February 17, 2013

All Fruit Diet

Posted in CANCER, LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:32 pm by PCOSLady

ALL FRUIT DIET
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Surprising Health Hazards Associated with All-Fruit Diet
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/11/all-fruit-diet.aspx?e_cid=20130217_SNL_MV_1&utm_source=snl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130217
~ Dr Mercola … Surprising Health Hazards Associated with All-Fruit Diet … February 11, 2013
~ Story at-a-glance
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~ Ashton Kutcher recently disclosed he suffered pancreatic problems brought on by following an all-fruit diet adopted in preparation to play the character of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film “Jobs.” Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011
~ Fruits are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which is why eating a small amount of them is fine for healthy people. However, many benefit by restricting their fruit intake due to its high fructose content
~ Research suggests fructose may have a particularly significant impact on pancreatic cancer, as pancreatic cancer cells have been shown to use fructose for cell division, speeding up the growth and spread of the cancer
~ As a general guideline, I recommend limiting your total fructose consumption to 25 grams of fructose per day. If you suffer with any fructose-related health issues, such as insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, obesity or cancer, you would be wise to limit your total fructose consumption to 15 grams of fructose per day. This includes fructose from ALL sources, including whole fruit…
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June 25, 2012

How Sugar Affects Triglycerides

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:51 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS Lady:
Do you have questions on triglycerides? I sure did like how do i lower them, what are they, etc…
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http://conditions.aolhealth.com/triglycerides/site-map
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Triglyceride FAQs
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1. What are triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a type of fat derived from the food we eat. Any calories we take in that aren’t used right away for energy are converted into triglycerides. Triglycerides move through the blood and are stored in fat cells. Our hormones regulate when triglycerides are released from fat cells to be used as energy between meals.
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2. Why should I care about my triglyceride level?
A high blood triglyceride level–called hypertriglyceridemia–increases your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It’s linked to an increased risk for diabetes. High triglycerides are also a risk factor for chronic pancreatitis–inflammation of the pancreas.
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3. What causes high triglycerides?
Excess triglycerides occur most often due to inactivity and being overweight. But they can also be triggered by high alcohol consumption, diabetes, or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Hypertriglyceridemia can also be a side effect of some medications, including birth control, corticosteroids, beta blockers, and others. High triglycerides also can stem from a genetic condition.
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4. How do I know if I have high triglycerides?
A simple blood test, called a fasting lipid profile, measures cholesterol and triglycerides. If you’ve had your cholesterol tested and know your numbers, it’s likely your triglycerides were included. Doctors usually recommend men and women have the test at least every five years, beginning at age 20. People who have high triglycerides or are at risk for heart disease may need to have the test more often. Ask your doctor when you should be tested.
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5. What does my triglyceride level mean?
Everyone has triglycerides in their body. And at normal levels, triglycerides are healthy. Talk to your doctor if your levels are above normal.
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Below are the ranges for triglyceride levels:
Normal: Less than 150 mg/dL
Borderline-high: 150 to 199 mg/dL
High: 200 to 499 mg/dL
Very high: 500 mg/dL or higher
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6. What lifestyle changes can I make to lower my triglycerides or keep them under control?
If you’re overweight, reduce your calorie intake to achieve a normal weight. Exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats. Drink alcohol only in moderation–one drink a day for women and two for men at most. And try to reduce your carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 percent of total calories. A diet high in carbohydrates raises triglyceride levels.
