If you saw the headlines about the recent Diamond Pet Food scandal, you know that pet food toxins can be deadly. Nearly 100 dogs died from eating contaminated dog food before the company recalled 34 million pounds of poisonous kibble. That story made headlines around the world, but the real story on pet food remains untold: That common pet food ingredients -- even those found in expensive, brand-name foods -- may be harming your pet right now. (NaturalNews Insider Alert)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Microchip implants were introduced in the 1980s and have become increasingly popular for pet tracking over the past few years. A recent report reviewed the research conducted on these microchips from 1990 to 2006, and the researchers found "in nearly all cases, researchers concluded that the microchips had induced the cancers."
In light of this upsetting research, animal rights attorney Steven Wise is suing Merck & Co. over claims that its HomeAgain® pet microchip caused malignant tumors in pets. To read more about this case, click here.
Friday, October 29, 2010
- Generalized lymph node enlargement (swollen glands)
- Weight loss & loss of appetite
- Increased drinking/urination
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Difficulty breathing
Once the dog's cancer is identified, it is "staged," meaning the progression of the disease is determined. Then a treatment plan can be decided upon. Canines have many of the same treatment options as humans do, including chemotherapy.
Who knew that our furry friends risk the same battles with NHL as we do?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The dangers of cleaning products are becoming increasingly understood, and research has established a link between these chemicals and cancer. As much as I would like to use this as an excuse to not clean my room anymore, I realize that safer, alternative cleaning solutions are the real answer. For example, baking soda is a natural abrasive and deodorizer. Vinegar is acidic and therefore great at fending off bacteria and mold. I've scoured the internet (pun intended) and selected several of my favorite environmentally-safe, creative cleaning tips:
- Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean. (Vinegar Tips)
- Baking soda will keep away garbage odors; sprinkle the bottom of the pail, and then sprinkle again after you put a new bag in. (The New Home Maker)
- For stubborn marks in your toilet, sprinkle your toilet bowl with baking soda and then pour vinegar on top of it. It will bubble (think volcano science projects). Use your toilet brush to brush down the sides of your toilet bowl. (Natural News)
- Adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine saves you from buying a separate laundry softener. Vinegar works naturally to soften your laundry and has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent very effectively. (House Keeping)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The calendar took off and the women quickly became known as the Calendar Girls. "By December of 1999, just nine months after its launch, the calendar had sold 88,000 copies, and raised some $550,000 for leukemia research. That number has grown significantly since then, especially after Workman Publishing released an American version of the calendar" (www.chasingthefrog.com). The story of these unsuspecting models caught on, and in 2003, a highly acclaimed film adaptation was released. In 2008, a theatrical version also debuted in the form of a stage play.
Angela lost her husband to NHL just five months after his diagnosis, but she has gone on to be a tremendously passionate spokesperson and activist for NHL funding. According to the official Calendar Girls website,
Angela sums up the extraordinary story of the Calendar Girls: “I think that we’ve all coped really well with what has happened. We’ve done the most amazing things but we’ve kept our feet on the ground and we’ve never forgotten why we did what we did. We didn’t do the calendar because we wanted to be famous but because we wanted to raise money in John’s memory. It has been the most marvellous experience.”
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
And studies now show that acrylamide is a probable carcinogen, particularly for women. Specifically, a direct link has been established between acrylamide consumption and ovarian and womb cancer. With this lovely scientific revelation, what's a girl to do?
The European Union has released number of dietary suggestions to reduce the intake of acrylamide. For example,
The EU has now advised people to avoid burnt toast or golden brown chips because they contain higher levels of the substance acrylamide.
The EU called on people not to overcook their food.
They have also recommended eating home-cooked meals which contain much lower amounts of the chemical than processed products, fast food and restaurant meals.
Monday, October 25, 2010
"I'm really excited to be able to sing about the dangers of GMOs and help alert people to what's really in their foods," Adams said. "This is an issue that touches the lives of virtually everyone. Genetically engineered foods have invaded our food supply, and people have a right to know what that means to their health."
