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Aromatherapy Buying Tips — Buyer Beware

Aromatherapy Buying Tips

Aromatherapy Buying TipsAt HealthCare Too we try to select products that benefit you. However, we are human and really want you to understand holistic health products before buying and using. This article gives some useful aromatherapy buying tips that may help you to find the best product. We try to help with tips and articles but there is nothing like your own research!

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is defined by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. The term was first coined in 1937, but since then, the definition has become an all encompassing name for products including diffusers, beauty items and more.

In order to get the most from your aromatherapy experience, it’s important to understand how the term is being used on modern-day products, said Jessie Violet, a licensed massage therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

“Many people have a tendency to think that if something is advertised as aromatherapy that means it’s something natural,” Violet told HuffPost. “Some of those products that you see in stores are completely unregulated by any laws … and their use of the term aromatherapy can be just a product with perfume. It indicates nothing about its natural status.”Some of those products that you see in stores are completely unregulated by any laws … and their use of the term aromatherapy can be just a product with perfume.

Jessie Violet, licensed massage therapist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Integrative MedicineThese products can spark a smile or help ease a worried mind, she said, but that’s often based on a consumer’s likes or dislikes of the scent as opposed to any natural benefits. In order to ensure you’re purchasing actual aromatherapy products, she advises shoppers to always read the label.

Source: Aromatherapy Is A Perennial Wellness Trend — But Buyer Beware | HuffPost

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Wellness Evidence: Is massage good for you, or does it just feel nice?

Wellness Evidence

Wellness EvidenceQuite often we come across someone who is interested in a more holistic approach to health. Unfortunately, they hesitate because there is no wellness evidence. Without “evidence” so many therapeutic modalities are dismissed as placebo effect or even just “woo woo” (we’ve actually heard that term). Some systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda have millennia of clinical outcomes. However, they are grounded in medical systems that predate even Hippocrates. Other therapeutic approaches developed much more recently. We need wellness evidence to shed more light on these complementary and alternative therapies.

Will a deep tissue massage really reduce aches and pains? Will a sauna clear up my cold? And will a foot reflexology session have a long-lasting effect on my overall health?

All common questions about various well-known spa modalities, but what are the scientifically based answers?

Recently key members of the Global Spa Summit (GSS) unveiled a new portal, Wellness Evidence, that gathers medical evidence for spa and wellness therapies.

It provides an easy way for people to check out the laboratory-based research that has been done to date on spa treatments.

“We do not need to wait for the research to happen. We need to aggregate the research that already exists and broadcast it,” says Dr Pelletier, an integrative health expert, university professor and one of the people behind the Wellness Evidence website.

Source: Is massage good for you, or does it just feel nice? | CNN Travel

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Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain After Education – Pain Medicine News

Chronic Pain Education

Chronic Pain EducationDean Ornish once said, “Awareness-mindfulness-is the first step in healing.” The authors of the article Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic-Pain After Education would certainly agree. When we think about it, chronic pain is not just something that appears during a clinical visit. Chronic pain is on-going so we need tools to deal with it on a daily basis. Chronic pain education is that first step in healing.

Veterans with chronic pain accessed more complementary and alternative treatments at a Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center after attending a “pain education school,” and those participating in a functional medicine clinic reported reductions in perceived stress and musculoskeletal pain, according to results of two studies presented at the PAINWeek 2017 meeting.

The lead investigator of both studies, David Cosio, PhD, a health psychologist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, in Chicago, told Pain Medicine News that while the VA system requires its facilities to offer at least two alternatives to traditional medical approaches to chronic pain, the pain treatment center serves a tristate area and offers 23 complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options.

Dr. Cosio and his co-investigator Erica Lin, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy specialist also at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, conducted an analysis of data from their previous study of participation in an innovative pain education initiative to determine what “take-away” lessons might be reflected in the behavior of the participants after completing the coursework.

Upon entry into the pain education program, 44% of subjects (n=45) had not used any type of CAM. In the remaining 56%, CAM was used in different combinations, with 30% active, 41% passive and 36% transitional. After completing the program, 86% of subjects were accessing CAM treatments, and many more had entered into active modalities (24%) than passive (12%) or transitional (14%).

