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Lumpy Cards for Cancer Patients: Humor When It’s Least Appropriate

By Alexis Timmons, RN, Founder of Lumpy Cards

When I worked as an oncology nurse at Beverly HillsCancerCenter, administering chemotherapy daily to patients, many of suffering awful side effects, I noticed that the majority did not want sympathy. They wanted to be heard and understood, not pitied. I watched them open countless greeting cards, which said various things like: we are so sorry, get well soon, we are praying for you, and I watched their mood sink a little more. I’m sure they felt appreciated, thought of, but they most certainly didn’t feel better. 

It may seem counterintuitive, but a funny greeting card can make a cancer patient’s day brighter than a sympathy card can. As the daughter of a cancer survivor, I know it can be hard to find the right things to say, because you’re as scared as they are. So I took notes on what lifted patients up, and set out to design cards expressing those types of sentiments. I was determined to put a smile on the faces of those afflicted by cancer, and so LumpyCards was born. If you don’t know what to say to your sister, dad, coworker, or best friend with cancer, order a LumpyCard, and it will be easy.

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Example of a Lumpy Card

I have created greeting cards for every occasion, from birthday cards, sarcastic get-well cards from the cat, to holiday cards, a survivor collection, treatment-day cards, and others all specific to cancer treatment.

Eventually I hope to be in big chain stores like Walgreens and Target, so that my cards will be available to the masses, and cancer patients all over the country can be uplifted. Until then, you can purchase the cards from my website:  www.LumpyCards.com  While my mom was going through her treatment I searched tirelessly for cancer-related cards to make her laugh. I didn’t want a card that beat around the bush either. I wanted a card that spoke directly to the issue —in a funny way. Until now, that just didn’t exist. Now that they’re here, I’m trying to spread the word: Just say “no” to sympathy! Instead, you can order a LumpyCard and make someone’s day.

Another goal of mine is to partner with more cancer research foundations to raise money for their causes. So far I’ve teamed up with Brides Against Breast Cancer as a vendor in their latest Pasadena Fundraiser, and I plan on sponsoring many more, in cancer walks, runs, and events for other organizations. Additionally, a portion of every LumpyCards purchase is contributed to cancer research.

So many cancer survivors have said they wish LumpyCards had been around when they were going through their treatment. It makes me so happy to hear them praise my cards. I feel proud to be making a difference in one of the hardest journeys, knowing that even though I don’t have the cure to cancer, at least I can make the journey a little lighter.

Alexis Timmons, RN

Founder of LumpyCards

“I’ve always been drawn to oncology, as I felt I could make the greatest difference there. I loved the connection I got to make with my patients, and it was so satisfying to support them through something so challenging. But everything changed when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer became personal, and from then on, every patient reminded me of her. I tirelessly searched for ways to brighten her day, and ended up buying lots of blank cards, because most of the cards out there were depressing. I wanted to make her laugh. My goal now is to bring laughter to as many cancer patients as I can. Cancer doesn’t have to be scary all the time! “

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COPING WITH NEUROPATHY AND HOW TOPRICIN SUPPORTS THE HEALING JOURNEY

–By Lou Paradise

Patients who are valiantly coping with cancer, supported by the love and assistance of family and friends, have to deal with the significant and often extremely painful side effects of their treatment protocols.

One of the most common and debilitating side effects of chemotherapy is chemo-induced neuropathy:  the excruciatingly intense tingling and burning in the hands and feet can be unbearable.  The nerve pain can be so relentlessly agonizing that is the number one reason that cancer patients prematurely stop their treatments.

I can so appreciate the discomfort, agony, and frustration of what pain sufferers endure because I have personally suffered from debilitating nerve pain.  And as the president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, Inc., I am humbled by the fact that Topricin—our company’s propriety healing technology uniquely formulated with cellular biomedicines—is helping to support cancer patients on their healing journey, especially with the nerve pain (neuropathy)

I invented Topricin following two tours of active duty serving as a decorated Marine Corps helicopter combat/rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  As a result of the physical demands of my missions, I suffered from cumulative trauma injuries that felt like a severe case of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).   Because of my nerve-related injuries, I experienced burning pain from the tips of my fingers to my elbows in both hands and arms.  When the pain was at its worst, I was lucky to get two or three hours of sleep, and had to rest sitting up in a chair in order to maintain circulation and offset the excruciating pain.

I was determined to find a cure for my war injuries, as I knew that the chemical pain pills couldn’t help and that the surgery for this condition would not be an option either.  Drawing on my years of research in how the body heals and that natural medicines stimulate healing, I began to self-experiment. Herbal medicines had little effect and single-ingredient homeopathic medicines produced some relief but not what I was looking for.   Not deterred, I deduced that maybe a combination of homeopathic medicines in a cream base applied locally to the specific pain site might be the answer.

