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Breast Cancer Awareness = Alcohol Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Necessitates Facing the Realities of Alcohol

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The truth is drinking alcohol is a game of Russian Roulette for breast cancer.

Fuel to the fire, alcohol to estrogen..… Alcohol is a cause of breast cancer. There is no such thing as a little poison, poison in moderation. Poison is poison. Alcohol is NOT our friend. One in eight women will get breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness:

All major cancer institutions agree – the 3 most influential lifestyle choices paramount to maintaining breast health are:

  • controlling body fat level
  • limiting alcohol
  • Being physically active

They are all important – being vigilant about 2, does not ease the burden of onus on the  third.  All 3  of these lifestyle factors have a common theme – they all either add to the estrogen load, or estrogen exposure (body fat and alcohol) or they ease the hormonal strain from estrogen (physical activity).

Women who are carriers of any of the inherited defective genes, BRCA, PALB2, HBOC… have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Minimizing, even better eliminating alcohol would be an  outstanding prophylactic choice. Alcohol is also associated with an increased risk of recurrence of breast cancer.

 

Shira Interviewed on Rehabilitative Medicine, Doctor Radio Sirius XM, Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016

A few myths to dispel and annihilate immediately:

  • A glass of wine a day is NOT good for you – not for your heart, not for any part of you
  • The health effects of alcohol start with the very first glass
  • Alcohol does not reduce stress, it causes physiological stress, oxidative stress, inflammation, cellular dysfunction.

“Moderation”, social drinking, are vague concepts perpetuated by those marketing alcohol       ….they are not representative of guidelines supported by  health professionals.  These are concepts people want to believe, and many health professionals believe they encourage people to drink more. True breast cancer awareness means we cannot hang on to old myths but must heed to current scientific research.

One drink equals:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.

The National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services lists consumption of alcoholic beverages as a known human carcinogen. In 1988, the IARC (International Agency for Cancer Research) declared alcohol a carcinogen

The fact is that alcohol is a contributing factor to all of our major illnesses…heart disease, at least 7 types of cancer, liver disease, obesity, mental health issues, immune dysfunction,  with inflammation being at the root cause. I feel compelled to mention here heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, in fact, more women than all cancers combined.

According to the CDC, alcohol costs  each year:

  • 88,000 lives. According to the American Journal of Public Health, 20,000 cancer deaths in the US per year are attributed to alcohol. 15% of those deaths were breast cancer. This equals 6,000 breast cancer deaths per year in the US attributable to alcohol. What is even more shocking, studies in New Zealand showed that the majority of women whose breast cancer was attributed to alcohol, drank no more than “a glass a day”. A real slap of breast cancer awareness!
  • $223 Billion Dollars: health care costs, lost productivity at work, motor vehicle accidents, criminal justice system
Breast Cancer Awareness - Alcohol and breast cancer Best In Health Radio
The Many Health Effects of Alcohol: An interview with Cardiologist Dr. Holly Andersen, Surgical Urologist Dr. Andrew Siegel, Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Diamond & Public Health Physician & Author of the July 2016 study “Alcohol Causes Cancer” on Best In Health Radio

In July 2016, New Zealand Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist Dr. Jennie Connor released an extensive study commissioned by the Center for Addiction. The study was a compilation of thousands of world wide meta analyses studying the relationship between alcohol and cancer. The conclusion was that alcohol causes cancer in at least 7 sites in the body. I have had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Connor twice. Once on her own, and the second time with a panel of 3 other health professionals I assembled, discussing the many health effects of alcohol: Dr. Holly Andersen, Cardiologist,  Dr. Michael Diamond Psychiatrist, & Dr. Andrew Siegel, Surgical Urologist.

Breast Cancer Awareness……..There are a number of ways in which it is thought that alcohol causes breast cancer.

  • Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.
  • Girls aged 9 to 15 who drink three to five drinks a week have three times the risk of developing benign breast lumps,  which are associated with a higher risk  (500% higher risk) of breast cancer later in life. One particular of these studies from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Dr Graham Colditz study author states ‘“If a female averages a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 13 percent”. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 40% of college age women admit to binge drinking…..those that admit.
  • Alcohol (ethanol) is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde in our body, damaging the DNA, in a number of possible ways and preventing cells from repairing this damage
  • Alcohol causes rapid regrowth of liver cells, which frequently have altered DNA
  • Alcohol is a solvent. When someone consumes alcohol and smokes they exponentially increase their risk for cancer as the alcohol enables the mutagenic chemicals in the tobacco to be better absorbed into the body
  • Alcohol is a cause of oxidative stress, producing ROS – Reactive Oxygen Species which alter the DNA
  • Alcohol encourages the body to store fat. It provides the body with almost  as many calories as fat, yet there is no benefit to the body, only burden. We know body fat cells can be thought of as active endocrine glands, secreting hormones upsetting hormonal balance. Hormonal balance is critical in disease prevention.
  • Still being studied…alcohol interferes with folate metabolism – which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer
  • As I try and mention in every article I write, our muscle mass is our BFF – Best Friend Forever – protecting us from illness in numerous ways, their great looks is merely a reward for good effort. Muscles are critical for immune function, sugar regulation, metabolism…just to name a few. Alcohol lowers testosterone levels (critical for both men and women to build muscle and as we mentioned earlier raises estrogen levels.  Alcoholic Myopathy – Alcohol destroys muscle mass AND interferes with protein synthesis, not allowing the body to build more muscle mass. In an alcohol free body – studies have shown us people have the ability to grow muscle mass well into their 90s. Alcohol also depletes the body of many vitamins and minerals critical to muscle growth.
  • Alcohol dehydrates, proven in numerous studies hydration is a key step in cancer prevention

Abstaining from alcohol for periods of time and binge drinking (defined as 4 or more glasses of alcohol per sitting (see measures of a glass above) is associated with pancreatic cancer.

A glass of wine a day is not good for the heart. According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 500mg of Resveratrol ( used as the rationalization that wine is healthy) are necessary to provide health benefits. A glass of red wine has 12.5mg of resveratrol. To meet the potential health benefits of resveratrol would require drinking 40 litres of wine per day. Older studies which tried to claim that a glass of wine a day was good for you have been dissected, proving what was thought as a benefit of the alcohol, has been attributed to other factors, not the alcohol. The scientific methods in these studies was painfully loose. I think we can all think of a number of heart smart activities!

The bottom line is: Alcohol is a carcinogen and increases our risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. Breast Cancer awareness necessitates accepting the realities of alcohol on breast cancer. It increases our risk of most chronic diseases. We can still engage in the many social aspects of drinking alcohol, we can substitute the alcohol with other choices…….save our money and our health!

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Alcohol Causes Cancer: Doubt Protection from CVD

Alcohol Causes Cancer in 7 sites of the body…and probably others…

Alcohol causes cancer was the conclusion of a study released in July, 2016 by Jennie Connor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand:

There is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer at seven sites in the body and probably others

Listen to Dr. Jennie Connor,  Chair in Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago Medical School in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a public health physician and epidemiologist, involved in teaching epidemiology, and in research about the health effects of alcohol, injury prevention, and sexual health. She has led two New Zealand studies on the health burden of alcohol in New Zealand, in collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease alcohol group, and is an advocate for evidence-based alcohol policy.

Points of Discussion with Dr. Connor:

  • Methodology of the study commissioned by The Addiction Journal
  • How it has been determined that alcohol is a cause of cancer
  • The many ways alcohol contributes to disease/kills
  • Effects of alcohol from the first drink, and continue with each drink
  • Alcohol addictive and toxic, “even without getting drunk”
  • Neurotoxic effects……effects in utero
  • Cancers attributable to alcohol
  • Breast cancer leads alcohol related cancer
  • Heavy episodic drinking (binge drinking)  and pancreatic cancer
  • What guidelines for drinking really mean – there is no “safe” threshold
  • “Moderation”…evidence does not support it…there is no definition
  • Alcohol and hepatitis
  • “Glass of wine a day”…not without a risk….but not improving health
  • Head and neck, oral cancers from alcohol
  • Smoking and alcohol and cancer
  • Breakdown of alcohol to acetaldehyde
  • “Moderation” encourages people to drink
  • Alcohol in younger women and breast cancer

Cancer is thought to be only 8%-10% genetic. The remainder is thought to be exposures to mutagens in our lives. There are always exposures we are unaware of, however, there are numerous exposures that are within our control. The evidence of a causal role of alcohol in cancer is unfortunately smothered by the once thought protective effects of alcohol on cardiovascular disease.

