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Don't Be Afraid of Your Food

“I’m afraid my food was grown in poor soil and doesn’t have the right nutrition.” “What if my food has been contaminated by pesticides?” “Will I get cancer from my food?” “Did someone irradiate my food?” “Do I need to avoid a certain types of food?”

These are questions heard by nutritionists every day from concerned people – who are misinformed. The misinformation comes from multiple sources: who have a “safer” product to sell, who have a “back to nature” agenda, who have done their research on fear-mongering web-sites. And some – also as fearful – are “helping” to spread “the truth” about the “dangerous” condition of food. The truth is – in general – food in the United States is safe.

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Don’t Ignore the Mental Battle with Cancer

Most cancer patients suffer with untreated depression.

A recent series of studies have found that cancer patients are 3-6 times more likely to be depressed but 75% aren't getting treatment for it. Depression can threaten a patient’s life if it sabotage’s their will to live and persevere through treatment. Researchers found that a nurse-led solution that integrated antidepressant drugs, physical activity and problem-solving therapy significantly reduced depression in cancer patients.

PositiveTip: Be sure to treat both body and mind if you, or a loved one, must battle cancer.

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No Amount of Alcohol is Safe!

There is no such thing as "responsible drinking" when it comes to cancer.

"Responsible drinking" is the mantra of many drinkers today. A casual link between alcohol and cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon-rectum and women's breast cancer has been established. But what about light drinking? Does it cause cancer? In a meta-analysis of 222 studies, even light drinking was associated with mouth, esophagus and breast cancer. When it comes to cancer, there is no safe level.

PositiveTip: Be responsible. Avoid all consumption of alcohol!

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The Myth of Resveratrol

Think again before you spend on resveratrol!

Resveratrol, a polyphenol antioxidant found in the skin of grapes, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, peanuts, and some berries has been hailed as the possible agent responsible for the benefits of red wine. However, research found it did not correlate with longevity or lower risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer. In fact, adjusted hazard ratios favored those with the lowest intakes, and there were no significant findings for all measured biomarkers.

PositiveTip: Eat a balanced diet, get plenty of physical activity, and live a positive lifestyle for the best health.

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Drinking is Hazardous to Your Health

The hard truth about alcohol--it increases risk of cancer.

The conclusion of the chapter on alcohol consumption in the 2014 World Cancer Report is clear: no amount of alcohol is safe when it comes to cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared alcohol to be a carcinogen in 1988, and the evidence has been building ever since. Solid data supports a causal relationship  with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, liver and female breast.

PositiveTip: No amount of alcohol is safe for cancer risk!

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Cancer Risk Climbs with Sleep Apnea

Cancer more common is those with sleep apnea.

Patients with sleep apnea experienced 3.4 times the risk of cancer mortality than those with no sleep apnea during a 20 year follow-up in Australia after controlling for leading risk factors. This is consistent with other observational studies. Researchers have been spurred by mouse studies that suggest hypoxia (lack of sufficient oxygen) may spur tumor growth. Also, all-cause mortality risk was 4.2 times higher in those with sleep apnea.

PositiveTip: Visit a sleep specialist today if you suspect you have a sleep disorder.

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Longevity Linked to Plant-rich Diets

Moms are right: Eat your fruits and veggies!

Consuming seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily reduced all-cause mortality, cancer and cardiovascular disease according to a large British study. The average consumption was just under four portions per day. It is not hard to eat seven servings as the standard portion size for most fruits and vegetables is one-half cup. This study also found that canned fruits are linked with increased mortality, possibly because of the high sugar content.

PositiveTip: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, mostly fresh, for a healthy life.

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Could Antioxidant Supplements Protect Cancer Cells?

Antioxidant supplements may protect the cancer cells instead of us.

New research in mice that already had lung cancer suggests antioxidant supplements decrease the activity of a gene (p53) which destroys defective cells, including cancer cells. The supplements caused the number of tumors in the mice to triple, grow faster and become more aggressive. This has not been studied in humans, but it does raise a cautionary flag.

PositiveTip: Sticking with a healthy diet rich in antioxidant sources and skipping the supplements may be the best.

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Cancer Now World's Biggest Killer

Global battle against cancer depends on more than treatment alone.

Today is World Cancer Day. Cancer now kills 8.2 million people each year in the world, with a total economic burden of US$1.16 trillion. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has released World Cancer Report 2014. There has been an 11% rise in the global incidence of cancer, and cancer cases are forecast to increase by 75% during the next two decades. Treatment alone is not enough, preventive measures are essential.

PositiveTip: Lower your risk with a wholesome diet, plenty of exercise, and an ideal weight.

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Consuming Nuts Can Lower Risk of Death

Nut consumption may actually lower mortality rates.

Analysis of 75,000 women in the Nurses Health Study and more than 40,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study revealed those who ate nuts once a week had a lower mortality rate than those who do not eat nuts. When nut consumption increased even more, mortality rate fell for both cancer and heart disease. Tree nuts and peanuts demonstrated similar results.

PositiveTip: Nuts should be a part of a balanced, healthful diet.