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10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

There are many factors we can't control that affect our cancer risk, like growing older, our genetic profile and having a family history of the disease. But the good news is that there is a lot we can control. It's as simple as making healthy choices every day and having policies in place that protect our health. Here are the top 10 ways to lower your risk of cancer.
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Halal Meat May Be Processed Differently, But Is it Safer?

Food processed in concordance with Muslim dietary laws is called Halal. Today, halal meat is largely produced in commercial slaughterhouses staffed by specially trained Muslim workers who conduct the actual slaughter and supervise the subsequent processing. But the focus of halal is on ensuring spiritual purity rather than science-based cleanliness, so buying halal food does not guarantee your food will be safe.
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A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence.
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Let's Keep It Real When Making Comparisons To Canadian Health Care

Instead of falling for false comparators, how can we have a broader, proactive conversation on the future of Canadian health care? Boston's book highlights how isolated and frustrating the experience of a patient seeking treatment for a life-altering disease can be. She describes much of her frustration as stemming from rushed appointments that left little time for asking questions. What improvements in system efficiency or changes to compensation models would enable physicians to spend more time providing quality, patient-focused care?

When it Comes to Brain Tumours, There Is Strength in Numbers

When it comes to fighting brain tumours, having a strong and supportive team is the greatest weapon. I've been a social worker on the neurosurgery floor of a hospital for over 26 years. As one of the first people to have contact with a newly diagnosed brain tumour patient, I can attest that a strong network, a resilient team, is one of the greatest assets a patient, and their families, can equip themselves with as they begin this new chapter of their lives.

Fight Obesity With Education

With growing wealth in many developing countries around the world, diet and lifestyle changes are showing dramatic increases in obesity and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But more than rising standards of living, lack of education seems to contribute to these dismal trends.
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Exercise Buddy Program Could Help Cancer Research

Inspired by the popularity of online dating, Associate Professor Catherine Sabiston is hoping to help cancer patients find their perfect exercise "match" post-treatment. "One of the biggest barriers that women with cancer identify is lack of social support," said Sabiston. "They say that if they just had someone to knock on their door and pull them out of the house, they'd exercise. It made me wonder how to match these women with other women so that they can get that social support and hopefully exercise more."
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Can People Control Obesity?

As a dietitian and health counselor, I have no problem with declaring obesity a disease, especially considering the complexity of potential causes, some of which are indeed beyond an individual's control. Having said that, I also believe that the only appropriate response to illness is to make every effort to overcome it as quickly possible.
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The Surprising Antidote For a Wound

If you happen to fall down and injure yourself, according to football mantra, the best thing to do is to get back up and rub some dirt on the wound. But the arboreal alternative has been used for centuries by indigenous populations and by many in the natural health community.
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How My Writing Allowed Me to Heal

In February, 2012, as I worked to complete my book, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was thrust into a world of MRIs, visits to the cancer clinic, operations, radiation. I was afraid. Yet, to my surprise, I found myself writing in a more focused way than ever before, with more efficiency and less drama. Even on bad days, I headed to my desk. By disappearing into writing, I had a refuge, and to my surprise the stories I had been having trouble finishing finished themselves. The cancer may have nailed me, but I really felt, as I sat writing under that apple tree, that I was nailing it back.
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The Scary Truth Behind These 'Natural' Baby Products

Johnson & Johnson explains that they offer "the only line of baby skin products that combines 98 per cent naturally derived ingredients with over 100 years of baby care expertise." Now might be a good time to remind the parents-to-be and the rest of us that for the better part of the last 100 years, Johnson & Johnson was recommending (and still does!) sweetly fragranced petroleum oil for babies (known more commonly as baby oil)