CBS News Report – Young Living Oils and UCLA Cancer Therapy

Below is a link to a CBS news story about how Young Living oils and other non traditional forms of therapy are helping cancer patients.  Currently, two hospitals, UCLA & Beth Israel, have partnered with the Urban Zen Institute.  Urban Zen trains nurses in aromatherapy and enlists other professional to use alternative therapies like aromatherapy, massage and yoga to help cancer patients deal with stress, pain, nausea, insomnia and constipation.   Urban Zen does not use just any essential oils – they only use Young Living Essential Oils.    Peace & Calming is mentioned in the video and it is a great oil to use to ease stress and anxiety.  I like to use Peace & Calming at night if I can’t sleep either on myself or on my kids.  I have also used it when I feel stressed or when my kids are cranky.  It is one of our must have oils.

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I would love to hear your thoughts on the video either in the comments below or on my facebook page.  Have you used any alternative therapies when dealing with an illness?  Let us know what worked for you.

-Francine

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Dr. Mahmoud Suhail on Frankincense

 

Below is a new video from Young Living that features Dr. Mahmoud Suhail discussing  his current research using Boswellia Sacra.  Young Living is the only essential oil company that bottles Boswellia Sacra (as Sacred Frankincense).  

About halfway through Dr. Suhail cites two different cancer cases from pre-clinical trials happening in Oman and Northern Africa.  The results are very exciting.  In one case the carcinoembryonic antigen was 210.  A reading of 10-20 is high (mostly likely that you would have cancer).  A reading of more than 20 would indicate metastases for certain.  Carcinoembryonic antigen went from 210 -18 in less than 21 days and the primary tumor disappeared in an additional 3-4 weeks!   So many people are affected by cancer.  Please watch this video and share it with others.  

-Francine

 

 

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The Awesome Power of Frankincense Oil

I am sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I love essential oils.  I love them because they smell good, I love them because I get results fast.  I love that my kids love them and that they ask for them when they are hurt or sick.  What I also love about essential oils, is that they are about hope.

Frankincense has been a part of human history for thousands of years.  It is even mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, the oldest known medical record and dates from the sixteenth century B.C.  Ancient Egyptians listed frankincense in hundreds of recipes and prescriptions.  Frankincense was once considered more valuable than gold, was often stolen from Egyptian tombs (instead of real gold) and was used to treat every conceivable ill.

When I started looking for information on essential oils, one of the first articles I came upon was this one from the BBC News entitled “Frankincense:  Could it be a cure for cancer?.  I remember feeling so excited after reading the article.  Just imagine if cancer could be treated with an essential oil instead of chemo?    The studies show that frankincense basically shuts down cancer cells without doing any harm to healthy cells!  The article mentions Dr. Mahmoud Suhail.  He is an immunologist who is studying frankincense for the answers about what it is in the oil that causes the cancer to react in such a way.  I actually met Dr. Suhail at the Young Living Farm this past June.  Dr. Suhail talked about his research and about how uncommon cancer is in Oman, where he has a medical practice.  He sees about 1 cancer patient per year!  He believes that using frankincense has contributed to the low cancer rate in Oman.  The Omanis will drop a piece of resin in water to soak overnight and will consume it in the morning.  They also burn the resin on a frankincense burner or they will chew it.  Frankincense has traditionally been used to treat ailments such as asthma, arthritis, Crohns, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowl syndrome.

I found this PubMed study on frankincense and bladder cancer.  Below is the conclusion from the study….

“Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability.  Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death.  Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.”

Isn’t that awesome??!!  One of the researchers on the bladder cancer study  is Dr. H.K. Lin, an immunologist and cancer researcher from the University of Oklahoma.  Dr. Lin  was also at Young Living’s convention this past June where he showed slides of his research on patients with bladder cancer.  Some patients were treated with frankincense while others received traditional cancer treatment.  Remarkably, the patients treated with frankincense showed an almost 100% cancer cell death without showing ANY healthy cell death!  Not only is that unheard of in cancer treatment but the patients also did not experience ANY side effects.  I remember Dr. Lin expressing his sincere surprise and excitement over the results.  He is now conducting more research using Young Living’s essential oils including Frankincense, Sandalwood, Balsam Fir, Palo Santo, and Tsuga against breast, colon, lung, prostate, and pancreatic cancers.  Dr. Lin also mentioned that using therapeutic grade frankincense on a daily basis would be an effective cancer preventative.  I found this quote from Dr. Lin on e! Science News: “Frankincense oil may represent an inexpensive alternative therapy for patients currently suffering from bladder cancer.”

