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Organic Skin Care: The Fix Your Skin’s 2017 Expert Roundup

In organic skin care, Uncategorized on February 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm

I was recently asked by the online skin care and wellness website Fix Your Skin to give my recommendations for tips for organic skin care. They asked over 200 experts for their top 3 tips, and I was more than happy to contribute. Most women don’t realize that what we put on our body is just as important as what we put in it. Chemicals in personal care products come with a plethora of carcinogenic chemicals.

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Overall, we said that hydration, organic skin care, and diet were most important. Below are my tips, but don’t forget to check out all the other expert tips.

1. Keep Hydrated. Drink plenty of spring or filtered water every day. This will plump to help smooth wrinkles and avoid dark circles under the eyes. Proper hydration will also help to flush out toxins from your body that are not only bad for the body in general, but will accelerate the aging process. Eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables will help to keep you hydrated and will give your skin the vitamins and minerals it needs for healthy, vibrant skin.
2. Avoid too much direct sun exposure (some is good for mind, body, and soul). While the sun’s rays will allow your body to make anticancer, pro-health vitamin D, too much will age the skin.
3. Use organic, non-toxic beauty products. Chemical based products contain harmful ingredients that increase your risk of cancer and harm your skin. Gone are the days of smelly products that don’t work. Some of my favorites are Derma-e, Naturopathica, and Mineral Fusion.

But don’t forget, good sleep is essential too!

View the entire article Fix Your Skin 2017 Expert Roundup

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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Low Dose Naltrexone: The Affordable Non-Toxic Cancer Therapy Your Doctor is NOT Telling You About

In Alternative Cancer Therapies, Breast Cancer, Healing Cancer Naturally, Uncategorized on July 27, 2016 at 7:43 am

Naltrexone has been traditionally used to help drug and alcohol abusers.  But did you know that at very low doses, Naltrexone is a highly effective off-label therapy for cancer?

I rarely advocate for the use the pharmaceutical drugs, but low dose naltrexone (LDN) holds so much promise for those with cancer, that it virtues need to become known.

Naltrexone was approved by the FDA decades ago for opiate and alcohol dependence. And although the “off-label use” of a drug—prescribing it to treat conditions other than those for which it is approved—is perfectly legal, almost all doctors fail to do this. Sadly, most doctors refuse to consider any and all effective therapies that fall outside the mainstream. But this is a terrible disservice to those with cancer!

So why aren’t doctors prescribing it?  It comes down to money and ignorance.  In this case, the drug is cheap and the patent for naltrexone expired. Therefore there is no financial incentive for the drug company to advertise or push doctors to recommend it. Plus, or because of this and the resulting ignorance, many doctors take the stance that “if it were that good I would know about it”.

However, through the work of prominent doctors and researchers such as Dr Bernard Bihari MD, Dr Burt Berkson MD, and others, more and more researchers and patients are taking notice—and I suggest you do too!

The Birth of LDN as a Promising Therapy

Dr Bihari first started using naltrexone for his patients with addiction problems. He found that it worked well by attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain that heroin and other opiate drugs seek out.  In doing so, it blocks these receptors effectively preventing the ‘high’ that these drugs offer. However, during this time he found that naltrexone also blocked the binding of the body’s own endorphins and natural opiates that boost mood and sense of well-being. Thus, his patients felt terrible, so he stopped using the naltrexone.

However, through his work on AIDS Bihari found that at low doses given at bedtime, naltrexone stimulated endorphin release.  He found that endorphin levels doubled and often tripled which jumpstarted his patient’s immune systems— and the patients got better.

According to Dr Bihari, endorphins play a central role in immune function, and LDN enhances the immune response by stimulating endorphin production.

With this new development he began to focus on the immune system as a healing tool.  He found that LDN worked for other diseases linked to immune dysfunction such as MS — and cancer as well.

 How LDN Works

LDN revisedLDN works by blocking opioid receptors, which in turn helps activate the body’s immune system. It seems that when LDN is taken at bedtime, it binds to opioid receptors and temporarily blocks endorphins from attaching. This signals the body to increase endorphin production. The result is a dramatic boost in immune function. Then the opiates bind to receptors in bone marrow stem cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, T and B cells, and other immune cells and influence their development, differentiation, and function.

In other words, opioid receptors aren’t exclusive to the brain. They’re also present on all types of immune cells, including macrophages, natural killer cells, T- and B-cells, and even stem cells. As a result, the flood of endorphins set into motion by LDN stimulates the immune system and enhances the body’s ability to fight disease.

