Let’s Hear It For Red Onions!!


I knew red onions were good for us, partly because they are in the same family as that health-promoting powerhouse garlic, but I didn’t know they had as many health benefits as they do. And I’m so glad to find that out, because awhile back I found a simple recipe for pickled red onions that I just love and eat almost daily. 



Today researchers believe that up to 40% of cancers are preventable with a change in dietary habits alone. The compounds and dietary nutrients found in red onion are associated with a decrease risk in developing prostate, colorectal, stomach, and numerous other cancers.

Read on to learn what makes red onions so effective at improving health and how they can help reduce your cancer risks.

What are Red Onions?

Thoughts of their distinctive odor and teary eyes probably comes to mind when you think of slicing into an onion, but how about red onions? Red onions are different than other varieties of onion such as the sweet Vidalia onion and the milder flavor white onion.

Aside from their flavor and color, red onions won’t make you cry and they also contain different compounds that can inhibit cancer growth. They are part of the collective family of flowering plants belonging to the allium family, known for their rich content in sulfur containing amino acids. This vegetable family has been extensively studied for its protection against degenerative diseases like cancer.

Read on for 4 key health benefits of red onions…

Health Benefit #1: Enhances Detoxification Pathways

The total antioxidant profile of red onions is suggested to increase the activity of powerhouses like glutathione and SOD (superoxide dismutase). These defense systems protect against cancer by inhibiting inflammation, repairing DNA and tissue damage, neutralizing free radicals, eliminating carcinogens from the liver, and supporting a variety of detoxification pathways that remove toxins from the body.

The high sulfur content of red onions alone supports the body’s natural ability to detox. Sulfur stimulates several anti-inflammatory processes which promote healing by enforcing antioxidant defenses. Sulfur is one of the best chelating agents that binds with heavy metals in the blood and flushes these toxins from the body. Sulfur is essential to the health and activity of hormones, enzymes, nerves, and red blood cells.

Any interference with these biological processes can lead to the accumulation of carcinogens and the increased inflammation and tissue damage that consequentially increase cancer risks.

Onions are also rich in quercetin, a powerful bioflavonoid. Quercetin aids in the removal of excessive estrogen levels from the body. This antioxidant also stimulates liver function to detoxify estrogen and other carcinogenic agents. Cancer cells of the uterus, breast, ovaries, and prostate are associated with having receptors for estrogen to bind.

Quercetin also exhibits structural similarities to estrogen making them a possible anti-cancer therapy treatment to target breast cancer cells.

Health Benefit #2: Increases Overall Immunity

Red onions contain health-promoting compounds that improve your overall immune response. Both nutritive and non-nutritive compounds found in red onions act on the body using antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral effects to reduce the burden on the immune system. The flavonoid content that contributes to these chemo-preventive properties is higher in red onions than in their white or yellow family members.

Allicin is an antioxidant compound abundantly concentrated in red onions. Allicin is effective at destroying pathogens that weaken the immune response and support cancer development. It combats fungus, bacteria, and viruses. For these reasons red onions are a useful carminative herb that enhances digestive function and improves imbalances in gut microflora.

Along with improving natural abilities to detox, quercetin also has a major impact on reducing inflammation. Quercetin is such a strong anti-inflammatory agent that supplements of this compound are marketed to improve the inflammatory immune cell response associated with histamine release.

Health Benefit #3: Regulates Sugar Levels

One of the benefits of consuming red onions instead of yellow or white is attributed to their low glycemic index. Red onions have a glycemic index (GI) of 10 on a scale of 0 to 100. This means that red onions are slower to release energy which increases blood glucose levels. Eating foods which don’t raise blood glucose if beneficial in preventing the development of type-2 diabetes.

Impaired glucose metabolism is one known contributor of cancer development. Maintaining stable insulin levels is critical to preventing physiological processes that can contribute to cancer. The low GI of red onions is associated with lowering blood pressure, increasing blood flow, inhibiting atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries), and also assists in regulating fat cell formation.

These vascular health benefits significantly reduce cancer risk because they are linked with an improvement in metabolism. This impacts hormone function and the health of reproductive organs.

All of this combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of quercetin allow red onions to help to neutralize free radicals that contribute to DNA damage, abnormal cell activity, and cancer growth.

Health Benefit #4: Suppresses Cancer Cell Growth and Development

The high levels of quercetin in red onion was given the credit in certain studies for protecting against laryngeal and gastric cancer, as well as reproductive-related cancers.

Protects against Mutant p53 Activity

Anthocyanins are a naturally occurring compound that give red onions their red hued purple color. Anthocyanins act as a powerful antioxidant weapon in the fight against a mutant gene called p53 that causes oxidative stress and is associated with tumor growth. Anthocyanins in red onion naturally inhibit the destruction that the abnormal functioning p53 gene can cause on cells and tissue.