Now, I appreciate when passionate advocates embrace alternative means of reaching the public with their message. Sometimes, they can take it to far. I'll let you decide where this viral video falls on the spectrum:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Remember that maintaining a strong support network is extremely beneficial for those battling any form of cancer. This is yet another way to get connected and stay positive!
You can access the chat by going to the login page. Select Enter as a Guest, type your name (as you want it to appear in the chat) and click Enter Room . The chat application will launch in a new window.
You will need to wait for the moderator to arrive in the room before you can send messages, as this is a moderated chat.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
In New York, the Gowanus Canal is often refered to as the "loveliest toxic waterway" (The Earth Institute, Columbia University), polluted heavily with PCBs, pesticides and metals, among other contaminants. Disappointed with the EPA's tardy response to the situation, a local group of environmentalists decided to take action for themselves. Their efforts resulted in Jerko, "a refurbished houseboat, renovated with salvaged materials and fitted with a floating wetland" (The Earth Institute, Columbia University). The boat travels along the polluted canal, showing "how water can be cleaned through relatively inexpensive but surprisingly effective techniques of biological filtration through artificial wetlands. More importantly, it shows how citizens can take the health of their environment into their own hands without waiting for large-scale institutional action" (The Earth Institute, Columbia University).
Click here to read more about this awesome project.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Breast cancer awareness has received a great deal attention over the past several years (much more than NHL), and the color pink has become virtually synonymous with breast cancer awareness. Marketers have done an excellent job promoting awareness campaigns and countless companies now sell pink products, with a portion of the proceeds going towards breast cancer research. While I have to admit that the level of attention this community receives is impressive, there seems to be a lot of hypocrisy and hype going on. Here are a few examples to demonstrate my point:
- Earlier this year, KFC launched a 'Buckets for the Cure' campaign that promised to donate 50 cents from every bucket of fried chicken sold to 'end breast cancer forever.' Too bad KFC's chicken is loaded with cancer-causing chemicals like monosodium glutamate (MSG) and fried in trans-fat oils.
- Back in 2002, both Yoplait and Dannon painted their yogurt products pink, even though the milk used in their production came from cows treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Despite reassurances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that rBGH is safe, the artificial hormone chemical actually contributes to causing cancer.
- A Canadian gas station chain covers their stations in pink ribbons every year, even though the pollution caused by burned gasoline is linked cancer as well.
I think that the amount of attention and funding that breast cancer receives is tremendous, and I hope that NHL will reach that level of support someday. However, we need to be cautious of companies simply looking to bolster their PR. Instead of buying a bracelet that proudly claims that you support cancer awareness, why not donate the same amount of money straight to the cause?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
What can we do to protect our youngest loved ones? NaturalNews.com has a few suggestions. First, they suggest breastfeeding. The amount of nutrition obtained through breastfeeding simply cannot be matched by formulas or synthetic food substitutes. When children are ready for food, shopping organic is the surest way to avoid pesticides and other harmful environmental contaminants. Several all-natural companies also produce hygiene care for infants.
It's really scary to think that my sister Lucy's cancer could have been caused by these invisible dangers all around us. Even once we're educated about the dangers of various chemicals, avoiding them seems impossible in modern society. What's a big sis to do?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
McDonald's recently promoted the animated children's film Shrek with a line of kid-sized glasses featuring characters from the movie. When cadmium was found on the glasses, 12 million of them were recalled. While McDonald's claims that the glasses were not necessarily hazardous, and simply recalled out of caution, "government scientists concluded a 6-year-old could be exposed to hazardous levels of the carcinogen after touching one of the glasses eight times in a day" (The Chicago Tribune).
Bad move McDonald's. They are still refusing to admit the exact levels of cadmium found in their product, which leads me to be even more leery of this corporate food chain that I was before. How can we trust any of their products if they're refusing to responsibly respond to this mess?
