Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an Attitude!

PinkOctober is breast cancer awareness month. Every year when October rolls around, I hear commercials, see pink ribbons, am asked to donate to the cause and know people that are participating in breast cancer events.

The money raised during the month of October comes rolling in-huge amounts of money. It is for a wonderful cause, but then I read about where the majority of the money goes…salaries to top executives, plush office space, overhead, etc. This really bothers me. What about the woman with cancer that can’t afford treatment? Or the woman that chooses to do Alternative Treatment and her insurance won’t cover the costs? Oh and the woman that had cancer and then her health insurance premium goes up every 6 months, until she can no longer afford the premium? I personally would rather help someone with cancer by paying a bill or buying her some organic groceries. Some of these charities are such a ripoff and those that truly need financial help often never see any.

Also, the whole ‘awareness month’ really bothers me. I am a 9 year survivor, my mother is a 29 year survivor and all three of her sisters had breast cancer and died. We’ve been tested and we don’t carry the gene! I’m not aware of breast cancer just during the awareness month. I’m aware of it everyday…when I look at myself in the mirror, when I’m showering or changing clothes, when I’m doing yard work and I must be careful not to injure my left hand or arm (to try to prevent lymphedema), when my lack of hormones is giving my body fits or when I pick up a grand child and they bump my still painful breast. Yes I’m aware, but much more often than the month of October!

There are many more cancers, not just breast cancer and we need research for them all. I personally believe that disease and cancer is caused by deficiencies in the body. If our body is getting all of the vitamins, minerals and essential fats needed it will be able to fight disease. Add clear air, proper hydration, remove the toxins and chemicals and the body should thrive.

I think cancer research is necessary and so is funding. There are some amazing things happening in Natural Medicine and in Integrative Medicine. Funding shouldn’t all go to Western Medicine research. It is time to look to the basics…back to the natural things that God provided us with, clean air, pure water, healthy organic nutrition and quality herbs. I’d like to see some trend setters make a bold contribution to research in the Natural Medicine arena.

Our food source needs to be cleaned up…no chemicals, toxins, growth hormones and no GMO’s. Some 160+ countries have banned GMO food and the United States is still allowing it and consuming it! Get this poison out of our grocery stores and out of our homes! Stop buying GMO food and non organic food and the grocery stores will be forced to stock the healthier choice. The consumer has the power to make them change. I am doing my part. I challenge you to do the same, for your health and your family’s health.

I am aware of cancer everyday. I am a survivor. I make healthy choices. By changing the air we breathe in our home, the water we drink, the food we purchase at the grocery store and have drop shipped to our home and the supplements we take, I know I am giving my body the best possible chance to be healthy and fight disease.

For me, pink represents health, living life to the fullest and survival. Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude! Wishing each of you optimal health. Are you up to the challenge?

From the heart!                                                                                                                         ~Kathy Burden

Is it Really About the Bunny?

599534_10200821660813673_923239029_nToday is Easter. Many children will hunt colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. It is so much fun to watch the “egg-hunters,” from toddlers to 4th-graders, at our local church. So many kids with an array of baskets of all sizes, waiting for the signal to start–then a mad dash to pick up as many eggs as they can. They are all so cute, and so excited about the egg hunt and their prize!

A couple of years ago, one of our “grandees” said, “This is the best candy day I’ve ever had!” Today, this kindergartener will tell you, “Jesus died on the cross and His blood covers our sins!” He knows Jesus is “the prize!”

A statement like that can snap you into reality very quickly. No, It’s not really about the bunny, not even the chocolate bunny. Easter is all about the cross and God’s precious gift–His only Son, who  shed His blood on a wooden cross so that our sins might be covered when we accept that gift. The crown of thorns image is a vivid reminder to me of the huge price that was paid for the gift of my salvation, and I am so grateful!

In the “health journey” on which God has led me, I speak often of being a breast cancer survivor.  I believe pure health involves mind, body and spirit, and through integrative medicine–Western medicine and natural medicine–I am now cancer free. What I haven’t mentioned before  is my diagnosis in 1971 of leukemia, by 3 different hospitals. With my white count in excess of 21-thousand, styrofoam-looking balls in my mouth and throat, jaundice, and an extremely swollen liver, the doctors took pictures for the medical students. My parents were told a bone marrow transplant the following day was necessary for my survival.

After my parents had put me on every prayer list they could, my dad told the doctors to run the tests again. After doing so, nine doctors surrounded my bed the following morning. The head hematologist announced to us, “We don’t know what happened, but you do not have leukemia.”

They may not have known, but my parents and I knew. The Great Physician had healed me. Although unknown to me then, my health journey really began that day. That was also the day  I was first struck by the assurance that God and I had a personal relationship, for this life, and for eternity.

We make many choices in life; some are good for us and some aren’t. My personal choice of  God’s precious gift, Jesus Christ (as my grandee would say, “the prize”), is truly the best one! (No, it’s not really about the bunny).

From the heart!
~Kathy Burden

cancer Can Be a Very Scary Word!

breast cancer thumbTo hear the words ‘you have cancer’ can be extremely scary. The first thing I remember, after hearing my doctor say those words, was my brain on a run-away roller coaster ride! I immediately went into the survival mode and began searching the stored files in my brain for answers to the questions racing through my head.

I’ve now been cancer free for over 8+ years and have learned many things. I’ll share some of those with you, but first let me assure you that I will never let cancer be a capitalized word in my life again!

I set out to learn everything I could about optimal health and fighting disease. I chose the Western medicine approach, lumpectomy, radiation and Tamoxifen. The side effects from the surgery, radiation and Rx medication reeked havoc on my body. There were too many side effects to go into here, but I can share with you that some of them were painful and others were life-altering! I continued to research and study and finally referred to alternative medicine, by my cardiologist, to help with the side effects. Most were minimized or disappeared all together! God made the human body to heal itself. But we have to be treating our body with respect and supplying the things it needs. By implementing the information I learned about the 3 essential building blocks for optimal health – clean Air, alkaline Water and balanced beneficial (preferably organic) Nutrition, I was able to help my body be strong enough to fight disease.

I learned that cancer feeds on sugar and yeast. I also learned that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline body and thrives in an acidic body. This was a no-brainer for me…give up the sugar and yeast and drink higher pH alkaline water! I purchased a FreshAir Surround air purifier and a LivingWater alkalizing water machine. Then I started removing all of the toxins in our home. I purchased a LaundryPure and use cold water only and no detergent, bleach or fabric softener to clean our clothes!

I purchase some organic fruit and vegetables at local farmers markets and raise the rest on our urban mini farm. I raise free range hens that lay fresh eggs. I have organic green fed meat, dairy and chocolate delivered to our door from Beyond Organic. I also purchase toxic-free organic skin and body care products from Beyond Organic. I am a Mission Marketer with Beyond Organic and would like to share Jordan Rubin’s remarkable journey from sickness to health:

Life is good and I plan to live the rest of my time as healthy as I possibly can. I’ve learned how to purchase these and other health care products wholesale. I will share this information with you here under the Shop tab.

Another thing that I’d like to share is a site that helps people with many different illnesses and diseases, including cancer. www.NCRF.org and www.cellect.org                                                            Here you will find information and hundreds of testimonials…absolutely amazing stories of illness and disease being reversed!

From the heart!                                                                                                               ~Kathy Burden