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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Mammograms Offer No Health Benefits

I thought this was an important article to share with my readers since I was recently recommended to get a mammogram by my gynecologist after finding some lumps in my breast.

I have always had a fear of squeezing my small breasts in between something that will make them look like a dime that has gone through the pressing machine.

This never really seemed like a great idea to me. There as to be a better way to check for breast cancer.

Mammograms offer no health benefits whatsoever, doctors conclude

(NewsTarget) An increasing number of doctors are contesting the claim that annual mammograms decrease women's risk of dying from breast cancer.

Danish researcher Dr. Peter Gotzsche first made this claim in a study published in "The Lancet" in October 2006. Gotzsche had re-analyzed the studies originally done on the benefits of mammograms and found them unconvincing.

Since then, other doctors have begun to assert that in addition to failing to offer protection, mammograms — which involve exposing patients to radiation —may actually increase women's risk of cancer.

"The latest evidence shifts the balance towards harm and away from benefits," said Dr. Michael Baum of University College in London.

According to Canadian columnist Dr. W. Gifford -Jones, women between the ages of 40 and 49 who have regular mammograms are twice as likely to die from breast cancer as women who are not screened.

"Experts say you have to screen 2,000 women for 10 years for one benefit," he wrote recently.
Gifford-Jones also points to other risks, from the physical to the psychological. According to some authorities, the squeezing of women's breasts during mammograms may rupture blood vessels, causing cancer to spread to other parts of the body and actually increasing a patient's risk of death.

He also pointed to the trauma suffered by women who receive false positives from their mammograms, and to the dangerous sense of security felt by those who receive false negatives.
Studies show that mammograms fail to detect cancer 30 percent of the time in women aged 40 to 49. In addition, it can take eight years before a breast tumor is large enough to detect, by which time the cancer could have spread to other parts of the body.

"Mammograms actually harm far more women than they help," said Mike Adams, author of "The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D," a free report that teaches prevention strategies for breast and prostate cancer. "They are used more as a recruiting tool to ensnare women into a system of medical control based on false diagnosis and fear tactics. Most women then give in to chemotherapy, surgery or radiation treatments that may ultimately harm them or even kill them."

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Friday, November 16, 2007

What is Causing Your Energy Drain?

This is such a busy time of year, isn't it? Whether it's school or after-school commitments, social or philanthropic organizations that start meeting again after the summer, end of the year plans at work, or all of the above, fall activities are demanding!

If you're like me, you know you plan too much, but you still want to be efficient, accomplish everything, and do it well. There is no time in the schedule for running out of energy or getting sick, and "Collapse From Exhaustion" is not on the TO DO list. But your body will stop you if you don't stop it first. How will you know if you are running on empty?

The number one warning sign is fatigue. Abnormal fatigue can be a sign from your body that you are overworking, overthinking, underresting, or undereating. (I don't know if all those are words, but they should be.) A variety of illnesses and medical conditions can cause fatigue, including hormone disorders, depression, and pregnancy, so if you notice a dramatic or persistent change in your energy level, it's wise to consult your physician.

The good news is that if it's your hectic agenda that's leaving you drained, you can give yourself the best chance of staying well by looking at a few key areas - sleep, nutrition, hydration, and relaxation. As with many beneficial life habits, these four staples of health do not have catchy slogans or expensive promotional campaigns.

Bottled water brands and sleep number beds are starting to change that, but they're based on the premise that you need a very extravagant bed or water purification system, rather than the idea that you need sleep and water to be healthy. (Common sense, you say? How long has it been since you got eight hours of sleep and drank two liters of water in the same day?)

Most nutrition-related marketing promotes one food or food group over another, rather than the guiding principle that you faithful readers know by now: eating frequent, small amounts of a variety of foods. On the other hand, I'm sure you've seen and heard multiple advertisements for energy bars, energy drinks, and energy boosting supplements, promising more energy if you eat or drink the magical concoction of chemicals.

