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Helping you achieve fear-free living.

Stories of hope and tips on shifting from fear and confusion to greater courage, love and deep healing.

Thursday
Mar302017

5 Anti-cancer Tips you may NOT want to Know About!

Over the next few weeks I am going to be writing about health tips that may challenge you and cause you to reevaluate some of the things you do on a daily basis. This may be a bit uncomfortable because we are all creatures of habit! You may decide to adopt or reject the tips but I believe that knowledge is empowering so I want to share what I have learned about some controversial health topics to help you make informed decisions.

Tip #1: Reconsider your Underarm Protection!

This tip is about antiperspirants and deodorants – how they work and what you may want to consider when making product choices. This information is not meant to scare you but rather increase your awareness and give you options to consider.

As you likely know, antiperspirants help block the sweat to keep you dry. Like deodorants, they also coat the skin with antiseptics so that if you do sweat the bacteria is neutralized to reduce potential odors. Some chemicals to watch out for include aluminum (in antiperspirants), parabens and fragrances (in both products).

Aluminum is used in antiperspirants because when combined with moisture it helps block the sweat glands so you stay dry. The armpit has many sweat glands and lymph nodes that may be affected. A 2011 study in the Journal of Applied Toxicology showed increased levels of aluminum in breast fluids.

The data presented here showing higher levels of Aluminum in Cancer NAFs (nipple aspirate fluid) than in NoCancer NAFs opens the possibility that increased levels of this metallo-estrogen (metals capable of binding to cellular estrogen receptors and then mimicking the actions of physiological estrogens) in the breast microenvironment could contribute to the development of breast cancer.(1)

Another study done in 2012 sited Our observations do not formally identify aluminum as a breast carcinogen, but challenge the safety ascribed to its widespread use in underarm cosmetics.’(2)

Aluminium also acts like Xenoestrogen in the body and can interfere with estrogen. Estrogen is a female hormone that can cause breast cells (both normal and cancerous) to grow and divide. Exposure to estrogen has been shown to be one of the primary influencers in terms of the development of breast cancer. A 2003 study out of England sited:

'Most established risk factors for breast cancer in humans probably act through hormone-related pathways, and increased concentrations of circulating oestrogens (the terms for estrogen in England) have been found to be strongly associated with increased risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women.’(3)

And a 2002 meta-analysis study looking at the results of nine studies on sex hormones and breast cancer cited ‘The main finding of our study was that postmenopausal women with relatively high serum concentrations of sex hormones had a roughly twofold higher risk for breast cancer than did postmenopausal women with relatively low serum concentrations of sex hormones.’(4)

Parabens are used as a preservative to help maintain the effectiveness of antiseptics, often in antiperspirants and deodorants, and can mimic or interfere with estrogen production in the body. A 2012 study showed the presence of one or more types of parabens in 99% of all breast tumour tissue samples.(5) In the study, the parabens were found to be intact which means they had not been ingested and processed by the liver but rather absorbed directly into the skin.

The parabens were not likely absorbed solely from underarm products as they are also found in many cosmetic products (lotions, sunscreens, eye make-up) that women use on a daily basis. Although the level of parabens in any given product may not be harmful, with all the personal care products you use daily there may be an accumulation that over time may become an issue.

Fragrances used in most underarm products are not natural and personal care products with fragrance are generally rated high in toxicity on the SkinDeep website.This website ranks the toxicity of thousands of consumer brand name products so it is a great source of information when you want to choose a product or check to see if what you are using is considered safe. Make sure you look closely at the description of the product as the same brand can have products with low toxicity ratings and some with higher levels.

The skin is the largest organ of protection and defense however it can also let toxins like aluminum, parabens and fragrances into your tissues. Knowing what is in your underarm protection and how it may affect your body is crucial to making informed choices.

A final thought... let your body sweat!

Everyone knows that sweating helps regulate body temperature but it also plays a role in the detoxification process. Your sweat is made up of components (mostly water, salt and traces of metabolic waste products) also found in your urine. So it is not logical to consider that blocking sweat glands and interfering with the body’s natural cleansing and cooling process through the use of antiperspirants may not be the best thing for your overall health?

