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Cutting Your Cancer Risk

Picture yourself in a room of 20 people.

Of these 20 people, one will develop colorectal cancer in his/her lifetime.
“Colon cancer is among the most common cancers diagnosed in this country, with more than 100,000 new cases each year,” said Dr. Murali Murty of Arizona Center for Cancer Care in Scottsdale. “What’s more, it is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths with the American Cancer Society reporting there may be as many as 50,000 Americans losing their lives to this disease this year alone.”
But, this number need not be so staggering.
“Education on the disease, coupled with proactive methods for early detection and new treatment advances, can greatly reduce this number on a local and national level,” said Dr. Murty.

What is colon cancer?

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine. It is often found to be present along with cancer of the rectum, and is then referred to as colorectal cancer. Cancer that begins in the lining of 153010495the colon, or adenocarcinoma, accounts for over 90 percent of all colon cancer cases. In almost 100 percent of cases, the cancer starts as a polyp on the colon.

Who is at risk?

Colon cancer is color blind – meaning all races and ethnicities are at risk. And, while commonly thought to be a disease limited to males, it is just as easy for women to develop. Additional risks, according to Dr. David S. Mendelson of Pinnacle Oncology Hematology in Scottsdale, include:

• Age – those over 50
• Diet – those who are overweight, lacking in fiber and/or overindulging in alcohol
• Family history – those who have family members diagnosed with the disease
• Lack of exercise – those who don’t get enough cardiovascular exercise on most days of the week
• Smoking – long-term smoking increases one’s risk of nearly every kind of disease on the planet

Symptoms

“The bad news is that in its earliest – and more treatable stages – there aren’t apparent symptoms,” said Dr. Murty.
This is the No. 1 reason screening tests are critical.
“When we do start to see symptoms, which can include blood in the stool, chronic stomach cramps and unexplained weight loss, the cancer may have already reached a later stage,” said Dr. Mendelson.

Early detection

As Katie Couric has taught us, both men and women should get their first colonoscopy by age 50, and should repeat the process as requested by one’s medical professional, usually once every five to 10 years. A colonoscopy involves the insertion of a thin tube into one’s rectum by a medical professional to check the colon for any polyps or other growths that might be dangerous.
“And yes, you are sedated when this happens, so it is not nearly as scary as it sounds,” said Dr. Mendelson. “Other diagnostic tools may include blood tests, x-rays and/or CT scans.”
One should begin the screening process earlier if he or she has any family history of the disease or other GI-related issues, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Treatment

“Once the actual cancer is diagnosed, the next step is determining the stage and then usually the surgical removal of the cancer,” said Dr. Mendelson.
Chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be used in addition to surgery to treat the cancer, especially if it has spread to other areas of the body.
“Due to advances in treatment of colorectal cancer, more patients are spared the complete removal of anus and rectum these days. This means fewer patients need a colostomy bag. Generally, chemotherapy and radiation are given first to help shrink the rectal tumor,” said Dr. Murty.
After this, surgeons have a better chance of removing only the part of the rectum with the tumor and sparing the anus, which allows normal bowel function. In very early rectal cancers, surgeons may be able to remove the tumor with no additional chemotherapy or radiation at all.
“However, when required, radiation is much more tolerable and has far fewer side effects, thanks to technological advances in recent years,” said Dr. Murty.

Prevention

173329702The general rule of thumb is to start a cardiovascular exercise routine, quit and/or avoid smoking as well as avoid secondhand smoke and to take a good, hard look at one’s diet.
“We are forgetting to feed our colons, while polluting our bodies with useless junk,” said Dr. Frank W. Jackson of Jackson GI Medical. “Fiber, in particular, is lacking in virtually all American diets.”
And it shows.
“We tend to ignore how fiber and its ability to fuel the glorious cauldron of bacteria in our colons, which is quietly amongst our most powerful health organs, can help prevent disease,” said Dr. Jackson, who recommends prebiotic fibers, which help to feed the good bacteria in one’s colon, fueling its war against the bad, cancer-causing bacteria also present.
However, Americans are really only getting this critical fiber via wheat and onions; Europeans, on average, consume five times the amount daily.  As a result, many are turning to prebiotic supplement programs, like Prebiotin, readily available at most vitamin and health stores – and even Sprouts – in the area.

