To honor all women I cannot ignore that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Why is it not Breast Cancer PREVENTION Month? I realize not all cancers breast or any other forms of cancers can be prevented 100% of the time ..but why not teach PREVENTION. I am officially renaming October as BREAST CANCER PREVENTION MONTH.
Please read what I am writing with an open mind. It may save YOUR LIFE! I have no financial gains in writing this article. I am not selling you anything other than on the idea of looking at things differently. If you keep doing the same thing over and over you will keep getting the same results. Our Healthcare system is broken. How long have we been reading about this? Diseases that are so common today that were not 25-30 years ago. Not only cancers but diabetes, leukemia, obesity and we also have a very high infant mortality rate (6.2/1000). We spend the most on healthcare per person than any other nation yet our statistics speak for themselves. We are not a HEALTHY NATION.
So what can you do? Educate yourself. There are so many websites on the internet with a wealth of knowledge and information. If you wait until something goes wrong with your body then you have to treat it. Remember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Here is some information from various sources I found on the internet.
In 2001, experts concluded that cancers of the colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), kidney, and esophagus are associated with obesity. Some studies have also reported links between obesity and cancers of the gallbladder, ovaries, and pancreas.
Obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers—colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrial, kidney, and cancer of the esophagus.
Preventing weight gain can reduce the risk of many cancers. Experts recommend that people establish habits of healthy eating and physical activity early in life to prevent overweight and obesity. Those who are already overweight or obese are advised to avoid additional weight gain, and to LOSE weight through a low-calorie diet and exercise program. Even a weight loss of only 5 to 10 percent of total body weight can provide health benefits.
According to the American Cancer Society, new findings about the link between breast cancer and combined hormone replacement therapy strengthen the argument that estrogen and progestin should be used only conservatively to treat symptoms of menopause.
A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association bolsters earlier research from the Women’s Health Initiative that found women ages 50 to 79 who received the hormones face an elevated risk of breast cancer. The Women’s Health Initiative is a massive clinical trial evaluating various health factors in postmenopausal women.
Risk factors – from the Siteman Cancer Center- Washington School of Medicine
Most scientists agree that these things affect the risk of breast cancer. Some may apply to you, but others may not.
1. Age and breast cancer
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Rates are generally low in women younger than 40, but they start to increase after age 40 and are highest in those 70 and older. The average age breast cancer is found is 61.
2. Sex and breast cancer
Over 99 percent of all cases in the United States are diagnosed in women. Breast cancer can develop in men, but it is rare.
3.Family history and breast cancer
Women who have a mother or sister with breast cancer have a higher risk of the disease, especially if the relative’s cancer was diagnosed at a young age. The risk goes up if a woman has multiple relatives with the disease. This is because some breast cancers are linked to mutations (changes) in the genetic structure (DNA) of the body’s cells that can be passed from generation to generation.
4. Jewish ethnicity and breast cancer
Jewish women have a higher risk of breast cancer, especially women of Ashkenazi descent. This is because they are more likely to have genetic mutations linked to breast cancer risk. Genetic mutations are inherited changes in the genetic structure (DNA) of the body’s cells that can be passed from generation to generation.
5. Height and breast cancer
Tall women have a higher risk of breast cancer. Researchers don’t know exactly why, but it may be related to the fact that tall people grow more. Some of the same hormones and other factors that make people grow may also increase the chance that dividing cells become abnormal and turn cancerous.
6. Weight and breast cancer
Women who maintain a healthy weight have a lower risk of breast cancer, especially if they are post-menopausal. One reason is that fat tissue affects different hormone levels in the body. Too much fat tissue can lead to higher hormone levels and increase the risk of cancer.
People who maintain a healthy weight also have a lower risk of colon cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. And women have a lower risk of uterine cancer.
7. Physical activity and breast cancer
People who are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer, possibly because physical activity affects hormone levels and other growth factors in the body. Being physically active is also one of the best ways to help maintain a healthy weight. In addition, physically active people also have a lower risk of colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
8. Alcohol and breast cancer
Women who have less than one drink a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. (One drink is a can of beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of hard liquor.) Alcohol may raise the level of some hormones in the body. High levels of certain hormones after menopause may cause cells in the breast to become cancerous.