The same, or similar, epidemiological studies also commonly report protection from cardiovascular disease associated with drinking but a high level of scepticism regarding these findings is now warranted.

And….I think its fair to say, most people do not want to accept the thought of alcohol causes cancer, and would much prefer to think of it having protective effects against CVD.

Denial is a psychological defense mechanism that helps a person avoid a potentially distressing truth.

Alcohol causes cancer Best in Health RadioThis is about choices. Our bodies are regularly bombarded daily by mutagens, toxins, carcinogens, viruses and bacteria. Some of these we are aware of their risk,  many are being studied, and some we are completely unaware of their potential health burden. It is our duty to be active participants in our health management.

Please make choices based on current scientific data.

Alcohol and Cancer – Statements from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

  • Metabolizing (breaking down) ethanol in alcoholic drinks to acetaldehyde, which is a toxic chemical and a probable human carcinogen; acetaldehyde can damage both DNA  and proteins
  • Oxidative Stress: Another byproduct of ethanol metabolism – free radicals- reactive oxygen species, which can damage DNA, proteins, and lipids (fats) through oxidation.
  • Impairing our ability to break down and absorb  nutrients  including vitamin A; B complex, such as folate; vitamin C; vitamin D; vitamin E; and carotenoids
    increasing blood levels of estrogen linked to the risk of breast cancer
  • Alcoholic beverages may also contain a variety of carcinogenic contaminants that are introduced during fermentation and production, such as nitrosamines, asbestos fibers, phenols, and hydrocarbons.
  • There are several mechanisms by which alcohol impedes immune function, including blocking neutrophil action

Other Carcinogenic Chemicals in Wine:

  • Pesticide Action Network (PAN)(Europe)….pesticide residues in European wine…glyphosphate – the chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup
  •  University of Washington study  tested 65 wines from America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon — found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water.
  • Reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association: “findings from the Nurses’ Health Study exploring the relationship between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk. The authors’ principal findings were that the cumulative amount of alcohol a woman consumes during adulthood is the best predictor of her breast cancer risk and that low levels of alcohol consumption (as few as 3 drinks a week) are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. ” Author Dr. Steven Narod, referred to alcohol as a “third breast carcinogen.” Alcohol followed on his short list only after ionizing radiation and hormone therapy.
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Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

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Genetic Counselling BRCA Testing

Genetic Counselling BRCA Testing

Knowledge is Power. Now our job is to prove this to the world. Seeking genetic counselling BRCA testing could empower you to live a healthier lifestyle.
We so often want a crystal ball to gaze into our future. We have a number of crystal balls. These are crystal balls based on science and research, customized to our own unique DNA. I am referring to genetic testing, specifically BRCA testing.
With all of our many loves, accomplishments, dreams…they are all for not without our health – health is the very greatest wealth of all. There is a cliche out there – but it is most unfortunately Oh so true….Youth is wasted on the young, which goes hand in hand with hind sight is 20/20. My plea here is that none of you fall into this abyss, and you opt for earlier genetic testing.

If you were cruising along on a mountain road just beckoning us to speed, would you slow down if you knew there were a cliff with a 500 foot drop around the next bend? Of course you would.

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My #1 goal of this article is to empower people to take charge of their health’s destiny – speak to health care professionals – every one of us can prosper from a good MD and ND. Open dialogue with a number of health care professionals, and determine if genetic testing is right for you.

