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Medicine: Global Health / U.S. Health and Its Costs | Medicine: Chronic Diseases / Treatment | Integrative Medicine & Medicine's Life-Affirmative Research Results | Hospice / Disability Resources, Death & Dying and Burial Alternatives

Global Health Care, Diseases, Disease Dangers & Top Causes of Death

Global obesity rates double even as blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped in the three decades from 1980 to 2010, according to an Associated Press February 2011 article: An excerpt: "Experts warned the increasing numbers of obese people could lead to a "global tsunami of cardiovascular disease." Obesity is also linked to higher rates of cancer, type 2 diabetes and other diseases and is estimated to cause about 3 million deaths worldwide every year." Obesity continues to be far worse in the U.S. than in Canada and the obesity rates in both countries have been steadily rising over the last 20 years a new report released in March 2011. Alarming!
cbc.ca/health/story/2011/02/03/obesity-.html
yourlife.usatoday.com...Steady-obesity-epidemic-plagues-Canada-US~

The WHO's Global Burden of Disease study (1996 and updated since) shows depression was the fourth leading cause of disease-burden in 1990 and by 2020 will be the leading cause, and the impairments of mental disorders is equal to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases as leading public health challenges: This World Health Organization (WHO) study updated for 2009 shares the prevalence of mental, neurological and behavioral disorders as well as defining "mental health" in a broader context than it is usually understood: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."—The 1996 book The Global Burden of Disease found depression was the fourth leading cause of disease-burden in 1990 and by 2020 will be the single leading cause. The 1996 study examined the impact of 107 diseases worldwide and found that the impairments of mental disorders to be equal to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases as leading public health challenges, as reported in the Letters section of the New York TImes Magazine (Sunday, January 24, 2010) by Neal L. Cohen, M.D. at Hunter College, New York City, NY.
who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs220/en
nytimes.com/2010/01/24...THEAMERICANI_LETTERS...
who.int/mental_health/en
hup.harvard.edu/catalog/MURGLO.html
who.int/features/qa/38/en
who.int/healthinfo/global_burden_disease/en

Leprosy: Armadillos can transmit leprosy to humans, Federal researchers confirm in April 2011—Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, an an ancient scourge that as largely disappeared, yet each year 150 to 250 people in the U.S. and 250,000 in the world contract the illness. So long as the disease is identified relatively quickly, treatment with antibiotics in a one p to two-hear regimen with three different drugs, offers an effective cure. Some studies show that as many as 20 percent of armadillos in some areas are infected with leprosy. Given this finding, people can best protect themselves by not consuming armadillo flesh or handling it. An excerpt: "Part of the problem is that doctors sometimes fail to consider leprosy in patients who have not traveled to parts of the world where the disease is endemic, like India, Brazil, Africa, the Philippines and other islands in the Western Pacific. Two-thirds of leprosy patients in the United States are people who have either lived or worked in such places before coming down with the illness."
nytimes.com/2011/04/28/health/28leprosy.html

The Top Causes of Death in the United States and What You Can Do About Them: The top five causes of death in the United States account for over 70% or 7 out of 10 deaths. Of these, heart disease and cancer account for over half of all deaths in the country. The suspected causes and the lifestyle choices you make can help avoid them.
healthaliciousness.com/articles/top-causes-of-death.php
cdc.gov/nchs/FASTATS/deaths.htm
infoplease.com/ipa/A0005110.html
The world's top causes of death by broad income group—Low-income, middle-income and high-income countries (2004)
who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html
The world's top killers: Non-disease Related Causes of Deaths
socyberty.com/death/worlds-top-10-killers-non-disease-related~

Health in the United States

Global obesity rates double even as blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped in the three decades from 1980 to 2010, according to an Associated Press February 2011 article: An excerpt: "Experts warned the increasing numbers of obese people could lead to a "global tsunami of cardiovascular disease." Obesity is also linked to higher rates of cancer, type 2 diabetes and other diseases and is estimated to cause about 3 million deaths worldwide every year." Obesity continues to be far worse in the U.S. than in Canada and the obesity rates in both countries have been steadily rising over the last 20 years a new report released in March 2011. Alarming!
cbc.ca/health/story/2011/02/03/obesity-.html
yourlife.usatoday.com...Steady-obesity-epidemic-plagues-Canada-US~

U.S. ranks 28th in life expectancy by the United Nations according to a National Academy of Sciences report released in January 2011 / Obesity and past smoking helps account for US life expectancy trails some countries and that life expectancy of U.S. men is expected to increase thanks to a decline in smoking according to a report from the National Research Council released in February 2011: This finding is actually an improvement over U.S. ranks 49th in life expectancy, first in health care costs according in an October 2010 report. In 2007 life expectancy at birth was 75.6 years for men and 80.8 years for women in the U.S. This contrasts with life expectancy for men and women in Japan in 2007 was 79.2 and 86 years respectively, and in France life expectancy was 77.4 years for men and 84.4 years for women. Studies reported in October 2010 show that America ranks 49th in life expectancy worldwide, putting it lower than a dozen other developing nations. Researchers determined that obesity, traffic accidents and a high murder rate may not be the main reason for these findings given the U.S. didn't do any worse in these areas than any of the other countries studied. Instead, it looks like poor health care related to costly specialized and fragmented care are likely to play a large role in the nation's poor performance.
abcnewsradioonline.com...us-trails-behind-other-countries-in-life-expectancy~
abc24.com...Past-smoking-obesity-why-US-life-expectancy~
articles.mercola...us-performance-on-life-expectancy-and-health-care-costs~
msnbc.msn.com/id/39548799
salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/11/empire
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20930036

U.S. Decline across multiple measures in the global arena: Are America's Best Days Behind Us? or Will We Bounce Back?—The March 2011 issue of Time magazine explores this issue drawing upon data provided by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Fareed Zakaria's article is not to be missed given his drawing upon solid disturbing data and offering an intriguing theory that there are perils of success in becoming complacent, lazy and not investing in what really counts—science, technology, innovation and infrastructure. An earlier article in October 2010 by the same author entitled "How to Restore the American Dream" details specific ways to turn the current situation around. See multiple graphs that chart the decline. Also read the rebuttal entitled, "Don't Bet Against the United States." A loud warning no matter what gloss you want to put on it.
time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2056610,00.html~
time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,2027156,00.html
time.com/time/graphics
time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2026776,00.html
time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2056582,00.html

