Well, I did some reading on just that.
This area of research is very difficult because we all eat such a range of different foods in such differing amounts. We have a clue about diet and breast cancer when we look at the rates of the disease in different countries.
Japanese women have a much lower rate of breast cancer than American women. But when Japanese women emigrate to live in the USA their breast cancer risk goes up. So the difference in risk must be to do with lifestyle or the environment rather than any inherited risk. The most obvious change is diet.
Researchers estimate that we may be able to prevent as many as 9 out of every 100 cancer cases (9%) by changing our diets. But it is difficult to be exact about this. Research also suggests that about 5 out of 100 cancers (5%) could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight.
Other links on cancer and weight are here:
I was convinced that now was the time to stop eating sugar. Maybe for good but maybe I could learn to eat it in moderation. Ever mindful that I am an addict and don’t do much in moderation.
I scheduled 6 AcuDetox appointments in a row; every day for 6 days. I really was serious about this and wanted it to stick (truly, no pun intended.)
These are the 5 points 1. Sympathetic: Calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation. 2. Shen Men (or Spirit Gate): Reduces anxiety and nervousness. 3. Kidney: used for detoxification through the urine, calming fears and healing internal organs, strengthening the body and the will. 4. Liver: Used for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell frustration, irritability and aggression. 5. Lung: Promotes detoxification through the breath and the skin, and helps clients breathe more easily and let go of grief.
I have to say this was the easiest detox I’ve ever gone through. I did have 2 days where I didn’t feel very well but nothing that kept me from working or day to day life.
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I would show up for my appointment and Ann, the practitioner, would insert 5 needles into each of my ears. Then I lay on a comfy table covered with a blanket, a heat lamp on my feet and a cooling pad on my forehead. I chilled for 30 to 40 minutes listening to cool flute music.
When I was done, Ann put special gold beads in points in my ears for the time between sessions. I could push on these if I had cravings for sugar and the cravings would go away.
The cravings did go away. I didn’t change anything else in my diet, I just didn’t eat sugar. I learned that grapes taste really sweet and that I loved them. My skin became very clear and I lost weight.
After the first 6 days in a row of treatments, I scheduled them for every other week. It’s been 3 months now and I haven’t had sugar. I will say that discovering Lily Bars, a candy bar made with Stevia instead of sugar has helped, but I still like grapes the best.
I don’t have to avoid seeing sugar either. I can eat with someone who is having pie or whatever and I’m not tempted at all. I think I’m ready to go down to 1 treatment a month, and I’m still losing weight.
I don’t begin to understand how Chinese Medicine works or what it can do or can’t so I asked Ann a few questions.
Q. How can acu-detox help someone with cancer?
A. Ear acupuncture helps control hot flashes and night sweats for people receiving cancer treatment. It can help with the stress and anxiety that go along with the illness.
Q. Physically - can it help cure cancer?
A. NO...it cannot help cure cancer.
Q. Can it relieve side effects such as nausea and neuropathy?
A. YES, Acudetox can help with cancer treatment related nausea.
Not for neuropathy. That would need direct needling to body part with neuropathy.
Q. Reduce pain?
A. YES The overall calming of the nervous system allows muscles to relax.
Q. increase energy?
Q. promote sleep?
Q.Emotional - can it relieve stress?
Q. Mental help with anxiety?
Q. Increase mental clarity?
Q. Are there any contraindications? People it just isn’t suitable for?
A. NO Not really. For kids or someone with low blood pressure the needles would be left in for a shorter time. It’s even safe during pregnancy.
AcuDetox does all this; increases energy, speeds up the healing process, increases focus and mental clarity, relaxes muscles, increases resistance to disease, strengthens immune system, improves sleep and increases sense of purpose and well being
Ear acupuncture is helpful for people experiencing stress-related symptoms including insomnia, restlessness, agitation and anxiety, as well as other emotional difficulties.
Ear acupuncture has a calming effect and enables deep relaxation.
Ann Coffey, ADS, RYT
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist
I can say for sure that it has increased my sense of purpose. I got a lot more than just free from sugar and I think it will all help prevent my cancer from recurring.
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