Cancer is a topic most choose to avoid because the journey it takes you and your family through is ugly and horrific.
Cancer is the new “fear” buzzword in the supplement business. Apparently science has not done an adequate job of researching and reducing/preventing this disease and it is the supplement industry to the rescue.
The last time I checked, you could certainly minimize your chances of contracting many cancers through leading a clean and healthy lifestyle. I said “minimize” your chances of contracting cancer, not prevent cancer. The same goes for heart disease and other medical conditions. However, you can do everything right and still get a disease.
A reader turned me on to a cancer prevention website that really made me cringe. Although the endorsing medical doctor had done plenty of published research, none of the journals were mainstream, reputable publications. The claims made on this site were mostly far-reaching and unfounded. The claim on the site was that all cancers can be prevented.
Another website I was directed to made claims that nearly everything we use in our daily lives contains carcinogens. Items ranged from toothpaste, deodorant and mouthwash to shampoo and lotion. The items being sold on this webpage were all “safe” replacements for many of the items we take for granted. The safety claim may be legitimate. I question the efficacy of the products. Of course, we don’t know if either is true since the products are not tested by reputable agencies. There is a disclaimer, however, that says the claims are not substantiated by the FDA. That should be your first motive not to buy.
Factors such as family history, lifestyle, nutritional habits, vocation, among others, may dictate your length and quality of life. Some have smoked, drank, weighed 400 pounds and beat the odds of a poor family history to live a long life. Then there are the unfortunate ones who have an excellent family history and lead a clean lifestyle, yet have battled cancer and other disease. A healthy lifestyle is no guarantee of a long and healthy life.
Another claim was that drug companies do not want to find a cure for cancer. Are you kidding me? The company that creates a cure/prevention for cancer will have one of the greatest discoveries of our time. Remember, all prescription drugs are regulated by the FDA and thoroughly tested to ensure efficacy and safety. Most work well, others do not. All of them have side effects.
Sorry folks, you cannot prevent a disease. Consuming supplements from these sites will not help you prevent cancer or other disease. So-called healthcare facilities, supplements, and rogue groups claiming they have the answer to all our health problems are usually bogus. They look to turn a quick buck preying on your fears.
I could sell supplements, like many clubs do, but I refuse to market them simply because they are not regulated and most don’t work. The public pays enough for the right to use a fitness center. I prefer to sell quality programming based on sound scientific principles.
Chris Davies, MS, owns Fitness Solutions, Inc. He can be reached at Fitsolutions1@msn.com.
Cancer is a topic most choose to avoid because the journey it takes you and your family through is ugly and horrific.
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The 2013 Banks of the Wabash Festival, scheduled May 23 through June 1 in Fairbanks Park, celebrates 40 years along the banks of the Wabash River, 30 under the sponsorship of the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.
Community Theatre concludes season with ‘Social Security’
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Bruce’s History Lessons: Morse’s telegraph and its impact as a ‘game changer’
This week (May 24) in 1844, Professor Samuel F.B. Morse sat in the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., surrounded by members of Congress, who had come to witness history.
Singer-songwriter Aly Tadros to perform at The Verve
Although she calls Brooklyn, N.Y., home, singer/songwriter Aly Tadros has spent the last decade traveling (and touring) across Egypt, Turkey, Canada, Mexico and nearly all of Europe in an attempt to coalesce the diversity that is being both Egyptian and Texan, both a performer and a songwriter. Next on her list is Terre Haute. Tadros will be playing at The Verve on Friday.
Longtime weatherman Jesse Walker relates well to people of Wabash Valley
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RIVER OF SOUND: Composer sees symphony bring his musical imagination to life
David Watkins smiled as he stood on the Tilson Auditorium stage. The audience stood, too, applauding.
Two of his compositions had just been performed by the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Neither piece — “A Wabash Portrait” and “River Fanfare” — had been played publicly in decades.
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Groundskeepers put off the first mowing of Collett Park each spring.
Admirers of the place, Terre Haute’s oldest park, like it that way.
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From kilts to haggis, Wabash Valley Scottish Society marks a decade of preserving heritage
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It happened last week as he recited a work of legendary Scotland poet Robert Burns.
Witness to history: April movie chronicles Jackie Robinson’s trials as be breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier — something Vigo County native Harry Taylor witnessed first hand
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Harry Taylor witnessed it firsthand.
Robinson wore jersey No. 42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Taylor wore 41. Both were 28-year-old rookies, considerably older than most. Taylor got delayed by military service in World War II. Professional baseball’s unwritten but ironclad code of racial discrimination had kept Robinson and other African-Americans out of the majors since the 1880s.
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Geocaching Indiana: Clay County man develops idea to use geo-art to create outline of state in caches
Indiana, long-known as the Crossroads of America, has for years been a destination for people coming from around the world to witness such activities as the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Indianapolis Colts football games and Indiana University Hoosiers basketball games.
Since October 2012, Indiana’s attractions have come to include the surprising geo-art creation of a group of Wabash Valley geocachers — people who use Global Positioning Systems and similar location-sensitive devices to find hidden objects for fun.
Voice of a Storyteller: Chance meeting of Twain, Paris youngster inspired narrative voice of Huck Finn
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Customers dodge raindrops, walking in and out of an auto parts store.
Pearls of the Wabash: Efforts to reintroduce mussels
Broken bricks, shattered large clay tiles and thin strips of lumber nailed into a crimped piece of sheet metal, sit piled down a county road in Hillsdale.
Natural Habitat: Meet 17-year-old Ben Cvengros, who has a knack for capturing wildlife — in particular, birds — on his camera
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WORD PLAY: Scrabble Club broadens Greene County youngsters’ vocabularies and experiences in a fun way
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Doing a lot with a little: Family’s resourcefulness leads it to reuse vegetable oil as fuel
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Coming full circle: Vigo County 4-H’er hopes donation of livestock auction money helps youth
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YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Keep your garden — and yourself — safe from lead
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TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Need something for the kids? Try these Ritzy Cookies
When we have dinners at the church, one of the ladies brings these cookies. Nancy Kahl has been making these for some time now. They are so good. Need something for your kids? Make sure that there isn’t any one who can’t have peanuts. These are so easy and extra good.
‘A Song for Indiana’ to raise money for Dresser sculpture
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Sign up for Community School of the Arts classes
Summer is the perfect time to enroll children and teens in theater and visual arts and music classes at the Indiana State University Community School of the Arts.
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Diamond Hill Station goes bold in ‘Katy Bar the Door’ album
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Opening reception Friday for ‘Mud Musings’
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