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Yoga Nidra: The Key to a Better Night’s Sleep and Optimal Health

In Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Mind Body Therapies for Cancer, sleep, Uncategorized, Yoga Nidra on October 31, 2018 at 9:27 am

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Yoga Nidra is not like other types of yoga where you actively participate in various poses and exercises. It is also different than restorative yoga—the depth of Yoga Nidra is far beyond just relaxation. It is more like a form of meditation that does not require much effort. I can appreciate that not everyone can sit still on the floor for 20 minutes, let alone hours—I certainly can’t. For those who do not enjoy meditating, this just might be perfect for you.  In this highly regenerative meditative state you can restore and rejuvenate your body, heal and recover from illness, re-wire your brain for greater mental and emotional balance and resiliency, and improve sleep.

The process of Yoga Nidra is practiced in a comfortable lying down position. You are guided through a series of breathing exercises and simple instructions. Some of these include visual imagery or a scan of the body, which occupies the mind and prevents it from becoming involved in the usual mind-chatter that absorbs our ordinary consciousness. Within a short time, you become submerged in the alpha state (the period just prior to sleep; also known as our “right brain” activity, or our subjective senses of imagination, creativity, memory and intuition.)

Yoga Nidra puts you in a state of deep sleep while you remain conscious and typically awake. Some refer to it as ‘Yogic Sleep’.  It brings an amazing clarity of mind, calmness and stillness. Tension and anxiety melt away with a profound experience of muscular, mental, and emotional relaxation. It is one of the deepest forms of meditation leading to supreme quietness and insight. During a Yoga Nidra session, you leave your waking state, go through the dreaming state and into deep sleep state, yet may remain fully awake. Some say that restorative power of just one hour of Yoga Nidra is equal to 4 hours of healthy sleep.

Yoga Nidra and Optimal Health

Yoga Nidra offers a passive way to neutralize the damage and lower the risk of disease conditions. Unconscious thinking patterns and resulting biochemical states contribute to ill health, stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and trauma. All of these conditions contribute to chronic diseases, including cancer. Some of my favorite meditations are by Lizzy Hill. Her voice guides you to ultimate relaxation, releasing stress and tension in the body. She asks you to begin with an affirmation (an intention). She says intentions are like seeds planted in soil. You can say things like ‘I am healthy and happy’ or ‘I am confident and strong’.

Think happy and healthy thoughts. Believe you can be healthy, that you are healthy.  Your mind will hear this as will the universe. For more on affirmations, please read The Power of Affirmations in Cancer Healing.

Yoga Nidra and Blissful Sleep

One of my favorite meditations to improve sleep and mood is Deep Sleep Meditation with Affirmations: Unstoppable Courage, Confidence & Inner Power | Delta Beats by Kenneth Soares. He starts with guided meditation then moves into empowering affirmations and ends with binaural beats* for deep sleep. This meditation is perfect for those who struggle to fall asleep or have trouble staying asleep. It is perfect even if you don’t. When Soares guides you to take the third breath, I would like to ask you to add a special visualization. He tells you to imagine cleansing your body from head to toe–I love this. I would like to suggest you also envision all of the unhealthy cells in your body washing away at the same time, exiting through the soles of your feet. Very powerful.

If you are like me, you will fall asleep before the affirmations start. They are intentionally low in volume, but you can still hear them when wearing headphones and you don´t need to consciously pay attention to them. Your subconscious mind will absorb and reinforce the words while awake or in deep sleep (use headphones if you want to benefit from the binaural beats and the affirmations).

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Most meditations are completely free—you can listen to them anytime on YouTube.  I recommend you lie on the floor close enough to your computer to hear them, but far enough away from damaging EMFs. Place a small pillow under your head and one under your knees, and perhaps cover yourself with a blanket. You may wish to record the session ahead of time to play bedside (never have a computer or cellphone bedside). You can use a common tape recorder for this. If you listen to this via your computer or phone and wish to wear headphones, be sure they are radiation-free (air-tube).  I use Smart Safe headsets. Cell phone radiation exposure increases when using wired hands-free headsets. EchoTubeZ® radiation free air tube headset blocks 98% of your cell phones radiation emission to your head.

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Summary of Benefits of Yoga Nidra:

  • helps relieve anxiety, stress, and pain
  • may promote healthy sleep
  • may improve memory and concentration
  • suitable for any level of experience
  • helps stimulate creativity
  • enhances healing
  • helps establish a connection with your inner self
  • helps strengthen the immune system
  • helps you find the sense of happiness, harmony, and inner peace
  • helps balance emotions
  • uplifting and energizing

May I remind you to never overlook the power of the sea–it helps offset the damages from EMFs and restores the mind, body, and soul. May the light from above shine down on you, the sand embrace your toes, and the sea rejuvenate you (okay, so added that here as I didn’t have a photo of Yoga Nidra and it is such a restorative photo 🙂 )

You may also enjoy my article on the power of sound: Healing Cancer: One Note at a Time. Be sure to wear headphones for this as well.