Life Expectancy

U.S. ranks 28th in life expectancy by the United Nations according to a National Academy of Sciences report released in January 2011 / Obesity and past smoking helps account for US life expectancy trails some countries and that life expectancy of U.S. men is expected to increase thanks to a decline in smoking according to a report from the National Research Council released in February 2011: This finding is actually an improvement over U.S. ranks 49th in life expectancy, first in health care costs according in an October 2010 report. In 2007 life expectancy at birth was 75.6 years for men and 80.8 years for women in the U.S. This contrasts with life expectancy for men and women in Japan in 2007 was 79.2 and 86 years respectively, and in France life expectancy was 77.4 years for men and 84.4 years for women. Studies reported in October 2010 show that America ranks 49th in life expectancy worldwide, putting it lower than a dozen other developing nations. Researchers determined that obesity, traffic accidents and a high murder rate may not be the main reason for these findings given the U.S. didn't do any worse in these areas than any of the other countries studied. Instead, it looks like poor health care related to costly specialized and fragmented care are likely to play a large role in the nation's poor performance.
abcnewsradioonline.com...us-trails-behind-other-countries-in-life-expectancy~
abc24.com...Past-smoking-obesity-why-US-life-expectancy~
articles.mercola...us-performance-on-life-expectancy-and-health-care-costs~
msnbc.msn.com/id/39548799
salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/11/empire
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20930036

Medical Internet Websites

Dr. Mercola: A long-standing site that touts it is the #1 natural health website. It is run by a medical doctor who is oriented to alternative care and questioning medical practices with medical news, videos, blog, and thought provoking articles.
mercola.com

MayoClinic: This highly credibly medical site offers health information and the wonderful "Mayo's Symptom Checker" that you can plug in your symptom and get their read-out on what medical challenges you may be experiencing.
mayoclinic.com
mayoclinic.com/health-information
mayoclinic.com/health/symptom-checker/DS00671

MedMD: Reputed to be the most popular medical website, MedMD appears to be losing credibility as synonymous with "Big Pharma Shilling"—It is a clearinghouse for web links offering a wide range of helpful consumer services, including researching your doctor through rating services, self medical diagnosis and ask a doctor online, yet is being negatively critiqued as not so helpful and drug-oriented. Again, judge for yourself by reading the February 6, 2011 review "A Prescription for Fear" in The New York Times Magazine which lauds the Mayo Clinic's website www.MayoClinic.com.
medmd.com
nytimes.com/2011/02/06/magazine/06FOB-Medium-t.html
mayoclinic.com
mayoclinic.com/health-information

Medical Bankruptcy in U.S.

August 2009 American Journal of Medicine article "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study" shows that 62.1% of all bankruptcies have a medical cause, most medical debtors were well educated and middle class; three quarters had health insurance, and the share of bankruptcies attributable to medical problems rose by 50% between 2001 and 2007.
amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2809%2900404-5/fulltext


Medicine: Global Health / U.S. Health and Its Costs | Medicine: Chronic Diseases / Treatment | Integrative Medicine & Medicine's Life-Affirmative Research Results | Hospice / Disability Resources, Death & Dying and Burial Alternatives

Emergency Room Complaints

Belly or abdominal pain is the most common reason the American patients visit the ER, accounting for 7 million visits per year, and is a great challenge to ER medical doctors given "it's a bit of a black box," the tools used for diagnosis are far from perfect, there is not great evidence for deciding exactly who should get what test for abdominal pain, and there are major misconceptions and variable expectations for both patients and doctors over diagnosis and testing of belly pain: Also missed diagnoses for abdominal pain are a major source of malpractice suits against emergency docs.
time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2045685,00.html?xid=newsletter-daily

Men's Health

Men's health: Men are less healthy and have a shorter life span than women, Men's health: Men are less healthy and have a shorter life span than women, U. S. Department of health and Human Services study shows—Actually it is hardly news that as a general rule, men tend to take lousy care of their bodies and health. Quite often, wives and girlfriends are generally the guardians of their men's health along with being the social director/secretary and entertainment guide for the couple. Social factors also influence men's poor health habits. May these links be a wake-up call.
usatoday.com/yourlife/health/2010-12-23-men-less-healthy~
apa.org/monitor/nov03/poorhealth.aspx
abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=118034&page=1
betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Men%27s_health
malehealth.co.uk...men's-poor-health-must-be-tackled~
telegraph.co.uk...Men-get-cancer-more-than-women-because-of-poor-lifestyles~
docs.google...emhf.org...barriers.pdf+men%27s+poor+health~

Women's Health / Menopause / Pregnancy / Breast Cancer

Estrogen replacement during menopause: What are the choices within both the medical and naturalistic models given this most complex issue with so many conflicting studies?
nytimes.com/2010/04/18/magazine/18estrogen-t.html
articles.mercola.com...the-estrogen-dilemma~
articles.mercola.com...Your-7Minute-Guide-to-Natural-Menopause-Survival~
articles.mercola...Surviving-Menopause...about-Hormone-Replacement~

Post-menopausal hormones boost breast cancer risk, study finds: Women who take a popular hormone replacement drug after menopause not only increase their chances of getting breast cancer but also seem to face an increased risk of dying from the disease, according to new results of a landmark federal study of 12,000 women who were followed for 11 years, released in October 2010.
washingtonpost....AR2010101905232.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzhead
nytimes.com/2010/10/20/health/20hormone.html?th&emc=th

Early elective births increase health risks for mother and child—The average tune a fetus spends in the womb has fallen seven days in the U.S. since 1992 (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The number of women giving birth early, often for no medical reason, has increased dramatically over the last two decades altering how we bear children and posing new health risks to both mothers and newborns according to research released in December 2010. Babies born too early often sleep longer than normal and have trouble learning how to breast-feed, causing jaundice and dehydration. An excerpt: "Researchers say shorter pregnancies coincide with a large number of women and doctors now scheduling childbirth for convenience. One study of nearly 18,000 deliveries in 2007 showed that 9.6 percent were early births—through scheduled inductions or C-sections—for nonmedical reasons."
californiawatch....early-elective-births-increase-so-do-health-risks-mother-child~
capitolweekly.net/article.php?xid=zaqrzddlusdv9g
bbc.co.uk/news/10274047
heraldtribune.com/article/20101117/COLUMNIST/11171014
lamaze.org...BabiesBornALittleTooEarlyFaceSeriousHeal/tabid/851~
nytimes.com/2010/07/22/health/22birth.html
nytimes.com/2009/01/09/health/09Caesarean.html
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1940140,00.html
rodale.com/premature-birth-rates

Women's Breast Cancer risks rises to 1 in 8 in the United Kingdom, now the most common cancer in women followed by Bowel & Lung + High risk factors & How to lower risk—The report noted that almost 65 percent of women with breast cancer now live for 20 years beyond diagnosis! An estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women in the U.S., higher than any other form of cancer.
bbc.co.uk/news/health-12356489
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110204/hl_afp/britainhealthcancerbreast

