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Lessons Learned From Cancer by Bhava Ram

Adversity can be our greatest teacher. In a recent study, participants who reported the highest levels of adversity also reported the highest levels of personal growth and self-development.

This was definitely true for me. Halfway through my life, my career as a foreign war correspondent was over. After failed surgery to mend my broken back from a freak accident, I was declared permanently disabled and sentenced to life in a stiff body brace. I was washing down handfuls of painkillers, antidepressants, and muscle relaxers every day with copious amounts of alcohol. I gained a ton of weight, and when things couldn’t have seemed more hopeless, my doctors diagnosed me with terminal, stage IV cancer from exposure to spent uranium while covering the Gulf War.

With only months to live, I’d given up all hope, until my two-year-old son came to my bedside and pleaded, “Get up, Daddy.” Those three words became my motivator and my healing mantra. In that moment, I knew I had to do something radical, or die trying. If I didn’t, my son would grow up without a father.

I was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, and by 2000 was deeply immersed in yoga and becoming an organic vegan. In 2002 I had a transcendental experience of feeling cancer leave my body. Today I’ve been cancer-free for more than 15 years, which my doctors call a miracle. To share the transformative powers of yoga, I founded the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts and now have the privilege of teaching throughout America and in India.

I now know that cancer and a broken back were two of the greatest blessings in my life, and that adversity is an amazing catalyst for personal growth. Here are five lessons I learned that may help anyone gripped with hopelessness.

1. Create a power symbol.

Who or what touches you at the soul level? For me, it was my son, his three words to me, and the image of his face as I grew stronger. Your power symbol is something you desperately care about, and it becomes your healing mantra that will carry you through the inevitable times of challenge. Whenever I faltered, I repeated my son’s words over and over. Ive found that when you anchor into a positive thought, the whole world seems to rise up to support you.

2. Trust in your own power to self-heal.

You have an inherent power to heal to your maximum potential. Don’t be passive. Take control of your own healing journey. The way I supported my body’s innate ability to self-heal was through mind-body therapies, diet, purification techniques, meditation, a spiritual discipline, movement, and daily practice. By supporting my body’s own healing abilities, it was ultimately able to heal and function at its full potential.

3. Turn self-healing into your top priority.

When my body was in a critical state of breakdown, it required a level of single-minded focus and hard work unmatched by anything I had ever before attempted. I would arise at 3 a.m. to begin meditation, deep breathing, and thanking my back pain and cancer for being my greatest teachers. Throughout the day, punctuated by time with my son, I made self-healing my main occupation. I read ancient and modern texts on yoga, explored yoga postures, fasted, did visualization, performed physical purifications, and much more. I refused to let low-value people and activities or outside pressure discourage me from my mission to heal.

4. Pursue the best healing discipline for you.

There are many ways to self-heal. I chose yoga science combined with Ayurvedic medicine, diet, and purifications. Open your mind to what’s out there, and find a discipline that resonates with you. Then dive into it with passion. Become the most devoted student you’ve ever been. Read, study under great teachers, go on retreats, and engage in the discipline every day. Don’t dabble in this or that; stick with the path that resonates the most with you and dig a deep well.

5. Clean up your act.

It’s nearly impossible to heal from a serious illness or injury if you continue to put things in your body that are bad for you. It may feel like a well-deserved indulgence to have a big fat steak, a sugary dessert, a strong cocktail, or a late night junk-food snack. But unhealthy and impure substances will slow down your progress and can even reverse it. My body was so polluted with alcohol, prescription meds, and food laden with chemicals, salt, fat, and sugar that it took a long time to get these toxins out of my body and reverse their toxic effects. Once I completely cleaned my body from the inside, however, my mind and body responded well to yoga and all the other healing modalities I was using. The purer your life, the more vibrant your health will be.

Source By Bhava Ram

Global Cancer Rates

Global cancer rates to skyrocket by 70% over next 20  years as conventional medicine fails

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer Tags: cancer rates, conventional  medicine, global  disease

(NaturalNews)  The overall number of new people who will develop cancer in a given year is  expected to nearly double over the next two decades, claims a new report put out  by the World Health Organization (WHO). Analysts at the international governing  body say the current global rate of about 14 million new cancer cases annually,  per 2012 data, will eventually balloon to somewhere in the ballpark of 25  million new cancer cases annually by 2035.
The sobering report comes on the heels of an earlier one out of France that similarly calculated a 75 percent increase in cancer diagnoses by 2030. With the exception of a few minor variances, both reports speculate that, based on current trends, new cases of cancer will skyrocket in the coming years. And the hardest hit will be poor and developing countries, many of which are right now undergoing major changes as a result of Western influence.
As far as the latest WHO report, this  expected increase in new cancer cases has already been dubbed an imminent “human  disaster,” according to the U.K.’s Guardian. Unless the governments and  medical systems of the world make a rapid switch to focusing on prevention  rather than treatment, WHO says, the devastation that is soon to come, both in  terms of unsustainable medical costs and widespread societal loss, will be  unprecedented.
“The global cancer burden is increasing and quite  markedly, due predominantly to the aging of the populations and population  growth,” alleges Chris Wild, director of WHO’s International Agency for Research  on Cancer, as quoted by BBC News. “If we look at the cost of treatment of  cancers, it is spiraling out of control, even for the high-income countries.  Prevention is absolutely critical and it’s been somewhat neglected.”

