5 Terrific Things You Can Do to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink BettyHello Everyone! WELCOME to another Health and #WELLNESS WEDNESDAY! And, this week we’re going to continue our discussion of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

But first, let me introduce my co-host today — our Beloved Betty Boop. As many of you know, my husband is Mark Fleischer, the President and CEO of Fleischer Studios. And, today Betty is taking time off from the Studio to join me in reminding everyone of the many ways in which we as individuals can Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer and Make a Difference. So, let’s get started with a bit of history about the Pink Ribbon!

Did you know that ribbons in general have traditionally symbolized the absence of a loved one? The ribbon as a symbol of support or courage originated in the 19th century when wives wore “yellow ribbons” as a sign of devotion to husbands, fathers and sons serving in the military. In the 1980s “red ribbons” were worn to signify AIDS awareness. And in 1991, participants in the Komen New York City Race for the Cure used “pink ribbons” to support awareness for their cause.

The big leap for the pink ribbon, however, came in 1992 when Self Magazine and Estee Lauder cosmetics teamed up for the Magazine’s second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Together, the two power-houses distributed over 1.5 million pink ribbons — and the color pink (which is one of Betty’s favorites)  has remained linked to breast cancer awareness ever since.

Now, of course, we all know that money is a necessary factor in promoting and funding cancer research. But, not everyone is in a position to contribute financially. So, today Betty and I are going to discuss other ways in which you can make a difference. And, here are 5 TERRIFIC THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT BCAM!

1) VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME. Every charitable organization and foundation from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute to the local women’s health clinic can always use an extra pair of hands. Find someone near you and place a call. Ask about volunteer opportunities. Perhaps, you can help file records, or handle the phones, or make coffee. Ask if you can help drive women undergoing cancer treatment, or walk their dogs, or do their grocery shopping. No contribution is too small! Every effort is greatly appreciated and will help make a huge difference in someone’s life.

2) JOIN A RUN OR WALK. This is a great idea. Not only does it help raise funds for cancer research, but it’s healthy and a wonderful way to meet other people who share your passion! Just check online for an event in your city or neighborhood. You can get all the details you need so you can plan accordingly.

3) GO SHOPPING. Yes. Shopping! Who wouldn’t want to do this with Betty and me! You see, during the month of October many products, including cosmetics, apparel, hair accessories, yogurt and coffee will donate a percentage of their sales to cancer research. Just look for the PINK on the label — and feel GREAT about your purchase! And, if you have any doubts about where the money goes, check with Think Before You Pink. This is a watchdog organization of the breast cancer movement that offers tips for you and questions you can ask before you buy a pink ribbon product.

4) HAVE A BAKE SALE. Host your own fundraiser! Put your cooking skills to work. Organize a cake walk or a PINK lemonade stand. Have a neighborhood mini-Farmers’ Market. Invite local restaurants to join you. Be creative! And, when your event is over, find a trustworthy local charity to whom you can contribute the funds.

5) WEAR PINK. Remember, October is all about raising awareness. Why not designate a PINK day at work — or at your children’s playground — or your local neighborhood coffee shop. Have everyone wear pink from their heads to their toes. Hats, shirts, dresses, socks and shoes. Now, that’ll get attention! And remember, while you’re having fun you’re also helping to promote awareness of the most common cancer affecting women the world over! Pat yourself on the back and be proud!

So, there we have it. Five easy, simple ways YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! And, of course, if you would prefer to donate financially, please check online with CharityNavigator — an organization that will help you find a reputable charity in your area.

Well, everyone — Betty and I can’t thank you enough for joining us! We are all in this together — we are all on the same team — we are all WELLNESS WARRIORS!

So, stay in GOOD HEALTH and until next time,



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Breast Cancer Ribbon Welcome back everyone to another installment of Health and #WELLNESS WEDNESDAY! Tomorrow is the first day of October — and, of course, October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. So, we’re going to start today with a discussion of the TOP 8 RISK FACTORS FOR BREAST CANCER THAT EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO KNOW.

