Care for the Earth
|June 21 2016
As the summer solstice is upon us, I feel the invitation to expand, connect and celebrate. I am so grateful to each of you who are living and spreading the Healthy Breast Program around the world, sharing tips for prevention and supporting women and Mother Earth. Like the petals of the chamomile flower below with the sun at its centre, we radiate outward to bring healing and support.
Now is the perfect time to plant some healing herbs to dry for tea in the fall. Recently
I headed out to Richter's Herbs in Goodwood, Ontario to gather my treasured Greek Sage to plant in the orchard. It won't survive our winters, but it loves the summer months. Luckily I still have a few dried leaves from last year's harvest. I often blend it with rosemary to make a delicious tea.
Other herbs to get started in your garden or in pots are rosemary, peppermint, red clover, chamomile and lemon balm. Have a look at and share our article on the benefits of three teas for breast health.
Sat Dharam Kaur ND
Creator of the Healthy Breast Program
19 Ways to Decrease Electromagnetic Pollution
Although the electromagnetic pollution around us is invisible, it can cause harm. We are exposed to potentially harmful electromagnetic fields daily, within our homes and workplaces. Pay attention to the location of hydro lines, cell phone towers and AM radio transmission towers. To decrease your exposure to electromagnetic pollution, consider the following guidelines:
- Keep a 'safe' distance from the source of electromagnetic fields - at a distance of 2 ½ feet, the fields are 80% less powerful. Move televisions, power bars, clock radios and lamps at least 2 ½ feet from your bed or where you sit for long periods of time. Walls do not stop magnetic fields, so be aware of the location of your electric service panel, your electric meter, wiring in your walls, wireless Internet routers/antennae and transformers for electronic gadgets - and place furniture or beds away from these areas.
- Keep EMFs under 1 mG in the bedroom.
- Avoid using electric blankets, heating pads and water beds.
- Sleep in a dark room at night.
- Do not use a microwave oven. Remove it from your home.
- Use less electricity, fewer electrical conveniences, and try living without a dishwasher, a clothes dryer, or a television.
- Turn off or unplug all electrical devices when not in use, including your computer.
- Use a wind-up watch rather than one with a quartz crystal or battery.
- Do not buy a house or live within 2 km of a cell phone tower or AM radio transmission tower; 60-200 feet from distribution lines and 300-1,000 feet from transmission lines. Cell tower strobe lights will cause emissions of "dirty power".
- Use a regular phone, rather than a cordless phone or cell phone. The cordless phone emits a high frequency field. The cell phone exposes your brain to microwaves. Have your phone company install a radio frequency filter on your phone line to cut out these frequencies.
- Steel belted radial tires can expose car passengers to fields as high as 50 mG, which is too much if you are spending hours a day in a car. Arrange your life so there is less time spent in a car.
- Do not use touch lamps or halogen lights or compact fluorescent energy efficient bulbs. Use LED bulbs or solar-charged lamps instead.
- Hire an electrician to: a) inspect for and eliminate loose or poor connections; b) replace poorly made switches, fixtures and appliances; c) replace dimmer switches with regular On/Off switches; d) make sure the wire between the meter and your electrical box is wide enough so it doesn't bottleneck high frequencies.
- Have your utility company trim branches bumping or touching overhead wires; and ask them to replace split-volt connectors with crimp-on connectors if the split-volt connectors are on your line.
- Design your office so that your exposure to EMFs from computers, photocopiers and printers is less than 2 mG(0.2 microteslas).
- Purchase high frequency filters from Stetzer Electric (email email@example.com) and plug these into your electrical outlets to reduce dirty power. You will need about 20 of these for an average house. Educate your neighbours to do the same.
- Use rubber gloves when washing dishes or stand on a non-conductive rubber or cloth mat to block the flow of electrical current into your body.
- If you live off the grid and have alternative (solar or wind) power, install filters to clean up the wave form the inverter generates.
- Stay hopeful and try not to become overwhelmed. A feeling of hopelessness will lead to denial and inaction. Start with small steps, a few each month, until you've mastered this list.
Tips for Teens: Anti-Radiation Foods
by Kathryn Livingston
Radiation is one of five environmental links to breast cancer (along with x-rays, electromagnetic fields, plastics, and toxic chemicals), and girls and young women are particularly susceptible.
Unfortunately, we're all exposed to background radiation from nuclear testing, weapons and power. The good news is, there are ways to decrease the cancer risk posed by radiation exposure. If you follow a radiation-protection diet you'll be on the right track to a healthy future! Here are a few handy tips for a healthy diet high in antioxidants :
Turmeric is your friend! Have two tsp. daily or supplement with curcumin. This bright, pretty spice has antioxidant, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory qualities. You can add it to rice, stir-fries, or salad dressings.