*Regarding binaural beats: Creating the vibrations of sound through music changes brainwave patterns in ways that triggers healing.  As each ear receives its own unique musical note, the sound waves move toward each other and synchronize to produce a new musical note that the brain perceives.  The practice in which sound wave stimuli are purposefully used to alter brainwaves in this matter is called brain wave entrainment (BWE).  Preliminary evidence suggests that BWE is effective in several cognitive domains and can relieve acute and long-term stress, reduce pain, headaches, migraines, and PMS and improve behavior, but may go well beyond.

In your good health,

Elyn

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment.  Yoga Nidra and this post in general are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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The Power of Affirmations in Cancer Healing

In Affirmations, Alternative Cancer Therapies, benefits of Yoga Nidra, Books for Cancer Patients, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Emotional Healing, Healing Cancer Naturally, Uncategorized, Yoga Nidra on October 30, 2018 at 9:08 am

An affirmation is really anything you say or think. Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All of our self-talk, our internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. Our subconscious hears everything we think, say, and hear. It will work hard to make thoughts become reality. Affirmations serve as a part of the psychological immune system, and can have a significant impact on your quality and quantity of life.

The mind is powerful and controls the body. The healer Ze’ev Kolman titled his book The Mind is the Healer The Mind is the Killer.  He says that if you heal the mind the body will follow. When I spoke with him about it and did a few sessions with him (and other healers), it all made perfect sense. People are only just beginning to learn that our thoughts are powerful and contribute not just to our mental well-being but also our physical health. 

You may not realize it because perhaps your medical doctors have instilled fear and doubt, but it really is a choice. Now, right now, this moment and all moments — you can choose to change your thinking and ignore theirs. Your life, your health, won’t turn around overnight, but if you’re consistent and make the choice on a daily basis to think thoughts that you are healthy and happy, it can make a difference in every area of your life and your healing. Importantly,  negative thoughts will have the opposite effect. If we don’t believe or have confidence that we can be healthy and happy, we won’t be. In other words, if we have doubtful thoughts it will be harder for the mind to make us healthy. 

These days so many people are angry, really angry and express this anger and negative thoughts on social media, believing somehow the world or situation will change by harsh words.  Anger is a strong emotion, often misdirected and rarely useful and causes a cascade of negative thoughts and statements that contribute to stress and ill health.  According to Louise Hay, “Every complaint is an affirmation of something you think you don’t want in your life. [But] every time you get angry, you’re affirming that you want more anger in your life. Every time you feel like a victim, you’re affirming that you want to continue to feel like a victim.”  She says that when people say their affirmations once a day but complain the rest of the time, the complaining affirmations win. They are typically more of them and the are said with great feeling. 

However,  saying affirmations is only part of the process. The secret to having your affirmations work quickly and consistently is to prepare an atmosphere for them to grow in. Affirmations are like seeds planted in soil. You will hear that from Lizzy Hill in her Yoga Nidra guided meditations (I relax, I release, I let go). She says that the intention (affirmation) you make in the beginning of the session plants a seed for transformation in your body.  You can say something like ‘I am happy and healthy’ or ‘I am calm and relaxed’ or some other short, positive statement in the present tense. Feel your intention throughout your body and know it to be true. For more on the effects that Yoga Nidra has on the mind and body, read Yoga Nidra: The Key to a Better Night’s Sleep and Optimal Health.

The benefits of daily affirmations have been scientifically supported and can help a lot of people. Optimistic people tend to be healthier, more productive, and generally happier than those who view themselves less positively.  People who practice daily affirmations don’t sweat the small stuff because they have a better grasp on what is important in their life. They are able to think about the big picture and not get overwhelmed with minor nuisances.

The more you choose to think positive thoughts, the quicker the affirmations work. Consciously choose words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life. Think happy, healthy thoughts — it’s that simple. You can do it! The way you choose to think right now is your choice. Believe you can be healthy, that you are healthy.

One of my wonderful healers, April Fontana, recommends adding a ‘why’ before each affirmation. For example, ‘why is it so easy for me to be 100% healthy?’ or why is it so easy for me to understand that I control my body with my mind?’ and ‘why is so easy for me to love myself and be happy?’ You can come up with others.  She says when you don’t put a negative word in there and start it with the word “why”, there is no resistance in your subconscious.  She believes you can have complete control over your life if you do this. Say each one three times out loud. Do this as often as you need to.

You may also wish to write your affirmations down. Saying good things about yourself aloud is good, but writing them down increases their potency. Writing an affirmation down allows your mind one more way to absorb the positive message.

“Be mindful of your self-talk. It’s a conversation with the Universe” – David James Lees 

It might seem silly or trivial at first, but the outcomes are real. People are just happier  and more productive when they practice daily affirmations. Many years ago in my Wall Street-days my boss sent everyone to a Dale Carnegie training session. We learned just how powerful affirmations could be. I still remember the yellow sticky notes on my bathroom mirror (you may wish to do that too).  Sales increased and we all had a more positive attitude. 

