Six Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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Six Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

By: Kim Beardsmore

We hear it all the time ... lose weight for your health. Few people however, realize the extent to which this is critical to their physical well-being and ultimately their life expectancy.

In January 2003, the Journal of the American Medical Association featured a study finding that obesity appears to lessen life expectancy, especially among young adults. The researchers compared Body-Mass Index (BMI) to longevity and found a correlation between premature death and higher BMIs. For example, a 20-year-old white male, 5'10 " weighing 288 pounds with a BMI of greater than 40 was estimated to lose 13 years of his life as a result of obesity.Jamie McManus, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. and author of " Your Personal Guide to Wellness " notes that while this study referenced extreme levels of obesity, there are still millions of overweight people in developed countries with a life expectancy rate that is three to five years less than their healthy-weight counterparts. She also estimates that there are 600,000 obesity related deaths each year in America.

Just how does obesity shorten our lifespan? The answer to this question is complex, yet there is a clear link between obesity and the development of cancer. An extensive study conducted by the American Cancer Institute involving 750,000 people showed that obesity significantly increased the risk of cancer developing in the following organs: breast, colon, ovaries, uterus, pancreas, kidneys and gallbladder.

Michael Thun, MD, vice-president of epidemiology and surveillance research for the American Cancer Society (ACS) says one reason obesity may raise cancer risk is because fat cells produce a form of estrogen called estradiol that promotes rapid division of cells, increasing chances of a random genetic error while cells are replicating, which can lead to cancer. In addition, fat centered around the abdomen may increase insulin and insulin-like growth factors in the blood, which may increase cancer risk.

"Women who are obese after menopause have a 50% higher relative risk of breast cancer," notes Thun, "and obese men have a 40% higher relative risk of colon cancer ... . Gallbladder and endometrial cancer risks are five times higher for obese individuals " .There is evidence that cancer rates in developed countries are increasing at 5 to 15 times faster than developing countries. A major contributor to this alarming reality has proven to be diet. In populations where the diet consists mostly of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains - in contrast to the typical Western diet of fatty meats, refined flours, oils and sugars - the risk of cancer is much lower.

The interaction of diet and the development of cancer is an active field of research and Dr David Heber, M.D., Ph.D. and author of " What Color is Your Diet " , says " It appears that diet has its most significant effects after the cancer has already formed, acting to inhibit or stimulate the growth of that cancer " . At the risk of oversimplifying a complex set of interactions, the typical Western diet that leads to obesity may actually act to stimulate the growth of cancer cells.It is never too late to improve your health through healthful eating and adopting a more health-giving lifestyle. Here are simple steps to follow which can make an immediate improvement to your health and vitality.

  1. Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine if weight has become health risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60% of Americans are overweight, defined as having a BMI (a ratio of height to weight) over 25. Of those, nearly half (27%) qualify as obese, with a body mass index of 30 or more. In 1980, just 15% of Americans were considered obese. You can check your BMI at the website below.

  2. Match your diet to your body's requirements. If you eat and drink more calories than your body requires you will put on weight. Learn to control calories and portion sizes, make recipes leaner, and eat infrequently from fast food restaurants. Also learn how to snack with healthful choices.

  3. Color your diet with a large variety of colorful, cancer-fighting fruit and vegetables. There are seven different color ranges of both fruit and vegetables and by choosing between 5 to 9 daily serves from a wide range of fruit and vegetables, we are extending our consumption of cancer (and other disease) fighting nutrients.

  4. Eat lean protein with every meal. Protein provides a powerful signal to the brain providing a longer sense of fullness. The right source of protein is essential to controlling your hunger with fewer calories and necessary to maintain your lean muscle mass. Choices of protein should be flavored soy shakes with fruit; the white meat of chicken and turkey, seafood such as shrimps, prawns scallops and lobster and ocean fish or vegetarians may prefer soy based meat substitutes.

  5. Rev up your metabolism with activity. If you want to enjoy a lifetime of well-being, exercise is a key ingredient. Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society (ACS), says adults should do something for 30 minutes each day that takes as much effort as a brisk walk. Children should be active for an hour each day. We are more likely to develop habits around things we enjoy, so seek activities which you enjoy doing. It is also helpful to build physical activity into your daily routine: use the stairs instead of the escalator or lift at work, park your car in the parking bay furthest from the super marketing and don't use the remote control to change TV channels.