We have the power for genetic screening for BRCA1 BRCA2 and PALB2. All three genetic mutations are associated with a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

A breast cancer, BRCA gene test is a blood test to check for specific gene mutations that help control normal cell growth. Finding changes in these genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, can help determine the chance of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer.

The BRCA gene is a tumor suppressor gene. The BRCA gene mutation is also associated with male breast cancer, fallopian tube cancer, peritoneal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer. BRCA1 & BRCA2 are responsible for producing a tumor suppressing protein. Tumor suppressor proteins help prevent cells from growing and dividing too rapidly or uncontrollably. When there is a mutation in these genes, they do not produce the protein, or it does not function properly, therefore threatening the stability of the cells by the cell not being able to repair damaged DNA. Our cells take hundreds of hits daily from oxidative stressors in our lives, our bodies must be equipped to repair, otherwise, serious illness results.

Let’s consider some data on BRCA and breast/ovarian cancer. (cancer.gov)

  • 12% of women in general population get breast Cancer
  • 55%-65% of BRCA1 carriers will develop breast cancer before 70 years of age
  • 45% of BRCA carriers will develop breast cancer before age 70
  • About 1.3% of general population will get ovarian cancer
  • 39% of women with BRCA1 and 11-17% with BRCA2 will develop ovarian cancer before 70
  • Mayo Clinic: BRCA gene mutations are responsible for about 5 percent of breast cancers and about 10 to 15 percent of ovarian cancers.

Most women with breast cancer and/or a family history of breast cancer do not have an abnormal gene, and not all women who have inherited one of these genes will develop cancer.

Genetic testing is a subset of genetic counselling. I am NOT a genetic counsellor…but I do know the incredible power of proactively planning lifestyle choices over reactive planning. Genetic counselling is the process by which we can learn and understand relevant aspects of our own genetics, offering us assistance in clarifying options available for any decisions that might be necessary with the newly acquired genetic insight. The psychological component is emphasized equally to the physiological aspect – blood sampling. However, it is equally important to research where you would like to do your genetic counselling. Many doctors offer testing, however, please seek out in your community genetic centers, which can often offer more in-depth consultations by genetic counsellors.

There are a number of choices available if the BRCA1 or BRCA2 tests are positive. And I feel very compelled to remind everyone here, testing negative does NOT give you a get out of jail for free card. A life to prevent cancer is the healthiest lifestyle of all.

If the genetic tests are BRCA positive a genetic counsellor will help you plan and make decisions. Again, various options are available:

  • Prophylactic mastectomy -removal of both breasts,…has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women by about 90%. However, people need to be alerted breast cancer testing changes after a mastectomy. To be discussed with your counsellor.
  • Prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy, or removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes, reduces breast cancer risk up to 50% if done before menopause, as it takes away the body’s main source of the hormone estrogen. It also can greatly reduce ovarian cancer risk.
  • Hormonal therapies
  • Discuss pros and cons of modified screening procedures
  • Opt to modify lifestyle choices
  • A combination. a woman who is tested in her early 20s might decide to modify lifestyle choices, and opt for prophylactic surgery later….this is what genetic counsellors will discuss with you.

One of the many perks of having genetic testing at a younger age, is having the knowledge and power to make lifestyle decisions that can impact your life. These lifestyle choices will not only help prevent breast and ovarian cancer, but are guidance to prevent all of our chronic illnesses.

Please remember, screening does NOT replace a proactive lifestyle and vice versa.

Some of the well documented choices to prevent breast cancer include:

  • Limiting alcohol. Even one drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, and it takes very little more to dramatically increase the risk.
  • Don’t smoke, and this includes “vaping”
  • control body fat levels
  • Exercise and physical activity. However, I feel compelled to mention that excessive, strenuous exercise can be a source of oxidative stress. This is where you need to consult with a qualified exercise professional – specialized in cancer and medical fitness. Many exercise professionals are completely unaware of this. Our outer being does not necessarily reflect our cellular health.
  • Breast feeding: Many women choose not to breast feed. Another potential reward of earlier testing is making the choice to breast feed. According to the Mayo clinic breast feeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer. The longer we breast feed, the greater the reduction.
  • Far too overlooked – learn about potential oxidative stressors, mutagens, viruses, toxins in your life that could potentially lead to DNA damage. Every one of us need to evaluate our level of oxidative stress.Genetic counselling BRCA testing could give you that push to learn about one of our greatest threats to our cellular health.

