Stress and Cancer

Other studies have shown a connection between stress and cancer, thereby making stress a risk factor for cancer. This new study first analyzed samples from 300 breast-cancer patients. They found a direct association between the activation of a stress gene called ATF3 in certain immune cells, with the spread of cancer cells.

 

Next, they tested mice that were either normal or could not express the ATF3 gene. The cancer in the normal mice metastasized to the lungs much faster and to a greater degree. The ATF3 gene creates an ATF3 protein used to signal other genes to turn on or off. Using the mice data, researchers were able to find an ATF3 gene “signature”, which may be used to help predict cancer mortality risks.

 

There are several ways to turn on the ATF3 gene in addition to chronic stress… some others are; high fat diets, UV damage, radiation, chemo, and even stress signals from the cancer cells themselves.

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Know Vitamin D…No Cancer

Vitamin D is one of the fat soluble vitamins that research published in July 2009 states may have cancer suppressing properties. Various forms of the vitamin have been discovered each with many similar properties and benefits. In addition to their common effects, the variants have been found to play specific roles in the body. The two main variants in humans are D2 and D3. It often is referred to as the sun vitamin because exposing the skin to direct sunlight allows the body to absorb and create the vitamin in necessary quantities. As people age, their requirement for it increases, as does the requirement for supplementation for those with limited sun exposure. Many foods are now supplemented with a form of the vitamin in order to help prevent deficiencies. These fortified foods may be in milk products, cereals, grains, juices, and are also naturally present in fatty fish, and mushrooms that have been exposed to radiation. In fact, the Sun Bella is a new form of mushroom that has USDA clearance and provides a considerable amount (400 IU) of the vitamin. Because the body stores...

Green Tea: Powerful Antioxidant, May Prevent Cancer

Next to coffee and not including water, green tea is the second most popular drink in the world. It is enjoyed by many cultures and has been gaining popularity in the West. When compared to coffee in their respective dry forms, it has more caffeine but when brewed it does contain a lesser amount. Historically, the tea has been used for its medicinal purposes ranging from controlling bleeding to promoting digestion. Many claims have been made about the use of the beverage and the fact that it is made up of various naturally occurring chemicals that promote healing properties in the body. One of these chemical is labeled a polyphenol which was found to have a very potent anti-oxidant known as EGCG. Research has been done on a global scale and has included both animal and human testing. There is some debate worldwide about the health claims that can be directly given the popular beverage. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has yet to allow any direct health claims regarding the substance's ability to affect disease. As recent as 2006 though, the FDA...

BPA Plastic Warning: Your Water Bottle Could Be Lethal

Bisphenol A is a compound often used in the production of semi-soft plastics and, commonly referred to as BPA plastic, it has been a hot topic of conversation recently. Media messages are often confusing and created in a manner that encourage people to actually stay tuned or pick up the newspaper in order to find out if their family is at risk of getting whatever new ailment is being discussed. The use of plastics has been under the spotlight recently because of possible health and environmental detriments. News media and product manufactures have been exposing the dangers that result when a person ingests chemicals that may leech out of plastic containing substances. They comment on the environmental cost of producing these products and provide green alternatives. As a result, many items are now available that do not contain these "dangerous" plastic compounds and are either re-usable or made from more earth friendly products. Due to the prominence of the topic, let's discuss what is known about these substances to try to discern if your water bottle could be lethal.

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