Hey there, let’s talk about something really important—breast health. Most of the time, when we hear about this topic, it’s all about breast cancer awareness. While I’m grateful that something in women’s health has garnered great media attention, I want us to shift our perspective a bit towards a more holistic view—breast health awareness.
Breast cancer is BIG business – it generates $500 Billion annually! According to the World Cancer Research Fund, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with approximately 2.3 million new cases diagnosed in 2020. And, in spite of the money spent on the PINK campaign to educate women, breast cancer is expected to rise by 57% in the next 20 years!! What is going on?? What is being missed!! In my humble opinion, it starts with the focus – the focus on cancer vs. health.
In this blog post, we’ll explore how our words, our mindset, and our focus can play a massive role in our well-being. Inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto’s fascinating water crystal experiments, we’ll delve into the transformative power of positive language and a proactive approach to breast health.
The Power of Our Thoughts and Words:
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work with water crystals got me thinking about how our words and intentions shape our reality. Imagine that words and thoughts can affect the structure of water crystals—positive words create beautiful, symmetrical crystals, while negativity leads to chaotic, distorted ones.
Now, let’s apply this concept to our own bodies. It’s clear that the words we use to describe our health can influence how we feel physically. The breast cancer awareness movement, while essential, sometimes unintentionally amplifies fear and negativity surrounding the disease.
For instance, instead of teaching women about preventative breast health strategies focused on diet, and lifestyle, the focus has been on early “screening” in the form of mammograms. Okay, some will educate about breast self-exams, yet that is still way after the proverbial “horse has left the barn” or as I like to say “way downstream.” There are screening tools and diagnostic tests now available and have been for many years, mind you, that are NOT being shared with women. These tests and tools can actually give a woman a hint that her diet and lifestyle are heading her down the cancer-causing pathway, as early as her 20’s and 30’s. That’s 20-30 years before she’d be scheduled to have her first mammogram. WHY??? Why are women not being taught these things??
Again, I feel the entire focus of Breast Cancer Awareness is wrong!!! We need to be focused on Breast HEALTH awareness. SO, that is exactly what I will be spending the next 8 weeks focused on. Stay tuned, as I will host a very informative FREE webinar on October 25th.
Now, here are a few things to think about and focus on until my webinar.
Epigenetics- Epigenetics is like the instruction manual for your genes. Imagine your genes as the hardware of a computer, and epigenetics as the software that tells the computer what to do. All of the factors below are epigenetic factors that will impact your breast health.
Self-Care: First things first, get to know your body. Regular breast self-exams should be a part of your self-care routine. It’s about empowerment—knowing your body and being vigilant about any changes in your breast tissue.
Nutrition: Your diet matters. Eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals is key to supporting breast health. Nutrient-dense foods can significantly lower the risk of various breast-related issues. Whole foods, preferably organic, with lots of cruciferous veggies, are the best option. Whatever you do, get rid of the sugar-laden processed foods. They will sabotage your immune system and cancer-fighting capabilities.
Avoid Toxins: We live in an environmental toxic soup and xenoestrogens daily. Whether the toxins are in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the lotions and potions that we rub on our hair and body, and yes, even the words we speak – they all have an impact on our hormone balance, our hormone metabolism, and our breast health. Check out my previous blogs to see countless articles about this.
Exercise/Movement: Believe it or not, exercise plays a significant role in reducing the risk of breast cancer. Exercise improves hormone metabolism, not to mention helping to lose excess fat that stores the unwanted toxic estrogens. So, lace up those sneakers!
Stress Management: Let’s talk stress. Chronic stress can take a toll on your breast health. A study published in the journal Stress reviewed decades of research that shows a clinical connection between stress, grief, loss, and depression with an increased risk of breast cancer. It’s time to explore stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation exercises. Bring on the Ohhhmmmm.
Affirmations and Visualization: The study of Psychoneuroendocrinology reveals that the powerful tools of positive affirmations and visualizations have a profound effect on improving health. Personally, I incorporated both tools, as well as meditation, when I was healing my own breast lumps. Within 6 months, my breast lumps had cleared completely.
In a nutshell, breast health awareness goes beyond the fear-driven focus of breast cancer awareness. When we come from a focus on prevention, we can take a positive take proactive steps towards healthier breasts. Let’s not just fight against breast cancer; let’s actively work towards breast health. Remember, words matter, and they can be a catalyst for positive change in your life. Through epigenetics, you have the power to shape your breast health positively. It’s all about self-care, nutrition, exercise, stress management, and a dose of positivity for a brighter, healthier future.