is a disease of defects” KB

Everyone seeks the infamous magic bullet for cancer, the cure. But cancer is not an isolated group of errant cells waiting to be annihilated by a wonder drug. Cancer is not merely a tumor; it is an underlying condition, a disease of defects – in genes, of disruption in the microenvironment where the disease resides, as well as in the personal life of the patient and the family in crisis.

It is based on abnormal patterns driven by genetics and lifestyle. It reflects changes in your body all the way down to the microscopic and molecular levels, changes that began long before you had any symptoms of cancer—indeed, long before cancer was diagnosed or even detectable. The battle against cancer is not so much against a single defect in a protein or cancerous mutation, it is a war on many fronts; it has multiple targets. Therefore – with the possible exception of one or two types of early stage cancer, using one bullet to eradicate this disease will almost always fail.

We need a multi-targeted approach. Even the latest breakthrough drugs that hit two targets don’t come close to addressing this problem. In theory, using many more than two drugs to hit many targets at the same time would help, however, the cost and toxicities render this unrealistic. And, keep in mind, that cancer is sneaky. If you put up a roadblock, cancer will find a way to get around it. But this is not the case for nutraceuticals, where their combined usage has negligible risk and toxicity; they are able hit multiple targets – and thus can address substitute or compensatory pathways – and are relatively inexpensive. Plant extracts such as turmeric, lycopene, and green tea can target cancer on many levels; they hit many targets and cut off pathways, and they can address those molecular targets without the toxicity of multiple chemotherapies. For example, crucifers, (broccoli, cabbage and the like) can help reduce adverse effects of estrogen; flax has demonstrated a reduction in ki-67, a marker of cancer cell proliferation; green tea markedly countered the malignant conversion for patients at high risk for prostate cancer. While no one is suggesting that these compounds will single-handedly eradicate cancer, each provides a powerful punch in addressing various mechanisms that drive cancer, and can synergistically interact to create an inhospitable microenvironment where cancer cells lose ground, toxicity is lessened and treatments work better.

Regarding Chemotherapy….
Dr Block, how can chemo be more effective and less toxic?

One of the most powerful ways to improve the response to chemotherapy is to administer chemo drugs in concert with optimal biological rhythms. With this technique, called chronomodulated chemotherapy, pumps are programmed to deliver the largest dose of the drug at a time when cancer cells are most susceptible, and normal cells are the least vulnerable. And the timing is unique to each drug. Think of it like a pointed bell curve (sine wave curve); the drug is at first administered at low dose, slowly ramps up, peaks and then tapers off. The research supporting this unique form of chemotherapy infusion demonstrates a reduction in toxicity, improved response, and improved outcomes and survival in a number of studies. In fact, the literature contains studies showing chronomodulation of chemotherapy can even allow for patients to be successfully re-challenged with the identical drugs they previously received and needed to discontinue, either because they were ineffective, became ineffective prematurely, or were too debilitating to tolerate.

For example, for metastatic colon cancer patients, studies show that administering chemotherapy at the optimal time can halve toxicity and double treatment response. For advanced metastatic ovarian cancer, a study in the journal Cancer reported that optimal timing of chemotherapy can reduce toxic side effects by 50 percent and quadruple five-year survival.

What about the safety of antioxidants and other supplements during treatment?

Our published studies have shown that most antioxidants displayed no interfering effect with chemotherapy. In fact, they actually synergistically interact to enhance treatment and diminished the side effects of chemo. For example, it may be possible to mitigate some of the cardiac injury from drugs like Herceptin by taking agents like hawthorne and COq10. In addition, glutamine, vitamin B6, and alpha-lipoic acid appear to help prevent neuron injury (neuropathy).

Click here to read more on supplementation and toxicity.

But the doctor said he “got it all!”

Cancer is not simply a visible disease. It’s not just about the macroscopic tumors that can be seen on a scan. The surgeon saying “I got it all,” while certainly a message to be celebrated, should not signal the end of treatment. One has to think of the disease systemically, not locally; it is a microcellular condition that is impacted by the extracellular environment that the cells reside in. The typical gold standard, surgery, chemo and radiation, so often fail to prevent the spread or recurrence of the disease because they often miss picking up renegade cancer cells, miss strengthening the body’s biological integrity, and do not reach all of the underlying molecular accidents that initiated cancer in the first place. As a result, even if the original tumor is removed, the environment that it resided in – as well as the treatments themselves – can create a biological imbalance for cancer to recur. In addition, many cancer treatments leave a patient with considerable oxidative stress and inflammation, well known to interfere with treatment, increase various side effects including neuropathy, cardiomyopathy, fatigue and mucositis, and provide the fuel for clonal evolution – increasing the aggressiveness of otherwise dormant cells for their next time around.

