Home-Based Business – 2 Completely Inaccurate Myths About the Health and Wellness Industry

Health and wellness products are the primary products sold through home-based businesses. So doesn’t it make sense that the industry is completely saturated and that it is impossible for you to make money in it? If you answered yes, then you have been fooled by a common myth about the health and wellness industry.

Myth #1
The nutritional supplement industry is saturated.

Fact #1
Selling nutritional supplements is not only thriving within home-based businesses, but they are also thriving in brick-and-mortar stores. Anything dealing with health, nutrition, weight managements, and prevention is on the rise.

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who has a problem with allergies. He takes daily medicine to help him breathe better. When I told him that I sold nutritional supplements that would help his allergies, he immediately ordered mine and quit buying the other.

Why did he do this? Because I asked him too. And there are millions of more people out there that will do the same. Don’t get hung up on the fact that everyone is already focusing on their health. First of all, everyone isn’t. And second of all, just ask them to switch and many of them will.

Myth #2
No one is interested in what I have to sell.

Fact #2
Actually millions of people are. More and more people want to feel and look young, and they do this by taking care of their bodies. Don’t get fooled into thinking that there is not a need. In fact, many of the top network marketing professionals believe that there are not enough companies taking advantage of this great opportunity.

For example, before I began taking the GNLD products that I take now, only 1 person in the past 10 years had approached me personally about taking care of my body. Just 1 person in 10 years. You just can’t convince me that there is no need for selling health and wellness products. I was an untapped market for several years before someone convinced me to focus on my health, and now I am one of their most loyal customers.

What Are the Main Areas That Companies Could Fail a Health and Safety Audit?

Health and safety audits are (or should be) common place in many businesses across the United Kingdom. These can be internal audits completed by a conscientious and well-trained member of staff or management, external audits where a specialist consultant is employed to visit the premises or place of work, and the dreaded inspection/audit carried out by the HSE or relevant authority depending on the unique situation.

Now for most businesses an internal audit is the first port of call and we would even go as far to say you should have a member of staff or management carry out a simple audit first even if you have booked a specialist consultant to come and complete a thorough inspection at a later date as this will give you a heads up of potential problems and areas of improvements before the consultant arrives. The benefit of this is it also gives the employer a chance to compare notes at the end of the professional inspection as there may be areas internal members of staff or management have not even considered that may have been highlighted by the professional inspector.

This being said working in the same environment for many years can lead to a slight misinterpretation of what may or may be acceptable regarding health and safety. You may well have heard an employees say “oh well we have always done it like that” when referring to a task or process, so in this case a potential hazard could be totally ignored as the process has been accepted as the norm. Another potential problem that could arise from an internal audit is being bias towards the management or company. If an employee highlights multiple health and safety issues that require considerable investment and time to rectify the employee may feel that the management may frown on this individual. If a member of higher management completes an internal audit they may not be able to justify the cost involved with adopting new equipment or systems. This is why it is always best to have a unbiased professional come and complete an audit.

So what will the professionals mainly look out for? Paperwork, the health and safety policy statement and procedures, risk assessments, COSHH assessments, training records, induction records, meeting minutes and the fire risk assessment and evacuation plan. Make sure that everything on paper relates to what is happening on the shop floor, site or general work area. Once the paperwork has been scrutinised the inspector will me making the rounds of all work processes looking for anything that may contravene legislation, so if you work at heights make sure you are aware of the working at heights regulations and so on. The assessor will more than likely speak to the general staff to gather information about working practices and attitude towards health and safety.

Finding Global Health Insurance

When you are searching for health coverage, it can make you consider other aspects of your insurance coverage as well. And if this is the case for you, you should considering looking at global health insurance coverage. This is an insurance plan that may roll together other types of insurance, such as prescription drugs and travel protection, all together in one comprehensive plan. It is a far more complete type of coverage, and if you are looking for the most complete peace of mind you can find with your insurance, this is the type of plan for you.

Finding global plans isn’t always easy because not everyone provides them. If you are looking for this type of complete insurance coverage, you will need to search high and low to find companies that offer it, and then search even harder to find the right plan for your unique needs. However, there are some online websites and tools that can help you make this search for global coverage easier. Some websites are designed to make it easy to locate and compare the various coverages and policy requirements for different plans, and this includes global plans as well. There simply is no reason to make your search for coverage harder than it has to be, so you should take advantage of the tools available to you in your search for the most complete insurance coverage available.

As you search around for the perfect global health insurance coverage, using the many online tools and helpful websites available to you right at your fingertips is the best way to make sure that you are analyzing all of the choices available for a global plan. You absolutely can find the right coverage for you, but it will be easier to do so when you use all of the resources available to you.

A Health Insurance Adventure With Dick and Jane – Chapter 5, Final

Chapter 5: The Great Health Insurance Adventure’s Successful Conclusion

Jane and Dick had decided that they would actually complete the entire quote process with three different services. This way, not only would they be able to review the quote result differences with each company, but they would also be able to compare how each service followed through to the health insurance purchasing phase.

Each of these services stated that as part of the quote process, a health insurance agent would contact them. Dick and Jane believed that this would also allow them to determine which health insurance agent they would be most comfortable with.

As you may recall, back in Chapter 2 Dick and Jane had completed a quote with one of the quoting service providers. They decided to go back to that service and follow through with the next steps. The quoting service had asked them to select four out of the many quotes ranging from $229/month to $643/month. This time they knew that the right four to select would be four from the middle tier of rates. They believed that they could afford to pay a monthly premium in this range, and where more confident that these quotes would be from reputable companies.

Jane and Dick were not concerned whether they had chosen the right insurance plan for their family, as they felt that this is the value that the health insurance agent should be bringing to the table. They completed quotes from two other quoting service providers (both indicating that Dick and Jane would be contacted by a health insurance agent).

Interestingly, they were right on with their decision to explore the services of three different agents. The first agent called them over the phone and asked Dick and Jane a few questions, trying to determine whether they were hot prospects or just information seekers. He was also interested in how much they would be willing to pay for their health insurance. When asked whether the agent would be willing to visit Jane and Dick for a face to face meeting, the agent went on to explain how busy he was and that he would try to schedule them in over the next couple of weeks.

Their experience with the next two agents was totally different. Both of these agents made contact over the phone as well, but asked Dick and Jane if it would be all right for them to drop by for a visit. This is exactly what Jane and Dick wanted, so the appointments were made on different evenings in the coming week.

Both visits went extremely well. Each agent seemed to be more interested in Dick and Jane’s family and the needs that they were trying to address, than with the details of the quotes. Both agents offered to go back to their offices with this family information and to set up another visit where they could review the details of a few health insurance alternatives. The agents understood what price range Dick and Jane were comfortable with and promised to find the best health insurance solutions within that range.

The return visits from both agents gave Dick and Jane the comfort that they were getting full value from these agents and that the agents had the best interests on Dick and Jane’s family in mind. Both agents took the time to review each option in detail and outlines the advantages and potential disadvantages of each.

Neither agent had pressured Jane and Dick for an immediate decision, so it was now in their court to decide on the health insurance package that they were most comfortable with. They also knew that their health insurance needs would likely change over time and so they also considered the agent that they believed they could develop a longer term relationship with.

Within days they made their decision, thanked the agent that they decided not to proceed with, and moved forward with the purchase of their health insurance plan. They felt confident that they had made the right choice and that should they encounter any difficulties, their agent would be willing to help.

THE END

Author’s note:

I hope that you found Dick and Jane’s Great Health Insurance Adventure an enjoyable read, and that it also helped you out if you were on a health insurance adventure of your own. The Internet is a wonderful source of value, but it can also be a treacherous place. If you are clear on what you want before you start out, and what the potential pitfalls might be, you will always have a much better chance of success.

