Excess stress and anger are the leading causes of a condition known as Liver-function disorder. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes Liver-function disorder as a primary cause of breast cancer. Although it is impossible in today’s world to completely eliminate stress and anger from your life, you can find healthy ways of dealing with these emotions. Here are four tips based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine:

Take Breaks
Most of us spend our days dashing from one hectic environment to the next. Rushing into a stressful situation when you’re already stressed out takes a tremendous toll on your energy. That’s why it’s so important to interrupt this pattern by taking a few short breaks throughout the day.

Give yourself two minutes to relax as often as you can. Just close your eyes and take a few slow, deep breaths. Don’t worry about how much work you have to do. The two minutes you invest will more than make up for itself in increased productivity. Whatever it is you’re about to do, you’ll do it faster and better if you’re relaxed.

A good time to do this is whenever you change tasks, for example, before starting your car, before turning on your computer, or before cooking a meal. (You can even try it now, before you read the next tip.)

Just be Angry
All of us have been angry at some point in our lives, but for the most part we don’t know what it feels like to be angry. Instead of just feeling angry, we’re busy thinking of a snappy comeback or some other form of retaliation.We may even scold ourselves for feeling angry or be anxious the angry feelings may overcome us and cause foolish or dangerous actions. Most of us never give ourselves the opportunity to allow the emotion to fully run its course.

The next time you get angry, pay attention to your body. Feel the physical changes. Feel what it’s like to be angry. It’s that simple. Don’t try to suppress the anger, just feel it. Give yourself the opportunity to fully process the anger, so when it’s done, it’s really done.

Scream
This is an easy one. Just scream. Scream as loud as you want. Scream however you want. Really let loose. Don’t be self-conscious when you scream. The goal is to let it all go, and you won’t be able to do that if you’re worried about what others are thinking about you. Your car is a good place to scream. If you can’t find a private place to scream, ask those around you to join in. You never know: They may have been looking for a safe place to scream, too.

Hurl Eggs
This may sound odd, but it works. You’ll want to hurl at least a dozen, preferably two dozen. A good place to do this is the shower lined with a trash bag. Or throw the eggs into your compost pile. This technique has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries to relieve anger and stress. It is the energy of breaking the eggs that helps relieve your own stress. Try it … you’ll be happy you bought two dozen!

Although hurling eggs may seem similar to other stress-relief techniques such as hitting a pillow or punching a bag, TCM does not recommend hitting anything to relieve stress. As Newton’s third law of physics states, “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” When you hit something out of anger, you get just as much angry energy directed back at you!

By Master Lu

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Increasingly, science and medicine, as well as the general public, are recognizing the powerful role that stress plays in our physical health. For people dealing with cancer, this is a component of care that cannot be ignored.

New research out of Ohio State University (Hai, et al.) published in recent months in the Journal of Clinical Investigation isolated a stress gene called ATF3, which is expressed in response to stressful conditions. When activated, this gene triggers an abnormal response in immune cells, allowing cancer cells to work their way out of the primary tumor and travel to other organs or parts of the body. This is but one example of research indicating the link between stress and the spread or metastasis of cancer. In addition, a sustained sympathetic nervous system activation (the familiar ‘fight-or-flight’ response characterized by shallow breathing, increased heart rate, muscle tension, and a release of hormones such as adrenalin) caused by chronic, unrelieved stress seems to have a potential for protecting certain cancer cells and promoting tumor growth. It was discovered in this other line of research that without specific approaches that counter a flood of adrenalin unrelieved distress can make a cancer into a more aggressive disease in ways that we are only beginning to understand.

At the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, we have for more than three decades recognized the connection between the body’s stress response and the impact on relevant cancer factors such as components of the immune system. Our BioBehavioral team works individually with patients to develop stress care strategies in line with their own interests, beliefs, and attitudes. Helping your body and mind to elicit the relaxation response (a term first coined by Herbert Benson in the 1970s) can not only bring increased ease and peace of mind to your daily life, but also help your body become less hospitable to the disease process and cancer growth.

There are countless ways to ‘practice’ purposeful relaxation: breath work, prayer, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and various forms of meditation are primary examples (and, there are countless variations on these practices). Contrary to popular belief, one does not need to ‘learn’ how to meditate, as the crux of any type of meditation or relaxation practice can be an awareness of, and focus on, the present moment. Even the busiest of minds were once able to engage effortlessly in the present moment: consider young children being engrossed in the most minute details of the world surrounding them. Of course those who are inclined to join a workshop or seminar to develop their meditative practice would be encouraged to pursue this, but it is not a prerequisite to incorporating this healthy behavior in your life.

