Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.
What will your last ten years look like?
A powerful PSA
that will get you off your couch. Another health-related PSA
that will make you cry.
Children's author Judy Blume writes about her struggle with breast cancer:
"As I've told my friends who've also been treated for breast cancer, I've joined The Club - not one I wanted to join or even thought I would ever be joining - but here I am."
Since she is not truly an emergency patient, she is triaged to the back of the line, and other folks, those in immediate distress, get in for treatment ahead of her. She waits on a gurney in a cavernous green hallway.
The “chief complaint” on her chart at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Downtown Atlanta, might have set off a wave of nausea in a hospital at a white suburb or almost any place in the civilized world. It reads, “My breast has fallen off. Can you reattach it?
” (via Boing Boing
) [more inside]
Body scanners attacked again
as US blogger Jon Corbett who blogs for TSA Out of Our Pants!
exposes how to beat the body scanners
, carrying a metal box in a secret shirt pocket through security at two airports. [more inside]
Trial of the Will.
"Reviewing familiar principles and maxims in the face of mortal illness, Christopher Hitchens has found one of them increasingly ridiculous: 'Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.' Oh, really? Take the case of the philosopher to whom that line is usually attributed, Friedrich Nietzsche, who lost his mind to what was probably syphilis. Or America’s homegrown philosopher Sidney Hook, who survived a stroke and wished he hadn’t. Or, indeed, the author, viciously weakened by the very medicine that is keeping him alive." [Via]
Ever wanted to start smoking
a tobacco pipe
? Begin by selecting
from the many types of pipes available
. Next, choose
type and flavor
. Pipe smoking has
and storied history
- many a famous man
, or fictional character
would not be parted from his
or her pipe
(link slightly NSFW). Pipes in art
. Books about pipes
. And of course, there is widely varying opinion
on just how healthy pipe
Using a 3-D petri dish,
Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island have built a completely functional artificial human ovary
that will allow doctors to harvest immature human egg cells (oocytes) and grow them into mature, ready-to-be-fertilized human eggs
outside the body. (In vitro
) The advance could eventually help preserve fertility for women facing chemotherapy
or other medical treatments that may be destructive to ovarian folliculogenesis. Press Release.
. (paywall) [more inside]
In 1984 Philip Morris
created the Marlboro Adventure team
to promote their flagship cigarette. DOC (Doctors Ought to Car)
, an international organization of health professionals, was founded to counteract the promotion of tobacco advertising. In 1993 as an effort to undermine the Marlboro Adventure Team US debut
the DOC repainted a VW van as the Barfmobile
, hired a handsome comedian [pdf]
as Barf Man
, printed thousands of Barfboro Barf Bags (imprinted with the words "DOES CIGARETTE ADVERTISING MAKE YOU SICK? US TOO!
"), and created the Barfboro Barfing Team
. [more inside]
Stem Cell Awareness and The Black Community
"Due to genetic variance, 1 in 500 Europeans need to be on the registry, but 1 in 10 Africans should be on the registry worldwide..." 5 Fast Facts on Bone Marrow Registration and Donation
. If you want to find out more about whether you can save a life, visit Be The Match
(Canada), or the Anthony Nolan Trust
"For the first time on record, the rate of new cancer cases and the cancer death rate are both falling in America
. There appear to be several reasons why this is happening, but perhaps the most important is also the simplest: Over the past several decades
, men started smoking less." But is obesity the tobacco
of the 21st century? Well, Hollywood has tobacco's back
. How to lower smoking rates? Taxing cigarettes is the single-most effective way to lower smoking rates
, particularly among youth. Check out the correlation on this map
Smoke if you got 'em.
Today is the Great American Smokeout
, a time to reflect on how great people look
when smoking, and the terrible things
(NSFW) the additives
do to you.
This Is 'Snus'.
Snus is a form of smokeless tobacco
with a very long history
in Sweden. Snus is gaining a bit of popularity in America; both Camel
are launching their own brand. It is touted as a more discreet way to use tobacco in the wake of increasing bans on smoking, especially bacause it does not require spitting. A few Swedish compaines, such as Northerner
ship it worldwide affordably. The Anti-Tobacco crowd is already manning the trenches
and claiming that Snus is as dangerous as any other tobacco. However, the science that has been done to date appears to reach a very different conclusion
- a network of online data libraries on topics including census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics, vital statistics data
Body fat causes cancer
according to a scary report from the American Institute for Cancer Research
and the World Cancer Research Fund
that reviewed 7000 studies. Obesity creates "a low-grade chronic inflammatory state" that promotes cancer. This report seems more foreboding than others of its ilk, e.g.: "Even small amounts of excess body fat, especially if carried at the waist, increase risk." Drinking is also carcinogenic: better limit yourself to 2 drinks a day if you're male and 1 if you're female. (Of course, breathing
is also bad, and so is sunlight
. ) Conclusion: you can live a really long time if you don't like to eat or drink, though you want to avoid taking this to extremes
Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers.
That's the good news. The bad news is that because there's no patent and it's so cheap to make, researchers may not be able to get funding from the private sector
for further research since the treatment wouldn't make a profit
. [Via Hullabaloo.]