Thanks for following along.

Interview with Alan E Smith, Author of “UnBreak Your Health”

Alan Smith has found greater health and happiness thanks to complementary and alternative therapies. A few years ago his deteriorating health took him to the finest medical facility in the world, The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Unfortunately they didn’t have any solutions for his digestive problems. Just a few weeks later he discovered a new book by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. called “Biology of Belief.” This was the kind of answer he had been searching for-scientific evidence that the energy of thoughts and feelings could directly influence the function of cells. In other words, the right beliefs and attitudes could improve health! Lipton’s book led him to Rob Williams’s PSYCH-K® process. With the first signs of improvement he became so excited about complementary and alternative therapies that he began offering PSYCH-K® in Plano, Texas. The challenge of introducing a new type of healing, especially in a conservative Southern location, was the inspiration for “UnBreak Your Health.”

Tyler: Thank you for joining me today, Alan. I understand “UnBreak Your Health” is a complete guide to over 300 complementary and alternative therapies. Would you begin by giving us just a taste of what some of those therapies are and what they are treatments for?

Alan: Tyler, complementary and alternative therapies, or CAM as it’s called, run the gamut from ancient healing therapies like acupuncture to the latest cold laser technology. Some of them are very specific in purpose like Auditory Intervention Technique for ADD, ADHD and other attention disorders. It’s a treatment developed by a French physician using sound to reprogram the way the brain processes information. Doula therapy was developed by doctors and nurses to help pregnant women have safe and successful birthing experiences. The Ornish Program is the only medically proven therapy to reverse heart disease naturally, and it also was developed by a doctor.

The vast majority of therapies in the book however are multi-purpose; they can address a wide variety of health problems, which is one of the reasons there is no disease listing in the Index. I know people are looking for quick, easy answers but that’s not how our health works and by encouraging people to read the whole book they’ll pick up the knowledge that will help them find their own healing path. Therapies like acupuncture, homeopathy, even EFT can be used for a diverse range of health problems.

While every therapy in my book will work for someone, nothing in the book will work for everyone. If you accept the instinctive concept that we are whole beings of body, mind and energy/spirit, then you have to appreciate that your illness or disease is unique too. That means your health solution is like a combination lock that only you can unlock. We all have to take responsibility for our own health and learn what our body, mind and spirit or energy system factors are in our unique health problems and how to correct them.

That’s not exactly the American way! We like fast, easy answers to everything, usually in the form of a pill, and we want somebody else to take care of us. I often try to explain it with the story about the ancient Chinese Master in the temple talking with a young student. The young man asked his mentor, “Why do we meditate every day, do hours of exercise and till the soil to grow good food?” The old man smiled knowingly and said simply, “If you don’t take care of your house, where you gonna live?”

Tyler: Alan, how did you go about compiling the book?

Alan: Fortunately my college degree from decades ago was in journalism. Back in the dark ages you actually had to research using libraries, books, magazines and interviewing people. Today the Internet gives you a faster start on research but my background in reporting gave me the framework to produce the book.

I will say it was funny how it grew to the size it is now. Originally I started out with about 60 therapies, which was more than double anything that had been written before so I thought the subject would make a beneficial book. But once I started researching a therapy I’d usually discover one or two more that I’d never heard of before. The list just kept growing and growing until I simply drew a line in the sand a year ago and said “Enough!” I’ve probably missed some good ones and I’ve already started collecting new therapies for the next edition.

Tyler: How did you decide what to include, or did you have items you chose to leave out for any reason?

Alan: I wanted to include everything I possibly could but it, became pretty obvious early in the process that the same basic therapy was often just being tweaked a little so a different therapist could put his or her own name on it. I didn’t need to put 100 versions of the same thing in the book so I tried to set up some benchmarks. One of them was a minimum level of use or having a certain number of practitioners in the U.S. along with other criteria. After all, to be of any benefit people would need to be able to find practitioners all across the country.

Tyler: I am intrigued by the title. What do you hope it says to the potential reader of the book?

Alan: The title comes from the old expression “You can’t unbreak the mirror” which is similar to the old spilt milk and water under the bridge sayings. The way I explain it is that doctors try to glue your broken health back together with drugs and my book is about everything else so I wanted the title to make the distinction clear. It also tries to say that it is possible to find therapies that not only repair your health but restore it to a better, earlier condition. Some of the common traits of these complementary and alternative therapies are that they try to treat the source of a problem, not just the symptoms, which is what most doctors are doing with prescription drugs. By treating the source, and treating all of the problem (body, mind and spirit/energy) you can achieve better health than you may imagine is possible. I know, I’ve been there, and these therapies have restored my health better than I dared to dream possible just a few years ago.

Tyler: Alan, will you tell us a little bit about your own medical background and interest in non-conventional medicine?

Alan: My “medical background” is that I’ve been a patient of too many doctors for too many problems for too long. I admit right up front that I have no medical training other than being on the receiving end. I’m simply a patient, just like my readers. Maybe that’s why so many people love my little book; it’s designed for people just like them by someone who is just like them.

“UnBreak Your Health” is the book I wish had been available a few years ago after my disappointing trip to the Mayo Clinic, as you said, the finest medical facility in the world. The problem is that modern medicine doesn’t have all of the answers. In fact, they still don’t have all of the questions at this point!

After days of testing at Mayo I was told, “We have good news and bad news. The good news is it isn’t going to kill you. The bad news is you aren’t going to like it, and there isn’t anything we can do about it.” I kept waiting for the drum roll and a punchline, but there wasn’t one. When you run out of options you become very, very interested in ANY alternative! Unfortunately most of us wait until we’ve run out of options before discovering all of the wonderful therapies available today. I hope getting the word out about my book will change that.

Tyler: I understand your interests in alternative therapies began as the result of digestive problems? Will you tell us a little bit about your ailment and the therapy you used to improve the situation?

Alan: I hate to get into an “organ recital,” meaning running down all of my health problems, but let’s just say it’s one of the chronic problems that doctors really can’t fix. My particular issue was digestive and in hindsight it was probably caused by more than 20 years of travel combined with the stress of working in a dying industry for too long. It’s not a question of what happens to us in life, it’s how we react that matters. In my case there were subconscious beliefs about work that weren’t helping me at that time. I discovered the PSYCH-K process that provides for direct communication with the subconscious and a way to reprogram subconscious beliefs easily. In my case that helped a lot.

I’d like to add that many people have similar problems resulting in a variety of health issues. In many cases what’s happened is that our incredible bodies were never built to handle the stress of 24/7 living like we have today. It’s called the Tiger of the Mind Syndrome. We were designed to deal with the tiger in the bushes with fight or flight, both short-term responses to survival stress. Today the tiger is in our minds and it’s there 24 hours a day, every day. It’s no wonder our bodies break down!

Tyler: Alan, I’m intrigued by the Psych-K process. Are you saying then that our mind and thoughts influence our health? Tell us more about how this process works. How do we figure out what the subconscious thoughts are that are causing us problems and how do we change those thoughts?

Alan: Yes, and that’s been confirmed by science. Bruce Lipton has new research on the issue but in the 1970s psychneuroimmunology or PNI was created with the discovery of peptides, the messenger molecules that connect the brain to the body’s immune system. It’s the reason you rarely get sick when you’re excited and having a wonderful time in life but seem to catch every bug in the world when you’re depressed and stressed out. Science is just beginning to understand the strength and range of the mind-body connection. In many cases our health problems are really just the body doing what it’s being told by the subconscious mind, the part that controls all of your body’s systems, no matter how destructive or painful it may be.

