18 Steps To A Healthier Life For You And Your Family
A growing body of evidence shows that healthy lifestyle factors like a good diet and regular exercise provide significant benefits, possibly offering protection against Cancer recurrences about on a par with Chemotherapy and the newer Hormonal and Drug treatments
If you combine these risk-reducing habits and also limit your exposure to toxins you will benefit even more…..Good to know, even if you are very healthy:
1. Exercise! Breast cancer patients will be 50% less likely to die from the disease than sedentary women if they exercise on a regular basis. Women undergoing treatments for breast cancer benefit from moderate intensity, regular aerobic activity.
2. Control your weight. Weight is a bit confusing. If you are overweight before menopause, your risk of breast cancer is lower than average. If you are overweight after menopause, your risk of breast cancer is higher than average.
3. Eat an organically grown diet whenever possible. Your diet should contain fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, organic protein and healthy-fats. Breast cancer has been linked to some pesticides used on non-organic fruits and vegetables and estrogen-like hormones used in raising livestock.
4. Spend eight hours a night in darkness to encourage normal melatonin levels. The hormone Melatonin is released at night and has Cancer-fighting properties. It’s the reason you get sleepy when it’s dark and research indicates that melatonin also puts cancer cells to sleep. Make sure you get regular exposure to bright light during the daytime.
5. Cut down on EMR Exposures. Exposure to the energy fields generated from cell phones, night lights and electrical devices disrupt hormones. Sleep at least 3-5 feet away from outlets; unplug devices. EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and melatonin production. Turn off the WiFi at night
6. Drink filtered or bottled water, not city water that contains chlorine and fluoride. A simple water filter can now serve as a valuable safeguard against toxic substances and cancer. Use a BPA free container.
7. Avoid bleached products, i.e. coffee filters, paper, napkins, toilet tissue and tampons.Using bleached coffee filters alone can result in a lifetime exposure to dioxin that exceeds acceptable risks. The FDA detected dioxins and dozens of other substances in conventional tampons.
8. Avoid carrying your cellphone anywhere on your body. When your phone is on it emits Radiation intermittently even when you are not making a call. Wearing a cellphone tucked into your bra or in your pocket for hours a day gives those areas of your body continuous Radiation exposure.
9. Learn how to handle stress. Levels of the stress hormone Cortisol rise with increased stress. High Cortisol levels suppress immune response by reducing natural killer cell activity. These cells are important in surveillance against malignant cells and for destroying viruses and tumor cells. Think regular Acupuncture treatments to alleviate the Stress in your body/mind.
10. Use wet cleaning rather than dry cleaning which contains PERC (perchloroethylene). If you must use traditional dry cleaning, open the plastic bags on your clothing and air them out before putting them in a closet or on your body.
11. Use personal care products without chemicals like parabens or phthalates. They disrupt normal hormone function and are found in many personal care products. By law all skin care products must be labeled with the ingredients in descending order of their quantity in the product
12. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can increase levels of Estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase risk by damaging DNA in cells. Compared to women who don’t drink at all, women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer.
13. Reduce or eliminate purchase of plastic products. Some plastics leach hormone-disrupting chemicals into whatever they come in contact with. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics are dangerous and used in toys that children put in their mouths, so keep an eye out for nontoxic toys.
14. Take low-dose aspirin (81mg). Use of low-dose aspirin at least 3 times a week was linked to a 20% risk reduction for cancers known as hormone-receptor positive, HER2 negative — the most common breast cancer subtype
15. Do not use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn or garden. They mimic Estrogen, a known breast cancer risk factor. A cup of salt in a gallon of vinegar will kill weeds.
16. Tune into your body. Get to know what is normal for you.17. Limit exposure to radiation from medical imaging tests. Make sure X-rays, CT scans, and PET scans are medically necessary.
18. Learn to read labels; become an informed consumer!
Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
Proper Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find “Radiant Health and Well-Being.”
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