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June 9, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Men's Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Study: Soy May Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors

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TUESDAY, December 8, 2009 (Health.com) — Women with breast cancer who eat more soy are less likely to die or have a recurrence of cancer than women who eat few or no soy products, according to a new study.

In the past, physicians have often warned breast cancer patients not to eat soy. The new research represents “a complete turnaround” from the previous understanding about the link between soy consumption and breast cancer, says Sally Scroggs, a registered dietician and senior health education specialist at M.D. Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center in Houston.

“We have gone from saying, ‘No soy for breast cancer survivors’ to, ‘It’s not going to hurt,'” Scroggs says. “Now it looks like we can say, ‘It may help.'”

The study followed more than 5,000 women in China who had undergone a mastectomy for about four years. The women who consumed the most soy protein (about 15 grams or more a day) had a 29% lower risk of dying and a 32% decreased risk of breast cancer recurrence compared to the women who consumed less than about 5 grams of soy protein a day, according to the study, which appears in the December 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program funded the study.

Women who ate between 9.5 and 15 grams of soy protein saw nearly the same decrease in risk as the women who ate more than 15 grams. In fact, the researchers found no additional benefits to eating more than 11 grams of soy protein a day. (An 8-ounce glass of soy milk and a cup of shelled edamame contain about 7 and 14 grams of soy protein, respectively.)

In all, 534 women had a breast cancer recurrence or died from breast cancer during the study period.

Soy foods—such as milk, tofu, and edamame—are rich in naturally occurring estrogens (especially isoflavones) that can mimic the effects of estrogen in the female body. Because the most common types of breast cancer depend on estrogen to grow, experts once feared that soy isoflavones could stimulate the estrogen receptors in breast-cancer cells, even though the estrogens in soy are much weaker than those produced by the body.

The current study suggests the exact opposite: Soy may actually reduce the amount of estrogen that’s available to the body.

“Soy isoflavones may compete with estrogens produced by the body. Soy isoflavones may also reduce the body’s production of estrogen, and increase clearance of these hormones from the circulation—all of which together reduce the overall amount of estrogen in the body,” says the lead author of the study, Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD, a cancer epidemiologist at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Shu says, however, that factors beyond estrogen may be at work. Other components of soy foods, such as folate, protein, calcium, or fiber (or some combination thereof) may also be responsible for the health benefits reported in the study, she says.

The new findings, which seem to contradict what many women have heard from their doctors over the years, could prove perplexing for women such as Andrea Mulrain, 44, a former music executive who was first diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago.

After her diagnosis, Mulrain’s doctors told her to steer clear of all soy foods because these foods could encourage the growth of cancer cells. Mulrain had estrogen-sensitive breast cancer, which means that estrogen helps the cancer grow.

Her doctors eventually softened their stance a bit, and said she could consume soy in moderation. “I pretty much avoided soy for 10 years after diagnosis but recently was told it was OK to have soy in moderation as long as I read the labels and make sure it’s not the main ingredient in any food,” says Mulrain, who is currently being treated for a recurrence.

In the study, the association between soy consumption and lower risk of death and cancer recurrence was seen in women like Mulrain with estrogen-sensitive breast cancers, and in women taking tamoxifen, a drug designed to prevent cancer recurrence by blocking the effects of estrogen in the breast tissue.

Despite the study’s findings, the final verdict on soy and breast-cancer recurrence is not yet in, according to an accompanying editorial written by Rachel Ballard-Barbash, MD, of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., and Marian L. Neuhouser, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

The follow-up period in the new study was relatively short, they say, and breast-cancer diagnosis and treatment may be different in China compared to the United States. Similarly, there may be differences in the types of soy foods that Chinese and American women eat. (In general, Chinese women consume significantly more soy than American women.)

More studies are needed to confirm these findings, especially as they apply to women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer or those who take drugs such as tamoxifen to keep breast cancer at bay, say Ballard-Barbash and Neuhouser. Still, they say, “Patients with breast cancer can be assured that enjoying a soy latte or indulging in pad thai with tofu causes no harm, and when consumed in plentiful amounts may reduce risk of disease recurrence.”

The study should be reassuring to women who have been trained to steer clear of soy, says Scroggs. “Don’t freak out if there is some tofu mixed in with your vegetables at an Asian restaurant,” she says.

