Theory and Practice

It is very essential that we perform workshops in different settings such as:
in the beauty salons, senior centers, churches and prisons as the American Diabetes Association does in order to reach out to as many people as possible to bring awareness. As I conducted couple of workshops I found that some people were living with the disease and were not even aware of it. This has been evident through the ADA’s risk test that simply ask questions like:
-What is your age?
-Are you a man or a women?
-Do you have a mother, father, sister, or brother with diabetes?
-If you are a woman, have you ever been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?
All the questions are measured by points in that if someone scores 5 or higher, their most likely to be at high risk for having type 2 diabetes. Then we recommend that they go to their physicians to check their A1C level.

Why Health Literacy ?

Health education is any combination of learning experiences designed to help individuals and communities improve their health, by increasing their knowledge or influencing their attitudes. Source: http://www.who.int

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death from disease.  Individuals with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular and heart disease.  More than 2500 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes each day. Living with Type 2 diabetes requires that patients develop a range of competencies that allow them to take greater control over the treatment of their disease. This requires education.

During my fieldwork experience, I had successfully created a educational brochure for insulin dependent diabetics.  Learning style and communication were key elements in communicating the health message. The  knowledge acquired in the classroom such as  how people learn in different ways,  and the ideas formulated  by the message sender not always  matching…

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The words in this article is so true, most men, never considered the possibility of having breast cancer. Although it’s not common, it is possible. “Any new mass in the breast area of a man needs to be checked out by a physician,” Lichtenfeld says. We both, male and female must be very alert when it comes to this creature “Cancer”, he just doesn’t let go. Be Aware!
Since now it’s known that men also get breast cancer, we need to know how male breast cancer is diagnosed. Diagnosis of breast cancer requires identifying cancer cells in tissue specimens obtained by biopsy. Since men have little breast tissue, cancers in male breasts are easily palpable (located by feel) and, therefore, are easily accessible to biopsy. Researchers found that Fine needle aspiration or needle biopsy of a suspicious mass can usually establish a diagnosis. A needle is inserted into the mass and tissue from the suspicious area is withdrawn. Microscopic examination of the tissue by a pathologist establishes the diagnosis.

Liver Cancer

Hello everyone,
Today I’m going to talk to you about liver cancer. Maybe some of you are saying, “What is that all about?” Well according to the American Cancer Society, Liver cancer is a cancer that starts in the liver. To understand liver cancer, it helps to know about the normal structure and function of the liver. So let’s see,

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The liver is one of the most complex organs in the human body and it performs more than 500 functions. Some of the liver’s most important functions include:
-digesting proteins and fats
-removing toxins (poisons) from the body
-helping to control blood clotting (thickening)
-releasing bile, a liquid that breaks down fats and aids digestion
Liver cancer is a serious condition because it can disrupt these functions or cause them to fail completely, which could prove fatal.

Let’s see how researcher get involved in helping liver cancer patients:

Well, as you can see the researcher are doing what they do best to find ways to interfere so that they can heal the unhealthy “liver”. Now, you must know that you are also responsible for that liver, your diet depends on it. We also have a role to play in keeping our liver healthy. We need to start by eliminating alcohol from our diet. Alcohol can damage or destroy liver cells.The liver breaks down alcohol so it can be removed from your body. Your liver can become injured or seriously damaged if you drink more alcohol than it can process. It has been estimated that, at least
More than half of all Americans aged 12 or older report that they are current drinkers.
Let’s make better choices. STOP Drinking and Save your liver!

Possible cure for Cancer

Hello everyone,

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Cancer is one disease that is hard to escape from, it’s been around for years. Researchers around the world have looked for cures but yet in vain, there are still unanswered questions as to how to cure this disease. Although they have used alternate ways to help cancer patients the truth is, the cure for cancer has not been discovered yet. But guess what, it seems that a high school student may have gotten close to getting a possible cure for cancer.
Guys, you need to see this most interesting video.

Now tell me, isn’t this amazing. This girl is brilliant, who knows how far her research is going to go. To be honest, I think the other researchers, her parents and those that oversee her in school should encourage her to continue the search and the funders need to fund her more money so that she can use different strategies in testing this possible cure and actually get to the point of saving the world from the creature “cancer”.
Also, all the health professionals need to join forces and write letters to policy makers on behalf of this young teenage girl so that they can give her more money to find this cure.

This article shows that age is just a number. Anyone can be a researcher or the savior of the world; it’s just a matter of what your calling is.

Let’s hope for the best outcome for this research, it might just be the answer to the question. I encourage everyone to stay focus and fight against cancer.

Pancreatic cancer

Hello everyone,

Today I’m going to bring awareness about pancreatic cancer.

