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Posts from October 2013


Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Here we are, rounding out the last few days of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The NFL is wearing pink socks and there are lots of businesses around town that are donating a portion of this month's proceeds to fight breast cancer.  But beyond the pink...what is breast cancer?  In its truest definition, it's rogue cells that invade one's body.  It's sometimes fast.  It's sometimes slow.  It's sometimes beat.  It's sometimes beat multiple times.  It's sometimes lost to.  But no matter what it's a fight.  And only the most mentally, physically and spiritually strong can stand on the top of the mountain and declare victory.  And sometimes even those who seemed invincible, who rolled up their sleeves and got dirty with this hideous thing called cancer...lose.  Breast cancer invades moms, sisters, friends, coworkers, wives, aunts, grandmas...it doesn't really have a rhyme or reason to it and no one is exempt.  But we do have one way to stand on even ground with it...Mammograms.  If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is over 96 percent. Getting a Mammogram is one of the best early detection methods.  And if you're one of the 13 million U.S. women 40 years or older who has never had a Mammogram, I suggest you get your butt into the doctor.  The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. Plus, don't forget about monthly breast self-exams that take two seconds.  And if you still need convincing to take an hour out of your year to get a Mammogram, I came across this insanely powerful photograph blog a husband put together of his wife and her fight against breast cancer.  It's really not a choice.  If you have questions or concerns Fort Healthcare is a great resource and has put together a fantastic blog to help you.  How 'bout you make your appointment...today....
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Let's Talk Sweeteners
So you put a little yellow packet in your coffee and a pink packet in your plain yogurt.  It adds a calorie-free sweetness that makes eating 'healthy' just a little bit easier.  The good news is yes...your calorie intake is easier to maintain when you're not adding sugar into your daily diet...but those little packets of sweet, calorie-free goodness may be lipstick on a pig.  Because if you take a look at the ingredients you'll see a whole bunch of things you can't even begin to pronounce.  That's because they're essentially chemicals made in a lab.  Some processes involve chlorine and others include acetone (yes the active ingredient in nail polish remover) just to name a couple.  Splenda actually has more in common with a pesticide than a sugar...yikes!   I'm sure you've heard that these artificial sweeteners are carcinogens, but let me be perfectly clear that there is no scientific evidence backing up that accusation.   The other side of me says...that's because there just hasn't been enough long-term testing on them.  So, I guess it comes down to what you want to put into your body.  If you're looking for natural sweeteners that won't bust your healthy eating, try some cinnamon in your coffee and some local honey in your tea.  You can always add some maple syrup to your plain yogurt, too.  These aren't calorie-free but used in moderation, you'll be just fine. 
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