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Let’s Hear it for “The Girls!”
Wonderful Self-Care for Breasts
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Let’s Hear it for “The Girls!”



I’ve often said that, although October is technically Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wish everyone referred to it as Breast Health Awareness Month instead. I would much rather have breast health than breast cancer! Wouldn’t you? This is true even for those of you who have had breast cancer! Let’s all make this important shift.

When thinking about what to write you this month, I knew I wanted to remind you about thermography. It’s a technology that picks up thermal changes in breast tissue. These thermal changes are the precursors for breast tissue anomalies that can become cancerous. Unlike a mammogram, a thermogram—a breast exam using thermography—isn’t invasive. No one touches or flattens your breasts, and there is absolutely no radiation exposure. Since I’ve written about thermography extensively on my Web site, I strongly encourage you to read Best Breast Test and A Tale of Two Exams and become familiar with my favorite breast test.

One of the reasons I like thermography is it often gives you time to change your habits and improve the health of your breast tissue. That’s because thermography can find potential problems years before a mammogram can detect cancerous cells. This shifts the focus from curing to preventing. And that just makes sense.

I wrote this month’s blog, “Wonderful Self-Care for Breasts,” for every woman, but especially those who believe in doing all they can do to promote breast health. Some of the tips come from Health Wisdom A-Z articles. If you want more in depth information, you can start there or read the chapter on Breasts in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.

The beginning of the October blog is below. Please follow the link (to finish reading the blog) and to leave me a comment. Note: Blog comments do not appear immediately, but rest assured your comment will be posted.


Wonderful Self-Care for Breasts

Our task as women is to learn, minute by minute, to respect ourselves and our bodies. Whether our breasts are small or large, perky or droopy, whether we have implants or lumps, or have had a mastectomy, all of “the girls” are wonderful. Our breasts are a source of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others, and should be seen as such!

You can improve your breast health almost immediately with these self-care practices:

  • When you touch your breasts, do so with respect and caring. Be grateful they are part of your body. That means if you do a monthly breast self-exam, do NOT do it with a search-and-destroy mentality. This isn’t a military exercise whose purpose is finding and killing an enemy! Instead thank your breasts, chest, and heart area for being a part of your body as you lovingly touch these parts of yourself. Pay special attention to the area up under the armpit where all the lymph nodes are. Massaging this area will assist in ridding your body of toxins, while increasing blood flow and life energy!
  • Open yourself to receiving help, nourishment, and compassion from self and others. When you experience events that cause you sorrow, resentment, or pain, allow yourself to quite literally get these feelings off your chest by experiencing your emotions fully, grieving, and then letting go. "Make a clean breast of it."
  • Minimize the time you wear your bra every day. Don’t wear a bra to bed. The lymph channels around your breasts and in your armpits need to flow freely. Tight bras shut off this lymph flow, making it much harder for your body to detoxify breast tissue.
  • To read the rest of this month’s blog, including five additional tips, click here.

You Can Create an Exceptional Life
By Louise L. Hay and Cheryl Richardson

Two of my favorite teachers, Louise L. Hay and Cheryl Richardson, have teamed up to write You Can Create an Exceptional Life, a book that is sure to be a classic. Cheryl, a long-time friend and respected colleague, is a life coach whose work is centered in self-care. (If you don’t already own a copy of The Art of Extreme Self-Care, I encourage you to buy one as soon as you can.) In the book, Cheryl interviews the inimitable Louise Hay, and together they share insights and tips for creating the life of your dreams while at the same time chronicling Louise’s exceptional life.

Louise, now in her eighties, is perhaps the most significant metaphysical teacher of our times. Once a counselor and life coach, Louise has been able to teach a countless number of people about how our thoughts and our beliefs are connected to our circumstances, relationships, and health. Her “Little Blue Book,” which later became You Can Heal Your Life, was my go-to book for many years whenever I wanted to understand the interconnectednesss of the mind/body and spirit.

One of the reasons Louise has been able to reach so many people with her teachings is she, herself, had to rise above—and beyond—truly difficult circumstances. In Chapter 1 of You Can Create an Exceptional Life, Louise talks with Cheryl about healing her own cancer in this small excerpt:

Cheryl: So you were developing your own way of working with clients, and you published your first little book. What happened next?

Louise: Well, it was right around this time when I was diagnosed with cancer. Of course, it scared the hell out of me like it does for anyone. You become terrified when you get that diagnosis. And I remember calling my teacher, crying, ‘Eric! Eric! They say that I have cancer!’ And he said, ‘Louise, you cannot have done all this work on yourself to die of cancer. Let’s take a positive approach.’ And that immediately calmed me down. He was someone I trusted and believed in, and I knew he was on my side. Therein began my healing.

...Now that I was faced with my own life-threatening diagnosis. I realized that Life was giving me a chance to prove to myself that what I was teaching really worked.

Cheryl: So you received the cancer diagnosis and began practicing on yourself?

