Week Ending August 22, 2022

Cancer is caused by mutations, not the body’s acidity; eating alkaline foods can’t alter the body’s pH to prevent or treat cancer
“A Facebook video published in July 2022 claimed that the acidification of the body is the cause of cancer and suggested that consuming certain foods that reduce its acidity can prevent this condition. The Facebook post received more than two thousand interactions on the platform.”

Not Exercising This Much Can Increase Your Risk of Mortality, Says Study
“Everyone knows that exercise is a major player when it comes to an overall healthy lifestyle. In fact, working out regularly can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and add so much goodness to your mind and body.”

Lung Cancer and Nutrition
“In 2020, lung cancer was the second most diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths globally, representing 11.4% of all new cancer diagnoses and 18% of all cancer-related deaths.”

Is Plant-Based Meat Healthy? Here’s What a Dietitian Has to Say
“Plant-based meat has taken the healthy-eating world by storm. What was once a category reserved for rubbery soy-based sausage and chewy fake chicken nuggets is now a category that offers up some pretty impressive-tasting food.”

Meditation and Health
“Do you ever feel like your brain is too stuffed with thoughts? Between the errands that you need to do tomorrow, the lingering issues from yesterday, and the work in front of you today, it can be hard to find room for a positive emotion or a moment of peace. Meditation is a mental exercise that tries to tune out the mental clutter, giving the brain and body a chance to relax.”

What Is Precision Nutrition? How It Can Transform Your Diet And Health
“Imagine being told that everyone needs to wear one specific pair of low-riding jeans at all times regardless of their age, body configuration, surroundings, or life situation. This could leave you with some images that you would want Brillo-padded from your mind. Also, you’d probably argue that such a “one-size-fits-all” solution wouldn’t work with clothes, that people and their circumstances are different and diverse. So why then would a “one-size-fits-all” approach work with diets?”

Exploring the mind-body connection
“Our mental well-being is not a concept typically associated with the responsibilities of public health professionals. But what “health” means has evolved over the past 74 years. Rather than simply a lack of physical ailments, “health” has been defined by the World Health Organization since 1948 as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” However, Western medicine/healthcare has been slow to adopt WHO’s approach.”

How can antioxidants benefit our health?
“Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures.”

What Is a Plant-Based Diet? A Complete Beginner’s Guide
“Dropping the phrase “plant-based diet” is hip when you’re talking nutrition these days. Why? Lauren Manaker, RD, who is based in Charleston, South Carolina, suspects it’s because of increased awareness of the health and environmental benefits that are associated with eating this way.”

Expert Voices: Can Cannabis Use Help With Parkinson’s Symptoms?
“Cannabis is not known to be a cure for any disease, including any neurological disease. It is not a solution for all that ails people with Parkinson’s disease (PPD). Like any potential therapy, there will be some people who respond well and see symptom relief and some who don’t.”

8 Foods for Your Liver
“The liver. You may not realize how much this organ does for you. It handles everything from removing toxins from your blood to promoting digestion and storing vitamins for your body to use later, and more.”

How To Detox Your Body Safely, According To Experts
“Does social media have you thinking you need to detox—a.k.a cleanse your body of nasty, disease-inducing germs and parasites? If so, you may want to keep reading before proceeding.”

Inequalities in the health, nutrition, and wellbeing of Afrodescendant women and children: A cross-sectional analysis of ten Latin American and Caribbean countries
“Afrodescendants are systematically affected by discrimination in the Americas and few multi-country studies addressed ethnic inequalities in health and wellbeing in the region. We aimed to investigate gaps in coverage of key health outcomes and socioeconomic inequalities between Afrodescendants and non-Afrodescendants populations in Latin American and Caribbean countries.”

Zinc for the prevention or treatment of respiratory tract infections: A new systematic review
“It was back in the early 1990s when I first reviewed the evidence for zinc for respiratory tract infections. That particular journal club during my residency is somehow still occupying space in my mind – I even remember prepping my presentation with overhead projector slides (That should give you an idea of how long ago this was). At the time, the buzz was that zinc tablets or lozenges could shorten the duration of a cold.”

Sure Signs Your Immune System Isn’t as Strong as it Should Be
“Your immune system works hard to fight off forein invaders like infections and germs to keep you healthy and it never gets a break. It works around the clock everyday to protect you, so helping your immune system stay strong is vital to your overall well-being. So how can you help strengthen your immunity?”

How the culture of health care perpetuates racism