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…]

How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger – Diabetes

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Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Wow, this new plant-based nutritional book by Michael Greger, M.D. with Gene Stone is absolutely breathtaking. The amount of information presented and science to back it up showcases poignantly how much peril Americans are in as it relates to their health. But we can control a large percentage by reducing risk factors through a clean, vegan lifestyle. Yet, you cannot rush through Greger’s pages as if you’re a collegiate student with plans to attend the game afterwards. Each chapter must be visually massaged and detailed methodically to retain the plethora of nutritional knowledge.

Our plight is challenging but simple to resolve. So the journey continues since 1.6 million Americans alone die annually from premature death resulting from the top 15 chronic illnesses with heart disease being number one at 400,000 yearly deaths. According to “How Not To Die” 20 million Americans are diabetic which can lead to amputations, blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, strokes or death. As it relates to cancer, the three digestive cancers — colorectal, pancreatic and esophageal — kill 100,000 Americans yearly.

I just finished reading chapter six on diabetes and immediately had to disseminate my summary since so many individuals are affected including my friends and family members. More than 20 million Americans are currently diagnosed with diabetes, whereas 5% represents type 1, a predisposed condition where the immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is the hormone that keeps blood sugar in check and released after every meal to escort glucose into the cells. Without insulin the sugar flows in the blood and can damage blood vessels and nerves which can lead to either lower extremity amputations (75K), blindness (650K), kidney failure (50K), heart attacks, strokes and 75,000 yearly deaths.

With type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance) the pancreas can make insulin but it doesn’t work well. Fat inside the cells of the muscles and liver interferes with the action of insulin. Diabetes in kids is most likely caused by overweight or obesity and can lower their life expectancy by 20 years. Keep in mind we don’t grow more fat cells, they just get bigger when weight is put which can spill over into the blood. Plant eaters drop their chances of diabetes by 78% compared to someone who eats meat every day. Yet, monounsaturated fats from nuts and seeds seem to protect opposed to saturated fat from animals which also appears to be toxic to the cells (in the pancreas) that produce insulin. When you eat saturated fat, both insulin action and insulin secretion are impaired within hours. So, the more saturated fat you have in your blood, the higher your risk may be for developing type 2 diabetes.

When measuring blood sugar, doctors are looking for a hemoglobin A1c of under 5.7. Over 6.5 will label you as a diabetic and the prediabetic range is between 5.7 and 6.4. The best solution for most? Become a whole-foods vegan and exercise!

Doctors Seek to Ban Carcinogenic Hot Dogs from School Lunches

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture should stop distributing carcinogenic hot dogs and other processed meats to children through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, says a Physicians Committee petition filed with USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack. The petition is based on a recent World Health Organization report that finds processed meats are “carcinogenic to humans.”

The Physicians Committee’s petition calls on USDA to stop offering processed meats for purchase, subsidy, and reimbursement under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The petition asks USDA to encourage schools that offer processed meats to include alternatives to these products in menus.

The WHO report, published in Lancet Oncology, is based on research from more than 800 studies looking at the cancer-causing properties of processed meats. The authors highlighted a meta-analysis that found each 50 gram portion of processed meat—approximately the size of a typical hot dog—eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

The Physicians Committee’s USDA petition is also based on findings from the American Institute for Cancer Research, the World Cancer Research Fund, and the National Institutes of Health.

In 2009, the Physicians Committee, through its subsidiary the Cancer Project, petitioned USDA to prohibit the distribution of processed meat through the National School Lunch Program due to the increased risk of cancer that results from consuming processed meat. USDA denied the petition due to a purported lack of “consensus documents of the U.S. Government or of the leading world bodies with cancer expertise” but said that it would reconsider the request “[s]hould expert consensus develop.”

Despite the scientific consensus about the cancer, diabetes, and heart disease risks associated with processed meats, they are still widely consumed in the United States, especially by children. A survey conducted this year by the Physicians Committee found that the magazine of the School Nutrition Association, which represents school food service workers, continues to promote pepperoni pizza, corn dogs, and other processed meats.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women.

Visit DropTheDog.org to learn more about the dangers of processed meats and ask USDA to ban them from school lunches.

Barnard Medical Center Opening Fall 2015

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The Barnard Medical Center partners medical care with the latest advances in prevention and nutrition to help you create a health care plan designed just for you—with all the resources you need.

Whether you want a wellness check-up or need to treat and reverse diabetes, overweight, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, we are here to help you revolutionize your health. [Read more…]

Rewind the Future — Stop the Cycle

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By now, you’ve met Jim—the character in our Rewind the Future video. As a parent, you might be thinking “I’ve done some of those things!” Don’t worry; we didn’t create the video to make you feel guilty. We created it to fast-forward to the year 2030 to show you what the future might look like for Georgia’s kids if we don’t act now.

The good news: it’s not 2030 and it’s not too late to rewind your child’s future.

Video Credit: www.Strong4Life.com

The China Study

chinastudyEven today, as trendy diets and a weight-loss frenzy sweep the nation, two-thirds of adults are still obese and children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, typically an “adult” disease, at an alarming rate. If we’re obsessed with being thin more so than ever before, why are Americans stricken with heart disease as much as we were 30 years ago?

In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”

The China Study is not a diet book. Dr. Campbell cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging.

PLANEAT: Another Must Watch Health Documentary

1898043_10203271167448832_1624326131_nPLANEAT is one of the best health and sustainable film’s to watch yet. It’s the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones. With the help of some innovative farmers and chefs, PLANEAT shows how the problems we face today can be solved, without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce leaves!

Clear From Present Danger: How One Man Defeated Diabetes

06-10-2011_1807(48).jpgIt took my stepfather, Keith Jones, 10 years to comprehend how his Type 2 diabetes was slowly destroying him. But today, I’m proud to write that Keith has purged many lifelong, negative habits and has dodged the clear and present danger of the disease!

Years accumulate for Keith to get to this much healthier point in his life at age 58. He struggled with alcoholism most of his adulthood, and like many other Americans, he made unhealthy diet choices. Triple-decker cheeseburgers, oily and trans-fatty french fries, ice cream, sodas, alcohol, glazed doughnuts, cookies, pulled pork, fried chicken and queso – what do you think these items have in common, besides being regulars in Keith’s diet and often advertised for their emotional and savory effectiveness? Easy: They reside in a category I call Foods of Mass Destruction. They overtly assist with the degeneration of body organs and function over time, ultimately leading to sickness and disease. [Read more…]

Disease Potential begins During Childhood with Bad Eating Habits

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Most Americans are not aware that the diet they feed their children guarantees a high cancer probability down the road. They don’t even contemplate that eating fast-food meals may be just as risky (or more so) as letting their children smoke cigarettes.

You wouldn’t let your children sit around the table smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, because it is not socially acceptable, but it is fine to let them consume cola, fries cooked in trans fats, and a cheeseburger regularly. Many children eat doughnuts, cookies, cupcakes, and candy on a daily basis. It is difficult for parents to understand the insidious, slow destruction of their children’s genetic potential and the foundation for serious illness that is being built by the consumption of these foods.

The 1992 Bogalusa Heart Study confirmed the existence of fatty plaques and streaks (the beginning of atherosclerosis) in most children and teenagers!

 Please, let’s break bad eating habits and stop the progression of cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more