Did you know? The benefits of Thermography over Mammography?

•November 18, 2009 • 4 Comments

JUST CAME ACROSS A GREAT ARTICLE ON THE ECONOMICS OF BREAST CANCER—INCLUDING INFO ON THE BENEFITS OF THERMOGRAPHY OVER MAMMOGRAPHY–LOTS OF GREAT INFO ON BREAST CANCER IN GENERAL. CHECK IT OUT!  http://www.sedonaobserver.com/SO_001/BreastCancerUpdate.htm

JULY 9, 2010  ANOTHER article from Natural News linking mammography to breast cancer can be found at http://www.naturalnews.com/028959_radiation_brst_cancer.html

I wrote this entry back in October of 2008 ( and it has been one of my most popular entries), and in light of recent recommendations as to when and how often women should get breast cancer screenings, I thought I would revisit the positive aspects of thermography vs. mammography.   New recommendations are that women get yearly mammograms at the age of 50 rather than 40, and that they get a mammogram every other year instead of every year.  The reason given is that there have been too many false positives when women get yearly mammograms starting at age forty.  This results in unneeded and expensive biopsies and surgeries.  Thermography is the perfect solution.  As stated in the following information, thermography is able to detect cancer in the earliest stages of autogenesis (blood vessel formation that is a precursor of cancerous tumors)…..up to two years before a tumor even forms.  So that means that yearly thermographies would not be needed.  And with thermography, breast density is not an issue as it is in mammography.  No need to painfully compress the breast to get an accurate reading…. and less chance that the test will have to be repeated if the compression was not sufficient to get a clear picture ( more radiation!!)  So, in my mind, the question is not when or how often should women be getting mammograms.  The question I have is why any woman would EVER get a mammogram at all!  Sure didn’t hear that on the morning news shows now did ya?  Makes you wonder…….

Here are some facts about MAMMOGRAPHY that you may not know:

Screening mammography provides about 1,000 times greater radiation exposure than from a chest x-ray, which in itself poses a risk of cancer.

Mammography compresses your breasts tightly, and often painfully, which could lead to a lethal spread of cancerous cells, should they exist.

“The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening,” points out Dr. Samuel Epstein, one of the top cancer experts.

Dr. Charles B. Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute, said, “Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth.”

Most physicians continue to recommend mammograms for fear of being sued by a woman who develops breast cancer after he did not advise her to get one.

The technology carries a first-time false positive rate of up to 6 percent. False positives can lead to expensive repeat screenings and can sometimes result in unnecessary invasive procedures including biopsies and surgeries.

But, breast cancer is the leading cancer in women and is a real issue. So what is a woman to do?

When I turned 40 I went for my first mammogram on the advice of my doctor. This was to establish a baseline for comparison with future mammograms. Then like a good girl I went for another mammogram the next year and again the following year. While this last mammogram was being done, I knew that the technician did not know what she was doing. A mammogram involves intense compression of the breast and this is not what I felt. So I was not surprised, but was a little unsettled, when I received a letter in the mail a few days later saying that “suspicious areas” were found in both breasts and I should have the test repeated. Well. If this were my first mammogram, I would have freaked out and would have been convinced that I had cancer in both breasts. But, because I believed that this particular test was not done correctly, I knew that it simply needed to be repeated. So I subjected myself to the unnecessary radiation exposure just to be sure. And as I suspected, the technician who read the second test results and compared them to the first, said that the first mammogram was not done correctly. I am now 57 years old and I have not had a mammogram in the past 15 years. Let me say that I have no history of breast or any other form of cancer in my family. If I did, I would not be as cavalier as I have been. The fact is that the risk of breast cancer has been increasing over the years. Not surprising. The nasty toxins in our food … our cosmetics ….our beauty care products… and air we breath, are concentrated in fat cells, and fat cells make up the bulk of the breast. I could write pages on things you can do to lessen your breast cancer risk….and there are many. But the purpose of this blog posting is to encourage you to look into alternatives to mammography. Breast awareness…that is awareness to any changes whatsoever in your breast is one way. Regular self breast exams are another. You know your body…or you should. Don’t let recent studies that say breast self exams are useless mislead you. Mammography is a BIG money maker after all. But most importantly, there is a new option for breast screening called thermographic breast screening or THERMOGRAPHY. Thermography uses no mechanical pressure or ionizing radiation, and can detect signs of breast cancer years earlier than either mammography or a physical exam. It measures the radiation of infrared heat from your body and translates this information into anatomical images. Thermography is able to detect the possibility of breast cancer much earlier, because it can image the early stages of angiogenesis (the formation of a direct supply of blood to cancer cells, which is a necessary step before they can grow into tumors of size).

