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Deal with Cancer – Naturally

Beware

Beware

Drinking an average of five sodas a week doesn’t sound like much… but what would you say upon learning that they nearly double your risk of getting pancreatic cancer — one of the deadliest of all malignancies?

This shocking statistic about soda comes from a study at the University of Minnesota. Researchers analyzed medical records and diet histories of 60,524 Asian adults over a 14-year period (the records came from the Singapore Chinese Health Study, the Singapore Cancer Registry and the Singapore Registry of Births and Deaths), comparing consumption of soft drinks (in one group) and fruit juice (in another group) with the incidence of pancreatic cancer… and found that the incidence was 87% higher among those who drank soda.

The researchers established that this link was independent of other risk factors
– such as smoking, body weight, type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes, caloric intake and the consumption of red meat. Having established that lifestyles in Singapore are very similar to those in the US, lead study author Noel Mueller, MPH, research associate at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, assured me there’s nothing uniquely dangerous about soda in Singapore — it’s the same stuff people drink here. Acknowledging that there are some genetic differences between the populations, he told me that he doesn’t think that those are as significant as the fact that soda drinkers likely don’t have the same healthy habits as fruit juice drinkers.

Not So Sweet

Researchers hypothesize that sugar is the culprit, with 12.5 teaspoons of sugar (usually in the form of high-fructose corn syrup) in a 16-ounce, 200-calorie sugar-sweetened soda, on average — that’s enough to trigger the pancreas to produce a surge of insulin. Dr. Mueller theorizes that this habitual “blasting” of the pancreas with so much sugar may stimulate cancerous tumor growth over time. Though fruit juice is also high in sugar, researchers think that the nutrients and fiber in juices may buffer any unhealthy impact.

The resulting advice to limit sugar intake is predictable, of course — but I’m guessing that even those of us who already do that have vastly underestimated the potential damage that even a few sodas a week can do. This is no time for sweet talk: Stay away from sugary soda.

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Get rid of Bad Breath – Forever

Brushing in vain

Brushing in vain

Improve your Self Esteem- by getting rid of Bad Breath

Millions of people suffer embarrassment due to bad breath. The technical name for bad breath is “halitosis”. Take a walk down the personal care aisle of any drug or grocery Store and you will find product after product all dealing with this condition.Before we can discuss how to get rid of bad breath, we need to have an understanding of the causes and symptoms.

Interesting to note is the fact that dental hygiene was practiced as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. The Greeks used to chew on anise seeds. Anise tastes like licorice.

The Romans discovered that chewing on parsley would disguise the smell of alcohol on their breath.

They were probably unaware that parsley is high in chlorophyll which turns carbon dioxide into oxygen making it a natural as one of the first breath fresheners.

Everyone has an occasional problem with bad breath which is why Americans spend more than $200 million a year on products to freshen the breath.

Pills, mouthwash, breath mints, toothpaste and more comprise this industry.

Bad breath that is persistent, consistent and resistant to normal remedies can be symptomatic of a more serious condition.

Bad breath can be caused by the following:

  • Poor dental hygiene — Infrequent or improper brushing and flossing, allows bits of food that are stuck between the teeth to decay inside the mouth. Poor oral hygiene eventually will lead to periodontal (gum) disease, which also can cause bad breath.
  • Infections in the mouth — These can be caused by either a cavity in a tooth or by periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Respiratory tract infections — Throat, sinus or lung infections
  • External source — Garlic, onions, coffee, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco. Smoking and drinking coffee, tea and/or red wine will contribute to your teeth becoming discolored.
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia) — This can be caused by salivary gland problems, medicines or “mouth breathing.” A large number of prescriptions and over the counter medicines cause dry mouth.
  • Illnesses — Diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others
  • Psychiatric illness — Some people may believe they have bad breath, but others do not notice it. This is referred to as “pseudohalitosis.

Symptoms

You may not always know that you have bad breath. That’s because odor-detecting cells in the nose eventually get used to the smell. Other people may notice and react by stepping away from you as you speak, or making a face.

Other symptoms depend on the underlying cause of bad breath:

  • Infections in the mouth — Symptoms depend on the type of infection. They can include:
    o Red or swollen gums that may bleed easily, especially after brushing or flossing
    o Pus between teeth or a pocket of pus (abscess) at the base of a tooth
    o Loose teeth or a change in how a denture fits
    o Painful, open sores on the tongue or gums
  • Respiratory tract infections — Symptoms may include:
    o Sore throat
    o Swollen lymph nodes (“swollen glands”) in the neck
    o Fever
    o Stuffy nose
    o A greenish or yellowish discharge from the nose
    o A cough that produces mucus
  • Dry mouth — Symptoms may include:
    o Difficulty swallowing dry foods
    o Difficulty speaking for a long time because of mouth dryness
    o Burning in the mouth
    o An unusually high number of cavities
    o Dry eyes (in Sjögren’s syndrome)
  • Illnesses — Symptoms of diabetes, lung disease, kidney failure or liver disease

You are reading this right now because you or a loved one suffers from the disease of bad breath… halitosis! And one word you can use to describe the disease which affects 50-80 million Americans is… Embarrassment!

