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How Can You Reduce Your 1 in 3 Cancer Risk Part 3, What Do Antioxidants Do by Melissa Stockman

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How can you reduce your 1 in 3 cancer risk? 
Part 3:  What do antioxidants do?
By Melissa Stockman RN, BC-ANP, PNP                                                                                                            Medical Director of TimeToPlay ,                                                                                                                       Board Certified Nurse Practitioner & RN                                                                                            Email: rejuvn8melissa@aol.com
According to the NCI (National Cancer Institute), “At high concentrations, ….free radicals can be hazardous to your body, including the DNA…The damage to cells caused by free radicals…play a role in cancer & other health conditions”.   Diets rich in antioxidants defend against oxidation of LDL (lipids) & plaque formations that clog arteries & cause CAD.   As per Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center “In small clinical trials, reishi (Reishi is derived from specific mushrooms)…enhanced immune responses in cancer patients.  In another study, …reishi…appeared to suppress development of colorectal adenomas.  Remission of hepatocellular carcinoma was reported in a few cases in a single study.  Another case study suggests benefits of gastrointestinal cancer patients….further research is needed.”  “Reishi …stop the growth & prevent the spread of cancer cells in laboratory & animal studies”, says K. Simon Young, manager of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s “About Herbs” website.  “The mushrooms can also play a role in cancer prevention, says Daniel Silva, Senior Investigator of Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital’s Cancer Research Laboratory in Indianapolis.  I personally take herbal supplementations derived from mushrooms.      
 Antioxidants interact with & neutralize the free radicals to stop that chain reaction of free radicals damaging more nearby atoms or molecules.  Antioxidants donate an electron (-) to end the stealing of electrons which then ends the chain reaction.  Thus, each antioxidant can prevent many many many many free radicals from forming.  The body makes some antioxidants but not enough to keep up with the demand of free radical chain reactions.   Remember, free radical damage accumulates with age.  I believe that since antioxidants stop & slow down free radical formations & their chain reactions, they promote health, slow down oxidation aka aging, promote weight loss, reduce your risk of cancers & other diseases.  Patients of mine who have raised their antioxidant levels seemed to lose their excess weight quicker too.  When we starve ourselves of calories, our bodies compensates by burning the calories slower to conserve energy.  I believe the same thing happens when we don’t get enough nutrients.   
Learn more about preventing free radical damage by reading future parts of this article, joining our “Reduce your 1 in 3 Cancer Risk” 
*Join Melissa for her monthly “Be Healthy Program” at the Time to Play Office located at 1075 Rte 112 Port Jefferson Station starting on Tuesday, February  21st and every 3rd Tuesday of each month. Call 631-331-2675 for details or email Melissa at  rejuvn8melissa@aol.com  Hope to see you there!
 
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The Biology of Belief and the Power of Placebos by Doreen Guma

 

 

BEYOND INCREDIBLE! — So over the snowstorm time while I have been home, I read the “Biology of Belief” by Bruce Lipton, PhD and then also watched the following video “Healing with the Power of Placebo”.

Incredibly, the findings show that, based on whether we are thinking fear or hope, our expectations can trigger chemical reactions that change our bodies and that what our expectations are can change our physiology.

There have been studies from Harvard and other medical leaders that show a placebo can alleviate pain, depression, insomnia, nausea, ADD, migraines, IBS. The placebo affect (fake surgery) also healed people who would have otherwise gone for knee surgery and even healed people with fractured spines with no surgery intervention.

Hypnosis has also been found to be effective, as belief, expectation and understanding gets our internal systems working for pain control, etc. to change our expectations and increases the link between our minds and bodies to get our internal systems working.

If you get a moment, this is definitely worth a watch.http://www.mmshealthyforlife.com/healing-with-the-power-of-…

PS: The relationship with your health practitioner also was noted to dramatically cause a placebo affect to heal yourself. If you do not have a caring, empathetic and supportive relationship with your healthcare provider, it may be worth to find another doctor.

Check out www,TimetoPlayFoundation.org for resources for a better life. I am confident that, working together and focusing on the positive and the possibilities of life, we can absolutely make a difference in the lives of each other and our communities. After all, it is time to enjoy life. It is time to play.