Remember what you learned in Nutrition 101: Your body can only make energy from three things: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. ONLY. Other nutrients help your body USE energy, including iron and B vitamins, but nothing you get in a pill can actually give you more energy than eating actual food. Caffeine, ginseng, guarana, ma huang, ephedra, and xenedrine are all stimulants that make your heart beat faster, so your brain gets more oxygen, so you FEEL like you have more energy?but it's a trap.

When the effects wear off, you will be more tired than you were before. If you use the chemicals again, you perpetuate the cycle, or in other words, you're hooked! Quick Tip: Real energy means calories. If a product contains 0 calories, it's a fake. The good news (yes, there's more!) is that although no supplement can make up for poor habits, changing habits can eliminate the need for these potentially harmful chemicals in your body. Easier said than done, I agree. But start in one area, and experiment with a small change.

If you see results, you will have proved to yourself that the change is worth it! In the coming weeks, we'll look at each of the key areas, sleep, nutrition, hydration, and relaxation, with the goal of maintaining exceptional energy throughout your day. If you need an energy makeover, why not keep an energy log? On 2 weekdays and 2 weekend days write down the following:

What time it is each time you eat (you don't have to write down WHAT you eat); what time it is when you go to sleep and when you wake up; what beverages you drink throughout the day; any relaxing activities you did that day; and a description of your energy (highs or lows) throughout the day. In two weeks we'll meet back and see what your results mean and where to improve! To be continued?

Jessica Setnick is a registered dietitian in Dallas, Texas who travels the world spreading nutrition wisdom. As an accomplished speaker and writer, Jessica's passion is promoting a positive relationship with food and eating as a key component of a healthy and happy life.

Find out more or contact Jessica to speak at your event by visiting her website at www.understandingnutrition.com.© 2004 Permission is granted to reprint this article in print or on your web site so long as the paragraph above is included and contact information is provided to www.understandingnutrition.com.

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Know What Your Medical Insurances Covers Before You Get Sick.

Ok….. What is wrong with the damn medical system in the U.S.A.?

This billion dollar a year industry is letting people die on the street. I recently found out that my insurance company would not cover my surgery to remove the fibroid tumors I have in my uterus, if I choose to go that route.

They informed me that I had a lapse of 180 days of not having coverage so they class the illness has a pre existing condition.

What is amazing is if you show up at the hospital with a bullet in your gut and a pitch fork in your head they may consider treating you has an emergency, but God forbid you should have a disease that may slowly be eating away your insides. Well come on now that’s not classed has an emergency because it may take me a few years for you to check out instead of 10 minuets.

Are these people nuts!

A word of warning from my experience find out what your insurance covers before you get sick, because when a man is down the insurances companies will kick you to death.

Live, Love, Create.

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Why Should You Use Iron Supplements?

Iron supplement - why iron?

Why people need to use iron supplement? Well, there are many reasons. Iron is very important for our bodies and our health and when you do not get enough iron with your foods, the iron supplement comes to help. Iron is a very important mineral. It is an important component of proteins involved in oxygen transport and metabolism. Many trusted health organizations state that about 15 percent of your body's iron is stored for your body's future needs. That stored iron will be used when dietary intake is inadequate.

Iron supplement - when to use.

There are multiple reasons that may require you to use iron supplement. You will have enough iron in you body if you are controlling the amount of iron that you get from food. Meat, fish, and poultry contain iron in them. That iron is easily absorbed by your body. The iron that is stored in plants (for example lentils and beans) is not as easily absorbed by your body as iron from meat and fish. If you don't intake enough iron with you foods, the iron supplement will definitely help.

Iron supplement - recommended dietary allowance for iron.

The recommended dietary allowance is the amount of iron (in foods, iron supplement, or both) that nearly everyone's body needs to receive daily. That amount varies with age and gender. For example, males in the age group of 19 - 50 years need to intake 8 milligrams of iron and females in the same age group need to intake 18 milligrams. For women who are pregnant the recommended dietary allowance will be different.