“As we educate people about the existence of these treatments, they are going to use them,” Dr. Cosio said. “I think that part of the problem [is] that patients may not be aware of the complementary and alterative medicine options that are available.”

Source: Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain After Education – Pain Medicine News

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Most Popular Alternative Healing Therapies

Popular Alternative Healing Therapies

Popular Alternative Healing TherapiesTrying to stay healthy has been with us since the dawn of Humanity. Many popular alternative healing therapies have been around for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine like acupuncture and herbs started over 2,500 years ago. Ayurvedic Medicine started over 3,000 years ago in India. We exist at a great time because there are now more choices for health than ever. With education and awareness, these ancient therapies as well as modern gizmos and conventional allopathic medicine can all work together.

Alternative Healing Therapies are healing methodologies that differ from the usual line of treatment than that of a doctor. In other words therapeutic practices that are currently not considered as an integral part of conventional medical practice are classified as alternate healing therapies or alternate medicine. Many a times the benefits and healing abilities of these therapies are established through research, other times they may be unproven scientifically. With alternate healing therapies, healing, treatment and cure may be achieved through diet, self healing mechanism of the human body, various energies, herbal and other supplements and much more.

Over the last couple of decades there has been a renewed interest in holistic and natural and thus various therapies have found acceptance and are getting popular both in India and world over.

Source: Most Popular Alternative Healing Therapies | Business Standard News

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Quit Smoking Naturally

Quit Smoking Naturally

Quit Smoking Naturally

Helen Sanders of Health Ambition (www.healthambition.com) does a wonderful job in this article to people quit smoking naturally. Helen does not go the “preachy” route that turns off so many people. Rather, she builds a framework that the consumer can use to quit smoking once and for all. Everyone gets addicted to habits like smoking in his or her own way so breaking the habit needs to involve individual choices as well.

If you are reading this post right now, then you know that smoking is bad for you. You know you should quit. You likely have loved ones that want you to quit. You know you are endangering your health and the health of others around you. You know you need to quit.

But it’s so hard isn’t it? It’s easy to overlook the cold hard facts about smoking. We’re bombarded with facts everywhere – from television and radio advertisements to guerilla marketing in the streets, to the advice of family or friends. You just can’t get away from people telling you that smoking is bad.

Maybe that’s a good thing. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of preventable disease and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking results in “more than 480,000 premature deaths and over $300 billion in direct health care expenditures and productivity losses each year.”

Source: 5 Easy and Natural Ways to Quit Smoking

Helen gives numerous helpful insights throughout the article, ranging from how to prepare yourself to quit smoking naturally to how to stay smoke-free. If you or a loved one are looking for better health and want to break the smoking habit please feel free to read Helen’s article.

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The effectiveness of dry-cupping in preventing post-operative nausea and vomiting

Cupping Study

Cupping Study

It is hard to find a cupping study. There are not many organizations willing to pay for clinical studies for cupping. There are, however, millennia of clinical studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine that do inform the practice. Fortunately, this is a recent randomized controlled trial cupping study. The study is from 2016 and took place in the Imam Reza Hospital in Kermanshah, Iran.

Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is one of the most common complications of general anesthesia. About 30% of surgical cases report unpleasant experiences after general anesthesia. PONV is one of the most common concerns reported by patients’ preoperation visits, even more so than pain, as well as a cause of patient dissatisfaction post-operation. Moreover, PONV is associated with other serious complications, such as aspiration, wound dehiscence, pneumothorax, subcutaneous emphysema, and even esophageal rupture. Therefore, anesthesiologists and surgeons consider the control of PONV an important treatment priority.

There are a number of drugs to reduce the risk of PONV; however, in addition to their costs, their adverse effects limit their usage in routine clinical practice. For example, Droperidol is black-boxed because it is a risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias. As a result, there is great need for nonpharmacologic techniques (NPTs) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat PONV.

Acupuncture stimulation of the point P6 (acupuncture points) has been shown to significantly control nausea and vomiting in a World Health Organization (WHO) study. Moreover, stimulated P6 also has analgesic effects. The location of point P6 point is between the flexor carpi radialis and the palmaris longus muscle tendons, about 2 inches proximal to the distal crease of the wrist (Fig. (Fig.11). Stimulation of this point has been tested in several ways, including in acupuncture, acupressure, electrical stimulation, acoustic stimulation, and so on.

