Life has many twists and turns. I’ve been absent for a couple weeks because of those twists and turns. I am back now…but today’s post will be quite short.
One of my detours was taking my elderly cat to the vet last week because of odd behavior. After telling me to be prepared for the worst, the vet ran some tests and said that between kidney failure and cancer, it would be best to say goodbye…and so I did. My sweet “cat girl” and I snuggled while we awaited the test results and upon hearing them, snuggled a bit more as they prepared the injections. I held her through her final moments and cried at her passing.
“Cat girl” had been a part of my family for well over 18 years. My daughter named her Aya, but I gave her so many names over the course of the years, I don’t know that she knew what her name really was. She was a snuggler who thought my lap was the best place in the world. She loved lettuce and begged for it when I made a salad. We carried on conversations together, and I know beyond a doubt that she understood every word I said.
My house is empty now. Hubby doesn’t want more pets…it’s the first time in over 30 years that there has not been a fur baby in our family. Hopefully, some day he’ll relent and another animal will make its way into our home, our hearts, and our lives. In the meantime, I grieve for a precious bundle of fur who brightened my days in so many ways.
And I am grateful that we had 18 plus years together, loving each other.
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s great that we raise awareness and that we raise money to fund research….BUT what if we already have the tools to prevent most cancers, including breast cancer? What if we spent as much time and money educating people on what they can do to prevent cancer? According to many doctors who promote a whole foods, plant-based diet (Dr. Neil Bernard, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Fuhrman….to name just a few), we DO have the tools. Those tools are the foods we eat.
Cancer has become more prevalent in the United States as people have bought in to the fast food, highly processed, high fat, high sugar diet. Tonight on ABC News there was a segment on a couple of people who were part of a study on how fast food affects weight. In just a few short weeks, the two people profiled had gained a significant amount of weight. Check this out for yourself: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/fast-food-diet-participants-paid-purposely-gain-weight/story?id=17377478#.UGujVU1fDzk Excess weight has long been a causal factor for cancer. I believe that by eating a plant-based diet, we get to choose a different ending. Every time I eat highly nutritional foods, I improve my odds.
A Facebook friend of mine, Sharon McRae, has a very personal story regarding this. Sharon’s mother died from cancer but Sharon’s story is one of why she will not support the pink ribbon campaign. Please check out her story here: http://sharon-mcrae.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2011/10/why-im-boycotting-the-pink-ribbon
Instead of jumping on the pink ribbon campaign this year, consider how we might aim for preventative medicine instead…. Healthy, nutritious foods are the “drugs” we need to help prevent this vicious disease. Let’s quit funding companies that promote an unhealthy lifestyle by buying their pink ribbon merchandise. Let’s educate people on the tools that are readily available to prevent cancer and other diseases. It might put the pharmaceutical companies out of business, or severely reduce their profits, but it will save a lot of lives.
Oh, and by the way, I’m with Sharon . . . I’m boycotting the pink ribbon, too!