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Aug
20

Are We Responsible for Getting Sick?

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When people hear of the diet I eat many of them comment, “Why would you give up all the “good” things to eat just to have more years of old-age misery?”

How many people do you know who are in their 90s and are still energetic and fully engaged in life? We probably all know a few.

By contrast, how many people do you know who are in their 70s and 80s (if they have lived that long) and are sick? They may have osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia, diabetes or cancer. Some are even bedridden after having a stroke. I think we all know plenty of people in this group.

I’m hedging my bets and planning to get to my 90s in good health.

It seems that the word of the day in my community is “responsibility.” When we hear that a family is having a hard time and going on welfare or can’t afford health care, the loudest voices accuse them of not taking “responsibility” for themselves or their families.

I hear people say, “That group works well with the homeless because they hold them accountable for getting back to an independent life,” or, “People having babies out-of-wedlock, just aren’t responsible.”

In other words, most of us think that other people just need to be more “responsible.” I wonder why that word doesn’t apply to the way we take care of our bodies?

What if we used that word on our own lives? Is it responsible of us to eat foods that make us too heavy (a BMI of 25+)? Is it responsible of us to eat foods that can cause diseases like osteoporosis, dementia, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or stroke? Is it responsible of us to continue to smoke because it makes us happy? Is it responsible of us to continue to eat animal products because we like them?

I’ve heard the rationale that if you can afford to drive a gas-guzzler or if you can afford to smoke cigars and drink brandy or if you can afford to eat meat at every meal, that’s your right.

I realize that those individual freedoms are important to many of us. After all, it is your body to do with as you wish. But, other people are definitely impacted. Your spouse or your children may have to step into a caregiver role. You may not be able to afford all of the medical care needed, so the taxpayers have to step in. Because health insurance companies have to pay for more care, they will raise the premium rates for other people.

If you think you are just hurting yourself with your lifestyle choices, think again. What about the husband of the wife diagnosed with cancer? He suffers emotionally almost as much as the patient. What about the kids of the man who suddenly dies of a heart attack? Or the parents of a 50-year-old who has diabetes and has to have his foot amputated?

We take responsibility for keeping our belongings clean and neat. We take responsibility for teaching our children about morals and ethics. We take responsibility for making sure our children go to the best schools and get the best education.

But, are we responsible for making sure our children are always happy and get whatever they want? I doubt if any parent or grandparent would agree to that.

Should we let our kids stay up late at night so they are too tired to pay attention in school so we just hire them a tutor?

Should we let them get tired so their immune systems break down and then we just pay a doctor to give them an antibiotic to get them well?

Do we think we can feed them junk food and then have them pop a few vitamins to keep them healthy?

Do we think we can reward our children with candy and sugary drinks and then just pay a dentist to fix their teeth?

Do we let them eat hamburgers and macaroni and cheese and have ice cream for dessert because that keeps them happy? What do we do when they get fat and are teased and taunted by their classmates?

Being responsible seems to be a matter of degree and personal bias.

If we eat meat and cheese at every meal, but then we bike and run like George W. Bush, shouldn’t that keep us from having a heart stent?

Having responsibility for our own health and that of our children seems to be one of the most important “responsibilities” we can carry out.

What about responsibility for our planet? Is it enough to recycle our cans? Is it enough to keep our thermostat on 78 in the summer? Is it enough to wash clothes with cold water?

One of the most helpful (and responsible) things we can do to help our environment is to stop eating meat. Did you know that raising animals for food uses more water, more land and creates more methane gas than anything else?

Are we responsible for the way animals are treated to provide us with food? We think of those “animals” like we do “slaves” or “muslims.” They are “different” from us. We don’t “know” them.  If we think of those animals and fish in this way, we don’t have to worry about our responsibility for taking care of them.

I’ve got a great idea. Let’s start taking responsibility for the health of our bodies and for the health of our planet!


