Jun 27, 2008

Food and Cancer Connection, esp. Breast, Ovarian

Here is a study that I thought was worth sharing, and am doing so with permission. It is related to cancer, especially breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Diet plays such an important role in getting to the root of health problems, it can't be said enough! Enjoy the following study:

Eating foods like broccoli and soy has now been linked to lower cancer rates, and California researchers recently reported that they may have discovered the biological mechanism behind the protective effect.

Using cells in a lab dish, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that diindolymethane (DIM), a compound resulting from digestion of cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli, along with genistein, an isoflavone in soy, reduce the production of two proteins needed for breast and ovarian cancers to spread.

“We think these compounds might slow or prevent the metastasis of breast and ovarian cancer, which would greatly increase the effectiveness of current treatments,” said Erin Hsu, a UCLA graduate student in molecular toxicology.

The findings highlight “an entirely unique mechanism ... Preventing the invasion and metastasis of cancer cells is crucial,” said Dr. Alan Kristal, associate head of the cancer prevention program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Cancer cells express very high levels of a surface receptor known as CXCR4, while the organs to which the cancers spread secrete high levels of CXCL12, a ligand that binds to that particular receptor.

This attraction stimulates the invasive properties of cancer cells and acts like a homing device, drawing the cancer cells to organs like the liver or brain.

The study found that when cancer cells were treated with either DIM or genistein, movement toward CXCL12 is reduced by at least 80 percent compared to untreated cells.

As the modern day researchers continue to confirm the wisdom of the ancients, we encourage you to embrace this wisdom. Ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and the Essenes knew the recipe for good health. They partook of pure air and water, sunshine, and nutrient-dense whole foods. Today, it seems that science has come full circle. They have arrived “back in time”…… only to discover the future!
Updated 2/10/16

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Jun 14, 2008

Shrimp & Seafood Stew Recipe - Eat Now, or Freeze

This week Shrimp was on sale at our local supermarket, as it is almost every special occasion, this weekend being Father's Day. 

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So I thought I'd share a recipe that you can make for Father's Day or save in your freezer for a busy day...a day like I had today, I'm painting our laundry room after purchasing a new washer and dryer, and finished with little time left to make dinner, this would have been something more than nice to be able to pull out of the freezer at a time like that.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 3/4 C burgundy
  • 1 T parsley
  • 2 t oregano
  • 1/2 t basil
  • 2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 3/4 C water
  • 1 1/2 lb halibut steaks, cut into 1 in pieces
  • 1/2 raw shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 2 (6 oz) pkgs frozen crabmeat, thawed
  • Aluminum foil
Preparation:

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  • Place oil in a large soup pan over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot add the garlic, both types of onion and green pepper.
  • Cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and the tomato paste to the cooked vegetables.
  • Slowly add the burgundy being sure to stir well.
  • Mix in the parsley, oregano, basil salt and pepper.
  • Once all is mixed together well pour in the water.
  • Bring to a rapid boil.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer uncovered 1- minutes.
  • Add halibut, shrimp and crab meat.
  • Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve, OR to save and freeze, cool to room temperature.
  • Line a large bowl with foil being sure the foil extends at least 6 in over the side of the bowl.
  • Pour the cooled stew into the bowl.
  • Fold the aluminum foil over the top of the stew being sure to secure tightly.
  • Freeze until firm, and store for up to a month until you are ready to thaw, and heat through.

Jun 9, 2008

A Gym with a Dress Code - Modesty at the Gym

There was a report on the news caught my attention..a report about a gym that requires that people dress modestly...and in spite of this, or because of it, they are doing great business, and hoping to develop a chain of gyms in other parts of the country.

This is a gym called "Lord's Gym" that operates with what they describe as "Christian principles". The teachings of Christ in the Bible teach that lust is a sin, and in many gyms where woman and men dress with as little as possible, this can be a problem for those who are trying to live as Christ would want them to.

This seems like it would conflict with the whole idea of going to the gym...aren't we exercising to improve how our bodies look, and if so, why hide it? This is a conflict between human principles and Godly principles that each will have to work out between themselves and God.

As for me, I am a Christian and love the idea...to me, going to the gym or exercising anywhere, is to improve health, not just looks. I am not interested in "checking out" the bodies around me, I'm more interested in the person inside the body, and keeping the body healthy by keeping weight in check and the circulatory system in great shape.

I'm looking forward to seeing how popular this concept becomes!

 

Jun 5, 2008

Article: Drinking Wine - 5 Benefits

It is good to be back from a relaxing vacation last week, after some busy times dealing with family matters during the weeks before, and to finally be able to focus on posting to my blogs. I've missed it!

5 Benefits Of Drinking Wine

By: Caroline Silverstone

There is much more to wine than being a drink to enjoy. There is more than the rich tastes and the variety of the culture of wine. You have likely heard that science is starting to take an interest in wine because it can actually be healthy to include wine in your daily diet. 

Studies are ongoing, but preliminary results shown favorable upon wine as being something that should be included in the diet of people who wish to avoid common diseases and problems associated with aging. In fact, many doctors even recommend to patients that adding a glass of wine with dinner is not something you should be ashamed of, but rather something you should be doing. 

Wine contains anti bacteria agents and something called procyanidins that both work in wonderful ways in your body to help improve your health. Wine also, being an alcohol, helps to thin blood and let it flow more smoothly through your body. These factors create many benefits that you experience just from drinking wine. 

Five of the benefits that you get from drinking wine are outlined below.
  1. Good heart health. Wine is good for the heart because it helps to thin our blood which allows the heart to work a little less. Additionally, studies have shown that people who consume wine in moderate amounts have lower occurrences of heart disease and other heart problems then people who do not drink wine.
  2. Lowers risk for diabetes. Studies have shown that drinking wine helps to reduce the risk for developing diabetes. The make up of the wine and its alcohol base help to extend the function of the pancreas and sweep glucose from the body, allowing a person to avoid diabetes onset later in life.
  3. Lowers risk for stroke. Just as wine helps with heart disease it helps prevent stroke. The thinning of the blood helps to prevent clots that lead to stroke.
  4. Lowers risk for cataracts. Studies have shown that wine helps to prevent cataracts. More studies are needed to determine why, but it has been shown in study after study that people who drink wine regularly have a lower occurrence for cataracts.
  5. Lengthens life. Wine has been shown to help lengthen your life. With all of the health benefits it is no wonder that drinking wine will help you to live longer. Wine has been shown to help slow down the aging of the brain and therefore allow better brain function longer.
Wine lovers will rejoice when all these studies are completed and finally prove that wine is good for you. The one thing, though, that should be noted about the benefits of wine is that these benefits have only been shown to outweigh the negative effects of alcohol consumption when wine is drank in moderation. 

Excessive use of wine can lead to problems with the liver and other health issues associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Usually a glass of wine a day is enough to reap the benefits and avoid the problems.

Author Credit: This article was used with permission, and at one time was associated with  the site thewinestandard.com, but it appears the site is no longer available as of this update.

Updated 2/10/16