Lymphedema is an incurable condition caused by the loss of function in a lymph node. When this happens, lymph fluid is no longer as easily moved and released from the body and stays trapped in one area. In breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomies with lymph node dissection, lymphedema is a common result and generally impacts one or both arms.
More than 41 percent of breast cancer patients who’ve undergone surgery will be faced with lymphedema symptoms within 10 years.
Lymphedema serves as a constant reminder of the cancer battle these patients struggled with. It requires continual care to ensure that it doesn’t progress to the later and more dangerous stages.
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Maia was a healthy and active young mother of two—not a likely candidate for breast cancer. But she developed it anyway and had to have a single mastectomy and radiotherapy to get rid of it. Since then, she’s felt like her scar is a constant reminder of something she wishes she could forget.
Maia had an implant put in, but she never thought it looked or felt like a natural breast, and she wasn’t happy with it or its impact on her body image. So after a couple of years, she had that removed and was again left with just the empty indent where her real breast used to be, punctuated by an ugly scar.
Three and a half years after the life-altering change cancer made to her body, Maia decided to do something else she never thought she’d do—get a tattoo.
“The only people that have seen my scars are the doctors and consultants and my husband,” says Maia. But she bravely removed her top for the cameras in preparation for the tattoo she hoped would change how she felt about her body.
Tattoo artist Poppy helped Maia work on a design that would be flowy, feminine, and beautiful to cover the scar on her chest. Then she set to work making the design a reality. And when it came time for the final reveal?
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Do you supplement? Some folks are true believers when it comes to vitamins and supplements and know the ins and outs of every bottle in the health-food aisle. Others think that supplements are useless and do little more than trick people into paying $24.99 for a bottle of modern-day snake oil. And many, perhaps the majority, are somewhere in the middle trying to stay healthy without going broke.
For people going through breast cancer treatment, nutrition is especially important. You want to give your body everything it could possibly need. A cancer patient may be more motivated to try supplements, but at the same time be hesitant to take anything that might compromise treatment.
There’s a lot of information out there, and it can be overwhelming to sort through. Before opening up an account at your local health food store, check out our seven basic guidelines for evaluating how, or if, to use vitamins and supplements. You’ll be less likely to waste time and money if you keep these tips in mind:
1. THE MORE OUTRAGEOUS A CLAIM…
The more likely it is to be false, or at least misconstrued. The more sensationalized something sounds, the less likely it is to be 100 percent true. Sometimes we hear incredible claims from people or sources that we sincerely trust, but remember that proper context counts for a lot, and one person’s results does not equal universal truth. Sometimes you’ll find information based on a nugget of truth, but blown out of proportion so much that it’s no longer valid. Try to find additional, well-respected sources to corroborate claims.
Remember that breastcancer.org (and every other reputable source we’ve checked) says that there aren’t any supplements that can treat or cure cancer. For more information on how to evaluate internet health claims, check out this article.
2. VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS ARE REGULATED DIFFERENTLY THAN DRUGS
The FDA tests and approves both over-the-counter and prescription medications in the US, but vitamins and supplements are not regulated. The manufacturers of dietary supplements are responsible for evaluating the safety and efficacy of their products. The FDA will take action if a product is found to be mislabeled or unsafe after it reaches the market.
3. IT’S STILL BEST TO GET MOST OF OUR NUTRITION FROM FOOD
In a best-case scenario, we would meet all our needs for vitamins and minerals through a healthy, nutrient-dense diet. Nutrients are generally best absorbed when they are consumed in their whole-food form, and if you are getting a healthy diet extra supplements may simply be a waste of money. There are times when nutrition needs can’t be met through diet alone, and it’s those cases when supplements may be helpful.
4. NATURAL DOES NOT ALWAYS EQUAL SAFE
Poison oak is natural. Some arsenic occurs naturally in soil. It doesn’t mean that we want to go around brewing these things into a new-fangled elixir. That’s not to say that consuming more natural products is a bad idea, but be aware that sometimes the word “natural” is more a marketing tactic than anything else. According to breastcancer.org , the most important question to ask is not “Is this natural?” but “Will this benefit my health?”