  6. Get support to ensure you develop a healthful eating plan and reach your goal weight. Whilst a small percentage of people possess the discipline to lose weight, many obese people have developed strong thoughts and habits concerning the food they eat. In order to establish new habits, most people respond well to some form of consistent encouragement and coaching. A study, " Effects of Internet Behavioral Counseling on Weight Loss in Adults at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes " shows that participants who had the support of weight loss coaching lost more weight than those who didn't. The study concluded that the support of a weight loss coach can significantly improve weight loss results.

Being overweight or obese has been identified next to smoking, as the most preventable major risk to developing cancer. Even small weight losses have been shown to have beneficial health effects. So it's never to late to start and you can never be too young or too old to be concerned about your health and do something about achieving a more healthy weight.

(c) Copyright by Kim Beardsmore

About The Author

Kim Beardsmore is successful a weight loss coach who will cut through the diet-hype and ensure you find consistent results: week in, week out.You will learn how to stabilize at your goal weight and never 'diet' again. No public 'weigh-ins', meetings that cost you money or fads...simply long term results. You can receive a free, no obligation consultation. Visit:


GRETA Serves Romance With Ice Cream In Scottsdale 14.05.2013. 22:34

Is Mr Ben Ghazi Obama at fault for IRS Targeting of American Citizens or is it a faulty gene? Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease.

Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday the operation has made it easier for her to reassure her six children that she would not die young from cancer, like her own mother did at 56.

The Oscar-winning actress said her doctors had estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
Jolie said that even though she had kept silent about her treatment while it was going on, she hoped her story would now help other women.

Breast cancer alone kills some 458,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization. It is estimated that one in 300 to one in 500 women carry a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation, as Jolie does.

She lends her star power to a range of humanitarian campaigns, including serving more than 10 years as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. And warning Americans to stay away from Embassies like Benghazi while Obama is President. Safety and Longevity is our goal.

In April, she urged governments to step up efforts to bring political sex offenders to justice.
Well then let's start with Arkansas City Bill Clinton The Motel Sex Offender. Or could it be the same faulty gene that Tead Kennedy died from while Democrat Drunk.

Then there are others who claim that they also suffer from a faulty gene.

Oh My......I'm sure glad that I have no faulty genes. Just the White Racist Teenage COP when he gets home. Tonight Del Falco's Pizzeria and Disco at the Papago Plaza with the Teenager my daughter and her boyfriend. None of us are Gay.
BUSH RUBIO 2016 - America Beyond Beyonce and Ben Ghazi Obama

GRETA Serves Romance With Ice Cream In Scottsdale

Admin 14.05.2013. 22:34

Hi Nut job! How does Angeline Jolies Mastectomy have anything to do with your original question? Oh also how do you have a teenage cop boyfriend when you said before he was ten years younger than you and you are in your forties? Well at least they have got some of the republican peds off the street. You know like Jerry Sandusky the repub
Republican congressional aide Jeffrey Nielsen was arrested for having sex with a 14-year old boy.
Republican aide, Alan David Berlin, was arrested on charges that he wanted to engage in sex acts with a 15 year old boy while dressed in a panda costume.
Fox News producer Aaron Bruns pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years for possessing child pornography.
Republican activist and former presidential campaign chairman Jeffrey Claude Bartleson was arrested on charges of sexually molesting a 5-year old boy.
Republican activist and former chairman of the Christian County Republicans Royce Fessenden pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree statutory sodomy.
Republican parole board officer and former legislator George Christian (Chris) Ortloff pleaded guilty to attempting to lure 11- and 12-year-old girls to have sex with him.
Republican legislative aide Robert R. Groezinger pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.
Republican legislator Robert A. McKee pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.
Republican chief of staff Eric Feltner pleaded guilty to showing pornography to a 13-year old girl.
Republican presidential campaign official Matthew Joseph Elliott was convicted of sexual exploitation of a child
* Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for
Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in
the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

* Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas
Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six
years in prison.

* Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A.
Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old
girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and
several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past
decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of
young women.