From a logical point of view…if cancer liked my body enough to grow cancer once, why not again…I know that I need to make the terrain less hospitable, to change the environment in which it was able to grow. EJ

Remember, even when the primary tumor is removed, micro-metastases may already have migrated to and seeded other parts of the body. In fact, it has been estimated that many cancer patients unknowingly already have metastases, malignant cells that have broken off the original tumor, traveled through the bloodstream to far-flung sites in the body, and begun the insidious process of growing in another dangerous tumor. Keep in mind that all cancers start with a genetic glitch in a single cell. Conventional cancer treatment does little to prevent cells from regrouping, proliferating, and forming new tumors. Just because you have achieved remission through elimination of the primary tumor does not mean you are home free. However, the good news is that cancer cells are remarkably fragile. Unless they are nurtured and protected by the biochemical terrain in your body, they have a difficult time surviving. Your internal biochemistry can either nourish cancer cells or make the terrain inhospitable to cancer.

Walking just three to five hours a week can cut cancer death rates by one-half. KB

We know that lifestyle is directly related to cancer, and that diet and exercise are associated with lower cancer recurrence rates and longer survival. Recently, the ACS issued new guidelines urging doctors to talk to their cancer patients about eating right, exercising and slimming down if they’re too heavy. It’s a start, but not specific enough for most of us, nor is it comprehensive enough to help win the war. Talk to your doctor – ideally one experienced in integrative oncology – about devising your own personalized plan for wellness. By combining conventional treatments with a personally tailored regimen of natural agents, fitness regimens, and stress management- strategies, we can support our body to improve the chances of defeating cancer.

One last note, if I may. While in most cases, cancer does not “just happen,” it is also something for which we cannot blame ourselves. Cancer is not caused by a “bad” diet or a toxic environment. Food is not either good or bad; let’s just say that some foods are better than others. However, as Dr Block said, cancer is “driven by genetics and lifestyle”. That said, diet and exercise can have a profound effect on the initiation and progression of the disease. If a genetic defect occurs, our food choices either support or suppress the development of cancer. I don’t blame myself for getting cancer, but yet now that I fully understand the power of food, I make conscious food choices to support my body against cancer. Knowledge is power, and if everything I put in my mouth either supports or inhibits cancer, then now I am empowered to gain control. Joy is also an important ingredient for health; so while we want to make healthy food choices, we also need to remember that occasional indulgences and enjoying meals with friends are good for the soul. It’s all about balance and in giving your body what it needs. Empower yourself to be an active participant in your healing and an advocate for your health.

In good health,

Elyn

Keith I. Block, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in integrative oncology. In 1980, he co-founded the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Skokie, Illinois, the first such facility in North America, and serves as its Medical and Scientific Director. He is the author of Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment.

Dr. Block is the Scientific Director of the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Education, where he has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Bar Ilan University in Israel. Dr. Block is also the founding editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT). In 2005, he was appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query (PDQ) Cancer CAM Editorial Board, on which he continues to serve today.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, a professional cancer coach, a radio talk show host, 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. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit: http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com. To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit www.W4CS.com, Tuesdays at 1pm (est).

Cancer Fighting Farm-Stand Recipes

Spring, oh the possibilities. Spring means summer is not far off, and the thought of fresh produce comes to mind. Nothing beats farm-fresh produce. The produce you find in most supermarkets has spent many days, if not weeks traveling to that shelf, depleting it from quality and taste. While you still have to be concerned with toxic pesticides and fertilizers, many farms grow organically or at least limit the use of these chemicals. Ask your local farmers, they love to talk with pride about their food. By buying local, you can often avoid Genetically Modified Crops (GMOs) which should not be consumed by anyone. No farm-stand available? You can still enjoy these recipes, but please consider organic or even grow your own. No room for a garden? Herb gardens take up very little space and produce some powerful anticancer agents (i.e. cilantro helps remove heavy metals such as mercury from the body). Summertime is also a great time to use the abundance of fresh kale, basil, arugula, cilantro or garlic scapes to make pestos for pastas, sandwiches and crostini.
Tomato Basil Salad
1 pint or more cherry tomatoes (a combination of red, yellow and gold is nice)
Fresh basil
Organic extra virgin olive oil *

Halve cherry tomatoes and place in serving bowl
Chop basil and add to tomatoes
Drizzle with olive oil

*Note: I use herb infused oils such as basil, rosemary, garlic or lemon. In this recipe I prefer rosemary and basil infused. If you cannot find them locally, Arlotta makes the very best olive oils I have ever tasted and also the most incredible balsamic vinegar.