LDN upregulates opioid receptors in cancer cells, stimulating the process of programmed cell death (apoptosis) — thus killing some of the cancer cells.  It also stimulates certain immune cells that tend to go after cancer cells, including T4 and natural killer cells (NK cells).

Recent research also suggests that natural opiates also bind to receptors on cancer cells and inhibit their growth. LDN has been found to shrink tumors and inhibit their growth.

Major institutions such as The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania have done considerable research on LDN.  Numerous case studies have shown it is effective for a variety of cancer types, including colon, prostate, melanoma, multiple myeloma, breast, ovary, uterine, brain, neuroblastoma, lung, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

ALA and LDN, a Powerful Combination

There is also a combination therapy called the Berkson Method – using Alpha-Lipoic Acid alongside LDN. Lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and generates and increases levels of vitamins C and E as well as CoQ10 and glutathione. Moreover, ALA is a modifier of gene expression. It seems to interfere with some of the genes that promote cancer. Note: look for R-ALA as it is the form found naturally occurring in the body and is the biologically active form of alpha lipoic acid. S-ALA is synthetic and should not be used.

Can I take LDN If I take Tamoxifen or Aromatase Inhibitors?

Several of my clients voiced their concerns about compatibility with aromatase inhibitors or tamoxifen. There are few reports of LDN interactions with other medications (do not use with opiate painkillers). Specifically though, according to Integrative Pharmacist David Restrepo, RPh (Vitahealth Apothecaries, New York), this should not be a problem with hormone therapies:

There is no data that suggests using AI’s, (regardless of the generation i.e. 1st 2nd or 3rd) and LDN cause any drug interaction. It’s important to keep a few things in mind.

Firstly, the normal dose of naltrexone is anywhere from 50-300mg daily and used as an opiate antagonist. Using this high of a dose would make there be a better chance of experiencing “side effects” but again, no drug interaction with AI’s. Secondly, naltrexone is selective to opiate receptors where AI’s are selective estrogen receptor modulators.

Lastly, they both are metabolized by the liver, BUT naltrexone, at such a low dose, is effective because it causes a “spike” in the bloodstream, where AI’s stay in the bloodstream much longer because of their relatively longer half-life. Any person worried about the possibility of drug interactions can just take their AI in the morning and the LDN AT NIGHT which is when it works best anyway. David Restrepo, RPh

What If I have Hashimoto’s, Graves or Another Autoimmune Disease?

One should always consult with a qualified doctor before taking any medication, but some people can actually achieve remission from autoimmune diseases by using LDN.  This is because LDN modulates the immune system.  It lowers inflammation as well as the immune reaction. However, if you have thyroid issues or any type of autoimmune disease, your doctor will likely start you out at a lower than normal dose.

Is LDN a Cure?

I’m not suggesting that LDN is a the magical cure for cancer, and in fact, it is not actually ‘curative’. This is partly because, like chemo and radiation,  it does not resolve the reason for the cancer.  But it is also is important to understand that LDN is a cell growth regulator. The goal is to regulate these cells and slow down the proliferation. Taken continuously, countless patients have achieved and maintained remission. Thus, in some cases,with the use of LDN cancer can be treated as a manageable chronic disease without the damaging effects of conventional chemotherapy and radiation–which on their own are rarely curative.

Therefore, I do recommend that you look into this safe, inexpensive ($25–30 a month) therapy. It may take some work convincing your doctor to write the script as this is an “off-label” use of an approved drug—but its long track record of efficacy makes it worth the effort. If you need some assistance with finding a doctor who will write the script, respond below in the comment field.

LDN requires a prescription and at is only available at compounding pharmacies. LDN must not be a timed-released preparation and should be taken at bedtime. The therapeutic dose ranges from 1.5-4.5mg, the later being the typical dose. Some people find that they have trouble sleeping or experience vivid dreams the first week taking LDN.  This issue should subside but consult with your doctor as he or she may want to reduce your dose for a week or so. If you have trouble filling your script, contact Vitahealth apothecary. www.vitahealthrx.com.

If you need something to back up your request to your doctor or just for more information, visit www.lowdosenaltrexone.org  to learn more as well as to find thousands of inspiring healing stories.

Again, I am not suggesting that LDN is the magical ‘cure-all’ for cancer, but it does offer a safe and inexpensive alternative to toxic cancer therapies. You might have to find an ‘outside the box’ doctor to prescribe this off-label drug, but it may well be worth the effort. If you would like to discuss how to incorporate LDN into your protocol, please contact me.