Is doing it in the squat position natural and strain preventing [Human digestion warning]?
Regular toilet "thrones" seem to be not very ergonomic, with dire consequences
. A study
. Colon cancer rates in the developing world
(where squatting is still used) way lower.
The Australian cigarette health warnings
have pretty much filtered down to every retail packet that's bought now. They're pretty gruesome
and some smoking acquaintances cover them up with stickers. I thought I'd have a look around and see what other countries warnings were like. None of them were pulling any punches except for Uruguay.
The Great American Health Check
Cancer.org has a great online resource to figure out what your individual health risks are, to help get into better shape or to help quit smoking. Its free and kicks out a personalized list of concerns to print out and bring to your doctor.
Cancer be damned, kids wanna tan
“I know I might get cancer, but sometimes you want to look good no matter what. I’d rather look good that worry about what could happen to me–looks are more important to me sometimes than my health.” (Maclean’s Magazine)
Perhaps cancer is ‘natural selection’ at work trying to weed out all of societies undesirables from the gene pool. I for one think we could do without people this stupid.
Showing Off a Little (Inner) Cleavage.
Author Geralyn Lucas
wore bright, red lipstick to her mastectomy. "It was my way of saying I knew I would still be a woman when I woke up with a blood-soaked bandage where my breast used to be... women have sacrificed breasts and hair to try to save their lives. We have traded in our beauty for some kind of cure. But something strange often happens when we lose the bling
— the big boobs and big hair — of womanhood. We're left with what I call 'inner cleavage
,' and no plastic surgeon can sculpt it. It is the beauty that exists when everything else has been stripped away".
. More inside.
HIV vs. cancer
- two wrongs make a right.
Ivan Noble's Tumour Diary
The BBC's Ivan Noble has been keeping an online diary of his fight against a malignant brain tumour. Alas, his illness is now getting the better of him, and this will be his final column.
He has been, at times, an inspiration, incredibly brave and totally honest about his illness. As a former colleague, he shall also be remembered fondly.
Start from the beginning
, it's a must read.
Check out the giant cancer fighting colon... of science!
"It's part of a national tour to educate people about various types of common and preventable cancers. The 'Check Your Insides Out -- Top to Bottom' tour is full of interactive educational exhibits on colon, lung, oral, breast, prostate and skin cancers."
Ling Chan gave up everything to come to America.
"Chan arrived in the United States with no knowledge of English, no support network, and a dependent child...she was happy to land a janitorial job with AXT Inc., a Fremont, California semiconductor manufacturing firm...on a four-person cleaning crew, scrubbing the boxes used to ship semiconductor wafers around the factory...after a few weeks, her colleagues -- mostly Chinese immigrants, like herself -- whispered that this was no ordinary dust: It could give you cancer." [via Fark, of all places]
Cure for Cancer: 72 hours of sex!
A leading tantric sex guru who says he has counseled Whitney Houston, Princess Diana and Michael Jackson claims he "heals" women of terminal diseases such as cancer by sleeping with them -- 2,000 of them in 40 years, and his wife doesn't mind.
We already knew
that frequent masturbation might cut prostate cancer risk
. But it turns out that this
is not a message fit for American families
. The details of the Lewinsky episode splattered across front pages of the US and abroad come to mind, but also Nancy Reagan pleading for stem research
The worlds longest hockey game
came to an end this afternoon after 80 hours of ice time. 39 players (all with ties to cancer through loved ones lost or afflicted) participated to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
What lengths would you go to for your cause?
Journey to Planet Prostate
is an online (Shockwave) game created by the UK's Prostate Cancer Charity
to help raise awareness
and educate people
about the importance of the prostate in men's sex lives, by way of a "pre-ejaculatory biological tour." It's also just the thing for a Friday morning. Are you one of the seven in eight who doesn't know what the prostate does?
HOLY MOTHER OF BACON!
French fries?!?! Cancerous!?!?
Cancer and Carbohydrates (per FT)
may be closely linked according to recent international study - and not just any carbohydrates but those that are our favorites - deep fried potatoes, rice, and bread all may contain high levels of cancer causing acrylamides. What's your average carb eater to do?
Cure for Cancer in 10 Years?
Anyone else see West Wing
last night? Apparently, drugs called signal transduction inhibitors (STIs)
- such as phenoxodiol
, the drug referred to by Pres. Bartlet - are a reality, and early studies
have shown their effectiveness in striking cancer's Achilles heel. Furthermore, in the Law and Order episode which followed, Gleevec was mentioned as the key to curing a type of leukemia, which is in fact a remarkably potent STI recently FDA-approved. Perhaps Aaron Sorkin isn't spinning a fantasy tale as I initially thought -- any oncologists in the house? [If Newsgurus doesn't let you in, try Google's cache.]
Edible berry contains possible cancer-fighting agents.
Elaeagnus umbellata, or the Autumn Olive, has been found to contain eighteen times the amount of lycopene that is found in tomatoes.
Fighting cancer one computer at a time
- Following in the footsteps of the SETI@Home
project, a new program
is being launched enabling you to use your spare computer power helping to research new treatments in the fight against cancer.
Second hand smoke doesn't cause cancer I am shocked that an organization would withhold information that is damaging to their cause.