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Got Milk? Babies and Breastfeeding

Becoming a mother is one of the most wonderful and challenging times in a woman’s life. It’s a time for celebrations but also a time for preparation, planning and important decision making. One of those decisions being – do I breastfeed or use formula milk?

Many new mothers struggle with the decision to breastfeed or bottle feed their new baby. While many may opt out of breastfeeding, health educators are encouraging mother’s to reconsider.

Why the breast is best

Nursing is a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. It provides ideal nourishment and a special bonding experience that many nursing mothers desire.

Aside from that, breast milk also provides infection-fighting prebiotics (antibodies) that aren’t found in formula. These antibodies are passed from the nursing mother to her baby and can help by increasing the barriers to infection and decreasing the growth of bad bacteria that can create viruses and other infections like:

  • Gas, diarrhea and other digestive health issues
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Childhood obesity
  • Leukemia
  • Eczema and other skin issues
  • Immune system

But that’s not all—breast milk is the “perfect food” for the digestive system.

Why?

Breast milk delivers the perfect amount of nutrition that promotes easy digestion. Unlike baby formula, which is full of insulin and high in sugar, breast milk contains lactose, protein, fat and prebiotics that all are easily digested by a newborns immature system. Together they work to promote the growth of “friendly bacteria” inside the newborns stomach and fight off any harmful bacteria that may cause chronic illnesses.

Can mother’s benefit from breastfeeding too?

Weight gain, pregnancy hormones and constant fatigue, it’s no secret that pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body. But good news moms—you too can benefit from breastfeeding in a number of ways.

Convenience

Many mothers today play multiple rolls like parent and corporate career woman, leaving very little time to make additional trips to the store for formula and bottles. Breastfeeding is convenient for both mother and child. There’s no waiting when your baby is hungry or need to mix formula and clean bottles and nipples.

Less Expense

Depending on the brand of formula, it is estimated breast feeding can help save thousands. And because of the immunities and prebiotics (antibodies) passed through a mothers’ breast milk, breastfed infants are often less sick than those who use formula, ultimately saving money that would be spent on over-the-counter medicine and doctor office visits.

Baby Bonding

Every mother looks forward to the time they get to bond with their newborn. Breastfeeding stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin in the mother’s body. That combined with milk ejection and skin-to-skin contact promotes the development of maternal behavior and also bonding between mother and her child.

Weight Loss

Breastfeeding may help a mother get back to her pre-pregnancy weight as well. With proper diet and exercise, breast feeding can help burn some additional calories and shrink the uterus, so nursing moms may be able to return to their pre-pregnancy shape and weight quicker. Not to mention, help a mothers overall confidence.

 

Dr. Frank W. Jackson is a retired gastroenterologist with more than 40 years of research on nutrition and colon health. Today, he is the founder of Jackson GI Medical as well as Prebiotin, a premier prebiotic fiber supplement distribution in the Northeast Valley and available at Cooper’s Nutrition, The Vitamin Shoppes and Sprouts Valleywide. For more information, please visit www.jacksongi.com or www.prebiotin.com

Dr. Frank W. Jackson, MD

Fighting the Flu – Colon to the Rescue

It’s no secret that flu season has come early this year and by the looks of it, it’s not ending anytime soon. With friends, family and co-workers all coming down with the germy illness, there is no better time to focus on ways to boost your immune system.

While many will miss school and work- you don’t have to. There are aids that can help prevent a person from becoming a victim of the flu and others illnesses. Here are a few things to know about nudging those flu-causing germs and enhancing the immune system.