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7. Are there medications that can help?
Lifestyle changes are the primary treatment for hypertriglyceridemia. But there are medications that may help some people. If your doctor prescribes medicine for high triglyceride levels, it’s still very important to exercise and eat a healthy diet.
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How Sugar Affects Triglycerides
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From Every Day Health site – story is deleted
Triglycerides Health Center
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High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Lead to High Triglycerides
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Open your fridge or cupboard, and take a look at the labels on your food. Chances are you’ll see high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a common form of added sugar. The U.S. food supply provides a whopping 53 pounds of HFCS per person each year. That adds up to a lot of empty calories. Now a new study from Princeton University suggests that it may also lead to higher triglycerides.
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Is HFCS Bad News?
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HFCS is made by processing corn syrup to create a blend of two simple sugars: fructose and glucose. The result is a cheap sweetener used in a wide array of sugary drinks and processed foods, such as regular sodas, energy drinks, sweetened fruit drinks, candies, desserts, canned fruits, jams, yogurt, condiments, soups, spaghetti sauce, crackers, cereals, and breads.
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In the Princeton study, rats given HFCS gained more weight than those given sucrose (a.k.a. table sugar). This was true even when their calorie intake was the same. Over a period of months, rats fed HFCS also developed higher triglycerides and abnormal increases in abdominal fat. When such changes occur together in humans, they increase the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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The Effect on Triglycerides
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Scientists are just starting to sort out how HFCS and triglycerides might be linked.
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Fructose vs. Glucose
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There has been little research done comparing the effects of HFCS with those of pure fructose or pure glucose. Pure fructose—found naturally in fruit—is broken down and used by the body differently from glucose.
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Studies show that eating a lot of fructose may raise triglyceride levels after meals. If this eating pattern continues for weeks, it may lead to higher triglyceride levels at other times, too. The triglyceride-raising effect may be stronger in men and in women after menopause than in younger women. Compared to glucose, fructose also may decrease insulin sensitivity and increase belly fat—risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that often go hand-in-hand with elevated triglycerides.
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HFCS vs. Sucrose
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In real life, most sugar in the U.S. diet isn’t pure fructose or glucose. Instead, it’s HFCS or sucrose. The latter are both compounds made of fructose and glucose, but there are key differences between them. First, sucrose contains equal parts fructose and glucose. But HFCS contains unequal amounts and often is a bit heavier on the fructose side. Second, the fructose molecules in HFCS, unlike those in sucrose, are “free” and “unbound.” This means they’re easier for the body to use.
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Theoretically, these differences could account for the different effects seen in rats fed HFCS or sucrose. Researchers think similar effects may occur in people as well. But more research in humans is needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn.
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Short and Sweet Advice
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What does this mean for you? To help manage not only your triglycerides but also your weight, it’s best to limit all added sugars. That’s any form of sugar put into a food or drink during processing, cooking, or serving. The American Heart Association says such sugars should add up to no more than 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons) per day for men or 100 calories (about 6 teaspoons) per day for women.
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Reaching this goal isn’t easy; the average American currently gets more than two to three times that many calories per day from sugar. But every little bit helps.
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Keep reading those food labels. If you see HFCS listed there, you might want to give your food or drink choice a second thought.

