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HEALTH, DISEASES & SAFETY
"Women in America and other industrialized countries are convinced that regular mammograms are crucial to detecting breast cancer. Enormous funding and research has swayed the public into believing this to be true. Yet despite this, mammography has a very strong opposition in many quadrants of the medical and natural health communities. If you discover one of the warning signs of breast cancer, the question remains: are mammograms the best test for breast cancer?"
Catholic Divorce Ministry - A Ministry of the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics - "(NACSDC) has been responsible for creating a network of support for families experiencing separation and divorce. Through its Central Office, conferences, member groups, leadership training, resources, and liaisons with church and civic organizations, NACSDC has substantially improved the entire family's experience of divorce by addressing the religious, emotional, financial, and parenting issues relative to separation, divorce, and remarriage." Catholic Medical Mission Board - CMMB - "Founded in 1928 and rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus, Catholic Medical Mission Board works collaboratively to provide quality health care programs and services, without discrimination, to people in need around the world." CatholicTherapists.com - "Your online Catholic mental health resource. We offer referrals to professionally qualified psychotherapists who incorporate the truths and teachings of Roman Catholicism into their practice. We also feature articles and book suggestions to help you lead a happier and healthier life consistent with your Catholic faith." Family Life Center International - from Faith & Family - "A non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for Catholic marriage, Catholic family life, Catholic parenting, Help for hurting marriages, Parenting teens, child discipline, Catholic courtship, Catholic singles, Catholic relationships, marriage preparation, Catholic home schooling, Marital communication." GuestHouse - Addiction Services for Catholic Clergy & Religious - "When a Catholic priest, deacon, brother or sister is suffering from an addiction, who can they turn to? Where can they go for help? Their special calling--their vocation--makes them unique and in need of a special place that respects and nurtures their religious calling." Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care - "To stimulate and promote the work of formation, study and action carried out by the diverse Catholic International Organizations (C.I.O.s) in the health care field as well as other groups and associations which work in this sector, on different levels and in different ways." Pope Paul VI Institute - "The only Catholic Institution of its type in the United States and perhaps the world that has dedicated its services to the development of morally and professionally acceptable reproductive health services." Silent No More Awareness Campaign - "An effort to make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families. Our hope is that the emotional and physical pain of abortion will no longer be shrouded in secrecy and silence, but rather exposed and healed. Believing that women deserve better than abortion we pray this effort will make abortion unthinkable as every culture develops ways to help women and men embrace their pre-born children." Women For Faith & Family - "To assist orthodox Catholic women in their effort to provide witness to their faith, both to their families and to the world...To serve as a channel through which questions from Catholic women seeking guidance or information can be directed.
HEALTH, DISEASE & SAFETY - U.S. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
CAUTION: DISCERNMENT REQUIRED. Not endorsed is any information approving of abortion, artificial birth control, euthanasia, human cloning, stem cell research on aborted human beings, unnatural life styles, or any other practice not in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Centers provide information on: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Smallpox, Terrorism and Public Health. "Recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships." ClinicalTrials.gov - "Provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers." Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - "To protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water, and land — upon which life depends." Many health/safety issues are also covered - Click on "Browse EPA Topics." Heart Disease - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - "Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability...Heart disease is a term that includes several more specific heart conditions. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack." MedlinePlus - "Information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine...information from the (US) National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions...lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary...prescription and nonprescription drugs... links to thousands of clinical trials... updated daily." Military Health System from US Dept. of Defense - "The MHS is prepared to respond anytime, anywhere with comprehensive medical capability to military operations, natural disasters and humanitarian crises around the globe, and to ensure delivery of world-class healthcare to all DoD service members, retirees, and their families." National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) - "The scope of our work is worldwide, from protecting health during emergencies both in the United States and abroad to protecting the health of the public visiting U.S. national parks and taking cruises on ships that dock in U.S. ports...To provide national leadership, through science and service, that promotes health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases, birth defects, disabilities, or deaths that result from interactions between people and their environment.... We are especially committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards—children, the elderly, and people with disabilities." US Dept. of Health & Human Resources - "Calculate Your Body Mass Index... Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women." U.S. Food & Drug Administration - FDA is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe. FDA also ensures that these products are honestly, accurately and informatively represented to the public." U.S. National Library of Medicine - "World's largest medical library. MEDLINE/PubMed, MEDLINEplus, NLM Gateway Catalog, Databases, Historical Materials, MeSH, Publications, Training, Grants, Network of Libraries Computational Molecular Biology, Medical Informatics...."
