Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Did you know that here in the United States statistics are showing that Cardiovascular Disease (heart disease) is “still” the number one cause of death? So sad when there is so much information available on the “how to” take care of your heart in a preventative way.

Over 60 million Americans suffer from one form or another of Cardiovascular Disease. I’ll tell you how you can help beat the odds in a few moments.

Cardiovascular Disease includes:

  • Heart attack, stroke and artery disease.
  • Anything that effects the heart, arteries and vessels that carry blood.

Other organs can be effected when the heart isn’t functioning properly:

  • The lungs, kidneys and the brain.
  • If oxygen isn’t being pumped through your blood by the heart, your whole body suffers.

Here’s what you can do to improve your chances against any heart health issues resulting in huge health benefits for years to come.

Diet

In MSN’s Health and Fitness section, the article entitled, Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health by Robert Preidt on April 13, 2009 states:

Vegetables, nuts and the so-called “Mediterranean” diet are heart-friendly, while trans fats and foods with high glycemic index can harm your heart, say researchers who reviewed 189 studies published between 1950 and 2007.

Exercise

Did you know that a 30-minute walk 3 to 5 times a week can lower your cholesterol? Walking is excellent exercise and it can be done at your own pace. You can take your time to work up to endurance and speed.

Foods

Lowering saturated fats in your diet will also make a difference. Eating raw fruits and vegetables makes a difference. Many canned items have way too much salt in them to be beneficial for heart health.

It is a real shame so many people suffer from heart disease when we have so many options in our lives to correct and prevent heart disease.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

One alternative therapy is Chelation prevention.

If that’s a new term for you let me tell you a little about Chelation.

Chelation therapy was introduced into the United State in 1948. Chelation treatment is well recognized by medical authorities around the world. Chelation therapy has been administered to over 500,000 Americans and over one million Canadians, Europeans, Australians, and South Americans who suffer from hardening of the arteries. It was given to more than double those numbers for elimination of heavy metal toxicity but that’s another story.

Two time Nobel Prize winning scientist, Dr. Linus Pawing described the usefulness of EDTA Chelation in reducing and preventing hardening of the arteries (Arteriosclerotic plaque) thus improving blood flow to the heart and other organs. This is of huge importance.

Scientific evidence indicates that a course of EDTA Chelation therapy might eliminate the need for bypass surgery. Chelation has an equally valid rationale for use as a preventative treatment.

In 1948 the FDA approved EDTA intravenous Chelation as a treatment for metal toxicity. EDTA was initially used as a treatment for industrial workers suffering from lead poisoning in a battery factory. Then the U.S. Navy began using it on sailors who had absorbed lead while painting government ships and other facilities. The doctors then noted that adults receiving Chelation therapy treatments who had Atheroscleosis began to experience health improvements, less angina pain and improved memory.

We now have a form of Chelation even more accessible for home use as a cardiovascular disease prevention treatment. You will find out more about this innovative treatment and health benefits as you continue to read.

Oral Chelation is the treatment that is making huge differences in people’s heart health. I believe Oral Chelation is an improvement over the IV method because every time you start an IV you are traumatizing the vein you are trying to use. These areas then scar over making future use of the vein for IV therapy difficult if not impossible. Imagine needing surgery, blood transfusion or accident treatment and not being able to find a vein that will work!

There are many oral EDTA chelation therapy products available for your use. You you must be careful in your choice of product to use. As with any detoxification product, you must remember they cannot be selective in their cleaning in your body so they are going to remove some of the good nutrients along with the bad toxins. Be sure you use a good replacement product when ever you detox or chelate.

Lets look at some of the ingredients that make for good an excellent chelation product:

  1. EDTA: a synthetic amino acid
  2. Carrageinan (Irish Moss) – assits in fat metabolism, lowers blood cholesterol.
  3. Garlic:lowers LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol blood levels – prevents arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and cardiovascular disease. effectively lowers blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels and increases HDL levels.
  4. L-Lysine (hcl): assists in fat metabolism, aides in repairing damaged collegen in atheroscleotic blood vessels
  5. L-Methioxine: assists in the breakdown of fat and helps to prevent the build-up of fat in the liver and arterties that obstruct blood flowto the brain, heart and kidneys.
  6. Sodium Alginate: lowers serum cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  7. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Provides regression of atherosclerotic plaque.

Enzymes:

  • Bromeain, found in pineapple plants – inhibits platelet clumping and enhances excretion of fat. I speed recovery from cardiovascular disease.
  • Lipase, a plant enzyme that assists in the breakdown and digestion of fat.
  • Catalase, lowers serum cholesterol.

Choose your chelaton product wisely and you will see great improvements in your cardiovascular health benefits.

Most important – read all the directions and be sure to follow them faithfully.

Dental Hygiene and Overall Health

Scientists are discovering more and more about the connections between dental health and the health of our entire body.

If our eyes are the windows to our soul, then our mouth is the front door to our body and the teeth may well be the windows to our health, according to mounting evidence that suggests there is a strong link between them. Which is something I have been saying as a holistic dentist for many years.

If the scientists are right – and the evidence is becoming hard to ignore – our oral health can play a big part in our risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even the health of a newborn child. And this may be only the tip of the iceberg.

“There’s a whole lot of research out there at the moment trying to focus on the links between oral health and general health in both directions – poor oral health affecting general health and poor general health affecting oral health,” says Dr Matthew Hopcraft, president of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch Inc.

It’s not surprising really. The whole body is connected, but for such a long time people and medicine have thought about the mouth as being a separate part of the body and that dentists work in isolation from the rest of the body. That clearly doesn’t make any sense anymore, anatomically or physiologically as the mouth and teeth are a part of you and are connected to the body by a vast myriad of blood vessels and nerve supply, plus all our food and drinks enter the body via the mouth.

ORAL HEALTH AND HEART DISEASE

It appears that poor oral health, and in particular the presence of inflammation in the form of gum disease, increases your risk of heart disease as well as stroke. A study conducted by the University of Queensland found that it was the bacteria found in the mouth, and more specifically in infected gums, that are so damaging. The group was able to locate T cells that are reactive to oral bacteria in the arteries of people with atherosclerosis, where damage to the arteries is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits.