MickyBag 18.05.2009. 10:17

What is the European Parliament doing to ensure a healthier Europe? Array


Admin 18.05.2009. 10:17

Rules on recognition of health professionals' qualifications, on cleaner air, better quality bathing water, safer medicines for children and on use of mercury are some examples of legislation adopted by the European Parliament in the last five years. MEPs also made funding available for health projects under the EU's overall Research Programme 2007-2013. Extending patients' rights to seek treatment in another EU Member State is a major piece of legislation to be voted soon.

?Health professionals - recognition of qualification: GPs, nurses, dentists, midwives and physiotherapists are among the health professionals covered by new rules on recognition of professional qualifications. The aim of the legislation adopted by the European Parliament was to make it easier for professionals to provide services in another EU Member State, while at the same time giving host countries greater powers to check qualifications before allowing individuals to practise.

?Bathing waters - cleaner beaches and rivers: Parliament revised European legislation dating from 1976 and tightened up water quality standards of beaches, rivers and lakes

?Cleaner air: the European Parliament updated EU legislation to prevent and reduce air pollution. For the first time, MEPs defined maximum concentration levels for small particles or dust (known as PM2.5) which are the most hazardous to human health and can cause cancer and respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. The objective is to reduce concentration of these particles to 20 micrograms per cubic meter, but these indicative levels will be reviewed in 2013, with the possibility of making them obligatory

?EU funding for health research ? ?6.1 billion over seven years: the EU's overall research programme, adopted by the EP, includes a funding stream for health research projects. ?6.1 billion has been set aside for health research between 2007 and 2013.

?Incentives for drug firms to develop child medicine: the European Parliament adopted new rules extending patent protection for pediatric medicines by six months

?Mercury bans: MEPs adopted legislation to reduce the use of mercury, which carries a high risk to human cardiovascular and immune systems and to the development of embryos. From March 2011, the export of mercury from the EU will be prohibited

Besides legislative acts, MEPs also adopted resolutions calling for immediate actions in several health-related fields:

?Fight against smoking ? smoke-free workplaces: the European Parliament called on member states to introduce, by the end of 2009, smoking bans in all enclosed workplaces, including catering establishments, public buildings and transport, and also in children's playgrounds

?Step up against cancer: MEPs called for more research into cancer prevention and for nationwide breast screenings every 2 years for women aged 50 to 69

?Combating obesity as early as possible: MEPs called for measures to combat obesity early in life. Their recommendations included clearer food labelling, better food in schools and more school sports, restrictions on advertising unhealthy food, and VAT reductions for fruit & vegetables.

?Organ donation: MEPs proposed a wide range of measures, including a European donor card, to tackle the problem of organ shortage and organ trafficking.


A_R 21.01.2011. 22:19

Hormonal imbalance in women? My doctor told me i had polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) and to help that she but me on birth control. one of the symptoms of pcos is excess hair growth on the body and face, and that symptom i have. it is really embarrassing and i am really self-conscience about it. how long does it take to start to treat pcos with the pill? please no funny, bs answers!


Admin 21.01.2011. 22:19

You need to realize that the pill is a dangerous drug that doctors give out like mothers give out candy on Halloween, with no regard for your overall and long term health.

The synthetic ethinyl estradiol used in those pills is the most stimulating to breast tissue and is 1,000 times more potent in it's effects on breast tissue as estriol (natural estrogen made in the body that helps breast tissue). Estrogens tend to promote cell division, particularly in hormone-sensitive tissue such as the breast. Studies from two decades ago clearly found that overexposure to estradiol increases one's risk of breast cancer. The synthetic ethinyl estradiol is even more of a breast cancer risk because it is efficiently absorbed by mouth and slow to be metabolized and excreted. The longer a synthetic estrogen stays in the body, the more opportunity it has to do damage. NOT A GOOD SOLUTION FOR PCOS! ! ! 1 in 7 women now get breast cancer!

"Normalizing" hormones by simply giving you synthetic hormone pills violates the basic principle of healing. Instead, whenever possible, you should strive to normalize the hormones using your body's innate intelligence. In your case, by changing your diet, you can start on the road to healing.

A diet based on the principles of "Nourishing Traditions," a book by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. is the first step in the therapy of PCOS. Your ovaries need the animal fats, and yes, even the cholesterol found in food in order to make estrogen and progesterone, the correct female hormones.

