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Woman battles cancer with diet; Harvard researchers to study her - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports
"DELAFIELD, WI (WISN/CNN) – A woman said her emphasis on diet helped her in her battle against cancer, and now her approach will be studied by researchers at Harvard University to see if it can help others.

For Kathy Bero, time in the kitchen is an investment in good health.

"It isn’t really about eating healthy," Bero said. "It's about eating specific foods that fight disease."

She ought to know. In 2005, doctors diagnosed Bero with inflammatory breast cancer. Her prognosis for survival was 21 months.

At the time, Bero was 41 years old and the mother of two young girls. She fought the disease with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. But the cancer fought back.

"Eleven months after my first diagnosis, I was diagnosed with a high-grade tumor in my head and neck," Bero said.

The medication took its toll.

"My kidneys were failing; my liver was failing," Bero said. "My lungs were damaged. My heart was damaged. I told my oncologist that I'm done with that protocol because one way or another, I'm going to die. And I don't want to go that way."

It was then she decided to go off chemotherapy and use a strategy suggested by a friend.

"My friend kept saying you have to learn about anti-angiogenic foods," Bero said.

Anti-angiogenic foods essentially block the creation of blood vessels so cancer can’t easily spread. Examples include organic vegetables such as purple potatoes, carrots and leeks.

"Leeks are at the top of the cancer-fighting list," Bero said.

Also on her list: berries, walnuts, green tea and herbs, especially garlic.

"When a recipe calls for two cloves, I’m probably going to put in six because garlic is a really strong cancer fighter," Bero said.

Bero said her diet - combined with a type of alternative medicine called Reiki, along with meditation and visualization - worked.

"My doctors just kept saying, 'Huh. That is interesting,'" she said.

Today, more than 12 years after her first diagnosis, Bero, who is 54, said she's cancer-free and now works as a cancer coach.

"She's teaching me food is the best form of medicine," said Phil Baugh, one of Bero's clients. Baugh, a 43-year-old father of three, is fighting brain cancer.

"It's stopped growing now, so it's wonderful," Baugh said. "And a huge part of that is food."

Researchers at Harvard University learned of Bero's success and will study her method.

"It's exciting," Bero said. "I'm now validated. I'm no longer the 'crazy cancer patient.' There's a real science that is going to be there."

Bero said Harvard researchers will study people who've had exceptional outcomes.

"They're looking at our genetics and the genetics of the tumor," Bero said. "What the outliers did; their attitude, environment, faith, social support. What they're trying to do is create a database of all these different things and look for the commonalities between these people."

The lead Harvard researcher, Dr. Isaac Kohane, said that because these outcomes are so rare, this particular study will take some time to complete."
Food  health  disease-prevention  disease-cure  disease-cancer  meetup-movnat 
may 2018 by daguti
UK scientist reveals childhood leukaemia is likely to be preventable, cause linked to reduced exposure to germs in early childhood : science
"His research concludes that the disease is caused through a two-step process of genetic mutation and exposure to infection that means it may be preventable with treatments to stimulate or ‘prime’ the immune system in infancy.

The first step involves a genetic mutation that occurs before birth in the foetus and predisposes children to leukaemia – but only 1 per cent of children born with this genetic change go on to develop the disease.

The second step is also crucial. The disease is triggered later, in childhood, by exposure to one or more common infections, but primarily in children who experienced 'clean' childhoods in the first year of life, without much interaction with other infants or older children."
disease-prevention  disease-cancer  babies  childrearing  meetup-movnat 
may 2018 by daguti
Exercise Is Best Bet Against Falls : Shots - Health News : NPR
disease-prevention = Preventing falls, not a disease, specifically.
health-aging  fitness  disease-prevention 
april 2018 by daguti
You Don't Have to Splurge on Fancy 'Activated' Nuts to Get a Healthy Snack | TakePart
I think this is why grains and legumes are not included in Paleo:
"many vegans, raw foodists, and other proponents (many of whom suffer from digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome) believe that activation makes nuts and seeds more easily digestible and nutritious by reducing the effects of their phytic acid (aka phytates), the primary form of phosphorus storage in many plants, including grains, legumes, oil seeds, and nuts. Phytic acid binds to minerals such as iron, zinc, and to a lesser degree, calcium and impairs absorption in the body."

