Sunday, July 19, 2015


I've spent months deciphering the world of Endocrine disruptors and what effects they have on our immune system, hormones, weight and overall health.  Fortunately, because I developed such a strong knowledge of cancer and ways to naturally detoxify the body and boost the immune system, this next step seemed to fall right in place.  I'm so excited to share this with all of you. 

If you are not familiar with Endocrine disruptors, you may want to go back and read my earlier post  (Top 3 Things That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss and Health- and How to Fix it).  If you aren't interested in going back to read it, I will quickly summarize.  We eat food that has pesticides.  We use products on our bodies that contain chemicals.  We are in contact daily with environmental toxins.  Why are they bad?  They disrupt the process of our Endocrine System.  

The Endocrine System is a collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood.  If that system is not working properly, we can begin to see problems like inflammation, weight gain, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.  And not only can the Endocrine System get disrupted by toxins we come in to contact with, but many of the foods we eat and products we use can drown our body with excess Estrogen.  This creates a hormone imbalance, which can lead to many health issues, with the biggest concern being hormone related cancers (Prostate, Breast, Ovarian, Cervical, Uterine Cancers).  And our bodies can't fix this imbalance without the proper tools. 

First, we need to detoxify our body.  Get rid of the poisons and damaged cells in the blood stream.  Then, we need to boost the immune system to help our body fight naturally.  And finally, we need to fix the hormonal imbalance and get our Endocrine system working right.  If we do those things, we will see a great shift in our body, like healthy weight, proper blood sugar regulation, decrease in inflammation, improved immune function, and so on.   That is why I took the time to research and develop what I believe to be the best combination for balancing our hormones and promoting proper Endocrine system function. 

Personal note: 

I have spent a great deal of time designing the following Natural Hormone Balance Supplement.  I've been shocked at the incredible difference I've felt.  I made mention in an earlier post about losing weight naturally by using this.  I'm down 10lbs in the past 45 days.  My hair is full, thick and soft.  (I've never had soft hair in my life).  My nails are so strong now and growing long.  My skin is getting smoother. I have energy and stamina to get through the day.  My brain feels more focused and I'm able to concentrate. 

I can say with absolute certainty that this combination was the missing piece for me.  I'm now two years out from my original cancer diagnosis, and it's like I never went through any of it.  I don't feel like I'm struggling to regain anything.  I've been taking the Gold Blend, the Silver Blend, and now the Natural Hormone Balance, and I have never felt better in my life. 

So, without further ado, here's Step Three on your path to wellness....

Please note: These supplements do not contain hormones.  
They support the body's proper hormone balance.  

MSM- (METHYLSULFONYLMETHANE) -An organic Sulphur compound found in raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Assists the body in creating Glutathione, the body's most important antioxidant
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Promotes healthy endocrine function- Enzymes need MSM to metabolize and react to nutrients and hormones
  • Improves joint health
  • Promotes collagen and connective tissue formation
  • Maintains cell wall strength

Peruvian Maca Root- Cruciferous root found in the mountains of Peru.  

  • Boosts energy and endurance
  • Aids in hormonal balance
  • Filled with essential Amino acids, nutrients and minerals, including Selenium, Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium
  • May decrease physical stress, potentially having a positive effect on adrenal glands

Lutein- Carotenoid found in vegetables

  • Low Lutein levels linked to blood sugar problems
  • Helps regulate Endocrine system function
  • Antioxidant 
  • Protects against UV rays
  • Supports cardiovascular function
  • Promotes increased mental function, speech and memory
  • Promotes eye health, and protects against eye disease 

Alpha-Lipoic Acid- Form of fatty acid that naturally resides in body cells. It helps our bodies produce the energy required to support normal bodily functions. The main role of ALA is to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy.

  • Universal antioxidant
  • Supports healthy endocrine system function
  • Facilitate transfer of glucose into energy
  • Assists process of creating energy from fats, proteins and carbs
  • Helps protect cell structure
  • Detoxifies the liver
  • Boosts immune system
  • Speeds muscle recovery and metabolism for athletes
  • Aids regulation of cholesterol levels

Co-Enzyme Q10- A substance found in the body within every cell. It's role is to help convert food into energy.  Past the age of 30- CoQ10 levels decline rapidly. 

  • Promotes and strengthens immune health 
  • Essential in providing energy to the body at a cellular level
  • Universal Antioxidant- neutralizing free radicals
  • Responsible for synthesizing Adenosine Triphosate, the molecule that acts as a major energy source for each individual cell. 