Swollen ovaries is a condition analogous to goiter, when the thyroid swells in response to iodine deficiency. Goiters often also result in a hormonal imbalance leading to hypothyroidism. In the case of PCOS, the starvation of the ovaries causes them to become cystic, swollen and eventually unable to regulate the synthesis of their hormones.

The other main dietary trigger for this imbalance is that when the proper dietary fats are missing, they are inevitably replaced by excessive carbohydrate consumption. This results in excessive insulin production, weight gain, abdominal bloating, and eventually will itself cause hormonal shifts. The biochemistry of this process is well described in the book, "The Schwarzbein Principle" which also suggests a diet based on the principles in the book, "Nourishing Traditions," along with a restriction to about 75 grams of carbohydrates per day. More good fats and fewer carbohydrate foods should help in restoring your hormones to their proper balance.

In addition to the dietary program, there are many natural nutrients that I have been shown in the medical literature to help PCOS. The first is the protomorphogen extract from Standard Process called Symplex F. This is a mixture of specially processed glandular extracts from the four organs that make up the so-called pituitary axis--the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal glands and the ovaries. We now know that these glands compensate for each other, and that they all get ill as a group. I usually recommend taking 1-2 tablets per day for one whole year to help normalize the function of these important organs. You should be able to get the Symplex F from your local pharmacy.

The final therapy that I recommend for PCOS is a 50/50 mixture of the herbal extracts of Peony lactiflora and Glycyrrhiza uralensis (commonly known as licorice). There have been three studies in the literature showing that this combination of herbs can result in a complete remission in PCOS, and that it does so by normalizing adrenal function and reducing testosterone levels. It is important to use the correct amounts that were also indicated in these studies. I recommend the Mediherb extracts and suggest 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the mixture, 2-3 times per day. I usually suggest using this mixture for six months with breaks of a week or two every 4-6 weeks."

Birth control pills are the worst way to deal with PCOS. All that does is give you the "make believe health" and demonstrating very clearly that doctors have NO clue about what they are doing in regard to nutrition and how the body works in regard to nutrition that nourishes the body and does NOT abuse it with drugs.

EDIT: "QHlover" Doctors, the ones that went to medical school, kill more people each year than any one major disease in America. In July 2004, Gary Null Ph.D, Carolyn Dean M.D., N.D, Martin Feldman M.D., Debora Rasio M.D., Dorothy Smith Ph.D. wrote a paper that revealed very disturbing facts regarding an annual iatrogenic (induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures) death rate of 783,936 in one year. It is further disturbing to realize that as few as 5 percent and only up to 20 percent of iatrogenic acts are ever reported. This means that that iatrogenic death rate of 783,936 is much higher.


NoWayOut 07.07.2009. 18:17

Doesn't the rice cereal with DHA smell fishy? I ignored MY OWN ADVICE and bought some rice cereal a couple weeks ago. I tried to spoon feed him a little and he just wasn't interested in the least. I've been trying here and there to see what he thinks.

The way I see it is that my twins were fed the stuff and they're fine. It's pretty harmless and it's a cheap practice food. Plus a few tablespoons here and there won't hurt him if he even swallows it.

But that's not the point. The point is, don't you think that stuff smells and tastes like nori or kelp or something? I don't remember my girls' rice smelling or tasting anything like that but it also didn't contain DHA. I don't think I'm going to get any with DHA again if I even give him any more rice cereal after this stuff is gone. He gets it from my breast milk anyway.

That stuff smells nasty!
Tuna oil... nice. So has the mercury content been tested? Holy moly!


Admin 07.07.2009. 18:17

Thats what DHA is my dear. The Omega 3's are great for babies, adults, dogs, everyone. It assits in brain function. Here, see below.

Docosahexaenoic acid
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Docosahexaenoic acid

Docosahexaenoic acid (commonly known as DHA; 22:6(?-3), all-cis-docosa-4,7,10,13,16,19-hexa-enoic acid; trivial name cervonic acid) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid. In chemical structure, DHA is a carboxylic acid with a 22-carbon chain[1] and six cis double bonds; the first double bond is located at the third carbon from the omega end.[2]

Fish oils are rich in DHA. Most of the DHA in fish and more complex organisms originates in photosynthetic and heterotrophic microalgae, and becomes increasingly concentrated in organisms as it moves up the food chain. DHA is also commercially manufactured from microalgae; Crypthecodinium cohnii and another of the genus Schizochytrium.[3] DHA manufactured using microalgae is vegetarian .[3] Most animals make very little DHA through metabolism; however small amounts are manufactured internally through the consumption of ?-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid found in plants, animals, and milk.