June 2, 2012

Weight Loss Tricks, Tips

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:21 pm by PCOSLady

WEIGHT LOSS TRICKS & TIPS
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PCOS Lady:
Weight loss is a daily thought for us… We each have our own tricks, tips and ways… Some interesting info and ways were found in the sites listed…
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TIPS
~ Eat every 2-3 hours, keep your stomach moving to keep your metabolism up…
~ Always eat your carb with a protein… The protein knocks the carbs out of you!
~ Eat a strict diet for 2 days, add carbs every 3rd day… Research just proved the body never adjusts to this…
~ Always keep water with you to hydrate…
~ Eat only butter! Margarine just clogs your arteries with plaque…
~ Stay low keyed on aspartame products! It creates havoc in “YOU” over time!
~ Read labels… Stay away from “low fat” “diet” etc… stuff! They have hidden nasty ingredients in them!
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http://www.drozfans.com/dr-oz-diet/dr-oz-swimsuit-slimdown-drink-salad-recipe-aminophylline-cream/
~ Dr Oz … Secret Swimsuit Slimdown Drink Recipe
* Combine 1 C grapefruit juice, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, and 1 tsp honey. Drink this combination before every meal. Apple cider vinegar helps you burn and break down fat. This drink combination also burns away your fat, literally. Drink it 3 x per day before meals. *
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http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/10/12/goldilocks-exercise-zone.aspx?e_cid=20121012_DNL_art_1
~ Dr Mercola .. Less Can Be More, Research Shows: Maximizing Health Benefits of Exercise By Finding Your “Goldilock’s Zone”
* Avoiding fructose and other grain carbohydrates is a critical element of a successful weight loss strategy. This includes sports or energy drinks and fruit juices (even if they’re freshly squeezed) … Read complete article at site …
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NUTS for You!
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Almonds ~ 1/4c = 1/4c milk’s calcium
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Pistachios ~ 1oz = 1/2 a banana of 310 mg of potassium ( crucial for nerve central & muscle function)
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Walnuts ~ 1/4c 91% of daily value omega 3’s (boots brain function, lowers inflammatory disease risk like arthritis & psoriasis)
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Soy Nuts ~ rich in isoflavones – protect bones & heart (not a nut)
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IDEAS
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Discover Raspberry Ketone – Shed Pounds Naturally
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July 25, 2012
Dr. Oz recently featured Raspberry Ketone as a great natural weight
loss alternative. He praised it for its ability to effectively
target fat cells and increase the hormones in your body that allow
you to get thinner more effectively. He was impressed with how
quickly most users experienced results from Raspberry Ketone, with
many seeing a difference in as little as one week!
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SITES
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The Facts About Garcinia Cambogia
http://www.consumersguides.com/garcinia_cambogia_reviews/c1.html
~ Consumer Guides … The Facts About Garcinia Cambogia
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http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Do-I-Lose-Weight-25489490?slide=10
~ ~ Fit Sugar … The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss: 56 Tips and Tricks to Drop Pounds Now
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http://www.doubleyourfatlossnow.com/
~ Dr Steve Sisskind … Which of These 4 Hormones Makes You Skinny?
* Adipodectin, Grehlin, Insulin, Cortisol … A video well worth watching!
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http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf
~ Diet Doctor … Real food for your health! … Do you want to eat real food (as much as you like) and improve your health and weight? It may sound too good to be true, but LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) is a method that has been used for 150 years. Now, modern science backs it up with proof that it works. There is no weighing your food, no counting, no bizarre “meal replacements,” no pills. There is just real food and common sense. And all the advice here is 100 percent free.
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http://weight-loss.alltopics.com/

~ Alltopics … Weight-Loss offers diet plans, pills, body mass index and other helpful tools. Here readers can find the latest news and diet information as well as delicious recipes to help readers achieve their dietary goals. Articles are constantly updated, rated by popularity and gathered from every source on the Web.
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http://www.weightlosshelpandtips.net/
~ Weight Loss Help and Tips … Weight loss tips, fitness and diet tips for fast, natural and easy weight loss from experts for everyone…
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http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss
~ Prevention … Weight Loss: Weight Loss Tips, Diets, Flat Belly Diet … How to lose weight fast with weight loss tips, low-calorie diets, healthy diet plans, and healthy recipes that reduce belly fat, boost metabolism, and help you cut …
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http://www.theweightlosstipssite.com/category/weight-loss-tips/fast-ways-to-stay-motivated-to-weight-loss-plan/