The pigmenting compounds in anthocyanins are also partly responsible for the protective effects red onions exert against tumor growth. Anthocyanins suppress a cancer cell’s ability to migrate and form tumors by inhibiting angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the growth of new blood vessels that cancer cell’s use as an energy source to grow. By inhibiting angiogenesis, cancer cells cannot form tumors or spread to new areas of the body.The super nutrient quercetin again reveals its powerful antioxidant potential.

Quercetin is so effective at scavenging free radicals that it possesses the ability to prevent tumor cell growth. These influences have been reported in breast cancer cells to induce apoptosis (“cellular suicide”) and activate a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor (p21) that shuts down many of the influences that enables cancer cells to proliferate.

The loss of expression or abnormal activity from p21 is implicated at increasing the risk of invasive cancer growth and is associated with the following cancer types:

  • Colorectal
  • Tonsil
  • Gastric
  • Breast
  • Ovarian
  • Esophageal
  • Oral
  • Lung
  • Pancreatic
  • Laryngeal
  • Bladder
  • Gliomas (tumor formation in the brain and spinal cord)
  • Cervical
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer)

 3 Recommendations to Reap the Most Benefits of Red Onions:

As with many foods, there are tricks to cooking red onions to receive the greatest health benefits. Here are a few tips you can utilize to ensure that you are receiving the highest amount of nutrients from red onions in the kitchen:

  1. The majority of the anthocyanin content is in the red skin of the onion. Avoid over peeling the onion and throwing these cancer-fighting compounds in the compost.
  2. The allicin compound in onions is released only when the onion is chopped or crushed. Like garlic, it is beneficial to activate the allicin compound by slicing into an onion a few minutes before adding it to recipes.
  3. Heat degrades many of the antioxidants in red onions. Eating them uncooked as often as possible optimizes the nutrients you are consuming. Consider cooking red onions at a low heat and avoiding high temperatures to limit nutrient loss.

Getting More Health Benefits From Red Onions

How will you include red onions into your diet to reduce your cancer risks? Here is a list of ways that you can add red onions to your diet every day:

  • Add to chili recipes or use as a topping
  • Finely slice into salads
  • Combine into homemade slaws or pickled vegetables
  • Add red onions to the last 2 hours that your bone broth is simmering
  • Mix red onions with the traditional yellow onions into a French onion soup
  • Prepare cold soups such as gazpacho as a hidden way to serve up raw red onion
  • Lightly sauté or roast and use in mixed veggie sides, atop burgers, or in quinoa dishes
  • Dice into chicken and tuna salads or prepare a homemade salsa
  • Blend raw red onion into a creamy guacamole or give other dips and sauces a new take on flavor by pureeing into hummus, tahini, or a Mediterranean baba ghanoush

Source: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/health-benefits-red-onion/

Here’s a yummy sounding recipe I plan to try that uses a whole red onion. And to see the recipe for pickled onions that I mentioned in my intro, check out Tip #7 in this Self-help Health post.

This Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry is the BEST curry I've ever had! It's loaded with homemade grinded spices and incredibly flavorful!


Preparation 15 min Cook Time 30 min
Serves 4-5     ADJUST SERVINGS
All this Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry takes is one pot, it’s loaded with homemade ground spices’ and incredibly flavorful!


  • 2 tablespoons oil to sauté
  • 2 mediums onions/1 large red onion, sliced
  • 14 ounces/400g fresh tomatoes, diced (if using canned, drain the tomatoes)
  • sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 ounces/454g can chickpeas, drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 13.5 ounces/383g can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flour
  • 1 small lime

Check out the link below for a cooking video and more on the recipe. Apparently the squeeze of lime at the end is very important. 🙂 

Source: http://jessicainthekitchen.com/coconut-chickpea-curry-recipe/



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It’s That Pumpkin Time Of Year Again!


We’re into that pumpkin time of year again here in the US, so let’s take a minute to remind ourselves of why they are so good for us and not just for making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween…..


Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer — the options are endless, and endlessly mouthwatering. It’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.

Not only is fall’s signature squash versatile enough to fit into all the above and more, it also packs some powerful healthy perks — like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite health benefits of pumpkin. Let us know what else you love about pumpkins in the comments!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

Five ways to use/recycle pumpkins after Halloween:


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More On “Pinktober”


Well, I meant to do a follow-up on the previous post Just Say No To “Pinktober”? long before now, but other things have been vying for my attention. Better late than never though, right? And it IS still Pinktober, er, October. 🙂

Anyway, if you or a family member or friend have been affected by cancer (which, unfortunately, is probably just about everyone), then I think it’s more than worth your time to read the previous article and this one. Awareness is the first step toward informed action and the ability to create better health and well-being for us all!

