Monday, October 27, 2008

My Body's Resilience

I spent the past four months or so creating three mosaic benches for Southwest Detroit. Here I am sitting on the "Day and Night Guitar" bench. Although I enjoyed the project immensely, it was all-consuming and made it difficult for me to take care of myself to the degree that I've been accustomed to these past few years.

My days were full from morning til evening and I gradually stopped some of my "healing rituals" because I simply had no extra time. My yoga, rebound exercise and meditation routines fell by the wayside. I wasn't getting enough sleep either. It was easy to stay on the raw food diet, but I found myself eating more than an optimal amount of nuts and seeds for quick and easy calories.

There have been subtle changes that I've noticed lately, such as having a difficult time getting up in the morning and having much less energy. I've also developed neck and lower back pain and sinus congestion. I'm now listening to my body telling me to get back with the program. I think it's also time for a seasonal cleanse.

Two days ago I resumed yoga and rebouding, and I slept quite a bit over the weekend. I've cut back on the fats and I even had a coffee enema. (For more information about enemas, read my report here ).

Already I'm feeling more like my old self. I still have the neck and back pain but I'm much less stiff. My boundless energy is back, which is proof of how our bodies can quickly recover when we resume healthy habits. I'm planning to do a seven to ten day detox soon, probably a green smoothie or juice fast.

Here are more images from the mosaic bench project:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thermography Vs. Mammography: We Do Have Options

I recently had my annual thermascan and I'm happy to report that the results are normal! (There's always just the slightest bit of trepidation awaiting test results, but that will pass as I get further and further away from the cancer). This recent good report corresponds with my normal "tumor marker" blood tests and PETscans from a couple of months ago that showed no traces of cancer.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the technology, thermography is a safe, non-toxic, non-invasive, and reliable alternative to mammography. Although it's been around since the 1960s, sadly there are still too many women who are completely unaware of it.

The reasons for this are mostly political, with doctors pushing what they know and parrotting what they're told - that mammograms are the most reliable detection method available. This propoganda and misinformation spewed by the Cancer Industry is unfair and unethical at best.

Women should be informed of ALL detection options, and I will do my part to spread the word in an effort to reach as many sisters as possible about thermography. Basically, it detects heat emissions from the chest and underarm areas using an infrared camera. Abnormalites in breast tissue (and surrounding areas) emit more heat than healthy tissue, and the differences are easily detected by thermography.

If you want to become more informed read
my report on thermography and help spread the word. We most certainly do have options and we deserve to know the truth!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fall Harvest

This has been an incredibly busy year, without much time to blog. I'm now wrapping up a public art project that I started in the Spring and today I find myself with a little down time. Over the next few days I'll try to write about the various activities that have occupied my time over the past few months, and how they relate to my health and healing.

Today I finally got the chance to spend some time in my gardens, turning over compost and cutting back spent flowers and other plants. There's still a lot growing, as the images below will reveal.

I believe it's important to grow as much of our own food as possible and this year I've been enjoying the process perhaps more than any other year. It's been nearly nine months since I became 100% raw, and walking outside to pick fresh, organic, raw and wondrous ingredients for my meals has been gratifying on so many levels.

I still have lots to harvest - here's parsley, bell peppers and red peppers.

The kale is nearly finished, but there's a new crop of brocolli that's nearly ready, plus lots of tomatoes, tomatillos, collards and cantelope.

My kitchen scraps have turned out the healthiest compost I've ever had - absolutely teeming with worms and other organisms. This is some sort of melon growing out of the compost heap. I'm not sure what it is since I didn't plant it - it must have come from melon scraps and seeds that I threw in there in the spring.

I've been spoiled with such an abundant garden and it's made my raw journey so easy and pleasurable. I plan to keep it going indoors this winter with sprouts, wheatgrass and tender greens.