So many lovely memories lately. I apologize for my absence recently. My dear mother passed away on March 9th. She was 89 years wise. The last 6 years have been difficult for her, my papa, my 4 siblings and myself. But, the last 5 months were simply terrible. Out of all the 5 children, I think it was most difficult for me. For those last 6 years, I was the ONE. You know, the one child who truly took responsibility for my aging parents daily overseeing. I am not bragging or complaining, it was an honor to be by her side daily. Taking her to and from doctor appointments, cooking meals with her, going to restaurants to celebrate LIFE, sitting, talking, laughing and creating delightful memories together. I told my mother before she died, that she was one of my best friends. She looked at me and smiled telling me that I was her best friend. Oh how my heart sang with such a statement of love. Whenever she was in the hospital or nursing home, I was there daily, helping her groom herself, combing and styling her hair, putting cream on her legs and protecting her from our medical system that all too often makes medical mistakes. In the end, she died peacefully at home with her loving husband of 67 years, her 5 children and 5 of her 13 grandchildren by her side. I am so grateful for having her in my life for 62 years. She is truly loved and missed. One piece of advise for everyone, put down your techie devises and start creating cherished memories with your loved ones. These memories are the most valuable possessions you can leave people. Take care of your health so that you can be around to help create those memories. That is one of the reasons that I work so hard at keeping women healthy. I want them to create families, create loving relationships, create their best selves, and create treasured memories with those they love.
Changes at Stop Breast Cancer Now:
After careful thought, consideration, research and listening to experts and my clientele, I have decided to focus on just one (1) test for my clients. It is the all-inclusive ULTIMATE test. It is called this because it truly is the ultimate testing for just about everything from inflammation, heart health, immune system, detoxification, nutrients, weight management, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and exercise to name just a few. Even though my clients were getting excellent results, they let me know that they wanted MORE! Since many of my clients are struggling to conceive and striving to prevent breast cancer, this all-inclusive test gives so much more powerful information to create the healthy family of their dreams and to prevent getting breast cancer. Fertility enhancement and cancer prevention need a strong immune system, homeostasis in inflammation, nutrient balances to guard against cancer, strong detoxification pathways, balanced blood sugar levels and appropriate weight. You see, it al fits together. The more we test, the more we can discover to help you get the ULTIMATE results!
Along those same lines of helping women stay healthy, one of the best ways I know is to PREVENT diseases from occurring. This is a concept that is rarely used here in the USA. To me this just makes sense . . . STOP a disease before it begins. We even have a sage saying about that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Seems simple and straight forward, but what is the best way to prevent disease? From my research, using your own DNA gives you a personalized blueprint/ pathway to maintain or reclaim your health. My best advice is to test before birth and after birth.
Before Birth Testing:
What do I mean? Well, before conception, it is advised that both the man and the woman get themselves “ready” to begin a family. You bet, intentionally building up their health so that the sperm and the egg are of top quality! This can assure that the baby’s “health potential” is primed at the moment of conception. Believe it or not, this can truly impact the lifelong health of that baby as it grows into adulthood and beyond. One of the best ways to do that is to use the Ultimate Test from Genoma International. Using the DNA of the future parents, one can see if there are any potential problems with genes that influence the health of the baby. This test shows genes that may be involved in miscarriage, conception difficulties, cleft lip, potential ADD, neural tube defects, etc. As you can see, all of these are very important. To me the profound question is why wouldn’t you take this simple test to assure the future health of your baby? A healthy baby is the desired outcome, the ultimate gift.
After Birth Testing:
The after birth part of the equation is equally important. Our genes are influenced by their environment, which means the environment inside and outside of your body. You influence the “inside” environment many ways such as diet, lifestyle, emotions, social interactions, etc. Remember, your genes are NOT your destiny. Even if your parents were in the best of health when you were conceived, you can hurt those good and well behaved genes by choosing to live in a polluted city, drinking chlorinated and fluorinated water, taking drugs, drinking too much, eating processed, fast foods, staying in unhealthy relationships, etc. You see your good genes can be influenced to “misbehave” and potentially cause problems. And the opposite is true. If you have genes that are “misbehaving”, you can get them to “behave” better by cleaning up their environment. It’s powerful to get tested with the Ultimate Test as an adult to check in and see how your genes are behaving. Are they protective or destructive? And if they are misbehaving, what you can do to get them back on track. Yes, you are given actual Solutions, Action items! Think of all the pain and suffering that could be avoided. My mother would agree that it is much better to prevent a disease than chase after it trying desperately to get well. You see my mother had stage 4-kidney disease, COPD and some heart disease. I discovered in my Ultimate test results, I might be very susceptible to all of these. Armed with this knowledge, I can make decisions NOW that can influence the outcome of my genes, my health and therefore the quality of my life. I truly believe in what I do for a living. Helping people live healthier lives is so rewarding. And yes, with health you are able to create outstanding memories with those you love!
