Stop Holding Grudges

Too often, we carry around things from our past that hurt us. Sometimes, people haven’t apologized because they’re ashamed. Forgive them anyway! Sometimes you have to be okay with a sorry you never got.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.

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Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” So,L let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they’re bad… it means they’re human.

Always believe that something WONDERFUL is about to happen.

Don’t Judge Someone

Do you judge another because they are not at your level?

Everyone may not be good but there’s always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly; it helps if you remember that everyone is doing their best from their level. We all have different paths and different lessons to learn and judging a person doesn’t define who they are anyway instead it defines who you are.

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You are the gatekeeper of your own mind and what you allow in it. Stay in awareness–without judgement of your thoughts and feelings–and simply allow those feelings and thoughts you think of as negative to pass by.

Should you find yourself the victim of other person bitterness and insecurities; REMEMBER, things could be worse, you could be one of them. Don’t be so hard to others.

Be sure to taste your word before you spit them out! 

Primer on Lung Cancer

What you don’t know can kill you?

Human have a perplexing tendency to fear rare threats such as shark attacks while blithely ignoring far greater risks like unsafe sex and an unhealthy diet.  It’s hard to believe, but Lung Cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined

What is Lung Cancer?

Lung Cancer is a malignant growth or tumor arising from the lungs.  It is among the most frequent causes of cancer in both males and females, and unfortunately has a relatively poorer prognosis (compared to breast cancer or colon cancer for example), thus it is frequently cited as the number one cause of mortality among all cancers.

What are the risk factors for Lung Cancer?

Cigarette Smoking causes approximately 90 percent of lung cancers. Just remember that in each stick of cigarette, there are around 6,500 chemicals that should not be taken into the body (like arsenic, tar, etc.) and that about 35 to 75 of those substances are potentially carcinogenic.  Thus smokers have 15 to 30 times higher risk of developing lung cancer compared to non-smokers.  Second hand or side-stream smoke is another strong risk factor – even if a person is not smoking, regularly being exposed to a person or persons who are smoking gives them a significant risk of also developing Lung Cancer. Other risk factor would include strong family history of lung cancer, and occupational or environmental exposure to radiation and diesel exhaust.

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What are the symptoms?

The symptoms would usually depend on where in the lungs the tumor is growing. If it is centrally location (i.e. near the trachea or main trunks of the airways of the lungs (the hilum where the major segments or bronchi arise), the patient would frequently manifest with cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, even blood tinged sputum.  If the growth is developing peripherally, it may take some time before symptoms develop, as it is not causing obstruction of the major airways.  Hence, frequently those tumors arising from the periphery are discovered late (i.e. already metastatic, already large and of a higher stage.

What are the type and Stages of Lung Cancer?

It could be too technical to describe each type of lung cancer (as it is based on histology – i.e. adenocarcinoma, large cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, small cell carcinoma), but suffice to say that we basically divide it into either non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or small cell lung cancer (SCLC) The reason for classifying them as such is because NSCLC has a relatively better prognosis (i.e a person with NSCLC is expected to survive for at least a year even without treatment and at least two years with adequate treatment, compared to SCLC where without treatment survival is just around four to six months, even around four six chemotherapy many of them would succumb in around a year ago or so).

As for staging, again it would be too technical to describe each stage, but suffice to say that a Stage 1 or 2 cancer has the best prognosis it treated early – surgery would be curative for a Stage 1 lung cancer, while chemotherapy plus/minus radiotherapy would frequently be necessary for a Stage 2 or 3 lung cancer; and for a Stage 4 lung cancer – meaning that it has already metastasized to other parts of the body (frequently the liver, brain and bones), frequently any treatment would just be palliative in nature.

What are the treatment available?

Surgical removal of the tumor and surrounding lung segments (thoracotomy with lobectomy or pneumonectomy) for early stage lung cancer. For those who are not surgical candidates (tumor cannot be excised fully, higher stage disease or if there are medical contraindications to surgery – heart failure, ill health, uncontrolled diabetes, etc) then chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy is done.  In some instances, combination of treatments are utilized (i.e. surgery first to remove the main tumor, then undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy to clear out residual tumor). 

More recently, a new type of treatment has become available called targeted therapy – targeting specific genes or proteins unique to the cancer to slow down and kill of the cancer cells.

What are the side effects of the treatment?

When side effects are mentioned, frequently the focus would be on chemotherapy.  Remember that cancer cells divide and grow very rapidly, and this rapid growth is the target of chemotherapy.  Unfortunately, chemo drugs would and could affect all cells – normal or otherwise, thus the potential for side effects.

Among the common side effects would include nausea, anorexia, hair loss, body malaise, and asthenia. Less common side effects include anemia, agranulocytosis – significant decline in white cell count, and higher risk of infections like pneumonia – as chemo may potentially also kill off and weaken immune cells. However most of the side effects can be abated by the use of less toxic chemo drugs and other medications.

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Great Motivation!

Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.  Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear. Falling down is how we grow. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.

When you feel like quitting, just think about why you started?

