Fran Drescher’s Health Summit

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We were looking forward to the Health Summit, and it did not disappoint. It was moved to a larger venue at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion due to the demand for more people who wanted to become medical consumers. What does that even really mean? It means taking back control of your life. The host, Fran Drescher, made everyone feel so welcome. She was so warm, and you almost felt as though you were having a private conversation with her. All the speakers were so genuine and spoke from the heart, offering us, the medical consumers, expert advice on how we can possibly prevent cancer, which is the best cure. There was so much information given on this day on many subjects, from gut bacteria to natural bio-identical hormones and robotic surgery.

It is terrifying when you hear that our children are the first generation that are not predicted to live longer than their parents. Babies are born pre-polluted with over 200 to 330 chemicals in the umbilical cord. Even if you just changed one thing in your life from what you learned at the Health Summit, it could add years to your life. Everyone knows Fran Drescher from her years on TV as The Nanny, but many do not know her as a cancer survivor and the voice of cancer prevention. Fran Drescher is the founder, president, and visionary of the nonprofit Cancer Schmancer Movement. She focuses on early detection, prevention, and advocacy.

10% of cancer is genetic; 90% is environmental. Our homes, we found out, are more toxic than living across from an oil refinery, and we have total control of our homes. Cancer-causing genes can be turned on and off with lifestyle, and there are many changes we can make. Bottom line: We, our friends, and loved ones have all been affected by cancer in some way.

Ways to reduce inflammation: Inflammation causes many different diseases, not just cancer. However, 90% of cancer can be attributed to inflammation caused by our environment, and we can help reduce inflammation by doing a few things. Taking three tablespoons of hemp seeds, fish oil, and omega 3 and 6 a day all helps to cut down on inflammation. Dr. Zuri Murrell suggests drinking yellow milk, which is a combination of turmeric and almond milk. Turmeric is known as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory treatment due to its main ingredient: curcumin.

Your gut bacteria: Dr. Zachary Bush is one of the few triple-boardcertified physicians in the country, with an expertise in internal medicine. His research into gut microbiome restoration is very promising in preventing diseases from Alzheimer’s to cancer. There are so many pesticides in our environment that slowly poison our systems and kill the good bacteria in our guts that he suggests reducing exposure by always eating organic food.

Your mouth: According to Gerry Curatola, D.D.S., everything we have been doing to maintain oral health is wrong. Metal fillings are toxic. Most toothpaste companies use carcinogens in their toothpaste, and mouth bacteria can cause lung cancer. The mouth is the gateway to the body, and we need to be more aware of what goes in it.

Pain pills and cannabis: There is still such a stigma about cannabis. The United States makes up 5% of the world yet consumes 80% of the world’s pain pills, according to Dr. Uma Dhanabalan. When used properly, cannabis helps with many medical issues, such as pain, eating, sleeping, nausea, anxiety, and PTSD.

Embrace your pain: To heal, you must start from the inside out. Russell Feingold is a Shaman, sound healer, and author who gave up the Western lifestyle to follow his calling as a medicine man. To heal and restore wholeness mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, you must embrace and deal with your pain, grief, and trauma.

Bioidentical hormones: Dr. Gail Jackson has helped thousands of women restore the hormonal imbalance which causes issues like depression, anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, weight loss, and an decreased desire for sex. Dr. Jackson formulates small hormonal implants unique to each patient using all-natural plant sources like yams, which are biologically identical to the human form of estradiol and testosterone.

Robotic surgery: Dr. Mel Kurtulus is a pioneer in the field of robotic surgery and one of the top 23 Epicenter robotic surgeons in the country. This highly advanced technology allows surgeons to perform less-invasive operations and shorten healing time.

Mindful consumerism and Capitol Hill: Cancer Schmancer is working on the Carcinogen Free Label Act, a bipartisan bill  introduced in 2012 so that consumers can make healthier choices and, through purchasing power, dictate trends that influence the formulas of household products and food. If we stop buying toxic products and start buying nontoxic ones, the change in demand will bring healthier products to market.

Nutrition: What we eat and drink – or don’t — is a huge part of prevention. For example, cancer loves carbs, sugar, and alcohol, so reduce your intake. Fiber, on the other hand, has been linked to fighting certain types of cancer, helping good gut bacteria, and controlling blood sugar, but most people eat only 1/3 of the daily fiber they need, so we should all bump fiber intake way up.

A reminder: Please do your own research, consult your physician, and be a medical consumer, like Fran says, before taking any medical advice.

There was so much good information we could not mention all of it. We strongly suggest you check out and follow the organization at the most cutting-edge information on cancer prevention and early detection.

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