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Spices that Fight Cancer

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The Spices that Fight Cancer

 

Our bodies fight a constant battle against cancer because many elements both in the environment and in our bodies, spur its formation. Triggers include environmental toxins, inflammation, and viruses. When cells are damaged and they start multiplying, cancer can begin.

 

Our bodies fight back, trying to kill cancer cells by several methods, including producing more killer T-cells that cause aberrant cells to self-destruct. They also use compounds found in foods to wage war. Some herbs and spices contain particularly strong cancer-fighting substances. They include:

 

  • Turmeric. Turmeric is a spice used to flavor traditional Indian dishes. Its active ingredient is curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that gives the spice its bright yellow color. Several studies have found it is an effective weapon against cancer.

 

A Phase II clinical trial at MD Anderson Center involved 25 patients with pancreatic cancer who were given 8 grams of turmeric a day for two months. Tumor growth stopped in two patients, one for eight months and another for two-and-a-half years. Another patient’s tumor temporarily regressed by 73 percent. Since the only two drugs approved by the FDA are effective in no more than 10 percent of patients, turmeric’s effectiveness was similar, and with no side effects. Another study found that turmeric reduced tumor growth in mice with pancreatic cancer by 43 percent.

 

 

  • Boswellia. Boswellia serrata is better known as frankincense, and has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory. Modern research is finding it also has anticancer properties. One laboratory study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine investigated its effect on human bladder cancer cells and found that it activated the genes responsible for suppressing the growth of cancer cells and triggering apoptosis, causing cells to commit suicide. The researchers concluded that frankincense oil was able to distinguish between cancerous and normal bladder cells and to suppress their viability. Other research found links to protection against breast, brain, pancreatic, stomach, and prostate cancers.

 

Although both turmeric and boswellia fight cancer individually, a study at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas found that the combination of extracts from turmeric and boswellia work together to prevent colon cancer. The combo was so powerful that it began influencing tumor growth as early as the second day of administration. The combo even fights cancer in people who have a mutation in a gene that makes their cancer unresponsive to common types of chemotherapy.

 

 

“We’ve known for a while that curcumin and boswellia are powerful anti-inflammatories and have potent anti-cancer properties,” says study author Ajay Goel, Director of Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention, and Geonomics at Baylor. “They are both powerful natural medicines, and both have the ability to reduce inflammation” . “The two together had a much more powerful inflammatory effect than either compound alone.”

 

  • Basil. Basil has been a sacred herb in India for thousands of years, and studies have discovered that by repairing cells damaged by oxidation, it has the possibility to kill pre-cancerous tumors. A lab study, which was published in Cancer Letters, found that basil inhibited the proliferation and invasion of pancreatic cancer cells.

 

Basil contains eugenol, which deters the multiplication of cancer cells and also induces apoptosis. Other cancer-fighting photochemicals of basil include rosmarinic acid, beta-sitosterol, and carnosic acid.

 

 

  • Huang qin tang. Scientists at Yale University found that a combination of four herbs known as huang qin tang boosts the effectiveness of chemotherapy in colon cancer patients. In addition, the mixture, which has been used by Chinese herbalists for 1,800 years, reduces some of the debilitating side effects of chemo including nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The combination, which contains the herbs Chinese peony, Chinese jujube, Chinese licorice, and baikal skullcap, has been found to have at least 62 active chemicals that work together to be effective.

 

  • Parsley. Compounds found in parsley and dill seeds help fight cancer, according to a study from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Both herbs contain glaziovianin A, a natural isoflavone known to have potent anti-cancer properties. Glaziovianin A inhibits the growth of tumor cells by disrupting mitosis, the process of cell division. Although it has been possible to synthesize the compounds, the process was complicated and expensive. However, Russian researchers have developed a process that is cheaper and quicker, and may point to a future effective plant-based cancer treatment. The study was published in the Journal of Natural Products.

