Seven Things Everyone Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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didyouknow?The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation dispels common myths about sudden cardiac arrest and urges the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators during the first week of June, National CPR-AED Awareness Week.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 326,200 people of all ages outside hospitals every day. Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey and husband of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, was one of its recent victims.

During this week alone, about 6,250 unsuspecting victims will suffer SCA, most of them (70%) at home. Their hearts will unexpectedly stop beating and blood will no longer flow to the brain and throughout the body. They will collapse, breathe abnormally or not at all, and may appear to be having seizures. In essence, they will be dead—and they will stay this way unless bystanders work to restore their heartbeats by starting CPR and defibrillation immediately.

Unfortunately, only one-third of SCA victims receives CPR from bystanders and fewer than five percent are treated with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrives at the scene. But for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chances of survival decrease by 7-10%. As a result, only 11 percent of victims typically survive. Yet survival rates could double or triple if more people knew what to do when SCA strikes. In fact, as many as 30,000 additional lives could be saved each year.

Why don’t more people know and use these fundamental lifesaving skills? For one thing, not enough schools include CPR-AED instruction as a requirement for high school graduation. In addition, seven common myths may be barriers to bystander action, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, which counters with the following facts.

Myth No. 1: SCA is rare. Fact: The number of people who die from SCA each day is equivalent to the number who would die if two jet planes crashed every single day killing nearly everyone on board.

Myth: No. 2: SCA is the same as a heart attack. Fact: Heart attack is like a plumbing problem. When people have heart attacks, they are awake and their hearts are beating. SCA is like an electrical problem. When people have SCA, they are not awake and their hearts are not beating. Heart attacks can lead to SCA, but there are many other causes, usually related to heart rhythm disorders.

Myth No. 3: SCA only happens to the elderly. Fact: SCA happens to people of all ages, including more than 6,000 people under the age of 18 each year.

Myth No. 4: SCA only happens to people with a history of heart problems. Fact: SCA is often the first indication of a heart problem.

Myth No. 5: Victims are better off waiting for professional help to arrive. Fact: Time is of the essence. Immediate bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death.

Myth No. 6: Only trained personnel are allowed to use AEDs. Fact: Despite antiquated signage that sometimes accompanies the devices, AEDs may be used effectively by anyone who can follow visual and voice prompts.

Myth No. 7: AEDs can hurt people by shocking them inappropriately. Fact: SCA victims are dead. Rescuer actions can only help. AEDs are safe and effective and will not shock the heart unless shocks are needed to restore a healthy heartbeat.

Given the facts and the tremendous opportunity to save so many more lives, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation urges the public to seek CPR and AED training during National CPR-AED Awareness Week. “Our growing national survivor network is a testament to the fact that immediate CPR and defibrillation really does save lives,” said Mary Newman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation president. “Since most cardiac arrests occur in the home, taking a few minutes now to learn CPR and how to use an AED could mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.”

Here’s what to do when SCA strikes:

1. Call 9-1-1 and follow dispatcher instructions.

2. Start CPR. Press hard and fast on the center of the chest at a rate of 100 beats per minute (e.g., to the tune of “Tears on My Guitar” by Taylor Swift).

3. Use the nearest AED as quickly as possible.

For information on training resources or to join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, visit For information on the AED Readiness Project, click here. To support the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, click here.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and saving lives. Programs include educational campaigns for secondary schools and colleges and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Network, an online community that provides peer support and opportunities for survivors and family members to participate in awareness, advocacy, and research initiatives.

5 Important Things To Know About TLIF

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doctorWhen it comes to spinal fusion surgeries, all types are definitely not alike. Case in point: TLIF surgery – a minimally invasive way to fuse together painful vertebrae so they heal into a single, solid bone – entails its own unique approach and purpose, helping many chronic back pain sufferers find lasting relief, according to Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

TLIF is just one of several forms of minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery, also known as MIS fusion. But the terminology surrounding this surgery, how it’s done and what benefits it offers can seem confusing to those with spine problems that aren’t effectively treated with more conservative measures such as medication, rest or physical therapy, Dr. Kadimcherla says.