PSYCH-K is based on kinesiology or muscle testing. Much like the autonomic responses used by a polygraph machine to tell truth from lies, your body reacts to statements signaling agreement or disagreement by the subconscious. A facilitator pushes down very lightly on your extended arm after you repeat a statement and when your subconscious mind agrees with it then all of the nerves and muscles work normally and the arm stays straight and strong. If, on the other hand, the subconscious disagrees with the statement then there is a momentary lapse in nerve function due to the confusion or disagreement between conscious and subconscious. This hesitation translates into a weaker arm muscle and your arm “unlocks” and goes down when pushed by the facilitator. It’s a primitive, binary communication system but it offers amazing insight into the subconscious mind. Issues you don’t have a problem with in your conscious mind can turn out to be major problems on the subconscious level.

The PSYCH-K facilitator normally uses a variety of Belief Statements to isolate a problem belief by a process of elimination. Once exposed there are several types of Balances used to reprogram the belief to support your best life.

Tyler: Our reviewer, Cherie Fisher, mentioned that Network Spinal Analysis is included, a type of chiropractic touch to heal. What might be the benefit of this therapy for people?

Alan: NSA is built on a chiropractic foundation, but it’s used to release stress from the body so it can be adjusted, balanced and begin to heal itself. Many people talk about experiencing intense feelings during a session, like reliving and releasing emotional traumas resulting from the death of a loved one. By releasing the tension that’s been held in the body, the spine can be adjusted and health problems corrected.

Tyler: Why did you feel the need to write “UnBreak Your Health”?

Alan: The simple answer is that I knew from personal experience that somebody had to do it. I know I’m not the most medically qualified person to write a book like this, but I sure know what it’s like to be a person with health problems that doctors don’t know how to fix. I’ve tried to create the book I wanted when I ran out of options. I know what it’s like to hit a brick wall, when you suddenly appreciate the old adage, “without health, nothing else matters.” You trust the doctors to walk on water and to heal everything, but they don’t and they can’t.

Where do you turn? What do I do now? How do I even start to find answers? When you’ve been in that situation you know what it feels like and know what people need. They want a wide variety of information but they don’t want a lot of it. They want the USA Today version, an easy-to-read summary and directions to begin finding their own healing path. They want website links so they can continue researching the therapies that attract them and may hold promise for their problems.

Most of all, they want hope. They need to hear that even when doctors say there isn’t anything more they can do, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything more that can be done! I hope that “UnBreak Your Health” offers hope to everyone.

Tyler: Alan, what makes “UnBreak Your Health” stand out from the other books on holistic medicine and alternative therapies, such as Lipton’s “Biology of Belief” that led you to alternative therapies?

Alan: Bruce’s book was about the science and it’s wonderful, but as a cellular biologist he didn’t cover any answers. His one mention of PSYCH-K was buried at the very end of his book. The good news is that his state-of-the-art science adds credibility to therapies people don’t understand or appreciate yet.

First of all, “UnBreak Your Health” is the most complete collection of complementary and alternative therapies ever published. It has no diet or supplement listings, it’s all about therapies, and with over 300 in 136 different categories, it’s got a lot to offer.

Second, it’s different because it doesn’t offer disease listings in the Index. People actually have to take responsibility for their own health and read the whole book. My publisher and I nearly parted company over this issue because he said successful health books always had listings in the Index. My goal isn’t money or success but to help people find better health and better lives so they need to learn how to open their own health combination locks. I was willing to take the chance on being different and somehow I managed to convince my publisher to go along with it.

Third, it has comments from users of the therapies so readers can get an idea of what it feels like and what it really does. Those are the biggest differences and I hope advantages of my book.

Tyler: What did you find to be your biggest challenge in writing this book?

Alan: Strangely enough the most difficult part was finding testimonials for each therapy. I wanted to add a little human color to the black-and-white definitions and descriptions but it turned out to be quite a challenge.

Tyler: Why do you think that is? Are people shy about discussing their health problems, or just admitting they used non-conventional remedies?

Alan: Many of the testimonials in the book came from national organizations. While they want to promote their therapy they don’t want to cross the line into the minefield either. It’s the problem of people not wanting to attract the attention of the AMA and mainstream medical-industrial system. They want to exist under the radar because the history of complementary and alternative medicine is filled with stories with very sad endings when people tried to bring new types of healing to the world. That would mean taking business away from the existing medical system which doesn’t let go easily. Remember this is the group that took ten years to accept the research from Australia that ulcers were caused by bacteria. It’s no wonder people in complementary and alternative healing don’t want to become connected to such dangerous activities even in this day and age.

Tyler: Alan, if people are skeptical about these non-conventional medicine types of therapies, what reassurance can you offer them?

Alan: It’s fascinating that people can be apprehensive about therapies that have been used successfully for hundreds if not thousands of years but feel completely safe taking a new drug that has almost no large-scale track record of safety whatsoever. So many of the treatments being used by conventional medicine have never been properly tested in double-blind research studies and the range of therapies for the same condition across the country can be absolutely scary. Right now I’m reading Shannon Brownlee’s new book “OVERTREATED-Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer” and her research into mainstream medicine today presents a frightening picture. Yet this is the medicine that most people feel safe with!

By comparison most of the CAM therapies have evolved by trial and error. In other words, they’re around today because they work. Now the caveat here is that while every therapy in my book will work for someone, nothing in the book will work for everyone. The same can be said for prescription drugs, while they help many they can literally kill others.

Tyler: In considering an alternative therapy, what caution should people have? How does someone know if a therapy is legitimate or just a scam?

Alan: First of all you have to realize that anything that can be a catalyst for your own healing, even if it’s just switching on your placebo effect, is a valuable therapy. That’s why some of the craziest things still produce amazing results for some people. My advice is always to check out the national organizations, read the books that are available on almost every therapy and learn about the technique. Ask around and see what experiences others have had with it. Even if the process is legitimate you also need to check out your local practitioner’s qualifications. Just as there are good doctors and bad doctors, the same applies in the CAM world. If you take the time to do a little research, you’ll either get a comfort level with the process or you’ll want to walk away from it. It’s when we jump off the cliff without checking how deep the water is that we get into trouble.

Tyler: I understand the response to the book has already been phenomenal. Will you tell us a little bit about the book’s history since publication and what you attribute its success to?

Alan: Since I’m a new author I don’t really know if the response has been phenomenal, but I know my publisher seems to be happy at this point. I started doing radio interviews even before the book was available to start spreading the word that there is hope out there. I guess the subject is interesting to people because I keep getting radio hosts to talk with me. I’ve got one coming up with KGO radio in San Francisco on January 26th with Joanie Greggains. She has one of the top-rated health programs in the country.

I have to say it’s an amazing feeling to have someone respond to an interview. I just did one with Cathy Blythe at KFOR in Lincoln, Nebraska, and when I called one of their local bookstores after the program, the buyer said she’d already had 5 people in looking for the book…within an hour of the program!

On the other hand, I’ve been very surprised at how the mainstream media ignores anything to do with complementary and alternative therapies. They might do a token story or two once in a while but most of the time it’s drugs, drugs and more drugs. They act like they’re afraid to give anything CAM credibility or perhaps they’re just protecting one of their biggest advertisers. I’ve contacted dozens of health reporters at newspapers, radio and TV stations across the country in the last few months and like the doctors they cover, the subject is just too far outside their comfort zone. Even the local media here in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area have ignored everything about my book even though I’m a local author, and an award-winner at that. Most of them wouldn’t even accept a free copy of the book. It just shows we have a long way to go in this country to open eyes and minds.

Tyler: Thank you, Alan, for joining me today. Before we go, will you tell us about your website and what additional information might be found there about “UnBreak Your Health”?

Alan: Absolutely! The website for the book is easy to remember since it’s the name of the book, it’s http://www.unbreakyourhealth.com. Your readers will find reviews, radio interviews and links to every therapy included in the book. As I said, this is simply the place to start a journey toward better health, not the end.