Considering the fewer side effects of this therapy compared to other medicinal therapies and the lack of available clinical trials on dry cupping and PONV, the present study we aimed to test the preventive effects of dry cupping through stimulation of the P6 on postoperative nausea (PON) and postoperative vomiting (POV), as well as reducing the number of cases requiring rescue therapy (that is, need to treat [NNT]). This is the first time dry cupping therapy has been employed in treatment of PONV.

Conclusion

Our findings are promising in that they suggest dry cupping treatments at the acupressure P6 can prevent the incidence of nausea, vomiting, and need for rescue therapy after laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery. Additional clinical studies of dry cupping are needed to investigate its effect in preventing and treating PONV in men, and children undergoing similar surgery. Also, considering that dry cupping is a noninvasive procedure with fewer side effects compared to other medicinal therapy, its prophylactic antiemetic therapy should be investigated for different patients, other types of surgeries and different anesthetic agent or anesthesia procedures. More randomized, controlled multicenter studies are needed. They may provide firm evidence of the effectiveness of dry cupping, and demonstrate its underlying analgesic mechanism in preventing PONV.

Source: The effectiveness of dry-cupping in preventing post-operative nausea and vomiting by P6 acupoint stimulation

What Else?

The cupping study offers many additional avenues to explore. Those who have avoided acupuncture for fear of needles may find cupping an appealing and effective alternative. Hospitals may be able to use this cupping study to reduce costs and help patients spend less time recuperating after surgeries. Consumers and Western medical providers are growing more familiar with cupping. Through experience, more cupping studies, and reviewing millennia of Traditional Chinese Medicine writings both consumers and providers will benefit.

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Employers Embrace Wellbeing

Employers Embrace Wellbeing

Employers Embrace Wellbeing-For decades employers have pushed wellness programs on employees in the hopes of controlling costs. In many cases, the wellness program was a watered-down annual wellness visit to check weight, blood pressure, heart rate, smoking, and alcohol consumption. There are countless horror stories where employer wellness plans that focused on biometrics and not employees had devastating outcomes. Luckily, more employers embrace wellbeing today and are moving away from wellness visits and their supposed cost savings.

Firms such as Delta Air Lines, LinkedIn and Walmart are broadening their focus from physical health to multiple dimensions of well-being; and demonstrating that its value far exceeds healthcare cost savings alone.

Say goodbye to wellness programs as you know them, and say hello to the future of well-being at work. Today, two pivotal changes are transforming the industry. First, employers are broadening their focus from physical health to multiple dimensions of well-being; and second, employers are demonstrating that the value of employee well-being includes — but far exceeds — healthcare cost savings alone, and can positively impact business performance.

This change to focusing on the whole person is happening for good reason: A growing body of research shows that employees’ physical health is just one of a number of factors that influence key outcomes valued by employers such as productivity, work performance and turnover. Additionally, human capital experts agree that well-being programs that focus on multiple areas of employees’ lives are essential to creating a positive workplace experience.

Hand in hand with the transition from wellness to well-being is increased emphasis on employee choice. Rather than prescribing what employees should do (as wellness programs have been doing for decades), modern well-being programs encourage employees to embark on self-improvement initiatives based on their interests, goals and needs. LinkedIn, for example, gives employees $2,000 per year to engage in the health and well-being activities that matter most to them. Employees can choose to be reimbursed for services such as massage, gym memberships, personal trainers and classes like yoga, Pilates, golf and swim. Even childcare, pet walking and pet day care are included.

Source: How employers are transforming wellness | Employee Benefit News

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Sick Care vs Health Care: There Is A Difference & An Answer

Sick Care

Tim has photo opp with Zoo penguin

One morning I was setting up a booth at a trade show. I had time to spare so I looked for the coffee. The facility was still preparing everything for breakfast so I slumped back to the booth to wait. A few minutes later I overheard a gentleman ask the conference administrators about coffee and he received the same answer. But now I had a fellow coffee enthusiast! It would be a polite gesture to offer to drive him to Starbucks and no longer just my own indulgence. OK, I probably would have convinced myself to go anyway but by waiting a few minutes I met Paul Grundy, “father” of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). While there is still much in sick care that PCMH should address, even this effort is a Herculean feat.

