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Old 10-09-2004, 08:53 AM
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Prevent motion sickness by taking 1,000 mg of ginger in capsules of candy a half an hour before travel and an additional 500 mg every four hours as needed.

How easy is that???

Ginger is also great for inflammations too.

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Old 10-10-2004, 07:12 AM
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Managing Lupus through Diet

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can be mild or life-threatening, but is also one that can go into remission for weeks, months, and even years. More severe forms are difficult to manage medically - immunosuppressive drugs such as prednisone can control severe symptoms, but should be used with caution, as they can reduce the chance that the disease will go into remission naturally.

If you have lupus, take a daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement, and modify your diet:

Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating wild Alaskan salmon or other cold-water, oily fish three times a week, or try freshly ground flaxseeds.

Avoid polyunsaturated vegetable oils (safflower, sunflower, corn, etc.), margarine, vegetable shortening, and all products made with partially hydrogenated oils.

Eat a low-protein, plant-based diet that excludes all products made from cows' milk.
Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (with the exception of alfalfa sprouts, which contain the amino acid L-canavanine that can worsen autoimmunity).
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Diet, Nutrition and Breast Cancer Prevention


Diet and nutrition can affect your risk of breast cancer, especially if you have a family history of the disease. Try incorporating the following into your diet and life:


Keep your fat content low. Below 25 percent of your daily calories is ideal.


Avoid animal fats, polyunsaturates (many vegetable oils) and hydrogenated oils (margarines and vegetable shortenings) - all can increase cancer risks.


Use healthy fats: monounsaturates such as olive oil, freshly-ground flaxseed and oily fish such as salmon and sardines (which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids) may reduce your risk of breast cancer.


Include soy products in your diet. Soy foods contain many cancer protective substances, including isoflavones. Try to eat one to two servings of soy-based foods a day.


Avoid alcohol. Alcohol consumption, even in modest amounts, is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.


Minimize your consumption of ordinary meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Replace with organic, hormone-free versions, or cut way down on animal foods.


Eat more fruits and vegetables! They contain many different cancer-protective phytochemicals.
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If you have joint pain or arthritis, listen up.

Keeping on top of the latest news on arthritis and joint pain medications is an important part of managing your condition. For example, recently a medication that is typically prescribed for the management of arthritis was voluntarily withdrawn from the U.S. market by the product manufacturer due to safety concerns.

Vioxx® (rofecoxib), a type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug called a COX-2-specific inhibitor, has been voluntarily withdrawn from the market by its manufacturer, Merck & Co., due to concerns that it may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

"Withdrawn" in this case means that Vioxx will no longer be prescribed. Merck is offering a refund for any unused pills you may currently have.

Although Vioxx had received FDA approval in 1999 for the management of arthritis and joint pain, new research that was obtained during a recent trial of the medication for another indication revealed that users of the medication could be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke. These concerns prompted the manufacturer to voluntarily withdraw the medication from the market.

If you are currently taking Vioxx, speak with your healthcare provider about discontinuing Vioxx and about potential alternatives.

Currently, this withdrawal does not affect other medications in the same class as Vioxx. As a result of the withdrawal, other medications may come under scrutiny regarding their safety and efficacy. Maintaining a dialogue with your healthcare provider is a great way to stay abreast of the latest treatment options and the newest information on the safety and efficacy of all of your prescription medications.
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