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Health insurance

Hopefully you live in a developed nation which maintains a universal healthcare system of some kind, thereby maintaining the best balance of risks, costs, access, security, and innovation apparently available today for a given populace. Unfortunately, if you live in a third world country (or, amazingly enough, the United States), you likely instead face a patchwork of private healthcare entities which makes for many inefficiencies, minimal access and security, and so higher costs and often worse outcomes than a universal system.

So if you're a third worlder (or non-wealthy US citizen), you may face a pretty grim health insurance situation, both costs and benefits-wise.

Of all the industrialized nations only the USA doesn't provide its citizens with universal healthcare access-- which may be one reason the life expectancy of US citizens trails behind that of at least 16 other countries worldwide. For these reasons the US healthcare system has been labeled by some as a global embarrassment and one of the worst cases of national neglect or error in the modern world.

-- "Call to make health care a Constitutional right" Yahoo! News Health Headlines/Reuters Health; April 23, 1999

Ironically, as of 2002, Americans already paid enough in taxes to get the universal health care virtually all other developed nations already possess. But we've let our politicians and big business simply pocket huge chunks of it rather than provide us with the services we've paid for.

"We pay the world's highest health care taxes, but much of the money is squandered. The wealthy get tax breaks, and HMOs and drug companies pocket billions in profits at the taxpayers' expense."

-- Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard

"...politicians claim we can't afford universal coverage. Every other developed nation has national health insurance. We already pay for it, but we don't get it."

-- Dr. David Himmelstein, of Physicians for a National Health Program.

"Other nations provide comprehensive health care to everyone without spending any more than the amount that we already pay in taxes to fund health care. But in the United States, we keep in place flawed policies that prevent tens of millions from having any health care coverage at all."

"We have an abundance of data to show that we can provide truly comprehensive health care benefits for absolutely everyone and actually reduce our total health care costs by adopting a program of universal health insurance."

-- Dr. Don McCanne, president of Physicians for a National Health Program

-- Harvard Medical School study concludes: 'We pay for national health insurance but don't get it' by Frances M. Beal; July 17, 2002; San Francisco Bay View

"...U.S. citizens pay $3,925 per person for health care each year, far more than the $2,500 spent for each person in Switzerland, the second most expensive country..."

"The American health care system is at once the most expensive and the most inadequate system in the developed world, and it is uniquely complicated"

-- The New England Journal of Medicine, 1999

-- "Journal Calls U.S. Health Care Expensive, Inadequate" By Gene Emery, 1-7-99, Reuters Limited/Yahoo; US Health System Most Expensive in World, citing The New England Journal of Medicine January 7, 1999;340:48, 70-76; and other sourcesm like NEJM -- The American Health Care System Revisited -- A New Series; Journal Calls U.S. Health Care Expensive, Inadequate; and US Has Most Expensive Health System

As we US citizens and third worlders are in much the same boat here (and other country folks have little need for advice in such matters), I'll focus here just on our plight.

First of all, you MUST practice every form of preventive measures practical for your situation, to prevent getting sick or injured in the first place-- for your health system may well not treat you at all in such an event, or else cripple you financially for the rest of your life if it does, should you become afflicted with the wrong ailment. And when I say practice prevention, I don't mean just what you see on this page (or perhaps this one too), but what you can find out from other credible sources as well. This is vital. I realize such an ongoing and strenuous personal effort in research and behavioral change may well reduce your levels of personal productivity and satisfaction both at work and home, rule out much risk-taking in both entrepreneurial and recreational activities, stress relationships with both your friends and family, and so in the end cause you reductions in income and perhaps even have some adverse effects on your health themselves(!), but we really have no choice here, until something drastic changes in our native countries in this regard. Of course, there's always the option of getting rich to escape these circumstances-- but that's often a surprisingly difficult thing for honest folks without powerful business or political connections (or truly extraordinary serendipitous opportunities) to do, unless they inherit a fortune.