The Ayurvedic Approach to Breast Health

The Ayurvedic Approach to Breast Health

Like all tissues and organs in the human body, the female breasts are multidimensional in function. Their most recognized function is as exocrine glands, producing breast milk for the newborn, a function common to all mammalian species. Given the multidimensional functions of the breasts, a discussion of breast health approaches could be complex. Therefore, in this article we will limit our discussion to what women can do from the Ayurvedic perspective to reduce their chances of developing the most dangerous of breast diseases: breast cancer.

First let’s briefly review some simple breast anatomy. Mammary glands are basically highly modified and specialized sebaceous glands which derive from embryonic ectoderm. The adult breast consists of glandular tissue, adipose tissue (fat cells), nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics. Anatomically it overlies the pectoralis major muscle and is anchored to the pectoralis fascia by suspensory ligaments known as Cooper’s ligaments (not shown). The breast contains about 15 to 25 lobes formed by groups of “milk glands”, or lobules. Each lobule is composed of hollow milk producing acini (also called alveoli), and feeds into a milk duct leading to the nipples. The ducts converge near the areola, the darker area round the nipple, to form ampullae or milk storage cavities. Around the areola are small glands known as Montgomery’s glands which secrete an oily substance that protects the nipples during nursing. Lymph nodes within the breast drain into the axillary lymph nodes in the armpit-the first place to which breast cancer will typically metastasize.

What Is Breast Cancer? The Western View

Cancer is fundamentally a disease of failure of regulation of tissue growth. In order for a normal cell to transform into a cancer cell, the genes which regulate cell growth and differentiation must be altered. A gene is a specific sequence of DNA at a specific location within a specific chromosome. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are inherited; the vast majority is due to sporadic, acquired mutations.

The affected genes are divided into two broad categories. Oncogenes are genes which promote cell growth and reproduction. Tumor suppressor genes are genes which inhibit cell division and survival. Malignant transformation can occur through the formation of abnormal oncogenes, the inappropriate over-expression of normal oncogenes, or by the under-expression or complete arrest of tumor suppressor genes. Typically, changes in many genes are required to transform a normal cell into a cancer cell.

Large-scale mutations involve a deletion or gain of a portion of a chromosome. Gene amplification occurs when a cell gains many copies (often 20 or more) of a small chromosomal locus, usually containing one or more oncogenes and adjacent genetic material. Translocation occurs when two separate chromosomal regions become abnormally fused, often at a distinct location. Disruption of a single gene may also result from integration of genomic material from a DNA virus or retrovirus, and resulting in the expression of viral oncogenes in the affected cell and its descendants, but this is not the case in breast cancer.

The transformation of normal breast cells into cancer is akin to a chain reaction caused by initial errors, which compound into more severe errors, each progressively allowing the cell to escape the controls that limit normal tissue growth. This renegade-like scenario causes an undesirable survival of the fittest, where the natural forces of evolution become distorted and work against the body’s design and harmonious order. If the rate of DNA damage exceeds the capacity of the cell to repair it, the accumulation of errors can overwhelm the cell and result in early senescence, apoptosis, or cancer. Once cancer has begun to develop, it uses the body’s own design to serve its own destructive and invasive purposes.

What Is Breast Cancer? The Ayurvedic View

The female breasts are predominantly Kapha organs, having a fatty nature and producing milk, a Kapha fluid. Breast cancer is a tridoshic (involving all three doshas) disorder of breast tissue. Causes are both hereditary and acquired; the acquired causes being physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental. Breast cancer is ultimately caused by blockage and flow irregularities at both the gross and imperceptibly subtle levels of several srotamsi (channel systems).

Dietary and other physical factors can help to cause breast cancer, or to trigger the disease in one who already has the hereditary tendency. Breast cancer, like any malignant or degenerative disease, may be the result of prolonged wrong diet, wrong lifestyle, or prajnaparadha (mistake of the intellect). Wrong regimen leads first to accumulation of doshas, then in time to acute illnesses. If those illnesses are treated improperly, that is, if the excess doshas (the three body humors) are not expelled and ama (toxins) is not purified, then the imbalance is driven deeper, resulting in chronic complaints. If these chronic complaints in turn go untreated or are treated by suppressive methods without expelling doshas or cleansing ama, then the excess doshas will localize in the most toxic or most vulnerable tissue, in this case breast tissue, to create sannipatika gulma, a malignant tumor.

Cancer in Äyurveda is not seen as a discrete disease, but a milestone on the continuum of doshic aggravation, ama (toxic waste) accumulation, and srotodushti (channel blockage). A pernicious energy gains access to the individual through the diet, the emotions, the environment, or even the karmic-influenced internal momentum of one’s life. Although modern medicine has disproven any appreciable connection between fibrocystic breasts or fibroadenoma to breast cancer, Ayurveda considers both of these benign conditions to be stages in the breast cancer samprapti. Cancer is a deepening pattern of internal disconnection from the body-mind’s greater intelligence which eventually begins to exhibit its own warped purpose, momentum, and direction.

Importance of Srotamsi (Channels of Circulation) in Breast Cancer

The entire fifth chapter of the Vimanasthana Section of the Charaka Samhita is devoted to the detailed description of the srotamsi and their importance in health and disease. The body and mind contains a large number of srotas or channels through which the basic tissue elements, doshas, and malas circulate. These channels are called srotas (plural srotamsi). Srotas, meaning channels or pores, are present throughout the visible body as well as at the “invisible” or subtle level of the cells, molecules, atoms, and subatomic strata. It is through these channels that nutrients and other substances are transported in and out of our physiology. It is also through these channels that information and intelligence spontaneously flow. When the flow of appropriate nutrients and energies through these channels is unimpeded, there is health; when there is excess, deficiency, or blockage in these channels disease can take root.

The channels are, to a certain extent, similar to the different physiological systems of Western medicine (e.g. arteries, veins, nerves, digestive tract, etc.) but also contain subtler energies comparable to the meridian system of Chinese medicine.

The movements of energy in all srotamsi are directly influenced by stimuli that arise in the mind, which are conveyed by the Vata energy. Hence mental disturbances, both conscious and unconscious, can cause disorders in any of the channels.

Excessive or deficient mental activity can cause excess or deficient flow in the channels of the body. Emotional outbursts or lack of mental control have effects that are analogous to surges in the channels of the physical body and can produce such conditions as in strokes, heart attacks, hyperventilation, tremors, etc.

Stanya vaha srota, which consists of the milk-producing apocrine cells of the lobules, the related pituitary hormones (i.e. prolactin), the ducts, ampullae, and nipple, is the main srota involved in breast cancer.

Artava vaha srotas, which consists of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, their hormones (i.e. estrogen, progesterone), secretions and connective tissues and related pituitary hormones (i.e. FSH, LH) all belong to artava vaha srotas–the channels carrying out female reproductive functions. The breasts are also included in this system.

Each lunar cycle between menarche and menopause, the proliferation of epithelial cells lining the breast’s lobular acini (increasing from one to two layers) occurs during the luteal phase. The breast epithelium, unlike the endometrium of the uterus, cannot be shed at the end of the cycle; regression at the end of the cycle is by apoptosis (self-programmed cell death). The apoptotic residue (ama) is plentiful within the lumens toward the late luteal phase of the cycle. Efficient removal of this material is essential for the breast tissue to remain healthy and vital.

Samprapti (Pathogenesis)

Due to uncorrected exposure for a sufficient period of time to nidanas–internal and external causes of doshic vitiation–(a few common examples described below), the doshas can become aggravated and begin a sequence of pathological steps culminating in the creation of a disease state. The term “samprapti” (from the root “Ap” to cause, arrive, reach or obtain; “sam” conjunction, union, intensity, completeness) refers to this sequence of doshic-related pathology triggered by one or more nidanas (causes). Let us consider a brief explanation of this sequence.

