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This blog will publish a series of articles for mesothelioma and all cancer sufferers. The articles are chosen for their factual, motivational and inspirational content. A new article will be published every couple days.



Updated: 2011-12-13T22:56:13.937-05:00

 



What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer

2005-02-02T02:11:00.896-05:00

What You Need to Know About Bre@st Cancer to Improve Your Odds October is National Bre@st Cancer Awareness Month, so I'm focusingthis issue on some of the things that we know about bre@st cancer. Are You At Risk? Specific factors that can put you at risk for bre@st cancer include: 1. Having a close relative who has had bre@st cancer2. Having your first child in your thirties, or later3. Not having children4. Early menstrual cycles (before age twelve)5. Being African American6. Diet, as discussed below7. Antibiotic use - a new study found that antibiotic users hada 50% higher risk of bre@st cancer and the higher the use, thehigher the risk. Researchers believe that the antibioticuse was due to chronic inflammation, which was linked to cancerand heart disease. Diet and weight are starting to appear as major risk factors forbre@st cancer. Here are some of the facts that we know aboutthe correlation of diet and weight with bre@st cancer. * Obese women, in other words, those with a Body Mass Index of30 or more (calculate your BMI at http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/),face two-to-four times the risk of bre@st cancer (and endometrialcancer). The fat found around the abdomen, in apple-shaped women,seems to be more reactive, leading to faster cell growth,including growth of cancerous cells. * Research by the American Cancer Society shows that postmenopausalwomen who had gained 21-30 pounds over their weight at age 18were at a 40% greater risk of getting bre@st cancer than thosewho had only gained 5 pounds or less. It's thought that bre@stcancer risk increases due to the excess fat tissue increasingthe body's estrogen levels. * A study of women in Mexico who consumed high-carbohydrate diets(especially high in corn products) found that they were twice aslikely to get bre@st cancer. Researchers theorize that thecarbohydrates raise blood sugar and provide an environmentfavorable for replication of cancer cells. Women in the study whoconsumed more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, all of whichcontain insoluble fiber, had far less bre@st cancer risk, leadingto speculation that diets higher in insoluble fiber put women atless risk of bre@st cancer. American women typically consume dietsthat are much lower in carbohydrates than the women studied. What about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)? Is it a risk factor?We don't really know. Until fairly recently, doctors prescribedHRT for protection against heart disease, colon cancer, andosteoporosis, especially if you had a family history of those.The downside was an increased risk of bre@st cancer. However,the US Women's Health Initiative studies found no protective effectfor the heart from HRT, and in the estrogen-only study there wasno bre@st cancer risk increase. However, scientists in Scandinaviacalled off their HRT study among women who had alreadyexperienced bre@st cancer due to the high risk of bre@st cancerrecurrence among study participants. We just don't know, butfor now, HRT may be OK for short-term symptom relief, butis not a long-term strategy. Getting Checked Out Talk with your doctor about whether you have a family historyof bre@st cancer. If you have had one, or more, female relative(s)with bre@st cancer, you need to be on a more frequent andaggressive screening program and you may even want to considergenetic testing for you and other family members. How frequently to do mammograms is a subject of some debate,but here are some facts that may help. * For women over age fifty, having a mammogram annually saveslives due to a 30% reduction in death rates from bre@st cancer.For women in their forties, the reduction is 16%-18%. * The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Instituterecommend starting to have mammograms at age 40, and to havethem every one–two years thereafter. * Mammograms aren't as accurate for pre-menopausal women becausetheir bre@st tissue is denser, resulting in a higher rate of falsepositives. For example, 97% of women in their forties who underwentsurgical biopsies resulting from the findings on their mammogramsdidn't actually have bre@s[...]



Vitamin A - The Glow-in-the-dark Vitamin

2004-12-17T14:10:39.006-05:00

Vitamin A - The Glow-in-the-dark Vitamin

By David Leonhardt

The ancient Egyptians had a cure for "night blindness". They fed the patient lots and lots of liver. Perhaps they thought theywere appeasing the Gods of sight. In 1930, the first fat-solublevitamin was discovered - vitamin A - which, it turns out, doesindeed appease the Gods of sight.

Vitamin A is best known for improving eyesight, particularly atnight, which is one of two reasons we call it the glow-in-the-dark vitamin. But the eyes are not the only part of your bodygrateful for your generous consumption of vitamin A.

Your skin also benefits. And your hair. And mucous membranes.And nails. In fact, almost any surface lining your body canfind.