-Photo Source: AP photo by Paul Sakuma, The Chicago Tribue
Monday, October 18, 2010
The court noted that scientists have found at least three significant differences that make rBGH milk inferior to natural milk:
- Milk from cows injected with rBGH has higher somatic cell counts; in other words, there’s more pus in the milk. The court notes that this can lead to milk that sours more quickly (not to mention that most people would prefer to avoid pus-filled milk).
- The use of rBGH “induces an unnatural period of milk production,” during which injected cows produce inferior milk that has lower protein and higher fat content.
- Milk from injected cows contains higher levels of a hormone called IGF-1; several studies have linked high levels of IGF-1 in blood with breast and prostate cancer, among other health hazards.
This marks a significant change in direction for US food policy. Up until now, regulatory agencies showed a willingness to accept Monsanto's false claims. In fact, there is evidence that the FDA knew about the inferiority of GMO milk, yet they never acted on it.
It took one Midwestern court to stand up to the FDA and expose the truth about GMO milk. Hopefully they're going to set the trend!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
My journey with cancer started in 1987. At 20 years old I was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All my doctors told me that it was “very curable” and that treatments would last about 10 months total. What else could I do but put my life on hold for a year? Despite responding extremely well to the treatments, my cancer recurred again in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and again in 2004. Every time it recurred, the cancer responded well to treatment … but it kept coming back.
When my cancer recurred the last time, it was my wife Theresa’s first experience with cancer since we had only met two years prior. Not being one to idly sit by, she quickly did research on proper nutrition, vitamins and supplements, relaxation methods, exercises – you name it! Then, one day while reading a book, it hit me like a bus. I finally realized something that all the chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and bone marrow transplants never taught me — In order for someone to be completely well, one needs to be healed on all three levels: body, mind and spirit.
When one of these components suffers, our entire being suffers. I soon took an even deeper interest in completely transforming my life. Theresa and I started running, completely overhauled our diet and began incorporating ways of keeping our mind and spirit healthy. Very quickly, I felt better than ever before. I wondered why I hadn’t already thought of this. Why had it taken me six kicks in the pants for me to realize this? I can only surmise that God sends us angels to guide us in the right direction. My wife is just such an angel, and because of her guidance, I am where I am today. (CrazySexyLife.com)
Dallaire pooled the knowledge gained from his six recoveries into a book, titled Many Shades of Green: Running Toward the Finish Line, One Cancer at a Time. He is alive and well, residing in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with his wife Theresa. Dallaire continues to spread his inspirational message to others and lead the healthy, balanced life that saved him from his final round of cancer.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Remember when your dentist would x-ray your teeth to check out your wisdom teeth? Perhaps you've broken a bone in the past, and a doctor had to take a better look with an x-ray. New research suggests that those x-rays may have caused more harm than good.
A recent study from the University of California-Berkley shows that diagnostic x-rays may increase the risk of childhood leukemia. X-rays expose patients to radiation, but in low levels. While high doses of radiation are known to cause cancer, there is still much debate surrounding the dangers of low-level radiation, such as x-rays. However, this study is part of a growing body of literature that suggests x-rays may in fact be deadly.
The bottom line is we have to be very cautious about the use of any medical imaging techniques," said Dr. Smith-Bindman. "They can be enormously helpful for making accurate diagnoses, but tests that deliver ionizing radiation are associated with small – but real – risks of future complications related to the radiation exposure, and thus they should be used judiciously. (UC Study)
In other words, avoid them if possible! But that may not be as easy as it sounds. According to Natural News, Americans receive more medical radiation than residents in any other country. This article also states that, "A recent Columbia University study estimated that 20 million adults and 1 million children are being exposed to unnecessary cancer risk from medical scans."
To safeguard against unnecessary radiation exposure, Natural News suggests that:
Patients concerned about their radiation exposure should always ask doctors if a radiation scan is necessary, whether radiation-free alternatives are available, if the scan has ever been performed on them before, how the dose will be adjusted for their sex and age, and if the doctor has a financial stake in the machines to be used. Radiologist Fred Mettler of the New Mexico Veterans Administration suggests asking for a copy of all tests performed.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
In 2003, 31-year-old actress/photographer Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Weeks later she began filming her story. Taking a seemingly tragic situation and turning it into a creative expression, Kris shared her inspirational story of survival with courage, strength, and lots of humor.
