Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Chances are most of you know someone who has had to deal with breast cancer. I’ve worked with several clients who were doing Egoscue while going through treatment, some with double mastectomies, and some still feeling the residual effects of treatment nearly a decade after ending it. Today I’m going to share from Pete’s book Pain Free for Women. To be honesty, it’s my favorite book of his. I think it contains extremely valuable information. In it, Pete has two menus for breast cancer. With this being Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to draw attention to them. In addition, it covers everything from infertility/conception menus, to trimester menus, to menopause menus. There are menus for infants, adolescents, young adults…the list goes on and on. Personally, I think it’s a must-have for any book collection.
Here’s what Pete has to say about breast cancer:
Once I start offering E-cise menus keyed to specific diseases, I thought, where do I stop? The answer must be–I stop with these two menus. Why include breast cancer but no other disease? At the Egoscue Method Clinic, I see far more women who are facing breast cancer than those facing other serious illnesses. Almost every client is there for musculoskeletal system-related issues, like a bad back or sore knees. But those with breast cancer form the largest subgroup because the conventional treatment regimen can have such drastic effects on upper-body mobility, comfort, and function. The Egoscue Method has a good track record in easing pain and restoring mobility and function. That’s why they come to us.
Furthermore, we believe–I’m using the authorial we here to include my coauthor, Roger Gittines–that a sound, robust metabolism is an essential precondition to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and to full recovery from surgery. Roger’s mother died of breast cancer in 1970 at the age of fifty-four, seven years after undergoing a radical mastectomy. The initial surgery shattered her spirit , and her health never recovered. Her lifestyle, both before and after the operation, amounted to a paradigm of metabolic suppression and abuse–from heavy smoking (she loved Kents) to a virtual addiction to soft drinks (especially Pepsi), a lack of exercise (never walking when she could drive), and musculoskeletal system dysfunction. She was an unhappy woman before the diagnosis and desperately unhappy after. With a strong metabolism she would have had a fighting chance to survive to see her grandchildren grow up. What happened to Miriam Gittenes didn’t have to happen in 1970; nor should it have to happen to women more than thirty years later.
Motion and metabolism are inextricably linked, and we have to get women in thei predicament moving and functional again. If that’s you, consult with your physician, and tother please consider putting the appropriate program to work on your behalf. It’s not a substitute for anything you’re already doing; it’s a valuable supplement.
We shot the first of the two menus, and I encourage you to try them. The first one is for women going the non-surgical route. If you’re going through radiation or chemotherapy, we have to get your metabolism up. In addition, we need to put your body in the best position possible to accept the treatments. Do these e-cises in order, and let me know how you feel. If you have any questions, PLEASE don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!