"...American families live just one illness or accident away from complete financial collapse"

-- US Study: Medical Bills Main Culprit In Bankruptcies by Araminta Wordsworth; www.commondreams.org; October 09, 2002; originally published by the National Post in Canada, April 27, 2000

Compared to other countries, Americans are charged too much for just about everything health or medical-related. For example, we typically pay twice as much as other nations do for the same exact drugs. We pay our doctors twice on average what other OECD nations do too. We also pay lots more in administrative costs than most other OECD countries, wherever they use universal health systems compared to our private health care insurance system.

-- Health Insurance Premiums; OUTSTANDING STORIES OF THE WEEK; Economic Reporting Review By Dean Baker; July 15, 2002

So what's the second recommendation, after putting up a continuous, near superhuman effort for prevention? Be as frugal as is practical, in order to build your savings. Savings may be your primary buffer against losses of income due to job loss and/or illness or injury. Hoarding as large a nest egg as possible is vital. Much more important than most people realize.

Third recommendation: Do the best research job you can to select a health insurance policy that'll fit your needs at a cost you can afford, and buy it. Believe it or not, medical institutions often charge folks without insurance twice as much as those with insurance, and for less care to boot(!) So simply possessing a minimal policy may well cut the bills you're charged in half (not counting your monthly premiums and deductible), as well as get you more and/or better care(!)

-- kwsnet.com; found on or about 1-30-03; citing Uninsured Pay Twice As Much; Chicago Tribune - 27 Jan 03; Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was the sponser of the study.

-- Uninsured cancer patients receive less care but spend more out of pocket than privately insured patients; EurekAlert!

-- Uninsured patients pay more but get less in cancer treatment; EurekAlert!

-- Uninsured often pay top price for drugs

-- Uninsured Pay More For Prescription Drugs, Report Says (washingtonpost.com)

-- Why Hospitals Overcharge the Uninsured

-- Government regulations contribute to medical debt of uninsured and underinsured; EurekAlert!; 4-Jun-2003; Contact: Mary Mahon; mm@cmwf.org; 212-606-3853

It appears that the most cost-effective health insurance choices for most of us are usually available through some sort of employee benefit package at the workplace. So be sure to add that to your considerations. Unfortunately, employers in the USA are drastically cutting back on such benefits, and/or strongly increasing the proportion paid by employees, circa 2003.

Fourth recommendation: If you're basically healthy, only rarely find yourself in need of medical care, or have only a few, primarily annoying health problems rather than serious ones, you may find it most cost-effective to use that nest egg I discussed previously to allow yourself a huge deductible in your healthcare policy. Such a big deductible will help you keep your monthly insurance premium as low as possible, without compromising your access to healthcare. Plus, since you'll end up paying the first few thousand dollars worth of medical charges a year yourself with such a large deductible, this may cut your paperwork burden as well (as there'll be little need to file for recompense if you know it falls within your deductible). In some cases (such as self-employment) you may be able to deduct the premiums from your income taxes at year end-- thereby effectively getting at least some of your healthcare free! And if your nest egg draws interest, you make a small amount there while it goes unused.

Note that I'm primarily directing the last recommendation above to relatively young and single adults. Parents and/or married couples may have lots more details and constraints to consider, and so I cannot speak to their situation at this time.

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Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Healthcare Handbook[shop for this] by David Werner offers up a tremendous amount of useful and practical health and medical information for just about anyone, but especially for those living in third world villages with no nearby healthcare professionals. It can tell you the difference between ailments requiring immediate professional attention and those you can tend to yourself with commonly available home or village items. Thus, it could save lots of people tons of money in unnecessary emergency medical attention and related matters. Or save the life of someone who otherwise might in ignorance avoid seeing a doctor for a serious malady. I've used this book as a reference for myself, family, and friends for years now, to great and beneficial effect.

Other books of this type include Ditch Medicine : Advanced Field Procedures for Emergencies [shop for this] by Hugh L. Coffee, Where Women Have No Doctor : A Health Guide for Women [shop for this] by A. August Burns and others, and the Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine [shop for this] by Michael Eddleston and Stephen Pierini.

