Your heart and soul is the very essence of yourself. At The Keep A Breast Foundation we believe that when you take care and nourish this part of you, you can shine and overcome whatever obstacle is placed in front of you. The more you give and love, the more good you will receive in return, and the better life you could ultimately lead. The most important thing is to love yourself; for without self-love you close yourself off to all the amazing gifts that life has to offer. Health starts at home, with me, myself and I.
One of the main things that can affect your heart and soul is stress.
Studies have shown that stress actually can promote cancer (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/stress) indirectly by weakening the immune system’s anti-tumor defense or by encouraging new tumor-feeding blood vessels to form. In fact, stress is one of the major causes of disease.
Stress comes in many shapes and forms and from many different places. The effects of stress can range from little differences to big humungous problems. Stress knows no size, no shape or even age. So think about it; when you are nervous about a test, job interview, even a first kiss – that can cause stress. Some stress is good, like the stress before an audition for a play. Stress gives you the strength to fight back and protect yourself. But when stress takes over it can cause many things to go wrong in your body. Stress can cause your body to go into a “fight or flight” situation releasing unnecessary stress hormones and an abundance of cortisol, which acts as a steroid. When you are under continual stress, these hormones shut down your immune system and any chance of your body fighting back is suppressed. Your ability to stay healthy is compromised.
Researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, conducted a study over the duration of 24 years and found “women who reported being under stress had twice the risk of developing breast cancer as women who managed to stay cool, calm, and collected” (Osterweil, 2003).Over 63% of all households in the US have pets. Only second to accidents, cancer is the leading killer of pets. When a product or chemical gets banned for human consumption many times it ends up in pet food and products. Is it a coincidence that so many of our dogs end up with tumors and why it seems like everyone has a friend whose cat had hyperthyroidism? Just as miners would send a canary down the mineshaft to test air quality our hyper-sensitive pets are serving as guards for our own health, as they breathe in, ingest or absorb the same chemicals that are in our environments. Dogs show higher rates than humans of several forms of cancer including skin cancer, bone cancer, breast tumors and leukemia, and hyperthyroidism is a leading cause of illness in older cats.
“Average levels of many chemicals were substantially higher in pets than is typical for people, with 2.4 times higher levels of stain- and grease-proof coatings (perfluorochemicals) in dogs, 23 times more fire retardants (PBDEs) in cats, and more than 5 times the amounts of mercury, compared to average levels in people found in national studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and EWG.” http://www.ewg.org/.
If you are like the Keep A Breast family than you probably treat your pet as if they were a member of your own family. It’s safe to say that you wouldn’t feed your family or yourself low-grade food with unknown ingredients or surround yourself with dishes, clothes, toys, and products made from toxic materials; unfortunately many pet owners unknowingly let their furry and feathery loved ones do just that. And lets face it, that soggy dog toy has probably been in your hand more than you think, and those pesky highly-toxic, VOC’s can come out of products you give directly to your animal. So don’t stop at your Mouth, Body and House… make sure you are providing your pet with a safe non toxic environment as well.