Why a Cancer-Free Diagnosis May Not Mean Cancer is Gone

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(The Best Years in Life) Being told you’re cancer-free by your doctor is certainly a reason for celebration. However, rather than declaring victory over cancer, such news should be viewed with cautious optimism. Unfortunately, a mainstream prognosis of being cancer-free often does not mean that the cancer is completely gone. Regardless of whether the cancer is actually gone or not, mainstream cancer treatments often ensure that cancer will return and may be harder to beat than ever.

Conventional treatments often create dangerous cancer stem cells and often only eliminate the weakest cancer cells – leaving behind more potent cancer cells to multiply and roar back with a vengeance. In addition, conventional cancer treatments fail to address and eliminate the root causes that enabled cancer to gain a foothold in the first place. Further, the two main forms of mainstream cancer treatments – chemotherapy and radiation – usually severely impair our immune systems, which are our vital natural first lines of defense for beating and avoiding cancer.

“Not Detectable” Does Not Mean Cancer-Free

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Just Diagnosed with Fatty Liver? Dr. Hyman Says Sugar, Not Fat, is Your Enemy!

 


If you’re having concerns about the health of your liver, it might be time to kick your nasty sugar habit to the curb. Dr. Mark Hyman explains the dangers of fatty liver, and how sugar, rather than fat, may indeed be the primary culprit. Here’s all you need to know about fatty liver and, to top it off, a customized list of 7 life-changing tips for switching up your diet and lifestyle to heal or prevent this dangerous disease.

“My doctor says I have a fatty liver and I should stay away from fat,” writes this week’s house call.” Is fat really the problem, though? In reality, not so much.

Fatty liver is a dangerous yet misunderstood disease, so your doctor’s concerns are valid. Ninety million Americans (and 17% of children in America) are living with fatty liver. If you’re pigging out on sugar and starch, you’re likely self inflicting fatty liver. Fatty liver literally means your liver fills with fat. This in turn ramps up inflammation, and as a result, vastly increases your risk for developing a multitude of chronic diseases.

However, it’s not fat you need to stay away from-it’s carbohydrates. Interestingly enough, research shows that carbohydrates (and not fat) are to blame for increasing the amount of fat that accumulates in your belly and liver. This may come as a shock to you, but let me explain why this is the case. Sugar is essentially a switch that triggers fat production in your liver (a natural process called lipogenesis). Therefore, our normal response to sugar consumption is liver lipogenesis.

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8 Proven Ways to Prevent and Ease Shingles

8 Proven Ways to Prevent and Ease Shingles

One in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster) during their lifetime.  Effective therapy is limited. Here are 8 proven ways to prevent shingles and to ease the symptoms without drugs or vaccines.

One in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster) during their lifetime.  It occurs when latent varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus reactivates along sensory nerves to the skin. It causes a painful, blistering skin eruption that lasts for two to four weeks.  But long-term effects including chronic pain can last for several months or years and seriously impair quality of life.

Studies show that the rate of shingles is on the rise.  And the cause may be the widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. An Australian study demonstrated that as the use of chickenpox vaccine rises so does the incidence of shingles.

But shingles is a far more serious condition than chicken pox. It can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss, and blindness.

Here are 8 proven ways to prevent shingles and to ease the symptoms without drugs or vaccines.

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What do Sugar, Trans Fat, and Vaccines Have in Common?

Far too many are still swooned by false promises from people with initials like “Dr.” and “CEO” in front of their names. 

I grew up in the 1960s, inundated by commercials for margarines made from hydrogenated vegetable oils that “promised” those margarines would keep my cholesterol levels low and protect me from heart disease. Yet in 2015, nearly 50 years later, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of the harm they do, especially to the circulatory system and the heart, the Food and Drug Administration announced that artificial trans fats of the very sort that made up a good percentage of those margarines were no longer “generally recognized as safe,” and food manufacturers would have three years to remove these substances from their products altogether. (more…)

Best Foods for Boosting Brain Power

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s disease and 1 of every 3 seniors dies with some form of dementia.1 Families may spend over $5,000 each year caring for a loved one, and it costs the U.S. $216 billion a year for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

However, feeding your brain the right food isn’t just about preventing a disease in the future. Giving your brain the fuel it needs to function optimally may also improve your current cognitive function and creativity, making you more productive at work and at home.

Your brain needs the right fuel to nourish neurons, boost production of neurotransmitters and protect against damage and degeneration.