DIM- (di-indolylmethane) - compound isolated from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli or cabbage.

  • Aids in hormonal balance
  • Promotes estrogen metabolism by helping the body remove excess estrogen from environment, chemicals and food
  • Antioxidant
  • Promotes breast and prostate health
  • Helps strengthen hair and nails
  • Reduces skin wrinkles

Zinc Gluconate- Essential for the normal function of the endocrine system.  Contains the lowest cadmium levels of all zinc compounds.

  • Regulates cell growth
  • Aids healing
  • Boosts Immune system
  • Balances Hormones
  • Protects against diabetes by regulating insulin activity
  • Blocks estrogen
  • In men, boosts Testosterone by blocking the conversion of Testosterone to Estrogen

You can buy them by clicking the ORDER HERE link to go to my health site.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cancer in the Making- Find Out if You are at Risk

Hindsight Really is 20/20. The past 22 months of research have lead me to an "a Ha!" moment of epic proportions for me personally.  I love when I have those Dr. House type epiphanies.  And for me, to see it all in black and white now, is not only a relief, but may help others.  So I, like many other others with similar experience, will share this important information.  However, this is for women AND men, as it affects everyone.

I talked about Estrogen Dominance the other day, and how the Endocrine System can be disrupted by a number of factors, in turn, causing an imbalance of hormones in the body.   This imbalance of Estrogen Dominance can put those affected at direct risk for hormonal related cancers.  Remember, 1 in 2 men will develop prostate cancer.  Men, look around; if there is another man in the room with you, one of you will get prostate cancer.  Will it be you or him?  Women, your risk for breast cancer is 1 in 8, not including ovarian, cervix, uterine, ovarian cancers.  All of these are related to your hormones, and more specifically, estrogen dominance.

As a reminder, millions of people, especially in Western Civilization, are being affected by estrogen dominance.   The cause is a malfunctioning Endocrine System.  Sometimes that's due to aging, but often it is due to the toxins and hormones in our diet and environment.  For me, I don't know what made my endocrine system go wonky, but as I'm seeing now, it happened at an early age.  And putting great effort into balancing those hormones over the past month for myself, then seeing some of the results thus far, has shed serious light on why I got cancer in the first place.  Of course, this will also lead me to take all the steps possible to prevent it in the future as well.

I'll show you what I'm talking about.  When I hit puberty, I started having issues that I didn't know anything about, and I certainly didn't know to connect them to estrogen dominance.  But every single one of these symptoms was a neon sign that I had a hormone imbalance.  Repeated visits to doctors didn't solve the problems, as they only treat symptoms.  And years later, I developed breast cancer.  Could cancer have been avoided if I had fixed this years ago?  Absolutely.

So, I'm going to give you a timeline of the things I experienced over the years, and every single symptom is a result of estrogen dominance.  I went to approximately 15+ doctors, and never once were my hormones checked or addressed.  You may be able to relate to some things.

  • 15yrs old- Got depression, the start of menses, started getting grey hair and dry coarse hair, and Keratosis Pilaris  on backs of arms and thighs.  Had them for years up until last week.
  • 20yrs old- Daily tension/migraine headaches for six months, which doctors never found the cause. 
  • 22yrs old- Chronic Pelvic pain, cramps and heavy bleeding problems. Doctors put me on Depo-Provera shot.  This causes further estrogen dominance.  I only took one shot, which lasts three months, then refused any more. 
  • 23yrs old- Diagnosed with Endometriosis, subsequently had two laprascopic surgeries to clear scar tissue. 
  • 25yrs old- Had stillbirth at 8 months of first son.  
  • 26yrs old- Diagnosed Hypothyroid, started taking generic Synthroid. 
  • 27yrs old- Chronic low-grade fever for a year and a half.  
  • 28yrs old- Daily tension/migraine headaches again for six months. 
  • 32yrs old- 7 months after birth of daughter, had gallbladder attack and surgery to remove. 
  • 33yrs old- Had miscarriage at 11weeks. 
  • 35yrs old- Started having night sweats and fatigue. 
  • 39yrs old- Added problems with my toxic root canal causing heart palpitations and other problems.
  • 40yrs old- Diagnosed with Fibrocystic breast on left and IDC Breast Cancer on right.  

