Are we really fighting for a cure? What would happen if we focused our energy not in fighting for a cure but fighting for education and prevention? 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. Why are we so numb to that fact? If I asked you what you did for your breast health today would you be able to answer me? I know I would have not have been able to do that just a month ago, but I was tired of statistics and the fact that cancer has created an ugly industry of sucking billions of dollars out of the American people along with heart ache over mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, girlfriends, and grandmothers dieing from this ugly disease. If our government truly cared about the health of their people they would be advocating for prevention and educating women, instead of making us a business.
I will admit that I walked for the cure when a colleague was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did it out of support for her not knowing that only a small percentage of what is raised actually goes to cancer research. You will never find me marching, walking, or giving to any cancer foundation again. Why are we looking for a cure when prevention, education, and regulation of toxic substances needs to be at the forefront of the agenda. Oh I forgot that doesn’t make money. We are fighting the wrong battle and I am not the first one to think this way.
Charlotte Hayley, who had battled breast cancer, introduced the concept of a peach breast cancer awareness ribbon. She attached them to cards saying, “The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is 1.8 billion US dollars, and only 5 percent goes to cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.”
This was a grassroots movement on her part. Haley started making them at her dining room table in 1991 and handed the cards out at the local supermarket and wrote prominent women, everyone from former First Ladies to Dear Abby. Her message spread by word of mouth. Haley distributed thousands of these cards.
The peach colored ribbon of Hayley aroused interest from Alexandra Penney, editor in chief of Self Magazine who was working on their National Breast Cancer Awareness Month issue. She saw the initiative to adapt to Hayley’s idea by working with her. But Hayley rejected the offer saying that Self’s initiative was too commercial.
Against Hayley’s wishes and contrary to the intent of the original peach ribbon, it has now turned into a pink ribbon and a logo for a huge industry that keeps sick people sick and pharmaceutical companies in control. I find it ironic that you can find the pink ribbon on chemical filled makeup and fast food packaging. Really??? Now I leave the research in your hands.
If you are still reading this you may be thinking I am a bit harsh or you may be cheering me on. Either way you will have to come to your own conclusion on this topic and where you stand on it. As for me this is how I care for my breasts. I am sharing so that you can do the same. Let’s bring Charlotte Haley’s vision of prevention back to life. Incorporate these things into your daily body care routine and share with your girlfriends, sisters, mom, and aunts.
- 1. Limit Sugar
Sugar increases inflammation in the body which allows for disease to set in because the body is to consumed with getting sugar out of the body than focusing on foreign invaders. Sugar also feeds potential cancer cells or any that are present in the body.
- Eat Cruciferous Veggies
Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts are full of plant based phytoestrogens that support the female endocrine system to regulate healthy levels of hormones. Tender breasts anyone? Eating these types of vegetables will help ease breast tenderness.
- Kick Chemicals to the Curb
Our world is full of toxic substances such as plastics, cleaners, beauty products, and processed foods. Our body absorbs those substances and they act like hormones in our body but in a negative way. They are considered xenoestrogens and attach to receptor sites as estrogen and creates estrogen dominance in women and can disrupt hormones in men.
- Say NO to Antiperspirant
Let me ask you, does antipersperint really work for you anyway? I know for me nothing works. So what is the point of wearing a cancer causing product if it does not work. Give it some time but your body will adjust to not using it. Instead use a salt crystal. It sounded strange to me too, but it works better than any natural deodorant I have tried.
- Thermal Scans
Invest in a thermal scans at an early age so you know the health of your breast tissue. You can read more about them here and my personal experience.
- Breast massages
Your husband will thank me. But you need to do these as well. Also known as breast tissue lymphatic massages. The reason these are so vital is because the lymphatic system is the only system in the body that does not have a pump. If there is not proper movement and flow it can lead to lymphatic congestion in the breast tissue. This can cause problems down the road. I have a mixture of essential oils that support circulation, the lymphatic system, and cell communication mixed and diluted ready to spray right on the girls every morning before I get the day started.
- No bras!!!
Or no restricting bras, especially the kind with wire. It cuts off the lymphatic flow when you wear a tight fitting bra all day. It backs things up and congests the breast tissue like I mentioned above. If you have large breasts and need support, try just going free when you are home and at night. Something like this is perfect and comfortable.
Please start adding these simple prevention methods into your daily self care routine. You are worth it. Don’t try and put out a fire when it could have been prevented.