Tomatoes are a powerful anti-cancer fruit, particularly due the synergistic effects of lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin C, phenols and other nutrients and antioxidants in the tomato working together to offer cancer protection. But please use organic or locally farm fresh and not the commercially toxic, GMO, or otherwise unhealthy sources.

Basil has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains flavonoids that help shield cell structures from radiation and oxidative damage. Both fresh basil and basil oil have strong antibacterial capabilities, so by adding the herb or oil to your salad, you can help ensure your vegetables are safe to eat.

Grilled Striped Bass with Dill Sauce
2/3 cup (packed) chopped fresh dill
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons white or golden balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon lemon fresh lemon juice
4-6 pieces of local wild striped bass, wild salmon or other fish, skin removed, each pc about ½ lb

Blend dill, oil, and vinegar and lemon juice in mini processor until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper

Grill fish 8-10 min, do not overcook

Drizzle fish with some of the dill mixture and serve the rest on the side.

Dill contains antioxidant properties, and it also deactivates free radicals and neutralizes carcinogens that might find their way into our bodies.

Grilled Eggplant with Rosemary Oil and Cheese
1-2 eggplants
Cheese (Smoked Gouda, Munster, Monterey Jack, Raclette, Mozzarella ….really any cheese or cheese substitute you like*)
Extra virgin Olive oil
Fresh chopped rosemary

Slice eggplant lengthwise or crosswise, depending on size and preference (lengthwise is easiest for grilling)

Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper and place on paper toweling

Let sit at least 30 minutes, blot dry (this will remove the water as well as the salt….if you skip this, the eggplant will absorb too much oil)

Meanwhile, chop the rosemary and mix with a generous amount of olive oil

Baste eggplant with olive oil/rosemary mix, use more oil if necessary….eggplant should be well coated. Grill eggplant until done on one side, turn, grill a few minutes and add cheese. When cheese is melted, remove.

Note: this dish goes well with the tomato salad or a salad of chopped tomatoes, parsley and olive oil

*I prefer organic, raw or those from small farms to cut down on pesticides and added hormones.

Eggplant is rich in dietary fiber, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and contains powerful cancer fighting antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, which fights free radicals and helps protect cells from mutating into cancer cells, and nasuin, which helps cut off the blood supply to cancer cells.

Rosemary is a powerful anti-cancer herb. The two key ingredients in Rosemary-caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid-are potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, which help protect the body’s cells from damage by free radicals. Rich in carnosol, Rosemary has been found to detoxify substances that can initiate the breast-cancer process. It’s widely known that an imbalance of estrogen hormones in women can contribute to breast cancer. Rosemary stimulates liver enzymes which inactivate estrogen hormones. Rosemary, along with thyme, oregano, basil and mint promote apoptosis in cancer cells and reduce their speed by blocking the enzymes they need to invade neighboring tissues. Rosemary can inhibit the formation of HCAS, the carcinogenic compounds that form when you cook protein, by 75% (so use chopped rosemary in your marinade if you choose to grill proteins)

Grilled Zucchini with Chopped Dill
Zucchini (one or two, more if very small)
Dill (I will leave it up to you regarding amounts, but if you love the taste of dill, by all means, be generous!)
Extra Virgin Olive oil

Slice Zucchini lengthwise or crosswise, depending on size and preference. (I find a 1/4” thickness works well on the BBQ)

Chop dill and mix with olive oil, rub onto zucchini, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill
Zucchini has the ability to protect against cell mutations and oxidative stress, and contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. It is also a good source of potassium and lutein.
(See dill above)

Watercress and Red Cabbage Salad
Wash one bunch of watercress and chop
Remove outer layers of red cabbage and slice thin or chop (use about ¼ of the head for one bunch of watercress).
Extra virgin olive oil
Aged Balsamic vinegar
Optional—add a handful of raw pine nuts or chopped parsley

Toss salad with a pinch of salt, fresh pepper (if desired) and drizzle with Arlotta balsamic vinegar and lemon infused olive oil. Alternatively you can use any olive oil and balsamic, but be sure to buy the best quality you can find.

Serve at once

Watercress offers a hefty dose of beta-carotene, copious amounts of calcium, carotenes like lutein, and trace amounts of omega-3’s. Watercress has a high amount of PEITC (phenylethylisotiocyante) which appears to block cancer-causing chemicals, perhaps even protecting the lungs of smokers from the carcinogens associated with tobacco (however, please don’t smoke…I tell you this to understand the power of watercress)

Red cabbage boosts immunity and is a member of the cruciferous family, whose indoles help with estrogen metabolism. It also contains anthocyanins, a class of flavonids that provides as many as 36 different varieties of anticancer chemicals. Cabbage also contains a significant amount of glutamine, an amino acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. Red Cabbage boosts the immune system’s ability to produce more antibodies. Red cabbage contains large quantities of sulfur and other minerals that work as cleansing agents for the digestive system. Raw red cabbage cleans the bowels, thus helping to prevent indigestion and constipation.