Breast Cancer—A must read article: Dr. Mercola provides a terrific overview on the subject of breast cancer including a statistical summary, types, signs/symptoms to watch for, causes, close ties to estrogen exposure, use of mammograms and other radiation diagnostic scans, the most significant recent (circa 2011) related to convention breast cancer treatments, breast cancer prevention musts and research-based "dos and don'ts": Thermography may be cancer's best kept secret according to Dr. Mercola given it has no damaging side effects and by measuring the radiation of infrared heat from the body, thermographic screening can detect signs of breast cancer as much as 10 years earlier than either mammography or a physical exam. He further finds research support for the use of the supplement of curcumin (and anecdotal support for the use of turmeric which also has curcumin in it). The most significant finding in terms of prevention of breast cancer is that regular physical activity has been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing breast cancer, as well as decreasing your chances of dying from it by 50 percent, once diagnosed. Dr. Mercola also recommends the following prevention lifestyle strategies: optimize your vitamin D; get plenty of natural vitamin A; avoid charring your meats, avoid unfermented soy products, improve your insulin receptor sensitivity, maintain a healthy body weight, drink a quart of organic green vegetable juice daily, get plenty of high quality animal-based omega-3 fats such as krill oil, take Curcumin, avoid drinking alcohol, breastfeed exclusively for up to six months, avoid waring underwire bras and avoid electromagnetic fields as much as possible.
...mercola...beating-breast-cancer...prevention-treatment-and-recovery~

Surgical breast biopsies used too extensively instead of needle biopsies, which are safer, less invasive and cheaper, a February 2011 study found—A Florida study found that 30 percent of breast biopsies there from 2003 to 2008 were surgical, when according to medical guidelines the rate would be 10 percent or less. An excerpt: "The figures in the rest of the country are likely to be similar to Florida’s, researchers say, which would translate to more than 300,000 women a year having unnecessary surgery, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Many of these women do not even have cancer: about 80 percent of breast biopsies are benign. For women who do have cancer, a surgical biopsy means two operations instead of one, and may make the cancer surgery more difficult than it would have been if a needle biopsy had been done." Shocking is putting it mildly!
nytimes.com...cancer.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines~

10 Tips for Breast Cancer screening, early detection and using an online risk calculator + a video—Also the American College of Radiology offers an online search for accredited facilities and "Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence." See links below.
fhcrc.org/research/diseases/breast_cancer/10-tips-screening.html
seattlecca.org/breast-cancer-risk-assessment.cfm
acr.org/accreditation/AccreditedFacilitySearch.aspx
breastcancer.lifetips.com/cat/61846/breast-cancer-screening/index~

Breast Cancer Risk is confusing in recent studies: Multivitamin and calcium supplements appear to reduce breast cancer risk in one study, while use of multivitamins increased risk of breast cancer in another study!: In April 2010 the American Association for Cancer Research reported that multivitamin supplements appeared to reduce the risk of breast cancer by about 30 percent and calcium supplements reduced the risk of breast cancer by 40 percent. On the other hand, researchers in Sweden who studied data on over 35,000 middle-aged and older women followed for 10 years found a link between taking multivitamins and increased risk of breast cancer. The only thing that is obvious is that further research is necessary and essential.A landmark federal study released in October 2010 of 12,000 women who were followed for 11 years showed that women who take a popular hormone replacement drug after menopause not only increase their chances of getting breast cancer but also seem to face an increased risk of dying from the disease.
images.usnews.com...supplements-might-reduce-breast-cancer-risk~
emaxhealth.com...multivitamins-now-linked-decrease-breast-cancer-risk~
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/183880.php
nursing-resource.com/multivitamin-use-linked-to-increased-breast-cancer-risk
dailymail.co.uk...Do-multivitamin-pills-raise-risk-breast-cancer-Tumour-threat-20--says-study~
washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101905232.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzhead
nytimes.com/2010/10/20/health/20hormone.html?th&emc=th

More migraines, less breast cancer—Studies published in 208 and 2009 found that women being treated for migraines have a 26% to 33% lower risk of breast cancer than other women, seemingly associated with the role of estrogen as well as people with migraines tend to avoid key triggers of smoking, drinking alcohol and taking hormone-replacement therapy (al risk factors for breast cancer) and use pain medications aspirin and ibuprofen (associated with lower breast cancer risk). A January 2010 study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that people who experience migraines were 11% less likely to develop breast cancer overall and 17% less likely to develop a hormone-sensitive breast cancer.
usaweekend.com...More-migraines-less-breast-cancer~
webmd.com...migraines-linked-lower-breast-cancer-risk~
seattlepi.com/local/407951_cancer09.html
fhcrc.org/about/ne/news/2009/07/09/migraines.html
breastcancer.org/risk/new_research/20081106b.jsp

Stressful jobs almost double women's risk of heart attacks: November 2010 research from Harvard University tracking 17,415 participants from the Women's Health Study, a U.S. project that covers the years 1991 to 2009, showed that women with high-stress jobs face about 88% more risk of a heart attack than if they had low workplace stress. The researchers defined the stressful positions as those with demanding tasks and little authority or creativity. This new study represents the longest-running examination of the cardiovascular effects of job strain just in women. Those jobs were also tied to a 40% greater chance of getting any kind of cardiovascular disease according to a study presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association meeting.
bloomberg.com...stressful-jobs-almost-double-women-s-risk-of-heart-attacks~

Cholesterol

Medication Alone Treatment for outpatient psychological issues is a growing trend—Growing percentage receiving outpatient care for psychological issues are being treated only with psychotropic medications, according to an analysis of a recent survey published in the January 7, 2011 issue of Psychiatric News: An increasing number of people are receiving outpatient care from mental health specialists and an increasing proportion of the treatment provided by mental health professionals consists solely of prescribed psychotropic medication and little or no psychotherapy. U.S. residents receiving any type of outpatient mental health care increased form 16.1 million in 1998 to 23.2 million in 2007, the percentage treated only with medications grew from 44 percent in 1998 to 578 percent in 2007, and smaller proportions of respondents received either psychotherapy only (16 percent in 1998 and 11 percent in 2007) or psychotherapy in combination with medication (40 percent in 1998 and 22 percent in 2007). In an accompanying editorial, Benjamin Druss, M.D., M.P.H., interprets the findings as "pointing to a major shift in mental health services delivery away from psychotherapy and toward psychopharmacology." One result of this shift may be a reduction in the range of treatment options available to patients. Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., made the following observation to Medscape Medical News published in September 2010 based on this national survey: "We found that for an increasing number of Americans, mental healthcare involves medications but not psychotherapy, and this trend is evident especially for depression and for bipolar, anxiety, and child disorders." Other links below explore this issue, particularly the pioneering work of psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D..
pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/1/8.1.full
medscape.com/viewarticle/728040
sitemaker.umich.edu/findingvoice/medication
breggin.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Liposuction

