“War Papilloma Virus”

Comfort women were young women in the Philippines who were forcibly placed in brothels and subjected to sex slavery, where Japanese soldiers repeatedly raped them with no consideration for their welfare. There are as well Korean Comfort Women. Even in their early teens, these girls are already violated by these Japanese men, where several soldiers go through one girl in one day. After the war ended, these comfort women lived in the ghost of their past because of the intense trauma that took place in the Second World War.

 

One can only imagine the trauma that these inflict on the victims, physically, mentally, and emotionally. In fact, their experience makes them more susceptible to other diseases, especially those relating to their reproductive health.

 

The human papilloma virus, or HPV, is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract. Most sexually active women and men will be infected at some point in their lives and some may be repeatedly infected. The peak time for acquiring infection for both women and men is shortly after becoming sexually active. You only need skin-to-skin contact for HPV to be transmitted, and not necessarily penetrative sex.

 

While most HPV infections usually clear up without any intervention within a few months after acquisition, with about 90% clear within 2 years. However, there are very few types of HPV can persist and progress to cancer.

 

Cervical cancer is by far the most common HPV-related disease. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer can be attributable to HPV infection. This is something we can attribute to the inhumane practices by the Japanese soldiers, who performed unsafe sex on the women.

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“Fasting” to Fight Cancer?

While it may seem counterintuitive, this might be shocking yet helpful piece of advice. The news is that fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, according to new research.

 

Although fasting diets have been criticized as unhealthy, the newest research actually suggests that fasting forces stem cels to produce more white blood cells that fight off infection.

 

The scientists that did the research expressed that the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes weaker as they age,which creates more difficulty for them to ward off disease.

 

The researchers say fasting renews the body, prompting stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system. It is basically similar to being reborn every year.

 

Science also further says that fasting for 72 hours also protects cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy, as it produces collateral damage for the person undergoing it. In fact, the study also suggests that fasting mitigates the impact of fasting on the body.

 

What happens when a person fasts a little longer than the usual? Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells. During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.

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Hygiene Hazards

You may think that products targeted for your hygiene such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste may be harmless, but think again. Formulas of these products, especially those made traditionally, contain certain chemicals and parabens that can be harmful to your health. These chemicals are also possibly linked to a risk in acquiring cancer.

 

There is a paraben called triclosan, commonly found in toothpaste. There have been studies that show that triclosan can alter hormone regulation and may interfere with fetal development. Studies conducted on animals have also raised concerns about its ability to affect fertility, and bacteria exposed to triclosan may also become resistant to antibiotics, as well as a suggested increase in cancer risk.

 

How does triclosan affect the body when ingested, or applied topically? Research has also shown that the chemical structure of triclosan is similar to thyroid hormones and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). It is this similarity that enables it to attach to hormone receptors. Studies conducted on animals showed that tadpoles exposed to triclosan suffered stunted development and leg deformations.

 

Because this disrupts the endocrine function of the body, it is safe to say that endocrine-disrupting chemicals are a serious concern. These chemicals including triclosan, can promote a wide variety of health problems, including: breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, premature and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.

 

The best way to steer clear of this dangerous chemical, is to look carefully at the labels of the products that you buy in the grocery, especially the toothpaste. If possible at all, get the organic or chemical-free ones to give you peace of mind.

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Take Cautions When Doing “Diet”

We have all heard of different diets that specialize in certain food. We have heard of the South Beach Diet, the gluten-free diet, the “color” diet, and perhaps some of the more popular ones, high-protein diets such as the Atkins and the Paleo diet are also widely known.

However, despite the popularity of protein-rich diets like Atkins and Paleo, while high-protein diets have always been touted as healthy eating, there has been new research that links protein to cancer risk. In the new study, middle-aged people who ate protein-heavy diets had an increased chance or risk from dying of cancer, as compared to their low-protein counterparts. However, this does not mean that we need to abstain from meat altogether. Protein from animal sources – meat and dairy – was what largely produced the risk, whereas plant-derived proteins seemed to be “safer”, and the risks were different for those over 65 years old.

 

Why is there a connection between protein and cancer? Well, protein intake influences the levels of the growth hormone IGF-I, which not only affects the growth of healthy cells, but can also encourage cancer cell growth. The current study also further shows that for every 10 ng/ml increase in IGF-I, people who ate high-protein diets were 9% more likely to die from cancer than those on a low-protein diet.

