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Behold the Guinea Pigs: Cancer Treatments Fail Patients

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Cancer treatment has not advanced much since 1971.  We have plenty of drugs, many of which have failed–but not until they were “tested” on patients before proven safe and effective.   I find that interesting.  Chemo was never proven safe or effective in most cases and is still being used.  On Friday, I attended the MSKCC Health Education Seminar.  Dr Alexandra Heerdt, MD, MPH, FACS, gave an excellent presentation on the history and failure of chemotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer.  Okay, so her intent was not to point out the failures, but rather the need for new drugs and increased surveillance. She also gave a thorough  presentation on surgical options for breast cancer. But my take home was that we are testing drugs on humans—humans who have husbands, wives, children and parents; humans that don’t want to die of their cancer, but also do not want or deserve to die of the treatment; humans who are led to believe that these drugs will cure them; humans who deserved to know that cancer treatments encourage more cancer.

Heerdt commented that in the past, chemotherapy was given to most women, but sadly was not beneficial (there was a benefit for ER negative patients).  She stressed that Oncotype DX testing is helping to screen out those who would not benefit from chemotherapy and should be spared the toxic drugs.  We can hope and pray that our numbers indicate that we should not be coerced into accepting drugs. We can hope and pray that more doctors will use chemotherapy with caution and only with the use of integrative support. We can hope and pray that scientists will come up with drugs that cure cancer.

The Melanoma-Sun Myth

We also heard from Dr Daniel Coit, MD, FACS.  Did you know that most melanomas are not related to sun exposure and that therefore sunblock or avoidance does not prevent melanoma? Melanoma is directly related to family history; a disease of gene mutations.  Dr Coit presented some startling evidence and cleared up important myths regarding melanoma.  He identified the gene mutations which are responsible, and provided valuable information on the various skin cancers and the treatments for them.  He thoroughly explained the shift form treating the diagnosis (the cancer) to treating the genes. He reminded us that responsible sun exposure is still important to prevent basal and squamous cell carcinoma, and uh, wrinkles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADermatologists would like you to lather on toxic sunscreen should you even consider walking outside for even a few minutes.  Would you trade a few wrinkles for a cancer-free life?  I would.  Coit showed a picture of Brigitte Bardot; a stunning sunbather.  He then showed a picture of her later in life, full of wrinkles, and suggested that she is an example of why you should not sunbathe.  However, yes she is old and wrinkly, but that is just it–she is old and wrinkly and enjoying a long life without cancer I would like to have heard him acknowledge that sunlight prevents cancer, but sadly I did not hear that. Not one word was mentioned about the need for sufficient vitamin D. While I certainly believe that we should avoid excessive sun exposure and should never visit a tanning booth, a reasonable amount of sunlight on a daily basis can go a long way in the pursuit of a healthy life—for both body and soul.  So skip the gym and go for a run on the beach. Responsible sun exposure will prevent many cancers; commercial sunscreen will contribute to it—despite what your derm tells you.

Coit also spoke on the failure of past treatments and the hope for new ones. He explained that chemotherapy has not been effective for melanoma.   Currently doctors are using immunotherapies as well as targeted therapies, but used alone, neither of these is very effective.  Immunotherapies afford a dramatic effect immediately, but the results are unsustainable.  They take the brakes off the immune system so it can fight the cancer, but the effects don’t last. Targeted therapies are then introduced to focus on gene mutations; the goal being to attack specific cancer cells without harming normal cells.  Ideally, they should be used together, but this would be too toxic to the patient. I would argue that consecutively they are too toxic, and the side effects are horrific– double the side effects; double the resulting effects.

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

Scientists want to cure cancer; it’s just a formidable foe.  We roll out their “cures” perhaps out of desperation; we cling to the hope that with each new drug, it will be the one. But drugs have under-performed and cost us many lives.  Before you accept any treatment, bypass meaningless statistics and ask yourself and your doctor the following questions:

  • Will this treatment cure me?
  • Could it kill me?
  • What are the possible side effects and resulting effects?
  • What is your downside to refusing the proposed treatment?  Is it measurable?
  • Are there reasonable alternatives?

Eastern and Western medicine has yet to become fully integrated.  Conventional doctors consider “alternative” therapies to be dangerous.  Certainly some can be, but many are quite safe and effective.  Conventional medicine continues to offer new options–perhaps one day East will meet West. Empower yourself to get the best treatment for your cancer. As I always say–if you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.