One of the very best features of essential oils is that they are not one hit wonders.  Yes, frankincense may be a cure for cancer but it can also be used everyday for many different purposes through topical application, diffusion or ingesting (I recommend ingesting only YL oils) such as:

  • to support the immune system
  • to alleviate congestion
  • to promote peace and calming
  • to remove warts
  • to help smooth wrinkles (one of my favorites)

For me, frankincense was not a love at first whiff.  I had seen seasoned oilers go on about it and I just didn’t get it.  It’s aroma took some getting used to as I  prefer more floral and citrus scents.  But now, I love the smell of frankincense.  It has become one of my must-have oils because I feel better when I use it.  It grounds me, it supports me, it soothes me and it reminds me that people thousands of years ago used frankincense for the very same reasons.

Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential Oils.  You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com

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Breast Health Awareness Month

In her article, “The Best Breast Test“, Christiane Northrup, M.D. has renamed October Breast Health Awareness Month.  Don’t you think that is so much better than Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  Yes, of course finding a cure for breast cancer would be wonderful but let’s not wait around for that to happen.  Let’s start thinking about prevention.  Dr. Northrup talks about using thermography instead of mammograms as a more reliable method for the early detection of breast cancer.  Studies have shown that once cancer is able to be detected by a mammogram or by physical examination it has been growing for about 7 years.  7 years!?!  Just think of all the lifestyle changes that could have been made in that time if a woman with breast cancer had known earlier that something was amiss.  Thermography can detect “hot spots” in the body.  It sees changes on a cellular level way before a tumor has grown into something that nobody wants and becomes difficult to get rid of.  Here are some numbers that really jumped out at me about the way breast cancer progresses  - “At 90 days there are two cells, at one year there are 16 cells, and at five years there are 1,048,576 cells—an amount that is still undetectable by a mammogram.  (At 8 years, there are almost 4 billion cells.)”  Here is a post from CNN which illustrates the need for a more reliable test –  “When a mammogram isn’t enough”.  If breast cancer can be detected sooner rather than later there is so much more that can be done before women have to go through surgery, chemo or radiation.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, diet also plays a role in prevention.  Here is a link to his website to see the article, “Lowering Breast Cancer Risk”.  Lifestyle changes like becoming more active and limiting exposure to xenoestrogens are helpful to reducing the risk.  Xenoestrogens are chemicals that mimic the effect of estrogens in our bodies.  They can be found in pesticides, dry cleaning & bleached feminine hygiene products.   I strongly encourage you to review this list of xenoestrogens and how to avoid them.  Dr. Weil also suggests eating generous amount of fruits and vegetables (and I would include as many as possible from the list from my post on Sept. 21 “Eating Away Cancer”), adding more fiber everyday, consuming green tea and very little, if any, alcohol.

So what about essential oils?  How can they be used to support a healthy lifestyle?  There have been studies that show that frankincense is very effective at shutting cancer down (see this BBC article).  There have also been over 50 clinical studies that show that a natural occurring constituent in many citrus oils and in frankincense oil called “d-limonene” has shown to not only inhibit tumor growth but to also regress tumor growth!  To me that is just so amazing.  A natural substance with no horrible side effects can very possibly be a cure for cancer.  In order to duplicate the studies a person would need to consume about 2/3 of a 15 ml bottle of pure therapeutic grade orange oil which contains about 90% of d-limonene.  Personally, for prevention I add citrus oils like lemon, orange, or grapefruit to my water everyday.  It adds a wonderful flavor so I end up drinking more of it and it also adds the benefits that come with citrus essential oils like d-limonene and immune system support.  Of course, I am speaking of Young Living Oils.  I know and trust the oils I get from Young Living and I cannot speak of the quality of oils from other suppliers.  Below is a piece written by Vicki Opfer, who is a Crown Diamond distributor with Young Living.  Vicki studied with the renowned herbalist, Hanna Kroeger, before she found Young Living Essential Oils and is very well versed in the many benefits of using natural remedies for improving health.

When I joined Young Living I was not only skeptical about network marketing, I was also critical of it.  Today, I believe that network marketing offers us an opportunity unlike any that has been available in the history of mankind.

I have a story to tell you that will explain why I believe this to be true.  Some time ago, I had an opportunity to speak with a woman in Iowa, who is a chiropractor.  Dr. Peters told me that she had been concerned because of a family history of breast cancer.  She had gotten a mammogram, but felt, like I did, that mammograms may damage breast tissue.  So she found a doctor in California who offered thermal imaging of breasts, and flew to CA to have this done.  Unfortunately, the doctor found a number of “hot spots” and told her that he would want to re-examine her in 4 months.  She went back for a second visit, with the same results – a number of hot spots that the Dr. planned to monitor, and he asked that she come back again in 4 months.