Unfortunately, some popular nutritional fads may have placed you at greater risk for damage to your neurons, without the additional heart health benefits and proponents of these dietary changes promised.

You may make a significant difference in your overall health and reduce your risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease when you purposefully include the foods your brain needs to function and detoxify.

Fuel Important to Your Brain

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Skip Meals To Live Longer And Lose Weight

Skip Meals To Live Longer And Lose Weight

Three square meals a day used to be the definition of healthy eating.  But no more.  New research shows that skipping meals here and there turns on longevity genes and can lead to a longer and healthier life.

Studies in animals have shown that drastically restricting calories or fasting extends lifespan and improves age-related diseases.  But it wasn’t clear whether people could achieve the same results.

After all, fasting on a long-term basis or restricting calories over a period of years would be a difficult lifestyle for most people to maintain.  (more…)

The Daily Dozen: Foods that you should eat every day

Every day, you should aim to have the recommended number of servings from each section of what I call my Daily Dozen:

1 Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, spring greens, radishes, turnip tops, watercress

One serving a day: A serving is half a cup chopped or quarter of a cup of broccoli or brussels sprouts.

2 Greens including spring greens, kale, young salad greens, sorrel, spinach, swiss chard

Two servings a day: A serving is one cup raw or half a cup cooked.

3 Other vegetables: Asparagus, beetroot, peppers, carrots, corn, courgettes, garlic, mushrooms, okra, onions, pumpkin, sugar snap peas, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes

Dr Greger recommends two serving a day from veg like beetroot - from his 'Daily Dozen'

Dr Greger recommends two serving a day from veg like beetroot – from his ‘Daily Dozen’

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Stop Blaming Your Genes – You Are In Control of You

There is a chronic anxiety among populations who focus on the diseases acquired by their genetic line. Many define the potential of their own health based on what happened to their father and mother. Although a great deal of who we are appears to have been written in our genes, our actual health potential is more determined by our lifestyle, what we consume, our environment but more than anything else, what we think.

Every thought creates a physiological response in the body, or in other words, every thought we think produces a physical reality. Esoteric and spiritual teachers have known for ages that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This has now been scientifically proven and explained.

Studies at the world-leading Minnesota Center for Twin and Family suggest that many of our traits are more than 50% inherited, including obedience to authority, vulnerability to stress, and risk-seeking. Researchers have even suggested that when it comes to issues such as religion and politics, our choices are much more determined by our genes than we think.

Many find this disturbing. The idea that unconscious biological forces drive our beliefs and actions would seem to pose a real threat to our free will. We like to think that we make choices on the basis of our own conscious deliberations. But isn’t all that thinking things over irrelevant if our final decision was already written in our genetic code? And doesn’t the whole edifice of personal responsibility collapse if we accept that “my genes made me do it”?

Genes are only part of our health story, explains Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, author of the book, Genetic Nutritioneering: How You Can Modify Inherited Traits and Live a Longer, Healthier Life. The propensity for certain health conditions that you inherit from your family is not, by a long shot, the sole determinant of whether or not most folks will get sick. Your lifestyle choices have a significant impact, especially when it comes to chronic illnesses such as heart disease.

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New Study Finds Chemo Kills 50% of Patients In First 30 Days

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The medical community has long touted chemotherapy as the only viable treatment for cancer, but a new study is showing that chemo, as has long been suspected, is actually itself, a killer. A new study in England shows that 50% of all cancer patients who receive chemotherapy treatments die within 30 days from the treatment, not the cancer.  One in five breast cancer patients receiving palliative care at Cambridge University Hospitals died from treatment.

Per the study’s conclusions:

Between Jan 1, and Dec, 31, 2014, we included 23 228 patients with breast cancer and 9634 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in our regression and trust-level analyses. 30-day mortality increased with age for both patients with breast cancer and patients with NSCLC treated with curative intent, and decreased with age for patients receiving palliative SACT

Our findings show that several factors affect the risk of early mortality of breast and lung cancer patients in England and that some groups are at a substantially increased risk of 30-day mortality. The identification of hospitals with significantly higher 30-day mortality rates should promote review of clinical decision making in these hospitals. Furthermore, our results highlight the importance of collecting routine data beyond clinical trials to better understand the factors placing patients at higher risk of 30-day mortality, and ultimately improve clinical decision making. Our insights into the factors affecting risk of 30-day mortality will help treating clinicians and their patients predict the balance of harms and benefits associated with SACT.

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