Most unfortunately, in this world we must consider legal implications of genetic testing. One more aspect of genetic testing I urge everybody to look into in GINA….Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, prevents your insurance company from denying coverage or changing premiums on the basis of your genetic testing results. It also protects from discrimination by employers on the basis of the test or its results. However, it is not as clear cut with other insurance policies, such as life insurance. I urge everybody, as part of planning to look at:

United States:  Cancer Legal Resource Center’s national Telephone Assistance Line (866-THE-CLRC)

Canada: May 3, 2016 – Bill S-201: An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination was tabled in the House of Commons. A number of provinces already have legislation – best to check with your MPP office to see where the genetic discriminatory laws stand.

The “deer in headlights” refers to being caught off guard – eyes opened wide and forcefully, but no ability for motor response. A terrifying thought. Genetic counselling BRCA testing can prevent the deer in headlights. There are many of us who can live longer, happier, healthier lives, more confident lives, my consulting with a genetic counsellor. A counsellor can help you weigh out the decision to have or not have testing, based on YOU. And for many reasons, our chances are increased dramatically the earlier we have this knowledge and can be encouraged to make wiser decisions.

Genetic counselling BRCA testing………Knowledge is power.

Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

 

Vision Problems: There is Prevention

Vision Problems? May is Vision Health Month

More than 836,000 Canadians  have significant vision problems.

In the United States: According to Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute Diabetic Retinopathy has increased 89% over the last 15 years and Age Related Macular Degeneration has risen by 25%.

Vision Health Month raises awareness about the importance of protecting our vision health. This event is supported by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and is recognized throughout the whole of Canada.

Vision Problems and prevention Dr. Allyson Tang interview on Best In Health RadioListen to an Interview with Dr. Allyson Tang, a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kentucky for her Optometry externship, where she gained a stronger background in diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disease management.
Dr. Tang completed her second externship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Optometry Department, with an emphasis on Myopia Control or research in methods to slow down progression of near-sightedness. Her special interest is in Accelerated Orthokeratology or AOK.

Topics of Discussion with Dr. Tang:
  • Vision problems and prevention
  • The need for Vision Health Month
  • Going for regular eye checkups
  • The role of genetics vs. lifestyle habits in vision problems
  • Diabetic Retinopathy, AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration), cataracts, glaucoma
  • Myopia Control – near sighted – reduction….Orthokeratology in children and adults
  • Oxidative stress and vision problems
  • UVA UVB
  • Apple Night Shift
  • Circadian rhythms and melatonin
  • Nutrition and exercise for vision health
  • The effect of technology on our eye health and potential vision problems
  • Potential effects of a number of common medications on vision health
  • Potential for supplementation
  • Children and corrective lenses
  • what to discuss with your eye doctor
  • Integrating eye health into corporate wellness programs
Shira Litwack Industry Expert Cancer Exercise
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host

There is much we can do for our vision health……beyond correcting vision. Listen in with Dr. Tang.

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host

Breast Cancer Recovery with Pole Walking

Breast Cancer Recovery with More Cancer Exercise

Breast cancer recovery demands a solid, safe cancer exercise program. Yes, exercise and physical activity are vital to any healthy lifestyle, disease prevention or recovery program. Please may I introduce you to another great exercise partner – pole walking.

I have had the pleasure of a new walking buddy – a set of 4life poles from Urban Poling. I would like to share with you some of the wonderful health benefits, especially as part of a  breast cancer recovery program. Even better…Urban Poling donates 2% of all proceeds to breast cancer research…..And….Urban Poling donated poles and training to cancer wellness centres in Ontario, BC, AB and Dalhousie university in NS.