Lastly, this is something I have added to my own protocol. After all, who couldn’t use a few more  ‘feel good’ endorphins. For more of my story, please click here. It is not complete as far as supplements go, but that list is long.

 This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any diseases or conditions. The information in this post does not represent medical advice, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor. Always consult with a medical doctor before you consider any prescription or over the counter drug or herb.

Read 12 Things a Cancer Doctor Should Never Say, my most recent article on The Truth About Cancer Website.

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 brings a plethora of knowledge to her practice and will help you think outside the box so you can incorporate every lifeline you may need for long term survival. Elyn 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. She 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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2014 Blog Highlights For Alternative Cancer Healing

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2015 at 8:09 am

WordpressHappy New Year!!

Once again, it is a new year–a time to reflect and to focus on the long healthy life you intend to live. Hold to your heart the affirmation that you are and will be a survivor. Smile, live, laugh, love and renew your commitment to vibrant health. Maintaining optimal health requires our attention on a daily basis. If you took a few steps backward in your efforts, don’t worry. Today is the first day of the rest of your life; go for it.

I thank you for reading my blog, which was visited over 79,000 times this year. Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & U.K. were not far behind, but I love that I had visitors from 165 different countries. What I also find most inspiring is while my number one post was once again Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen (January 2012) with almost 18,000 views, Are Your Headphones An EMF Health Risk? (April 2013) came in close with over 14,000 views which means people are really beginning to realize the importance of techno-safety, which is fantastic.  I look forward to adding more inspiring posts this year.  If you haven’t checked out my Survive and Live Well Radio Show replays, you can find them here. For a directory of shows, please visit the archives. 

Here are the posts that got the most views in 2014:

Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen

Are Your Headphones an EMF Health Risk

Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors

and these two pages:

Alternative and Complementary Therapies 

About Elyn 

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year–may your dreams come true. (Photo credit to WordPress)

Elyn

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

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Healing with Essential Oils

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The following is a guest post by my good friend Marnie Clark. Please be sure to visit her fabulous and informative website:  http://marnieclark.com/

Plants have been used for centuries for their wonderful healing properties. As long ago as 3,000 BC, the Chinese and Egyptians used plants extensively for healing. Indigenous cultures in Africa, Australia and the Americas all used herbs in their healing rituals.

Later researchers were surprised to discover that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.
With the advent of chemical analysis in the early 19th century, chemists began to extract and modify the active ingredients in plants, making their own version of plant compounds. You might be surprised to know that almost one quarter of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants. Over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.
While the pharmaceutical companies are creating patentable drugs that imitate the healing properties of natural essential oils derived from plants, the problem with these drugs is that they work quite differently in the body and often have many side effects. Essential oils are the best thing nature could offer us in the way of medicine and their side effects are often more energy,improved digestion, better sleep, less disease, and so much more.

Herbs vs Essential Oils

These days, people are quite familiar with herbal medicine, it is one of the fastest growing industries. Herbs vary quite significantly from essential oils, however.

Herbs that are grown for the purpose of creating supplements are generally not grown organically. Regardless of that fact, the herbs are then harvested and taken into warehouses where they are dried with big blowers, chopped, capped, bottled, packaged and sent to be marketed. It may be weeks, months, or even years later that they are purchased and taken as a supplement. They may still assist us, but it usually takes awhile.
The main problem is that once a fresh plant is dried, not much of the essential oil is retained, and it’s the essential oil that gets us well! Herbs can lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen carrying capacity in the drying process.
Essential oils are the life blood of a plant and are 50-70 times more therapeutically potent than dried herbs. They have many and varied healing properties, one of which is to protect the host plant’s immune system. The great thing is that essential oils can do the same thing for our immune system.
Essential oils are, quite simply, the subtle, volatile liquids distilled from plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, seeds and bushes. Distillation of these oils was nearly forgotten until a handful of passionate 20th century pioneers brought it back to life. It is a very precise art and there are still only a handful of people in the world who know exactly how to extract all of the life-giving phytochemicals from each plant – and it’s different for each plant!
Properly distilled essential oils retain all of their healing phytochemicals (plant chemicals). They are not simple substances, each oil is a complex structure containing anywhere between 80-300 different plant chemicals.

When you apply essential oils to your skin (the biggest organ of absorption), the oils will penetrate every single cell in your body within 20 minutes, thus bypassing the digestive tract,which, if faulty, can severely slow down or impair the healing qualities or whatever nutrient you are ingesting. Not so with essential oils!

