Monday, 18 December 2017

Why Mammograms Cause More Harm Than Good

Are Mammograms Harmful?

Here we were thinking mammograms are safe, only to find that they are actually harmful.

Mammograms Leads To Invalid Diagnoses, Causes Harm
The global juggernaut of unremitting and unapologetic breast cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment persists. 
In the latest BMJ study on the topic titled, “Effectiveness of and overdiagnosis from mammography screening in the Netherlands: population based study,” researchers analyzed stage specific incidence of breast cancer in the Netherlands in women who had been enrolled to receive mammography screening every other year since since 1989 (ages 50-69) and 1997 (ages 70-75). The study evaluated breast cancer mortality and the rate of breast cancer overdiagnosis.
The main outcome measures for stage specific age adjusted incidence of breast cancer from 1989 to 2012 were described a follows:
“The extra numbers of in situ and stage 1 breast tumours associated with screening were estimated by comparing rates in women aged 50-74 with those in age groups not invited to screening. Overdiagnosis was estimated after subtraction of the lead time cancers. Breast cancer mortality reductions and overdiagnosis during 2010-12 were computed without (scenario 1) and with (scenario 2) a cohort effect on mortality secular trends.”
The authors summarize their findings: 
“The Dutch mammography screening programme seems to have little impact on the burden of advanced breast cancers, which suggests a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality. About half of screen detected breast cancers would represent overdiagnosis.”
As discussed more specifically in the study,
“Overdiagnosis has increased over time with the extension of screening to women aged 70-75, and with the replacement of film based mammography by digital mammography. In 2009-11, 51% of in situ tumours and stage 1 cancers found in women aged 50-74 and 52% of screen detected cancers would represent overdiagnosis.” 
The study makes clear that the primary goal of cancer screening, namely, to decrease cancer mortality, is not being reached. Instead, as high as 1 in every 2 persons diagnosed with cancer are overdiagnosed -- a euphemistic term to describe being falsely labeled with a potentially life-threatening disease. In situ 'cancer,' for instance, is profoundly misunderstood within the conventional medical establishment. Despite a 2012 study commissioned by the National Cancer Institute and published in NEJM which found that ductal carcinoma in situ was misunderstood as cancer over the past three decades, and should in fact be reclassified as benign or indolent lesion of epithelial origin, both medical professionals, the media, and the lay public still depend on outdated and outright false information, the consequences of which can be devastating to the health of the public. For instance, it has been estimated that 1.3 million women have been wrongly diagnosed and treated for 'breast cancer' over the past 30 years. 
Overdiagnosis, and subsequent overtreatment, for breast cancer also has profound adverse psychospiritual and physical effects. As I have reported previously in, “'Hidden Dangers' of Mammograms Every Woman Should Know About,” women who have been falsely diagnosed with breast cancer, even three years after being declared free of cancer, "consistently reported greater negative psychosocial consequences compared with women who had normal findings in all 12 psychosocial outcomes."
Moreover, not only do these women often undergo lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, and follow up drug therapy with highly toxic agents like Tamoxifen and Arimidex -- the former of which is classified as a carcinogen by the WHO and ACS -- but their mistaken diagnoses are acknowledged to be ‘overdiagnoses’ and therefore contribute to the illusion that their lives ‘were saved,’ and that mammography and agressive treatment is improving survival outcomes. To the contrary, these woman have survived despite their overdiagnosis and overtreatment (even though, assuredly, both the quality and duration of their lives have been significantly reduced).
The study concluded with the following highly provocative assessment, which implies that x-ray mammography not only doesn’t save lives but is probably increasing mortality:
“The data on advanced breast cancer in the Netherlands indicate that the Dutch national mammography screening programme would have had little influence on the decreases in breast cancer mortality observed over the past 24 years. This conclusion accords with the mounting evidence that randomised trials have overestimated the ability of mammography screening to reduce the risk of deaths from breast cancer in the entire life period after first exposure to mammography screening.44 45 46 In contrast, the extent of overdiagnosis is continuously increasing with the invitation of older women to screening and the adoption of imaging technologies able to detect increasingly smaller breast tumours, most of which are of unknown clinical importance.” [Bold emphasis added]

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Travelling Safely

Anti-Theft Travel Bag

This Article byRachel Wolfson in the Huffington Post was of interest to me since travelling safely is so important.  Every year we hear stories of women and men having had their personal belongings stolen.  What a clever idea to create a bag to travel safely.

