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Written by Jane Donald on April 2nd, 2014. Posted in General

 

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World Cancer Day 2014

What if the entire world joined forces to fight cancer? Tuesday, February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.

One of the most visible events marking the occasion in the United States will be in New York, where the Empire State Building will be lit blue and orange on February 4th for the fourth year in a row. The colors are those of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which organizes World Cancer Day.

This year the UICC will focus on dispelling damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer. The organization aims to improve knowledge about cancer and dismiss these 4 myths:

The latest cancer statistics from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer predict that if current trends continue, the global burden of new cancer cases will surge from 14.1 million in 2012 to 19.3 million by 2025.

Participate in an event

Show your support for World Cancer Day by turning your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures purple, and Chevrolet will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society, up to $1 million.

Around the world, communities will hold festivals, walks, seminars, public information campaigns and other events to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through screening and early detection, throughhealthy eating and physical activity, by quitting smoking, and by urging public officials to make cancer issues a priority.

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Top Cancer Fighting Foods

Written by Jane Donald on January 9th, 2014. Posted in General, magazine article

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What is a Cancer Fighting Food?

Recent anti-cancer research has identified specific foods and food elements that can offer protection against cancer. Here’s a list of cancer fighting foods.

Kale

Kale is a vegetable with green or purple leaves that is extremely nutrient-dense and carries glucosinolates that provide cancer preventive benefits. Research has shown that kale can help prevent against cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate.

Cabbage

Cabbage is another leafy vegetable. It’s also packed full of cancer fighting phytochemicals called glucosinolates. Glucosinolates help the body get rid of carcinogens, which are known to cause cancer.

Collard greens

Collard greens are part of the cabbage and broccoli family and are known for their thick, slightly bitter leaves. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have recently discovered that collard greens contain nutrients that help fight viruses, bacteria and cancer.

Broccoli

Broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable, is known to be packed full of nutrients such as folate, potassium, dietary fiber and magnesium. Similar to cabbage, research has also discovered the presence of cancer-fighting phytochemicals called glucosinolates.

Onions

The onion, a round vegetable with an edible bulb, is known for its pungent taste and smell. However, research has found that onions contain chemicals that have potential anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties.

Garlic

Garlic, a vegetable related to the onion, is a bulb shaped plant that is used for flavoring in cooking. Preliminary research has shown that garlic may reduce the risk of developing cancer, especially cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

Blueberries

Blueberries are a fruit that are high in dietary fiber and vitamin C. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and urolithins that can help fight against cancer.

Spinach

Spinach leaves are known to contain large amounts of vitamin C, vitamins and minerals. However, a new research study has discovered that spinach can help protect against aggressive prostate cancer.

Beans

Beans are full of folate and dietary fiber, which can have numerous health benefits including lowering cancer risk and helping with weight control.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed is a fiber crop that is grown in cooler parts of the world. Along with being high in dietary fiber, researchers have also identified alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat. Dietary fiber is known to help reduce the risk of cancer while the presence of ALA increases anti-inflammatory properties.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are red because of a phytochemical called lycopene. There is research that suggests foods containing lycopene could protect against forms of cancer, including prostate cancer.

Walnuts

Walnuts are packed full of nutrients including high amounts of polyphenols, which can have antioxidant properties. Walnuts also contain alpha-linolenic acid and ellagic acid which research has shown, can help with the prevention of cancer.

Green Tea

Green tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world but you may be surprised to find out that it is packed full of polyphenol compounds. These polyphenol compounds are antioxidants and may help with cancer prevention.

Ginger

Ginger is a plant native to Asia that has been used as an herbal remedy for upset stomach, motion sickness, loss of appetite and as a spice for cooking. Research suggests that ginger may also be an aid in cancer prevention.

Squash

Winter squash are vegetables that contain certain carotenoids, dietary fiber and vitamin C. Research has shown that the presence of these chemicals in food can help with preventing cancer.

Cherries

Cherries contain multiple phytochemicals and nutrients including dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer, and consuming high amounts of dietary fiber may help people control their weight.

Coffee

One of the world’s most consumed beverages, coffee, also contains many different phytochemicals which can have antioxidant properties. According to many studies, coffee is known to help with the prevention of certain types of cancer.

