9 Tips For Cutting Down Cell Phone Rays

Most people don’t think about how much radiation is emitted from cell phones and may not understand ways to decrease exposure so I wanted to send this message out to anyone that may have concerns of ill effects of cell phones on the human body.

In a study in 2010, by The National Toxicology Program under the National Institutes of Health.  The study showed that  cell phone radiation exposure levels within the currently allowable safety limits are the “likely cause” of brain and heart cancers in animals.  This is according to Dr. John Bucher, Associate Director of the NTP.

Experts have been warning users that research has shown a link with increased headaches, high blood pressure, Cancer and earlier onset of Alzheimers.   This is pretty scary so limited usage of cell phones would be a good idea.

Here are some ideas that can potentially reduce your risk of exposure just to be safe:

1. Keep your phone time limited:  Only use your cell phone when necessary and keep them brief.  Research has shown that a short, two-minute call can alter the natural electrical activity of the brain up to one hour.

2. Text when you can. Not while driving of course but in cases where you can pay attention to texts, do this instead of making a phone call.

3. There are low-radiation phones, you may want to invest in one: Did you know what happens when you receive or send off a call?  Well, your signal sends electromagnetic waves which travel to and from satellite towers.  It is not known the long term effects on health yet so cutting down the radiation is probably a good idea.

4. Use a headset or speaker. Right now, there isn’t enough research to determine whether using a speaker or headset.  I don’t recommend using a blue tooth because rays are constantly being submitted back and forth which can’t be good.
5. Don’t put the phone by your body or on your waist during use.   Again, rays will be emitted while the phone is on and your body.  One study suggested that men who attach their cell phones near their waste could see their sperm count reduced by as much as one-third.

6. Delayed use. If you’re using your phone without a headset, wait for your call to connect before putting it next to your ear.  Trying to connect sends off more rays than when it is fully connected.

7. Avoid use in metal boxes. Elevators and cars cuts signal strength and forces the phone to use more power to connect.

8. A word about EMFs. Protect yourself from EMFs – electromagnetic fields. You can do that by purchasing a scientifically validated EMF protection device.   They are inexpensive and in my opinion better to have on your phone and not take any chances.

9. Supplements to fight the atmospheric toxins:  Anti-oxidants such as catalase, glutathione, and Coq10 can be quite helpful. You can also supplement with melatonin, Zinc and Gingo Biloba.

If you are interested in reading the results of the 2010 study, here is the link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/cell-phone-radiation-study-confirms-cancer-risk/5535843

Sugar is the Culprit for Illness and Cancer

I know we all love things that are sweet but the wrong kind of sweet can be deadly!

According to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 2013 study, “Sugar: Consumption at a Crossroads,” as much as 40 percent of US healthcare expenditures are for diseases directly related to the overconsumption of sugar.

The United States spends more than $1 trillion each year fighting the damaging health effects of sugar.  This can be anything from obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The fact that sugar and obesity are linked to an increased risk of cancer is now becoming recognized in the health community. According to a report on the global cancer burden, published in 2014, they state that obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases worldwide each year.  Pretty Scary.

Nearly 33% of obesity-related cancers (colon, rectum, ovary and womb) occur in North America and Europe.

How Excess Sugar and Obesity Promotes Cancer

One of the key mechanisms by which sugar promotes cancer and other chronic disease is through mitochondrial dysfunction.

Mitochondrial dysfunction may be a critical part of the underlying pathophysiology in the following health conditions:

  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Some gastronintestinal disorders, among others

 

Research has also shown that chronic overeating in general has a similar effect. Most people who overeat also tend to eat a lot of sugar-laden foods.  This increases cancer risk even further.

Chronic overeating places stress on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the membranous network found inside the mitochondria of your cells. When the ER receives more nutrients than it can process, it signals the cell to dampen the sensitivity of the insulin receptors on the surface of the cell.

