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Lowered Risk of Cancer with Vitamin D and Calcium

June 15, 2009

Conclusions from a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 1180 postmenopausal women indicate that supplementation with vitamin D and calcium greatly reduced the risk of cancer. The risk was substantially lowered in women in the vitamin D and calcium group compared to those in calcium alone or placebo groups.

By Cathleen V. Carr

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FDA Warns Consumers Not to Purchase Herbal Version of “Ecstasy”

August 16, 2008

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Purchase Herbal Version of “Ecstasy”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that consumers should not consume a liquid dietary supplement called Green Hornet. This product has been marketed on the Internet and sold in stores as a herbal version of the illegal street drug “Ecstasy”. Four teenagers were rushed to hospital emergency rooms suffering from seizures, excessive heart rates, severe body rashes and high blood pressure after consuming the product. The product involved in the case of the teenagers were distributed by Kekio, Inc. of Colorado Springs, doing business as a store called Mind Excursions, however, the manufacturer remains unknown. Two active ingredients contained in the product are over-the-counter antitussive (dextromethorphan) and antihistamine (diphenhydramine) agents.

by Cathleen V. Carr

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Pharmacological & Biologic Treatments: Alternative Medicine

August 7, 2008

Drugs and vitamins not yet accepted by mainstream medicine include: anti-oxidizing agents; cell treatment; chelation therapy; metabolic therapy; oxidizing agents (ozone, hydrogne peroxide). The interesting thing is that when you take them, more often than not, it does seem that you feel better.

About Allied Health

June 19, 2008

What is Allied Health?

The two words “Allied Health” stand for the largest group of health care providers in the United States. Collectively, allied health professionals are over 3 million people strong and comprise more than 60 percent of the entire health care workforce. For our state of Texas, there are over 270,000 allied health professionals. In Texas for 2000-01, there were 12,841 allied health students enrolled and 6,913 graduates from 363 different programs representing 42 different professions.

American Eastern Institute
reports that Allied health professionals are those individuals involved in the identification, evaluation, treatment and prevention of diseases, injuries and conditions, while educating the public on prevention, wellness and self-management for healthy lifestyles. According to the American Medical Association, there are 52 verifiable disciplines in allied health.

Lymphedema

June 18, 2008

Lymphedema is a condition where excess fluid collects in tissues and causes swelling. This can happen after any cancer therapy that disrupts the lymphatic system and may occur soon after surgery or radiation, or at a later date.

Lymphedema is a type of abnormal swelling of an arm or leg. Swelling ranges from mild, hardly noticeable changes in the size of your limb to extreme swelling that can make it impossible to use the affected arm or leg.

Lymphedema symptoms include:

* Swelling of part of your arm or your entire arm or leg, including your fingers or toes
* A feeling of heaviness or tightness in your arm or leg
* Restricted range of motion in your arm or leg
* Aching or discomfort in your arm or leg
* Recurring infections in your affected limb
* Hardening and thickening of the skin on your arm or leg

Your body’s lymphatic system is part of your immune system, which protects you against infection and disease. It includes your spleen, thymus, bone marrow, lymph nodes and lymph channels, as well as your tonsils and adenoids.

Lymphedema refers to swelling that occurs most often in your arms or legs. It may affect just one arm or leg, but sometimes lymphedema can involve both arms or both legs. The swelling occurs when a blockage in your lymphatic system prevents the lymph fluid in your arm or leg from draining adequately. As the fluid accumulates, the swelling continues.

No cure for lymphedema exists, but lymphedema can be controlled. Controlling lymphedema involves diligent care of your affected limb.

Lymphedema occurs when your lymph vessels are unable to adequately drain lymph fluid from your arm or leg. Lymphedema can be either primary or secondary. This means it can occur on its own (primary lymphedema) or it can be caused by another disease or condition (secondary lymphedema).