With experimental treatment as her only option, Kris became determined to find answers where there were none. She traveled throughout the country interviewing experts in alternative medicine as she tenaciously dove head first into a fascinating and often hilarious holistic world. Along the way, she met other vivacious young women determined to become survivors. Their stories are as poignant and exciting as the women who tell them. As Kris's amazing journey unfolds, she realizes that healing is about truly living rather than fighting.
This woman is my new hero. Her story is a testimony to the power of positive attitude and healthy living. Click here to buy her DVD and click here to check out the blog.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
“I realized I could be bitter and negative or be positive, optimistic and hopeful,” Naylor said in an interview. “I have an enormous support system of family and friends, who have made it easier to remember why I was fighting for my life.”
Now she's out to help others and has organized the Team Elizabeth 4-Mile Run, which will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event is set for October 24th, but Naylor is still looking for business sponsors. Click here to learn more about registering for the event.
If you cannot participate in the race, but would like to donate, make checks payable to "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society" and mailing it to: Susannah Hamblin, 30B Pearson Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
Monday, October 11, 2010
Yesterday, we heard some of the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). According to Yahoo News, "Americans' consumption of corn syrup has fallen to a 20-year low on consumer concerns that it is more harmful" and the Corn Refiners Association is trying to revamp their image. Last week they applied with the Food and Drug Administration to officially use the phrase corn sugar, instead of high fructose corn syrup, on food labels.
While the federal government decides on the case, the HFCS industry has moved forward with an online marketing campaign promoting the safety of corn sugar.
An effective name change has worked well for other food products in the past. For example, "low eurcic acid rapeseed oil became much more popular after becoming 'canola oil' in 1988. Prunes tried to shed a stodgy image by becoming 'dried plums' in 2000" (Yahoo News).
There's a great deal of controversy over HFCS and their impending publicity makeover. Some, such as the Corn Refiners Association, insist that "sugar is sugar" and there's nothing dangerous about HFCS. Others claim that these renaming efforts are a sly attempt to hoodwink the public and HFCS is truly dangerous. I will let you make your own decision on the matter, but in general, it is the natural food enthusiasts who warn against HFCS and the corn industry that supports its consumption. Regardless of which camp you trust, everyone can agree that we need to consume less sugars, and that includes corn sugar.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
According to NaturalNews.com, fructose is an "inexpensive sweetener used in many processed foods and drinks and is most frequently found in its super-charged form, high fructose corn syrup." Fructose has also been linked to many types of cancer.
Fructose is widely thought to be responsible for the dramatic rise in obesity over the past several decades. Aside from preventing cancer, cutting fructose out of your diet will help you maintain a healthy weight, as well as reduce your risk of diabetes.
The real challenge lies in avoiding fructose. It is added to nearly all soft drinks and processed foods. Label checking never hurts, but in general, the surest way to avoid fructose is to eat organic produce and other non-processed foods.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
According to a study published in Genome Research, Vitamin D regulates genes which provide protection against many forms of cancer and autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D specifically binds with these genes to provide a protective shield which dramatically reduces our risk of disease. Vitamin D also acts as a master blueprint for cellular replication, guiding the DNA strands with instructions to accurately divide during mitosis and provides critical guidance to prevent cellular proliferation, a hallmark of cancer metastasis. (NaturalNews.com)
However, approximately 85% of the population is Vitamin D deficient.
Simple blood tests can easily reveal your Vitamin D levels. If you are
Vitamin D deficient, sunlight and multivitamins are minor sources of
Vitamin D, but NaturalNews.com suggests an oil-based gelcap form
of Vitamin D instead.