Liposuction: What thighs lose in weight, the abdomen, shoulders and triceps of arms put back on, May 2011 research published in the journal Obesity found. An excerpt: "The body, they say “defends” its fat. If you lose weight, even by dieting, it comes back."
nytimes.com/2011/05/01/weekinreview/01kolata.html

Leprosy

Leprosy: Armadillos can transmit leprosy to humans, Federal researchers confirm in April 2011—Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, an an ancient scourge that as largely disappeared, yet each year 150 to 250 people in the U.S. and 250,000 in the world contract the illness. So long as the disease is identified relatively quickly, treatment with antibiotics in a one p to two-hear regimen with three different drugs, offers an effective cure. Some studies show that as many as 20 percent of armadillos in some areas are infected with leprosy. Given this finding, people can best protect themselves by not consuming armadillo flesh or handling it. An excerpt: "Part of the problem is that doctors sometimes fail to consider leprosy in patients who have not traveled to parts of the world where the disease is endemic, like India, Brazil, Africa, the Philippines and other islands in the Western Pacific. Two-thirds of leprosy patients in the United States are people who have either lived or worked in such places before coming down with the illness."
nytimes.com/2011/04/28/health/28leprosy.html

Tendon Remedies

Traditional Tendon remedies fall flat in well-designed clinical trials, March 2011 study shows—Corticosteroid injections have been shown to provide only short-term relief and sometimes with poorer long-term results than doing nothing at all, and resting the injured joint failed to make them any better. Word to the wise.
nytimes.com/2011/03/01/health/01brody.html

Allergies

Allergies and depression—Risk of depression in people with severe allergies is about twice that of those without allergies, according to several large studies: Severe allergies can bring sleeplessness, headaches, fatigue and a general feeling of physical depletion, all of which can worsen mood. Several large studies have found that the risk of depression in people with severe allergies is about twice that of those without allergies. Thus, severe seasonal allergies may be a risk factor in depression.
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/depressed-about-allergies/
voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2010/05/do_allergies_cause_depression~
healthland.time.com/2010/05/25/can-allergies-lead-to-depression/
ehow.com/facts_5642436_depression-linked-severe-allergies_.html
webmd.com/depression/news/20100525/hay-fever-linked-to-depression


Medicine: Global Health / U.S. Health and Its Costs | Medicine: Chronic Diseases / Treatment | Integrative Medicine & Medicine's Life-Affirmative Research Results | Hospice / Disability Resources, Death & Dying and Burial Alternatives

Cardiovascular: Heart Attacks & Strokes

Antidepressants may be linked to 48% higher risk for stoke, according to a March 2011 research study published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
medscape.com/viewarticle/739084
ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/appi.ajp.2010.10071064v1

A pandemic of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) and Hypertension that is almost entirely preventable and reversible: Next to iatrogenic deaths, CVDs are the biggest killers of Americans. Read key articles that address this pandemic and watch videos. The statistics for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including those with hypertention/high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stoke and heart failure, are staggering. The American Heart Association provides solid information concerning these diseases and conditions along with heart attack/stoke warning signs, risk factors, and what constitutes a healthy lifestyle to prevent and reverse CFD. The World Health Organization (WHO) also offers keys to protect heart health. Read articles published in the New York Times by popular writer Dean Ornish, M.D., clinical professor at UCSF and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, and watch his TED talks on health and healing. February 2010 research findings show that lower intelligence scores were associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease and total mortality at a high level of magnitude second only to cigarette smoking in a large population study. Also a May 2009 study showed that people with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness have a lower risk of all-cause death and coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease compared to people with lower levels of cardiovascular fitness. A December 2009 study of 1,403 participants showed that dementia linked to hypertension. Two recent studies released in May 2010 show that: (1) people engaged in stressful work and feeling under "too much" pressure at work had a significant risk of developing angina or heart attack (MI--Myocardial infarction); and (2) people who worked "three or more hours of overtime per day" increased the risk by sixty percent of coronary death, nonfatal MI, and angina (heart pain).
healingwithnutrition.com/cdisease/cardiovascular/cardiovascular.html
americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4478
americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2873
americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3053
americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4726
americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200009
webmd.com/heart-disease/risk-factors-heart-disease
who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/en
topics.nytimes.com...dean_ornish/index~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100209200754.htm
sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090519172153.htm
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000468.htm
health.google.com/health/ref/Hypertension
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertension
webmd.com...hypertension-treatment-overview~
montrealgazette.com/health/Dementia+linked+hypertension...~
theheart.org/article/1077443.do
medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Atherosclerosis/20038

Videos
ted.com/talks/dean_ornish_on_the_world_s_killer_diet.html
youtube.com/watch?v=naWt-i9Q3os
youtube.com/watch?v=CbVflDOWCbU

Cardiovascular disease in women—#1 killer of women; 2 out of 3 who die suddenly have no symptoms, according to a July research study published in the British medical journal Lancet: While cardiovascular disease is the top killer of both men and women in the United States, once iatrogenic deaths (doctor-induced deaths) is ruled out, more women than men die yearly—nearly 500,000. Further, the cardiovascular mortality rate is rising in women younger than age 55. An excerpt: " Psychosocial factors such as depression and stress are more common in women than men, and pregnancy-related complications (eg, gestational diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia) significantly increase cardiovascular disease later in life. The exact nature of oestrogen's protective effect on premenopausal cardiovascular risk remains unclear."
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961108-2~

New strategies to revive people experiencing Cardiac Arrest that improve odds of survival without brain damage, according to a May 2011 Wall Street Journal article: New findings show that people are able to go much longer without a pulse than the 20 minutes previously believed. Some 300,000 Americans experience a sudden cardiac arrest each year, with fewer than 10% survive long enough to leave the hospital.
online.wsj.com/article~

For Southerners in the 'Stroke Belt,' a decline in cognitive ability / memory is more likely, according July 2011 results of a large study: It is well established that people in a large area of the American South have more strokes and more likely to die from them than people living elsewhere in the U.S. The recent findings looking at 24,000 participants, 1,090 in eight stroke-belt states demonstrated signs of cognitive decline after four years as compared with 847 people in 40 other states. Possible causes being researched include genetic predisposition, nutrition, smoking, exercise, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, emotional or work-related stress and environmental factors like air quality. An excerpt: "None of the people with cognitive decline in the study had had detectable strokes. But some experts believe their memory problems and other mental issues could be related to the same underlying risk factors, including lifestyle patterns that contribute to hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity."
nytimes.com/2011/07/05/health/05stroke.html~