“While MIS fusion surgery has been commonplace since the 1990s, TLIF is among the most innovative newer approaches to back surgery available today for lower back pain,” adds Dr. Kadimcherla, who completed two spinal surgery fellowships and is a published author on spine disorders and treatment. Dr. Kadimcherla explains 5 points that are important to understand about TLIF:

What is TLIF?

TLIF is short for oblique lateral lumbar interbody fusion, offering both a name and a description of its technique. “It’s the angle taken when the surgeon gains access to the spine from a posterolateral view, which is the approach taken through a patient’s back and just to the side of the vertebrae,” Dr. Kadimcherla notes.

Who undergoes TLIF surgery?

This type of surgery, which stops vertebral bones in the spine from painfully “grinding” together, is typically advised for patients coping with ongoing lower back pain from a wide range of causes, including:

* Bulging discs

* Degenerative disc disease, a chain of events in the discs that occurs naturally as we age

* Disc tears – a painful crack or tear in the outer shell of a disc when it begins to toughen or dry up

* Failed back surgery, which occurs for a variety of reasons such as inaccurate diagnosis or improper healing

* Facet joint syndrome, which is degeneration and arthritic changes occurring in facet joints between vertebrae commonly caused by aging and wear-and-tear

* Foraminal stenosis, a narrowing of the spaces between vertebrae due to displaced bone or soft tissue

How is TLIF performed?

Like other MIS fusion procedures, TLIF is done with special tools known as tubular retractors, which are placed into a tiny incision and through soft tissues to the designated spot on the spine. But unlike other types of MIS fusion, TLIF surgery is approached through the patient’s back just to the side of the vertebrae. Since such a small incision is used, the surgeon doesn’t have to move, remove or alter major muscles, normal bone structures, or nerve bundles. At the area needing repair, the surgeon implants material such as a bone graft that maintains proper spacing of the vertebrae as the bones grow together. The entire procedure typically takes about 90 minutes or less.

What is recovery from TLIF like?

Because TLIF is both minimally invasive and minimally disruptive to tissues surrounding the spine, the procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and recovery is swift. “Many patients are able to get up, walk around and return home within a few hours after surgery,” Dr. Kadimcherla says. “After the initial recovery, many patients benefit from a course of physical therapy to help their back muscles become stronger and more flexible.”

What are the advantages of TLIF?

The benefits of TLIF are compelling, Dr. Kadimcherla says, including minimal blood loss during surgery and a lower risk of needing a blood transfusion during this technique compared with traditional “open” spinal fusion surgery using a much longer incision. Additionally, TLIF patients typically need less pain medication after surgery.

“Many TLIF patients resume their normal recreational activities within weeks – not months or longer – because this procedure is so kind to surrounding tissues,” Dr. Kadimcherla says. “It offers remarkable results.”

– Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with several locations in NJ and NYC., Praveen Kadimcherla, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

3 Things To Look For In A New Dentist

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By Staci Rae

dentistIn order to have great looking teeth, you will have to put in a lot of work. The only way you will be able to keep your luminous smile, you will need to find the right dental professional in your area. With all of the many options when it comes to dentists in any given area, finding the right one will take some time and effort. You need to make a list of what you are looking for in a dentist and then go out in search of the right professional to fit the bill. Here are a few things you have to look for in a dentist office.

Knowledge and Vast Experience

The first thing you have to look for in a dentist is experience and a vast amount of knowledge about their chosen profession. The more you are able to find out about a dentist and how long they have been around, the easier you will find it to choose the right one. Make sure to do your own research to verify anything you are being told by a particular dentist.

A Great Staff

Another very important thing you have to consider when trying to find the right dentist is the type of staff they have. In order to get a feel for the staff at a particular dentist’s office you will need to schedule a consultation. By getting a firsthand look at what a particular dentist office can offer, you will be able to make the right choice. Be sure to weigh all of the options you have so you can get the full scope of what is out there. The time you spend going to these different dentist’s offices will be more than worth it.

