Category Archives: Prevention

TimelyTip for Your Health: Forgive

Why forgive?

Forgiving others and ourselves releases us from the past. When we make all of our decisions based on past experiences if our pat experiences are negative, then what we will be experiencing in the present will be hurtful or negative. As long as we hold on to the past we cannot live in the present.

Release guilt so your life can help you move forward.  It takes a lot of energy to hold on to people who have hurt you. Negative emotions like anger, guilt, fear, frustration, and resentment can attach the body and cause illness. Chronic negativity alters our nervous system functions and suppressed our immune system. And this can lead to problems that include more frequent colds and flus, fatigue, hypertension, stroke, asthma, and migraines, and cancer just to name a few of the illnesses.   

5 Strategies for Coping With Anxiety

Do you feel anxious when the pressure’s on? Do you struggle to calm your nerves in the midst of stressful situations? These are very normal feelings. Sometimes, however, these worries can become overwhelming even in your day-to-day routines.

Extreme anxiety can inhibit your everyday life. Anxiety about a particular situation can cause you to feel worried about everything else. Anxiety can run your life if you let it, but you can take control and learn to thrive in situations that challenge your resolve.

Learning to deal effectively with anxiety is a powerful skill that will benefit you in many ways. Your relationships with others will be impacted in a positive way. You’ll go after your dreams instead of giving up easily. And your self-confidence will grow as you develop the habit of effectively responding to situations despite the fears inside of you.

If you begin to use these five strategies today, you’ll notice the difference immediately. These ideas are simple, but they have the power to revolutionize your life.

Complementary Medicine: An Effective Way To Restore Your Health!

Complementary medicine or alternative medicine has become increasingly popular over the past decade. The major complementary and alternative medicine treatments are usually considered to be homoeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic and nutritional medicine, although this is based on patient and practitioner use rather than on definitive evidence.

In addition to conventional medicine, complementary medicine is comprised of natural therapies and medicines to restore and maintain health. It is also regarded a practice beyond the realm of conventional modern medicine. There are various online clinics dealing natural therapies in Adelaide, where you can find network of international complementary medicine specialists who are perfectly placed to provide the most effective and appropriate natural therapies treatment possible.

Relaxing Your Stress Helps Your Body Heal

Before, during and after treatment, creating a stress-free environment is a must.  Keeping stress hormones at bay will strengthen your immune system and help your body heal.

But now, you may feel more stressed out than ever–because of your disease.  So, if you’re desperately seeking peace and relief from the new demands of your life with cancer, the good news is that there are some simple strategies you can use to combat this stress.

You’ll never eliminate stress entirely.  In fact, a life without stress would be pretty boring. The challenges of life often make it worth living.  However, employing a few simple strategies to reduce stress will increase your peace and happiness, even in the midst of life’s storms.

Exercise

Working out can be a great way to relieve stress. Whether you go jogging, pump some iron, or hit the punching bag for several minutes, physical activity allows you to channel all the frustration you’re holding inside and release it in a constructive manner.

Music

Music has an incredible power to influence your mood. Sometimes, all it takes to gain peace and focus is a few minutes listening to music that soothes you inside. Different types of music affect your mood in different ways, and picking a style that suits your emotional need of the moment can dramatically lower the level of stress you feel inside.

When you’re feeling stressed, try upbeat music. When you’re down in the dumps, you want something that’ll perk you up and lift your spirits. Few things can lift your mood faster than music.

Nutrition

If your body isn’t getting the proper nutrition it needs, you’re more likely to feel tired and stressed out. Meals and snacks are fuel for your body. Are you eating the types of foods that contribute positively to your health?

Keep track of what you eat in a daily log. This simple step will make you more aware of what you’re eating, which often leads to automatically making healthier choices, like these:

* Drink as much water as possible.
* Add as many fruits and vegetables as you can to your diet.
* Look for tasty, healthier alternatives to junk food.
* Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Small changes in your diet can make a big difference in how you feel and how effectively you handle stress.

Breathing

If you learn to control your breathing, you can control the level of stress you feel. Slow, deep breathing takes practice, but a little effort goes a long way. Once you learn to take slow, deep breaths from your belly, you’ll have an unstoppable weapon against stress.

Breathing plays a big part in our lives. Even beyond the obvious biological necessity, it comes into play when exercising, giving birth, easing fears, and even releasing stress.

Deep breathing slows your heart rate down and relaxes your muscles. It also helps you to calm down mentally. Shallow breaths create a feeling of anxiety within you. Deep breaths fuel your body’s cells with much-needed oxygen and your mind with much-needed confidence in the midst of the challenges you face.

With these simple strategies, you can learn to practice peace wherever you are. Instead of being tossed about in the midst of your storms, you’ll stand strong and handle challenges more effectively. Experience the confidence and inner peace you deserve by applying these simple stress management strategies today.