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The most important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have keep on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. Look at what you’ve got and make the best of it. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

There are three simple rules in life: 

  1. If you don’t GO after of what you want, you’ll never have it.
  2. If you don’t ASK, the answer will always be NO.
  3. If you don’t STEP forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

Do make things happen. If you’re tired of starting over then, stop giving up. 

 

Top 10 Cancer – Fighting Food

Who says cancer prevention is expensive?

One may or may not – take notice of this, but majority of the following can be found in his kitchen.  By just simply incorporating these nature-given ingredients to his diet, one gets a clearer shot to living a healthier, longer life.

  1. GUYABANO. Otherwise known as the custard apple, Guyabano is deemed one of the miracle cures for cancer. In the study, “Journal of Medical Chemistry,” 14 structurally-diverse Annonaceous acetogenins, found in Guyabano extract were identified and tested for their ability to prevent the growth of adriamycian resistant human mamary adenocarcinoma cells. According to a research in 1976, a chemical found in Guyabano is about 10,000 times more powerful and effective than Adriamycin, a drug used for Chemotherapy.  
  2. BROCCOLI. Vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli have cancer-fighting properties. But among others, broccoli alone has an ample amount of sulforaphane, a compound that strengthens the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals. It helps fight: breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, and bladder cancers. The more broccoli intake, the better.
  3. BERRIES. All kinds of berries contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients. Black raspberries have very high concentrations of phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which slow down the growth of permalignant cells, while keeping new blood vessels from forming (and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor). Berries help fight: colon, esophageal, oral, and skin cancers.
  4. TOMATOES. The “best dietary source of lycopene,” it contains a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red hue.  Tomatoes help in stopping endometrial cancer cell growth, according to a study in “Nutrition and Cancer.”  It also fights lung, prostate, and stomach cancers. Endometrial cancer kills nearly 8,000 people yearly.  Patients can benefit more from taking cooked tomatoes (e.g. pasta sauce), for the process of heating it increases the amount of lycopene one’s body can absorb.
  5. WALNUTS. Walnuts’ phytosterols (cholesterol-like molecules found in plants) can block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly slowing down the cells’ growth.  Chewing on an ounce of walnuts once a day may yield the best benefits.
  6. GARLIC. Phytochemicals (chemical compounds found in plants) in garlic stops the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens formed in the stomach (and in the intestines, in certain conditions).  The Iowa Women’s Health Study found that women with the highest amounts of garlic in their respective diets had 50% lower risk of having certain colon cancers.  Garlic helps fight breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers.
  7. BEANS. A Michigan State University study showed that black and navy beans “significantly” reduced colon cancer incidence in rats.  A diet rich in legumes increases levels of fatty acid butyrate, which in high concentrations, provide a protective barrier against cancer growth.
  8. EGG YOLK. Egg yolk, along with green and leafy vegetables, avocado, beans, carrots, apricots, and pumpkins, provides folic acid, a form of the water-soluble vitamin B9 which is synthetically produced and used in fortified foods and supplements.  Egg yolk helps one’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) replicate properly and protect it during radiotherapy.
  9. OILY FISH. It provides long-chain Omega-3, a powerful anti-inflammatory in the body.  Oily fish also contains vitamin A, an important nutrient in the fight against cancer.
  10. SUNFLOWER-SEEDS. Sunflower seeds are high in zinc and vitamin E. Zinc aids Vitamin C in accelerating healing time, which is important in keeping one’s prostate healthy.

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Our life can change in an instant, be aware!

Sides of an Argument

Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other side but behind every argument is someone’s ignorance.

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That moment, when you realize that you are making a wrong argument but still fight your way to win just for pride sake, you may end-up losing the relationship with that person. The purpose of an argument should not be victory but a progress and to settle an argument; think what is right, not who is right.

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. People’s mind are changed through observation and not through argument.

Settle your differences, talk about it, forgive, accept and forget.

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Alternative Way To Battle Cancer

This is an excellent article from my archive regarding Cancer which I kept several years ago.  This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life. You have to fight through some bad days, to earn the best days of your life.

You Never Know How Strong You Are Until Being Strong Is The Only Choice You Have

After years of telling people CHEMOTHERAPY is the only way to try and eliminate cancer, Johns Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way. Cancer update from Dr. Johns Hopkins;

  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion.  When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the test are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
  2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
  3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
  4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These  could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
  5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
  6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroy rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
  7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
  8. Initials treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
  9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kind of infections and complications.
  10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
  11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.
  12. What Cancer Cells Feed on?
    • SUGAR is a cancer feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells.  Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful.  A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts.  Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color.  Better alternative is Bragg’s amines or sea salt.
    • MILK causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus.  By cutting off and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells are being starved.
    • Cancer cells thrive in an ACID environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
    • A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.  About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetables juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.  To obtains live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetables juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
    • Avoid Coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties.  Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acdic, avoid it.
  13. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes.  Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
  14. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering.  By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzyme to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
  15. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerls, EFASs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damage, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
  16. Cancer Cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level.  Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Cancer is a disease of the mind, body and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit.

Learn to relax and enjoy life even the mind keep telling you had enough but, the heart keep telling don’t give up. Surround yourself with those who make you happy.

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