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Do you want to prevent pre-mature aging and avoid wrinkles on your face? What if I tell you there is only one solution to all these problems and to top it all off it is something that is easily available in most of the Indian households, is easy on the pocket and hands down one of the most effective natural remedy of all time? Okay, keeping all speculations aside, let me break the name to you, it is turmeric or haldi. Turmeric has long been considered as the ultimate home remedy for various kinds of health problems.
Haldi Doodh is every Indian mother’s go to health drink for their children. I personally remember how i used to dread every single night at the sight of my Maa’s bringing me my glass of Haldi Doodh (turmeric infused milk). Turmeric has so many benefits attached to it that I was never aware of back then but now I know exactly why my mother emphasised so much on consuming it. [...]
I eat or drink turmeric in some form every day - on my oats, in my smoothies, in my tea, on my eggs, and in my curries: basically, I sprinkle it on nearly everything I eat.
Why do I like it so much? Turmeric, and its well-known ingredient curcumin has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and has been studied for a wide variety of healing properties, most of which greatly benefit men’s health. Here are a few of them:
Turmeric Reduces Inflammation.
Both acute and chronic inflammation are the cause of many health problems - one of the most common of which is arthritis and associated joint pain – two ailments I want to avoid as I age.
Curcumin extracts have been shown to reduce the pain and improve function in knee osteoarthritis “with an efficiency equivalent to ibuprofen, but with fewer gastrointestinal side effects.” Combining curcumin and Boswellia serrata also has been shown to be more effective than the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
Turmeric Helps Men With Their Prostate Health.
Turmeric is also one of the best natural remedies for relieving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and helping to reduce urinary symptoms in men as they age. This spice has been shown to provide several important benefits for prostate health, including reducing prostate size, fighting inflammation associated with prostatitis, and helping to manage pelvic pain. Turmeric also could have a role in preventing prostate cancer.
For example, a 2016 study explored the actions and effectiveness of turmeric against prostate cancer. A more recent study reported that curcumin nanoparticles (nanocurcumin) have powerful anticancer activities and could be used against prostate cancer cells.
It Aids Memory.
Animal studies have shown that turmeric has a direct impact on factors involved in memory. One mouse study showed that treatment with turmeric improved both memory and learning in mice under stress. Specifically, the herb increased the expression of certain cholinergic muscarinic receptors associated with memory and learning.
Turmeric Can Help in Reducing Depression.
A number of studies have found that turmeric/curcumin is effective in reducing depression, especially mild cases. One study noted that patients with major depressive disorder who took curcumin fared just as well as their peers who took Prozac (fluoxetine). A more recent meta-analysis of six clinical trials reported that curcumin “appears to be safe, well-tolerated, and efficacious among depressed patients.”
Helps With Diabetes.
Curcumin has been shown to improve glucose tolerance in animal research as well as significantly lower hemoglobin A1c in patients with type 2 diabetes. In fact, nanoparticle curcumin has been shown to significantly lower fasting blood glucose, total glucose, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol as well when compared with pre-treatment values.
Curcumin Has Potent Antioxidants.
Free-radical fighting antioxidants called curcuminoids are abundant in turmeric. Curcumin is the most prominent of these polyphenols. In addition to helping destroy disease-causing free radicals, curcuminoids also facilitate the activity of antioxidant enzymes (e.g., catalase, superoxide dismutase). Antioxidants can help slow the aging process, protect against chronic disease (including cancer and heart disease), reduce oxidative stress, and fighting inflammation.
How to Get More Turmeric
You can add turmeric to salads, tea, smoothies, and many other dishes.
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After this I will be expecting everyone to be starting the process of changing your medicine cabinets!
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/06/20/turmeric-spice-of-life.aspx?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=content_Turmeric Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use. Among the most exciting benefits of turmeric is its potent anti-cancer activity. To discover other health benefits of turmeric, watch this video or visit Mercola.com. [...]
Turmeric is an old Indian spice with a powerful medicinal compound called Curcumin. Here are the top 10 health benefits of turmeric/curcumin. [...]
It is an irresistible combination of fluffy hot-from-the-steamer rice drizzled with gulai ayam and served with easy-to-eat pieces of juicy fried turmeric chicken and burn-your-tongue-off sambal belacan that draws people to Warung Cikgu in Puchong.
