I have been reading Suzanne Somer's Knockout, on and off for the past few months. Suzanne Somer's has long championed a natural approach to health, and garnered a great deal of attention by treating her own breast cancer diagnosis through alternative means and deviated from the standard practice of care. Knockout shares interviews Suzanne's personal interviews with several doctors who are treating cancer through alternative means along side glowing testimonials from their patients. Obviously given my current circumstances I was curious to see what all the fuss was about, especially because there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the publication of this book.
I greatly admire Suzanne's approach to health. She only eats organic, and from what I understand she grows most of her food herself. She practices yoga daily, and generally avoids allowing any type of unnatural substance or drug in her body. That type of clean living is something I would love to strive for, but as a girl with a cyborg heart and soon-to-be fake breasts I can't really swear off "Big Medicine", and nor am I entirely sure that I want to.
Suzanne's approach to medicine admittedly comes off a bit fanatical, but I do think there is validity to what she is saying. The information in her books tackles the experiences of the American Medical System, which I would happily agree is not exactly up to snuff in terms of the standard of care from the patients' perspective. From what I know about the American system and experience; I can see how a patient would feel very alienated from their treatment. And as a serious Darwinian fail I thank my luckily stars almost daily that I was born in a country that values the importance of universal health care. Canadian medicine is very different, and in my experience the treatment is amazing and very patient driven. I think there is room for both conventional and alternative medicine in our approach to treatment, and based on my experience they are becoming more closely related as time progresses.
|My new suppplment routine|
I will be taking natural supplements to gently cleanse my body of any unnecessary toxins that have built up over these past few weeks as a result of stress and improper diet. I will also be taking vitamin supplements to help my body restore its essential nutrients (including vitamin B, Omega-3, and Co Q10).
- Vit. B is supposed to help maintain/promote a healthy metabolism and immune system
- Omega 3 is thought to promote a healthy cardiovascular system (an area this Darwinian fail is always looking to improve), cancer prevention (also a must), and improve circulation
- Co Q10 is also thought to promote a healthy cardiovascular system , decrease migraine symptoms, and generally increase lifespan
* Diet - I will be eating whole, organic foods, consisting primarily of fruits, vegetables, and protein. I will be limiting processed sugars and refined carbs, and I will also be drinking 3 litres of water daily. Limiting my coffee intake (a serious struggle for this caffeine addict) and cutting out all alcohol are also a must.
Week 1: will consist of a daily yoga practice (90 min. Bikram Yoga)
Week 2 + 3: will introduce cardio (mostly running for me) 3 days/week, 2 strength training sessions/ week, and 2 yoga practices/week
I will be exercising daily to ensure that I set that important time aside for myself (despite my schedule) and to garner those important health benefits.
More than anything else I hope this cleanse will serve as a catalyse to be more mindful of my health, and my approach to my body every day. I will keep you posted as the cleanse progresses! Wish me luck!
Love your favourite Darwinian Fail,