Obviously personal care products are a personal choice. I like to try to avoid using chemicals if there are natural, affordable solutions available that give acceptable results. Pharmacies, health food or natural product stores carry many deodorants without toxic chemicals and artificial fragrances. Keeping in mind that moderation is key, you may want an antiperspirant around the house to use once in awhile when it is really important for you to not sweat (like when you are giving a big presentation). Otherwise the natural alternatives coupled with increased water consumption and avoiding processed foods should keep you feeling fresh and give you greater peace of mind.

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Blessings,
Jackie

Friday
Sep092016

Hemp - not just for breakfast anymore!

Today I want to talk to you about one of the most powerful super foods, something you may want to include in your daily diet. Hemp hearts, raw shelled hemp seeds, are unmatched in nature for their balance of proteins, essential fatty acids (the omega's) and most minerals with only traces of carbohydrates, saturated fats and sugar. The main benefits of hemp hearts include helping to:

  • Keep you regular
  • Provide sustained energy
  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Control weight gain
  • Increase your mineral intake (such as iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and thiamine)

Studies have shown that they also reduce inflammation and improve circulation, two important factors in the cure and prevention of many diseases, including cancer.

So how much, how and when should you eat hemp seeds? I put a tablespoon in my smoothie every

morning. You can also sprinkle them on yogurt, toast, cereal, add them to soup or salad like you would nuts or other seeds or even on your desserts! They have a nice texture and slightly nutty flavour. I suggest starting with one tablespoon and see how your body reacts. Taking too much may cause loose stool so you want to start slowly and see what the ideal quantity is for you - likely between 1 and 4 tablespoons per day. I would not recommend eating them after dinner or the energy boost they provide may interfere with your sleep.

I hope that you will experience a notable change in your energy level as a result of eating hemp hearts on a daily basis!

Enjoy and until next time live each day with peace, vitality and passion!
Jackie

PS you can buy hemp hearts in large quantities at Costco or at your local health food store

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Sunday
Aug282016

11 Sleep Tips

Hi, I was recently invited to contribute to an article on getting a better sleep. There are eleven people who participated in this effort, each with a very different tip on how to fall asleep or stay asleep! Below is my tip - by far the most esoteric! I encourage you to use this link and read the other 10 tips so you can get that all important 7-8 hours sleep (by the way research shows we all need that much sleep to function at our best so don't kid yourself!).

Tip #11: Explore And Uncover What You Are Avoiding Addressing In Your Life

I find that people often either can’t fall asleep or wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep. If this is what you are experiencing, you may want to ask yourself 'what you are hiding from?' A frequent cause of this type of insomnia is an overactive mind that is pre-occupied with something.

When you go to sleep at night everything gets quiet. This gives your sub-conscious mind (or your soul) a chance to be heard, that whisper that says ‘you don’t like your job, why are you staying?’ or ‘you are unhappy in your current relationship, you need to express yourself and get help’. Your soul speaks through silence but your ego can get annoyed with these whispers so it keeps you busy all day and encourages you to stay up late so that you are so tired you almost just drop off to sleep.

Well unfortunately, your soul or inner guidance is tenacious. It really wants what is best for you and it wants to be heard so it will keep trying – for instance through dreams or waking you up in the night with its persistent whispers.

My tip is therefore to start to explore and uncover what you may be avoiding addressing in your life – here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Start a journal. Write whatever comes up for you, the messages from your soul and the often resistant or stubborn paroles of your ego.
  • Keep a journal next to your bed so you can write down thoughts, insights or concerns when they arise – that way they stop ruminating in your mind.
  • Take time to get quiet during the day, maybe at the end of a meditation and simply ask your soul what message it has for you. Write it down because if your ego does not agree or feels threatened by the message it will help you forget it!
  • Once you get some clarity around what needs addressing in your life and what the concerns of your ego are, then you need to move towards resolution. Get help if you need it, friends, family, a coach or therapist – there are people out there who are there for you!

Bonne nuit!