Most of us have seen many friends and family pass away from cancer. I have. At the moment they retire or come down with an illness you may hear them say things such as, “I’m not working any more,” “I’m taking time off,” “I’m resigning” or “I have to concentrate on my health now.” How many times have you heard this, and then they go off to die?
Why do we wait so long, to hear that we’re about to die, to make the decision to begin to live?
On October 5, 2011, “Apple announced that Steve Jobs has passed away,” and for many, the world came to a long empty silence, as they had lost a powerful guiding light in their lives. A visionary, who had changed their world. The question in their minds: would the team he left behind, have the ability to carry the torch, with the same breakthroughs and innovations to continue into the future?
The journey begins, and a most fascinating story it is: Once upon a time, we were all small children, exploring, discovering, growing with each new experience. Our dreams at night were dynamic, colorful, vibrant and some their dreams began to drive them during their waking hours. We see these people as visionaries, leaders, innovators, working their way to the top of every field. The Beatles changed the music industry while Steve Jobs changed the computer industry and gave us smart phones, iPads and more.
Maybe you know someone who’s one of these unique visionaries. Maybe it’s you! As a health coach, I ask one simple question: Which is more important: Your health or your wealth? If we become what we focus on, and our entire focus is driven by our job, our vision, our career path, then we are missing a huge element to our long-term success. We are, to put it quite simply: Out of balance!
History is filled with brilliant visionaries, who died way too young. George Harrison died at 58 years old. That means at 29, he was middle aged.
All the money in the world has not been able to save brilliant people from the grips of degenerative diseases. Sure, none of us get out alive, but let’s make sure that we can enjoy a vibrant life while we are here. Cancer is a metabolic disease that can take hold anywhere in our body many years before you hear those words, “you have cancer.” We don’t catch cancer, we create it. Our digestive system, liver, blood sugar levels and hormones plays a direct part in pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic cancer, strikes about 40,000 Americans per year. However, it most often goes undiagnosed. http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/ContentPage.aspx?id=3890 See also http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/12/11/carcin.bgt480.abstract
Steve Jobs was diagnosed in 2003, but could have had cancer many years before his diagnoses. Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumor of the pancreas caused by changes in DNA. DNA is responsible for cell production, the instruction codes of our cells. When DNA is damaged, pancreatic tissue cells become unhealthy, begin to grow uncontrollably, and can develop into malignant tumors. http://www.puristat.com/pancreas/pancreaticcancer.aspx
This story is too familiar with many that have succumbed to this disease. Most of our loved ones have battled with depression, eating or anxiety disorders, before their cancer shows it’s face, which many refer to as “their demons.” Sugar, anti depressants, endocrine disruptors, sleepless nights can all play a big role in how the body balances hormones, internal gut health and cancer cells. I had a friend that actually ate dried fruit every day of his life until he was given 2 weeks to live from having pancreatic cancer. He passed at 39 years old. I had another that was living on store bought bottled fruit juices all day long while at work because she didn’t want to take time out to prepare a meal. My sister had depression, anxiety, mood swings and medications to handle her panic attacks way before being diagnosed with cancer. She has since passed.
It can start with the dance of emotions: It has been said, emotions can get stuck in the body and cause illnesses. The liver plays a roll in how one controls one’s emotions ( includes temper or mood swings.) When running optimally the liver removes toxins with little effort. But when our liver is toxic and hot, we can have severe mood swings. Have you seen road rage on TV lately? What do you think can cause this? Is it possible that many people are out of control because they are toxic?
Steve was said “to be like a haunted house by his early girlfriend ~ Chrisann Brennan, having many mood swings.” I could only speculate that sugar and caffeine may have played a roll in Steve’s diet over his lifetime.
Mr Jobs admitted to suffering bouts of depression and divulged he took LSD which is a drug broken down by the liver and has been shown to increase blood pressure. High blood pressure can negatively effect liver health. However, there are many pieces to this puzzle that we call cancer.
Endocrine Disruption & Illness: Cancer types that have been well documented in literature to be related with environmental exposure to toxins include the reproductive system, breast, lung, kidney, pancreas, and brain.
1-There is a significant correlation between exposure to xenoestrogens and increased, gender-related, cancer risk. http://www.ehjournal.net/content/11/S1/S8
2-Sugar is an endocrine disruptor. Sugar and wheat can increase our chances for a fatty, toxic and angry liver. In addition to hyperinsulinemia, the increased blood glucose and free fatty acids in diabetes may also promote the growth of pancreatic cancer.
