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Is cancer spreading or is it better reporting?

Cancer spreading or better reporting?

Not many decades ago, it seemed that cancer was a disease prevalent mostly in developed countries, sometimes called a disease of opulence.

 The World Health Organization reports that in 2005, out of 58 million deaths worldwide, 7.6 million deaths were due to cancer. 

Is this because of the introduction of new technologies to improve the monitoring and reporting of disease, or is it that more and more people are succumbing to the disease?

More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries, where limited or no resources are available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Cancer deaths are projected to rise, with about 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million dying in 2030.

What is the impact of cancer in your country? 

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Women with breast cancer and laughter therapy

Click here for information on our documentary and how you can become involved, as well as for information on health and nutrition wellness and wellbeing  during challenges of breast cancer

Dealing with breast cancer through laughter therapy

Laugh, laugh, laugh – whether you feel good or not

It is said that laughter is the best medicine.  There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. Current research shows that our brains can make us healthier and happier, and laughter is one of the strategies used bring this about.  For more information click here  and view the video on laughter yoga.

Dealing with breast cancer can be the toughest hurdle in many of our lives.  And laughter can be furthest from our minds.

Some people will say that there is nothing to laugh about, why me, life sucks, just got fired, am struggling with illness, there is no one to take care of me, chemo sucks, lost my hair, cannot go on like this,  and on and on.

For the billions on the planet, each thinking person can come up with one or more excuses as to why there is nothing to laugh about – which means that there would be almost 6 billion excuses, a statistic which could already generate lots of laughter, I believe.

But the most important thing is this.  Whether we believe, know, are totally convinced that there is nothing to laugh about, we can still trick the brain to believe that we can laugh at anything. Forced laughter or real laughter, the brain does not know the difference.

The saying “If you think you can, you can; if you think you can’t, you can’t” really underscores the fact that it is up to us to decide on what we can and cannot do.

I would urge all women dealing with breast cancer, yours truly included, to laugh.   I would recommended any kind of laughter, whether it is forced or real, as the benefits are the same – the brain does not know the difference.

And that is the fun in laughter therapy. 

Laugh, through whatever is happening.

In my earlier blog on ordinary women are celebrities dealing breast cancer I called on women with breast cancer to join us in making a documentary. For more on the documentary please follow this link.

Laughing yoga video view here

Women with breast cancer who would like to join us in laughter therapy can let us know by leaving a comment.

Cancer in the Asian-American Population

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Green tea and risk of breast cancer in Asian Americans

According to the International Journal of Cancer, there is substantial in vitro and in vivo evidence implicating tea polyphenols as chemopreventive agents against various cancers. However, epidemiologic data obtained from mainly Western populations are not supportive of a protective role of tea, mainly black tea, in the etiology of breast cancer. Much less is known about the relationship between green tea and breast cancer risk. 

Based on the results of a population-based, case-control study of breast cancer among Chinese, Japanese and Filipino women in Los Angeles County, information on dietary habits, including intake of black and green tea among other lifestyle factors was collected.

Risk of breast cancer was not related to black tea consumption. In contrast, green tea drinkers showed a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer, and this was maintained after adjusting for age, specific Asian ethnicity, birthplace, age at menarche, parity, menopausal status, use of menopausal hormones, body size and intake of total calories and black tea. Compared to women who did not drink green tea regularly (i.e., less than once a month), there was a significant trend of decreasing risk with increasing amount of green tea intake. The significant inverse association between risk of breast cancer and green tea intake remained after further adjustment for other potential confounders, including smoking; alcohol, coffee and black tea intake; family history of breast cancer; physical activity; and intake of soy and dark green vegetables.

While both green tea and soy intake had significant, independent protective effects on breast cancer risk, the benefit of green tea was primarily observed among subjects who were low soy consumers. Similarly, the protective effect of soy was primarily observed among subjects who were nondrinkers of green tea.

In summary, results point to an important role of both green tea and soy intake in relation to breast cancer risk in Asian-American women.

Source: Int J Cancer 2003 Sep 10;106(4):574-9

Breast cancer is showing up as the fastest growing cause of death in Asian Americans compared with other ethnic group. Stomach cancer affects among Korean men five times more than white Americans; cervical cancer five times more likely to affect Vietnamese women than white Americans; liver cancer also.

