My name is Flaviah Campos. I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist; and those of you that know me must be wondering why in the world is a psychology major who has been working as a professional organizer now interested in health and wellness?
My interest in the subject started back in 2011 when I was 44 and due for my first mammogram, as it is recommended to be done after the age of 40. So, to my total surprise my first mammogram resulted positive. I was told I had DCIS, an early stage of breast cancer and needed to do a lumpectomy right away. I was in shock! At the time I thought I was super healthy. I was thin, I exercised, I didn’t drink, I had no history of breast cancer in the family and in my head, I thought to myself: “I am too freaking young to have cancer!”
Just a few months before my diagnosis I was on vacation in Brazil and I stumbled upon a book of one of my favorite Brazilian writers about sugar. I became so inspired to the point that after reading it, I decided not to eat sugar anymore. It made no sense to me to continue eating something that was so harmful to my body. Returning home to the States I became even more interested in health alternatives and started attending free classes at NIA (National Integrated Associates) in Washington DC on green juicing and sprouting.
It seems that the universe was preparing me to what was ahead of me. The doctors offered me the traditional treatment for cancer, but I did not like what I was offered. I could not understand if I had a stage “0” cancer, a pre-cancer, why would I treat it as cancer? Why not give my body all the nutrients it needed to heal itself, rather than putting “toxins” in my body?
That’s when I decided I needed to do some thinking and research on my own before moving on. At that time, I had already had the lumpectomy.
I consulted with different medical professionals and opted to treat my DCIS the alternative way. At this point I changed my diet and lifestyle providing my body with the missing nutrients and any other thing that doesn’t come in a plate that could have created the “dis-ease”.
A year later I had lost 20 pounds and my mammogram was normal. Without the Protocol offered to me at the time, (Tamoxifen for 5 years, nor the 10 sessions of radiotherapy). And without the risk of a hormonal change that could anticipate my menopause. God knows what else could have done to my body after those 5 years of medication and the 10 sessions of radiotherapy.
Many years later I became familiar with the work of Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD and read about the Dilemma of DCIS. In which she describes the risks of tamoxifen and mentions that many early breasts cancers, including DCIS, disappear without treatment, the angst, fear and confusion women go through when diagnosed with DCIS that create more havoc with their health than the actual disease. The only way out of the dilemma is to realize that you can improve your breast from the inside out, regardless of whether you’ve been diagnosed with DCIS. Her suggestions matched with what I did: to screen with thermography, not mammography; institute lifestyle and nutritional changes and then do regular follow-ups.
Ever since then the subject really captivated me to the point that I decided to seek a worldwide recognized certification. As a result, I was certified by the IIN Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York with a degree in Coach in Integrative Nutrition.
My only intention with my work is to share with you my story and everything I discovered about food and the many facets of wellness; and give you hope and show you that you have options. Healthier body, mind and soul is in our hands.
Hope you find this useful and that you thrive and shine always.
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