Parsley has potent anti-inflammatory and anticancer abilities. The phytochemicals in parsley can slow the speed of cell division, leaving time for the cell to correct DNA mistakes or to activate apoptosis, and recent research shows that one particular compound found in parsley and celery, apigenin, can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing, so it’s a good idea to have some everyday.

Additional Notes

When salt is used, please consider pure sea salt as ordinary table salt and commercial sea salts are often treated with chlorine to bleach it white and may contain additional chemicals to prevent caking.
When using balsamic vinegar, please keep in mind that many inexpensive varieties sold in the supermarket aren’t really balsamic vinegar but rather a cheap imitation. Try to purchase only high quality brands with no added ingredients
When olive oil is used, consider organic or a trusted source as not all olive oils are as pure as they claim to be. I choose to use organic extra virgin olive oil for cooking and love the infused olive oils by Arlotta foods that we discovered at the farmers market in Southampton.
Avoid canola oil…..have you ever seen a canola plant? That’s right, there is no such thing. Canola stands for “Canadian oil low acid”. Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s industrial oil, not a food.
Rapeseed oil is the source behind mustard gas, and on its own it causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness. But through the beauty of genetic modification, it is now sold as edible oil.
To be safe, use oils such as olive or walnut on salads
Elyn Jacobs

Elyn Jacobs is a certified cancer coach, a breast cancer survivor, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. Elyn helps women to uncover the nutritional deficiencies and emotional stress patterns that may have contributed to their cancer and to support their body as it activates it own natural ability to fight the disease. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing.

Light at Night and Breast Cancer

About 18 months ago, I attended a lecture at Gildas Club on the prevention of cancer. Dr Marisa Weiss, Founder and President of BreastCancer.org, gave a great talk, and one thing that struck me was light at night. This was the first I had heard of the perils of light at night and I must say, she was so convincing I went right home and ordered eye covers….and have been using them ever since. Dr Keith Block talked a bit about this at the Annie Appleseed Project CAM conference a few weeks ago, and while I will blog more on his lecture, I was reminded of this important subject.

I am sensitive to light. I remember when I first moved from the suburbs to the city. My bedroom was so bright, I could not sleep. My mother made black-out drapes for me and all was well. 15 years later, when I met my husband and moved in with him, I had long forgotten about the issue and found myself sleeping (or sleepless) in a very bright room…natural light from the moon and stars, as well as city lights lighting the night. Then came the nite-lites and long nights when our children were babies. While I certainly felt the misery of lack of sleep, I did not realize the effects on my long-term health; that I might be at higher risk of getting cancer. Habitual light at night during sleep increases breast cancer incidence by 22% (Keith Block, Annie Appleseed CAM Conference, Feb, 2012).

Dr Richard Stevens, Cancer Epidemiologist and professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center, has done a number of studies on light at night (LAN). In 1987 he was featured in American Journal of Epidemiology proposing a radical new theory that “the use of electric lighting, resulting in lighted nights, may produce circadian disruption,” which causes changes in the hormones, one hormone in particular is melatonin, known as the hormone of darkness because it is secreted in the dark. In 2009 he studied women who work the night shift and found that these women appear to be at higher risk for breast cancer. Melatonin reduces the production of estrogen in the body, so with light interrupting the release of melatonin, estrogen levels rise, and too much estrogen heightens the growth of breast cancer. The WHO actually lists the shift work (graveyard shift) as a “probable carcinogen”.

Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and professor of Stanford University supports the LAN theory as well. “There is evidence that women who do night time shift work are in increased risk of getting breast cancer. Melatonin is an antioxidant. There is some thought that disruptive melatonin levels which happens when you don’t sleep well, may reduce the ability of the body to scavenge free radicals that can cause cancer,” said Dr. Spiegel. Spiegel goes further, saying cortisol levels may also be connected to sleep and cancer. Cortisol is a circadian hormone produced by the adrenal gland that is released in response to stress. Cortisol also helps to regulate the immune system and releases cells that fight off cancer cells. Cortisol increases in the late hours of sleep, and Spiegel believes Cortisol, like melatonin, lowers the production of estrogen.
Many others have studied and reported on this as well:
http://www.skykeepers.org/lan-health/lan-health.html; http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/chemicals-glossary/light-at-night-and-melatonin.html
So how do we lower our risk for getting cancer? Eat well, exercise daily, turn off the computer and the cell phone and get some sleep. Try to be in bed by 10pm, black shade your room or wear eye covers. Melatonin release is at its strongest from about 10pm to 2am, although I have heard 10-1 as well as critical from 2-4am. So, the best advice is likely to simply work on getting a good night’s sleep.