 As is similar in other minority groups, Asian-Americans delay going to the doctor, thus early detection and screening are compromised.

According to  the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian-American women, they have the lowest screening rates among all ethnic groups.  . One fifth of Asian-American women have never had a Pap test, compared to five percent of white women.

Many of them prefer to tell their families and not to talk about the disease to outsiders.  There are support groups established to help those dealing with and healing from cancer.

Source:  New American Media

Ordinary women’s health and healing from breast cancer

  

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The Saliva, Acidity and Alkalinity in Breast Cancer Healing

 Immediately after a diagnosis of breast cancer, the entire world and the outlook of the person diagnosed changes radically.I remember a feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, even desperation, which overwhelms. Hope shuts down.

Somehow the sun sets on our parade, the sunniest day becomes dark, clouds become the norm.

There is a vision shift and the cheeriest person loses cheer for a while. Getting back to a pre-diagnosis mode of operation seems hardly likely again.

And, perhaps, that is a good thing. Perhaps the way we were, the way we interacted, the way we communicated, the way we lived life might have played a big role in the manifestation of the disease, apart from or in addition to any genetic pre-disposition or environmental contamination.One of the pre-diagnosis behaviours I believe helped in my healing was a revisiting of my nutritional habits. My body was in a highly acidic state, a state which it is said is welcoming of disease. I was not digesting, not absorbing, not eliminating as should be done normally. Yet, I was not conscious of that. The diagnosis of cancer was a call to consciousness.

I began to consciously seek information on digestion. And lo and behold, the information I got was very informative.

And the simplest yet most profound revelation I made – digestion begins with the saliva!

Saliva is produced in and secreted from salivary glands. The basic secretory units of salivary glands are clusters of cells called an acini. These cells secrete a fluid that contains water, electrolytes, mucus and enzymes, all of which flow out of the acinus into collecting ducts.

ph testing is one of the best methods of making daily progress measurements in your healing progress. It is simple, inexpensive and meaningful.

PH testing is perhaps, the easiest and most significant marker that you can use on a daily basis to constantly monitor your healing process. One of the important properties of a dietary approach to treating cancer relates to ph. As regards the problem of acidity, I was told that disease does not develop in an alkaline body. That was the advice that started me on the road to the cancer free state that I now enjoy, so far, so good.

“pH” is chemical shorthand for “hydrogen ion concentration” .. Less than 7 is acidic and more that 7 is basic (alkaline). The most healthy ph is 7.0 or 7.2, which is neutral to slightly alkaline.

PH paper is available from many sources. Measurement is very easy. You simply tear a half inch strip from the roll, wet it on the tip of your tongue, and compare the color to the chart on the side of the box.

The most significant reading is taken in the morning upon arising and before anything is eaten or drunk. This will provide a daily reading of your healing process. If your body is acid, it is not healing well.

Our bodies are made acid by two primary causes, eating acid forming foods , and stress. PH measurement is a good indicator of progress in monitoring body fluids (saliva, urine) effectively.

I would like to know how many of you diagnosed with breast cancer, are, or have been conscious of the role acidity and alkalinity plays in breast cancer healing. How many of you believe that it can play a role? Is it an acceptable CAM practice? and do health professionals advise women on acid and alkaline forming foods?

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Documentary On Ordinary Women and Breast Cancer

Ordinary women not only are fighting breast cancer, they are dealing with life which throws them quite a few lemons re cancer (no insurance, no social supports, no information on choices…)all of you ordinary, courageous women who are celebrities in your own right who are dealing with cancer from diagnosis to healing to transformation or whatever your pathways are.

