Weekend Wonderings: Holidays Edition

Written December 22nd, 2013 by Ken

 thinkerWelcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Due to holiday and travel plans, there will not be a WW next week; you may want to bookmark this page and re-read this next Sunday.  Grab your hot cocoa/hot toddie and let’s proceed.

Before we get too far along, I want to wish you and your families best wishes for the Holdays.

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

Of course, we have a couple items this week.

  •  We are already aware of likely benefits of men eating cooked tomatoes (sauces, etc) for the benefits of lycopene in lowering their risk of prostrate cancer. The earlier studies (linked, above) are now backed up by research in regards to tomato consumption in women and the effect of reduction of breast cancer.

“Based on these data, we believe regular consumption of at least the daily recommended servings of lycopene-containing fruits and vegetables would promote breast cancer prevention in a population at risk for breast cancer”

DoubleHelixThe lycopene appears to trigger the production of the hormone adiponectin which is the “risk-reducer”. Now, a couple caveats; first, this beneficial effect is more pronounced in women with lower body mass index. There are a lot of health benefits to having the recommended BMI, the efficacy of nutrients and hormones in disease reduction/prevention is one of them. So, eat your tomatoes and watch your BMI-driving calories this holiday season. There really isn’t any single thing that is the Magic Bullet with cancer prevention/cure, but a lot of little things can add up for you.

Speaking of food, here is a cooking video (34:00), courtesy of The James, on healthy meal preparation for the holidays. We’re here to help. You’re welcome.

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Weekend Wonderings: Halloween Edition

Written October 27th, 2013 by Ken


Welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon/evening and let’s carry on. This will provide a nice break from lawn work for you. Then you can check to see if your snow-blower is still working.

And you can take a break from gorging on Halloween candy. No?

The James/Wexner, Cleveland Clinic

This is the last WW of October, so of course I’m going to have an article from The James regarding breast cancer.

A clinical trial at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center –  Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) investigates whether a new formulation of curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, can reduce chronic inflammation that is thought to contribute to breast-cancer development.   .. the trial is led by principal investigator Lisa Yee, MD, a surgical oncologist with the OSUCCC-James Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center.

This trial may turn out to be a two-fer in that an opportunity to spice up your life may also save it. This will be a Phase I Clinical Trial, so if there is any interest, please click though on the contact information in the linked article.

Next up is an article on women’s health from the Cleveland Clinic. This pertains to heart disease, actually the leading killer of women, claiming 400,000 lives per year. This number is more deaths than caused by all types of cancer combined. Read More

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