Louise: It was marvelous, really, because everything I needed came my way as soon as I became determined to heal myself...

Cheryl: ... I appreciated Louise’s acknowledgment that the healing of her cancer was a holistic process—a process that involved her mind, body, and emotions . . . not simply relying on “thinking good thoughts” to make the cancer go away.

Louise: “No, it’s everything,” she says. “If you put yourself in a position where you know you can be healed, the right help will come to you. Then you have to be willing to do the work.”

Cheryl: What does it take to put yourself in a position to attract what you need to heal? [Louise attracted a nutritionist, a reflexologist, a therapist, and others.]

Louise: You first need to change your thinking about the problem. We all have ideas about healing and how things should and shouldn’t work. We need to shift our thinking from ‘It can’t be done’ to ‘It can be done—I just have to figure out how.’ I’ve always said that the word incurable means that it can’t be cured by any outer means at the moment, so we need to go within. That, of course, would mean changing your thinking. You also need to develop self-worth—you need to believe that you are worthy of being healed. If you can develop that as a strong belief and affirmation, then Life will bring you what you need to manifest the healing.

Cheryl: So, if someone were reading this right now and dealing with their own health crisis, what kind of affirmations might you suggest to get them in the right state of mind?

Louise: I’d start with these:

  • I love myself, and I forgive myself.
  • I forgive myself for allowing my [anger, fear, resentment, or what have you] to harm my body.
  • I deserve to be healed.
  • I am worthy of being healed.
  • My body knows how to heal itself...

Let these empowering women help you create an exceptional life!

Wonderful Self-Care for Breasts

If You Were Recently Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

An e-letter subscriber wrote to me recently saying that she had just been diagnosed with cancer and didn’t know what to do. This is not the first time a woman has shared with me that she is scared and that she longs for comfort and assurance that she is doing the right thing—whatever that may be. For example, if a woman has decided on a mastectomy, it is natural for her to wonder if there is something else, another option that she can try first. My advice is:

  1. Read Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do by Greg Anderson. After you've read this, you will know the options and which one is right for you.
  2. Contact Dr. Doris E. Cohen through her Web site She is an intuitive who works with angels to help her clients discover the underlying factors contributing to their ill health.
  3. Consult with an energy practitioner like Melanie Ericksen, She uses energy balancing, craniosacral therapy, and reiki as well as her intuition to move energy through the body and also uncovers hidden issues.

To really be healed, you need to discover the underlying cause. Then you need to balance your physical, spiritual, and emotional energy. When you do this, the actual mode of treatment you choose for addressing the cancer won't be nearly as important as you might think!


Help for Joints

I’m excited to let you know that USANA Health Sciences has improved their joint health product, called Procosa. The new Procosa is not only an excellent source of glucosamine, it’s formulated with vitamin C, manganese, and silicon to provide additional nutrition essential for optimal joint health. Clinical studies suggest that adding glucosamine to your diet helps maintain healthy cartilage and joints.

Procosa is a great way to start taking care of your joints so you can keep doing the things you love.* It:

  • Delivers vegetarian glucosamine at doses clinically shown to help maintain healthy cartilage and joints.*
  • Contains vitamin C, manganese, and silicon which provide additional nutrition essential for joint health.* Vitamin C and Meriva® also help neutralize cell-damaging oxidative stress.*
  • Is formulated with Meriva®, an innovative, bio-available curcumin complex that has been clinically shown to deliver noticeable improvements in joint comfort and mobility in as little as 90 days and to help support a healthy inflammatory response.*

Note: A study co-authored by USANA scientists and published in the Journal of Natural Products revealed Meriva delivers a significant improvement in bioavailability compared to traditional curcumin (from turmeric) extracts. (Meriva® is a registered trademark of Indena Sp.A.)

Upcoming Events

Here are some events taking place over the next few months. I’d love for you to tune in or attend:

  • Listen to my Internet radio program every Wednesday at from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.
  • Pasadena, California
    October 14-16, 2011
    My cutting-edge research and medical information will provide you with an inspirational blueprint for truly flourishing after the age of 50!
  • Austin, TX
    November 2, 2011
    “Women Empowering Women” is a daylong event designed to inspire and encourage you to take action and experience change. Join other women for an exhilarating day. Explore what it means to you to experience success in your professional and personal lives.
  • Tampa, Florida
    November 11–13, 2011
    Menopause and Beyond: New Wisdom for Women. In this groundbreaking workshop, I will teach you a well-kept secret: Menopause isn’t the end—it’s just the beginning.

For a complete listing of all my speaking engagements and other appearances click here. This page is updated often, so be sure to check back from time to time.


As I wrote in this month’s blog—and as Louise and Cheryl teach—healing often includes forgiveness. This forgiveness extends to what you have or haven’t done for your health in the past. If you wish you had done things differently, that’s OK! Today is a new day, and the perfect day to start a new habit.

Flourishingly yours,

Christiane Northrup, M.D.


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