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Jun
10

The Cattle Baron’s Gala

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Chicken Strips

The menu at this week-end’s Cattle Baron’s Gala featured smoked brisket, baby back ribs, chicken fajitas, grilled steaks, fried chicken strips, jumbo shrimp filled with cheddar cheese and crisp bacon. An avocado bar loaded with toppings including sour cream, chicken and chile con queso (cheese sauce) was available. There were also sliced sweet potatoes deep-fried and served with garlic mayonnaise and thick-sliced green tomatoes deep-fried until golden brown.

It seems that most of us are hard wired with a “helping” gene. We love to think that we are doing good things for other people and this week-end’s event showcased the effort of over 100 volunteers. They worked hard for a year to make sure the 1,800 guests had a great time because it was for a “good” cause. The hefty proceeds benefitted the American Cancer Society.

Unfortunately, after doing the research for my 2010 book, Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection, I no longer hold the ACS in such high regard. Experimental research and even population studies have shown that a low-fat, whole food, plant-based diet can prevent 95 percent of all cancers, including those “caused” by environmental toxins.(1)  Yet the American Cancer Society promotes surgical, pharmaceutical and radiological approaches to cancer treatment and prevention because it’s main source of funding comes from the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

The ACS also receives funds from the food industry so they do not take a hard stand on well-studied nutritional recommendations. When they tell people to limit certain foods rather than avoid them, that’s the equivalent of telling junkies to “limit your intake of cocaine.”  It is not a serious warning and doesn’t make an impact on anyone.  Nor does the American Cancer Society mention avoiding or reducing consumption of dairy products including milk and cheese in its recommendations.

If we know that a whole-foods, low fat, plant-based diet can prevent (and even reverse) many cancers, why doesn’t the Cattle Baron’s Gala serve foods based on that science?

Instead of spending so much time and money promoting what author Samuel Epstein has called “the world’s wealthiest non-profit,” wouldn’t we want to use our helping genes in a much healthier way by learning how to feed our families a healthy, whole-foods, low fat, plant-based diet? For more information read Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection or The China Study. Both books are available on Amazon.

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(1) T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (Dallas, TX, BenBella Books, Inc., 2013), 8

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Feb
26

Is There Any Hope?

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If you’ve been diagnosed with a late stage cancer or if you have already completed all the surgery, chemo and radiation that you can endure, what’s next?  Do you just sit in your rocking chair full of anxiety and fear and wait to die?

No, of course not!  You start looking for ways to heal your body and strengthen your immune system.  You might even want to look at going to a healing spa such as the Gerson Institute or the Living Foods Institute.

If that’s not an option, you can plan your own “do-it-yourself” spa experience.

1.) Meet with a pallative care specialist to help you with any pain, emotional, practical or spiritual issues.

2.) Get out in the sunshine for at least 10 minutes every day.

3.) Take a walk, do yoga or move in any way you can.

4.) Stay involved with life.  Invite friends over for a bowl of soup or to go shopping with you.

5.) Change the Way You Eat -

  • Eliminate all animal products from your diet. That includes meat, fish, chicken, eggs, milk and cheese.
  • Eat as many greens as you can.
  • Always eat “whole” foods – whole wheat pastas, whole wheat breads, sprouted wheat, organic rolled oats, etc.
  • Eat deep, colorful vegetables.
  • Eat organic as much as possible.
  • Eat at least half of your food raw (uncooked).
  • Eliminate all alcohol.
  • Eliminate processed junk foods.
  • Put a teaspoon of ground flaxseed on your food every day.  Keep it in the freezer so it won’t get rancid.
  • Drink water or unsweetened decaffeinated green tea for your beverage.  Don’t drink sweet beverages or beverages with caffeine.
  • Do not eat oils, including olive oil.
  • Don’t eat in restaurants very often because you cannot control the ingredients they use.
  • Juice or blend vegetables or fruits for snacks or supplementation.

You will know if you are making progress within a few weeks if your appetite returns, your pain diminishes, your sleep improves and/or your tumor recedes or vanishes.

Don’t be discouraged if you have a down day with low energy.  Just stay on course as the healing process has its ups and downs.