Finding oral bacteria inside coronary arteries in people with heart disease is not something you would expect to find but bacteria from the mouth sitting in a blood vessel in the heart suggests that this is where the link between gum disease and heart disease is coming from. As the mouth acts as a kind of portal, allowing bacteria to travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body especially in a person with gum disease as the blood vessels become more swollen and more permeable, and more likely to allow bacteria or bacterial toxins from the infected gums into the bloodstream where they travel to other parts of the body.

Our gums are too often neglected, despite the fact that the health of your gums can be just as important as the health of your teeth. In fact, it can be hard to have healthy teeth without healthy gums.

DIABETES LINKED TO GUM DISEASE

Less is known about the link between gum disease and diabetes, but the evidence is mounting. People are now starting to do the research and understand the links much more closely and it appears there may be a link between gum disease and diabetes, but it’s probably more the other way around. Thus people with diabetes are more at risk of developing gum disease or gum disease becoming more aggressive and causing more problems due to the altered immune response experienced by people with diabetes that makes them more susceptible to the bacteria that cause gum disease. Poorly controlled diabetics often have problems with the microvascular system, so the small blood vessels tend not to work so well, which affects the way the gums respond and heal to gum disease.”

Treating gum disease can help with diabetes as if you can control gum disease, the diabetes becomes easier to control. Diabetes is much harder to control if there is an ongoing connection.

FROM MOTHER TO CHILD

The effects of dental health can even be carried from the mother to the child. Gum disease or gingivitis is associated with increased rates of premature birth so it is important to make sure very early in pregnancy that expectant mothers have a dental visit to treat any issues. Around 18 per cent of premature births are related to gingivitis. Pregnancy itself can also affect dental health; there is an old folk belief that you lose a tooth for every child. The idea is that pregnancy can affect your general health and certainly tooth problems can become worse during pregnancy, so it’s even more important to stay on top of any potential problems with regular dental visits during this time.

DRY MOUTH SYNDROME

A dry mouth can indicate a number of conditions and lifestyle factors, which can have a big impact on both oral health and overall health.

Dry mouth is a fairly common side effect for people taking a wide range of medications, particularly if when someone is taking a lot of different medications as they tend to all work together to impact on saliva flow. Saliva is really important to be able to talk and chew and gives lubrication, which protects teeth from decay. It helps to wash away food and acid and provides a buffer against harm. People with low saliva flow are often at much higher risk of tooth decay.

Alcohol and illegal drugs can also produce dry mouth syndrome. A person’s mouth gives you a lot of clues straight away as alcohol and drug use can affect the teeth. Cocaine, ecstasy, heroine, amphetamines can cause a lot of damage. Then there are some medical conditions which can lead to dry mouth, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Also as the mouth is a part of the gastro-intestinal system it also gives you some clues as to what’s going on in other parts of the gut and with digestion.

The state of the mouth and gums and oral health can paint an even broader picture of where a person is at. People with oral problems often report lower overall quality of life, lower self esteem and psychological wellbeing; and because of pain or the appearance of their teeth, they don’t feel so great about themselves.

LINKING GPS TO DENTISTS

With links being drawn between oral health and the rest of the body, there has been a concerted push to link GPs and dentists more than they have been in the past. GPs need to be able to detect abnormalities of the mouth and oral health. Doctors don’t necessarily need to know how to treat these conditions but should at least be able to detect them and then refer to the appropriate dentist or specialist.

The AMA agrees saying: “Part of what we do is to educate GPs and nurses. The doctor should know, for instance, that their diabetic patients are more at risk of gum disease and should be telling them that part of their management should be regular dental checkups.”

So simplistically if we can improve someone’s oral health we can potentially reduce their risk of other significant health problems they may have and this is the main focus of holistic dental practice.

Effective HPV Treatment

HPV, or human papilloma virus, is one of the more common sexually transmitted infections in the world. Most people who have HPV exude no signs or symptoms of transmission. Currently, there is no medical treatment effective in eliminating the virus. To prevent getting the virus, men and women are given vaccines.

HPV treatment hinges on the kind of HPV one has gotten. Those who have contracted HPV of low risk types which cause genital warts can undergo warts removal and treatment at home or in a hospital. High risk types of HPV which can result to genital cancer like anal and cervical can be treated according to the state of the cancer and the diagnosis.

Genital warts treatment can range from home therapies to hospital-based treatment. Successful removal ranges up to 8 months. However, eliminating the warts will not completely eliminate HPV virus in the body. There is also a chance of reappearance.

Treatment options for a large amount of warts include chemical treatment called cyrotheraphy. This treatment option can be quite painful and can result to scarring. Two strong chemicals- trichloroacetic acid and podohyllin- are directly applied on the genital warts. The application should be repeated for several times. There is also a new product called Wartrol which has been proven effective in encouraging the body’s immune system to fight off the HPV virus and removing the genital warts.

HPV treatment can also be done by surgery and radiation therapy particularly for those who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. In case the cancer has been limited around the cervix area, the only treatment option is hysterectomy or removal of the uterus.

4D Scan – A Powerful Diagnostic Tool

An ultrasound is a diagnostic technique which uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the internal organs of the body. Ultrasounds are used in various parts of the body for different purposes. It is used in the examination of the chest, abdomen and blood vessels. The most familiar use of the ultrasound is in pregnancy. It is used to detect blood clots in the veins of the legs. In the chest, it is used to get detailed images of the heart and to find out if there are any anomalies in the functioning of the heart.

It is very useful in detecting the abnormalities in the valves of the heart. Examples include aortic stenosis in which the opening of the aortic valve narrows abnormally. The Ultrasound is also used in the detection of endocarditis, which is the inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium. It is also used to examine the inner parts of the abdomen.

Kidney stones and gall stones can be easily detected through an ultrasound examination. An ultrasound is used to find out if there are cysts in the abdomen. The size of organs such as the kidneys, liver and pancreas can be examined through ultrasound. An ultrasound can also detect impaired blood flow, in case of arteriosclerosis, or the stiffening of arteries.

The bulges in arteries, also known as aneurysms can be detected through an ultrasound. An ultrasound examination can also reveal the abnormalities in the thyroid gland. During pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to examine the size, position and movement of the developing baby. The Baby’s heart is visible from the early stages. Thanks to the ultrasound, the would-be mothers can now visualize their baby, before its birth. As the baby ages, the movements of the baby can be seen using an ultrasound. Thus, ultrasound has grown to be a powerful diagnostic tool finding applications in various domains of medicine.

