Breast Cancer awareness month!
I actually didn’t know that it was until I saw someone else’s post. So when I saw that, it made me pull out my “breast cancer journey journal” that I kept throughout treatments and remember some of the details (hello chemo & mommy brain-for real-it’s a thing.
I couldn’t get past more than a few pages before I got too sad-it was like reliving the fear, sickness and pain all over again.
For breast cancer awareness month, I would like women to know that they should do mammograms regularly and see the doctor if they have any concerns.
If you have a family history (like I did), get early mammograms to help your odds. I had to fight the insurance company for one EVERY single year bc of my strong family history-I started getting them around age 23.
Fight that fight. It’s your life that you are fighting for.
Get genetic testing done so that you know upfront what you are dealing with god forbid you have to ever deal with a diagnosis.
I want women who are currently fighting breast cancer to know that you have within you the strength needed to survive.
You need to fight and be your own advocate. I cannot tell you enough how many times I had to fight for medication needed to keep me on my chemo regimen, to keep my white blood counts up by getting shots in the abdomen, how I had to contradict the doctor about her treatment plan as my skin was literally peeling off my face/hands (true story 😱), how I had to leave my family for a few months to live in a hotel to get radiation treatments while trying to manage how we were going to afford all of that and be on the phone with insurance co & banks while sick as a dog.
It’ll pass-just do it!
Listen, it doesn’t matter. You become a fighter & keep on fighting...but at the same time, lean on your friends and loved ones. Let them help you.
Let them do the laundry, cook you meals that you may be too sick to eat, let them be a shoulder to cry on-they want to be useful.
Breast cancer will also give you the blessing to know what really matters to you in life. It’ll teach you to slow down and enjoy your time. It’s a pretty big blessing at age 28 yrs 💕
Meet my beautiful mama! 💗 In Dec 2014 my mom went in for a routine checkup that changed her life: precancerous cells. Shortly after she had a lumpectomy and felt secure that she had made it through the woods. Exactly 1 year later in Dec 2015 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I watched her face the battle of her life throughout that year. Besides the physical pain of having a double mastectomy, the emotional and mental trauma that came along with it was hard to watch. She held her head high through it all, but I could see the pain in her eyes. I was planning my wedding at that time so I’m sure that is why she tried her best to hide it from me. She struggled finding a dress to wear and worried that others would notice. She cried herself to sleep almost every night from the agony she went through. I can’t imagine facing such a battle and I hope I never do. My mom is a survivor, a fighter, a warrior, and a hero in my eyes. I thank God for watching over her and sparing her life when all too many are not as fortunate.
When my mom was diagnosed she was a little thrown off. Breast cancer was not something that runs in her family and like so many it didn’t seem like something we needed to worry about. Prior to her diagnosis I will be honest I never did a breast check. It didn’t even cross my mind. After that, it became an obsession. I’d stare at myself in the mirror, lift my arms, poke, prod... Not long after, my journey to discover the cause of cancer began, which led to the idea that the cure was not found in some miracle drug, but in prevention. One thing led to the other and I became very much aware of how much chemicals and toxins affect our health. Oftentimes we believe that cancer is genetic and hereditary, but 90% of the time it is environmental. It is habits that are hereditary. The tendency to buy and use the same products, our food choices, etc that are hereditary. Things that we have the power to change if we so choose. I changed everything in my house: my deodorant, my cosmetics, shampoo, conditioner... I changed all of these things because I realized they would lead me to my demise. Breast cancer tumors have been studied (finished in comments)
I think we are all pretty aware of breast cancer and how devastating it can be.
October is hard for me because retail outlets are begging for your extra change in the name of breast cancer awareness and I can’t donate my money to a booming business when I know there is such a thing as prevention and cure without destroying the body with corrosive acid treatments.
I don’t judge anyone who has been so scared into these procedures that they go against their intuition. But I know there are so many better ways of healing from the acidic, damaged DNA disease called cancer.
