Stay Away from Brain Cancer!

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Oct 22nd, 2014
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There is no exact information yet on how brain cancer comes to an individual. Though there is known treatment for this illness, the certainty of it will be cured is still doubtful. To prevent suffering from brain cancer, one must understand it very well. Brain cancer is an attack of small tumors on brain. Here are some few ways on how you can stay away from Brain cancer.

Know about your family medical history. By this you can easily now the identification of symptoms and treatment options. Becoming educated on the history of brain cancer or other diseases in family members can help you prevent cancer.

Observe environmental conditions. Exposure in some environmental elements and other cancer causing chemicals, such as vinyl chloride can lead to cancer, avoid.

Check any immune system issues or any health-related problems. If you feel like losing clear vision and having weak muscle, this can be symptoms, so you better consult your doctor immediately.

Observe over use of mobile phones. Yet there is no strong evidence that using a cell phone causes brain cancer, it would be advisable to pay attention to the amount of time spent on cell phone and avoid using electronic devices such computers and laptops for extended periods of time.

Choose Healthy lifestyle. Exercising, eating healthy and nutritious foods, not smoking, eliminating stress and drinking in moderation is not just a great way to prevent cancer but all types of illnesses, do so.


Dealing with terminal brain cancer (Part 3)

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Oct 15th, 2014
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The last items resulting from the research are as follows:

- they also learned that spirituality is helpful as it gives them hope, additional strength and a more positive attitude. This helps lessen stress and improve relationships among patients and their loved ones.

- Patients give utmost importance to mental competence. Since brain cancer affects one’s ability to think, speak and respond, they would prefer to shorten their life if they lose these abilities. “Losing” their mind is as good as dying itself. Their loved ones agree that they can cope with the challenges as long as the patient’s mind is intact.

As long as his mind is there…we could go on forever.

- they have varying views on euthanasia. Some prefer to respect the patient’s desire to go earlier than remain a vegetable. Others believe that only God has the right to take another’s life.

- Open communication helps a lot, not only for the family, but also for the health care practitioners dealing with the patient.

The MSG Debate

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Oct 8th, 2014
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MSGIs all the fuss about MSG really worth the trouble? A select few do make it a point to be aware of it’s use in their food but in a world where everybody seems to be a health nut the debate has lingered on and on. There have been several studies by most of the world’s leading research facilities regarding the safety of the said food additive and they all come up with the same answer, it is safe to use as long as it is in moderation.
Should the health risks associated with the food additive we know as MSG be just the same as with sugar or salt? Then why do so many feel the urge to make a fuss about it’s use and safety
even if the US FDA approves it as a valid and safe food additive? Competition may be one and maybe a tinge of envy for the taste the foods attains compared to more healthy options. For the rest of the world who find the option of organics to be unattainable, who cares. As long as it tastes good then why bother with what’s making it all so good to eat.


Dealing with terminal brain cancer

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Oct 1st, 2014
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A research was done on how people deal with terminal brain cancer – points of view of both patient and their care givers. Interviews were done on seven patients who have terminal brain cancer, and 22 loved ones who are supporting and are serving as the patients’ care givers. The questions prepared aims to get a better understanding on what is important to the patients and their families when it comes to treatment options. The major themes that resulted from the interviews are as follows:

- brain cancer is a unique disease because it affects all aspects of one’s physical and psychological being.

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Stem Cells – The Boon and Bane of Brain Cancer

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Sep 24th, 2014
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cancerstemcellsScientists have been trying to find out why certain brain tumors react well to chemotherapy and others don’t, what do they find? Cancer stem cells of course, one of the super-cells of the human body that has already been responsible for some of the world’s most revolutionary treatments for our many diseases. They are capable of extreme re-generation and today with the data compiled by cancer researchers, they might be also responsible for the resistance to the effectivity of chemotherapy for certain forms of cancer. Cancer stem cells as they turn out are similar to regular cancer cells with one hideous twist, hey have the same super division capabilities of cancer cells. (more…)

Herbal Medicines for Brain Cancer

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Sep 17th, 2014
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Description

Brain cancer is a tumor or tumors that form on the brain itself. Most brain tumors have spread to the brain from other affected parts of the body (such as the breast or the lung) via the blood-stream. Only a small percentage of brain cancer cases originate in the brain.

In its early stages, brain cancer often produces no symptoms, or it displays symptoms that are mistaken for everyday headaches. As a result, the condition is often quite advanced before it is detected. Brain cancer is a very serious condition that can cause extensive neurological damage or death.

The exact cause of brain cancer is unknown, but heredity is suspected to play a role in its development.

Signs and Symptoms

Brain cancer is usually asymptomatic until the tumor reaches a certain size. At that point, symptoms include:

Persistent headaches

Vomiting

General weakness, or localized weakness in the arms or legs

Loss of coordination

Dizziness

Change in personality

Loss of mental abilities, including memory

Double vision, or loss of vision

Seizures

Conventional Medical Treatment

If you suspect you have a brain tumor, see a physician immediately. A CAT scan or MRI of the head can usually confirm the presence of a tumor and pinpoint its location. If a tumor is found, the physician may take a CAT scan of the chest and abdomen to make sure the cancer has not affected other areas of the body. If the tumor is localized and is situated in an area where removal is possible (on the outer surface of the brain, for example), surgery may be performed. However, some tumors-particularly those located deep within the brain tissue-cannot be operated on. In these cases, radiation and chemotherapy will be used to destroy cancerous cells. (See “Conventional Medical Treatment” in the “Bladder Cancer” entry for more information on radiation and chemotherapy.)

Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupressure By pressing on certain acupressure points along the body’s meridians, a practitioner may be able to reduce cancer-related pain and headaches.

Chinese Herbal Therapy Traditional Chinese Medicine considers any type of tumor formation the result of stagnant blood, so a practitioner may recommend formulas that energize blood flow and strengthen the immune system, such as Ginseng and Astragals Formula. In cases of brain cancer, an herbalist may prescribe the Chinese formula called Three Yellows.

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