#LoveLife #EnjoyLife #TimetoPlay #PeopleHelpingPeople

By Dr. Mercola “The Power of the Placebo” is a documentary film about exactly that: Placebos; how they work, and how you can harness their healing power. The fact is “dummy pills” do indeed work, and sometimes far better than anyone could have imagined. For example, trials show people often react to…
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What do our people need?  A Sense of Community and Belonging

communityA few days ago I was privileged to attend a conference that focused on our veterans, the issues they faced after discharge from service, their expectations, their feelings of social isolation, and how, together, we could provide resources and opportunities to improve their quality of life.

I came to a conclusion after just the first speaker at the event:  The discussion presented described not only to the experience faced by our veterans, but could be applied to every member of our society, no matter what state or city they live.

As you read on, I am confident that you will agree that the Enjoy Life Community® program developed by the Time to Play Foundation provides a valid solution to address many of the issues being faced today, not only by our veterans, but by a majority of our youth and our people.

Perhaps it is time for the people within our communities to stop just “existing” and “surviving” and to start “living”.

The first speaker at the event was a Vietnam Veteran and a chaplain.  For the purposes of this article, we will call him Mr. O.

He presented how a soldier is trained and embraced into duty and described what becomes missing in their lives upon return to civilian life after discharge.

#1:  A sense of purpose:  Mr. O explained that, when a soldier is in active service, they have a “job”.  He explained how the soldier is important in that job, how the members of service “liked” them in that job, and how the armed forces wanted the soldier to succeed in that job.

#2:  A sense of community / belonging:  Mr. O discussed the soldier’s sense of community and belonging while on active duty and how the soldier knew who they were and where they stood with the others in their command (community).

#3:  A sense of Intimacy:  Mr. O described the sense of intimacy felt by the soldier in their command.  He explained how soldiers not only knew the members of their command (community), but how they stood by each other and supported each other.

Mr. O noted that, after the soldier left active service, they no longer felt this sense of community, of belonging, of purpose, or of importance; that, upon discharge from service, they no longer felt the sense of intimacy or sense of value.

Mr. O noted that there is no system to integrate the soldier back into their home community, and that, without their military unit’s support, they cannot “get home”.

Mr. O said that this is when the dilemma of “where do you belong when you no longer belong” sets in, which is when, he noted, that many soldiers turn to drugs or alcohol to find a sense of comfort.  He described his experience talking to incarcerated veterans who feel more comfortable in jail because they are around people who understand them.

Mr. O said that the feeling experienced by veterans becomes most disturbing when no one understands them, when no one understands who they are, and when they no longer have a voice.  He described how these become the feelings that breed the feelings of hopelessness.  He described how the soldier feels lost without the sense of values given to them and lost because what they believe is not what others believe.

It is, at that time, when the soldier feels very lonely and isolated.

After hearing Mr. O speak, it becomes evident how every person would benefit from being embraced by the community in which they live in the manner the armed forces embraces their soldiers.

Further, Mr. O noted that, years ago in our civilian communities, there were clubs and organizations and a sense of belonging in a community; that people socialized together.  Now, he noted, people are increasingly socially isolated and not embracing of others.

As I imply that there are similarities in the feelings experienced by people who are not veterans, I am in no way minimizing the experience of those who have served.  Thankfully, the general population has not seen the circumstances of war that many of our returning veterans have experienced, and I do acknowledge that our veterans may need support services and programs to face the resulting trauma.

But, think about it. . .

What community member is really integrated into our communities throughout their lives starting with our youth? What programs are available that help the general population feel “at home” or help them develop a sense of belonging or a sense of support?  A sense of not being alone even if facing a negative life situation?

How many articles or events do we need to read about where those who feel “different”, not supported, socially isolated or bullied adopt negative coping techniques including the utilization of drugs or alcohol or cause harm to themselves or others in their communities through violent acts?

I believe the need for self worth and the effects of social isolation are the same for every one of us.

I believe that, no matter where we live, WE ALL NEED a sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, a sense of importance, a sense of intimacy and a sense of being of value.

