International Women’s Day! Everybody is celebrating the advancement of women’s rights and equality over the past decades, and the few remaining donjons of social resistance are being stormed as our society is quickly reshaping itself. All what my grandmother hoped for me was to reproduce her own life pattern: marry well and raise children in a safe and peaceful environment. Instead, I chose to go to law school, before founding my own company, and ditched (or missed?) the family thing altogether. Am I proud of my accomplishments and glad I was able to create my own destiny (something my grandmother could have never even dreamed of.) Absolutely! But am I confident that our society is going in the right direction? Actually, not so sure.
We, the women, the daughters, wives, mothers, teachers, employees, bosses, consumers, caregivers, breadwinners, leaders…have become accustomed to do whatever it takes to rise to every challenge.
This year of COVID-19 saw countless female doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers go the frontline to selflessly fight the pandemic, while all mothers added “home teacher” and “cooks” to their job description. We the women have become pretty good at extending ourselves. And on the way, we have also shattered countless glass ceilings; however, we would be lying to ourselves if we denied the price we are paying for it.
Super Woman, exhausted, but still trying to run with her high heels, does her best to cope with the many pressures coming along with each one of her multiple roles in society. She needs a drink, or some other display of mindless consumerism, to shatter the inner whispers: the way we live is not sustainable. Our home, planet earth, is full of pollution, which will cause not only ourselves, but our children to live shorter lives. Babies are exposed to an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants (1), which one can correlate to the increase of childhood cancer and autism. Additionally, our parents are not doing any better: today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia every 66 seconds. According to Alzheimer’s Association, by mid-century, it will be every 33 seconds (2). And what if we get sick ourselves? With one out of three people (3) getting diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime, who will take care of them? Who will take care of us?
There is no point in mixing imagination and fear. It is a deadly cocktail. Anxiety causes our brain and body to release a flood of stress hormones to help us deal with the threat, but we are not meant to be in this charged state for extended periods of time. Chronic and uncontrolled anxiety ends up elevating our stress hormones, straining our body and resulting in serious in physical consequences, ranging from muscle pain, to rashes, to digestive issues, and eventually cancer.
What’s the point of fighting the last donjons of inequality, if we are to reign on a dead planet? We have to come to the realization that the industrial revolution did not serve us well and that a serious life change is not only imperative, but essential to our well-being.
We have to become mindful consumers who will stop the cacophony of carcinogens that weaken our immune systems, and those of our children. Learn to choose health. Ask yourself: why so many cancers, why so much inflammation? Then carefully read the labels around you and stop buying harmful products. If you stop buying them, they will disappear. It is actually that simple. Instead, embrace the idea of supporting businesses which act responsibly, but please, when ordering, don’t just consider the carbon print of the manufacturer. Consider what you are doing by buying and returning stuff on line. Each delivery, even sold as “free,” translates into additional traffic in the streets, additional pollution, gas and carbon consumption.
We need to learn what one can do to detox ourselves and our home. Learn which supplements will support a gentle removal of “heavy metals” such as lead, mercury, aluminum and arsenic. These all induce acute or chronic toxicity and are widely distributed in the environment (4). Learn about traditional medicine and the ancient use of botanicals. Some, like pao pereira, will help ward off the onslaught of viruses (5) and also help fight cancer. Learn about the benefits of natural vitamins over synthetic ones, often poorly bio-available. Learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy microbiome for your gut and mouth. When times become too challenging, give your immune system a healthy boost, with good RNA fragments (6).
It is seriously time to shake things up, make this planet a cleaner one, embrace a more natural way to take care of ourselves. Feel better naturally! You go girls! Who said we can’t have it all?
Sylvie Beljanski is the founder and vice president of The Beljanski Foundation, which does research on natural compounds in order to help fight cancer. She is also the author of Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure.
- “Tolerance and Feasibility of a 12-Month Therapy Using the Antiretroviral Agent PB100 in AIDS-Related Complex Patients.”