An Easy Sample Menu

  • Breakfast Ideas
    • Whole-wheat toast with no added oil
    • Fruit spread with no added sugar
    • A bowl of oatmeal (regular, not quick cooking) with unsweetened almond milk and fresh fruit.
    • A bowl of Grapenuts or Shredded Wheat with unsweetened almond milk and fresh fruit. 
    • Black beans with salsa on whole-wheat toast or in a corn tortilla.
  • Snack Ideas
    • Whole-wheat toast
    • Green juice with carrots, celery, apple and cabbage
  • Lunch Idea
    • Black bean and corn salad with lime dressing
  • Snack Ideas
    • Baked corn chips and salsa
    • Green smoothie with kale, spinach, flaxseed, apple and lemon juice
  • Dinner Ideas
    • Spinach salad topped with mandarin oranges and vinegar and fresh-squeezed orange juice
    • Wild rice salad with dried apricots, green onions and walnuts
    • Cream of cauliflower soup made with cauliflower, celery, onion, and vegetable broth
    • Buckwheat pasta with mushrooms, vegetable broth and soy sauce.

For more menu ideas and recipes purchase a vegan cook-book, such as Coco’s Healthy Cooking and find recipes which fit the above criteria.

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Feb
05

Oh, Dear God

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Oh, Dear God… It’s Cancer… Now What?

Oh, Dear God

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, fear may cloud your thinking and you may make some hasty and possibly regrettable decisions. Even though the cancer has taken years to develop, your doctors may be telling you that treatment must be started immediately.

Cancer is cured by your immune system. The average American has five or six bouts with cancer in a lifetime. Your body may have already cured cancer once or twice and you were not even aware of it. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery don’t cure cancer.

Cancer is a serious disease and not everyone gets well, no matter what treatments they get or what program they follow. But if you play the odds and follow a strict program of diet and lifestyle changes, your chances of beating cancer will be much greater than if you do not.

My advice is to change your diet and lifestyle immediately. Give your immune system a chance to tackle the cancer. Then I would recommend that you get a second opinion or even a second diagnosis.

If you decide to undergo conventional treatments, your change of diet will be less successful as you are trying to rebuild your immune system and conventional treatments devastate the immune system. It takes years for your immune system to recover from chemotherapy so it is all the more important to follow the dietary guidelines.

In a review of the literature, reported in Clinical Oncology, December 2004, chemotherapy contributed only 2% to the 5-year survival rates for people with cancer. A few studies comparing conventional treatments with doing nothing found that cancer patients who did nothing actually lived as long, if not longer, than those who underwent treatments.

Be an activist about your own health. Read, study and learn about your options.

Ask your doctor how many people out of 100 who get the same treatment recommended will actually benefit? Then ask what that benefit is. Will you survive an extra few days or a few years? What are the side effects of the proposed treatments? What are the risks?

Surgery, chemo and radiation will not prevent the spread of cancer. Conventional treatments attack the localized tumors. Those tumors don’t usually kill people. The spread of cancer cells to the liver, lungs, brain, bones and other vital areas is what kills patients.

That’s why it is so important to build up your immune system through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Go slow in making decisions about conventional cancer treatments.

If nutritional treatments are started while cancer is still undetected, there is nearly a 100 percent chance of reversing the disease. Once the tumor is diagnosed, the odds become longer. However, even if it’s too late to reverse the disease, good nutrition has extended patient’s lives from months to years. In worst cases, it has minimized the pain patients endured in their final days.

What are some risk factors for developing (or growing) cancer?

DIETARY FAT

You must cut your dietary fat consumption to 10% of your total calories. Most Americans consume 30-40% of their calories in fat. In every population around the world that eats a high-fat diet, cardiovascular disease and cancer are the biggest killers.

Any kind of fat will compromise your immune system – even “good” fats like olive oil or fish oil capsules.

Adding any oil to your food will also raise your cholesterol level even more than eating cholesterol itself.

DIETARY ACID

Cancer cells can flourish in a highly acidic environment. Animal foods are the biggest contributors to acidity in our diet. The vast majority of plant foods are alkaline. Other contributors to acidity include grains, sugar, spicy foods, fried foods, salt, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, drugs, medications and tobacco.