Why Do Essential Oils Work So Well In The Body?

Therapeutic grade essential oils that are carefully grown without chemicals and distilled so as to retain all of their life-giving and potent phytochemicals retain a wonderful amount of energy and life force. This is what our bodies need and crave.

Essential oils have a great synergy with the human body. They were meant to be our medicine.One of their actions is to carry molecules of oxygen and when you realize that cancer likes ananaerobic (meaning without oxygen) environment, you begin to understand the role that essential oils can play in healing.

Research Indicates Essential Oils Are Powerful Healers

Essential oils are now being used as medicine by some of the world’s most prominent doctors.Clinical research (see below for just some of the studies) indicates that essential oils have immune stimulating properties, they are also anti-viral, anti-tumoral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial,anti-inflammatory – all the important “anti’s”!

Essential oils have been pivotal in helping many people back to health – pain free, disease free,and much more. Recent research has also shown that many of the so called “super bugs” like MRSA which has doctors and hospitals so concerned can not survive in the presence of certain essential oils. Interestingly, the pathogens do not mutate in resistance to essential oils. The author has had a personal experience with MRSA and can attest to the fact that essential oils are very potent little healers.
Citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit and orange are high in a phytochemical known as d-limonene, a well researched plant chemical. For instance, in 1996, Charing Cross Hospital in London achieved close to a 15% remission rate in patients with advanced colon and breast cancer usingdoses from 1 to 15 grams of d-limonene from orange oil as their only form of treatment. Some patients who only had weeks or months to live were given the limonene treatment and it extended their lives by up to 18 months. (Vigushin DM et al., Phase 1 and pharmacokinetic study of D-limonene in patients with advanced cancer. Cancer Research Campaign Phase I/II CliniclaTrials Committee. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 1998;42(2):111-7.)

Here are a few more studies that have been done on d-limonene:
Human breast tissue disposition and bioactivity of limonene in women with early-stage breast cancer : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23554130

Induction of apoptosis by D-limonene is mediated by inactivation of Akt in LS174T human coloncancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23117412

D-limonene rich volatile oil from blood oranges inhibits angiogenesis, metastasis and cell deathin human colon cancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22935404
Frankincense is another potent anti-tumoral essential oil:
Frankincense essential oil prepared from hydrodistillation of Boswellia sacra gum resins induces human pancreatic cancer cell death in cultures and in a xenograft murine model: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23237355
Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22171782
Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19296830; another great article is:
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/6350/20131220/frankincense-christmas-gift-ovarian-cancer-cells-leicester-university-gum.htm

Geranium also has anti-tumoral properties:

Effects of a Chinese medical herbs complex on cellular immunity and toxicity-related conditions of breast cancer patients : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21864416

Lavender has been studied for its anti-tumor effects:

Comparative Studies of Cytotoxic and Apoptotic Properties of Different Extracts and theEssential Oil of Lavandula angustifolia on Malignant and Normal Cells :http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24571090

Thyme has anti-cancer properties:
Activities of ten essential oils towards Propionibacterium acnes and PC-3, A-549 and MCF-7 cancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20657472
Clove exhibits anti-estrogen and anti-tumoral properties:
Structure-based design of eugenol analogs as potential estrogen receptor antagonists: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23144548
Comparative anticancer potential of clove (Syzygium aromaticum)–an Indian spice–againstcancer cell lines of various anatomical origin : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22292639

Idaho Balsam Fir has anti-cancer activity:

Abibalsamins A and B, two new tetraterpenoids from Abies balsamea oleoresin (discussingIdaho balsam fir) : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22394397

One Last Word – Make Sure Your Essential Oils Come From A Trusted Source

Without sounding like an infomercial, not all essential oils are created equally. There are many companies out there who are just concerned with the bottom line – creating a reasonable smelling oil for as little dosh as possible. If you intend to use essential oils on your wellness journey, you must do your homework. Find out who the world leader is in therapeutic grade essential oils.
Case in point : It takes pretty close to 5,000 pounds of rose petals to create one pound of rose oil,and yes, it is one of the most expensive essential oils to produce. Consider this – if those rose petals were laden with chemicals and pesticides, or distilled with toxic chemicals to bring out more of the oil, that oil would be quite toxic and you would not want it in your body.
Make sure your essential oils are organically grown and properly distilled, from someone who controls the whole process of production from the seed to the bottle, so as to create the most health-giving essential oils available.
I am not proposing that essential oils be used for the treatment of any disease. The purpose of this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem and please be sure to consult your healthcare professional when making decisions about your health.