Home Health Remedies

Home health remedies made with plants, herbs and natural elements can do a lot for you. Contrary to aggressive chemical drugs their action is mild and beneficial for your body.

I am in danger, you are in danger, the whole humanity is in danger. While our health …. geez … our survival is mortgaged, we keep ignoring that we are colonized by the pharmaceutical industry and our health system. While more and more drugs are being developed, we have never suffered so much from cardiac, neurological, mental and immune support diseases.

We continue to ask our governments to finance the cost of this major degradation of our health condition. We continue to push medical spending through the roof by using and consuming presciption drugs that are toxic to our system and can cause severe side effects. Perhaps, we should not accept to be so dependent of products developed by the pharmaceutical companies and financed by governments. Maybe … we should conquer our independence and recover our health condition through home health remedies.

Let me take you with me and bring you to the …. kitchen. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants and other natural elements can form your army of home health remedies and they can help you win the war for enhanced wellness and better health. Don’t wait tomorrow, start today !! Don’t think I am “green” or vegetarian. I just think we should nourish our body with essential nutrients and reduce the damages caused by toxins from drugs, processed food and polluted water. Redefine the balance between the “good” and the “bad”.

Only your will and desire to change the way you treat your body can make a difference. Just think of producers of canned food, alcohol, tobacco and precriptions or over-the-counter drugs. Why are they getting richer while our health is getting poorer ? We are told that processed products are good while they are actually toxic. Consumers are duped and the day they start asking for more and better, non-toxic products will manufacturers react. The same goes for pharmaceutical companies : if we demand more natural home health remedies, only then, will the production of toxic drugs go down and medications proposed become truly beneficial for our health.

While we should start a wave of “new” demands, we already have numerous home health remedies readily available. Combined with a healthy diet and appropriate physical activity they can treat certain conditions such as constipation, toothache, sore throat, hemorrhoids, colds, cough, dry hair, heartburn, etc.

We have put together a collection of free home remedies (see under the left navigation bar). To obtain good results those recipes must be prepared accurately and the remedies taken daily during the period of the treatment. They are mainly composed of herbs and plants that will provide their full healing action.

How to prepare these Home Health Remedies :

– Prepare them in non-metallic heat-resistant pots

– Use the right quantity indicated

– Prepare them one or two nights before the daily intake; let rest in the pot for better results

– Each condition requires a 3-week treatment. Then stop for one week and evaluate the results

– Several home health remedies are proposed for the same condition. You can vary the recipes to reduce the risk of dependence

– Home remedies are not “magical” treatments. Evaluate the results and determine if they are working well for you

– Plants can be stored for up to one year; blends prepared should be kept in a cool place

We realize that preparing home health remedies is not always practical. Time and budget constraints may make it difficult. But they are part of a “package” to improve your health that should also include a balanced diet, exercise and health supplements.

Copyright 2006 Marc Deschamps

7 No-Holds-Barred Reasons to Stop Using Drugs Now

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, you’ve probably been hearing lots of reasons that drug abuse should cease immediately. However, the very nature of addiction means that this message is often ignored. This is especially true for some addicts when the message is delivered from a position of empathy, or worse – sympathy. Some addicts need to hear things straight-up in order to have that fated epiphany that results in the first step toward cessation. This article is precisely that: a no-holds-barred description of the 7 inevitable results of drug addiction:

1.) Lost Relationships

If you have a wife, a husband, girlfriend or boyfriend that you truly love, if you don’t stop using drugs now, they won’t be around for long. This is true even if this significant other is also an addict, considering that the results of drug dependence invariably lead to the other 6 consequences listed below; all difficult ways to be torn apart from someone you care about.

Unfortunately, by the time many addicts decide to get clean, the person they love is long gone with no chance to repair the relationship. Often this causes recently clean addicts to relapse out of sorrow or shame, starting the entire cycle of addiction all over again and making it rather unlikely to find another love under such circumstances.

2.) Financial Ruin

Addiction isn’t cheap. Even if your drug of choice is marijuana, a month’s supply can cost in excess of $500. Getting caught with the drug is generally even more expensive. Other drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth and ecstasy are far more expensive and can result in addictions that cost thousands of dollars per month.

Many addicts first lose their source of income as a result of their habit, then they exhaust their savings (if any), then they sell their belongings, and then they ultimately might sell their soul by turning to prostitution, theft or street begging for enough money for their next fix. From multi-millionaires to the poor blue collar worker, addiction can expend nearly any amount of money; and surprisingly quickly. Stories abound of coked-out Wall Street traders that went from having millions in their accounts to stealing from their own parents in a matter of a couple years.

3.) Career Destruction

Even the most illustrious career can be destroyed by drug addiction or alcoholism. Most employers in the United States have staunch anti-drug policies that include random drug testing and harsh consequences – usually a fast termination – for offenders. This is true even if the drug use happened off property, after working hours. Many employers scan daily police logs in order to ensure the integrity of their employees and therefore the company’s reputation overall.

If you lose your job as a result of drug abuse, you can expect that it may be difficult to obtain a new job afterward.

4.) Academic Downfall

Studying to be a nurse or doctor? Going for a degree in criminal justice? If you get caught using, possessing or selling drugs you could lose everything you’ve worked for academically. Medical licensing could be forfeited and educational institutions often expel convicted drug users.

But even more important than this is the fact that addicts are usually not able to continue their studies successfully. In the early stages of drug use papers and reports might be turned in late, but by the time active addiction is rampant, many addicts just stop showing up. Sometimes, this comes when graduation is at hand, and many addicts have thrown that chance away in favor of getting high.

5.) Disease, Injury and Mental or Physical Impairment

Drug abuse and addiction is associated with higher instances of disease, injury and violence. For instance, many users of heroin and meth ultimately contract Hepatitis C or HIV, while users of steroids suffer similar fates or worse. Each new hit, each new injection of a drug is a catastrophe waiting to happen; from overdose that causes brain damage and coma to seizures and the onset of psychological conditions, drug use can cause severe physical, mental and emotional complications – sometimes permanently.

And because the manufacture, transport, sale and use of drugs has a serious criminal element associated with it, many people are shot, stabbed, beaten, raped and left for dead as a result of crimes related to drugs.

