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Cooking for Cancer

Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, believes that “a grounding activity such as cooking and eating well can provide more than nourishment; it can offer a huge psychological boost.” Her philosophy is consistent with that of Dr. Sinatra. He believes that you should eat fresh organically…

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Indoor Tanning is Risky Business

…skin cancer annually are attributed to indoor tanning, according to the British Medical Journal, * Indoor tanners are 67% more likely to develop squamous-cell carcinoma, a more serious form of basal-cell cancer, * Indoor tanning is most likely responsible for about 5% of non-melanoma skin cancers, which…

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Could Optimism Fight Cancer: Why Not?

…I wanted to share it with you. You see, a while back Ashley and her husband Roger (pictured at right) found out that he’d developed esophageal cancer that involved some of the lymph nodes in his neck. Pretty scary stuff for any of us! When they first got the news, they were stunned. But somehow they…

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The Health Benefits of Resveratrol

…function, and promotes oral/dental health. * Cancer suppression by preventing cancer cell replication and enhancing cancer cell death in a variety of laboratory cell culture studies. * Muscle health, by reducing muscle wasting associated with diabetes and cancer. How much resveratrol should you take? As…

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4 Medical Tests You Should Get

…blood every three to four months if you’re able to. No. 2 Medical Test: Colonoscopy: Regular colonoscopies are still the best defense against colon cancer, but what many people don’t realize is that the preparation is as beneficial as the medical test itself. To maximize the cleansing and detox benefits…

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5 Cancer-Fighting Supplements

…years ago, cancer was low on the list of dreaded diseases. Today, the pendulum has swung far and wide, and it’s said that one in three people will get cancer. Five Effective Cancer-Fighting Supplements * Fish oil. In laboratory studies, fish oil has been shown to slow the rate at which cancer spreads…

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Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Book Review

…with the day-to-day aspects of cancer treatment, that it makes a great resource. This past fall, Dr. Sinatra and I attended the annual conference of the American College of Nutrition. I was impressed that one entire morning was dedicated to nutritional solutions for cancer. (Dr. Sinatra will be discussing…

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10 Cancer-Prevention Tips That Can Save Your Life

Cancer-Prevention Tip #8: Use natural COX-2 inhibitors, such as green tea, rosemary, turmeric, ginger, oregano, and omega-3 essential fatty acids. Cancer-Prevention Tip #9: Engage in regular exercise—research shows that exercise is directly connected with prevention of breast, prostate, and colon cancers.…

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Why You Need Vitamin Supplements

cancer . The article builds a one-sided case when it comes to vitamin supplements, citing research with faulty designs. Meanwhile, it completely overlooks the huge volumes of positive research in the nutrient world… Why You Need Vitamin Supplements * Lycopene lowers the risk of prostate cancer. A…

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Mammography in Controversy

Much thanks and appreciation needs to be given to the wide variety of breast cancer organizations that have succeeded in increasing public awareness about the need for early detection of breast cancer through regular self-breast exams and screening. However, most continue to recommend that women age…

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Can You Follow a Strict, Healthy Vegetarian Diet?

…and he’s absolutely right on many points. For example, I think his theory about animal protein promoting the development of breast and prostate cancer is right on. But I don’t fully subscribe to his general premise. Here’s why. Some vegetarians will not eat meat but will eat eggs and dairy products…

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8 Ways to Avoid Colorectal Cancer

cancerous. But a large-scale Canadian study found that colonoscopies only reduce the chance of dying from colorectal cancer by 60 to 70 percent—not the over 90 percent we once thought. What they found is that colonoscopies miss one-third of cancers on the left side of the colon, and nearly all cancers

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

…Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization began promoting better awareness of breast cancer. Comprised of national public service organizations, government agencies, and professional media associations, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month actively provides information about breast cancer, as well…

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October Pays Tribute to Breast Cancer Victims and Survivors

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as most of you know, the pink ribbon is the logo. It has been inspiring to see so many people and businesses contribute to raising funds and awareness about this key women’s health issue. The CDC reports that in 2005, 186,467 women (and 1,764…