Drinking alcohol also increases the risk of other diseases like colon cancer, and high blood pressure. However, drinking moderate amounts (less than 1 drink/day for women and less than 2 drinks/day for men) can help decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
9. Vitamins and breast cancer
In general, there are no strong links between specific vitamins and the risk of breast cancer. However, in women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, the vitamin folate (found in most multivitamins and B-complex vitamins) seems to protect against the increased risk associated with drinking alcohol.
10. Birth weight and breast cancer
Women who weighed more at birth have a higher risk of breast cancer before menopause. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why this is, but they are studying different influences like pregnancy hormones and other prenatal factors to learn more about breast cancer development.
11. Age at first period and breast cancer
Women who get their first period at an early age have a higher risk of breast cancer. This is because an early period exposes a woman’s body to greater amounts of estrogen (a female reproductive hormone) over her lifetime. More estrogen over a long period of time can increase the risk that cells in the breast become cancerous.
12. Age at first birth and breast cancer
Women who first give birth to a child at a late age have a higher risk of breast cancer. One reason may be that pregnancy permanently changes breast tissue, making it less likely to become cancerous. The later this change occurs in a woman’s life, the more time the breast cells have to become abnormal and become cancerous.
13. Number of births and breast cancer
Women who have fewer than 2 children have a higher risk of breast cancer. One reason is that pregnancy changes hormone levels and breast tissue in a way that helps protects breast cells from becoming cancerous. The fewer pregnancies a woman has, the less her breast tissue changes and the less protection she gets.
14. Breast feeding and breast cancer
Women who breast feed for a total of one year or more have a lower risk of breast cancer. This is because breast feeding can cause changes in hormones and in breast tissue that help protect the cells from becoming cancerous. Women who breast feed also have a lower risk of ovarian cancer.
15. Birth control pills and breast cancer
Women have a higher risk of breast cancer while they are taking birth control pills. Birth control pills can have positive and negative effects on a woman’s health. If taken for at least 5 years, birth control pills can lower a woman’s risk of colon cancer, uterine cancerand ovarian cancer. But while she’s taking them, they raise her risk of breast cancer, heart attack and stroke. For some women, they can also cause side effects like nausea and vomiting.
Taking birth control pills and smoking can be a deadly combination. Together, they greatly increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke. All women who smoke should quit for good as soon
16. Age at menopause and breast cancer
Women who go through menopause (when regular menstrual periods stop) at a later age have a higher risk of breast cancer. This is because a late menopause exposes a woman’s body to greater amounts of the hormone estrogen over her lifetime. These higher levels of estrogen increase the risk that breast cells will become cancerous.
17. Post-menopausal hormones and breast cancer
Post-menopausal hormones are medications that help ease the symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. The most commonly prescribed post-menopausal hormones are estrogen and progesterone, which the body stops making in large quantities after menopause.
Women who take post-menopausal hormones for 5 or more years have a higher risk of breast cancer. This is because post-menopausal hormones raise the level of estrogen in a woman’s body, and high levels of estrogen after menopause may cause cells in the breast to become cancerous.
Post-menopausal hormones can have both positive and negative effects on a woman’s health. These hormones may cause abnormal growth of cells, increasing the risk of breast cancer, but different hormones affect risk differently. The combination of estrogen plus progesterone seems to increase breast cancer risk more that estrogen alone, but estrogen alone increases the risk of uterine cancer. In contrast, post-menopausal hormones may lower a woman’s risk of colon cancer and osteoporosis (bone loss). Post-menopausal hormones were once thought to lower the risk of heart attack, but it is now unclear exactly how they affect the risk of heart disease.
18. Tamoxifen, Raloxifene and breast cancer
Tamoxifen and Raloxifene are medications prescribed for women at high risk of breast cancer. They block the effects of the hormone estrogen in breast tissue and can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, these medications also have serious side effects. They are not right for everyone and can only be prescribed by a doctor.
19. Benign breast disease and breast cancer
Benign breast disease is a large group of non-cancerous breast conditions. Different types of benign breast disease include cysts (fluid filled sacs), fibroadenomas (solid lumps of tissue), and hyperplasia (abnormal increase in the size and number of cells).