Knowing Their Cost on Procedures Performed

If you do not have insurance, you need to think about how much you are going to have to pay for the procedures you need. The time you spend doing the research on this factor is worth it when you are able to adequately budget yourself. Make sure you call around to as many different offices as you can to get a feel for what the going rate for dental work is in your area. The more you can find out about this, the easier you will find it to get the right dentist chosen in your area.

The right dentist will be able to help you keep your teeth in pristine condition with ease. The time invested in this process will pay off in the end.

– Staci has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 15 years. She has worked on a wide variety of projects for a kaleidoscope of clients, from websites and guest blog posts to academic writing and ghostwriting 3 fiction books. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and their 8-year-old daughter. She also writes articles for a dental office in Scarborough.

10 Things Anyone Can Do To Lead Healthier Lives

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healthillustratedThousands of books have been written on what to eat, how to exercise and even where to work in order to enjoy a healthier, happier life. But the keys to a long, vital life are basic. The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) has put together the 10 tips below based on recent research. And in most cases, they apply to people of all ages.

1. THINK POSITIVE. Strive for success in all you endeavors, especially those related to your health or fitness program. Negative thoughts can become self-fulfilling prophecies. And never let your age be a barrier. Research has shown that thinking positively about getting older can lengthen your life by as much as 7.5 years.

2. TURN YOUR SPARK INTO A FLAME. Do you have a passion, talent or hobby that you do well at? Nurture it, grow it, and let that enthusiasm spill over into other areas of life.

3. KEEP YOUR MOTOR RUNNING. Lacking energy and motivation may result from challenges in your life as simple as losing focus on your goals. If you suspect your lethargy is caused by physical or mental health issues, by all means see a healthcare professional. But don’t underestimate your ability to recharge through lifestyle changes and gain the energy to do the things you love to do when you want to do them. Having energy and motivation are hallmarks of healthy living.

4. EAT A BALANCED DIET. This is the one you knew was coming: a balanced diet and healthy weight are keys to physical and mental health. Instead of the latest fad diet, start with a common-sense approach – eat lots of fruits and vegetables, go easy on the sugar and salt. Cut back on calories if your weight is trending the wrong way. You can do it!

5. REGULAR EXERCISE. Staying physically active fuels the body and mind and helps prevent physical and mental decline. If you’re already exercising regularly, keep it up. If you’re just getting started, set realistic goals based on your own fitness level, then move towards them at your own pace. Just walking for as little as 10 minutes, 3 times a day is infinitely better than doing nothing. The key is to be consistent. Get started!

6. CONNECT WITH PEOPLE. Keep your social life active. Go out with friends to see a movie or enjoy a coffee. Even better, do volunteer work on a regular basis. Research shows that people who volunteer have higher levels of well-being and life satisfaction than people who don’t. Volunteering and other kinds of civic and social engagement can contribute to better health.

7. DON’T STAY DOWN. Everyone feels down at times, but full-blown depression is a major cause of disability and cannot be ignored. If you’re feeling out of sorts for two weeks or more, talk with your doctor. In many instances, exercising and changing to a healthier diet can help lift you out of the doldrums.

8. KEEP LEARNING. Studies show that lifelong learning is good for you. Learning adds a needed dimension to life, whether it involves staying in touch with what is happening in the world or keeping the brain stimulated. The best news is that you can start learning new subjects or physical activities at any age. So why not start today?

9. INVEST IN YOU. Shifting your expectations of yourself – then embarking on new behaviors to realize your goals – takes energy and effort. Consider your effort to improve as a small investment in a plan that pays big dividends. The results will be well worth it.

10.HAVE FUN! A healthy life is generally a life filled with joy and laughter. So do what you need to do to kick up your heels and have a good time. Ride a bike, learn a language, take up square dancing. Step outside of your comfort zone if you have to. Make 2015 the best year ever to be alive.

About International Council on Active Aging

ICAA, an association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on active aging, an approach to aging that helps older adults live as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness; and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies. These include the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport, among others. To learn more about ICAA, visit:

10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

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By Armand Leone, Jr., MD, JD

doctorThe patient physician relationship is unique and is based on trust and open communication. However, physicians do not always share the insider’s view about the healthcare system that they know. There are things that doctors know from their experiences that they don’t tell patients. Here are 10 things that physicians know but don’t tell their patients:

1. Having elective surgery on a Friday or in the afternoon carries a higher mortality and complication rate than earlier in the week or day.