HealthNet offers information concerning health matters in many developing nations, over both radio and telephone-based computer networks. healthnet.org is the generic URL.

-- Plugged In: Third World Struggles To Get Online By Nicole Volpe; Reuters/Yahoo! News Tech Headlines; August 16, 1999

More health and medical references include:

The Merck Manuals online
IFIC - Food Safety & Nutrition Information
eMedicine Disaster and Trauma eBook
MEDLINEplus Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
Human Sexuality Image Bank

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Some warning signs

Possible signs of existing or potential chronic disease

-- Short thighs linked to greater likelihood of diabetes

-- Vinegar 'pinpoints cancer'

-- Vinegar can help to identify cervical cancer in women, according to doctors

-- Greater height associated with increased risk of prostate cancer over age 50

-- Size at birth linked with risk of breast cancer in women under 50

-- Scientists put sniffer dogs on the scent of men with cancer

-- Changes In Your Voice May Mean Trouble, Vocal Health Expert Warns; Science Daily

Possible signs of acute conditions

-- Look in the eye reveals internal bleeding; New Scientist

-- Patients who have multiple potential causes for fainting have a higher risk of death

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Common aspirin is a low cost pain reliever and inflammation reducer.

There's a few caveats to aspirin use. Like most other things, it is possible to overdose on aspirin, resulting in many possible problems, or even death. But the size of the dosage required for overdose is considerable. Children in general should not take aspirin. A small percentage of adults may be advised by their physicians to avoid aspirin, for a variety of reasons.

For more information regarding aspirin, check out the Aspirin studies page, the Aspirin Foundation, Aspirin overdose, The Chemistry of Aspirin, the Synthesis of Aspirin, and Google Search: aspirin

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Honey is a good anti-inflammatory which speeds wound healing (including burns). It also sports anti-bacterial powers. "Jelly Bush" honey created from the Leptospermum (tea tree) flowers of New Zealand seems the very best kind for medicinal purposes.

-- BEE BANDAGES; Beyond 2000 | Bee Bandages | 2th Aug, 2000

-- 'possible role for honey in the treatment of wounds'

-- Honey kills antibiotic-resistant bugs

One way honey does this is through the slow release of hydrogen peroxide. Manuka honey or Medihoney are other names for one type of honey now being sold for medical purposes.

-- Doctors turning sweet on healing with honey By Charles Downey; March 8, 2000; CNN.com

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Honey may also prove helpful in certain home-made remedies, such as for morning sickness.

-- 'relief for morning sickness in unique honey ginger tonic'

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Live maggots can help speed healing by cleaning wounds of dirt and tissue which is dead or unhealthy. This is called "wound debridement".

In tests, disinfected Neobellieria bullata or Phaenicia sericata species maggot larvae were put into serious wounds (many of which had defied all other treatments) and held in place via dressing for one to three days, then removed. The maggot treatment substantially helped the majority of patients it was tried on, with half requiring no other surgeries afterwards.

The worst complaints from patients regarding the procedure was that in some cases a bad smell accompanied it, while a few others seemed worried that some of the maggots might fall out of the dressing as the patient went about their normal business at home or elsewhere (this was out patient procedure in at least some cases).

Maggot treatment may eventually save considerable monies in hospitalization charges for some patients.

-- Maggots Crawling Back to Medicine's Mainstream; Yahoo! Health Headlines/Reuters Health; September 20, 2001; Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2001;82:1226-1229 cited.

-- Use Maggots to Clean Wounds, Prevent Amputation; Reuters

-- Yahoo! News - UK Medics to Prescribe Maggots as Wound Cleansers; story.news.yahoo.com

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High blood pressure It appears that many folks could avoid or prevent high blood pressure with measures including better diets and more exercise alone. Unfortunately for many of us in the developed nations the temptations of fast food and the tube combined with inadequate self-discipline mean we must regularly take prescription medicines for this instead.

-- Multiple lifestyle changes effectively lower blood pressure; EurekAlert!

