Posts Tagged ‘Cancer’

The Most Common Cancer…and Tips to Prevent It


MD 2011 | marek@myhousecallmd.com

What do you think is the most likely type of cancer to affect you and your loved ones?  Lung cancer?  Colon cancer?  It’s not a pleasant thing to think about by any stretch of the imagination yet it is so common (one in five will be affected) AND so preventable (in the majority of cases), that not talking about it is not an option.  The answer is skin cancer.  In fact, there are more cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year than lung, colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.  It’s kind of a big deal.  Lucky for us, most skin cancers are slow growing and do not metastasize (i.e. spread to other parts of your body) very often.  Another nice thing about skin cancer is that the tumors can often be seen and diagnosed without any fancy tools or expensive tests.  However, thousands of people continue to die from skin cancer every year.  What’s the missing link?  Knowledge…which is why we’ve broken down the three most common types of cancers to watch out for below.

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02 2011

FRS Health Energy: What is Quercetin?


PharmD 2011 | lee@myhousecallmd.com

What do Pro Volleyball, Lance Armstrong, and Motor Sports have in common?  Besides making us feel like we should get off the couch more, all of them are sponsored by a revolutionary energy drink that promises “to produce more real energy.”  Real energy?  It turns out we can blame sleep deprivation for America’s craving for alternative energy.  Approximately 20-40% of adults report difficulty sleeping at some point each year due to a myriad of reasons (first date anxiety, work deadlines, World of Warcraft…you get the idea) (1).  It’s no surprise that more people are turning to a quick “natural” fix after a sleepless night to boost their energy level like Pac-man and his power pellets.  Free Radical System (FRS) claims to offer a natural, healthy form of energy.  Should we denounce milk and pour FRS into our cereal bowls instead? Besides questionable after taste, it might not be a bad idea to learn more about the active ingredient in FRS before doing so.

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01 2011

Healthy Weight Gain without the Burger and Fries


by Leah Frankel, MS, RD | frankel@myhousecallmd.com

With over half of American’s classified as either overweight or obese, there is a plethora of information available on weight loss (not that we recommend the unusual “grapefruit diet” your Google search pulled up). While most of us in America are trying to lose weight, have you ever thought about the people out there trying to gain weight? According to the Center for Disease Control (2003-2006), approximately 1.8% of adults are underweight. Adults are underweight for a variety of reasons including a desire to be thin for aesthetic reasons, medical conditions and poor dietary intake (which is common in the elderly). As with being overweight, there are risks associated with being underweight; we’ll discuss these risks as well as common reasons for being underweight and walk you through how to gain weight in a healthy manner without a diet of burgers and fries.

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09 2010

Oncology 101: The Basics of Cancer

by Kelly Erickson, MD | erickson@myhousecallmd.com

We all know what “cancer” is, but when you or a loved one hears it as a diagnosis in the physician’s office, the word suddenly takes on a whole new meaning.  Not only may you become overwhelmed with emotions and the notion of mortality, but also with an entirely new vocabulary.  The number of words the medical community has conjured up to describe cancer is astounding.  As scary as it sounds, your understanding of cancer and the terms we use to describe it are paramount to your personal decisions and treatment.  Here we will explain the basics of cancer as well as outline some of the most commonly used terminology in the field of oncology (a.k.a. cancer…and the vocabulary lesson begins).

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07 2010

The Healing Power of Green Tea

Green tea’s medicinal use reaches far back in the history of mankind.  It’s about time someone sorted through all theGreen Tea green tea urban legends, separating the voodoo from the scientifically-proven applications…and that’s exactly what the American Academy of Family Physicians did.  You’ll be amazed to see what they found.

Scientifically-Proven Uses:

  1. Cancer: High intake of green tea (i.e. 3-10 cups per day) has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by 20%, the risk of colon cancer by 18%, and the risk of stomach & esophageal cancer by 50%.  Some conflicting evidence exists, however, so the final verdict is still out, but green tea seems to be a promising way to reduce the risk of cancer.

  2. Genital & Anal Warts:  Yes, this is (shockingly) true.  Green tea extract in topical cream form (called Veregen) has been proven effective in the treatment of genital and anal warts caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Research is being done to see if this same compound can be used for the treatment of cervical disease caused by HPV.

  3. Stroke: Individuals who consume five or more cups of green tea per day significantly reduce their risk of stroke.

The Voodoo:

  1. Weight Loss: Studies looking at weight loss with the consumption of green tea show mixed results, at best.  The weight loss seen in some studies is believed to be related to the caffiene in the tea which increases your metabolism at high doses (which subsequently leads to weight loss).  Other studies have not seen any weight loss with high doses of green tea (i.e. it didn’t work).  We recommend hitting the gym for 30 minutes a day rather than trying to consume over 10 cups of green tea…it seems a bit more reasonable.

  2. High Cholesterol & Triglycerides: Studies found that green tea does NOT reduce an individuals cholesterol or triglyceride levels.  Stick to your low cholesterol diet!

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