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Lack of Sleep- How It Hurts You

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We all know infants and teens need a lot of sleep, because their bodies are changing so rapidly.  But, when we consider adults, and the elderly, we often don’t associate sleep as something we “need”.  Some people are even proud- stating to others, that they only need “5 or 6” hours of sleep.

I recently read a fascinating article regarding our “catastrophic” lack of sleep, and that research shows that it is linked to a host of fatal diseases.  A professor at Berkley states that sleep deprivation affects “every aspect of our biology”.  A lack of sleep has been “linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and poor mental health among other health problems”.  The article goes on to say that anything less than 7 hours of sleep is bad for our health.  Many view the need for more sleep as a trait of being lazy.  In short, the article states that a lack of sleep is killing us, and that we need to change our view of sleep and get more of it on a regular basis!

For more, read the article below.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sleep-deprivation-epidemic-health-effects-tired-heart-disease-stroke-dementia-cancer-a7964156.html

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What’s Your Story?

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Currently, I am working as a hospice volunteer coordinator.  Recently, I put together a list of items, or stories a parent or grandparent might want to write down and pass on.  It was the passing of my grandmother, that made me think of such a list.  Nene died this winter; she was 98.  She hadn’t been able to communicate much for years, and the opportunity to ask these type of questions, sadly is gone.

When I think about what is the most valuable item a person could leave for another person, I think it might be an “All About Me” journal.  This journal could be passed on for generations to come.  If you have an elderly person in your life, or someone who is on hospice, this is a terrific thing to do.

Purchase a good quality journal (acid free paper), have the person write down the answers in their own writing (printing-not cursive), or have another individual write down the answers.  If there are multiple children, find a way to make a copy of it.  Finally, attach personal photos in the journal.  Consider the best time to share it.  An individual who completes it him or herself, may want to share it with the “receiver”, or wrap it up and place it aside for a special gift for some time in the future.

*Click below, and continue on next page for my list:

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Obesity and Cancer

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This is a topic I am very passionate about because while many things in life are out of our control, what we choose to consume and do with our free time (having an active life-style, or not) is something we have a great deal of control over.  On that note, I think it is critical to be aware of the health impacts our bodies face if we are obese.  The good thing about our body weight, is that we can choose to take charge, choose a different path, and make better choices…. beginning today.  Today, we can be healthier.  Today we can take a step toward a longer life expectancy.

Below is an excerpt from an article I found very interesting (see link below).

“A study published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine found excess weight was linked to eight additional types of cancer— stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, the brain tumor meningioma, thyroid cancer and multiple myeloma— after reviewing more than 1,000 related studies.”

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/08/25/being-overweight-may-increase-risk-8-cancers.html

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Body Weight & Other Factors Linked to Cancer

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Did you know that obesity is linked to an increased risk of cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, “the World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are related to body fatness, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could also be prevented.” This is very interesting and if you would like to learn more about this topic, check out this link:

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/dietandphysicalactivity/bodyweightandcancerrisk/body-weight-and-cancer-risk-effects

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Will GM Tomatoes be Used to Fight Diseases in the Future?

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http://www.thelatestnews.com/will-gm-tomatoes-be-used-to-fight-diseases-in-the-future/

Some people believe that genetically modified foods are unhealthy.  But the scientists at the John Innes Centre have developed a new strain of genetically modified tomatoes that are able to efficiently produce industrial volumes of natural disease-fighting compounds such as Resveratrol and Genistein.  Scientists believe this may be a good way to produce compounds that may be helpful in fighting disease or cancer- cheaply.

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Inflammation and the Link to Disease and Possibly Cancer

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Buzzed on inflammation: From the Editors: Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

According to this article from the Mayo Clinic, inflammation is the new medical buzzword.  In this article, you will learn more about how inflammation affects the body- possibly causing disease and even cancer.  Chronic inflammation, also known as systemic inflammation is often associated with autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and polymyalgia rheumatica.  It also is linked to asthma, ulcerative colitis, and Chron’s disease.  Research is currently being conducted to determine possible links between inflammation and cancer.

Did you know that smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol causes inflammation in the body?  I have read in other articles, that a diet high in sugar also causes inflammation in the body.  What should you eat, to reduce inflammation?  According to the article above, a Mediterranean diet is a very healthy choice.

You should eat:

  • plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • plenty of healthy fats (olive and canola oil)
  • small portions of nuts
  • red wine in moderation
  • fish (on a regular basis)
  • a limited amount of red meat

This article also discusses anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen as possibly treating or preventing cancer, however, more research is needed.

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