You may also want to read this article:

Medicine’s House of Cards – What Happens When We’ve Got It All Wrong

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. 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, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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Listening for the Question that Wants to be Asked

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Coaching is the missing link in cancer care. We all need an advocate when faced with a cancer diagnosis. How great is it when your advocate is a coach?  And how about if that coach happens to be your wife? The following is a quest post by author and coach, Aileen Gibb.  Faced with a grim diagnosis, and armed with skills, her husband questioned and defied doctor’s orders–and refused to die on schedule.

Yes, we need our medical experts—but there are many paths for cancer.  Yours just might not be the one your doctor recommends.  Enlist an advocate, hire a coach, empower yourself to beat cancer.

 Is it time for you to write your own story?

Aileen-GibbWhen my larger than life husband was diagnosed with stage four cancer, I knew that the skills I had garnered in my twenty year career as a professional coach were going to come into their own. Nobody expects such a diagnosis or to be told that it would involve major, life changing surgery. Two years on, with my husband fit, fat and healthy again, I believe it was asking the right questions, listening and not always believing the “experts” that carried us through.

I am of a generation brought up to believe that doctors, dentists, consultants, church ministers, teachers – in fact any professional – had the right answers. My parents would never question authority and would always do as the doctor ordered. I was seen as somewhat of a rebel if I challenged authority. This first stood me in good stead at the age of 13 when I refused to believe my career advisor. I had a vision that I wanted to go to university to do business studies combined with languages. My career advisor told me no university in Scotland ran such a course. I did not accept his expertise and quickly discovered that the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow would allow me to take courses from different curricula to achieve my goal.

This questioning nature followed me into my own business career spanning HR, Sales, General Management, and Business Consulting. In each role, I found myself questioning “bosses” were telling us what to do. Surely there was another way. A more human way, where each individual could be seen and fully heard as a real person. I found that new way in my late thirties when I had the privilege of working with a group of women entrepreneurs. I discovered that asking the right questions, equipped these women to listen to themselves, to hear their own strengths, ambitions and desires and to turn their dreams into reality. This was my first experience of pure coaching, which focuses on the individual and which unlocks self-awareness, self-belief and the strength and confidence to achieve things previously seen as difficult, challenging or impossible.

There is a proliferation of coaching in the world now. In business and life, many people are working with a coach to move beyond their current horizon, achieve goals and realise dreams they thought otherwise impossible. I’m intrigued by the process by which this happens. I often describe it as having another pair of eyes to see things with, another pair of ears to listen to and really hear your own questions and possibilities; as a way of amplifying your voice to ask for what you really need. It’s like having an extra engine to power your next move and take action.

A colleague asked me why everyone wants to be, or to have, a coach. It’s not really that we all want or need a coach – rather it’s that we want and need the deep, human conversation that emerges from that coaching space. The connection that enables us to listen to the real questions in our heart, to find the courage to give voice to what we need and to challenge all the limitations we think are holding us back or keeping us stuck in the same old patterns and habits of behaviour.

Nowhere is this more important than when faced with the prescribed answers of any “expert”. Faced with life-shattering news such as a cancer diagnosis, we face momentous choices. We are overwhelmed. We are vulnerable to jumping in and doing whatever the experts tell us to do. We want things to be fixed quickly. We want everything to be right again. Now, more than ever, it is important to slow down, ask questions and listen to our own guidance.

My husband had watched me work as a coach for many years. Sometimes he was quite dismissive of my “woo-woo” ideas. Now I watched as he listened to the experts, asked questions, and took the time to think through very carefully what he felt was right for him. I was proud of him standing up for what he needed. Of the ownership he took of his own treatments. Of the tolerance he had for all the discomfort and indignities of the journey. And of the confidence he showed in trying out new things from the field of complementary therapies to support him.

Most of all I’m proud of how he questioned one of his oncologists. Every time we would visit, this oncologist said “you better get your affairs in order”. He was doom and gloom, quoting the downside statistics of other people’s cases. If anything, his extreme negativity, made my husband the more determined to question him. While one part of us heard what he said, another part of us would come out of the clinic asking “why should we take that as the truth?” and we’d ask ourselves what can we do next to make things better. We owned it. We didn’t hand it over to the expert. This came to be our creed: what we chose to accept or not, to question or not, to hear or not, was up to us. My husband would write his own story. His current version is that he will live till he is 87 and hopefully go back and knock on that oncologist’s door and say told you so!

We need the skills and knowledge of the experts. However, theirs is only one version of the story. We all have the opportunity – and the right – to ask questions and listen for our own answers. To write our own story. And we have to be bold and trusting enough to do so. At times when we are most vulnerable, hearing our own voice and responding to its call is a vital part of being human. It’s in all of us.

