Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Alphabet Soup (Genetic Mutations), Vaccines, and Cancer

I'm in conflict right now with my children's pediatrician. Basically, my children were "fired" as patients because I decline the Chicken Pox vaccine. Apparently, both children are also one booster behind on their MMR (although I did not decline that). Before I blindly accepted the threat of losing the pediatrician, I had to be sure of the facts. So I began looking into components in the Chicken Pox vaccine (and others). Through Children of God for Life (http://www.cogforlife.org/vaccineListOrigFormat.pdf) I found that both the MMR and Chicken Pox vaccine are created using aborted baby cells and/or embryonic stem cells. I also found that one of the primary drivers for developing and promoting the Chicken Pox vaccine is convenience. Apparently parents can't take off work long enough to care for their itchy and scratchy children. However, my children's vaccination woes aren't huge topic of this post. My specific mutations (that I know of), vaccines, and cancer are the topic. 

While searching for information to give to a friend about her children's vaccinations, I came across some interesting information. Apparently one of my mutations, MTHFR, can increase my already increased risk of breast cancer (thanks to My BRCA1 mutation). In addition to this twice increased risk of breast cancer, vaccinations can increase the MTHFR mutation's negative effects (http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/17/10/2565.full) I'm not certain which variant of the MTHFR mutation I have. Since it was discovered as a potential cause for my 4 miscarriages out of 6 pregnancies, I do know I have problems from it. 

This mutation creates problems in carriers after vaccinations. Vaccines have heavy metals as carriers in them. Usually, the body can easily eliminate these heavy metals through the normal function of the MTHFR gene (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylenetetrahydrofolate_reductase). However, defective MTHFR genes do not effectively eliminate these heavy metals, causing them to build up to toxic levels in the body. Additionally, the MTHFR gene is responsible for methylation or de-methylation of folic acid to its biologically active form-folate. When defective, methylation and/or de-methylation causes either a deficiency or an excess of various chemicals in the body. These chemicals, when built up and not effectively processed can lead to decreased immunity and increased susceptibility to various problems. 

Some indicate vaccinations (http://vactruth.com/2011/12/30/3-filthy-truths-about-vaccines-cancer/) and problems from the heavy metals (http://www.naturalnews.com/030211_heavy_metals_cancer.html) and foreign material can also increase risk of breast cancer in all people, but most noticeably those with a BRCA1/2 mutation. Since BRCA1/2 are genes that code for a particular tumor suppressor gene in the breasts (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRCA1), carriers have an increased risk of breast cancer. Adding the increased levels of heavy metals, excess or deficiencies of folic acid/folate, to an already increased risk of breast cancer may just explain why I was diagnosed with breast cancer a full 20 years before my own mother. Even my youngest known relative with "female" cancer was a full 14 years older than I was at diagnosis. Along with other environmental factors yet unknown (although many implicate GMOs, processed foods, pollution, deodorants, and other seemingly random factors) and increased vaccinations (with their heavy metals and other foreign materials), these two mutations and their effect on the body my risk of cancer was probably closer to tripled than the average person. Yet, rare would be the doctor (of any sort) that would put all this together and actually say it out loud to a patient. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

It Works Product Reviews

 In my last post I shared that I was sampling two of the products from It Works. My first experience was with the body applicator "wrap". I have "wings" or "dog ears" left over from my last reconstruction that poke out near my hips. They are unsightly and a constant reminder of my body's betrayal. I applied the body applicator wrap around my back covering each 'wing'. I left it on for longer than the recommended 45 minutes because I'm a hard-headed-determined-to-use-up-every-drop-of-product kind of gal (cheap). Here is my before photo and the after photo with hand-y pointers showing my 'wings' in both photos. 

Pretty amazing isn't it?


The second product I tried was the Lip and Eye Gel I've been looking so forward to using. I have dark circles under my eyes regardless of amount of sleep I get at night. They're genetic - practically everyone in my family has them. My husband, in his loving way, calls them my raccoon eyes. I've tried all kinds of different products to at least minimize them: concealers, foundation, under eye creams from various brands, essential oils, etc. Never any real results came from repeated applications. This herbal-based gel was applied over a mineral powder in the parking lot after a meeting in town. It took me about 30 minutes to drive home and get my husband to take an after photo. That's it! Below you'll see the that eye on the left is the before and the one on the right is the after. Again, I used my hand-y pointers to show my problem areas. 

 Amazing!

These are seriously my before and after photos. Each photo was taken at a different time and with the eye photos in a different location. The only altering was the color balance and cropping to show only the applicable area. No smoothing, no cloning, nothing was done to alter the appearance of the photos. These are really photos taken using either an iPhone or my iPad and any balancing or cropping was done on my iPad. Genuine change brought about in a ridiculously short time - nothing else!

Let me know if you'd be interested in some change of your own! If you have issues that are different, ask me if there is a product that can help you - chances are It Works has what you need! Comment here, send me an email (erikav@me.com), or visit my webpage (www.biologybrain.myitworks.com). End of sales pitch!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Endeavor: It Works Product Introductions

Ever since I was terminated from my job, we've been struggling financially. A friend of I mine read of our financial problems and suggested I sell It Works products like she does. Well, I took the plunge. I'm hoping perhaps some of my readers will too.