-- NHLBI study finds all-in-one approach to lifestyle changes effectively lowers blood pressure; EurekAlert!

-- Diet, Exercise Together Effective in Controlling High Blood Pressure

-- Drinking concord grape juice may reduce blood pressure in hypertensive men

-- Exercise Said Best for Blood Pressure

-- Olive oil may reduce need for blood pressure drugs; Yahoo!/Reuters Health; March 28, 2000

-- Mellow Out, or Risk High Blood Pressure; ABC News

Garlic appears to lower both blood pressure and 'bad' cholesterol levels in the body. It acts as an antioxidant (which may slow aging effects), and thins the blood (thereby reducing stroke risk).

-- Garlic May Lower Heart Disease Risk; Yahoo!/Reuters Health; August 9, 2000: Nutrition in Clinical Care 2000;3:145-152 cited.

-- Less-expensive diuretics found superior in treatment of hypertension

-= NHLBI study finds traditional diuretics work better than newer medicines for treating hypertension

-- Sesame oil helps reduce dose of blood pressure-lowering medicine

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Pre-eclampsia or toxaemia is a complication related to pregnancy which can be fatal for mother and child. High blood pressure is one signal of the affliction. It can cause convulsions. The risk of toxaemia can be reduced by 50% with a cheap treatment involving either a drip or injections of magnesium sulphate.

-- Salts cut death in pregnancy by Sarah Boseley; May 31, 2002; The Guardian

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The Standard Days Method of contraception, based on the timing of an individual woman's menstrual cycle, is touted as 95+% effective (as good or better than condoms and diaphragms) at preventing pregnancies.

In this method, a string of color-coded beads (called CycleBeads) keyed to a woman's monthly menstrual cycle is used as aid to show when sexual intercourse is likely to produce pregnancy and when it is not.

More information on this method is available at The Institute for Reproductive Health

-- New natural method of family planning over 95% effective in preventing pregnancy, study finds; 10-Jun-2002l Contact: Beth Porter bap2@georgetown.edu 202-687-4699 Georgetown University Medical Center

Other forms of contraception as well as possible protection against sexually transmitted diseases include lemon juice and a new 'high speed' application condom, specially designed for developing countries.

-- Lemon juice 'is HIV-killing spermicide'; New Scientist

-- High speed condom to fight Aids; BBC

Note that using two or more methods of contraception and/or sexually transmitted disease protection simultaneously where possible may be the most effective and reliable means of success in such matters.

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Treatment for diarrhea

-- Diarrhoea, Diarrhea, Dehydration and Oral Rehydration - Rehydration Project; How Oral Rehydration Therapy Works; Oral Rehydration Project- What's New

-- Zinc supplementation reduces diarrhea and death in Bangladeshi children

-- Chemical stops deadly diarrhoea

-- Probiotics may prevent antibiotic associated diarrhoea

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The compound sulforaphane in broccoli and its sprouts appears to kill helicobacter pylori, a major cause of stomach ulcers and cancers. Further research is underway to see if simply eating such vegetables will have similar benefits to the application of refined, pure sulforaphane to helicobacter pylori.

-- Dietary component kills bacterial cause of ulcers and stomach cancer; 27-May-2002; Contact: Joanna Downer jdowner1@jhmi.edu 410-614-5105 Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; still more information may be available from http://www.pnas.org; Contact: Joanna Downer, 410-614-5105. Email: jdowner1@jhmi.edu

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Leeches appear to safely reduce or remove entirely the muscle pain of arthritis, as well as some of the early day stiffness, when applied to the places where pain in joint muscles is usually triggered. Range of motion also appears to increase with treatment.

-- Leeches Take the Bite Out of Arthritis; Yahoo!/Reuters; Jun 14,2002

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Kidney stones can be horrifically painful and often require hospitalization and treatment for relief. As they can block or obstruct vital physical functions they can also be fatal if not tended to.

So are there ways to reduce the risk of ever having kidney stones in the first place? Perhaps.