As a final note, this call lies in the heart of those experts too. My husband’s surgeon was an amazing person. One of the best listeners I’ve met. His humanity, his authenticity, his listening and his empathy provided us with the strength to hear our choices and to make our own decisions. AND here’s the twist: my husband initially agreed to proceed with the surgery. He was actually on the table when, his surgeon, programmed as he was to “cut it out” stopped himself. He heard something. His own inner voice told him to pause: that maybe this surgery was not in the best interests of this patient. He resisted all his own expertise. Everything that told him this was how to fix things. He stopped and listened and asked some more questions. He sewed my husband up again and called me. Aileen, he said, I don’t know why but for some reason I heard a big question in my head asking whether this was the right thing to do. I believe your husband will have a better quality life if I don’t operate. I’m handing him over to the chemo and radiation guys for treatment instead.

That was over two years ago. I like to think that something in our relationship with that surgeon – in the way we listened to each other and explored questions together – influenced the outcome.

The only question I have now is what other adventures are calling me with a husband who’s going to live till 87 years old?

 Aileen Gibb is an inspirational coach, facilitator and leader whose work has taken her around the globe. She has worked with leaders and teams in Kazakhstan, Venezuela, the Middle East, France, Angola and in many companies in the UK and North America, to uncover new possibilities and transform results. Where she has travelled she has been amazed at the power of coaching-style conversations and the choices people make to become more successful in their work and to live more fulfilling lives. Aileen is from the small village of Fyvie, in North East Scotland and has lived for the past twelve years amidst the rocky mountain in Canmore, Alberta, Canada with her husband, Jake and their two boxer dogs. Aileen thanks you for your interest in VOICES, please let her know how it inspires you. http://www.aileengibbvoices.com https://www.facebook.com/aileengibbVOICES

voices-bookcover-3dVOICES is a series of connected coaching stories which reflect many of the real-life choices people might consider making to live the life they truly wish for. All the stories are fiction and her hope is that one of the stories – or one of the questions in one of the stories – might resonate with your life story and invite you to make a choice. The coaching stories are interwoven with the musings of a future-guide who travels to and from a parallel time, considering what the key messages are for inspiring a better future society.

VOICES is available for purchase now and although Aileen has some upfront costs to recoup, as soon as it starts to generate profit, funds from the book sales will be going to support people going through cancer to access complementary therapies such as acupuncture, which are proven to mitigate the extreme fatigue and other side-effects of cancer treatments. 

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Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and she writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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DIM: A Bright New View on Cancer Management

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Back in April I wrote about the use of DIM (diindolylmethane) with respect to Estrogen Metabolite Ratios (DIM-New Thoughts on an Old Story). New research by Dr Jacob Schor indicated that maybe we shouldn’t be using the estrogen metabolite ratio test to measure the “good” vs “bad” estrogen in our body—at least not to determine risk of breast cancer and for the recommendation of DIM to influence this ratio. Well, it seems the old wisdom truly is out; we were barking up the wrong tree.  Further research confirms it–best just to toss that test aside.   However, that led to the lingering question: what to do with DIM?

To read more on the new research on Estrogen Metabolite Ratios, please read this informative post by Dr Keith Block, DIM and Breast Cancer. Thank you Dr Block for the research and the post.

But hold on, don’t toss the DIM.

DIM pillsDIM is a product of cruciferous vegetables and we know what a huge role crucifers play in cancer prevention and treatment. Plus, while estrogen is not the villain it is made out to be (read more about that in my upcoming post), eating cruciferous vegetables will help the liver to break down and eliminate excess hormones as well as toxins. Adding bitter greens, such as arugula and chicory, to salads will also help the liver excrete excess hormones. So eat your crucifers, take your DIM and broccoli supplements, just don’t bother with the estrogen metabolite ratios.

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and she writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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What Will You Do for the Cure?

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

We all want a cure for cancer.  We walk, we talk, but things don’t change.  Scientists have great ideas.  They come up with vaccines, therapies and tests that will help your doctors to determine if a suggested treatment will work. But, they need our help. Below is a guest post from a lovely and determined scientist. It is a plea for help…yours. Ann believes that the biggest contributions any patient can make towards the race for a cure are to donate his or her own tumor for research and to share experiences with genomic testing.  I am a huge supporter of options and education. To win this war, we need it all….we need conventional treatments with nature’s support.  We need to take advantage of every available tool.  Thank you Ann, for your commitment to fighting this disease.

Finding the Cure……..

Once in a while, I humor my husband by watching an NFL game with him. I can’t say that I was following the game closely when it wasn’t the 49ers playing, but one really doesn’t have to follow the game too closely to realize that there is a lot of pink in the field these days. To me, this speaks volumes about the collective power of the cancer patient community.

