10 Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Home

I participate in several “cancer events,” like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, every year.  The “c-word” is an epidemic.  2.8 million women were effected by breast cancer in the US in one year; and 2.5 million men with prostate cancer.  Total incidences of cancer per year in the US is over 28 million!   (www.cancer.org, 2009)  We are a product of our environment.  Some of it we have control over; some of it we don’t.  For example, the “breast cancer clusters” that have been observed in California to me seem to indicate there are environmental factors that need to be considered.  What is in the water?  What is being pumped into the air from the surrounding factories?  What are the area’s farming practices?   My overall opinion on cancer:  it’s a dis-ease of toxicity.  Your body can become overloaded with toxins and your Liver, intestines, or Kidneys get congested and can’t get them out.    The things we do have control over are:   our diet the products we choose to clean our bodies, homes and clothes, etc. the chemicals we add into the picture (or not) our lifestyle — exercise, stress management, healthcare Here are my top 10 suggestions to do the best you can to prevent the c-word: 1.  Buy local and organic food.  If you really are curious as to why, see the documentary “Food Inc.”  or read The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food in the NY Times.   2.  Read labels on all products and packaged foods.  If I can’t pronounce it or don’t know where it came from, I don’t...

Weaning Off Medications

Q: Currently I am taking 2 presciptions for high blood pressure, 3 over-the-counter medicines for allergies, an anti-anxiety medication, and a pill for cholesterol. I would really like to not take anything at all! What is the best way to get off all these medicines? A: I commend you to wanting to get healthy enough to not have a need for your medications!  That’s my favorite part about my job.  Well, these conditions definitely did not happen overnight and so treating them is also going to be a gradual process that will take some time. In Chinese medicine, we say it takes 1 month to treat a problem you have had for 1 year. Also, some problems can be treated at the same time and are inter-related as far as Oriental medicine theory is concerned — such as anxiety and high cholesterol which are both related to your Gall Bladder. Other problems will require slightly different herbs or treatment strategies. Some other things to consider:  What is the biggest priority?  What is bothering you the most right now?  Usually that is a good place to start.   In general, the easiest medicines to get off of are the allergies medicines and the cholesterol medicine.   My personal opinion on cholesterol medication is somewhat controversial, and please don’t take my opinion as medical advice * but simply as opinion.  (*this is just me saving my butt, legally) Allergy medication is a different animal:  the way that antihistimines and decongestants work in your body are that they will trap the “evil qi” further into your respiratory system and make the actual problem,...

Meditation for Stress

Do you ever meet someone who seems so laid-back, carefree and happy that you can’t help but to wonder, “what is their secret?”  Probably they are not sweating the “small stuff.”  We all have crap that gets in the way of our expectations of what a happy life should look and feel like, but to an extent we can take control of how we react to that crap.  Some things you have no control to change and need to be accepted.  Some things are really not as bad as they may seem at the time.  Your mind has the power to accept the situation or to change the focus to a more positive mind-set.   So how the heck do we learn how to control our minds??? Meditation. I convinced my friend, Nick Applebee, to let me interview him.  Nick is a long-time meditator, meditation instructor, and yogi.   Me:  Nick, what is your background in meditation? Nick:  I came into the door in martial arts because I needed martial arts to protect myself.  I was at the academy early one day and tried the meditation the class all did together.  I had a very, very, even to this day I had a deep, deep experience of meditation.  It stimulated me to say “whoa, this is something” and to pursue it.   Me:  What do you think the benefits of meditation are? Nick:  If you were to group things together that produced good health, you would say “exercise, eating good organic food, … yoga,” all these things.  Meditation or spiritual exercise is something that opens up your energy to...

Cedar Fever Solution

The time of year is upon us…December through February…the dreaded Cedar Season. No fear: your allergies are fix-able. Follow this step-by-step process and by next year, your cedar allergies will be at least 50% improved.   1. Clean up your diet: your diet has everything to do with your immune system functioning. Eliminating anything artificial (colors, flavors, things you can’t pronounce), refined (“white”) grains, excessive milk or dairy, and sugary snacks. Focus instead on consuming plenty of organic proteins (fish, beef, poultry, bison), at least 5 colors of vegetables at every meal, and one piece of fruit per day. Snack on nuts or organic yogurt. Limit alcohol consumption to less than 1 drink per day. 2. Manage your stress: listen to your body and rest when you are tired. Don’t try to squeeze too much into one day. Repeat after me, “I am not responsible for anyone else’s happiness.” Stay positive. Where your mind goes; your body will follow. In other words, don’t think too much about “crap.” Take care of the “crap,” and then move on. 3. Take vitamins: Take a good quality multi-vitamin, and supplement others as needed. A quick guide: Immune system problems => Vitamin C Nervous system problems => Vitamin B Emotional, Low energy, or Vegetarian => Iron, Vitamin B12 Thyroid issue, muscle cramps, insomnia => trace minerals Inflammation => Fish oil Joint pain => Glucosamine Digestive problems => Digestive enzymes, probiotics 4. Avoid antibiotics: antibiotics do a few damages in your body that will hinder your immune system. First, they “trap” the “evil qi” in your body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (say, thousands of...

Boosting Your Immune System

Q:  Hi Nicole, I have a personal problem… Of course everyone around me is sick right now, and I keep fighting off sickness myself. My main recurring problem, is that sickness always seems to go straight to my chest/lungs. I’m not sure why? It’s awful though. Maybe it has something to do with my lung development as I was extremely premature… Who knows? What are some ways to really boost my immune system? A:  I, too, used to get the same kinds of “bugs” that most people suffer with especially this time of year.  I remember my first year at UT when my parents came to pick me up and drive me home to Fort Worth for Thanksgiving.  I had a sore throat and cough for about a week, which I did not go to the health clinic to treat.  By the time my dad showed up, I had totally lost my voice, was sweating profusely, pale, and listless.  We drove home, and he said, “Enough of this.  Get to the doctor and get some medicine.”  I went; and of course, with the help of antibiotics and cough syrup I felt fine the next day.   Unfortunately, what you don’t feel after taking antibiotics and cough syrup is what it is doing to your insides!  After years and years (maybe 20 in all before I stopped needing antibiotics), my immune system started taking the toll big time.  How it showed up?  My skin.  My energy.  My digestion.  No good.   …and of course the same annual illnesses…the flus, colds, allergies, etc. In life, you have 2 choices.   1....

End of the World

The end is near.  The “apocalypse” you kept hearing about is the end of an era, not the actual planet or humankind.  Just as in history there are periods of different prevailing beliefs, problems, and knowledge, we are entering a new epoch of time.   Old ideas are moving out and new ones are taking shape.  It’s very exciting!Here is my end of the year list; what’s in and what’s out for 2013.  Out.                           In. Self-centered.                                Community. Antibiotics.                                     Vitamins. Factory farms.                               Organic. Power struggles.                           Open communication Shame.                                             Beauty. Fixed ideas.                                    New ideas. Consumerism.                                Investing. Medication.                                     Nutrition. Blind faith.                                      Education. Fear.            ...
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