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Think Green in the Fight Against Breast Cancer!

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Posted: Wed, Oct 22, 2008
By: Danielle Heard, MS, HHC
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By now you might be feeling like you have a bit of pink eye as everything is pink - pink ribbons, blenders, laptops, jewelry, beauty supplies, packaged food products, toilet paper as well as pink clothes, shoes, umbrellas and purses! The list is endless for all of the co-branded cause marketing efforts that are launched during the month of October to raise funding for breast cancer research as well as the revenue of major corporations. But is all this buying of pink merchandise really helping to find a cure for cancer? Is the awareness that it is intended to bring actually helping women prevent breast cancer?

One of the most well known of the breast cancer organizations is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). According to Charity Navigator, BCRF’s annual revenue for fiscal year 2006/2007 was $36,697,109 and in 2005 it was $25,978,985. Another well known breast cancer organization is Susan G. Komen which reported annual revenue of $274,875,945 for fiscal year 2007. It has been many years and millions of dollars have been invested in breast cancer research yet breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer in women aside from non-melanoma skin cancer. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women following lung cancer (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). 

For most women, an annual visit to the gynecologist for a complete physical examination, lab testing and a mammography, when prescribed by the physician, is considered prevention. Women often wait for hours in a waiting room only to see their physician for just minutes.  Over the last 25 years I have, like millions of other women in America, followed this medical recommendation. It has been my personal experience that none of the physicians took the time to learn much about me, my lifestyle or my diet - even when I was so seriously ill many years ago. My personal experience seems to be the general consensus of most women that I speak with.  

For decades, leading health and medical experts have presented research and information which consistently points to lifestyle, diet and environmental conditions as being important health indicators and causes of diseases such as cancer. Why then is this critical information most often never probed in-depth of patients by their doctors? Why aren’t we doing more as a society to clean up our environment and protect our sources of food and water? Are we more focused on funding and fighting wars overseas than preventing over 500,000 cancer deaths annually or the many other hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths from diseases such as heart disease and type II diabetes? Could it be that many of our doctors and healthcare professionals do not have much training in the area of lifestyle and nutrition? It is not uncommon to see overweight, junk food eating, stressed out and cigarette smoking healthcare professionals. How can these people teach others to prevent disease and what kind of example is this for our society?

It is time for America to adopt new cancer prevention strategies. More proactive and preventive healthcare is needed. We need to stop waiting for signs of cancer to treat with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other novel therapies. Each patient needs to be educated and coached on how to properly care for their body, based on bioindividuality, so that their body can do its job of preventing disease and healing itself throughout a lifetime. More funding is needed to provide the public with holistic health and nutrition education programs based on natural whole foods. More support and funding needs to be provided to organizations that are fighting to protect our natural resources such as natural organic whole foods, water and the environment. Reform of U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture policies is also desperately needed!

If you are passionate about eliminating breast cancer, consider supporting and making donations to organizations that are focused in the areas that I just mentioned. We cannot expect to live without disease if our food, water, environment and bodies are filled with carcinogenic toxins.    

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, choose to help a special woman in your life learn new health and nutrition skills that she can benefit from for the rest of her life. Your gift of a holistic nutrition wellness program can empower her to take control of her own health, help her make better health choices, prevent disease, improve her health and vitality and create a more balanced happy life.

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Thank you very much for reading my blog and please continue to visit often.

I wish you good health, happiness and love!
Danielle  

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