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It is Asbestos Awareness Week - April 1 to 7 2014 | Amoils.com

  Dangerous asbestos roof - Medical studies have shown that the asbestos particles can cause cancer - toned image How much do you know about asbestos? We would like to share some information during this special week of awareness.

A few facts of interest

  • Every year around three thousand people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
  • On average, they are given ten months to live. Put it another way, three hundred days or seven thousand and two hundred hours.
  • Asbestos is still not banned in the USA with roughly thirty million pounds still being used every year.
  • Even though it is thirty years since the peak of asbestos use, asbestos exposure is still the number one cause of occupational cancer in the USA.
  • No amount of exposure to asbestos is safe.
  • Navy veterans are at the greatest risk of developing mesothelioma because asbestos was so widely used in naval ships and shipyards.
  • Shockingly, asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools, commercial and industrial buildings. Renovation and construction also posed high risk areas for asbestos exposure.
  • If you lived with someone who was regularly exposed to asbestos and washed their clothes, you could be at risk for second hand asbestos exposure.
  • Asbestos was the material of choice in more than 3000 consumer products – items such as toasters and hairdryers. Some of these could well still be in use.
  • Asbestos fibers are actually invisible to the naked eye.

What is mesothelioma?

This website tells us that malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body's internal organs, known as the mesothelioma. "There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart."

They go on to say

"An individual may be at risk to develop mesothelioma if he or she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos particles. In most cases, mesothelioma symptoms will not appear in an individual exposed to asbestos until many years after the exposure has occurred." "Those with a past asbestos exposure history experiencing symptoms should consult a physician with experience in accurately diagnosing mesothelioma. The earlier mesothelioma is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be caught at an early stage. At earlier stages of mesothelioma progression, more treatment options are available and often a better prognosis is given."

What treatment is recommended for mesothelioma?

While progressive forms of mesothelioma require treatment by a medical professional, holistic treatment options can add to a medical treatment regimen. Making dietary and other lifestyle changes (as well as using specific healing methods and supplements) can offer relief from the condition. Avoiding sugar, all processed foods, GMOs, wheat products, artificial additives and hormones is crucial for detoxifying the body while getting nutrients from real, whole foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables (preferably raw) as well as free range eggs and poultry, good fats, fish and protein (such as meat from grass fed animals) boosts the body’s disease fighting mechanisms. Appropriate nutritional supplements are also important as part of the treatment regime. For example, silicon, selenium and citric acid help defend and boost the body’s disease fighting mechanisms. Some sites recommend the use of Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy as a treatment and obviously you really need to know what you are doing if you follow this route. You can find out more about this here.

The Von St. James family and their journey with mesothelioma

Healing Natural Oils received a request from the Von St. James family asking us if we would share a link to their page on our health blog. The family's story began eight years ago, when Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She had just given birth to their daughter Lily, and was only given fifteen months to live. After undergoing a risky procedure, she beat the odds and, together with her husband Cameron, they began their mission to bring about awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos (the only known cause of it).blog image - asbestos heather In honor of Asbestos Awareness Week , they have created their webpage dedicated to raising awareness of this deadly carcinogen. We are happy to share the page on our health blog to help educate and protect our readers from this preventable disease. We send our very best wishes to the Von St. James family in their quest, and for the future good health of Heather.   blog image - asbestos global poster