Lymphedema is a possibility in breast cancer recovery as with any cancer treatment involving lymph node removal or radiation. Survivors should always consult their health care professional for:

a) Permission to resume exercise, and be aware of any contraindications

b) Recommendations for compression garments and proper fitting

c) Cancer exercise is different. Contraindications must be avoided. Maximize the benefits. Many stereotypes over exercise can be dangerous. Work with someone who is specialized in cancer exercise.

Yes, caution and vigilance are a necessity, but a thorough, carefully planned fitness program is a crucial part of disease recovery, and a healthy lifestyle for all.

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The obvious that stands out about pole walking for breast cancer recovery is helping people (men and women) with range of motion challenges often faced after treatment. However, there are many other aspects of pole fitness I would like to point out. Far too often in recovery from breast cancer, or any surgery, the immediate surgical area is focused on, the truth is the entire body, is the immediate surgical area.

Think of our body as an ecosystem. Every part of the ecosystem has a crucial function, and when one part is struggling, the entire ecosystem is compromised. When trained properly in form and cardio respiratory management, pole fitness can be a valuable partner in balancing and optimizing the ecosystem by:

  • a wide range of cardio respiratory training options
  • Range of motion and flexibility training
  • metabolic support
  • Development of the Power pump muscles
  • Body fat management and lean muscle mass development
  • affordable and attainable
  • Balance, core strength & postural training
  • hormonal ….mood balance
  • minimizing side effects of treatment – during treatment and beyond
  • Social aspects
  • Fun = adherence

All of these are performance partners in an  effective exercise program, but are also beneficial to lymphedema prevention. Let’s remember lymphedema can happen any time after treatment…even 20 years later.  Unfortunately as a person ages, fitness levels are much harder to maintain. Changes in body fat percentages, lean to fat ratios, can be dangerously conducive to lymphedema.

Cardio respiratory training is vital – and it is critical to include a broad range of training – target heart rate zones are far too often over looked. Health care professionals might recommend a particular target heart rate zone to be respected faithfully. Even for those ready to train in higher zones, it is still important to vary training from easier demands of 40% capacity up to the higher ranges of 75-80% capacity. Constantly training in the more vigorous range can be a source of physiological stress and oxidative stress. Far too overlooked in conventional training – we should all make disease prevention a focus of our training. Many traditional training beliefs are not wise for disease prevention.

Something that women are often far more guilty of is appreciating our muscle mass. Simply put, out muscle mass is our BFF(best friend forever)  in life. Besides the obvious functions, little known is our immune system is helpless without strong muscles. Muscles are the pump of the immune system. Our power pump muscles as I refer to above are our gluteal and leg muscles. Strengthening the power pump muscles is vital for heart health, venous return (VR) to the heart. VR is the flow of blood back to the heart. Muscles are also vital for metabolic control, adiposity management, hormonal and mood control.

The 4Life poles are fully adjustable – allowing a proper fit. It is a very difficult exercise for me to be at the gym, watching MOST people destroying their posture on the machinery. Most people have compromised posture due to their day to day activities – screen time, driving, poor muscle balance…rounded shoulder syndrome, spinal subluxation (misaligned back), exaggerated pelvic tilt.  Good posture affects every aspect of bodily function, comfort, and healthy aging.

A feature of the 4Life poles I especially appreciated was the lack of vibration. Many poles you feel a rippling through the body – not cool. Those vibrations add up to stress on the joints over the years. At every age, we must prioritize keeping our body “young” flowing smoothly.

The handles do not have straps – personally I find straps a nuisance as well as a potential danger. There is no hand cramping or sweaty palms due to the shape.

Every major city has pole walking clubs – and if you do live in a town without, or there are no groups near you – start one. We are social creatures. An analysis by Stats Canada provided convincing data highlight “the importance of frequent social participation to maintaining quality of life.”

“The greater the number of frequent social activities, the higher the odds of positive self-perceived health, and the lower the odds of loneliness and life dissatisfaction,”

Physical activity within a group – being part of a pack – greatly increases chances of adherence.

