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6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

According to the United States government, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among Americans in 2016. 595,690 people will die from the disease. The most common kinds of cancers are are projected to be breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, skin melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer. There are actually more than one hundred types of cancer, which is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer treatment can include chemotherapy,…

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What the Feds are Saying About Medical Marijuana and Cancer

Even as the federal government continues to hold the line on marijuana laws, classifying the weed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, it is simultaneously acknowledging the usefulness of medical marijuana in combating cancer. Schedule 1 drugs are those considered dangerous, addictive and lacking in medical merit. Federal government agencies serve many masters. The powerful prison lobby wants drug offenders behind bars. The FDA clients are big drug companies, which do not want medical marijuana competing with their products. Nevertheless, the National Cancer Institute recently referenced unpublicized studies that include…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods 

2015 Revised USDA Guidelines – What Has Changed?

The field of medicine moves forward through evidence-based practices, using the best scientific data to develop recommendations for policy and treatment. In the related field of diet and nutrition, however, old beliefs die hard. Experts in the field often cling to outdated recommendations, even when the evidence does not support their long-held ideas. For almost half a century, Americans have been told to minimize their consumption of butter, meat and salt. This dietary recommendation was supposed to protect people from heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. In fact, these…

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This Thyroid Tumor is No Longer Considered Cancer

Last week there was an announcement in the journal JAMA Oncology. An international panel of physicians has reclassified a type of tumor that has long been considered malignant as non-cancerous. This change will affect approximately 10,000 of the nearly 65,000 thyroid cancer patients diagnosed annually in the United States. This means those patients will not have to undergo removal of their thyroid, treatment with radioactive iodine, and regular examination for the rest of their lives, all just to protect against a tumor that was never life-threatening. This will undoubtedly open…

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Secret Weapons for Weight Loss

You’ve probably heard that weight loss is a matter of increasing your activity level and decreasing your caloric intake, but it’s not quite that simple. Human bodies burn calories at different rates, according to each person’s individual metabolism. One way to rev up your metabolism is to consume “negative calorie” foods – foods that are low in calories but high in fiber and nutrients. Secret-Weapon Foods Here are some “negative calorie” foods that you can use as your own secret weapons to weight loss. They also prevent chronic disease, improve your eyesight,…

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New Hope for Crohn’s Disease

A new vaccine offers hope in the fight against Crohn’s disease.Researchers have conducted animal studies, and human trials will begin this summer. Meanwhile, fears are rising that the disease may be caused by a bug present in milk. One country with a very high incidence of Crohn’s disease is Scotland, where one in 200 people are living with the condition. Most victims are young people and children. Crohn’s can progress to bowel cancer, and as many as 75 percent of afflicted patients eventually need major surgery.

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Cells of Children Found in Mothers’ Brains

Researchers have recently expanded our knowledge of the biological bond between mother and child. The deep psychological and physical connection begins during pregnancy, when the mother’s body provides everything the fetus needs to develop and grow. The placenta is comprised of cells from both the mother and fetus, and serves as a conduit through which the two exchange nutrients, gasses and wastes. In some cases, cells actually migrate through the placenta. They become part of the organs of the body, including lungs, thyroid, muscle, liver, heart, kidney and skin, contributing…

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Meditation Alters Your Body and Your Brain

Fans of meditation have been claiming for years that the practice reduces stress and lowers your risk of disease. Until recently, however, the available information was only anecdotal; there were no scientifically controlled, randomized studies to support those claims. Now research published in Biological Psychiatry shines additional light on the subject, and demonstrates that mindfulness meditation, unlike a placebo, can alter the brains of participants and improve their health. Mindfulness meditation requires “an open and receptive, nonjudgmental awareness of your present moment experience,” writes J. David Creswell, who led the…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods 

Top 4 Probiotic Foods

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Medical science now supports the truth of that statement. The human intestinal tract is home to 100 trillion bacteria, about three pounds of it! Some of these bacteria are beneficial, and others are a hazard to your health. The authors of a recent report published in BMC Immunology write: The gut microbiota makes up the majority of the human bacterial population, and although the gut microbiota resides in the intestines, it is able to exert systemic effects. Therefore,…

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