Cancer Options

Scott Sanders, who based on his experiences created the website Cancerwell.org, which provides resources and support for anyone who has been affected by any form of cancer, shared with Healthy Lombard some information about the possibility of using Cannabis for Cancer.  Scott writes that cannabis can make daily life easier while undergoing cancer treatment. If treatment is taking a toll on your well-being and you need relief, cannabis may help. Here’s what Scott has found about using medical cannabis for cancer relief.

The role of cannabis in cancer treatment

Cannabis’s therapeutic effects come from two compounds: delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, found in marijuana and responsible for its psychoactive effects, and cannabidiol, or CBD, which is non-psychoactive and found in both marijuana and hemp.

These compounds are used to treat some of the most unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment: nausea and vomiting, pain, appetite loss, insomnia, and anxiety.

Nausea and vomiting

Relief from chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting is the primary reason cancer patients use medical marijuana. In fact, the FDA has approved medications based on synthetic THC to treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.

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The Best Morning Alternatives to Coffee and Their Health Benefits

Are you bored of your regular cup of coffee every morning? Good news — there are plenty of delicious alternatives that you can try that will give you the same boost you need to get the day started. For those of you who are seeking caffeine in the morning to get going, there are great options like green tea and yerba mate that will give you some extra energy, but without the crash later. Plus, they have some health benefits that make them an even more appealing option. Green tea, in particular, has a number of proven health benefits, such as improving brain function, boosting metabolism, and it contains antioxidants. 

 

There are also a number of alternatives to coffee that doesn’t contain caffeine but can still help your body wake up and get ready for the day ahead. If you’re someone who tends to get that jittery feeling when you drink caffeine, try a glass of lemon water or apple cider vinegar instead. Lemon water has high levels of vitamin C to help your immune system, stimulates the brain and nerve functions, and also helps aid digestion. Apple cider vinegar also contains a number of health benefits, such as killing unhealthy bacteria in your gut and also helps to curb your appetite.

For these and other great alternatives to coffee, check out this visual guide from Hola!

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What is Sleep Deprivation?

Slumber Seacrets shared, “Work eight hours and sleep eight hours and make sure that they are not the same hours.”

Those are the famous words of the prominent oil magnate T. Boone Pickens.

We all know about the eight-hour sleeping rule, but getting a good night’s sleep is sometimes impossible. The next day, all we can think about is going back to bed in the evening and catching up on sleep. As a result of sleep deprivation, we are tired and unable to function properly.

But what is sleep deprivation exactly? And is a single sleepless night enough to make us sleep-deprived?

Sleep deprivation happens when a lack of sleep prevents us from being alert and fully awake during the day. Depending on how long it goes on, it can be both acute and chronic. As such, even one night of poor sleep is enough for the symptoms of exhaustion to kick in.

How Much Sleep Do We Need?

Not all people need the same amount of sleep to wake up refreshed the next morning. The recommended sleep time varies based on your age.

Here is how much sleep people of different ages need, according to the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Newborns: 14-17 hours
  • Infants: 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers: 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers: 10-13 hours
  • Schoolchildren: 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers: 8-10 hours
  • Adults up to 64 years: 7-9 hours
  • Adults over 65 years: 7-8 hours

As you can see, adults need at least seven hours of sleep each night. Anything less than seven hours may result in unrefreshing sleep and thus lead to chronic sleep deprivation. Read more

COUNTING EVERY STEP YOU TAKE

Kaylee Donahue, a Blog Community Manager for  AllTheStuff.com shared with Healthy Lombard that sports scientists and personal trainers actually disagree on a great many important things. Even so, most of them will tell you that if you want to burn fat fast, you should aim at either:
  • exercises intended to boost muscle mass,
  • or those that raise your heart rate for 20 minutes or more at a time.

What, however, if you want to start exercising but you’re an older person, on the larger side or have a medical condition that prohibits intensive training?

Perhaps you’d like to change your routine to something a little healthier, but don’t yet feel like committing to a gym?

In this case, starting to walk more is most probably your best bet. This helps to get your blood pumping and burns calories while placing hardly any strain on your heart or joints. It can be incorporated into your everyday lifestyle easily, and best of all, needn’t cost you a cent to start with.

Still, if you plan to walk for exercise, you might want to invest in a pair of comfy sneakers and a fitness tracker sooner rather than later.