It appears folks who do a lot of sleeping on their sides tend to develop stones more easily than others. Sleeping on your back is better than your side. Sleeping on your stomach lowers the risk the most.

Of course, most of us change position a lot during the night, utilizing most or all these positions at one time or another. That's normal, and nothing to be concerned about. All I'm saying here is to reduce your risk of stone formation just try to avoid spending too much time sleeping on your left or right sides.

I'll try to post the supporting reference for this as soon as I can re-locate it.

Caffeine such as found in coffee, tea, and chocolate can reduce your risk of developing kidney stones or gallstones. It may also reduce your chances of getting colon cancer. It appears caffeine's effect of speeding metabolism/accelerating urine flow is the element responsible for stone minimization.

-- Forbes.com Five Unhealthy Habits You Can Live With; found on or about 10-11-03

Ingesting excessive amounts of colas, nuts, tea, or leafy green vegetables can lead to excessive oxalate in the urine-- one of the causes of kidney stone formation. Daily intake of more fluids and vitamin B-6 are a couple of the measures which may be prescribed by doctors for prevention of mild Hyperoxaluria (what such cases of excess are called). There's much more to medical treatments in this field however, especially for more severe cases. Please be sure to consult a doctor for diagnosis and treatment: conditions such as these still contain many unknowns and uncertainties today, for which only a trained doctor might be able to guide you to your best and least risky treatment, or offer advice on preventive measures suited to your own personal circumstances.

-- Kidney Stones - Treatment - nephrologychannel

Moving around helps stones to pass through your system (smaller ones may do so without medical intervention). So a sedentary lifestyle may increase the time a stone stays inside you, allowing it to eventually grow too large to exit without hospitalization (and so we get yet another reason to exercise and lead a more active life in general).

Substantially reducing calcium in the diet is not usually recommended as a way to prevent stone formation, as too little calcium can actually increase your chances(!)

Recurrance of stones may be prevented by cutting back on the intake of salt and animal protein (meat). Drinking lots of water to increase urine flow, and minimizing infections of the urinary tract may also be good preventive measures against stone formation. One in ten US citizens will likely develop a kidney stone sometime during their life.

-- Low-Protein Diet Cuts Risk of Kidney Stones By Suzanne Rostler; Yahoo!/Reuters Health; January 9 2002; citing The New England Journal of Medicine 2002;346:74-75, 77-84, 124

Excessive oxalate is found in roughly one fifth to one third of people with recurring stones. Oxalate is many times more important to stone formation than calcium. Plant-based foods are a major source of dietary oxalate, while animal-based foods offer almost none. Recent research indicates perhaps 50+% of excessive oxalate in the body may indeed come from dietary sources. Most people may normally be overloaded with calcium oxalate, but protected from it solidifying into stones by several factors, including the presence of citrate, and the throughput of water in the system (helping keep the mixture dilute).

Animal protein and fat appear to contribute to stone formation.

The protective bacterium Oxalobacter formigenes may be killed off in some people during lengthy use of antibiotics, thereby making them more prone to development of stones, unless the bacteria can be restored. Recolonization can be difficult. Natural colonization of people by the bacteria usually occurs around age three.

Some foods which taken to excess can increase chances of stone formation include meats, cranberry-based items, nuts, rhubarb, and spinach. Excessive vitamin C intake and dehydration can also contribute to stones.

-- eMedicine - Hyperoxaluria Article by Bijan Shekarriz, MD

The bacterium Oxalobacter formigenes naturally exists in most people's digestive tract, helping break down excessive amounts of oxalate. Excesses in oxalate can cause it to combine with calcium in the kidneys to form stones. People lacking Oxalobacter formigenes can be given their own supply in a single, one-time dose to enable this process for stone prevention or minimization. So far this procedure remains in the research stage, unfortunately.