Here are some sample affirmations to help you get started:

  • I am calm and peaceful
  • I am grateful and at peace
  • I am healthy and happy
  • I am thankful for my family and friends
  • I am confident and able to handle any obstacle thrown in front of me
  • I am a being of light, love, and bliss I radiate love in every cell if my body

Your body is listening to everything, everything you are thinking and saying. Do you really believe you have self-worth, believe you are healing? Can you talk to your own body and know it is listening? Every day you can talk to your body and tell it you can feel it healing. It is your choice, it is up to you! remind yourself with conscious intent. You can heal, just believe in yourself.

For more about the healers I have and still used and learned from, please read my healing story.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. Consult your doctor before beginning any supplement program. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Bone Broth: Elixir to Health

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm

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There are so many health benefits to bone broth. It is loaded with calcium, protein, potassium, collagen, and amino acids. But the benefits go beyond this.  Bone broth has been found to reduce inflammation as it is high in sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) and glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which numerous studies have found help reduce inflammation (and pain) in the body.

All said, bone broth is powerful nutrition for anyone struggling with the side effects of conventional cancer treatment. Soothing to the throat and nourishing to the body.

The gelatin in bone broth supports healthy digestion. Importantly, bone broth helps repair the lining of your gut, which is something we hear about all of the time now.  Gut health=overall health. Leaky gut is the root cause of…

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Why EMF Exposure is a BIG DEAL

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2018 at 8:40 am

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BIO-SMART-DUOLike it or not, exposure to health-challenging radiation is part of our lives these days. There is now little doubt that prolonged exposure to high levels of EMFs can affect our health. What researchers are trying to determine is just how severe the cumulative effects of EMFs are on our health.

Numerous studies show that mobile phone radiation causes brain tumors and should be classified as a probable human carcinogen.[i] There has also been an alarming trend over that past fifty years showing rapidly declining fertility rates. Many researchers attribute this in part to lower sperm counts from EMF exposure. EMFs have been linked to everything from eye and ear pain, impaired vision and hearing, and neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory and concentration difficulties, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

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MTHFR: The Mutation You Need to Know About

In MTHFR, Uncategorized on September 25, 2018 at 9:45 am

MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) is the gene that is responsible for making the MTHFR enzyme, which is required for  metabolic processes that protect and repair DNA, switch genes on and off, and more. If the gene is mutated, the enzyme will not function properly — as much as 75% less efficiently.  If you have an MTHFR gene mutation and it is expressed, there could be serious health consequences that follow, including  increasing your risk of a variety of cancers, stroke, heart problems, depression, chemical sensitivities, migraines, and more. Some researchers estimate that as many as two thirds of the population have mutant MTHFR.

Unfortunately, MTHFR gene defects are rather complicated. Moreover, there are many different types of mutations on this gene, each with different implications.

The two primary types of mutation are the C667T and A1298C.  For each of these you can be either heterozygous (hetero meaning different, or half), meaning you have only one copy or half of the problem. Or you could be homozygous (homo meaning the same), which means you have two copies of the same mutation, or the whole problem.  In general, the more mutations you have, the more impaired your MTHFR gene and its enzyme.

For example, you could have one copy of the 667 and one of the 1298, or two copies of one, or two copies of one and one copy of the other…you get the idea. The more mutations you have, the more your pathways are impaired.

Roles of MTHFR and What Impairment Means to You:

  • Protects and repairs DNA and RNA: If DNA is not protected it is susceptible to damage by viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, solvents and other environmental toxins
  • Regulates the metabolism of folate: Un-metabolized folate may build up in the blood which can stimulate pre-existing cancer cells, promote cancer-friendly inflammation, and reduce levels of natural killer cells that usually inhibit tumor growth.  High folate may also increase homocysteine (HCY).  Elevated HCY can result in an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Glutathione  pathyway is impaired so homocysteine increases and glutatione decreases, which means environmental and emotional stress have a bigger impact; increased risk of disease
  • Less methionione to metabolize and clear natural and chemical estrogens  and may increase risk of inflammation, oxidative stress, fatty liver disease, heart disease, and anxiety.
  • Conversion of HCY to SAMe will be impaired.  SAMe supports some critical 200 reactions, including protecting cell membranes. If these cell membranes become damaged and weak, the cells become fragile, allowing toxins into the cells and prevent useful nutrients from entering these cells. Excessive cell membrane damage can lead to serious medical conditions such as autoimmune disorders. In general, immune function will be impaired and there will be an increased risk of depression, liver damage, and other issues.
  • Higher risk for migraines.
  • Folate and B12 levels may become unnaturally elevated in the blood, masking deficiency.
  • Important body chemicals like serotonin and dopamine depend on a healthy methylation process, so you may become deficient in them.
  • Detox may not proceed well, such that the body can become over-burdened by heavy metals such as copper, lead, or mercury, or by environmental toxins like BPA, or by normal body waste like excess estrogen. If copper levels become elevated, low ferritin may result, which can cause symptoms of anemia.

