The beauty of the Internet is that we have access to all sorts of information, including information about health-related issues. The problem is that sometimes people do not always get their information from credible sources. As a result, misinformation can result.
Now that we are in the thick of fall and winter will be here before we know it, I’m on the hunt for hearty but healthy foods I can add to my shopping list for home cooked meals. I recently came across millet in the same aisle of the grocery store where I get my quinoa and brown rice. I didn’t know much about millet, so I did some research.
“Grains, commonly referred to as ‘cereals’ or ‘cereal grains’, are the edible seeds of specific grasses belonging to the Poaceae (also known as Gramineae) family,” reports the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council.
In some parts of Mongolia, people eat pine nuts like popcorn and potato chips. And this is not only because they are delicious due to their sweet, nutty and buttery taste. It is also because nutrient-dense pine nuts help balance out some Mongolians’ meat and dairy heavy diets.
For a long time prior to turning 40, I was mostly familiar with and ate white rice. I can still recall many dishes like curried goat and white rice, oxtails and white rice, white rice and peas/beans and the list goes on. This was the rice that my mom cooked with my meals, and as a young child, I had no basis to question her decision.
September is Whole Grain Awareness Month, and I know what you may be thinking… Grains are carbs. Stay away from carbs! But don’t believe the misconception that carbohydrates (bread, rice, etc.) are bad for you or that if you want to lose weight, you should avoid them like the plague.
For today’s #MeatlessMonday, let’s step outside the world of fruits and veggies and take a closer look at a non-gluten, high protein grain: amaranth. If you go meatless every Monday for a year (52 days total), you may reduce your risk for certain diseases including cancer, heart disease and more.
Accessibility to healthy foods makes it easier for us to be proactive about our health. And unfortunately, for some of us, a lack of money means a lack of accessibility to healthy foods.
With a crazy presidential election and all the activity and drama in the White House, you may not have heard of Proclamation 9581, which on March 31st declared the month of April as National Cancer Control Month.
I will be honest and admit, I never quite understood what whole genome sequencing was until I tried it. I provided a sample of my saliva and waited about two months for the results. At the end of the two-month period, I received hundreds of user-friendly reports that provided me with genetic information in a myriad of areas.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S. this year, an estimated 22,280 women will receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis, and 14,240 women will die of it, according to the American Cancer Society. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women.
After a diagnosis of cancer comes the discussion of treatment options. The patient contemplates trying chemotherapy or radiation therapy, but wonders whether these treatment options will work. After all, they do come with a lot of collateral damage. For some people, the treatment causes more trouble than if the growth was just left untreated. Meanwhile, others respond quite well to the treatment. So, how is a patient to know which category he or she will fall into?
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