Archive for November, 2010

The Thanksgiving Meal

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This past weekend we traveled and gathered with people who we love and care about. In addition to the warm company of family and friends there’s some sort of meal served smack dab in the middle of that long holiday weekend we all just experienced. Ok, it’s fairly consistent across the board – the hallowed Thanksgiving meal.

Everyone has their own variation and family favorites, but no one walks away saying that they’re still hungry. Therein lies the conundrum that Thanksgiving creates for our digestive tract.

Usually on Thanksgiving we don’t normally pump our bodies full of heavily processed foods laden with healthy doses of preservatives, rather we typically prepare fresher foods in a rich way. The food on the turkey-day table is generally high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt.

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Shortening the Length of Diarrhea

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

At some point or another in almost everyone’s life diarrhea rears its ugly head. For most of us it is only a temporary, but extremely uncomfortable, inconvenience. It can be caused by food that we are having trouble digesting, a bacterial infection or flu, or from unsavory diet and drinking habits. While diarrhea may not seem very severe it can all too often become a life-threatening problem.

Every year almost 2 million people die from diarrheal disease in developing countries. Many of these people don’t have clean water to drink, a steady, healthy diet, and medicine to take to relieve the discomfort and symptoms. The standard form of aid offered to these diarrhea victims is a rehydration fluid. What researchers are finding might be a more effective treatment is a healthy dose of probiotics.

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New, Less Invasive Colorectal Cancer Tests Being Developed

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

There is a new colon cancer DNA stool test being developed by researchers at the Mayo clinic. The real breakthrough here is that it would provide the first real non-invasive way to test for colorectal cancer. The procedure, known as a DNA methylation test, would most likely transform colon cancer checks as we know it.

The American Cancer Society reported that over 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer a year and roughly 39,000 with rectal cancer. It is said to be the second biggest killer due to cancer in the country, and the third most common cancer in adults. A frightening statistic shows that no more than 60% of people over the age of fifty ever get checked and most of the time when the cancer is found it is already in its advanced state. Getting colon cancer checks is absolutely necessary.

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