What can you do to improve sleep? The first step to easing insomnia and poor sleep quality is by recognizing it is a problem and then finding ways to resolve the problem.

1. Establish a regular bedtime and wake time.
2. Reserve the bedroom for intimacy and sleep only; do not watch television, eat, talk on the phone, or work in your bedroom. Try reading something more technical than fictional to avoid staying up late ‘to see what happens next in the book’.
3. Make your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.
4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol within six hours of bedtime; drink calming teas instead, such as roobios, chamomile and lemon balm, but not too close to bedtime as this may disrupt your sleep if you have to get up to use the bathroom. It’s a good idea to limit alcohol usage in general as it is linked to cancer and is dehydrating, which may leave you thirsty during the night.
5. Drink liquids daily to avoid dehydration, but again, not close to bedtime.
6. Exercise daily, but preferably not right before bedtime.
7. Avoid foods with additives and preservatives; some of these ingredients can act as stimulants and aren’t good for you anyway.
8. To avoid nighttime awakening due to drops in blood sugar, eat 1-2 oz of a complex carbohydrate snack, such as oatmeal, whole-grain cereals, or whole-grain bread, one hour before bedtime, perhaps adding a bit of protein such as almond butter or nuts to further slow the glucose factor.
While proper sleep is the preferred source of melatonin, there is strong research suggesting that that low levels of melatonin stimulate the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells. So if levels are low, and cannot be corrected with sleep, supplementation may be the way to go. Melatonin may enhance the effectiveness of some chemotherapy drugs and may also help prevent the lowering of platelets in the blood during chemotherapy, a common complication that can lead to bleeding. It is always advisable to discuss the use of supplements with a naturopath, integrative or functional medical doctor before use, as often supplements may interact positively or negatively with other drugs.

There are many natural substances that can be taken to enhance sleep, and I highly recommend the use of them. Ashwaganda, for example, reduces stress and anxiety. Rhodiola helps with anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances and insomnia. (Caution, Rhodiola is not advised for those with Bipolar or mania). L-Theanine reduces stress and improves sleep quality. Schisandra has a calming effect and may also help manage stress-induced insomnia. (Schisandra should not be taken with Tamoxifen). Magnolia can help calm nerves and alleviate anxiety; it is thought of as the herbal substitute for valium, and is actually better as it does not cause that embarrassing and debilitating muscle relaxation (sounds good until you can’t function). By the way, several studies have tested magnolia extract on human cancer cells and found that it may inhibit the growth of cancer tumors.

For more information on LAN:
http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/light_exp.jsp
http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/chemicals-glossary/light-at-night-and-melatonin.html
http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/20111011/7369/cancer-sleep-cancer-epidemiologist-steve-jobs-antioxidant-melatonin-cortisol-hydrocortisone.htm
http://www.skykeepers.org/lan-health/lan-health.html
http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
http://www.betternutrition.com/sleep/features/featurearticles/714

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Elyn Jacobs is President of Elyn Jacobs Consulting, Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, a certified cancer coach and a breast cancer survivor. Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and educates to prevent recurrence and new cancers. She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life.

Integrative Oncology Works!!!

This past weekend I attended the Annie Appleseed Project CAM conference; so many excellent speakers. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of what I learned.  What resonated throughout the conference was that conventional medicine alone is not the answer. Today I will talk about Dr Gwen Stritter and her roadmap to beat cancer.

Dr Stritter provided a humorous and excellent plan for someone just diagnosed with early stage breast cancer who wants to increase her chances of a cure.  I just loved the positive tone; note she did not say to prevent recurrence, but rather spoke of that lovely word cure. She said that if she were diagnosed at 12pm, what she could do at 12:01pm that could take her on the path to wellness.