Food for Thought

Most of us don’t think twice before we eat that cupcake or cheeseburger but we should be. The foods we eat have a direct impact on how our body functions. While no one food can ward off illnesses like the flu, an overall healthy diet might. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in soluble prebiotic fibers will prodigiously grow good bacteria that in turn stimulates the powerful immune cells in the colon wall the strengthen. Combine with plenty of fruits and vegetables to help support a healthy immune system.

Remember to Rest

Long work days and a hectic personal life can often keep a person going and going. But unlike the Energizer Bunny®, the human body needs its rest. Don’t tax your body when trying to fight the flu or other illnesses. Get some shut-eye as a way to rejuvenate the immune system and keep a healthy body.

A few more tips:

  • Getting the flu shot is the number one way to help prevent against the virus not just in older adults and children but in teens and middle aged adults. By producing antibodies, your body will protect itself from the virus.
  • Avoid big crowds and make sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Eat plenty of food rich in prebiotic and probiotic naturally occurring substances like garlic, soy, oats, fermented yogurt and milk or take a dietary supplement like Prebiotin.  Doing so helps support one of the biggest immune organs, the digestive tract and stimulate the immune cells to fight against illnesses.

Nothing can sideline your everyday life like a bad cold or the flu. Protect the immune system starting from the inside out. Taking care of your body properly through proper diet, exercise and rest can prevent illnesses, help enhance the immune system and promote general health and wellness.

 

Dr. Frank W. Jackson is a retired gastroenterologist with more than 40 years of research on nutrition and colon health. Today, he is the founder of Jackson GI Medical as well as Prebiotin, a premier prebiotic fiber supplement distribution in the Northeast Valley and available at Cooper’s Nutrition, The Vitamin Shoppes and Sprouts Valleywide. For more information, please visit www.jacksongi.com or www.jacksongi.com.  

 

Dr. Frank W. Jackson, MD

Fighting the Flu – Colon to the Rescue

It’s no secret that flu season has come early this year and by the looks of it, it’s not ending anytime soon. With friends, family and co-workers all coming down with the germy illness, there is no better time to focus on ways to boost your immune system.

While many will miss school and work- you don’t have to. There are aids that can help prevent a person from becoming a victim of the flu and others illnesses. Here are a few things to know about nudging those flu-causing germs and enhancing the immune system.

Food for Thought

Most of us don’t think twice before we eat that cupcake or cheeseburger but we should be. The foods we eat have a direct impact on how our body functions. While no one food can ward off illnesses like the flu, an overall healthy diet might. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in soluble prebiotic fibers will prodigiously grow good bacteria that in turn stimulates the powerful immune cells in the colon wall the strengthen. Combine with plenty of fruits and vegetables to help support a healthy immune system.

Remember to Rest

Long work days and a hectic personal life can often keep a person going and going. But unlike the Energizer Bunny®, the human body needs its rest. Don’t tax your body when trying to fight the flu or other illnesses. Get some shut-eye as a way to rejuvenate the immune system and keep a healthy body.

A few more tips:

  • Getting the flu shot is the number one way to help prevent against the virus not just in older adults and children but in teens and middle aged adults. By producing antibodies, your body will protect itself from the virus.
  • Avoid big crowds and make sure to wash your hands regularly.
  • Eat plenty of food rich in prebiotic and probiotic naturally occurring substances like garlic, soy, oats, fermented yogurt and milk or take a dietary supplement like Prebiotin.  Doing so helps support one of the biggest immune organs, the digestive tract and stimulate the immune cells to fight against illnesses.

Nothing can sideline your everyday life like a bad cold or the flu. Protect the immune system starting from the inside out. Taking care of your body properly through proper diet, exercise and rest can prevent illnesses, help enhance the immune system and promote general health and wellness.

 

Dr. Frank W. Jackson is a retired gastroenterologist with more than 40 years of research on nutrition and colon health. Today, he is the founder of Jackson GI Medical as well as Prebiotin, a premier prebiotic fiber supplement distribution in the Northeast Valley and available at Cooper’s Nutrition, The Vitamin Shoppes and Sprouts Valleywide. For more information, please visit www.jacksongi.com or www.jacksongi.com.