Every cancer patient I know wants to join the fight against the disease. Millions of people walk because that seems to be the single most concrete action to make a difference. I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to walk 60 miles or wear pink. There are other ways.

Until recently, I’ve been actively working on finding new cancer therapies for triple negative breast cancer. One of the biggest huddles I faced was that we often do not have enough tumor samples to estimate the frequency of a particular mutation in the population. This makes it challenging to interpret the significance of novel mutations. To complicate the matter further, perhaps the best way for us scientists to figure out what went wrong in a tumor is to compare it with a group of normal tissues. As you can imagine, it is extremely difficult to get normal samples; for the obvious reason, normal people do not donate their tissues. While there are certainly ethical considerations associated with asking for a biopsy from a normal person, I believe the single biggest contribution any patient can make towards the race for a cure is to donate his or her own tumor for research.

Secondly, one thing that attracts me most about cancer research is the incredibly fast pace the field is moving. Cancer scientists and oncologists are always in the frontier of technology development and application. It is thus not surprising that the genomics and personalized medicine fields find their first home with oncology. In cancer treatment, personalized medicine makes use of various genetic biomarkers and diagnostic tests to identify tumor subtypes and predict an individual’s response to various therapies (See MammaPrint example below). This process is immensely helpful and cost-effective because it can predict which chemotherapies a patient is likely to respond or not respond to. Since genomics itself is a rather young field, there exist multiple barriers to wilder adoption of the relevant diagnostics. Among those barriers, lack of education and ambiguity about reimbursement are the two biggest factors. Until now, efforts for such education have been sparse and un-centralized. This is the problem we are tackling with BioInformative. BioInformative is a Portal where doctors, scientists and patients can contribute scientific information and reviews about these diagnostic tests. You can think of it as a hybrid of Wikipedia and Yelp, but instead of a dining experience, it’s for a life-saving cause. Anyone with first-hand experience with these tests is invited to review them – and that means YOU. We envision that guidelines for treatment and reimbursement policies will emerge naturally from this grass-roots movement.

MamaprintMammaPrint (offered by Agendia) is an example of the new class of genomic diagnostic tests. The major difference between these tests and previous genetic tests (like BRCA1) is in the scale. This new class of test can measure the activity of 1000+ genes or all genes in the genome. They can thus better characterize each individual tumor and offer more information for treatment choices.

There is much to be done in the race for the cure. You can walk for 3 days or type in the comfort of your own home. The latter option is less glamorous, but, in my opinion, is much more effective. Perhaps it is an excuse for my geeky self to hide behind my computer, but at the end of the day, we cannot buy tumors (actually we do, but they’re very expensive!) any more than we can buy lessons learned from other survivors. So, would you join me to be bioinformed?

Ann MorganAnn Mongan, PhD., is a cancer genomics scientist, mother of a silly baby boy, and wife to a radiologist. She has strong research interest in developing new cancer therapeutics and personalized medicine. You can find her other similar articles or reach her at www.bioInformative.com.

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and she writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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Elyn Jacobs Consulting Receives 2013 Best of Manhattan Award

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I am incredibly honored to have received a 2013 Best of Manhattan Award, an award given to small businesses in New York City who make a difference in the lives of those within as well as outside our community. Thank you Manhattan Award Program for selecting me for the 2013 Best of Manhattan Award.

Press Release:  Manhattan Award Program honors cancer coach Elyn Jacobs

MANHATTAN August 14, 2013 — Elyn Jacobs Consulting, Incorporated has been selected for the 2013 Best of Manhattan Award in the Health Insurance category by the Manhattan Award Program.

2013 Manhattan AwardEach year, the Manhattan Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Manhattan area a great place to live, work and play.

“Elyn Jacobs Consulting is honored to be recognized for service to those with cancer or looking to prevent cancer or its recurrence.   Helping each and every client find the path to wellness that best suits their needs is my top priority.  This would not be possible without the incredible doctors and medical experts who dedicate their lives to treating and healing the whole person, not just the disease of that person, and I am grateful for each and every one of them,” said Elyn Jacobs. ”

Elyn works tirelessly to empower people with the information they need to make the best possible choices for their cancer via education and one-on-one coaching within the tri-state area as well as globally. Learn how you can help prevent recurrence and minimize the treatment side effects and resulting effects that compromise your health and well-being. Visit Elyn at Elyn Jacobs Consulting Inc. Elyn also hosts a weekly radio show, Survive and Live Well to further support those looking for support and options.