So, this October, spread awareness by eating the pink/red foods that heal. Share it with your friends by taking pictures. Share your pictures on this page. Be the example to shift the industry from big money to actually saving lives. Nothing will change until WE do!
Research shows - To catch breast cancer early on, doctors recommended women 40 to 54 get a mammogram done every year. Prior to that, women should have a clinical breast exam done at least every 3 years. 🎀 #breastcancerawarenessmonth
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If you ate ONE piece of broccoli and one carrot the entire month, and your friend ate a serving of those every day for the rest of the year, which one of you is going to really feel the heath benefits? This is exactly why I give my whole family two ounces of this unicorn juice every single day! My kids have never had a sick doctor visit since. Ningxia Red has the highest antioxidant concentration of any drink, with an ORAC score of 30,000. To put it in perspective, raw blueberries come in at 4,669. I’m not saying put the blueberries down; just, you know, let Ningxia into your life. Get sciencey with me for a minute if the spirit leads:
• 🌿WHY ANTIOXIDANTS MATTER: We absolutely need them to take down the free radicals our bodies are battling every single day. Inflammation, exercise, environmental pollutants, pesticides, certain drugs, & cigarette smoke are just a few of the ways we come into contact with them, and they build up with aging and contribute to that “It’s hell to get old” process I’m always hearing about.
👉🏻👉🏻Free radicals take us down this rabbit hole of oxidative stress when we don’t have enough antioxidants in our bodies to fight the good fight. All the science will tell you oxidative stress damages our cells and is associated with chronic disease, especially inflammatory diseases like arthritis & lupus, ischemic (low oxygen) diseases like heart disease, stroke, & intestinal ischemia, circulatory conditions like high blood pressure & preeclampsia, neurologic disorders like Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s, & yes, even cancer.
All the science will also tell you our bodies do produce SOME antioxidants naturally, but we absolutely also need to be taking them in through our diet. So right alongside our fruits & veggies, you better believe we are all drinking this blend of WHOLE wolfberries, alongside plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, & pomegranate extracts, and some key essential oils. Remember: Most powerful antioxidant drink on the market.
Thanks for getting nerdy with me for a second🤓💗 Simply put: Ningxia Red is one HUGE way to love on every organ you have with some serious antioxidants. We are all about beating symptoms, not chasing them✌🏻
Your hands can tell you about your health. If they get puffy and swollen you might not have been drinking enough water. If you have brittle fingernails you might have a vitamin deficiency. Pale or white nail-beds can show that you could do with some more iron.
The little white spots under your nails on the other hand are completely harmless and don’t show a deficiency but a slight trauma to the nail. You just have to wait until they grow out. .
As many of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - a cause I hold near & dear to my heart.💓 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but there are things we can do to prevent it and detect early signs.
-Check your breasts & armpits regularly for lumps. Finding a lump certainly doesn’t always mean breast cancer, but it will allow you to take the next steps to find out. Catching it early will allow for more treatment options.
-Stay physically active & eat nourishing foods. Eating a healthy diet and staying active can help prevent many diseases, including cancer - these practices keep your cells healthy!
-Pay attention to what you’re putting on your body! Many deodorants contain parabens that are also found in breast cancer tissue. Choose a deodorant with clean ingredients & no chemicals.
My clean deodorant of choice is @primallypure! I feel so safe when using Primally Pure + it keeps me fresh during my toughest workouts. To help share the love & awareness I’ve teamed up with PP to give away one tube of their charcoal deodorant.
-must be following @allaboutwell + @primallypure
-comment “💗” AND tag a bestie you want to share the awareness with! -for an extra entry, repost the giveaway to your story to keep spreading awareness! 〰️
U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends 10/19. This giveaway is in no way associated with Instagram.
🌸Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
🌸Women who wore their bras for more than 12 hours but not to bed had a 1 in 7 risk for breast cancer
🌸Wearing a bra less than 12 hours per day dropped breast cancer risk to 1 in 152.
🌸Women who never or rarely wore bras had a 1 in 168 risk for breast cancer.
