All about my circuitous navigation, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, through conventional Western medicine, alternatives to conventional Western medicine, and the ensuing mind/body/spirit explorations and epiphanies (plus numerous digressions).
Progressives in Congress are pledging not to vote for a bill that doesn't include a strong public health insurance option—but Rep. Pelosi hasn't joined them yet. Can you call her today and ask her to sign the Progressive Caucus letter?
Oh my god, it's my Significant Other! How lucky am I?
He really IS hot. Looking at this photo makes me think I better get my limp, unkept hair trimmed and styled, start wearing a little makeup again, stop wearing nothing but the same pair of too-loose jeans and old hand-me-down tops that I bought decades ago at the Salvation Army, maybe even shoes other than smelly sneakers. Ya think?
My steppingstones leading to this YouTube video were: 1) I knew from past research that women with breast cancer have lower levels of melatonin than women without breast cancer, 2) I googled "pineal gland and melatonin," 3) From the googling in #2, I ended up reading a post on someone's blog about a study that had been done showing that people with higher levels of fluoride in their pineal glands end up with less melatonin because fluoride messes up the melatonin.
Therefore, I thought: Hmmmm, I already believed that fluoride in our drinking water was a very bad, unhealthy thing...but I never connected it directly to breast cancer. Interesting.
Getting a reverse osmosis water filtration system has been on my to-do list for a long time, but not at the top. I use a funky little Brita pitcher which doesn't really deal with fluoride...and I try not to drink much tap water. Lots of Pellegrino instead.
But what about the shower and tub? And brushing teeth? Sheesh.
Our bad guys are evil. Seriously. Pure evil. If America continues to let these lying, deceptive, two-faced money monsters rule our lives, we deserve the hell we're going to get. There's no need to try and say it in a fancier or more elegant way. We're leading ourselves into something that is incredibly, impossibly, morally, ethically, spiritually, unbelievably wrong.
You can read the latest from Bill Moyer's Journal HERE, which will undoubtedly depress the shit out of you if you are hoping for real change (a single-payer system). Or you can NOT read it, not feel quite as depressed, and . . . and what?
I think it's better to read it because it's better to STAY MAD even if you don't know what to do to fight them. At the very least, staying mad will generate some kind of collective energy that might somehow counteract what seem to be some really really bad odds. I mean, if Obama can't make it happen...if he is going down the same as the Clintons did...my god. How can we live with ourselves?
I sent a donation in to MoveOn.org yesterday. It wasn't much, a nano-penny in comparison to the billions that the health industry has for lobbying and bribing, but it was better than nothing. As is my anger.
One of the many "alternative" things that I do to try and ward off a recurrence of my breast cancer is that I take 21 mg of melatonin every day at bedtime. I have been doing this for four years. (I also recently bought myself a really GOOD sleep mask (DreamEssentials) that works better than all my flimsy attempts to keep the bedroom totally dark when I'm sleeping! It's very interesting how this is changing the way I sleep...but I've only been using it for 3-4 days, so will hold off on my overall assessment, for now.)
Here's a relevant article:
Reprinted from today's Moss Reports weekly newsletter written by Dr. Ralp Moss. It's called "Cancer Decisions" and you can subscribe to HERE. He has been writing these newsletters for 8 years, and this is the 400th.
SLEEP, MELATONIN AND CANCER
Here are some more reflections on the fascinating "Circadian Disruption
and Cancer" conference that I attended at the New York Academy of
Sciences a few weeks ago.
There are a number of reasons to suspect that poor sleeping habits
contribute to an increased risk of breast or prostate cancer. Prime
evidence for this comes from a Norwegian study showing that totally
blind women have a decreased risk of breast cancer compared to sighted
women. The effect was only seen in the totally blind, as there was no
such protective effect from any degree of sight disability other than
Using Norway's large cancer registry, the authors identified 296 blind
women. Their incidence of breast cancer was just 64 percent that of
sighted women, i.e., there was a 36 percent protective effective. But
among those who went blind before the age of 54 (and therefore had
lived in total darkness for a longer period of time) the breast cancer
incidence ratio was just 0.51. In other words, their breast cancer risk
was half of the sighted women (Kliukiene 2001). That's an extraordinary
reduction, which sparked considerable discussion among researchers at
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(NaturalNews) After a diagnosis of breast cancer, most women want to
know where they fit into the statistics being quoted to them as reasons
for submitting to the traditional toxic treatments being advocated by
their oncologists. Scientists in China are helping to further this
understanding through research revealing a statistical breakdown of
which forms of breast cancer are the most deadly, and which may not be
so dangerous. Any woman being pressured to accept chemotherapy,
radiation, and follow-drugs can use these statistics to empower herself
and more accurately assess where she stands.
In the study, the clinical-pathological characteristics of triple negative breast cancer were investigated.. This type of cancer is diagnosed when cells in the breast lack all three receptors: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2).
Although these receptors can help fuel breast cancer growth in some cases, they are also indicative of less threatening cancers.
Cells that are able to express these factors more closely resemble
normal cells, while cells that cannot express the factors have lost
resemblance to normal cells. When cancerous cells more closely resemble
normal cells, they are more easily returned to a state of normalcy. The
lack of receptors makes triple negative breast cancer one of the most
deadly forms of cancer.
Click HERE to read the rest of this highly informative and useful article
Here's a little red, white and blue for you. Found this beauty on my back stairs.
Other than this, the start of my supposed "long holiday weekend" has been exactly the same as any other workaday Friday, except that we got no mail delivery to bring a few moments of wild excitement into our lives. I've been sitting in the living room with my laptop, working at this and that, and as I worked I watched a CHILDREN'S movie called Firehouse Dog, or something like that. Why, oh why, did I do THAT?