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“Breast Cancer Month is upon us and the NBCF has many events and activities taking place throughout October.

You can register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast. You will also find information on our Global Illumination events – tickets are available for purchase for events all across Australia.

Our Pink Ribbon Shop is hotting up with the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer T’s not available as well as our huge range of Pink Ribbon products.’

Our community fundraising activities feature a special performance of ‘My Fair Lady’ on October 5, as well as a wonderful production called ‘Breast Wishes’ being held on October 31. More information, including how to book tickets is indicated on our events calendar – don’t miss out!

Our corporate partners are also celebrating Breast Cancer Month with the Dove Pink Star Walk in Sydney and Ford Live! event featuring the Pussycat Dolls in Melbourne. See the events calendar for more information.

Don’t forget to look out for NBCF pink products when out shopping – you will find most supermarkets turning pink in October.

October 27 is Pink Ribbon Day and we need help to sell our Pink Ribbon merchandise. If you’d like to volunteer to have some fun while at the same supporting breast cancer research, please contact us via our ‘Get Involved’  section. We need enthusiastic, energetic volunteers for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Happy Pink Month”


“It’s just what we’ve all suspected – pure, ‘straight from the mountains’ bottled water is not so pure after all.

Yesterday *EWG released an industry-rattling report that reveals the dirty truth about bottled water.

We tested 10 brands and found an alarming array of contaminants, including cancer-causing byproducts of chlorination, fertiliser residue, industrial solvents and even caffeine.

*The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan research organisation dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment. The EWG Action Fund is a legislative advocacy organisation that uses EWG research to promote healthy and sustainable policies.

“Chocolate has 400 distinctive flavour compounds – that’s 200% more than any other food!

The exotic flavoured ‘criollo’ variety represents only 1% of world production and is the highest priced in international commodity markets.

Cacao Power products have an anti-oxidant (ORAC) score of 95,000. To put that into perspective, that’s 14 times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, 21 times more than green tea and 7 times more than even dark chocolate.

Magnesium is the most common deficient major mineral even following a balanced diet – it is estimated that over 80% of Australians are chronically lacking.

Phenylethylamine (PEA) found in cacao products is an adrenal-related chemical that is created within the brain and released when we fall in love and also help increase focus and alertness.

Pure raw cacao seems to dimish appetite – likely as a result of it’s unusual MAO inhibitors that allow more serotonin and other neurotransmittors like anandamide (the bliss chemical) to circulate in the brain, precipitating a rejuvinating effect.

Cacao beans, nibs and powder contain no sugar and have a fat content lower than most other nuts.

The Kuna Indians of the Panamanian Island consume significant amounts of high-flavonol cacao; they also have extremely low blood pressure that doesn’t climb as they age.

Red Nose Day, held annually on the last Friday in June, is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids. Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities assist us in providing our vital services and programs.

About SIDS and Kids
SIDS and Kids is an international leader in the field of health promotion, dedicated to the elimination of sudden and unexpected infant death. Best known for SIDS-related research and education programs, in 2002 SIDS and Kids changed their name to reflect the expansion of services, and now provide much-needed counselling and support to all Australian families who have suffered the sudden death of an infant or young child, regardless of the cause. This service is provided free of charge, and available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Who benefits from our services?
Since 1990, the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping program has been instrumental in reducing the SIDS infant mortality rate by 90%, equaling more that 4,500 Australian babies’ lives saved. However each month approximately 200 Australian children die suddenly and unexpectedly from causes such as stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS, a fast onset illness, drowning, poisoning, fire or motor vehicle accident. SIDS and Kids have a wide range of well-established programs and over 28 years experience in supporting families at this time. Their professional counsellors and trained volunteer peer supporters work together to help families through the tragic death of their child. More than 60 people are affected by the death of a child. SIDS and Kids programs are offered free of charge to all family members and friends who need support. For as long as they need them, SIDS and Kids are there!