3-Research published in the November 2007 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which concluded there was “evidence for a greater pancreatic cancer risk with a high intake of fruit and juices.
4- Grains and soy can be considered disruptors and can feed cancer. https://www.bulletproofexec.com/steve-jobs-dr-dean-ornish-and-vegetarian-cancer/
5-There is known pancreatic cancer risk and environmental toxins from PCB’s and dioxins- http://www.foxriverwatch.com/pancreatic_cancer_pcbs_1.html
6-Dry cleaning and paint removals are disruptors- http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/153/9/841.full
7-Gingivitis or periodontal disease-Helicobacter pylori infection /gut bacteria can be linked to cancer.
Metabolic disorders such as diabetes and pancreatitis can begin with diet, stress and internal toxic related issues. We stress our bodies to work longer hours and demand ourselves to be faster and quicker then our team members. We consistently run on sugar and caffeine just trying to keep up.
Whether or not you are at risk for developing pancreatic cancer, cleansing your body of wastes and toxins is vital for optimal health, which is directly linked to metabolic and endocrine health.
Consider the fact that petroleum products, ranging from fertilizers to deodorants, are one of the most prevalent toxins in our environment. Chemicals in, on and around us act as xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogen), blocking liver function, and interfering with hormone functioning. “These toxins work to weaken the neuroendocrine system – where certain pancreatic cancers develop – wreaking havoc on the glands that secrete hormones into our bloodstream.”
According to news reports, back in 2004 Jobs underwent successful surgery for a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. These tumors produce excess hormones. (Hormone Disruption) (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/steve-jobs-health-timeline_n_997313.html)
Fortune magazine publishes a controversial piece claiming that Jobs masked his cancer battle for nine full months before informing anyone outside of the most intimate of inner circles. A Buddhist and vegetarian, Jobs reportedly “considered not having surgery at all,” upon receiving his diagnosis, according to the piece.
August 2011: Jobs announces his resignation “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Even today there is misinformation promoted by pictures of food pyramids, focused on calcium content, protein requirements to the Paleo diet. Jumping to grab the latest fad, we lose sight of true health.
Some say they are eating vegetarian but remain faithful to their daily toxic cheese and french fry habit loaded with carcinogens, morphine, sugar and trans fats. Vegans all come together with the object of health as a commonality but in really is it so? Have you seen vegans eat tons of chemicals and crap? How can we obtain true health while still ingesting chemicals? When we look at how GMO’s have poisoned our food supply, do we still buy conventional? When we look how far we’ve come knowing that toxins cause cancer, do we think it will never happen to us? When we have the flu or arthritis do we run to the nearest doctors for the fastest relief? If we do all these, then are we ready to accept the diagnosis?
Advertisements are intentionally deceptive: Do we believe in happy pills, sleeping pills and getting your life back into control pills? Are we active members of the twilight zone giving up our sub-conscience to our TV’s, as we chow- down on a bag of chips? It’s never just one thing that we expose ourselves to. As a spa owner for almost 4 decades, I know which ingredients can be toxic endocrine disruptors. If TV promotes a cream or lotion to look 20 years younger, do you run to the nearest store? Did the chemical lab of that product sell you on a sham story, that it was going to make you more beautiful and desirable? Did you research those toxins, and find your cancer risk? Are you dying to look good?
In the 60‘s we were going to change the world. Have we made those necessary bite size steps or do we still practice behavior that can cut our life in half?
Steve Jobs was building an empire. Unfortunately he allowed his stress, depression, drugs, demons and ill health to join him. He tried to practice mindfulness with Buddhism at the same time denying he had a daughter. We can all learn from his actions.
Cancer is our body’s way of saying we can’t take the insults any more.
Our toxic beliefs live inside us. It’s our beliefs that keep us sick and stuck. Knowing how to truly nourish ourselves in mind, body and spirit is truly the key to living a strong, vibrant life.
Steve you will be missed. I wish I could have been your Health Coach.
Connie Rogers is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, specializing in toxins that can disrupt your Metabolic and Endocrine Health. Founder and owner of BiteSizePieces.net
If we take a U turn toward our vision, do we forget our health along the way? The answer in most cases has been yes. Being laser focused on a huge long-term goal, building a business, some entrepreneurial venture, or what ever your dream might be, make sure you never lose focus on you.