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Cancer Hacks: Tools & Services To Heal Your Mind, Body & Wallet

Cancer Hacks: Tools & Services To Heal Your Mind, Body & Wallet

Like many of you, my life has been touched or shall we say ripped wide open by cancer. Friends and family have survived and died from this misunderstood condition. I have cared for those close to me until their passing and shouldered the fear and feelings of bodily betrayal that most face after diagnosis and through treatment. I’m not here to dwell on the pain or the past, but to offer guidance, hacks and solutions to help and heal those who are affected, whether they are friends, family or have cancer themselves.

Cancer is NOT a death sentence!

Hope and, more importantly, belief in a body’s ability to heal even the most terrifying of conditions is critical to healing. Those who discover ways to believe will have endless hope and have the best journeys. Cancer is simply a body in distress. Remove the distress and often bodies heal themselves to the bafflement of Western medicine. Come with me and get the best cancer hacks around. Don’t just survive it, thrive from it! Add to this list with your best hacks in the comment section below this article and join the conversation.

Mind Hacks

Get your mind in the right place and feel good doing it. Part entertainment, part storytelling and part just good advice, the following resources will get those gears cranking.

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1. Soul Touching Stories

Healthy at 100 is a great place to start for understanding how amazing the human body is. Chicken Soup for the Soul has nothing on this book. I listened to it for healing after those close to me passed. I had developed an irrational fear that my body would betray me and this book, through its storytelling narrative of amazing journeys, reset my thinking and put my mind at ease.

2. New Medicine for A New Way of Thinking

Knockout is the true story and amazing journey of Suzanne Sommers. I admit I had never really paid attention to her career until this riveting and eye opening book. For those who want to avoid the chemo route and want to course towards fascinating alternative treatment methods, Suzanne guides you towards the types of specialists to seek and helps you understand the methodology and thinking behind some of the world’s best minds in alternative cancer treatment. Her personal story is just the icing on top! (and it’s an amazing story)

3. Putting it in Perspective

The eight irresistible Principles of FUN! This video always makes people smile. Many people can’t stop working and must balance work, research, and healing all at once. This would make any person cranky and overwhelmed. This vid will help take those common feelings of regret, pain, fear & frustration right off the menu so anyone can work AND be happy.

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4. Connectivity

Get connected and tap into the cancer treatment community. Tell your story or simply pour through others stories and pull out the good bits! This cancer forum will get you started and give you a place to reflect and vent. http://www.cancerforums.net/

Body Hacks

Now let’s focus on the body with these great ways to bring the physical into the equation by taking action. It’s surprising what a body can do when the mind feels a purpose.

1. Take Action

It’s hard to remember all of the details when you are in the midst of the experience. The free mobile app at Cancer.Net Mobile is an amazing way to track questions and notes for your doctor as well as gain access to a library to learn about over 120 types of cancer.

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2. Boot Camp

http://beatcancerbootcamp.com/ is a physical way to take action and hone the body and mind into a single, powerful unit to power you towards health. This site offers boot camps, outreach and has been featured on PBS and The Biggest Loser.

3. Yoga for Cancer

http://life.gaiam.com/article/cancer-survivors-thrive-yoga Read all about the softer side of movement that helps survivors through treatment and during recovery. There are so many inspiring stories and personal insights to help illuminate the mind-body connection for health.

Wallet Hacks

1. Crowd-funding for Treatment

http://www.donationto.com/ has free and paid fundraising accounts that let you personalize your own donation page and upload as many photos as you want. There are many stories on the site of families raising over $6,000 towards loved ones’ care. I did a similar thing on craigslist and asked for some educational video games for my niece who was born without kidneys and slipping in school because of all her treatments and dialysis. People give when you bear your heart and just have the courage to ask.

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2. Borrow Against Life Insurance

Life Credit Company is worth a look if you have a life insurance policy and are looking at bills piling up. This is a novel idea and great place to check out if you are having trouble paying bills but you have a policy behind you.

Beyond the Label of Cancer

It is my personal wish that every person who reads this sees beyond cancer as a label or an identity. If you are already there, then you are further than most. Dig in, trust your body, love your friends and family and thrive, don’t just survive.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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