Most types of benign breast disease never become cancer, but there is a condition called atypical hyperplasia that is related to breast cancer. Atypical hyperplasia is a condition where the increased number and size of breast cells look very abnormal. Women with atypical hyperplasia have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
20. Ionizing radiation and breast cancer
Women who have been exposed to high-dose radiation (such as radiation received in treatment of Hodgkin’s disease, repeated fluoroscopic studies for tuberculosis, and proximity to atomic bomb blasts) are at higher risk of breast cancer, especially if the exposure occurred at a young age. However, these high-dose exposures are very rare. It is important to recognize that regular x-rays and mammograms use only low-dose exposures and do not significantly increase the risk of cancer.
There you have it. This is probably the best list and explanation I have found on the internet. But before I end, I want to draw your attention to #20. Notice that the author stated “regular x-rays and mammograms use only low-dose exposures and do not significantly increase the risk of cancer. What does not significantly mean? There are other doctors and scientists that warn against the use of regular mammograms for the detection of breast cancer. Two much safer and better options. MRI and thermography. Unfortunately many insurance companies will not pay for either and thermography is only found in major cities.
Last but not least is the use of lymphatic drainage technique. Every single one of you ladies should learn this easy to learn technique. Helpful websites:
http://www.hps-online.com/breast-cancer.htm This site has good drawings teaching you how to do a self breast massage
http://www.deeptissue.com/articles/lymph_technieque.html You can order a DVD through this site.
http://media.ktradionetwork.com/media/images/coldwell/coldwell.html Dr. Leonard Coldwell discuss cancer in this short 8 minute video.
THE CHINA STUDY- Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
The science is clear. The results are unmistakable.
Change your diet and dramatically reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Respected nutrition and health researcher, Dr. T. Colin Campbell reveals the truth behind special interest groups, government entities and scientists that have taken Americans down a deadly path
Even today, as the low-carb craze sweeps the nation, two-thirds of adults are still obese and children are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes, typically an “adult” disease, at an alarming rate. If we’re eating healthier, why are Americans stricken with heart disease as much as we were 30 years ago?
Drawing on the project findings in rural China, but going far beyond those findings, The China Study details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study (China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project) as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”
“After a long career in research and policy-making, I have decided to step ‘out of the system.’ I have decided to disclose why Americans are so confused,” said Dr. Campbell. “As a taxpayer who foots the bill for research and health policy in America, you deserve to know that many of the common notions you have been told about food, health and disease are wrong.”
“I propose to do nothing less than redefine what we think of as good nutrition. You need to know the truth about food, and why eating the right way can save your life.”
Early in his career as a researcher with MIT and Virginia Tech, Dr. Campbell worked to promote better health by eating more meat, milk and eggs — “high-quality animal protein … It was an obvious sequel to my own life on the farm and I was happy to believe that the American diet was the best in the world.”
He later was a researcher on a project in the Philippines working with malnourished children. The project became an investigation for Dr. Campbell, as to why so many Filipino children were being diagnosed with liver cancer, predominately an adult disease. The primary goal of the project was to ensure that the children were getting as much protein as possible.
“In this project, however, I uncovered a dark secret. Children who ate the highest protein diets were the ones most likely to get liver cancer…” He began to review other reports from around the world that reflected the findings of his research in the Philippines.
Although it was “heretical to say that protein wasn’t healthy,” he started an in-depth study into the role of nutrition, especially protein, in the cause of cancer.
The research project culminated in a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, a survey of diseases and lifestyle factors in rural China and Taiwan. More commonly known as the China Study, “this project eventually produced more than 8000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease.”
The findings? “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored,” said Dr. Campbell.
In The China Study, Dr. Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and also its ability to reduce or reverse the risk or effects of these deadly illnesses. The China Study also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and irresponsible scientists.
The China Study is not a diet book. Consumers are bombarded with conflicting messages regarding health and nutrition; the market is flooded with popular titles like The Atkins Diet and The South Beach Diet. The China Study cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging. Additionally, he challenges the validity of these low-carb fad diets and issues a startling warning to their followers.
Dr Gonzalez Comments- I can hardly wait to read this book. It will only confirm what I have been studying and researching for many years. Eat Healthy – Be Healthy. But you have to know what is healthy…educate yourself and not by watching the news.
Buy organic foods as much as possible. Buy from your local farmers market. Eat only grass fed beef if you eat meat. Eat free range hormone free chicken. Avoid farm raised fish (growth hormones in the corn pellets they’re fed) and buy ocean seafood. Example, wild caught Salmon, Salmon burgers available at Sams and Costco. (See my Salmon Caesar Salad recipe).