6.) Prison

Prison isn’t a deterrent for many drug abusers because they assume they’ll never get caught. However, the vast numbers of convicted drug offenders in American prisons are clear evidence to the contrary. Depending on where the drug crime is committed, penalties can be harsh; from 10 years for a little bit of cocaine to life in prison for a repeat offender, the consequences are severe.

And because of the dangerous environment of most penal systems, addicts often find that things are far worse in prison, but that drugs are still just as available as on the street. Therefore many addicts serve their sentences without ever getting clean, and subsequently return to the streets still addicted. They seek out drugs, are arrested and brought back to prison.

If you’re abusing drugs, it’s likely that this could happen to you.

7.) Death

Nearly every addict thinks “it will never happen to me,” but the fact of the matter is that many die as a result of their addiction. From drug-related violence to overdose to suicide borne of depression and desperation, death is always on the horizon for most drug addicts. This is especially true of opiate addicts and users who inject drugs.

These are the 7 inevitable results of drug abuse and addiction. With continued, unabated use, it’s virtually guaranteed that some or all of these things will happen to many addicts. If you’re struggling with addiction and you don’t want to become another statistic; just another cold body in a morgue, then the time to take action is now.

Medicine: A Science And Art

Medicine is all about dealing with the healing human ailments. It is both a science as well as art and includes a number of healthcare practices that have evolved over the ages with a view to providing better treatment as well as to prevent various illnesses. At one time, it involved use of practices that were mainly known in the Eastern countries of the world but after it became a science, it was practiced differently, especially in the Western world.

Pharmacy compounding is all about mixing drugs by a person known as a compounding pharmacist who does the mixing in a particular way to suit a patients needs. Often, this step is taken in order to change the very form of medication such as to turn it from solid to liquid and to also remove any ingredients in the medication that can cause an allergic reaction in the patient.

BHRT or Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a form of therapy in which hormones are used and which have the same endogenous hormones. It is also a term that refers to pharmacy compounding and blood/saliva testing as well as involves reaching a particular level of hormones (as established through blood/saliva testing) in the human body.

The history of medicine goes back to prehistoric times when herbalism was widely practiced and when parts of animals and use of minerals were also part of such treatment options. In some cases, many of the materials used to treat illnesses were also part of rituals as practiced by shamans and priests and by medicine men.

The earliest recorded instances of use of medicines show that it was in ancient Egypt and in Babylonia and in India that such practices were first used. Classical Chinese medicinal uses as too ancient Greek medications and Roman medicinal practices also go back a long way in time. Imhotep from about third Millennium BC is believed to be the first physician.

Sri Lanka is believed to be the first country to have had a dedicated hospital where patients were treated. In India, the first person to perform surgery was known as Sushruta who performed the earliest known form of plastic surgery.

Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine as he was responsible for laying the foundation of a more rational medicinal approach. The Hippocratic Oath for physicians is still used today and it was Hippocrates who categorized illnesses according to levels of severity including endemic, chronic, acute and epidemic. He was also the first to coin terms such as relapse, and exacerbation and paroxysm and crisis as well as convalescence and peak.

Galen, a Greek physician is believed to be one of the best surgeons of the ancient world and he was responsible for performing some truly amazing operations such as performing surgery on the eyes and the brain.

Today, the practice of medicine has been truly revolutionized and this is because of information science being practiced on a more global scale. Today, medicine is mostly being conducted within a healthcare system and is much more complex than the basic forms that were practiced when it all began.

Brief Notes on Vitamins

‘Both vitamins and minerals are necessary to a well-balanced diet. As a matter of fact, vitamins control your body’s utilization of minerals. In addition, each vitamin seems to have a specific role to play in normal body function. On the other hand, if the mineral supply is deficient, there is little benefit from the vitamins. Without vitamins, your body can still appropriate some minerals from the reserve in your system. On the other hand, vitamins are powerless without minerals. Thus it is essential that one receives the necessary amounts of both ‘. -Dr. John B. Lust.

Vitamins are organic chemical substances, widely distributed in natural foods (fruits and vegetables) that are essential to normal metabolic functions of human beings and lower animals. Only very small amounts are needed but lack of the necessary amount, however small, results in a vitamin deficiency disease (avitaminosis). Among the classical examples of such diseases are rickets, scurvy, beriberi and pellagra.

A Polish chemist, Casimir Funk, invented vitamin in 1911 while trying to extract from rice hulls a chemical substance that would cure beriberi. He thought that he had found an amine chemical vital to life. He had not, but his theory was correct; lack of certain chemical substances caused disease.

Vitamins are distinguished as fat-soluble, notably A, D, E and K, and water-soluble most of the others. Some are heat-labile, destroyed by cooking notably vitamin C; most are heat-stable.

Taking vitamin pills is not necessary. A good mixed diet of common foods, including protective foods, supplies all the vitamins one needs. Vitamin pills without a good mixed diet will not increase pep and vigour or resistance to disease.

Vitamin supplements are necessary. They are needed when the dietary intake of vitamins is inadequate. This condition often appears in cases of chronic disease, after delivery, after surgical operation, and during pregnancy.

Vitamin needs differ with age and many other factors. Thus vitamin D is much more essential to infants and growing children than to adults. Rarely is only a single vitamin missing from the diet. Most vitamin deficiencies are multiple; therefore vitamin pills and other vitamin preparations prescribed for preventing or treating disease contain a balanced supply of many vitamins.
Vitamin A, once called ‘anti-infective vitamin‘, helps to preserve the integrity of the skin and mucous membranes and other epithelial tissues, making them more conducive to growth of bone and tooth formation. Its deficiency may cause night-blindness, changes in the eye, general weakness, retarded growth, problems of respiratory tract, genito-urinary troubles, gastro­intestinal disorders, and nervous troubles. It is essential to the formation of ‘visual purple’ rods and cones in the retina of the eyes; its lack causes night­-blindness. Vitamin A is found in fish, liver, milk, egg-­yolk and in many green fruits and vegetables like garlic, lemon, musumbi, apple, onion, potato, carrot, beet, orange, radish, cucumber, grape, pineapple, parsnip, cauliflower, sweet potato, turnip, brinjal, and in dark green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B-complex includes a large number of water soluble vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, biotin, pantothenic acid, inositol, folic acid and vitamin B-12.
Thiamine is essential for utilization of carbohydrates and normal appetite and function of the