Exercise:  Fast walking 3hours a week improves breast cancer survival by 40%.  5-6 hours increased survival even more.  So, she will go for a walk. Social support: Increased contact with friends and family post diagnosis was associated with lower risk of death by 70%.  So, on the way home, she will stop in and visit some friends and family.  Alcohol:  having one alcoholic beverage a day increases death by 36%.  So, she’d give up that glass of wine with dinner…well maybe indulge only twice a week as she really loves wine.  D3: Vitamin D3 decreases metastasis and increases survival by 55%. So, she’ll pop in a 2000mg supplement as soon as she gets in the car.  Omega 3: high intake of omega 3 fatty acids from fatty fish increases survival by 25%, so she’ll call her husband and ask him to toss the fried chicken and she’ll stop at the fish market to buy some salmon for dinner. Controlling inflammation:  having a high CRP, (which indicates increased inflammation), results in a 100% increase of death.  So, she will take some anti-inflammatory natural products such as curcumin, omega 3 (yes, perhaps a supplement too), boswellia and a few others.  Low toxicity pharmaceuticals:  a daily baby aspirin reduced breast cancer death by 70% (alternatively, one regular aspirin taken three times a week can reduce recurrence by 50%, according to my integrative onc).  So, she will stop at the drugstore and buy some aspirin.  She might also take some other pharms that look promising, so she’ll call her primary physician. In trials, Propranolol, a cheap and non-toxic drug commonly prescribed for high blood pressure, increased  breast cancer  survival by 80% (in a retrospective study).  Metformin, which is derived from the French lilac plant, increased survival in diabetic patients by 60%, and non-diabetics with breast cancer who did not take Metformin had 3 times the risk of distant metastasis….the risk went up 300%!.  Metformin is cheap and has very few side effects.  (My doc recommends that almost everyone take it to avoid cancer, and certainly to prevent recurrence).  There is another study expected to be released by 2014, but likely you will not want to wait until then.

And of course, she will switch to a mostly plant based diet, be conservative on oil and fat intake, and if she were a smoker…she would stop asap! 

In summary, if she does all this, cancer does not stand a chance; she has provided an extremely hostile environment for her cancer to grow.    She also commented that Dr Keith Block did an excellent study on these combined steps and found a substantial increase in survival for those with advanced metastatic cancer.  Her overall deduction?  Integrative Oncology works!!! 

A few things to add:

You will likely need to ask your primary doc, not your oncologist for prescriptions for Propranolol and Metformin as they are not yet approved for cancer despite the fact that they can be quite effective.    At this conference as well as at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, several doctors commented that Metformin was the only cancer drug that actually worked. My doc started me on this a while back, handing me piles of research to support his recommendation.

Also, remember to address stress….more on this later, but I offer this post until then: http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/changing-the-cancer-environment/

Lately there has been much in the news about red wine and breast cancer.  Research shows that a small amount of red wine may actually reduce breast cancer risk.  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/240065.php?utm_medium=twitter&utm_s

The trick is small.  Those who love wine (like me) might take this too far.  Your body converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, a carcinogen.  Acetaldehyde boosts cancer risk by inflicting oxidative stress that damages DNA, prevents DNA repair, and triggers a pro-inflammatory reaction.  You can help offset the damage by adding a few foods and plant-based compounds like silymarin, resveratrol, grape seed extract and barley grass, as well as adding some supps like selenium, NAC, vitamin B6, and folate, to prevent alcohol-related deficiencies of valuable cancer fighting nutrients and minerals.  The trick is to take the supps just before, with, or even immediately after accidental over- indulgence of wine. (Have a brazil nut with that wine!)So, I offer up this article, which effectively provides a good explanation of the dangers of alcohol as well as what we can do to offset the damage should we accidentally over-indulge.  http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/dec2011_Link-Between-Alcohol-and-Cancer-Death_01.htm

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Elyn Jacobs is President of Elyn Jacobs Consulting, Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, a certified cancer coach and a breast cancer survivor.  Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and educates to prevent recurrence and new cancers.  She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit:  http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com

Cancer Tips from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium

I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Integrative Healthcare symposium, and would love to share some information. Dr Jeffrey Bland spoke on the clinical implications of epigenetics. Dr Leo Galland spoke on Dysbiosis and the GI ecosystem. Dr James Gordon spoke of importance of hope and also of the benefits of meditation, that meditation changes the structure of the brain. Dr Mimi Guarneri shared the opinion that Metformin may well be the most effective anti-cancer drug out there. Dr Dean Ornish spoke on the power of lifestyle changes. Dr Tori Hudson spoke on women’s health, hormones, and botanicals that can help reduce stress and protect ourselves during harmful chemo and radiation.  Dr Lise Alschuler made a compelling argument for embracing polyphenolic flavonoids. Dr Mark Hyman spoke and entertained us with the perils of toxins and the benefits and strategies for detoxification. Devra Lee Davis, PhD shocked us with the perils of using cell phones and other such devices, and encouraged us to practice safe-cell. There were many, many more and while I can’t possibly rehash all the valuable information, I’d like to share some key points and in the next few weeks will comment in more detail.