What Men Should Know About Breast Cancer

There is absolutely no way that any man can understand how women feel when they find a lump. Women are told and taught to check their breasts on a regular basis, to be constantly aware that early location will lessen risks in the worst case scenario. But how on earth does a woman feel if and when the nightmare is confirmed? A lump is found. First thought – What is it it? Was it there yesterday? Does it hurt? Please don’t let it be that ….. Then it is essential, completely and utterly and totally imperative that a medical opinion is sought. Some women are martyrs, and will probably wait, maybe hoping that the lump will disappear, and that nothing is really wrong. Some simply don’t want to be seen to be wasting the doctor’s time.

It is never a waste of time to have a lump checked. While most women are more prone to fluid retention than men, and more rapid changes in body composition, a lump is still a lump. Doctors, surgeons, and experts tend to base their collective diagnoses on several criteria. Like the age of the patient, her lifestyle, her current state of health, and whether her family has a history of breast cancer. Between 5 and 10 per cent of breast cancers are genetic, but if the family carries one of the genes there is an 85 per cent risk of cancer development. Obviously, once a medical consultation has taken place, there will be tests. Lots of tests. Genetic tests, which can now detect the breast and ovarian cancer gene BRCA1, mammagrams, or ultrasound tests. A woman needs a immense support at this time.

The waiting time varies, and the counselling sometimes might not be adequate. It probably helps, but what can possibly prepare any woman for the news that cancer is present, and a mastectomy is necessary? One, maybe both breasts will be lost. Not a finger. Not an ear. A breast. Something that men see. Something that men like. Something that a woman might use to snag a man. Something that makes her feel like a woman, sexy, attractive, vivacious. Something she needs in motherhood. Gone forever. So now it’s the 21st century, and surgical technology means that after months of chemotherapy, then a mastectomy, then radiotherapy and reconstructive surgery, a woman can look whole, even if she doesn’t quite feel it. But there’s the hair loss, the weight gain, the possibility of infertility, the constant testing on the lymph system, the weight gain, and the feeling of lost femininity.

Men have to help their partners out. Some women may have surgery to increase the size of the lost breasts, and may be more than happy with a new look. Men have to remember that a mastectomy leaves women with little or no feeling. Temporary saline implants are the norm, but increasingly are being replaced with tissue implants, using skin, fat, arteries and veins from another part of the body, usually the buttocks. These microsurgery techniques are carried out over a lengthy period of time, as a permanent breast is built, followed by nipple grafts. Breast cancer takes its toll on both women and men, but to have part of the anatomy removed must be truly crushing.

Although one must assume that women who have been diagnosed with cancer are happy to remain alive and well, the physical and emotional cost is high. With constant aftercare goes constant re-assurance. Fear that the cancer might re-appear. That it might have spread. Women just seem to cope so well. Guys, we need to help our women locate lumps, and in cancer cases, through the painful years afterwards. There is no comparison that a man can make. Maybe having his penis removed, and replaced with a non working piece of flesh, grafted from the buttocks. And how would we cope with that?

Sandy Francis is a recently retired sportsman, who now dedicates his time to his original vocation of writing. His latest website at http://www.dubbletake.110mb.com features articles and solutions on health, fitness, diet, and wellbeing.

More Breast Cancer Recently Diagnosed Articles

Breast Cancer Nutrition – The Power of Fat

In recent years, the research on breast cancer has noted a steady decrease in newly diagnosed cases. Many people attribute this decrease to women accepting the fact that mammograms are a part of life. While mammograms play a significant part in early diagnosis and treatment, a reduction in new diagnosed cases is not linked to early detection. Breast cancer nutrition may be a primary reason for the significant reduction.

The Power of Fat and Breast Cancer Nutrition

Fat was once thought of as the worst ingredient in the diet. Many weight loss plans focused on reducing or eliminating fat from the diet. Thanks to studies on the healthy benefits of good fats, the Omega 3 rich fats have now been added back into the diet. Proper nutrition and Omega 3 rich oils can work together to empower the body to prevent cancer.

Not All Fats are the Same

Omega 3 rich oils need to be balanced with Omega 6 rich oils. Proper anticancer nutrition weighs heavily on this ratio, but unfortunately, many people consume much more Omega 6 than Omega 3. How is the balance maintained? Instead of consuming oils like corn oil, safflower oil and margarine, base your diet instead on olive oils and avocado oils. These oils are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids while the typical oils used for cooking are rich in Omega 6 fatty acids.

Omega 6 fatty acids are not bad for anticancer nutrition, but the huge difference between the amounts of Omega 6 rich oils and Omega 3 rich oils makes for reduced breast cancer fighting power.

How to Choose the Best Breast Cancer Nutrition Oils

When looking through the supermarket, it is important to add in unrefined oils in place of the refined oils.

Refined oils are used in fast food and restaurant setting as well as home cooking in many cases due to the reduced price of these oils. Paying a bit more at the supermarket for olive oil can work wonders for breast cancer prevention.

In addition to olive oil, sardines and walnuts are great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. The focus may seem to be more on adding Omega 3 rich oils than Omega 6 rich oils. This is due to the overpowering amount of Omega 6 oils used in everyday life. The balance needs to be regained for breast cancer nutrition and the best way to regain that balance is to add more of the healthy oils that are lacking in the diet. In the case of breast cancer nutrition, that would be the Omega 3 fatty acids.

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