Monday, March 19, 2018

Drug Resistant HIV Spreads in the Philippines; I Warned of This Re: California

Drug Resistant HIV Spreads in the Philippines; I Warned of This Re: California

What You Need to Know About Preventing Cancer Through Diet and Lifestyle

It’s a word that people throughout the world know, fear, and are, unfortunately, very well acquainted with — cancer. But what is cancer, exactly, and more importantly, what are the steps you can take to prevent it from developing or spreading?
If you’ve ever wondered what exactly cancer is, how it affects you or your loved ones, and how you can attempt to prevent it, this article will point you in the right direction. It’s certainly not exhaustive, but it will give you a sense of what you need to know.

Prevention Matters Most

cancer prevention
Before we dive into the basics of what cancer is and how it can be prevented, it’s important to establish that, according to the World Health Organization, between 30-50 percent of all cancer cases are preventable. Furthermore, they this organization states that prevention offers the most cost-effective, long-term strategy for the control of cancer.
However, this fact is not as widely known as it should be, and the development of national policies and programs could help both raise awareness and reduce the exposure to the risk factors that contribute to cancer.
Cancer doesn’t just develop overnight. While in some cases there’s little to be done about developing specific types of cancer, in other cases, there are ways that you can significantly reduce your risk for cancer by making conscious choices and decisions.
 Living a healthy lifestyle is truly the best cure for cancer, in that it can prevent it altogether. 

What Exactly Is Cancer?

cancer cells
Before examining the ways reduce cancer risk, it’s helpful to get a better understanding of what cancer actually. Cancer as you as you have either heard or experienced inspires fear and dread. Breaking it down to understand it can help eliminate some of that conditioned fear and push you toward cancer prevention practices.

Cancer Defined

Cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute, is the term given to a broad collection of related diseases with a commonality. In all types of cancer, the cells divide rapidly, unable to stop or slow, into the surrounding tissues. What makes cancer a truly frightening illness is that it can start in almost location in the human body and quickly break down the body’s orderly cell process.
Typically, a human body’s cells can grow and divide to form new cells as needed. Then, when old cells die, new cells take their place. When cancer develops, this entire process is broken down, with extra cells forming and dividing without stopping. Cancer cells can even influence the normal cells and blood vessels that surround it, attacking the immune system.

What are Common Symptoms?

The early signs of cancer can vary greatly because there are so many different types and because the disease is influenced by a person’s unique genetic makeup. There are, however, a few tell-tale signs that can hint at the possibility of cancer. If you’re having severe digestion issues, trouble swallowing, or are developing lumps or hardening tissues, it’s ideal to get checked out by the doctor.
Some other common early signs of cancer that should be examined by a doctor include:
  • unusual bleeding or discharge
  • any obvious changes in a sore
  • coughing up blood
  • persistent headaches
  • chronic pain
  • persistent fatigue
  • nausea

What Can Cause Cancer?

DNA image
Cancer is a term that collectively covers a wide variety of diseases with a like issue, but because there are so many different types, there can be different causes, too. While cancer can be a genetic disease that a person acquires because of their genetic makeup, outside factors can influence this as well.
Statistically, the top three main causes of cancer are inherited predisposition, environmental and toxic exposures, and random chance.
Some of those initial causes can be amplified by certain factors or risk-causing behaviors that can increase the chance of cancer. The following are just a few of the factors that can greatly increase your chances of acquiring cancer.
  • radiation
  • certain infections
  • tobacco use
  • immunosuppressive medicines
  • diet
  • alcohol use
  • obesity

What Actions Can You Take to Prevent Cancer?

When it comes to your health, there are numerous ways you can reduce your chances of getting cancer, or help with preventing cancer altogether. As stated before, about 30-50 percent of all cancer cases are preventable.
So what can you do to prevent cancer and adopt the healthy lifestyle necessary to keep the disease away?

