Detox your life for a healthy 2018!

Detox your life for a healthy 2018! by Belle McCaleb Every day we are confronted with toxic material that we must deal with effectively in order to stay healthy. Toxic material is naturally produced in the physical body as a by-product of many metabolic processes and we are also exposed to many toxins in our external environment such as pesticides and electronic magnetic radiation (EMR). In the psychological and/or spiritual sense many experiences both within ourselves and with others can be considered “toxic.” For example harmful thought patterns, stress full interactions, emotional turmoil and a sense of spiritual separation can
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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma – from the Mesothelioma Resource Centre Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure  to asbestos  which attacks its host’s lungs with ferocity. Around 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with the disease a year and the survival rate is staggeringly low.  Research has show that on average that patients diagnosed with it live between 4-11 months. Horrifyingly, the exposure to the asbestos is most often  due to the negligence of an employer or landlord who knowingly used products containing asbestos.  Firefighters, factory workers, auto-mechanics, and shipbuilders are all occupations that come with a higher risk of asbestos exposure.  Moreover the
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Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow

 Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow   Sadness is a response to loss and, as with all our emotions, is a vital aspect of our self.  It allows us to honour our losses. Sadness, when allowed to flow freely is self-limiting – running its course and finally diminishing, finding a natural balance with our other emotions.   If we fail to be open to and honour our sadness, we risk it becoming “stuck”.  Once obstructed, pushed away or ignored sadness can solidify into a pervasive state of mind called depression. Depression is often characterized by feelings of hopelessness & despair fueled by
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Prostate cancer prevention and polyphenols

Prostate cancer prevention and polyphenols By Belle McCaleb ND, RN, MSS-C, BSN, RYT, Cancer Support Naturopath & Registered Nurse, Founder Cancer Support Alliance, South Australia Prostate cancer has a long latent period, tumour marker availability (PSA) and easily identifiable precancerous lesions and is therefore an ideal candidate for chemoprevention or the use of specific natural (dietary) agents to prevent, delay or slow the carcinogenic process.  According to the National Cancer Institute of the US about 400 different compounds have been listed as potential chemopreventative agents and about 40 are currently under clinical evaluation.  Polyphenols are one class of such agents
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Diet for Health and Wellness – 5 simple steps

Diet for Health and Wellness – 5 simple steps   Number 1: Plant Based Diet This does not mean you are a strict vegetarian/vegan.  It simply means plants make up the majority of your food.  The more brightly coloured and fresh the plants the better. The benefits of a plant based diet include high antioxidant, high fibre, many anti-cancer nutrients, alkalinizing which helps deter diseases such as cancer, best for the planet, best for your karma :0) See Food as Medicine article below for more info on phytonutrients and cancer prevention/support.  It is very important to source low contaminant if
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Food for cancer prevention and support

  Food for cancer prevention and support (Originally published in Cancer Care Centre’s Healthy Living Magazine)   In recent years nutritional medicine research has helped our understanding of the healing qualities of natural foods.  Diet does matter and many foods are actually “anti-cancer” foods in that they have compounds which act to “turn-off” the processes by which cancer gets established and spreads.   These compounds, referred to as phytochemicals, are found in all edible plants but are particularly concentrated in a relatively small number of “medicinal foods”.  Consumption of these foods as part of an “anti-cancer” diet may assist the body
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Nutrition during cancer treatment – Yes it matters!

Nutrition during cancer treatment – Yes it matters!! (originally published in Cancer Care Centre’s Healthy Living Magazine)   Nutrition is an extremely important aspect of health and well-being and is of particular relevance for cancer patients – both during treatment and beyond.  Recent research would suggest that the adage “just have a good diet” may be missing the mark with people under treatment.   According to a recent article on Chemotherapy Advisor.com (an update service for medical clinicians) up to 85% of patients with cancer develop clinical malnutrition.  This is not recent news but it is nice to see it
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Recover your health and vitality after chemotherapy!

The impact of chemotherapy varies depending upon the specific medications used, the baseline health of the cancer patient as well as individual levels of resilience.  However, following treatment are there several areas that would benefit from specific health restoration approaches.  These include the gastro-intestinal system (specifically the intestines and the liver), the adrenal system (stress coping hormone production), the nervous system and the immune system.  Specific side effects & longer term toxicities include persistent nausea and lack of appetite, bowel irregularities/irritable bowel, elevated liver enzymes (indicating liver cell death), neuropathy (nerve damage), anxiety or depression, general fatigue and body ache
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