Today has not been a very good day for me, and I am getting pretty frustrated. I had to do some chores earlier in the day, and I was out running around longer than I would have liked. It took a toll on me and now my back is just killing me. I have a back problem, but I have not had it treated before. I think that it is time for me to find a chiropractor in Alexandria to go to see about my back pain, because I know that it is not going to get any better on its own and it is definitely time for me to see if I can get something done to help to relieve the pain that I suffer from.
I would say that my back hurts me about 95% of the days. It depends on how much I do, and how much I am out on my feet. Days like today really kill me, and I know that I need to try to take it easy and not push myself so much. But I find it hard to do that, and sometimes, it is not until my back is really starting to kill me, that I make myself slow down.
It would be nice if going to see a chiropractor would just magically get rid of all of my back pain. But I kind of doubt that will happen. It would be nice though if it did happen. I am not even sure what is wrong with my back, but one thing that I know is that it hurts a lot. I am guessing that going to see a chiropractor should help a lot. But I just don’t know how much it will help and I will have to wait to find that out.
Obesity is America’s number one health problem. It commonly leads to diabetes, Type 2, heart disease, kidney disease, and sometimes cancer.
According to a recent report quoted by the New York Times, obese citizens spend about 42% more per year on health care than normal-weight Americans.
“Obesity, and with it diabetes, are the only major health problems that are getting worse in this country, and they’re getting worse rapidly,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control, said.
If obesity is driving up health care costs, what can we do about it? Ask doctors to charge less? Make the drug
companies provide free diabetes medicines and diet pills to obese people? Ask the insurance companies to provide their services for free?
Maybe we could nationalize the whole health care system and force all American taxpayers share the cost equally of caring for these unfortunate Americans who are the victims of…what? The restaurant industry! That’s it! Fast food and Doritos did it to them! Lays potato chips: “Bet you can’t have just one!” They dared these poor souls to become addicted to their deadly products–and it worked!.
I’m sorry. I’m being ridiculous to make a point. My point is, our health care system is buckling under the weight of
the expensive round-about procedures we do and drugs we provide to counteract the effects of what people are doing to themselves.
Digging Our Graves With A Fork & Knife
We are a nation of food-aholics. Most of us don’t eat real foods prepared at home from fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Most of what we eat has to center around either some animal meat and fat and lots of highly refined carbohydrates. Very few vitamins and minerals are left in our food–and almost no fiber. And we wonder why we get fat , have diabetes, heart attacks, and require expensive medical care.
My medical care costs me nothing but the time it takes to do some daily exercises and eat right. Chalk
it up partially to vanity–I never wanted to let myself get overweight or suffer the diseases that plagued my family tree.
A big part of my medical care is to eat what science and my conscience tells me I should, rather than stuff that merely tastes good.
But it’s all worth it to me. I’m not pleading with the government to get me health care. Nobody had to inform me that eating too much of the wrong foods would make me sick: I figured it out on my own after reading a few good books and research reports. It wasn’t hard–and it was a benefit for me to stay well.
What would I do about the health of the American people?
The best thing the health care professionals could do is to stop coddling us. Stop treating us like imbeciles.
Tell us the truth. I suspect that if doctors and public health officials leveled with citizens and told them the
golden truth that “We all are about 97% responsible for our own health, based on what we choose to eat,” it might make an impression after a while.
It probably won’t happen, I know, because the fast-food industry and other makers of fat-food(meat packers and the dairy and sugar industries) are in control of our FDA and the US Department of Agriculture. They would scream bloody murder if the public were told the truth about how their food products are the reason our arteries are plugged up with cholesterol and why we’re growing obese.
But, the bottom line is, we don’t have to eat those foods. Nobody is forcing us to eat foods that lead to heart
attacks, breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer’s Disease, colon cancer, etc., etc. If you don’t believe me, then read the medical research that clearly establishes the connection between what we eat and these diseases.
Did you know that there are still pockets of people who still eat traditional diets that are primarily vegetarian–and
they rarely have heart attacks. Their women very rarely get breast cancer. People of these nations live to 90 and 100 years frequently, with sharp minds, good eyesight and they continue to work in their gardens and orchards. They are respected and contributing members of their society. If we chose to eat like these people, we could reduce our need for expensive and dangerous health care.
Here’s a simple truth of economics: If there was no demand for health care because everyone was healthy, then health care would be cheap. It’s a matter of supply and demand. A lot of cardiologists standing around with no triple-bypasses to do would quickly lower their prices. That’s my answer to the high cost of health care: Get healthy!
