Lower Risk of Colo-rectal Cancer With Higher Than Recommended Vitamin D Levels

I am not only Vitamin D deficient, my mom passed as a result of Colo-rectal cancer, so there is also a family history that plays against me. As a result of her passing I qualified for early preventative screening. Let me tell you the prep for this procedure is the worst part of it all, but you do get through it.

My first Colonoscopy was informative and probably saved my life, since 2 polyps (bump like masses that are precancerous) were found and removed. Now this was done just after my Rheumatologist placed me on a Vitamin D regimen, back in 2009.

My second colonoscopy was in 2015 and nothing was found as my doc proclaimed ‘Clean as a whistle.’

So did the Vitamin D prevent any type of progression? According to a study recently published in the June 14, 2018 Journal of National Cancer Institute conducted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, The Nation Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society along with 18 other medical centers and organizations around the world, it may have.

The study was conducted with participation of 13,000 people and is classified as an observational study that does not prove cause and effect, a large scale randomized clinical trial is needed for that. Dr. Jo Ann Manson chief of the division of preventative medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is doing just that and is conducting this type of clinical trial.

The observational study demonstrated that a risk of Colo-rectal cancer decreased by 22%. “Our study show’s that having a higher Vitamin D level, above what is currently recommended for bone health, are associated with lower Colo-rectal Cancer” stated Stephanie Smith-Warner, a Harvard Epidemiologist and Senior Author involved in the research. So what is the correct amount of Vitamin D intake? this question has been the subject of controversy for years.

The new study included analysis of 17 prospective studies and confronts the many problems of earlier research by using a single widely accepted test for measurement of Vitamin D and standardized already existing study results and conclusions. Although the study results are not being readily accepted the research demonstrates that Higher Vitamin D levels circulating in the bloodstream is linked to lowering ones risk.

What is hoped is that the information garnered from this research will enable the medical community to solidify the appropriate dietary and nutrition guidelines that will aide the current trend in the continued decrease in Colo-rectal Cancer as a whole. Especially since Colo-rectal Cancer affects 1 in 24 women and 1 in 22 men, with information currently indicating an increase in the disease among younger people. This increase warranted enough concern that the American Cancer Society revised the age of preventative screening from 50 down to 45.

Have you ever had a colonoscopy? What was your experience like? Tell me in the comments below.

Til next time I hope each of you are having the best day possible and that your tomorrow is even better.

Heidi.

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Do You Know?

As far back as 1552 B.C scientists and physicians have documented the symptoms. Frequent urination and emaciation. An example was given that ‘ants are attracted to the urine of people who are affected’. In 150 A.D. Arateus a Greek physician described the disorder as “The melting of flesh and limb into urine” Fast forward hundreds of years to the ‘Water Tasters’, these folks would actually taste a patients urine to determine if it was sweet as a means of diagnosis.

Early treatments usually entailed being encouraged by your physician to obtain regular exercise, generally the recommended routine was horseback riding as this was believed to mitigate the frequent urination issue.

As more time goes by and more information is discovered¬† people with the ailment are better able to be treated. In the 1700 and 1800 hundreds many advances were achieved, such as the role diet plays, so patients were then encouraged to only eat the meat and fat of animals or to ingest large amounts of sugar. It was in the 1800’s that doctor’s achieved the ability to chemically test for the disease using a patients urine. A French physician Apollonaire Bouchard found that as a result of food rationing in the early 1870’s, due to the Franco-Prussian war, a patients symptoms improved. Thus the fad diet craze is born.

Boston scientist Elliott Joslin, became the leading expert in the disease when he published the first Textbook related to treatment of the condition in 1916. In this text it is written that a fasting diet in conjunction with regular exercise could greatly improve a patients survival rate. Still today diet and exercise are considered key components to managing this disease.