First up, the “Cliff Notes” version of an article about cancer research from The Truth About Cancer. Then, some depressing statistics having to do with the Susan G Komen For the Cure Foundation from Magdalena Wszelaki, and information about how hormone imbalance can play a key role in the cause of breast cancer…..


Stopping the Cure: Why Cancer Research isn’t Focused On the True Cause of Cancer


Article Summary

  • In the past 50 years hundreds of billions of dollars have been poured into cancer research. However all that research has failed to keep the incidence of cancer from continuing to increase.
  • There is a very good explanation for why cancer research has failed so badly… it has been directed away from the true main cause of most cancer – toxins.
  • If toxins were recognized as primary causers of cancer, this would focus attention on the industries which produce toxins as well as the companies whose products contain toxins.
  • To ensure the spotlight is kept off toxins, cancer-causing companies have placed representatives in key positions in both government agencies and non-profit organizations. These include the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Breast Cancer Awareness Movement.
  • The cancer industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. The inescapable reality is that all those profits, salaries, and perks can only be maintained if we do NOT find a cure for cancer.
  • There are cancer organizations out there who appear to be independent of ulterior influences and are working to actually make a difference. A partial list includes:
    • The Independent Cancer Research Foundation
    • The Annie Appleseed Project
    • The Cancer Prevention Coalition
    • The Breast Cancer Fund

You can read the full article here: 


And during the first part of October I received this e-mail from Magdalena Wszelaki at Hormones Balance titled “Pink Ribbons– Help or Scam?” with more eye-opening statistics and information about how she believes hormone imbalances are a key cause of breast cancer……

You will be hearing it everywhere throughout October: “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and you will be seeing Pink Ribbons on products, websites, marches, runs and events.

I have a problem with all of it.

For one, “awareness” is passive knowledge. Most women know that breast cancer is a serious issue and it’s not going away. 1 in 7 women will develop breast cancer.

“Awareness” has turned into an industry of the pharmaceutical companies and their stooges (allopathic doctors) sending us for mammograms, MRIs and biopsies.

As educated women, we are well aware of breast cancer. And what do you do? Go and get scanned as a “routine procedure.” You check your breasts for lumps. And every time you feel something, a moment of panic sets in.

I’ve been there. At first I was in denial for a few months, and then my partner forced me to get them checked out.

That fear. That uncertainty. That internet search that brings even more questions and anxiety.

Breast Cancer “awareness” creates a false sense of security that you are going to be OK. And, it takes us away from one key thing that most women do not do enough of: PREVENTION.


“Awareness” IS NOT prevention. Awareness is waiting.

There are many reasons I dislike Pink Ribbons and here are a few (gathered by my friend Chris from Chris Beat Cancer):

*  Only 21% of money that Susan G. Komen for the Cure raises goes to cancer research “for the cure.”

*In 2010, Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnered with KFC who sold pink buckets of chicken “for the cure.” Apparently the folks at Komen don’t know that fast food consumption is directly linked to obesity, and that obesity is the 2nd leading cause of cancer.

*In 2011, Susan G. Komen for the Cure created and sold a perfume called “Promise Me” containing potentially cancer-causing toxic ingredients coumarin, oxybenzone, and toluene. After criticism, they pulled it from the market.

*In 2012, Komen Founder/CEO Nancy Brinker was paid $684,717, a 64% increase from her $417,000 salary in 2011. And this was AFTER a big drop in donations and half their 3-Day races were canceled.

* In 2013, Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnered with Real Water to sell pink water bottles, even though disposable plastic water bottles contain BPA, which is linked to breast cancer tumor growth.

*In 2014, Komen partnered with Maybelline, a company that is well known to use the very chemicals linked to estrogen dominance (and the leading cause of cancer).

*As a result of some of the shenanigans above, in 2014, Charity Navigator downgraded Susan G. Komen for the Cure to 2 stars (out of 4).

So no, I will not be going to marches and runs. I wont be buying products with Pink Ribbons on them. More importantly: Pink Ribbons makes you disillusioned that “all that support” will save you and other women.

That is far from truth.

Millions of dollars are poured into research and yes, some of it is needed. But let’s not forget about this basic fact:


A hormonal imbalance that can easily be managed and reversed with FOOD, supplements, herbs and lifestyle choices (like your cosmetics, skin care products etc).

Let’s shift gears and go into actions (and let’s move away from just passive “awareness”).

What can you do to prevent breast cancer?

Lots. My team and I have worked really hard for the past month to create a lot of new resources for you on the types of breast cancers, what can you do to reverse estrogen dominance (ED) to reduce your risks.