Load up on sea vegetables! Sprinkle some dulse or kelp powder on your soups, juices, salad dressings or bean dishes instead of salt. Nori sheets or dried dulse make great snacks, or eat with rice at meals. Brown seaweeds
such as kelp and wakame contain sodium alginate which helps you excrete radioactive molecules.
Eat yams, squash, carrots, swiss chard and spinach, all high in beta carotene.
Go for green tea! Hot or cold, this is a great beverage to remove radioactive isotopes and protect from cancer.
Mushrooms galore! Use reishi as tea and eat shitake and oyster mushrooms to effectively build your immune system.
Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower protect the liver, and taste yummy in stir-fries: raw is even better for anti-cancer punch. Be adventuresome, and try a kale salad!
Traditional Japanese miso soup helps excrete radioactive particles and deters cancer. You can make it yourself-in Japan, miso soup is often eaten at breakfast.
Dried beans, lentils, and/or tofu keep cancer at bay.
Go nuts! Pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts are packed with anti-oxidants. Goji berries are high in antioxidants, too. Mix with pecans or throw into a salad.
Drizzle your salad or rice with flaxseed oil (unheated) to protect cell membranes.
Berry up! Blueberries, raspberries, black berries, cranberries, strawberries, cherries, and other fruits are great for snacks any time of day. Be sure to opt for organic.
Tomatoes (best when cooked), watermelon, and guava contain lycopene, a protective antioxidant.
Smoothie moves...you can always toss anti-oxidant fruits or veggies into a smoothie. Just blend with filtered water and/or soymilk and enjoy!
Three Teas for Breast Health
by Sat Dharam Kaur ND
Matcha Green Tea
This is my favourite airport drink (I fly a lot). One sip of a green tea latté with soy milk and my whole system experiences a relaxed alertness. A long satisfying exhale.
Matcha is made from green tea leaves that have been stoneground into a fine powder. One of the plant chemicals found in matcha is epigallocatechin 3-0-gallate (EGCG), an anti-oxidant that helps to protect the kidneys and liver from free radicals.[i] Research on mice support the ability of matcha to help the body excrete toxic chemicals such as PCBs.[ii]
The concentration of EGCG obtained from drinking matcha is 137 times higher than some other green teas. Thus one serving of matcha is equivalent to at least 10 cups of steeped green tea.[iii] Why wouldn't you opt for the real deal?
Matcha contains over 10 times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries. It even beats goji berries as the antioxidant giant. Antioxidants slow down the aging process and help to prevent and reverse disease.
Studies on mice have revealed that matcha: 1) lowered cholesterol and triglycerides; 2) lowered blood glucose levels; 3) improved liver detoxification by increasing something called superoxide dismutase; 4) reversed damage caused by free radicals.[iv]
Matcha's protective antioxidants, support for the liver and kidneys and glucose-lowering capacity make it an excellent beverage to have regularly to reduce breast cancer risk. It contains a little caffeine - have it in the morning rather than before bed.
Holy Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)
Holy basil is recognized by Hindu people in India as a sacred plant and is planted around holy shrines. Its Hindu name, Tulsi, means "the incomparable one". It has many uses - for treating the common cold, flu, diabetes, bronchitis, earache, headache, fever, and to relieve stress and anxiety, support the adrenal glands and promote longevity.
Laboratory research on Holy basil confirms that it slows down breast cancer growth and progression.[v] It helps prevent breast cancer cells from invading neighbouring tissues, and reduces the blood supply to tumours, stalling their growth.[vi] Three of the protective plant chemicals in Holy Basil are lutein, lupeol and eugenol.[vii] Holy basil also improve immune function by increasing T helper cells and T killer cells.[viii]
Holy basil makes a delicious tea, steeped on its own or with added licorice root. I find it immediately soothing and relaxing.
Lemon balm is calming and relaxing. Historically is has been used to relieve nervous agitation, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, and menstrual or intestinal cramps. It increases the neurotransmitter, GABA by
inhibiting GABA-transaminase, the enzyme responsible breaking down GABA.
In terms of breast health, lemon balm contains
contains apigenin, which has
powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties[x][xi] to protect our breasts.
Lemon balm acts as an anti-viral against the Herpes simplex virus
and can be applied as a cream to cold sores to shorten their duration, or can be taken as a tea or tincture.
Schedule a date with lemon balm each evening before bed to benefit from its relaxing, sleep-inducing properties.
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Our Monthly Breast Health Challenge:
Phthalates are added to PVC toys and plastic food containers to make them soft and pliable. They are also used in cosmetics, such as nail polish and perfume.