DHA is metabolized to form the docosanoids?several families of potent hormones. DHA is a major fatty acid in sperm and brain phospholipids, and especially in the retina. Dietary DHA may reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing the level of blood triglycerides in humans. Low levels of DHA result in reduction of brain serotonin levels[4] and have been associated with ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, and depression, among other diseases, and there is mounting evidence that DHA supplementation may be effective in combating such diseases .

DHA is the most abundant essential fatty acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids, PUFAs) in the brain and retina. It comprises 40% of the PUFAs in the brain and 60% of the PUFAs in the retina. 50% of the weight of the neuron's plasma membrane is composed of DHA.[5]

Of all the fatty acids, DHA has the largest effect on brain PUFA composition.[6] DHA is found in three phospholipids: phosphatidylethanolamine, ethanolamine plasmalogens, and phosphatidylserine (PS). It modulates the carrier-mediated transport of choline, glycine, and taurine, the function of delayed rectifier potassium channels, and the response of rhodopsin contained in the synaptic vesicles, among many other functions.[7]

DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline.[8] PS controls apoptosis, and low DHA levels lower neural cell PS and increase neural cell death.[9] DHA is depleted in the cerebral cortex of severely depressed patients.[10][11]

[edit] Metabolic synthesis
In the human body, DHA is either present in the diet or it is derived from eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20:5, ?-3) via docosapentaenoic acid (DPA, 22:5 ?-3) as an intermediate. This had been thought to occur through an elongation step followed by the action of ?4-desaturase. It is now more likely that DHA is biosynthesized via a C24 intermediate followed by beta oxidation in peroxisomes. Thus EPA is twice elongated yielding 24:5 ?-3, then desaturated to 24:6 ?-3, then shortened to DHA (22:6 ?-3) via beta oxidation. This pathway is known as Sprecher's shunt.[12][13]

[edit] Health

[edit] Alzheimer's Disease
A large NIH (US National Institute for Health) intervention trial is currently running to evaluate DHA in Alzheimer's disease.[14] This is the first large scale human trial of DHA and Alzheimer's disease. Animal studies in the TG3 transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease linked decreases in amyloid plaques and tau to dietary DHA. Animal studies also show that when combined with arachidonic acid (also present in fish oil), the effectiveness of DHA for preventing plaques was less than without it.

[edit] Cancer
DHA was found to inhibit growth of human colon carcinoma cells[15][16], more than other omega-3 PUFAs. The cytotoxic effect of DHA wasn't caused by increased lipid peroxidation or any other oxidative damage, but rather decrease in cell growth regulators. However, different cancer lines handle PUFAs differently and display different sensitivities towards them. Such preliminary findings point to the need for further research and are not proof that DHA does or does not provide any benefit for intended treatment, cure, or mitigation of cancer. However, in 2008, DHA was shown to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy in prostate cancer cells, [17] and in 2009, a chemoprotective effect in a mouse model was reported.[18]

[edit] Pregnancy and lactation
DHA concentrations in breast milk range from 0.07% to greater than 1.0% of total fatty acids, with a mean of about 0.34%. DHA levels in breast milk are higher if a mother's diet is high in fish.

DHA has recently gained attention as a supplement for pregnant women,[19] noting studies of improved attention and visual acuity. One recent study indicates that low levels of plasm

Thumbs down for listing facts from wikipedia. Thats so awesome. You have DHA in your breastmilk too dumbass. Thumbs down THAT!!!!!!


itsmedude1 05.04.2008. 11:52

project on ENT Morbidity? we've got 2 carry out a study and make a project on "ENT morbidity in the indoor and outdoor wards of our college"...can sum1 help me out wid past studies carried out in dis regard...??

m a medical student and the subject is "social and preventive medicine"...