Marnie_homepageMarnie Clark is a natural therapist (17 years), a breast cancer survivor (10 years) and breast cancer coach (2 years) based in Perth, Western Australia. If you have any questions about essential oils, feel free to contact her at info@marnieclark.com.

Elyn

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

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

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2013 Blog Highlights; Top Five Articles

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm

WordpressIt is a new year, a time to reflect on all that you have done and to focus on the long healthy life you intend to live. Hold to your heart the affirmation that you are and will be a survivor. Today is the first day of the rest of your life; go for it. Smile, live, laugh and love. Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year–may your dreams come true. (Photo credit to WordPress)

According to WordPress, the Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. My blog was viewed about 73,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it. Still, I think it is pretty cool.  My busiest day of the year was July 15th with 2,145views.  Thank you WordPress  for compiling the reports.  Thank you to all of my followers for your support. I look forward to serving you in 2014. 

Blog Highlights 2013

These are the posts that got the most views in 2013:

Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen

Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors

Why We Are Not Winning the War on Cancer

Are Your Headphones An EMF Health Risk?

Salvestrols: Does Nature Hold the Answer to Cancer?

Where are my visitors from?  156 countries in all! Most are from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

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

ej portrait 150resElyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter.  Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/about/

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Survive and Live Well Radio Show Answers Questions

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Do you or someone you love have cancer?  Are you looking for integrative support for conventional treatments?  Are you aware that integrative support can help reduce the side effects of treatment, improve quality of life and boost the efficacy of treatment? Did you know that CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) is often confused with true integrative medicine? Do you have questions regarding alternative or holistic approaches to cancer?  Does your doctor dismiss your questions? Do you struggle for answers beyond what your medical team can or will answer?

Did your doctor tell you that if you do not uncover the cause of your cancer and do not change the environment in which your cancer was permitted to grow, you are at increased risk for recurrence and that this could cost you your life? Did s/he tell you that certain foods can boost survival? Did s/he tell you why?

Or did s/he tell you that “cancer just happens?”

You are not alone.

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Elyn

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

ej portrait 150resElyn 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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Estrogen Management for Breast Cancer, Naturally

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Is there a natural solution to estrogen management for breast cancer? The answer is yes and no.  I believe that there is. However, to date, there are no natural supplements that have been compared with aromatase inhibitors side by side to verify that they are equal substitutes or even superior to pharmaceutical drugs. Clinical trials are not likely to be done, simply because there is not enough financial reward to big Pharma; in other words they have nothing to gain and tons to lose by funding research for natural solutions such as consumption of foods such as button mushrooms, broccoli and pomegranate.

button musroomsHowever, many nutraceuticals (food and supplements such as those above) are known to effectively block or manage estrogen, and there are natural compounds that can help protect against the side effects and boost the efficacy of aromatase inhibitors and Tamoxifen and therefore allow for the option of taking a lesser and therefore less toxic therapy.

We also know that there are many estrogen promoters and supporters that need to be avoided, such as xenoestrogens, which act like estrogens produced by the female body and can boost unbalanced estrogen levels. Phytoestrogens, on the other hand, are a whole other story and will be addressed further in a separate post as while complicated, can be beneficial.

Why not the “big guns”?

It is no secret that hormone sensitive cancers are dependent on unbalanced estrogen in the body to fuel their growth.  Aromatase inhibitors are effective in reducing levels of unbalanced estrogen in the body and SERMs such as Tamoxifen interfere with hormone activity.  I won’t get into the side effects or resulting effects of these drugs, but suffice it to say that the list is lengthy. Given the toxicity and known side effects of estrogen blocking drugs, we must explore natural compounds that not only manage estrogen, but that help prevent recurrence and metastasis on many fronts.

Sadly, whether out of ignorance or fear of prosecution, most doctors do not promote or support natural means for estrogen management.  However, remember, cancer is not just estrogen fueled.  Cancer is dependent on a cancer-friendly environment; if we do not change the environment in which it was able to grow, we increase its chance of returning. These drugs that are offered offer no solution to changing the cancer environment.  Nutraceuticals, on the other hand, are non-toxic and are quite beneficial to overall health, including fighting cancer and creating an unfriendly cancer environment. Exercise, sleep, and stress management also play a major role in the balance of estrogen and in risk reduction.