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I must talk about this organ “the pancreas”because it needs to be well conserved if you want to live a long and healthy life.
The pancreas is one of the organs in our body that is located deep in the abdomen, sandwiched between the stomach and the spine. It lies partially behind the stomach. The other part is nestled in the curve of the duodenum (small intestine). According to John Hopkins medicine, to visualize the position of the pancreas, try this: Touch the thumb and “pinkie” finger of your right hand together, keeping the other three fingers together and straight. Then, place your hand in the center of your belly just below your lower ribs with your fingers pointing to the left. Your hand will be at the approximate level of your pancreas. Because of the pancreas’ deep location, tumors are rarely palpable (able to be felt by pressing on the abdomen.) It also explains why many symptoms of pancreatic cancer often do not appear until the tumor grows large enough to interfere with the function of nearby structures such as the stomach, duodenum, liver, or gallbladder.

The pancreas is very important because it’s responsible for controlling the blood sugar level in the body as well as providing the digestive enzymes for all three categories of food; proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
So since that’s the case we need to take action and choose a healthy diet to prevent from getting pancreatic cancer.

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You want to make sure that whatever you putting in your stomach benefits every organ in your body in this case “the pancreas”.The good carbohydrate foods can provide your body with energy, optimum nutrition, proper brain and organ function and a healthy, attractive appearance.
In addition, Both protein and unsaturated fats serve as energy sources for the body. The difference is in how the body uses them. Proteins provide structure for the bones and muscles, which helps to preserve the skeletal structure of the body. Unsaturated fats control a different type of structure in the cell wall.

Food as protection to Cancer

Hello everyone,
Today is the day I’m going to talk about foods that help the immune system from cancer treatments and also help fight cancer.
How can food protect you from Cancer?

-By spurring on the body to produce more toxin scavengers, like glutathione peroxidase from indoles in cabbage.
-By bolstering the immune system. Once the external therapies of chemo, radiation and surgery have eliminated the visible tumor, then the real and final cancer battle is totally dependent on the immune factors. Many foods and individual nutrients are influential here.
-By stimulating certain detoxifying enzyme systems, like the liver’s cytochrome P450.1 Selenium, vitamin C and milk thistle help here.
-By shutting down the oncogene in human cells, that acts like a traitor to participate in cancer growth. Soybeans, vitamin A and D help here.
-By directly killing tumor cells. The bioflavonoid quercetin, vitamin C, B-12, K, and garlic help here.
-By directly killing bacteria or viruses that may cause cancer.
-By binding up substances, like bile acids, that can decay into a carcinogenic substance. Fiber is a champion here.
-By caging carcinogenic heavy metals, in a process called chelation (say ‘key-lay-shun’), and carrying these toxic minerals out of the body. Bioflavonoids, vitamin C and garlic help this way.
-By attaching to fats, to stop the carcinogenic fat “rusting” process. Calcium, vitamin E and fiber use this method.
-By providing the known essential and unknown important nutrients that the body needs to better defend itself against pollutants.2 A well-nourished body is better able to detoxify, neutralize and excrete the ubiquitous poisons of the 20th century.

Cancer Nutrition: Maintaining Strength and Energy

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When it comes to fighting cancer fatigue and boosting strength with good cancer nutrition, you have to pay attention to protein. “Meats, poultry and fish are great sources of protein,” says Sheri Knecht, RD, a dietitian at the South-Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. “But some people have trouble tolerating them during cancer treatment.” So she also recommends easy-to-digest foods such as:

• Eggs
• Dairy products such as milk, cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt
• Beans, soy, and nuts — including peanut butter or almond butter

Yogurt can boost immunity. Researchers who studied 68 people who ate two cups of live-culture yogurt daily for three months found that these persons produced higher levels of immunity boosting interferon. The bacterial cultures in yogurt have also been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white cells in the bloodstream. Some studies have shown yogurt cultures to contain a factor that has anti-tumor effects in experimental animals.

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Bone Cancer

Hello everyone,

Today, I’m going to talk to you about bone cancer. Well as you know, I must continue to fight this invader “Cancer”.

Let’s hear what Dr. McGladdery has to say about this…

A cancer of the bone or soft tissue (e.g., muscles, cartilage, fat, connective tissue) is called a sarcoma. Primary bone cancers are sarcomas of the bone such as:
-Osteosarcoma develops in growing bone tissue
-Chondrosarcoma develops in cartilage
-Ewing’s sarcoma develops in immature nerve tissue in bone marrow

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We must be very careful and alert when we feel pain within. We don’t have time to take anything lightly. If you feel pain see a doctor, once again better safe than sorry. I know that when we think of bone pain we think of elderly but now a days let’s look out.
Now let’s see how the population has been affected by bone cancer. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimation for cancer of the bones for 2012:
• About 2,890 new cases will be diagnosed
• About 1,410 deaths from these cancers are expected.
Primary cancers of bones account for less than 0.2% of all cancers.

Nobody knows in general what the causes of bone cancer are. Patients with chronic (long-term) inflammatory diseases, such as Paget’s disease are at a significantly higher risk of developing bone cancer later on in life. However, nobody can explain why one person gets bone cancer while another one doesn’t. It is not contagious – you cannot catch it from someone else.