Continuously over eating in turn starts insulin resistance by stressing out your cells because of too many nutrients in the body at one particular time.  Insulin resistance usually promotes ill health and most chronic disease, including cancer.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Primary Culprit in Cancer

This also helps explain why fasting at times and reducing the amount of calorie intake can reverse insulin resistance, thereby reducing your risk of cancer and improving your quality of life.

Obesity, caused by a combination of eating too much refined  fructose sugar causes inflammation in the body which in turn elevates hormones such as estrogen which is linked to an increase risk of breast cancer.

According to recent research, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, refined sugar not only significantly increases your risk of breast cancer, it also raises your risk of tumors spreading to other organs.

The study also found that it was primarily the refined fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, found in most processed foods and beverages (especially soda) that was responsible for the breast tumors and the metastasis.

Without Sugar, Cancer Cannot Thrive

One of the most powerful strategies I know of to avoid and/or treat cancer is to starve the cancer cells by depriving them of their food source, which is primarily sugar and excessive protein.

Unlike all the other cells in your body, which can burn carbs or fat for fuel, cancer cells have lost that metabolic flexibility and can only thrive if there enough sugar present. This is why I always feel perplexed as to why when a person is in the hospital for cancer or another chronic illness, the food provided in the hospital is full of fats and sugar!  Makes no sense.

Make no mistake about it, the FIRST thing you want to do if you want to avoid or treat cancer is to cut out all forms of sugar/fructose and grain carbs from your diet.  If cancer cells can’t eat, they can’t survive.

References:

1. http://www.epidemicanswers.org/epidemic/root-causes/mitochondrial-dysfunction/

2. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/02/24/sugar-identified-as-a-top-cause-of-the-global-cancer-epidemic/

The Great Effects of Frankincense Oil – Fight Cancer

Frankincense oil has been found to be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and even different types of cancer.

 Frankincense For Cancer, how is it helpful?

It helps kill the cancer cells associated with ovarian cancer, as well as brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers.  How it works is by regulating cells which promote healing of cells and fights off the effects of cell mutation leading to cancer on otherwise healthy cells.

According to a study by the University of Leicester in the UK, it found that AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), a chemical compound in the resin that actually targets and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells. AKBA potently suppress human cancers including brain, breast, lung, colon, pancreatic, prostate and stomach. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects.

Other Health Benefits Of Frankincense Oil

The health benefits of frankincense oil are mostly attributed to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic, and expectorant properties.

Anti-Anxiety

Frankincense Oil is also very sedative, because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. It calms you naturally and can lower anxiety, anger and stress.

Anti-inflammatory

The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances, it lowers symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders, and asthma. Due to powerful anti-inflammatory properties, people frankincense oil for chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and osteoarthritis.

Relieve arthritis pain and swelling

Mix with a carrier and rub into aching joints at night before bed and throughout the day.

Prevent insomnia

Diffuse frankincense at bedtime to help you slow down your breathing and relieve nervous tension and anxiety. You will sleep like a baby.

Strong immune system

The antiseptic properties of Frankincense make it ideal for supporting a strong immune system. Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet every day. In addition, try diffusing it throughout your home and especially in the bedroom at night. This is especially good during cold and flu season.

References: www.naturalnews.com

20 Herbs That Can Help With Cancer

As I am getting older, I am hearing about a lot of diseases that my friends and family have and cancer is mentioned a lot.  So, in doing some research I have found the following information that may help. Here are some herbs that can help boost immunity, help with chemotherapy and just make your treatment work that much better.

1. Astragalus (Huang Qi): This is an Eastern Medicine Herb that boosts the immune system.  It stimulates interferon that is produced in the body.  It also helps the immune system identify defective cells.  The Anderson Cancer Centre conducted a research study that showed taking Astragalus during Radiotherapy doubled survival times.

2. Berberis Family (Podophyllum peltanum): Research has shown that it can be strong against Ovarian Cancer.

3. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis): This has been shown to be effective against tumors (shrinking them).  Shown to be very effective with Sarcomas

4. Butchers Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus):  Tumor shrinking abilities and anti-oestrogenic (female hormone) abilities.  This is used for the treatment of breast cancer.

5. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria Tormentosa): A powerful immuno-stimulant.  It enhances phagocytosis which is when the white cell try and get rid of infections in the body.  Great when used with Astragalus, cur cumin and echinacea.  Research has shown that it can decrease tumor size, especially skin cancers.  It can also be helpful with side effects of chemo and radiotherapy.

6. Chaparral (Larrea mexicans): Boosts the immune system and can stop metastasis and reduce tumor size especially with breast cancer.   It is also an anti-oxidant and anti-microbial.

7. Curcumin (Turmeric): Has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects. Polyps and colon cancer can be shrunk and the blood supply which helps tumors grow can be decreased greatly with this herb.

8. Dang Shen Root (Codonopsis pilosula): This herb increases both white blood cell and red blood cell levels so it can be helpful with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

9. Echinacea: Enhances the immune System and is great for fighting off colds.  It has also been shown to help with brain tumors.

10. Feverfew:  More effective than the drug cytarabine in killing leukaemia cells.

11. Goldenseal: One cause of stomach cancer can be the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. This burrows into the mucous lining of the stomach to hide from gastric acids, and then causes irritation, acid reflux, ulcers and even cancer. Goldenseal paired with the mineral Bismuth, will kill Helicobacter pylori.

12. Milk Thistle: Known to be helpful to cleanse the liver but it is also helpful for protecting the liver during chemotherapy.

13. Pau D’ Arco: This is tree bark and an anti-cancer herb.  Strong anti-bacterial, anti-yeast and anti-microbal.  Immune strengthening abilities and seem to help in cases of blood and lymph cancers.

14. Red Clover: Helpful during Breast and prostate cancer treatment.  Active ingredient is Genistein which was called “the anti-Oestrogen” herb by Professor Powles of the Royal Marsden.

15. Sheep’s Sorrell: Used in Essiac (tea and supplement available in Canada) and other herbal remedies.  It is a cleanser and helps with tissue regeneration.  Some research has showed that it may normalize damage cells and tissue.  It can also be used for intestinal worms since it has been shown that they have no resistance to this herb.

16. Skull Cap (Scutellaria Barbata): Acts against many cancer types and especially lung, stomach and intestine cancer.

17.  Sutherlandia (Cancer Bush): This herb is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-fungal.  It does give a boost to the immune system and helps prevent necrosis or wasting of patients with cancer.

18. Thorowax/hares ear (bulpleurum scorzoneaefolium): Acts as a natural interferon and has been shown very useful with bone cancer.

19. Wheatgrass: On shot of wheatgrass can give 12 or more broccoli kilograms of chlorophyll.  It is a blood purifier and a liver and kidney cleanse.  After 2 weeks of daily use, blood and tissue oxygen increases as well as circulation.

20. Wormwood: Anti-malaria and anti-microbial/anti-yeast and is great with an anti-candida diet. Note: These are herbs and do have side effects and do sometimes conflict with pharmaceuticals.  Even so, the use herbs as a part of your integrative cancer-fighting program can be extremely helpful. They just might make a serious difference to your health. But please make sure you go to an expert medical herbalist for clear and informed advice.

Berkeley Passed Measure Regarding Cell Phone Health Risks

According to the New York Times, Berkeley is the frontrunner of labeling phones with warnings for potential health risks.

The city passed a measure requiring cellphone stores to warn customers that the products could be hazardous to their health.  They are under the presumption that phones emit dangerous levels of cancer because of the radiation.  I agree and have been warning patient for years.  Just because there isn’t tons of evidence out there about brain cancer regarding phones, it seems odd to me why the rate of brain cancer is going up each year.  There must be a correlation.

The “Right to Know ordinance”, passed unanimously in May by the Berkeley City Council.  Retailers are supposed to notify customers, starting in August of 2015, that “you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure” to radio frequency radiation by carrying a cellphone in a pants or shirt pocket, or tucked into a bra. The potential risk, the warning continues, “is greater for children.”