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Selenium Supplements and Prostate Cancer

Here’s some important prostate cancer news that I want to share with you. New findings just released from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) showed that for some high-risk men, a high-dosage of selenium supplements can be risky for the prostate. What Is the SELECT Trial? It’s…

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Breast Cancer Alert: Men Need to Be Careful, Too

…more recently “Pinktober.” October is breast cancer awareness month, which is why you’ve been seeing more fundraising events, complete with pink ribbons, bracelets, tee shirts, and more. But what’s missing in the media frenzy is that breast cancer isn’t just a female concern—many men develop…

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Vitamin E Is Not a Cause of Prostate Cancer

…prostate cancer. But, once again you’re not getting all the facts. This media circus is focused on a study just released by the National Institutes of Health. When they followed up on participants who participated in SELECT, which was a large-scale trial meant to show vitamin E reduces prostate cancer, they…

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Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

This week, a panel of from the World Health Organization (WHO) released their findings that cell phones may cause cancer. The WHO panel, which contains 31 scientists from 14 countries, said that the microwave-type radiation from cell phones increases the long-term risk of developing brain tumors. This…

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The Best Prostate Health Vitamins

There’s no question that prostate cancer can be scary. Plus, the longer you live, the greater your chances of getting it. But while there’s a lot of information out there on prostate cancer screenings, few doctors are telling their patients what they can do to achieve natural prostate health. One…

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Ease Stress with Gifts that Give Back

…Cure Cancer with Cookies? I love this idea! Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a great organization that lets you give your friend or loved one a dozen cookies and help find a cure for pediatric cancer at the same time. Best of all, 100 percent of all proceeds goes to research for childhood cancers. Want…

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The 14 Most Dangerous Toxins to the Heart

…contribute to breast cancer. 11. Xenoestrogens. These man-made chemicals, which are used in many common everyday products, have estrogenic properties and can affect sex hormone activity. They may also increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast, uterine, or prostate cancer. Common sources…

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7 Reasons Why Exercise Is More Powerful than a Drug

…exercise you: 1. Lower your stroke risk. In an extensive study reported in JAMA, more than 70,000 nurses ages 40 to 65 without cardiovascular disease or cancer completed detailed physical activity questionnaires, and the results showed walking was associated with reduced risk of stroke. 2. Protect against…

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Sunscreens

cancer. Cases of skin cancer on the rise, and the widespread use of sunscreens is partially to blame. That’s because many sunscreens protect you against UVB rays, but still let the harmful cancer-causing UVA rays reach your skin. So, sunscreens give you a false sense of protection from skin cancer.…

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6 Ways to Protect Yourself from UV Dangers

…Irish mom had skin cancer: basal and squamous cell carcinoma when she was in her sixties that required extensive surgery. Later in life, mom also developed bowel cancer. So, with that family history and my own fair Irish skin, I’ve known that I’m quite vulnerable to skin cancers. I’ve been quite…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…correct formulation, a fact that was lost behind the headlines. Meanwhile, other studies have shown that men who take multivitamins decrease their cancer risk by 8 Percent, a huge vitamin benefit. Those who take the con position on vitamins often claim that they do little more than promote expensive…

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Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

…. * Protects against cancer. Cauliflower contains DIM, I3C, and sulforaphane which are potent phytonutrients that help to protect against cancer. Both I3C and DIM have been shown to inhibit the occurrence, growth, and spread of estrogen-related cancers, including breast cancer. Research has also determined…

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What The Best Multivitamins for Men Include

…protect your prostate against free radical damage associated with aging. A study published in Cancer Research showed that the more lycopene consumed by men, the lower the risk of developing prostate cancer. But taking the right nutrients is only half the story. Men also need lower levels of calcium…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Watermelon

…including: * Carotenoids lycopene and beta carotene that neutralize free radicals to prevent heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Research shows that lycopene decreases the risk for cancer of the breast, prostate, endometrium, lung and colon, and other diseases. * Vitamins A and C which bolster…

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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