 

 

  • White willow bark. Aspirin, the world’s most common drug, was originally derived from willow bark whose active ingredient is salacin. A Turkish study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that an extract of willow called Salix aegyptiaca, can stop colon cancer cells from replicating

 

Another study found that white willow bark contains a wide variety of additional polyphenols and flavonoids in addition to salacin that fight cancer, and that people who take a daily aspirin would receive more benefits if they took willow bark.

 

  • Garlic. Garlic contains more than 30 organosulphur compounds, many with exciting anti-cancer properties. One is an organosulphur compound called diallyl trisulfide (DATS), which fights cancer by preventing, killing, or blocking the growth and spread of cancerous cells

 

According to the National Cancer Institute, studies have found that garlic can lower the risk of pancreatic cancer by 54 percent, prostate cancer by 50 percent, colon cancer by 50 percent, and stomach cancer by 52 percent. Some studies show even greater benefits: One study conducted at the University of North Carolina found that people who eat garlic cut their risk of colorectal cancer by two-thirds.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE RECIPE

 

INGREDIENTS

CASSEROLE:

2-1/4 to 2-1/2 pounds (about 4 cups) sweet potatoes, cooked, peeled and mashed

1/3 cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten ( adding protein is smart when you use sugar)

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute

TOPPING:

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter, melted

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed potatoes, butter, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and sugar. Spread into a greased 1-1/2-qt. casserole. For topping, combine all ingredients and sprinkle over potatoes. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6-8 servings.

 

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Is Vaseline Good for Dry Skin?

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Would you be excited to buy an inexpensive cream that helps your skin lock in natural moisture, relieves skin irritation and prevents wrinkles? You probably have it in your own home, petroleum jelly or more commonly known by the brand name Vaseline. Vaseline is a popular brand in most if not all homes. So, is Vaseline good for dry skin? This article answers this question and outlines other uses of this old petroleum jelly.

 

Is Vaseline Good for Dry Skin?

 

Petroleum jelly is an emollient and occlusive ointment which when applied leaves the skin soft and smooth. The skin tends to lose essential oils and transdermal water. Petroleum jelly prevents this loss and helps the skin retain its moisture. Hence, it is often referred to as a skin protectant or sealant in the cosmetics industry.

If you are still struggling with the question, is Vaseline good for dry skin? Here is the reason why you should try it. Vaseline petroleum jelly is made of mineral oil, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes. The three ingredients are blended together to form a smooth filling whose melting point is slightly above the normal body temperature. When this smooth filling melts, it flows to spaces between cells and covers the gaps in the skin’s lipid barrier. Once it solidifies, it acts as a sealant that prevents water loss. In addition, Vaseline protects your skin from the effects of harsh weather and contaminants.

 

How to Use Vaseline for Dry Skin

 

Step 1

 

Take a warm shower or bath for about 10 minutes or less. Do not exceed 10 minutes because your skin loses its natural moisture every time you take a long shower or bath.

 

Step 2

 

Use a fluffy towel to pat your skin gently. Do not leave your skin completely dry or rub it because rubbing irritates your face and leaves it dry.

 

Step 3

 

Use your fingers to apply petroleum jelly on your slightly moist and warm skin. Use circular motions to massage petroleum jelly into your cheeks, chin, forehead and motion. Your motions should be circular and gentle. Use long, upward strokes to apply petroleum jelly on your neck. Start from the lower part of your neck and move your fingers upwards to your chin. Continue massaging your skin until both your skin and fingers are dry.

 

Step 4

 

Repeat this process every time you take a shower or bath. You can also apply the jelly after cleansing your face to help your skin retain its natural moisture.

 

Step 5

 

Apply petroleum jelly on dry and chapped parts of your skin throughout the day.

 

Unexpected Ways of Using Vaseline

 

Having answered the question, is Vaseline good for dry skin? Let us look at other uses of Vaseline.