Breast Cancer Recovery with Cancer Exercise Specialist Shira Litwack
Shira Interviewed on Sirius XM “Doctor Radio” for Breast Cancer Awareness month

And speaking of adherence…….the fun factor with the 4Life poles…..I have never met anyone looking for another torturous, miserable thing to do in their life. Pole walking is fun and exhilarating.  It becomes a focal point of our schedule. And yes, living in Canada – the weather is a brutal reality. I actually used the poles with indoor training with clients. ………We called it – Dancing with the Poles!

I leave the 4Life poles in my front entrance – they are always clean and sparkling as they are durable and very washable looking brand new. They are a source of intrigue (unfortunately I find most people are unaware of pole walking) and motivation for the many people of all ages that come through my home.

Exercise should not be an intrusion in our lives, and should be something we look forward to. After using the 4Life poles  for a few months – myself and within my medical fitness practice – whether it be outside winter and spring or inside Dancing with the Poles” …..they provide hours of invigorating and fun, complete exercise. Get trained with them properly, and reap the benefits for years!

Prevent Cancer health and fitness webinars for cancer recovery and cancer prevention

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer – Webinar

Prevent Cancer – The Healthiest Lifestyle of All

Join us for this 4 hour webinar, learning the many ways to prevent cancer. Cancer is a gene mutation. As healthy a lifestyle we believe we are living – know the hidden saboteurs, according to latest research. The webinar is divided into 2 hours, on 2 evenings.

Next webinar: November 2: 8-10 p.m. eastern     November 9:  8-10 p.m. p.m. eastern.

Live, interactive, participate, ask questions, learn with people from around the world

*** This webinar is open to the general public, and as a continuing education credit  for the Cancer Exercise Specialist  designation from the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. *****

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer is the Healthiest Lifestyle of All

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer Live interactive webinar

 

Many of the basic strategies to cancer prevention are key in prevention to many of our chronic illnesses.

The same triggers that cause a gene to mutate, are at the root of many of today’s common illnesses including heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, arthritis……many of these triggers come from easily modifiable lifestyle choices. Create an inner biology hostile to cancer, to prevent cancer.

Webinar Outline:

 

Understanding Studies and Research

“Science is not a body of facts, Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not. We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from climate change to vaccinations—faces furious opposition.”

How to make our own decisions. We present the research and statements of many respected studies and cancer institutions. But we learn studying science, even facts accepted as “engraved in stone” are still challenged.

What is Cancer

  • Understanding cancer at the cellular level –
  • Understanding why our world is cancer friendly
  • Feed healthy cells starve cancer cells – creating a inner biology hostile to cancer
  • The genetics of cancer:  heredity vs. acquired (somatic)
  • Genetic testing and counselling ….points to consider making the decision.
  • The “heredity” of lifestyle choices

Our world of inflammation and oxidative stress

  • Physiological stress
  • Oxidative stress
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Mutagens
  • Carcinogens
  • Viruses and bacteria
  • Identifying culprits in our every day life
  • Optimizing our immune system against the constant bombardment

Exercise…. The Magic

  • Your BFF in life…..Your muscle mass
  • Exercise and physical activity
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Bloating -Minimize Destress Prevent Cancer

Bloating….How many ways do we despise you….let us count the ways

Bloating…..after a great workout….really? You take off your clothes for that blissful shower, and the euphoria comes crashing down because that endorphinated workout gave you a bloated belly? That 6 months pregnant look was great  when we knew the reward was a baby, but that’s not the look we’re after now. All we can think is  $#*#^<$????? what did I do to deserve this?

Bloating and cancer?

Ballooning, belly bloat….let’s be honest is perhaps one of our greatest frustrations. We try to eat right, exercise, we’re health conscious – and this just seems  “not fair”. We just don’t know when it strikes, and of course it always seems to be the worse possible time – because the truth is its never welcome and makes us think, what did I do wrong.