POOR CIRCULATION AND LOW OXYGEN

Poor circulation and low oxygen allow cancer cells to thrive. Acidic (pH 7.3) blood has 69% less oxygen than an alkaline (7.45 pH) blood. If you have clogged blood vessels from eating a high fat diet, your oxygen levels will be lower. This lack of oxygen does not necessarily cause cancer, but does creates an environment that cancer cells can thrive in.

HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

When you have high blood sugar levels, you are feeding cancer cells. Once blood sugar levels (glucose) rise to over 110 mg/dl, cancer incidence rises. Cancer cells consume 18 times more sugar than normal cells. Trying to beat cancer on a diet that raises blood sugar is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

Refined foods raise the blood sugar level. They are simple carbohydrates such as white flour, wheat flour, refined sugar, pastries, white pasta, white bread, white rice, French fries, all chips, cakes, soft drinks and other junk foods.

Drinking alcohol is the same thing as drinking sugar right out of the bag.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

The only source of dietary cholesterol comes from animal foods. Cancer cells have higher demands for cholesterol (and sugar).

HIGH SEX HORMONES

High fat foods are the main culprits for raising sex hormones. Milk is full of bovine estrogen from cows. Body fat also stimulates the production of estrogen. This is the reason that overweight women have higher cancer risks.

Pesticides and other chemical toxins raise estrogen levels. Since 95 percent of the pesticides Americans consume come from meat and dairy products, they’re getting a double-boost of hormones when they eat animal foods.

Eating a high-fiber diet removes excessive sex hormones from the body and lowers estrogen levels.

Many studies have linked high testosterone levels to prostate cancer. Eating animal foods stimulates the production of testosterone. Eating any farm animal today adds to your hormone overdose because large corporate farms use hormones to increase animal growth and output.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Prescription drugs are highly concentrated and synthetic so they are very hard on your liver.

How To Be Successful

Your diet must be totally plant-based. No animal products are allowed. You must totally switch. You cannot get good results by only making a few changes.

You must be strict with yourself. If you want a chance at reversing cancer, you will have to be the demanding Queen of nutrition. You don’t have to restrict food portions if you are eating the correct foods.

The only soy food allowed on this diet is the whole soybean (edamame). The only rice product allowed is whole brown rice.

Use whole-wheat pastas or whole-wheat breads. Make sure the label on grain products says whole-wheat, sprouted wheat or organic rolled oats. Don’t buy breads or pastas that list multigrain or stoned wheat as the main ingredient as those are not whole grains.

A low-fat plant based diet is about eating natural, whole plant foods. All animal products are excluded because they promote cancer. Even though refined (packaged) foods are technically plant-based, they should not be included as they will diminish your benefits.

Some people think they can defeat cancer by drinking organic milk or eating organic eggs and meats. Saying organic animal products are better for you is like saying organic tobacco is better for smokers. Organic animal foods will plug up your arteries and promote cancer just as fast as non-organic animal foods.

Fish is not a health food. A survey of a large number of postmenopausal women showed that the group who ate fish had higher rates of breast cancer.

The Power of the Mind

As a practical matter, attitude is important. Positive thinking can enhance your life while anger, stress and depression can suppress the immune system. If you had two groups of people and one group relied on the mind (or spirit), while the other group relied on a good cancer-fighting diet, the nutritional group would win easily. The mind can be a healer for some people, but proper nutrition is the key to consistent success.

Exercise

Exercise is an essential part of this nutritional plan. Active Americans get a fraction of the cancers that sedentary Americans get. Cancer hates oxygen and exercise oxygenates tissues.

Walking is probably the best exercise for us. It’s easy, cheap and gets you outdoors. Always get at least half an hour of exercise a day.

Get out in the sun occasionally. It’s the best way to get vitamin D.

Vitamin D

During the summer, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., fair-skinned people should get 10 minutes of sun exposure, while very dark-skinned people should get 30 minutes several times a week. Never allow yourself to get sunburned.

Vitamin Supplements

Cancer is not a deficiency disease of a single nutrient. Synthetic supplements can cause more problems than they can help. If you want to supplement, do it with greens and other vegetables in your juicer or blender. Juicing or blending can be life saving for seriously ill patients who are unable to eat much.