Now, if you remember from our previous discussions, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the world. According to the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, it also is the second leading cause of female cancer deaths worldwide — second only to lung cancer.

Indeed, one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. In the United States alone it is estimated that over 220,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer — and approximately 40,000 will die from the disease.

And this is, of course, COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE! SO — what can we do as women to protect ourselves?? What steps must we take to stay one step ahead of this disease?? Here’s what we do:


And having said that, here are the TOP 8 RISK FACTORS FOR BREAST CANCER AMONG WOMEN:

1) GENDER: Breast cancer can affect BOTH females and males. It occurs, however, approximately 100 times more often in women than men.

2) RACE: Most types of breast cancer — not all — are more common among Caucasian women than women of any other race.

3) AGE: Like most other cancers, breast cancer is — for the most part — an age-related disease UNLESS it is clearly genetically indicated. It typically affects women over the age of 55.

4) REPRODUCTIVE AND MENSTRUAL HISTORY: In a nutshell, the longer our cycles of menstruation last, the greater our risk for breast cancer becomes. For example, if we experienced an early first period — before the age of 12 — AND we experience a late menopause — after the age of 55 — then our risk is greater. Similarly, women who had a first child at an older age, or never had children, are at a greater risk for the disease.

5) FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY: We talk about this a lot when speaking about cancer. If we have a First Degree Relative — this means a parent, sibling or child — with a particular cancer, our risk for developing the same cancer is greater. This is certainly true of breast cancer. AND, our risk is even greater if this FDR was diagnosed BEFORE the age of 50.

6) GENETIC ANOMALY: We’ve all heard about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, right? And, if not, it’s time to listen up Ladies. These are two genes that can carry a mutation — or anomaly — that significantly increases one’s risk not only for breast cancer — but, for ovarian cancer as well. IF you have a family history of breast cancer — AND IF that family member was an FDR — AND IF you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent — an anomaly of these two genes may be indicated. This puts you at a greater risk for developing breast AND ovarian cancer.

7) PERSONAL MEDICAL HISTORY: For those of us who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer once our risk of developing another breast cancer is greater. Moreover, cancer in one breast can indicate a greater risk for developing a future cancer in the other breast.

8) FIBROSIS — DENSE BREAST TISSUE: Well, this is one I’m personally familiar with. Women with this condition — like me — are at a greater risk for developing breast cancer — which I did. Many states now have passed laws requiring physicians to disclose this information to women whose mammograms indicate this condition.

There we have it Ladies! The Top 8 Risk Factors for Breast Cancer We Need to Know. And, as I always say,

“Knowledge is Power. But, it is a two step process. First, we attain it. Then we express it. Knowledge without action is like a letter without a stamp. If it doesn’t go anywhere, it can’t do any good.”

So, now that we know what our top risk factors are, let’s do something about it. First, talk to your physician. Discuss your particular risk factors. Then, come up with a plan and schedule for your Customized Screening Procedures based upon your personal risks. Take advantage of today’s technology with proper Mammograms, Physical Exams, Self-Exams AND for those of us with fibrosis — a Screening Ultrasound.

And, of course, consider your lifestyle choices. Make sure you’re eating properly. Getting enough exercise. Stopping — or at least trying to stop — tobacco use. Exercising moderation in alcohol use. Because the Best Defense is a Strong Offense! And if we can’t totally prevent breast cancer from occurring, then let’s do everything in our power to CATCH IT EARLY and TREAT IT SUCCESSFULLY!

Thanks for joining me everyone! Stay in GOOD HEALTH and until next time,


TIME FOR REVIEW: For a more complete review of this information, please refer to the Single Source Cancer Course, pages 100 – 107 in Volume 1 and pages 3-9 in Volume 2.