health, disease-prevention = "“A series of large studies, including the Nurses’ Health Study of 76,464 women and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study of 42,498 men, found that the more nuts people consumed, the less likely they were to die at any given age, especially of cancer or heart disease,”" --- Be sure to read the rest of that paragraph and the following one where it says that the study might be flawed, but then goes on to say that new studies might prove the health powers of nuts anyway.
nutrition  diet-paleo  food-nuts  health  disease-prevention 
september 2016 by daguti
Could Vegetarianism Increase Your Risk Of Autoimmune Disease? - mindbodygreen.com
"Eventually, I transitioned to a Paleolithic-style diet, quitting all grains, legumes, and dairy products. My decline slowed but continued. I kept researching, and then I discovered functional medicine and deepened my understanding of brain biology."
health  disease-prevention  warnings  food-meat  diet-paleo  anti-something  diet-vegetarian-vegan 
may 2016 by daguti
Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's : Shots - Health News : NPR
entrepreneurship = a warning because many who embark on the journey, shun sleep and consider it to be for the weak
disease-prevention  sleep  warnings  entrepreneurship  disease-alzheimers-or-dementia 
january 2016 by daguti
Being Lonely Can Warp Your Health And Your Genes : Shots - Health News : NPR
"In the world of cubicles and studio apartments, loneliness is everywhere. We find it in both crowds and empty rooms. We change cities and lose friends. Even in marriage, people can be strangers to one another. But things were very different for our ancestors. When humans were evolving in a prehistoric environment, they banded together for food and for protection."
health-mental-depression  genetics  health  disease-prevention  evolvify-topics  medicine-science-catches-up-to-folk-wisdom  personality-traits-loneliness-solitude-isolation 
november 2015 by daguti
Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine : Goats and Soda : NPR
"After a measles infection, says one of the study's authors, "the immune system kind of comes back. The only problem is that it has forgotten what it once knew." This can spell problems on a whole new level, erasing immune protection to other diseases too — and it also means the vaccine might be effective on a much wider scope than once thought."
medicine-vaccines  disease-prevention 
may 2015 by daguti
Magnesium in the Diet: The Bad News about Magnesium Food Sources | Ancient Minerals
Hmmm, I wonder why: "Magnesium content in vegetables has seen declines from 25-80% since pre-1950 figures, and typical grain refining processes for bread and pasta remove 80-95% of total magnesium."
food-processed  warnings  health  disease-prevention  prevention--proactive-care 
december 2014 by daguti
▶ PPE: Biological Level C - Doffing - YouTube
How to get out of a cleansuit. .............................................. africa = Ground zero for the outbreak.
video  news  2014  hygiene  cleaning  disease-prevention  disease-epidemic-or-outbreak  medicine-doctors-or-hospitals  survival-urban  countries-continents-africa 
october 2014 by daguti
Identifying Skin Cancer: 33 Photos That Could Save Your Life - weather.com
The warnings signs of melanoma are called the “ABCDEs.” A is for asymmetry: If you draw a line through your mole the sides won’t match. =============== B is for borders: melanomas have wavy or uneven borders. =============== C is for color: a number of different shades of brown, tan or black appear on your mole, sometimes with red, blue or another color. =============== D is for diameter: Melanomas are usually larger than the size of a pencil eraser. =============== E means evolving: any change in size, color, elevation or shape, or any new symptoms, such as itching, might mean cancer.
health-sun-or-skin-damage  disease-cancer  disease-prevention  prevention--proactive-care  tips-n-tricks 
april 2014 by daguti
Early Cancer Signs Men May Be Ignoring | Watch the video - Yahoo Shine
Early warning signs of cancer for men; Breast lumps or dimpling of the skin or changes in the nipple, testicular changes, frequent, unexplained recurring fever or cold that persists for weeks or months, discoloration or brown dots or streaks in finger or toe nails, swelling in the face or neck, along with some redness or blueness, changes in bowel movement (loose stools, irregular shapes, more frequent pooping.)
disease-cancer  warnings  disease-prevention  prevention--proactive-care 
march 2014 by daguti