How Do You Get Started?

Drastically changing your diet is hard.  You have been on your current diet for many years so you don’t even have to think about it. The easiest way to start is to get a cook book with low-fat, plant-based recipes to give you ideas and inspiration.

If you want more information on the “why” of eating this way, you will want to purchase my book, Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection? If you have all the information you need right now and just want to get started, order my cook book, Coco’s Healthy Cooking. In the cook book you will be able to find a number of recipes which fit the cancer-fighting criteria that is listed here.  Both books are available on Amazon.

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Feb
05

A Cure for Cancer

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With the recent uproar around the Susan G. Komen for the Cure decision to stop funding mammograms and medical exams for poor women through Planned Parenthood and then the reverse decision to continue the funding has made many people begin to question the organization. 

Maybe it’s time that we quit thinking that buying pink cosmetics and pink balloons and pink wrapped hams is going to save us from cancer.  It is an organization of people started by a woman with a good heart that has spent more time and effort on marketing in the past few years than on getting the word out that you can actually prevent or even stop/reverse some cancers through lifestyle choices.  We don’t have to wait for a drug company to come up with a potent drug that will make us sicker than we’ve ever been, in the hope that it will eventually heal us.

I’ve seen statistics that indicate as many as 80% of cancers can actually be prevented or reversed.  That may seem like too much “pie in the sky” for most of you, but in the latest report by Cancer Research UK Statistics it states that 45% of cancers can be prevented through lifestyle choices.  Tobacco use, overuse of alcohol, obesity, eating meat, eating a low fiber diet, a lack of fruits and vegetables and a lack of exercise were all cited as causes of cancer.

Let’s stop thinking that if we just give more money to these large organizations we won’t have to worry about our lifestyle because a CURE is just around the corner.  We already have a CURE for nearly half of all cancers.  Why don’t we start researching for ourselves and then living the way we know we should?

To get you started on eating a healthy low-fat diet with fruits and vegetables, here is a recipe for a simple, tasty soup that even your kids will eat.

SOUTHWESTERN SOUP Soup

Ingredients
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
6 cups vegetable broth (divided use)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cups fresh or frozen corn

Directions
In a covered soup pot, simmer onions, garlic, chile and salt in 1 cup vegetable broth for about 10 minutes until onions are soft.
In a small bowl, make a paste with cumin and 1 tablespoon broth, stir it into the pot, and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.
Add sweet potato and 4 cups broth and simmer for 10 minutes, until sweet potato softens. Add bell pepper and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
At this point, puree’ soup in blender. If you prefer to have some chunks, only puree’ half of the soup.
Pour soup back in pot and add last cup of broth with the corn.
Gently reheat on low heat.
If desired, top with a garnish of chopped cilantro or diced avocado.

Makes 4 servings.

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Dec
19

High Blood Pressure

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 High Blood Pressure

What if you’ve been told you have high blood pressure?  That usually means that your blood pressure reading is at or above 150/90.  About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has HBP so it is important to get yours checked regularly.  You can always do it yourself at your local pharmacy.

The rise in blood pressure is the body’s attempt to compensate for a plugged up cardiovascular system.   As the small arteries throughout your body begin to narrow and constrict they cause a resistance to the flow of blood.  The body then has to compensate by raising the blood pressure in order to deliver adequate nutrients and oxygen to the tissues.  These restrictions are caused by years of eating unhealthy foods.

The sooner you can begin to eat a healthy diet, the sooner you can improve your circulation.  If you do not get your blood pressure lowered, your chances of having a heart attack, stroke or even sudden death are high.

What can you do?

There are two things: Drastically change your diet and begin to exercise.

This is not the time for moderation.  In as little as two weeks, by strictly following the diet rules below, you should see your numbers begin to fall.  Once you realize that you can impact your blood pressure through diet, you will be ready to continue the effort.  By the time you get your blood pressure reading down to 110/70 (without medication), you will have cleaned out your arteries and reversed your disease. 