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7 Remarkable Reasons to Try Reiki + September Celestial Events

Healing hands FDP Welcome back everyone! It’s another Health and #WELLNESS WEDNESDAY and time for another discussion of Complementary and Alternative Medicine — also known as CAM. For several weeks we’ve been discussing various CAM techniques. And today, we’re going to finish up this series with a close look at the practice of REIKI.

Now, Reiki originates from another eastern tradition — coming to us this time from Japan. It is an ancient technique which has been used for thousands of years to reduce stress, improve relaxation and promote healing. It is based upon the philosophy that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us — and that it is this “life force” that nourishes the human body and keeps us alive.

The word Reiki is actually two words — Rei which means “higher power” — and Ki which refers to the above mentioned “life force energy.”

In essence, Reiki is a technique that realigns the flow of the body’s energies. It allows our “life force” to move freely throughout our bodies — and to be concentrated in areas of our body that have been weakened or, perhaps, injured in some way.

If you remember our discussion of acupuncture, Reiki may sound somewhat similar. And, in fact, it is because Reiki also is based upon the theory that the energy in our bodies flows along certain pathways. And, when those pathways become unbalanced or blocked in some way, illness, discomfort or pain will result.

One of the big differences, however, between the two techniques is that acupuncture uses tiny needles to promote healing — while Reiki only uses the touch of a hand.

Now, during a typical Reiki session the patient will be asked to remove her or his shoes and to lie down — usually on a regular massage table. At this point, the practitioner will place her or his hands very lightly on different parts of the patient’s body.

Sometimes, there is a pattern of placement that the practitioner follows. For example, the practitioner may begin with the patient’s head, moving to the shoulders, the torso, the legs and so on — allowing the hands to rest on each body part for two to five minutes. Yet other times, the practitioner may lay her or his hands directly on the area of the body to be treated — and then gently move the hands in a random order over the patient’s body.

So in a way, Reiki is somewhat like the typical massage therapy with which we’re all familiar. The touch of Reiki, however, is much lighter. And, rather than massaging the tissues of the body, the hands of the Reiki practitioner barely skim over the body — sometimes coming to rest for just a few minutes.

Reiki has been used to treat people of every age, including adults, children, babies, the elderly and even pets! And, it has been used to treat a variety of conditions and illnesses. And, here are SEVEN OF THE MOST COMMON HEALTH BENEFITS derived from this technique.

1) Decreases Stress and Increases Relaxation;

2) Improves Functioning of the Body’s Immune System;

3) Alleviates Insomnia and Improves Sleep;

4) Relieves Emotional Distress and Sorrow;

5) Relieves Menopausal Symptoms;

6) Reduces Pain and Discomfort from Migraines, Arthritis and Sciatica, and;

7) Speeds Up Recovery from Surgery and Long-Term Illness.

So you see, Reiki is used in many ways to help people suffering from a variety of minor and major ailments. It has become a vital part of CAM programs in hospitals and out-patient facilities throughout the country.

Indeed, many Reiki practitioners work out of hospitals, clinics and medical facilities. And, this might be the best way to find a practitioner near you. You might also try your local community center or nearby university or college for information.

There are several different types of Reiki techniques. So be sure to ask any questions you may have — and ask your friends or personal physician as many practitioners rely on word of mouth from their regular patients and clients in attracting new ones.

And that, friends, brings us to the end of our series on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. I hope you’ve found it helpful — or at least interesting!


Before we close, I want to mention that not only are we coming to the end of our series, but to the end of a season as well. On Wednesday, September 23 the Autumn Equinox takes place. And, if you recall from our previous discussions, the Equinox is defined as the time of year when the day and night are of equal length. So, over the next 24 hours we will officially enter the season of Autumn!

Now this means, of course, that it’s time to look ahead as we enter this final season of the year. It’s time to tie up loose ends, take stock and fulfill resolutions we made at the beginning of the year. It’s time to concentrate and focus on good work — and take solid steps forward to accomplish everything we can over the next three months.