So, given the above information, all the puzzle pieces fit together to show that from the time I was 15yrs old, I was estrogen dominant.  One of the problems this causes, is that Estrogen Dominance causes cells to divide more rapidly than normal, leading to early aging and substantial increase in cancer risk.

Estrogen Dominance can cause a host of symptoms.  Below, is a list of symptoms and conditions that can arise from having a hormonal imbalance with estrogen dominance.   Take a look and see if you have any of the following issues.  Also, in addition to the following, Lupus and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis have also made the list of conditions resulting from estrogen dominance.

This information was provide on Dr. John Lee's website.  He is not affiliated with me in any way, but his insight is so important.

You probably have a few of the conditions or symptoms from the above list.  But what do you do about it?  It's clear you most likely have estrogen dominance, meaning, an imbalance in your hormones.  There are just a couple steps to get you on the right path back to health.

Step 1:
You HAVE to detoxify your body.  Your Endocrine System will never function correctly if you are constantly disrupting the flow of hormones with the toxins in your bloodsteam.  Strong antioxidants and natural detoxifiers will help you flush the toxins out.  Also, preventing toxins from getting in your body will help too.  Again, look at my previous post about the Dirty Dozen of Endocrine Disruptors.

Switching to organic (including meat) will reduce and/or eliminate the added hormones and pesticides in your body.  Some estrogenic foods such as soy, beer (alcohol), licorice, clover and some foods in plastic.  Using natural soaps, moisturizers, detergents, deodorants, cleaning products and cosmetics will reduce many of the chemicals and phytoestrogens in your bloodstream.

Step 2:
Focus on anti-estrogen foods and supplements.  Some of the most effective anti-estrogen foods are citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,cauliflower, avocado, nuts, eggs, organic milk products, coffee and tea.   As far as supplements, DIM, made from an extract from cruciferous vegetables is a potent way to reduce estrogen in the body.  Quercetin can also lower estrogen, as well as Dandelion Root.  There is also another option for those that have thyroid issues and cannot take DIM.  It's called Peruvian Maca Root.  This cruciferous plant, grown in the mountains of Peru, has the ability to not only reduce estrogen, but has a natural effect of balancing the body's hormones, thyroid function and iodine.  It promotes the proper balance of hormones excreted from the Endocrine System, without causing the added problem of reducing any one thing too much.  Yes, it is also for men too, and will boost energy, muscle strength, and sexual health as well.

Step 3:
BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM-  Take antioxidants.  Look into an immune booster called Transfer Factor.  Cut out sugar.  Add Vitamin C.  There are a number of ways to build up your immune system.

For me, I've detoxified my body and reduced as many toxins as possible.  I've slowly built my immune system back up with plant-based foods and supplements.   And last month I started taking DIM to reduce estrogen.  I've seen so many incredible things happen so far, like losing weight, more energy, softer hair, a LOT less grey hair, smoother skin, no more Keratosis on the back of my arms or legs, and no more cystic breast.  But, of course I worry about my thyroid being affected, since I am already Hypothyroid, and cruciferous vegetables, especially in extract form, could potentially affect that.  So, today, I started on Maca Root.  I may alternate it with DIM, since I believe in moderation of all things.  But I will let you know how it works over time.

The one thing that is the most clear, is that I obviously had Estrogen Dominance that was never diagnosed.  And I believe that condition set my body up to be highly at risk for cancer.  Add the toxic root canal, and it explains everything.  So, now that I know what the problems were, I can address them and be the healthiest person I can be.  Nothing but up from here folks!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Age of Resistance- Saying No to Chemotherapy and Radiation

I get emails every day from people asking me advice about cancer, treatment, and getting healthy.  And much to the shock of many, I have mentioned that I would not have the same cancer treatment if I were to go back in time and do it all again.  With what I know now, I would not have done chemotherapy or surgery to combat breast cancer. And I'm thrilled that I turned down radiation when presented with that option.  What I would have done instead is, have my toxic root canal removed, switch to a more plant-based, organic diet, and start taking the supplements I now take in order to balance my body's chemistry.

I can already feel a lot of people say, "Oh my God!  That's a terrible idea!  Doctors know what they're doing; you have to trust them!"  And here is my explanation of why I feel the way I do.