digestive tract. Its deficiency may cause abdominal pains, heart irregularities, muscle tenderness, emotional instability, constipation and irritability. Thiamine is not stored in the body as effectively as many other vitamins; and it is apt to be lacking in the adult diet. Thiamine is often given to restore or improve appetite. Best sources of thiamine are pork and brewer’s yeast; it is also found in whole grain, dried peas and beans, liver and egg yolk. Raw fruits and vegetables are also good source of thiamine, especially beet roots, cucumber, brinjal, onion, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, grape, orange peel, and raisin.
Riboflavin is necessary for normal growth and for the integrity of skin tissues and mucous membranes. Lack of riboflavin may cause the lips to sore and show slight fissures at the corners, the tongue to be red and sore, the eyes to itch and be extremely sensitive to light. Milk is the best source of riboflavin; other good sources are liver, kidneys, lean meat and peanut.
Niacin, also called nicotinic acid, is the pellagra preventive vitamin. Lack of niacin induces the symptoms of pellagra, namely diarrhea, skin eruptions and mental depression. Other symptoms are loss of appetite, loss of weight, and a sore tongue. Good sources are brewer’s yeast, liver, kidney, salmon, lean meat, poultry and eggs. Vegetarian diet is deficient in niacin.
Vitamin B-12 derived from liver appears to increase the formation of red blood cells and has specific usefulness in treating pernicious anemia. Vitamin B deficiency causes general lassitude, constant tiredness, loss of vitality, slow heart-beat, gastric disorders, beriberi, nervousness, and poor appetite. It is found in asparagus, avocado, beans, beet, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, radish, potatoes, tomato, apples, bananas, grapes, lemons, oranges, pineapple, onions, pumpkins, spinach, grapes, raisins etc.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a delicate vitamin, not well stored in the body and easily destroyed by heat (cooking). It must be replenished daily. It supplies a kind of cementing substance that binds cells together in the blood vessels, teeth, bones and other tissues. Lack of it causes the capillary blood vessels to break rather easily causing bleeding gums, loosened teeth, toothache, gumache, sores in the mouth or tongue, physical weakness, headache, tender joints, scurvy, restlessness, indigestion. The best sources of vitamin C are cabbage, green peas, tomato, lemons, lime, orange, musumbi, beans, carrots, beets, lettuce, raw onions, garlic, apples, bananas, pine- apples, cauliflower, pumpkin, pears, papaya, marmelos, turnips etc.
Vitamin D is practically non-existent in fruits and vegetables. It is essentially available in sunlight and for this reason it is known as ‘sunshine vitamin’. It is essential to the utilization of calcium and phosphorus, especially in the formation of bone and teeth. Infants and growing children particularly need this vitamin. Its deficiency causes rickets, poor teeth formation, poor bone formation, convulsions, pigeon breasts, curvature of the spine, retarded growth, constipation, lack of vigour and vitality etc. Adults have little need of vitamin D. When exposed to sunlight, the human body manufactures its own vitamin D. The ultraviolet rays of the sun turn sterols, fatty substances found in the human skin, into vitamin D. Exposure of milk to ultraviolet light produces vitamin D milk. Cod liver oil and other fish oils are excellent sources of vitamin D; so are liver, butter and egg-yolk.
Vitamin E is described as a group of oil-soluble alcohols. Its deficiency causes impotency, miscarriage, loss of hair, sexual frigidity, impaired mentality, sterility, abortion etc. It also develops black and white patches in the skin. Best sources of vitamin E are wheat-germ oil, cottonseed oil, egg-yolks, and beef­ liver. It is also found in spinach, watercress, lettuce, celery, parsley, turnip leaves, etc.
Vitamin K is necessary to stop internal bleeding (gastric ulcer). It may be given by injection. This vitamin is available in cabbage, kale, cauliflower, spinach, tomato and in dark green leafy vegetables.

3 Web Design Tips For Your Medical Practice Promotion

A website is an effective tool to market your medical or not clinical products and services. That is a given! Why then do so many medical practices try to develop their own websites? This is akin to a lay person attempting to remove his own tonsils.

Web site design is a skill. It is one that competent web designers and webmasters have trained for and honed, after both study and plenty of practice. They have learned the language of computing, and mastered the art needed for good-looking and, even more importantly, functional, user-friendly website development.

However, while I discourage you or your teenage kid from building your own medical practice or physician business website (unless of course this is a true skill of yours), I strongly urge you to know what is involved in creating a top-notch website that not only promotes your practice but actually generates business (and revenues!) for you.

There are many concepts to consider when having a website designed and built for you, including the following:

1. Know your own practice or business

If you are a professional who wants to make people aware of your or your practices capabilities and offerings via your website online means, you need to know yourself and your practice or business deeply and intimately. You need to articulate your core competencies to highlight them as much as possible through both design and content.

The same could be said for a good website designer who creates websites for physicians. A competent physician website designer knows that a certain medical practices web site design should always reflect that practices specialization. For example, to promote a pediatric practice, a designer is likely to opt for a more lighthearted, nurturing and even fun look, unlike the website for a geriatric practice that may need to offer large fonts and easy-to-digest formatting.

2. Sometimes “Free” is a bad word

A common mistake people make when it comes to web design is to use free templates. Templates work fine if you are not really competing with anyone or are just using it for a personal website.

However, a website designed for professional purposes is a different story. You will want your website to reflect your unique or distinctive practice and to appear classy and professional. You would not want your site to look like it was home made. Again, using the doctor website design example, using a free template puts you at a risk of having a design that is similar to a doctor that you are in direct competition with.

3. Content is King

Many web designers (and medical practice website owners!) become complacent after creating a very beautiful and eye catching design. Do not forget – your website content is hugely important as well. It does not matter how stunning your design is if your website visitors leave your website without taking the action step you intend them to take.

You should consider having someone update your website regularly with well-written concise and interesting content to prevent the content from becoming stale AND to keep the search engines visiting frequently to index your “fresh relevant content”. This content can include images, videos, or even audio clips.

Your job as a prospective medical practice or physician business website owner is to arm yourself with enough knowledge to know what to ask your web designer for. In that way, your website stands the very real chance of becoming the shining centerpiece of your medical practice or physician business marketing plan.

