Cancer and My Doctor’s Interesting Diet Advice

Should My Oncologist Care More About Nutrition? I was sitting in his office reading The Metabolic Approach to Cancer by Dr. Nasha Winters when my radiation oncologist entered the room. The first week of a scheduled twenty-five radiation treatments was complete, and I was about to receive my progress report. Until this moment, I liked him personally and considered him a good doctor. He noticed the book and asked what I was reading. I proudly showed him the cover and stated that I am doing every

Pandemic or Hoax? The Consequence of Being Wrong

To social distance or not, have you considered that you may be making a mistake? On the verge of tears, my wife returned from her now weekly trip to the grocery store. She explained that while in the checkout line, a young man and his girlfriend were violating the Illinois mandate of maintaining a six-foot distance. Just recently all grocery stores were required to put lines on the floor indicating the proper distance. My wife asked politely if they would please step back behind the line. The r

It’s Time To Challenge Your Opinion Of Salt

Your favorite spice might not be as harmful as you think. You love salt. You crave salt. Salt, more specifically sodium, is a vital human nutrient. We have depended on salt for the very survival of our species and as a foundation of civilization. Why do we now think of salt as harmful? The use of salt is believed to have originated long before it’s recorded history, dating back to around 2700 B.C. Many historians think that salt was actually the first form of money. The word “salary” is derive

Practical Advice On A Successful Fast For Beginners

Fasting seems simple. It takes a little will-power, but you could do it if you wanted. Have you tried it? Hunger is one of the most powerful human physiological states. Our nature is to fuel our bodies. But do we feed our bodies too much and too often? In today’s modern world of convenience, food has become readily available at almost every minute of our lives. It’s under certain conditions, such as poverty or tragedy, that most Americans find themselves anything more than a bit peckish. Fastin

Why You Should Stop Eating These Three “Healthy” Foods

The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar in one year We all want to be healthy and some of us try to eat the foods that we believe will help us on our journey. Are some of those healthy foods actually working against us? Everyone knows, or should, that french fries and cotton candy are bad for us. The problem is in the understanding of what makes them bad for us. The answer is sugar! Sugar in cotton candy is obvious. But what about the sugar in those french fries? A small size of McDo

Open Carry And Openly Afraid

Seeing a group of angry protesters, often on television news, is not a new phenomenon. These “patriots” adorned with the American flag altered into all types of clothing and an assault weapon as an accessory have become commonplace. What does this say about them? More importantly, what does this say about our society? It doesn’t take Sigmund Freud to figure out this fake bravado. These people are afraid! A person needing to outwardly display such force is trying to hide their fear. This is an

Has The Promise Of A Cure Proven To Be Impractical?

Focusing on a cure is sleight of hand for profit. As I was perusing my Twitter feed the other day, I came across this meme of a man in the crowd reacting with astonishment to President Trump saying “The things we’re doing in our country today, there’s never been anything like it. We will be ending the AIDS epidemic shortly in America, and curing childhood cancer very shortly.” The reaction of that man was spot-on. This is simply the latest and more grotesque version of a lie with a decade's lo

Cholesterol: The Myths, The Fear and The Current Truth

“People with high cholesterol live the longest” is the title of an article written by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, Ph.D. In his research, Dr. Ravnskov debunks cholesterol myths and proposes the thought that cholesterol is actually a positive health marker. What exactly is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance produced by almost every cell in your body. It is the framework molecule for sex hormones and vitamin D. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs and without it, your cells wo

Can a Loss of Vision be a Cure for Your Blindness? - Robert Jackson

How tragedy is the root of improvement Your eyes are open, but blackness prevails. After a twist of your finger in the sockets and a few squeezing blinks, the blackness does not dissipate. Now confused, you grope the surroundings hoping that sleep still controls your mind, and this is all a dream. Every fiber of your being is consumed by darkness. It’s time to panic! Later at the hospital, a doctor explains that you are the victim of giant cell arteritis. No cure exists for this diagnosis. Bli

Can Dining on Meat Alone Improve My Mind and Waistline?

My Six-Week Journey on the Carnivore Diet Do you know that humans are not the top of the food chain? It’s true. We don’t rank in the top fifty. According to an article in Smithsonian Magazine, we are the rough equivalent of anchovies and pigs on something called the trophic scale, and it’s all because we eat plants. What happens if I decide to stop eating plants and dine on meat exclusively? The carnivore diet protects your mind from anxiety and depression because it’s loaded with vitamin B12.

I Survived Cancer. What Do I Do Now?

Why a change in perspective may not be life-changing. I am awake. It’s the middle of the night, and the house is eerily silent. My eyes are open, but my body lies entirely still, paralyzed in thought. Should I try to move? What if I can’t? A feeling of familiarity washes over me as I hear the faint sound of the pulse in my temple rhythmically brushing the pillow ever so slightly. This was the place I tried to get to when I was sick. Feeling that pulse reminded me that I was still alive, and dur

The Gift Of Strength From A Lifetime Of Moments

How a simple phrase from the right person can change everything. Scared to death, I watched as the drips of chemotherapy entered my veins. This was my first step in the long road to beating lymphoma. I glanced around the infusion center nervously trying not to stare at the sickly people that were soon to be my tribe. My wife sat next to me and with an assuring grasp of my hand, we fought the urge to let our minds wander to awful places. Like always, I attempted to break the tension with some s

Suffering Is The Key To Unlocking Empathy

The Powerful Effect of Perspective After Direct Experience America is a society with an abundance of opinions and a shortage of empathy. We love to proselytize our beliefs on everything from healthcare and gay marriage to vaccinations and the Second Amendment. Mostly though, our opinions are defined by limited information and lack of direct experience. It’s only through suffering the real consequences of our current beliefs that we gain the perspective to change. Ohio Representative Mike Turn

Cancer! The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me - Noteworthy - The Journal Blog

I have cancer. We all have cancer. The difference is that my immune system could not defend itself against the propagation of these mutated cells that live within every human body. Mass replication of cells form tumors in those of us labeled with the disease of cancer. The fact that I have this disease, now in remission, does not make me unique or special. I am merely one of about 4,800 people diagnosed with some form of cancer every day in the United States, according to the American Cancer Soc

Why You Should Be On The Bone Marrow Donation Registry

People assume the search for a bone marrow donor should be relatively simple. Statistics do not back up that assumption. According to the Institute for Justice, at least 3,000 people die each year because they cannot find a matching donor. At any time, about 7,500 Americans are actively searching for an unrelated donor and only two percent of the population is on the national registry. The majority of registered donors are on the list due to a friend or family in need. For this reason, a signif

How a Veteran Deserves to be Recognized - Robert Jackson

Does “Thank you for your service” apply to all veterans? My wife and I were attending a community band concert with our teenage nieces. It happened to be the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. Of the few hundred people in attendance was a 95-year-old veteran who landed at Omaha Beach. They announced his presence and the crowd gave him a raucous, well-deserved standing ovation. The concert was filled with patriotic anthems including a medley of theme songs from each branch of the Armed Fo