Find Your Happy Place

Written by Jane Donald on January 2nd, 2014. Posted in General

 

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Here are some simple ideas, grouped by category, to try to find your happy place that are super easy to do.

FUN

• Add a fun thing to your calendar, such as trying a new recipe.

• Better, add a fun thing to your calendar that involves other people. For instance, I have a friend who loves visiting perfume shops as much as I do, and every once in a while we plan a perfume-shop outing.

• Best, add a fun thing to your calendar that involves other people and has you doing something outdoors. Studies show that just being outside in the sunshine helps boost your sense of focus and good cheer.

CHALLENGE

• Think of a subject that you wish you knew more about (be honest — something that really interests you) and spend 15 minutes on the Internet reading about it.

• Take a step toward acquiring a new skill you’d like to have — research Italian classes in your neighborhood, investigate a Photoshop class you can take online.

• If you can’t think of one single subject that interests you, visit two bookstores (one huge chain, one independent store) and browse until some book catches your attention. Then buy and read the book.

DOING GOOD, FEELING GOOD

• Sign up to be an organ donor (and don’t forget to tell your family that you’ve chosen to do so).

• Write a check — even a small one — for a good cause.

• Sign up to volunteer for or participate in an organization that furthers a cause you value.

ENERGY

• Walk around the block.

• Do 10 jumping jacks.

• Go to the gym or out for a run.

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• Clear out the space around your computer.

• Clean out a closet.

• Walk through your house with a garbage bag and clear clutter until the bag is full of trash. Then walk around again and fill a new bag with things to be given away. Repeat.

BANISHING GUILT

• Reach out to a family member you’ve been neglecting.

• Make something right: Apologize, confess, repair, replace — or return something you borrowed.

BEING A GOOD CITIZEN

• Throw away someone else’s litter.

• Be helpful to an elderly person or a person with small kids.

• Be friendly to a store clerk who seems grouchy.

To feel happier quickly, it helps to remember that you have to “burn energy to create energy.” When I’m at my most sluggish, apathetic, and gloomy, I can often kick myself into gear by burning some energy: running up the stairs, singing out loud, doing a whirlwind tidy-up of our apartment, or crossing some nagging task off my list. Counterintuitively, perhaps, these exertions don’t drain me even more. Instead, they furnish a much-needed surge of energy.

By pushing yourself to burn a little energy by tackling a task, you’ll give yourself a shot of energy and cheer. If you can’t face a big task, just do something small. Even a little step in the right direction will give you a lift.

I love this quote by Dag Hammarskjold, from his book Markings: “Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward — your destiny — are here and now.”

What Not to Say to a Cancer Patient

Written by Jane Donald on December 29th, 2013. Posted in General

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When dealing with a cancer patient, these words can feel dismissive, insensitive, or even hurtful:

• “You’ll be fine, I’m sure”

• “My sister had symptoms just like that, but she was lucky it wasn’t cancer”

• “Everything happens for a reason”

• “When was your last mammogram (Pap smear, colonoscopy…)?”

• “Are you sure your doctor knows what she’s doing?”

• “Don’t get depressed. You have to stay positive to heal”

• “I found this treatment on the Internet that you should try”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Jane Donald on October 13th, 2013. Posted in General

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Prevent Cancer

Written by Jane Donald on April 6th, 2013. Posted in General

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Aloe Vera

Written by Jane Donald on April 4th, 2013. Posted in General

Aloe Vera May Prevent, Stop Progression of Skin Cancer

The benefits of aloe vera for your skin are undeniable. If you’ve ever cut open a leaf for use on a cut, scrape, or sunburn, you’ve experienced it first hand. But aloe vera may possess even greater healing power than many realize, potentially preventing and halting skin cancer in its tracks.
In addition to reducing wrinkles, researchers from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine recently confirmed that the constituents in aloe vera stops proliferation of cells that accompanies skin cancer. With skin cancer, cells proliferate (or multiple rapidly) as skin tumors develop. To stop this cell growth, you can stop the tumors from developing.
The researchers found that Aloe-emodin stopped cell proliferation. In conjunction with this finding, the researchers discovered that although the isolated aloe compounds were protective, the whole herb extracts were even better.
What this means is that identifying the beneficial compound in the plant is great, but when you remove it from the plant to isolate it and use the isolated compound in a treatment, it is far less effective than when used as part of the plant.
Additionally, aloe vera contains many other compounds adding to it’s antioxidant properties and healing abilities. Case Adams, Naturopath from GreenMedInfo reports:

The gel of the Aloe leaf and its other plant parts contain many constituents outside of those tested in these studies, including quercetin, luteolin, apigenin, kaempferol, isoorientin, isovitexin, saponarin, lutonarin, chlorogenic acid, pectic acid, caffeic acid, 5-P-coumaroylquinic acid, caffeoylshikimic acid, feruloylquinic acid, coumaric acid, ferulic acid, as well as glycosylchromone aloeresin B, and aloin, which is a precursor to Aloe-emodin.

