When it comes to doing research on health in all its forms, be it books, webinars, films talks, I am in heaven. So the last 9 days have been such a treat for me with the docu-series on cancer – The Truth About Cancer, The Global Quest - airing a different documentary every day. If you can excuse the sugary reference (especially as sugar is cancer’s favourite food), I have been like a kid in a candy store.
I’ve been quite reflective about the series, as today is the last day and I’m feeling enormously grateful that I was aware of 90% of what was covered in the series, and that I am in the privileged position of doing work that involves sharing this health information with others.
Of course cancer is something that pretty much affects all of us in one way or another, with quite literally everyone having at least one friend or relative with a diagnosis at some point in his or her life. The chance of any of us having cancer in our lifetime is now around 1 in 3 for women and 1 in 2 for men.
For me, the stark reminder was that cancer is not something that happens overnight. For most, the diagnosis of a tumour means it has been present in the body for around 8 to 10 years. That may shock you as we are all told about early detection and the importance of it. The Doctors’ diagnosis on most if not all chronic illness is when the disease is well established. The body has thus been sick for a very long time even when a doctor talks about a cancer diagnosis being ‘caught early’.
My work with clients is very much focused on keeping the body in balance so that illness does not become chronic, or if the client is chronically ill then working together to get the body back into balance . Our level of consciousness around our bodies is a key part. If we learn to read our symptoms and see the signs of imbalances, we are able to address the cause and get our health back on track. Where many come unstuck is through quietening the symptom rather than looking at it’s meaning, for example, repeated use of pills for headaches and migraines and sleeping pills for insomnia. Getting back in communication with our bodies’ needs is the best investment we can make for our health.
If I were to surmise the areas that were covered and how I work it would be in 4 important key areas:
1. A healthy immune system
It’s not that we don’t ever want to get ill. Illness in the form of an acute illness serves an important purpose i.e. it’s short-lived and helps the body clear whatever needs clearing leaving us in a better state afterwards. It’s when an illness hangs around and doesn’t clear properly using the body’s natural immunity that we can start to come unstuck.
A chronic illness is where the body is unable to help itself due to deficiencies, low energy or a high toxic load. The gut and whole digestive system plays a key role here as 80% of our immunity is in the gut.
When I had chronic fatigue syndrome I could not go near anyone with as much as a sniffle without falling ill myself. These days I take no notice of who has a cough or a sniffle as my immune system is so strong. The myth around ‘catching colds’ is simply not true. Our internal environment is what plays the key role here and explains why some people get ill frequently and other simply don’t - no matter what germs they are in the presence of.
2. Food and nutrition
Without stating the obvious I do want to point to the fact that what we decide to put in our bodies has a direct impact on our health. Food is our fuel and we only function as well as the quality of fuel we choose. Changing my diet made a huge difference to my health as it did to so many people who conquered cancer naturally on the Truth About Cancer series. Who hasn’t seen or heard Hippocrates’ famous quote about letting food be your medicine and your medicine be your food?
Sadly however, modern times and methods offer up poor nutrient quality in many foods that are grown and so nutrient deficiencies are commonplace, with a prime example being magnesium. Supplementation is therefore now the key and although getting nutrients from a food is always preferable, it is not always possible to get the high dosages needed for the body to recover from chronic illness.
If only we lived in a world of clean air, uncontaminated food and pure drinking water. Unfortunately we have never been further from such a place. Even if you’re eating the healthiest diet available, detoxing techniques are still key to staying well and are a major part of my weekly care routine. Keeping your body clean, especially focusing on the skin, kidneys, liver and large intestine is a must. If your body is toxic it hampers its ability to digest and absorb any goodness from food you might be putting in it.
A good start is ensuring your household is drinking and washing in good quality water (and I don’t mean tap water) as it is the foundation for creating a healthy body. Our bodies are made up of around 75% water so we want to make sure the source we are replenishing it with is of high quality.
Choose to buy only organic produce and limit your intake of heavy metal exposure from the chemicals used on non-organic food. Heavy metal toxicity is a major contributor to chronic illness, (mercury and aluminium in vaccinations, food cooking and storage choices, dental work are all prime examples).
4. State of mind
Last but not least, how we interpret our experience of day-to-day life is absolutely key. For me this was the final piece of the puzzle in finding true health and is so easily overlooked by many. For many of my clients this creates the biggest change in their health.
For example stress is an inside response to how we see our circumstances in any given moment. Which is why the same thing can stress us out on one day but not on another. It has become normal for people to constantly experience stress, which is why adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout is now commonplace.
We all know people who seem to move from one crisis to the next. Similarly we all know people who seem to take so called stressful events in their stride without so much as a wink of missed sleep. It’s actually never our circumstances (the job, the relationship, or money) that create the response; it’s how our thought takes form in any given moment that creates the response. When we start to see that on a very deep level the once stressed person starts to have a different chemical response within their body. The adrenal response is lessened, which in turn has an affect on the whole hormonal/endocrine system which it is part of, which has an effect on all the systems in the body.
When we are in fight or flight mode our body is signifying we are in extreme danger and the adrenal response kicks in. In this survival mode all non-essential regulatory systems shut down; for example our digestive system and our immune system. When we overuse the adrenal response you can start to see the long-term consequences this can have on our body. Our nutrient intake through healthy digestion and our responsive immune system are key to good health and so we go back to my first 2 points.
Of course this is just skimming on the surface of the 4 key areas but are certainly worth considering when you reflect on your own health.
If you are interested in the docu-series The Truth About Cancer you can find more information here: https://go2.thetruthaboutcancer.com
If you feel you need help with improving any of the 4 key areas or you just feel your health is out of balance then I would love to have an enlightening conversation with you.
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