Avoid Tobacco

This is the single greatest avoidable risk factor for cancer mortality, but it still kills about 6 million people each year. Smoking, chewing, ingesting, or inhaling tobacco smoke puts you at risk for developing cancer, and the easiest way to avoid that is to avoid tobacco altogether.
avoid tobacco

Use Alcohol in Moderation

Alcohol use is a huge risk factor for developing many cancerous diseases, including, but not limited to, cancer of the liver, breasts, larynx, mouth, and throat. The more alcohol you drink, the more at risk you are to develop cancer, and typically, combining heavy drinking with tobacco can increase your chances even further.

Maintain an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

Physical inactivity, obesity, and poor diet are big factors in preventing certain types of cancers. There’s a proven link between being overweight or obese and developing cancers that affect your colorectum, esophagus, breasts, and kidneys.
To combat this and prevent cancer, adopt a diet high in fruits and vegetables that may have an independent protective effect against cancers. Limit consumption of processed meats, and eat leaner, lighter, plant-based foods.

Some other dietary suggestions for preventing cancer include:
  • Cutting out sugary drinks
  • Eating starchy foods like bananas and rolled oats
  • Eating Brazil nuts
  • Steaming Broccoli
  • Consuming garlic

Adopting a lifestyle that’s full of physical activity is recommended as well. Not only does it keep you trim, fit, and healthy, it reduces the risks that come with obesity and inactivity, including cancer. Overall, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is going to be key in reducing your risk.

Protect Your Skin

use sunscreen to prevent cancer
A huge cancer prevention tip is to protect your skin from the sun, as skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer. The good news, however, is that it is also one of the most preventable. Avoid the midday sun, stay in the shade, and never forget sunscreen.

Get Proper Immunizations and Screenings

It’s important to get immunized to protect yourself against viral infections that can lead to cancer, such as hepatitis B and Human papillomavirus (HPV). It should also be noted that to prevent cancer, you should avoid risky behaviors: practice safe sex, and don’t share needles.
More than anything, regular self-exams and screenings, along with regular visits to your primary care physician, can help you not only prevent cancer but catch any cancerous disease early if it does develop. Meet with your doctor to develop a cancer-screening schedule that makes sense for you, and discuss other ways you can focus on preventing cancer.


While cancer can take many forms, develop for many different reasons, and sometimes happen without rhyme or reason, there are many ways you can jumpstart your journey to preventing cancer.
Most cancers can be reduced or prevented by simply avoiding things — tobacco, alcohol, the sun’s harmful rays, and foods that are bad for you. Other cancers can be avoided and prevented by maintaining a healthy weight and an exercise regimen that keeps you active. Still, other cancers can be prevented and avoided by scheduling regular appointments with your physician to screen for specific diseases.
  Put simply, paying attention to the way you live is perhaps the greatest factor in preventing cancer.  

Although having cancer does present a challenge for purchasing affordable life insurance, it does prevent cancer survivors or even cancer patients from obtaining coverage. For more information about affordable life insurance and to get a free and confidential quote, contact our office through our website at your convenience.

Terry Biddle is a business owner, blogger, retired Army National Guard officer and a current federal employee. He works with seniors, federal employees, and members of the military to get the most life insurance benefits at the greatest value across the full spectrum of term and permanent products from fully underwritten to no-exam and guaranteed issue. Please feel free to contact me here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Reality Check: FDA's Disinformation Campaign on Kratom

The opioid crisis is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year. 

So why would the FDA crack down on a substance that may be helping millions of addicts get off drugs like heroin and Oxycontin?

Reality Check: FDA's Disinformation Campaign on Kratom

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2018.]