So, until there is funding for clinical trials for natural solutions, we must rely on our own intuition, research, knowledge and common sense in our approach to a natural solution to estrogen management and risk reduction for breast cancer.  For now, the answer lies outside of definitive, quantitative studies. Many, many people have healed their cancers and prevented recurrence via natural means, but these successes are not quantified in published trials and are often dismissed or ignored by their doctors.

To read more on natural solutions for estrogen:

Natural Alternatives to Tamoxifen

Managing Estrogen Naturally

Natural Alternatives to Aromatase Inhibitors

Tamoxifen: There is More to the Story

Magical Mushrooms

Natural Compounds in Pomegranates May Prevent Growth of Hormone-Dependent Breast Cancer

While these articles are a bit dated, they do provide some good information. New research comes out continuously, and it is my quest to stay abreast of it and share with you this knowledge:

Indole 3 Carbinol – the safer, natural Tamoxifen?

Chrysin is Natural Alterative to Toxic Breast Cancer Drug

With my deepest respect and gratitude,

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. 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 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.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this post represents medical advice, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor. I have compiled this information solely for those seeking alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs for the management of estrogen and for the management of their cancer.  Nothing in the above post is to be considered to be a cure for cancer, despite what the research or experts claim. I do not believe or intend to imply that any one single compound is a cure for cancer.  I do believe that natural compounds can significantly reduce cancer risk and increase survival if used alongside a comprehensive anticancer strategy.

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Exercise and Cancer: Active Against Cancer

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Active Against CancerNancy Brennan, author of Active Against Cancer, and wellness and exercise expert Jacqui Errico, were my guests on Survive and Live Well.  We hear from our doctors (well, okay, hopefully we hear from our doctors) that we should exercise.  However, rarely do we hear why.  Did you know that exercise creates anticancer conditions in the body?

As Nancy Brennan writes in her book: “Cancer cells create certain conditions as their numbers grow.  They change the local cellular environment by changing the biochemistry.  Cancer cells need these biochemical conditions in order to reproduce.  Sometimes cancer cells are overwhelmed by the immune system and they die.  Other times, the cancer cells’ growth is encouraged by these conditions that they favor, such as chronic inflammation, greater levels of insulin, poorly oxygenated blood, too much cortisol (a natural stress hormone), and excessive estrogen or testosterone.”

“Anticancer conditions, on the other hand, are bad for the continued uncontrolled reproduction of cancer cells.”  Exercise, in moderation, helps to create the desirable anticancer conditions in your body, helping you fight cancer with exercise ” As Brennan writes: “If you eat well, and not too much, and if you get a good amount of exercise, you can actively promote anticancer conditions in the cellular environment of your body.”

“Exercise, in particular, can reduce levels of cellular inflammation by lowering blood sugar levels and reducing insulin and insulin growth factors.  Exercise boosts the immune system, lowers stress levels and brings hormones into balance.  Exercise helps us maintain a healthy weight and improves body composition (the mixture of fat and muscle).”  [Adapted and quoted from Active Against Cancer, with the author’s permission.]

jee Exercise and a proper diet afford us a simple way to change that environment; to make the body less hospitable to cancer cells. If I can offer up no other good reasons to exercise, I offer you this:  Exercise will make you feel better, heal faster,  live longer, and in the words of Evelyn Knapp via Jacqui Errico, “Exercise gave me a sense of control in a situation that was out of control”.   Strength for Life, a wonderful organization that offers free exercise classes and wellness retreats to cancer patients and survivors, was founded in memory of Evelyn Knapp.  Evelyn spent a lifetime promoting exercise and proper nutrition to thousands.  She lost her challenge with breast cancer in 2005.

To replay this show: March 12th, 2013http://hipcast.com/podcast/H6SYM3ds Nancy Brennan and Jacqueline Errico

To replay another great show on Exercise and Cancer:  November 6th, 2012 http://hipcast.com/podcast/HZPYKh2Q Rhonda Smith and Cara Novy- Bennewitz.

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. 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 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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Chia Seed: The New Superfood

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

When you hear the word “chia”, do you immediately think of those crazy terra-cotta pets that sprout green hair? Well, chia has come a long way from pet to “Superfood”.  Chia seeds, like flax are considered to be a Superfood as they contain high amounts of many essential nutrients.

chia seedsGram for gram, chia contains six times more protein than kidney beans, twice the amount of dietary fiber as bran flakes, three times the amount of iron in spinach, twice the amount of potassium in bananas, and six times the amount of calcium in milk (Bourne, 2002). They also are a great source of Omega 3’s, more so than even salmon, and the ALA gets converted to Omega-3 EPA and DHA, which you can’t get from plant sources. Chia also has gel-forming properties that create a barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes in the stomach. This is why chia slows down the conversion of carbs into sugar and can stabilize sugar blood levels.