How do you get healthy? A good starting place to help you understand what’s wrong with our typical American diet is a book by T. Colin Campbell, Jr., PhD, entitled “The China Study.”
Paul H. Kemp is a lifelong entrepreneur, writer, and amateur athlete. Hanging out with many amateur, pro, and the occasional Olympic athletes, together with extensive reading of medical research literature, have given him an insight into what high-performance athletes eat when they want optimum performance.
He currently is fascinated by the opportunity to help individuals take control over their own health future.
Cancer: the silent killer
Cancer has been known to be one of the most deadly diseases. Till date there has been no comprehensive cure for it even though there is a lot of health care information on the subject. If any lump or swelling is noticed on the breasts a doctor needs to be informed immediately. Health care information on breast cancer is freely available on the net and offline.
People get old and with age come the vagaries of old age. Brittle bones, poor eyesight, lack of energy, arthritis, weight gains etc. In order to ensure a healthy lifestyle even in one’s Golden Years it is essential to follow a regular exercise regimen from one’s younger years. Proper diet and nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits also need to be followed. A lot of books and health care information about the subject has been published.
Alcoholism is one of the deadly diseases can has wrecked homes and ravaged many lives. That is why it is so important to diagnose and treat this condition before it reaches monstrous proportions. There are many organizations that can help people get into rehabilitation by the usage of medication and therapy. If you prefer doing it yourself you can look up some of the health care information on combating alcoholism on the net.
Sitting for hours in front of the computer and watching television will all take a toll on our eyes someday. This is why proper eye exercises and eye care needs to be inculcated as part of one’s daily routine. There are many allopathic and alternative medicines which can help alleviate any eye discomfort. There is a lot of research being done and health care information being published about eye care and maintenance.
In the pink is pervasive this month. According to Dictionary.com, the idiom is actually “in the pink of health.” One would think that this is the connection between breast cancer awareness and the pink images that are highly visible. In reality, the symbol is derived from a ribbon’s symbolism as a sign of courage and support, and a promotion by Self magazine and Estee Lauder cosmetics in 1992. The pink ribbon promotion has evolved significantly over the years-from lapel pins, to illuminated skylines in cities nationwide, to the addition of the color and symbol to the uniforms in professional sports.
Though we need to be aware of breast health every month, with pink splashed spectacularly on just about everything in October, it brings the topic to the forefront. You know I am all about living the good life of a healthy lifestyle and to make sure you’re in the know on keeping “your girls” aka breasts healthy, here are a few guidelines.
Adjust your lifestyle to limit alcohol, increase fruit and vegetables in the diet and exercise regularly are factors which can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. It is also important to avoid smoking, control weight, and avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. Breast feeding can be beneficial and the length and duration of hormone therapy should be limited.
Mammograms are considered the gold standard in breast cancer screening. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. For women with an above average risk of getting breast cancer, it is suggested that they discuss with their doctors if they should begin screenings at an earlier age.
3. Know Your Breasts
Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of breast self-exams. If you choose to do breast self-exams, your doctor can review how to do them with you. If you know how your breasts “should” feel, when or if there are changes you can easily recognize that something is atypical and that you should reach out to your health care provider.
4. Be Persistent
If you think you feel “something,” and your healthcare professional dismisses your concerns, be persistent. You are your best advocate. If necessary, seek another opinion.
Talk to your network of friends and ask them to share the names of their doctors or clinics. Personal recommendations from people you trust can go a long way when choosing healthcare professionals.
A lump is the symptom we hear about most often and 80 percent of lumps turn out to be benign. A lump can feel like a frozen pea or marble or another hard item. This does not mean it is cancer, but if it is still noticeable after a few weeks or changes size or shape, have your doctor take a look.
Some of the other signs that something is amiss include persistent itching, a bug bite-like bump on the skin, and nipple discharge. If you notice something out of the ordinary that continues a few weeks, again, you will want to check with your doctor.
I’m not trying to alarm or create anxiety; you know my goal is help guide you along the path of living the healthy lifestyle. Keep these guidelines in mind year ’round for good health.
Take Away: You are your best advocate for “being in the pink of good health.” Follow these guidelines and make wise choices about your lifestyle.
Mammograms are not needed for women in their 40s with average cancer risk, according to the US Preventative Services Task Force. This government-funded authority issued new guidelines suggesting screening procedures be dropped even though 40,000 American women die every year from breast cancer. How could they come to this conclusion and does it suggest full-scale health care rationing is on its way?
In addition to advising those in their 40s to forego mammograms, the task force suggests that those ages 50 to 74 skip annual screenings in favor of scheduling them on an every other year basis. At the same time the guidelines advise doctors to stop teaching patients how to perform self-examinations.
Are these the recommendations of a physicians’ group? Were the findings a result of research conducted by the cancer society? No, the guidelines came from a government appointed panel. Even though the examinations could continue to save lives, there are fewer cases of cancer in younger women; so the panel concluded that the costs and patient stress associated with possible false positives did not pencil out in terms of risks versus rewards.
In the last year, $3.3 billion was spent on mammograms. If insurance companies and physicians adhere to the new guidelines, this expenditure will be greatly reduced. But what about the person who does not benefit from early detection? They will be a statistic in the government’s data bank even though they are someone’s daughter, sister, wife or mother. The human element is not a factor to the number crunchers, but it is to families.
Our family had a harrowing brush with breast cancer many years ago. It was the fall of 1957 when my mother, then in her early 40s, discovered a lump in her breast. Examinations determined it was cancer, surgery was recommended and a radical mastectomy was performed. Afterward, a series of deep x-ray treatments followed, which made mom extremely ill; however, she fought through the discomfort and received the recommended dosage. In those days the survival rates were pretty low, but my mother beat the cancer and died, just a few years ago, from natural causes at the age of ninety. Had it not been for early detection and treatment, she would not have enjoyed all those years and we would have missed the joy of her presence. This is our family’s story, but there are thousands and thousands of success stories with one thing in common: early detection saves lives.
The task force issuing the guidelines was appointed by the previous administration, but such panels will become more powerful as the government becomes more involved in running the nation’s health care system. Therefore, the concern is not about one set of guidelines for one deadly disease. It’s about who has control over our health care decisions. This is troubling to all of us, particularly pre-boomers on Medicare, because it could signal the beginning of rationing and the end of quality health care as we know it.
Men and women are physically different, the latter of whom are more susceptible to some diseases. However, these days it is possible to be prepared and informed when it comes to preventive health care, the dangers of unsafe practices with their bodies. In this day and age there is an increasing trend of dangerous practices such as crash dieting and taking diet pills in order to appear more attractive. It is important to understand the importance of taking safe measures to achieve anything related to our bodies.
There are a few things to watch out for that may put a woman under severe mental and bodily stress if she is not prepared and informed on how to handle them.
Heart disease is one of deadliest health issues that is affecting the world right now. In addition, women have a 10% higher chance of incurring with heart diseases than men. Therefore, it is important to maintain oneself by eating the right amounts of food at the right time and doing some kind of exercise in their routine to keep their bodies functioning smoothly. Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and also a lot of other health issues. Smoking is also associated with cerebrovascular diseases, where there is a discrepancy in the blood vessels which transport blood to the brain.
Not using contraception means a higher chance of contracting STD’s, which would put anyone under a lot of physical and mental stress. It is important that women get informed about contraception other sexual health safety practices, the lack of which could lead to serious trouble.
There are numerous methods of contraception like pills, the ring or the patch depending on the upkeep or maintenance. Moreover, women should talk to a gynecologist to find out the correct way to administer the contraception because there have been cases of women who apply the birth control incorrectly, which has resulted in serious health issues.
These days, sexually transmitted diseases are being transmitted with increasing frequency, this is most likely on account of unprotected sex. However, contraception can only do so much, if a person has oral herpes there is a high chance that he can transmit the disease to the woman orally while kissing or through oral sex. The only precautions for such situations are to be sure that the person you are engaging with is unlikely to have any of these diseases.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women, but over the past decade, there have been developments in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. Though the average age of diagnosis of breast cancer is near 60, those women aged between 25 and 64 are at risk, especially if their family has a history of the disease.
Some other reasons for breast cancer include immobility, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and undertaking over a long period of time hormone replacement therapy. The second most common cancer among women is colorectal cancer, which affects the colon and the rectum. Women in their old age must be wary of Bowel cancer as it is commonly called. They would have to exercise to maintain an optimal weight and follow a healthy diet, it’s also important to have regular checkups to help early detection of cancers.
Emotional health plays an important role especially for breast cancer patients. A lot of patients have greater depressive symptoms and low quality of life to exercise after recovery and frequently the emotional disturbance will continue for few years to their treatment.
Normally patients have the emotional health when diagnosed and after treatment. Depressive symptoms such as low mood, low energy, lack of interest in or withdrawal from normal activities are the effects from the patients. It is very important to understand the non-supportive reaction reflect from others people. So family and friends have plays an important role by given the support and communications
When a person diagnosed with this diseases, they will be very anxious, feel abandoned or strongly supported, or both. Emotional support will provide the confident and reduce the stress to against the recurrence. Besides the treatment, they should cooperate with doctor regarding their breast health and how to improve and prevent it.
