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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Seven in Eight


New figures released by Cancer Research tell us that one in eight women will get breast cancer.  Apparently the charity’s figures show that breast cancer rates have risen from one in nine, to one in eight.

This is very sad news for women, and another sign that the pattern of health and disease is changing in our society.  It’s the long term, chronic diseases that prevail - diseases caused by ‘lifestyle factors’ and genetics, rather than infectious diseases.

There is a lot I could say about how to protect your cells from damage through healthy eating, or about how this statistic is misleading, but this news made me think of another way in which this information will affect women.

How many ladies will now be thinking ‘it could be me’ on hearing this stark statistic?  How many will now feel compelled to reduce alcohol intake or increase exercise in an attempt to reduce their risk?  [increased acohol consumption and lack of exercise have been cited as important risk factors in developing the disease].

Many of us know from first hand experience that when we are spurred on to adopt a new ‘healthy regime’ it will often fail after a short while, leaving us back where we were with old behaviours, along with added guilt about how these behaviours maybe slowly killing us.  And we may be feeling like failures for not having the resolve or the motivation to look after our health properly.

But even if you do manage to continue a new healthier regime, how will you ever know if you’re doing enough?  Maybe you’ll still have the guilt and fear despite exercising regularly, drinking less alcohol and getting your five-a-day.

Sadly, in my opinion, news like this generates a great deal of fear among the population.  And it's another item on the list of 'Things We Should be Doing'.  In this respect, I think most people would be better off without hearing news like this, and it may actually be affecting people's health in a way that is often overlooked.

Through being trained in kinesiology, I am very aware of the impact that negative emotions (both extreme and subtle) can have on the body.  Holding the body in a vibration of fear is not healthy in any way.  But because it can be very difficult to measure the effect that energy and emotions have on the body, mainstream medicine doesn’t accept this view.  Kinesiologists (along with many other energy workers) would tell you that the influence is immense.

Of course I’m not saying that this kind of news should be censored so as not to upset people, I’m just commenting on how I think it could affect people.  There’s no easy answer. 

Except how about an alternative headline:

‘Seven in every eight women will not get breast cancer’.  

I think it sounds better.




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