Turns out that Dr. Grundy was the keynote speaker at lunch. He used an analogy in that keynote to describe the US “health care” system that still makes me chuckle. According to Paul Grundy, if we wanted to save fish that went over Niagara Falls with the same philosophy as the US “health care” system then we would wait for the fish to go over the falls, send in a rescue helicopter to locate the fish and airlift the fish back to the top of the falls where it would receive all necessary medical attention before releasing it back into the river… so it could go over the falls again and repeat the cycle. Alternatively, we could put a net further upstream to stop the fish. Of course, the net is not covered by insurance… only the helicopter and medical attention.

And this continues to be the frustration for just about everyone it seems. All efforts to improve “sick care” focus almost exclusively on improving a broken process, not promoting health with prevention or cures:

  • Reducing hospital readmissions instead of keeping people from needing hospital admission in the first place,
  • Decreasing pharmaceutical pricing instead of reducing pharmaceuticals prescribed,
  • Bundling payments for episodes of care instead of providing incentives to prevent episodes requiring care,
  • Combating the opioid crisis instead of promoting non-pharmacological options, and so on.
Sick Care
It is great that rescue is available but prevention is even better.

Benefits of Lifestyle

It is not news that a healthy lifestyle produces, well…, better health. However, it does seem to be lost in the healthcare debate that a healthy lifestyle can prevent, stop or even reverse many chronic diseases. No need for the helicopter to locate and retrieve the fish.

An Example: Heart Disease in Sick Care & Health Care

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US and claims over 600,000 people each year. A standard treatment for heart disease might include statins but an improved and healthy lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise, relationships, etc.) might be more beneficial and have few (if any) harmful effects. To compare “apples to apples” for statins and lifestyle, we need a common measure. Luckily such an instrument exists and has been around for years (but, surprisingly, not used nearly enough). The measure is the Number Needed to Treat (NNT):

Although we think if a doctor prescribes a treatment it’s going to help, a lot of therapies benefit very few patients. The “number needed to treat” captures this: It’s how many people must get some intervention for a bad thing to be averted in one person. For instance, the NNT for antibiotics curing conjunctivitis within 10 days is about 12: A dozen people with that eye infection need to take the drugs for one person who would otherwise remain infected to become cured. The other 11 either would have gotten better on their own or aren’t helped by the drugs.

Source: What are the odds that your medication will help you get better?

So an NNT of 1 is a perfect therapy. One person undergoes the treatment and that person gets the intended benefit. The higher the NNT the more people who must undergo the treatment in order for at least one person to benefit.

Let’s now use NNT to look at statins vs a lifestyle approach for heart disease.

Statins

Statins, which have become synonymous with “heart-attack-and-stroke-preventing,” have an NNT of 60 for heart attack and 268 for stroke: That’s how many healthy people have to take statins for five years for those respective outcomes to be prevented. In people with heart disease already, the number is smaller: Just 39 must take statins for five years for one non-fatal heart attack to be prevented, while 83 have to do so for one life to be saved. If 125 people with high blood pressure take drugs for five years to lower it, the meds will prevent a fatal stroke or heart attack in only one.

Source: What are the odds that your medication will help you get better?

This means 39 people with heart disease must take statins for five years in order to prevent one fatal heart attack. Stated differently, the statins helped 2.6% (1 / 39) of those people by preventing a repeat heart attack with five years of treatment. None of these people got better… but one avoided a fatal heart attack. This might be success in “sick care” but is a miserable failure in “health care”.

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

In July 1990 (yes, nearly 30 years ago) Dean Ornish, MD and others published Can Lifestyle Changes Reverse Coronary Heart Disease in The Lancet. In the article the authors highlighted the results of a randomized controlled trial:

Overall, 82% of experimental-group patients had an average change towards regression. Comprehensive lifestyle changes may be able to bring about regression of even severe coronary atherosclerosis after only 1 year, without use of lipid-lowering drugs.