🌸Overall, women who wore their bras 24 hours per day increased their breast cancer risk by 125 times over women who rarely or never wore a bra.
I hardly wear a bra anymore except when it’s socially inappropriate 😜 I’ve also been told that wearing a bra actually makes the muscles in your breast weaker therefore making them saggier.
For years this has been my Sunday ritual... but there’s more to it than finding the most popular mask on the market and using it!
Certain masks benefit certain skin types:
____Gel masks are great for dry and sensitive skin because of their soothing and cooling effect. They also deliver a lot of antioxidants to help the skin recover.
____Cream masks are great for normal to dry skin because they are typically rich in moisture and oils to replenish dull/dry skin!
____Clay masks are great for normal to oily/acneic skin to detoxify and pull up excess oils/toxins and reduce inflammation! They also allow for great blood circulation within the face and neck!
TIP : when using a clay mask, do not let it completely dry on the skin. Typically, 10-15 min is all that’s needed! When it fully dries, it has the tendency to pull up too much oil which will leave your skin unbalanced and over stripped!
And always go down your neck when masking!
It’s easiest to use a steam towel once you’re ready to remove to moisten the clay for less irritating removal.
Always use a toner following no matter what to bring your pH back to normal!
I am using @imane_ss Ghassoul Clay mask which is 100% pure and organic. Ghassoul (rhassoul) is a natural mineral clay found in Morocco that detoxifies the skin and leaves you feeling hydrated and fresh! For those of you who use the Bentonite clay, this is very comparable and more safe for those with sensitive skin!👌🏼
Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place - Iain Thomas
Early detection is the best protection.
WHO: There are 2.8M breast cancer survivors in the United States. Beginning at age 40, women have the opportunity to begin screening with a mammogram and clinical breast examination.
WHAT: There are two types of mammography: Digital (2D) and Tomosynthesis (3D). 2D mammograms use a low-dose X-ray system to take electronic pictures of the breast. 3D mammograms take 11 images in an arc to create a 3D view of the breast. Screening with an MRI is reserved for women who carry the BRCA mutation and untested first-degree relatives of a BRCA carrier.
WHEN: Begin doing a breast self-examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Examine yourself several days after your period ends when your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender. Mammograms and clinical breast exams should be performed annually.
WHERE: Both types of mammograms, clinical breast examinations, and self-breast exams are designed to find lumps, hard knots, and thickening inside the breasts AND/OR the underarm area.
WHY: Simply put... APPROPRIATE and TIMELY breast cancer screening saves lives.
*Discuss with your providers the best screening approaches for YOU.
The Doctor 👩⚕️ IS IN ✔️🔝Cold and Influenza 😷 🤧 🤒 season is upon US! Don’t forget to cover that cough and wash your hands 👏🏼, hand washing is key in prevention of spreading germs ‼️ stay home from work/school if you have a fever ⚠️ until you are fever free for 24 hours! Supportive treatment and rest is best, your typical viral upper respiratory tract infection last 7-10 days. And don’t forget to get your flu vaccine 💉, safe for kiddos 6 months and older! #PreventiveMedicine#PreventionIsKey#FluVaccine#ProVaccine#Wellness#IntegrativeMedicine#DrAnnaDO
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It’s the start of flu season👎🏻 I am seeing people who are getting sick already😷
Did you know that mono is caused by the EBV virus? 😟
How do you avoid the flu?🤓 Here’s one brilliant little vitamin you should be sure to be sure to be taking 💪🏻 Let me tell you about one of my faves🎉
Vitamin A is a hormone that protects against cold/flu viruses in 2 ways.🤘🏻 First, viruses can’t multiply unless they invade human cells. Vitamone A “deadbolts” cell membranes so viruses can’t get in! 😳
Secondly, vitamin A modulates the production of cytokines produced by immune cells. It’s the production of immune cell cytokines that cause symptoms,not the viruses.👌🏻 Vitamin A reduces the production of inflammatory cytokines and up regulates the production of anti inflammatory cytokines. Cold/flu symptoms will be milder and resolve quicker if there is adequate vitamone A🎉
Your body will produce different forms of vitamin A ( retinoids) that attach to and protect different cells in your body.