Rachel Wolfson, Contributor
Digital marketing consultant, storyteller and fitness buff. I enjoy writing about blockchain technology, ICOs, cryptocurrency and everything in-between.

Two Sisters Create The Perfect Travel Bags To Help Women Travel Safely

12/15/2017 10:57 am ET
Photo Credit: Carmen Yuen
Arden Cove bags allow women to travel safely abroad and at home.
It’s not everyday that you wake up with an idea to create a product you think will disrupt a billion dollar industry. Karin Yuen, however, did just this. After studying abroad in Paris, Karin was shocked by the number of pickpockets she witnessed. In particular, Karin noticed that these senseless crimes were happening mainly to women travelers. Many of Karin’s friends and classmates were victims to pickpocketing. Karin, however, always used an anti-theft bag to keep her belongings safe. Unfortunately, her bag didn’t last long and developed holes and tears within a few months.
Karin quickly realized that today’s travel bags do not provide enough in terms of style, quality and function. As a result, Karin and her sister created their own line of travel bags, known as Arden Cove. The idea behind Arden Cove is based on Karin’s values of keeping women safe with high-quality, durable and stylish bags.
One year ago, the two sisters launched their bags on Indiegogo and fully funded the campaign in just 6 days. Women from around the world told Karin and her sister how they loved that Arden Cove bags help women travel safer at home and abroad. The campaign finished at 300 percent funded, raising $24,000 and far exceeding the original goal. Arden Cove went on to win Smarter Travel’s Best Overall Product of 2017.
I sat down with Karin to learn more about the inspiration behind Arden Cove and to hear her journey about being a female founder who created a disruptive product entirely on crowdfunding and bootstrapping.
Q: What inspired you to create anti-theft, waterproof travel bags?
When studying abroad in Paris, I was enthralled by the city that captured my imagination since I was a child. But, when faced with reality, I realized that there were many crimes, often with women travelers as the victims. Many of my friends and classmates were targeted by pickpockets throughout France. I even witnessed a number of crimes as they happened
Fortunately, I carried an anti-theft bag, but it was cheaply made and tore by the second month. I had seen women who had large, open top purses were vulnerable, yet the travel bags on the market were not providing enough in terms of style and function.
My sister and I wanted to create our own line of bags that would provide more. These bags would be secure, practical, durable, and fashionable. As a result, we created our own bags and eventually started Arden Cove.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Eating Together as a Family Helps Children Feel Better, Physically and Mentally

Eating Together as a Family Helps Children Feel Better, Physically and Mentally:

This fact has long been known.  The importance of eating meals together as a family cannot be stressed enough.  Sadly, there are so many one parent families now where the breadwinner is often too stressed that eating a meal together can be a rarity.

