12.10.2015 | 20:29
That marvelous time of year when autumn arrives in earnest – at least here in NC – and the leaves start to turn color. (The “leaf-peepers” come in droves to our beautiful mountains right about now, and the State Fair gears up for its annual run._
One color the leaves don’t turn is pink.
And yet pink is impossible to avoid in October….
Is there any disease that strikes more fear into the hearts of women than cancer? Breast cancer in particular?
My mom’s two closest friends are breast cancer survivors, and I’ve lost track of friends, friends of friends, etc. who’ve been touched by this devastating plague.
And I am so (expletive deleted) sick of pink ribbons….
They are everywhere, on everything, impossible to avoid.
Don’t believe me?
Here’s an example that made me scratch my head:
I use a brand of flexible toothpicks every night as part of my dental care routine.
Normally they’re a slightly bluish green color at the tip.
Last year my sister brought home a couple of packs from the drugstore around this time of year.
The tips were pink!
But that isn’t the worst offender.
For that matter, I’m not sure I could decide on the most egregious example of “pinkwashing.”…
Pink cans of soda pop, containing cancer-causing sweeteners and chemicals?
How about doughnuts with pink frosting and pink ribbon sprinkles? (Yes, I saw a picture of these a friend posted on Facebook.)
And one of my all-time favorites:
Pink buckets of fried chicken….
Does anyone, anywhere still believe that deep-fried foods, or fast food in general, contribute to a cancer-preventive lifestyle?!
Meanwhile, the fear-mongering is in full swing….
I’m sure many of you have seen the statistics that show that aggressive cancer screening may not be as beneficial as we’ve been told.
Some authorities even feel that it may do more harm than good.
I’m not going to address those stories or articles here because the information is easily available from a simple Internet search.
And I also make no recommendations regarding screening: I believe that it’s a deeply personal decision, and that each individual needs to make it according to the advice of her trusted medical adviser.
I’ve come to my own conclusions regarding screening, based on my own research and the guidance of people I trust.
You need to do the same.
You have my support, whatever your decision.
But don’t base that decision on fear-mongering media coverage or fund-raising campaigns awash in a sea of faux pink dollars….
If you’re interested in alternatives to the conventional cancer paradigm, check out this documentary series – The Truth About Cancer – instead.
Ty Bollinger lost several family members to cancer and subsequently went on a worldwide quest for answers and information.
This series shares what he found.
I also would like to thank my friend and colleague Evelyn Jameson, of Herculean Health, for putting together these marvelous graphic images.
(To see more of them, be sure to visit her Facebook page – www.facebook.com/herculeanhealth — and give her some love by liking the page!)
And if you want to try something really nourishing for your breasts (and lymphatic system), check out this awesome massage oil, Healthy Girls Breast Oil.
I purchased some at an event I attended this past spring, from a woman named Linda Chalkey Osmond. You can also find it at her website (along with a lot of other goodies).
I love this stuff – it smells heavenly, and it’s a great way to get in touch with your “girls’” state of health.
Trust me: It has a far nicer aroma than the stink of pink….