So which seed should you eat, flax or chia? It’s not either/or; it’s both—each has benefits.  For example, One ounce of chia contains 4.4grams of protein, which is almost as high as meat– while flax clocks in at 5.1 grams per ounce.  However, chia seeds are considered a complete protein because they contain all the essential amino acids, while flaxseeds do not.

Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants. In fact, it’s their high antioxidant content that keeps the seeds fresh for a long time, and prevents them from turning rancid. Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, on the other hand, lose their nutrients and go rancid relatively quickly when they’re not stored correctly, preferably in a dark, cool place, like the refrigerator or freezer.

In the mineral category it’s a mixed bag, with chia seeds winning in calcium and phosphorus, and flaxseeds in magnesium and potassium; flax has about five times the potassium as chia, clocking in at 228mg vs chia’s 45mg. The RDA for potassium is a whopping 4,700mg/day.  Most people do not get enough potassium in their diets, which can lead to high blood pressure, loss of bone density, increased risk of stroke or even cancer.

Chia seeds are higher in fiber with 10.6 grams vs. 7.6 grams in flaxseeds. Why is dietary fiber so important? Fiber is needed for bowel regularity, colon detoxification, and weight management, and to eliminate toxins and excess estrogens from the body.

But isn’t flax a phytoestrogen? When referring to phytoestrogens, it is generally thought that a “weak” estrogen may actually be protective against cancer causing xenoestrogens.  Flax is a great example.  The phytoestrogens contained in flaxseed bind to the estrogen receptor, but do not stimulate it; they compete with other estrogens that would otherwise stimulate the estrogen receptor, and thus act as a blocker–they hop on the estrogen and bind up these hormones and carcinogens and remove them from the body.  Plus, studies show that eating ground flax seed reduces tumor size and eaten daily may reduce ki67 levels; ki67 is a protein expressed in rapidly diving cells– high levels of Ki-67 indicate a more aggressive breast tumor and indicate a higher risk of recurrence. For more on flax: Demystifying Flaxseed and Estrogen.

So, don’t underestimate the nutritional value of seeds, especially flaxseeds and chia seeds. They’re nutritional powerhouses. Perhaps the easiest way to eat seeds is to add them to yogurt, cereal or smoothies; you can also use them in baked goods and even as an egg or fat replacer in baked goods and other dishes.  I happen to love them in cereal–mix in 2-3 tablespoons (~30 grams) along with 2-3 tablespoons of freshly ground flax and you have one heck of a start to your day.  One thing—most cereals are over-processed and full of sugar.  If you don’t like or have the time to make real oatmeal, give my “cereal” a try. (See recipe below). Regardless of how you do it, it seems that adding seeds to your diet will definitely bring a lot of healthy benefits.

“Elyn’s Cereal”

Fruit—1 cup blueberries or 1 RIPE banana, sliced (or whatever you have)

2Tbs whey protein (free of artificial hormones, pesticides and sugar, whey helps the body raise Glutathione levels)

2-3 Tbs chia seeds

2-3 Tbs freshly ground flaxseed (a spice grinder works great)

1 tsp cinnamon (helps to manage blood sugar)

1 Tbs black raspberry powder (optional)

1 Tbs pomegranate powder (optional)

1-2 Tbs Ezekiel cereal

½ tsp stevia or honey

One small handful walnuts

Milk of your choice (just nothing out of a box or can)

Mix well and enjoy in good health

Chia: Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chia Seeds, 1 Pound Pouches

Flax: Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxseed, 24-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)

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. 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 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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Salvestrols: Does Nature Hold the Answer to Cancer?

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I have long believed that nature does indeed hold the answer to cancer.  In November, I spoke with Dr Michael Schachter on my radio show, Survive and Live Well. We had a fantastic conversation about reducing our risk for cancer and treating it if diagnosed.  One recommendation he made for both is the use of Salvestrols, a term I had never heard of.  Salvestrols, you say, huh? The name was coined by Professor Gerry Potter, being a derivative of the Latin work ‘salvia’, the common herb sage, which means ‘to save’. Dr Schachter had suggested we read  Salvestrols: Nature’s Defense Against Cancer.  Intrigued, I contacted the author, Brian Schaefer, and he was kind enough to chat with me.  I read the book; I learned much.healthy food

Simply put, Salvestrols are plant derived compounds that produce anticancer metabolites as a result of their action with a particular enzyme, known as CYP1B1.  This enzyme is present only in cancer cells, and when it encounters a Salvestrol, it converts it into a form which is toxic to the sick cell and causes that cell to commit suicide. Because the enzyme is not present in healthy cells the Salvestrols have no ill effects on them, unlike cancer therapies such as chemotherapy. I found this really exciting.