WalMart is starting to carry more organic foods because people are asking for those foods. Ask WalMart for this type of meat and chicken
Read good books on health. Watch documentaries like the Academy Nominated new movie,Food, Inc. Other good documentaries include Fast Food Nation, King Corn, Super Size Me, The Future of Food and Killer at Large.
Watch these films and educate yourself on what the real news is so you can better teach your children. If your kids are out of the house, invite them over so you can watch them together or ask them to please rent these movies and watch them.
Make the choice today to start educating yourself better about the foods you eat so you can enjoy a healthier, happier and longer life.
The Christmas Holidays are right around the corner! Lots of parties, festive foods and family get togethers. This is the time of year when many people will put on unwanted pounds. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What can you do with all the tempting foods that will be around? First, decide that you will enjoy all your holiday favorites. This gives you a feeling of not restricting yourself from all your favorite holiday foods and treats you like. The second thing you need to do is decide that even though you will allow yourself to eat everything that doesn’t mean you have to have overindulge.
When I go to a party and see many of the foods I like I serve myself smaller servings than usual. Then if I want to I can go back and get another smaller than usual serving. This tricks me into thinking I had two servings but since they were small I actually had the equivalent of one usual serving. This works for me and may work for you as well.
I also think about how uncomfortable I will feel if I overeat and then I will suffer with possibly heartburn, gas, bloating. If it’s in the evening it will interfere with my sleep and I might wake up in the middle of the night with acid reflux and gag and possiblly vomit. That’s not a good feeling and if I think about that it’s usually enough to stop me from overeating and overdrinking.
Set a time limit for how late you will eat. If I’m going to an evening party, I want to eat soon and not wait until it gets late. It can get tricky because maybe the food is not ready or no one is eating yet. I might be the one who says something like ” I’m starving. I haven’t eaten all day. Do you mind if I get a little something to eat?” Most hosts will be gracious and say “of course” and what happens next is other people will follow. They were just too embarrased to be the first ones to start eating.
You may have some other “trick” that works for you and the important thing is to stick with it.
Wanting to make a positive change is always a challenge. Following through is even a bigger one.
If you have not made the progress you are looking for, take a serious look at the following reasons:
1) You are not making the right food choices. It’s difficult and I make exceptions to taste many foods I don’t usually eat during the holidays. Who can resist tamales, eggnog, pecan or pumpkin pies? Again the key for me is small portions and taste the many foods I love but don’t eat often. By the way there is a Bakery on Piedras that sells “cocktail” tamales which are excellent and are mini versions of the regular tamales. I love to eat these because they don’t have all the masa that the regular tamales have.
For more information about making good food choices check out the article Everyone Wants You To Be Fat www.smallstepstohealth.com/2008/08/everyone-wants-you-to-be-fat/
2) You are not incorporating exercise or you may need to increase the intensity of your exercise. Maybe you need to walk for 40 minutes instead of only 20. There ia an enormous amount of information on the web on how to incorporate exercise into your life. No matter your age, health or how busy you are and think you don’t have the time to exercise there is always a way.
3) You have not identified the core reasons for self sabotaging your efforts. There may be something you are not consciously aware of that is keeping you a “victim”. This is an area that could be further explored. Emotions such as anger, depression, happiness, celebrating, getting together with family and friends are reasons why many people overeat. Also there may be other reasons like past failures to lose weight that may make you think “why even try if I always fail”. Do you look in the mirror and see only your faults, flabby arms, “love handle”, double chin etc? Focus on the positive assets you have. Your beautiful eyes, hair, smile, personality or other assets you DO have.
4.) You may have a medical condition such as a slow functioning thyroid gland. Please check out the free online thyroid test at www.1-thyroid.com . Don’t let the name of the website fool you. Both men and women have a thyroid gland that can malfunction. If you do have a slow thyroid, Standard Process (www.StandardProcess.com) has excellent whole food nutritional supplements to get the thyroid gland back to normal. It is a much safer approach than the traditional prescription drugs of synthroid or some other synthetic hormone. Your Chiropractor can order these natural products for you.
