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Britain has highest death rate for breast cancer in Europe – Telegraph   1 comment

An analysis of World Health Organisation data found that the “highest rates” of mortality for women with breast cancer are in Britain with the lowest in Spain.

However lung cancer kills even more women in this country.

In total, 156,000 people in this country are predicted to succumb to all forms of the disease this year, out of a European total of 1.28million.

Mortality rates are falling but the number of deaths remains stable as the population ages.

“Lung, colorectal and breast cancers are the top causes of cancer deaths, and these are showing major changes,” said Professor Carlo La Vecchia of the University of Milan, who led the study.

“Despite these favourable trends in cancer death rates in Europe the number of cancer deaths remains approximately stable, due to the ageing of the population. Further, there is a persisting gap in cancer mortality between central and eastern European countries compared to western Europe, and this is likely to persist for the foreseeable future.”

via Britain has highest death rate for breast cancer in Europe – Telegraph.

Posted February 10, 2011 by dmacc502 in global

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Time For Self   Leave a comment

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The most important thing you can do for yourself is take time to just be. Just do nothing and spend alone time to rethink,refurbish,relax and rewind. Our daily works require constant go, go, go. Taking time for yourself is a medicinal necessity.Your good health depends on it.

After some by yourself time you tend to see all things clearer. Doing for others takes a lot out of a person and we need to cleanse our minds of all the daily issues we face in order to start anew.

Whether you work at home, or in the office, or out in the customer service field, you must take even a few moments to think only of you. If you take care of you, all else follows.

We can do no one any justice if our thoughts are so jumbled and full of residue from the day, we must cleanse our mind in order to stay focused. Take just a few minutes and think of something only meaningful to you. Possibly your last kiss, your recent  pleasant goodbye smile from a friend, something personal and warming. This moment isn’t to be shared only enjoyed. Then go on with the daily chores of your life.

You will find the more time you take for yourself, the more you will have to give to others.


Posted February 1, 2011 by dmacc502 in Happiness, self

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Hidden Scars   Leave a comment

Şerafeddin Sabuncuoğlu (1385-1468)

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When we here the word scar, we envision a mark somewhere on the body we try to hide. This is not that type of scar.The scars I will refer to are not seen by the eye. All of us have scars we have obtained over the years. Some more damaging than others.

Scars from divorce, death of a loved one, violence,unemployment, mental illness and a score of others.I will touch only on a few to try and show, our scars aren’t unique.

Sometimes we feel left out in a crowd. Is that because others don’t see us? Or is it because we don’t want to be seen? I find the latter to be true. Our scars keep us from involving ourselves fully with others. We feel, they don’t understand our issues, so we avoid close contact.

Don’t do this anymore. What you need to realize is the people you avoid have hidden scars to. Possibly they are a bit more outspoken but still suffer unseen.

If all of us would treat each other as though our scars were visible, we could look past them and get to know many we otherwise might not have the pleasure of knowing.

All of us have lost a loved one at sometime in our life. It may just be a close neighbor if not a family member. Sometimes we think we are the only person ever to feel such loss.If we try and share our loss, we see others do understand and truly feel sympathetic.

The trauma of loosing a job and the devastation that follows, needs to be spoken about with our friends to try and cope with the abundance of troubles that follow such loss. Keeping to ones self is a lonely road.The problems won’t change, but the sharing will confirm your faith and hold you a bit more stable until a change for the better comes.

Friends, try and stay close to your friends, family, neighbors and even share with acquaintances your scars.Don’t be concerned what they will think of you, they have hidden scars too.

Posted February 1, 2011 by dmacc502 in Problems

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20 NATURAL WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BREATH FRESH AND KISSABLE by Susan Chaityn Lebovits on June 15, 2010   Leave a comment

A photo from 1899 showing the use of toothbrush.

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  • Garlic – is absorbed into the bloodstream and secreted by the lungs. While not everyone is affected, I certainly am
  • Bacteria – volatile sulfur compounds (VSC), such as hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan,  harbors on the teeth, gums and tongue
  • Food particles – become lodged between teeth
  • Plaque – on or below the gum line
  • Dieting – to excess may cause ketoacidosis, the breakdown of chemicals during fasting, which smells awful
  • Smoking – dries out the mouth and contributes to periodontal disease
  • Diseases – such as lung infections, kidney failure and chronic reflux of stomach acids produce odors
  • Milk Intolerance

20 Natural Ways to Keep Your Breath Fresh

If you’re not ready to drop $2,000 on a Halimeter, which will analyze the VSC’s in your mouth and let you know if your breath is offensive, here are natural ways to clean up your act.