Other studies have also demonstrated aloe’s ability to stop the progression of skin cancer when applied directly to the skin. It is suspected that aloe very stimulates the production of melanin and other protective substances. So, using fresh aloe vera gel for sunburn relief may pull double-duty, soothing the burn and protecting the skin from cancer. And of course everyone knows that burn relief is among many other health benefits of aloe vera.
One of the best things about aloe vera is you can grow it yourself in your home or your yard (if you are in a warmer climate). It’s a great first aid treatment and is excellent for a variety of skin conditions.

Graviola

Written by Jane Donald on April 3rd, 2013. Posted in General

Graviola – A Miracle Herb For Cancer Cure

Anti-cancerous effects of graviola have been demonstrated in various vitro studies, and because of its traditional usage it is touted as cancer fighting herbal supplement. Graviola’s leaves, bark, seeds and fruit possess various health promoting properties that can be helpful for variety of health concerns. Graviola contains many active compounds and chemicals which have numerous healing properties; one of them is natural phytochemicals known as annonaceous acetogenins which is the main focus of researchers. Some researches have confirmed that annonaceous acetogenins has potent anti-tumor properties and exhibit selective toxic property against tumor cells. Other clinical studies also demonstrated the powerful anticancerous, antitumorous, and antiviral properties of annonaceous acetogenins.
Recent studies have found that natural compounds of graviola, acetogenins have superb property to inhibit the enzyme processes that are specifically present in membrane of cancerous cells. Through this mechanism of action they are toxic for cancerous cells and don’t create toxicity in healthy cells. Purdue University published a promising news in 1997, that  Annonaceous acetogenins are not only effective in destroying tumor cells but also have ability to show resistance to anti-cancer agents and appear to have a unique affinity for such resistant cells.
National Cancer Institute has been also explored the toxic effects of graviola against cancerous cells in its plant screening program in 1976. In this plant screening program, it is illustrated that graviola stem and leaves demonstrated active toxic effects against cancer cells.  In various vitro clinical trials, it has been studied  that specific phytochemical acetogenins that are found in graviola herb, have been shown their selective toxic effects against various cancerous cells like lung carcinoma cell lines, prostate adenocarcinoma, breast tumor lines, liver cancer cell lines, pancreatic carcinoma cell lines, colon adenocarcinoma cell lines and multi-drug resistant breast adenocarcinoma. Other clinical findings conducted by scientists of Taiwan suggested that at very low dosages, annonaceous acetogenins of graviola exhibited highly toxic effects particularly to ovarian, breast, cervical, bladder and skin cancer cell lines.
Along with the antitumourous effects of graviola, it is also discovered that the compound annonaceous acetogenins which are found in graviola herb, also exhibit antiparasitic, insecticidal, and antimicrobial activities. The graviola (Annona muricata) leaves possess antioxidant potential and play a role as an effective radical scavenger and augments its therapeutic effects. Another clinical study on graviola also suggests that alkaloids present in graviola fruit showed antidepressants effects in animals.
Graviola cancer cure is still under investigation, but it is clearly inspiring that it is used world widely for its potential to cure serious ailments. Graviola extracts, Graviola powder other and Graviola supplements are easily available to promote optimal health and can be taken as general health tonic. But still further detailed researchers are needed to be conducted on graviola to prove that graviola is an ultimate cancer cure.

The Breast Cancer Site

Written by Jane Donald on March 26th, 2013. Posted in General

Just like bras, support comes in all sizes. Put on your pink bra to show your support in the fight against breast cancer! Click here to watch: www.bit.ly/PutOnYourPinkBra
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Be Happy

Written by Jane Donald on March 5th, 2013. Posted in General, inspirational

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And nothing but happiness come through your door!