Thermography clinics can be found in 33 states and will hopefully be the wave of the future. So, please…..educate yourself and think for yourself and consider safer, more effective alternatives to mammograms.

Did you know? The power of “Om” mantra?

•October 14, 2009 • 5 Comments

A little over two years ago, July 4th of 2007 to be exact, my life was changed by the simple chanting of the Om Mantra in a yoga class. It was my first experience with what I know now to be an opening of the heart, the third eye and the crown chakra, which for me signaled the beginning of a spiritual awakening. I have heard people try to explain what this energy experience feels like. The best analogy I can think of is one given by a fellow student in my Reiki class. She was rather tentative about expressing herself this way, as am I, but the truth is that it feels like….a “spiritual orgasm”. Once she verbalized this analogy in class, we all agreed that that’s exactly what it feels like! Small wonder then, that since my first experience with this feeling I became a sort of “energy junkie”, investigating ways  to bring ever more energy into my life.  This energy experience in yoga class brought me to Reiki.  As a Reiki practitioner, I sometimes have this intense feeling when I am in the middle of a Reiki session, or other times when chanting the Om Mantra in Yoga class or during private meditation. What is it about the sound of “Om” that brings about such a glorious flow of energy?

It is believed that the whole universe is made up of vibrating, pulsating energy. Om (or alternately Aum) is considered to be the humming sound of this cosmic energy. Om or Aum is said to be the original primordial creative sound from which the entire universe was manifested. It is also known as the “Anahat Nada”, the “Unstruck Sound”, meaning that it is not made by two things striking together. Om emanates on its own. So, what happens in our bodies when we chant Om? The cells, molecules, atoms and sub-atomic particles all vibrate in the same wavelength as the mantra…..we bring peace and light down from above and create a universal harmony within and without us. It has been said “He who knows ‘Om’ knows God.” To some it may sound like new age mumbo jumbo….until you have experienced it, and then you know—–you believe every word.  I have found that chanting AUM is more powerful since it incorporates the sound AH, which vibrates with and opens the Heart chakra, and OM which opens the 6th or Third Eye chakra, and mmmm which opens the Crown chakra.  Something like this:  Ahhhhh…Oooooo…mmmm, being sure you ration the breath to be able to produce every sound since each is important.

There are three ways to chant the Om Mantra or any other mantra…..aloud, silently but while mouthing or humming the mantra or completely silently within oneself. Not surprisingly, the best experiences are felt when chanting the Om Mantra with others because of the sharing of sound and energy. However, those who believe that our presence on earth is but one phase of our infinite soul, believe that chanting Om silently is the most powerful method. It is not dependent on having a human voice or lips or facial muscles which are temporary manifestations…..compared to the billions of years that you will be fully at one with Om. A nice thought to ponder. Om Shanti.

Did you know? Why IS High Fructose Corn Syrup bad for your health?

•January 28, 2009 • 2 Comments

You’ve probably seen the new commercials that imply that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is no worse for you than sugar. The Corn Growers Association wants you to believe that HFCS has the “same natural sweeteners as table sugar and honey.” In reality, nothing could be further from the truth! Don’t fall for it. HFCS is highly processed and does not exist anywhere in nature and has definite damaging effects on your health. Just because the characters in the commercial have heard that HFCS is bad for your health but don’t know why does not mean that HFCS gets a clean bill of health. It’s all part of a major (20-30 Million dollar ) marketing campaign from the Corn Refiners Association. It is their desperate response to the increasing public perception of the dangers of HFCS. So let’s not be as clueless as the people in the commercials. The following are reasons that HFCS is an unhealthy choice:

Refined man-made fructose like HFCS metabolizes to triglycerides and adipose tissue, not blood glucose. Because of this fact, insulin secretion is not stimulated. Whereas consumption of sugar (glucose) causes a release of insulin to help the body use and store the glucose, your body is left wondering what to do with this foreign substance (HFCS). Also, leptin is not produced when HFCS is consumed. (Leptin is a hormone thought to be involved in appetite regulation.) Since this regulation does not exist, dietary fructose may contribute to increased food intake and weight gain. So the bottom line….and it’s a big one….HFCS inhibits certain hormones that help to regulate appetite and fat storage.

Cancer cells thrive in the presence of fructose but are unaffected by glucose.

Fructose is known to significantly raise your triglyceride levels and your LDL or bad cholesterol levels. Elevated blood levels of triglycerides and LDL puts you at an increased risk of heart disease.