 

Therefore, it may be wise to watch your protein intake, at least in middle age. And at any age, eating a plant-based diet is ideal, as several studies demonstrate the constant health benefits of this diet.

 

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Comfort Women and Their Variety of Scikness – HPV

The destruction brought about by the Second World War, when the Japanese invaded the Philippines was greatly widespread. Damages from the war included obliterated infrastructures, ravaged cities, and a broken morale among the Filipino people. In fact, these effects may also be said for other countries who were vastly affected by the war.

One of the most profound, yet highly overlooked disastrous effects was the lives of these comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery during the war. These young women, some as young as eleven years old, were plucked out of their homes, and thrown into camps where Japanese soldiers would perform sexual acts against them repeatedly, against their own will. They were also forced to live in poor conditions. In these camps, as many as ten Japanese soldiers can take advantage of one woman, all in one day. The women are given no respite, and they are deprived of their own dignity.

Because of the inhumane treatment these poor women suffered in the hands of these Japanese soldiers, several of these comfort women have become susceptible to different kinds of illnesses, due to their high risk of contracting HPV, or the human papilloma virus. The HPV is responsible for different kinds of cancers in the reproductive region. The human papilloma virus is also highly transmissible, most especially during sexual contact. Contraceptives such as condoms do not fully protect a person from contracting the virus, due to the fact that condoms do not fully cover all areas around the genitals, including the inner thighs. This still contributes to exposure to an infected person’s skin.

Besides HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and throat cancer are just some of the kinds of illnesses that these comfort women are prone to. However, what is even more astounding is that the human papilloma virus is one of the most preventable diseases in the world. Yet, the vaccines that provide protection against this virus is not as popular as it is supposed to be.

 

Moreover, comfort women also refuse methods that will protect themselves against the virus. Several comfort women do not want to undergo cervical smears, because it is too reminiscent of their traumatic experience. This is when the Asian Women’s fund becomes helpful.

 

 

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Even Fashion Can Prevent Cancer!

Are you a fashionista? Do you love dressing up in different styles and colors? If you do, then you will be happy to know that we have some dressing-related tips for you that can help you fight cancer before it reaches your body.

 

We have heard of certain colors that absorb or reflect more light in our art classes, but it turns out, this concept is also helpful when it comes to your health. This is because certain colors are able to repel or absorb the UV rays of the sun depending on the hue, whenever you are outdoors. According to a Spanish study, choosing your outdoor outfit wisely may help protect against skin cancer.

In the research conducted by Spanish scientists, blue and red fabrics offered significantly better protection against the sun’s UV rays. Conversely, colors known to “reflect” more light, white and yellow ones, provided the least protection against the UV rays. While it may be nicer to wear lighter hues on a sunny day, it would be better to keep those in mind if we want to prevent cancer.

 

Also, hats are not just a cute fashion accessory, but they also provide significant protection against the sun. Though melanoma can appear anywhere on the body, it’s more common in areas the sun hits, and researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that people with melanomas on the scalp or neck die at almost twice the rate of people with the cancer on other areas of the body.

 

Fashion is not only for your passion— it can also play a part in your health and well-being.

 

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Even Chores Can Lead to Cancer?

We all do our laundry, as it is very important as part of our personal hygiene, yet did you know that the way you do your laundry also affects your risk for getting cancer?

Who would have known that bringing your clothes to the dry cleaners carries a risk of getting cancer? According to research, perchloroethylene, also known as perc, is a solvent that can cause liver and kidney cancers. It can also cause leukemia. Perchloroethylene evaporates when exposed to air, and only slightly dissolves when mixed with water. Perc is usually released through air, though it also evaporates from water and soil exposed to air. Perc can also enter groundwater, as it is a solvent that does not bind well to soil, possibly contaminating plants and animals that are nearby. Once in air, PERC breaks down to other chemicals over several weeks.

 

This study was made the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Perc is used in traditional dry cleaning, and may cause liver and kidney cancers and leukemia, according to an EPA finding backed in early 2010 by the National Academies of Science. The main dangers are to workers who handle chemicals or treated clothes using older machines, although experts have not concluded that consumers are also at increased cancer risk.

