In the past I had participated in the “No Shave November” craze for a couple reasons. One was camaraderie with friends, but I did it mostly because I was lazy. I have never liked shaving. Nope. Never. In November 2010, I did “No Shave November” again, telling my wife, jokingly, that all the guys were doing it, so I had to do it as well. She grudgingly said okay. Here is a picture that proves just how fantastic my facial hair really is!
One year in college, a few buddies decided to see who could go the longest without shaving. I don’t remember if there was a “reward” or just bragging rights (not that the bragging rights carried much weight, as we all had pretty pathetic facial hair). Regardless, I decided to play along. However, I was in the National Guard at the time, so my participation was limited to the time between the weekends I had training. It wasn’t a big change for me, as I only skipped one (maybe two) shaving days, but we all got some good laughs from it. We did it because it was funny to talk about and laugh at how ridiculous we all looked.
In the past couple of years, I have learned more about this “Movember/No Shave November” movement and its support for cancer awareness. Their website, movember.com states:
“No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.”
They are right. We do need to change habits, and it is all well and good to raise awareness, but it’s not enough. I thought the same thing last month when everything was pinkwashed for breast cancer. Just raising awareness isn’t enough. We need to act. This “War on Cancer” has been going on for decades, with the claims such as, “if we only had more money” or “the cure is just around the corner.” So what is enough money? And just how close is that corner? Cancer is a terrible, ravishing disease, and affects millions of patients and families in our country every day. With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women diagnosed with cancer yearly, something needs to change in this search for a cure. It’s time to focus on the cause!
The CAUSE is the CURE. Inside our bodies, we all have the ability to DEFEAT CANCER! If you would like to hear more about this I would recommend listening to the Cancer Talk audio by Dr. Peter Camiolo.
So this month, we are changing “No Shave November” to “No Sugar November” to help our bodies increase their cancer fighting ability.
Join us in eliminating sugar from your diet for the month of November!
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