This is what I suggest you do:

*Step 1* : take this quiz to figure out if you have symptoms of ED: www.hormonesbalance.com/quiz

*Step 2*: read our new article “The Breast Cancer and Estrogen Link. 15 Ways to Prevent and Manage Breast Cancer Naturally” : https://www.hormonesbalance. com/articles/breast-cancer- estrogen-link-risk/

*Step 3*: share this info with women who:
a.      have a history of breast cancers; themselves or in the family
b.      have a history of breast lumps
c.      have a history of thyroid nodules or cancer, uterine polyps, ovarian cancer or endometriosis (all connected to ED)

I hope you find our new resources empowering. Among all the hormonal imbalanced, I find ED to be the easiest to reverse and manage, so I hope you jump on board and get started too!


P.S. After adopting a Estrogen Dominance Protocol, my breast lumps have disappeared in 2 months. I outlined many of the things I did in this article:

https://www.hormonesbalance. com/articles/breast-cancer- estrogen-link-risk/

More posts to check out:


Is Breast Cancer A Fungus?

Foods That Kill Cancer Stem Cells That Radiation And Chemo Don’t

Thought-provoking Article On Cancer

And unfortunately certain cancer organizations are not the only places to reconsider donating your funds. There are a number of charities that have bad track records for not spending monies where/how they’re supposed to, plus giving people in charge huge salaries and perks. Just the other day on Facebook there was a post asking that people NOT donate to the Red Cross to help victims of the hurricane. I’d heard and read in the past about the Red Cross not being the best place to donate to, as far as very little of the resources actually being used to help the people in need, but wasn’t sure how true that was. Interestingly, there were many people who left comments on the post about their terrible experiences w/ the Red Cross and its misuse of funds. And the video that was part of the post gave some eye-opening statistics of how little got spent on actual aid relief several years ago in Haiti. So, just do your research before you go shelling out your dollars.



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Just Say No To “Pinktober”?!


As I’ve gotten more and more into alternative health and learned about the huge problems with our mainstream/conventional healthcare system and the disastrous effect Big Pharma has had on the well-being of our country, I have come to view the Pink Ribbon campaign with sadness and disdain. I’m sure there are many involved with the movement who have their heart in the right place, but I think the American public should know more about what’s really behind all the hype and false display of compassionate caring and search for a cure.

That’s why I was delighted to come across this article by Brittany at A Healthier Happy. It’s chock full of eye-opening facts and information that everyone should at least be aware of, so they can make better informed health decisions. And it’s exactly what I would write (except better!), had I written something myself, so it’s wonderful that Brittany has saved me the time and effort.

Please take the time to read and share this insightful take on “Pinktober” and the cancer industry, and also check out the free live-stream event mentioned at the end of the post that’s being put on by the people behind The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest series….



Pink Ribbon Problem Part 1:“Pinkwashing” the Truth

Welcome to October, everyone! Or, shall I say, Pinktober?

Before I begin, I want to show love and respect for the millions of brave women (and men!) fighting breast cancer as I write this. The strength and courage of cancer patients and survivors is nothing short of remarkable, and it makes me so angry that this disease rips apart people’s lives indiscriminately, like a hurricane.

My anger isn’t just at the disease, though, but also at the way we as a society approach the disease. That, lovely readers, is what I want to discuss.

October, as you know, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Everything goes pink, from the lids of Yoplait yogurt to the gloves of NFL football players. The campaign encourages early detection and mammograms.

That’s what you know. But there’s much you don’t know. More accurately, it’s what we’re not “supposed” to think about. So let’s change that, shall we?

The Root of It All – Who Stands to Profit?

NBCAM was founded in October 1985, as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca). From square one, NBCAM existed to drive home the point that mammography is simply the best way to detect, and thereby fight, breast cancer.

You may find it odd for a pharmaceutical company to sponsor a battle that, if won, would decimate their profits. Think of it this way, though – the more people diagnosed with breast cancer, the more people need treatment for said cancer. Yeah, you’re “saving lives,” but also creating massive cash flow.

AstraZeneca is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and a leading manufacturer of tamoxifen (one of the most commonly-prescribed cancer drugs, especially for breast cancer). The global market for tamoxifen alone was $675 million in 2015, and projected to be $683 million by 2022.

Fun Fact: Tamoxifen is listed as a carcinogen on the American Cancer Society’s web page. The list was compiled by two agencies – the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the US National Toxicology Program.

It’s important to understand that pharmaceutical companies have diverse portfolios. Many also produce pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, which are (spoiler alert!) carcinogens in and of themselves, and contribute to cancer rates via their use in the food industry, water contamination from use, and from pollution caused by their manufacture.

