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Acupuncture and Cancer & Oncology Support

There have been many advances in the early detection and treatment of cancer. While the standard medical care for cancer can be effective, the treatments are aggressive and cause numerous unwanted side effects in addition to a lowered immune system. Acupuncture has received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments addressing many of the symptoms and side effects that come up during and after chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery.

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The “E”mazing Vitamin E: Roles, Benefits and Sources

According to the National Institutes of Health, Vitamin E is a “fat soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant.” Vitamin E has many beneficial roles, but its main six are to protect the brain, blood, skeletal, muscular, skin and bodily organs from the harmful effects of free radicals which are known for causing a variety of health concerns. The term vitamin E encompasses a group of eight compounds, called tocopherols and tocotrienols, that comprise the vitamin complex as it is found in nature.

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Leaching Metals and Chemicals from Cooking Surfaces

I came across several great articles on cookware safety. I particularly liked a website by Ron Kurtus, called “School of Champions” and among the many articles he writes, a spotlight on Cooking Surfaces was well looked into. Kurtus proceeds to talk about the harmful ways metals, aluminum, Pyrex, Teflon coating, stainless steel and pot materials can leach into our foods when we cook with them and how we should all move toward stainless steel and waterless cookware. Though Kurtus warns that every cooking material may leach metal into the foods, especially under high temperatures (this is why the RAW food evolution is growing in popularity); it is always good to know the potential dangers of metal and chemical leaching by the tools we use to cook our foods.

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Top Health Concerns for Women and How Acupuncture Can Help

The biggest threats to women’s health are often preventable. Oriental medicine has always addressed the special needs of women throughout their lives and many health issues women face respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments. Taking small steps to improve your health can make a difference. Learn how cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, autoimmune diseases, menopause, and gynecological disorders can be helped and treated by acupuncture.

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In the Air and In Our Foods: Benzene Dangers

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines benzene as a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature, has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. And just why should you be familiar with this chemical? Not only is benzene ranked in the top 20 chemicals for production volume in the United States, many industries use benzene to make other chemicals that are used to make plastics, resins, styrofoam, nylon and synthetic fibers. Benzene is also used to make some types of lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. If you use tobacco products, (yes you guessed it) you are also taking in large doses of benzene. If you live next to industrial factories, gas stations or hazardous waste/treatment plants, start educating yourself on the dangers of possible side effects.

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Better Than Mammograms: Thermography

Dedicated to a strong and amazing, young mother of two, Michelle Mills. After being diagnosed with breast cancer and having a double mastectomy, she continues on her mission to dedicating her time to spreading the word of cancer prevention and living a healthy life.

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Want More Energy? Maximize Kidney Function & Health

Located in the small of the back and shaped like beans, the kidneys not only store electrolytes, minerals and salts, they eliminate toxins and wastes from the blood in the form of urine. Optimal kidney functioning is extremely important for anyone who desires to achieve and maintain overall body health. When problems arise and the kidneys become dysfunctional, the body can experience lethargy, a loss of appetite, drowsiness, muscle cramps and flu like symptoms. The way to increase kidney function is by making some adjustments in your diet and lifestyle.

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Probiotics and Prebiotics: Defense Against Infectious Diseases

According to the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, probiotics is defined as “living microorganism which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer health benefits to the host.” These microorganisms are usually bacteria and are sometimes referred to as “healthy”, “friendly”, “good” or “beneficial” bacteria.

As many as 100 trillion bacteria belonging to more than 400 species in the intestinal flora, aid digestion through the production of enzymes, stimulate the immune system, produce antimicrobial substances, and compete against invading micro-organisms3. Probiotics help fortify the population of beneficial bacteria in the intestine, which promotes a proportionately healthy balance in the microflora, allowing it to assume its functions in the digestive and immune systems.

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Top Foods that Prevent Cancer from Coming, Staying & Returning

If you are living with cancer, currently undergoing cancer treatments, recovering from cancer, in remission, or taking care of someone with cancer, research suggests that the following foods are appropriate, and perhaps helpful to eat in optimizing the body’s maximum functionality and wellness. People with cancer often need to follow diets that are different from what they think of as healthy. For most people, a healthy diet includes:

1. Lots of fruits and vegetables, and whole grain breads and cereals

2. Good amounts of lean protein-meat and milk products

3. Small amounts of fat, sugar, alcohol, salt, preservatives, processed foods, additives, food coloring

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What’s Killing Us: Aspartame and Artificial Sweeteners – Not As Sweet As You Think!

From 1960 to l976, there was virtually no change in the number of Americans who were overweight: roughly 24 percent of the population. However, from the mid l980s to the present, this number has more than doubled to 54 percent! This coincides with the massive infusion of non-caloric chemical sweeteners and sugar-free “diet” foods that are eaten by close to three-quarters of the adult population.

Although several factors contribute to these alarming statistics, our blind acceptance of the most popular of these artificial sweeteners, aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful), plays a significant role in our current weight problems. Far from helping us lose weight, aspartame has been proven to increase appetite, especially cravings for sweets. Imagine “diet” products that help you pack on extra pounds! And aspartame’s downside unfortunately does not end with weight gain: This sweetener is associated with multiple health problems.

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