…heart disease. Plus, like regular cigarettes, hookah can cause lung cancer later in life. In fact, an epidemiological study conducted by a researcher at the American Cancer Society, found that who smoked water pipes experienced lung cancer at five times the rate of non-smokers. This is something we need…

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Secondhand Smoke Even Hurts Your Pets

…, and higher rates of oral cancers (when cats lick their smoke-laden fur, grooming themselves delivers toxins to the mouth). Dogs cohabitating with smokers are at risk for lung and nasal cancers. Short-nosed dogs, like boxers, face higher chances of developing lung cancer, whereas longer-nosed canines…

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5 Heart-Smart Secrets for Your July Fourth Celebration

…Eggplant is high in fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, copper, and potassium. Plus, eggplant’s main phenolic compound—chlorogenic acid—has viral and cancer fighting properties. Here’s how to enjoy it on the grill. * Enjoy watermelon with your meal, or for dessert. Not only is watermelon sweet and delicious…

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Weed Killer and Pet Death

…death. You see, years ago we lost our favorite family dog Biscuit—best buddy particularly to my youngest son, Drew—to cancer. And I was convinced our dear pet developed that cancer because she was running around our lawn after regularly scheduled seasonal applications of fertilizers, pesticides and…

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To Eat Soy, or Not to Eat Soy: What You Need to Know

…women. Unfermented soy may also lower testosterone levels in men and the belief that the isoflavones in soy could slow the progression of prostate cancer is yet to be confirmed. Fermented soy, on the other hand, shows greater benefits. In Asia, traditional fermented soy foods, such as natto, miso, and…

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Share Your Love on Valentine's Day

…trains. I am an insulin dependent diabetic and have had the following operations: Seven bi-passes, carotid artery, aortic artery, kidney cancer and prostate cancer for which I had radiation 18 years ago. My current PSA is 6.5. "I've also had Bell’s palsy twice [Bell's palsy is a disorder of the nerve…

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The Danger of Cell Phones to Breast Health

…from cell phones, the link between cell phones and breast health is very worrying and a real issues in women's health. Yikes! Cell Phones and Breast Cancer Doctors are now finding a rectangular pattern of nodules—many of them malignant—between the breasts of many unsuspecting women who have admitted…

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The Truth About Green Tea Supplements

…been shown in human and animal models to cause cancer. Another example is vitamin E in which studies have shown that high-dose alpha tocopherol succinate (greater than 400 IU a day) can predispose people to not only cardiac vulnerability, but cancer as well. The reason in both of these examples is…

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Treat Heart Disease With a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…been reading Dr. Sinatra’s take on which heart healthy foods, herbs and supplements can help with their cardiovascular problems (not to mention cancer and other diseases caused by inflammation) for many years. Now all that information and more is the basis for this one reference to help guide you…

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7 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables = 42% Lower Risk of Death?

…period. What they also found is that those participants who reported eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables had 25% lower risk of dying from cancer, and a 31% reduced risk of death from a stroke or heart disease. Plus, vegetables are more protective than fruits. Those who reported eating 2-3 portions…

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The Health-Boosting Power of Pure Maple Syrup

…Several Health Boosters * Polyphenols that may have cancer-fighting properties, which are even more effective than blueberries, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes. In fact, Seerem and his team reported that pure maple syrup can slow the growth of cancerous cells in the prostate and lungs substantially. Plus…

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Safe Summer Outdoor Dining

…meats” whether they are broiled or pan-fried. The National Cancer Institute has identified 17 different HCA’s that we may be getting from pork, fish and foul (not just grilled meats) that increase our risk for colorectal and breast cancers. Your best option is to use a propane-fueled gas grill. Unlike…

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On the Road with Dr. Sinatra

…American women are five times more likely to develop heart disease than breast cancer. And, sadly, cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke kill more women annually than any other illness—including all the cancers combined. Clearly, we all need to support any cause that raises awareness about…

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Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

…heterocyclic amines (HCAs), compounds that have been found to increase your risk of several of the most common kinds of cancer, including breast, prostate, colon, and stomach cancers. Tasty Ways to Protect Your BBQ Fortunately, a marinade consisting of 10 percent plain soy sauce and one percent sugar…