“Many people do not realize that they have options when it comes to treatment.  My mission is to help clients find the best possible team and treatment for their particular cancer and needs.  I also know that it is not enough to treat cancer, we want to beat cancer and move on to a life of wellness. This involves finding the root cause and addressing that cause and not merely the symptom of cancer that presents. If we do not find the cause of our cancer, we cannot cure our cancer, “said Elyn.    

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Manhattan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Manhattan Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Manhattan Award Program

The Manhattan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Manhattan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate long-term value.

The Manhattan Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Manhattan Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardprogram.org
URL: http://www.awardprogram.org

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and she writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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A Summers Bounty Against Cancer: A Summer’s Red Delight

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

My herb garden is one of the highlights of summer. I tend to it like I do my children. In fact, I send my children out there to have “salad” before dinner. They love to pick and eat the tender leaves and I love that it makes them happy…..and that makes me happy.

I use herbs in most everything I cook. I love a bruised kale salad topped with one or two runny eggs cooked with herbs and a sprinkle of cayenne; the perfect dinner. The chives, tarragon, thyme, mint and basil nearly jump off the plate to my taste buds.

herb garden twoOnce again, I remind you of the anti-cancer benefits of herbs; but for today, I share with you a recipe I concocted. A dear friend of mine brought me some red beets from her garden.  Red beets are delicious and nutritious.  They have phytonutrients called betalains that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. My younger son loves beets; I love them too.  I made some plain for him; huge hit. With the rest, I made a red beet/red cabbage salad using various herbs from my garden; absolutely delicious. To the best of my recollection, here is the recipe:

Red Beet and Red Cabbage Salad

One to two bunches small red beets–boiled or roasted, skin on; allow to cool until comfortably handled; slide off skins and chop

¼ of a small head read cabbage, sliced thin and chopped small
Dill, parsley, sage and chives, chopped….heavier on the parsley, but all to taste (I would say a few strands of chives, one sage leaf, a few tablespoons of parsley and a few sprigs of dill will do it…
White Balsamic Vinegar (okay, this could be critical–I used Arlotta’s which is amazing)
Organic olive oil….lemon infused if you can find it (again, I used Arlotta, but then I get it at the local farm stand)
Toss and add salt and pepper to taste, but you just might not need either
Enjoy!!!

For more summer recipes, please visit Cancer fighting Farm-Stand Recipes

Elyn

http://www.elynjacobs.wordpress.com

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, keynote speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. 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 wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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Muscling up Against Disease: Cellular Memory and Your Health

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Every cell in your body holds hundreds of pages of information which characterizes who you are. Your cells contain DNA which is the blueprint of your body–DNA you inherited as well as your very own memories. Your cells remember and hold all the information from your past right up to the present and are constantly updating this information. This cellular memory retains information on all levels of your being, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

When you go through a traumatic experience, your body suppresses the overwhelming situation by storing the memory in your cells, and you can carry these memories with you for your entire lifetime. You may be holding onto negative memories that go right back to when you were a child. Each time you experience the same negative emotions your cellular memory is activated and you experience the same anxiety response as when you first lived through the experience. If your body and spirit are not strong enough, the body will break down and never recover; the result being the development of cancer.

My oncologist spoke of this to me; he had me trace my life back to my childhood.  He said likely something had happened to me—some suppressed trauma that is the cause of my cancer.  I remember being surprised, but since then have developed a better understanding.

Breast cancer, for example, is often the result of abuse or neglect on the part of a male figure.  Ovarian cancer is often the symptom that presents when a woman has selflessly given up a significant passion for the benefit of others, typically family. Constant conflict, guilt and shame, can easily paralyze the body’s most basic functions and lead to the growth of a cancerous tumor. Cancer can also be the response of the negative emotions stemming from resentment and anger.  “A Leap of Faith”, the 1980’s true-story movie about Debbie Ogg, is a great example.  Once Debbie was able to resolve the suppressed resentment and anger from the traumatic sickness and death of her mother, she was able to heal from her “incurable” Lymphoma.

The most common emotional wounds that can manifest as serious physical disease are abuse, rejection, abandonment, humiliation, betrayal and injustice. Some people have endured a number or combination of these wounds. The take-home is that any physical problem is a manifestation of dis-ease on psychological and/or emotional levels.

If we want to cure our cancer, we must find the cause of our cancer. If we don’t find the cause of our cancer, and merely treat the symptoms (such as the tumor), we have a strong chance that it may recur.

It’s Not Just About the Mind….