2. Being admitted to the hospital on a weekend with a serious condition carries a higher mortality and complication rate than being admitted during the week.

3. Doctors know the limits of modern medicine and most don’t choose heroic cancer treatments or end of life care.

4. What their surgical and procedure complication rates are and how those compare to the national rates for the same.

5. A misdiagnosis occurs in at least 1 out of every 20 patient encounters in doctors’ offices.

6. Surgery to remove partial meniscal tears does not result in better knee function than medical treatment and physical therapy alone.

7. Bad outcomes after spinal decompression back surgery are so common there is a specifically designated ICD-9-CM billing code for when they fail called “Post-Laminectomy Syndrome”.

8. The quality of care decreases and medical errors increase during July which is when graduated interns, residents, nurses and other new health care workers first report to work at many of the nation’s hospitals and to start practicing medicine.

9. Fatal medication errors alone spike by 10% every July as new medical residents start taking care of patients.

10. Learning a new surgical technique, even for an established surgeon, requires a learning curve and, yet, every surgeon has to perform a procedure for the first time … where do you fall on their learning curve.

– Armand Leone, Jr., MD, JD, MBA Partner and Co-Founder of Britcher, Leone & Roth. Armand is also a board certified diagnostic radiologist

Talking To Your Kids When Bad Things Happen – Part 2

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

familyrunning* As much as possible, stay on your routine at home. This will give your child stability and reduce anxiety.

* This is an excellent time to set up an emergency plan in your own home. Go through what you each will do if there is an emergency. This empowers children and helps them feel more in control. Remind them of a time something happened and what they did to help. Also remind them of how proud you were of them.

* Take extra time at night to read stories, watch movies, or say prayers. This helps kids feel safer and it is also a time when questions come up that parents can use to help understand how their child is processing the tragedies.

* This is a good time to bring your spiritual beliefs to the forefront. Things such as having a mass said, lighting a candle, or planting a tree for the people who lost their lives is important. It helps your child see that no matter what happens people do care and they do remember. Spirituality is also important because it gives us strength beyond our human capacity.

* Listen to your children. Children’s brains work differently than adults, and by careful listening you can better ascertain where your child is having a difficult time with the recent events.

* Grieving with your child will help them heal. Children grieve much differently than adults. Their time frame isn’t the same as ours. They may be playing and jumping around one minute, and sitting alone by a tree the next. Grieving in children isn’t normal for adults to witness and we want to cheer them up. This is a time to acknowledge when they are sad and then brainstorm with them what they can do (with your help) to feel better. Always identify with trying to do something good with your child for others.

When bad things happen the greatest source of encouragement comes from mom and dad and family.

I find comfort in what Mr. Rodgers’ mother use to tell him when tragedy struck. She would say, “Look for the helpers. There are always more helpers than bad people.” I see this acted out in truth all of the time, in situation after situation. Good in the world must always be more powerful than bad; we all need that right now.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at and more about Rapini at

Talking To Your Kids When Bad Things Happen – Part 1

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

familywalk2With the recent happenings in Texas, we, as parents, are faced with the question of how do we talk to our children about what happened, and then help them feel safe and reassured that it won’t happen to them?

This is one of those issues that parents find so difficult. Every parent I know wants their child to be safe in their environment and when something such as a shooting occurs the parents have little control. Beyond our comprehension is the fact that when random violence happens no one has control. When someone wants to kill, and is prepared to die themselves then the best anyone can do is to protect themselves from the mad man’s rage.

Spring is a busy time of the year, but taking time to help your child process this now will help prevent them suffering emotionally in the future. If you consider this as a process and let it unfold rather than force the conversation, your child will be able to understand or at least feel less fear from it happening to them as time goes on. As a parent your immediate concern is with the safety of your child, and having a plan or something you can do will help both you and your child feel better.