Iron supplement - facts.

Before you start taking some type of iron supplement, make sure that an appropriate diet is not enough to increase the intake of iron. Also consult with a doctor to see that using iron supplements is right for you. Iron supplements may cause nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal distress, or other effects. If you use some type of iron supplement, make sure that you use the correct dose.

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Who Has Fibroid Tumors?

Fibroid tumors are most commonly found in the uterus of women in their 20's, 30's and 40's. Between 20-50% of women of childbearing age have uterine fibroids. They are usually benign (non-cancerous) tumors.

These figures blow me away like a fish gasping for air out of the water. When I started to discuss my fibroid tumors with other women I found that a huge number of my friends had fibroid tumors or knew someone who had them.

I feel that we should not take these symptoms lying down. I am on a mission to help myself, my friends, and you to treat the tumors and get our life back to normal once again.

Imagine me has a pit bull clinging to your leg and the only way you can get rid of it is to enlist 20 guys to yank it off. That is me grasping onto the annihilation of fibroid tumors!


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What are Fibroid Tumors?

While fibroids can cause a variety of symptoms, they may not cause any symptoms at all—so you may not even know you have one. Heavy bleeding is the most common symptom associated with fibroids and the one that usually prompts a woman to make an appointment with her health care professional. You may learn you have one or more fibroids after having a pelvic exam.

Fibroids may cause a range of other symptoms, too, including pain, pressure in the pelvic region, abnormal bleeding, painful intercourse, frequent urination or infertility.

What actually causes fibroids to form isn't clear, but genetics and hormones are thought to play a big role. Your body may be predisposed to developing fibroids. They seem to grow or shrink depending on estrogen levels in your body, but researchers don't know why some women develop them while others don't.

Fibroids usually grow slowly during your reproductive years, but may increase in size with pregnancy. At menopause fibroids shrink because estrogen levels decline. Using menopausal hormone therapy containing estrogen after menopause may cause fibroids to continue to grow and cause symptoms.

Progesterone, growth hormone and prolactin are other hormones that may stimulate a fibroid's growth once it has already formed.

A variety of treatments exist to remove fibroids and relieve symptoms. If you learn you have fibroids, but you aren't experiencing symptoms, you usually won't need treatment.
Who is at risk for fibroids?

Your risk for developing fibroids increases with age. African-American women are at least twice as likely as Caucasian women to have them. If women in your family have already been diagnosed with fibroids, you have an increased risk of developing them. Obesity and

high blood pressure also contribute to your risk of developing fibroids, but if you take oral contraceptives or have given birth your risk decreases.

Types of Fibroids

Fibroids form in different parts of the uterus:

Submucosal fibroids grow from the uterine wall into the uterine cavity. They can cause pain, abnormal bleeding and infertility.

Subserosal fibroids grow from the uterine wall to the outside of the uterus. They can push on the bladder, bowel or intestine causing bloating, abdominal pressure, cramping and pain.

Intramural fibroids are confined within the muscle wall of the uterus, and are the most common fibroid type. They can cause symptoms similar to those caused by fibroids in other parts of the uterus.

Pendunculated. These fibroids grow on stalks out from the uterus or into the uterine cavity, like mushrooms. If these stalks twist, they can cause pain, nausea or fever, or can become infected.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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Monday, November 5, 2007

My Anemia Was Cured in 3 Months - Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap Molasses

One of the symtoms I have had to address since the invasion of fibroid tumors, and the fact that these things inhale blood like a blood bank in a drout season, is being anemic. If you are anemic then you may have some of the symptoms below.

Symptoms of anemia may include the following:

Trouble breathing
Chest pain
Abdominal pain
Weight loss
Dizziness and passing out, especially upon standing

The main one for me was fatigue I would think nothing to sleeping a good nine hours a night. Upon rising I would feel like I had being out doing shots all night before coming home at 5 a.m. throwing up a few times, then falling asleep on the bathroom floor only to be awakened by the alarm clock getting me up for work 2 hours later.