In fact, in many cases, people voice how ‘bad breath’ has created social and psychological barriers and has even affected personal relationships with their significant other. Constant worry about the smell of halitosis can even have a negative effect how people perform professionally. At work, dates, parties, gatherings, and daily life, bad breath can be devastating to anyone.

So do you have bad breath? Simply worrying about your bad breath or keeping your fears to yourself is not a good solution. Ask honest opinions about your breath from trusted family and friends may be the first step to a ‘call to action’ against bad breath.

To learn what halitosis is and five natural remedies to treat halitosis, please keep reading.

Go through this great research report on Bad Breath and its natural remedies


Vaishali Parekh

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Stop Contaminating Yourself

BEWARE AND STAY AWAY FROM JUNK – An Eye Opener

Sinfully delicious

Sinfully delicious

How do you define junk food?
It’s high in calories, low in nutrition.

Junk food is everywhere. You and your family probably eat it every day. Sugar-laden breakfast cereals, snack bars, biscuits and cakes, crisps and chips, soft drinks, sweets, ready-meals, fast food like burgers – so much of what’s on offer on the supermarket shelves is produced on the cheap (but not sold cheaply), full of unhealthy ingredients – it’s not nutritious, it’s laced with addictively tasty fats, sugars and salt, it just is not worth eating.

Junk Food – it’s aptly named. Now, wise up on the junk food facts.

JUNK FOOD FACTS – CHILDREN

  • The junk food industry deliberately targets children as young as 2 in a bid to create brand preference and lifelong loyalty.
  • Advertisers question kids and tap into their play to create ads and products with guaranteed child-appeal. Fast food chains use the lure of free toys to get kids to persuade their parents to spend. A desirable toy can double or triple weekly sales of kids’ meals. And every child brings along at least one adult too.
  • Artificial flavours in foods aimed at kids can be twice as sweet as the artificial flavours used in adult food. Children are being trained to find the natural bitter or sour notes that mingle with the sweetness in natural foods unpalatable.
  • Many children now prefer man-made flavours to the taste of real food. How will they ever switch to fresh, unadulterated food?
  • Flavourings and colourings can cause asthma, rashes and hyperactivity. Many countries – but not the UK – ban them from children’s food.
  • UK companies spend £300m annually on ads aimed at kids. The average British child watches tv for 2 hrs 20 mins daily.
  • Children in the US have over $500bn a year to spend. The average American kid spends 25 hours a week watching tv, and sees around 20,000 ads a year for junk food. That’s one every 5 mins as they watch, and 3 hours of them in any one week.

JUNK FOOD FACTS – SOFT DRINKS

  • The metal can costs more than the ingredients, which are primarily water mixed with additives, sugar or sweetener, and caffeine. A can of cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Soft drinks are aggressively marketed by fast food chains, because they are so profitable, at around 97% profit on the price per cup. The bigger the cup, the greater the profit.
  • In the US, average adult consumption of soft drinks is around 500 cans a year.
  • Twenty per cent of American under-2s are given soft drinks – laden with sugar and additives – every day.

DISGUSTING JUNK FOOD FACTS ABOUT THE FOOD ON YOUR PLATE

  • Canned spaghetti
    A helping of carbohydrate, salt and sugar, with virtually no fibre, anyone?
  • Chicken nuggets
    Low cost nuggets are cheap because they contain as little as 16% pulped chicken, bulked out with water, chicken skin, proteins removed from bone, hide, or poultry feathers, mechanically retrieved meat; plus the ubiquitous sugar, additives and salt.
    They also contain bulking agents used to soak up the water that’s injected into chicken to increase the weight – and the profit. Minced meat can hid a multitude of revolting ‘extras’ : carcinogenic antibiotics, recycled cat food, and poultry mixed with beef proteins have all been found in chicken destined for the production line.
  • Chocolate muffin
    Ruinously high in sugar, and made with the big baddie of the junk food industry, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil which has zero nutritional value, and damages heart and arteries.
  • Fries
    Fat-packed and low in nutrients. May be coated with additives and salt.
  • Fruit yoghurts, ready-made sauces, fruit drinks, baby foods – and more.
    Modified starches, along with colourings and flavourings, mimic the texture of fresh fruit and veg, so that manufacturers’ can use less of the real thing. They also mask rancid flavours’ and smells.
  • Milkshakes
    A simple-sounding ingredient, like ‘artificial strawberry flavour’ can in itself contain around 50 chemicals. And not one single strawberry…

What’s in some of that Junk Food?