I’ve been blessed with a strong intuition and from the 3,000 homeopathic choices was able to use a specific combination of homeopathic biomedicines and created a formula that had a measurable effect and the pain began to ease in just a few weeks. I was able to get four hours of sleep, then five, then six.  This was a wonderful achievement as sleep is crucial to the healing process since the body does its primary repair while we are resting.

I had created the prototype Topricin® formula…And now, more than 25 years later, I am happy to report that I’ve been pain free, symptom free, and medication free, enjoying a complete restoration of full function, mobility, and range of motion.  

Topricin is an innovative healing technology that is bridging the gap between well-researched natural medicine and conventional care, and is in fact used at major medical facilities around the country.  My goal in creating Topricin was to make sure no one else would ever have to suffer the way I did. Enhancing the body’s miraculous innate ability to heal itself is the answer to all painful conditions.

Why homeopathy?  Because it is a 200-year-old natural medical model that emphasizes healing as a cornerstone of why it works.  This federally-regulated medical system utilizes micro dosed natural medicines from herb, mineral and animal sources that stimulate the body’s natural healing and defense processes to achieve homeostasis and maximum healing. Healing is the ultimate form of pain relief. This non-chemical, non-toxic form of medicine is safe, produces no known side effects, and is not contra-indicated with any other medication or treatment.

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Collection of Topricin Products

Here’s a bit more detail.  The biomedicines in Topricin are molecular complete natural cellular compounds that are nearly identical to the body’s natural healing chemistries. Topricin has a proprietary delivery system that penetrates to deepest recesses of where we feel the pain. Topricin’s biomedicines stimulate detoxifying the lymphatic system locally, relaxing the microcapillaries to restore oxygen-rich blood to damaged cells. The relief realized is the body’s healing of the cells that cause the pain.

Patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with neuropathy and fibromyalgia, Topricin has helped hundreds of thousands of patients experiencing chemo-induced neuropathy experience the healing relief needed to overcome the side effects of chemo-therapy…reducing or even eliminating the need for oral pain pills. In the case of Rx opioids, the risks are even greater because they are highly addictive, and like all chemical pain pills they have no curative power and literally shut down the healing process, and never treat the cause of the pain. Moreover, the side effects of oral pain medication can lead to worse medical conditions then the pain you were trying to treat.

When it comes to neuropathic pain, especially in the feet and legs, our Topricin Foot Therapy Cream offers maximum benefits.  This is because it’s formulated with additional biomedicines that help reduce excess pressure inside the foot.  It also treats cracking and dry skin and supports circulation, providing needed oxygen and nutrients to repair the cells causing the pain. Apply odorless greaseless Topricin 3-4 times a day initially, for best results before bed and in the morning.

I believe it is everyone’s birthright to experience a vibrant, joyful quality of life, doing the things they love with those they love best.  The Topricin mission is not just about the end of pain; it’s about the beginning of relief.  I am honored to have an opportunity to support your healing journey.

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Founder of Topical Biomedics

Lou Paradise, Founder of Topical Biomedics

 

Lou Paradise is president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY.  A decorated US Marine Corps veteran, he frequently serves as an expert speaker on the use of natural medicines, conducts pain management seminars, and is a member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists.  Mr. Paradise invented Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream to safely and effectively address the injuries he sustained as a result of serving two tours of duty as a helicopter medevac rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  He regularly addresses clinical audiences on the use of his company’s proprietary topical technologies in the treatment of acute and chronic pain and trauma injury including post-surgical trauma as a compliment to primary care, bridging the gap between natural medicines and the conventional medical community.  His formulas are patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and both chemo-induced and diabetic neuropathy.  www.topricin.com

 

You can purchase Topricin Pain Relief Cream and Topricin Foot Therapy cream at www.LotsToLiveFor.com where you will also find additional products to reduce and relieve the uncomfortable and unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment.

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Tips to Help You Soothe Radiation Burns from CV Skinlabs founder, Britta Aragon

by Britta Aragon

Ask anyone who’s been through radiation treatments, and they’ll tell you—one of the most difficult things to deal with are the burns.

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Radiation kills cancer cells, but on its way into the body to attack the tumor, it can also damage skin cells. Depending on the intensity or strength of the beam and how many sessions you have, the burns may range from minor redness and swelling, like a sunburn, to more severe blistering, peeling, and flaking.

 

When treating these types of burns, the standard, over-the-counter petroleum-based product just won’t cut it. Petroleum covers the skin, but does nothing to nourish or heal it, and can actually contribute to more dryness over the long-term. Chemical preservatives and fragrances can also contribute to the irritation and pain.