The rules:

1.) Do not eat any meat, including chicken.  2.) Do not eat any fish.  3.) Do not eat any dairy products such as milk, skim milk, yogurt, greek yogurt, sherbet or cheese of any kind.  4.) Do not eat eggs, egg whites or egg substitutes.  5.) Do not use oil of any kind, including olive oil or canola oil.  6.) Use only whole-grain products.  Look at the list of ingredients for the phrases “whole wheat” or “whole grain.”  Use brown rice.  7.)  Do not drink fruit juice.  You can use small amounts in recipes or in your water for flavoring.  8.) Do not eat any nuts.  9.)  Do not eat avocados or guacamole.  10.) Do not eat coconut or drink coconut milk.  11.) Use soy products cautiously.  Use “light” tofu or soy milk.  Avoid soy cheese and “fake” meats.  12.) Keep your sodium consumption to less than 2,000 mg. a day.  One teaspoon of sea salt contains 2,360 mg. of sodium.  Read the nutrition labels on any processed foods.   13.) Eliminate drinking artery-constricting alcohol or coffee.

What in the world can you eat?

1.) You can use Mrs. Dash, lemon, vinegar, Bragg Liquid Aminos, etc. for seasoning.  2.) For breakfast you can eat Grape Nuts, plain shredded wheat or old-fashioned oatmeal with almond milk or nonfat soy milk.  You could also try whole wheat toast with fresh fruit or even a salad.  3.) For lunch try a salad, soup and whole grain bread with no added oil.  In the freezer of many health food stores is a bread called Ezekiel 4:9.  Toast it and spread it with tahini-free hummus.  Heat some corn tortillas and fill them with shredded carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, beans, rice or thawed frozen corn.  4.) For dinner eat a healthy salad and a portobello mushroom baked in the oven.  You can also try fixing a bowl of brown rice and topping it with beans, chopped peppers, chopped cilantro, low-sodium tamari or salsa.

At the end of 2-weeks, check your blood pressure again.  If it is lower, you will probably want to continue eating in this healthy manner for much longer.  If your numbers did not come down, you probably need to reread the “rules” of eating and try again.

You can do it.  You will want to do it.  Your life is in your hands (and the food you put in your mouth)!

Write and let me know how you’re doing.

Resources
  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbp/
  http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2009nl/nov/bp.htm
  http://www.nealhendrickson.com/mcdougall/2004nl/040300pufavorite5.htm
  Esselstyn, Caldwell B., Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, 2007.
  http://www.nealhendrickson.com/mcdougall/2004nl/040300pufavorite5.htm

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Sep
13

Are You Killing Your Husband with Kindness?

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As women we encourage our children to engage in healthy habits.  We teach them to brush their teeth and to wear their jackets when it’s cold.  We take them to the doctor for immunizations and check-ups and we encourage them to get outside to play.  We cook for them, give them vitamins and make sure they get enough sleep.

But what happens when the kids are no longer there?  Is this the time we begin to kill our husbands with our “kindness?” 

Maybe we don’t realize that food can actually be health promoting rather than disease promoting.  We want to please our man so we continue fixing him steaks and hamburgers and cookies and pies.  I’ve heard too many women say, “My husband hates vegetables,” or “My husband is a meat and potatoes man.”  Well if you don’t like him very much, I guess you should go ahead and feed him the foods he loves.

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Did you know that heart disease, diabetes and many cancers can be prevented through healthy eating?  Maybe it is time to have an honest conversation with your husband and decide to start doing what you can to insure his (and your) continued good health. And if your husband is like most, he will pretty much eat what is available, and that means what is bought at the grocery store and what is cooked at home.

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If we want to save our man, we’ve got to learn about healthy cooking and eating and change the ways we try to please him.  Why not go on a walk with him or ride around in the golf cart with him?  Just stop trying to please him by keeping your freezer stocked with ice cream or baking pies and cakes or even frying chicken.  Both of you can get on the healthy meal plan so you can continue to enjoy each other for many years to come.

Let me know how you do!