Salvestrols are also part of the plant’s immune system. They are produced by plants to protect themselves from pests and disease. However, the use of many modern fungicides and crop protection chemicals means that plants which are not organically grown will not express high concentrations of Salvestrols because they not exposed to the attacks which cause the plant to produce them. Plus, Salvestrols are generally produced late in the ripening phase as this is when the plant is most vulnerable to attack, but produce is typically picked well before ripe.

Dr Schachter explained the importance of organics, but he also said that the way our food is now grown and altered (including organic) has significantly reduced the levels of Salvestrols in our foods. To replay my interview with Dr Schachter, please click here.

I often hear “I eat my organic fruits and vegetables but I still have cancer” or “my mother did everything right and still died from her cancer”.  I don’t have all the answers, sometimes cancer wins.  But as Dr Schachter said, it may have to do with the integrity of the organic foods we are eating. But you can maximize the benefit of both diet and Salvestrols by exercising and taking supplements such as biotin.  Exercise will help keep you well oxygenated thus boosting CYP1B1 efficacy, and biotin has been shown to boost Salvestrol metabolism as well as inhibit factors that boost tumor survival. (Note:  Biotin is not recommended for those receiving chemo as it will decrease the effectiveness of these drugs.)  Magnesium and Niacin also support Salvestrol activity; however, a diet rich in produce and whole foods will likely provide a sufficient amount.  A reasonable amount of iron is also a good idea; just don’t go overboard as that can have cancer friendly consequences.mixed berriesk7229-19i

A simple shift in diet may not be sufficient for those at risk or already fighting active disease, but incorporating a large amount of organic fruits and vegetables into one’s diet represents a significant step towards good health and can be quite helpful in disabling the cancer cells which form and develop in our bodies daily. Notable sources of Salvestrols are artichokes, mint, basil, parsley, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, avocado, kale and other greens. Supplemental Salvestrol is also an option. Salvestrol activity operates regardless of whether the cell is precancerous, part of a primary tumor or part of the metastases of that primary tumor, so they can be considered as important for prevention as for treatment of full-blown cancers.  Just remember, Salvestrols are only one part of the equation, so eat a variety of vegetables to take advantage of all the anticancer compounds, and embrace an overall anticancer lifestyle.

Learn more:

Salvestrols: Nature’s Defence Against Cancer: Linking Diet and Cancer

Salvestrols: Journeys to Wellness

Salvestrols: An Important Piece in the Cancer Fighting Puzzle 

To find this summary on The Schachter Center Website, Click Here

Nothing in this post represents medical advice, and I encourage you to discuss this information with your integrative oncologist or naturopathic doctor. Please note that Salvestrols should not be taken with B17-Laetrile. I have compiled this information solely for those seeking to use natural means to support their body against cancer or enhance cancer treatment.

Elyn

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Dr. Michael B. Schachter is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College and Columbia P&S Medical School in NYC. He is also a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Schachter has been involved with nutritional and integrative health care for 35 years. A leader in alternative cancer therapies, EDTA chelation and orthomolecular psychiatry, he is a past president of the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). He has authored numerous articles and was a major contributor to Burton Goldberg’s classic “Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer”. His published 2010 paper “Integrative Oncology for Clinicians and Cancer Patients” helps to guide patients in developing a cancer treatment program. In 2010, Dr. Schachter received the Humanitarian Award from the Cancer Control Society in California. He has a special interest in the role of iodine in health and disease. Dr. Schachter is the director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, NY.

Dr. Brian Schaefer was educated in Victoria, B.C., Canada and Oxford, England, obtained a B.Sc., and M.Sc., degree from the University of Victoria and a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) degree from Oxford University in England (Wolfson College). After these studies were completed he chose to return to Canada. After two years as a research fellow in Ottawa he returned to Victoria where he currently lives with his wife and his two children. A fondness for England continues and he returns to England on a regular basis. He has published and lectured on a broad array of topics including psychometrics, pattern recognition, visual perception, knowledge acquisition, artificial intelligence, laboratory medicine and cancer research. The author serves on the Board of Directors of companies in Canada and England.

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. 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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