Her soy prescription for breast-cancer survivors? “Eat soy in moderation, and your soy proteins should come from foods, not concentrated supplements,” she says. “Soy is a complete protein so it is high in fiber and has a place in a healthy, balanced diet.”

Eating more soy is beneficial because it tends to replace less healthy foods in people’s diets, Scroggs says. “When people are eating soy protein, they are likely eating less of something else, such as red meat,” she says.

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As this study shows… soy is still out for debate but I have a lot of friends who took Reliv during treatment and had more energy. Do your research and decided if taking Reliv is right for you. If you need more information please contact me through my Reliv site.
Yours in getting healthy again,
Katrina

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Understanding Asthma and Allergies

Understanding Asthma and Allergies
Allergies are a result of an immune system gone haywire:
The immune system mistakes a typically harmless
substance for a harmful invader. Your immune system then
makes antibodies against the substance, which launches the
release of histamines and other chemicals that cause allergic
reactions such as sneezing, itchy and watering eyes, runny
nose and other miserable symptoms. Allergies also can
cause symptoms that involve your skin or digestive system.
Some of the common allergy culprits are pet dander, dyes,
detergents, mold and pollen. Some foods, insect stings and
medications can trigger allergies, too.
While asthma and allergies are separate conditions, they’re
related. People who have respiratory allergies are more
likely to have asthma, and having asthma increases your
risk for developing an allergy.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes airway
obstruction. Allergies, smoke and air pollution can
trigger asthma and cause the airways to become inflamed.
As the airway swells, less air flows to the lungs while mucus
production increases. This causes symptoms like wheezing,
coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.
Standard allergy and asthma treatments often include
steroids, antihistamines, nasal sprays, prescription
medications or allergy shots. But building your defenses
through good nutrition is another option.
Tackling Asthma and Allergies Through Nutrition
Findings published in the journal Thorax show low
dietary intake of vitamins A and C may increase the risk
of developing asthma. At the same time, a new study
from Tanta University in Egypt shows a combination
of omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin C and zinc
may improve symptoms of asthma in children. The
researchers note that omega-3s and zinc each have
anti-inflammatory effects, while Vitamin C, a potent
antioxidant, may reduce attacks in the lungs from
bacteria, viruses or other sources.
Clearly, supplying your body with optimum nutrition is a key
step in keeping your immune system functioning properly to
fight the development or symptoms of allergies and asthma.
The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s have
been shown to benefit the immune system and have a
positive effect on allergies as well as asthma. Omega-3s
can be found in GlucAffect™, ReversAge®, and Relìv
Now® for Kids.
Vitamins A, C, E and zinc, enzymes, garlic and cayenne
also have been shown to help strengthen the immune
system to reduce allergy symptoms. Relìv Now®,
Relìv Classic® and FibRestore® are good sources of all of
these nutrients, plus other beneficial herbs and enzymes.
These nutritional products also contain bromelain, an
enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties shown to help
manage asthma and other allergy responses.
Probiotics offer another option shown to be effective in
decreasing allergy development. Probiotics, also called
“friendly bacteria,” are live microorganisms similar to
beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. These
include Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium.
Probiotics stimulate the immune system to help your
body protect itself. Good sources of probiotics include
SoySentials®, which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus,
and ReversAge, which includes both Bifidobacterium and
Lactobacillus acidophilus.
High fiber diets also encourage probiotic growth in the
digestive tract. FibRestore is loaded with 10 grams of
soluble and insoluble fiber per serving, providing a third
of the recommended daily amount.

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May 26, 2011 Posted by | Allergies, Alternative Health, children, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Men's Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Improving Your Health in Your 50’s and 60’s

One of the most interesting things I have discovered is that you can improve your health no matter what your age. Getting old and the aches and pains that come with it don’t have to be your reality. You can change how you feel and your health. Blair and Joy share their story with you in this great video.

Blair and Joy have been my mentors and a huge support to me. They have been taking Reliv for years and it shows. Blair is still active in softball and the energy they have! I look forward to having their energy and health. I know that by taking Reliv I am preventing many aches and pains. I look forward to be active in my 70’s and 80’s. Feed the body the nutrients it needs is important. Think of it this way… our food only grows if it the soil has nutrients and water. The human body is the same. It need nutrients and water to stay healthy.

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Yours in Achieving Better Health!
Katrina van Oudheusden

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May 20, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Vitamin, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Funny Comic Post about Health Care

Health Tip for Today

May 3, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, Uncategorized, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , | 1 Comment

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