Let's start with another example currently happening in the world, Super Weeds.  According to the University of Nebraska Agriculture Biosafety Weed Science Department, "A super weed, as it has been suggested by the popular press, is a weed that has become resistant to a particular herbicide...Weeds have developed resistance to herbicides as early as the 1950s, long before herbicide-resistant biotech crops were on the market. It is possible that the application of herbicides to biotech crops could increase populations of herbicide-resistant weeds." 

What that is saying, and what we are now hearing in the news is, we are creating weeds that resist chemicals designed to kill them.  Instead of dying, they are becoming Super Weeds.  It is not a sustainable way to control weeds in food crops.

Here is another example, Super Bugs.  You've heard of that right?  According to the National Institute of Health, "In recent decades, antibiotics have been losing their punch against some types of bacteria. In fact, certain bacteria are now unbeatable with today’s medicines. Sadly, the way we’ve been using antibiotics is helping to create new drug-resistant “superbugs.”Superbugs are strains of bacteria that are resistant to several types of antibiotics. Each year these drug-resistant bacteria infect more than 2 million people nationwide and kill at least 23,000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and staph infections are just a few of the dangers we now face."

What this is saying, and what we are now hearing in the news is, we are creating bacteria that resist chemicals designed to kill them.  Instead of dying, they are becoming Super Bugs.  It is not a sustainable way to control bacteria in the body.

So, now we discuss cancer.  Science has always focused on killing cancer by force, just like killing weeds and bacteria.  We are prescribed poison to kill fast growing cancer cells, and then we burn the cells with radiation.   Does it kill them?  Yes, most of the time.  But there are more than one type of cancer cell in a tumor, and process does not stop when the fast cells are killed.

Cancer patients do their treatment, think they are done, and they return to their regularly scheduled programming (assuming they survive the treatment).   In the background, unbeknownst to the cancer patient, two things are happening.  One, those slow-growing Cancer Stem Cells that weren't targeted with Chemotherapy or Radiation are still hanging around.  They are smart and cunning, and have the ability to self-renew and alter their DNA to be resistant to the chemicals and radiation thrown at it.

Second, the cancer patient's body is now in a weakened condition, with a compromised immune system.  If their body chemistry was inadequately balanced prior to treatment, allowing cancer to grow in the first place, then that has worsened the condition by poisoning and burning their body.  It is even harder now for the body to fight off any recurrence of cancer, especially the now resistant tumors.

And consider this.  If a person is treated with chemotherapy and radiation for cancer, then that means the doctor is throwing the best thing he has in his arsenal at cancer.  Let's say it kills all the fast growing cells and life returns to normal.  When the Cancer Stem Cells that remain start creating their resistant tumor, and the cancer patient returns a year later with resistant cancer that has now spread, the doctor no longer has the best thing in his arsenal to use anymore.  The cancer is now resistant to that treatment.  So what's next?... the second best treatment he has to give.  And the cycle continues, with cancer eventually winning, because they are more resistant, and the treatments are less and less effective.  It's a death spiral.

So how do we combat the Super Weeds, the Super Bugs,  and the Super Tumors?  We do it with what Nature gave us.  Everything we have to win is already all around us.  Organic farmers do not have resistant weeds.  And doctors are learning natural ways to combat resistant bacteria.  For example, they have already found that Cannabis oil successfully treats and cures MRSA.  And scientists are currently trying to find ways to combat Cancer Stem Cells.  But there is nothing yet.  Doctors don't have the best treatments to address cancer.  Science doesn't have the answer.

Not only that, but there are natural ways to gently heal from cancer.  There are ways to rid the body of the toxins that began cancer, and ways to build the immune system to fight it naturally.  If history has shown us anything, it's that the more we try to control and force something, the harder and stronger it will fight back.  Eventually, the scale tips and we will lose the fight.  The only way to succeed is through understanding how and why things happen, and finding a way to peacefully solve the problems.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Top 3 Things That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss and Health- and What You Can Do To Fix It

Do you wonder why you're not losing weight, even though you are eating right and exercising?  Do you feel tired and fatigued all the time?  Do you have Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Type 2 Diabetes, or other health condition?  Then this article may be for you.

In this article, I'm going to discuss a process in our body that determines whether we will be fit and healthy or overweight and/or sick.  And I will show you how you can flip the switch to change the path your body may be taking.  This process takes time, some effort, and understanding how your body works. But what is more important than where you spend all of your time?

Let's get started.

Number 1:
AMPK-  Say What?  I know, it sounds weird, but it's important so pay attention.