Breast cancer patients hardly have positive thinking because they have to go through the surgery, treatment which is not a pleasant experience and it is quite difficult for them to achieve and maintain a positive outlook. Emotional support is very important for the patients especially from family, friends and the love one because it can build up a communications with them and also take part in some activities as a breast cancer significant role of emotional health as well.
It is a lonely experience either in physical and emotional when a person diagnosed with the diseases and although hospitals have the support group such as counselors or psychologists which will provide the education support and services to them but with the concerns and support from family, friends and the love one are more important in order to save and continue their life.
Medical checkups are commonly seen as an excellent method of self health care. With the pink ribbon splattered on everything from tools to bracelets to buckets of KFC, women get the impression that they’re doing themselves a great favor when they undergo their yearly mammogram.
Unfortunately, mammograms do nothing to prevent breast cancer. They only serve to detect tumors that have gotten large enough to be seen by the human eye (over 100 billion cancer cells). If you receive a cancer diagnosis, the available treatments have not been shown to prolong life significantly, and they come with some serious side effects. Besides all that, the risk of breast cancer for women under fifty is about one in a thousand (i.e., pretty low). The mammogram brand of self health care should not be considered, “taking care of yourself”.
So if medical checkups aren’t the ticket to effective self health care, then what is? To answer that question, I took a look at the scientific research. I asked, what does work to prevent illness and promote longevity in humans? Several answers popped up over and over again. I must warn you that they’re not very exciting, but here they are: eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, and maintain a healthy low weight. That’s right, and I’m sorry there’s no new magic pill to report.
But wait a minute-what does it mean to “eat right”? Well, the medical literature is pretty conclusive on that, too. “Eating right” amounts to eating copious amounts of high-nutrient foods-primarily green vegetables, fruits, seeds, and beans. For instance, a recent study published in the Journal of Cancer (2008) reported a 64% reduction of breast cancer risk in women who at mushrooms daily.
You see, whole, unrefined plant foods are supremely high in phytonutrients–plant-derived chemicals–that protect us against disease and aging (unlike pink mammograms). Study after study shows that as our consumption of these foods goes up (especially dark leafy greens like kale and collards), our disease risk decreases significantly. But the key here is volume. If you take a nutrient-deficient diet–one based on bread, pasta, cereal, milk, chicken, olive oil–and add a cup of kale to it, you probably won’t see many benefits. Ideally, to get the maximum protection from the thousands of phytochemicals abounding in unrefined plants, you have to eat lots of them-12-14 servings/day! Now that’s excellent self health care!
Another benefit of this diet style is that it is highly weight-loss favorable. By eating 12-14 servings/day of fresh fruits and veggies, you fill up your belly with low-calorie, nutrient-rich food, so there’s no room left for all the other empty-calorie stuff (the bread, oils, etc.). A diet style high in micronutrients–vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals–allows you to eat as much as you want while still losing weight, diminishing your disease risk factors even more. And it turns out to be much easier to prevent breast cancer (and other cancers and disease) than to cure it.
Now, I’m not saying it’s easy to switch from the disease-causing standard American diet (SAD) to a high-nutrient diet. And the popular media doesn’t help with its emphasis on sensational news stories instead of reporting valid scientific research, so you may not be convinced that a nutrient-rich diet style can actually prevent breast cancer or take the place of a medical checkup. Many of us have to overcome years of programming about the necessity of dairy for strong bones (not necessary or even beneficial for bones) and the benefits of olive oil (an overhyped, super-high-calorie, low-nutrient refined “food”) before we start to believe in the tremendous value of leafy greens (think, “elephants”-where do they get their protein?). Well, I hope this article has piqued your interest. Now go take a brisk walk around the block and have an XXL salad for supper!
(The information contained in this article does not constitute medical advice; please consult a physician if you have questions about breast health issues raised in this article.)
The primary, if not number one, concern of American women is that they will develop breast cancer. At least that was the biggest fear of those who answered a government survey in 2005. Dread of the disease lurks in the hearts of those who have witnessed their friends and relatives die of it. Adverse breast health also has a psychosocial component, fueled by fears of loss of femininity, beauty, youthful appearance, sex appeal, marital intimacy and other factors valued in Western culture.
Women need not fear the disease as they have in the past. I had it at 43, and again at 52. Now at 56 I am cancer free, living a full life. Not only do I garden, enjoy my sons, and write, but I also volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the National Lymphedema Network, an organization dedicated to helping people with lymphedema, a swelling that can be caused by cancer surgery or radiation. Helping others takes my mind off my plight.