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Rosemary to the Rescue

…refrigerator, not the kitchen counter. Set aside any extra sauce you wish to use for basting before it touches the raw foods. We also follow the American Cancer Society warning to trim off visible fat before grilling, and cook it at a higher rack position so that it is farther from the heat. (Use only the minimum…

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Aftermath of Japan: How to Protect Against Radiation

…radioactive isotope tritium in the groundwater around nuclear plants in Illinois, New York, Arizona, and Vermont. Long-term exposure can lead to cancer risk, birth defects, and genetic damage. What can you do to protect yourself? * Sea vegetables—with their high sodium alginate content—are great…

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On the Road with Dr. Sinatra: Summer Workshop at Kripalu Yoga Center

…He came to visualize heart failure as the result of a literally “energy-starved heart.” Then, he started looking at other situations, such as cancer, in terms of cellular energy. After learning to see the body as electrically dynamic—no quantum leap when one is used to looking at the heart’s…

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Happiness Can Extend Your Life

I’ve long talked about the healing power of optimism. I have even seen how positive thinking can help to fight cancer. Now, a new study shows that maintaining a positive attitude can extend your life. Researchers at the University College of London just released the findings of their English Longitudinal…

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Alzheimer's Disease Touches All of Us

…expected to worsen by 2050. Of Americans over 65 living with Alzheimer's, almost two-thirds are women. While after age 65, a women's risk for breast cancer is an alarming 1 in 11, her risk for Alzheimer's dementia is even worse: 1 in 6. So, the best thing you can do is to know your risk factors and do…

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Israel Issues a New Warning About Cell Phone Dangers

…following health alert: “Warning—the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.” Cell phone advertising targeted to children will also be banned. As I’ve reported to you before, carrying a cell phone…

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Heart-Healthy Eating Tips to Increase Fats & Reduce Carbohydrates

…on animal protein sources. Animal proteins may be laced with dangerous insecticides, pesticides, and radiation—all of which can set you up for cancer and heart problems down the road. Heart-Healthy Eating Includes Fats For years, the common wisdom for heart-healthy eating was to limit your overall…

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How To Avoid Age Spots and Sun Damage to Skin

Do you have age spots? Those large freckles or brown spots on the back of your hands or other areas of the skin are the result of free radical damage to skin cells, particularly collagen and underlying connective tissue. Foods To Eat in Age Spot Treatment The good news is that a high intake of…

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Beware of Dry Cleaning Chemicals on Your Clothes

…(“Perc”) as a primary solvent, a dry cleaning chemical noted to be "probably carcinogenic to humans" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The people most at risk are those who work with dry cleaning chemicals all day, and it’s suggested that the amount we get with dry cleaning…

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5 Top Heart Health Mistakes

…Are 5 Things You Should Avoid for Good Heart Health Heart Health Mistake #1: Smoking. Not only does this addiction precipitate lung and pancreatic cancer, smoking is one of the heart disease risk factors. It can cause heart disease and a three-fold increase in age-related macular degeneration (AMD, the…

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The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

…229,119 men for 13 years. All were between 50-71 years of age and in good health. They excluded anyone with a history of stroke, heart disease or cancer. After adjusting for variables like smoking, they found that the more coffee people drank, the longer they lived. The health benefits of drinking a…

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Heart-Healthy Diets: 6 Surprising Foods to Avoid

…Chemical sugar substitutes like aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin haven’t earned my trust either and can potentially contribute to diabetes and cancer. If you have to feed a sweet tooth, opt for very small amounts of honey, pure maple syrup, or the natural sweetener Stevia. 5. Margarine: Margarine…

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You Can Think Your Way to Better Heart Health, Quite Literally

One of the most important things I’ve learned as a cardiologist is the enormous impact emotions can have on heart health. Stress is a major contributor to heart attacks. As I’ve often said, prevention starts from the neck up. But what many people don’t realize is that the converse is also…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…cutting back on red meat to lower your heart health risk, over-consumption of red meat is associated with a higher incidence of both heart disease and cancer. The researchers also suggested that, “the safety of chronic L-carnitine supplementation should be examined, as high amounts of orally ingested L…