Chinese Medicine Courses in America

Find Chinese medicine courses in the United States and Canada. Chinese medicine courses are fast becoming a popular educational conveyance in America. Part of this influx is due to the fact that patient consumers are seeking alternative and complementary medicine to subsidize or even replace conventional medicine treatments. Today, prospective students can take a variety of Chinese medicine courses, including training in auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture); acupressure massage and Chinese medicine massage (tuina), acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Chinese medicine courses in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, for instance, may range from 3 to 5 years in length; depending on individual institution and training programs. Students participating in these Chinese medicine courses will discover how to use advanced methods in acupuncture, needling techniques, Chinese herbal medicine, and TCM theories. In addition to main topics of study, Chinese medicine courses such as these will also include in-depth education in nutrition, diet, Western medical anatomy and physiology, clinical medicine, botanical medicine, pharmacology and much more. These particular Chinese medicine courses are designed for students who are planning on becoming licensed acupuncturists and practicing doctors of Oriental medicine.

Other Chinese medicine courses, such as training in Chinese medical massage, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupressure are often designed as certificate and/or diploma programs. These Chinese medicine courses include extensive practical training in a variety of bodywork therapies; including Asian bodywork, shiatsu, tuina, herbology, and relative Chinese medicine theories and philosophies. Depending on the course of study you choose to take, some of these Chinese medicine courses may only take months to complete.

Furthermore, Chinese medicine courses are accessible as continuing education units through a number of alternative medicine and other oriental medicine schools.

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Get Rid of Fleas! A Homemade Flea Killer

Commercially available products for pet flea control products are not cheap. If you are spending a fortune on flea killing product for your pet, such as dog collars, pills, flea spray PET, flea shampoo, flea comb, flea bombs, flea sprays, etc. You are probably not aware that there is a home remedy that you can use conveniently to get rid of those fleas without having to spend hundreds of dollars on them.

The remedy is vinegar, yes that is right, fleas do not like the smell of vinegar. Vinegar is very environmentally friendly and in some cases works even better than the usual chemical-based medicines flea companies.

Steps you can take to get rid of fleas – Bathe your pets with vinegar.

You can create your own vinegar shampoo for your dog. There is a simple recipe that you can follow to make your own flea shampoo. The ingredients you need are half a cup of white vinegar, half a cup of Dawn dishwashing soap and fill the tank with warm water. You will be surprised to look at a tub full of dead fleas after the giving a bath to your pet. Then, after the bath, you can use a comb (which should be cleaned using diluted vinegar). And this should help you get rid of all the fleas off your beloved pet.

Keep the curtains and furniture flea-free!

Make a syringe of vinegar and inject it on furniture, sofa covers, towels, rugs, drapes, cars, etc. To get rid of the sour smell of vinegar, you can burn essential oils or use room fresheners. Make sure to dilute the syringe solution before using.

Carpet Flea Removal Techniques!

If you find fleas on your pet, chances are you will find around the house, especially on your carpet. A simple way to get rid of them is to prepare a bowl of water-vinegar mixture. Let it be there for over a night. Then spread the final product on the carpets to get a flea-free carpet.

After getting rid of all the fleas off your pet and from your house; please make sure to follow these necessary steps:

1) Try not to let your pets walk or play in muddy areas.

2) Keep your pets away from stray animals as they almost certainly carry fleas.

3) Give a regular bath to your pet.

4) Inject your furniture, curtains, carpets, etc as often as possible.

5) Repeat the whole treatment if you spot any flea again as it means they still haven’t been eradicated.

Understanding The Winding Up of the Company

Winding up of Company:

Winding up of a company is the process whereby its life is ended and its property administered for the benefit of its creditors and members. An administrator called a liquidator, is appointed and he takes control of the company, collects its debts and finally distributes any surplus among the members in accordance with their rights.

Kind of Companies can be wound up:

Only a limited company can be wound-up. The term “winding-up” (or “wound-up”) bears a similar meaning of “liquidation”. It generally means that all the assets of the company would be realized (sold off and converted to cash) through a legal process in order to repay its debts. Winding-up would bring a company to an end.

A limited company is a company that is registered under the Companies Ordinance. It is a separate legal entity (i.e. it can sue or be sued in legal proceedings). The liabilities of shareholders are limited to the value of the company’s shares held by them (limited by shares). Another situation, which is not common in commercial organizations, is that the liabilities of shareholders are limited to the amount in which the shareholders have agreed to contribute to the company’s assets if the company is being wound-up (limited by guarantee).

An “unlimited company” or a sole trader is not a “company” in a strict sense. It is a business operated in the form of a sole proprietorship. In other words, the business is owned by an individual. A sole proprietor is solely and personally responsible for the liability of the business.

A partnership is a form of business owned by two or more persons (partners). The partners are personally jointly and severally liable (i.e. every partner should be liable) for the liability of the business.

An overview of winding-up procedures:

You can get a general picture on the winding-up procedures (except “voluntary Winding up) from the following steps:

Firstly, issuing a written demand for debt repayment to the target company

Secondly, presenting a winding-up petition to the Court and the company.

Thirdly, Court hearing for the petition.

Fourthly, granting of winding-up order by the Court.

Fifthly, meeting of creditors and other relevant parties.

Sixthly, appointment of liquidator.

Seventhly, realization and distribution of company’s assets to the creditors.

Eighthly, release of duties for liquidator.

Lastly, dissolution of the company.

Modes of Winding up of the company:

A Company may be wound up in any of the following modes:

1. By the Tribunal i.e. compulsory winding

2. Voluntary winding up, which may be

(a) Member’s voluntary winding up;

(b) Creditor’s voluntary winding up;

Winding up by the Tribunal:

o If the company has, by special resolution, resolved that the company may be wound-up by the tribunal;

o If default is made in delivering the statutory report to the registrar or in holding the statutory meeting;

o If the company does not commence its business within a year from its incorporation, or

suspends its business for whole of a year;

o If the number of members are reduced then their required number;

o If the company is unable to pay its debts;

o If the tribunal is of the opinion that it is just and equitable that the company should be

wound up;

o If the company is in default in filing up with the Registrar its balance sheet and profit and

loss account for five consecutive financial years and

o If the company has acted against the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India or

security of any state, friendly relation with foreign States, public order, decency and morality.