While in 2009 new cases of invasive breast cancer in the U.S. are predicted by the American Cancer Society to be 192,370 and deaths 40,170, the good news is that fewer women are dying of the disease than in prior years. New treatments have revolutionized patient care, the result of multiple clinical trials testing new chemo regimens and targeted therapies such as Herceptin, Tykerb, Avastin, and aromatase inhibitors. Early detection also plays a role: the sooner the disease is found, the sooner it can be treated before it spreads. Mammograms, clinical checkups, and self-exams are important prevention tools, especially starting at age 40 if no other risks exist.
A closer look at breast health reveals that while some risk factors can’t be changed, including age, genetics, race, and family history, some lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. One proven factor appears to be obesity. If a woman falls within that category (a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or more), she should try to lose weight. Another factor in the breast-cancer-risk equation is exercise: swimming, walking, climbing and jogging exemplify the kind of aerobic activities that are beneficial to breast health.
Women who never bore children, and those who gave birth to their first child after 30, face a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. Being pregnant multiple times in her twenties improves breast health for women, perhaps because pregnancy reduces the total number of lifetime menstrual cycles.
Those using birth control pills have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer than women who never used them. A doctor can elaborate on the risks and benefits of birth control pills.
Another factor shown to increase the risk of breast cancer is long-term use of progesterone hormone therapy (PHT) or estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). Again, a knowledgeable physician should be able to discuss the pros and cons of using these types of hormone therapies. One suggestion might be to use the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time necessary.
Breast-feeding may slightly lower breast cancer risk, particularly if it lasts 1½ to 2 years. This could be because breast-feeding lowers a woman’s total number of menstrual periods, as does pregnancy.
Studies have shown that use of alcohol increases the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Women who consume two to five drinks daily have about 1½ times the risk of women who don’t drink. For optimum breast health experts suggest limiting drinks to one a day, preferably only two to three times a week.
If a close family member had breast cancer, the woman should make sure she is monitored more closely, and ask her doctor if she should be checked for the BRCA-1 or -2 gene and if she is a good candidate for daily tamoxifen or some other preventative drug, or even for preventative surgery.
It is important to remember that while breast health should be monitored regularly, there is no need to obsess over it or fear it to the point that activities like work and parenting get shoved aside. In other words, we should enjoy life! A breast cancer diagnosis is not the end of the world.
Women are encouraged to take charge of their lives and dispel the myths that might be keeping them paralyzed in fear of their breast health going awry.
In North America, the incidence of Breast Cancer has increase almost three-fold in 40 years, going from 1 in 20 in the 1960’s to 1 in 8 today. From the age of twenty, women should do monthly breast self-examinations. Breast cancers tend to grow significantly faster in younger women under age 50. Despite billions of dollars raised for research to “Find the Cure,” the risk of breasts cancer today is greater than ever before. It’s critically important for women to take charge of their health through these screenings and to understand that survivability is greatly enhanced when breast cancer is found early.
Because when it comes to breast health, knowledge is more than power-it’s confidence. Women can help with the early detection and treatment of breast cancer by playing an active role in their own health care. While there are some different recommendations from medical organizations on the value of breast self-exams, all women’s health organizations agree about the value of annual clinical breast exams, and the importance of regular mammograms after the age of 40. Breast health is more than just luck, genetics, where you live or what you eat.
Staying healthy is a challenge that engages our body, mind, and spirit. No matter what your age or position in life, understanding the connection between a healthy lifestyle and healthy breasts is vitally important. Breast health is on a continuum with normal healthy breast tissue at one end and cancer at the other. You can certainly go from no pathology to cancer and you can slide down the continuum and never develop breast cancer, but not accepting unhealthy changes in your breasts is proactive and may very well prevent cancer. Also, you may lower your risk of breast cancer by living a healthy lifestyle, including eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet and exercising.
Most people are familiar with the antioxidant process, and many include this in there daily routines, but not many are aware that this is just the first step to a healthy body. Antioxidants are beneficial because they affix themselves to free radicals while absorbing the elements before they have the ability to infiltrate healthy normal tissues. It is in everyone’s health interests, to include regular daily amounts of the best antioxidants in their diets, in support of healthy lifestyles.
Only 10% of breast health issues are attributed to family genes, the higher percentage due to environmental, dietary or lifestyle issues. Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage — the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases. Antioxidants are key elements in preventing cancer, because they stabilize highly reactive free radicals that can otherwise damage our DNA and begin the process of cancer development.