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Research Suggests Frankincense Essential Oil May Be a Useful Tool in Fighting Breast Cancer

Frankincense Tree

By Shelly Allen, CEOC, AADP accredited In continuing our Essential Oils for Breast Health series, this week we will focus on Frankincense essential oil. Frankincense is probably one of the most widely recognized essential oils along with it’s BFF, Myrrh. Anyone who has any affiliation with the bible will immediately reflect on frankincense and myrrh as gifts the three wise men brought to baby Jesus. So what would make frankincense and myrrh such great gifts for mother and baby after child birth? To answer that we must look at the oil’s chemical components. There are three types of frankincense; Boswellia Carterii, Boswellia Sacra, and Boswellia Frereana. All three types have high levels of alpha-pinene, a monoterpene shown in clinical studies to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer properties, and appears to function as a broad spectrum antibiotic. Some studies have even shown oils high in alpha-pinene may produce anti-anxiety and sedative effects. Seems the three wise men really were wise to give the gift of frankincense. It may have helped mother Mary with inflammation following birth, ward off illness causing bacteria and perhaps even ward off postpartum depression. Now, I’m just guessing here because no one really knows why frankincense …

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Essential Oils for Breast Health

By Shelly Allen, CEOC, AADP October is breast cancer awareness month, which is kind of interesting because I don’t think anyone reading this article isn’t aware of breast cancer. We all know someone who has gotten the call from the doctor’s office after a breast cancer test, “The doctor would like to see you…” From what I can ascertain, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the month to remind women to keep their breasts healthy by getting their recommended screenings. My intention during this month is help you understand how you can use essential oils to help support breast health. So…What are Essential Oils? According to Wikipedia, essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants, or the “blood” of the plant. Basically, all the effective compounds in the plants stems, roots, leaves or flowers are extracted in various ways, with steam distillation being the purest. These compounds are highly concentrated and their potential for supporting health has been studied widely. Top oils for fighting breast cancer cells: Chamomile, thyme, cinnamon In a 2010 study, researchers tested the healing properties of 10 of the most popular essential oils – mint, ginger, lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, thyme, rose …

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What You Need to Know Thanks to earlier detection – through screening and increased awareness – and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time. However, there’s much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. And there remains a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having 42 percent higher death rates compared to whites. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent). If you or someone you love is concerned about developing breast cancer, have been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help you find the answers you need. The Facts: The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are: About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the …

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Four Money Issues Couples Should Agree On

Money issues to agree on

SSpouses often harbor different opinions on a variety of subjects. From the style of clothes and haircuts they like on each other to the TV shows they watch every evening, marriage requires plenty of compromise. While frivolous things such as choosing between Monday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars might conjure up a minor squabble, when it comes to arguments over money, respective differences can lead to more than just mild disagreements. “Income and spending are at the heart of any partnership – family as well as business,” says Al Jacobs, an entrepreneur, real estate investor and author of the book Roadway to Prosperity (www.roadwaytoprosperity.com). “Just as business partners need to be on the same page when it comes to spending company money, spouses need to come together to avoid creating a crisis situation that could ruin a marriage.” Jacobs says there are four basic issues that would put families in better financial shape if both spouses could be in accord on them: • Life insurance. Every family provider should arrange financially for his or her survivors in the event of an untimely death. A common way to accomplish this is with life insurance. This is where controversy arises. …

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Dark Chocolate: The Not-So-Bitter Truth

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

By Joy Bauer, MS, RD | Reviewed by a board-certified physician Verywell FFor years, researchers have investigated the health effects chocolate (of course, when it’s eaten in moderation) and have ultimately reached the following conclusion: dark chocolate has numerous health benefits. I’m a huge fan of dark chocolate (and have even included it as one of my top 10 super foods), so I have compiled a list of its health benefits and of tasty ways to enjoy its deliciousness. Here’s your “Chocolate 101” lesson. The Truth About Antioxidants Dark chocolate is made from cocoa, a powder extracted from cocoa beans that are grown in humid climates. Cocoa is a rich source of flavonoids, specifically epicatechins and procyanidins (try saying those names three times fast!). These flavonoids belong to a group called polyphenols and are potent antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. This protection can help prevent aging, various types of cancer and dangerous heart and cardiovascular diseases. Other sources of polyphenols include red wine, tea and berries—the news just gets better and better, right? The Truth About Heart Health Dark chocolate similarly has positive effects on our ticker. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can help increase the diameter …

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