HEADLINES / TRENDS l STATS l RESEARCH l MEDIA l PEOPLE

May 2011

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Empowerment for Cancer Patients

After Leigh Fortson’s third bout with cancer, she was offered little hope. So, as a longtime writer in alternative health, Fortson brought a professional researcher’s expertise and a personal passion to the task of charting her own healing course.

Fortson presents what she learned in Embrace, Release, Heal (Sounds True). In chapters with titles such as “Forgiveness” and “Intuition,” Fortson and 12 other cancer survivors address the need to
detoxify from both poor diets and toxic emotions, factors that often go together. (One woman with lymphoma “grew up in a negative and abusive home, and I did nothing but eat junk food.”) The first-person material is bolstered by information from such alt-medicine resources as the Living Foods Institute.

The mind and the body are unalterably linked. Embrace, Release, Heal offers ways to find hope and wellness in that bond.

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Cancer Trakker

One underappreciated problem for people with cancer (or any serious disease, for that matter) is the need to keep track of large amounts of data. Practitioner’s appointments, treatment schedules, test results—all need to be organized and accessible, and all at a time when the patient may feel
fatigued and distracted by emotional and other issues that can arise from a cancer diagnosis.

That’s what makes Cancer Trakker a valuable resource. This three-ring binder is designed
to present vital information in an easy-to-understand, readily portable format. Sample sections include a health and treatment history; how to understand and track blood count charts; side effects management; nutritional support and motivational support. For more on Cancer Trakker (and binders for other disorders) visit www.medtrakker.com.

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Vitamin K
Good For Men’s Bones

Unlike most women, most men are unaware that their bones may become increasingly fragile with age. But a group of Spanish researchers have found that diets rich in vitamin K, a nutrient known to benefit skeletal health in women, may also help protect men’s bones from fractures.

Scientists from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili measured the bone density of 200 volunteers (average age 67). The participants also answered questions about their diet.

After two years, increases in vitamin K intake were associated with improvements in bone mineral density. Study results were published in the journal Bone.

The National Institutes of Health says that more than 2 million men may be at risk for osteoporosis and that 6% of men over age 50 will experience a hip fracture.

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Downloading Tunes to
Fight Rare Cancers

If you want to help fight rare forms of cancer and like to be among the first to listen to songs by your favorite artists before they are widely released, there’s an online source of downloadable tunes just for you: www.RightTrackTunes.org.

The Right Track: Tunes to TargetCancer, is run by TargetCancer, a non-profit organization launched in 2009 by Paul Poth, a Boston lawyer who died at age 39 of hepatobiliary duct cancer, a rare form of the disease.

Because of a lack of funds and research, Poth’s healthcare regimen amounted to a patchwork of treatments for other forms of cancer.

After Poth died, his family and friends continued TargetCancer to honor his memory. TargetCancer promotes the development of lifesaving treatments for uncommon cancers. The organization supports cancer patients and funds research. Among cancers the organization says are underfunded are cholangiocarcinoma, mesothelioma and esophageal cancer.

Weezer, Ween, Linda Thompson and Cowboy Junkies are among artists who have contributed songs.

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MEDIA

Meditations for Moms

Twenty years ago, yoga teacher and new mother Vimala McClure decided to meditate on each of the teachings of the Tao Te Ching, an ancient text that provides the philosophical underpinnings of Taoism. McClure put her meditations on paper, and The Tao of Motherhood became a best seller.

This year, New World Library has produced a 20th anniversary edition of a book filled with timeless advice for moms in the form of short poems. For example, “The real education teaches us to be whole human beings. / Be concerned with this:
That you, your marriage and your home teach health and balance and truth. / Any further education merely augments this basic course.”

If you (or someone you love) adore the newest family member but feel frazzled by the experience of parenting, The Tao of Motherhood can provide an oasis of calm in a busy day.

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NUMBERS

Surviving Cancer

11.7 million
U.S. cancer survivors in 2007

65%
People who had survived for at least 5 years

3 million
Number of cancer survivors 40 years ago

(For the best diet to follow if you or a loved one has had cancer,
see "Eating for Cancer Recovery".)

 

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