Muriella’s Corner would like to invite you from wherever you are, to begin to contribute to the project. The aim is to collect your stories and testimonials and provide them to Larry King or Dr Sanjay Gupta of CNN or to the Oprah Show. We need to create another face of cancer which people never see and could only imagine. Click here for more information on the documentary

Our suggestions on submitting the comments follow:

Your name or pseudonym (somewhat like a userid which portrays feeling or location in dealing with the disease like – scaredoutofmyunderwear or onwardandupward

Year of diagnosis

Time of diagnosis (morning, noon, evening)

Place of diagnosis

Immediate reaction ( e.g. shock, why me, sky becoming very dark, cold hands, cold feet, crying out loud, crying silently, were you alone, with friend(s), with family…)

What followed (decision to talk about it , decision not to talk about it, curse my husband, curse my children, curse the pets, pray, nervous laughter…)

How did you manage the sequential process*(handed everything over to the doctor, ran scared out of the room, bawled, went to a bar and drank, had somber thoughts of suicide, went to a church/temple/mosque and prayed…)

*The sequential process is what followed after your initial reaction and the decisions you made or the decisions that were made for you. This is really where the meat of the information comes to the fore:

Decision to have mastectomy/lumpectomy/other/do nothing

Decision to have chemotherapy/radiation/other/do nothing

Decision to decide later what decisions to take

Any pressure felt and from where (without, within…)

Feelings after decision made

Roadblocks along the decision pathway (complications of other diseases hidden, fright/fear all the way, weight loss, weight gain, depression, calm, seeing the light, recognizing that there is more to do and more to life…)

Any other comments would be welcome.

Ordinary women are also celebrities fighting breast cancer

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Format for comments for documentary of ordinary, courageous women who are also celebrities dealing with breast cancer  to be presented to Larry King or Dr Sanjay Gupta or the Oprah Show.

Further to the earlier article on celebrities who are also ordinary women dealing with breast cancer  (https://muriella.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/ordinary-women-healing-from-breast-cancer/) it seems that a lot of buzz has been created – see article on Conversations about Cancer in Muriella’s Corner free online newsletter (http://snipurl.com/1gtej)

Ordinary women not only are fighting breast cancer, but they are dealing with life which throws them quite a few lemons re cancer  (no insurance, no social supports, no information on choices…)

Please provide comments/testimonials here. 

 Muriella’s Corner would like all of you ordinary, courageous women who are celebrities in your own right to provide testimonials for our project , all of you who are dealing with cancer from diagnosis to healing to transformation or whatever your pathways are.

Muriella’s Corner would like to invite you from wherever you are, in addition to you who are on Word Press blogs on cancer to begin to contribute to the project.  The aim is to collect your stories and testimonials and provide them to Larry King or Dr Sanjay Gupta of CNN or to the Oprah Show. We need to create another face of cancer which people never see and could only imagine, faces of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.Our suggestions on submitting the comments follow:

  • Your name or pseudonym ( somewhat like a userid which portrays feeling or location in dealing with the disease like – scaredoutofmyunderwear or onwardandupward or notochemotherapy or feelingmightygoodaboutmyself… but with real name hidden so that we can identify you to participate in the event)
  • Year of diagnosis
  • Time of diagnosis (morning, noon, evening)
  • Place of diagnosis
  • Immediate reaction ( e.g. shock, why me, sky becoming very dark, cold hands, cold feet, wet hands, wet feet, sweaty, heart palpitations, crying out loud, crying silently, were you alone, with friend(s), with family…)
  • What followed (decision to talk about it , decision not to talk about it, curse my husband, curse my children, curse the pets, pray, nervous laughter…)
  • How did you manage the sequential process*(handed everything over to the doctor, ran scared out of the room,  bawled, went to a bar and drank, had somber thoughts of suicide, went to a church/temple/mosque and prayed…)

*The sequential process is what followed after your initial reaction and the decisions you made or the decisions that were made for you.  This is really where the meat of the information comes to the fore:

  • Decision to have mastectomy/lumpectomy/other/do nothing
  • Decision to have chemotherapy/radiation/other/do nothing
  • Decision to decide later what decisions to take
  • Any pressure felt and from where (without, within…)
  • Feelings after decision made
  • Roadblocks along the decision pathway (complications of other diseases hidden, fright/fear all the way, weight loss, weight gain, depression, calm, seeing the light, recognizing that there is more to do and more to life…)

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Any other comments would be welcome

We look forward to hearing from you.

To your continued health and wellbeing

Muriella’s Corner

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