First, one or more doshas begins to accumulate somewhere in the body and soon becomes vitiated (aggravated). Next, the aggravated dosha spills over and begins to spread. In the case of breast cancer, it may enter the stanya vaha srota or another associated srota. When it reaches a vulnerable or somewhat weakened area or organ of the body, it will stagnate there and begin to mix with and disturb the structure and function of the local tissues including sometimes cellular DNA. The tissues of the body, when spoken of in their healthy state are of course called the dhatus; however when we speak of these same tissues with regard to their mixing with vitiated doshas, we always refer to the tissues as dushyas.

This dosha-dusyas sammurcchana is the actual disease process (sammurcchana means “interaction”). The interaction of the doshas and dushyas, together with the specific effect from the site or organ involved (adhisthana) leads to the development first of specific prodromal features, and then of the main symptoms, of a disease. Involvement of primarily Kapha might result in a fibrocystic breast condition; predominantly Kapha-Vata vitiation might lead eventually to fibroadenoma; Pitta-Vata can be associated with mastitis and other inflammatory states; Tridoshic vitiation can ultimately produce cancer. Left untreated the disease will evolve its unique set of complications and can reach a stage where it is no longer curable by any means.

Ayurvedic Prevention and Treatment Approach

The essence of the Ayurvedic approach is beautifully summed up in one of its well-known statements, “Avert the danger from illness before it arrives”. This terse directive emphasizes the importance of correcting imbalances while still in their earliest stages and hence very remediable. Ayurveda accomplishes this goal through health programs uniquely tailored to the idiosyncratic characteristics of each individual. It celebrates our individual uniqueness while recognizing our universal Oneness. It is through our uniquely developed human consciousness, which among other capacities, affords us the enormous power of choice, that we can influence our health. The positive and negative health effects of those choices have been understood by Ayurvedic sages for thousands of years.

It must be stated at the outset of this section that, based on current level of available Ayurvedic knowledge, Ayurveda has no place as a primary treatment for any form of breast cancer. Ayurvedic treatment for breast cancer are useful as complementary therapy in order reduce side effects and sometimes bring about a more comprehensive response to conventional treatment. Ayurvedic medicines main strength is as a strategy to prevent the initial disease or its recurrence and to prolong survival.

That being said, current research is advancing towards a rational use of Ayurveda as a primary intervention. Specifically, the methanolic leaf extract of Ashwagandha leaf (Withania somnifera) was demonstrated to restore normal p53 function in tumor cells bearing mutated copies. p53 is a tumor suppressor protein which causes either the complete destruction of cells which have irreparably damaged and abnormal DNA or to temporarily arrest cell replication so that the DNA repair mechanisms can repair the damage. Once repaired p53 then allows the cell to duplicate. How p53 chooses cell destruction or arrest is unknown; it is commonly called the “guardian angel” of the cell.

It should be noted that today all breast cancer patients should be under the regular care and supervision of a medical oncologist.

Practical Choices That Matter

The Ayurvedic approach to breast health centers on diet, detoxification, lifestyle and exercise, mental health, environment and herbal preparations. Additionally, both ancient and current Ayurvedic physicians also emphasize early detection. Self examination of breasts, regular breast examinations by health care professionals and mammograms if clinically warranted are the methods.

Diet

One of Ayurveda’s great recognitions is that the body and mind naturally proceed in the direction of balance and, in fact, are designed to achieve and maintain balance and vibrant health. The systems and organs that make possible this remarkable state of physical and mental well-being, and the intelligence which directs them all, exist in all of us from birth. Cancerous changes show that, despite this inherent healthy tendency, there is an imbalance of the tri-dosha with toxins. Food is the foundation of the tissue formation process and health itself. Here are some of the more important Ayurvedic recommendations.

i. First and foremost, choose foods according to either your constitutional type or your primary doshic imbalance, if known. This will help match your diet to your agni (digestive fire). Your physician may alternatively instruct you to eat according to the seasons if you are already in a balanced state of health. Eat organic foods whenever possible.

ii. Construct a diet which reduces ama formation. A predominantly vegetarian diet of foods that are light, warm, and cooked will do this. Freshly prepared dals and soups, organic vegetables prepared with fresh spices, whole grains such as basmati rice, barley, and amaranth, and freshly made flat-breads are ideal.

iii. Include organic cooked prunes, figs, apples, pears, pineapple, papaya, and cooked leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage (cruciferous vegetables) in your diet. These foods provide fiber, antioxidants, and detoxifying effects.There is also a burgeoning body of evidence that curcumin, a component of turmeric, has breast cancer protective effects.

iv. Avoid foods that create body ama, including leftovers; packaged, canned, and frozen foods; foods grown with chemicals, GMO’s, pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

v. Restrict the intake of alcoholic beverages of all kinds.

vi. Visceral (abdominal) adiposity contributes to the risk for estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer in premenopausal women.

Detoxification

As discussed above, ama-along with agni and the srotamsi–has tremendous importance in the manifestation of breast cancer. Ama is principally the result of the initial ahara rasa (nutrient juices) not being completely digested in the amashaya (small intestines) due to abnormal jatharagni. Ama then enters the srotamsi where it causes srotodushti (pathology of the srota) leading to srotorodha (obstruction). This results in an abnormal or arrested flow of doshas, nutrients and wastes.

The doshas thus retained can extravasate out of the srota and penetrate the surrounding dhatus (now called dushyas). The site where this interaction occurs (dosha-dushya sammurcchana) is the site where disease is initiated. If the impairment to the srotas can be prevented or reversed, disease will be averted.

In Ayurveda breast cancer primarily involves the channels of the female breasts and of the reproductive system and are called the Stanya Vaha Srotas and Artava Vaha Srotas, respectively. They include all the reproductive tissue, breasts, hormones and all secretions including breast milk. Keeping these channels clear of ama and all toxins is essential. The Mano Vaha Srotas, channels of the mind, are also involved. Proper diet, lifestyle, exercise, emotional health and select Ayurvedic herbs all help however a regular comprehensive detoxification procedure is also advised. It forms the foundation of preventive health in the Ayurvedic view and is often an important part of the treatment protocol for diseases which have already occurred.

Vulnerable Breasts on a Chemical Planet

Besides the assault from endogenous toxins (ama), exogenous toxins also have a grave effect on breast health. As a consequence of decades of uncontrolled environmental pollution with persistent organic pollutants (POP’s), the contamination of human milk has become widespread. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDT and its metabolites, dioxins, dibenzofurans, phthalates, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and heavy metals are among the toxic chemicals most often found in breast milk. Whether she is pregnant or not, these and many other chemical pose a tremendous risk to the female breast. This is because POP’s are fat-soluble “lipophilic” (i.e. affinity for fat) chemicals which undergo bio-accumulation and concentration over time in the breast fatty tissue. The positive news is that POP’s can be significantly removed from their sites of accumulation through regular periods of panchakarma detoxification therapies.

Ayurveda states in the Ashtanga Hridayam Sutrasthanam IV/25-26:

“Exhaustive effort should be made to radically expel the malas (doshas and metabolic wastes) at the right times. Uncorrected accumulation will verily result in aggravation and cut short life itself.” “Doshas which are subdued by langhana and pachana therapies can inevitably become re-aggravated, but those which are radically expelled by samshodhana (purification) therapies will not become deranged again.” (italics added)

Lifestyle and Exercise: Balancing the Doshas

Scientific evidence suggests about 30% of all 572,000 cancer deaths (39,500 due to breast cancer) expected in 2011 will be related to being obese or overweight, inadequate physical inactivity or errors in nutrition and thus are preventable.

