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Dry Salt Therapy: Natural Remedy for Stress, Asthma, Allergies and More

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

A few weeks ago I went to a healing conference and experienced some new therapies. One of these is salt therapy, excellent for those with allergies, asthma and other ailments such as stress. I went for a session at Breathe Easy and was most impressed—I took my boys there as well as they suffer from seasonal allergies and we all benefited.

salt roomThis is me in the salt room–the haze you see is the salt particles; below is one of my boys being buried in the salt by the other.

Dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, originated in the salt caves of Eastern Europe which were found to have healing properties and kept salt miners free of respiratory and skin ailments that were common to other miners. It has since been adapted to become a standard healing and prevention practice throughout Europe and is even available in many hospitals and doctors’ offices. The salt rooms and beds at Breathe Easy recreate the therapeutic salt cave environment with pink Himalayan salt coating the floor and walls and white pharmaceutical grade salt ground up and dispersed into the air to be inhaled naturally.

The salt particles enter the airways and break down mucus, kill bacteria, relieve inflammation, increase oxygen flow throughout the body and give the immune system a boost by keeping the lungs, sinuses and air passages free of bacteria, mucus, allergens and toxins that get embedded in these areas, irritate sensitive tissues and spread infections. It also balances the pH level of skin and exfoliates, buffing away dead skin and stimulating healthy skin cell replication.

salt boys

While certainly not intended as a cure or remedy for cancer, salt therapy can be relaxing and healing—and may reduce your need for toxic allergy medications. Please note that salt therapy is not advised during chemotherapy as the detoxification process of Dry Salt Therapy may react with the Chemo. However, once treatment is finished, salt therapy, along with drinking plenty of pure water, exercising and eating a proper diet rich in fiber and phytonutrients, may help to detoxify after such treatments and support the healing process.

Learn more about Dry Salt Therapy at http://www.breatheeasyusa.com/

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: Reading the information in this post does not constitute a physician-patient relationship, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor. The information included in this post is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your healthcare provider regarding a medical condition or any treatments.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.com/about/

 

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Help Us Tell Our Story about the Pink Virus

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Once again we face Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the month where ‘Pink’ campaigns for your dollars to ‘beat’ breast cancer.  I have yet to understand how buying pink shoes will beat breast cancer, but I am quite aware of the power to capitalize on the situation.  The following is a guest post by Vera Gruessner, who, like me, would like you to ‘think before you Pink’. Please put your donations in the hands of organizations whose primary goal is to act, not talk or profit.  Consider funding the breast cancer vaccine that could save millions.

pink VeraOctober is upon us and we all know that means National Breast Cancer Awareness Month will lead to countless of pink merchandise, commercials, and companies branding the disease in order to make a profit. Some of the largest breast cancer charities such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation do not spend the donations they receive the way many may think. The Komen Foundation spends no more than 26 percent of its earnings on breast cancer research grants and sometimes spends as little as 15.5 percent, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

While other organizations continue to “race for the cure,” the Breast Health and Healing Foundation and other up-and-coming charities continue to stress the importance of breast cancer prevention. Instead of focusing on treating a disease that has already spread, it is more logical to stop the illness from affecting women in the first place.

This October, let’s spend the month spreading awareness of cancer prevention, specifically the research behind the breast cancer virus and Cleveland Clinic’s preventive breast cancer vaccine. Did you know that less than 2 percent of all breast cancer funding goes to prevention? This needs to stop! We need to make a change.vials vera

In pursuit of some necessary change, the Breast Health and Healing Foundation has partnered with Soapbox Entertainment and They Say We Are Dreamers to develop an inspiring documentary film that follows the story of the breast cancer virus and vaccine. The film begs to answer two questions:

  1. Does a virus cause breast cancer in women?
  2. Can we make a safe and effective vaccine that prevents breast cancer in women?

This film is called “The Pink Virus: A Pox on Us” and details the research behind the mouse mammary tumor virus, which may be responsible for a large amount of breast cancer cases in women, and the preventive breast cancer vaccine from Dr. Vincent Tuohy’s lab at the Cleveland Clinic, which is known to have kept 100 percent of tested mice from developing this illness.

The reason much of this research has not been funded is because it is not known well enough – it is up to us to share this information and let the world know about the importance of breast cancer prevention. We need to change the way of thinking within the healthcare system – we need to revolutionize the whole concept of treating disease and emphasize prevention above all!

This film needs to be completed in order to tell our story across the nation. We will not be asking for help from corporate sponsors to finish this project. This will be different from the bright pink merchandise you see in store windows every October.

