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{February 8, 2011}   End Gun Violence

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{February 8, 2011}   Women and Men Living Longer

Brigham Young University did a study of 308,00 men and women. They found that people who had a strong social relationship where 50% less likely to die. There are exceptions to this study. For example if you smoke 15 cigs a day or obese that may be more of a cause.

{February 8, 2011}   Cutting Calories

WE can cut calories in many ways. WE can use oil and vinegar dressing, eat egg whites insted of the whole egg, eat an open faced sandwich, skip the cheese on your sandwich, eat fresh fruit, use mustard instead of mayo, and of course drink a Lake Superior Cocktail (ice water on the rocks).

A study involving 173 Danish women who under went screening mammographys between the eyars of 1993 and 2007 yielded some interesting results. They found that those that used hormones had more false-positve results than women who never used hormone replacement therapy. They found that of 39, 104 women who took the hormone replacement therapy that 602 had false positve results, and they needed further testing. The remaining, 0.8 percent of the 133, 638 women had nver used hormone therapy. If you used patches, and injections the women had twice the false postive risk.

This was quite an interesting study. More research needs to be done to see what hormones are safest and don’t result in false positive results.

Hormone replalcement therapy increases breast density. As women get older, typically their breast tissue will be less dense and more fatty. That is not always the case.  Younger women have more breast density. I wonder if it could be due to al their hormones. Sounds like something I said years ago. I still say they need to reduce hormones in our diet, hormone free meat, minicing hormones, etc.

If you stop hormone replacement therapy, your risk of a false positive mammogram should go down. In the United States in 2008 they found that women who had been on oral HRT for five years, the odds of their having an inaccurate mammogram declined after women stop taking the hormones. Now this doesn’t seem to go with women more at risk for breast cancer as they age, does it?

Some women take hormone replacement therapy until they die. They feel it has helped them, inspite of the risk. These women take it to reduce their menopausal symptoms. For relatives it was hot flashes, etc.

According to the American Cancer Society’s chart on BC Incident and Mortality Rates by Race and State (2002-2006), Minnesota will have 126.4 (White/Caucasian)  as their incident rate. (All rates are per 100,00 and age adjusted to the 2000 US standard population.) The mortality rate for Minnesota is 22.3 for White/Caucasian.

The African American incident rate is 121.1 but the African American mortality rate is 36.8 for Minnesota. As you can see African American women have a lot higher mortality rate and yet the money raised doesn’t seem to head their way.

It seems to be heading toward white Causian women.

Some people volunteer to help others and others are seeking donations for their salaries. It may seem like they really to help others. Ask the breast cancer patients involved in the community. Someone came up to me asked me about a group that raises money and only one person gets the money. I said, ” No, I am strictly a volunteer as is ever one else that I am involved with.”

Did you know that certain blood pressure medicines can deplete you of potassium? That’s like a double edged sword. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Eating a banana each day, potato or other souces of potassium is worth looking into.

Researchers found that people who ate the most fruit and vegetables were less likely to suffer a stroke. The highest intake of potassium reach fruits and vegetables lowered ones risk. There is actually an 8 per cent reduction in coronary heart disease from eating fruits and vegetables.

Potassium helps prevent muscle cramping. I think magnesium does too.

Potassium rich foods include avocados, leafy green  vegetables, apricots, prune juice, dried beans, dried peas, plain non-fat yogurt, bananas, and of course potatoes.

We lose weight as we get older according to The Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences (Jan., 2010). A reeasrch study was done, and they found the same results as other animal studies that calorie restriction increases life span. This was a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Study done by Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph D.

There is an interesting article on Life Lessions from a Surf Legion, professional surger, Laird Hamilton.  You may want to read his book, Force of Nature, Mind, Body and Soul by Laird Hamilton. Rodale Books put the book out in 2008. Visit this website:

Hamilton believes the act of channeling our fears empwers us and brings us closer to being more fully human.

He emphasizes the importance of great eating habits, being physically activive, having plenty of energy, and not eating garbage additives. He actually takes 20 pills a day that include protein powerd, vitamin c poweder, powdered greens, and even brain boosting supplements. (He sound like one of my pharmacy students.) If you look at the picture of him and read the article in Life Extensions magazine (July issue) you know he is fine tuned machine.

He also feels we need to address our fears right in the face. Some may say he is fearless. I think the comment where he said “Dying is easy, it’s staying alive that’s tricky, ” is so true.

He eats a lot of fish, even raw fish.

I like what he says, “Smiling is free.”

There was a research study by The University of Minnesota, Dr. Sibley on vitiman D levels with greater weight loss.  It was a small study but it is signifigant and worth more reasearch.  It is thought that vitamin D levels help weight loss.  It was discussed at an annual Endocrine Society Meeting as well.

The Annals of Epidemiology published a report on genetic mutations, University of California.  Reserach has shows  that inadquate vitamin D levels may result in cells loosing their stickiness or intercellular adhence. Check out the DINOMIT model for preventing and treating cancer.

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