Common Signs You Could Have MTHFR Mutations:

  • Cancer; especially of the breast, ovaries, colon, cervix, liver, lung, prostate, or colon
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Brain fog
  • Unexplained neuropathy
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Addictive behaviors, such as with excessive alcohol as well as drug addiction
  • B12 and/or folate levels are high
  • MCV is high (mean corpuscular volume)

Managing MTHFR Mutations:

  • Avoid taking folic acid or consuming foods enriched with it (bread, flour, pasta, crackers, etc)
  • Avoid taking drugs known to block or deplete B12 (such as metformin, Prilosec, Prevacid, etc.)
  • Eat 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruits daily
  • Eat more leafy green vegetabes such as spinach, kale, arugula, and watercress.
  • Detox regularly with exercise (sweating), sauna, epsom salt baths, dry skin brushing, etc. (See Reducing Your Toxic Load below)
  • Limit caffeine
  • Engage in stress-reducing activities daily
  • Eat healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado
  • Don’t smoke or spend time with smokers
  • Supplement with appropriate nutrients:
    • methyl B12 (with caution)
    • methyl-folate (with caution)
    • TMG (trimethylgycine)
    • NAC (N-acetylcysteine)
    • riboflavin
    • curcumin
    • krill oil or plant-based omega 3’s
    • vitamins C, D, E, and activated B6
    • probiotics
    • magnesium
    • zinc

Reducing Your Toxic Load:

  • Go organic with produce and animal products
  • Eat only wild fish; avoid farmed
  • Eliminate all artificial sweeteners
  • Do not use air fresheners or chemical fabric softeners
  • Use nontoxic laundry and cleaning products
  • Do not use Teflon, iron, copper, or aluminum cookware—use stainless steel
  • Do not use plastic wrap or plastic storage containers, especially with heat—use glass instead
  • Avoid unhealthy oils such as vegetable, canola, corn, and soybean
  • Use low VOC and no-VOC paints and air out new mattresses and rugs before bringing them inside
  • Avoid treated and processed wood furniture
  • Drink only filtered or spring water
  • Minimize exposure to BPA and other plastic chemicals
  • Avoid chemical pest-control substances; use essential oils and other non-toxic solutions instead
  • Avoid birth control pills as excess hormones can clog the detox system in the liver
  • Avoid char-grilled food
  • Avoid nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as it can deplete B12
  • Fill your home with toxin-reducing plants

Remember,  while we cannot change our genes, we can affect the way they behave. To learn more about MTHFR or the common signs of a B12 deficiency as well as possible signs your B12 is not working for you, schedule a consult with Elyn, or order the complete report HERE (there is a $10 charge for the report). 

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In your good health,

Elyn

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

 

Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical advice and treatment. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist. Consult your doctor before beginning any supplement program. The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Some product links on some posts are affiliate links. This website is monetized in part through the use of affiliate links. This means that if you were to click on a link that is an affiliate link, and purchase an item after clicking on that link, I may receive a small percentage of the sales price. I only recommend products that I love and use often. Thank you for your support!

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Upcoming Events for Cancer Healing

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Alternatives Cancer Treatment, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Breast Cancer, Cancer, colon cancer, Emotional Healing, Healing Cancer Naturally, Mind Body Therapies for Cancer, Uncategorized on August 4, 2018 at 8:15 am

Heal Your Emotions, Heal Your Life with Jean Swann

As you know, I always emphasize the critical need for emotional healing to overcome cancer and other diseases. My friend and colleague, Jean Swann, has been helping hundreds of people around the world who are suffering from cancer and other illnesses to heal emotionally. She’s hosting a free training event Thursday, August 9th at 3pm Pacific/4pm Eastern, which I highly recommend you attend.

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Jean will be delving in to the reasons transforming the mind and healing emotions are so crucial to overcoming cancer, or any illness. She will demystify it for you and outline the steps you need to take to transform your mind, so that your body can heal.

At this FREE training event, you will discover:

  • The connection between your mind, your emotions and your health
  • The “Aladdin’s Lamp” that can end your suffering
  • How changing self-sabotaging beliefs, painful stories and shocking memories can allow you to heal
  • The invisible reasons you may not be moving forward on your healing path
  • What you must know and do in order to heal

Registration Link <<< Enroll Now

This is a rare opportunity for you to really understand the connection between your mind, your emotions and your health, and what you need to do in order to heal. I hope you’ll join me for this free event.

Square One: Healing Cancer Coaching Program with Chris Wark

ALL 10 Video Modules of my SQUARE ONE: Healing Cancer Coaching Program online for free!