GMOs, fluoride and processed food linked to rising cancer rates

While  correct in his assessment that prevention needs to play a more prominent role in  how society deals with cancer, Wild grossly misjudges why an increasing number  of people across the globe are developing the disease in the first place. While  age is definitely a factor in determining cancer  risk, so are things like genetically modified organisms (GMOs), trans fats,  fluoridated drinking water and many other ubiquitous facets of modern life in  North America that are largely ignored.
While WHO  gives a nod to the damage that can be caused by abusing alcohol and cigarettes,  as well as the risks associated with being obese, the organization stops short  of warning people about the cancer risks of consuming sodium nitrite, for  instance, which is found in virtually all the deli meat sold at your  neighborhood grocer.
WHO has also repeatedly failed to warn women about  the dangers associated with submitting their bodies to regular mammograms, which  multiple studies, including one recently published in the New England Journal  of Medicine, have found can lead to breast cancer overdiagnosis. The  ionizing radiation released during a mammogram has also been linked to causing  breast cancer as well.
“Our food is sprayed about 30 times, with a  cocktail of poisons, before we eat it,” writes a commenter on The  Guardian, pointing out WHO’s apparent lack of concern about the many obvious  carcinogens that we are all increasingly exposed to on a regular  basis.
“[O]ur bathrooms are full of unregulated chemicals, which might  well be carcinogenic ; our diet is not, in most cases, conducive to maintaining  optimum health ; we do less and less exercise, and become sluggardly and  overweight ; it is little wonder that people are becoming terminally ill to an  increasing extent.” Sources for this article include:

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Ways To Be Of Service

How you can help a friend or a loved that is facing a crisis:

Give them a hug

Cook a meal for them

Help them around the house

Run an errand for them

Give them a ride to an appointment.

Go out to lunch or go to a coffee shop.

Pray for them.

Do something nice for them.

Bring them funny movies to watch. 

Be present and listen to them.

Give them a gift certificate

Don’t offer advice on what they should do.

Go to a doctor appointment with them and offer to take notes.

Give them a plant, chocolate or flowers.


Acceptance doesn’t mean you like or you desire what is going on, but it does mean you are willing to come to peace with it. Surrender the entire situation over to God or a higher power through the process of acceptance.  Acceptance is  going with the flow instead of resisting.  Trust that everything will work out exactly as it is supposed to.  Don’t resist or force anything.  Find that balance of grace and acceptance.  Ask for help in finding peace within an unsettling situation.  Keep a positive attitude, hang in there, pray and expect a miracle.    Breathe deeply.

Source Doreen Virtue, The Archangel Raphael Healing Oracle Deck

Top Priorites If You Or A Loved One Learned Of A Recent Cancer Diagnosis

Drink good purified water.

Cancer is a systemic problem.  The key is to  strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress and fortify all body systems, including the Liver and Kidneys which are the organs of detoxification.

Make yourself the number 1 priority.   Take care of your needs.

Buy all certified organic Non-GMO foods &  products.

Make important dietary changes.  Remove these foods from your diet and home today: msg, alcohol, sugar, fried food, barbecued food, processed food, junk food, fast food, white bread, white rice, foods that are processed, preserved foods  such as pasta or canned goods.   Avoid all foods with  sodium nitrite like lunch meat, bacon, sausage, pepperoni.  Avoid foods with food dyes.    Reduce your meat and dairy consumption.  Many dressings and sauces have preservatives and chemicals so it is best to make your own.  Eat out less.  Reduce salt intake.   A good salt to use is  Himalayan Pink salt.

Eat some good fruits to eat: Papaya and pineapple are good for digestion and have anti-inflammatory enzymes.   Pomegranates inhibit cancers.  Persimmons are rich in antioxidants. Tangerines are anti-cancer.  Grapes, apples, apricots, pears  support tissue integrity.   Oils from citrus peels are anti-cancer.  Berries support the cardiovascular system and the eyes.  Strawberries inhibit cancers and enhance hormone metabolism. (Some Doctors suggest you limit your fruit intake)

Watch funny movies and go out and have some fun.

Do a creative project.

Put together a supportive healing team that includes, nurses, naturopaths, counselor, massage therapist, nutritionist…..

Do a gentle detoxing program under a doctor’s supervision.

Build up a good support system.

Buy a juicer and make fresh juice daily.

Put a water filter on your kitchen faucet and in your shower.

Go through all your health and beauty products.   Make sure they don’t contain the following: Aluminum, parabens, phithalates or propylene glycol.  Buy only organic, all natural soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner.  Use olive oil or coconut oil for non-toxic skin moisturizer.

Get rid of all toxic cleaning products in your home and switch to non-toxic cleaning products.  7th Generation makes very good non-toxic cleaning products.

Increase your exercise level to oxygenate your body and sweat out toxins.

Boost your immune system by adding supplements but first have them muscle tested.  Cell Food, IP-6 with Inositol, Iodine, Selenuim, Magnesium,Vitamin E, curcumin and  a good multi-vitamin.

Reduce your stress level: deep breathing, get a massage, take a walk, drink tea, listen to soothing music, turn off your tv, avoid the news, shut of your phone………

Make an appointment to see a counselor to help you to reduce your fears and anxiety.

Go to the library and do some research

Take some time off work

Warning: Telling others you have cancer may open you up to stress and bad advice. Some people may say things that are very insensitive. Talk to a counselor. Tell your family, close friends, your boss and co-workers only if you want to and only when you feel ready, no hurry with this.



For Cancer Is So Limited

For cancer is so limited

It cannot cripple love,

It cannot shatter hope,

It cannot corrode faith,

It cannot destroy peace,

It cannot kill friendship,

It cannot suppress memories,

It cannot silence courage,

It cannot invade the soul,

It cannot steal God’s gift of eternal life,

It cannot quench the Holy Spirit,

It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.

Author Unknown