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Ambushed by Depression

Ambushed by Depression

The majority of people, understandably, experience significant emotional distress after learning they have cancer. This emotional distress is more than just the initial shock. Cancer pulls you out of your life. Cancer sets your schedule. Cancer is the harbinger of change. Change and uncertainty and the rigor of treatment wear on a person – not just physically, but also on their soul. This is where cancer ambushes you and your immune system. Cancer and depression go hand in hand and depression suppresses your immune system.

“Chemo brain” is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe their loss of concentration and memory problems. Chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments, are also blamed for the lingering fatigue that daunts cancer patients – sometimes for months or even years after they have finished treatment.

Many of the symptoms of depression such as fatigue, lack of energy, memory impairment, sleep changes, and loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities already strike cancer patients because of the disease and its treatment. It can be very difficult to spot depression. Under-recognition of depression in cancer patients is common. The American Cancer Society estimates that three of every four people suffering from “chemo brain” symptoms can actually attribute these symptoms to depression and other medication side effects. Chemotherapy is taking the rap for the effects of depression. …[continue reading]

Jared Fogle at 425 pounds, before he started hi "Subway Diet.z'

Jared Fogle at 425 pounds, before he started his “Subway Diet..’

Jared Fogel became known as the college student who lost 225 pounds on a “Subway sandwich diet.”

By his junior year at Indiana University, Jared had soared to 425 pounds.

He avoided social events to save face, and gobbled junk food alone in the dorm room. As Jared describes it, “I knew you were supposed to go out on dates and go to parties, but because I was so big, I just took myself out of the equation. I didn’t want to allow myself to be made a fool of.”

Jared said that at McDonald’s he’d scarf down double quarter pounder cheeseburgers and supersized fries, and wash it all down with a couple of apple pies. He puzzled between 15 and 20 cans of soda each day and the typical snack was two candy bars.

As his weight reached 425 pounds, Fogel’s sleep apnea worsened. He woke up every 10 to 15 minutes and went to classes groggy and sleep deprived. Once he even fell asleep at the wheel, waking immediately when he felt his car veer into the grass.

“I didn’t hit anything, but it finally scared me enough,” Fogel said [continue reading]

Would this be a good reward for you to build a habit of exercise?

Would this be a good reward for you to build a habit of exercise?

Did you know that all diets get about the same results? If you are currently on a diet, I can predict the outcome.

This year, Consumer Reports National Research Center polled its readers who tried 13 weight loss plans – four popular commercial plans and nine well-known do-it-yourself plans, such as Atkins diet Paleo diet, and South Beach diet.

Consumer Reports concluded that significant weight loss was possible on all of the plans. However, most respondents said they were able to take off weight, but were having trouble keeping it off. This is where most weight loss programs fail.

Medical and scientific research verifies Consumer Reports’ poll. Research results show: for every 100 individuals who start out on a weight loss plan, only five are successful. This means that traditional diets have a dismal success rate of only 5%. Why do so many fail? What is the secret that you need to know to be successful?

Number One Reason You Are Unable to Maintain Your Weight Loss …continue reading

Scientific research has proved that a healthy immune system halts cancer in its tracks.

Scientific research has proved that there is a direct link (cause and effect) between being overweight and the suppression of the immune system.

Scientific research has proved that there is a direct link (cause and effect) between being overweight and the high incidence of chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Being overweight also causes chronic anxiety, stress, and depression.

Scientific research has proved that sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed foods cause excess weight gain.. Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 69.2% of American adults over 20 years of age carry excess body weight, and among them are the 35.9% of American adults who are obese. More disturbing is the fact that these numbers are increasing.

The solution seems obvious – and is endorsed by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and the World Health Organization – to halt and prevent most cases of cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, you need to make a lifestyle change in your diet. You must dramatically curtail sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and processed foods from your diet. The experts agree. Change your diet, remove sugars and add fiber, voila, the weight will melt away.

As a nation, for the past 50 years we have been trying to lose weight but our efforts have failed. What can we do? On the following video – you don’t want to miss this – is the recommendation of one of our nation’s most popular TV psychologists, Bob Newhart. You will find this short video enjoyable. Do you agree with his advice?

Often times the truth is said in jest.

Is weight loss a matter of willpower?

The problem is clear, we need to remove excess fat and maintain a healthy body weight.

The solution is clear, dramatically curtail sugars from our diet. “Stop it.”

Is the solution as simple as projected? Is it a matter of willpower?

I will answer this question in the next post. What is your answer?

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It is recommended to get your Phytochemicals from whole fruits and vegetables

Phytochemicals refer to a variety of natural plant-based chemical compounds. They are found in fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and other plants. Scientists have identified tens of thousands of them, although only a small fraction have been studied closely.

Some of the more commonly known phytochemicals include beta carotene, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), folic acid, and vitamin D.

Phytochemicals from whole plants are associated with the prevention and treatment of the leading causes of death in our country, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Phytochemicals are also referred to as phytonutrients; however, I prefer the word phytochemical because life itself is a biochemical process. …continue reading .