SQUARE ONE is the culmination of Chris Wark’s experience, plus over 14 years of research learning from doctors and experts, survivors who’ve healed naturally, and from personally coaching hundreds of cancer patients one-on-one.

He has taken the best, most powerful, most effective healing strategies that he’s seen work for the most people, and organized them into a simple straightforward plan for you to follow.

This course is not just for cancer patients and caregivers, it’s for anyone who is serious about prevention. 

The SQUARE ONE Program will take you step-by-step through the healing process. It will eliminate the confusion, show you exactly where to start, and give you a road map to transform your life, and start your healing adventure.

This is normally a paid program, but the ENTIRE course online for you to watch for free in August. You can register for this FREE event by clicking on either of the Trailer link below.

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In your good health,

Elyn

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

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, Epstein-Barr Virus, foods that target cancer stem cells, High Dose Vitamin C and Cancer, Uncategorized on July 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

The following is an excerpt of my recently published article, Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment. It was published in the journal Archives of General Internal Medicine (Arch Gen Intern Med 2018 Volume 2 Issue 3).

The current standard of care, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation has not proved to be highly effective and comes with significant side effects and costs. Although conventional cancer therapy can target certain cancer cells and sometimes prevent relapse of the illness, complementary and alternative therapies are required due to disadvantages of the current therapies such as low effectiveness, adverse effects, or availability. Moreover, a number of studies have found adjunctive therapeutic approaches to improve outcomes for cancer patients. One potential complementary method with conventional cancer drugs involves the use of medicinal herbs and phytochemicals. The possible therapeutic benefits include, but are not limited to, anti-proliferative, apoptotic, anti-metastatic, and anti-angiogenic effects, of which have been demonstrated in in vitro experiments and some clinical trials.

Studies have revealed beneficial effects of medicinal herbs and phytochemicals against cancer by providing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiviral, free radical scavengers in the form of cancer-fighting compounds. Phytomedicines have the ability to interact with signaling pathways that modulate cell growth, replication, and death of a wide variety of tumor cell types through diverse mechanisms. These phytocomplexes have the remarkable capability of affecting us on a cellular level – where diseases such as cancer originate. Many plant species are already being used to treat or prevent development of cancer outside of the traditional oncology environment, notably without harm to healthy cells.

During the last century, scientific knowledge about anticancer phytochemicals and herbs has remarkably progressed. Despite numerous reports of their effects on cancer, functional use for the prevention and treatment of cancer has been largely limited to self-care. Like most cancer drugs, the main mechanisms of action of plants include inducing apoptosis and inhibiting proliferation, growth, and migration. But unlike conventional cancer drug therapies, phytotherapies are cytotoxic to cancer cells and relatively non-toxic to normal cells. Moreover, use of phytomedicines may be an option for the prevention and treatment of cancer both with and without conventional drugs. In the event that conventional cancer drugs are not accepted due to their side effects or low effectiveness, phytomedicines offer an effective and viable alternative as they are considerably safe and relatively affordable. It is worth recommending application of phytomedicines as alternative cancer therapies for patients who do not benefit or face side effects from conventional drugs or alongside conventional treatments to improve efficacy.

There are two sections in this review, phytochemicals against cancer and medical herbs against cancer. As it was impossible for me to address hundreds of different phytochemicals and medicinal herbs in this one paper, I only focused on a few examples in each category. To read the article in full, please read: Potential Therapeutic Effects of Phytochemicals and Medicinal Herbs for Cancer Prevention and Treatment.

You may also enjoy my article published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and TreatmentEtiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr Virus.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo medical treatments. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Epstein-Barr Virus and it’s Connection to Cancer, Autoimmune, and other Chronic Diseases

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Anticancer foods, foods for colon cancer, foods for breast cancer, autoimmune, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Epstein-Barr Virus, Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 4:47 am

Recently published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment was my article Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr VirusOver the past two years I have made Epstein-Barr (EBV) my pet-project, so to speak, as it is becoming all too clear of the role of viruses such EBV in the development and progression of cancer, autoimmune, and many other disorders.

Epstein-Barr Virus is a common herpetic virus and is one of the most common and prolific viral infections in humans. It can first present as chicken pox, mono, cold sores, or with no noticeable symptoms and can stay in the body forever. Over 95% of adults carry this virus, and most children are infected as well. Chronic disease is the clinical manifestation of primary infection with Epstein-Barr virus. Infection from EBV is often asymptomatic. Once the virus inserts itself into immune B cells, it reprograms them, effectively evading programmed cell death and escaping recognition and destruction by cytotoxic T cells. EBV can manifest in a range of pathologies including various cancers, Infectious Mononucleosis (IM), autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid disease, Meiners disease, type 1 diabetes, Lyme disease, and numerous other conditions.

