Breast Show organizer on inspirations, natural medicine and women's health

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Paricia Kennedy

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SECRETLY, PAT LONGED TO BE KNOWN AS THE ABS NURSE. Patricia Kennedy, the “boobs and butts” nurse, is organizing The Breast Show in Town at Centennial Hall on April 18.

Patricia Kennedy of Thermography Clinic London has been a registered nurse in the London community for 34 years. Her passion for spreading awareness about naturalistic treatment in the realms of breast and colon health has earned her the nickname “the butts and boobs nurse,” but has also driven her to organize The Breast Show in Town that will be held at the London Convention Centre on April 18.

The Breast Show, a conference that was first held in June 2007, allows London women a chance to acquire information about breast health and breast thermography from inside a community Kennedy feels is too conservative and traditional in its approach to medicine.

“I’m a nurse with feet in ‘both doors’ " mainstream medicine and natural medicine,” Kennedy says. Besides being a sanctioned registered nurse, Kennedy is also a certified colon hydrotherapist and thermographer.

Thermography is a digital imaging technique that Kennedy is very enthusiastic about for its application with identifying breast health issues.

“[Thermography] captures images of heat coming off the body from 3/16ths of an inch outwards. It can see help us see cancerous changes or hormonal imbalances in tissue. When cells are inflamed or hot they can be cancerous,” she says.

Kennedy points out how this process can be particularly advantageous for younger women with denser breast tissue and says this has shown true in the ever-growing number of women choosing to use the practice either exclusively or in conjunction with mammography.

She adds that, while mammograms are still offered to most women, “more and more women don’t want the invasiveness of mammography.”

Kennedy echoes the motto of the Thermography Clinic: “My motto is early prevention, not early detection.

“We help with education and ongoing support such as determining what priorities should be set to improve [a patient’s] breast health.”

According to Kennedy, her involvement with naturalistic health doesn’t just come from being a nurse but from being a woman who feels let down by the health care industry when she was younger.

“You can’t ‘cookie cutter’ medicine, we’re all different " from our diets to our genes to the way we poop,” she says.

Though her interests in breast and colon health may seem unrelated, “women that become constipated are four times more likely to develop breast cancer,” she adds.

“Outside of London, many general practitioners embrace natural, holistic medicines " I had to educate the community.”

The first Breast Show saw 100 people come out. That figure has grown consistently for each subsequent show and Kennedy expects the next show to attract as many as 600 women.

The show provides an opportunity to learn about alternative treatments from 50 different exhibitors as well as keynote speaker Noor Muhammad, a certified nutritional and sports nutritional consultant, who has gained international recognition for his research into “nutritional application in chronic and autoimmune disorders such as autism.”

Kennedy has also taken her desire to educate the community to the airwaves of Western’s CHRW.

“I love 94.9 [CHRW] because it represents education and the next generation,” she says. “It’s a great way to have an uncensored connection with the people.”

The Breast Show in Town is on April 18 at the London Convention Centre, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered by phone at (519)287-5794. For more information, visit breastshowintown.com.

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