Tuesday, January 19, 2010
My Arm Pits
Well, I write about everything else around here so why not?
In case you don't know this about me, I think I have cancer about every four months.
It's for real.
Is there a fear of getting cancer? I'm sure there's a word for it. Well...I have that. It's not life consuming or anything, but I must acknowledge that it's there. I know I shouldn't live in fear of cancer. I'm not saying it's right. I'm just admitting I do and have been known to say to the Lord, "I'm sorry I am always afraid of cancer."
If I have a headache I think it's a tumor and find myself regretting that I haven't been more diligent about scrapbooking and then brainstorming nannies for Aaron to hire when I die. And yes. Multiple nannies. That's how many I think it would take to keep things afloat around here. A lot of pride comes out during these imagined near-death experiences. At some point (usually during the imaginary nanny interviews where I coldly dismiss all "the others" and hire Mary Poppins) I stop myself and realize how dumb I'm being (about the cancer...not Mary Poppins. I totally know she'd come here.)
If one of my children's lymph nodes are swollen it's straight to the Amazing Doctor Bacak they go. Pretty sad when your doctor knows the first thing he needs to tell you after examining your son's neck is..."It's not cancer." I've gone to the doctor for suspected leg cancer, eye cancer, esophagus cancer..you get the gist.
I don't think anyone in my family (blood related) has ever had cancer, so I'm unsure why I jump to the cancer conclusion so quickly. I'm not a hypochondriac in any other way. Promise. My kids rarely get sick and go to the doctor practically never (except when I'm sure they have cancer). They also don't go to the dentist very often either (something I need to change). Aaron thinks the dentist is a bunch of hoo-do, so he doesn't help in my need to be more responsible with teeth cleanings.
Cancer scares me. Maybe I've watched way too many lifetime movies. Who knows.
Part of my fear of cancer is silly. Part of it may not be. Because of the way people eat these days, and how our food is grown I think we may have some real reasons to be careful. Maybe it is wise to want to get back to eating healthier foods the way God created them instead of eating food a business created in a factory (exhibit A: Velveeta. What the crap is that stuff? I'm pretty sure Velveeta was a failed experiment for the space shuttle program that some Nasa Scientist in "product recovery" added cheese "flavoring" to giving the block of "what in the world is this" a new purpose. Goodbye lab. Hello grocery store.) I just read recently that our generation is the first generation predicted to not live longer than our parents and grandparents. Crazy!
This will make you laugh:
I think it might be wise to want to get back to doing things with an acknowledgment of the way God created our world to run (as best we can). It's probably good to want to honor God by how our food is grown, and the way we eat. I'll admit that I'm growing more and more cautious of big business (particularly the food industry). We probably need to be cautious of anything fueled by greed and money. The Bible teaches us how corrupt we can become if we're pursuing personal gain.
I want my "fear of cancer" to be more than silly fear. I want a healthy fear of God and the way He designed our world to work and our bodies to run. I want to honor Him as Creator who knows more about what our bodies need than we do or big business probably does. I'm just not completely there yet.
Food aside, Kirby has thoroughly freaked me out recently about my antiperspirant.
So I made the switch.
Lynsey gave me some of the deodorant pictured above.
This deodorant does not contain aluminum (an ingredient that may possibly cause cancer or Alzheimers). I guess if you could get cancer and Alzheimers that might not be so bad. You'd forget you had cancer, I guess. The problem is I don't think you can guarantee you'll get both cancer and Alzheimers so I want to be careful. I shouldn't joke about these things. That one was just too tempting.
To some people an antiperspirant without aluminum may mean it's a deodorant without anything in it that actually works. So far I am pleased to announce that I haven't been e-stinky (say that like Nacho Libre) but I'm not sure if it actually keeps me from sweating. It's winter. I'm freezing. The summer might be a whole new world with my new non-cancerous arm pits.
Before I agreed to make the switch and sweat like a man, I read a lot online about whether or not antiperspirants (and the aluminum inside them) is linked to cancer (specifically breast cancer).
The studies are inconclusive. Many studies found a definite link. Many others were not so sure. Everyone in the cancer field seems to agree more research needs to be done before antiperspirants can be ruled out as carcinogens.
"Inconclusive" has always been enough to sway me towards being more cautious.
Just wanted to personally vouch that this deodorant works in the winter when I'm not super sweaty. That's all I know for now. It's the same price as name brand antiperspirant. I'll do an armpit follow up mid summer, okay?
I've heard you can make your own deodorant out of vodka. You better believe I'm looking into that. Any legit reason to buy vodka sounds cool to me. Then I can have Vodka in my bathroom like skanky Mrs. Hannigan.
dream. come. true. (eyes rolling)
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