We all need a sense of community.  We all need to belong.

The Enjoy Life Community® model presents a solution to all who live in any community.  It will not only help our veterans re-integrate and feel welcome and at home, but the intention of an Enjoy Life Community® is to:  Bring together all organizations and individuals in a community, encourage proactive community collaboration, utilize the community organizations to trickle information throughout a community, showcase the good work of community organizations to encourage participation by community members, identify areas where community participation is available to increase community involvement with the intention to decrease social isolation, and to utilize the strength and experience of community members in a community.

The Enjoy Life Community® model is a low cost social intervention that is a visible, non-threatening approach to create quality of life for those in a community.

The Enjoy Life Community® model provides a positive reminder and reinforcement to enjoy life by offering visible cues, establishing pride in a community, and encourages a focus on the positive and the possibilities.

It is a SOLUTION.

It is also important for me to mention here the fact many people do not proactively seek assistance when they are experiencing a negative life situation.  The Enjoy Life Community®, due to its visibility of resources in the community, also offers an opportunity for a more proactive approach to solve this issue.  Additionally, I believe the current system that provides individual counseling may perpetuate (continue) the individual’s experience and current belief system.  Even with outreach or counseling or support programs, the individual may remain isolated and continue to feel “unwelcomed” or segregated from their communities.  That would potentially change in an Enjoy Life Community®.

The Enjoy Life Community® utilizes the resources and people in a community to make it stronger to enhance the quality of life for all.

The Enjoy Life Community® model can be applied to any community, including a school community, college campus or corporate environment to create the feeling that people are important and belong.

If you are interested in learning more about this easy to implement solution, please contact us at 631-331-2675 or email: doreen@timetoplay.com.

Just imagine the possibilities if people in their communities felt supported, not alone, and lived in a place where they were able to share or develop their talents.

Just imagine…

After all, I believe every moment of every day should feel like “play”.  It is time to enjoy life. It is Time to Play.

Love, Doreen

 

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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC:  Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Life Coach, and the author of the book, If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life.

Doreen is the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit organization with the mission and purpose to enrich the lives of others through programs, public awareness outreach activities, events and learning opportunities that further the concept of enjoying life.  The Foundation’s website, www.TimetoPlayFoundation.org, has resources, events and articles for a person to learn what they need to know for a better life.

Photo credit:  http://thedinoffschool.com/about-us/community

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Part II – How Can You Reduce Your Cancer Risk ; What is a Free Radical -By Melissa Stockman

                                                                                      
Free radicals have an unstable bond or unpaired electrons in their outer shell.  They are unstable because their outermost shell is not full of electrons.  Thus, they want to gain (or lose or share) electrons to become full of electrons in its outermost shell, also known as stable.  These free radicals tend to attach the nearest molecule to steal an electron (-).  Then that recently stable molecule, who now just lost an electron, is now also an unstable free radical.  Then that free radical will look for a nearby molecule to steal an electron to become more stable.  Now a chain reaction has occurred.  It’s important to stop the free radicals because they will cause more free radicals, or unstable molecules.  Free radicals cause oxidative stress/damage to cells & DNA which causes mutations.  These mutations may create disease i.e. cancers, CVD, alzheimer’s,  parkinson’s, diabetes, rheumatoid…. Free radical generators include, but definitely not limited to, pollution, radiation, smoke i.e. tobacco, pesticides, insecticides, sun, alcohol, asbestos…Free radicals accumulate with age.    Thus, it’s important to become proactive NOW!
If you cut an apple in half, oxidation will cause it to brown.  But if you poured lemon juice (vitamin C-an antioxidant) on half of the apple, it would greatly slow down the oxidation process which causes the browning.  When iron comes in contact with oxidants (ie oxygen & water), oxidation & rust occurs.  If free radicals overwhelm the body, it causes oxidative stress.  Many studies have shown that free radicals age us quicker, are linked to weight gain & cancers.  For example, I’ve seen pictures of identical older twins.  Even though they have identical genes, the one that was overweight & smoked appeared several years older.  Genetics play an important role & we can’t change our genes.  Yet, environmental factors also play an important role & we do have the power/choice to make a positive change ie quit smoking, eating more veggies…This is especially important if you have cancer in your family.  
Learn more about preventing free radical damage by reading future parts of this article, joining our “Reduce your 1 in 3 Cancer Risk” seminar/workshop  or contacting me for a private consult.
How can you reduce your 1 in 3 cancer risk? 
Part 3:  What do antioxidants do?
By Melissa Stockman RN, BC-ANP, PNP                                                                                                           
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How Can You Reduce Your 1 in 3 Cancer Risk by Melissa Stockman