“We want to raise awareness,” said Ellie Marks, the founder of the California Brain Tumor Association. Ms. Marks does not live in Berkeley but brought her case here because, she said, “Berkeley has a reputation for taking progressive action.” She said she is convinced that her husband, Alan, a real estate agent, contracted brain cancer at age 56 from often having a cellphone pressed to his ear.

Not surprisingly, just like the tobacco companies who knew of the hazardous chemicals in their cigarettes, the cellphone industry is not allowing this measure to go unchallenged. A few weeks after the law passed a trade group, filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Berkeley, charging that retailers cannot be forced to say something that is “false.” Well, if it is not proven false then that statement is unwarranted in my opinion.  A hearing is set for Aug. 6 in federal court in San Francisco, and the ordinance will not go into effect until the matter is settled.  We will see how this progresses.

Berkeley has a habit of passing first-in-the-nation laws that seem radical but are promptly copied by other municipalities. The city has led the way on a variety of initiatives creating smoking bans, a sanctuary for immigrants in the country illegally, a Styrofoam ban and health benefits for domestic partners. So if Berkeley succeeds in its fight to warn people about cellphones, can Cambridge, Mass., and other cities be far behind?

“If you can get it passed in Berkeley, you have a beginning,” said Susan Wengraf, a City Council member. “If you can’t, forget it, or come back three years later.”

When interviewing people from Berkeley, reviews for the ordinance were mixed. “Labeling things that have a potential threat is always good,” said Benjamin Fahrer, a farmer who said he creates “urban agriculture on rooftops.” He likened the new law to notifying the public about secondhand smoke and GMOs.

While another interviewee, Bill Doran, who had his cellphone out while waiting in line for ice cream, said, “I’m a little skeptical about cellphones causing harm.”

Even though this is controversial, a Berkeley City Council member who helped write the legislation, Max Anderson, said he had spoke to his colleagues in May to pass the ordinance on ethical grounds. “Even if the science isn’t firm, if there’s a risk, we should proceed with caution,” he said.  Again, I agree.  At least say there may be a risk and let each person decide for themselves about the exposure.

Is Artificial Turf Safe To Have Kids Play On?

As you know, California is in a drought.  During this drought a lot of people are opting for artificial turfs to keep the watering low.

Every day, we let our kids play on these turfs and a lot of people don’t realize that it could be a health hazard.

What is being debated about artificial turf are particles in the turf called butadiene rubber or for slang… “crumb rubber.”  These particles are made synthetically from the rubber from old tires.

Dust will raise above the fields and smell like, old tires.   Now that these fields are becoming more prominent for athletics,  a number of people are questioning the safety of fields made of artificial turf.  Especially when it comes to soccer goalies.

There is not a lot of research on it yet but it is worth exploring.

In 2009, Amy Griffin, an associate head soccer coach at the University of Washington, was visiting to women goalies who were young but diagnosed with  non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After speaking with one of the nurses, she said “Don’t tell me you guys are goalkeepers. You’re the fourth goalkeeper I’ve hooked up this week.”

Later, one of the women at the hospital while undergoing chemotherapy said that she had a feeling the cancer was associated with what she said were “black dots.”

Artificial turf fields are now everywhere in the United States, from high schools to professional soccer fields and NFL stadiums.  Anyone who has played on these turfs will testify that the tiny black rubber crumbs (old tires), get everywhere.  Inside a uniform, in hair, cleats and sometimes swallowed.

Goalkeepers, are constantly in contact with the turf.  During practices and games, they make hundreds of dives, and each time, a black cloud of tire pellets into the air.  These particles can get into cuts, scrapes and into their mouths.  Coach Griffin wondered if those crumbs which are now known to contain carcinogens and chemicals – were making players sick.

She stated “I’ve coached for 26, 27 years.”  “My first 15 years, I never heard anything about this. All of a sudden it seems to be a stream of kids.” Since that hospital visit, Griffin has compiled a list of 38 American soccer players who have been diagnosed with cancer.   34 of them are goalies.  Nationwide, blood cancers like lymphoma and leukemia dominate the list.