~ Free Weight Loss Tips … Site gives you hundreds of free weight loss tips and discusses weight loss programs, weight loss methods and many other ways to help you loss weight.
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http://www.ayurvedicliving.org/
~ Ayurvedic Living … Ayurveda: the ancient art & science of life! Here you will find practical information on Ayurvedic diet, herbs, medicine, and treatments – including Ashwagandha, Triphala, Shilajit, Shatavari, and more!
~ Before learning about Ayurvedic dieting and treatment, and how you can use it to enhance your health and life; it is important that you understand the basic concepts behind this healing art.
– See more at: http://www.ayurvedicliving.org/#sthash.X7THI9R8.dpuf
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http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/tips/
~ Fitness Magazine … Smart weight-loss tips, simple weight-loss tricks, and easy diet ideas for fast and easy weight loss.
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/health-tip/HT00321/rss=1
~ Mayo Clinic … Health tips from Mayo Clinic, featuring simple strategies for a healthy lifestyle.
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http://www.livestrong.com/weight-loss-tips/
~ Livestrong … Improve your health, lifestyle, diet nutrition with Weight Loss Tips news, facts, tips, other information. Educate yourself about Weight Loss Tips help yourself and …
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http://www.101weightloss.com/articles/weight-loss-tips-for-women-over-40-224.htm
~ 101 Weight Loss … Visit for quick, easy, safe & healthy weight loss tips. Articles on diets, pills, plans, programs and more.
NOTE:
Some prescription drugs may also be hindering your weight loss efforts or may even cause weight gain. According to the experts, more than 50 commonly used drugs can have these types of effects. Some of these are:
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~ Prednisone -A steroid prescribed for respiratory ailments.
~ Elavil – An antidepressant.
~ Tofranil – Another antidepressant.
~ Zyprexia – In drug that addresses psychosis.
~ Diabeta – For diabetic patients.
~ Diabinese – Another commonly used drug for diabetes.
~ Prevacid – Anti hurt-burn
~ Nexium – Another anti hurt-burn drug.
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Ask your pharmacist about the drugs you take in relation to preventing your weight loss…
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http://weightlossgo.com/
~ Weight Loss Go … Do you want to lose weight? I show you how, with a huge collection of over 100 weight loss tips and easy weight loss solutions to make losing weight easy and achievable. Known celeb diet links listed…
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http://pinterest.com/search/?q=weight+loss
~ Pinterest … Posts on weight loss… Infinite topics at your fingertips!
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All Things Food and Diet – FatSecret
http://www.fatsecret.com/Default.aspx?pa=ds&type=1
~ Fat Secret … Popular diets listed, 59 pages to search through… Has Info, journals, diet talk, recipes, tips, members categories for each diet… Find great meal ideas, diet tools, community support and more as you discover a world of healthy eating…
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A Compendium on Nutrition, Health, & Fitness
http://examine.com/
~ Examine … Examine.com is a compendium on on nutrition, health, fitness, and supplements. Everything on Examine.com is backed with citations to published scientific … Obsessed with facts!
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http://www.trimdownclub.com/
~ Trim Down Club Program … Powerful tools such as menu planner, progress meter and diet journal. lose weight while eating your favorite foods. Track your success and monitor your results.
~ To join Trim Down Club, you must pay a one time fee of $47 to get the Quick Start Guide, the Trim Down Main Program, the Trim Down Club Cookbook, the Guide to Food Shopping the Proper Way, and all the available online tools.
~ Video: http://www.info.trimdownclub.com/introduction.html
~ Recipes: http://www.trimdownclub.com/view-recipes/
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FOOD
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Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food
www.localharvest.org/
~ Local harvest … Locally grown produce anywhere in the country! Use our map to locate farmers markets, family farms, CSAs, farm stands, and u-pick produce in your area …
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GOOGLE:
healthy weight loss tips
weight loss plans
weight loss programs
free weight loss tips
weight loss exercises
weight loss diets
vegan pcos goddess blog
ayurvedic living
garcinia cambogia

April 21, 2012

Prostate Cancer (Men – Important)

Posted in OFF TOPICS, PROSTATE CANCER tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:56 pm by PCOSLady

THE PROUD STALLION... Get tested to stay a proud stallion! 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer ... It is the #2 killer in men!


