Illnesses of various sorts can literally sap the life forces out of us. Whether its addiction, chronic pain or fatigue, grief, depression, or cancer, the degree to which one has and sustains hope will determine how well they bounce back or respond to treatment. BUT... There's health and healing power through hope!
In his book, The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in The Face of Illness, Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS, wonderfully illustrates the role of hope in recovery and making health-related choices. He concludes his treatise thus:
“Hope, I have come to believe, is as vital to our lives as the very oxygen that we breathe.”
Hope and faith are virtually two sides of the same coin for they acknowledge a greater power beyond one’s self to combat illness or make key lifestyle changes. Even in the most...
As you know, October is breast cancer awareness month in the United States. Education on early detection and risk factors have created a noticeable increase in survival rates. Unfortunately, in order to continue increasing the survival rates, we all need to become advocates by educating ourselves and our loved ones. So do you know what steps to take and are you aware of the risk factors? Busy schedules and day to day duties can lead us to put aside the importance of our own health. Our own environment and behaviors are contributors to these factors such as smoking, drinking, and an unhealthy diet. While other factors such as age and race cannot be changed, we can however, minimize our chances by changing the way we eat, live and think. Behaviors and environment alterations can make a tremendous impact but cannot stand alone as an early detection plan. Early detection also consists of routine mammograms and cancer screenings. While many of us know the importance of mammograms, we might...
Make no mistake, health is wealth. The number one killer in the United States isn’t guns, or drugs, or car accidents. It’s heart disease — a ruthless killer that is directly related to what’s on our plates.
Heart disease claims the life of nearly one out of every three Americans.
Adopting a Vegan diet is a powerful way to prevent heart disease. In fact, a recent British study found that switching to a Vegan diet may cut your chances of developing heart disease by 32%! Animal foods tend to be high in cholesterol and saturated fat, major contributors to artery-clogging plaque.
In contrast, plant foods are low in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol. Zero. Additionally, the most powerful cholesterol- lowering dietary agents are soluble fiber, unsaturated fats, and phytochemicals, all of which are found almost exclusively in plant foods.
Here are some other ways that you can protect your heart just in time for Valentine’s Day:
Choose Dark Chocolate - Healthy chocolate sounds like a d...