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Oral contraceptives increase breast cancer risk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Wednesday, 06 December 2006 00:00

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women worldwide. In the United States breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in women aged 20 to 59 years old. Approximately 2 in 15 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and each year nearly 40,000 women die from the disease. Over the last 40 years breast cancer rates have steadily increased worldwide and has increased even faster in developed countries with the rate fastest increase occurring in younger women. 

Oral contraceptive (OC) pills have been commonly used by millions of women in the United States for over 40 years. Oral contraceptives, also commonly known as “The Pill” are a combination of progestin and a synthetic estrogen. This medication that is taken by healthy women to prevent pregnancy and is generally considered by most to be safe and effective. 

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified both hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives as “group 1 carcinogens”. A group 1 carcinogen means that the substance is carcinogenic to humans, whereas group 2A means the substance is probably carcinogenic to humans and group 2B means the substance is possibly carcinogenic to humans.


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Commentary: I want an apology for... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 03 November 2006 00:00

A recent speech by Democratic Senator John Kerry has erupted into a firestorm. Senator Kerry describes the comment as a “botched joke” that was actually aimed at President Bush. President Bush has called for an apology to what he considered an insult to the troops serving in Iraq. Radio and television talk show hosts, newspapers, and the Internet are all abuzz with this story. 

President Bush’s political operatives are attempting to create a giant controversy over this remark in the hopes of gaining political traction. But stepping back from the story it’s clearly nothing more than a tempest in a teapot. This single sentence from a single speech didn’t kill anyone, it didn’t cost anyone money, and it really didn’t effect anyone’s life in any amount. But this controversy did make me think of all the horrifying tragedies that deserve an apology. 

I want an apology for the more than 2,800 Americans soldiers that have died in less than four years in the Iraq War. – Associated Press, November 2, 2006 

I want an apology for the 655,000 Iraqis that have died as a result of the invasion of Iraq. – The Lancet, October


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Fruit and vegetable concentrate boosts immunity and decreases DNA damage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Tuesday, 17 October 2006 00:00

Diets rich in fruits and vegetables have been shown to be extremely important in maintaining health. Fruits and vegetables have been shown to reduce heart disease risk, decrease the risk for certain cancers, improve life expectancy, and lower body mass index (BMI). 

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) now recommends more than five fruits and vegetables each day to improve health and reduce disease. Unfortunately, studies show that the recommended consumption of fruits and vegetables is not being met. For example, a recent study of over 2,300 girls published in Preventative Medicine showed that a requirement of two fruits and three vegetables per day was only met by 10% of girls. 

Fruit and vegetable concentrates could be one way to help reduce this gap. Some of the components of fruits and vegetables, such as vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals are effective in maintaining health and immune function. Encapsulated concentrates have been shown to improve immunity and reduce DNA damage. These also have also been shown to increase blood levels of vitamin C and other nutrients, and also decrease the amount of oxidative damage in the body. 

A new study in The Journal of Nutrition, examined the effect of a fruit and vegetable concentrate over an 11-week period on 59 healthy students. The students were assigned, in a double-blind fashion, to either a placebo or the fruit and vegetable concentrate. They were instructed to take 4 capsules a day, but were instructed to otherwise not alter their diet. The fruit and vegetable concentrate consisted of powder derived from acerola cherry, apple, beet, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cranberry, kale, orange, peach, papaya, parsley, pineapple, spinach, and tomato.


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Vitamin C supplements help reverse male infertility PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Thursday, 05 October 2006 00:00

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility affects over 6 million people in the United States. Male infertility accounts for 40% of infertility problems, which affects approximately 15% of couples. 

A number of nutritional approaches have been shown to improve sperm counts and sperm motility, such as zinc, selenium, vitamin B12, carnitine, and arginine. Also, numerous antioxidant nutrients have also proven beneficial in treating male infertility, such as glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and vitamins A and E. 

A new small study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food examined the effect of supplementing with vitamin C on men with infertility. The study consisted of 13 men aged 25 to 35 who supplemented with 1,000 mg of vitamin C twice daily for 2 months. 

Vitamin C protects sperm from oxidative damage and has been shown to improve sperm quality in smokers. One gram of vitamin C daily has also been found to be effective in agglutination, a condition that causes sperm to clump together. The study authors notes “men who lack vitamin C are also more likely to pass on genetically damaged sperm that can cause birth defects.” Several studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin C shows a significant improvement in sperm quality.


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30,000 children under the age of five die every day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Saturday, 09 September 2006 00:00

As we approach the five-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks many people will stop to remember that horrific tragedy. On that day coordinated attacks killed approximately 3,000 people and shook the United States to its foundation. People going about their daily lives as well as heroes that rushed to the scene to offer aid and assistance perished in a brutal and unforgiving way. 