Take, for example, the household-name company Bayer, who’s in the process of buying Monsanto. Monsanto, as you may know, is the agrochemical/agricultural biotech company that the world wishes would be consumed by a sinkhole for its egregious crimes against humanity/environment. Bayer has many skeletons dancing in its own closet, but is forking over $66 billion to be inextricably linked to Monsanto and its devil-spawn products. This includes its crowning glory, the carcinogenic pesticide glyphosate (aka “Round-Up”), the use of which is wisely being banned in other countries, but booming in the U.S.

This probably goes without saying, but if the Bayer-Monsanto merger is legally approved by regulators, Bayer will never get one cent of my money again. Curious how much Bayer is already in your home? Check out their full product listing.

AstraZeneca is just as diverse. Along with Monsanto, one of the top four biotech companies (which together account for almost 100% of the genetically engineered [GMO] seed market and 60% of the global pesticide market) is a company called Syngenta. (Syngenta has been under the radar in comparison to Monsanto, but is now making news due to a GMO seed-related lawsuit.) Well, here’s the kicker. Syngenta is a subsidiary of none other than AstraZeneca, our dear founder of NBCAM.

As you can see, pharm companies don’t just “make medicine” but actually are dangerously involved in our food industry (pesticides and GMO seeds) as well. Essentially, “Big Pharma” and “Big Agriculture” are one and the same. How does this tie in? As I mentioned, pollution from pesticide production and use contributes to environmental cancer risks, especially in our water supplies. The dangers of GMOs include a rise in food allergies (thus creating a need for medicating those allergies) and increased cancer risk (due to the extreme amount of pesticides that GMOs are genetically modified to withstand without dying, which you consume while eating them).

Gee, isn’t it awfully convenient for companies like AstraZeneca to have a hand in the cause and the “cure”?

To this day, AstraZeneca is still driving NBCAM. In ’93, they established the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation (separating it from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) to muddy the link between AstraZeneca and NBCAM. The A.Z. HealthCare Foundation page states that they “support” NBCAM, but on another page, they more accurately refer to NBCAM as, “A program of the AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation”.

Fun Fact: The original website for NBCAM (www.nbcam.org), which is now a broken link, used to show clear ownership by the A.Z. HealthCare Foundation. Courtesy of WayBackMachine’s archive, you can actually still access the old nbcam.org site and click around, to see that it was in fact copyrighted by the A.Z. HealthCare Foundation.

The main takeaway? Cancer is not only a disease – it is an industry, and an unbelievably profitable one at that. Not just for Big Pharma, but for every stakeholder involved, from the treatment centers to the manufacturers of mammography machines. If breast cancer truly disappeared tomorrow, billions upon billions of dollars would be lost.

The Prevention Problem

Okay, so October hits, it’s now National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is everywhere. Great, right? Well, not so fast.

The most glaring thing about NBCAM is that it promotes early detection and treatment. That sounds well and good, but when you really examine what the media throws in women’s faces all October, there’s a not-so-subtle suggestion that breast cancer is inevitable, and that all we can do is detect it early.

You know what works better than early detection? Prevention!

Yes, absolutely, for those who do already have it, early detection is key. No doubt about that. (However, this raises an entire topic all its own – the risks involved with yearly screenings, plus the risk of false positives, and the dangers of over-treating incidences of cancer. Read more.)

But what about those who don’t have it? For those people, prevention should be key, and that’s the topic that gets sorely neglected.

I went to the websites of some major breast cancer resources, and found the same shocking absence of preventative information virtually across the board.

Here’s one example, the American Breast Cancer Foundation. When I saw the link “Be Proactive!” under the “EDUCATION” menu, I hoped to see genuinely helpful preventative info, but was sorely disappointed. Clearly, their idea of being proactive is unrelated to being preventative:


Still trying to hold out hope, I went to the “Can I Stop It From Happening?” link, also under the “EDUCATION” menu. The link to Protective Factors is prefaced by the following:

“There is no definite way to prevent breast cancer; however there are steps you can take to help lower your chances of developing it. In this section we will discuss breast cancer prevention and protective factors you can take part in to keep your body as healthy as possible.”

So, I clicked the “What is a Protective Factor?” link, and found this pitiful section:


Since the page has large pics and requires scrolling, making it difficult to screen shot, allow me to copy-paste the text that’s “supposed” to help women reduce their breast cancer risk. It says, and I quote:

  • Exercise

Although it is unclear how much exercise is needed, studies have shown that physical activity may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Diet and Nutrition

No specific food or diet has been proven to prevent breast cancer; however, diet and nutrition are very important factors which can help maintain your overall health.

  • Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your child may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The risk lowers even more, the longer you continue to breastfeed.

I kid you not, this is it. Three utterly vague, horribly uninformative, lazy bullet points. Three!

The lack of real advice here, and across the other sites, genuinely makes me want to cry. Or punch something. Maybe both. I’m mad, seriously legit mad, over this.

