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Cordyceps sinensis; Bring Your Body Back from the Dead

Life can be a challenge, especially in today’s society of constantly coming and going.  We are all often burning the candle at both ends, which creates not just fatigue, but increased stress, and a loss of overall resistance in health.  It is not a surprise that a high percentage of us succumb to the common cold, diabetes, cognitive issues, chronic fatigue and a loss of zeal for life.  Cordyceps sinensis is one of those herbs, traditionally revered in Chinese Medicine as often the ‘cure all’ for many of our health complaints, serving as a primary adaptogen.   It’s potency and respect in Chinese medicine has earned it many names, and with that a high cost, but is Cordyceps sinensis what they have claimed it to be? (more…)

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Stress. Is it Killing Me?

Approximately 70-90% of all visits to the doctor are stress-related ailments or complaints.  To go further more, this implies that 70-90% of all illnesses and health complaints are psychosomatic or related to the mind, being an internal conflict or stress.  Those are some pretty incredible statistics, taken from WebMD, and should serve as a wake-up call of sorts for us as humans existing in a body given to us for and with a purpose.  Spend a little time on social media, jumping from one ‘medical’ oriented group to the next, and you will just get a glimpse of not just what ailments are impacting people, but to what degree.  Then, instead of remedying or improving the cause, being stress in our lives, we rally for sympathy or raise funds to rid that disease from the face of the earth.  The reality is that your body, my body, is a living device, and what goes into it and what it is faced with, impacts it’s function.  This in turn can either create wellness or disease.  Choice is yours and it is mine, but there are things you can do to mitigate the damage if lifestyle and stress cannot be completely eradicated. (more…)

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Obesity and Cancer Risk Connection

Are you overweight or even obese?  Even by just a ‘smidge’ by your standards?  Has your body mass index or BMI seen better days?  Is your doctor, spouse, or other loved one expressing concern?  How about you? How do you feel about yourself, your energy, or your abilities?  Why is your weight such a concern, you may ask?  The reality is that your weight is a risk factor for many diseases, but cancer is close to the top. Obesity and being overweight in general, increases your risk of cancer, of any organ system.  This is a well-known fact.  Obesity is a killer on many levels, but very closely linked to many different types of cancer.  Let’s look at why! (more…)

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Colon Cancer; Prevention and Management Options

Colon cancer is one more form of cancer that we have all become very well aware of in the past decade or two, impacting 1 out of 24 adults in their lifetime.  This equates to about 4.15% incidence rate and causing an estimated 51,000 deaths in the United States in 2019 according to the American Cancer Society.  While those statistics may seem low, relatively speaking, the incidence of colon polyps in the average American range around 15-20% or 1 in 5 people.  Seeing the increasing rise in incidence in both colon polyps and cancer, one may believe they are not in control, but the opposite is actually true. Let’s look at some options that appear to provide the most benefits regarding possible prevention and even management of both colon cancer and polyps. (more…)

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What Are You Feeding Your Body? Nutrition and Health

Nutrition.  A powerful word when you fully grasp its meaning and yet, the word implies different ideas to many people.  Food is our source for nutrition and nutrition is the aspect of that food which supplies for and rebuilds our health.  Fruits and vegetables, including grains, are the foundation for nutrition, as these are the food sources from which true nutrition is derived.  From macro- to micronutrients, all is provided for in ample quantities to sustain your body, mend it, and defend it in the future.  The question is what ‘food’ are you providing as fuel for your body, and how do you feel? (more…)

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Inflammation, Your Health, and Bacterial Microbiomes

Your health.  It is one commodity that seems to get scarcer and more limited as time passes by, but is there a connection with the many bacterial microbiomes in your body?  Aches, pains, general discomfort and reduced range of motion.  Reduced heart function, circulation, and impaired blood sugar regulation.  Increased body weight and reduced stamina or ability to do what we once could.  Impaired mental, cognitive function, depression and cancer.  All clinical problems associated with a reduced state of health and potentially an unbalanced microbiome.  Health is something that most perceive as being limited due to our aging process and also something that cannot be bought, replaced or achieved.  Is this the way you feel, about your own health?  Are you truly limited or is this just an illusion?  Let’s look deeper at the many bacterial microbiomes in our body and see if there is an connection and something that can be done to further push us towards our goals of health. (more…)

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Breast Cancer and the Gut Microbiome

The gastrointestinal microbiome consists of over 100 billion micro-organisms per gram of foodstuff or fecal material present in our digestive tract.  That is a significant number of bacteria, yeast, and protozoal organisms living together, impacting not just our digestion but our overall health. The gastrointestinal microbiome is becoming a very hot area of research over the past decade with many connections with current day chronic health ailments, but is there a connection with cancer malignancy, specifically breast cancer in women?  Could this gastrointestinal microbiome potentially predispose women to breast cancer when it is out of balance or greatly influence progression of the disease? (more…)

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Health and the Mind-Body Connection

Health and happiness.  Something we all seek and struggle to find in some situations.  Health is a commodity, an asset of sorts that most of us would likely spend a fortune in obtaining.  The truth is that no matter how much you spend, how many medications you take, or how many supplements you incorporate into your daily regimen, there is often one missing factor for most of us.  This one missing factor is the mind-body connection, and our mental factors.  Most will dismiss this factor, but the connection between the mind and overall health is tremendous.  Achieving this connection can make all of the difference in assisting you to acquire your ideal state of health, but also happiness on many levels.  (more…)

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Is a Cure For Cancer on the Horizon?

Cancer.  A topic that I have covered in many articles over the years and something very close to my heart as I, and many others, have been impacted personally.  It is a word that most of us fear, mainly because there is a lack of understanding of the subject.  The incidence of cancer is climbing in the human race, with an estimated 40% or more of us to be impacted personally within our lifetimes.  When we fear something, we want to eliminate it, make it go away.  Thus, as humans, we struggle and fight to find a cure that will end all of our fears and sweep this subject under the carpet.  After the decades of research and billions of dollars raised, are we any closer to a cure? More importantly, will there ever be a cure to cancer? (more…)

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Diet, Food, and Impact on Cancer

“You are what you eat’ is a common phrase toss around the medical field, but few truly believe in the positive or negative impact of our diet, dependent on the foods chosen.  Cancer is the leading cause of death and  impacts approximately 38% of people every year, with that percentage appearing to climb higher every decade.  According to cancer.gov, in 2018 there will be 1,735,350 new cancer cases diagnosed, with the most common including breast, lung, prostate, colon, skin, bladder, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney, endometrial, leukemia, pancreatic, thyroid, and liver cancer.  The national expenditure for cancer in 2017 was estimated at $147.3 billion and continues to rise.  The ultimate question, considering the apparent continued rise in cancer cases, despite stagnant or falling overall long-term survival rates, is what is the impact of our diet and could there be a distinct connection with the food we choose to consume? (more…)

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