Soft drinks sweetened with HFCS may contribute to the development of diabetes because it contains high levels of reactive compounds that have been shown to trigger cell and tissue damage that cause diabetes. The number one source of calories in the US is high fructose corn syrup…..mostly from soda consumption.

In HFCS production, a dozen different chemical processes and enzyme reactions turn a corn kernel’s glucose molecules into fructose, which is then added to regular corn syrup.  In a recent study, almost half of the high-fructose corn syrup tested contained mercury, most probably related to the chemicals used in processing.

HFCS is almost always made from genetically modified corn, which is associated with its own well documented side effects and health concerns, the least of which is increasing your risk of developing a food allergy to corn.

So now you know. The next time someone tells you that HFCS is not a problem, you can set them straight. Again, as with anything else, a little HFCS in your diet will not cause any major problems. But remember that HFCS is very widely used and it is the cumulative effect that should be considered. In fact, when you start to read labels, you will realize how pervasive this sweetener is. And to say “it’s everywhere!” is not an exaggeration.

Did you know? A “Blessingway Ceremony” can be a wonderful ritual for a new Mom?

•December 28, 2008 • 1 Comment

We are planning a baby shower for my daughter Laura and my sweet grandbaby girl at the end of January at her home in Georgia. Since she’s a Connecticut girl at heart and misses snow tremendously, we decided to have a “winter wonderland” theme. Worked out great since all the “snow” decorations are on sale after Christmas. So my daughter Karen and I went to the party store and stocked up on all sorts of snow related stuff and we are well on our way to creating a winter wonderland in Georgia….should be fun! I wanted to do something  spiritual and meaningful for Laura at the shower but didn’t know how to go about it. I happened to be reading a book called “The Daily Om: inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day” by Madisyn Taylor. It’s a great book. Anyway, I came across something in there called a Blessingway ceremony…based on a traditional Navajo ritual. It can be given in honor of anyone going through a major life transition such as a retirement, a graduation or a significant birthday. A Mother Blessing is a type of Blessingway ritual that commemorates a woman’s passage into motherhood. It is designed to provide the mother-to-be with encouragement and inspiration as she approaches this very significant life transition. Each person is asked to bring a single special bead to the baby shower. They will present Laura with the bead along with a wish for her journey such as strength, courage, joy, or a sense of humor. The beads can then be strung into a necklace or bracelet. We thought we would simply string the beads together so that she could hang it on the wall in the nursery to remind her of her own strength and the love that surrounds her. Sounds like a beautiful new tradition!

Did you know? A grateful spirit and good health go hand in hand?

•November 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

On this Thanksgiving Day, we are encouraged to acknowledge and give thanks for the blessings in our lives. This has been a tumultuous year in so many ways and for so many people. And yet it is important to notice and appreciate the blessings we receive daily. I have heard people say “I don’t have that much to be thankful for this year.” Some people have lost their homes, their jobs, their 401Ks. Others have experienced illness or the loss of a loved one through death or separation. And yet, true gratitude should be felt and expressed despite these hardships since true gratitude is independent of situations and circumstances. The Law of Attraction says that we will attract more of the things that we are grateful for since gratefulness generates positive energy. Conversely, those things that we feel we lack will forever be so since the feeling that we don’t have enough generates negative energy. We often focus on the “garden variety” of gratitude on days such as this day —one that is set aside specifically for giving thanks. When expressing this form of gratitude, we may tend to focus on our possessions or our immediate pleasures. It is a shallow form of gratitude and one that is easily put aside when we are drawn back to our “day to day existence”. What I will call the “spirit of gratitude”, on the other hand is a constant state of gratitude for every moment of our “day to day existence”. This spirit of gratitude acknowledges the marvelous workings of our bodies—-our ability to enjoy the simplest pleasures as experienced through the gift of our senses. It acknowledges the exquisite beauty of our planet and our universe and the special people in it. It acknowledges the place of challenge and hardships in our lives. It acknowledges the difficult people and situations with which we struggle. It acknowledges the end of relationships that no longer serve us, for the existence of these relationships have taught us lessons we needed to learn. It acknowledges all these and gives thanks for each of them simply because they are a part of our existence. Our lives are composed of a series of daily miracles, whether we choose to recognize that fact or not. We tend to take these miracles for granted until they are taken from us….”you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” as they say. When living with a spirit of gratitude, it becomes part of your existence to express gratitude for these miracles which sometimes go unnoticed, but should never be unappreciated. Living with a spirit of gratitude brings peace and health. “Grateful people — those who perceive gratitude as a permanent trait rather than a temporary state of mind — have an edge on the not-so-grateful when it comes to health” according to University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons. Emmons’ research on gratitude shows that “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations.” Something to think about on this traditional day of giving thanks…..