WATCH President Donald Trump's Commission Team on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis 6/17/17:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trump prepares to NUKE Big Pharma’s high drug prices

Monday, February 12, 2018 by 

The Trump administration is preparing to do something that no administration in the modern era has ever attempted must less expressed an interest in doing: Taking on Big Pharma and its schemes to maximize profits at the expense of patients.
If you recall, one of the big, fat lies Barack Obama and his sycophantic Democratic allies in Congress told in order to dupe Americans into backing their “healthcare reform” plan was that the wrongly-named “Affordable” Care Act would reduce drug prices.
Sort of. Well, not really. Obama talked around the issue a lot when he was pressed (as you can see in this interview from 2011) but when it came right down to it, the “reform” law contained no provisions for dealing with rising drug prices. Which is why they continued to rise during his administration.
Now, President Donald J. Trump wants to take on Big Pharma in no uncertain terms.
In his State of the Union Address last month, Trump sent a signal that one of his administration’s most pressing priorities in the coming months and years is working to get the price of drugs down.
“One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. That is why I have directed my administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down,” the president said.
That plan is being put into action. Newly-confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, along with White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney met with a small group of reporters last week to provide them with a preview into the administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget which provides some details into how the president intends to bring prices down and make good on his promise (something he’s good at).
Azar noted that the administration seeks to accomplish the president’s objective by framing the issue with two principal questions: “How can we try to start flipping some of those incentives in the system geared towards higher prices? How do we find pockets of our programs where we maybe don’t negotiate enough or have people negotiating on our behalf to get as good of a deal?”
Trump officials are looking at policy shifts and changes in a number of federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, as well as current federal law and policies dealing with Medicaid, drug reimbursement, and other measures. (Related: Trump’s attack on Big Pharma’s cartel profiteering lost the drug industry about $25 billion in 20 minutes.)
As reported by The Western Journal, changes to Medicaid are key:
The administration is planning on asking Congress to clarify the definition of generic, over-the-counter drugs in an effort to avoid misclassifications that lead to exorbitant waste and provide potential loopholes for manufacturers to game the system.
Azar said the goal of asking Congress to specifically clarify drugs is to ensure that “generic and branded drugs are paying properly on the Medicaid rebate program.”
In a recent investigation, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General discovered that drug makers misclassified perhaps as much as three percent of the drugs that qualified for Medicaid’s rebate program in 2016. Those miscalculations alone cost taxpayers a hefty $1 billion from 2012-2016.
The White House will also pursue legislation to give HHS the authority to permit a small number of states to see if they can manage to negotiate better prices with Big Pharma than the federal government currently gets under current Medicaid negotiation regulations.
“If they would like to take a shot at managing their formulary and negotiating better deals than we can get, we would like to do a pilot where up to five states could do that,” said Azar.
Trump will propose additional changes — to Medicaid and Medicare, the two largest government healthcare expenditures — and federal agencies like the FDA in order to get prices down.
Read more of J.D. Heyes’ work at The National Sentinel.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Truth About Soy Boys

Editor's Note: You can avoid meat and being a soy boy at the same time. You Don't Need Meat to Be Big and Strong:

The Truth About Soy Boys

Sunday, February 4, 2018

NIH study links cell phone radiation to cancer in male rats - Breaking News - Cell phone radiation linked to cancer in rats

NIH study links cell phone radiation to cancer in male rats - Breaking News - Cell phone radiation linked to cancer in rats


FLASHBACK from 2016 - Cell Phone, Cancer Link? | New Study Raises Possible Concerns


The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has released the results of its latest probe of the site.

A remote-controlled inspection of the Unit 2 reactor containment vessel last month detected a maximum of 8 sieverts per hour of radiation.

Experts say exposure to such radiation for about an hour would be fatal.

Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, released the results on Thursday.

They said the radiation reading was taken near what appeared to be fuel debris, the term used to describe a mixture of molten fuel and broken interior parts.

The finding shows that nearly 7 years after the meltdowns, radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work.

The bottom line is radioactive particles are being emitted from the site. A containment dome should have been constructed immediately following the three reactor meltdowns. That nothing was done is absolutely criminal. The impact on the environment is yet to be fully realised. Certainly large sections of the Pacific Ocean will have suffered some effects of the radioactive fallout.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 3rd, 2018.]