Traffic noise increases the risk of having a stroke, study suggests: Research results released in January 2011 showed that exposure to noise from road traffic can increase the risk of stroke, particularly in those age 65 years and over whose risk increased by 27% for every 10 decibels (dB) higher road traffic noise and a threshold limit of approximately 60 dB above which the risk for stroke seemed to increase even more. Traffic noise, and likely any form of noise, has strong physical health consequences, especially for those above age 65.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110126081700.htm
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214567.php

Stressful jobs almost double women's risk of heart attacks: November 2010 research from Harvard University tracking 17,415 participants from the Women's Health Study, a U.S. project that covers the years 1991 to 2009, showed that women with high-stress jobs face about 88% more risk of a heart attack than if they had low workplace stress. The researchers defined the stressful positions as those with demanding tasks and little authority or creativity. This new study represents the longest-running examination of the cardiovascular effects of job strain just in women. Those jobs were also tied to a 40% greater chance of getting any kind of cardiovascular disease according to a study presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association meeting.
bloomberg.com...stressful-jobs-almost-double-women-s-risk-of-heart-attacks~

Parkinsons's Disease Research Findings

Parkinson's disease protection may come with taking the painkiller Advil: A new six-year longitudinal study released in February 2011 found that people who took ibuprofen (found in Advil) three or more times per week were 38 percent (some reports round this number up to 40 percent) less likely to develop the debilitating disease.
news.health.com/2010/02/17/ibuprofen-may-help-stave-off-parkinsons/
health.allrefer.com/news...ibuprofen-may-help-stave-off-parkinsons~
parkinsonsnetwork.org...ibuprofen-may-help-stave-off-parkinsons~

Diabetes

Diabetes soaring among American adults—The number of people treated for Diabetes more than doubled between 1996 and 2007: A federal government report released in January 2011 reported that the number of American adults treated for Diabetes rose from 9 million to 19 million between 1996 and 2007. Additionally, the total treatment costs for diabetes during this time also climbed from $18.5 billion (in 2007 dollars) to nearly $41 billion. Two excerpts: "By age groups, the number of adults treated for diabetes increased from 4.3 million to 8 million among people age 65 and older; 3.6 million to 8.9 million among adults aged 45 to 64; and 1.2 million to 2.4 million among people aged 18 to 44, reported the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality." and "Diabetes comes in two forms: type 1, an autoimmune disorder in which patients lack the insulin-producing cells needed to control blood sugar; and type 2, often related to obesity, where cells gradually lose sensitivity to insulin. Over 95 percent of diabetes cases are of the type 2 variety." Frightening enough to take seriously.
businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/648552.html
health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/diabetes/overview~
medicalnewstoday.com/info/diabetes/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus
diabetes.webmd.com/
medicinenet.com/diabetes_mellitus/article.htm
mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00027
helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_diabetes.htm
diabetes.webmd.com/diabetes-diet-healthy-diet-basics
healthcentral.com/diabetes/diet.html
diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/
diabetes.org/

Continuous antidepressant use was significantly linked to risk of developing diabetes: December 2010 research findings found that continuous antidepressant use was significantly associated with diabetes risk.
care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2010/08/27/dc10-1033.abstract
aaps.org/bin2/news/display_news_detail.asp?ID=497942

Hypothyroidism & Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism: Symptoms, causes, and medical and natural treatment strategies—A 2000 study found that 13 million American may be unaware of and under-diagnosed for their thyroid condition and a recent February 2010 update questions whether this revised estimate is still too low.
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/03/05/thyroid-update.aspx
thyroid-info.com/articles/thyroid-prevalence.htm
medicinenet.com/hypothyroidism/article.htm
endocrineweb.com/hypo1.html
endocrineweb.com/hypo2.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothyroidism
mercola.com/article/hypothyroid/treatment.htm
buzzle.com/articles/natural-treatments-for-hypothyroidism.html
hubpages.com...hypothyroidism-succesful-alternative-healing~
medicinenet.com/hyperthyroidism/article.htm
endocrineweb.com/hyper1.html
endocrineweb.com/hyper2.html
endocrineweb.com/hyper4.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthyroidism
ezinearticles.com/?Natural-Treatments-For-Hyperthyroidism&id=917041
regenerativenutrition.com/natural-supplements-cure-hyperthyroidism.asp

Obesity

Global obesity rates double even as blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped in the three decades from 1980 to 2010, according to an Associated Press February 2011 article: An excerpt: "Experts warned the increasing numbers of obese people could lead to a "global tsunami of cardiovascular disease." Obesity is also linked to higher rates of cancer, type 2 diabetes and other diseases and is estimated to cause about 3 million deaths worldwide every year." Obesity continues to be far worse in the U.S. than in Canada and the obesity rates in both countries have been steadily rising over the last 20 years a new report released in March 2011. Alarming!
cbc.ca/health/story/2011/02/03/obesity-.html
yourlife.usatoday.com...Steady-obesity-epidemic-plagues-Canada-US~

Diabetes soaring among American adults—The number of people treated for Diabetes more than doubled between 1996 and 2007: A federal government report released in January 2011 reported that the number of American adults treated for Diabetes rose from 9 million to 19 million between 1996 and 2007. Additionally, the total treatment costs for diabetes during this time also climbed from $18.5 billion (in 2007 dollars) to nearly $41 billion. Two excerpts: "By age groups, the number of adults treated for diabetes increased from 4.3 million to 8 million among people age 65 and older; 3.6 million to 8.9 million among adults aged 45 to 64; and 1.2 million to 2.4 million among people aged 18 to 44, reported the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality." and "Diabetes comes in two forms: type 1, an autoimmune disorder in which patients lack the insulin-producing cells needed to control blood sugar; and type 2, often related to obesity, where cells gradually lose sensitivity to insulin. Over 95 percent of diabetes cases are of the type 2 variety." Frightening enough to take seriously.
businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/648552.html
health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/diabetes/overview~
medicalnewstoday.com/info/diabetes/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus
diabetes.webmd.com/
medicinenet.com/diabetes_mellitus/article.htm
mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00027
helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_diabetes.htm
diabetes.webmd.com/diabetes-diet-healthy-diet-basics
healthcentral.com/diabetes/diet.html
diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/
diabetes.org/