So, for those of you who want to know more about this Ultimate Test, please contact me. You may not be concerned about fertility issues, but there may be cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s or diabetes in your family. All of these typically begin with a weakened immune system, inflammation and imbalances in nutrients. For those of you who want to jump in and get going immediately, I am offering $100 off of my consultation fee through the month of May. There is a plethora of information in this report, so we will be discussing your results for several months to make sure everything is covered. Don’t be afraid to find out your strengths and weaknesses in your genes as you are given specific, researched-based SOLUTIONS using lifestyle, diet and supplements to get your genes to “behave”. It is all so exciting, but more than that it is powerful. And with this power of influencing your genetic destiny, comes the gift of more quality time. Time to create priceless memories with your loved ones. Time to spend with your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To me, there is no greater gift.
Here’s to my sweet mother, you, your health and your future memories to be created!
Oceans of Health,
Donna M. McIntosh, MS, CHFS
Wow, another year has come and gone. It seems each year is going faster and faster, so I just hang on, take charge when I can, and keep going! Every New Year brings many wishes for a Happy year. I like that, but what I like to encourage clients and others is to have a Healthy New Year. I find that when people are Healthy, they tend to be Happy. Now, what are you going to do differently in 2019 to be healthy? And please don’t say, “I wish . . .” because wishing is just that – to desire, to want. Not good enough in my book. A strong declaration is needed with specific goals and steps. I’ve found that most women don’t think about BREAST health when they make their New Year’s Health Declarations. With over 252,710 women in the United States being diagnosed with breast cancer every year (692 per day) and over 41,000 dying each year, I think breast health needs to be in the top 2. Wherever I go and talk about breast cancer prevention, there are always women there who have personally battled breast cancer, or have a friend who has breast cancer, or knows someone friend/family who has died from breast cancer. This is just unacceptable in my book when there are ways to actually prevent breast cancer.
Breast cancer prevention is possible. With 80% of all breast cancers being Estrogen driven, why wouldn’t you take a DNA test to see how your liver is breaking down and eliminating Estrogen? This test is so simple and done in the privacy of your own home with 2 swabs of your inner cheek (just like on the CSI shows)! You mail it back in an envelope provided by the lab and 6 weeks later, results and solutions are available. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Power, Prevention, Peace of Mind!
When most women think of breast cancer prevention they mention mammograms. Please, this is NOT prevention. This is detection after you already have breast cancer. How can that be prevention? When I went to my doctor 3 years ago asking him how I could prevent getting breast cancer because I had intense, shooting breast pain, he simply stated that I needed to keep getting my mammograms. REALLY? As a nutritionist, I knew I was eating really well about 80% of the time. What was I missing? Well, when I heard about Genomic testing and how it showed your liver’s ability to break down Estrogen properly so that it could be eliminated via sweat, feces or urine, I was intrigued. But when I discovered that they also gave you real solutions to override your errant genes, I was standing up and clapping for the speaker (I was at a nutritional conference at the time). I jumped at the chance to get signed up and get tested and what I found was amazing. I had several genes missing, several genes misbehaving and several just hanging around not doing their job. But, once I discovered what I needed to do to talk to these genes and get them back on course and applied the solutions with tenacity, my breast pain of 20+ years disappeared in 3 weeks. My thermograms went from being red-orange and angry with lots of inflammation, to cool blues and purples with no inflammation. I’m telling you, this test works!
Do not become one of the statistics of breast cancer. Especially when this test is available. Genomic testing is being done on breast cancer tumors to see what drugs can be used to kill the cancer. Well, why not use this genomic test to prevent getting the breast tumor in the first place?? I have met women who have had radical mastectomies, women who have had lumpectomies, radiation and chemotherapy. None of them are the same afterwards. Their lives are changed forever. However, most of them were like you, thinking that they would never get breast cancer and therefore, didn’t have any action plans for keeping their breasts healthy. The other day, one of my clients stated, “You’d have to be a Boob to pass up this test”. We laughed at the pun, but vowed to spread the word across the country and globe. Don’t’ be a victim, be proactive. Get in contact with me to get this test done and discover how you can change your breast health destiny! Remember these words: Power, Prevention, Peace of Mind. It doesn’t get any better!
To Your Breast Health in 2019,
Donna McIntosh, MS, CHFS
Estrogen metabolism is one of the most important factors influencing a women’s health. 70% of breast cancer cases are estrogen-induced. 10-15% of all cases are due to hereditary gene mutations such as BRCA1 or BRCA2. Understanding a woman’s genomic profile associated with estrogen detoxification can provide personalized strategies to improve estrogen metabolism and potentially reduce breast cancer risk.