What does this mean for those suffering from heart disease? The Editor’s Choice in the October 2010 BMJ says it best:

80% OF THE PATIENTS ARE CLINICALLY CURED AND PAIN FREE AFTER ONE MONTH (NNT=1)

When the patients understand the association between life-style and health and change the way they think, feel and live, they heal. Ornish has shown us that it really is that simple, also when it comes to the most severe physical diseases like coronary vessel stenosis in the heart and prostate cancer.

It normally takes the heart patients less than a month to reopen an almost closed coronary artery, which is lightening fast! How efficient is his medicine then? Well, according to the published statistics, about 80% of his heart patients are cured by the intervention, both in short term (1-3 month) and in long term (3 years).

Source: BMJ 2010;341:c5715

This was not simply about avoiding a coronary event. The Ornish Lifestyle Medicine therapy was curative… it reopened the coronary artery.

Making the Point

We can plainly see that approaches like Ornish Lifestyle Medicine are effective, based on clinical evidence that has been published for decades (NNT = 1). We know that statins are far less effective through various population studies (NNT = 39). The difference between statins and a lifestyle approach is not just efficacy; rather, even the claimed benefits are dramatically different (avoiding coronary event for statins and reopening coronary artery for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine). However, the topic before the US “sick care” system is not “How do we get more patients off statins and enrolled in lifestyle medicine”? Instead we are debating whether to keep ineffective and dangerous statins or use a new class of drugs that are far more expensive.

Nearly 90 percent of the patients [Johns] Hopkins wants to put on expensive, powerful PCSK9 inhibitors are initially rejected, making heart disease perhaps the central stage in the battle over high U.S. drug prices. In the least, it’s the drug-pricing battle that may matter to the most Americans: Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the country.

Two years after PCSK9 inhibitors from Amgen and Sanofi-Regeneron hit the market, patients are caught in the middle. The injectable drugs — which block a liver protein that prevents the organ from breaking down cholesterol — reduce bad cholesterol as much as 60 percent when combined with statins that have dominated cholesterol-reduction treatment for years. And they work for patients who get poor results from statins or can’t take them because of side effects, Martin said.

Most people with high cholesterol do fine with statin treatment, Ofman said. Those drugs, whose sales peaked at nearly $40 billion but have been battered by generic competition since 2012, are effective in most patients and have few side effects in about 90 percent of cases. In the rest, the most common side effect is muscle pain, which can be severe enough to make patients seek alternatives.

Source: Insurers, doctors battle over new heart disease drugs

We spent $40 Billion on a statins that reduced risk of a fatal heart attack by 2.6%. The statins did not heal anyone, just reduced the risk of a heart attack. And there are known adverse events such as diabetes that may well offset the benefit of a lower risk for heart attack. So then what does this new wonder drug look like?

The estimated cost of treating 74 patients (the number needed to treat (NNT)) for two years with evolocumab [PCSK9 inhibitor] is $2.123.800. That would be the cost of preventing one event (cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction or stroke) over a period of two years.

Source: Evolocumab (Repatha) for Heart Disease – The FOURIER Trial – Success or Failure?

We can prevent one event per 74 patients over a two-year period at a cost of $2,123,800? Again, no one gets cured and, in this case, we have reduced risk of a coronary event by 1.3% (1 / 74).

Only in a “sick care” system can statins vs PCSK9 possibly rise to the level of a debate.

The Question

We have known for three decades that a lifestyle approach is a perfect therapy for heart disease (NNT = 1). We have known for at least 5 years (date of NNT statin study is 2013) that statins are only somewhat effective (NNT=39) and can actually cause harm (i.e., developing diabetes or muscle damage). The US “sick care” system writes scripts for $40 billion to cover “cheap” statins and wants to move to expensive PCSK9 which is still not a cure and seems less effective than statins based on the NNT.

If we truly want to transform from “sick care” to “health care” and provide more health at lower costs, we must answer this question: Why isn’t a funded prescription for several months of lifestyle coaching and products a required first step for EVERY person who faces a chronic illness before escalating to costly and risky pharmaceutical or surgical therapies? I understand lifestyle will not work for some people… they will simply not change and prefer “sick care”. The lifestyle approach is only first step, not a barrier.

Pharmaceuticals and surgeries are wonderful advancements in modern medicine. They have their place. However, that place should not be the first line of defense for chronic diseases… especially where there are evidence-based alternatives than can lead to a reversal of the disease.

