~ July 2008 - Lethal Misconceptions About Skin Cancer
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- Lethal Misconceptions About Skin Cancer
By Julius G. Goepp, MD
Few people are aware that about half of all cancers occur in the skin . . . far more than any other part of our body.
While most skin cancers are curable, they can be disfiguring and expensive to treat.
Doctors claim that sun exposure is the leading cause. Yet even in geographic areas where solar ray exposure is limited, rates of certain skin cancers have more than doubled in less than a decade.
Like virtually all cancers, aging is the primary culprit. That's because aged cells suffer an accumulation of mutations to genes that regulate their proliferation. Aging people are much more vulnerable to contracting skin cancers from even limited exposure to solar radiation.
The public has been alerted to the grave dangers of melanoma, but remain largely in the dark about another deadly cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) that strikes almost four times as many Americans.7,8 Like melanoma, the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma is related to aging and sun exposure.
Applying a topical sun-blocking agent daily makes common sense, not only to guard against skin cancer, but to also protect against premature skin aging. The unfortunate reality is that few people take the time to adequately shield their skin against damaging solar rays every day.
As you will read, an orally ingested plant extract has been discovered to confer remarkable protection against sunburn and solar ray skin cell damage.
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- Optimizing Testosterone Levels in Aging Men
By Paul D. Navar, MD
By the age of 80, a man's testosterone level may only be 20% of what it was in his youth. This decline in testosterone occurs gradually, starting as early as his mid-30s, and can result in an increased risk of life-threatening illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Testosterone deficiency can also lead to a number of disturbing symptoms, including loss of stamina and lean muscle mass, reduced libido, anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline. Known as the andropause, these changes are the male equivalent of female menopause. Unlike menopause, however, the drop in testosterone is so gradual that the symptoms of andropause appear over a longer period of time and are often ignored for a while or are attributed to "getting older."
The good news is that many symptoms of testosterone deficiency can be reversed by restoring youthful testosterone levels in a variety of ways. Millions of men are now using testosterone-building supplements and even testosterone itself for this reason.
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- Does Mild Cognitive Impairment Concern You?
By Edward R. Rosick, DO, MPH, DABHM
Conventional physicians have yet to recognize the growing epidemic of mild cognitive impairment that faces our aging population. Currently, there is no standard medical protocol for preventing or treating this condition that may be a precursor to Alzheimer's disease. In this article, physician Dr. Rosick discusses the need for early diagnosis and preventive treatment.
The Epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease Clinically described in 1906, Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia in those aged 65 or older. It is characterized by a progressive decline in both cognition and memory. With the rapidly aging population in the United States, projections are that 20 million people in the United States will develop this extremely debilitating neurological disease during the next four decades. However, there is another condition that all of us, elderly or not, need to be concerned about when it comes to suboptimal brain function—mild cognitive impairment.
Is Mild Cognitive Impairment an Early Form of Alzheimer's Disease?
Who among us doesn't forget things now and then? As a busy physician practicing integrative medicine at a university medical center, I find that it's not unusual to forget even the simplest of things—like where I've left my car keys or what room my stethoscope is in (fortunately, I generally don't forget what room my patients are in!). In fact, I'm sure it's safe to say there is practically no one in our fast-paced, high-stress world who does not have these episodes of forgetfulness. For most of us, while annoying, these bouts of memory meltdown are not a big deal. But for some people—those who suffer from mild cognitive impairment—it is a potentially serious problem.
Mild cognitive impairment represents a process in which individuals show a statistically significant decline in their memory when compared with other patients of the same age and gender. In contrast to patients with Alzheimer's disease, people with mild cognitive impairment generally have no other cognitive complaints—that is, they have no problems driving, dressing themselves, cooking dinner, etc.
It should be noted that research into mild cognitive impairment is still new. In fact, there is no consensus among mainstream (or even integrative) physicians on what does and does not comprise mild cognitive impairment.
"If I have mild cognitive impairment, does that mean I'll automatically get Alzheimer's disease?" is a question I often hear, and the answer, at least from the data we currently have, is "no." Studies show that people with mild cognitive impairment do not automatically go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. In the 2004 Canadian Study of Health and Aging in 296 men and women, 29% remained stable—that is, they did not deteriorate further into Alzheimer's disease, while 10% recovered—that is, they regained normal memory and cognitive function. In a more recent study published in 2007, Italian researchers examined 52 elderly men and women (average age of 73 years) with mild cognitive impairment over a period ranging from two months to three years. The researchers found that almost 54% of the patients remained stable in terms of their memory retention, while 17% of them regained normal brain function.
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- Averting Arrhythmias with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
By William Davis, MD
All too often, the first sign of hidden cardiovascular disease is the last: sudden cardiac death. Many of these deaths are caused by abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias.
Arrhythmias—some harmless, some life-threatening—afflict nearly 10 million Americans. While conventional medical treatments focus on invasive implantable devices and medications that carry serious side effects, compelling evidence shows that you can arm yourself against dangerous heart rhythm disorders by optimizing your omega-3 fatty acid intake.
Physicians Finally Recommend Fish Oil
In the last two years, conventional medical practitioners have increasingly embraced omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil for their heart-health benefits.
But just 30 years ago, had you suggested that fish oil could provide extraordinary benefits towards reducing the risk of heart attack, help prevent or suppress abnormal heart rhythms, and even reduce the likelihood of death from heart disease more than any prescription drug known, you would have been laughed out of town. But you would also have had the last laugh.
For years, physicians have dismissed the value of nutritional supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. This unwillingness to utilize fish oil has prevailed despite considerable scientific data documenting the flagrant health damage wreaked by omega-3 deficiency in Americans. Even after a 1999 study showed that heart attack survivors who supplemented with a modest amount of fish oil each day experienced significantly less cardiovascular mortality (30%) and sudden death (45%), many physicians failed to recommend omega-3 fatty acids to their patients.
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