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12Apr/11Off

Aspirin can prevent Cancer?

Aspirin can prevent Cancer?

New research has shown that aspirin has the ability to prevent cancer, especially Colorectal Cancer and Stomach Cancer.

Here is a list of cancers that aspirin may prevent:

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Breast Cancer

The study shows a small amount of aspirin taken daily may significantly reduce the risk of death caused by a variety of cancer.

Dr. Peter Rothwell of John Radcliffe Hospital of Oxford University and his colleagues reviewed eight clinical trials in the United Kingdom; over twenty-five thousand five hundred people participated in the trial. Testing times ranged from 4 to 8 years. It was found that subjects taking as much as 75 mg of aspirin daily for over 20 years, cancer mortality rate can be reduced by 20%, of which colorectal cancer mortality rate can be reduced to 40%, lung cancer to 30%, esophageal cancer significantly reduced to 60%.  Other causes of mortality had also decreased by 10%, the effects of cancer prevention can last up to 20 years.

It is most effective when taking aspirin for 5 year. Mortality rate can be reduced  to 30-40%, depending on the type of cancer.

However, Lesley Walker,  member of the British Association for Cancer Research (Cancer research UK) has warned that the study is still not mature; taking aspirin to prevent cancer should not yet be recommended at this point.

Side effects and precautions of Aspirin:

Gastrointestinal effects: abdominal discomfort and nausea, and stomach bleeding. Therefore, aspirin should be taking with food and antacids (when needed) to reduce irritation. Patients with stomach ulcers should take aspirin with extra caution. Alcohol should be avoided when taking aspirin.

Acid reaction: nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, headache, dizziness when overdose.  Ggastric lavage, catharsis, or oral sodium bicarbonate may be needed.

Allergic reactions: Angioneurotic edema, asthma or anaphylactic shock may occur. Therefore,  patients with asthma should not take aspirin.

26Feb/11Off

8 Habits to Prevent Cancer

8 simple habits to prevent cancer

According to World Health Organization (WTO),  cancer has becoming the leading cause of death globally and has accounted for 7,600,000 deaths each year, which is around 13% of all deaths.  WTO also states that 1/3 of cancer is preventable by making changes to your daily habits.  Here are 8 simple habits that may prevent you from having cancer.

  1. Weight control: Avoid underweight or overweight. As overweight or obese will increase the risk of Endometrial cancer, Breast cancer, Kidney cancer and Colon cancer.
  2. More vegetables and fruits (Alkaline diet): Alkaline diet is proved to prevent cancer.  What is alkaline diet? The simple answer is eating more greens.  You should eat at least 400 to 800 grams of vegetables and fruits everyday, which may reduce the risk of having cancer by 20%.  Lack of vegetables and fruits will increase the risk of Oral cancer, Nasopharyngeal cancer, Esophageal cancer, Lung Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Colon Cancer and Rectal cancer.
  3. More starchy foods: Starchy foods are rich source of vitamins B, which may reduce the risk of cancer. Your daily diet should include sweet potatoes, potatoes, yam, rice, pasta or any wheat products. However, do not eat overcooked starchy foods, such as french fries and potato chips.
  4. More exercises:  You should do at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercises for at least 3 or more times per week.
  5. Less meat: Meat and high protein foods will make our body becoming more acidic. Acidic diet will weaken our immune system and increase the risk of cancer. Red meat eaters will increase the risk of Colon Cancer, Rectum Cancer, Pancreas Cancer, Kidney cancer, Prostate cancer, Breast cancer .
  6. Less salt: High-salt diet increases the risk of Gastric cancer, Kidney cancer and Colon cancer. WTO recommends that salt intake per person per day should be 6 grams or less.
  7. Less food additives:  More than 3000 food additives can be found from your daily diet.  They are NOT natural food, they are chemicals.
  8. Less alcohol: Alcohol consumption increases the risk of Mouth cancer, Throat cancer, Esophageal cancer, Liver cancer, Colon cancer, Rectal cancer, Breast cancer.
22Feb/11Off

Alcoholism and Breast Cancer

Alcoholism and Breast Cancer

Many studies have proved Alcoholism or Alcohol Addiction has direct linkage to mouth, throat, liver and esophagus cancer.  Recent study also found that alcohol can also increase the risk of developing Breast Cancer.  Women drinkers are having higher risk of developing breast cancer especially after the age of 50.