Deactivation of the virus is critical. New antiviral therapies and an effective EBV vaccine might protect against the wide range of pathologies generated from infection and reactivation, but could come with significant side effects. Dendritic cell therapy and ozone therapy may also be effective and have been used in many clinics. More research needs to be done in these areas, especially to make them available to the general population. However, natural strategies aimed at deactivating the virus and preventing re-activation must be emphasized and public awareness increased, particularly among those diagnosed with a chronic disease. Holistic solutions currently available are high dose vitamin C and D therapies as well as antiviral agents such as olive leaf extract, quercetin, licorice root, coconut, astragalus, bee propolis, lysine zinc, and many other substances. Herbs are powerful medicine and should not be taken without care and guidance. Importantly, EBV and other viruses are often triggered by emotional stress, so reducing day to day stress as well as resolving past traumas may be helpful.

EBV is not the only virus associated with cancer and other diseases. However, following an antiviral strategy is likely to be effective for many other viral conditions.

Note: EMF exposure from cell phones, laptops, hair dryers, baby monitors, and other devices is believed to trigger reactivation of EBV, perhaps because EMFs disrupt the way our cells function and clog detoxification pathways in the body. Please read my articles for suggestions on reducing risk.

The referenced journal article was published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Treatment. Citation: Jacobs E (2018) Etiology of Chronic Disease: A Discussion on Epstein-Barr Virus. J Cancer Biol Treat 5: 014.

In your good health,

Elyn

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

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Elyn Jacobs is a holistic cancer strategist and speaker specializing in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn has written for numerous journals and publications. She was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. To contact Elyn, visit www.elynjacobs.com. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone, or in person.

 

This information is for educational purposes only and is not a recommendation to forgo anti-hormone therapy. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This post does not represent medical advice nor should it be considered to be medical advice or a replacement for medical advice.  I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist, naturopathic doctor, or conventional oncologist and make your own decisions.  The information provided is from my research and not to be taken as scientific evidence.

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Doctors Suggest Less Chemo and Other Harmful Cancer Drugs: My Review

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Uncategorized on June 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

The following is my review of the news-blast of the new landmark study that suggests less chemo, Herceptin, and surgery for some cancer patients and admits that many cancer patients receiving have been receiving chemotherapy unnecessarily. Results were discussed at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago and published by the New England Journal of Medicine ( the WSJ , NYP, and most newswires and publications covered the story).

First, it is about time. That said, we have known this for a long time. DOCTORS have known this for a long time. But cancer is big business and an ego business. However, to be clear, these studies were not necessarily done to protect patients from the damages of cancer drugs. The issue was cost, while acknowledging patients can be spared the life-threatening and quality of life-threatening side effects of these treatments. The studies were federally funded, which is great as there is no way a drug company would run a study that could impact their business. Of course, one was funded by Pfizer, but that was to push the drug Sutent over surgical removal of the kidney, so there was a financial interest for them.  However, what these studies have in common is a potential reduction in overall medical costs. This is a good thing! But, don’t for a minute think they are doing this to save your skin. Nothing was mentioned about forgoing cancer drugs while simultaneously requiring insurance companies (and Medicare) to cover well-care.  A well-care program would make holistic therapies and dietary supplements more affordable to the masses. It would allow people to improve health and to address the cause of their cancer, which is not a tamoxifen, Herceptin, or chemo deficiency.

By helping people to change the cancer environment within their bodies, we really CAN lower medical costs and save lives. While that is a story for another day, what annoys me about this sudden revelation of less drugs is that we really have known for many years that drugs are toxic to the body and are not particularly curative. They may kill some of the cancer at hand but do nothing to heal the body and prevent the cancer from coming back. In many cases, they make cancer more aggressive, not to mention do serious collateral damage to the body.

But back to WE KNEW:

I reported back in 2013 that lead doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC presented on the failure of chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer and melanoma. They said they were seeking funds to find new drugs that work. Yet they have still been recommending these failed treatments (certainly for breast cancer) since that revelation. Why? Because they won’t admit to patients that they have no viable tools in their toolbox (and perhaps still need to make money?) I also want to believe that they have significantly scaled back on drug therapies, which is likely the case. I am not singling out MSKCC. I have to believe most cancer centers have seen their patients return with recurrent and metastatic disease after the failure of chemo. It just bugs me that drugs are still at the forefront for cancer treatment. Further, the lack of true integrative oncology in many cancer centers is nothing short of horrifying. Integrative oncology methods improve survival and help mitigate side effects, yet are resisted by many conventional oncologists — even at centers that boast of an integrative department. But that too is a discussion for another day.