Voluntary Winding Up:

In case of voluntary winding up, the entire process is done without Court Supervision. When the winding up is complete, the relevant documents are filed before the Court for obtaining the order of dissolution. A voluntary winding up may be done by the members as it may be done by the creditors. The circumstances in which a company may be wound up voluntarily are: –

1. When the period fixed for the duration of the company in its articles has expired

2. When an event on the happening of which the company is to be dissolved as per its articles happens

3. The company resolves by a special resolution at a general meeting to be voluntarily wound up.

A voluntary winding up commences from the date of the passing of the resolution for voluntary winding up. This is so even when after passing a resolution for voluntary winding up, the Court presents a petition for winding up. The effect of the voluntary winding up is that the company ceases to carry on its business except so for as may be required for the beneficial winding up thereof.

Persons may petition the Court for winding up: –

1. The Company

2. Any creditor of the Company

3. Any contributory or shareholder. Contributory means every person liable to contribute to the assets of a company in the event of its being wound up and includes holders of its fully paid shares. While every member of a company becomes a contributory, not every contributory is a member. Besides members, any person who ceased to be a member 1 year prior to the commencement of winding up is also a contributory.

4. The Registrar may petition for winding up in the following circumstances: –

(i) If default is made in delivering statutory report or holding the statutory report.

(ii) If the company does not commence its business within one year from its incorporation or suspends its business for a whole year.

(iii) If it appears to him either from the financial position of the company as disclosed in the balance sheet of the company or from the report of a special auditor or an inspector that the company is unable to pay its debts.

(iv) Where the Registrar is authorized by the Central Government to petition for winding up the company.

(v) Where the number of members of the company fall below the statutory minimum.

(vi) Where it is just and equitable that the company be wound up.

5. Any person authorized by the Central Government. Under section 243, if any report of an inspector appointed to investigate the affairs of the company discloses: –

(i) That the business of the company is being conducted to defraud its creditors or members or for a fraudulent or unlawful purpose

(ii) That the persons concerned in the formation or management have been guilty of fraud, misfeasance, and it appears to the Central Government from such report so to do, then the Central Government may authorize any person including the Registrar to petition for winding up the company on the ground that it is just and equitable to do so.

6. The Official Liquidator attached to a Court where a company is already being voluntarily wound up and such voluntary winding up cannot be continued with due regard to the interests of the creditors or contributors or both.

Liquidator can be released from the relevant duties in a winding-up proceedings:

The liquidator can apply to the Court for the release of the duties once the followings have

been accomplished:

– all the assets of the company have been realized (i.e. all assets have been sold and converted

to cash);

– investigations related to the winding-up proceedings are completed; and

– a final dividend (if any) has been paid to the creditors to settle the debts

The liquidator will send notices, together with a summary of the relevant receipts and payments in the liquidation, to the creditors and contributories of the company of the intention to apply to the Court for release from the duties as liquidator. At this point, any creditor or contributory has 21 days from the date of the notice to raise objection to the intended release of the liquidator.

After obtaining the order for release from the court, the liquidator will file a “Certificate of Release of Liquidator” with the Registrar of Companies. The company shall be dissolved two years after the filing of the “Certificate of Release of Liquidator”.

Conclusion:

After analyzing, it is found that the right to apply for winding up is the creature of statute and not of contract. But it should be noted that the winding up proceeding are greatly affected by the facts and circumstances of a particular case. The machinery of winding-up cannot be used as a pressure tactics. It is the stage, where by the company takes its last breath.

Fighting Leukemia With a Capsule

NTense is a food supplement which combines different powerful medicinal plants. The product became popular worldwide which led to the creation of a newer, more enhanced, version called N Tense-2. N Tense-2 is said to be an alternative cure for different types of cancer, including leukemia.

Components of NTense-2 proven to cure leukemia include Bitter melon, Espinheira Santa, Mullaca, Vassourinha and Cat’s Claws.

Bitter melon is a fruit-bearing vine. As its name suggests, bitter melon fruits are extremely bitter and are warty in appearance. Natives used the plant to cure measles and diabetes. Furthermore, it can be used to treat leprosy, eczema, sores and larger wounds. Taking in bitter melon also aids in eliminating parasites inside the body. Studies showed that all parts of the plant posses hypoglycemic properties which function to lower blood sugar beneficial for diabetics. Fruit extracts of bitter melon also aids in stabilizing insulin secretion and combined with the seeds, the fruit can eliminate excess fats in the body. Bitter melon has been considered clinically as a cure to diabetes mellitus only until further studies have revealed its possibility to cure leukemia, melanoma and liver cancer.

Espinheira Santa is a small tree that grows to five meters. It has green leaves and bears berries. Espinheira Santa fruits are oblong-shaped and contain one or two black seeds. The plant is often used to ease arthritis pain and extract of its leaves is taken in to cure stomach disorders such as ulcer and gastritis. Aside from leukemia, it can also inhibit tumor growths for adenocarcinoma, lymphoma and melanoma.

On the other hand, Mullaca is a shrub commonly used for treating hepatitis B and bacterial infections. It also aids in strengthening the immune system. Extraction of the whole plant can be used to cure leukemia. Components of the plant kills the cancer cells directly while at the same time enhancing the function of the immune system; thus, keeping the body active and healthy.

One of the most effective anti-cancerous plant ingredients of NTense-2 is Vassourinha. Vassourinha is an herb that grows only to half a meter high. It is commonly found in tropical countries and produces tiny, white flowers. Sadly, many people consider it as a weed.

Chemical tests conducted on vassourinha revealed that the plant contains many phytochemicals, some of which are only found in the plant. Vassourinha phytochemicals include scopadulcic acid and betulini acid exhibit antricancerous properties.

Scopadulcic acid can eliminate different kinds of cancer tumors while betulinic has shown anti-cancerous and antiviral potentials. The cytotoxic property of betulinic acid has been observed in melanomas and leukemia. Its curative effect on HIV is also currently being studied.

The cat’s claw herb is a common ingredient in traditional medicine. It is often used to treat inflammations and is said to be effective in correcting bone irregularities such as osteoporosis. In the field of women’s health, cat’s claws have been studied as possible treatment for breast cancer. Researches also showed that cat’s claw inhibited the mutation of some leukemia cells and killed the other damaged cells upon onset of application.

