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Environment and Health

According to a research study lead by the University of British Columbia, people who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks and other pedestrian amenities tend to weigh less than people who live in more isolated, car-dependent areas. So why is it that nearly one fourth of people in the Atlanta area are exercise enthusiasts, but have to live in neighborhoods without sidewalks or other accommodations? Not only is this a problem in Atlanta, but it’s one that is widespread throughout the United States. Because of this, researchers are now suggesting the need for more sidewalks to accommodate those who would like to go walking and jogging.

Read more about the research study at CNN Health.

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Fighting Cancer With Diet

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters.

Cancer Update from John Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not
show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few
billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer
cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are
unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the
detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s
lifetime

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be
destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental,
food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and
including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and
also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow,
gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver,
kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages
healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce
tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not
result in more tumor destruction.

9 When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and
radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence
the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by
not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one
important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is
harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses
but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make
it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and
substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is
acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef
or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and
parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains,seeds,
nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline
environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh
vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach
down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth
of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try
and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean
sprouts)and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are
destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea
is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water – best
to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy
metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive
enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified
and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from
or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of
cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer
cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6,
Flor-ssence,Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to
enable the bo dy’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other
supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed
cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted,
or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and
positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger,
unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic
environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax
and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising
daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular
level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

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Multivitamins

ConsumerLab.com recently reported that more than half of the 21 multivitamins it tested had too little or too much of certain vitamins. Additionally, some of the vitamins were actually contaminated with dangerous substances such as lead. So what multivitamins shouldn’t you take?

Avoid the multivitamins singled out on ConsumerLab’s 11 Multivitamins to Avoid list.

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Tips to Quit Smoking

Tips to quit smoking from four women who were able to do so:

1. If you’re a social smoker, start avoiding situations in which you’d want to smoke.
2. Instead of trying to quit instantly, gradually cut back from the number of cigarettes you smoke.
3. Take a class and learn about nicotine-replacement-therapy options.
4. Realize that you’re in control, not your craving.
5. Set a quit date and start working toward your goal. It will help you gradually prepare.

Read more about the tips at CNN Health.

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Men’s Health

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, men can make a few small changes that could have a tremendous impact on their health.

  • Eat Healthy. Balancing your diet with fruits and vegetables could help you lower the risk of conditions such as heart disease.
  • Maintain a weight that is healthy. Waist measurement can help you determine whether or not you are at risk for high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Exercise. Over 50% of both men and women do not spend enough time being active. Changing your daily routine to include at least 30 minutes a day of exercise could be beneficial.
  • Get routine exams. Men are at risk for cancers of the skin, prostate, and colon. Making an appointment with your doctor could help you identify the warning signs of these cancers early on and prevent them.
  • Get vaccinations.
  • Lower your stress. Are you too focused on things that stress you out? Try to change the way you approach these things in your life or eliminate them.

For fun you can test your knowledge about men’s health.

Resources

CDC: Men’s Health
http://www.cdc.gov

National Library of Medicine
http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Science Daily: Men’s Health News
http://www.sciencedaily.com

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Soda: It Doesn’t Matter if it’s Diet

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A recent study has concluded that those who drink more than one soda a day have a 50% higher chance of developing a heart disease than those who drink one or less a day. The study also added that it doesn’t matter if the soda is diet or not.

The heart disease most commonly linked to soda is metabolic syndrome, a condition that is linked to several other health conditions.

According to CNN, “The study, in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, looked at more than 6,000 healthy people, who showed no signs of metabolic syndrome, and then followed up. After four years, 53 percent of people who drank an average of one or more soft drinks per day developed metabolic syndrome. Those who drank one or more diet soft drinks a day were at a 44 percent higher risk.”

Need more information? Read the health effects of drinking soda, which includes quotes from the experts.

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Body Mass Index (BMI)

Calculate your Body Mass Index with the calculator provided by Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (If you are a child or teenager, use this calculator.)

Body Mass Index (BMI) or Quetelet Index is used to determine a person’s total fat, which is related to the risk of diseases. If a person’s BMI is greater than 25, the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute recommends weight loss, especially if the person has a high waist measurement.

BMI is frequently used to determine the following categories:

Category BMI range – kg/m2
Starvation less than 15
Underweight from 15 to 18.5
Normal from 18.5 to 25
Overweight from 25 to 30
Obese from 30 to 40
Morbidly Obese greater than 40

What to take into consideration:

  • The score may overestimate BMI for those who are greatly athletic or have a lot of muscle mass.
  • The score may be underestimated for those who are older or have a small amount of muscle mass.

Resources

About BMI for Adults
http://www.cdc.gov

About BMI for Children & Teens
http://www.cdc.gov

Harvard: Body Mass Index
http://huhs.harvard.edu

According to the Harvard web site, BMI is only one of the many tools used to predict risk factor for diseases.

Diseases and conditions associated with obesity include the following: cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, diabetes, sleep apnea, and some types of cancers.

Waist Measurement

According to the Medical College of Wisconsin, because BMI may not be completely accurate, one should also measure their waist as this measurement is used in conjunction with BMI to help access risk.

To measure your waist, “place a tape measure around your bare abdomen just above your hip bone. Be sure that the tape is snug, but does not compress your skin, and is parallel to the floor. Relax, exhale, and measure your waist.”

You may be at risk if:

  • You are female and your waist measures more than 35 inches.
  • You are male and your waist masures more than 40 inches.

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