Started in May 2005, the eatery was set up by Kelantan native Ariff Suqimi and managing the two outlets is Ariff’s primary school friend and fellow Kelantanese, Nik Mohd Faiz, 28.
The name of the place pays tribute to Ariff’s father who is popularly known as Cikgu Karim, a nod to his profession. This January, they expanded and opened another outlet in USJ1’s Regalia Business Centre.
What they serve here is nasi Mmanggey which is actually different from the other Kelantanese favourite nasi Kak Wok. Confused because both dishes look identical? Can’t say we blame you as they are both feature fried chicken.
Nik Mohd Faiz tells us there are slight differences between the two rice dishes that trace their origins back to Kelantan. He adds, “The concept is the same but the taste is different.”
For nasi Mmanggey, the fried chicken is marinated with turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt while the nasi Kak Wok chicken uses a marinade made from fresh turmeric. In terms of spice levels for the sambal belacan accompanying the rice, Nik Mohd Faiz explains to us that they increased the spiciness.
In Kelantan, nasi Mmanggey (RM5.50) is usually eaten for breakfast and lunch. At Warung Cikgu, you get to satisfy your cravings for the rice dish throughout the day.
Accompany your meal with their kelapa baldi (RM4.20) or fresh coconut water served in a small bucket. Nik Mohd Faiz tells us the coconuts are sourced from Bagan Datoh in Perak.
You also have Shake!Gu (RM3.70), their version of coconut shake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The word gu is Kelantanese slang for buddy.If you’re early, look for their breakfast items which are available till 10am. A must-try is the nasi lemak biasa (RM2.70). Simple but satisfying; the fluffy rice is delicious when paired with the fragrant, not too spicy sambal and crunchy deep fried ikan bilis. [...]
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Turmeric and curcumin are among the most popular herbal medicines, with many health benefits and few side effects. Here, Dr Sarah Brewer explains the concrete evidence - and how to use them.
It's the spice that everyone's talking about - barely a week goes by without us hearing about another purported health benefit of turmeric.
The kitchen cupboard staple, widely recognizable by its spectacular golden color, fast becoming one of the most researched plants in the world.
And with so many possible scientific and medical uses, it's not difficult to see why.
Last month, the Daily Mail reported how a woman dying from cancer credited turmeric with keeping her alive.
Dieneke Ferguson, a 67-year-old from North London, was told there was 'no hope' for her after three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell treatments failed to halt the progression of her blood cancer.
She credits curcumin, a key component of turmeric, with keeping her alive, after she started taking 8g a day of it in tablet form.
And just last night, the benefits of turmeric were discussed last night in the Channel 4 programme Superfoods: The Real Story.
In the show, presenter Kate Quilton explained how she had fallen down the stairs last year and fractured two vertebrae in her back.
She'd had physio but had also tried to include turmeric in her diet in 'as many weird and wonderful ways as possible', after learning of its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
Now back on her feet, she was on a mission to try and ascertain whether the turmeric played any part in her recovery.
Scientists Kate met assured her it had – and advised viewers to eat 1.5 teaspoons of the spice a day.
So why is turmeric such a superfood? And how can you reap the most benefits from taking it? [...]
Turmeric is a commonly found condiment in Indian households and has also long been known for its health benefits. Here's another reason to add it to your daily diet, especially in your child's meal.
Turmeric is a commonly found condiment in Indian households and has also long been known for its health benefits. Here's another reason to add it to your daily diet, especially in your child's meals. A team of scientists from the United States of America have found that a bioactive compound in turmeric known as curcumin can also cure cancer in children. Neuroblastoma is one of the most common cancers in children below the age of five years. The cancer starts in early nerve cells and commonly forms in the tissue of the adrenal glands, near the kidneys. It is also associated with developmental delays, hearing loss and other disabilities.
Researchers at Nemours Children's Hospital and the University of Central Florida (UCF) have recently found that the nanoparticles loaded with curcumin can offer a novel treatment to target and destroy neuroblastoma tumor cells. In the study, researchers attached curcumin to cerium oxide nanoparticles and tested the nano-curcumin formulation in cell-lines of a high-risk form of neuroblastoma. [...]