Causes of primary lymphedema
Primary lymphedema is a rare, inherited condition caused by problems with the development of lymph vessels in your body. Primary lymphedema occurs most frequently in women and usually affects the legs, rather than the arms. Specific causes of primary lymphedema include:

* Milroy disease (congenital lymphedema). This is an inherited disorder that begins in infancy and causes a malformation of your lymph nodes, leading to lymphedema.
* Meige disease (lymphedema praecox). This hereditary disorder causes lymphedema in childhood or around puberty. It causes your lymph vessels to form without the valves that keep lymph fluid from flowing backwards, making it difficult for your body to properly drain the lymph fluid from your limbs.
* Late-onset lymphedema (lymphedema tarda). This occurs rarely and usually begins after age 35.

Causes of secondary lymphedema
Any condition or procedure that damages your lymph nodes or lymph vessels can cause lymphedema. Causes include:

* Surgery can cause lymphedema to develop if your lymph nodes and lymph vessels are removed or severed. For instance, surgery for breast cancer may include the removal of one or more lymph nodes in your armpit to look for evidence that cancer has spread. If your remaining lymph nodes and lymph vessels can’t compensate for those that have been removed, lymphedema may result in your arm.
* Radiation treatment for cancer can cause scarring and inflammation of your lymph nodes or lymph vessels, restricting flow of the lymph.
* Cancer cells can cause lymphedema if they block lymphatic vessels. For instance, a tumor growing near a lymph node or lymph vessel could become large enough to obstruct the flow of the lymph fluid.
* Infection can infiltrate your lymph vessels and lymph nodes, restricting the flow of lymph fluid and causing lymphedema. Parasites also can block lymph vessels. Infection-related lymphedema is most common in tropical and subtropical regions of the globe and is more likely to occur in undeveloped countries.
* Injury that damages your lymph nodes or lymph vessels also can cause lymphedema.

Alternative Treatments for Lymphedema can include, message to enhance the flow of lymph and drain it away from the distressed areas, reflexology to stimulate the natural reflex of the lymph glands, acupuncture or acupressure to promote circulation and  auriculotherapy to promote pain relief.

Do your part to open up health care to alternative and natural remedies and treatments.  They are less costly, less painful and less harmful then many allopathic practices. Get your degree in natural or alternative health care from American Eastern Institute.

When to seek medical advice

Date updated: December 01, 2007
Content provided by MayoClinic.com

Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any persistent swelling in your arms, legs or lymph nodes.

All About Cholesterol

June 18, 2008

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that comes from two main sources: your liver and the foods you eat. Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to be healthy.

Too much cholesterol can clog your arteries, lower blood flow to other tissues in the body and boost your risk of heart attack or stroke. It’s also possible to have too little good cholesterol, which can predispose you to heart disease.

How to control your cholesterol

5. Low-cholesterol recipes

5. Low-cholesterol recipes

Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too — but you won’t need the butter or refined white flour listed in the original recipe. (And no, we’re not going to make you bake a celery-and-broccoli cake.) The new rule: “Heart-healthy” doesn’t mean “tasteless and unappealing.”
Make a healthy dish today.

Food,Nutrition and Cancer

June 17, 2008

When it comes to cancer, there are no guarantees. However, improving your diet may reduce your risk of cancer, help you to heal more efficiently and hasten your recovery from cancer treatments.

What you need to know

  • Focus on fiber: Eat foods rich in fiber, especially those made with whole grains, to help reduce the risk of several cancers
  • Find healthy fats: Meals containing olive oil or fish help protect against cancer, and avoiding fat from meat, dairy, and processed foods may decrease cancer risk
  • Go vegetarian: Lower cancer risk by eating plenty of fruits, whole grains, legumes, and vegetables (especially tomatoes and cruciferous vegetables like cabbage), which helps to optimize body weight, immune function, hormone regulation, and to avoid meat-related carcinogens
  • Avoid alcohol: Use alcoholic beverages in moderation or not at all to reduce the risk of many cancers
  • Get regular checkups: Many cancers can be prevented or discovered in the early stages with screening tests available through your healthcare provider

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full cancer prevention and diet article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.