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TRUTHS ABOUT SOME COMMON CANCER NUTRITION MYTHS

By Tammy Fansabedian, Registered Dietitian

“Don’t eat sugar, it will make your cancer grow.”
“You have to eat organic.”
“No poultry when you have cancer.”
“Alkaline foods only.”

Do any of these sound familiar? Making sense of all the information on nutrition and cancer that comes our way is difficult. We all have well-meaning friends and family who want to tell us about what their friend’s coworker did to cure “this”, and we are bombarded by the media about products that will cure “that”. These messages are often conflicting, confusing and, unfortunately, incorrect. This misinformation can lead patients and family members to make unnecessary and sometimes harmful decisions about their nutrition and health.

Your healthcare team provides you with only information that has been researched and proven. This is often called “evidence-based”. Here are some common nutrition myths and the facts behind them.

Sugar and Cancer Growth

Lately, one of the most frequent questions I get asked by patients is about sugar and cancer “growth”. The myth is that sugar, a carbohydrate, will make the cancer grow faster than any other nutrient. The truth is that yes, cancer cells do use sugar for energy, but so do all of our healthy cells. Sugar doesn’t make cancer grow faster and depriving it of sugar doesn’t slow the growth.

Eating a lot of refined sugar is not good for our health in part because these foods may cause weight gain. But it’s also important to think about your health status. If you are in treatment and having trouble eating and maintaining your weight, you may not want to restrict your diet even more. It is OK to rely on oatmeal with brown sugar or liquid supplements (like Ensure®) if that’s all you can keep down. These foods are providing you with so many other nutrients like protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals that you need.

Are Organic Foods Better For You?

Organic foods are grown without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and are often more expensive than conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables. The cost of organic produce may cause us to buy, and therefore eat, less fruits and vegetables.

There is no research that shows that eating organic foods reduces the risk of cancer. Studies also show that there is no significant difference in the nutritional quality between conventionally grown and organic products. There are so many health and cancer-protecting benefits from the vitamins, minerals and fibre in any form of fruit and vegetable that it would be a shame to restrict intake for the sake of only being able to buy a small amount or selection of the organics. 
Ultimately, deciding to buy organic food is a choice. It may be based on personal beliefs including farming sustainability, but it shouldn’t be based on the basis of gaining more nutrients or reducing cancer risk. Whatever you choose, be sure to wash your fresh produce well!

Alkaline versus Acidic Foods

Some people believe that cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment (the opposite of acidic), and therefore we should eat foods that are more alkaline and not acidic. Unfortunately, most of the “acidic” foods that would be cut out are foods that provide many of us with much-needed protein, like meats and dairy.

More importantly, there are a few key facts that are being overlooked by removing or reducing acidic foods from your diet. There is no evidence to support the fact that eating only alkaline foods will prevent cancer or any other diseases. Our bodies tightly regulate our levels of acidity and we are simply not able to change it by the foods that we eat – and that’s probably a good thing! Cancer cells may not be able to survive in an alkaline environment but neither can our healthy cells.

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4 Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore | OPEN Forum

4 Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore | OPEN Forum.

When you’re running your business daily from the weeds, you can’t see the dangers that lie ahead until it’s too late. Look for these 4 warning signs that your business may be in trouble.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

It’s tough talking to business owners these days: No one seems to have time anymore because they’re too busy putting out fires in their companies. Whether it’s due to customer complaints, employee issues or problems with vendors, business owners are losing sight of the bigger picture.

Getting Out of the Weeds

This happens when you spend more time working “in” your business, dealing with day-to-day problems, than you do working “on” your business, focusing on the long-term goals and health of your company. It’s a vicious cycle. The more you get caught up in the weeds, only seeing what’s 3 feet in front of you, the more likely something can fall out of the sky and knock you down.

The solution is to periodically position yourself in the clouds for an aerial view, so you can identify the obstacles and opportunities waiting around the bend. You also want to look for certain signs that point to bigger potential problems. As you do this, you’ll find that these signs have cause-and-effect relationships that can help you better manage your business moving forward. They are akin to the light that goes on in your car alerting you that it’s time for an oil change. Heed the warnings and don’t let a $50 annoyance become a $5,000 nightmare.

Trouble on the Horizon

What warning signs should you look for in your company?

