Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017

Dietary Fats — The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Dietary Fats

Finally the low-down on dietary fats, those which are good and those not so good.

Story at-a-glance

  • Omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are unstable and easily damaged during processing and refining, so that in the bottle they contain toxic breakdown products; when these oils are heated they degrade further, generating additional toxins
  • Eating refined, high-PUFA vegetable oils is also harmful because the refining removes most of the antioxidants, so that the nondegraded omega-3 and omega-6 are more prone to breaking down in your body
  • When the PUFAs degrade inside your body, they form dangerous high-energy molecules called free radicals that damage everything they contact, including your enzymes, cell membranes and even DNA

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Losing Weight May Keep Breast Cancer From Returning

Losing Weight May Keep Breast Cancer From Returning

Being diagnosed with Cancer brings such profound changes and soul searching and investgations.  It is therefore vital that the body is in a very healthy state to prevent it coming back once Cancer has been conquered.  Losing Weight if you are obese is one of  those important issues.  Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle contribute to this.

Being overweight puts women at greater risk for breast cancer. It also increases the chance the cancer will come back. New research shows shedding extra pounds can help protect women under 60 from a cancer recurrence.
"I had never had a mammogram. And I found a lump," said San Antonian Gina Capparelli. At age 50, she was stunned by a breast cancer diagnosis that led to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

"It’s hard," she described. "Physical. Mental. Spiritually. Everything. It’s a life-changing experience."

Breast cancer patient Gina Capparelli talks with her medical oncologist Virginia Kakalmani, MD, at the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center.
Credit Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio
Capparelli’s oncologist, Virginia Kaklamani, MD, of UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center, is a big advocate of controlling weight to stave off the return of breast cancer.
"Lifestyle may actually help treat breast cancer as successfully as our chemotherapy does," she stated.
Kaklamani was part of a study published in the journal Cancer that showed women under 60 diagnosed with breast cancer can increase their chance of survival by losing weight.
She says fat contains growth factors and hormones that can fuel cancer cells. "We store estrogen in our fat," the doctor explained. "So the more fat we have, the more estrogen we have and the more estrogen we have, we increase our risk of breast cancer coming back."
Women often gain weight during cancer treatment. They’re sometimes prescribed steroids. Maybe they stop exercising. Some get depressed and turn to food for comfort.

Virginia Kaklamani, MD, said some women gain weight during breast cancer treatment due to the use of steroids, lack of exercise, and depression that leads to eating as a source of comfort.
Credit Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio
However, many physicians believe cancer therapy isn’t the time to stop healthy habits. "I think it’s extremely important. Just because you’re on chemotherapy doesn’t really mean that the rest of your life needs to be on hold,"  Kaklamani said.
Patients like Capparelli says it’s difficult to live life as usual. "It’s scary. It’s a very scary disease," she said. "I live every day in fear that that’s coming back."
But she’s taken her doctor’s advice. "I started walking. Every day I walk. I have to fight the fight," she added.
Kakalmani acknowledges losing weight is not an easy task for most people. "It’s a very hard conversation. What I typically say is, ‘listen if it was easy, we would all be a size two.’
Hard, maybe. But Kaklamani believes breast cancer survivors who potentially have decades left to live will do hard things to decrease the risk of dying from the disease.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Probiotics Help Reduce Symptoms Of Depression

Probiotics Help Reduce Symptoms Of Depression

By Dr. Mercola
When it comes to mental health, most assume the brain is in charge. In reality, your gut may be calling the shots. Interestingly enough, in the 1800s and early 1900s, it was thought that waste in your colon could produce infections that lead to depression. As it turns out, they weren't too far off the mark.

Scientific advances now suggest your state of mind is influenced, if not largely directed, by the microflora in your gut, and probiotics (beneficial bacteria) are being thought of as "the new antidepressants." However, while it may be tempting to trade one pill for another, I urge you to consider taking a more comprehensive approach.

Taking a probiotic supplement may be helpful, but if you're still eating the same junk as before, it's not likely to make a significant difference. The key, really, is to eat a healthy diet. Limiting or eliminating sugar is absolutely essential, as adding healthy fats will provide your brain with much-needed fuel, while fermented foods will give you the beneficial bacteria you need.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Make work a thing you do rather than a place you go

Make Work A Thing You Do Rather Than A Place To Go

“The boss didn’t want to set a precedent” is an excuse I’ve heard over and over again from women who say their request for flexible work was denied.

So I wasn’t surprised to see it come up in new research released today from Career Inside Track, to mark Flexible Work Day 2017.

Around one quarter of the more than 200 people surveyed said they had had their requests for flexible work denied, with 60% saying they had experienced ‘flexism’ — a word the report authors use to describe being discriminated against for working flexibly.

Denying someone the ability to work flexibly often means denying them the opportunity to stay in their current role. It can mean denying them the opportunity to work, to have a career, to spend time with their family, to care for someone, or to pursue a hobby or interest that contributes to their wellbeing.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Vital Information About Blood Clots

Vital Information About Blood Clots

I recently noticed that a man was missing from the Refuse Center where I take my recycling stuff every so often.  I asked one of the guys there whom I know quite well whether James was no longer working there, I assumed he had changed jobs.

Imagine my horror when Fred told me that James had died of a blood clot.  I therefore felt that this article below is of immense importance.

Everything you Need to Know About Blood Clots

Clotting is a life-saving measure your body takes to prevent itself from bleeding out during an injury. Platelets and proteins in the plasma of your blood jump into action within the first second to minutes after your blood vessel is injured (1).
These clots form a barrier that temporarily seals off the site of injury to keep bacteria and matter out. When the blood vessel is healed, the clot naturally dissolves. When clots form inappropriately inside your blood vessels, however, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Up to 900,000 people develop vascular blood clots in the United States every year. If caught in time, blood clots can be safely dissolved. If not, they will gradually decrease blood flow throughout the body or even migrate towards the lungs, heart, or brain, where they can prove fatal. In fact, roughly 1 in 3 people to suffer from blood clots will die of the condition.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Fasting To Heal Autoimmune Disease

Fasting to Heal Autoimmune Disease

Fasting: A Long-Neglected Facet of the Human Condition

For millennia, fasting has been one of the anchoring rituals in a variety of spiritual denominations. For example, all the major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism espouse religious doctrines that prescribe fasting on designated calendar days (1)

In addition, fasting is a practice rooted in evolutionary biology, since throughout evolutionary history, human bodies have adapted to periods of feast and famine. Matron and colleagues articulate this with, “Because animals, including humans, evolved in environments where food was relatively scarce, they developed numerous adaptations that enabled them to function at a high level, both physically and cognitively, when in a food-deprived/fasted state” (2).

In contrast, contemporary human populations fall victim to the erroneous socioculturally constructed notion that three square meals a day begets health. However, ad libitum eating patterns and food overconsumption predictably lead to metabolic derangements such as insulin resistance, visceral adiposity, and endothelial dysfunction, especially when coupled to a sedentary lifestyle (2). These metabolic morbidities are the precursor to many of the long latency, degenerative diseases of modern society, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders.