Aspirin is so well known as a pain killer and that it substantially reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease such over age 45 for men and 55 for women, we are all supposed to take a low-dose aspirin daily.
New reports which tout aspirin’s role in cancer prevention are very convincing. British researchers have analyzed data from 25,000 patients in long-term studies and found that a small 75 mg dose of aspirin daily reduced the risk of dying from common cancers by 21%. In March 2012, The Lancet published two more papers showing a 46% reduction in lung, colon, and prostate cancers through long-term use of a daily small dose of aspirin.
The data is significant in large numbers over long periods of time. Aspirin can lower your risk of cancer. If you are not already taking aspirin for your heart, you may consider taking it to minimize your risk of cancer.
Regarding a couple of articles that were published last year out of the European Union and the British Medical Journal about water… A 3-year EU study on water concluded there is no evidence to prove that drinking water can prevent dehydration. (Take a minute to digest that… you read it correctly.) Another interesting article published by a MD in the British Medical Journal states that the standard recommendation that people drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day was “not only nonsense, but utterly debunked nonsense.” That MD quoted another US professor from Dartmouth Medical School in the American Journal of Physiology, concluding there was “no scientific evidence that we need to drink that much.”
We hear that people today are chronically dehydrated, and that even mild dehydration plays a role in the development of disease, as our bodies require a certain amount to function correctly. But if water can’t stop dehydration, what are we supposed to do? Quite a conundrum, it seems.
Let’s see if we can’t make some sense of this. The water that we drink does not exist in its pure molecular state. The molecules are quite polar and they typically form in clusters of about 2000 molecules or more which in size is about 1 micron. At this size, the water clusters are available to be absorbed through the gut, but as the water cluster can hydrate the blood enough for basic body functions, the cluster are too large to be absorbed at the cellular level without some breaking down of these clusters. So when you do drink 8 glasses of water a day, often times we can feel bloated, but still suffer from chronic dehydration.
So what can we do? One easy option is to eat fruits and vegetables (or juice them), as the water which has been absorbed into natural foods is more bioavailable at a cellular level than other waters. There is a company in Utah which promotes a water which they manufacture. They go through a process which breaks water clusters apart down to small kernels, filters out all impurities, and then allows the water to recombine into molecular clusters of about 100 nanometers, or 1/10th the size of the large clusters. At this 100 nanometer size, the water clusters can be readily absorbed at the cellular level, providing relief to the issue of chronic dehydration.
While on its face, claiming that water doesn’t affect dehydration seems silly, but there is some science to justify the conclusions. But the debate is beginning at least on this important issue for our health.
This was interesting. A major study published earlier this year states that inactivity and obesity is the 2nd greatest risk factor for cancer, just behind tobacco use. Inactivity and obesity have generally been known to be causal factors for diabetes and heart disease, but the study indicates obesity is a major risk factor for 30% of the common cancers in the US. With the rates of obesity rising, chalk up another reason for exercise and proper diet. Not that skinny people don’t get cancer, but obesity, other than being a risk factor for cancer, was shown to also negatively affect the prognosis for therapy. From our perspective, early detection and health monitoring are critical, but we all have some responsibility to avoid the most common risk factors.
Dogs apparently can detect lung cancer in patients with a 70% accuracy rate, an Austrian study suggests. It may not be the most practical early detection method out there, but it does reinforce the idea that these markers do exist… We just need to find them.
Is it hopeless?
Seriously, isn’t it amazing that, for all of the time, money, and effort the world spends on cancer, we aren’t really that much closer to curing cancer? Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, billions of public dollars allocated, billions in private donations, thousands of brilliant researchers at the best universities and medical schools around the world huddled around cutting-edge equipment, people watching telethons, wearing ribbons of every color, football players in pink shoes, charity runs and walks, and exciting news articles every so often about some promising new technology that is only 5 years away… What have we got for all of this effort? Diddly Squat!
Over the past 50 years, science has made great strides in reducing the rate of death by cardiac disease, stroke, and other diseases. Cancer however… diddly squat. Over 50 years, the rate of cancer deaths in the US dropped from 193.9 per 100,000 to 193.4. That’s the definition of “diddly squat.” Progress in cancer treatment is measured in terms of months and a few years, but unfortunately it seems like the inevitable outcome for many, sadly remains unchanged.
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