According to a recent study,  women who drink 1 standard cup of alcoholic drink a day have slightly higher risk of breast cancer compare to the non-drinkers.  However,  those who have 7 bottles of beer or 14 cups of wine or 1.26 liters of sake weekly have about 1.75 times the risk of the non-drinker.  Less than 1 person per 100 people with breast cancer among the non-drinking women, however, 2.1 people per 100 people with breast cancer among the drinking women.
Acetaldehyde, a fat-soluble toxin in alcohol can damage human cells and increase the risk of cancer.  Doctors and the American Cancer Society suggests that women should drink no more than 1 standard cup of alcohol a day to reduce the risk of Breast Cancer.

28Nov/10Off

Breast Cancer Symptoms

Similar to other cancers, breast cancers have no obvious symptoms or signs in its early stages.  So your monthly breast self-exam or the annual mammogram are extremely important for earlier found and diagnosed.  Usually, the first sign is the discovery of a painless lump and 50% of those lump are found at the upper outer part of the breast.
Also, there are different types of breast cancer, including Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS, invasive), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, non-invasive), inflammatory breast cancer, male breast cancer, recurrent breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, etc.

Breast Cancer Symptoms Checklist:

  1. A hard breast lump
  2. Blood from the nipple
  3. Change in the size, shape or feel of your breast or nipple
  4. Changes to the skin over the breast, e.g. redness and dimpling
  5. Orangish / brownish / Yellowish fluid from nipple
  6. Peeling skin around nipple
  7. Bone pain
  8. Skin ulcers around your breast and nipple
  9. Swelling of your arm, usually happens on one of your arms
  10. Unexplained weight loss
22Oct/09Off

Make alternative healing become mainstream, discussion part 4

I continued reading the Chinese article written about American's health by an acupuncturist. His words are pretty strong, and there may be some bias too. But honestly I have found some of those interesting and convincing.

He said overweight is basically a tough health issues among Americans. One of the major cause of this is drinking too much milk! (Well, when we see "Got Milk?" all the time, we can't imagine someone actually point out milk is one of the cause of overweight, which leads to a lot of health problems. Next to milk is fast food, which we probably already knew. Milk is making most people grow big like cows, which may be what it was intended to do. It seems to be better now since low fat milk and no fat milk are available. But many people still like whole fat milk, and use half and half for other foods and beverage.

Another problem is drug abuse. He's not talking about the illegal drugs, he's talking about over-the-counter drugs. Like taking sleeping pills to help sleeping, like taking painkillers whenever we feel any unbearable (or even bearable) pain. These are what causing depression and kidney problems.

Some people also rely on vitamins when they found their stamina is declining. They don't blame on overweight or lack of exercise. Instead, they think they're lacking of vitamins and take multiple vitamins for that. However, taking too much vitamins is going to feed the bad cells, like cancer. Some cancers like prostate cancer and breast cancer can come from that. If we don't change our diet and habits, all of the above would definitely do us more harm than good.

He made a strong statement on chemotherapy. Although I think it's bias, I can't really argue with him. He said if chemotherapy can really treat cancer, let's try to find a healthy young man to take chemotherapy for six months and see how he's going to be. He said this young man is definitely going to be weak as if he's going to die. If we use chemotherapy on cancer patients, we can see how effective it's going to be. If that's the case, why do we spend that much money on these services? He also said he's happy to see President Obama and some authorities starting to find out there's a new direction. If alternative healing really becomes mainstream, it's going to change the whole world, not just America.

Chinese have a saying to describe Western medicine: "Cure the head when there's a headache; Heal the feet when they feel pain." That may be a little bias, but somehow this is the impression among Chinese. However, Western medicine has a much organized system to follow while Chinese medicine is not organized very well. That's what making traditional Chinese medicine hard to promote. Hopefully this will change someday. When we think about it, if a few needles can heal some diseases, why do we need pills?