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{January 20, 2010}   Raise Tobacco Tax in Minnesota

Raise Tobacco Tax in Minnesota to save lives.  The best way to reduce youth smoking is to raise the price of tobacco products.  It will prevent tens of thousands of Minnesota’s kids from becoming addicted to cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Do something about it before their are too many products that are appealing to kids.  Tobacco products know come in flavors like peach, chocolate, grape, strawberry and watermelon.  Big tobacco companies are targeting our kids, and we need to do something about these e-cigarerettes.  Minors can buy these candy-cigarette products in the mall and convenience stories because they are not regulated.

Let’s make tobbacco use a public health priority in Minnesota.  It is the leading cause of preventable deaths and disease in Minnesota.   The tobacco industry spends millions on advertising their products in Minnesota, and we need to do something about it.

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Disease is a state of imbalance in the body.  One should test the acid and alkaline base in their body.  Did you know that a diet heavy in meat can increase your ph? If you eat a diet full of plants and greens it can lower your ph.  Prevent disease by eating one card deck full of meat on your plate and two-thirds veggies from God’s garden.

{January 15, 2010}   Young Women and Breast Cancer

In AARP they listed the following information. They (referring to younger women) often hugely overestimate their risk.  A recent USA Today/Gallup P0ll found that 40% of women surveyed estimated that a 40-year olds chance of developing breast cancer over the next decade was 20-50 percent.  The real risk is 1.4 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The problem with widespread screening of breast cancer is that it increases the detection and treatment of small-slow growing tumors that never cause any harm, while failing to detect aggressive tumors known as interval cancers that occur between screenings and grow swiftly.  There is risk with repeated radiation screening, even if small.  There is stress caused by a false positives, and there are many cases of over treatment of small, slow growing cancer that will never develop into anything that puts one at risk.

{January 12, 2010}   Taking Care of Our Bones

Our bones are really important in preventing diseases.  They say one should get 400-800 IY of vitamin D a day and have enough calcium in their diet.  Weight bearing exercises are important. Dancing, lifting weights, walking, hiking, climbing stairs, running, jumping, twisting, bending, and flexing can all help.  We don’t want to get osteoporosis or osteopenia. 

We should eat calcium rich foods such as dairy products, sardines (yuck), greens, leafy vegetables (rabbit food), fortified calcium rich foods as oatmeal, and orange juice.

{January 12, 2010}   Eat Mindfully

It is so hard when you want to eat the refrigerator and everything in it. We  need to eat mindfully by enjoying our food in small bites.  Small plates help.  I know I bought small square plates to serve supper on.  We need to remember to put our fork down between bites and eat slowly. We are great at eating our food like it is running away.  It’s a really bad habit. 

Maybe we should be practicing yoga as we are eating.

It seems that when they can’t diagnoise pain and you’re ill, you get a Fibromyalgia diagnosis.  I have come across more people that I know with this diagnosis.  If they have knee, back problems, bursitis, hip problems and are struggling with chronic pain you may get this diagnosis.  Exercise seems hard for these folks.  They are know saying that 10 million Americans, mostly women have this disorder.  There’s even a book,  Idiot’s Guide to Fibromyalgia… I guess the trick to dealing with it is do things slowing and increase your endurance.

{January 12, 2010}   We need to use our brains…

There are several brain boosters. They include reading, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, doing Sudoku, playing Chess and even Trivia games.  Have you used your brain today?

A newer study done by the Moores Cancer Center at UC in San Diego found that D3 and calcium prevents 58,000 cases of breast cancer and 49,000 cases of new colon cancer in the United States and Canada. I would say, get tested for a Vitamin D deficiency, bone loss, and then have it treated. These researchers predict that cancer deaths can be prevented with enough intake. Dr. Cedric Garland, UCSD School of Medicine is the lead researcher.

{January 12, 2010}   Fixing Rising Homocysteine

Dr. Al Sears in his newsletter recommends the right combination of natural supplements when you have high levels of homocystein from the following conditions:

cancer, hypothyroidism, gout, Lupus, psoriasis, depression, kidney diseae, acute leukemia, HIV/AIDS, and rheumatoid arthritis.

He recommends the following natural subtances:   vitamin B12, folic acid or B9, vitamin B6, riboflavin, and TMG or Trimethylcine.  I am assuming he tests for the homocysteine levels, B12, and Folic Acid levels.  He bases this on research from the New England Journal of Medicine and from the Archives of Internal Medicine.  His newsletter tells the amount one should take, and  we know that we can not overdose on certain supplements.

He found that high levels of homocysteine in men .  If they are four times higher a man will more than likely suffer from a heart attack.  High levels indicate less chance of suviving, lower levels, more of a chancer of surviving.  Homocysteine levels are a strong indicator of death.  Ask to have this tested during your next physical or if you have any concerns.

{January 10, 2010}   New Tests for Heart Disease

In reading Parade today, they talked about various tests to predict your chances of getting heart disease.

One is high levels of C Reactive Protein (CRP). I remember my husband and I having this test. This test is recommended for those at immediate risk for heart disease. 

They are know saying that your homocystein level is linked to heart disease, stroke, and peripheral disease.  How can we reduce the risk?  Eat certain B vitamins, consume greens, more vegetables (2/3’s of your plate) and make sure you have enough folic acid in our diet. Check the contents.

 Another test is the LDL or bad cholesterol test that our doctor always uses in cholesterol screening.  Some folks need to go on cholesterol lowering drugs. 

Then there is fibrinogen, a protein that is involved in clotting.  We don’t want clots anywhere in our body. Cigarettes, alcohol and hormone therapy can increase fibrinogen levels.

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