Archive for May, 2014

The Cost of Cancer Treatment

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Cancer is still a scary word for most people. I’ve had two types of cancer so our household is not afraid any longer.
But do you know the price? They have sky-rocketed. In 2012 11 of the 12 new drugs were above $100,000 annually. Why are they so high?
Most answers you get are not true.
Oncologists find that most new cancer drugs provide few clinical advantages over existing ones. Only one of the 12 new drugs help patients survive more than two months.
Industry claims that research costs are high. They don’t tell you that the government pays for most of this research.
The most famous claim is that it costs on average $1.3 billion to develop a new drug and get approved. In fact, half of that estimate is not research at all, it’s profits for the companies. Eliminating the profits brings the cost to $650 million. Taxpayers subsidize about half of the company research through credits and deductions granted to drug companies. Now the “cost” is $325 million.
Cutting out distortions brings the cost to $230 million. Now take the median price for new drugs instead of the highest cost lowers it to $170 million.
In cancer research most of the basic costs are paid by the National Cancer Institute and foundations.

So what we have is price-gouging by the pharmaceutical companies.
On top of this they raise the price of older drugs about 20 to 25 percent a year. (Wouldn’t you like to get a 20 percent raise each year?)

Now is this $1.3 billion worth the extra two months a life – many times lived in pain and suffering.

Tell your congressman you would like to see this price-gouging stopped.

The details of this blog is taken from the AARP Bulletin, May 2014.

Do your own homework.

Fitness

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

“Baby boomers led an unprecedented fitness revolution, into a kind of golden era of health,” Kenneth H. Cooper.
In 1986, less than 24 percent of American adults exercised regularly; by 1984, that figure had risen to 59 percent. The average life expectancy jumped from 69.7, for those born in 1960, to 75.4 for those born in 1990.
President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and then President Johnson encouraged Americans to become more fit. In fact President Johnson established the first Presidential Physical Awards.
Exercise came into the social scene.
It was the golden age of fitness, but it peaked in 1987.
Boomers, once the peppiest generation, devolved from fit to flabby.

What happened? Len Kravitz, an exercise researcher blames in part the technology boom where you could play with small devices where you could get your work, play, entertainment and communication all while sitting in the same chair.

You can read the rest of the story in the AARP Magazine, April-May, 2014

Inflammation – Good or Bad

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Anything that causes inflammation will also cause insulin resistance.
Inflammation is good when a cut gets infected and swollen. There is a real feeling of pain with this type of inflammation.
But inflammation that brings on obesity in silent, invisible and doesn’t hurt. It’s a hidden fire created by your immune system as it tries to fight off bad food (sugar, processed foods, bad fats), stress, toxins, food allergies,etc.

Today medical discoveries have found that inflammation is the common thread between the obvious autoimmune and allergic diseases but most chronic diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, dementia, and depression

Learn more about inflammation in Dr. Hyman’s book The Blood Sugar Solution.

Value of Your Thyroid

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Your thyroid controls your metabolism.
A slow metabolism increases the risk of diabesity.
It is estimated that one in five women and one in ten men have low thyroid function. I know my thyroid is possible causing me problems at times.
The thyroid gland is sensitive to environmental toxins, infections, and nutritional deficiencies.

If you are feeling sluggish without any visible signs it’s time to check with your doctor.

Diabetes – Reducing the Risk

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

According to the article by Holly St. Lifer, in AARP, almost 26 million people have diabetes which is 8 million more than just six years ago.
She suggests giving up soda. Just one or two sugar-sweetened drinks a day can raise your risk of diabetes by 26 percent according to a Harvard School of Public Health review study finds.
According to Deborah Berman, a dietitian in Bethpage, New York, sodas can be hard to give up because of the high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine are so addictive.
I have many friends who live on soda-pop so I know how addictive it is.

Fluoride

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

For many years there has been an outcry about fluoride in our drinking water.
Now this! This is HUGE news and no one is talking about it. The Lancet, the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, recently published a report classifying Fluoride as a dangerous neurotoxin. The report puts Fluoride in the same category Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury.

We are literally being mass medicated with a dangerous chemical that disrupts the health of our brains, especially in children. Many have suspected this for a long time, but it is insane to see the worlds top medical journal confirming it.

There is still much debate over this but it is something we should look into more closely.

Nutrition

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in our health. Without proper nutrition we wither and die – or get diabetes, cancer, or cardiac arrest.
Our low fiber diet creates the feeling of being hungry. Fiber slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and reduces cholesterol. Fiber comes mostly from plant foods like fruits and vegetables. That’s one reason why anyone interested in their health keep reading we need more fruits and vegetables in our diet.
Dr. Mark Hyman points out that new science has shown that food literally speaks to our genes. “The information your body receives from the foods you eat turns your genes on and off. This provides your body with instructions on how to control your metabolism from moment to moment and day to day, every time you take a bite of food. This is the science of nutrigenomics” p.83
“Dr. Dean Ornish showed that after three months on an intensive lifestyle program including a whole-foods plant-based diet, over 500 genes that regulate cancer were beneficially affected, either turning off cancer-causing genes or turning on cancer-protective genes. There is no medication that can do that.” pp.83-84

Saffron

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Saffron is “equally effective” against depression as are antidepressants.
In history saffron was used for depression but there were no drug tests back then. By 2000 researchers found that saffron was antidepressant in mice. The next step was to test it in humans.
The double-blind test show a significant improvement in those who took saffron as against those without.
The next test was to test saffron against antidepressant. The results showed the antidepressant did no better than saffron but the antidepressant had a side effect which saffron did not.

Following these tests they also looked at the use of saffron for a broad range of emotional and cognitive conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The story is now unfolding on how saffron can restore people to healthier lives without all the negative side effects of many other drugs.

Life Extension Magazine, July 2013

Omega-3 Fish Oil

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

I use the best in the world – Nordic Naturals and here is a video showing why.

CONSCIENTIOUS HEALTH

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

I would like to add these words to my blog:
CONSCIENTIOUS HEALTH
C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.

Those who have been reading my enews for the past 3 years are well aware of my interest in conscientiousness. Although I have not specifically written about conscientiousness recently, it is always a major factor in my choices of topics. Once again, just to remind you, the major factors of conscientiousness are:
· Competence
· Order
· Dutifulness
· Achievement striving
· Self-disciplined
· Deliberate
· Purposeful
· Strong-willed
· Impulse controlled
· Responsible

Conscientiousness is the single most important personality determinant of health, longevity, and even lifetime income. The health aspect includes EVERYTHING—happiness and overall physical, mental and spiritual wellness as well as, weight, exercise, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. As someone who has been consciously interested in overall health for at least 77 of my 81 years (I do not remember being aware of health before age 4), I still have difficulty understanding why healthy habits are not the number one priority in everyone’s life. Of course we know that about 25% of health is related to genetics, although with increasing epigenetics research, we also are finding ways to influence even those traits!