Cellular memory can also help us find the physical root causes of illness and its contributors with the use of applied kinesiology (muscle testing). I was curious about this so I consulted with Mike Carey, who has been doing muscle testing for many years and has used cellular memory and the electricity of the body to determine the cause and the natural remedy for many illnesses.  Working with Mike, I discovered that I had heavy metal toxicity and that some common herbs might correct the imbalances that have been making me sick and causing me great pain.  Just one week after starting my remedies, my liver toxicity and heavy metal poisoning were gone; the pain in my hands I have had for over ten years had subsided–two weeks later and the pain is pretty much gone.  With the pain, goes some illness-supporting inflammation. For the full story: Cellular Memory and Your Health.  

Deep down I know that there were many contributors to my demise, so as I like to be proactive about my health, I take it on from all angles.

Most of us have a complicated soup that created a cancer-friendly environment.  Be it trauma, heavy metals or something else, again, we need to find the root cause of our cancer.  A poor diet, one that is devoid of nutrients, does not in itself cause cancer, but it leaves us defenseless.  My best advice is to change the cancer environment—uncover and resolve the causes of our cancer and move on to a life of wellness.  And, please….eat your vegetables.

MEDICAL ADVICE DISCLAIMER:  Reading the information in this post does not constitute a physician-patient relationship. 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 nor a cure for cancer. Always consult with your healthcare provider regarding a medical condition or any treatments.

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, keynote speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. 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 wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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Are Your Headphones An EMF Health Risk?

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm

EMF’s are silent and invisible killers; they are sneaky as we can’t hear or see them.  However, the danger is very real.  I know I have spoken about this before, but recently I started fretting over all the technology our children are using.  They have cell phones, iPads, iPods and laptops.  They use them at home and at school.  When I was a child, these things did not exist.  We had a few TV’s in our house and a phone on the wall.  Things are different now; we live in an electronic world.

Do we know for sure that radiation kills?  Nope, but then, do you really want to wait for proof?  Will a dramatic rise in brain tumors give us proof?  I’d prefer not to be involved in that statistic and I sure as heck don’t want my children to.

We have gotten our laptops off our laps and purchased retro handsets for our phones.  But, what about headphones…are they good or bad? If you connect your headphones to anything WiFi, there is a potential EMF issue with the wire in the headphones acting like an antenna, and directing the radio frequency radiation into your brain.  I contacted Lloyd Burrell, an expert on the subject, as I needed some answers.

This post was updated March, 2018.

Enjoy the following post by Lloyd Burrell…things will be much clearer and wired.

Telecommunications towerElectromagnetic fields, now there’s a word. It’s a term that gets bantered around by the media more and more every day. And for good reason too. According to some experts our exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is now billions of times higher than it was when the earth was created. Yes, I did say billions of times higher.

So what, I hear you say EMFs are safe, right?  No. EMFs are not safe.

Remember how not that long ago we were told that cigarettes were safe. Then bit-by-bit it all came out in the wash. It turns out smoking cigarettes isn’t safe at all, it causes coronary heart disease, lung cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, respiratory disease and a long list of other very serious diseases.

What’s the evidence that EMFs are not safe? The BioInitiative Report 2012, the work of 29 independent scientists and health experts from 10 countries, found overwhelming scientific evidence of health risks from wireless devices and other forms of EMF.

In their initial report published in 2007 BioInitiative Working Group concluded, “that the existing public safety limits are inadequate for both ELF [extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields] and RF [radio frequency radiation].”

The 2012 BioInitiative Report went even further. Over twenty-one chapters the 2012 report assessed 1800 new research papers (from 2006 to 2011). According to David O. Carpenter, MD co-editor of the Report “there is now much more evidence of risks to health affecting billions of people world-wide. The status quo is not acceptable in light of the evidence for harm.”

Also lets not forget the World Health Organization (WHO) recent classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B possible carcinogenic. This ruling was based on a perceived increased risk for glioma associated with cell phone use.

Are the dangers of EMFs as bad as the dangers of smoking cigarettes? No. They are much worse. You see EMFs are everywhere, more and more. Particularly since the advent of wireless technology. More cell phones, means more cell towers, means more radiation (aka EMFs).

And its not just cell phones and cell towers the problem. EMF exposures from cordless phones, ‘smart meters’, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, and similar electronic devices and from power lines, electrical wiring and other appliances all add to the toxic mix. Its not like cigarettes, there’s virtually no escaping these EMF exposures.

How come nobody seems to know about these dangers? There are lots of reasons. EMFs are invisible; you can’t see, smell, touch or taste them. They are silent killers, easily ignored especially when our governments and institutions that are supposed to protect us, say they are safe. The problem is if it were ever to ‘get out’ about the dangers of EMFs it would upset the apple cart. The companies that are involved in making and selling these technologies would be hit badly. Perhaps a bigger obstacle is that many peoples way of life is now built around these devices. It’s socially acceptable to have a cell phone and be contactable 24/7. For some employers, it’s a condition of employment.

What about EMFs from headphones? Studies indicate that the health effects of EMFs are cumulative. Anything electrical emits EMFs, that includes headphones. Are these exposures high? The way to test your exposures is with an EMF meter. Typically the EMFs are not particularly high. BUT there are two important factors; proximity of the EMF source to the body and length of exposure. Headphones are worn very close to the body (in the ear) and many people wear them for long periods of time.

Are these dangers real? Yes, but just how significant they are is very difficult to say. Some headphones are more dangerous than others. You’re better off using a wired headset than a wireless one. Typically wireless headsets use Bluetooth. That means you are also exposing yourself to radio frequency radiation, another form of EMF.

Also it depends what your headphones are connected to. If they are connected to your cell phone and you are taking calls using a wired headset your exposure could be significant. A conventional headset uses a wire cable. Wire has metal in it. This metal conducts the radiation coming from your cell phone allowing it to travel up the wire and into your head.

What about just listening to music on your cell phone. If the music is downloaded onto your phone this is safer. But if you are streaming, then again your EMF exposures could be significant.

One way of reducing your exposure is to use an air tube headset. An air tube headset uses hollow air tubes to conduct the sound from your cell phone using “sound waves”. The manufacturer claims a 98% reduction in the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that reach your head.

Note from the editor: Lloyd also recommends you hard wire your laptop if you are using head phones while listening to music or YouTube clips.   Better yet, whenever possible, hard wire your laptop, period.  Consider your laptop to be nothing more than a convenient way to take your work along.

About the author:

Since falling prey to a violent reaction to his cell phone in 2002 Lloyd Burrell has spent over 10 years researching the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on health. He now offers tips and guidance on how to live a healthy life in our increasingly electromagnetic world.

You can download his free EMF Protection Health Report and subscribe to his newsletter by visiting his website http://www.electricsense.com/. You can also follow him on Facebook , Twitter and Youtube.

Remedies for Cell Phone Safety: 

BIO-SMART-DUOEnergy Dots — Feeling tired for no apparent reason? Suffering from nagging, dull headaches? It could be EMF-related. Protect yourself from radiation and increase your energy levels. I recommend the duo pack bioDOT-smartDOT, as it includes a self-adhesive bioDOT and a self-adhesive smartDOT.  Wear the bioDOT to strengthen and support your energy.  Stick the smartDOT to your mobile to retune the toxic emissions.  Use the two to protect yourself from EMF exposure.

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For more information:

How to Protect Yourself From EMF Radiation

Cell Phone Radiation Dangers

Cell Phones and Cancer—The Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence of Absence

Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer, Infertility; Are Our Children at Risk?

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Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more, and is a columnist for Natural Healing-Natural Wellness. She has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and other publications and newsletters. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. Contact Elyn at http://www.elynjacobs.com.

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Healing Cancer: One Note at a Time

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Yesterday I had the pleasure of a visit to my oncologist.  No, there is no sarcasm there, he’s great. Visits with Dr Gaynor often last over an hour, and post-examination and after a lengthy conversation about mental and physical health, I am often treated to a meditative session of healing sound.  In this session, I was lost and at peace at the beach; the waves coursing through my body and leaving with my stress and worries; healing light entering and cancer cells washing away.

beach waves for gaynor

Dr Gaynor is a longtime promoter of the healing power of sound, and in fact authored a book as such.  The Healing Power of Sound will soon be out in E-form.   He has been implementing sound and music therapy as a part of his treatment protocol for over 25 years.   The benefits range from encouraging relaxation to creating a healthy mind, body and spirit to prevent and treat disease.

How exactly does it work?  Creating the vibrations of sound through music changes brainwave patterns in ways that triggers healing.  He does this with the use of crystal bowls; a therapy he has coined Crystal Sonic Therapy™.   Just don’t forget your headphones as you will need them to reap the benefits.  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 integrative oncology we learn that it is more important to treat the patient with the disease than the disease of the patient.  Pain, and the ensuing inflammation, promotes cancer; stress and trauma can create an environment friendly to cancer.  Inflammation can cause pain and distress such as depression. I could go on and on but the point is that cancer does not happen in a vacuum; cancer is an expression that all is not in balance in the body.  To get back in balance we must attend to body and soul.

Remember too that a cancer diagnosis brings with it fear and a loss of control; to confront cancer head on, we need to step back, breathe and form a plan; we need to become active participants in our healing.  Using crystal singing bowls to change your brainwaves so you feel relaxed and in control sure beats being sticking your head in the sand and relinquishing control of your health and care.