Another key health issue for women is bone health. Osteoporosis and osteopenia impact over half of all women in the United States. Bone loss can occur even at early ages, going undiagnosed until fracture or pain initiate a clinical evaluation. Genomic testing can help to identify risk and inform dietary and lifestyle interventions for personalized prevention and treatment.
Optimal thyroid function is also important. Women are far more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism than men. Genomic testing can evaluate genes involved in thyroid hormone production, key nutrients needed for optimal thyroid function, and provide an individualized approach to this common condition.
The Complete Health and Ultimate Wellness genomic test panels include evaluation of genes related to estrogen metabolism, osteoporosis, thyroid function, and many more – enabling personalized treatment and prevention strategies for each woman.
Donna McIntosh, MS, CHFS
When I am out and about speaking to women’s groups about breast cancer, so many tell me that they think that breast cancer is hyped-up and really isn’t that “big of a deal”. Women who say this to me come from all ages and races. Many women who have made it to 70 and haven’t had breast cancer, simple think that they are “safe” and past the age of getting diagnosed. But that can be a costly mistake. Other times it is young women who think that they are “immune” from getting breast cancer, thinking it is an older woman’s disease. Please remember, that many young women get breast cancer, and when they get it, it is often more aggressive as Estrogen levels are much higher in young women than older women.
So, what are some of the risk factors for breast cancer?
The most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. Which is interesting, as most women think that when they are in menopause, they are immune from getting breast cancer. However, the largest group of women being diagnosed with breast cancer is women in menopause. So, don’t assume you are safe. Get yourself checked with thermography, mammograms and genomic testing. Out of the 3 of these, genomic testing is the only one that not only gives you risk factors according to your genes; it also gives you solutions according to your genes. So personalized, individualized and customized. Now that’s just what you need to prevent getting the most common type of breast cancer, Estrogen Receptor Positive!
Another common risk factor is being a “white” woman. White women are diagnosed more often with breast cancer. However, the death rate is higher for Black women. They believe that this is due to diagnosing in the latter stages of breast cancer when death rates are at their highest.
Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States of America. In 2016, more than 240,000 cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women and 2,600 cases in men in the USA.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
In 2016, about 40,450 women and 440 men were expected to die from breast cancer in the USA
One in 7 women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in the world and the leading cause of cancer death in women, with an estimated 1.7 million new cases recorded in the year 2012.
Every 60 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone dies from breast cancer.
At the current rate, 13 million breast cancer deaths around the world will occur in the next 25 years.
Every two minutes, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the USA.
These facts are not meant to scare you out of your wits, but to inform you, keep you grounded and not hide your head in the sand and pretend that this cannot happen to you. All the breast cancer survivors I spoke with all thought the same thing, “This will never happen to me”. They were shocked and in total disbelief when they got the diagnosis. So it would seem, most of us live in denial that this disease will arrive at our doorstep. But truly, you don’t have to be worried about it or ignore it at all.
Simply take this in-home, private and easy test with a simple swipe of your inner cheek (You know, like on all those CSI shows). And in 6 weeks, you’ll know precisely what is going on in your body. For me, this is the most important part – you get answers/solutions on what action steps you can take to avoid getting ER+ breast cancer. What good is it to know you are at risk and have no solutions? Come on, jump aboard this fantastic health train to avoid getting the most common breast cancer – Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+). I’m here to give you action steps that will give you Peace of Mind!
Myth: You are doomed to your genetic makeup! If your genes predispose you to cancer, Alzheimer’s, early aging, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other diseases, there is little to nothing you can do to alter that path. You don’t have much control over your genetic fate.
Truth: You do have some control. Your genes are NOT your destiny! A vast and fast-growing body of scientific research is now proving that regardless of your genes, you have the power to shift your “gene expression” through nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices! This is what epigenetics is all about. Epigenetics means “upon the gene” meaning you have influence on that gene. How crazy and wonderful is that?? So, what I’m saying is that your choices, your knowledge and the actions you take based on that knowledge, play a tremendous role, a role far greater than previously thought, in avoiding and beating diseases. This truly helps you to look and feel amazing no matter your age. And helps you live a very long and vibrant life.
I do this for a specific type of breast cancer – Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+), which is 70% of all breast cancers. With a simple swab of your inner check, you can see how your liver is breaking down Estrogen so that it can be eliminated from your body. Sometimes there is a “glitch” in the DNA so that Estrogen cannot be broken down correctly and therefore not eliminated. When it is not eliminated, it keeps recirculating and building up to high levels called Estrogen Dominance. This can lead to ER+ breast cancer. Not only will you discover how your liver is working or not working, you will discover personalized solutions that talk to your genes so that you can avoid getting ER+ breast cancer. Now that my friends, is a slam dunk and a no brainer!