PROSTATE CANCER
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PCOS Lady
Men i care about YOU! That is why i posted this… Please have anything out of the normal of “you” checked out… Something minor can mean something huge in you!! Don’t take a chance!
~ Your pride is not worth dying over and causing your family years of grief for this!
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Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages. It is rare in men younger than 40.
Realize one in six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, getting a prostate test is no laughing matter…
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* All men know if something has changed in their “private” area… That change needs researched online then looked in to by a doctor or specialist!
~ Dr Mercola is world renown and supports his claims by good doctors, research and reliable sites! (Doctors hate him cause he is on our side, the people’s side telling us the “TRUTHS”…)
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Prostate Cancer Symptoms
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When cancer is confined to the prostate gland, prostate cancer symptoms are similar to BPH and prostatitis, and can include:
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~ Strong urge to urinate immediately
~ Difficulty starting the urinary stream
~ A weak urinary stream once it starts
~ Dribbling after you think you’re finished
~ Frequent nighttime urination
~ Pain and/or burning when you urinate
~ Pain in the genital and pelvic area
~ Pain when you ejaculate
~ Frequent urinary tract infections
~ Blood in your urine or semen
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Other prostate cancer symptoms may include:
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~ unexpected weight loss
~ anemia
~ fatigue
~ pain in the lower back or abdomen
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Because prostate cancer symptoms are similar to BPH symptoms and prostatitis symptoms it’s easy for you to assume that you have one disease when you could actually be suffering from something more serious. This is another reason why you should get regular examinations, especially if you are experiencing symptoms.
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THINK ABOUT: From Dr Mercola
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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/25/ten-reasons-to-avoid-doctors.aspx?e_cid=20120725_DNL_artNew_1
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Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Your Doctor
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July 25 2012
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PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer
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These tests actually reveal very little, and an irrelevant positive result will likely lead to a biopsy that comes with infection risk. The prostate-specific antigen test (PSA test), analyzes your blood for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a substance produced by your prostate gland. When higher-than-normal levels of PSA are detected, it is believed that cancer is present. However, PSA screening barely has any impact on mortality rates from prostate cancer. As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will soon recommend that men not get screened for prostate cancer.
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Today, many experts agree that PSA testing is unreliable at best and useless at worst for accurately diagnosing prostate cancer. Many also agree that routine PSA blood tests often lead to over-diagnosis of prostate cancer, resulting in unnecessary treatments. Similar to mammograms, the PSA screen has become little more than an up-sell technique. The false positive rate is high, and the bulk of the harm is a result of subsequent unnecessary treatments.
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Diet is actually a factor that can greatly impact your prostate health and help prevent enlarged prostate and prostate cancer, but many physicians fail to address this.
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You’ll want to eat as much organic (preferably raw) food as possible, and liberally include fresh herbs and spices, such as ginger. Make sure to limit carbohydrates like sugar/fructose and grains as much as possible to maintain optimal insulin levels, which will help reduce your cancer risk in general. Highly processed or charcoaled meats, pasteurized dairy products, and synthetic trans fats correlate with an increased risk for prostate cancer and should also be avoided.
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SITES
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http://www.prostate.net/2011/prostate-cancer/
~ Prostate Cancer Institute, LLC …
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http://www.prostate.net/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-symptoms/
~ Prostate cancer symptoms
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http://www.prostate.net/2011/prostate-cancer/robert-deniro-prostate-cancer/
~ Celebs associated with it!
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http://www.prostate.net/prostatitis/prostatitis-symptoms/
~ Prostatitis symptoms
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http://www.prostate.net/benign-prostatic-hypertrophy-bph/bph-symptoms/
~ BPH symptoms
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http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prostatecancer.html
~ Medline Plus … Prostate Cancer …
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LATER IN YEARS
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http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/default.htm
~ Web MD … Prostate cancer is diagnosed in an estimated 80% of men who reach age 80…. Update 6/11/2012
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STANLEY DANCER & ALBATROSS ... Stanley, at 78 died of prostate cancer September 8, 2005... He was a legend in Harness Racing... http://exa.gmnews.com/news/2005-09-15/Sports/051.html .... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Dancer .... I worked for him at Egyptian Acres for years...