I would love to say I sleep like a baby since I no longer have anemia but I am still working on this one. I think it is a screaming baby not a sleeping baby.

Because a low red blood cell count decreases oxygen delivery to every tissue in the body, anemia causes many signs and symptoms. It makes almost any other underlying medical condition worse. For example, if you have an underlying heart problem and become anemic, you are more likely to have problems associated with your heart disease than you would have if you were not anemic.

How severe the anemia is will determine how severe the signs and symptoms will be.
When I found out I was anemic my Doctor told me to get on the iron pills immediately and start eating a cow a day (red meat). Well that was all fine and dandy for her to say but those iron pills will blow you up like a balloon on the way to the moon. I mean come on I already have a couple of fibroid tumors in my gut the size of grapefruits and now she was telling me to throw in some exploding atomic bombs.

My recommendations are if you have to take iron pills slowly work your way into them and let your body get used to the fiber instead of loading up on the pills like you are leaving town for a month.

Blackstrap Molasses:

Blackstrap molasses has cured my anemia I take 2 table spoons 2x per day. It has all kinds of health benefits and I do not have to feel like I am 9 months pregnant like I did when I was just taking the iron pills.

This is how I like to take it....

MIX the following:

2 tbls blackstrap molasses
1/3 cup of hot water
1 tbls of fresh ground flaxseed (great source of fiber)
A little orange juice (helps your body to absorb the iron faster)
A floater of Kefir Milk

You can also just take it right of the spoon this is just one of my little creations. It actually tastes really good almost like a mocha. You mix of juices with it sometimes I will use pomegranate juice which is a great antioxidant. The kefir milk is live milk which helps to alkalize your system.
You can just play with it and see what recipes you can come up with.

You can use where ever you would normally use sugar your tea, coffee, or cereal.
I managed to raise my blood count back up to just above normal and that’s great. I still get tired but at least I know that it is not because of the anemia.

If you come up with any good recipes for using blackstrap molasses then please share them so other people can benefit from your creativity in the kitchen.

Take a look at the following links to find out more about the different types of iron supplements and blackstrap molasses capsuals.

Author: Tracy Braime


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Monday, October 22, 2007

Living With Fibroid Tumors

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Symptoms, Not Size, Drive More Fibroid Surgeries:

BETHESDA, MD. -- Large fibroids appear to grow faster than smaller fibroids, but symptoms, rather than growth rate, spur women to surgery.

A preliminary analysis of data from 120 women in the Fibroid Growth Study suggests that large fibroids (greater than 50 [cm.sup.3]) and medium fibroids (7 to 50 [cm.sup.3]), showed a significantly greater increase in size over 1 year, compared with small fibroids (less than 7 [cm.sup.3]).

"Most women have fibroids, but there is a subset of women that are symptomatic," Barbara J. Davis, Ph.D., said at an international conference on uterine leiomyoma research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Data on the factors that cause fibroids to grow and become clinically symptomatic are limited. "Our hypothesis was that fibroids are heterogenous and that growing tumors will have different cellular and molecular characteristics than nongrowing tumors," said Dr. Davis, formerly chief of the Laboratory of Women's Health at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and now a principal scientist at AstraZeneca.

She and her associates sought to compare leiomyoma growth over time as a function of the number and location of the tumors.

To describe relationships between growth, clinical symptoms, and outcome, the investigators studied women at high risk for hysterectomy or myectomy.

The study results also indicated that intramural fibroids appeared to grow more slowly than did submucosal fibroids, fibroid growth might depend on the accumulation of fibrous tissue, and race had no effect on growth rate.

The study, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, included clinically symptomatic, premenopausal women with large uteri--the size of 12 weeks' gestation--who had tumors of at least 2 cm in diameter, confirmed by ultrasound at baseline. Approximately 48% of the women were black and 41% were white.

The women had MRIs at baseline, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. They also underwent physicals, completed extensive medical history forms, donated blood and urine, and participated in monthly questionnaires via a 20-minute phone interview.