 

In order to minimize or altogether avoid the risks of dry cleaning, there are less toxic alternatives that can still help achieve the clean effects of dry-cleaned laundry.  Hand-wash clothes with mild soap and air-dry them, spot cleaning if necessary with white vinegar.

 

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Comfort with a Price

The destruction brought about by the Second World War, when the Japanese invaded the Philippines was greatly widespread. Damages from the war included obliterated infrastructures, ravaged cities, and a broken morale among the Filipino people. In fact, these effects may also be said for other countries who were vastly affected by the war.

One of the most profound, yet highly overlooked disastrous effects was the lives of these comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery during the war. These young women, some as young as eleven years old, were plucked out of their homes, and thrown into camps where Japanese soldiers would perform sexual acts against them repeatedly, against their own will. They were also forced to live in poor conditions. In these camps, as many as ten Japanese soldiers can take advantage of one woman, all in one day. The women are given no respite, and they are deprived of their own dignity.

Because of the inhumane treatment these poor women suffered in the hands of these Japanese soldiers, several of these comfort women have become susceptible to different kinds of illnesses, due to their high risk of contracting HPV, or the human papilloma virus. The HPV is responsible for different kinds of cancers in the reproductive region. The human papilloma virus is also highly transmissible, most especially during sexual contact. Contraceptives such as condoms do not fully protect a person from contracting the virus, due to the fact that condoms do not fully cover all areas around the genitals, including the inner thighs. This still contributes to exposure to an infected person’s skin.

 

Besides HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and throat cancer are just some of the kinds of illnesses that these comfort women are prone to. However, what is even more astounding is that the human papilloma virus is one of the most preventable diseases in the world. Yet, the vaccines that provide protection against this virus is not as popular as it is supposed to be.

 

Moreover, comfort women also refuse methods that will protect themselves against the virus. Several Japanese comfort women do not want to undergo cervical smears, because it is too reminiscent of their traumatic experience. [Read more…]

Wonder of Brazilian Nuts

Several foods have come forward through scientific breakthroughs as the new “super foods” that can fight against cancer cells. While there are the more popular examples such as berries, a new study shows that Brazil nuts are also effective in preventing cancer, especially among women.

 

Usually, “super foods” are fruits and other natural food that are found to be very, very rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants can offer protection against cancer, and other diseases caused by free radicals. For example, berries include different vitamins and minerals that fight free radicals. Some of their other nutrients that can be found in berries include: vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, folate, flavanoids, that can also help fight cancer.

Brazil nuts have also been found to have a high number of antioxidants. This is due to the fact that antioxidants naturally boost the immune function of a person, therefore protecting him or her against harmful agents, or the free radicals, that can destroy tissues in a person’s body.

 

According to studies, brazil nuts are a stellar source of selenium, an antioxidant that lowers the risk of bladder cancer in women. This is according to research conducted by Dartmouth Medical School. There is a correlation between selenium and lower risk of cancer, as studies have also found that people with high blood levels of selenium have lower rates of dying of lung cancer and colorectal cancer. Research also supports that selenium may also enhance immune function and suppress formation of blood vessels that nourish tumors.

 

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Vitamin D Again and Again

Vitamin D may sound simple enough, but do not underestimate the effects of this vitamin. As other vitamins are, Vitamin D is linked to the prevention of several diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. However, recent breakthroughs in research have shown that this vitamin has much more potent powers against cancer. Easily, vitamin D is cancer’s worst foe. How is this even possible?

The effects of vitamin D in preventing cancer and slowing down cancer development are still unclear. However, several studies are suggesting a relation between vitamin D and cancer growth rates. Earlier research showed that there were lower death rates in areas that had higher sun exposure, as to those with lower sun exposure. Because exposure to the ultraviolet light from the sun leads to the production of vitamin D, researches hypothesized a connection between the two.

Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth. While it can be obtained from certain foods and dietary supplements. including fish oil eggs, and fatty fish, it is acquired primarily through exposure of the skin to sunlight, where the UVB rays are the most crucial.

Theories that link vitamin D deficiency to cancer have been tested and confirmed in over two hundred epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than two thousand, five hundred laboratory studies.

Studies have shown that there was about seventy seven percent reduction of any kinds of cancer, after they have been administered with vitamin D.

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