March 24, 2012

Sugar, Sweetners, Stevia

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:18 pm by PCOSLady

Sugar & Sweetners
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This site was advertised on TV… I felt the info was important and factual…
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PCOS Lady, my opinion…. I, however will stay with white sugar, brown sugar and honey… I’m funny when it comes to manmade and processed foods… I am a firm believer people lived longer years ago and today because they consumed the basics in food…
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www.SweetSurprise.com
http://www.sweetsurprise.com/frequently_asked_questions.php
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Sugar, Honey, and High Fructose Corn Syrup
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What are caloric (nutritive) sweeteners?
There are many caloric (nutritive) sweeteners like:
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~ table sugar
~ honey
~ high fructose corn syrup
~ fruit juice concentrates
~ glucose
~ evaporated cane juice
~ hydrolyzed cane juice
~ fructose
~ dextrose
~ invert sugar
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The most common low-calorie sweeteners approved for use today are:
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~ acesulfame potassium (Ace-K)
~ aspartame
~ saccharin
~ sucralose
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The most common reduced-calorie sweeteners include:
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~ sorbitol
~ mannitol
~ xylitol
~ maltitol
~ maltitol syrup
~ lactitol
~ erythritol
~ isomalt
~ hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
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http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/
~ Dr Art Ayers … Healthfulness of Sweeteners
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Healthfulness of Sweeteners
–from Most Healthy….
~ Stevia – is a protein that is sweet, doesn’t raise blood sugar, no insulin spike and no AGE
~ Glucose – raises blood sugar, spikes insulin and produces AGE
~ Xylitol – is a sugar alcohol that inhibits dental bacteria, doesn’t raise blood sugar, no insulin spike or AGE
~ Corn Syrup – raises blood sugar, spikes insulin, produces AGE, low sweetness
~ Sucrose – raises blood sugar, spikes insulin and produces AGE, and liver damage
~ Honey – is half fructose and half glucose, raises blood sugar, spikes insulin, produces high AGE and may damage liver

~ Artificial Sweeteners, aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, etc. – don’t raise blood sugar or produce AGE, but may have other risks, including hunger

~ HFCS – is high fructose corn syrup, raises blood sugar and spikes insulin, produces very high AGE and causes liver damage
~ Fructose – doesn’t raise blood sugar or spike insulin, produces very high AGE and causes liver damage
~ Agave Nectar – is fructose, doesn’t raise blood sugar or spike insulin, produces very high AGE and causes liver damage
…to Least Healthy or Health Risk–
~ AGE: advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which contribute to the symptoms of diabetics. http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/search/label/AGE
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Stevia, the new craze!
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http://www.stevia.com/
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Stevia is a South American herb used as a natural sweetener for centuries. The leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant have a refreshing taste, zero glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbs. It is 25-30 times sweeter than sugar, and far more healthy!
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FACT:
Stevia is widely used all over the world. In Japan stevia claims over 40% of the sweetener market…
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http://purehealingfoods.com/infoSweeteners.php
~ Pure Healing Foods, very informative!
Source: www.NaturalNews.com
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Stevia has many helpful properties.
It has:
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~ No sugar and no calories.
~ Anti-inflammatory effects.
~ Is 100 percent naturally derived.
~ 250 to 300 times the sweetness of sugar.
~ Heat stability to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit).
~ No fermentation properties.
~ Flavor-enhancing qualities.
~ Plaque-retardant and Anti-caries properties to help prevent cavities.
~ Been recommended for diabetics because it does not spike insulin.
~ Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
~ Been shown to lower blood pressure in those with hypertension.
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Over 100 phytochemicals have been discovered in Stevia, and it is rich in terpenes and flavonoids. Besides having been in use for hundreds of years, extensive testing in animals has demonstrated no harmful effects. Its main sweet chemical, stevioside, has been found to be nontoxic in acute toxicity studies with rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds. It also has been shown that it does not cause cellular changes nor affect fertility. The natural stevia leaf also has been found to be nontoxic and has no mutagenic activity.
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Stevia can be used in cooking and as a tabletop sweetener.
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SITES
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This Makes You Flabby – and Virtually Forces You to Overeat…
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/14/why-this-sugar-make-you-and-most-others-fat.aspx?e_cid=20111014_DNL_art_1
~ Dr Mercola … This Makes You Flabby – and Virtually Forces You to Overeat…
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Sugary Drinks Tied to 25,000 U.S. Deaths a Year
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=168622
~ Medicine Net … By Amy Norton .. HealthDay Reporter .. Tuesday, March 19 (HealthDay News) — More than 180,000 deaths worldwide in 2010 were linked to a high intake of sugar-laden drinks, a new study estimates, including 25,000 deaths in the United States.
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These latest findings do not prove that sugary drinks kill people. They only show a correlation between high consumption and deaths from heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
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“Sugary beverage consumption is often paired with other unhealthy food choices or behaviors,” said Sandon, who was not involved in the study. “Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, are the result of many factors, not just excess sugar intake.”

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