Instead, what you need when treating radiation burns is a) something to cool it down, b) something to heal it, and c) something to deeply moisturize. Your perfect solution? CV Skinlabs products!

 

Cool the Heat with Rescue + Relief Spray

Formulated by cancer survivor and safe cosmetics expert Britta Aragon along with her team of doctors, CV Skinlabs products were made specifically for people suffering from the effects of cancer treatments, or who have other difficult skin conditions like excess dryness, redness and inflammation. Formulated with nourishing natural ingredients, these products provide soothing relief and accelerated healing.

For radiation burns, start with cooling down the heat. For that, you need Rescue + Relief Spray

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“When your skin is inflamed and sensitive from a sunburn or other sensitivities,” says Frank Lipman, integrative doctor and founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center, “it’s extra important to treat it with serious TLC. For that, I recommend Rescue + Relief Spray by CV Skinlabs.”

 

  • Provides instant, cooling relief—especially if you store it in the refrigerator
  • Delivers deep, hydrating moisture while calming and soothing inflamed skin
  • Aloe leaf juice soothes on contact
  • Chamomile and cucumber work together to provide cooling and softening benefits
  • Water lily naturally purifies and absorbs heat
  • Valerian and comfrey tame inflammation, calming skin down and encouraging faster healing
  • Unique Tri-Rescue Complex promotes wound-healing and speeds the repair of damaged skin

 

Apply by simply spraying on the burned area as often as needed. Tip: Take it with you and apply immediately after your radiation treatment before getting dressed.

Soothe the Damaged Skin with Restorative Skin Balm

After cooling the burn, the next thing you need to do is restore it! Burned skin is damaged and suffering from inflammation and a lack of moisture. After your Rescue + Relief spray dries, it’s time to apply Restorative Skin Balm

“I spend hours in the kitchen and have a tendency to cut and burn myself often,” says Sara Jane Mercer, holistic health coach. “CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm has become essential for me in treating my kitchen mishaps. I have noticed a dramatic decrease in scarring and healing time since I began using this incredible product.”

Restorative Skin Balm best all around healer

 

  • 100% natural, non-petroleum, cure-all balm
  • Instantly softens severely chapped and burned skin
  • Calendula, sea buckthorn oil, and arnica provide fat-soluble vitamins, protective antioxidants, and naturally occurring phytochemicals to help heal and regenerate wounded skin
  • Carnauba and bee’s wax safeguard the moisture barrier
  • Vitamin E protects and speeds healing
  • Tri-Rescue Complex restores more healthy skin

To use, simply apply where needed. It’s particularly effective when used overnight—wake up to softer, more comfortable skin.

Prevent Scarring

Once the skin starts to heal, you want to keep the moisture coming to prevent scarring. Particularly if you need to go back in for another radiation treatment, you want your skin as protected and moisturized as possible, as that helps it better withstand the radiation. That means a little Body Repair Lotion at least a couple times a day.

“The Body Repair Lotion provided almost instant relief for my post-shaving bikini rash,” says Marta Wohrle,  founder of Truth in Aging, “and within a couple of hours, the ugly red bumps had all but disappeared.”

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  • Calms inflammation and delivers long-lasting moisture
  • Ideal for after-burn dryness and tightness
  • Soothes irritation and redness
  • Beta glucan and St. John’s wort possess super moisturizing, collagen-boosting wound healing abilities
  • Calendula and aloe cool and soothe inflammation and pain
  • Tri-Rescue Complex helps protect skin from future damage

Apply at least twice a day to the burned areas and anywhere else you need moisture.

Self-Care is Extremely Important

Radiation burns can be very painful and can get worse with each trip to the oncologist if you’re not careful. By following this regimen of care, you can help your skin heal more quickly and better withstand your cancer treatments—which means you can get well sooner.

Britta Aragon, Founder of CV Skinlabs, Cancer Survivor

 

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“No matter where you are on the cancer journey,” Britta says, “you must make time for tender self-care. Not only is your body going through the fight of its life, but so are you—the soul who lives inside. Cancer treatments can really affect our confidence in ways we probably weren’t prepared for. That’s why it’s so important to do everything we can to tend to the problem, while encouraging ourselves to keep our heads high.”

 

For more about Britta Aragon, visit her blog at Cinco Vidas.

 

Britta is also the author of When Cancer Hits – Your Guide to Taking Care of the Complete YOU Through Treatment, a complete guide to navigating all the changes you’ll experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living. Whether your future includes surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, you’ll need to know how to best manage your side effects, stress, and home recovery—and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.

To view all of the Radiation Skin Care Products available at Lots To Live For, Inc. click here

To enter a raffle to win a free Rescue & Relief Spray visit the Lots To Live For Facebook page – like the page and like the post. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page on 10/7.