It is clear that only about 30-40% of all breast cancer cases can be traced to identifiable genes or a familial tendency. Of those, 5 to 10 percent of women have inherited defective breast cancer genes, the most common being BRCA1 or BRCA2. The remainder have forms of breast cancers in their families that involve several genes.

That leaves 60-70% caused by unknown factors. Some are environmental–toxins we breathe, drink, touch or are exposed to in some way. The biggest risk factors are simply being a woman (<1 percent breast cancers occur in men) and getting older (risk increases after age 50). We can’t change that, but we can change our lifestyles. The best recommendations are these six:

-Avoid hormone replacement therapy -Improve your diet -Exercise regularly -Follow good detection strategies -Maintain good body weight -Consume less or no alcohol

Mental Health

The state of one’s mental health is a direct reflection of how we think, feel and act as we face different life experiences. Our mental health determines how we handle emotional stress, relate to others and make choices. It is the emotional and spiritual resilience (atati shakti) which enables us to achieve happiness and to survive pain, sorrow and disappointment. Normal mental health instinctively creates an underlying belief in one’s self-worth, and in the dignity and worth of other human beings and all life forms. Psycho-social-spiritual stress can play a role in breast health. To refresh the mind Ayurveda suggests the classical mental balancing and rejuvenation techniques described in Patanjali’s system of Raja Yoga. Because there are eight aspects in the Raja Yoga path to enlightenment, it is also known as Ashtanga Yoga (eight-limbed). Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras begins with the statement yoga cittavritti nirodhah (I/2), “Yoga is for the restraint of the activities of the mind”. They proceed to describe the ways in which mind can create false ideas and understandings, and details the eight steps that can taken to escape from the unreal.

Meditation techniques have been shown in numerous research studies to positively influence the physiology. The regular practice of yoga postures (asanas), breath control techniques (pranayama), and dhyana (meditation) is the most effective way to relieve anxiety, depression and emotional stress, according to Ayurvedic tradition. Although the mechanism by which meditation helps re-establish mental health is not clear, we do know that these techniques provide periods of profound sensory and cognitive rest. The regular dissociation of the senses from their sense objects and the withdrawal of the attention within appears to release deep-rooted stresses that have lodged in the structure, chemistry and energetic matrix of the mind-body.

Herbal Medicines

Ayurvedic herbal medicine regimens are not conceived using the model of a specific drug to neutralize or suppress a specific symptom or disease (allopathic model). In fact, successful treatment depends on rational and logical actions of a mixture of plant substances coupled with the incomprehensible healing intelligence of Nature. The intention of herbal treatment, like all forms of Ayurvedic therapies, is to up-regulate the innate healing capacity of the human being. Herbal treatment may be categorized according to the following scheme which forms a sequence for the prevention of any disease including breast cancer and also for the treatment of many diseases.

1. Separation of Dosha and Dushya (Sammurcchana Bhanga)

2. Autodigestion of Ama (Ama pacana)

3. Clearing of the Srotasmi (Shroto Vishodhana)

4. Optimization of Agni (Dipanagni)

5. Strengthening of Immunity (Vyadhi Kshamatva)

Separation of Dosha and Dushya (Sammurcchana Bhanga)

The initial action which must be taken in the treatment of disease is the separation of the vitiated dosha from the dushya. Since many on the subsequent steps in treating disease are strong measures aimed at the doshas, if separation of the healthy tissue is not achieved first, these treatments can and will harm the tissues and the associated srotas and vital organs. The degraded dosha and the affected tissue or organ becomes joined together like the milk fats and ghee are joined together in milk. And just as we heat the milk in order to separate the ghee from the milk fats, the herbal substances which accomplish the separation of dosha from dushya (a process called sammurchana bhanga) have the following gunas: hot (ushna), sharp (tikshna), penetrating (sukshma), rapid onset (vyavam), purifying (punanam), destructive (nashita), and separating (viyujate).

The following herbal and herbomineral medicines have the action of separating dosha and dushya. This list is by no means complete. Please note that many of these medicines can be toxic and cause

adverse reactions. They should therefore only be given for short courses and only under expert supervision.

Terminalia arjuna

Trailokya Rasa Chintamani

Datura metal Boswellia serrata

Aconitum ferox Tamra Bhasma

Strychnos nux vomica Heerak Bhasma

Semicarpus anacardium Holarrhena antidysenterica

Abhrak Bhasma Embelia ribes

Autodigestion of Ama (Ama pacana)

The operative principle behind the reversal and removal of ama is to temporarily stop providing nutrition to those parts of the body which we wish to purge of ama. In clinical application, this is achieved most readily, not with herbal medicines, but rather through fasting. Fasting is advocated as a bona fide approach for the removal of ama when found to be present or to prevent its formation. Like any other therapy, it is prescribed and supervised by an experienced physician.

During the fasting period, no new nutritive substances are available to the digestive system. Therefore the jathara agni and various dhatvagnis are utilized for the digestion of the accumulated ama. The fasting period can be as short as one or two days, or may extend for up to two weeks under medical supervision. There are several herbs and formulations which have been found to be effective in supporting and augmenting ama pacana:

Zingiber officinalis, Terminalia chebula, Tinospora cordifolia, Terminalia bellerica, Berberis aristata, Coriandrum sativum, Piper longum, Alpinia galangal.

Clearing of the Srotasmi (Shroto Vishodhana)

Whereas ama pacana is effective in transforming and liquefying the waste materials in the tissues,

the process known as shroto vishodhana draws these substances out of the tissues and into the appropriate channels of elimination (i.e. Stanya Vaha Srota). In addition, this process initiates movement in the proper direction in the srotasmi for the expulsion of the wastes. This stage requires that no matter what the primary doshic imbalance may be (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha), the Vata dosha needs to be in a balanced state. Thus is because Vata dosha is what creates movement of the wastes. A balanced Vata dosha moves the wastes in the proper and natural direction.

Medicines which act on the rasa, rakta, mamsa, meda, and sukra dhatus and their corresponding srotas are used in promoting breast health. These medicines will promote the elimination of doshas from the tissues without harming the tissues and include:

Holharrhina antidysentrica, Cissampelos pareira, Tricosanthe dioica, Cyperus rotundus, Picrorrhiza kurroa, Azadirachta indica, Hemidesmus indicus, Triphala, Piper nigrum, Acorus calamus, Curcuma longa, Aegle marmelos.

In addition to these herbal medicines, anuvasana bastis (oil-based enemata) or often administered during this phase to promote the proper flow of Vata dosha in the srotas. Also there are specialized techniques of breast massage which are performed with specific oils (i.e. Narayana, Vishagarbha, Chandanbala Laxadi) and can be taught to patient to perform at home.

Optimization of Agni (Dipanagni)

There is not a single biological process occurring within our bodies and mind which does not depend on agni. Our intelligence, awareness, energy, appearance, perception, immunity, and life itself is kindled by its power. There are thirteen forms of agni as we have outlined earlier. The most important is jathara agni–which presides over and creates all the others. Any disturbance in jathara agni will result in incomplete and improper digestion and the formation of ama. Some of the herbal medicines which help to stimulate and balance the jatharagni and, indirectly, all the agnis of the body are as follows:

Gingiber officinalis

Piper longum

Piper nigrum

Cayenne pepper

Plumbago zeylanica

Strengthening of Immunity (Vyadhi Kshamatva)

The capacity to resist disease depends prominently on a substance known as ojas. Ojas is formed from the best and purest parts of each of the seven bodily dhatus; it is said to be the quintessence of human tissue metabolism. Like bees make honey by gathering the essence of several species of flowers, ojas is formed from the saptadhatus. There are certain plant-medicines which increase ojas and are therefore called jīvanīya gana aushadhi, medicines which sustain Life. Some of these include:

Withania somnifera, Curculigo orchiodes, Asparagus racemosus Phaseolus trilobus Hemidesmus indicus Ocimum sanctum Tinospora cordifolia Eclipta alba Emblica officinalis Shilajitu

Glycerrhiza glabra Terminalia chebula

In addition, medicines like Triphala Guggulu, Kanchnaar Guggulu, Arogyavardhini, Maha-manjishthadi kwath, Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) as well as the two most renowned Ayurvedic compound preparations Triphala and Chywanprash are used on a long term basis to prevent recurrence.