OTHER HEALTH, DISEASE & SAFETY RESOURCES
Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/dayand by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.
A. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.
B. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.
C. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
D. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
E. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative e and has cancer fighting properties. Water - Best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. CAUTION: Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.
Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.
Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.
Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food.
You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.
Johns Hopkins sent this out in its newsletters.
Please share the above information with everyone important in your life.
ALS Association - "The only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (often called Lou Gehrig's disease). The mission of the ALS Association is to find a cure for and improve living with ALS." American Cancer Society - "Dedicated to helping everyone who faces cancer through research, patient services, early detection, treatment, and education." American Diabetes Association - "Leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes...funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes." Cancer - from Wikipedia - Cancer (medical term: malignant neoplasm) is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth (division beyond the normal limits), invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood). These three malignant properties of cancers differentiate them from benign tumors, which are self-limited, do not invade or metastasize. Most cancers form a tumor but some, like leukemia, do not. The branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer is oncology." Conservatives for Parents Rights - "A non-profit, 501 c(3) organization dedicated to educating and informing the public about the principles of patients rights and, in doing so, advancing the debate over health care reform. Those principles include choice, competition, accountability and responsibility. We believe the path to effective health care reform must be based on the patient -doctor relationship and not from a top-down, big government perspective. Anything that interferes with an individual’s freedom to consult their doctor of choice to make health care decisions defeats the purpose of meaningful health care reform." Diabetes mellitus - from Wikipdia - "Often referred to simply as diabetes (Ancient Greek: διαβαίνειν "to pass through"), is a syndrome of disordered metabolism, usually due to a combination of hereditary and environmental causes, resulting in abnormally high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia)." Focus on ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease - "People or a Person with ALS are referred to as 'PALS.' Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neuromuscular disease characterized by a progressive deterioration of motor nerve cells in the brain (upper motor neurons) and spinal cord (lower motor neurons). When the motor neurons can no longer send impulses to the muscles, the muscles begin to waste away (atrophy), causing increased muscle weakness." Heart Disease - from Wikipedia - "Heart disease is an umbrella term for a variety for different diseases affecting the heart....it is the leading cause of death in the United States, England, Canada and Wales." Parkinson's Disease Clinic & Research Center - "Many neurological disorders have features of parkinsonism. When parkinsonism occurs without any other neurological abnormalities, and there is no recognizable cause of it, the disorder is termed Parkinson's disease after the English physician who first described it fully in 1817. Evaluation by a neurologist is important for several reasons..." Maternal Life International - "A nonprofit, private voluntary organization dedicated to providing safe, practical, life-affirming, and innovative programs in maternal health care, in AIDS prevention and care and in fertility awareness. We integrate these programs, as needed, and partner with government agencies, private voluntary organizations, and community- and faith-based groups for maximum results. We predicate health care development upon respect for the life and dignity of the human person." Medecins Sans Frontieres - "An international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 80 countries." Medpin - "Medpin's small staff is assisted by a number of people in key positions and with special expertise regarding safety net providers, pharmaceuticals, pharmacists and pharmacies, and academic research....A program of the Public Health Institute, one of the largest non-profit public health organizations in the U.S." NeedyMeds.org - "Became a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation. With this change in status we plan to expand the services we offer. Our goal is to become the best source of information on patient assistance programs and other programs that help people obtain health supplies and equipment." OncoLink - "A mission to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general public get accurate cancer-related information at no charge.... comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances. We update the information everyday..." The Leapfrog Group - For patient safety. "Rewarding Higher Standards. Composed of more than 145 public and private organizations that provide health care benefits...works with medical experts throughout the U.S. to identify problems and propose solutions that it believes will improve hospital systems that could break down and harm patients." World Health Organization - "The United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
U.S. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) - Disabilities - "Centers provide information on: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Smallpox, Terrorism and Public Health. "Recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships." DisabilityInfo.gov - "The portal provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation, and community life." Social Security OnLine Disability Planner - "Benefits for Disabled Widows or Widowers. We pay disability benefits under two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program."