But as local, dramatic and cruel images burn an impression onto our minds, common and distant, but equally horrific tragedies all but vanish from our consciousness. According to a report by the food and agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) nearly 11 million children die before reaching the age of five each year. That’s the same as approximately 30,000 children each day or the equivalent 10 September 11th tragedies worth of children dieing each and every day. And underlying more than half of these child deaths are hunger and malnutrition. 

Although there have been improvements in parts of the world over the years nearly 800 million people live in a constant state of hunger today. In addition, 121 million children do not attend school, 530,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, and 1 million people die from malaria. 

In 1996, nations took a pledge at the World Food Summit, or WFS, to make dramatic changes in these conditions. “We pledge our political will and our common and national commitment to achieving food security for all and to an ongoing effort to eradicate hunger in all countries, with an immediate view to reducing the number of undernourished people to half their present level no later than 2015.” Unfortunately, since the 1990s progress has “slowed significantly in Asia and stalled completely worldwide.”


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SSRI antidepressants increase risk of internal bleeding PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Thursday, 31 August 2006 00:00

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly known as SSRIs, are the most widely used antidepressants in the world. In fact, some figures show that as many as 3 to 4 out of every 100 people are taking these drugs on any given day. Drugs known as SSRIs include Celexa (citalopram), Prozac (fluoxetine), Luvox (flovoxamine), Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and Anafranil (clomipramine). 

There has been a great deal of debate on the increased suicide risk in both adults and adolescents with the use of SSRIs. However, a much less recognized adverse effect of these medications is the increased risk of upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. 

It is known that another class of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can cause this serious condition. In fact, according to a 1998 research article in the American Journal of Medicine, “107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated.” 

Only in the last several years has the problem of SSRI related GI bleeding started to be recognized. A recent research article in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology examines SSRIs and internal bleeding as well as the increased risk when these medications are used in combination with NSAIDs.


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Leafy green vegetables reduces cancer risk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 11 August 2006 00:00

Epidemiological studies have shown the protective effect of vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, are protective against colon cancer. In Asia the lower incidence of degenerative diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, are believed to be due to the high consumption of fruits and vegetables. Green vegetables are widely consumed in Asia and are a major source of antioxidant and antioxidant like compounds. In addition, these green vegetables contain compounds that aid in the body’s natural detoxification pathways to remove potential carcinogens. 

A study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, examines the antioxidant and the detoxification inducing ability of green leaf vegetables consumed in Asia. 

Free radicals are generated in the body by many mechanisms including response to inflammation, normal metabolism, and exposure to radiation. At places in the body where there is inflammation the immune system dispatches white blood cells, called neutrophils, to fight infections. These neutrophils use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and hypochlorous acid (HOCl) to kill foreign invaders such as bacteria and fungus. 

Although neutrophils use these chemical mechanisms quite effectively to protect the body the resultant chemicals also can cause damage to the body through oxidative stress. “HOCl and species derived from it can oxidize lipids, proteins, DNA, and carbohydrates.” In fact, the generation of these chemicals in the body is “implicated in a wide range of human diseases ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease to chronic inflammation.”


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TeenScreen - Normal Kids Labeled Mentally Ill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 04 August 2006 00:00

Despite years of public outcry, based on recommendations by President Bush's New Freedom Commission to screen all school children for mental illness, TeenScreen is now being administered in the nation's public school system and children are being regularly diagnosed with one, or more, disorders chosen from the close to 400 listed in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV" (DSM), also known as the psychiatric "Billing Bible." 

The list of mental disorders to chose from when diagnosing children mentally ill with TeenScreen, are "voted" into the Billing Bible by members of the American Psychiatric Association, and include, among others, conduct disorder, avoidant personality disorder, mathematics disorder, reading disorder, disorder of written expression, general anxiety disorder, nightmare disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and factious disorder. 

A mental illness that drew a lot of ridicule recently, is called the "intermittent explosive disorder," for people who fly into occasional but unwarranted fits of rage. 

Critics view TeenScreen is a main components in an overall pharmaceutical industry-backed marketing scheme pushed along by the NFC, aimed at recruiting new customers for psychiatric drugs. The NFC's report specifically identifies the target population Big Pharma is after when it states: 

"Schools are in a key position to identify mental health problems early and to provide a link to appropriate services. Every day more than 52 million students attend over 114,000 schools in the U.S. When combined with the six million adults working at those schools, almost one-fifth of the population passes through the Nation's schools on any given weekday."


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