1. You lost what you thought was an easy sales win. You thought your latest proposal was a slam dunk until you found out the client chose to go with a competitor. Instead of letting disappointment derail you, look at it as an opportunity to improve your sales process. Ask the client why he didn’t choose your proposal. You should also ask your sales team for its perspective on what went wrong. Analyze what you learn to determine if there are changes you can make to improve the way you work with potential clients in the future.

2. There’s a dip in cash flow. Your business plan is based on estimates of bringing in X amount of dollars per month. One day your bookkeeper says you will be short for the current month. Don’t just address the immediate impact of reduced cash flow. Step back and ask why this happened. How could it have been prevented? Why didn’t you see it coming?

3. “I don’t know what we would do.” If that’s the first thing that crosses your mind as you watch coverage of a natural disaster causing serious damage to homes and businesses, consider it a signal that you need to make sure you have the proper insurance in place before disaster strikes. You also need to recognize that even if you are spared, your customers may be hit and that could have a ripple effect on your business. Think about how you would handle that scenario before you are in the midst of it.

4. There’s uncertainty surrounding your technology. If your computer is wiped out today, would you be able to restore your data tomorrow? The answer should be a confident “yes!” If you hesitated in your answer, then that’s your sign. There are many affordable, easy solutions today that provide secure, reliable backup. There is simply no excuse not to have one. Remember that an external hard drive that you store right next to your computer is just as vulnerable to fire as the computer itself. Also be aware that online thieves are a very real problem for businesses of all sizes. Make sure your system is protected from hackers to minimize the chance of a breach.

A Proactive Approach

Get out of the weeds and take a broader view of your business. Look for signals that point to potential problems. Address the root causes and then establish systems to ensure those same problems don’t arise in the future.

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Long-Term Cell Phone Use Linked to Brain Tumor Risk

Long-Term Cell Phone Use Linked to Brain Tumor Risk.

Long-term use of both mobile and cordless phones is associated with an increased risk for glioma, the most common type of brain tumor, the latest research on the subject concludes.

The new study shows that the risk for glioma was tripled among those using a wireless phone for more than 25 years and that the risk was also greater for those who had started using mobile or cordless phones before age 20 years.

“Doctors should be very concerned by this and discuss precautions with their patients,” study author Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden, told Medscape Medical News.

Such precautions, he said, include using hands-free phones with the “loud speaker” feature and text messaging instead of phoning.

The study was published online October 28 in Pathophysiology.

 

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Home-Based Therapy Helps Older Adults With Depression, MCI

Home-Based Therapy Helps Older Adults With Depression, MCI.

A home-delivered problem-solving intervention reduces depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in homebound older adults, who often have few treatment options.

In a randomized controlled trial, problem adaptation therapy (PATH) proved more efficacious than supportive therapy for the cognitively impaired (ST-CI) in reducing depression and disability.

“Problem adaptation therapy was more efficacious than ST-CI in reducing depression and disability. Problem adaptation therapy may provide relief to a large group of depressed and cognitively impaired older adults who have few treatment options,” the authors, led by Dimitris N. Kiosses, PhD, of the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry in White Plains, New York, write.

The study was published online November 5 in JAMA Psychiatry.

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“You could receive care from three different hospitals and they would do things completely differently, from how they handle your specimen to the metrics they’re tracking,”

The Risks of Sendout Testing: A recent study, which included a novel survey on sendout practices, revealed wide interlab variations, inconsistencies. – CLN Stat.

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USPSTF Updates Diabetes Screening Recommendation: New guidance expands screening to all adults age 45 or older and other at-risk groups. – CLN Stat

USPSTF Updates Diabetes Screening Recommendation: New guidance expands screening to all adults age 45 or older and other at-risk groups. – CLN Stat.

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Genetic Heterogeneity in Lung Cancer Tumors: New research adds important knowledge that could help understanding of best ways to identify, treat lung cancer. – CLN Stat

 

Genetic Heterogeneity in Lung Cancer Tumors: New research adds important knowledge that could help understanding of best ways to identify, treat lung cancer. – CLN Stat.

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Breast implants may cause cancer, says study

Source DNA news: http://www.dnaindia.com/health/report-breast-implants-may-cause-cancer-says-study-2024169 This not only affects the desirables to have the cosmetic affect for a seeker even the breast cancer survivors who may want to have a reconstruction for such reasons of cosmetology, should think twice before it si considered when it is a aggressive form of Breast Cancer (Tripple Negative type) and there may be a problem associated with radiation therapy. Side and location is also to be considered. All women should take this as a MUST MUST take home message!