One Step at a Time

The pedometer (i.e. “step counter”) most fitness trackers contain will probably be the single most useful accessory for both dedicated and casual walkers. Others offer more advanced functionality, like the ability to challenge your friends to walk at least as many steps as you do every day – 10,000 is often recommended. Read more

The Unexpected Benefits Of Medical Alert Systems

Brittnee Gaines, Communications Specialist for Safety.com shared with Healthy Lombard that when you hear the term “medical alert system”, what do you think of? If you’re like most, you picture an elderly person at home with a button draped around their neck.

Though medical alert systems are most closely associated with senior citizens, they’re a powerful tool for a variety of ages and medical conditions. Here are unexpected benefits of medical alert systems you may not have realized.

Monitoring for Disabled Adults and Children

Many with physical and mental disabilities, especially those on the autism spectrum, require ‘round the clock care. This can be a challenge for caregivers who struggle to maintain these grueling demands with life’s other responsibilities. A medical alert system, however, can help to lighten the load.

Medical alert systems provide added protection (and peace of mind) that those with disabilities need to live on their own. Speedy response times and 24/7 access to medical support guarantee they’re always taken care of, even when there’s no one at home to take care of them. Even if an individual can’t live alone, a medical alert system can give them the help they need to be more independent. It’s impossible for caregivers to provide constant vigilance all day and all night— medical alert systems fill in the gaps.

Geolocation monitoring is another commonly overlooked benefit of these systems. When a disabled individual wanders off— particularly a child— the panic that sets in is swift and all-consuming. It’s a race between you and time to find them and bring them back to safety. With a medical alert system, though, you’ll be able to locate them quickly and easily.  Read more

What About Canned Fruit?

Now that the lead is gone, though, are canned foods healthy? It depends primarily on what’s in the can. If it’s SPAM or another processed meat product, for instance, I’d probably pass.

What about canned fruit? We know fruits and vegetables, in general, may help protect us from dying of cardiovascular disease, and, when it comes to preventing strokes, the fruit may be even more protective. But whether food processing affects this association was unknown, as I discuss in my video Is Canned Fruit as Healthy? One study found that unprocessed produce, mostly apples, and oranges, appeared superior to processed produce. But that study focused mainly on orange and apple juice. It’s no surprise whole fruit is better than fruit juice.

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25 Science-Backed Health Benefits Of Coffee That You May Not Know

Allison Jones, Founder of Coffeeurba, shared that coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Its great and refreshing taste has earned it countless fans. But, it does not just taste that makes your favorite brew awesome. Coffee contains a wealth of good qualities and amazing health benefits. Here at coffeeurban, we will talk about 25 Science-Backed Health Benefits Of Coffee That You May Not Know.

1. Stimulates The Brain And Makes You Smarter

A cup of coffee makes you feel refreshed. Well, that’s because the great-tasting drink isn’t just for your tastebuds, but also for your brain. When you drink coffee, the caffeine in it enters the bloodstream and heads for the brain.

The process is fairly quick – caffeine will enter your bloodstream in 15 minutes, and 99% of caffeine will be available within 45 minutes.

In the brain, caffeine blocks inhibitory neurotransmitters and encourages enhanced firing of neurons. This leads to effects like improved performance in terms of memory, vigilance, and general mental function.

Extended Reading:

Bioactive Molecules in Food. Reference Series in Phytochemistry. Springer, Cham | Springer | Nov 2017

Simply Thinking About Coffee Gives Your Brain A Boost, Study Suggests | Forbes | March 2019

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Can your weight really be affected by periods?

Dr. Ahmed Zayed wrote for the  PhenClinics Network,  a health resource that’s making evidence-based and fact-checked health and body composition research more accessible,  an article that stated weight can be quite a concern for women as they are found to be more susceptible to obesity in comparison to men (1). Being obese or overweight is not the main problem — the issue is basically with its underlying outcomes that can be the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be underweight either as it also has its effects such as heart palpitations, osteoporosis, and low blood pressure. Not only that — but your body’s reproduction system also relies on body weight.

Among other factors that can impact your weight that include fluid retention, psychiatric disorders, consumption of excess sugar, feeling tired, drugs, stress, aging, and changes in diet (23), periods are another factor that can result in affecting your weight.

Before looking at how your weight is affected by periods, it is necessary first to have a general look at the mechanisms of menstruation. Read more

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