I tried the crazy wrap thing for myself. Literally overnight I noticed improvement of my trouble spots - 'wings' left over from my reconstruction surgery. Amazing! The only way to get rid of these 'wings', I thought, was to have more surgery (revision plastic surgery). For a cosmetic problem, I wasn't willing to spend the money or pain. Now with these crazy wraps, I don't have to worry about further surgery. 

There are many different products - not just wraps. All the products are herbal based without complex named chemicals. On my webpage through It Works, you can access each product's ingredients list, how much is in each serving and how much/if it is part of your Daily Value. Pricing depends on your commitment to purchasing. If you're willing to commit to 3 consecutive months of product (each month can be a different product), then you are a Loyal Customer (LC) and get heavy discounts. Retail customers don't get the same discounts but still get the same products. If you sign up to become a Distributor you get free products that you can use yourself, give away, or sell. Additionally, you make commissions off of the products your LCs and retail customers buy. When you get other Distributors signed up, you earn commissions off of their commissions and some really great monetary rewards. The success stories of this company are phenomenal. I'm hoping to be one of them!

Body
Ultimate Body Applicator (4 applications LC $59; retail $99)
Defining Gel Body Contouring Gel (LC $45; retail $75)
Fab Wrap (82 feet LC/retail $7)

Greens
I've also been drinking Greens. In each serving is 8 servings of fruits/veggies, the antioxidant effect of 20 cartons of blueberries, probiotics, and pH balancing goodness. Each serving is also an energy boost without any harmful caffeine or other chemical energizers. There are two flavors available: orange and berry. There are several different options for Greens: 
30 serving jar (LC $33; retail $55), 
90 serving jar (LC $79; retail $139), 
30 single serving on-the-go packets (LC $35; retail $59), and 
60 Chews (LC $30; retail $50). 

Skin
There are several skincare products as well. The Lip and Eye Moisturizing Cream Gel (LC $29; retail $49) in my next order. This product smooths skin tone and lessens the look of wrinkles, bags, and puffiness. One thing I struggle with is my constant dark circles under my eyes. It's genetics combined with allergies, and not helped my erratic sleep cycles. I have high hopes for this cream.

There other products I haven't tried or investigated yet, but sound wonderful. 
Facial: Deep Hydration Mask (4 applications LC $59; retail $99)
Cleanser: Facial Cleanser Gel (LC $33; retail $55)
Toner: pH Balancing Mist (LC $33; retail $55)
Stretch Mark: Moisturizing Body Cream (LC $39; retail $65)
Hair Skin and Nails: Nourishing Complex (60 tablets LC $33; retail $55)
Preventage: Day Cream Gel (LC $25; retail $45)
Repairage: Night Cream Gel (LC $29; retail $49)

Lifestyle
There are many different tablets available for weight loss, colon health, revitalizing, healthy joints, anti stress, multivitamin, bone health, essential fatty acids, nutrition, weight loss energy, and even a menopausal support. 
Advanced Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors (60 tablets LC $23; retail $39)
Ultimate Thermofit: Thermogenic Weight Loss Formula (60 tablets LC $39; retail $65)
Regular: Support for Colon Health (60 capsules LC $27; retail $45)
It's Vital Core Nutrition: Cutting Edge Multivitamin (90 tablets LC $29; retail $49)
New You: Body Revitalizing Formula (90 tablets LC $49; retail $89)
Relief: Support for Healthy Joint Function (60 tablets LC $29; retail $49)
Confianza: Anti-Stress Formula (60 tablets LC $25; retail $45)
It's Vital Minerals: Support for Bone Health (60 tablets LC $23; retail $39)
It's Vital Omega-3: Essential Fatty Acids (30 soft-gel capsules LC $23; retail $39)
Ultimate Profit: Advanced Superfood Nutrition (vanilla or chocolate powder LC $69; retail $115)
It's Essential: Weight Loss Energy Bar (dark chocolate berry flavor LC $25; retail $45)
Estrorhythm: Support for Menopausal Symptoms (30-day supply LC $79; retail $139)

Packs
We all know that sometimes things are meant to be used in conjunction with other things. Well, these packs put various products together in a way that maximizes effectiveness. 

It's Vital Complete Nutrition Pack: Core Nutrition, Minerals, and Omega-3s (30 packets LC $60; retail $115)
Wrap Pack: 4 Ultimate Body Applicators and mini Defining Gel (LC $69; retail $115)
Skinny Pack: 4 Ultimate Body Applicators, Defining Gel, and Advanced Formula Fat Fighter (LC $112; retail $189)
It Pack: 4 Ultimate Body Applicators, Defining Gel, Facial, Lip and Eye, and Greens on the Go (LC $179; retail $299)



My Chemo-Jane hair-style

My Chemo-Jane hair-style
I just had to have my mom buzz my hair because it was falling out so badly.

Pre-op wearing my hand-crocheted cap with my prayer shawl.

Pre-op wearing my hand-crocheted cap with my prayer shawl.
My loving husband is watching me distract myself with a game on his iPhone.

2 days after my BMX w/ 100ccs in the TEs

2 days after my BMX w/ 100ccs in the TEs
I even have a fashionable belt to hold up my drains.

3 weeks post-op w/ 400ccs in each TE

3 weeks post-op w/ 400ccs in each TE
The smile is fake because the TEs were irritating!