Parasites: Dangers and more common than commonly believed

Toxoplasmosis, an infection due to the parasite Toxoplasma, is widespread in humans worldwide with cats being the definitive host: It is estimated from a national probability sample collected between 1999 and 2004 that 10.8% of U.S. people 6-49 of age, and 11.0% of women 15-44 years of age are infected with the organism Toxoplasma, and estimates run between 30% and 65% of all people worldwide are infected, especially in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. More than 60 million people in the U.S. have the parasite, although most of them don't get sick.Human infection may result from blood transfusions/solid organ transplants, carelessly handling cat litter, eating contaminated soil, drinking infected water or eating raw/uncooked meat. Symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes in head/neck, headache, mild illness with fever similar to mononucleosis, muscle pain and sore throat. Those who are asymptomatic do not need treatment and those with symptoms can be treated with an antimalarial drug and antibiotics. Prevention tips include avoid uncooked meats, wash hands after handling raw meat, protect children's play areas from cat and dog feces, wash hands thoroughly after contact with soil, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women can avoid cleaning boxes and materials that are potentially infected with cat feces and materials contaminated by insects exposed to cat feces among others. Most interestingly and controversially is the evidence for behavioral effects on humans, including influencing personality and causing antisocial attitudes in men and promiscuity in women, and greater susceptibility to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in all infected people. One study suggests that male carriers have shorter attention spans, a greater likelihood of taking risks and breaking rules, being more independent, anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose. It suggests these men are judged less attractive to women. Female carriers are suggested to be more friendly, promiscuous, outgoing, and are considered more attractive to men when compared with non-infected controls. A few scientists even suggest that if these effects are replicated and shown to be genuine, the prevalence of toxoplasmosis could be a major determinant of cultural differences.
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001661/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis
cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/
nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/toxoplasmosis.html
mayoclinic.com/health/toxoplasmosis/DS00510
medicinenet.com/toxoplasmosis/article.htm


Medicine: Global Health / U.S. Health and Its Costs | Medicine: Chronic Diseases / Treatment | Integrative Medicine & Medicine's Life-Affirmative Research Results | Hospice / Disability Resources, Death & Dying and Burial Alternatives

Integrative / Alternative Medicine

Integrative Health Care that focuses on Prevention is the cutting edge of medicine: The key elements of integrative medicine, according to Andrew Weil, MD and Pamela McDonald (see links below), are: 1) The promoting of health and preventing illness; 2) The utilization of the body's innate healing abilities; 3) An integration of the best of conventional medicine with alternative practices; 4) A grounding in good science with openness to new paradigms; 5) The use of natural and less invasive interventions whenever possible; 6) A partnership between patient and provider; 7) Consideration of all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body; 8) A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically; 9) Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms; 10) Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease; and 11) Training of practitioners to be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development. This cutting edge medicine looks a the whole person—body, mind, emotions and spirit—and draws upon the unique aspects of the person's genetics, family history, biochemistry, and environment.
acamnet.org/site/c.ltJWJ4MPIwE/b.5457445/k.CCC8/What_is_Integrative_Medicine.htm
thenewmedicine.org/about_integrative_medicine/defining
drweil.com/drw/u/ART02054/Andrew-Weil-Integrative-Medicine.html
perfectgenediet.com/integrative_medicine_providers
webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/alternative-medicine-integrative-medicine
health.usnews.com/health-conditions/heart-health/integrative-medicine
nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/

Pamela McDonald, a highly certified Nurse Practitioner and author of The Perfect Gene Diet: Use Your Body's Own APO E Gene to Treat High Cholesterol, Weight Problems, Heart Disease, Alzheimer's...and More (2010) and The APO E Gene Diet (2007), has spearheaded one of the latest breakthroughs in health and nutrition with the APO E gene, which affects cholesterol levels, heart and Alzheimer's disease, obesity and more. She is a graduate of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Andrew Weil, MD. Larry Dossey, MD and psychologist Wayne Dyer have written glowing support of her program and Andrew Weil, MD recommends it. It is widely known that each genotype requires its own balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for optimal health. APO E gene testing reveals your particular APO E genotype that allows her to prescribe a personalized patient program that honors each individual's mind, body, emotion, and spirit, while using resources such as organic whole food, exercise therapies, and effective behavioral changes. Currently there are twenty centers across the United States using her APO E gene diet and health care approach. In Northern California, we are fortunate indeed to have her headquartered here in Blackhawk, California in the East San Francisco Bay area. As Pamela says, “You have a choice for your health . . . backpack or bedpan?”
perfectgenediet.com/
healyourlife.com/author-pamela-mcdonald/2011/03/lifeshelp/get-healthy/are-you-heart-healthy

Videos
youtube.com/watch?v=SyIuBMQoD60&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=P04OAuGPiOw
youtube.com/watch?v=isPtQ9FTvh0&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=9HokU41Djdo&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=nPYQCoE_dDc&feature=related

Larry Dossey, MD, integrative internist doctor, best-selling author, and influential advocate for the role of the mind in health, the role of spirituality in healthcare and the role of prayer and meditation in medicine.
dosseydossey.com/larry/default.html
dosseydossey.com/larry/QnA.html
huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/larry-dossey-md-interview_b_479412.html
shareguide.com/Dossey.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficacy_of_prayer

Videos
youtube.com/watch?v=JrNLB3DOlz8&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=EtAubjOWyiI
youtube.com/watch?v=QKJ8hfeStOM
youtube.com/watch?v=f5hnXUpbr1E&feature=relmfu

Andrew Weil, MD, a popular leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, offers a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. He places great emphasis upon leading a healthy lifestyle, healthy aging, and the future of medicine and health care.
drweil.com/
drweil.com/drw/u/ART02043/About-Andrew-Weil-MD.html
drweil.com/drw/u/PAG00361/anti-inflammatory-food-pyramid.html
drweil.com/drw/u/PAG00363/Dr-Weil-Head-to-Toe-Wellness-Guide.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Weil

Videos
vimeo.com/drweil
youtube.com/watch?v=Lv1B1YkYTNg

Dean Ornish, MD, a best-selling author and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has directed clinical research for over 33 years demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse severe coronary heart disease without drugs or surgery. He is a seminal contributor in the field of preventive medicine.
shareguide.com/Ornish.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Ornish
webmd.com/diet/ornish-diet-what-it-is
topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/o/dean_ornish/index.html
newsweek.com/authors/dean-ornish.html

Videos
pmri.org/dean_ornish.html#video
youtube.com/watch?v=RTIY66IPjdY&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=naWt-i9Q3os&feature=related

Deepak Chopra, an Indian medical doctor, world-renouned authority in the field of mind-body healing and best- selling author, has written and lectured widely on subjects such as mind-body medicine, spirituality and Ayurveda.
peopleandpossibilities.com/chopra.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepak_Chopra
deepakchopra.com/
chopra.com/
chopra.com/aboutdeepak
chopra.com/library

Videos
youtube.com/watch?v=-4GtimvTX6Q&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=PL280334936E005B4C
youtube.com/watch?v=azArbZPN9iA
youtube.com/watch?v=JfBWtovxYQY&feature=related
youtube.com/watch?v=IHjMk4OECfM&feature=related