  • One teaspoon of sugar is extracted from a stalk of sugarcane one metre in length!
  • A super-sized order of McDonald’s fries contains 610 calories and 29 grams of fat.
  • A king-sized order of Burger King’s fries packs 590 calories and 30 grams of fat.
  • A king-sized Burger King meal, (Double Whopper with cheese, large fries and large drink) contains 1,800 calories (mostly derived from fat and refined sugar). To ‘burn’ these calories would take nearly 6 hours of cycling (at 20 miles per hour).

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Junk Food Advertising

  • The food industry spends over $33 billion per year in the US alone to advertise food products that could be classified as junk food.
  • The majority of food advertising during children’s television programming is for sweetened cereals, soft drinks, candy, processed snacks and fast foods.
  • The average American child sees around 20,000 ads a year for junk food.
  • Over 90% of American children eat at McDonald’s at least once per month.
  • American teenagers drink an average of 760 can of soda pop per year (with boys drinking about 25% more than girls).
  • The average American of any age drinks over 500 cans of soft drinks per year.
  • Nearly 20% of children under 2 years of age are given soft drinks every day in America!
  • The average person today consumes more sugar in two weeks than a person a century ago would have eaten in a whole year. That’s a junk food fact!

Harmful Effects of Junk Food

  • The regular consumption of junk food is the leading factor in obesity and excess weight.
  • Obesity is second only to smoking as a cause of death in America.
  • 46% of Canadian adults are either overweight or obese, with obesity in children increasing three-fold over the past 2 decades.
  • Consumption of soft drinks containing sugar has been linked to weight gain and an increased risk for development of type 2 diabetes.
  • Studies have revealed that obese people have twice the rate of chronic health problems as people of normal weight. This includes a 100% greater chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, 50% increased likelihood of developing heart disease. Obese men are nearly 90% more likely to get colon cancer.
  • Junk food diet is a major cause of heart diseases.
  • High cholesterol resulting from junk food puts undue strain on the liver, causing long-term damage to this essential organ.
  • Research has suggested that diets high in fat may also impair essential brain functions, like concentration and memory.

The junk food facts about soft drinks alone are alarming. There is compelling evidence that regular consumption of soft drinks leads to:

  • Increased rates of bone fracture
  • Increased risk for osteoporosis
  • Increased risk of weight gain and obesity
  • Increased risk for Type II Diabetes
  • Increased risk for kidney stones
  • Increased rate of tooth decay and other dental problems
  • Junk food facts are numerous, and the negative effect of junk food on health and wellbeing is undeniable.

The unhealthy facts about junk foods and fast foods make shocking reading. But at least they enable you to make informed decisions, next time you go grocery shopping, or want a quick meal out.

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Kitchen Hygiene & Food Safety

Hygiene - A necessity

Hygiene - A necessity

There are strict laws and regulations which control the standard of food. These deal with the production, distribution and sales, ensuring that the food is safe for us to buy. It is then our responsibility to choose, store, handle and prepare food in a safe and hygienic way to keep it safe for our family and friends to enjoy.

It is thought that many food poisoning cases originate in our own homes and with some basic knowledge of safe practices, the numbers of cases could be substantially reduced.

This module will explain some basic rules to follow when you are preparing food, to keep it safe to eat. It will also answer some questions about food poisoning – how it can happen, what causes it and how to recognize the symptoms. It is good to know that all forms of food poisoning are preventable and by understanding what the causes are, then you, as the cook, will know how to produce safe food.

Buying Safe Food

Buy your food from reputable retailers with good standards of hygiene practices.

Ensure the dates, which are marked on the food (either use by or best before), are within the time scale that you need.

Do not buy too much highly perishable food unless you are absolutely sure that you can use it within the stated time.

Once you have bought your food, if any of it is chilled or frozen, it needs to be taken home as quickly as possible, to return it to chilled or frozen storage.

Don’t buy food in faulty or damaged packaging as this increases the likelihood of it becoming contaminated.

Food Handling and Kitchen Hygiene

However carefully you select your food, you must remember to store it and handle it hygienically at home. Your kitchen and storage areas should be kept scrupulously clean. This does not mean they have to be absolutely sterile, a certain amount of bacteria are everywhere.

However there is a balance to be maintained and where you are dealing with food, then it has to be agreed that a good level of cleanliness will help prevent a case of food poisoning. Modern kitchens and the materials used have helped make cleaning much easier than it used to be, but cleaning still has to be done.