Newswise — Children who routinely eat their meals together with their family are more likely to experience long-term physical and mental health benefits, a new Canadian study shows.
Université de Montréal doctoral student Marie-Josée Harbec and her supervisor, pyschoeducation professor Linda Pagani, made the finding after following a cohort of Quebec children born between 1997 and 1998.
The study is published today in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
“There is a handful of research suggesting positive links between eating family meals together frequently and child and adolescent health," Pagani said. "In the past, researchers were unclear on whether families that ate together were simply healthier to begin with. And measuring how often families eat together and how children are doing at that very moment may not capture the complexity of the environmental experience."
The study looked at chilldren who had been followed by researchers since they were 5 months old as part of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. At age 6, their parents started reporting on whether or not they had family meals together. At age 10, parents, teachers and the children themselves provided information on the children's lifestyle habits and their psycho-social well-being.
“We decided to look at the long-term influence of sharing meals as an early childhood family environment experience in a sample of children born the same year," Pagani said, "and we followed-up regularly as they grew up. Using a birth cohort, this study examines the prospective associations between the environmental quality of the family meal experience at age 6 and child well-being at age 10."
When the family meal environment quality was better at age 6, higher levels of general fitness and lower levels of soft-drink consumption were observed at age 10. These children also seemed to have more social skills, as they were less likely to self-report being physical aggressive, oppositional or delinquent at age 10.
"Because we had a lot of information about the children before age 6 – such as their temperament and cognitive abilities, their mother’s education and psychological characteristics, and prior family configuration and functioning – we were able to eliminate any pre-existing conditions of the children or families that could throw a different light on our results," said Harbec. "It was really ideal as a situation.”
Added Pagani: “The presence of parents during mealtimes likely provides young children with firsthand social interaction, discussions of social issues and day-to-day concerns, and vicarious learning of prosocial interactions in a familiar and emotionally secure setting. Experiencing positive forms of communication may likely help the child engage in better communication skills with people outside of the family unit. Our findings suggest that family meals are not solely markers of home environment quality, but are also easy targets for parent education about improving children’s well-being.”
“From a population-health perspective, our findings suggest that family meals have long-term influences on children’s physical and mental well-being,” said Harbec.
At a time when fewer families in Western countries are having meals together, it would be especially opportune now for psycho-social workers to encourage the practice at home – indeed, even make it a priority, the researchers believe. And family meals could be touted as advantageous in public-information campaigns that aim to optimize child development.
About the study
“Associations between early family meal environment quality and later well-being in school age children,” by Marie-Josée Harbec and Linda Pagani, was published in the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. DOI: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000520. Linda Pagani is a professor at Université de Montréal's School of Psychoeducation as well as a researcher at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre and with the Research Group on Learning Environments of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. The Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development is coordinated by the Institut de la Statistique du Québec (

Friday, 15 December 2017

How to Be Confident

How To Become Confident

I have share articles about confidence many times as it is vital to our lives.  Here is anotherhelpful article by Joanna Martin:

How can I be more confident?

It’s a question I’ve been asked more times than I can count. So let me try and answer it definitively. But first, let’s dispel a few myths.
I personally believe there is a lot of rubbish being talked about confidence.

The Problem with Aiming for “Being More Confident”

I feel that we have the focus in the wrong place. When it comes to confidence the focus seems to be very much about getting us to a destination, a place where we are invincible and fearless, ready to take on any task that we are faced with. Like a Superwoman, she’s unshakeable- you can throw her into a foreign country, with strangers, having jumped out of an aeroplane to deliver a challenging business presentation and a vocal solo and she’ll handle it all with aplomb because she oozes confidence
Come on!
Do you actually know ANYONE who fits this definition of confidence? I only know one or two, and to be perfectly honest I think they may have a bit of a personality disorder… so let’s redefine it!
Having confidence is not about being a confident person ALL THE TIME.

We don’t all need to become some sort of bubbly social butterfly who is always chatting up strangers and singing karaoke. Of course, that’s great if you want it, but our focus at One of many is to develop a confidence that fits with who you truly are.

So if confidence isn’t being a fearless daredevil who’s ready to leap into the unknown without so much as a backwards glance, what is it?

You feel confident in relationship to something

Confidence is how you feel when you’re asked about the everyday tasks you carry out without a thought.

Let me ask you something: “Can you tie your shoelaces?”

Did you answer yes?

Notice that feeling you have about the answer to that question? Unless you never progressed past velcro straps on your trainers, that feeling– that is confidence.

You see, confidence is something that comes in relation to a certain task we want to be doing.
It’s not a permanent state of being. It’s how you feel about your ability to do something.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Worlkplace Loneliness

Workplace Loneliness

Todd Nordstrom examines the workplace loneliness issue which does exist.  Very often we can be surrounded by people but unless we find someone with whom we can connect we can end up very lonely.

Workplace Loneliness Is More Common Than You Think. Here's Why You Shouldn't Ignore It

By the way, you're not alone.

Workplace loneliness affects more than just the individual experiencing it.
CREDIT: Getty Images
Loneliness is no longer just a symptom of social outcasts. In fact, it's something many of us have felt at certain jobs throughout our careers. Do you remember that company where you just felt lonely, like no one really cared if you were there?

"I feel like I don't have the right to complain," said Anna, a woman I met after speaking at a conference. "It's not like my boss is mean. The people I work with are fine. But, even at lunch everyone is obsessed with his or her phones. They're either texting friends, watching Netflix, or scrolling through Instagram. I'm bored all day. And the only thing I can think about is how I want to have a conversation with another human being."

