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Dr Joe Dispenza Teaches About Power Of The Mind To Heal

Dr Joe Dispenza Teaches About Power Of The Mind To Heal

Book Review: “Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself – How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One” by Dr Joe Dispenza

Whenever I come across a really helpful book that I believe will help us in our endeavor to get healthy, I usually just add it to my “Recommended Reading” list.  Today, however, I would like to share exactly what I liked about this particular book and why I think you should read it.

Joe Dispenza, D.C. has already written one book about the power of the mind called “Evolve Your Brain”.  He has studied biochemistry, holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in neuroscience and is a Doctor of Chiropractic.  He also has postgrad training in neurology, neuroscience, brain function, cellular biology, memory formation and longevity.  He’s a lecturer, an educator, a talented chiropractor, and was featured in the movie “What The Bleep Do We Know!?”

Goes Beyond the Principle of “Like Attracts Like”

If you’ve ever read “The Secret” and then tried to put the principles of “like attracts like” into action, without much success; if you’ve ever tried to change your thoughts into more positive ones thereby hoping to create a new existence for yourself but only had marginal results (or none); if you’ve ever worried that you are doomed by your genes or destined to be a certain way for the duration of your life, you’ll want to read this book. 

Dr Dispenza shares with us that changing our minds and thinking new thoughts is not enough – we also need to work on our subconscious mind because it is really running the show.  I’ve shared this with you before through the writings of Dr Bruce Lipton in his groundbreaking book “The Biology of Belief”. 

Dr Dispenza teaches us how to activate and coordinate all three sections of the brain – the frontal lobe, the limbic region, and the cerebellum – what he calls our three brains, in order to create a new reality for ourselves.  What makes this book so helpful is that he has included some very specific exercises in the book, including meditation, to help us create a new reality for ourselves (including good health).

So How Will This Book Assist in Breast Cancer?

I can hear you asking that question and there are two reasons I’m recommending this book.  The first one is that just about every one of my coaching clients and subscribers shares with me that although they don’t necessarily feel responsible for their disease, they are definitely aware that they were under a huge amount of stress in their lives prior to their diagnosis and describe all sorts of badly managed stress – sometimes it was from a relationship, sometimes from their job, sometimes it would be the kind of stress we put on ourselves to be the “perfect mother” or the “perfect partner” or the “top manager” in the company. 

The other thing is that there are a lot of people out there worried about genetics.  I can relate to that – I was too.  Because both my mother and her mother died from breast cancer I worried that if breast cancer was their genetic legacy to me, nothing I could do for myself would change that.  If that is something you worry about, you will want to learn more about a new scientific understanding called epigenetics, which tells us our genes are influenced not by DNA sequences out of our control, but by our thoughts, our emotions, our environment – things that definitely are within our control.  Dispenza states “It’s true that the external environment influences our internal environment.  However, by changing our internal state of being, can we overcome the effects of a stressful or toxic environment so that certain genes do not become activated?  We may not be able to control all the conditions in our external environment, but we certainly have a choice in controlling our inner environment.

As a breast cancer coach, I’ve long been aware that if we can gain control over our brains and reduce our stress levels, the road to healing is much shorter, and if we are not worried about genetic predisposition, there is nothing holding us back.

Our Genes Are As Changeable As Our Brains

Dispenza tells us that our genes are as changeable as our brains, that “epigenetics empowers us to think about change more profoundly“, and that this new information gives us free will to activate our own gene activity and modify our genetic destiny.   The most interesting thing he had to say about this subject: “Just by changing our thoughts, feelings, emotional reactions, and behaviors (for example, making healthier lifestyle choices with regard to nutrition and stress level), we send our cells new signals, and they express new proteins without changing the genetic blueprint.  So while the DNA code stays the same, once a cell is activated in a new way by new information, the cell can create thousands of variations of the same gene.  We can signal our genes to rewrite our future.

How empowering is that?

Dispenza warns, however, that “You can’t think one way and feel another and expect anything in your life to change.”  That’s why we encounter difficulties in trying to make these big life changes – if the subconscious mind (really running the show) isn’t on board with the changes you are trying to make, you will encounter a certain amount of resistance and inability to make the desired changes.  You have to change both your thoughts and your feelings because only then can you change your state of being and change your reality, thus your future. 

One of the most useful things about the book is that we are taught exactly how to create our own new reality – there are plenty of exercises and powerful tools in the book to help you make these changes.

Whether you are trying to break an addiction, or to have more compassion for others, or to rid yourself of a particular disease – whatever the wrong that you’re trying to right – I strongly feel this book will assist you.  For your convenience, I added the book to my Amazon shop.

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HER 2 Positive? Know Which Nutrients Help To Combat This Form Of Breast Cancer

HER 2 Positive Know Which Nutrients Help To Combat This Form Of Breast Cancer
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I’m finding it slightly alarming that so many of my new blog readers have been diagnosed with HER 2 positive breast cancer.

In order to provide my HER 2 positive patients with the best new information and research, today I’m sharing a really informative article which recently appeared in Life Extension Magazine about epigenetics and the nutrients which research demonstrates are proving to be extremely useful against this form of breast cancer.

