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Does Meat Cause Cancer? Identifying Science From Baloney

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As holiday meals with piping hot turkey, steak, and burgers ensue in the winter, the dinner table becomes ripe grounds for raising questions like, “Does meat cause cancer?”

According to mainstream news sources like The Guardian, yes, “processed meats rank alongside smoking as cancer causes [according to] WHO (World Health Organization).” However, recent criticisms have questioned the veracity of these claims.

Let’s explore this claim in-depth and provide an alternative to taking mainstream health news reports at face value.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Paleo vs. Vegetarian: Lift Launches The Quantified Diet Project

WellnessFX is excited to partner with Lift on this groundbreaking opportunity: The Quantified Diet Project (aka Quantified Diet, #quantdiet). Lift.do is opening (today!) your chance to take part in the largest crowdsourced diet study ever attempted. Lift will be providing 10 popular diets with expert advice. The goal? Get measurements, for the first time, on every major popular diet, while helping one million people make a healthy lifestyle change.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Trailblazing Thursdays: The Side Effects of Statins

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More than half a million Americans die of heart disease every year. Without statins, a cholesterol-reducing drug, that number could be even more staggering.

There’s no doubt about it: in a world wrought with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, statins are a necessary and beneficial part of traditional medicine. But how safe are they? Do the benefits outweigh the negative side effects?

The answer: It depends.

First, let’s take a look at some of the most common side effects of statins.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Guest Post: How To Make An Anti-Cancer Salad

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credit: iStock @zhekos

As the state of health in the U.S. continues to reveal itself, especially in regards to cancer, the more staggering the statistics are:

  • Recent reports suggest worldwide cancer rates will increase 75% by the year 2030
  • If new predictions hold, 22.2 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2030, compared with 12.7 million in 2008

The “big four” cancers (breast, prostate, lung and colon) are all considered to be the result of complex interactions between our bodies and our increasingly toxic environment. To make matters worse, more than 700 new chemicals are added to our environment each year and, because of loopholes in existing laws, they do not need to be proven as safe.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

WellnessFX Launches Mobile App!

A ‘Better Way to Manage your Health’ goes Mobile today!

We released our first app to the iOS store today which helps you build, manage and track your personal health goals. With the WellnessFX mobile app, you can research vitamins and supplements, scan supplements into your plan using a smartphone camera and then track and share your supplement plans with others. WellnessFX mobile is designed for those new to WellnessFX as well as those already using the company’s cloud-based health and wellness platform to manage their health online with advanced predictive diagnostics and personal care teams.

The app allows you to:

  • Research and understand the use of supplements through a partnership with Aisle 7, a leading source of health data
  • Quickly add vitamins and supplements to a personal plan by scanning the barcodes
  • Capture daily activities like supplement use to track progress on a health plan
  • Compare supplement use with RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) levels to track performance against guidelines
  • See and share the biomarker data from WellnessFX personal health dashboard (for WellnessFX members)
  • Share supplement plan and results to social networks

As noted by our CEO Jim Kean in our press release, we wanted to create a tool for people to effectively track and measure their supplement use as part of their individual integrative health plan. The app is a simple and powerful tool to make small changes, which accumulate over time, to better manage your health.

Download today and let us know what you think!

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Guest Post: How to Optimize Your Doctor Visit

Carrie Rinderknecht is a certified holistic health counselor and owner of Blue Sage Wellness. She offers individual and group programs to those interested in receiving holistic support and believe in the body’s natural ability to heal. To learn more, visit her website www.bluesagewellness.com.

Problem: Given the financial system that exists in the medical world today, it’s simply not possible for doctors to take the time to educate people about their health, much less spend an adequate amount of time with the patient addressing their needs.

Solution: How to maximize your time, eliminate frustration and get answers you need at the doctor’s office.

Do you get frustrated with long waits in the doctor’s office only to be rushed through your visit? One, you are not alone. Two, it’s not necessarily the doctor’s fault that the two of you are on a time crunch. Our medical system is dysfunctional, but that doesn’t mean we have to succumb to sub-par medical treatment. There are ways to maximize your time, and to empower yourself by taking greater control over and responsibility for your health so that things don’t slip through the cracks. Your doctor is there to serve you and your best interests with regard to health and is therefore in your employ. You hire your doctor through recommendations of friends and family, you keep your doctor because he or she engenders trust, is knowledgeable or has an excellent bedside manner. The bottom line is that no one knows your body better than you (you live in it!) and you deserve to be listened to, get the testing you need and find the answers you seek – or at least an honest, “I don’t know.” If you have tried the tips below and are still frustrated, it may be time to do some doctor shopping.

Here are some tips to make the best use of your time:

1)      Before your visit collect all lab tests and reports from previous doctor’s visits (you should always have your own copy of all lab results.)

2)      Prepare a list of questions and concerns to bring with you.

3)      Do your own research on symptoms and find out what the corresponding lab tests are. Ask to have these lab tests ordered. Unless there is no connection whatsoever to your symptoms your doctor should agree. It is always better to have too much information than not enough. Check out both WebMD and the Mayo Clinic’s Health Information for further assistance.

4)      After your visit, keep a log of what was discussed. (i.e., questions you asked, anything you need to remember, recommendations of doctor, & diagnoses that were made.) Date the diary entry and record subsequent questions as they come up so you can follow up next visit.

5)      Do a quick analysis of your unanswered questions. Will they be answered in results of a lab test? If the doctor didn’t adequately answer your question, do you need to do more independent research or be referred to a specialist?

As an unbiased and knowledgeable patient (“I know what works for me and what doesn’t!”) I would definitely consider working with the team at WellnessFX. Based on the patient reviews thus far, you will be working with highly conscious, progressive and thorough doctors who are able to leverage cutting-edge technology to guide you through the quagmire of your own health challenges. The structure of WellnessFX is set up so that the steps I’ve outlined above are an organic part of their process.  The diagnostics are comprehensive, you get to “hire” your own doctor, you get personalized recommendations and you can track your progress online! As a holistic health counselor who advocates preventive health care, true healing and peace of mind, I want to thank WellnessFX for locating a need in our health care system and answering the call.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.