Lycopene attaches to breast and prostate cells
Lutien and zexanthin attach to retinal cells in your eyes.👀 Beta carotene attaches to other cells. The building blocks for retinoids come from dark green,red,orange and yellow fruits and vegetables 🍅
I suggest a diet rich in colorful veggies and fruit and a good bioavailable vitamin supplement🍐🍎🥝🥦🍆🌶🍏 I am very picky with my vitamin and searched high and low for a high quality one that meets my picky needs. I continue to be amazed by the affects I’ve gotten with Xfactor Plus! And it contains the extra vitamin A I need! 🥒
There are so many commercials on TV 🖥about what pill💊💉💊 to take for EVERY problem you may have😡😡😡 Where are the commercials explaining the 💥POWER 💥of whole foods🍇🍑🍎🍌🍏🍍🍉🥒🥕? The answer to your problem can be found at your local farm or in the produce section. DON'T BE FOOLED!!! #foodispower#preventioniskey#medicinecomesfromtheearth
When October comes around some people wear pink 💓 in support or remembrance of #BreastCancerAwareness . We see it everywhere we go!
There could not be a better time to talk about our companies FIRST product ever created!...Before all the best vitamins, probiotics and skin care was introduced there was The Plexus Breast Check Kit. … a woman living in the U.S. has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of developing breast cancer AND, on average, 2,100 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, as well! We ALL need to do our part and check ourselves! 👍❤️ The kit works by magnifying 🔍 your sense of touch… so much so you could even feel a grain of sand when using it! 👏 It consists of two micro-thin layers of polyurethane with a non-toxic lubricant sealed in between. When the breast check is placed on the breast, the bottom layer gently adheres to the skin and remains stable allowing the upper layer to slide freely underneath your fingertips. As the upper layer slides freely over the bottom layer, friction is greatly reduced. This results in what is called 'sensory touch magnification.' Or, in other words, your sense of touch is greatly improved, thereby improving the effectiveness of all breast self exams you do as part of your breast health program.
I have so many clients that come in asking about these “white heads that won’t go away”...👎🏼
Truth is - they aren’t white heads. They are actually solid bumps of dead skin cells or keratin build up that have been trapped under the skin. You will typically find them around the eyes and cheek. Since this “bump” is not formed from an open pore, you cannot - I repeat - you cannot pop these on your own! Popping, squeezing and prying at the milia will just cause damage and inflammation to your skin!
Sometimes this is genetic, and sometimes it may be a result of lack of exfoliation and improper product use.
Ways to remove?!
____On your own - proper exfoliation with an AHA exfoliant (alpha-hydroxy acids), regular weekly use of peel pads (Dr. Dennis Gross alpha beta pads) and finding a Retinol that works for you! These different blends of acids work to improve the texture of the skin and minimize build up in the pores while stimulating the renewal of cells.
____Professionally - keep up with monthly facials to help reduce them from coming back. Visit a medical professional (dermatologist) or medical aesthetician to SAFELY remove them by using a fine needle pin point to push the dead skin cells out!
It has come to my attention that some of you are concerned about confidentiality in regards to this research. It is completely confidential. The contact number is the direct number to our University of Penn office. It is not my direct number or direct number of any of the other researchers. We all take our careers very serious and have been doing this work for a long time. That being said, most research does not include people of color (POC), especially black people; so when asked to be apart of this research and recruitment, I jumped on it because I believe in the research purpose. It's important to talk to our children about #sex , #sexuality and #sexualhealth but we are falling behind in communities of color where the child or youth is a #POC , especially our black young men. We just want POC voices heard, so again I need your help with locating Philadelphia parents to take part in a research study I'm working on to assess how parents talk to their gay, bisexual or queer son
about #sexuality and #health . If you know of any parents interested, please contact us. #sexualityeducation#preventioniskey#sexeducator#sexeducation#sexpositive