I must admit that when I was asked by Cameron Von St. James, Husband of Mesothelioma Survivor Heather Von St. James if I would participate in Lung Leavin’ Day I wasn’t sure how or what to blog. I certainly could feel empathy for Heather, Cameron and daughter Lily Rose.
I have had several clients who have had cancer and have been at their bed sides. It certainly is not an easy challenge for anyone, whether you are the victim of this cruel disease or the care giver of a loved one with the disease.
I have been blessed to be cancer free to date and after being diagnosed with Hep C and experiencing the treatment, I do have some idea of how ill, depressed and painful certain treatments can be. Several of my friends have family or close ties who have had lung cancer several times, some are continuing their battle today.
After doing a little research on Mesothelioma Cancer I discovered that it is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. The lungs are very delicate organs, they fuel us with oxygen, the body’s life-sustaining gas. The lungs process air, and are the only internal organs that are constantly exposed to the external environment. This means that anything you breathe in can affect your lungs. Germs, tobacco smoke and other harmful substances can cause damage to your airways and threaten the lungs ability to work properly, and let me tell you, there are some real nasty toxins in our environment today.
Mesothelioma can be a difficult malignancy to diagnose because the symptoms of the disease closely resemble other respiratory conditions. To make matters more complicated, these symptoms are also associated with other types of lung cancer.
My neighbour passed away of lung cancer 3 years ago now. Unfortunately it was detected too late for him. A common dilemma encountered by so many lung cancer victims is that the disease mimics so many other illnesses. Doctors will usually pass off early symptoms as allergies, possible bronchitis or even asthma first. Testing for these issues takes precious time the patient may not have, as in the case of my neighbour Barry. He had to undergo so many tests before they finally decided to test for cancer, by that time it was too late for him. Anyone who is having constant congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath or coughs should follow up with a doctor. Trust me, sometimes that nagging tickle and little cough can be something more.
In my years of doing bio-energetic analysis for clients, I have found asbestos to be in a wide variety of individuals. According to the allopathic community, “there is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatments such as surgery and chemotherapy can help to improve the typical mesothelioma prognosis.” Fortunately for my clients Hanna Kroeger created a homeopathic remedy to remove this dangerous toxin. Again, the issue is finding it and getting to it on time.
Asbestos is a dangerous and toxic chemical that can still be found in many places. Someone could simply doing a simple repair in the basement of their home and unknowingly set it airborne and voila, a few months later, mesothelioma!
Scary right? I found this list on a great website:
Common Home Building Products That May Contain Asbestos
Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:
- STEAM PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE DUCTS insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. These materials may release asbestos fibers if damaged, repaired, or removed improperly.
- RESILIENT FLOOR TILES (vinyl asbestos, asphalt, and rubber), the backing on VINYL SHEET FLOORING, and ADHESIVES used for installing floor tile. Sanding tiles can release fibers. So may scraping or sanding the backing of sheet flooring during removal.
- CEMENT SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER used as insulation around furnaces and woodburning stoves. Repairing or removing appliances may release asbestos fibers. So may cutting, tearing, sanding, drilling, or sawing insulation.
- DOOR GASKETS in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves. Worn seals can release asbestos fibers during use.
- SOUNDPROOFING OR DECORATIVE MATERIAL sprayed on walls and ceilings. Loose, crumbly, or water-damaged material may release fibers. So will sanding, drilling, or scraping the material.
- PATCHING AND JOINT COMPOUNDS for walls and ceilings, and TEXTURED PAINTS. Sanding, scraping, or drilling these surfaces may release asbestos.
- ASBESTOS CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, and SIDING. These products are not likely to release asbestos fibers unless sawed, dilled, or cut.
- ARTIFICIAL ASHES AND EMBERS sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces. Also, other older household products such as FIREPROOF GLOVES, STOVE-TOP PADS, IRONING BOARD COVERS, and certain HAIRDRYERS.
- AUTOMOBILE BRAKE PADS AND LININGS, CLUTCH FACINGS, and GASKETS.
Where to Look for Asbestos Hazards in the Home
- Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.
- Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
- Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
- Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
- Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.
- Walls and floors around wood burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, mill board, or cement sheets.
- Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
- Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
- Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.
From another perspective…
In the West we tend to think of illness as being only in the body. If we look at illness holistically and metaphysically, when an illness manifests itself in the physical body, we are actually seeing a dysfunction in the Mind and Spirit. The energetic bodies of Mind and Emotions can manifest in the body.
The concept that we create our own reality is more widespread than ever before. In our parent’s generation and before, this concept was known only to a few. Those few were mainly mystics and shamans. Now discoveries and experiments in quantum physics prove the truth of this concept. Mystics, shamans and some quantum physicists know that we create our reality by our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions.
We are actually more powerful than we can even imagine. For most of us, though, our experience tells us something entirely different. We feel that we are at the mercy of an outward reality, the victims of circumstances beyond our control. We work harder and harder, thinking that if only we have more money, more time, the right pill, the right family, more love, or a better job that we will finally be whole and happy. We try to change and control the circumstances and people around us in order to feel empowered.
Louise Hay is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. She was able to put her personal philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.
She has since written several books, her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body.
Louise explains how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better.
Louise Hay’s list of the common illnesses and diseases and suggests the possible metaphysical cause.
Cancer: Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds.
Lung: The ability to take in life. Depression. Grief. Not feeling worthy of living life fully.
In closing I would like to encourage you all to participate in Lung Leavin’ Day which will be celebrated for the entire month of February.
Blessings of much Health, Vitality and Love,
Rev. Carol Lefevre B. Msc.