October 2011

The Changing Understanding of Cancer: The Disease and Prevention

The US Preventive Services Task Force has started to pull back recommendations of rpeventive screenings, and they have good reason.

“Cancer” may be one of the most frightening and stigmatic words in the western world. Over the past several decades cancer treatments, therapies, and screenings have been a billions of dollars industry, as people search for ways to prevent, treat, and cure themselves or loved ones of this frightening disease. In particular, cancer screenings have had a pivotal role in the way that the public feels and thinks about cancer, with many believing it to be their best or only protection. However, a shift in the medical world is starting to move away from the necessity of screenings as new and very large clinical trials are coming to an end.

As reported in The New York Times, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has already come out in the last several years critical of the value of cancer screenings. Several years ago they found that early mammogram screenings were probably not necessary in women under 50 and that women over 50 should consider having them less often. Just this year the USPSTF has published an opinion on the PSA form of prostate cancer screening in men, saying that the harms of such screens may actually outweigh the benefits.

What Are the Best Food Sources For Omega-3?

Certain fish, grass fed beef, eggs produced by pasture fed chickens, shrimp, oysters, scallops, and some wild game

It is becoming better well-known how important omega-3 is to your overall-health. Omega-3 can prevent type 2 diabetes, reduce inflammation in your body, help support a healthy heart, help with circulation, reduce joint pain, and help you concentrate better.

 

While you can take omega-3 supplements, studies have shown that the body is better able to absorb the omega-3 if eat certain foods that contain it. You also need to be aware the there are different forms of omega-3. The EPA and DHA are the forms that can be directly used by the body. Salmon, sardines, and herring contain very high amounts of EPA and DHA and are your very best food sources for omega-3. Other fish, grass fed beef, eggs produced by pasture fed chickens, shrimp, oysters, scallops, and wild game such as deer and elk are also good sources for omega-3.

Keeping Congestion at Bay

Tips and remedies to keep you breathing.

Normally I am a bit of an expert on congestion. From my allergies to bronchitis, sinus issues to colds, I normally get congested several times a year (as does my little girl) and automatically know how to deal with it. Below I will list some common household remedies that should do the trick if you have normal congestion associated with these conditions.

Task Force Recommends Against Prostate Test

Doctors criticize the panel’s recommendation, but results show false positives

In the U.S., one in six men is diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, according to the American Cancer Society, and 2 million men that have been diagnosed are still alive today. Prostate cancer is survivable, but many oncologists and other experts say that much of the cancer’s survivability is due to early detection. One common early detection method with prostate cancer is a simply blood test to screen for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). PSA if a protein that is found naturally in the blood, but at higher levels in men with prostate cancer. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government-backed panel to study current health practices, has recently downgraded the importance of this method, saying the screen could be harmful.