Most importantly, where is the bullet point for avoiding carcinogens? The other sites all ignored toxins too, but at least had a “Don’t Smoke” bullet point – this one doesn’t even do that! Don’t get me wrong, though. Even if they do tell women not to smoke, it’s still lacking. Why? Because that doesn’t even begin to address the other carcinogens we’re exposed to daily, most of which are in our control, that also affect cancer risk.

Seeing “Breast Cancer Awareness” for What It Really Is

I’m sorry, but isn’t this making sitting ducks out of women, this assumption that we’re all walking cases of undiagnosed breast cancer?

“Alright gals, let’s wear our pink ribbon and wait for it to happen to us! It’s fine, because they’re telling us how to catch it early and then (maybe) fix it with a regimen of poison that (most definitely) will leave us in financial ruin, and at risk for secondary cancer caused by the treatment. All’s well that ends well!”

No. Just no. Seriously, at what point did this become the norm!? “Awareness” does not equal prevention when it’s being handled like this!

Instead of addressing the causes of cancer, they want to sweep it under the rug and slap a pink ribbon on it, hoping no one notices. The mention of “carcinogens” is stricken from awareness campaigns to protect the guilty, while the innocent suffer.

Our attention is repetitively redirected to “The Cure” with a skill rivaling that of the world’s most talented illusionists. As long as the focus is on the detection and treatment of skyrocketing cancer rates rather than its underlying causes, the guilty are kept safe. Nothing will change. Those parties causing cancer will keep on doing so, and those who profit from our nation’s sickness will keep getting richer.

The threats are in our products, food, water, air, soil, you name it – but who is truly looking out for us? Very, very few. The government turns a blind eye, and would rather line its pockets with lobbying funds than protect us. Overall, the medical establishment profits from the illness of its customers, so our wellness really isn’t in their best interest, now, is it? The media outlets are all owned by the same six mega corporations, so broadcasting contains exactly the messages The Powers That Be want you to receive about “cancer awareness” – nothing more, nothing less.

Fun Fact: NBC (who broadcasts NFL games, whose players don pink ad nauseum during October for “awareness”) is owned by General Electric, who – guess what! -manufactures mammography machines. Are you starting to see the web of profit?

Are you mad yet? As frustrating as this may all be, turn that frustration into determination.

Each person has the power to break this cycle, to take preventative measures, every single day. This is not accomplished by running races clad in pink or buying a box of pizza rolls with pink ribbon packaging. It can only happen when we collectively wake up and realize that the cause of cancer is all around us, and that we alone have the ability to protect ourselves and our families.

Source: https://ahealthierhappy.com/2016/09/27/pink-ribbon-problem-part-i-pinkwashing-the-truth/

FYI, Brittany is planning a Part II of this post, where she’ll discuss ways to help protect yourself, and share tips for “pinking wisely” this October. Also, I have another article I want to share in the next couple of days that has even more facts and figures about how the American public is being “pinkwashed” (hoodwinked), plus information about how hormone imbalance is one of the main causes of breast cancer and what you can do to play it safe.

And be sure to sign up for the Ultimate Live Symposium, a free 3-day live-streaming event starting Oct. 14th…..

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  • Sayer Ji – Author, Lecturer, National Health Federation Advisory Board
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Foods That Kill Cancer Stem Cells That Radiation And Chemo Don’t

Thought-provoking Article On Cancer



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Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.




What’s Not To Love About Cherries?!


I was reading an article about 4 of the best foods for flushing fat from your system and it named turmeric (cleans the liver, your fat-burning “filter”), lemon juice (purges toxins from the blood), cruciferous vegetables (destroy fat-storing estrogen), and tart cherries. I knew cherries were good for inflammation and gout and helping people sleep better, but didn’t know they had a number of other nice benefits. How great, because I LOVE cherries!


(photo: doortodoororganics.com)

(NaturalNews) For those of you who love cherries, this ruby sweet fruit is much more than a tasty summer treat. Shown to combat cancer, improve sleep, balance blood pressure and ease gout, you really cannot lose. Compounds found within cherries also relieve pain as well as aspirin. Possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, these delicious gems are an excellent way to ward off disease. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, cherries are a powerhouse of nutrition and should be enjoyed often.

Relish the bounty of the season along with improved health

With the cherry season upon us, now is a great time for basking in all the pleasurable, health promoting benefits of the fruit. Here are a few examples of how cherries can enhance your well-being:

Cancer protection – Overflowing with beta carotene, vitamin C, boron and a class of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, cherries offer a formidable defense against cancer. As reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., in Eating Well, “… preliminary studies suggest the anthocyanin cyanidin may prevent genetic mutations that can lead to cancer and keep cancer cells from growing out of control. While tart cherries contain some anthocyanins, sweet cherries pack nearly three times as many (two-thirds are found in the skins). The riper the better: As cherries darken, they produce more antioxidants.”