Epigenetics is one of the major health breakthroughs of the 21st century as you’ll see when you get your test results. No more guessing, no more one solution fits all, just straight personalized solutions for you. After all, you are unique, one of a kind, and you deserve one of a kind answers! Contact Donna and order your test today!!!
I’m in Palm Desert, CA in late July on a Saturday morning and it is peaceful. Many people have left the desert to escape the impossible summer heat and humidity that comes in July and August. However, this morning we’ve been blessed with a slight breeze that doesn’t feel like it’s coming from an oven! Both animals and humans sigh deeply and welcome this cooler breeze. Earlier I was reading a local rag on health and saw an advertisement for a local hospital. Here is the headline: Surviving, Thriving. Early Breast Screening Saved My Life”. The woman in the ad is a breast cancer survivor. She is praising her annual mammogram for finding her breast cancer early. I’d like to take a step back and ask the question: What can YOU do to prevent getting breast cancer? For most of us, getting breast cancer doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I focus and set PREVENTION as priority when working with clients, not early detection of breast cancer. Don’t get me wrong, early detection is wonderful and does save lives. However my goal is to help women never have to hear those 4 heart-stopping words: you have breast cancer.
I’ve spoken to many women about the health of their breasts and how to prevent getting breast cancer. What is exciting is that you actually do have some control; you’re not a victim out there waiting around to get breast cancer. Some of the women I have spoken with think that breast cancer awareness is over done and over blown. Well, just for the record, over 40,000 women and around 1,500 men die every year from breast cancer. And from the years 1971-2011, breast cancer went up 210%!
I’d like to share just a few statistics that may shock you, as I was shocked when this was first shown to me:
- 1940 – breast cancer was 1 in 20 (1/20); pharmaceutical Estrogen first released (the Pill)
- 1950 – breast cancer now 1/15; ten years after pharmaceutical Estrogen released
- 1960 – still 1/15; now 1.2 Million women on the Pill
- 1970 – Breast cancer now 1/13; 10 Million women on the Pill
- 1980 – breast cancer now 1/11 with 14 Million women on the Pill
- 1992 – breast cancer now 1/8 with 16 Million on the Pill
- Currently – breast cancer now 1/7.
Now this is not intended to say that the Pill is the only cause of women getting breast cancer. There are many exposures to synthetic Estrogen in our environment, but it is interesting to see how after the Pill was introduced, breast cancer did increase. So what are your exposures to breast cancer causes? Actually we are exposed daily to many sources of Estrogen and other chemicals that can increase breast cancer. One exposure may be where you work. Jobs such as a TSA agent at the airport, dental x-ray technician, hair and nail salons, nuclear plants, almost any office where electromagnetic fields such as WIFI exposure can add to breast cancer. We used to be able to escape WIFI on an airplane, but now they have WIFI on airplanes, too! Synthetic hormones are given to the very animals we eat to make them grow fat and ready to butcher quicker. They use xeno-estrogens in plastics and we use a lot of plastic in our lives. We also choose excess hormones in using birth control – the Pill, patches, IUD’s, YAS. Even abortions can put us at higher risk, as there is no breastfeeding to clear out some of the extra estrogen from getting pregnant. Fertility drugs, post-menopausal hormone replacement (even bio-identical hormones) adds more estrogen to our bodies. Excess alcohol, some drugs/medications add stress to our liver which has the chore of breaking down all these chemicals even Estrogen so that they can be eliminated from our body. Even preservatives in inorganic food, household cleaners, cosmetics, tobacco and other environmental pollutants are causing “stress” on your body and disrupting your hormone balance and may be setting you up for breast cancer.
Golly, what’s a Girl to do??
All of these things are pretty impossible to avoid. Yes, with some of them, we can make better choices such as organic food, organic liquors (wine), organic cosmetics, clean household products and other natural products. One of the best tools that I discovered a few years ago is Genomic testing. This is the absolute best way to prevent (yes I said prevent) getting the most common type of breast cancer . . . Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+). 70% of all breast cancers are ER+. Think about that amazing, astounding number – 70%. Now if you could discover how your body (Liver) is breaking down very potent dangerous estrogen into weaker estrogen so that it could be eliminated from your body, would you want to know so that you could PREVENT getting ER+ breast cancer. For me, the answer was a resounding and immediate YES! You see, this test doesn’t leave you hanging like other testing. You learn if you have a problem, and then you get YOUR solution! WHAT how amazing is that?
In my next blog, I’ll describe in detail the genomic test that shows you this very thing. I did it and I have never looked back. I now know exactly what I need to do to keep my breasts not only healthy, but also free of ER+ breast cancer. That my friend is Power, Prevention, and Peace of Mind!