Knowing the ineffectiveness of chemo, drug companies have been working hard on new drugs. These new immune-oncology drugs are supposed to extend lives by years, rather than months, but do not offer a cure. In particular, an agreement between Ziopharm Oncology and MD Anderson Cancer Center commenced work on combination drugs they then found could shrink tumors about 30% of the time, but safety studies have not been completed. However, we know that tumor shrinkage does not correlate with survival and combining drugs means additional side effects to the patient. That very topic was part of the MSKCC discussion in 2013, that single drug therapies do not work so doctors were looking at consecutive therapies to get better results, but the effects were too toxic. Yet, new combo treatments are doing just that.  Of course, oncologists are so used to the heavy toxicity of their treatments and the damages they do that it doesn’t seem to concern many of them. But on to the discussion at hand. This hot-off-the-press revelation that chemo is toxic and not helpful for many is old news. But the results from these studies are noteworthy—there was only a 1% risk reduction for a certain group studied who added chemo to their treatment plan.  1% for all that damage. Clearly doctors have been over-treating patients for a long time. The researchers make mention of the OncotypeDX test that can help determine which patients would or would not benefit from chemo. Notably, they make no mention of testing patients to see if they can even tolerate cancer drugs, something that is not uncommon.

Herceptin, another toxic cancer drug that damages the heart, was previously given for 12 months while the new study found 6 months had the same efficacy.  A median follow-up of more than 5 years showed the 4-year disease-free survival rate was 89.4% for women assigned to 6 months of treatment and 89.8% for women assigned to a 12-month duration—a difference of only 0.4%. Perhaps they will now do a new study showing 0 months would be just as effective.

Doctors know that in many cases drug therapy is not needed, but as it has been the Standard of Care (SOC), they must prescribe it. Now that the SOC is proving to be too expensive, the government is looking to curb usage.  Smart move but know that your health is not really on their minds.  Many fear a backlash from drug companies who may raise rates to make up for lost sales. Good luck there—insurance companies will balk and then people may finally be able to get less toxic holistic treatments covered in lieu of costly drugs (okay, maybe I am too optimistic).

Conclusion

The present state of cancer chemotherapy is unsatisfactory. New cancer drugs continue to be developed and approved on the basis of marginal improvements in survival at an unsustainable high financial cost, many of which will later prove to have been ineffective. Personally I would not accept any drug that has not been proven in patients, not trials, to be effective and safe for at least 10 years. If any side effects or lack of efficacy present in those ten years, I would wait another ten years to see the follow up results, as well as more studies that show dismal efficacy for other subgroups of patients. Of course, that strategy of waiting does not work well for obvious reasons, but clearly one must be careful and explore all options, including ‘alternative’ options. For those with late stage or seemingly untreatable cancers, taking a chance on an drug is a different story.

It would seem more rational for cancer strategists to investigate less-conventional treatments currently being used by many to heal from their cancer.  However, the lack of financial reward and tainted association with alternative medicine could dissuade conventional investigators and funding agencies from seriously considering holistic alternatives. At present, few cancer clinical trials of holistic treatments are being conducted. Even if serious interest in funding and carrying out large, formal clinical trials were to develop, data are lacking as to which cancers and chemotherapy regimens to focus on.

Safe, low-cost therapies are underutilized, owing to the absence of randomized controlled trials, the current disinclination of medical journals to publish case reports, and increasing pressures on clinicians to follow the “standard of care.” A methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of such therapies is long overdue.

I am not saying there is never a reason to offer chemo. What I am saying is that the SOC must include the option for less toxic and less expensive remedies for cancer. Holistic treatments have had gratifying results on cancer patients for many, many years despite a lack of clinical trials and published results. Even in the absence of conclusive studies, clinicians should consider using non-toxic therapies, especially for those patients adverse to conventional medicine.  Because the effect seems to be substantial, a small series of cases should enable the clinician to judge whether the effort and expense is worthwhile. If a clinician keeps a running tabulation of patient outcomes, future patients can be told what percentage of patients can expect relief from various treatments and make their decisions accordingly.

The cancer world is not going to change because of my comments, but given the attention these new studies are getting, I felt some commentary could be helpful. My suggestion is to ask, inquire, and DEMAND proof that a recommended toxic treatment will work. Thing is, there is no proof, and moreover, killing the ants will not get to the nest. It is imperative to address the reason for the cancer and not just stomp on the symptoms.

ps…sorry for the rambling 🙂 and this is not meant to be controversial. I respect the choices of all and know that there are many paths for healing. Most importantly, there is no one path that works for everyone.

Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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What You Need to Know About EMFs and Cancer, Autoimmune, and Lyme Disease

In autoimmune, Cancer, Cell Phones, EMFs and Health Risks, Epstein-Barr Virus, Lyme Disease, Radiation, Uncategorized on June 4, 2018 at 5:02 am

shieldExtreme1Over the last few decades, there has been a significant rise in autoimmune diagnoses as well as an increase in many other disease conditions, such as cancer and Lyme disease. Many experts have linked EMF (electromagnetic field radiation) exposure to this rise in chronic illness and believe EMFs exacerbate and even cause a range of problems. Research has consistently shown that EMFs disrupt the way your cells function and can clog detoxification pathways in the body. Numerous studies have linked EMFs to cancers such as glioma, leukemia, breast cancer, and others.