While more testing is needed, New York City has stopped installing crumb rubber fields in its parks in 2008 and the Los Angeles Unified School District did the same in 2009. In Maryland, the Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition supports legislation to require warning signs at artificial turf fields and opposes a bill to use state funds to construct artificial turf fields.

Griffin still continues to do her own research on the topic and that she sends crumbs from each field her team plays on to a lab for testing.

“I’m looking for answers, because I’m not smart enough to come up with them on my own,” Griffin said. “I would love someone to say, ‘We’ve done some tests and we’ve covered all of our bases — and, yes, it’s safe.’ That would be awesome. I would love to be proved wrong.”

The jury is still out on this one but to be safe, play on a natural playing field just to be safe

Can Dogs Smell Sickness?

I recently read an article entitled: Training Dogs to Sniff Out Cancer in the NY Times.

This article states that in Philidelphia a springer spaniel works at the Veteran Center and is being trained to find differences in different types of blood plasma.  His nose skims 12 tiny arms that protrude from the edges of a table-size wheel, each holding samples of blood plasma, where only one of which is spiked with a drop of cancerous tissue. He does so and he gets a treat!

This dog is named McBaine.  He is one of four highly trained cancer detection dogs at the center, which trains purebreds to put their superior sense of smell to work in search of the early signs of cancer.

Since 2004, research has been suggesting that dogs may be able to smell the subtle chemical differences between healthy and cancerous tissue.

Dogs have already been trained to respond to diabetic emergencies or alert passers-by if an owner is about to have a seizure.

A study presented at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting in May reported that two German shepherds trained at the Italian Ministry of Defense’s Military Veterinary Center in Grosseto were able to detect prostate cancer in urine with about 98 percent accuracy, far better than the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test that is normally given to patients.   That is really amazing.  Dogs are so wonderful!

The dogs, are raised in the homes of volunteer foster families, and start with basic obedience classes when they are eight weeks old. They then begin their training in earnest, with the goal of teaching them that sniffing everything — from ticking bombs to malignant tumors — is rewarding.

What exactly are the dogs sensing? George Preti, a chemist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, has spent much of his career trying to isolate the volatile chemicals behind cancer’s unique odor. “We have known for a long time that dogs are very sensitive detectors,” Dr. Preti says.

Dr. Preti is working to isolate unique chemical biomarkers responsible for ovarian cancer’s subtle smell using high-tech spectrometers and chromatographs. Once he identifies a promising compound, he tests whether the dogs respond to that chemical in the same way that they respond to actual ovarian cancer tissue.

“I’m not embarrassed to say that a dog is better than my instruments,” Dr. Preti says.

Some experts remain skeptical and I am sure there is more research to be done before it is utilized in a medical setting, but it could be very interesting if dogs have the capability of detecting such things.  Wouldn’t it be better than getting an invasive procedure?

References: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/training-dogs-to-sniff-out-cancer/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=health&_r=0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic Helps You Sleep And Stay Healthy!

Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep.

Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life. From infancy to old age, the effects of inadequate sleep can profoundly affect memory, learning, creativity, productivity and emotional stability, as well as your physical health.

According to sleep specialists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, among others, a number of bodily systems are negatively affected by inadequate sleep: the heart, lungs and kidneys; appetite, metabolism and weight control; immune function and disease resistance; sensitivity to pain; reaction time; mood; and brain function.

Poor sleep is also a risk factor for depression and substance abuse, especially among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Anne Germain, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. People with PTSD tend to relive their trauma when they try to sleep, which keeps their brains in a heightened state of alertness.

Dr. Germain is studying what happens in the brains of sleeping veterans with PTSD in hopes of developing more effective treatments for them and for people with lesser degrees of stress that interfere with a good night’s sleep.

The elderly are especially vulnerable. Timothy H. Monk, who directs the Human Chronobiology Research Program at Western Psychiatric, heads a five-year federally funded study of circadian rhythms, sleep strength, stress reactivity, brain function and genetics among the elderly. “The circadian signal isn’t as strong as people get older,” he said.

He is finding that many are helped by standard behavioral treatments for insomnia, like maintaining a regular sleep schedule, avoiding late-in-day naps and caffeine, and reducing distractions from light, noise and pets.

