Ever since Angelina Jolie announced that she has just undergone a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, the world seems to be buzzing about the topic. TV and social media have gone to town with this story, and while I may not agree with the messages that have been attached to it, I think it’s awesome that her story has got everyone thinking, talking and opening up healthy discussions about what is a very sensitive subject.
I’m not a breast cancer expert, but I do have access to people who are. Which is why I asked to speak with my friend Dr Sherrill Sellman about the topic. Dr Sellman is the author of What Women Must Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer and What Women Must Know About Their Hormones. She’s done extensive research in the fields of epigenetics and the breast cancer genes – BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.Read More
Are you sitting near another person at the moment? Have you been talking to someone else recently? Thinking of someone else? On current estimates, one in nearly every two people alive today will develop cancer in their lifetime. That is way too many. But if you have someone else near to you, that is two people. So who might it be? How good would it be to save a life in 2013?Read More
When I pledged to take the empowered approach in response to my cancer wake up call, it felt like I was being tortured by having all of the foods I knew and loved taken away from me. Suddenly everything that had been a staple of my diet for the first 22 years of my life was forbidden and I was left thinking, “what the heck and I supposed to eat?” I had absolutely no idea how to feed myself if I couldn’t rely on bottles of flavour and “instant” foods.
Thankfully, I learnt that not only would I not starve, but that I would also be opening myself up to an entire world of foods that have amazing healing powers. Every member of the plant family has beautiful healing qualities, but these guys are my top 10:Read More
Believe it or not, but shielding yourself from the sun in summer is actually one of the most harmful things you can do for your health. I know I may cop some flak for saying something so “irresponsible”, but hear me out.
Vitamin D is the master key for optimal health, and the best way for us to receive vitamin D is by allowing our skin to soak it up via sunshine. When we avoid the sun at all costs, we are cheating ourselves out of this important element of health, and it’s doing us a disservice. A recent Australian study found that up to 58 per cent of Australians are deficient in the vitamin.Read More
GUEST POST BY YVETTE LUCIANO.
Speaking as someone who has been on the other side of Pink October, I completely agree with everything Jess mentioned HERE.
When I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer at 29 years-old two years ago, I was posted big packages of information, a hot pink diary for my doctors appointments and a newsletter full of (much, much older women’s) stories and their tales of husbands leaving them after breast cancer surgery. It was hell in a post-pack.Read More
A few months ago I did this interview with Dr Sherrill Sellman, author of Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know About Their Hormones, and you went wild for it. This interview was a bit of a tasting plate into the world of women’s hormones, and I promised that I would pin Sherrill down to delve deeper into each of the important issues we touched on. Since it’s breast cancer month at the moment, I thought it would be the perfect time to get Sherrill to spill her wisdom on the topic.Read More
Unless you’re colour blind, you may have noticed that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are surrounded by a sea of damn pink ribbons everywhere we look. One of my daily highlights is watching The Ellen Show, but her whole pink “Ellen For The Cure” thing grates on me. Why? Because raising awareness of breast cancer and raising money to fund drug research is notRead More
Caitlin McCarthy’s mother was prescribed a prenatal vitamin that contained DES – a toxic and carcinogenic estrogen – and when Caitlin was 35 she learnt that she had also been exposed to the drug that has been touted as one of the biggest medical disasters in history.Read More