And finally — for all our sky watchers and star gazers — we have a celestial event coming up on Sunday, September 27. We have a Full Moon — but, we also have a Total Eclipse of the Full Moon — AND the Full Moon that night is also a Harvest Moon! Now, the Harvest Moon is the Full Moon that occurs closest to the September Equinox. So, we have three interesting events following this year’s Equinox — a Full Moon, a Harvest Moon and a Total Eclipse — all at the same time.

What’s more, this combined event will be visible to observers in North and South America as the long total lunar eclipse will last approximately 72 minutes! This is going to be fun!

So, enjoy the change of seasons — the fabulous autumn weather — the bounties of the year’s harvest — and the anticipation of all the holidays ahead.

Thanks for joining me everyone! Stay in GOOD HEALTH and until next time,


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Moods, Magic and Science – The New Moon

New Moon FDPWelcome back everyone — and to a Special Weekend Edition at that! You see on Sunday, September 13 we have not only a New Moon, but a partial solar eclipse as well. Now, this event will not be visible in the Northern hemisphere because the moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun. However, this does mean we will have a wonderful opportunity to observe celestial objects in the night sky that are normally obscured from view by the moon.

And, if you’ve ever wondered what the different phases of the Moon actually are — and what happens when — here’s how it works.

To begin, the Moon revolves around the Earth — and as this movement takes place, the Moon appears to change its shape in the sky. It takes our Moon about 29.5 days to complete its cycle around the Earth. And, during this time, the Moon moves through eight different phases.

Now, each of these eight lunar phases refers to the amount of the Moon we can see from Earth. And that is determined by how much of the Moon is lit up by the Sun.

For example, the lunar cycle begins with the New Moon — when we only see the Moon as a sliver or crescent in the night sky. It then appears to grow as it goes through its “waxing” phases to become the Full Moon.  From here, it enters its “waning” phases in which it appears to shrink. Until finally, it returns once again to the crescent-shaped New Moon before vanishing for a few days and beginning the cycle all over again.

This interaction of the Earth, Sun and Moon have been in place and have influenced life on our planet for millions of years. We know the ocean tides on Earth are dictated by the interplay and gravitational forces of the Sun and the Moon. Indeed, science has documented that the Moon and its phases rule the flow of all fluids on planet Earth.

For example, when the Moon lines up with the Sun and the Earth we have a phenomenon called syzygy. This astronomical event happens twice during the lunar cycle – once during the Full Moon and once again during the New Moon. And, when it occurs the tidal effect is increased. This is because the Moon’s orbit at this time is at its closest proximity to the Earth. And during this time – also known as perigee – the gravitational force of the Moon can increase by as much as 50 percent!

Now, that’s interesting! And, of course, it begs the questions: “If the Moon’s gravitational pull is powerful enough to affect our planet’s oceans, won’t it affect us as well? We are physical beings made of approximately 70 percent water. If the Moon dictates the flow of fluids on Earth, doesn’t that include us?

Well, we’ve discussed some of this before. We know, for example, that the Moon can affect our circadian rhythms – or our cycles of rest and activity. The light of the Moon – especially when it’s full — can keep us awake at night resulting in fatigue, disorientation or even depression.

And, the human menstrual cycle aligns itself with the Moon’s lunar cycle – of about 28 to 29 days. Indeed, science indicates that human reproduction is influenced by the moon with the rates of ovulation and conception increasing during the Full Moon and decreasing during the New Moon. What’s more, it’s said the New Moon generates negative ions, which enhance our overall mood.

So, yes, the New Moon tonight may have some effect on our physical bodies. What’s more, throughout history the New Moon has been regarded as a symbol of new beginnings. Many cultures have seen the New Moon as an opportunity to reclaim their hopes and dreams.

Hmmm . . . well, if so, why not have some fun tonight? Make it a combination of mood, magic and science. Let’s use this New Moon to reaffirm to ourselves what we want, where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. Just as the New Moon symbolizes the beginning of another lunar cycle, let’s use it in a similar way — to symbolize a new beginning for ourselves.

