But chemo has been very difficult, even though she is doing better than the others. I won't go into the side effects she is and has experienced, and more yet to come down the line. She feels that her Arbonne protein shakes, immunity boosters, and skin care products have been an integral part of her body support system. She doesn't eat clean always or follow a strict anti-cancer diet, but she is doing the best she can. As she says, "God's will be done". I totally support her in the route she has taken and feel she can beat her diagnosis, with a post-treatment detox and nutritional support program.
The side effects of VERY DRY SKIN for the cancer patient is not only physically uncomfortable, it can have an emotional affect. When the skin itches, loses elasticity, or patients don't like how thier skin feels to the touch, it can create an emotional disturbance as well as physical.
My friend has been using the Arbonne Renewing SeaSource Body Gelee and the Arbonne Shea Butter lotion, both of which she finds very hydrating. She also soaks regularly in the Seasource Mineral Detox Soak each week - to draw out the toxins. In the spring 2015 Truth About Cancer series of podcasts, Ty Bollinger interviews doctors and practitioners who are curing cancer - and one doctor stressed the importance of hydrating the body through the skin.
Hydration is critical, but yet so is ensuring that you are not adding fuel to the fire - in other words - avoiding skin care products with toxic ingredients that interrupt the endocrine system, and the delicate balance of hormones so necessary to help keep cancers of the reproductive system in check. Ironically, the products that the oncology department is recommending to my friend, and cancer patients throughout the U.S., list petro-chemicals as some of the first ingredients on the label. Fortunately, my friend learned years ago, when I began educating as a part of my Arbonne business, about the dirty dozen of skin care ingredients to avoid. Conventional health practitioners are pretty much clueless on xeno-estrogens, as well as nutritional support to help the cancer patient thrive vs. barely survive, a treatment.
While talking to my friend I googled the shea butter lotion, and came across a beauty review of the Arbonne product. a beauty blog came up at the top so I clicked to see what she had to say, it's called - Paula's Choice.
I smiled at her ignorance. But unfortunately, that is how must of the beauty world operates - in a state of ignorance as to how what we put on our skin affects the largest organ of our body - which is the skin itself. There is no liver to filter out the garbage we put on, right? Now, don't be upset with me if you are a beauty expert and you are already familiar with the term xeno-estrogen. You are part of an elite group if you know this! Kudos!
For those that are not - here is a link to an article on xeno-estrogens and how the body is compromised when innduated with these forms of estrogren that mimic estrogen in the body.
Paula's Choice largest complaint of the Arbonne shea butter was the use of an extract of rose geranium, claiming it can be an irritant. I actually studied this essential oil when my husband was on his cancer journey and oh my goodness, the health benefits are huge! This oil was used in a limited edition of essential oil blends that Arbonne had released for the 2014 holiday collection, which is why I dug in and reviewed the ingredient at that time. Learning what I did, I hoarded the particular oil blend when I studied the other essential oils it was comprised of.
I wrote Miss Paula a comment on her blog, and it will be interesting to see if she allows it to go public to her post. My character limit caused me to really tighten and omit words, so I hope it makes sense.
"I found your review as I spoke with a friend who finished her chemotherapy. She was telling me how dry her skin is and feels the Arbonne products she uses are getting her through treatment. The Arbonne shea butter has been a godsend for her dry thirsty skin. As a holistic cancer researcher, the ingredient you dislike has so many healing benefits. Its an expensive essential oil, and I am glad it is included. Mineral oil is a xeno-estrogen. Suggest reading Dr. Samuel Epstein's Toxic Beauty book."
You can tell I ran out of space at the end there, but I hope to further the horizons of educating the uninformed. In the blog post Paula claims that there is no proof that mineral oil and petro chemicals contribute harm to the body. She obviously has not listened to any of the Truth About Cancer podcasts, or read any of the books in my vast library. One of the first instructions on a cancer journey is to eliminate environmental toxin intake -and skin care is at the top of the list. It is one we HAVE CONTROL OVER. I have a tri-fold brochure I would be happy to mail to you, created by a third party, that cites the dangers of our skin care and beauty products, and the studies are listed as well. Or visit this link to learn more in an article. Contact me to day for it, or a sample of Arbonne product. I have provided a list of products that may offer support to those on the C journey. May it be a road to complete recovery!
May you feel great, look great and live great - and HYDRATE your skin!
Disclaimer: I am an independent Arbonne consultant -after I fell in love with the results driven products and transformed my health using them.