Your immune system benefits, too, giving you added resources toward off infections. Bones and teeth are strengthened withproper amounts of vitamin A, and even the risk of some cancerscan be reduced with vitamin A.

And there are more confirmed and suspected benefits.

The other reason we call Vitamin A the glow-in-the-dark vitaminis because it is best known as the bright orange color in so manyfoods we enjoy. Like pumpkins, pumpkin pie and my favorite:pumpkin cheesecake ( see my recipe athttp://www.thehappyguy.com/pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe.html ).

And, of course, carrots, squash, peaches, apricots, cantaloupe,mangoes, sweet potatoes and the rest of the orange-spangledveggie gang.

But again, vitamin A is much more than meets the eye, because itis not actually vitamin A that turns the fruit and vegetablesorange, but a precursor to vitamin A called beta carotene. Betacarotene does not become vitamin A until your body processes it.

And vitamin A is just as likely, if not more so, to come fromprotein sources such as most dairy products, egg yolks and somefish. And the queen of all vitamin A sources is liver, thatancient Egyptian God of sight. Calves liver. Chicken liver.Pork liver. Any liver you can sink your teeth into.

The vitamin A in protein sources is real vitamin A, no processingrequired.
Other great sources of vitamin A are dark green vegetables, suchas Swiss chard, broccoli, spinach and beet greens.

As important as it is to glow with vitamin A, don't glow toobrightly. An overdose can be harmful to bones and skin, causingweakness and brittleness, even leading to fatigue and vomiting.

It is advisable not to take a vitamin A supplement except underthe supervision of a physician. In most cases, it is much betterto take a liquid multivitamin such as Essential Nectar inrecommended daily doses. There is very little chance of getting an overdose that way.

Also, increase your intake of beta carotene sources to avoid anoverdose. Whereas your body absorbs all the vitamin A it takes in directly, it converts only the beta carotene it needs (talk about customization!).

So get glowing and get the vitamin A you need.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Leonhardt runs The Liquid Vitamin Supplements Store:
http://www.vitamin-supplements-store.net



The Cure

2004-12-10T06:07:26.940-05:00

Gen Cells Cures will find the cure even if it means taking on President George Bush and the Vatican. The cure is definitely goingto be found in stem cell research. When the first cure comes in fromstem stem research it will have a domino effect as incurablediseases will soon vanish fom the world. Needlesss to say it isvery unlikely that any stem cell cure will come from the good old USA. President Bush has frozen science in time dated back to fouryears ago. We simply are not going to wait for four more years toget started. I also just don't like Big Brother breathing down myneck. He has nothing to offer except red tape, detours androadblocks. Thank God there is a world outside the United States. We have packed our bags and michroscopes and gone offshore. To find thecure we have had to adopt the motto "Have Michroscope Will Travel."Science doesn't have time for politics and religion to catch up.Nor does Gen Cells Cures have time for bureaucratic smoke and mirrors. The money to find the cure. Where are we going to find it? PresidentBush has the federal piggy bank all locked up for stem cell research. Maybe George Bush is the best man for the presidency. That's what the American people believe. Ok maybe he does a good job, but for our future health he has got to get the Big F. As the 48 nobel-prize winning scientists have clearly stated to thepresident in a letter, he has compromised our future. Let me spellit out for you, he has shaved 8 years off our lives. Hasn't he given any thought to George and Barbara's future. I know that I worry about the advancing years of my Mom and Dad. What are we going to do? Just put our senior citizens out to pasture. Seniors have justas much right to the cure as the next guy. I hear people talk aboutthe fact that there is no reason to extend life because there is no room for our seniors because of future over population. Will I disagree. How greedy can you be? I live in a third world country where I see 15 people squeezed into one room. I don't see a problemwith over population. I would be happy to squeeze Mom and Dad into a little room with me if it meant they didn't have to leave this worldso soon . And what about us, the baby boomers and that includes President George Bush himself. "What If" we get cancer or another deadly incurable disease. Unfortunately for many of us that"whatif" has already become a nightmare of reality. Where does that leave us then? And what about the money needed to do the job? Private research, If you want to go on living the American Dream forget the extra yacht and the private plane. I would rather take a public cruise and fly with Richard Branson's airline than die prematurely from a deadly incurable disease. Yes I am talking about investing in your own private stem cell research. Private Stem cell research for the wealthy has finally arrived. Gen Cells Cures is the only biotech in the world specializing in stem cell research for wealthy individuals. However, if you are poor and need the cure contact us anyway. One can't do much in this world without money butwe'll try. Every penny invested at Gen Cell Cures goes into pureresearch. We don't want a beautiful new biomedical researchcenterlike the Stowers Institute from Kansas City. All we want is the cure. We will work anywhere we have to to find the cure. A rentedtin shack will do just fine, but we do need the best people and the best equipment. So if you know a billionaire without a cause, please have this billionaire take a look at what we have to offer with stem cell research. You can always make another Billion but you can't buyanother life. At Gen Cells Cures we will run for the cure, we will jump for the cure, we will sing with the rock band "The Cure"for the cure, in fact we will jump through hoops for the cure and most important we will work for the cure. We only lack one ingredient to find the cure and that ingredient is the money needed for the stem cell research. What's It all about? …Finding the cure,that's what it's all about. The Cur[...]



