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9.11 Firefighters Have an Increased Risk for Cancer

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Male firefighters exposed to toxic dust and smoke from the 9/11 disaster have a 19% increased risk for all types of cancer. They were exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, and dioxins, all known carcinogens. This is important data because it now makes it possible for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to...

Chlorophyll Can Help Prevent Cancer

submitted by: admin on 05/27/2016
  Chlorophyll protects against cancer when tested against the relatively low levels of carcinogens usually found in our environment. However, at high concentrations it actually increases cancer growth! It is interesting how nature produces our food in that it has chemicals that are clearly carcinogenic in them, but also includes the antidote, chlorophyll....

Does Teflon Cause Osteoarthritis?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
High blood levels of a chemical (PFOA) found when Teflon is heated to high temperatures was associated with a 40% increased risk for developing osteoarthritis. A second chemical also found in the contaminated water, PFOS, was associated with a 25% lower risk of osteoarthritis! It is hard to know when a chemical contamination will cause a health issue. PFOA has...

FDA Stalls on Evaluating Avandia

submitted by: admin on 05/29/2024
  Even though Avandia increases both heart attacks and heart deaths the FDA has been lax in dealing with this problem. The incestuous relationship between the FDA and Big Pharma is disclosed.

Fear of Dying During Heart Attack Linked to Increased Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Intense distress and fear of dying, as with a heart attack, is common and associated with biological changes of inflammation that can cause worse outcomes. About 20% of people having an MI have this intense fear. Intense fear of dying has a four fold increase in inflammatory markers such as TNF alpha and cortisol. Heart rate variability is also worsened by this...

H. Pylori Increases Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
According to a January 2012 article published in Diabetes Care, people infected with H. pylori are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those without the infection. Clearly, this is an association, not a cause because although 97% of those testing positive for the microbe and developing type 2 diabetes, 91% who did not develop type 2 diabetes....

HDL Level and Risk of MI Questioned

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Treatment to increase HDL cholesterol has been viewed as useful, but new data published in the journal Lancet in May of 2012, suggests that there's no value in doing so to prevent heart attacks. It could be that HDL is a marker for increased risk for heart attack, much like the PSA is a marker for prostate cancer. This does not mean that statin...

Health Insurance Premiums Are on the Rise

submitted by: admin on 09/23/2013
According to a Kaiser Foundation study, the cost of health insurance premiums continues to climb for companies and workers, with annual family premiums this year (2011) growing at a pace triple of 2010 and outpacing wage increases. Family premiums in employer sponsored health plans increased 9% in 2011 and single premiums increased 8% compared to3% and 5% last...

How to Assess Your Blood Pressure

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
The best way to assess your blood pressure is to take multiple home readings. This is more accurate than taking blood pressures in the doctor's office because of the "white coat syndrome." Many people are treated for high blood pressure and don't have it a all! Overtreatment leads to complications from medications as well as hypotension (low...

Is the Practice of Medicine More Harmful than Good?

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  In a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in February of 2012, patients with the highest satisfaction with their MDs had fewer visits to the ER, but a 26% higher mortality rate! Mortality outcomes on 36,000 people over 4 years was collected by researchers from UC Davis Medical Center. The most satisfied patients spent about 9% more on health...

More Harm Than Good in Women Over 70 From Mammograms

submitted by: admin on 04/01/2014
In a paper presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference on March 21, 2014, studies out of the Netherlands concluded that doing mammograms in women from age 70-75 as a screening test did not reduce the incidence of advanced stage breast cancer or save lives. They did report that doing mammograms in this age group led to unnecessary overdiagnosis and overtreatment...

New Breakthroughs in Energy Medicine

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
Infrared light therapy increases circulation, speeds up healing by 50% according to NASA studies, increases lymphatic drainage, adds energy to the mitochondria, and calms down pain fibers. Treatment can be monitored in real time as it is delivered by the use of an infrared scanner, which is recommended. Many conditions are treatable with infrared light therapy.        

NSAIDs and the Heart

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  Even a few NSAIDs may be unsafe if you have heart disease. Shockingly data on 83,000 patients shows that even a week of treatment led to another heart attack or dying 45% more often if they had a prior heart attack. The percentage rose to 60% if treatment was for 30 days. There is no safe window for NSAIDs in people with a prior heart attack. There...

NSAIDs Linked to Atrial Fibrillation

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
NSAIDs have now been linked to an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation and flutter. The association was strongest for new users. The risk is increased by 40% for COX-1 inhibitors and 70% for COX-2 inhibitors such as Celebrex. This translates to 1 in 250 taking COX-1 drugs and 1 in 140 taking Celebrex. The risk is highest for the elderly, those with rheumatoid...

Screening Does Not Reduce Prostate Cancer Deaths

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  Screening does not significantly reduce prostate cancer deaths but it does lead to overdetection and overtreatment. The cancer detection rate is 40% higher with testing, but to prevent one death from prostate cancer more than 1400 men would need screening and 48 would be unnecessarily treated. The era of the PSA is over.

Sleeping Pills Associated with Increased Risk of Death and Cancer

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Adults using hypnotics (sleeping pills) to help with sleep have an associated 3 fold increased risk for early death and a 35% increase risk for cancer according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in February of 2012. Drugs studied include Restoril, Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, and some antihistamines such as Benadryl. While this is only an association...

Statins and Cancer Risks

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
Statins were shown to be cancer producing in animals but may actually lower the risk in humans. Data shows a possible minor benefit in this regard but they should not be used for this purpose because of other side effects.        

Sweets Increase Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
High glycemic foods, which tend to cause a brisk elevation in sugar levels in the blood stream, cause a 22% increase in inflammation in overweight and obese adults. This was measured based on CRP (C reactive protein) levels. Low glycemic foods tend to have more fiber and are not processed and don't cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels. This also raised...

What You Can Do to Shrink Your Tumor if You Have Cancer

submitted by: admin on 09/29/2014
There have been many studies documenting that exercise increases survival and quality of life in people with cancer. A study published in JAMA in May of 2005 showed that just 3-5 hours of walking at 2-3 mph reduced deaths by 50% for women with hormone sensitive breast tumors. There was an absolute 6% decrease in mortality at 10 years. A second study published...

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