Skin Care Give Away

The Aldi Gift Card Give Away winner is……….. Adam M. Congratulations and please check your email as there is a message waiting for you from me.

On to today’s post! Before I tell you what exactly the give away is however, I want to share with you the story of one of my dear friend and family member’s.

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Melanoma struck our family in 2009. My Dad Tom/Thomas had a suspicious mole on his back that was irregularly shaped. The family doctor removed the mole and sent it for testing. It came back cancerous. My dad met with an oncologist who determined that the cancer was in his lymph system. He eventually had additional lymph nodes removed that were determined to be cancer free! He remained in the close care of his oncologist and dermatologist, having additional moles removed regularly.

In January 2013 an unrelated trip to the ER and a CT scan resulted in something our family had never expected. “There are several spot on your liver and kidneys; we’re speculating your Melanoma has metastasized. We’re going to admit you for further testing.” To say we were in shock was an understatement. After two negative biopsies, my Dad was sent home. The oncologist ordered a PET scan and additional biopsies. In mid-February my Dad came home from work early and was jaundiced. He was admitted back into the hospital and had two more biopsies. The melanoma had metastasized at a rapid rate. We met with the oncologist five days later to determine his options for treatment, but the cancer had already started taking over his body. As a family, we decided Hospice care was the best option. During his short time at home my Dad was surrounded by his closest family and friends. He still managed to smile and laugh…that was just his nature! My Dad lost his short battle with Melanoma with his family by his side on March 6, 2013.

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Please consider joining our family as we walk in honor of my Dad Tom/Thomas on May 3rd. If you are unable to attend the walk please consider a tax deductible donation.

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After seeing my family devastated by the loss of their father, I have looked at skin care and its health in a completely different way. As a whole society, we are relatively vain about our skin, but in my opinion, it’s time to be careful about our skin. This is why today I am giving away a skin care package. Unlike most packages, this one includes both topical treatment to prevent skin damage, but also, supplements that aid in the prevention and maintenance of healthy skin.

Today’s give away isn’t the best of this weeks, however it is the most important. I ask that you please spread today’s post around on twitter, instagram, facebook and any other social media site you may belong to. Let’s all step up to spread the word about skin cancer.

– A few facts about skin cancer, according to skincancer.org

  • Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old.
  • A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
  • The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50.
  • People who use sunscreen daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.
  • The estimated cost of treating melanoma in 2010 was $2.36 billion.

If you don’t regularly see a doctor to look at and check your skin, please do so. If you have a family history of cancer, please be that much more careful and most of all, please remember that non of us are invincible. It is up to us to take care of our bodies.

If you live in the metro-Detroit area, consider coming out to the walk taking place in remembrance of Tom. It would mean so much to his wife and children to see that their father and husband’s story is making a difference in peoples life. If you are interested in being a part of the walk, feel free to contact me with any questions.

I would like to thank Jennifer (Tom’s daughter) for taking the time to share her dad’s story. He truly was a wonderful man and he is missed dearly. All of us here at The Kitchen Revolution love and support you and your family.

To enter today’s give away, please leave a comment below explaining what you do on a regular basis to protect yourself from sun damage and aging.

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The “C” Word

It’s a scary word, but it’s unfortunately very real.

Cancer is a scary disease that unfortunately effects most people living in this country. In fact, there are currently 12.5 million Americans with cancer (cite).

The strange thing is that Cancer isn’t something that was around when my grandmother was a child. However, now it seems that many of her closest friends and family members get plagued with this hideous disease.  Despite the millions of dollars given yearly for a cure to be found, non has yet been.

I remember reading this once and it has ever since stuck in my mind.

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I wish today’s post was me informing you about the cure for cancer, or about someone else who found the cure for cancer… but it’s not. However I do want to (with much caution because I am not a doctor and no one but your doctor should be informing you about the treatment of your cancer) inform you about some interesting research that recently surfaced. This science is suggestion that sugar feeds cancer cells.

You see, cancer cells are retarded (not in a derogatory way) cells. In fact, we all have retarded cells within our body. The cells generally speaking get taken care of by our bodies and killed off. This is due to the fact that our body knows what it can and cannot work with in terms of cells on a functional level. Cancer cells, however, are retarded cells that for what everreason were not discarded from our bodies. The result is the reproduction of these retarded cells over and over to a point in which a tumor of some sort is formed and possibly even transportation of these cancer cells to other parts of the body.

Remember when we talked here about cells needing energy. The need energy to do all sorts of things including reproduce more cells…

Old school science pop-quiz question: what is meiosis and how is it different from mitosis?

So how then do these cancerous cells bypass our bodies natural process of killing off defective cells as well as get nutrition (a.k.a. energy) so that they can re-produce?

Great question!!!!

Recent science says that the excess supply of sugar within a human body can feed cancer or defective cells in a special way which allows them to reproduce as fast rates.

Ok, ok…. now you and I both know that if it was this simple, then cancer would no longer be around.

Like all things nutrition, there is no special cure, magic potion or promising pill…. however there is research. Also, we don’t live in a perfect world which translated to sugar is in everything, money doesn’t come easy, time doesn’t either and sugar taste soooooooooooooooo good!

I wish I could offer all of you an equation of what to eat, when to eat it and how to eat it and then we could all go on in perfect health. In my opinion it would be a fabulous world if one diet and only one diet worked for EVERYONE! I can’t though, this isn’t realistic and it will never happen…  and trust me, this bothers me more than the average person because numbers (math) make(s) me oh so happy!

So here is what I am going to do….

First, I’ll ask you to click on this link and invite all of your friends to click on it too so that you can go back and re-read what we have discussed thus far concerning sugar.

Second, I am going to tip-toe around the topic of cancer because it is so real, so scary and I don’t want to offend anyone who is struggling with it or helping out those who are struggling with it.

Third, I am going to point you into the direction of some very interesting reading about sugar and cancer, because well…. I am not a doctor, but these people are and they sound so much more eloquent than I do 🙂

Finally, I am going to speak from the bottom of my heart and tell you that I honestly and completely believe that sugar only effects your health in a negative way. So as we continue on with this sugar series, please attempt to make one little change. When that sugar change has occurred, make another, and with time continue. The result will be continued good health!

Read on friends:

The bio-chemical aspect of cancer and sugar

A doctors take on sugar and cancer from personal patients experience

What a week!

I don’t really think I can follow up with my last post about baby Emme, but here I go.

Saturday is here and I don’t know where the rest of the week went. On Wednesday Cooper and I were at Target and he got the phone call he has been not so patiently waiting for. It was about his job and he is officially moving to Nashville, TN. IN 11 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m beyond excited but it definitely is bittersweet as I will miss him terribly. Coop will be working for the federal government, specifically for Homeland Security. This job is close to his dream job which means this season of our lives will really be exciting!

I also got a phone call from my mom on Wednesday that my grandmother (my dad’s mom) is in the hospital and seems to be dying of some sort of cancer. I am not close with my dad’s family however my heart hurts for those of my grandmothers children who are close to her and who are currently watching their mom go through this terribly time. It has been a great lesson to me that health is a gift. Not only a gift for myself but also those around me. And that our health should be taken care of daily, because daily turns into monthly, and monthly turns into yearly. I guess the reason this is all resonating with me is because we fond out that my grandmother has not one but two tumors on her chest that she has had for months but just ignored. She will then need multiple surgeries as well as multiple rounds of both chemo and radiation if she wants to live. It seems like such a sad way to live the rest of your life.

Then, on Thursday I was at my brother and sister-in-laws house and she got a phone call from her doctor that they needed to bring the baby back into the hospital because some of her levels where to low. They are coming home this morning after 2 nights in the hospital. The baby is not the picture of health, but it was definitely an emotional time for both her daddy and momma!

Please keep my family in your prayers as we are definitely going through some big changes in life right now. And hug your family extra tight this weekend because you just don’t know what life is going to through your way.

Happy weekend everyone and I look forward to getting back next week, to some interesting health topics!

Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are really strange diseases. There are currently over 80 identified and that number is expected to increase by about 50% in the next 10 years.  These diseases range from Celiac Disease, to M.S., to Type 1 Diabetes, certain types of cancer and even certain types of anemia. Chances are, someone you know either has already been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or has one but has not yet been diagnosed.

Autoimmune diseases are strange because they are more or less an internal fight within your body that includes the body destroying itself. Take a celiac patient for instance. Some where along the line, the human body recognizes gluten within the body as “DANGER”, and an invader. The body sends out it’s little solders to locate, attack, and destroy. That natural process is all fine and dandy until you realize that the gluten molecules are usually attached to something else whether it be nutrients or body cells. And the result is a human body destroying itself whether by destroying it’s one food fuel or killing off it’s own cells.

Sadly, the percentage of American’s suffering from Autoimmune diseases is increasing at a rapid rate. And generally speaking the treatment for Autoimmune disease is usually minimal. Now, not all autoimmune diseases kill but they do definitely alter life in a negative way.

This post today is just to say to anyone who is or knows someone suffering from an autoimmune disease that nutrition makes a different in the body being able to heal and maintain balance. If you are interested in more information please contact myself via email, do some of your own research, or contact a person with a background in nutrition concerning disease.

Food brings us together as individuals, it connects us and brings hope. Whether it is because you are able to share a meal and commune with someone who can relate to your current circumstances, or because you find healing physically… food does in fact heal us. Spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally!

 

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