Reduce Bloating for your Best Health Best In Health Radio
Controlling Bloating as part of balancing our Inner ecosystem

True, bloating can happen for hormonal reasons, digestive issues, allergies & intolerances….. but putting these aside – let’s take a look at every day activities that can make us crazy. The great news is, by adjusting these bloaty habits, we can also physiologically Destress our lives and…the kingpin of all…….help prevent cancer. Let’s remember that all of us have cancerous cells, and the goal of good health is to create an inner biology that starves and shuts down mutated cells (cancerous) and promotes the reproduction of healthy cells.

Not breathing Properly:

This might sound far too simple, but most people do not breathe properly, especially while exercising. “Valsalva”  (holding our breath) during exercise cheats our exercise by driving up blood pressure, deprives our exercising muscles of vital oxygen and  can lead to headaches, even strokes. The Valsalva maneuver can happen in any day to day strenuous activities including bowel movements & childbirth. The  valsalva builds air pressure adding extra force to the activity, which is why we do it unknowingly,  however, it is potentially deadly. An exerting muscle denied of oxygen  cannot accomplish the desired gains….Breath holding & hyperventilation (rapid shallow breathing causing more exhalation of carbon dioxide than inhaled) both lead to bloating, intense physiological stress, and cancer cells can survive a lack of oxygen much better than healthy cells.

Dehydration:

Most of us do not drink enough water, or we drink most of our water with meals…which is actually when we should drink less water. Our bodies hold on to water with the threat of dehydration. During exercise, we lose water to sweat, water is forced out of of the kidneys and liver, causing bloat. Drinking water regulates sodium levels and regulates bowel movements. However, I feel compelled to mention here Hyponatremia (low salt levels from dehydration or over hydration causing an imbalance (dilution)  of electrolytes) is a serious threat to cancer patients. Cancer fatigue, common in cancer recovery, is seriously worsened by dehydration….the right amount of hydration and balance of electrolytes is important to all  and yes to cancer recovery.

An even slightly dehydrated body produces more of our stress hormone cortisol. One of the very first ways to come out of a stressful situation is to deep breathe, and rehydrate.

A dehydrated body provides an inner biology where normal cells can not survive, but cancer cells may continue to thrive. In 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel prize in Physiology for his findings:

Normal cells cannot live without oxygen, cancer cells can thrive without oxygen. Water transports oxygen to the cells, and is responsible for ridding the body of toxins. Toxic build up can cause damage to the DNA and ultimately mutant cells.

A healthy body is slightly more alkali. As a body dehydrates it becomes more acidic – which again is more favorable to cancer formation.

Dehydration suppresses the immune system, and the production of white blood cells (major fighter of cancer cells)  in the bone marrow. We cannot prevent cancer without our immune power.

Bloating ...not just about comfort and aesthetics but also our health
Medical Exercise/ cancer exercise training

Exercise for cancer recovery  & the go forward prevention of metastases is NOT the same as exercise for fat loss, body building – there are a number of differences that must be respected to reap the rewards of cancer exercise training, and not create unknowingly an inner biology that fuels cancer growth. Exercise is a vital necessity to cancer recovery, but can be a source of oxidative stress.

Look into digestive disorders- get checked out and eliminate this possibility. As we all know many digestive disorders are emceed by bloating. And certain digestive disorders can lead to cancer. Example: the H Pylori bacteria – unknown to many of us – we are hosting this bacteria in our gut. It can cause many  uncomfortable symptoms – however it has now been linked to gastric cancers. There is an increased risk of colorectal cancers in those with Crohn’s. People with celiac who do not eat a gluten free diet run a great risk of certain lymphomas and gastric cancers. It is estimated 80% of those with celiac go undiagnosed. And yes, celiac can cause tremendous abdominal bloating.

Belly bloat can be something simple & temporary, but it can also be a sign of many illnesses, including a number of cancers and digestive disorders. It is never for any of us to diagnose ourselves. It is a really good idea to track when we bloat – what we have been eating, our activities, find patterns…..This information provides important data, but never come to conclusions and diagnose ourselves. I personally believe we all need a good M.D. and N.D., both can provide vital insights into health.

But hey, if we can destress, banish bloating  & prevent cancer – we provide ourselves a trifecta of good health, energy and happiness.