Yet even with this information and following a strict regiment it wasn’t enough to prevent many a premature death. The process to find a treatment for the disease began and the first break came in 1889 when researchers from the University of Strasbourg, Oskar Minkowski and Joseph von Mering found that by removing a dogs pancreas the disease could be induced. In 1908 a German scientist of Jewish heritage, Georg Zuelzer found that by injecting a patient with a pancreatic extract they could achieve better control of the condition. This finding led to what is still the most effective therapy that can be used as treatment today.

We’ve come a long way since then thankfully, and strides are made everyday in the best ways to treat this disease.

Do you know what it is? Tell me in the comments below.

In the meantime I hope each and everyone of you is as good as you can possibly be and that tomorrow is even better.

Heidi

Acupuncture should be Acumazing!!

Hey one and all, how are you doing this fine Thursday?

I am feeling fine for the first time in a very very veeeerrryyy long time. So to begin with THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH to my beautiful Daughters Cici and Ry. Their birthday gift this year was a three session gift certificate for Acupuncture and I tell you what folks this treatment option is the $h%t!!!!

Today was my first session and after a detailed conversation with Chrystal my acupuncturist, I had a 20 minute treatment. I can touch my toes y’all!!! I honestly am ecstatic. This isn’t my first experience with acupuncture so I knew I would feel relief, but Hot Damn.

Ok, so my right side seems to be the one most impacted by everything and over the last year I have slowly been favoring my right arm especially. I can lift it level with my shoulder for the first time in forever and can even extend it behind me which has been virtually impossible not to mention excruciatingly painful.¬† I can’t imagine how I’m gonna feel next week.

Hope each of you will find relief and joy today, tomorrow and beyond.

PAIN…What is it?

Generally, pain falls into three categories of causation. These categories are, Nociceptive Pain, Neuropathic Pain and Central Pain.

  1. Nociceptive Pain – This is the most common form of pain experienced. Occurring as a response to an injury. For example when I was in a car accident and slammed into the gear shift from the passenger side (really learned to appreciate seat belts after this one). Everyone of us has experienced this type of pain at some point. This type of pain will usually dissipate with treatment and eventually go away completely.
  2. Neuropathic Pain – This pain is do to damage to the bodies Nervous System and is fairly common as it affects between 7-10% of the worlds population. The types of issues that neuropathic pain results from are pretty well known, diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, HIV and of course Diabetes. One specific treatment method used today can also cause this type of pain and that is Chemotherapy as a result of its destructive effects to many cells in the body. Those who experience this type of pain are definitely on a roller coaster ride with this because it is very difficult to treat and the options for treatment can be very addictive.
  3. Central Pain –¬†Central Pain can on occasion be injury related, however the most common cause of Central Pain is unknown thus making it very hard to treat. One of the most common diagnosis involving this kind of pain is Fibromyalgia. It is believed that Fibromyalgia is caused as a result of the malfunction of the way pain signals travel to the brain and the way they are processed.

Pain occurrences are obviously varied and will effect each of us differently and treatment options are just as different for each of us. Decades have gone by with severe research restrictions being enforced at least here in the states on what can be explored and what can’t, but there is light at the end of the tunnel due to the growth in the acceptance of Medical Cannabis use. We are entering an era now where these much needed studies are being conducted. Cannabinoid treatment studies are growing in number and are demonstrating that cannabis is an effective treatment option with far less costly side effects than what we have been encouraged to accept using current pain treatments such as Opioids.

Latter I’ll be talking about the information regarding the best product types and benefits as well as how cannabinoids work within the body.

Til next time I’m sending each of you all hope for a great day today and a better tomorrow.

p.s. any comments, questions, or suggestions are always appreciated.

Just a Quick Word

Hello everyone;

I’m still alive and kickin’ although these past few weeks have been presenting some challenges.

With the swelling of my fingers it has been a challenge to write, however I have been looking into things to write about…Pain for one so I’ll be putting it together and get it out as soon as I can.

Thanks one and all for your patience.

Til next time

 

p.s. if you would like me to talk about something inparticular please give me a heads up in the comments. I always value suggestion and feedback.