Friday, October 8, 2010
According to a recent article in NaturalNews,
The USDA in Maryland has reported cinnamon`s ability to stop or minimize the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
Make sure you're using organic cinnamon, and not irradiated. If so, cinnamon also has the following healing properties:
- stops medication resistant yeast infections
- inhibits food spoilage with its anti-bacterial properties
- anti clotting properties
- regulates glucose
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Trevor became a champion for the protection of children and small towns from industrial contamination. He met with politicians while battling cancer, and he soon befriended California Senator Barabara Boxer. According to a recent article in PRNewswire,
Senator Boxer said: "Whenever there is an unusual increase in disease within in a community, those families deserve to know that the federal government's top scientists and experts are accessible and available to help, especially when the health and safety of children are at risk. I am pleased to be introducing this
legislation today that will enable communities to get the answers they need as quickly as possible."
Senator Boxer recently filed legislation that will establish a "streamlined process to investigate and address disease clusters across the U.S." To honor Trevor Schaefer, the Strengthening Protection For Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act is now known as "Trevor's Law" for short. To read more about this story,
Trevor has also gone on to found the Trevor's Trek Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about disease clusters and environmental toxins.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
major lifestyle change for cancer patients. This week, Mayo Clinic
posted a podcast interview with experts in the field on the topic of
fatigue management. Click here to listen to the entire six-minute podcast.
Otherwise, I've outlined the important points for you below:
The following can reduce fatigue:
- Decrease stress
- Maintain balanced diet
- Follow up with regular appointments
- Exercise routinely
Regarding the exercise: don't push your body with extreme workouts,
but gently keep your body in shape. They recommend low-impact,
repetitive activities. Walking or casual bicycling are good examples.
Some studies show that relapse is much less likely if regular exercise
regimens are continued, both throughout the treatments and after.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Eastern's lacrosse match on October 10 is about more than just the game. This event, the 44th annual Nick Colleuori Classic, will honor the Ridley High School student who was passed away from NHL. All of the proceeds of the tournament go to the HEADstrong Foundation.
According the HEADstrong Foundation's mission statement, HEADstrong is dedicated to raising money for cancer research, to give grants and help to cancer survivors and to financially assist those looking to enter the medical field.
The HEADstrong Foundation was envisioned by the late Colleuori. He drew the HEADstrong logo - a lacrosse stick on the inside and a cancer ribbon around the head - while waiting to enter the operating room. On November 28, 2006, Colleuori lost his life at the age of 21. (The Waltonian)
Monday, October 4, 2010
The House of Representatives has heard the pleas of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's advocates and on the evening of Wednesday, September 22, passed a Congressional resolution (H. Res. 1433) naming September 2010 as Blood Cancer Awareness Month! (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Alert)
Spread the good word!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Paul Allen is a pretty incredible man. In case you haven't heard of him, he co-founded Microsoft in the 80s and then founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003. This research center focuses on mapping genes, and Paul has "pledged $100 million to support the institute," according to seattlebizjournals.com.
Paul recently struggled with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As of this past week, however, his cancer appears to have gone into remission. According to the Associated Press, he feels better than he has in a long time, which is great timing on Paul's part. He will be making one of his first public appearances since announcing his victory over NHL at the first annual summit for brain sciences, sponsored by Allen's very own institute.
Friday, October 1, 2010
For all you meat lovers out there (myself included), I have some unfortunate news. As we all know, PCBs and other industrial chemicals are stored in fat tissue, resulting in bioaccumulation up the food chain. Vegetarian diets avoid this pitfall altogether by staying away from meat in the first place. A recent study showed that "just five days on a vegetarian diet can significantly reduce the levels of antibiotics and toxic chemicals in the human body."
According to NaturalNews.com,
Scientists recruited 25 people to stay at a Buddhist temple for five days, living the same lifestyle as the monks residing there. This lifestyle included adhering to a strictly meat-free diet... Researchers took urine samples from all participants both 48 hours before and immediately after the five-day Temple Stay. This urine was tested for antibiotics and their metabolites, as well as six chemicals produced by the body upon the breakdown of phthalates. Phthalates are industrial chemicals used in the manufacture of pesticides and soft plastics.
Researchers found that the levels of five of the six phthalate metabolites tested for significantly dropped after going meat free for five days. To read more about this depressing discovery, click here.
Steak, I am going to miss you dearly.