AMPK (also known as AMP-activated protein kinase) is the master regulator for all of our cellular energy.  It's the body's fuel gauge.  AMPK can determine how much energy we are going to have, and plays an important role in metabolism of the skeletal muscle, liver, fat, and other tissues.  When AMPK is activated, this key player is responsible for deciding our metabolic activity, like how proteins and carbohydrates are distributed, how much glucose gets fed to our cells, how fatty acid and cholesterol are used, and it is also responsible for our cravings.

When AMPK is activated properly, you will create cellular homeostasis, allowing your body to use nutrition to increase energy and metabolic activity.  On the other hand, when AMPK is inhibited, we start storing fat, blood sugar becomes erratic, and we lose muscle.  Our metabolism slows and we start seeing health issues like Type 2 Diabetes or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Low levels of this AMPK enzyme have now been linked to the growth of cancer.

As we age and our activity level decreases, AMPK gradually declines, which is why you see weight gain, muscle loss and an increase in health conditions relating to inflammation and blood sugar levels.  Stress and other nutritional or environmental factors can also inhibit your AMPK.  If your AMPK is inhibited, there is no amount of dieting or exercise that will get the weight off and get you healthy.  

Here are some ways you can activate the right AMPK response in your body.

Exercise- naturally activates AMPK
Stress Relief- Yoga is great for this, since it incorporates
exercise and meditation
Proper Sleep Pattern- Consistently getting the right amount each night will
help balance your AMPK levels 
Dietary Supplements- I'll go over which ones at the end

Number 2:
Endocrine Disruptors

Okay, so let's say you're doing all the right things to get your AMPK enzyme properly activated, but you're still having health issues or trouble losing weight.  What happened?  I thought you said it was in charge of everything?  Let me explain what happened.  When AMPK is inhibited, it starts a chain reaction within your body, starting with the Endocrine System.

The Endocrine system directly affects the regulation of our hormones.  And hormones control many things, like organs and even sending the signals to our body, coordinating our activities.  The Endocrine System excretes hormones to control fluid volume, levels of sodium and glucose in our blood, and is responsible for the development and function of our immune system.

For the average healthy person, if the AMPK is activated properly and the Endocrine System functions normally, they have energy, a healthy weight, and a functioning immune system protecting them from disease.  But this combination is becoming more and more rare, and we see cancer and other disease rates rising at an alarming rate.  What is going on?

Not only does an inhibited AMPK affect the Endocrine System, there are MANY culprits in our diet and environment that disrupt the Endocrine's process.  Endocrine disruptors are all around us.  Aging, stress and disease can disrupt the the Endocrine system function, but also pesticides, herbicides, and a number of chemicals found all around us, like BPA (found on thermal receipts and the lining of canned goods).

 The Environmental Working Group, also known as EWG, has listed the Dirty Dozen of Endocrine disruptors on their site here.  They also have detailed information about where you can find these chemicals in your foods and products used daily.  It's frightening how much these things affect your body!

The Dirty Dozen of Endocrine Disruptors

Bisphenol-A (BPA)





Fire retardants




Perfluorinated chemicals(PFCs)

Organophosphate pesticides

Glycol ethers

In addition, there are Endocrine disruptors like sugar, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, and fake sweeteners like Splenda, Aspartame and Saccarin.  Try doing a quick Google search for Endocrine Disruptors, and see what you come up with.  It's a wonder how we're still functioning at all.

Number 3:
Hormone Imbalance

This is the third step in the chain reaction, and is one of the main reasons we are getting fatter and sicker.  Our hormones get out of balance.  What does that mean and how does that happen?

Ideally, our body self-regulates our hormones by means of the Endocrine System.  But when our AMPK becomes inhibited, and our Endocrine System has been disrupted, either by age, lack of activity, or through ingestion or exposure to chemicals in our diet or environment, it throws a wrench in this "self-regulation" machine. We start circulating the wrong hormones in our body.

When the hormones are imbalanced, it is typically due to Estrogen dominance in men and women both.  This may not necessarily mean you have too much estrogen, but it may mean that your other hormones (ie Testosterone or Progesterone) are not functioning to balance the scale. You must have a balance for your body to function properly.  Even Testosterone in men can be converted to estrogen if the Endocrine system is not functioning properly.