It is well known that radiation causes immunosuppression and inflammation, and this includes EMF sources. Radiation also causes myelosuppression, which means less blood cells are produced. White blood cells are needed for immunity, and a low count can make it harder to protect against illness. In those suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, autoimmune, and Lyme, there is typically an impaired immune system.  Through chronic exposure, the buildup of EMFs combined with an already weakened immune system can make it even more difficult for the body to fight infection. Research also shows that vitamin D receptor (VDR) pathways are susceptible to interference by EMFs. Functionality of the VDR is fundamental for immunomodulation, a process essential in autoimmune disorders, cancer, and more.

New research shows that EMFs may stimulate the onset and progression of autoimmune disorders.[i]  Studies have also shown that pathogenic microbes multiply more quickly and act more virulently in the presence of EMFs and that healthy, beneficial bacteria that the body needs to fight disease multiply more slowly.  According to renowned Lyme specialist Dr Dietrich Kinghardt, MD, research also implicates EMF exposure to the virulence of mold and mold toxins, and electromagnetic pollution drives the growth of microbes within the body.[ii]  If you have cancer, Lyme disease, autoimmune issues, or any other chronic illness this is important to understand as it means that your recovery can become compromised if you are living in a high-EMF environment.

Further, research shows that like other environmental toxins, EMFs could reactivate the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is a major trigger for cancer, autoimmune, and most other chronic diseases. (Please see my new page on EBV.)

Unfortunately, we are all engulfed in a constant state of dangerous EMFs generated by Wi-Fi, electricity, cell phones, and more. These EMFs come from environments all around us, every day. Many people don’t take EMFs seriously, perhaps because they are invisible and their effects upon the body are not always obvious.  Yet it is believed that EMFs are one of the foremost causes of disease today (especially cancer), and one of the factors that can hinder recovery from cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Most experts suggest that the link between EMF and chronic disease is significant, so you may wish to limit your exposure to EMFs as much as possible and take protective measures for when you cannot.

Some of the best ways to protect yourself from the negative impacts of EMFs are:

  • Reduce the time you are exposed to EMFs.
  • Create distance between you and your electrical devices—keep routers, especially, in another room.
  • Use speaker phones or radiation-free headset devices for listening privately.
  • Turn cell phones, tablets, and laptops on airplane mode whenever you can.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and use ethernet cables to wire your devices to the internet.
  • Eat a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables and other foods rich in antioxidants.
  • Eat iodine-rich foods such as watercress, kale, kelp, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. An iodine supplement can also be helpful.
  • Do not to put a cell phone directly to your head, in your bra, on your hip, or in your pocket. If you do store your cell phone against your body, try to limit how much time you do so or use protective devices, see below.  shieldExtreme2

As time goes on, there will likely be more and more conclusive studies emerge about the effects of devices such as headphones, laptops, cellphones, and WiFi upon human health. Meanwhile, the studies we have are conclusive –you don’t have to wait for the damage to be done to make changes.

Recommended Protective Devices:

extremeAires Shield series devices were designed to be used with small devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, tablets, and baby monitors.  Aires Defender product range includes devices that provide universal protection for the human body. These devices are designed as personal protectors, which are worn by the individual. Utilizing the full range of devices will help you reduce the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation that are impacting your health today. Right now AiresTech has a 30% off sale going on. Once this sale is over, enter the code elyn10 to get get 10% off (photos above courtesy of AiresTech).

Energy Dots —The duo pack bioDOT-smartDOT  includes a self-adhesive bioDOT and a BIO-SMART-DUOself-adhesive smartDOT.  Wear the bioDOT to strengthen and support your energy (I have mine on the back of my watch). Stick the smartDOT to your mobile device, hairdryer, cordless phones, etc. to re-tune the toxic emissions.  Use the two to protect yourself from radiation and increase your energy levels. Use this link and the code energy10 for 10% off all products. (Right now you get 20% off for Father’s Day. Use code LOVEDAD.)

Vibes Up Earth Grounding, EMF Protection and Sleep Aids (they have an excellent selection of remedies for sleep and EMFs).

EMF Detector (There are more expensive versions, for my needs, this works great)

For more information on EMFs, please read Why EMF Exposure is a Big Deal and Groundbreaking Study Shows Shielding EMF Improves Autoimmune Disease.

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor and holistic cancer strategist who helps people make better, healthier, non-toxic choices. She emphasizes the critical nature of addressing the root cause of cancer and not just its presenting symptoms (such as the tumor). Elyn specializes in understanding the role of estrogen in breast cancer and debunks the myths associated. She is a Contributing Editor for The Truth About Cancer and was creator and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn was the former Executive Director of the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Contact Elyn via her website. Elyn offers consults via Skype, phone or in person.

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[i] https://journal.preventionandresearch.com/materiale_cic/766_3_2/6599_electroma/article.htm

[ii] https://www.prohealth.com/library/the-link-between-electromagnetic-pollution-and-lyme-disease-and-how-to-remediate-your-environment-for-a-faster-recovery-40822

[iii] http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/studies.asp