Cancer Articles ( Mesothelioma focus)

2004-12-09T15:57:50.586-05:00

Mesothelioma asbestos cancer, or any cancer needs to have the facts revealed. With a series of articles, both factual and inspirational, this blog attempts to provide help to all sufferers.

For mesothelioma sufferers in particular, the site at http://www.mesothelioma-updates.com/ provides daily updated information and news to help all sufferers.




Healing Power of the Mind

2004-12-09T16:10:42.256-05:00

Healing Power of the Mind by Dr. P.C. Simon copyright 2004 Society's attitude to health and healing is undergoing a drasticchange. Individuals are taking responsibility for their own health,their own cures. In the past, these were matters left to thephysician on an as needed basis. In this century, we strive tomaintain our own health through diet, exercise, and avoidance ofdeleterious life style choices. We have become our own pharmacists. Many of us have turned to nature's pharmacy and take herbal medicinessuch as echinacea for colds, St. John's wort for depression, saw palmetto for benign prostatic enlargement. We are also beginning torealize the supreme importance of mind in the vital areas of wellnessand disease. Mind is the unlimited pharmacy, the great internalhealer of physical and mental disease and distress. Before 1950, the ability of the mind to cure physical illness wasridiculed by medical men. If anyone mentioned its possibility, theywere considered weird. Nowadays we hear medical practitioners tellingtheir patients how important it is to have a positive attitude toremain healthy. One of those who helped turn around medical attitudes was Dr. CarlSimonton. In 1971, Dr. Simonton, a radiation oncologist, and hispsychologist wife, Stephanie Mat`hews, began treating terminal cancerpatients for physical, emotional and social ailments holistically inhis career-counseling and research centre in Fort Worth, Texas.Patients were taught to use the mental imagery of white blood cellsdevouring cancer cells in their bodies. The Simontons' friends andcolleagues said that they had lost their minds. However, in 1978,when 159 of their cancer patients were kept alive for more thandouble their life expectancy, people began to pay attention. One oftheir cancer patients also used this system of imagery to treat his impotence and arthritis and found it worked. In 1974, when Norman Cousins, editor of Saturday Review, returnedfrom a cultural exchange program in Russia, he was hospitalized foradrenal exhaustion due to stress. His sedimentation rate, which isnormally 4 mm/hr, was 115 mm/hr . One day, one of his medicalconsultants wrote on his bedside chart that Cousin's condition wasprecarious. When no one was in his room, Cousins sneaked a look atthe chart and realized his death was near. He recollected thatnegative emotions can produce specific chemicals harmful to the body.Cousins argued if negativity and worry will create sickness, laughterand joy should bring about health. He discharged himself from thehospital and immersed himself in joyful music, jokes and laughter and cured himself in a short while. Readers digest published his story in1977. For the benefit of the rest of the public, he wrote a book entitled "The Anatomy of an Illness." Medical statistics show that 50 to 80 percent of all diseases such asneuralgia and arthritis are stress related. Stress is created by thought. Thought can cure as well as create disease though mostphysicians have ignored the healing power of thought. By learning to control and direct our thoughts, we can do much to improve our health. Our minds can be trained to achieve control of our bodies by severalmethods. One of these is biofeedback, a system developed in the late 1960s by neurosurgeons to study neuromuscular diseases and mental states. With monitoring devices, the patient can watch how his/her thoughts affect various body functions. This biofeedback can train patients to alter consciousness, raise or lower blood pressure, andregulate heart beat. For example, we can increase our blood pressure by just imaginingthat we are in an airplane crash. Suppose that the pilot announced over the intercom that passengers should prepare for a crash landing in the middle of the ocean. We realize that there are not enough life-preservers on board for all the passengers and we, at the rear end of the plane, are the ones left without any support system. By imaginingthe danger we see our p[...]