Did you know? Does Colloidal Silver kill good bacteria as well as bad?

•November 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

My recent blog posting on the benefits of Colloidal Silver as a powerful germicide has brought up an interesting question. If Colloidal Sliver is able to inactivate and inhibit the replication of bad bacteria, is the good bacteria in your intestinal tract effected as well? A very good question. The answer to that question is yes…..but this should not be a major concern since your nearly 30 feet of intestinal tract is consistently making more friendly bacteria. Additionally, Colloidal Silver aside, it is always a good idea to take a daily probiotic to provide live bacteria. Most of your immune system functions through the digestive system, so it is very important to support the friendly flora in your intestinal tract. A good strategy is to take both but on a specific schedule—Colloidal Silver during the day and a probiotic capsule at night. In this way you provide your body with the best of both worlds without creating a conflict.

Did you know? The many uses of Colloidal Silver?

•November 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Silver is a powerful germ fighter. Ancient civilizations used silver vessels to store food and silver utensils to eat food. This applied to the wealthy of course, accounting for the fact that they did not fall prey to the plagues that at times decimated the masses. American settlers knew of the health value of silver as well, and were known to put silver dollars into their milk containers to delay spoilage. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that western scientists understood the medicinal properties of silver that had been commonly known for thousands of years—-it was at this point that the suspension known as “Colloidal Silver” became widely used in as an anti-microbial treatment. Colloidal Silver was shown to be highly germicidal, yet harmless and non-toxic to humans. Sounds like the perfect medicine—-but Big Pharma reared it’s ugly head even back then. New prescription antibiotic drugs became available and Colloidal Silver was overlooked. Now, of course we see that many types of bacteria have acquired immunity to these wonder antibiotics—-and let’s not forget that antibiotics are useless against viruses. So it is time to revisit the benefits of Colloidal Silver.

How does Colloidal Silver work as an anti-microbial and how is it superior to prescription antibiotics? Colloidal Silver works by disabling the oxygen metabolism enzyme and denaturing the DNA found in single celled organisms such as bacteria and fungi and most viruses. This causes the pathogen to die and stop replicating so that the immune and lymph systems can eliminate them from the body. This disabling process cannot result in any resistance and so—-unlike antibiotics—-Colloidal Silver can be used year round, for extended periods of time without worrying about pathogen mutation and the development of “superbugs”. Colloidal Silver is harmless to humans and animals as it only effects primitive single celled organisms. In addition to its anti-microbial properties, Colloidal Silver exhibits tissue healing properties resulting in increased cell reproduction. It shortens healing time and lessens the amount of scar tissue. It does this by causing the production of cells that are, in a sense, generic. These generic cells migrate wherever they are needed in the body for tissue repair—replacing scar tissue that would normally form. For tissue repair, Colloidal Silver can be applied directly to cuts, burns and sores. It can be dabbed on mosquito bites, acne and dandruff. It can be sprayed on athletes foot and diaper rash. In fact, if you want to want to become familiar with the almost unlimited uses for Colloidal Silver, check out this website. It lists some 50 uses for the stuff: http://www.silvergen.com/colloidal_silver_uses.htm. Overall, it seem that the effective and safe use of Colloidal Silver in the treatment of dozens of common infectious disorder is limited only by the imagination and creativity of those afflicted!

I keep a bottle of Colloidal Silver with me all the time. I use it mostly when I am traveling by plane. I spray it under my tongue and keep it there for about half a minute before swallowing it. I have even been known to spray it up my nose! (great for sinusitis, by the way). People look at you a little strangely when you do this in a crowded airport terminal or —-God forbid, on the plane! This just provides another opportunity to tell people about this stuff—-most people have never heard of it! On a recent flight I was even able to educate a flight attendant! Personally, I have used it on burns, rashes, tick bites and mosquito bites. I swear that it has improved a receding gum problem that I was having! My daughter used it when she had Lyme Disease. My husband has used it on poison ivy with miraculous results. Some day I will have to learn how to make my own Colloidal Silver. The information is out there! But I keep remembering the man who turned blue because he was making his own and drinking it by the gallon every day. Hmmmm. I guess you can become obsessive about the stuff. For now, I think that I will continue to judiciously use my small bottle of Colloidal Silver. Hope you do too!