Jeffrey Bland spoke of environmental epigenetics, the exposure and its relationship to chronic illness, and also the effect of specific nutrients on genetic expression. He spoke of how phytochemicals “talk to our genes”. Food is information, eat dead food, get dead information. He encouraged us to eat for health.
What amazed me is transgenerational epigenetics, the effect on our future generations. He explained that once the genes are marked, they carry to the next generations, already marked. So, the lifestyle modifications that make you sick, such as radiation, stress, infections, drugs, diet, and pollution, will likely make generations forward sick. He mentioned Moshe Szyf, whose concern is what happens in a world community where the children don’t feel safe. Will this emotional stress jeopardize generations forward?
He then got into how the food a mother eats during pregnancy imprints the gene expression in her babies. A lack of Folate or b-12 can have detrimental consequences. He gave the example of childhood leukemia; that it has been identified to be associated with altered epigenetics, and in this case, he was especially concerned with the deficiency of B12 and Folate in those that carry the gene. He also said that early-life environmental conditions can cause epigenetic changes in humans that persist throughout life.

Leo Galland reminded us that it’s not that stress suppresses the immune system, it is because the stress directly affects the gut flora. The gut has a brain of its own; an intact and independent nervous system containing over 500 million neurons. The gut is also the largest organ of immune function in the body; 70% of our lymphocytes live here. (And we all know how important the immune system is in fighting cancer). He also commented that large bowel cancer is associated with high fat, high protein, low fiber diets. He suggests probiotics and prebiotics, foods that support the growth of probiotics, such as bran, psyllium, inulin (think chicory and artichokes), resistant starch, and oligofructose (think onions, garlic, rye, blueberries, bananas and chicory).

Dean Ornish talked about how fear is not a sustainable motivator; that we might agree to a treatment plan or drug out the fear our doctors might instill, but real change comes from what you want to do, not on what someone says you should do. If lifestyle changes make you feel better, you are more likely to stay with them as opposed to taking a drug that you fear of that makes you feel bad. Lifestyle changes empower you to take control of your health, and this was Dean Ornish’s message. He spoke of lifestyle and Prostate cancer risk and said that lifestyle had up to a 70% effect on risk. He also said that only one in 49 patients treated for prostate cancer actually live longer, so it would likely be better to treat with lifestyle changes. He spoke of lung cancer. Telling patients that by quitting smoking they will reduce risk of lung cancer did not motivate them to quit, but telling them that it gives you wrinkles or makes men impotent, well yes, now that was motivation.
He spoke of diet and like others, suggested that if it comes from a plant, eat it; if it is made in a plant, avoid it. He also reminded us that what you include is just as important as what you exclude, so eat mindfully.
He also made us aware that Medicare is now paying for comprehensive lifestyle changes for patients wishing to reverse heart disease, so hopefully the same will soon be offered for cancer patients.
He embraced support groups commenting that meeting in a group once a week dramatically improved the survival rate for those with metastatic breast cancer. He asked us if we knew the difference between illness and wellness.
Illness
Wellness

Lise Alschuler explained that flavonoids exert powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune modulating, hormone balancing, blood sugar stabilizing and cancer prevention effects.  Flavonoids are one of the reasons why it is so important to consume a diet full of colorful vegetables and fruits.  She stressed that they can help your chemo work and protect you during radiation.  She also said you need to eat them every meal, as the effects last for about 1-4 hours. 

Trying to quit smoking?  Studies showed that smokers who ate plenty of vegetables and drank tea and red wine substantially reduced their risk for cancer.  So, while you are trying to quit, have some broccoli  or a glass of wine with that cigarette.  However, she stresses that this does not give you permission to continue smoking.

She also showed the reverse relationship between flavonoid consumption and ovarian cancer (37%), and 47% for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as between isoflavonoids (Non GMO soy) consumption and ovarian cancer (49%). 

She explained the powerful properties in Delphinidin as a cancer prevention agent (think Maquai berries) and mentioned that they were also helpful in reducing the damage of radiation, and that in general, flavonoids should not be so quickly dismissed during chemotherapy as they can be helpful, not harmful.  She also mentioned the benefits of Resveratrol, (heard this from many during the three days…)

Mark Hyman takes the approach that doctors shouldn’t treat disease; create health and the disease will go away. He spoke of the hidden dangers of wheat, what he calls the new dwarf or FrankenWheat – a scientifically engineered food product developed in the last 50 years. Two slices of this new whole wheat bread now raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar, and believes this new wheat has much to do with the +400% increase in celiac disease. (Mimi Guarneri seemed to agree, commenting that the whole wheat/whole grain push is skewed: “if you can roll your bread into a ball, throw it! Don’t eat it”. She believes that true whole grains are fine, but the miss-represented whole wheat and whole grain foods should be avoided.) For those of us trying to eliminate sugar from our diets, this was quite a shock. For more information, check out his new book, Blood Sugar Solution http://drhyman.com/bss-sneak-preview/. He also explained how toxins make you fat (toxins interfere with and slow down metabolism) as well as contribute to all chronic illnesses, including cancer. He cautioned us about beef and commented that 100% of the beef we eat is contaminated with DDT. Guarneri seemed to agree with this too, and added that these days, animals are not grass-fed, but rather are fed all kinds of cheap feed:”It’s not about eating the animal it’s what the animal is eating”.