A relatively new science known as epigenetics is helping individuals to understand the enormous control we have on whether or not we develop cancer.  Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene function that do not involve changes in DNA sequence.  This new science is teaching us that we can use factors such as nutrition to turn a gene on and off. For a better, more in-depth explanation of epigenetics, see the Wikipedia entry.

This is important because genes contain the blueprint for the various proteins a cell needs to stay healthy and function normally.  Some genes and the proteins they make can influence how a breast cancer tumor behaves and how it might respond to a specific treatment. Cancer cells are tested to see which genes are normal and abnormal, and the proteins they make can also be tested.

What is HER 2 Positive Breast Cancer?

HER 2 positive is a type of breast cancer that has an over-expression of the HER2/neu gene and its associated protein HER2 (Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2).  Science has found that those with HER2+ breast cancer seem to have a higher chance of disease recurrence.

There’s a really good in-depth article on breastcancer.org about HER2 status.

Your pathology report, which gives you information about your particular tumor, will give you information about your HER 2 status.

Up To 50% of Breast Cancer Cases May Be Preventable

According to Alexander Johnson in his article Epigenetics for Breast Cancer Prevention, Life Extension Magazine, November 2012, up to 50% of breast cancer cases are now thought to be preventable through simple changes in diet and lifestyle.

The science of epigenetics is going a long way to shed light on how nutrients and certain drugs can change the way breast cancer cells age and reproduce.  The use of specific agents to prevent cancer from developing is called chemoprevention.  If utilized properly, these agents can eliminate pre-malignant cells, block the progression of normal cells into invasive tumors, and stop a cancer before it reaches a detectable size or cause symptoms.

With the HER2/neu gene, two things are quite important: (1) taking chemopreventive nutrients that keep DNA from being damaged, and (2) taking chemopreventive nutrients that control regulatory genes

Nutrients That Prevent DNA Damage

  1. Lycopene – suggested dose 15 mg daily
  2. NAC (N-acetylcysteine) – suggested dose 600 mg daily
  3. Coenzyme Q10 – suggested dose 200 mg daily
  4. Caffeic acids – even though caffeic acid can be found in coffee, it is unrelated to caffeine.  Together with its derivative caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), caffeic acid is a naturally occurring organic compound that is the product of many plants, including coffee beans. Caffeic acid is an antioxidant and it can also act as a carcinogenic inhibitor.  Suggested dose 400 mg three times daily.
  5. Tocotrienols – members of the vitamin E family.  An essential nutrient for the body, vitamin E is made up of four tocopherols and four tocotrienols, alpha, beta, gamma, and delta.  Tocotrienols protect cell membranes, active enzyme sites, and DNA from free radical damage.  Suggested dose 400 mg daily
  6. Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) – found at relatively high levels in cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens and kale, also available as a supplement.  Suggested dose 80-160 mg daily.
  7. Green tea extract – suggested dose 725 mg daily
  8. Curcumin – suggested dose 400 mg daily
  9. Melatonin – suggested dose up to 10 mg daily
  10. Sulforaphane – broccoli extract – suggested dose 400-800 mg daily
  11. Metformin – originally created as an anti-diabetic drug, Metformin is a drug that is being studied for its ability to suppress HER2 oncoprotein overexpression.  Here’s a link to the research on pubmed.gov.
  12. Soy Isoflavones – suggested dose 35-55 mg daily
  13. Pomegranate juice and extracts – suggested dose 500 mg daily
  14. Silibinin and silymarin (milk thistle extracts) – suggested dose 750 mg daily
  15. Resveratrol – suggested dose 100-250 mg daily
  16. Selenium – suggested dose 200 mcg daily

Nutrients That Help to Control Regulatory Genes

  1. Sulforaphane – see #10 above for suggested dose
  2. Omega-3 fatty acids – EPA suggested dose 1,400 mg daily / DHA suggested dose 1,000 mg daily
  3. Caffeic acids – see #4 above for suggested dose
  4. Lycopene – see #1 above for suggested dose
  5. Resveratrol – see #15 above for suggested dose
  6. Genistein – a soy isoflavone, see #12 above for suggested dose

Because cancer has multiple causes and phases of development, a multi-targeted approach is the best way to attack this disease.

In addition to the above two factors (protecting DNA and controlling regulatory genes) it is also important to:

  1. fight cancer-promoting inflammation;
  2. block excessive cell replication;
  3. transform malignant cells back into healthy ones
  4. kill cancer cells;
  5. restore receptors to a healthy state;
  6. if you have estrogen or progesterone receptor positive status along with HER2+ you’ll want to inhibit the enzyme aromatase;
  7. block abnormal growth factors;
  8. cut off the blood supply to growing tumors;
  9. prevent the tumors you have from spreading.

There are natural chemopreventive agents to tackle each of these, and they have research backing them – if you’d like the complete list and article, CONTACT ME.

References:

“Epigenetics for Breast Cancer Prevention” by Alexander Johnson, Life Extension Magazine, November 2012

breastcancer.org

Wikipedia

www.pubmed.gov

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