Medicines like Medhohar-Guggulu, Chandraprabha-Vati, and Trivang-Bhasma are also used according to the presentation of symptoms.

To prevent or reduce side effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Kamadudha, Shankhbhasma vati, Laghu sutshekhar vati and Shunthi (Zinziber officinale) can be used.

Patwardhan and Gautum5 summarize the results of preclinical studies on the cytoprotective potential of W. somnifera and its constituents. They include reports on the inhibition of breast and colon cancer cell lines compared to doxorubicin after the administration of withaferin A and an increase in the response to radio-resistant tumors when radiotherapy is combined with withaferin A treatment, among others studies.

Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana formula consisting of equal parts of three myrobalan fruits: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Rasayana preparations are adaptogens and can be taken for life without fear of side effects. Triphala was recently found to dose-dependently induce apoptosis in human breast cell cancer lines (MCF-7) and mouse thymic lymphoma (barcl-95). Treatment did not affect neither normal human breast epithelial and peripheral blood mononuclear cells nor mouse liver and spleen cells. Direct oral feeding of triphala to mice (40 mg/kg for 13 days) resulted in significantly (P < 0.05) reduced tumor growth and more than three times higher levels of apoptosis in excised tumor tissue. According to the researchers, increases in intracellular reactive oxygen species appeared to be involved with induced cytotoxicity, supporting the hypothesis that the antioxidant effect of triphala fruits is at least partly responsible for this anticancer activity (Sandhya et al.)6.

Chywanprash

Oxygen radicals are continuously generated within our cells. This is a result of normal breathing which creates something called hydroxyl radicals. These molecules damage your DNA, producing the mutations that initiate and sustain health issues later on. Studies suggest that a diet that is rich in antioxidants may help to support breast health. This has led to the current nutritional recommendation that we all should consume at least five portions of fruits or vegetables each day.

Chyawanprash is significantly more powerful than other single antioxidant; it is up to 1,000 times more effective per dose than comparable amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin E in scavenging free radicals and preventing damage to the body. It provides full-spectrum, super-antioxidant power. Traditional literature states that Chywanprash improves cardiovascular and neurological functioning, reduces toxicity of the dhatus, improves immunity, balances emotions, and improves mental clarity.

Conclusion

All matter is energy vibrating at different rates. The fundamental state of the universe contains all possible forms of undifferentiated matter (i.e. energy) vibrating in coherent harmony. Human beings, because we are a part of the natural universe, also have a fundamental vibration that harmonizes with the rest of the creation. Illness, including cancer, is a manifestation of disharmony which arises in the individual’s core vibration due to stress, environmental changes, emotional distress, physical injury, dietary indiscretion, or an infinite number of physical, mental, or spiritual factors. Healing is therefore initiated by restoring the normal vibratory state to the individual as a whole and to the vulnerable or diseased body part. The Ayurvedic therapies mentioned in this paper are not the only methods available from this comprehensive science, but will help us begin to understand how our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters can keep their bodies free from toxins and impurities and their immunity high even in modern times and thus avert the scourge of breast cancer.

Natural Health Coach is Necessary When Starting to Use Homeopathy

A natural health coach is almost obligatory when you first look at using homeopathic remedies. Few people are able to learn an entirely new concept from books alone. Most people need a supportive coach to guide them through the maze that normally occurs when confronted with new ideas.

The largest hurdle to anything new is to get your mind to accept the idea. Once this has happened, the rest is easy by comparison. This is why it is estimated that you need to see something seven times, before you start to take notice.

This shows you how effective advertising is. You’re bombarded with the same idea until you accept it as true, whether it is or not.

But this also means you tend to reject new things, regardless of how good they are. And humans do seem to prefer to remain in their comfort zone, with no excitement to jolt them out of it.

So, well done for having got this far. You know enough about homeopathy to want to know more. And you realise that a coach is necessary.

You need someone to turn to for advice when you get stuck, because when learning something new, you’ll get repeatedly stuck. It’s just the nature of the game.

Many people plug themselves into repeated and regular homeopathic consultations and gradually learn that way. And that is excellent for your health. However, you may not realise that there is another option open to you.

You can learn to use some of the common homeopathic remedies at home. Homeopathy is flexible enough to provide these two options for complete health care.

Both have their advantages. Professional help is essential for complicated, chronic or serious health problems. But home prescribing is also invaluable, and can save you so much, not just in money saved, but in time wasted. Not to mention better health.

Find a natural health coach you can work with to learn quickly and easily.

What Is Health And Wellness Coaching?

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (World Health Org., 1948)

Health and wellness coaching is a result-oriented process designed to help individuals meet the challenges and demands of 21st century living. Coaching helps you jump the hurdles and obstacles in your life, stay focused, develop positive mental skills for creating change, and move forward with energy and hopefulness.

Coaching is not psychotherapy. As Judy Rosemarin, a coaching teacher at New York University’s Center for Career Education, says, “Psychotherapy is looking through the rear-view mirror at life, and coaching is looking through the front windshield.”

A coach is someone who motivates you, provides support, identifies strengths and obstacles, and partners with you to plan creative solutions you need to reach your goals. A coach works with you through skillfully conducted “coaching sessions,” using any combination of planned activities, hand-selected educational resources, and methods such as active imagery, restructuring negative beliefs, encouragement, personal development, and venting.

You can talk with your coach about whatever is needed to help you take action and produce results. You might focus on goals, strategies, and establishing boundaries; set up systems to assure that you stay motivated; strengthen other areas of your life that serve as the basis for change; develop a plan to establish the necessary support network and environment to assure your success; implement methods to avoid relapse; identify stale habits and mindsets that you must let go of so that you can excel; find new ways to create the time and energy you require; celebrate your accomplishments; and reverse your setbacks. However, keep in mind that much of your progress is measured between sessions, when you implement the actions that will most likely lead to the positive results you want.

True health–or what we commonly call “wellness”–is a dynamic state of vitality and physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It does not occur though a focus on alleviating disease, but rather occurs when you commit proactively to a focus on health and wellness. In wellness the focus is on supporting your core being and vitality. As you optimize your health and wellness, you will be better able to handle the stress of day to day living, leading to a reduction in stress-related illnesses and setting the stage for healing to occur. Health and wellness coaching topics include identifying stressors, creating a complete health/wellness vision, identifying key motivators to change, identifying roadblocks to change, identifying successes, creating pathways around barriers, stress management, using adversity as an advantage, and building upon natural strengths, skills, and abilities.

Coaching is effective in this process due to its focus on both short- and long-term goals, the use of written commitments to fulfill the action plan, tracking progress and holding the client accountable to those commitments, and providing a structured and supportive environment. Individuals who benefit include those who need motivation, discipline, or accountability to meet their goals; those who need a personalized plan that meets and evolves with their unique needs; and those who want the privacy and confidentiality provided by their coach.

Your coach will form a powerful alliance with you in order to both guide and facilitate you in a dynamic process of positive change, assisting you, for example, in your efforts to lose weight, control pain, manage blood sugars, control blood pressure, and reduce stress. The ultimate result of this partnership is improved health, a boost in energy and positive outlook, and a more balanced approach to life. The main goal is typically to empower clients to facilitate their own healthy lifestyle changes through a directive, individualized, structured program that includes ongoing assessment of quantifiable goals and necessary corrective modifications to treatment.