Admin 05.04.2008. 11:52

In medicine, epidemiology and actuarial science, the term morbidity can refer to
* the state of being diseased (from Latin morbidus: sick, unhealthy),
* the degree or severity of a disease,
* the prevalence of a disease: the total number of cases in a particular population at a particular point in time,
* the incidence of a disease: the number of new cases in a particular population during a particular time interval.
* disability irrespective of cause (e.g., disability caused by accidents).
The term morbidity rate can refer either to the incidence rate or to the prevalence rate of a disease. Compare this with the mortality rate of a condition, which is the number of people dying during a given time interval, divided by the total number of people in the population. Morbidity is often measured by ICU scoring systems
In mouth there are many species of bacteria always present. Under conditions of sepsis such as carious teeth, septic tonsils, unhealthy mucous membrane or infected sinuses, the stream of bacteria are constantly pouring into the mouth, find there ideal conditions for growth helped by remnants of food. Such a mouth may give rise to parotitis, otitis media, infected sinuses, pyorrhea, digestive trobles, infection of respiratory passages and via general circulation, rheumatic conditions, and remote septic foci.
The mouth should be well rinsed with some pleasant anttiseptic mouth wash and gargling in the morning and night after taking the last meal or drink. The tongue should be cleaned every morning.
The ears: They require proper care and attention. The child with running ears is in constant danger of deafness or mastoiditis. Wax in ears may give rise to partial deafness. No attempt should be made to remove wax by prodding any sharp pencil, hairpin, or any pointed instrument.
It might seem overwhelming to try to prevent colds, but you can do it. Children average three to eight colds per year. It is certainly better to get three than eight!

Here are five proven ways to reduce exposure to germs:

* Switch day care: Using a day care where there are six or fewer children dramatically reduces germ contact.
* Wash hands: Children and adults should wash hands at key moments -- after nose-wiping, after diapering or toileting, before eating, and before preparing food.
* Use instant hand sanitizers: A little dab will kill 99.99% of germs without any water or towels. The products use alcohol to destroy germs. They are an antiseptic, not an antibiotic, so resistance can't develop.
* Disinfect: Clean commonly touched surfaces (sink handles, sleeping mats) with an EPA-approved disinfectant.
* Use paper towels instead of shared cloth towels.

Here are seven ways to support the immune system:

* Avoid unnecessary antibiotics: The more people use antibiotics, the more likely they are to get sick with longer, more stubborn infections caused by more resistant organisms in the future.
* Breastfeed: Breast milk is known to protect against respiratory tract infections, even years after breastfeeding is done. Kids who don't breastfeed average five times more ear infections.
* Avoid second-hand smoke: Keep as far away from it as possible! It is responsible for many health problems, including millions of colds.
* Get enough sleep: Late bedtimes and poor sleep leave people vulnerable.
* Drink water: Your body needs fluids for the immune system to function properly.
* Eat yogurt: The beneficial bacteria in some active yogurt cultures help prevent colds.
* Take zinc: Children and adults who are zinc-deficient get more infections and stay sick longer.
Tobacco and alcohol are by far the most important risk factors for oral and throat cancer. You can greatly reduce your risk by not smoking and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. Other steps you can take to help prevent oral and throat cancer or its progression include:

* Use well-fitting dentures. If you wear dentures, be sure they fit properly and are well cleaned and rinsed. Oral irritation may increase your risk of oral cancer.
* Don't chew on the tissues on the inside of your mouth (inner cheek). Doing so irritates your oral tissues. This may occur during sleep, along with teeth grinding (bruxism). Talk with your dentist if this is a problem for you.
* Limit your exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet light damages the skin on your lips and increases your risk of oral cancer. When you're out in the sun, use lip balm that contains sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and lips.
* Check your mouth and tongue periodically. Standing in front of a mirror, use your forefinger and thumb to pull facial tissue aside to get a good view and feel of the tissue on the inside of your lips, your cheeks and elsewhere inside your mouth, especially under your tongue. Look for bumps and for changes in color. Use your thumbs and fingers to check for lumps and tender spots. If you notice changes, talk to your dentist or doctor. Oral and throat cancer can be successfully treated, but success depends on early detection.
* Visit your dentist twice a year. Most dentists perform a thorough examination of your mouth during each visit. He or she should conduct a direct as well as indirect (mirrored) observation of all the tissues inside your mouth.
* Eat a nutrient-rich diet. Aim for at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. A poor diet has been linked to oral and other cancers.
Please note that I am not a medical professional.


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