We need your help. We are attempting to crowd-fund the donations necessary to finish this project. We will gather the funds $20 or $30 at a time, but we will gain the money we need to tell our story. If you can, please help us by donating or by sharing our efforts with your family, coworkers, and friends. This story needs to be told. Only you can help us tell it.

Donate Here to the Pink Virus Documentary Film!

View Trailer for the Film Here!

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project.  Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.com/about/

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Recommended Reading List for People with Breast Cancer

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because I strive to spread the word that there are many options, but no one magic bullet for cancer, I would like to share some books that will empower you to be an active participant in your healing.  No one treatment is right for all, and there are options well beyond what we are hearing from our doctors. There is no ‘best’ diet; it is not a question of trying to follow some ideal way of living based on other people’s experiences or insistence.  Each of us is our own unique person, with our very own DNA, mutations, illnesses and restrictions, therefore each of us must find our own solution—a lifestyle and protocol that works for us. We each had our own path to cancer and therefore need our own path to wellness. While you will find that there are many common factors empowered patients have used to recover from cancer, you will find that the ‘answers’ to cancer vary tremendously. The goal is to find a protocol that gives you confidence that you will beat your cancer, survive and live well.

Breast cancer booksThe following books are loaded with useful information and will aid you in your healing:

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, by Dr Kelly Turner, PhD.  This is a much overdue book, one that brings awareness and validity to the true extent of radical remissions—remission achieved without the use of conventional medicine or even after conventional medicine has failed. Turner shows that there really is hope, even in situations that seem hopeless.  You will learn that there are options well beyond the ‘white coat’, and that the possibilities for healing are more abundant than we have been told.    I love that Turner explains that there are a vast variety of paths to wellness. She also lists the 9 commonalities that people have used to heal from their cancer–factors such as diet, stress, emotions, spirituality, and others that profoundly affect our health and well-being.  Listen to Dr Turner on my radio show.

In Waking the Warrior Goddess, Third Edition: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against & Fight Breast Cancer, Dr Horner explores the various foods, supplements and health promoting strategies that can help women to successfully treat and prevent breast cancer. This is an excellent resource book that includes the best explanations of phytoestrogens I have ever read.  Dr Horner explains how many natural substances have been proven to be as effective as or even more effective than pharmaceuticals such as aromatase inhibitors.  Listen to Dr Horner on my radio show–Neglected Breast Cancer Discoveries that Could Save Your Life.

Not surprising, my all-time most popular post is the one I wrote a few years ago on Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen—and there is a reason for this—people want safer options. Never overlook the power of nature’s medicine chest.  You may also want to view my discussion on natural alternatives with Dr Kelly Turner: 

 

The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Nutritional Approach to Preventing Recurrence , by Helayne Waldman and Edward Bauman, is an excellent guide for anyone seeking to understand the effect of nutritional and environmental factors on our risk for cancer and its recurrence.  In this book you will learn how to incorporate cancer-fighting foods into your diet, clean up your self-care products, nourish your immune system, detoxify your body, and more. After I first heard Helayne speak at a conference, I immediately purchased this book–and it is fantastic. Listen to Helayne on my show: Modulating Hormones with Diet and Supplements.

 

More Favorites:

Anticancer-a New Way of Life

Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment

The Iodine Crisis: What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life

The Etiology of Breast Cancer: Endogenous and Exogenous Causes

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The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle (Available April 2015-Preorder Now)

Miracle Survivors: Beating the Odds of Incurable Cancer

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Breast Cancer Tip: Have you tried rebounding? Rebounding benefits lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system. This benefits the body’s immune capacity for fighting current disease, destroying cancer cells, eliminating antigens and preventing future illness. Rebounding also circulates more oxygen to the tissues (cancer hates oxygen), boosts the production of red blood cells, improves digestion and elimination, aids mental clarity, curtails fatigue and provides a host of other benefits.  Plus, it’s good exercise, fun, and doesn’t have to be expensive–I have this one and it’s only about $60: Sunny Health & Fitness 40″ Foldable Trampoline with Bar.

I honestly do not believe that there is anyone out there who is not aware of breast cancer.  We’ve all been affected in some way—mother, brother, sister, aunt, self—sadly the statistics are now that one in every three women will face breast cancer. Dedicating a month won’t change this much, but I do feel it helps people to bond, and I am sure that helps some to heal.  And while the hype for all these ‘months’ is likely generated to bring in more donations—little of which will go towards bringing us the elusive cure, my hope is that the money gets to the right organizations where it can be effective.

Some of my favorite organizations:

http://www.toniturchifoundation.org/

http://www.emeraldheart.org/

http://www.believebig.org/ClinicalTrial.html

http://www.jesichashope.org/

http://annieappleseedproject.org/

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project.  Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. http://elynjacobs.com/about/

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