There are different kinds of cancer diseases that are listed to kill millions of people from all over the world. Lung cancer is among these that commonly hit those who are heavy smokers. This can be prevented from spreading by taking care of the body and keeping it healthy. Although cancer cells are present in our bodies, it is wise to prevent these from awakening and becoming a killer disease. Eating the right kinds of food and living a healthy lifestyle will prevent cancer cells from flourishing in the body. Food rich in lycopene such as tomato is known to help fight cancer causing cells. Daily consumption of tomato based foods will help to prevent the disease. Exercise and getting adequate rest will also help the body combat this kind of disease. Foods that are rich in carcinogens should be avoided. These are food that exposed directly to the flame when cooking. These trigger the abundance of cancer cells in the body when frequently eaten.
When you hear the word “tobacco”, many people will instantly think of the long, slender stick wrapped in white paper you light up and take a deep breath from. Cigarettes have long been synonymous with tobacco, but did you know you can also chew your tobacco?
Chewing tobacco is a smokeless tobacco product, oft chewed by old-timers and baseballers. It’s placed between the cheek and gum, or well, chewed (just like it says on the tin. Well, not the one in the picture, but you get my drift). Unlike dipping tobacco, you’re supposed to wet the tobacco with your saliva and crush it with your teeth to release the nicotine.
However, this also comes with its own dangers. Many famous baseball players like Babe Ruth and Tony Gwynn, have been diagnosed with cancers of the throat, mouth, and salivary glands. The product is now being marketed to young latinos, but they’d best keep away from the stuff.
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In the last post, we talked about quack doctors, and how their fraudulent methods trick people out of their hard-earned money and send their patients home none the healthier. Today, we’ll focus on one type of charlatan that you’d best stay clear of.
Psychic surgeons practice a type of pseudoscience that can be seen in the Philippines and Brazil as “the last resort” of people desperate for a cure. It allegedly has the faith healer slice into the patient with his fingers or a non-surgical knife, fish out and remove the diseased tissue or tumors, and seal up the wound all by divine intervention or mind powers.
One of this practice’s most famous and unfortunate patients was Andy Kaufman. It was later in his career that he was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer. He had checked into hospitals and received palliative radiotherapy, but the cancer had already spread from his lungs to his brain. He sought a last-ditch cure from a faith healer in the Philippines who performed psychic surgery on him and claimed to have removed all the tumors in his lungs. Kaufman went home, and soon after, died of kidney failure as an effect of his metastasized lung cancer.
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You know the saying – “There’s one born every minute”. Uncharitable as this saying is, this is how many unscrupulous people operate to make a quick buck off some hapless soul. Are their victims to be blamed? Some people may say yes and that they should know better, however, there is also a thought that we can’t really be completely vigilant. It’s in our nature to be trusting and thinking of the best in our fellow human beings, whether they be acquaintances or total strangers. Maybe we’re not actually gullible – just plain old trusting.
The field of medicine is not proof against these charlatans. There are millions of companies selling seeming panaceas against deadly diseases like Cancer, AIDS, and others. There are miracle concoctions, and diet pills, and even “all-natural” herb mixes that “draw out” the toxins through your waste. Be on guard with these cures, and always do your research on these. Being vigilant is key.
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Do you have a propensity for burning food? Do your fried eggs turn up with dark edges? Are your French fries constantly over-done? Burning your food is a terrible waste, and if you still decide – heaven forbid – sitting down and eating it, this is one habit you’d better stop right now. Burnt food becomes a potent source of carcinogens, and constant consumption of it can lead to damaging effects like indigestion, ulcers, and worse, cancer. Carcinogens are one of the worst ways to eat your way to cancer.
Here are some tips you can follow to avoid carcinogens in your food:
!) Throw out burnt food. Did you microwave some popcorn, only to find chunks of burned corned at the bottom of the bag? Forget it! Chuck that burnt popcorn. Cut away any burnt fat off your barbecue, as well.
2) Opt for baking, poaching, or boiling your food. These cooking styles lessen the chances of burnt food compared to frying and grilling.
3) Never leave your frying or grilling food unattended. It can be very easy to forget you are cooking something, specially when you’re engaged with something fun. Focus on your cooking task, or make sure you have a timer to remind you to check on your cooking.
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The Japanese have a tradition of tea as deep – maybe even deeper – than that of the British. They have discovered teas made from barley, rice, and the different stages of tea leaf maturation. The most revered, best loved, and most popular of them all is Matcha. It is whisked in sacred tea ceremonies, and offered to guests of utmost honor and importance. Its vibrant green color, creamy texture, and deep, rich flavor, evoke depth and contemplation, and has been used in many snacks, from chocolates to candy to ice cream.
Matcha is also a superfood exceedingly rich in antioxidants, and is one of the best drinks in the fight against cancer. Its rich emerald color comes from the young leaves that have been lightly steamed and ground immediately, thus retaining chlorophyll and its nutritive properties. Matcha is also known to boost one’s metabolism threefold, and is a great aid in wight management and fitness.
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The process is quite unpleasant and requires a lot of time for the digestive tract has to be void of all contents before it can be done (imagine the mess it would create if it were full). Testing usually requires fasting for up to 12 hours before the exam during which the colon, through the rectum is flushed again and again to remove all contaminants which can impair the view of the colonoscopy scope. Once a cleared view of the colon is assured, the test continues with a lighted tube to which a camera is attached allowing viewing of the colon to find growths called polyps. Polyps are not cancerous but are considered to be the beginnings of such so dietary adjustments are required if they are to be tamed to prevent colorectal cancers. If polyps are found, regular exams are required to see if the polyps remain as polyps and do not progress into cancerous growth. For those who go thought the procedure, ask the doctor to increase the time they scan for these growths for studies in the US have shown that the standard exam to a maximum of almost 20 minutes increases the success of locating them by as much 10 times increasing accuracy.
The number of people affected by cancer is scary. So to avoid the unnecessary freak out, make sure that you are doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle. Having the right diet can actually make a big difference. Some people tend to over look this and believe that cancer is always hereditary. Sure, not all health problems are avoidable but you can help yourself by choosing the healthy way of living. This means quitting smoking, limiting the intake of alcohol and a lot of exercise. There are also some food that you can introduce to your diet. Cruciferous vegetables, these includes cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli etc.. These vegetables have sulfur-containing compounds that inhibits growth of cancer cells. Berries are also important, specifically blueberries. These little cute yummy goodness contain loads of antioxidants that repair damage to cells that can eventually lead to cancer. High in fiber food helps in your digestive track is good too!
The link between diabetes and breast cancer was suggested but till now, no solid proof of the relationship between the two diseases was solid. New research has found that postmenopausal women who had elevated levels on insulin such as the case with those who are diabetics have a higher risk of developing breast cancer due to the ability of insulin to promote cell division. As known, insulin intake increases as the human body gets used to the artificial boost necessitating more doses as the years progress. The developing insulin resistance within the body causes more of the substance to be present in the bloodstream leading to complications, one of them being breast cancer that was noted to be higher with diabetics.