Dental Care – An Essential Part of Complete Health Care

One of the very first things we learn in our childhood is ‘how to brush our teeth’. Well, back then it seemed a very tedious and, kind of, a very boring job, but now when we look back and inquire why we were forced into doing so, it seems like a blessing in disguise. But, dental care does not start and end with brushing the teeth for there are numerous processes and sub processes involved which makes the dental care complete.

Brushing, no doubt, is one of the most important chapters in Dental Care. In fact, preliminary dental care starts with brushing. But brushing must not be simple two and fro movements of the brush against the teeth. Flushing and gargling must accompany brushing each time. Flushing is also a very important part of dental care for it ensures no food particle is present between the teeth which might induce the growth of cavity. Cavity, no matter how small it is, is a danger to the teeth. It might drag the bearer into unbearable pain and infection. Washing the mouth, preferably with mouth-washer, is indeed another important step. This ensures the absence of any kind of foreign particles in the mouth and also revitalizes the mouth sans any odd smell which is indeed a put off.

If the basic dental care routine is not followed regularly, then people might also suffer from painful dental diseases like gingivitis, periodontitis, dental caries and many more gum diseases. The diseases mentioned here are the most common ones and might affect speech, smile and even the ability to chew properly. In some extreme cases they might even damage the teeth to the extent of losing them, and in some cases, loss of the tongue altogether has also been noticed.

Dental care must be taken regularly and properly. Along with the basic rules learnt during childhood, one must also regularly do flossing, tongue cleaning and washing the mouth properly, if possible, after every meal. One always tends to visit doctors for regular physical checkups, but sadly, these very health conscious people forget to visit the dentist properly. Somehow we have developed the tendency of ignoring the dental health and only get reminded of it when our oral condition deteriorates. So, one must make it a point to visit the dentist at regular intervals and get a thorough check up done for ignoring them might also lead to oral cancer.

Nowadays, there are many other surgeries and dental facilities available which can not only prevent these diseases but also promises to beautify the face as well. Dental implants, porcelain crown or bridges, porcelain veneers are the newest technologies in the town which promises to aesthetically cure any kind of damaged tooth back to its original form, or even to a better form. Those can even change the smile-line for the better and change the personality of the place. So, the next time you’re down with any form of dental disorders, don’t panic but visit the dentist as soon as possible.

The dentists are no less than magicians who can do real wonders without any pain caused to you whatsoever. Hence, chuck all the worries regarding the terrifying pain and suffering, and live healthy by following a great oral health care and visiting the dentist regularly.

How to Conduct Your Own Male Health Check

So you want to be more proactive in looking after your health? Here are some important areas you need to be keeping an eye on.

Blood pressure. Most people have high blood pressure at some time or another with little or no symptoms at all. It’s when this continues over time, that it acts as a major cardiovascular risk factor. This risk increases with age and is further increased if you smoke, are over weight, have high cholesterol &/or diabetes. Health problems associated with high blood pressure are a heart attack, eye damage, leading to visual problems, kidney damage, which is irreparable and a stroke which can damage your brain, leading to paralysis.

A blood pressure reading between 110/70 and 140/90 is considered to be “within the normal range”. However anyone with a reading in the higher level of this range needs to be making changes to get this down ASAP. Lifestyle changes will make a big difference and should include stopping ALL caffeinated beverages. This includes coffee, tea, green tea, any product that contains cocoa and any soft drink that contains caffeine. Start drinking more water, as dehydration causes all tissues and fluids to become thicker and more viscous. Sip on water consistently throughout the day and drink no less than 1.5 and 2 litres a day. Start doing some regular exercise. If you do not participate already, start by going for a walk each day. Take it easy to start with and work from here. You will benefit from any improvement. Take a magnesium supplement. This mineral works with muscle relaxation and is vital for anyone with a cardiovascular problem. Omega 3 fish oil is also beneficial. Get your own blood pressure monitor, so you can keep a better eye on what’s happening. Remember that if you rush to the GP’s and also had a cup of coffee within 1 hour of having your blood pressure checked; it will probably be higher, just due to these 2 factors.

Ferritin. Many men find their iron, or more rightly Ferritin levels increase as they get older. Ferritin is an iron binding protein and the higher this is, the more iron your body is going to store. High levels of iron can cause just as many problems as low levels of iron. Iron has been referred to as an anti antioxidant. This is because excess iron produces the exact opposite effect of antioxidants like vitamin C and E. It will cause the formation of free radicals that can seriously damage your body. So ensure you get your ferritin levels checked once a year, to help prevent this damage. If you find these levels are high you need to seek advice & change your lifestyle immediately. Alcohol consumption and poor liver function has been linked to high iron stores, so avoiding this and completing a liver cleanse would be beneficial.

Testosterone. This is the muscle building, anti-aging, sex drive and mental sharpness hormone. Its levels are highest in a mans early 20s, however studies show that up to 20% of all men who are 50 yrs old, have testosterone levels well below the normal range. Pesticides and preservatives in foods have been shown to act as “hormonal disruptors” and may be a contributor to these declining levels. Medical literature states that low levels of testosterone are directly associated with heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer (yes, low levels are a higher risk), senile dementia, osteoporosis and hip fracture.

You can have blood tests to specifically test your testosterone levels. Your GP can arrange these for you and then discuss your options. There are also a number of herbs available that have been used to help boost testosterone levels. These include tribulus, sarsparilla & Korean ginseng.

Your PSA levels. PSA refers to a protein which is made by both normal and cancerous prostate cells. It is found in the blood and can be measured with a blood test, which should be tested once a year, after the age of 50. PSA levels can rise if a man has prostate cancer, but a high PSA is not always proof of cancer. Other things can also make PSA levels go up, such as inflammation. These may give a false positive test result. Also, some prostate glands produce more PSA than others. PSA levels go up with age. Zinc is a mineral that is VITAL for a healthy prostate gland, however it is deficient in New Zealand soil, so needs to be taken in a supplement form. Many health shops offer a free zinc test, an easy way to determine your existing zinc levels. The herbs Saw palmetto, Nettle, Pygeum & Vitex have all been used to help with better prostate health and can often be found combined together.

C – reactive protein (CRP). The New England Journal of Medicine states that testing for CRP surpasses ALL other commonly taken tests, including LDL cholesterol, in predicting cardiovascular events. The presence of C – reactive protein in your blood indicates the presence of inflammation. Studies have shown that a high level of this inflammation is an accurate predictor of future heart problems. It has been shown that elevated levels of this marker more than double your risk of a stroke. Many insurance companies now use this test when completing medicals. Natural products that can help reduce this inflammation are Fish oil or an Omega 3 supplement, Turmeric, Quercetin & Ginger.

Cholesterol. Cholesterol is manufactured in the body from our intake of dietary fats, saturated fats and refined carbohydrates. Our cells also synthesise cholesterol; however the liver and intestines are the major producers. An essential substance that is needed for good health, it is a normal component of most body tissues but especially those of the brain, nervous system, liver and blood. More than nine-tenths of cholesterol ends up in the cells, where it performs vital structural and metabolic functions. But when blood cholesterol levels become abnormally high, fatty deposits composed of both cholesterol and calcium can accumulate in the arteries, including those of the heart, a situation that increases the susceptibility to heart attacks. These deposits occur mainly in parts of the blood vessels which have been weakened by high blood pressure or undue strain. One of the important things to remember about cholesterol is, it is your liver that has to process the cholesterol – so if your liver function is poor, you cholesterol level will probably be high. Completing a liver cleanse is a good 1st step to helping reduce cholesterol levels. Taking Omega 3, Red Yeast rice, Guggul, Garlic, Lecithin & Artichoke can help get these levels down naturally. Reducing your intake of saturated fats is vital. These are the fats that are solid at room temperature.