Women who opted for surgery donated their fibroid tissues to the study investigators and had a presurgical MRI to map the tumors for the surgeon so they could be identified by type and location.

A total of 31 women had either a hysterectomy or myomectomy during the course of the study. The average age of the surgery patients was slightly younger than the overall average (37.8 years vs. 39 years).

Overall, 1,076 fibroid volumes were calculated, including data from 52 women who completed all four MRIs--16 women who had surgery and 36 women who did not have surgery. The investigators used a computer program to overlay MRI images at different times and determine the growth rates.

In this preliminary analysis growth rate, defined by a change in volume, was mostly a function of location and other factors.

"We were surprised that there were not significant differences in the rate of growth between women of different race or ethnicity," Dr. Davis said. The difference in the prevalence of fibroids between blacks and whites appears not to be caused by tumors growing faster in blacks.

"We did find that size was a factor in determining rates of growth," she noted. The investigators were surprised that large and medium fibroids grew at a faster rate than small ones. "We thought that small tumors would be the fast-growing ones, and we thought we might find some that shrank, but we didn't," Dr. Davis said. In fact, all the fibroids grew to some extent.
Intramural fibroid growth was slower than that of subserosal fibroids. However, growth rates between intramural vs. submucosal and between submucosal vs. subserosal were not significantly different.

As for the impact of growth rates on clinical outcomes, there were no significant differences between patients who had surgery and those who did not. "That was a surprise to us," Dr. Davis said. "We wondered why the women were going to surgery."

The answer is their symptoms. Symptom severity scores related to bleeding in surgery patients were almost double those of nonsurgery patients. Similarly, there was a significant difference in reported pain before and after surgery among surgery patients, compared with pain scores of nonsurgery patients.

Although the clinical symptomology differed between women who chose surgery and those who did not, the fibroid growth rates appeared similar in both groups. Dr. Davis noted the investigators have yet to review the impact of number of tumors on outcome. The total number of fibroids per woman ranged from 1 to 11.

The most common reasons for choosing surgery were to reduce heavy bleeding (40%) and to attempt pregnancy (20%).

The investigators found a greater proportion of fibrous tissues, compared with smooth tissues, in the large tumors than in smaller tumors. The large tumors were the fastest growing, suggesting that connective tissue contributes to tumor growth rather than regression. The vascularity varied as well-the fibroids had fewer blood vessels compared with normal tissue, but the fibroid tissue bled more. Larger fibroids had a larger total area of vascularity, but the smaller fibroids had a larger cross-section of blood vessels.

Ultimately, these results and future analyses might help physicians develop a model that they can use to predict fibroid growth over time, Dr. Davis noted.

OB/GYN News, April 15, 2005 by Heidi Splete


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Friday, October 19, 2007

To Hell With Fibroid Tumors

I know there are 1,000 of women out there just like me fighting fibroid tumors. I feel compelled to share my journey in this boycott against these foreign objects that have taken residence in my body.

There are 100s of methods and treatments and I intend to sift through this mass of information and share with you what is working for me and what is not.

In the long run we are all dealing with a unique system called our body. Each person has to listen to their own body, and pay attention to how it is responding, or not responding to what ever kind of treatment you may choose.

I have already found some amazing results in using natural products; after all if Mother Nature made it then it must be good if used in the correct manner.

As I take this journey I invite you to please ad your comments to not only help me but also help other women who are dealing with the same issues. There is power in numbers and you are the most important person in the alliance against fibroid tumors.

Your a Mother
Your a Sister
Your a Daughter
Your a Wife
Your a Boss
Your a Girlfriend
Your a Grandmother
Your a Lover

You take care of everyone else

Who is taking care of YOU?

Please take the time to take care of you and your body so you can give the best of yourself to your family and friends.

Author: Tracy Braime

Information contained within this site is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health provider for any questions you may have regarding your medical condition. Only your physician can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.