 

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DermaQOL: Personal Health Products With No Harsh Ingredients – An Excellent Choice for Skin Care During Cancer Treatment

By Jama Russano, Guest Blogger

How many issues related to your personal health are directly linked to the personal care products you use every day?

DermaQOL Personal Care products are specifically formulated from a select group of certified organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’.

WHY DERMAQOL? BECAUSE INGREDIENTS MATTER – WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR BODY MATTERS! 

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Ninety percent of skin-care products on the market contain ingredients that can be carcinogenic, estrogenic, or teratogenic, with the potential for long-term serious neurological disorders and conditions. The use of Endocrine-disrupting xenoestrogenic chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), BHT, and BHA are commonly found in everyday personal care products such as cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, sunscreens, hand washing soaps, lining of canned foods, and flame retardant clothing such as children’s pajama’s, to name a few.

Skin is the body’s largest organ; so everything we put on our skin can potentially end up in our bodies.
Because many carcinogens and nano-ingredients are absorbed through the skin they can bypass the liver, entering the bloodstream and the body organs without being detoxified,thus posing greater risk than food contaminated with the same substances. And children absorb 30-percent more chemicals than adults.

Xenoestrogens are hormone disruptors that minic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system. The body mistakes these synthetic chemicals for its own hormones, thereby disrupting the natural process of human growth, development, and metabolism. Published studies show there is mounting evidence that chronic exposure to xenoestrogens can disrupt normal endocrine function, which can lead to reproductive failure and cancers of estrogen-sensitive tissues.

In December 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report, “State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals,” based on hormone disruptors (xenoestrogens) that mimic the efects of estrogen, a hormone naturally produced by the body’s endocrine system.” WHO full report-9789241505031 eng.pdf . May 2013.
An international team from WHO reported, “Evidence today linking hormone-disrupting chemicals to human health and wildlife, particularly killer whales and harbor seals, both having high levels of PCBs that accumulate in ocean and ecosystems, has grown stronger over the past decade ‘becoming a global threat’ and needs to be immediately addressed, ranking this above climate warming.”

BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN 

Now that we have identified the problem, it has taken five years to create a solution for the most delicate skin! DermaQOL Personal Care products are specifically formulated from a select group of certified organic essential oils, extracts, and resins combined with natural materials that meet our strict standards and ‘free of harsh ingredient list’.  Each product and package is tested to ensure there is no estrogenic activity. Delicate, nourishing, and sensitive skin-care products that simply glide across your skin without pulling and tugging. Feel the difference. Take the challenge and compare our products to what you are currently using.

To learn more about DermaQOL products and to purchase DermaQOL products visit: http://www.lotstolivefor.com/brands/Derma-QOL.html

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References:

1. Most Prevalent Xenoestrogens in Personal Care: Houlihan J, Brody C, Schwan B. Environmental Working
Group. Not too pretty. Phthalates, beauty products and the FDA. http://www.ewg.org/files/nottoopretty_final.pdf [Accessed: May 18, 2012]
2. Environmental estrogens, cosmetics and breast cancer. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 2006;20:121-143. Darbe PD.
3. Urinary excretion of phthalates and paraben after repeated whole-body topical application in humans.
Janjua NR, Frederiksen H, Skakkebaek NE, et al. Int J Androl 2008;31:118-130.
4. Phthalate exposure among pregnant women in Jerusalem, Israel: result of a pilot study. Berman T, Hochner-Celnikier D, Calafat AM, et al Environ Int 2009;35:353-357.
5. Personal care product use and urinary levels of phthalate metabolites in Mexican women. Romero-Franco M, Hernandex-Ramirez RU, Calafat AM, et al. Environ Int 2011;37:867-871.
6. Personal care product use predicts urinary concentrations of some phthalate monoesters. Duty SM, Ackerman RM, Calafat AM, Hauser R. Environ Health Perspec 2005;113:1530-1535.7. Estrogen and xenoestrogens in breast cancer. Fernandez SV, Russo J. Toxicol Path 2010;38:110-122.

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No Harsh Ingredients in DermaQOL Products

Jama Russano, the author of this post has over 30 years’ experience in the cosmetics industry.  She developed Thorne Organics and DermaQOL Estrogenic Activity Free Skin Care Products. Prior to Thorne Research, Inc., she was the founder and president of C.A.T.S. (Children Afflicted by Toxic Substances).  As president of C.A.T.S., Ms. Russano worked with Schneider Children’s Hospital in identifying severe allergic reactions to various medical devices and common ingredients used in everyday personal care and household products.  She also worked closely with the Clinton White House, CDC, NIH, FDA, and HHS and has testified before Congress.  She has contributed to four major medical studies concerning the harmful effects of toxic substances.

Clean, estrogenic free ingredients are her passion.

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