OTHER DISABILITIES RESOURCES
Independent Life Resources -"Resources for persons with disabilities, Senior Citizens.... Assistance available for those who need individualized support with personal and health needs, education, and care. Categorized easy-to-use directories, articles, news, care-provider training materials, and consulting services."
OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS
ADDICTIONS - NICOTINE/GAMBLING
Gamblers Anonymous - "A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem." Nicotine Anonymous - "Welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids."
AIDS/HIV POSITIVE - U.S. GOVERNMENT RESOURCE
Adult Children of Alcoholics - "A Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes." Alcoholics Anonymous - "A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety." Women For Sobriety, Inc. - "A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. Our 'New Life program helps achieve sobriety and sustain ongoing recovery."
Alzheimer's Association - "A national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing Alzheimer's research and helping those affected by the disease. The Association also provides education and support for people diagnosed with the condition, their families, and caregivers."
ACA Amputees Coalition of America - "A national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies, and organizations."
Autism Society of America - "Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 2 to 6 in 1,000 individuals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2001). Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle, and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism's occurrence." Long Island Autism - "The mission of the LI Autism is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. The goal of this website is for all of the members to help each other. If you have any information that may be important please feel free to post it. We are here as a support group for each other." This website contains information that can be useful in your own community. National Alliance for the Mentally ILL (NAMI) - "A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit - hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain."
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) - "Exists to support family caregivers and to speak out publicly for caregivers' needs. NFCA espouses a philosophy of self-advocacy and self-care that is predicated on the belief that caregivers who choose to take charge of their lives, and see caregiving as but one of its facets, are in a position to be happier and healthier individuals. They are then able to have a higher quality of life and to make a more positive contribution to the well being of their care recipient, all of which has a positive impact on society and health care costs."
ProHealth.com - Health Sites: Immune Support, Fibromyalgia, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, AIDS, Alzheimer's Disease. Arthritis, Autism, Cancer. The Pain Pages - "This page contains: Other pain pages, Support Groups, Chronic Pain, Failed back syndrome, Low Back Pain, Dictionary of Pain Terms, Chiari Information, Patient's Resources, Neck Pain, Opioids, neuropathic pain."
DEPRESSION - MENTAL & EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS - PERSONAL & FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
American Association of Suicidology - "The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide... AAS, a non-for-profit organization, encourages and welcomes both individual and organizational members." Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) - Find a meeting in your area today. The leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. NARTH - "Primary goal is to make effective psychological therapy available to all homosexual men and women who seek change. Furthermore, we wish to open for public discussion all issues relating to homosexuality. NARTH wants to build an atmosphere which allows an honest debate--balancing the one-sided distortion which has characterized the discussion." National Alliance for the Mentally ILL (NAMI) - "A nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit - hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain." PregnancyCenters.org - "If you have had an abortion, you need to know you're not alone. We have counselors who specialize in post-abortion healing who are available to answer your email." Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association (SP/SAA) - "A non-profit organization. In these pages you will find: --- a definition of social anxiety disorder (social phobia) --- practical examples of what life is like for people with social phobia --- an invitation to join a free moderated mailing list edited specifically for people with social phobia (social anxiety disorder) --- a forum for finding existing and/or planned cognitive-behavioral therapy groups to help you overcome social anxiety." The Anxiety Network International - "The anxiety disorders are the largest mental health care problems in the world today. The Anxiety Network provides information on the three largest anxiety disorders: social anxiety, panic/agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety." The Child Anxiety Network - "Designed to provide thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety. It is also designed to provide direction for those who are not sure where to turn when they think their child or a child they know may need professional help to cope with anxiety." Wings of Light, Inc. - "A national nonprofit organization that serves as a united voice for those whose lives have been touched by aircraft accidents." Youth and Family Assistance (YFA.org) - "Homeless & Runaway Youth Services. Substance Abuse Treatment & Education. Violence and Abuse Prevention. General Youth and Family Support." Although not nationwide, this California based group is a good example of what can be done to help our youth.
WIDOWS & WIDOWERS
YoungWidow.org - "The original and only interactive website and nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to young widows and widowers." Young Widows - "We have no age restriction here... We talk about our lives after, about dating again, and how we have moved on. About the struggles and the memories... some are newly widowed while others like I have been for many years."
SUPPORT GROUPS - OTHER RESOURCES
Daily Strength - "For informational purposes only. We do not provide any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment." Features many support groups.