Better sleep – Cherries provide one of the few naturally occurring sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles. According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, “These data suggest that consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”

Pain relief – Research at Michigan State University discovered anthocyanins in cherries relieve pain as effectively as aspirin. Lead researcher Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., observes, “It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs.” The lab results indicate consumption of 20 tart cherries can significantly reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Regulate blood pressure – Loaded with potassium, cherries are an exceptional food for easing high blood pressure. A balancing mineral, potassium helps to maintain fluid equilibrium within the body by offsetting the bloating effect of sodium. Cherries are also a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that maintains blood vessel integrity.

Tame gout – A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that women, aged 22 to 40, who consumed approximately 45 sweet cherries after fasting had improved urinary uric acid levels and lowered C-reactive protein. Further research demonstrated anti-inflammatory characteristics of the fruit. When rats were fed 2 ounces of cherries, joint swelling was significantly reduced. Both findings indicate cherries are an exceptional food for painful gout flare-ups.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/041145_cherries_tart_cherry_juice_inflammation.html#ixzz2YkDpK9oe

Author: Carolanne is a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness  coach. Her website is  www.Thrive-Living.net

Here’s a little more I found at Truth About Fat Burning Foods about using tart cherries to combat pain and inflammation, flush fat from your system and improve sleep…….

Over 111 million prescriptions are issued yearly for anti-inflammatory drugs. These meds have been shown to wreak havoc on your digestive system, while causing damage to your heart, your liver, and your kidneys.

But the anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to provide STRONGER protection against muscle injury and damage than these dangerous drugs. In other words, this tiny fruit has been proven BETTER than things like Ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and muscle soreness.

In fact, over 74 published studies indicate tart cherries deliver a high level of protection against cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and can even fight against Alzheimer’s. Many of them also validate tart cherries and tart cherry beverages speed up recovery time from exercise and reduce inflammatory markers significantly.

But there’s MORE…tart cherries also contain a hefty dose of naturally occurring melatonin (improves sleep) and they have one of the highest anti-oxidant scores of all fruits and they score amazingly low on the glycemic index (~20). So they’re one the best fruits to eat for fat loss.

So by eating a hefty dose of tart cherries (or organic, flash pasteurized tart cherry juice) you can help your body recover faster, reduce joint pain through the anti-inflammatory response, sleep better, and fight inflammation to “flush out” more trapped fat from your body.

Related Self-help Health posts:

21 Foods That Fight Inflammation

FYI, you can get tart cherry juice and dried Montmorency tart cherries (love ’em!)  at a discount at one of my favorite places to shop  iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60 and you can earn customer loyalty rewards cash each time you order.

Vitacost.com is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of cherry-related products.  If you are new to Vitacost and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the link on my webpage you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on future purchases. Plus, eBates usually offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!



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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.


The Benefits of Celery Juice, Plus Free 13 Detox Secrets Webinar


 I’m not really a fan of celery as crudité, …….too tasteless unless the pieces are stuffed with something like peanut butter or cheese. 🙂 But I discovered I actually like the mild taste of it juiced, and I can tell it feels good to my body. After hearing Medical Medium Anthony William recommend celery juice on more than one occasion, I started adding it to my morning routine at least 3 or 4 times a week. I use the 2nd method shown in the video below for making it because I happen to have a Vitamix. I don’t strain the pulp out, not only because that saves time, but you get ALL the nutrients and fiber that way. After reading about how good it is for you, you just may want to give it a try yourself!


Celery: Just Juice IT!

Celery is a strongly alkaline food that helps to counteract acidosis, purify the bloodstream, aid in digestion, prevent migraines, relax the nerves, reduce blood pressure, and clear up skin problems. It contains compounds called coumarins which are known to enhance the activity of certain white blood cells and support the vascular system.

Celery’s rich organic sodium content has the ability to dislodge calcium deposits from the joints and holds them in solution until they can be eliminated safely from the kidneys. It is a well known natural diuretic and has ample ability to flush toxins out of the body.

It also contains significant amounts of calcium and silicon, which can aid in the repair of damaged ligaments and bones. Celery is rich in vitamin A, magnesium, and iron, which all help to nourish the blood and aid those suffering from rheumatism, high blood pressure, arthritis, and anemia.

Fresh celery juice is one of the most powerful and healing juices one can drink. Just 16 oz of fresh celery juice a day can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week.

The juice has significant anti-inflammatory properties making it highly beneficial for those who suffer from autoimmune conditions such as fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, migraines, vertigo, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, acne, Lupus, Guillain-Barre, Sarcoidosis, Raynaud’s, Meniere’s, GERD, bursitis, Restless Leg Syndrome, and gout.

