As I sat at our Classical Conversations end-of-year celebration listening to the Challenge students talk about choices and consequences, I was introspective. My day had been a day of reflection. I am not sure any of us really understand the importance of our choices until we are faced with the consequences. Always there are consequences. Always. We may not see them immediately, but they will manifest themselves over time. The analogy that I like to use is the adage “the (last) straw that broke the camel’s back.” What exactly does that mean? Whatever the beast of burden is, it can only carry so much before it breaks down under the load. Typically in life, it refers to the last incidence that pushes us over the edge, metaphorically speaking. Our bodies are no different. They can only be burdened with so many toxins before they break under the load. Everybody’s “back” is capable of only so much, and typically that depends on your genetic makeup. How healthy were your parents? What kinds of toxins were you exposed to inutero? These are the things that determine the strength of your back. More importantly, how many straws have been piled on it over the years? How many antibiotics did you receive as a child? How many vaccines? What kind of toxins are in the skin care products you have used? How many chemicals have accumulated in your body over the years? If you happen to be one of the many who don’t detox properly, your load will be heavier by far. In the end, what is most relevant is how you are managing your load. Detoxing is the equivalent of unloading the straws. Consequences come when you are loading faster than you are unloading. Hopefully that makes sense!
Where am I going with all of this? Honestly I don’t know where to start! My mind has been in overdrive the past couple of days trying to process the unimaginable, the unthinkable. Actually I have wondered on many occasions just how I would handle a catastrophic diagnosis. For those who know me, you know I have long been a voice in the wilderness for natural, for clean eating, for holistic. I have always said that if ever I was diagnosed with cancer there is no way I would fall into the cut, poison, burn trap. If there is one area of modern medicine where I feel like we have missed the boat ENTIRELY it is oncology. It flies in the face of logic and common sense. The premise is to take an immune system that has been insulted, injured, and broken, and destroy it in hopes that it will somehow resurrect itself from the dead and start working properly again (and that is a stretch since it would have to go into overdrive, not just work properly.) Regardless of the spin you see coming from ACA and other money mongering benefactors of the Cancer industry, the odds aren’t great for surviving cancer. While “success” can be the outcome, they don’t report the deaths that occur as side effects to the chemo. It is openly admitted by the medical community that more people die from malnutrition caused by chemo than they do of cancer. Stop and ponder that. The result of the treatment kills more people than the thing being treated. Even our “prevention” measures (I hate that double speak! It is diagnostics, it is detection, but it is NOT prevention) cause cancer. So explain to me how it is smart to use diagnostics that cause cancer to see if you have it? Anyway, I digress, and am off on a tangent. This is just an industry that makes my blood boil. So many times I have attempted to encourage people to up their nutrition, to detox, to support their body while going through treatments that they were bullied into, only to hear that their oncologist told them that they don’t need to do anything nutritionally while in treatment. My favorite is the encouragement to eat anything they can keep down, and especially ice cream and milkshakes because they need the extra calories. Sigh.
If only we learned a little more about how the body works in school. If only Doctors were taught more about how it works!!! At conception, when egg meets sperm, the result is new life that is the combination of mom’s DNA and dad’s DNA. Because of the environment we’ve created for ourselves that DNA is damaged…. by lack of proper building blocks, degraded by toxins. And as our bodies develop, our immune system develops. When the building blocks aren’t there, it is like an algebraic equation with too many variables missing to solve the problem. Over time the compound effect of lots of unsolved problems presents itself as symptoms. Sometimes those symptoms indicate that the immune system has misidentified the good guys, and through constant friendly fire, it has created what we label an “auto-immune” condition. Other times the immune system misidentifies the bad guys, and protects them, letting them proliferate and eventually they begin to overtake some part of the body, and we call that cancer. The faulty mechanism in both situations is the same – the immune system.