Why a Red Nose?
In 1988, the Red Nose Day concept was adopted by SIDS and Kids organisations around Australia. Since then, people, cars, and buildings around the nation have joined in the fun. The red nose always brings a smile to people’s faces. By wearing a red nose you can be silly for a great cause.

Where do Red Nose Day funds go?
Proceeds from Red Nose Day assist us in providing the following vital services and programs:
24 hour, 365 days a year crisis outreach and ongoing bereavement support for families and the community following the sudden and unexpected death of an infant or young child from 20 weeks gestation to 6 years.
Our SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping Program, an evidence-based health promotion campaign which offers practical advice to parents and health professionals about how to best reducce the risks of SIDS and sleep accidents.
Research into the causes and prevention of sudden and unexpected death in the perinatal period and infancy.

What is SIDS and perinatal death?
SIDS is the sudden and unexpected death of an infant under one year of age, with onset of the lethal episode apparently occuring during sleep, that remains unexplained after a thorough investiagtion including performance of a complete autopsy, and review of the circumstances and death and the clinical history. (Krous at al 2004)
In 1988, when Red Nose Day forst started, 479 Australian babies dies from SIDS. With Red Nose Day income, SIDS and Kids organisations funded research and produced the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping health promotion campaign, leading to a drop to 73 SIDS deaths in 2003.
A perinatal death is either a stillbirth from 20 weeks gestation or a neonatal death in the forst 28 days of life, (i.e. just before birth or jjust after). In 2003, 2020 babies died in the perinatal period in Australia.

SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping
Our current health promotion program, SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping, is evidence based and provides families, infant carers and health professionals with information about how to reduce the risk of SIDS and create a safe sleeping environment for babies.

More information on this is available at


The SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping program recommends:
Put baby on the back to sleep, from birth.
Sleep baby with face uncovered.
Cigarette smoke is bad for baby.
Safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding, safe sleeping place, night and day.

The first Australian Red Nose Day was also successful with around a million face noses sold, raising about $1.3 million and substantially increasing awareness of the cause. Organisers were thrilled with the successful results and decided to make Red Nose Day a national event.

In 1989 two million face noses were sold at $1.50 each and a new button badge costing $2 was included with a picture of a chicken saying ‘I’m too chicken to wear a red nose’. This price included a fine of 50 cents for not wearing a red nose!


Lipstick contains lead. Lead is a chemical which causes cancer. The higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer.

Lead is a potent neurotoxin linked to a variety of health and reproductive problems, including learning language and behavioral problems. Lead is also linked to infertility and miscarriage.

Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to exposure because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain, where it interferes with normal development.

Lead has been eliminated from paint, gasoline and many other products for good reason and now we must demad lead-free cosmetics.

Lipstick brands that contain lead are:

Christian Dior




Estee Lauder


Red Earth (lip gloss)

Chanel (lip conditioner)

After doing a test on lipsticks it was found that the Y.S.L lipstick contained the most amount of lead.

Watchout for the lipsticks which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer it is because of the higher content of lead.

This video is a powerful, awe-inspiring talk by neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor, who had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.

As it happened, as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding she studied and remembered every moment, recognizing how she was slipping away from the defined sense of her personal self (left brain hemisphere) into the oneness of infinite creative energy (right brain hemisphere).

This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another. Most inspiring is the clarity with which she illuminates the concept of choice that we all have in each and every moment.

Absolutely work watching:

This infomation came in an email, I thought it interesting enough to pass on. Although, oddly enough according to my blood type I shouldn’t eat them but then I have always ‘known’ that from not feeling quite right afterwards.

“A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression ‘going bananas’ is from the effects of bananas on the brain.”

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose & glucose combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonderf the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illness and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food & Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 Students at a Twickenham school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break & lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, builds up depleted bloood supar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from hearburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B Vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its osft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidy and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalise the heart beat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape.

“So, the banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three time the phosphorus, five times the Vitamin a and iron and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

So maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”







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