Psychiatrists who Challenge the Medical Establishment

Psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D. is the author of many books, including the 1994 modern classic Toxic Psychiatry, and scientific papers confronting psychiatric excesses of prescription psychoactive medications and treatments. He has been called "the conscience of psychiatry" and is a courageous pioneer in exposing the dangers of the collusion of the psychiatric establishment and the pharmaceutical industry, which he calls the "Psychopharmaceutical Complex." His website and his interviews are authoritative and most illuminating. breggin.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Breggin
Interviews: mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc~
breggin.com/index~

Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz in the influential 1961 book The Myth of Mental Illness advanced the idea that mental illness is a fiction. At age 89 he maintains that we live in a therapeutic state that he describes as a 'pharmacracy,' that is, the rule and coercion of psychiatry. He makes a most useful distinction: The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
szasz.com
Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Szasz

Read the recent (April, 2009) two part interview with Thomas Szazs, M.D. and responses from psychiatrists

Thomas Szazs speaks (Part 1 of 2): abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2009/2530830.htm

Thomas Szazs speaks (Part 2 of 2): abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2009/2536966.htm

Thomas Szasz: Psychiatrists respond: abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2009/2544843.htm

Direct Care / Concierge Medicine

Concierge Medicine (or Direct Care Medicine)—Putting your doctor, or a whole team of them, on retainer: Concierge medicine, a subset of medicine where patients pay doctors anywhere from $1,500 to $25,000 a year to receive personalized attention and care. Is it worth it? Besides personalized primary care, the greatest selling point for high-end plans is access to top specialists when needed. Some doctors who engage in this type of practice say that some variation will eventually be available to people who are not wealthy since having great health insurance does not mean having great health care. Also peruse the ethics of retainer medicine.
nytimes.com/2011/04/30...30wealth.html?nl=your-money~
dailyfinance.com...concierge-medicine-patients-pay-up-for-a-doctors-undivided-att~
washingtonian.com/articles/health/14750.html
mjperry.blogspot.com/2011/04/trend-toward-concierge-medicine-pending.html
medrants.com/archives/6170
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concierge_medicine

Cancer Uplifting Research Findings

Naturalistic approaches to prevent and lower risk of cancer—Reducing Omega-6 fatty acids and cutting calories can prevent as many as 1 out of 3 cancer deaths in both humans and dogs: July 2010 research findings from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recommends severely limiting snack foods for humans and dogs containing ingredients high in Omega-6, such as corn oil, vegetable oil and grain-fed red meat given how too much Omega-6 can lead to inflammation which creates an environment conducive to cancer in dogs and people.
nutritionhorizon...Cutting-Fat-and-Calories-Can-Lower-Cancer-Risk-in-Dogs-and-People~

CT scans reduce lung cancer deaths by 20% compared with standard chest X-rays a federally funded study finds as reported in November 2010. The findings from the National Cancer Institute are considered to be a major step forward in fighting lung cancer, because X-rays have never been shown to be an effective tool for identifying tumors.
washingtonpost.com...AR2010110402853.html?wpisrc=nl_natlalert
articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/05/science/la-sci-lung-cancer-screening~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101104154555.htm

Nearly 30,000 Americans get cancer from exposure to CT scans: CT scans yield higher resolution images than regular medical X-rays, yet also expose patients to hundreds and sometimes thousands of times the amount of radiation. While roughly 3 million CT scans were performed in 1980, that number has increased to 70 million by 2007, some now being promoted to healthy people and using whole body CT scans.
emf.mercola.com...high-ct-scan-radiation-is-deadly~
lef.org/magazine/mag2010/aug2010_Lethal-Danger-of-CT-Scans~

Women's Breast Cancer risks rises to 1 in 8 in the United Kingdom, now the most common cancer in women followed by Bowel & Lung + High risk factors & How to lower risk—The report noted that almost 65 percent of women with breast cancer now live for 20 years beyond diagnosis! An estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women in the U.S., higher than any other form of cancer.
bbc.co.uk/news/health-12356489
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110204/hl_afp/britainhealthcancerbreast

Breast Cancer—A must read article: Dr. Mercola provides a terrific overview on the subject of breast cancer including a statistical summary, types, signs/symptoms to watch for, causes, close ties to estrogen exposure, use of mammograms and other radiation diagnostic scans, the most significant recent (circa 2011) related to convention breast cancer treatments, breast cancer prevention musts and research-based "dos and don'ts": Thermography may be cancer's best kept secret according to Dr. Mercola given it has no damaging side effects and by measuring the radiation of infrared heat from the body, thermographic screening can detect signs of breast cancer as much as 10 years earlier than either mammography or a physical exam. He further finds research support for the use of the supplement of curcumin (and anecdotal support for the use of turmeric which also has curcumin in it). The most significant finding in terms of prevention of breast cancer is that regular physical activity has been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing breast cancer, as well as decreasing your chances of dying from it by 50 percent, once diagnosed. Dr. Mercola also recommends the following prevention lifestyle strategies: optimize your vitamin D; get plenty of natural vitamin A; avoid charring your meats, avoid unfermented soy products, improve your insulin receptor sensitivity, maintain a healthy body weight, drink a quart of organic green vegetable juice daily, get plenty of high quality animal-based omega-3 fats such as krill oil, take Curcumin, avoid drinking alcohol, breastfeed exclusively for up to six months, avoid waring underwire bras and avoid electromagnetic fields as much as possible.
...mercola...beating-breast-cancer...prevention-treatment-and-recovery~

10 Tips for Breast Cancer screening, early detection and using an online risk calculator + a video—Also the American College of Radiology offers an online search for accredited facilities and "Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence." See links below.
fhcrc.org/research/diseases/breast_cancer/10-tips-screening.html
seattlecca.org/breast-cancer-risk-assessment.cfm
acr.org/accreditation/AccreditedFacilitySearch.aspx
breastcancer.lifetips.com/cat/61846/breast-cancer-screening/index~