How did we come to a point that our immune systems are so prone to break down? A look back in history just over the past 50 years or so is revealing and confusing at the same time. Why? We have introduced so many new toxins (aka chemicals) into our lives that it is nigh unto impossible to identify which are the offenders. The simple, yet not so simple, thing to do would be to eliminate them all. Too bad we don’t have an undo button. It would make our choices much easier. As it stands we have to do the best we can with what we have at the time. The problem is we don’t.
For me, my health journey didn’t start until I’d spent 30 years depositing into the disease bank. The first iceberg that emerged was one that is often labeled fibromyalgia. Chronic, systemic inflammation that manifests itself by making you feel as if you have been beaten with a baseball bat, head to toe. I soon learned that what I truly had was a nutritional deficiency. Provide the body with the building blocks, and it can rebuild what has been broken down. Over the years I have continued to MetamorphMe through improving nutrition, and eliminating toxins…. baby step style. First we started grinding our own wheat to make our own bread, added a flock of laying chickens to the farm, dairy goats for fresh goat milk, nutritional supplementation, and over time the elimination of what I call the Fatal Five – high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and colors, hydrogenated oils, MSG, and nitrites/nitrates. Then super food filled green smoothies became a way of life.
You would think this would be enough, right? Enough to reverse 30 years of misinformed poor choices? Enough to override the continued exposure to toxins? Apparently not for my DNA. I have always said, and will continue to say, “Our DNA is the loaded gun. Our lifestyle pulls the trigger.”
How long the cancer festers, is nurtured by our own immune system, and grows is a guess. By the time it can be clinically diagnosed it could have been there for 20 years or more. In the particular kind that I have it is doubtful that is the case. Inflammatory Breast Cancer is very aggressive. It could be that it has been there for many years and my immune system has been keeping it contained. It is a plausible theory, but at the end of the day it is irrelevant.
This has been a year for detoxing and more detoxing for me. I started the year with #DetoxU and have continued to detox throughout the spring. My initial reaction was, “how can this be… after all I have done and continue to do to support my body?” I like to think that it spawned the eviction notice that caused the cancer to reveal itself, and that I already have a jump start. Regardless, I am thankful for the journey. Thankful for the opportunity to take it to another level of healthy. Without a catalyst, I would settle for comfortable…. as do we all.
My encouragement to you is to stop settling! Eliminate the toxins. Quit eating CRAP (carbonated, refined & processed). Add in Super Foods. Supplement with the Best Nutrition Available, and don’t forget to feed your brain and heart the right foods too. Learn from other people’s choices and remember that “Good is the worst enemy of Excellent.” If you aren’t 100% convinced you are doing enough to support your health, I can promise you aren’t! Step up your game. Join me on the journey and MetamorphU
Don’t wait for a catastrophic diagnosis to make changes. Changes are multi-generational. Make the changes for your children so they will start their adult lives without such a heavy load and with stronger backs.
***Please, feel free to comment, and though I know there are a myriad of different options, I have already chosen my path. I am open to looking at other things, but I am confident the choices I am making will bring me to the other side a healthier person. My prayer is that God would use this portion of my journey to give others hope. I already know that He will use it for His Glory, and my good. I stand on that promise. I know God has a plan for me! I love Jeremiah 29:11 but so many people cling to it out of context. Verse 10 says “ For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you…” I am prepared for the “70 years”. I know this is a marathon. Watch for frequent updates… and I may possibly move to a different URL, but I will link back if I do. Writing is a catharsis for me. I toyed with not sharing. I’ve been encouraged to wait, but my heart says someone out there needs to see me walk through this from the beginning. My pride says…what will people think? I am known as a health nut, and I have cancer. I toyed with the idea of keeping my game face on, and acting as if all was hunky-dorey. But I am pretty confident my choice to emotionally isolate myself is a key component in where I find myself. My life is not perfect. I am not SuperWoman. I keep the wounds hidden. In order to heal physically, we have to heal emotionally and spiritually. We have to release, surrender, and forgive to heal. This is Where The Healing Begins