I hear that Dr Gaynor will be talking about the crystal bowls and healing sounds on the Dr Oz Show, but in the meantime look for Change Your Mind, Uplift, Peaceful Sleep and Tranquility. Relax to the soothing sounds of birds chirping, listen to the waves rushing toward the shore and unwind to the melodic sounds of rain drops.

To read Change Your Mind: Change Your Health in my column Options for Life in the Natural Healing, Natural Wellness Magazine (sorry, link no longer available).  To replay Dr Gaynor on the Dr Oz Show, please see the links in the comment field below. 

Sound has a healing quality; it promotes health, not disease– isn’t that our true goal?

blowholes

Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. is founder and president of Gaynor Integrative Oncology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Weill College, affiliated with Cornell University and New York Hospital. He has served on the Executive Review Panel at the Department of Defense – Alternative Medicine for Breast Cancer Sector and the Smithsonian Institute’s Symposium on New Frontier in Breast Cancer and the Environment. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at hospitals, conferences, and universities throughout America and abroad. 

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; 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 more, and is a columnist for Natural Healing-Natural Wellness. She has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and other publications and newsletters. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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DIM-New Thoughts on an Old Story

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Every so often new science and developments cause doctors, scientists and yes, coaches, to take pause for further consideration of something we were rock solid on. For 30 years we have relied on a theory that we have good and bad estrogen. We have also come to rely on the supplement Diindolylmethane (DIM), a phytonutrient and plant indole that was thought to help convert the bad to the good, or at least that is the short of it.  However, new research presented by Dr Jacob Schor, pokes some serious holes in these theories.  Estrogen Metabolite Ratios: Time for Us To Let Go.  While this is not good news for those of us with breast cancer, it is research worthy of our consideration.  I have been recommending DIM and I have been taking DIM, so Dr Schor certainly has my attention.

The connection between breast cancer and estrogen has been recognized for over a hundred years. However, breast cancer is not just about estrogen, and honestly, the critic in me now has some major questions involving the entire estrogen theory.  At this point there is still solid (for now) evidence suggesting that a higher level of 4 hydroxyestrone can result in increased risk of breast cancer. However, even in this exhaustive and convincing paper, Estrogen and the Risk of Breast Cancer, there is  the following statement: “Studies of the relation between serum estrogen concentrations and the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women have had conflicting results, most likely because the measurements were made at various times during the menstrual cycle….” and the author makes a few similar comments.  Actually this paper is really worth the read and leaves the door open to challenge the estrogen theory.  I do realize that this paper is somewhat dated, but if you look at many of the studies referred to by Schor, it all starts someplace.  Still, for now we will go with the estrogen-fuels- breast cancer theory.

Keep in mind that there are many natural ways to manage estrogen, and even more importantly, estrogen is a substance natural and necessary to the human body; it is not all bad and cancer is not all about estrogen.   Further, it’s a matter of balance.  When estrogen and progesterone are in balance, they dance.  Without balance, there is trouble.

Please continue with your anti-cancer lifestyle.  Avoid exposure to xenoestrogens; a known villain. Eat your anti-estrogen foods and progesterone supportive foods as needed. For every bit of research that says diet doesn’t matter, there is equal or more that says it does. Besides, the alternative to eating well is eating poorly, which cannot be good for anything.

We don’t have all the answers when it comes to the mechanics of foods and supplements. If a compound has the research and can’t hurt, go with your gut.  Often when you isolate one compound and study it this way, the results are not always reliable…the synergy is lost—hence we get conflicting results which leads to more uncertainty. In other words, question everything, but use common sense.

You are right, Dr Schor: “Sometimes you’ve just got to admit when you are wrong and move on. It is past time that we let this particular idea go”.  So, I was wrong.  Thank you Dr Schor, I will move on and eagerly await further reports.

I also want to thank Marnie Clark for bringing awareness of this paper to the community; information that was brought to me by one of my clients seeking clarity.  This is one of the many things I enjoy about my work—the open exchange of information. I don’t have all the answers, but I like to stay on top of the research; I love to report back to my readers.  So, thank you all for sharing.

Here’s another good read on the subject: Estrogen Metabolite Ratio Testing: Is It Worthwhile?

And then of course, here’s one to enjoy: Estrogen Does NOT Cause Breast Cancer: Debunking the Common Myths About the Hormone

*********Please read this update**********

DIM: A Bright New View on Cancer Management 

Elyn

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

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, 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 mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Natural Healing-Natural Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and other publications and newsletters. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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