There are several categories of phthalates. You will see them on labels as DEHP, DINP, DIDP, DBP, DnOP, DnHP.
toxic to the thyroid (decreases T4); liver and kidney toxicity; harms reproductive tract; linked to infertility; causes harm to developing foetus; mimics the hormone estrogen; causes earlier puberty and breast development in girls; linked with breast cancer.
added to plastics such as PVC to make them soft and flexible; found in building products, children's toys, balls, children's polymer clay, food packaging; medical devices - tubing, blood bags; infants' teething rings and pacifiers; vinyl upholstery; tablecloths; raincoats; adhesives; glue, latex adhesives; food containers; garden hoses; shoes and shoe soles; car undercoating; wires and cables; carpet backing; pool liners; solvents for dyes; vinyl tiles; artificial leather; food conveyor belts; traffic cones; canvas tarps; notebook binders; cosmetics, nail polish; dishwasher baskets; flea collars
Let's work together to ban them.
9 Ways to Eliminate Phthalates:
- Urge retailers not to sell PVC toys and pressure municipal, provincial, state, and federal governments to ban the use of PVC plastic - write a letter or create a petition.
- Put pressure on daycares and schools to eliminate PVC and plastic toys in general.
- Tell your friends and relatives not to buy plastic toys for your children and inform them of the dangers of phthalates.
- Put pressure on toy manufacturing companies like Martel, Hasbro, Playskool, Safety 1st, Gerber, and Disney to stop using PVC and phthalates in their products. Explain to your children the hazards in their plastic toys in a way they can understand, and then discard them, replacing them with wood, cloth, or other natural fibres.
- Buy oils or fatty foods in glass rather than plastic containers.
- Use waxed paper or butcher paper to wrap sandwiches and other foods in, and especially do not microwave food in plastic containers or plastic wrap.
- Use ceramic, stainless steel or glass containers for food.
- Use cosmetics that are labelled phthalate and BPA-free, or stop using cosmetics.
- Avoid plastics with the number 3 designation. Safer plastics will have a number 1, 2, 4 or 5 designation.
Messerlian C, Souter I et al. Urinary phthalate metabolites and ovarian reserve among women seeking infertility care. Hum reprod. 2016 Jan;31(1):75-83
Actions for Mother Earth
Ban fire retardants (PBDEs), phthalates and bisphenol A.
Recipes of the Month:
by Sanjivan Kaur
Flax and Dried Plums
2 Tbsp of flax seed (soaked over night)
2 dried plums (soaked over night)
1/2 - 1 organic apple
Mix the seeds and plums in Vitamix or blender. Chop the apple and serve it with the mixture.
Serve with Brazil nut milk.
Brazil Nut Milk
1cup of Brazil nuts (soaked over night)
1 1/2 cups of water or more
Blend in a Vitamix or blender
2 handfuls or more of fresh mint leaves
1 garlic clove
Small piece of fresh turmeric root
Small piece of fresh ginger root
1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds (soaked over night)
Pinch of salt
Chaga tea or organic green tea
1 tsp green powder (spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass etc.)
Blend the ingredients in a Vitamix or blender.
Omega 3 Smoothie
1 Tbsp flax seeds (soaked over night)
1 Tbsp peeled hemp seeds
1 Tbsp organic flaxseed oil
Red currants or other berries
1 Tbsp organic raw tahini
Pinch of vanilla powder
Organic soy milk or Yogi Tea Classic Chai
Blend the ingredients in Vitamix. Check the taste and sprinkle some hemp seeds on top of the smoothie.
Upcoming Healthy Breast Training Programs and Retreats
Healthy Breast Program
is composed of three different streams:
Healthy Breast Foundations Program
Healthy Breast Yoga Pr
Healthy Breast Practitioner Program.
We have several Healthy Breast Programs coming up:
begins Sept 16, 2016
July 1, July 22, Sept 9, Oct 28, Nov 4, 2016 in Toronto
July 12, July 26, Aug 23, 2016 in Owen Sound
Aug 20-25, 2016, Lima, Peru
Nov 2016, Shanghai, China
Jan 27-29, 2017, Toronto, ON, Canada
The Healthy Breast Program was developed by Sat Dharam Kaur ND in 2000 as a way for women to reduce the global and individual risk of breast cancer. Sat Dharam Kaur's book, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, was published in 2003.
was founded in 2012 by Sat Dharam Kaur and Julia Forest
to support a vision of women empowering women through breast health education.
The causes of cancer are multi-factorial and there are preventative strategies that are available today. Empowering women to take a proactive approach in reducing risk of the disease is essential. This can be achieved by forming a global network of healthcare practitioners, yoga teachers, Healthy Breast Educators and advocates who are passionate about women's health. Help spread our message of hope, wellness and accountability towards global change for one another, our daughters and Mother Earth. We invite you to work with us. You may forward this ezine to friends, students and patients by clicking below.