If you’ve been following my work for any amount of time, you probably know that one of the things I most often recommend for healing is to drink straight celery juice daily. It might seem simple, but that’s the the best part – it is simple. With just some celery and a way to juice it, you can transform your health and digestion in as little as one week. Celery juice is that powerful for healing.
For best results, aim for 16 oz of celery juice every morning on an empty stomach. If you find that is too much for you at first, even 4 or 8 oz per day is a wonderful start. Over time you can work up to 16 oz per day.
It’s very important that you have your celery juice on an empty stomach. The best time is in the morning before you’ve eaten breakfast. This allows for optimal digestion and healing benefits.


Wash 1 bunch of celery and run through a juicer, drink immediately for most therapeutic benefits. However, if you prefer, you can also blend the celery in a Vitamix, Nutribullet, or any high speed blender with a little water and either drink as is, or strain as desired.

Optional: if you find the taste of straight celery juice too strong, you can add a cucumber and/or an apple to the juice, however this will slightly dilute its effectiveness. Or, if you prefer a more gentle juice, you can make straight cucumber juice instead, which is also very healing and beneficial

Personal Note: Since I make my “juice” in the Vitamix and leave all the pulp in, I only drink about a juice glass full at a time. Usually I’ll use about 1/2 a “head” of celery and, once I add water to make it liquid/drinkable, get enough for 3 mornings’ worth. I know the article stresses the benefit of drinking it plain, but I often add some lemon juice and peel (organic!) and either a bunch of cilantro, which is great for detoxing heavy metals, or a cucumber.
More on the benefits of celery juice:
And here’s something that may be of interest to some of you…..a free webinar on detoxing from Green Smoothie Girl Robyn Openshaw…..

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Lose Belly Fat With Coconut Oil? Yes Indeed-y!


I’ve known that coconut oil is supposed to help with losing weight for several years now, but this newsletter excerpt from Jeff Hayes was the first time I came across specific studies cited to prove how it helps with belly fat. And what’s nice is the oil has so many other benefits as well. It’s a real winner in my book, which is probably why I’ve featured it in so many of my previous posts.

So read on to find out more about how coconut oil can reduce “belly bulge,” and then check out the free alternative health resources listed at the end of the post…..




I’ve run across some VERY interesting studies recently on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat…

The findings may surprise you!

A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean oil on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days.

Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat.  Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘ bad’ cholesterol.

The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management.

The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass. The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.

Yet another study that assessed body weight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets including a low-fat diet, high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs)  and a high fat diet with MCFAs.

In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for the diets. At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories).

Those in the MCFA group (coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.

Another added bonus of consuming organic coconut oil (and coconut cream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer.

Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver – these have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect helping you to lose fat faster.

Source: Newsletter from filmmaker Jeff Hays of Movies that Make Movements

Want a simple way to get more coconut oil into your diet? Just add the oil or full fat coconut milk to your breakfast smoothie or morning coffee!

Of course exercise is an important part of any “less flab, more flat” formula :-), and this post by Dr. Mercola is full of exercises and strategies for helping with that:


And if you think using coconut oil daily for helping to reduce abdominal fat is pretty incredible, you’re going to be even more impressed by the other powerful health benefits of coconut oil discussed in these related Self-help Health posts:








And here’s the free resources I mentioned…….

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The epidemic rise in health issues like autism, ADD, diabetes, obesity plus countless mental/emotional issues can all be traced back to toxins in our food supply and nutritional deficiencies. That’s why it’s great news that another season of The Food Revolution is gearing up to begin on April 30th.

They are anticipating more than 200,000 participants for this summit and have an  unbelievable team of speakers this year, including Jane Goodall, Ph.D; Christiane Northrup, MD; Daniel Amen, MD; Neal Barnard, MD; Dean Ornish, MD; Mark Hyman, MD;  Andrew Kimbrell, Robyn O’Brien, Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC; Michael Greger, MD; Susan Pierce Thompson, Ph.D; Senator Cory Booker, Vani Hari, Joel Fuhrman, MD; Ronnie Cummins, Marion Nestle, Ph.D; Vandana Shiva, Ph.D; Michael Klaper, MD; Mimi Guarneri, MD; Gene Baur, Chris Wark, David Katz, MD; Michael Greger, MD; and Ron Finley – all personally interviewed by  John Robbins.

This year, in addition to the summit, they’re adding three quizzes. Each quiz feeds into a corresponding score and score explanation, a beautiful special report, and the summit as a free gift to quiz participants to help them learn more and take the next step in their journey.


You can find out more and sign up for the quizzes on my What’s New page. You’ll also find details there about the upcoming Natural Cancer Prevention and The Truth About Fat Loss Summits, plus news about a great product I just found out about called Homebiotic that helps keep your living and working environment healthier. 



p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.