Health Tips

11 Tips on How to Maintain Breast Health

by Honora Lee Wolfe, author of Better Breast Health Naturally with Chinese Medicine, Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, CO

1. Keep alcohol consumption moderate. Many studies have shown that alcohol consumption does increase breast cancer rates by a certain percentage. However, a small amount of red wine and dark beer and ale on a regular basis is also known to lower the risk of heart disease which still kills many more women than breast cancer does. Also, small amounts of alcohol are very relaxing and promote stress reduction. In the final analysis, moderate alcohol consumption may be better than complete abstention, but moderate is best.

2. Include olive oil in your diet. Studies of Italian, Greek, and Spanish women who include olive oil in their diet on a daily basis had at 25% lower rate of breast cancer than women who ate less or no olive oil. While it is not certain whether it is the mono-unsaturated fat or some other property of the oil which is responsible, it tastes great and can be used for salads, sautés, soups, casseroles, frying, basting, or on bread as a tasty butter substitute.

3. Control overall dietary fats. Cancer studies with a variety of types of cancer indicate that  dietary fat is a major player in this disease. It is suggested that dietary fat should be kept under 25%. Some doctors suggest that, for women who have had cancer, overall dietary fat should be limited to no more than 15% of overall calorie intake.

4. Find a release valve for your stress. According to Chinese medicine, stress, frustration, an unresolved anger can play an important part in the development of all types of breast disease, both benign and malignant. Chinese medical theories suggest that one of the best things a woman can do for her breast (and overall) health is to find a way to relax and release stress on a daily basis. Such methods may include yoga, meditation, biofeedback, simple relaxation therapy, or whatever method you use to release the stress and pressures of modern life. (more…)

Mindfulness Of Food & Eating

Paying attention to your relationship to food is important for your health. Listening to your body and observing the activity of your mind in relationship to food can help you to make and maintain healthy changes in your diet.

When we are on automatic pilot, we tend to act (in this case, eat) first and only then become aware of what we have done and remember why we actually didn’t really want to do it. Mindfulness of what we eat, how it tastes, where it comes from, what is in it and how we feel after we eat it, if practiced consistently, can go a long way toward bringing change naturally to this highly charged and extremely important domain of our lives. (more…)

Mindfulness Of Work Stress

If you are not working, but looking for work or studying, whatever you daily activities are you can modify these suggestions for your specific situation.

When you wake up, take a few quiet moments to affirm you are choosing to go to work today. If you can, briefly review what you think you will be doing and remind yourself that it may or may not happen that way.

Bring awareness to the whole process of preparing to go to work. This might include showering, dressing, eating and relating to the people you live with. Tune into your breathing and body from time to time. (more…)

Some thoughts on calming the mind

People often ask about how to calm their mind, because it is always so busy. It seems especially so when we want to sleep or if we wake in the middle of the night.  At least a part of this problem is our relationship to thinking. If our mind is busy and we don’t like what it is busy with, or it is busy at a time we would prefer it to be quiet, we are in a state of conflict with our minds. Being in conflict is uncomfortable, at any time.

Recognizing that our mind is really working on something, even if it appears to be going over and over a topic repetitively, is to introduce some curiosity toward our mind and the ways we think. Perhaps our mind needs to go over memories, events from the day, difficult issues as a way of working something through. Kind of going over something from all angles, learning from it. Of course, the mental content may not be pleasant, and it is hard if we are in conflict with this kind of mental activity. Having some curiosity for the way our mind is working, being gentle toward this experience, giving it permission do what it needs, all change our relationship to this experience. Rather than being in conflict with it, we can start to know and learn more about how it functions. We can start to see how and in what ways our mind is trying to sort things through. We may even choose to spend some quiet time daily, getting to know this amazing functioning of our minds. We may see the value in it, be able to tolerate it more, follow and learn from it. We can have an increasingly friendly attitude to our minds and the amazing way thinking functions and all we can learn from it. We will also learn it is not always busy, and has the capacity to take its rest as well.

Home help for coughs and colds

Home help for coughs and colds

If you wake with a scratchy, sore throat, maybe a stuffy nose or any symptoms that suggest you may be getting a cold, act immediately. Don’t wait to see if it will get worse.

One of the main differences between traditional East Asian medicine (EAM) and biomedicine, is the emphasis on changing the bodies environment within which viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi etc can take hold, rather than on just trying to kill these pathogens. (more…)