  1. Brush – after every meal, and be sure that your toothbrush is in good shape. A chewed-up, disfigured brush will miss those hard-to-reach areas.
  2. Herb Pharm Breath Tonic – is my all time favorite. The non-aerosol spray is made from a sugar-free blend of certified organic peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, and clove extracts that leave my mouth feeling fabulous and clean.
  3. Tongue Scraper – This smooth plastic or metal tool glides over the tongue and removes dead cells and bacteria
  4. Floss – removes plaque and food that you may not even realize was stuck. I keep a container in my office desk
  5. Water – According to the Mayo Clinic, drink water – not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol. Chewing gum or sucking on candy (preferably natural) also stimulates saliva, washing away food particles and bacteria.
  6. Fenugreek “” put one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in four cups of cold water, boil, then simmer for fifteen minutes over a low flame. Strain and drink like tea.
  7. Guava – unripe guava has been said to aid bad breath as it contains tannic and phosphoric acids.
  8. According to health 911, there are a few off-the-beaten-path remedies, including:

  9. Apple cider vinegar – swallow a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar just before each meal (you may want to add it to a glass of water)
  10. Alfalfa – alfalfa tablets have been said to aid bad breath
  11. Anise – the licorice-flavored seed, may aid in reducing bacteria
  12. Chlorophyll – Try liquid or chlorophyll tablets. Chlorophyll has a deodorizing effect
  13. Clove Tea/Mouthwash – Cloves are a powerful antiseptic. Make a tea by putting three whole or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves in two cups of hot water and steep for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour through a fine strainer and use as a mouthwash or gargle twice a day.
  14. Fennel – Slowly chew the leaves and allow the saliva to build up in your mouth. Or, mix the contents of a fennel capsule with baking soda, make into a paste, and brush your teeth, gums and tongue with it.
  15. Lemon – If you can stand it, a lemon wedge sprinkled with salt will help stop onion or garlic breath.
  16. Parsley & Mint – Chewing parsley or mint leaves has been a remedy used for thousands of years. These herbs are especially good if garlic and onions are the source of your bad breath. Parsley is very high in chlorophyll. Chew a few parsley sprigs dipped in vinegar for immediate relief. If you swallow the leaves after chewing them they will be digested and continue to provide breath freshness for quite a while. These plants seem to reduce the production of intestinal gas by promoting better digestion.
  17. Natural gum – such as glee, is made with spearmint or peppermint essential oils. These oils kill odor-causing bacteria, and the chewing action stimulates the production of saliva which helps combat bad breath.
  18. Sage – contains essential oils with antibacterial properties that help neutralize one of the causes of bad breath. Chew raw leaves.
  19. Spirulina – is a very good source of chlorophyll and can be purchased either in capsule or loose form. It’s suggested to start with 500 mg three times a day, but please check with your medical professional first!
  20. Tea tree oil – derived from the leaves of the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree oil contains antiseptic compounds, which make it a powerful disinfectant. Try using atoothpaste containing tea tree oil, or put a few drops of tea tree oilon your toothbrush alone, or with your regular toothpaste. It has a strong aromatic flavor.
  21. Baking SodaBrushing your teeth with baking soda will help reduce the acidity in your mouth, which is less inviting for bacteria. Combine two tablespoons of dried lemon or orange rind, 1/4 cup of  baking soda, and two teaspoons of salt.

Posted November 17, 2010 by dmacc502 in global

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Turkish ‘Cancer Village’ Relocates Residents – TIME Healthland   Leave a comment

A house in Cappadocia.

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Turkish ‘Cancer Village’ Relocates Residents – TIME Healthland.

The caves, rock houses and fantastical stone formations in Turkey’s Cappadocia draw tourists from around the world. Nestled among the natural wonders, however, lies a village where the earth is believed to deliver death rather than rewards.

Nearly half the deaths in this impoverished village and two others nearby are from a rare cancer known as mesothelioma — which can be caused by a mineral that’s found in abundance in the area. Local authorities are so alarmed that a relocation of all residents is under way.

“The plan is to demolish the old village, bury it in 1 1/2 meters (yards) of earth and plant over it,” Mayor Umit Balak said.

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Posted November 6, 2010 by dmacc502 in death, medicine

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