If you have estrogen dominance, meaning an imbalance, you will see weight gain in the stomach, hips, and thighs.  Estrogen dominance is now believed to be the main factor in hormone related cancers like, breast, prostrate, uterine, ovarian, endometrial and cervix cancers.  Even women that were given HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy and estrogen are now developing hormone related cancers.  You can look here for signs and symptoms of having too much estrogen in your body.

Did you know that 1 in 2 men will get prostate cancer and 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer?   What does that tell you about estrogen dominance? It means that we, as a generation, obviously have a hormone imbalance.  But what's causing it?

Not just AMPK inhibitors, and not just Endocrine disruptors, but an excess of estrogens and xenoextrogens are being introduced into our bodies EVERY SINGLE DAY.   Even in the environment, we are seeing the effects of too much estrogen on wildlife.  Farmed fish are starting to change sex from male to female due to the amount of estrogen in their food.  And it is getting worse.  We are getting added xenoestrogen from animals that were given hormones, pesticides sprayed on the crops we eat, from flouride in our water and toothpaste, birth control pills, plastics, detergents and even perfume.  It's everywhere!  And it's not just going in you, it's going in our children's bodies.

Fixing this balance, by lowering or blocking estrogen in the body and/or increasing the progesterone to balance the hormones, should alleviate the estrogen dominance problem.  However, unless you also address the Endocrine System disruptors and the AMPK inhibitors, then you will continue to have trouble losing weight, maintaining a proper immune system and blood sugar levels, among other things.

How to Fix it:  

1.  Start with activating your AMPK 

Exercise- at least 30 minutes combined each day
Lower Stress- Remove stressors and meditate
Get Proper Sleep- Get consistent and adequate hours a night
Specific Dietary Supplements that activate the right AMPK enzymes (See below)

2.  Detoxify the body of Endocrine Disruptors

Switch to Organic
Lymphatic Massage
Lower Stress
Get Proper Sleep
Increase Antioxidant intake (specific list below)

3.  Balance Hormones

Switch to Organic
Use natural detergents, cosmetics, and sweeteners like honey or agave
Take estrogen blockers and avoid estrogenic foods
Take Dietary Supplements (see below)

The reasons why I chose the following supplements are as follows.  Not only have I found in my research that the following natural herbs and plants can activate the right AMPK, help to detoxify the body with antioxidants, allowing the Endrocrine System to function properly, and help to balance hormones, but... they also help rid the body of cancer cells and cancer stem cells.  I talk more about these supplements and their relation to cancer prevention in this article.  (See my personal experience at the bottom)

Ideal Dietary Supplements to Activate AMPK, Detoxify the body of Endocrine Disruptors, and Balance Hormones:

Lutein- Endocrine System

Black Seed Oil - AMPK, Endocrine System

Mangosteen - AMPK, Endocrine System

Curcumin - AMPK, Endocrine System

Probiotics- AMPK, Endocrine System and Hormonal balance

Bitter Melon- AMPK

Taurine- AMPK, Endocrine System and Hormonal balance

Indian Long Pepper - AMPK, Endocrine System

Resveratrol  - AMPK, Endocrine System   

Ashwaganda- Indian Ginseng - AMPK, Endocrine System

Green Tea - AMPK, Endocrine System

Rhodiola Rosea - AMPK, Endocrine System

Gotu Kola - AMPK, Endocrine System

Quercetin- AMPK, Endocrine System, and lowers estrogen levels

DIM- Estrogen Blocker (read about this in my personal experience at the bottom)

If you do these things, within a month, you will begin to see a major shift in your body chemistry.  You will feel better and have more energy, you will lose weight, and will reduce your risk for hormonal related cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and numerous other ailments.   I'd also love to hear about your experience if you have chosen to adopt these methods for yourself.

My personal experience:  

As a breast cancer survivor, I had estrogen dominant cancer and an imbalance in my body.  I turned down half of my conventional treatment and went the natural route to build my immune system and get a proper balance of hormones and metabolic regulation.  In doing so, I have been taking all of the above listed supplements for several months, with exception of DIM.  I started that a month ago, and here's what happened when I added that final piece of the puzzle.

First, I had successfully activated AMPK, and the Endocrine System was working much better once I removed a number of toxins, free radicals and even my old root canal.  I had energy, and could tell that I no longer had inflammation in my body.  My immune system has been working like a champ.  I even lost about five of the ten pounds that I had gained through chemotherapy and steroids.