I have suggestions below that will help you help your child. If you notice your child being anxious and fearful for more than two weeks consistently, it will be helpful to talk to your pediatrician and perhaps a counselor.

* Parents are a barometer for their children, and children are skilled with reading their parent’s emotions. So, before you talk to your children, make sure you know how you feel about what happened, and if you are anxious or not ready to help your child feel secure, delay talking with them about it

* Don’t mention the trauma part to your children and don’t assume what they are afraid of. Rather, ask them specifically so you won’t introduce another possible fear. If they mention they are afraid that something bad may happen to them, validate that by saying it’s natural to feel that way, but also tell them you are going to do everything you can to keep them safe.

* Limit the news in your home regarding the tragedies. Children don’t understand the replays and they may be at the level of thinking each time they view the incident that it is happening again. The visual parts as well as the audio accounts of the recent tragedies once seen and heard may create anxiety, nightmares, and depression in children.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at and more about Rapini at

Changing Little Things In Your Life To Make A Big Impact

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By Stephanie Green

womanarmupWhen it comes to making changes in your life sometimes it can feel overwhelming. You know that you need to change certain things about your behaviors and habits that negatively impact your life but getting started seems like too big of a hurdle to cross. Instead of looking at the big picture, however, it is much easier to start small and work your way up. Just like you would not expect to be able to run a marathon without working up to it you can’t expect to make huge life changes all at once. Here are some little things you can change to improve your life in big ways:

1. Getting fit – When most of us think about getting fit we picture hours at the gym and spending time we don’t have to do hard work we don’t want to do. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Getting fit can start as simply as five minutes a day. Just five minutes. For me that means before I go to lunch I shut my office door and do some sit-ups, push-ups and leg lifts. That’s it. Just five minutes of that and I move on to lunch. No one notices and it doesn’t make an impact on my schedule, but it has started to make an impact on my waistline. Another thing you can do is go for a walk after dinner. Instead of plopping down on the couch try to work off some of that food on a casual twenty minute walk around the neighborhood. It will be done in no time and you can get back to your night.

2. Planning ahead – Getting organized and staying on top of things seems overwhelming. There is so much to do and so little time to do it. When I don’t plan ahead and prioritize I find myself getting overwhelmed. However I though planning ahead was too much to add to my plate. Gradually I learned that if you stop and take care of the small things immediately and write down a list of the big things it really helps. Once I have a list I can prioritize what needs to get done by level of urgency and time constraints. Then things just seem to fall into place. I can take care of what needs to be done now and already have a plan for what is going on later. It takes off a lot of stress, worry and wasted effort.

womantwisting3. Being in the now – Last but not least focus on being in the now. I was always so worried about the future or feeling guilty about the past that I never existed in the present. By shifting my focus to now I can deal with things in a timely manner and not be held back by my previous mistakes. I can also make a plan for the future and then set it aside because it is already taken care of. Whew, what a relief!

These are just a few suggestions for small things you can do to make a big impact on your life. Start small and simply and do one thing at a time. You will find that everything gets done and with far less stress.

– Stephanie has many years of experience as a nanny. She has always loved children and has continuously been involved in childcare activities. Currently she is one of the writers for If you want to get in touch with her, you can email her at –

If You Could Live Longer By Doing Four Things, Would You?

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

seniorcoupleexercisesmallWhat do supercententarians (people who live to be 110 or older) have in common that makes them live longer (1)? We can narrow it down to four things.

1) Body: They are physically active. The simple act of walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, participating in activities that involve exercise such as tennis, gardening, hiking, and other sports. (Riding in a golf cart for 18 holes does not qualify as a sport!) One women at 105 walks in place and lifts light hand weights when she watches television. Another 103 year old walks his dog twice a day rain, sleet or snow. Not keeping the body active and engaged in exercise allows the internal systems and organs to weaken and atrophy from lack of stimulation. Your heart, for example, is a muscle and a pump. If you don’t work it, it will lose its strength and you will be a prime candidate for cardio vascular disease – something that is 90% preventable through exercise and diet.