Be Well!

-Tim

Tim Perry, MPA, MS, CPHIMS, PCMH CCE, CISSP is the Chief Information Officer of Consumer Health platform HealthCareToo.com. Tim has a deep passion for transforming and improving healthcare that spans two decades. He is blessed with a wonderful wife and two inspiring children. Tim has practiced Tai Chi (Taiji Chuan) for over 15 years and enjoys cooking wholesome (and easy) meals.

Other Articles by Tim

Can You Handle the Truth about Healthcare?

What If We Treated The Whole Person?

“Why Is Health Care So Expensive”–The Wrong Question

Not Value Based Care… But Care Based on Values

Clinical Care ≠ Healthcare

Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve

Will We Always Wait Until It’s Too Late?

Why Patient Engagement Is So Hard: and why it won’t change anything

Healthcare Is A Team Sport– an IT Perspective

A Quick History of the US Healthcare System: How Not To Repeat It (written w/ Microsoft Sway)

The Future of Healthcare Is In The Past

When Will The Healthcare Dam Burst?

 

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Cinnamon burns fat cells, but don’t start chugging cinnarolls just yet

Cinnamon Burns Fat

cinnamon burns fatAs the article states, this is no “silver bullet” but the fact that cinnamon burns fat is quite helpful. Here we can follow Hippocrates’ advice “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” For pennies most people can add cinnamon to a healthy meal and reap the benefits of cinnamon. Far better to prevent so many obesity-based chronic diseases than spend thousands of dollars on medicine and years of suffering.

Cinnamon is no miracle cure, but it might help fight those extra pounds.

Researchers have known for a while that cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor and odor, can boost metabolism in mice, but the mechanism through which it does this wasn’t so well understood. Now, Jun Wu, research assistant professor at the LSI, has applied cinnamaldehyde to fat cells from both rats and humans. He and his colleagues learned that the oil acts directly on the fat cells (also called adipocytes), causing them to burn energy through thermogenesis (heat generation). In other words, cinnamon oil makes fat cells burn out.

Now, this doesn’t mean that tossing cinnamon into your latte or pastry will help you lose any extra pounds. The world has a massive obesity problem, and no silver bullet will cure that — even if it’s cinnamon coated. Many media outlets tend to greatly exaggerate such benefits, and consumers end up believing that this or that food can magically get rid of obesity. Nothing can replace a healthy diet and exercise. However, as part of a balanced lifestyle, cinnamon might also help.

Source: Cinnamon burns fat cells, but don’t start chugging cinnarolls just yet

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Behavior Kills: Nearly Half of Cancers Can Be Prevented By Behavior

Behavior Kills

We have known for years that behavior impacts health. There has been a linkage between smoking and cancer for decades. A new study shows that unhealthy behaviors, including smoking, are behind many cancers.

We found that 42% of all incident cancer cases and almost one-half of all cancer deaths, representing 659,640 cancer cases and 265,150 deaths, were attributable to evaluated risk factors in the United States in 2014. Cigarette smoking was associated with far more cancer cases and deaths than any other single risk factor, accounting for nearly 20% of all cancer cases and 30% of all cancer deaths, followed by excess body weight. Lung cancer had the highest number of cancer cases or deaths attributable to potentially modifiable risk factors, followed by colorectal cancer.

The proportions of all cancer cases and deaths attributable to smoking, red and processed meat consumption, HCV infection, UV radiation, and HIV infection were higher in men compared with women, reflecting historically higher prevalence of these risk factors in men. In contrast, the proportions were higher in women for excess body weight, alcohol intake, physical inactivity, and HPV infection, largely driven by the high burden of breast, endometrial, and cervical cancers attributable to these risk factors.

Consumer Health

We know that consumer choice and behavior are major factors in health. However, the US continues to pay trillions for “sick care” and Americans suffer from chronic illness in epidemic numbers while overlooking the role of behavior. To borrow from humorist Erma Bombeck, fighting chronic disease while Americans are sold unhealthy behaviors is like shoveling while its still snowing. We will continue to waste money and watch people suffer as long as we do not address social determinants of health. A holistic approach to health is the only way. We believe consumers, when informed, will make the best Lifestyle choices for themselves and their loved ones.

Source:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21440/full

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