Thursday, October 28, 2010

Feel better today. Stay healthy for tomorrow.

Here is a great article for staying healthy:

Here's how: The food and physical activity choices you make every day affect your health—how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. The science-based advice of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005 in this booklet highlights how to:

  • Make smart choices from every food group.
  • Find your balance between food and physical activity.
  • Get the most nutrition out of your calories.

You may be eating plenty of food, but not eating the right foods that give your body the nutrients you need to be healthy. You may not be getting enough physical activity to stay fit and burn those extra calories. This booklet is a starting point for finding your way to a healthier you.

Eating right and being physically active aren't just a "diet" or a "program"—they are keys to a healthy lifestyle. With healthful habits, you may reduce your risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, and increase your chances for a longer life.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Exercise and cancer

Here is a tip for keeping healthy while on Chemo:


This section describes the reasons why it is so important to exercise regularly both before and after a diagnosis of cancer. It explains the underlying mechanisms of how exercise helps and provides specific tips how to increase the level of exercise in the activities of daily living.

Benefits of exercise  Worldwide published evidence clearly demonstrates that regular exercise helps well-being and cancer in four main ways:-

1. Exercise helps prevent cancer 

In terms of prevention, its has been estimated that being sedentary and overweight could account for 14% of male and 20% of female cancer deaths in the UK.  For bowel cancer, for example, most environmental studies have demonstrated a reduction in the order of 40–50% for those at the highest levels of physical activity, with many demonstrating a dose-response relationship. The Harvard Centre for Cancer Control, for example, estimates that at least 15% of colon cancers could have been prevented by 30 minutes daily exercise. These data suggest that increasing physical activity is one of the major factors that is amenable to modification by individuals wishing to reduce their risks of cancer.

2. Exercise helps to fight established cancer

  • Slows the rate of some cancer progresses
  • Reduces the risk of cancer coming back and improves cure


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

How can I relieve stress and relax?

Here is a great article which gives great tips for those who are on Chemo to relax and get less stress:


Simple techniques can help you cope with stress and help you relax. Try some of these methods to find the ones that work best for you. You may want to check with your doctor before using any of these, especially if you have lung problems.

Muscle tension and release

  • Lie down in a quiet room.
  • Take a slow, deep breath.
  • As you breathe in, tense a muscle or group of muscles. For example, clench your teeth or stiffen your arms or legs.
  • Keep your muscles tense for a second or 2 while holding your breath.
  • Then breathe out, release the tension, and let your body relax completely.
  • Repeat the process with another muscle or muscle group.

Another way to do this is called progressive relaxation. You work your way up your body starting with the toes of one foot. Contract then relax all the muscles of one leg. Do the same with the other leg. Work your way up your body, contracting then relaxing each of the muscle groups in your body, including those in your neck and face. Remember to hold your breath while briefly contracting your muscles and to breathe out when releasing the tension.


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hair Care Tips After and During Chemotherapy

This article gives tips for your hair care after chemotherapy:


In this article, we hope to share with you the many aspects that this important subject has to offer you.

Chemotherapy is a groovy innovation in the behavior of scourge. It has saved the lives of millions of people to meeting. Indeed it is one of the most important checkup inventions of the 20th century.

However, it can be a varied blessing. Along with its planned things, it carries some piece things that the scourge survivor must accept. One of its commonest piece things is hair shortfall.

The shortfall of hair may appear to be trifling in comparison with what chemotherapy cures. Indeed discount life and limb is greatly more crucial than how many hairs you have on your president. But still patients recovering from scourge and chemotherapy requisite to be rehabilitated back to their previous lifestyles as far as viable. Appearance is important for this because it is important to one's nature-figure.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Healthy Living: Doctors say chemotherapy symptoms can linger

Here is a great story and some advice about living with chemotherapy symptoms:


By: Casey J. Bortnick

Elizabeth Osta completed chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer years ago, but she still experiences side effects, like memory loss. Doctors hope several studies taking place will explain what causes symptoms to linger and what could treat them, but in the meantime, there are simple things patients can do.

Whether it’s reading a book or writing one of her own, Elizabeth Osta has a unique outlook on life, but even years after completing her treatment, Osta is still experiencing side effects.

“I'm somebody who remembered phone numbers and names easily," Osta said. "My chemo nurse was just a gem and I got a book for her and we went out to dinner and I kind of presented it to her. And she looked at me and said ‘you know, you gave me this two weeks ago.’"

Chemotherapy is known to cause temporary problems like memory loss and numbness in the hands and fingers. Doctors like Marcia Krebs at the Pluta Cancer Center say these side effects can persist for months or even years. 

"We'll call it chemo brain,” said Dr. Krebs. "Where they have trouble with their memory, finding words, they can't multi-task like they used to." 

There are currently several studies taking place that Krebs hopes will eventually explain what causes these symptoms to linger and what medications and therapy could best treat them. 


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