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Grapefruit Health Benefits and Side Effects

…Moderation According to a British study, postmenopausal women eating half a fresh grapefruit daily were 30 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those not consuming the fruit. And we know that even HRT can be affected by grapefruit. One speculation is that the grapefruit interactions in…

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Season Your Way to Better Heart Health

…great source of sulfur, an important antioxidant. 2. Rosemary — Rosemary contains carnosol, an antioxidant important for the prevention of skin cancer. 3. Oregano — A natural COX-2 inhibitor and anti-inflammatory, similar to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) but without the potential…

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The Health Benefits of Saunas

…to flush toxins out of the body though the skin. There are so many health benefits of saunas. Not only can sauna treatments help with integrative cancer treatment and prevention programs, saunas also help to promote weight loss, skin integrity, and a stronger immune system. So, as you can imagine, I…

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Prevent Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

…directed. * Delta tocotrienol: Take 100–200 mg of this natural form of vitamin E once a day. * Get grounded! Remember, heart disease—like diabetes, cancer and a host of autoimmune problems—is a disease caused by inflammation. In the case of heart disease, it’s the arterial walls that get inflamed…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…ultra-carnivore patients about a Japanese researcher-gastroenterologist who had conducted some 300,000 colonoscopies during his career and found that cancer of the bowels was directly related to eating meat. That’s because meat doesn’t have gut-cleaning fiber. Without fiber, meat remains in the gut…

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Cooking Healthy: Peppered Rosemary Chicken

…relatively simple. One quick and healthy chicken recipe that my wife Jan and I like is peppered rosemary chicken. Rosemary is rich in the powerful cancer-preventing antioxidant carnosol. Plus, the garlic helps to enhance blood thinning (preventing blood clots); lower blood pressure levels; and reduce…

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Bone-Building Drugs are Causing Broken Bones

…they also continue to ignore the myriad of disturbing side effects associated with bisphosphonates, including arthritis, muscle pain, esophageal cancer, and kidney and liver toxicity, and rotting of the jawbone. If you are taking bisphosphonates, I urge you to talk to your doctor about taking a more…

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Walking Club Check-In: 10 Reasons to Walk!

…for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 30 percent of adults aged 18 and older reported being inactive. 2. It will reduce your risk of cancer. 3. You'll minimize your risk for stroke. 4. You'll improve arthritis symptoms. Increased muscle strength restores range of motion and flexibility…

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Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

…calcium. High levels of calcium in the blood can cause inflammation of the blood vessels. Plus, in men, too much calcium can contribute to prostate cancer. The optimal daily dose of calcium is 500 mg for women, and 200 mg for men. * Too much copper—which can have a pro-oxidant effect, damaging your…

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How Dangerous is Your Bathroom?

…shampoos contain chemicals that have never been tested for safety in terms of human consumption. Others may contribute to physical dilemmas ranging from cancer to infertility. We have long known that fragrances in perfumes, hair sprays, and even some skin creams can trigger asthma and other lung issues for…

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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

When a colleague's father received a pacemaker he received a list of precautions to take. But nowhere on the list did the cardiologist mention avoiding cell phones and cordless phones. Both types of phones can be a real danger to your pacemaker and your heart. Plus, the same danger exists for folks…

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Dangers of Mobile Phone Radiation

…for concern, it does indicate that the brain is being affected by these wireless devices. I don’t know about you, but with the increase in brain cancers and acoustic neuromas (tumors of the ear) as of late, I think an ounce of caution may definitely prevent that pound of cure.

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Heart-Healthy Secrets for Safe Grilling

…than 60%. * Use a Rosemary Rub: Rosemary helps to prevent the buildup of toxic carcinogens in meat, and even contains compounds that prevent skin cancers. You can add a drizzle of light olive oil to aid in the rosemary rub. Grape seed oil is even better because it does not break down with high heat as…

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