Coronavirus 101 from Consumer Reports

Are you looking for a central hub to answer all of your coronavirus questions and concerns? Well,  spend a good amount of time reading through all of Consumer Reports’s coronavirus articles which conglomerates research and data from the CDC, infectious disease studies, and scientific data. It’s a very simple read. Not every article is for every person, but you know Fit Fathers, we’re  junkies for knowledge.

Please visit for full details at: https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

COVID-19: Reflections on Family Life

Two weeks home with the kids will be exciting as I have created the Rawlins “Fit Family” Bootcamp. The plan consists of daily exercise, especially outdoors such as running and biking through trails to fill the respiratory system with fresh rejuvenating air, planting new vegetation in the yard, discovering healthy meals to cook, a family book club for learning about culture and finance from a youth perspective, the reduction of WiFi and Tik Tok (lol), and simply communing with one another so see where we all stand in our respective social environments.

Also, please make sure to keep the immune system boosted with Vitamin C fruits, spices such as Turmeric, Cinnamon, and Ginger, herbal teas, water, berries of all sorts, and fresh cruciferous veggies. Now is the perfect time to focus on positive lifestyle changes. This would be the ideal moment to slow down on smoking, alcohol, fried food, fast foods, or any other homeostatic deterrent!

One Love, as we will get through this disheartening stage. I am blessed to have experienced an amazing life with a beautiful family, adoring relatives, and friends that are akin to brothers and sisters.

Fasting Friday by Fit Fathers: Awaken the Spirit

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to Fasting Friday, where we will allow the body’s organs to heal, rest and recharge by way of abstinence from food for a 24-hour period.

Each week, commencing at sunrise on Friday mornings, the plan is to drink only warm water (preferably with the juice of freshly-squeezed lemons), decaf herbal teas and coconut water for those who will exercise. The goal is to release toxins, strengthen life force, help reduce adipose fat, bolster self-control and reinforce brainpower.  [Read more…]

My First Colonoscopy at 45: Preventative Measures Against Colon Cancer

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Let’s get to the point! Colon or colorectal cancer is the third most infamous type of cancer and also the third leading cause of cancerous deaths among American men and women. I’m alarmed by negative statistics and equally saddened by the 50,000 average lives this disease accounts for annually. Thankfully, positive health means prevention over resistance so I decided to schedule a colonoscopy on my 45th birthday and reward myself with a better piece of mind knowing I am doing everything possible to live a longer and more fulfilling life. [Read more…]

The Best Advice on Diet and Cancer: Michael Greger M.D. FACLM

What the best available balance of evidence says right now about what to eat and avoid to reduce your risk of cancer.

DOCTOR’S NOTE

The level of evidence required to make decisions depends on the level of risk. If we’re talking about some new drug, for example, given the fact that medications kill more than 100,000 Americans a year (Why Prevention Is Worth a Ton of Cure) you want to be darn sure that the benefits outweigh the risks before you prescribe it (or take it!). But what level of evidence do you need to eat broccoli? Do you need randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trials? (How would you even design a placebo vegetable?) Even if all the evidence suggesting how powerful broccoli is turned out to be some crazy cruciferous conspiracy, what’s the worst that could have happened? It’s healthy anyway. That’s the beauty of safe, simple, side effect-free solutions provided by the lifestyle medicine approach. It can only help.

I’ve got tons more videos on diet and cancer. How Not to Die from Cancer may be a good place to start.

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Men’s Health Month Is Coming — Join The Thunderclap

Men’s Health Month is just a few weeks away starting June 1.

The annual awareness period includes Men’s Health Week and our Wear Blue Friday event. All month long,  Men’s Health Month will educate the public on preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

But we need YOUR help to get the word out about Men’s Health Month this year. We’re asking that you and all your friends sign up for the Men’s Health Month Thunderclap message by May 31.

Here how it works:

  • At least 100 people must join the Thunderclap Campaign by May 31
  • Users can sign up via Facebook and/or Twitter and Tumblr
  • On June 1 at 11: 00 a.m. a synchronized message will be posted to participating social media accounts announcing the start of Men’s Health Month

JOIN THE THUNDERCLAP

Heart Healthy: How Not to Die from Heart Disease

Our body wants to come back to health, if we let it. But, if we keep re-damaging ourselves 3 times a day, we may never heal. Here’s How Not to Die from Heart Disease: http://bit.ly/2uCukIq

Six Tips to Reduce the Occurrence of Cancer

According to the World Health Organization, approximately one-third of cancer cases are preventable. The American Institute for Cancer Research states that an estimated 340,000 cancer cases per year can be prevented with a healthy diet, physical activity, and a consistently healthy weight.

Applying the Precautionary Principle to Diet and Cancer

Six Tips to Reduce the Occurrence of Cancer

  1. Avoid dairy products to reduce risk of prostate cancer.
  2. Limit or avoid alcohol to reduce the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, rectum, and breast.
  3. Avoid red and processed meat to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.
  4. Avoid grilled, fried, and broiled meats to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon, rectum, breast, prostate, kidney, and pancreas.
  5. Women should consume soy products in adolescence to reduce risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors should consume soy products to reduce risk of cancer recurrence and overall mortality.
  6. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to reduce risk of several forms of cancer.

Plant-Based Diets Lower Cholesterol

Vegetarian, especially vegan, diets reduce cholesterol levels, according to a review and meta-analysis authored by Physician Committee researchers and published in Nutrition Reviews. Researchers reviewed 49 observational and intervention studies that compared vegetarian and vegan diets with omnivorous diets and their effects on plasma lipids. Vegetarian diets lowered total cholesterol levels as well as LDL and HDL levels when compared to omnivorous diets. The greatest benefit on lipid levels was seen in those who followed vegan diets. Plant-based diets typically reduce body weight and saturated fat intake, which may benefit cholesterol management. These findings support previous associations of decreased cholesterol levels and vegetarian, especially vegan, diets.

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Fifty Times Lower Colon Cancer Risk

Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM 

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, after lung cancer. The rates of lung cancer around the world vary by a factor of 10. If there was nothing we could do to prevent lung cancer—if it just happened at random—we’d assume that the rates everywhere would be about the same. But since there’s such a huge variation in rates, it seems like there’s probably some external cause. Indeed, we now know smoking is responsible for 90% of lung cancer cases. If we don’t want to die of the number-one cancer killer, we can throw 90% of our risk out the window just by not smoking. [Read more…]