Breast Cancer Risk is confusing in recent studies: Multivitamin and calcium supplements appear to reduce breast cancer risk in one study, while use of multivitamins increased risk of breast cancer in another study!: In April 2010 the American Association for Cancer Research reported that multivitamin supplements appeared to reduce the risk of breast cancer by about 30 percent and calcium supplements reduced the risk of breast cancer by 40 percent. On the other hand, researchers in Sweden who studied data on over 35,000 middle-aged and older women followed for 10 years found a link between taking multivitamins and increased risk of breast cancer. The only thing that is obvious is that further research is necessary and essential.A landmark federal study released in October 2010 of 12,000 women who were followed for 11 years showed that women who take a popular hormone replacement drug after menopause not only increase their chances of getting breast cancer but also seem to face an increased risk of dying from the disease.
images.usnews.com...supplements-might-reduce-breast-cancer-risk~
emaxhealth.com...multivitamins-now-linked-decrease-breast-cancer-risk~
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/183880.php
nursing-resource.com/multivitamin-use-linked-to-increased-breast-cancer-risk
dailymail.co.uk...Do-multivitamin-pills-raise-risk-breast-cancer-Tumour-threat-20--says-study~
washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/19/AR2010101905232.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzhead
nytimes.com/2010/10/20/health/20hormone.html?th&emc=th

Vitamin / Supplement as Disease Prevention

Vitamin D for cancer prevention, heart benefits, lifts mood during cold weather months, less likely to suffer from osteoporosis and joint pain, and reputedly has several other health benefits—Research and commentary.Research results released in November 2010 shows lack of vitamin D, the essential nutrient obtained from exposure to sunlight, doubles the risk of stroke in Caucasians (stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.).
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles...11/is-vitamin-d-the-silver-bullet-for-cancer~
abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/study-vitamin-kills-cancer-cells/story?id=9904415
articles.mercola.com...Important-New-Vitamin-D-Research-Papers~
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-02/uow-hlo021610.php
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20031348~
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-03/luhs-vdl030310.php
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100303162854.htm
nytimes.com/2010/02/02/health/02well.html
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/vitamin-d-shows-heart-benefits-in-study
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php
health.learninginfo.org/benefits_vitamind.htm
algaecal.com/vitamin-d/vitamin-d-benefits.htm
...mercola....new-study-shows-lack-of-this-vitamin-linked-to-strokes~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101114161929.htm

Krill oil reduces liver triglyceride levels significantly more than fish oil, according to a research results released in February 2011
articles.mercola.com...krill-oil-found-more-effective-than-fish-oil-at-reducing-triglycerides~

Naturalistic approaches to prevent and lower risk of cancer—Reducing Omega-6 fatty acids and cutting calories can prevent as many as 1 out of 3 cancer deaths in both humans and dogs: July 2010 research findings from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recommends severely limiting snack foods for humans and dogs containing ingredients high in Omega-6, such as corn oil, vegetable oil and grain-fed red meat given how too much Omega-6 can lead to inflammation which creates an environment conducive to cancer in dogs and people.
nutritionhorizon...Cutting-Fat-and-Calories-Can-Lower-Cancer-Risk-in-Dogs-and-People~

A Naturalistic First Aid Kit: Matador Network has put together a list of 14 natural items to have on hand for first aid, specifically for symptom relief in contrast to treating the underlying causes. Dr. Mercola expands on this list to offer 6 more natural remedies he keeps on hand along with 5 other home remedies he states are worth giving a trial to. This list is likely to expand given his asking his rather large web-based network to send him their favorite natural remedies. Most helpful. Further links offer other "natural remedies," including ones that address anxiety, depression and other psychological symptoms. Once again, given that many of these approaches are controversial, fine judgment and discernment are essential in exploring these treatment approaches. Certainly these naturalistic, herbal and alternative approaches are to be carefully weighed with more traditional allopathic medical approaches. The following links are purely informational and are not to be construed in any way as a recommendation. The immediate link below purports to graphically portray the level of scientific evidence for popular health supplements ranging from strong, good and promising all the way below the "worth it line" to conflicting, slight and none. Again, use your own good judgment.
matadornetwork.com/life/14-natural-items-for-your-alternative-first-aid-kit/
articles.mercola.com...2011/05/04/14-natural-items-for-your-alternative-first-aid-kit~
huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/28/natural-remedies_n_854593.html#s270244&title=The_online_claim
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbalism
themodernherbal.com/
cureology.com/
naturalremedies.org/
pathlights.com/nr_encyclopedia/
earthclinic.com/
home-remedies-for-you.com/
homeremedypro.com/
themodernherbal.com/2011/02/natural-remedies-for-anxiety/
themodernherbal.com/2010/07/herbs-for-depression/


Medicine: Global Health / U.S. Health and Its Costs | Medicine: Chronic Diseases / Treatment | Integrative Medicine & Medicine's Life-Affirmative Research Results | Hospice / Disability Resources, Death & Dying and Burial Alternatives

Medical Resources: Hospice / Nursing Homes / Disabilities

Resources for those looking for nursing homes or hospices, or who are facing end-of-life challenges: Online resources, books, and other articles and chapters on these subjects provided courtesy of Ken Pope.
kspope.com/hospices/index.php

A Guide for People With Disabilities Seeking Employment (Americans with Disabilities Act): The U. S. Government has put online this simple 2-page guide.
bit.ly/bDKENPope

Death / Dying / Burial Alternatives

Resiliency of Bereaved Spouses: The rate of mortality spikes among bereaved spouses soon after their beloved has died, and generally within 18 months is the high risk period, according to research studies around the world. Interestingly, research also shows that most older adults are resilient and bounce back to earlier levels of physical and psychological health within 18 months of their loss. Higher death rates can also occur after early retirement, although some research finds no evidence of negative health effects of retirement and some evidence of a positive effect for men. Again judge for yourself.
msnbc.msn.com/id/26980587
...when-one-spouse-dies-does-the-surviving-spouse...follow-soon-afterwards~
mentalhealth.about.com/library/sci/0401/blwidow401.htm
medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/PreventiveCare/1980
seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Retirement/5-10-21Retire55.htm
...mrrc.isr.umich.edu/...papers/G2p.pdf+mortality+after+retirement~

Most older people who lose spouses from natural causes recover much more quickly than previously thought, with acute grief tending to lift well within six months after the loss, according to research summarized in a February 2011 New York Times Op-Ed article.
nytimes.com/2011/02/15/opinion/15Konigsberg.html~

Burial alternatives, including aquamation (a form of cremation) may be the greenest way to go: One commenter to the top article mentioned how "burial at sea" was the original aquamation. Point made! Cremation has been used for eons. Also there are other forms of "natural burial" including the making use of a biodegradable coffin or a simple burial cloth.
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2022206,00.html?xid=newsletter-daily
thehindu.com/sci-tech/article584012.ece
newscientist.com...dissolving-your-earthly-remains-will-protect-the-earth~
docs.google.com...aquamationindustries.com/Aquamation...Introduction.pdf~
aquamation.info
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_burial
science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/natural-burial.htm
huffingtonpost.com/anne-dilenschneider/natural-burial-is-gaining_b_737516.html
thetanglednest.com...rebirth-of-death-natural-burial...make-your-own-casket-plan~
beatree.com
forestofmemories.org/industry
   


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