While many of us were raised to respond to situations like these and shrug it off by saying, "Suck it up. Stop whining. Just do your job," there's something other than just emotions we need to consider when it comes to feeling alone at work--research reveals that loneliness kills your job performance.
Research conducted by California State University and the Wharton School of Business that surveyed 672 employees and their 114 supervisors across 143 work team units found that "an employee's work loneliness triggers emotional withdrawal from their organization, as reflected their increased surface acting and reduced affective commitment." And, possibly even more interesting is, "The results also show that co-workers can recognize this loneliness and see it hindering team member effectiveness."
As a leader or even a team member, when we see people who we think might feel lonely our common response is to do the very thing people need the least--just leave them alone. For some reason we assume the loneliness is a personal situation that should be handled outside of the office. But, often, we'd be wrong.

The researchers continued, " should not treat work loneliness as a private problem that needs to be individually resolved by employees who experience this emotion; but rather should consider it as an organizational problem that needs to be addressed both for the employees' sake and that of the organization."

If you're lonely at work, how should you react?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Fat Burning Gluten Free Bread Recipe

Delicious Gluten Free Bread

 This bread will be a welcome addition to the staple diet of anyone with a wheat allergy.

3-ingredient Gluten-Free Bread To Effortlessly Keep You In Fat-Burning Mode All Day Long

by DailyHealthPost

One of the hardest things for celiacs and gluten-intolerant people to give up is bread.
In fact, gluten is a protein molecule found in wheat and other grains that gives bread dough its delicious sticky consistency.

Even in normal individuals, wheat can cause chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases (1).
In fact, wheat is one of the most genetically modified ingredients in the United States, and the grain often contains alarming traces of gyphosphate, a popular carcinogenic herbicide.
It’s been known to cause celiac’s disease, nutritional deficiencies, infertility, digestive distress and other serious health problems.

Unfortunately, most gluten-free bread don’t have the same satisfying texture and taste as wheat-based bread. And some even contain high amounts of sugar to improve their taste.
That’s why you should try this satisfyingly fluffy fat-burning gluten-free bread.

Fat-Burning Gluten-Free Bread

You’ll need:
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup of grass-fed whey protein
  • A small bread-shaped baking pan
  • organic butter or extra-virgin olive oil
  • Preheat your oven at 325°F
  • Use butter or oil to grease your baking pan.
  • Separate 6 eggs and set the yolk aside for later .
  • Beat or whip the egg whites until stiff
  • Add ½ cup of whey protein and the remaining yolk.
  • Mix on low until the mixture forms a whole. Do not overmix.
  • Pour into your container.
  • Bake for 40 minutes on your ovens middle rack
  • Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a few days.
The bread shouldn’t be heated in a toaster oven, so warm it up in the oven or on a slightly buttered skillet, cooking for 30 seconds on each side.

How It Promotes Weight Loss

This bread fits the requirements for a ketogenic diet, which promotes weight loss through ketosis. Ketosis occurs when people eat a very-low- or no-carb diet and molecules called ketones build up in their bloodstream (2).
By avoiding carbs and sugars, your body experiences a drop in blood sugar levels and begins to break down fat and use them as energy.
If done under the supervision of a doctor or nutritionist, this diet can promote weight loss in healthy manner for obese or overweight individuals (2). However, the diet has its risks.
Professor Thomas Seyfried from Boston College explains: “Done incorrectly, you can alter your blood lipid parameters, which is not healthy. But when done the correct way, the blood parameters for the heart look beautiful.” (3).
While eating ketogenic foods may not be a good idea for everyone, you can enjoy this delicious bread a few times a month without any worry.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

For Women with Genetic Risk, Bi-Annual MRI Beats Mammograms

For Women with Genetic Risk, Bi-Annual MRI Beats Mammograms:

 Great news for women concerned about genetic risks of cancer.

 Intensive surveillance including a dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) exam every six months was far more effective in detecting breast cancer in younger women with a high-risk genetic profile than an annual mammogram. DCE-MRI every six months performed well for early detection of invasive breast cancer in high-risk women.