It should come as no surprise that myriad bodily systems can be harmed by chronically shortened nights. “Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies,” said Dr. Michael J. Twery, a sleep specialist at the National Institutes of Health.

Several studies have linked insufficient sleep to weight gain. Not only do night owls with shortchanged sleep have more time to eat, drink and snack, but levels of the hormone leptin, which tells the brain enough food has been consumed, are lower in the sleep-deprived while levels of ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, are higher.

In addition, metabolism slows when one’s circadian rhythm and sleep are disrupted; if not counteracted by increased exercise or reduced caloric intake, this slowdown could add up to 10 extra pounds in a year.

The body’s ability to process glucose is also adversely affected, which may ultimately result in Type 2 diabetes. In one study, healthy young men prevented from sleeping more than four hours a night for six nights in a row ended up with insulin and blood sugar levels like those of people deemed prediabetic. The risks of cardiovascular diseases and stroke are higher in people who sleep less than six hours a night. Even a single night of inadequate sleep can cause daylong elevations in blood pressure in people with hypertension.  Inadequate sleep is also associated with calcification of coronary arteries and raised levels of inflammatory factors linked to heart disease. (In terms of cardiovascular disease, sleeping too much may also be risky. Higher rates of heart disease have been found among women who sleep more than nine hours nightly.)

The risk of cancer may also be elevated in people who fail to get enough sleep. A Japanese study of nearly 24,000 women ages 40 to 79 found that those who slept less than six hours a night were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who slept longer. The increased risk may result from diminished secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin. Among participants in the Nurses Health Study, Eva S. Schernhammer of Harvard Medical School found a link between low melatonin levels and an increased risk of breast cancer.

A study of 1,240 people by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland found an increased risk of potentially cancerous colorectal polyps in those who slept fewer than six hours nightly.

Children can also experience hormonal disruptions from inadequate sleep. Growth hormone is released during deep sleep; it not only stimulates growth in children, but also boosts muscle mass and repairs damaged cells and tissues in both children and adults.

Dr. Vatsal G. Thakkar, a psychiatrist affiliated with New York University, recently described evidence associating inadequate sleep with an erroneous diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.  In one study, 28 percent of children with sleep problems had symptoms of the disorder, but not the disorder.

During sleep, the body produces cytokines, cellular hormones that help fight infections. Thus, short sleepers may be more susceptible to everyday infections like colds and flu. In a study of 153 healthy men and women, Sheldon Cohen and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University found that those who slept less than seven hours a night were three times more likely to develop cold symptoms when exposed to a cold-causing virus than were people who slept eight or more hours.

Some of the most insidious effects of too little sleep involve mental processes like learning, memory, judgment and problem-solving. During sleep, new learning and memory pathways become encoded in the brain, and adequate sleep is necessary for those pathways to work optimally. People who are well rested are better able to learn a task and more likely to remember what they learned. The cognitive decline that so often accompanies aging may in part result from chronically poor sleep.

With insufficient sleep, thinking slows, it is harder to focus and pay attention, and people are more likely to make poor decisions and take undue risks. As you might guess, these effects can be disastrous when operating a motor vehicle or dangerous machine.

In driving tests, sleep-deprived people perform as if drunk, and no amount of caffeine or cold air can negate the ill effects.

Sleep duration and quality can be as important to your health as your blood pressure and cholesterol level.  Chiropractic adjustments take stress out of the body and actually allow you to get a better nights sleep.  Something to think about…

References: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/cheating-ourselves-of-sleep/?ref=health

What are Skin Cancer Signs?

Where skin cancer develops

Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women. But it can also form on areas that have very little exposure to the sun like your palms, beneath your fingernails, the spaces between your toes or under your toenails, and your genital area.

Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions. When melanoma occurs in those with dark skin tones, it’s more likely to occur in areas not normally considered to be sun-exposed.