U.S. researchers reported a breakthrough Thursday in the search for a vaccine for malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that sickens millions worldwide.
2013  news  disease-prevention  disease  medicine-vaccines 
august 2013 by daguti
Why parents should leave their kids alone | Life and style | The Guardian
What if the best thing we could do for our children is just to leave them alone? Jay Griffiths on why modern parenting is making our children miserable
health-mental  evolvify-topics  meetup-movnat  prevention--proactive-care  food  children  childrearing  disease-mental-illness  disease-prevention 
may 2013 by daguti
Are Happy Gut Bacteria Key to Weight Loss? | Mother Jones
It's super long, but this is one of the most fascinating articles. Especially when getting to the begining of page 3. ---------- Also see "Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods..." bookmarked a few days ago. -- In the part where they talk about the orange juice, I wonder if it was pulp or no-pulp juice. This is important because I'd wager it was the pulp variety, meaning it had the fiber of fruit. If it was the no-pulp variety, I'd be curious as to why the results came out this way. -- On the 1st page, they say that before passing through the birth canal, we are 100% human. After, we are 10% human, meaning that we get a lot of microbes from passing through the birth canal. I immediately thought "maybe this is what causes a lot of modern disease"... then on page 2, WHAM! Question answered when it says people who were born via C-section have higher risks of celiac disease, Type 1 Diabetes and other diseases.
me-stuff  food  prevention--proactive-care  health  disease-prevention  food-processed  health-gut-bacteria  food-fermented 
may 2013 by daguti
Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease | True Activist
Between this article and the "gut bacteria" article bookmarked on 5/1/2013, I've learned that more focus on minerals and bacteria is important. .............. Make sure you get to the last section "Stick To The Good Salts" --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- "Dr Hendel believes too few minerals, rather than too much salt, may be to blame for health problems." --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- Wow! Particularly interesting: "At Wieliczka in Poland, a hospital has been carved in a salt mountain. Asthmatics and patients with lung disease and allergies find that breathing air in the saline underground chambers helps improve symptoms in 90 per cent of cases."
me-stuff  prevention--proactive-care  food  health  disease-prevention  disease  warnings  food-salt  food-processed  health-gut-bacteria  meetup-movnat 
april 2013 by daguti
ScienceDirect.com - Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis - Paracelsus to parascience: the environmental cancer distraction
"The major causes of cancer (other than smoking) do not involve exogenous carcinogenic chemicals: dietary imbalances, hormonal factors, infection and inflammation, and genetic factors. Insufficiency of many micronutrients, which appears to mimic radiation, is a preventable source of DNA damage."
disease-cancer  prevention--proactive-care  disease-prevention 
april 2013 by daguti
18 Things Your Feet Say About Your Health | Caring.com
The only thing I disagree with is the last one on the last page, discussing old shoes & lack of support.
prevention--proactive-care  feet  disease-prevention  disease  health  warnings 
february 2013 by daguti
What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn't : Shots - Health News : NPR
bureacracy-status-quo =
"Ivan Oransky, the executive editor of Reuters Health who also is co-founder of the blog Embargo Watch, said embargoes should be about improving the quality of scientific communication. But, he said, they are often more about preserving journals' status as gatekeepers."
bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  medicine  disease-prevention 
november 2012 by daguti
The Best Way to Fight Flu: Inoculate Children: Scientific American
immunizing 20 percent of children in a community is more effective at protecting those older than 65 than immunizing 90 percent of the elderly. Another study suggests that immunizing 70 percent of schoolchildren may protect an entire community (including the elderly) from flu. Schools are virus exchange systems, and children are “super-spreaders”—they “shed” more of the virus for longer periods than adults.
health-aging  elderly  children  large-systems  disease-prevention  disease-flu  disease 
october 2012 by daguti
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