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Tips to Increase Daily Activity

Yes, we all know that a healthy body is a moving body.  But in today’s high tech and fast moving world sometimes it hard to find the time to get things shakin’. The time is there, its how we use it. According to an article posted on https://www.lihealthcollab.org ” experts at the CDC recommend adults get in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. These statistics may seem overwhelming to achieve on a busy schedule, but what if we told you that it was possible to sneak in time throughout your day? What if we also told you increasing your activity from couch potato to walking 10 minutes a day, could help you sleep better and be more productive at work? ”

Well what can we do? Avoid the drive -thru, get out and walk, park far from the door and speed walk your way in, get your friends together for a walk, go that one block further while walking the dog. Stairs are a great boost to get you moving going up and down gets the heart pumping!  How about while watching your favorite show you do some crunches or leg lifts. We have more time to do these thing than we think. So okay people, lets get moving!!  For the full article “11 Easy Tips to Help Increase Your Daily Activity go to http://www.lihealthcollab.org/article.aspx?id=ad98746e-8a02-42a1-883c-d983f5b6658b&title=11+Easy+Tips+to+Help+Increase+Your+Daily+Activity

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PAIN RELIEF FROM PERSONAL GROWTH

Chronic pain is life altering. Pain can cause depression, affect our relationships, and actually change who you are. The “dirty circle” can slip right in , we are in pain- causing misery-miserable-more pain. But what if it can change us for the better? In this article by Paul Ingraham,      he talks about how we can use pain for personal growth and sometimes personal growth heals the body when all else fails … and of course it’s never a waste of time to try to improve. https://www.painscience.com/articles/personal-growth.php

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Free radicals – What do they do?

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Note:  This is the 2nd part of a 7 article series on reducing your cancer risk.

Goals for this article:  To give you information on Free Radicals – What do they do?  What can free radical damage cause?  Name free radical  generators.

Free radicals have an unstable bond or unpaired electrons in their outer shell.  They are unstable because their outermost shell is not full of electrons.  Thus, they want to gain (or lose or share) electrons to become full of electrons in its outermost shell, also known as stable.

These free radicals tend to attach the nearest molecule to steal an electron (-).  Then that recently stable molecule, who now just lost an electron, is now also an unstable free radical.  Then that free radical will look for a nearby molecule to steal an electron to become more stable.  Now a chain reaction has occurred.  It’s important to stop the free radicals because they will cause more free radicals, or unstable molecules.  Free radicals cause oxidative stress/damage to cells & DNA which causes mutations.  These mutations may create disease i.e. cancers, CVD, alzheimer’s,  parkinson’s, diabetes, rheumatoid…. Free radical generators include, but definitely not limited to, pollution, radiation, smoke i.e. tobacco, pesticides, insecticides, sun, alcohol, asbestos…Free radicals accumulate with age.    Thus, it’s important to become proactive NOW!

If you cut an apple in half, oxidation will cause it to brown.  But if you poured lemon juice (vitamin C-an antioxidant) on half of the apple, it would greatly slow down the oxidation process which causes the browning.  When iron comes in contact with oxidants (ie oxygen & water), oxidation & rust occurs.  If free radicals overwhelm the body, it causes oxidative stress.  Many studies have shown that free radicals age us quicker, are linked to weight gain & cancers.  For example, I’ve seen pictures of identical older twins.  Even though they have identical genes, the one that was overweight & smoked appeared several years older.  Genetics play an important role & we can’t change our genes.  Yet, environmental factors also play an important role & we do have the power/choice to make a positive change ie quit smoking, eating more veggies…

This is especially important if you have cancer in your family.