Basal cell carcinoma signs and symptoms
It usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face, ears or scalp and may appear as:

A pearly or waxy bump

A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion

Squamous cell carcinoma signs and symptoms
Most often, squamous cell carcinoma occurs on sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face, lips, ears and hands. Squamous cell carcinoma may appear as:

A firm, red nodule

A flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface

Melanoma signs and symptoms
Melanoma can develop anywhere on your body, in otherwise normal skin or in an existing mole that becomes cancerous. Melanoma most often appears on the trunk, head or neck of affected men. In women, this type of cancer most often develops on the lower legs. In both men and women, melanoma can occur on skin that hasn’t been exposed to the sun. Melanoma can affect people of any skin tone. In people with darker skin tones, melanoma tends to occur on the palms or soles, or under the fingernails or toenails.

Melanoma signs include:

A large brownish spot with darker speckles

A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds

A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black

Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina or anus

Signs and symptoms of less common skin cancers
Other, less common types of skin cancer include:

Kaposi sarcoma. This rare form of skin cancer develops in the skin’s blood vessels and causes red or purple patches on the skin or mucous membranes. Kaposi sarcoma mainly occurs in people with weakened immune systems, such as people with AIDS, and in people taking medications that suppress their natural immunity, such as people who’ve undergone organ transplants. Kaposi sarcoma can also occur in older adults of Mediterranean heritage.

Merkel cell carcinoma. Merkel cell carcinoma causes firm, shiny nodules that occur on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles. Merkel cell carcinoma is usually found on sun-exposed areas on the head, neck, arms and legs.

Sebaceous gland carcinoma. This uncommon and aggressive cancer originates in the oil glands in the skin. Sebaceous gland carcinomas — which usually appear as hard, painless nodules — can develop anywhere, but most occur on the eyelid, where they’re frequently mistaken for other eyelid problems.

When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your a dermatologist or skin specialist if you notice any changes to your skin that worry you.

References: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-cancer/DS00190/DSECTION=symptoms

Food Nutrients Lost When Microwaving!

Have you read about microwaves?  These machines help cook food fast but with a side effect.

In an article from the Oct. 16, 2003 issue of the “HealthDayNews” reports on new research that shows different ways of preparing, storing and processing vegetables can affect how good they are for you. The data for this article came from two studies that appeared in the November issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The studies report that several different processing procedures and cooking can reduce antioxidants, which are cancer-fighting compounds, normally found in vegetables.

Antioxidants are plentiful in vegetables and work to eliminate free radicals, which can damage cell DNA and contribute to various diseases. That’s why eating fiber, fruits, and vegetables, all of which contain antioxidants, can help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.

One of the studies showed that broccoli, for instance, lost 97 percent of flavonoids, 74 percent of sinapics and 87 percent of caffeoyl-quinic derivatives (three different types of antioxidants) when it is zapped in the microwave. When boiled the conventional way (i.e., not in a pressure-cooker), broccoli lost 66 percent of its flavonoids; when tossed in a pressure cooker, it lost 47 percent of its caffeoyl-quinic acid derivatives. Steamed broccoli, on the other hand, lost only 11 percent, 0 percent and 8 percent, respectively, of flavonoids, sinapics, and caffeoyl-quinic derivatives.

Cristina Garcia-Viguera, lead author of the research paper noted that the advantage of steaming vs. conventional boiling is that you’re “Not using water directly in contact with the vegetable. The nutritional compounds don’t go into the water. Once the compounds are in the water, the temperature destroys them much easier.” The damage from a microwave occurs because it heats the inside of the vegetable. That, combined with the fact that you normally use water when microwaving, can cause the destruction of the valuable nutrients.

Vegetables that are blanched before freezing (a common processing technique) can lose up to one third of their antioxidants. Frozen storage can also cause losses, though these losses are much smaller.

Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center in New York City states that not all of the healthy properties of vegetables are being eliminated. “You’re still getting plenty of healthy compounds as well as fiber, so there’s absolutely no reason not to eat vegetables — although, of course, the fresher the better.” She goes on to say, “If people are willing to have vegetables anyway, shape or form, even if they are going to nuke then, I’d rather have them do that.”

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