Within a few weeks, Gary Young was in Iowa, speaking about the oils.  Gary presented research by Dr. Jamie Matta, which had also been presented at the annual Young Living convention, describing the combination of frankincense oil with other oils such as sandalwood, tsuga, and myrtle, which were documented as oils that may prevent cancer.

Dr. Peters bought these 4 oils.  Each day, morning and evening, she would put a few drops of the frankincense in her hand, and add one of the other three oils, and then apply this to her breasts.  She used the frankincense every day, and alternated in the other oils.  In four months, when she went back to California for her check up, the doctor did not find any significant hot spots in her breasts.  The doctor was amazed and wanted to know how this had happened.  I was asked to give him an introductory lecture by phone so that he would understand why this might have happened.

The doctor has considered doing a small research study with 30 women to see whether he can duplicate these results in other patients, and, if the results are good, doing a larger study with 300 women.

Isn’t that exciting?  Well, there’s something even more exciting to me!  While I am absolutely thrilled that the doctor will be validating the effects of the oils, I can begin to share this story with people today, and person to person, we can get this vital information out to as many people as possible – think of it!!!  What if we could even prevent 10% of the breast cancer cases that occur?  Wouldn’t that be wonderful?  That would make everything that we do worthwhile!!!    Now, THAT is the power of NETWORK MARKETING!!! ~ Vicki Opfer

 

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical conditions.  Please see a licensed medical doctor to discuss treatment options.



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Eating away cancer

“Autopsy studies from people who died in car accidents have shown that about 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 50 actually have microscopic cancers in their breasts.  About 50% of men in their 50′s and 60′s have microscopic prostate cancers. And virtually 100% of us by the time we reach our 70′s will have microscopic cancer growing in our thyroid.  Yet without a blood supply most of these cancers will never become dangerous.”  Dr. William Li

“Diet accounts for 30-35% of environmentally caused cancer.”  Dr. William Li

TED Talk with Dr. William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

I find the first quote shocking and the second quote empowering.  As I watched the above video I was amazed and excited.  We don’t have to rely on big pharmaceuticals to come up with a cancer cure!  Preventing cancer for most people may be a matter of just eating a better diet!  I think many people know that eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and relaxing are all things we need to do to lower our risk of  becoming ill.  We know it but do we do it? Probably not as often as we would like.  But instead of beating ourselves up about not doing enough, let’s look at it another way.  Below is a list of foods that have been found to be helpful in preventing cancer and many other diseases.  This is accomplished by a process called antiangiogenesis.  Diseased cells are intentionally cut off from a blood supply (ie a source of nutrients) and thereby prevented from growing.  If we can add some of these foods to our diets and consume them on a regular basis we may be able to have a longer healthier life and possibly prevent cancer from ever showing up.  Now doesn’t that sound nice?

Making small changes to your diet is not that hard.  Pick one item from the above list and find new ways to add it into your diet and the next week try another. You could add fresh or frozen blueberries (preferably organic) to your cereal in the morning or as a desert at night.  Mix a handful of the berries into a smoothie.  Make your own salad dressing by using some fresh lemon juice, olive oil & salt.  I love steamed soy beans with a bit of tamari over brown rice or have a glass of red wine at night.  Many of these foods are as common as can be like apples, cherries and garlic.  Some a little more exotic, sea cucumber, maitake mushrooms and bok choy.  I was thrilled to see Lavender on the list and not really surprised to see the citrus fruits lemon, orange & grapefruit.  I have read studies where these essential oils have been shown to not only inhibit tumor growth but have also reduced existing tumors – isn’t that remarkable?!

One of my family’s favorite supplements is Ningxia Red (click on the link for more information).  Ningxia Red is an immune supporting, antioxidant super juice that is a great addition to any diet.  It has Ningxia wolfberry purée, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, pomegranates as well as lemon & orange essential oils.  I have heard many stories of people who were undergoing cancer treatments that have found this drink to be very helpful and supportive during a very challenging time.  So helpful that their Doctor’s told them to keep doing whatever they were doing.  I know from personal use that this juice improves my eyesight, helps to reduce sugar cravings and improves my energy levels.  When I read the food list above for the first time I immediately thought of Ningxia Red because it contains several of those items.

My guess is that we’ll be hearing more and more about how certain foods can help us keep disease at bay.  See if you can find a few good ones you like and eat them more regularly.

Now pardon me, I need to go make a big pot of tomato sauce while I enjoy a glass of red wine.

Francine

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