Cleaning Chemicals Detergent – e.g. washing liquid. This is used with hot water to remove grease and dirt from equipment or surfaces.

Disinfectant – this is a chemical which reduces bacteria to a safe level. It is important to check that there is no grease or dirt present before using a disinfectant.

Anti bacterial products – these are often a combination of cleanser and disinfectant, but check on the instructions for usage advice.

A Cleaning Checklist

Always clean your worktops before preparing food.

Clean your worktops thoroughly after you have prepared food, particularly if you have been using raw meat, poultry, fish or unwashed vegetables.

Dishwashers are a very effective way of disinfecting dishes, utensils and you will probably find that most chopping boards can be washed this way.

Dishcloths can be a perfect place for bacteria to multiply, so get into the habit of cleaning them often, then rinsing in very hot water, squeezing them dry, then allowing them to air dry. Don’t leave them in a damp bundle on the sink.

Disposable kitchen towels are very useful and can be used to dry down surfaces that have been cleaned, then just throw the paper away.

Tea towels can harbour bacteria if allowed to be stored in a damp state. There will be little need for them if you rinse your dishes in very hot water and allow them to air dry.

Keep you hands clean, they are an effective way of passing on bacteria from one food to another.

Storage of Food

Earlier, mention was made about the importance of placing chilled and frozen food into the fridge or freezer without delay after you have brought the shopping home. In this section we will discuss how to store this food.

Refrigerators –

It is advisable to have a fridge thermometer which should show that the temperature inside your fridge is below 5C. This will in most cases stop the growth of bacteria, and certainly slow it down so they will not multiply to dangerous numbers.

Do not have too much food in the fridge, this will not allow the air to circulate properly and the fridge will then not operate efficiently.

Always keep raw food on the lower shelves and the cooked food above, this way any ‘drips’ cannot contaminate ready to eat food.

Never put hot food into the fridge. This will cause the temperature of the fridge to rise, and the refrigerated food already in there will begin to warm up.

Cover food well, to prevent it from becoming contaminated and it will also prevent it from drying out so that the quality will be maintained.

Check the contents often, to ensure you are not keeping foods for too long, remember all of those jars etc. will have recommendations on the label, e.g once opened, refrigerate and use within 3 days, or weeks etc.

Never put open tins into the fridge, any contents left should be put into a suitable container, covered and then refrigerated – the reason being that it is a possibility that the food could become contaminated by the aluminium in the can.

Get into the habit of always closing the fridge door immediately after you remove anything. This will help to maintain the correct temperature in the fridge.

Clean your fridge often, paying particular attention to the handle. Use an odourless cleaner – bicarbonate of soda is highly recommended even though this is seen as old fashioned – anything strong smelling will linger in the fridge and possibly taint foods which are stored there.

Freezers –

The temperature which your freezer should be operating at is –18C. You may consider that a thermometer would be useful in your freezer as well.

Never re-freeze foods which have been thawed and not used. This is because the food will have risen in temperature which could allow bacteria on it to become more active and begin to grow and multiply.

You must wrap food well for the freezer. Remember cross contamination can still occur in the freezer. Also, foods not wrapped adequately could suffer from freezer burn, which, in effect, dries up the surface of the food which particularly reduces the quality of the food, but also can result in the food becoming ‘spoiled” and a reduction of the nutritional quality.

Always, when freezing your own food, remember to label it with the date and what it is, otherwise you will end up trying to guess a few weeks later – the food can look totally different sometimes in its frozen state.

When thawing food, follow manufactures advice if there is any. Produce like raw meat or poultry should be placed in a container and placed in the fridge. You could defrost in the microwave, but if so, cook it straight away.

About Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a very unpleasant illness for which the main symptoms are stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. It usually occurs between 1 and 36 hours of eating the contaminated or poisonous food and the illness usually lasts between 1 day and a week. In some cases the illness can cause permanent disability or can even be fatal, particularly to those groups of people that are known to be vulnerable i.e. the elderly, the very young, pregnant or nursing mothers or those who are already ill or may be immune deficient.

Food poisoning is caused by:-

Bacteria or their poisons

Viruses

Metals

Chemicals

Poisonous plants

Remember, food poisoning does not just happen – it is caused – and this is due to something going wrong in the chain of events before the food is eaten. It is thought that many food poisoning incidents occur in people’s own homes, as was mentioned earlier.

Food poisoning caused by bacteria is most common.

Foods which have been contaminated by these harmful pathogens look, smell and taste quite normal.

One of the main reasons for food poisoning is the storage of high risk foods at room temperature for too long e.g. sandwiches made up in advance and not chilled.

Other reasons are:

Undercooking foods

Cross contamination between raw and cooked foods

Poor hygiene practices of the person handling the food

Careless use of left-overs

Not reheating food thoroughly

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