NTense-2 as a treatment for leukemia and other types of cancer is still under further study. However, seeing these plants and their curative properties, one cannot really question the high demand for NTense and the increasing market for NTense-2.

How To Take Care In The Sun

No matter what your skin colour you must protect yourself in the sun. Even on a cloudy day the sun can still be strong without us realising. It is important to have some sun because our skin uses it to produce Vitamin D which gives us healthy bones.

A suntan is a sign that your skin is protecting itself. This means the skin has become damaged. Your tan is your skin producing more pigment from UV radiation and although a tan will fade, damage to the skin is irreversible.

Sunburn is caused from short term over exposure to the sun. Skin becomes very red and painful. After a few days the skin may peel or even blister, usually caused by severe sunburn.

When in the sun, you must keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. If your body becomes overheated – otherwise known as heat stroke, this can lead to vomiting, headache and fainting.

Skin can suffer long term damage such as sagging and wrinkles from UVA rays penetrating deeply into the skin. UV rays can also cause eye damage or cataracts.

Skin cancer is on the increase but can be prevented if extra care is taken to protect the skin in the sun. Some people may be prone to skin cancer more than others. These are usually people with lots of moles, have pale skin and fair or red hair, and have skin that burns easily. People who’s skin has been badly burnt in the past are also a higher risk.

To prevent skin damage, stay out of the sun between the hours of 11.00am and 15.00pm. Try and cover up with long sleeves and trousers and wear a wide brimmed hat to protect the face and head. Always wear sunglasses with a UV protection of 100%, to protect your eyes and eyelids.

Apply a sunscreen that is ‘broad spectrum’ to protect skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Wear sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above. Make sure you reapply sunscreen every two hours, and more regularly if swimming.

The suns infrared radiation is the warmth we feel, however we cannot feel UV rays. This means particular care is needed in winter sun when we do not feel over exposed. We can often be deceived into thinking we cannot get sunburn. A good example of this is when skiing. The suns rays reflect off the snow and are very harmful.

Fake tanning products are the best way to create a healthy sun-kissed glow without exposing skin to the sun or sunbeds.

When applied, the lotion creates a brown pigment on the skin. The lotion needs to be applied regularly as dead skin cells fall off and cause the tan to fade.

So be safe and fake it!

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast  cancer  is the second most common  cancer  women face second only to lung  cancer , however it is the most feared  cancer  or disease for most women. It occurs in about 12% of women who will live to the age of 90. Several well established factors increase the risk of breast  cancer  and they include family history, nulliparity (not having had children), early menarche (starting menstrual cycles early), advanced age and a personal history of breast  cancer . Other risks include exposure to environmental toxins such as tobacco smoke that increase the chance for  cancer  growth. October is Breast  Cancer  Awareness Month. The American  Cancer  Society has many activities this month to bring this to the public attention.

Early education on self-breast exam and early screening is extremely important in achieving good outcomes. Self-exam and physician examination will detect  cancer  at a rate between 70 – 80%. Adding screening mammography (mammograms) will increase detection to 96 – 98%. It has been shown that early detection through clinical exam and mammography can reduce breast carcinoma mortality by 20 to 30%. Today’s gold standard for screening (mammograms) will still miss between 10 and 15% of neoplasm.

Therefore, if a clinically noted mass is followed by a negative mammogram the work up should then include a breast ultrasound and/or a fine needle aspiration cytology and close interval examinations. The modality of Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) is a method of examining the breasts that is far more sensitive in picking up smaller tumor than Mammogram. MRI is widely used in Europe but has not taken on in the US yet. It is more expensive as a screening tool in the USA, but since it is so widely used in Europe it is actually less expensive there. Even with open biopsies of suspicious masses the diagnosis of a malignancy is one in about five biopsies performed. This may seem costly but the morbidity and mortality of missing a malignancy is even more so.

Screening should start with a baseline mammogram at age 35, or younger if there is a strong family history. Annual examinations should be performed once a woman reached 40 years of age, and self examination should be encouraged monthly starting at the age of twenty. Disease prevention & early screenings is the mainstay of a preventive medical practice despite the somewhat conservative recommendations made by medical specialty societies and the managed care industry. Oftentimes the risk-benefit ratio for  cancer  screening has the dollar as it’s bottom line, but if you are the unfortunate patient to have a  cancer  that was not detected early, then all the statistics in the world will not matter to you. My philosophy is to pay a little more in time and money upfront to assure a disease free state.

An important thing for women to remember is a positive family history alone increased lifetime risk of  cancer  to about 25%, that is double the incidence of no such history. Recently the interest has focused on  cancers  associated with germ line (inherited) genetic mutations. While approximately 5 – 10% of all breast  cancer  sufferers have a mutation in BRCA1 gene (located on chromosome 17) and BRCA2 gene (located on chromosome 13), this type of screening should only be done when a first degree relative with know  cancer  and a positive mutation is detected or whether a women falls into a certain ethnic group. Women who have inherited a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation have a relatively high lifetime risk of breast  cancer  (about 50-85%). Risk for  cancer  in the opposite breast of a woman with a BRCA1 mutation is about 25%. In such cases genetic screening may be advocated. Once a tumor is detected important prognostic determiners as stage of the disease, histology and nuclear grade, estrogen and progesterone receptor status and HER2/neu gene amplification tests are advisable.

For more information on Breast  Cancer  the following websites are helpful: [http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/cancernet/] and www3. cancer .org/cancerinfo. Also a call to the American  Cancer  Society at (800) ACS-2345 can be of help. To conclude, it is extremely important for women to maintain annual physical exams and aggressive  cancer  screening regiments. There are means to help prevent  cancer  in those women who seem predisposed. Screening is one thing, but taking measures to help prevent  cancer  growth is yet another. There are things women do on a daily basis that can increase their chances for breast  cancer  (and other  cancers ) that they are not aware. The programs advocated at my center are based on lifestyle modification, prevention, early detection, natural hormone replacement and nutritional medicine. Women should take a proactive approach to the breast  cancer  issue, for it may save their lives. This topic is one that is close to my heart, as my ex-wife is a breast  cancer  survivor.

Breast  Cancer  Screening and Prevention

By JP Saleeby, MD