 

  1. Vaseline Removes Lash Glue

 

You should remove false lashes before going to bed. Jugging them damages the delicate skin around your eyes. If some lash strips are stuck, apply Vaseline with a cotton swab on your lash line. Wait for a few minutes then peel them off gently.

 

  1. Prevents Brows

 

You can use Vaseline to keep your brows including stubborn brows in place all day. Rub some petroleum jelly between two fingers then apply it on your arches.

  1. To Conceal Split Ends

 

Split ends are not attractive. Applying a small of amount of Vaseline on split ends moisturizes and hides their appearance. You must be careful when applying Vaseline on your split ends because too much of it will make your hair look greasy and messy.

 

  1. To Open Your Nail Polish Cap

 

You can open a stuck cap of your polish without damaging your nails or hurting your fingers. Applying Vaseline on the bottle’s thread makes it open easily.

 

  1. Vaseline Heals Sunburns

 

Sometimes we forget to apply sunscreen when at the beach or basking in the sun. Exposing your skin to the sun for long hours leaves it red and is sometimes painful. Applying Vaseline to sunburns helps your skin lock in moisture and prevents peeling.

 

  1. It Makes Your Lashes Conspicuous

 

If you prefer minimal beauty products on your face, you can use Vaseline to make your lashes look shiny and thicker. Vaseline makes your lashes look longer and more luminous, and grow faster.

 

  1. Vaseline Can Be Used on Your Nails

 

Rubbing Vaseline on your nails several times in a day softens and improves the appearance of your cuticles. When used in a manicure, Vaseline makes your cuticles pliable when tending back. It is an excellent care for your fingertips and restores the glisten and shine on your nail polish.

 

  1. Use for Your Teeth

 

Most people think that Vaseline is only used on skin. Applying Vaseline on teeth is an old trick that was used to make dancers and performers enthusiastic about grinning. Today, applying jelly on your teeth is a beauty tip that prevents your lips from sticking onto your teeth. You can use this tip when applying your lipstick to ensure that the lipstick does not get to your teeth. Only a small of amount of jelly would do.

 

  1. Vaseline for Hair Use

 

Applying Vaseline on hair has several benefits. It helps your hair lock in moisture and treats a dry scalp. Vaseline should be used sparingly on hair because it is difficult to wash out. It helps reduce scaling and itching caused by dandruff. When using Vaseline for this purpose, apply it on your scalp and rub it in gently before shampooing your hair.

 

Applying a mask of Vaseline along your hairline protects your skin against harmful hair dyes and the effects of perming and straightening chemicals. Vaseline is also used in place of styling gel. Rub a small amount of the jelly on your hands and apply it thoroughly on your hair.

 

  1. Heals and Prevents Rashes Due to Chaffing

 

When tackling the question, is Vaseline good for dry skin? We discovered that Vaseline protects and heals the skin. Many people suffer from rashes caused by chaffing. Vaseline prevents this condition. Runners and cyclists use the jelly on their thighs to protect their skin from rashes. You can use Vaseline to prevent nipple chaffing or as a protecting coat for any part of your body.

 

When not to use Vaseline

If you are having any problems with infertility, menstrual problems, accelerated aging, allergies, and autoimmune problems as well as nutrient deficiencies, sleep problems and even some types of cancers, then I would recommend Coconut Oil only.

 

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How to Prevent an Inguinal Hernia

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How to Prevent Inguinal Hernia

With knowledge about inguinal hernia anatomy, you can understand what you can do to prevent it from happening in the first place. What you should understand is that you cannot do much about the congenital defect that increases your risk for developing inguinal hernia. Here are some steps you can take to keep things under control.

You should be active and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the exercise you can or cannot do in your condition.

You should work with a healthcare provider to help you make a diet plan. There is no set plan for any one person. Depending on location, and sleep patterns, and medication, each person needs a personalized healthcare plan. As always though, be sure to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that contain dietary fiber.

It is important to prevent straining and constipation to avoid making your hernias worse. Properly taking the correct supplements is important.