© 2010-2011 Melinda Coker

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Jun
10

In Memory

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Patsy in Red

I attended the funeral of another friend this week who died of cancer.  Patsy Fisher (pictured above in red signing in for a PWCA meeting) was only 63 and still a vibrant energetic high school counselor when she got her diagnosis.  She fought the good fight through chemo and other treatments for over a year before being moved to Hospice care and dying the week after her 42nd wedding anniversary.  She left a heart-broken husband, daughter and two granddaughters to cope without her.

What a waste.  Patsy was known as one of the best high school counselors in the area.  She was always looking for new and innovative ways to help and support her students.

I was the new president-elect of the Piney Woods Counseling Association in 2001 when I first met Patsy.  She had been president of our East Texas organization two years before and offered me so much help and advice that year and the next when I took over the presidency.  She was such a mentor for me and at her funeral service that word “mentor” was used over and over again to describe Patsy.

Cancer is a horrible disease and this has just made me want to renew my fight against it.  I’m on a mission and I want to spread the word that we can actually prevent at least half of all cancers just by changing our diet and lifestyle.  We don’t have to do weird things like find our energy or have colonics or take supplements and essential oils.  We just have to stop eating animal products which are the major toxic foods in our diet and eat more of the good stuff like fruits, vegetables, beans, potatoes and whole grains.  It’s certainly not as hard as having cancer.

People tell me all the time that they could never eat that way.  Well, “eating that way” is certainly more fun, nourishing and comfortable than vomiting and losing your hair when you are put on cancer drugs.  Why don’t you start?  If you need some help, just send me a note on the contact form.

© 2010-2011 Melinda Coker

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May
23

PSA and Prostate Biopsies

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My husband ran into a friend on the golf course yesterday and mentioned that he had missed seeing him.  That golfer had quite a chilling story to tell.  A few weeks ago, his doctor recommended that he have a PSA test.  His levels were considered “high” so he was sent off to the urologist’s office.  That specialist suggested he needed a prostate biopsy to rule out cancer.  It was to be a routine procedure, so our golfer friend agreed to it.  Within 2 days of having it done, he was rushed back to the ER and diagnosed with a massive infection and spent nearly 10 days in the ICU close to death any number of times.

 According to a story on NPR,s Morning Edition, that same scenario is being repeated across the country.  Well over a million U.S. men are thought to get prostate biopsies every year, but specialists are worrying about an increasing risk of complications.  Namely, an especially hard-to-treat bloodstream infection that can send men to the ICU and require weeks of heavy-duty antibiotic treatment.

 Dr. Robert Nam of the University of Toronto published a study in the Journal of Urology that documents a steady increase in infections serious enough to require hospitalization among all men undergoing prostate biopsies.  “The rate went from 1 percent to 4 percent in a 10-year period,” Nam says.  If one million men are undergoing prostate biopsies, that is suggesting that 40,000 could be suffering serious infections. 

Dr. Robert Nadler of Northwestern says the infection risk is causing a lot of soul-searching about prostate biopsies.  He says, “This is forcing urologists to really step back and take a look and say, ‘Does this patient really need a biopsy?’ ”

© 2010-2011 Melinda Coker

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Mar
21

Take Control of Your Health

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Take Control

People who have been diagnosed with a traumatic medical condition like cancer, heart disease or diabetes many times feel like they are totally in the hands of their doctors, like all of their control has been taken away.

But, you don’t have to be a victim of what’s happened to you or a victim of extensive medical treatment.  You can take back some control in order to improve your outcomes.  Fit and healthy people have had to learn how to be healthy and you can start your learning right now even in the throes of illness.  Look for people who can coach you or find books or web sites with the information you need, i.e., find out what your choices are and then make decisions which will move you towards health.

Doctors have told me that their patients don’t have the time or energy to change their lifestyle.  That’s an excuse they are making for you.  I know that you are busy and you are probably overwhelmed with all the decisions you are having to make, but let go of the excuses.  They just don’t serve you well.

Take control of your body.  Don’t give that control to someone else, even your doctor.  You’ve got to choose the healthiest way forward.  You’ve got to make healthy choices even when it’s challenging, inconvenient or considered weird by your family or friends. 

You CAN be a winner!

© 2010-2011 Melinda Coker

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