But my weight wouldn't budge past that, even though I was eating right and exercising.  I still had bigger thighs and hips, and I started to get the dreaded cellulite on my thighs.  Then it hit me, I still had Estrogen Dominance.  So, I started taking DIM last month.  DIM is an extract made from cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower, and it acts as an estrogen blocker.  It shoves the bad estrogen, that we get from diet and environment, out of the cells and takes it's place.  The excess estrogen then gets dumped from the body and you are a HUGE step closer to hormonal balance.

This was the key to changing the chain reactions set in place years ago.  Not only will my body be able to self-regulate now, but I get the added bonus of losing another seven pounds in the past month without trying.  The cellulite is starting to fade, and my thighs and hips are now smaller.  I even have more energy, and I'm taking the cancer recurrence risk even lower.  


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How was Breast Cancer Staged? II or IV?

Over the past year and half, not only have I fought for my life, but I was also involved in a rather heated custody battle.  Both of those are resolved now.  However, during the process, a question of whether I had Stage II or Stage IV Breast Cancer came to light.  Does it matter what it was?  Not really.  But that burning question remains for a few, so I will address it now.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2013, I went through rigorous testing to find out how far the cancer had spread.  The biopsies and PET Scan confirmed that several lymph nodes were cancerous.  The PET Scan also showed highlighted areas on my lower spine.  So, the next step was a Bone Scan.  Side note:  There are two types of bone metastasis. One is more visible on PET Scan and one is more visible on Bone Scan.  

When I did the Bone Scan, the same area on my lower spine was highlighted, but it was clearly not cancer.  It was more than likely arthritis according to the Oncologist.  However, there was another area on my left Humerus that, according to the radiologist, was consistent with cancer that had spread to my bone, which would be Stage IV. 

According to the following clinical study, provided by the National Institute of Health, 71% of cancer patients that have an abnormal finding on the bone scan that is consistent with metastasis, do in fact have Stage IV cancer. 

Bone scans with one or two new abnormalities in cancer patients with no known metastases: reliability of interpretation of initial correlative radiographs. 

The next meeting with the Oncologist was stressful. He explained the results of the tests, and said that the only way to confirm Stage IV to my bone would be to biopsy my arm.  He suggested that I not do the test, because it's extremely painful, would change my mental attitude, and would not change the outcome.  He then explained that there are two approaches to treating this cancer.  First, we could treat it as Stage II, being as aggressive as possible  He said he would keep me on a fine line between life and death, that I would be incapacitated, and as soon as I feel better, they would do it all again.  The second way would be to treat it as Stage IV, just giving me enough medication to keep the cancer at bay, and hopefully allowing me to live a few years longer.  There would be no relief from treatment until I passed.  

We chose to treat it as Stage II.  The doctor's records show that he recorded Stage II back in November 2013 in order to continue a specific line of treatment that was aggressive.   And he was right, he kept me extremely sick for months.  All the treatment worked, and he said in July, "No Evidence of Disease".  If I had done the biopsy, and it confirmed bone metastasis, I could not have gone the treatment route I did.  The doctor would have been obligated to treat as Stage IV, and I may not be alive right now.  

More evidence: 

I went for a check up April, and learned about the tumor marker test called CA15-3 that measures a protein in breast cells and especially breast cancer.  The doctor uses this marker to monitor bone metastasis.  When I was diagnosed, my CA15-3 level was elevated at 29; a normal person has a level under 15.  In studies, 75% of breast cancer patients that have bone metastasis, Stage IV cancer, have an elevated level of CA15-3 (above 22) (source).  As you can see, not only did I have a highlighted bone scan, but I also had elevated tumor marker levels consistent with Stage IV.  Here are additional sites explaining when and why a CA15-3 tumor marker test would be used.

My doctor continues to monitor my CA15-3 levels.  At diagnosis, it was 29.  At the end of chemo Jan/14, it was 15, with it gradually decreasing throughout the year.  At my check up Sept/14, it was 11.9.  And in April/15, it was 11.1.  It continues to drop, showing that the levels are in normal range now.  Part of that is due to the natural treatments I chose after turning down radiation and hormonal treatments.  

So what is the answer?  Was it Stage II or Stage IV?

We will never know.  But based on the bone scan (with 71% likelihood of metastasis) and the tumor marker test CA15-3 (consistent with levels of metastasis), more than likely I was Stage IV.  I always thought I was Stage IV anyway.  Regardless, cancer is gone and the treatments I've chosen have worked.  I hope this information helps develop more of an understanding of the situation.