Avoid heavy lifting as much as possible. If you really need to do some lifting, bend from your knees. Never bend from your waist or you will end up making things worse.

You need to avoid smoking because it will cause a chronic cough that can aggravate an inguinal hernia.

You need to bear in mind that when you have inguinal hernias, you cannot correct this situation with a supportive garment designed to keep hernias in place. You should wear it though if your doctor has asked you to wear it for a short time before your surgery.

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1 in 5 Have Been Hit by a Medical Error

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1 in 5 Have Been Hit By a Medical Error, Survey Shows

 

One-fifth of American adults have been at the receiving end of a medical error, a new survey finds.

 

The nationwide poll included more than 2,500 adults. The survey also found that one in three people said another person whose care they were closely involved with had experienced a medical error.

 

Most medical errors were associated with diagnosis and patient-provider communications. Outpatient settings were a common site of medical errors.

 

On average, respondents who experienced a medical error identified at least seven different factors that caused the error. Nearly half of those who noted an error told medical staff or other workers at the health care facility about it.

 

Most people feel that health care providers have the prime responsibility for patient safety. But survey participants also said that patients and their families have a role, too.

 

Still, most people said they didn’t worry personally about patient safety, the survey found.

 

When medical errors occur, they often have lasting impact on the patient’s physical and emotional health, finances, or family relationships.

 

The survey was done by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago.

 

“The survey results show that Americans recognize that patient safety is a critically important, but complex, issue,” Dr. Tejal Gandhi, chief clinical and safety officer, IHI, and president of the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, said in an organization news release.

 

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Surviving Heart Attack Often Means Leaving Job Behind

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Surviving Heart Attack Often Means Leaving Job Behind

 

Recovering from a heart attack can be a long, painful process, and now a new study finds that almost one-quarter of those patients who returned to work ultimately left their jobs over the following year.

 

The findings suggest that “even though patients return to work after a heart attack, they may still require individual adjustments at their workplaces in order to stay employed,” said study author Dr. Laerke Smedegaard Petersen. She is a graduate student at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.

 

An estimated 676,000 people in the United States survive heart attacks each year, according to the American Heart Association. Many survivors are of working age: The average age of heart attack is 65 for men and 72 for women, the association says.

 

The new study examined the medical and work records of over 22,000 patients in Denmark who were employed before suffering heart attacks between 1997 and 2012.

 

Of those, 91 percent returned to work within a year. But within a year of going back to work, 24 percent of the patients had left their jobs. That’s three times the normal rate of leaving a job, the researchers reported. It’s not clear, however, whether the heart attack survivors quit their jobs, or were fired or laid off.

 

Patients aged 30 to 39 and 60 to 65, and those who had heart failure, diabetes or depression, were especially likely to leave their jobs. Workers with higher incomes and more education were more likely to stay on the job, the findings showed.

 

Petersen said the percentage of heart attack patients who return to work and then leave their jobs may be even higher in the United States.

 

“In Denmark, all citizens have equal access to health care and all patients receive treatment free of charge,” she explained.

One U.S. expert said the findings are sobering.

 

“The study is an important reminder that recovery is often measured in months and years, not just weeks,” said Dr. Harlan Krumholz, director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

 

“To understand the impact of a heart attack requires that we fully understand people’s roles and function. We should study how best to help people fully resume their prior activities and have the choice as to whether they want to continue working,” Krumholz explained.

 

Karina Davidson, executive director of Columbia University’s Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, said fatigue and an inability to perform manual labor are some of the reasons why heart attack survivors leave their jobs.

 

“Patients after a heart attack do indeed have a long road to recovery, and cardiac rehabilitation, strong family support and follow-up with their medical care are important components to ensure the best recovery possible,” she said. “Returning to work full-time will be realistic for some patients, but not for all.”

 

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Avoid All Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

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Avoiding All Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

 

The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder.

 

That’s the message of a new long-range study examining alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, or Afib. This is when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart are chaotic and cause an irregular heartbeat, which increases the risk of blood clots that can cause stroke or heart attacks.

