Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Amazing Pictures to Keep you Healthy

Now, here’s the fun stuff. Why don’t we settle for some time and make an exciting wrap up of all these healthy posts. Aside from giving you articles with informative approach, try this one and we’re sure to give you some healthy insights while being entertained.

I’ve actually received an email from one of my friends and learned about these attached pictures. It’s so cool that I would like to share all of it so everyone can see these artistic creations as well. Imagine how the creators of these images come up with such a very nice idea. Not only are these images so amusing but also denotes a healthy option for you to remember. Just like the apple made in a butterfly form which simply signifies the familiar quote, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Isn’t it funny that you can recognize the importance of a healthy diet while putting a smile on your face? If you still don’t believe that these exciting things can happen, why don’t you take a look on these astonishing pictures? Have fun!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chemotherapy: Boon or Bane?

Chemotherapy, also called chemo, is the common term for medicines used to treat cancer. The treatment destroys cancer cells, keeps them from growing and spreading, shrinks the size of a tumor or relieves cancer symptoms.

Chemotherapy has given hope to numerous cancer patients. However, a recent study by The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) shows that chemotherapy can often do more harm than good. This is the main reason why doctors are now being advised to be more careful in offering chemo as treatment, particularly to cancer patients.

The NCEPOD study revealed that for more than 600 cancer patients who died within a month upon receiving treatment, 27% got worse and died faster after undergoing chemotherapy.

Though chemotherapy is the usual course of treatment for cancer nowadays, Dr. Joseph Mercola is not convinced that it is the best option. Though it may lengthen a patient’s life by a couple of months in some cases, it can also end up killing them prematurely

Chemotherapy may do more harm than good to a cancer patient due to its effects on the body’s cells. Yes, this conventional treatment can kill cancer cells but it can also destroy healthy cells at the same time. Chemo prevents the rapid reproduction and division of cells which are found in bone marrow, cells in the digestive system and reproductive system as well as cells found in hair follicles.

Fortunately, there are natural, safer and more effective alternatives to chemotherapy. Dr. Mercola recommends the use of Vitamin D, healthy lifestyle choices and emotional management for the treatment and prevention of cancer.

Calcitriol is the most powerful steroid hormone in your body and is produced in the tissues of individuals with optimum levels of Vitamin D. It has been shown to fight cancer because it stimulates cell differentiation and controls cell proliferation.
Since cancer patients usually have low levels of Vitamin D, it is crucial for them to optimize their levels of this nutrient.

Cancer patients should be given up to 80-90 ng/ml of Vitamin D to help optimize their levels. The proper diet, exercise and healthy choice of food will also boost the patient’s resistance. And, avoiding negative and stressful emotions will definitely make a cancer patient feel much better. Make sure that the patients feel positive. Help them keep their faith and always give them hope.

These are just some of Dr. Mercola’s recommendations in the fight against cancer. Cancer is a deadly disease but we are not powerless against it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Difference that ‘World AIDS Day’ has Made

Last December 1, the whole world was re-united for the 20th anniversary of the World AIDS Day. Accompanied with this year’s theme, “leadership – from all sectors, including government, but also leaders among individuals and families, communities, non-profits and other organizations.”

All HIV/AIDS victim and even those who do not suffer stand up and participate in this event. Not just for the symbol of red ribbon, not just for the donations and fundraising ideas but also for the voluntary works of all soft-hearted individuals who find time to get involved on this special event. Even bloggers joined this event with the same mission – to make the world a better place. Bloggers found time to make a difference by attempting to harness the power of the blogosphere. This is in cooperation with NIDA and AIDS.gov, both of these organizations recognize the leadership of Bloggers Unite. Together with the bloggers, the mission to prevent and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS has been successful.

With around 33 million people infected by HIV, it is really important that the community work together just by being part of the ever growing leaders who fight against the spread of AIDS. Through words, voices and simple actions, HIV/AIDS can be gradually prevented and treated. And this is what happened during the World AIDS Day. A lot of bloggers became a part of this organization. They added a badge to their own blog to show the world that they have joined thousands of bloggers as well with one comparable aim – to answer the call for action to recognize World AIDS Day 2008.