For more from Mark Hyman: http://drhyman.com/downloads/Diabetes-and-toxins.pdf. To detox your body, he suggests:
• Eat more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, etc.) as well as garlic, green tea, turmeric, and whole eggs. They contain phytonutrient detox-boosting compounds. Add them to your diet daily. Other great detox foods are cilantro, celery, parsley, dandelion greens, citrus peels (not orange unless organic) pomegranate, artichokes and rosemary
• Sweat regularly using saunas
• Take glutathione-boosting and detox-boosting supplements NAC, milk thistle, and buffered ascorbic acid/vitamin C
   o NAC dramatically increases glutathione. Glutathione helps eliminate pesticides and heavy metals and protects the body from oxidative stress
   o Milk thistle has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels

Devra Lee Davis scared us all with her research on the use of wireless technology. Cell phones are two -way microwave radio that changes brain cells and alters glucose levels (the brain’s main fuel).  Since a brain tumor utilizes excessive amounts of glucose, changes in glucose utilization may be a key mechanism to support tumor growth.  Even short-term exposure to nerve cells from cell phones can increase glucose in the brain.  While yes, DNA can often be repaired, and yes, we have anti-oxidants that can do this, we need to address the carcinogens, not rely on band-aids and the hope that the DNA will be repaired.

While the long-term implications of the findings are still to be determined, Dr. Davis says there is particular reason for concern for children because cell phone radiation penetrates the skulls of children more deeply than those of adults, and that their brains are still developing until they are past the teen years.  She also mentioned studies that show people who use the cell phones for ten years have double the risk of developing brain cancer. People who start using the cell phone during their teen years have 4 to 5 times of getting brain cancer by the time they hit their twenties. She stressed that the need for more research is not an excuse to use our children as guinea pigs.  Remember that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.  Just because it hasn’t been proven harmful doesn’t mean it is safe. 

Recommendations:

  • Never put a cell phone to your ear, use a handset.  (Wireless and wired headsets may still conduct radiation but are better than nothing).  Try one of those new/old handsets instead (think the hand set of an old phone…retro-style, made by Moshi and others). Pong makes a case that claims to be protective and that Dr Devra recommends, but she strongly advises the use of a handset
  • Try to keep your cell phone at least 6-7 inches away from your body while it is on or when you are talking, texting, or downloading
  • Children and pregnant women should avoid talking on cell phones
  • Do not keep your cell phone near your head or use it to play games, movies, etc.  Turn it off when it is not in use
  • Never carry your cell phone in your pocket or in your bra, or on your hip. The bone marrow in your hip produces 80% of the body’s red blood cells and is especially vulnerable to EMR damage.
  • Men should keep their cell phone turned off when in their pockets.   Research has shown that putting the cell phone in the pants pocket is associated with reduction in sperm count and increased sperm damage
  • No wireless for kids
  • Do not place electronic toys in the laps of babies
  • Replace as many cordless and WiFi items as you can with wired, corded lines (phones, Internet, games, appliances, devices, etc)
  • Sit as far back from the computer screen as possible; flat screens are preferable.  Use wired Internet connections, not WiFi—especially for laptops
  • Do not put your lap top on your lap (in fact, the small print warns you not to, but who reads these things? Same goes for the cell phone warnings)
  • Move your alarm clock radio at least three feet from your head or use a battery-powered clock; six feet is the recommended distance for you to be from all electronic devices during sleep
  • Avoid waterbeds, electric blankets, and metal frames, which attract electromagnetic frequencies.  Futons and wood-framed beds are better than metal-coiled mattresses and box springs.

 She played a fun you-tube, if interested, the link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZs6R9MgstI

To learn more about the dangers of electronic pollution, please read:

Disconnect, by Devra Lee Davis or Zapped:  Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,238 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution, by Ann Louise Gittleman
Wishing you all a healthy day. For more information on any of the topics above, please comment to this post or email me at elyn@emeraldheart.org.

Blessings,
Elyn
Executive Director
Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation
elyn@emeraldheart.org
www.emeraldheart.org
917.902.8719

There’s a window that opens from heart to heart” –Rumi

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Elyn Jacobs is President of Elyn Jacobs Consulting, Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, a certified cancer coach and a breast cancer survivor. Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and educates to prevent recurrence and new cancers. She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit: http://elynjacobs.wordpress.com