 

One in four adults older than 40 is at risk for Afib, and nearly 6 million people in the United States could have the condition by 2050.

 

But the researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found that every decade of non-drinking decreased the risk of Afib by 20 percent, regardless of the type of alcohol.

Women who drink in any amount before conception and during pregnancy will cause a higher risk of problems for your infant.

 

The study included heart-risk data generated over 25 years on more than 15,000 American adults

 

Past drinkers were at increased risk for Afib, the researchers found. Every additional decade in which alcohol was consumed in the past was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of Afib, and every additional drink per day during former drinking was associated with a 4 percent increased risk.

 

“For a disease that affects millions and is one of the most important causes of stroke, identifying modifiable risk factors is especially important,” study senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus said in a UCSF news release. He directs clinical research at the university’s division of cardiology.

 

“Future research may help identify patients particularly prone to alcohol-related [Afib], and, when done, targeted counseling to those patients may be especially effective,” he added.

 

“Our finding suggests there may be chronic cardiac remodeling effects from alcohol that don’t rely on alcohol as an acute trigger, and further research into why this occurs is needed,” Marcus concluded.

 

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Chinese Chicken Broccoli : Paleo Friendly

Paleo Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Paleo Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

 

Ingredients

 

4 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets

4 teaspoons canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

1 cup 1/4-inch-thick half-moon slices onion

2 tablespoons minced ginger (about a 1-inch piece)

6 cloves garlic, minced

4 whole small dried chiles or 1/2 teaspoon chile oil

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in 1-inch cubes

4 teaspoons cashew butter

3 tablespoons tamari

1/2 cup unsalted whole cashews

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions

 

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook until bright green and tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.

 

Heat the canola and sesame oils in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add the onions, ginger, garlic and chiles and sauté until the onions are soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

 

In a small bowl, whisk the cashew butter and tamari and pour into the skillet, stirring to remove any lumps. Add the chicken back in the pan, stir in the broccoli and cashews, and stir to heat through and completely coat with the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, then serve.

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Hummus Dip

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Hummus Dip

 

Ingredients

 

2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed, plus more for garnish

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish

2 cloves garlic, peeled

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon dark Asian sesame oil

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin

12 to 15 grinds black pepper

1/4 cup water

Paprika, for garnish

 

Directions

 

In a blender combine all the ingredients except the parsley and paprika to be used for garnish. Blend on low speed until smooth. You’ll have to stop the blender often to push down the ingredients. If the mixture is too dry and you’re having trouble blending it, add a few more tablespoons of olive oil to help things along.

 

Scrape the hummus onto a plate. Sprinkle the paprika over the top, drizzle lightly with olive oil, scatter some parsley on top, and serve. You can make the hummus up to a couple of hours before you serve it. Cover the top with plastic wrap and leave it at room temperature.

 

Per Tablespoon: Calories: 57; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates: 5 grams; Sugar: 0 grams; Fiber: 1 gram; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 96 milligrams

 

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Buffalo Cauliflower

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Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Ingredients

 

Cheese Sauce:

1/3 cup nonfat sour cream

2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

1 tablespoon skim milk

2 teaspoons mayonnaise

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Buffalo Cauliflower:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt

8 cups cauliflower florets (from about 1 medium head)

 

Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

 

For the cheese sauce: Whisk together the sour cream, blue cheese, milk, mayonnaise, 1/8 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes

 

For the Buffalo cauliflower: Meanwhile, microwave the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl on high until melted. Whisk in the hot sauce and lemon juice and set aside.

 

Mix olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup water in a large bowl. Add the cauliflower and toss until well coated. Spread the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until beginning to brown and just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Whisk the hot sauce mixture again, drizzle over the cauliflower and toss with tongs to coat. Roast the cauliflower until the sauce is bubbling and browned around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes more. Serve hot with the cheese sauce.

 

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