So, go ahead and think of tonight’s New Moon as a blank page. Make your intentions known, speak your dreams out loud, begin that new project, make that important contact and act on that new idea. And, of course, take charge of your health! Put your thoughts into positive action. What have you got to lose?

Because, we know that overall health is a mighty combination of mental, physical and emotional well being. Let’s take the opportunity to create that balance in every way possible. And, of course while you’re at it, enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars!

Thanks for joining me, everyone. Stay in Good Health and until next time,

                                        TAKE THE COURSE AND TAKE CHARGE!

And ladies, please read more about the very special relationship we females share with the phases of the Moon with Dr. Christiane Northrup at: http://www.drnorthrup.com/wisdom-of-menstrual-cycle/#sthash.vElM8Et9.dpuf.


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The History of Labor Day and The Importance of Rest

Labor Day FDPHi Everyone!  Well, it’s the beginning of another week. And, today just happens to be Labor Day as well as #Monday Motivation. So, we’re going to combine the two — and talk about the history of the holiday and the importance of resting and enjoying time off.

To begin, Labor Day is interesting because it evolved over a period of several years. It is an American holiday that had its beginnings in the labor movement around the turn of the last century — when the country was just entering into the industrial revolution.

Large factories were popping up all over the United States. There was a lot of work for those willing to put in the long, hard hours — but, the labor unions also wanted to protect the American worker from exploitation and exhaustion.

To that end, many local unions on the East Coast began to organize celebrations such as picnics and parades in support of a variety of labor issues. The pivotal event, however, was a huge picnic that took place in New York City on September 5, 1882. The location of the celebration was at Wendel’s Elm Park on 92nd Street and 9th Avenue — which was the largest park in the city at that time.

It was estimated that over 10,000 participants attended the event. The city’s jewelers, bricklayers, carpenters, workers and laborers from every occupation showed up and celebrated what was later declared by the local newspapers as “a day of the people.”

By 1887 New York, New Jersey and Colorado were among the first states to uphold state-approved legal holidays. The notion to celebrate a national holiday for the nation’s workers spread until the state of South Dakota introduced S. 730 to the 53rd Congress of the United States. And, on June 28, 1894 the bill was approved making Labor Day — the first Monday of September — a national holiday recognized by every state in honor of the American worker.

Today, of course, we think of Labor Day as the last holiday of the summer. The last long weekend before families return to their pre-summer routines, children return to school, universities resume their academic schedules, vacations come to an end and we prepare for autumn, a busy winter and the upcoming holidays.

But, Labor Day also is a traditional time of reflection. It’s a time to assess the passing of summer and re-assess our priorities for the new season. It’s a time to re-group — to collect our thoughts — and to refresh our energies. It’s a time to move into the last quarter of the year with firm ideas of what we want to accomplish before the year’s over and how we hope to do that.

So, take this languid, long and leisurely holiday weekend — and enjoy every minute of it. Spend time with family and friends. Experiment in the kitchen and cook something special for someone special. Stay outdoors and take in the fresh air. Sleep on the porch. Hike in the mountains. Take a final swim in the ocean. Play fetch with your dog.

It’s called playful rest. Because, spending time doing something we enjoy always recharges our batteries and clears our minds. You see, engaging in pleasant activities releases the feel-good chemicals known as endorphins into our system. And, these wonderful little guys are the body’s natural opiates — designed to decrease stress and increase pleasure.

Then, once you’ve played — and rested — and thoroughly enjoyed your holiday — take a little time out to focus on the work and the tasks you want to complete in the next few months. Set a few goals for yourself. Think about the ways in which you’re going to complete them. Organize your thoughts. Get a game plan. Put your imagination into action.

So, as this Labor Day celebrates the worker in all of us — let it also celebrate the chance to relax and reflect — so that we can return to our work refreshed, renewed, revived and MOTIVATED!

Thanks for joining me everyone! Stay in GOOD HEALTH and until next time,




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