Remember it’s about Healthy Living for LIFE- Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually, Physically and Nutritionally for life. It’s about how to enjoy the holidays guilt free and NOT gain weight. Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
Dear President Obama,
Being a physician, Health Care Reform is a subject of much interest to me. I have several suggestions that could help save the lives and health of millions of Americans especially that of our children and future generations. I know that reform needs to happen NOW but if we don’t change the CAUSES of poor health what have we really accomplished? What good will it do if millions of Americans continue with obesity, cancer, heart disease and poor health? Having health insurance is good especially for severe trauma cases or where hospitalization is really necessary. But just because one has health insurance does not mean they are going to be able to go to a doctor and have the cause of their health problems corrected. They will get symptomatic relief with expensive and risky prescription drugs. So was their health problem really corrected? Are they really any healthier? Are we a healthier nation?
One suggestion to help eliminate one cause of obesity, poor health, premature deaths, heart disease and cancer is to outlaw ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFETS. I live in one of the FATTEST cities in America. As a physician for eighteen years, I see the effects that overeating creates. I don’t know if you have “All You Can Eat Buffets” in Washington, but they are commonplace in my city. I have been to them. I have overeaten. I gained sixty pounds. I know firsthand what it’s like to be overweight. I continue to see it everyday in my practice. People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heartburn, acid reflux, colitis, arthritis, back pains, knee pains allergies and food sensitivities (which are mainly due to all the chemicals, artificial colors flavors enhancers additives etc.). People suffer with these symptoms NOT because they don’t have health insurance. They suffer with these symptoms mainly because they have made poor choices. And they have made poor choices from lack of proper education. Even the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Pyramid was teaching a diet that was not properly balanced. I continually educate my patients on what a truly healthy and balanced diet is in order to prevent diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, heart disease etc. I teach them the importance proper exercise and how to reduce and cope with stress. I teach my patients Baby Steps Back to Health. I teach them to follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating. Eighty percent of the time eat healthy and twenty percent of the time indulge a little.
For too many years there has been confusion as to what are healthy foods. Special interest groups continue to put profits before the health of our nation. Our history is full of examples; actors portraying doctors were paid to do cigarette commercials stating that smoking was good for the digestion (1950’s), margarine is healthier (1970’s), low fat is better, sugar free is zero calorie and better for you and on and on.
According to a recent news report, “the president said health care overhaul is both a moral and economic imperative because of the system’s huge stress on the nation’s financial books. He blamed Washington politics and industry lobbying for past failures, while pledging to put the public’s interest ahead of both this time. Increased coverage, improved services and better control of costs. “I just want to figure out what works,” he said. His advisers say while he hopes for a bipartisan measure, he won’t be deterred by ideological fights or interest group opposition.”
Mr. President we need to make the right changes and choices in order to reap good results. I urge you to put special interest groups aside and do what’s right for America. I urge you to really make a change in the health and lives of millions of Americans.
I will continue to do all I can to help educate as many people as I possibly can in order that they have the right information in order to make the right choices when it comes to their health, diet and exercise. Here is some information for you to consider:
Mr. President, we know how to prevent most cancers. We just need to stress the importance of prevention to the American people. Prevention is NOT early detection. Screening is NOT prevention. Prevention is educating people with the right information from getting cancer in the first place.
Look at some of these other studies that have been buried which most people will never see because of a big and powerful special interest group (Dairy Association).
A HEALTH HAZARD: Regardless of the fat content, dairy products are a serious health hazard; probably causing more harm than meat because most people believe they are “health foods” and eat them without the slightest precaution.
Atherosclerosis: High levels of antibodies to milk proteins are often found in severe atherosclerosis (commonly known as hardening of the arteries leading to strokes and heart attacks) (Annand J Atherosclerosis 59:347, 1986; Muscari A Ann Ital Med Int 7:7, 1992). It is not just the cholesterol and fat in dairy products that damage the arteries, dairy proteins are also involved. Therefore, people looking to prevent heart attacks should avoid the low-fat dairy products, too.
Diabetes (Childhood, type I): Cow’s milk proteins can trigger diabetes in experimental animals. Worldwide, the incidence of childhood diabetes is tied directly and strongly with the amount of dairy products consumed by people in various countries (Dahl-Jorgensen K. Diabetes Care 14:1081, 1991). Exclusive breast feeding, which delays exposure to cow’s milk infant formula, reduces the risk of diabetes in children.
I wonder if you will even really get to see this letter especially in its entirety. I can only hope and pray to God that you and your wife , Michelle Obama listen to the people and see how much truth there is in what I write.
Carlos M. Gonzalez D.C.
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