 

Image credit: https://kathryn8422.wordpress.com

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Sun Safety – Protect Yourself – Burn Now, Pay later !

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protect your skinHello All!  Even in the cooler temperatures, it’s important to be Sun Smart

Whoaaaaa Michael!  What do you mean, you ask?

Simple.  SPF Up!

The Sun Feels Wonderful.  We need, however, to protect our extremely vulnerable skin From the damaging rays, and there are so many ways to do that.

Sunblock comes in lotions, creams, powders and sprays …

S.P.F Sun Protection Factor, which, as I have say to my clients for years, is based on the measurement of time it takes your skin to get burned without protection… So SPF 15 (a total Block BTW) means you  will be less likely to burn with 15x more protection and at a much slower rate (you need to reapply any sunblock at least two hours after first application) …

And remember, it’s not just outside.  The Sunburn is obvious, but the Lights in your home and office als do damage to your skin, so SPF up even if your indoors (who wants to look older than you have To!).

There are several kinds of sun blocks, natural or organic, elemental sources or chemical sun blocks.  All are effective.

The Physical Sun Blocks Work immediately … (they are my Favorites ).  The Chemical Sunblocks take 20 minutes to half hour to become effective.

And, you have to be comfortable with your choices.

Remember, sun block comes in all forms — from lip balm to tinted moisturizer, to sprays and body and face lotions, all which are wise choices.

HEY remember I Can HELP!  So TALK to Me – I am Your Personal Expert, Your Cosmetic GURU!

I look forward to your questions And feedback.

Do you need brand advice? Ask Michael?

Do you need product color or tool advice?  Ask Michael!

I’m here to help.  Just submit a comment, below!

And, don’t forget, we have our own product line, BExtraordinary®, not just makeup but a cosmessage™ to remind you, every day, that you CAN BExtraordinary®! Check it out at www.BExtraordinaryMakeup.com

Love To You ALL!
MichaelK

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Reducing Your Risk of Cancer

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reduce cancer riskHow can you reduce your 1 in 3 cancer risk? Part 1: What are the recent cancer statistics? How does free radical damage occur?

By Melissa Stockman RN,BC-NP,PNP, Medical Director of the Time to Play Foundation

As per the American Cancer Society, women have a 1 in 3 risk of developing cancer & men have a 1 in 2 risk! Females have a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer & men a 1 in 7 risk of developing prostate cancer. (These are based on 2009-2011 data, current risk is higher, especially on LI.)

So, if you are a female and with 2 girlfriends, statistically speaking, 1 of you 3 will probably develop cancer. Theoretically, out of your son & his father, or your 2 sons, 1 of the 2 are likely to develop a cancer.

Let me help you understand by simplifying how free radical damage occurs. An atom is the smallest part of a chemical & is made up of a nucleus & outer ring(s). The nucleus (inner core) consists of positively charged particles called protons. Surrounding the nucleus are outer ring(s) that consist of negatively charged particles known as electrons. Once a ring is full of electrons (negative particles), another ring starts forming outside of the first ring. Once that ring is full, another ring starts outside of that full ring of electrons (-).

The inner rings are full of electrons (-). The outer most ring may be full or not full of electrons (-). If the outer most ring is full of electrons (-), it is more stable. If its outer shell of electrons, or negatively charges, is not full, it looks to fill its outer most shell to become more stable. When the atom’s negatively charged outer shell is not full, it will look to gain or lose or share electrons to fill this outermost shell & become more stable. A free radical is an atom (molecule or ion) whose outer shell is not full of paired electrons, or negative charges. This is unstable because it’s looking to gain or lose or share electrons in its outer shell to become stable.

Unpaired electrons in an outer shell are unstable because they want to be paired & the outer shell will tend to either give away or gain or share an electron to become stable. The nearby atom who lost or gained an electron to stabilize the other atom now has an unfilled outer shell & is now unstable itself. This starts a chain reaction of even more free radical formations.

In order to stay healthier, we must stop this chain reaction that creates more free radical damage, especially because it accumulates with age.

Learn how by reading future parts of this article! And feel free to comment below with any questions or comments.