2) Attitude. Optimism, smiling, laughing, letting things roll off your back, being grateful for all that you have, forgiving those who have hurt you… you know, the easy stuff! (Laughter.) Actually, it is easy. Our attitudes are formed based on our beliefs. What we once learned, we can re-learn and unlearn. If you are willing to teach yourself a new way to look at life, you can increase your lifespan and the enjoyment of your life. Next time you have a negative thought, flick yourself on the wrist and change your thought, comment, expression from a downer to an upper in an instant.

3) Social Networking. This doesn’t mean Face Book, Twitter, or Pinterest. It means having and making real, live friends that you can share activities and interact with. It means you will have to come out of hiding behind your work, computer, isolation and reach out into society. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and share a common bond.

In one study, for example, researchers found that people who had no friends increased their risk of death over a 6-month period. In another study, those who had the most friends over a 9-year period cut their risk of death by more than 60% (2).

4) Spirituality. Having a belief in something bigger than ourselves accounts for added years and happier feelings says a study from the University of Toronto (3). When you have a balanced set of beliefs, share common values of family, friends, community and the environment you are going to live longer. This doesn’t mean you have to belong to an organized religion, but the study does suggest regular attendance within a social atmosphere filled with inspiration and common bonds is a prominent key to long life.

There you have it. Four steps to a longer life. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s yours for the taking. If you are starting fresh, begin with step one and work your way through the steps one at a time. If you dedicate one half an hour each day to improving your life and integrating the four steps, you will begin to see and feel an improvement in your health within three weeks.

Maxwell Maltz says it takes twenty one days to change a habit. You’re only three weeks away from a healthier, happier and longer life. Why not start today so you can see many more tomorrows.


– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books and a crusader for a happy healthy life and heart. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by traditional recipes that have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make and everyone will love. Learn more:

Surprising Things That Cause Cancer

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healthywordsFrom Your Health Journal…..”Another great article from a site I always like to promote called NewsMax Health by Nick Tate entitled Surprising Things That Cause Cancer. I do encourage you all to visit the NewsMax Health site to read some informative articles, including the one we are discussing here today. Our site has discussed in great length how obesity in an individual could potentially lead to cancer. The best cancer weapon is prevention — equal parts awareness and action. While smoking and obesity are known cancer risks, there are lesser-known conditions and lifestyle choices that can make you more susceptible to a cancer diagnosis. For example, working the night shift, birth control pills, too little sunlight, risky sex, and age all can play a role in causing cancer. Please visit the Newsmax Health site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It is well written and very informative.”

From the article…..

Smoking, obesity, and unhealthy diets are the biggest risk factors for cancer. But a range of other little-known factors you may not know about can also lead to deadly cancer.

“The best cancer weapon is prevention — equal parts awareness and action. While smoking and obesity are known cancer risks, there are lesser-known conditions and lifestyle choices that can make you more susceptible to a cancer diagnosis,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz.

“Additionally, while exercise and a balanced diet are known to improve your health, there are other activities and practices you can incorporate into your life to decrease your risk.”

Here’s a look at five surprising things that many people are unaware can raise their risk of cancer, based on research compiled and cited by the American Cancer Society, Environmental Protection Agency, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1. Night shift work: Women who work a night shift at least three nights a month — for example, nurses or 911 dispatchers — face an increased risk of colorectal and breast cancer, according to several studies cited by the American Cancer Society. Recent research, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, has also concluded that men who work the night shift face a three times greater risk of prostate cancer than those who maintain more traditional work hours.

That study, conducted by scientists at the University of Quebec and the Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, found night-shift workers face greater risks for cancers of the lung, colon, rectum, bladder, and pancreas, as well. The researchers suggested this might be due to changes in levels of melatonin — a naturally occurring hormone that responds to changes in light — in the body. Sleep loss may be another factor.

What you can do: If you can’t cut back on your night-shift hours, health experts recommend taking melatonin supplements and making sure to get sufficient sleep during the day — in a darkened room — to boost your immune system. Some companies are also experimenting with different kinds of artificial lighting that don’t affect melatonin production, so it might be worth asking your employer about those possibilities.

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