As with anything new, the biggest challenge can be starting! Try to set aside some time each day for yourself to relax your body and mind. One way to help you on the path toward a more relaxed mindset is relaxed abdominal breathing, which we will cover in detail in our next blog post.

By Penny Block, PhDStress aiding in cancer metastasis? How to counter this potential

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Somehow we lost our way while on the road of good intentions.
In the quest to tame the wild landscape we tore it up.
Wanting to feed the world, we forgot what real food and nourishment meant.
In rushing to take care of the family, we had no time to love the family we built.
We’ve forgotten our ways and doubt our center, our grounding.
We no longer trust ourselves, what we may call intuition, the inner voice we were given at birth
that tells us who we are, what is right and what is wrong.
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Ever wonder what is the difference between a cosmetic using the term “natural” vs. Vegan/Cruelty Free on their label?

For one, the difference could mean no whale poop or snail slime in your cosmetics.  What exactly does the word cruelty free mean other than the fact no bunnys or puppies were harmed in the testing of the product?  Sometimes, it also can mean no animal bi-products are used in the creation of a product which could be labeled as “natural” ingredients.

According to Peta this is a helpful way to decipher some animal bi productsthat may be disguised under a fancy natural name lurking in your cosmetics. http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredients-list.aspx

The basic premise behind my Authentic Skin Remedies (which is both Vegan and Cruelty free) is that everything your body needs to heal itself already exists in nature. With that being said, it is my personal experience as the Founder of an all natural, plant based skincare brand, that in the cosmetics industry, natural sources can include bi-products from animals, insects, and even humans and read “natural” on a label . That is why when you read “natural” ingredients, it is important to understand if the product is “cruelty free”—meaning no animal or insect was harmed or used as a bi product in the creation or testing of the product. If being cruelty free is important for you and your family— look for products that are labeled as using natural, organic plant based botanicals and essential oils rather than products using “natural ingredients.”

With the now wide definition of “natural” in mind, these are a few common animal bi-products used in your favorite foundation or shampoo. Since your skin is like a sponge and absorbs about 70% of what you put on it into your blood stream, for those of us who are not practicing Vegans it may still be enough to make you say “EWWW” Whale Poop!  This is a very common ingredient commonly used in makeup and skincare. It is an ingredient in one of my favorite perfumes Chanel N.5 http://www.livescience.com/26785-ambergris-sperm-whale.html   Whale poop is widely used in many high end fragrances and expensive perfumes. It’s official term is Ambergris and it’s a waxy, yellow, solid substance that is generated in the intestines of Sperm whales to them from sharp objects that they sometimes swallow. According to Huffington Post this stuff is worth it’s weight in gold at $10,000 a pound awarded to it’s finder. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/ambergris-sperm-whale-poop_n_1280161.html

Crushed Beetle Carcuss
For thousands of years man has been using crushed beetles aka, the Cochineal Beetles (Dactylopius Coccus) which are tiny insects that feed on cactus plants in Central and South America. Female cochineal beetles eat the red cactus berries, so when the beetles are crushed, a very powerful red dye is produced. Because most people do not experience an adverse reaction to them being put on the skin, they make a natural alternative to chemically made synthetic dies.

Tallow—biproduct of animal carcass
Tallow is found in lots of makeup including eye shadow, lipsticks, makeup bases and shampoos, shaving soaps, moisturizers and skin care products. It’s made from animal carcasses. Tallow is made by rendering animal fat, which means boiling the carcasses to create fatty byproducts. According to cosmetics info database: http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/search/node, the dead animals used to make tallow come from many different sources, including labs, slaughterhouses, zoos, shelters, and yes, roadkill.

As a cruelty free skincare formulator, my favorite insect bi-product that I hear a considerable amount about as ”natural’ ingredient is snail ooze.  It is collected and used in many famous moisturizers. The glycolic acid and elastin in a snail’s secretion protects its own skin from cuts, bacteria, and UV rays, making it a great source for proteins that eliminate dead cells and regenerate skin. It is also helpful for removing scars, stretch marks and curing acne.

If having “natural” bi-products from animals or insects is too weird or gross for you, stick with plant and fruit based ones and be sure they are labeled cruelty free!  To learn more about our Paraban free, Vegan, Cruelty Free, plant based botanical formulations see our website authenticskin.com

By Amy Rueda

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This is a webinar presented by Dr. Wendy Warner.

…Now, here’s another really important statistic that I like to hammer home to people.  Eighty percent of breast cancer patients have absolutely no family history…..

….Let’s talk a little bit about breast cancer statistics in general.  Because sometimes I feel as though it’s easy to lose track of reality when it comes to talking about breast cancer, especially in October.  It is an important disease and it’s really scary.  But let’s get realistic about what’s actually going on.  Only 15% of breast cancers are diagnosed in anyone under the age of 45…..

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