-- Bacteria Prevent Kidney Stones; Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology; 6-Aug-2002; Contact: Jim Sliwa; jsliwa@asmusa.org; 202-942-9297; American Society for Microbiology

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-- A high-fat diet can dramatically reduce or end seizures in children with severe epilepsy; BBC

-- New, Non-Invasive Surgical Procedure To Eliminate Epileptic Seizures; Science Daily

-- Patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy remained seizure-free with Keppra treatment; EurekAlert!

-- Analysis calls surgery effective epilepsy option; EurekAlert!

-- A child's first unprovoked seizure should not be treated as epilepsy; EurekAlert!

-- Positive response to epilepsy medication does not ensure good prognosis; EurekAlert!

-- New study shows increased link between worsening epileptic seizures and women taking estrogen; EurekAlert!

-- Antiepileptic drugs reduce seizure recurrence in patients with infection of central nervous system; EurekAlert!

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Vision problems

-- Too much MSG could cause blindness

-- preventing blindness in the poor

-- Pain-relief drug may prevent lung problems, blindness in premature infants

-- Feast For Your Eyes Nutrients: That May Help Save Your Sight

-- Drugs curing elderly blindness

-- $2 per dose vs. $1500 per dose One doctor develops new therapy for macular degeneration

-- Drugs Restoring Eyesight in Seniors

-- Light could repair eye injuries

-- Light therapy tackles eye injuries

It turns out glaucoma (excessive pressure inside the eye) can be brought about by a frighteningly wide array of seemingly innocuous actions and behavior on our part, including:

Blowing our nose
Sporting tight collars or shirt ties
Holding in sneezes and coughs
Blowing up balloons, holding our breath

Other possible contributors include:

High blood pressure
Use of steroidal drugs

(I'll be supplying references here as I can re-locate them)

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My newest content regarding diabetes is the page Possible tips, tricks, and leads regarding diabetes prevention, treatment, and cures-- some of which you (and even your doctor!) may be unaware. There's not much overlap between that page and the links below though-- yet. I'll try to integrate all this better when I get the time.

-- Light nights might prevent blindness in diabetics

-- Vitamins C and E may enhance effectiveness of insulin for diabetes

-- Fat That May Benefit Diabetics Reduces Weight, Blood Sugar

-- Diabetic women gain significant health benefits from eating fish

-- Synthetic Version of Vitamin B1 Found to Block Diabetes-Related Retina Damage (washingtonpost.com)

-- dietary soy and flaxseed have positive effect on obesity and diabetes

-- Tattoo to monitor diabetes

-- Tea gives big boost to insulin

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Cancer prevention Various general-purpose preventive measures are offered elsewhere in this page. But here's some cancer-specific measures and cautions.

-- Formula to calculate cancer risk

-- Cancer cell study revives cellphone safety fears

-- Cancer Risk in Coffee

-- Pill Raises Cancer Risk for Some Women

-- Cervical cancer vaccine 100 per cent effective

-- Drug used to treat cholesterol prevents growth of breast cancer cells in lab

-- Over-the-counter pain relievers may prevent breast cancer

-- Over-the-counter pain relievers effective in protecting against breast cancer

-- Sauerkraut contains anticancer compound

-- Early Lifestyle Decisive In Contracting Cancer Later

-- Dietary component kills bacterial cause of ulcers and stomach cancer

-- Eating soy during adolescence may reduce breast cancer

-- Caffeine 'lotion' protects against skin cancer

-- Over-the-counter pain relievers may prevent breast cancer

-- Early Lifestyle Decisive In Contracting Cancer Later

-- Pill Raises Cancer Risk for Some Women

-- Use of vitamin A cream may prevent skin cancer

-- Dietary change may prevent the most serious form of prostate cancer

-- role of obesity and calories in cancer prevention

-- Australia Tan Implants May Help Prevent Skin Cancer

-- Tamoxifenís benefit greatest for preventing hormone-dependent breast cancer

-- Pitt transplant researchers say anti-rejection drug rapamycin may help lupus, some cancers

-- 'One-stop' approach works well for cervical cancer prevention

-- Diarrhoea may protect against colon cancer

Cancer detection

-- Sonography is more accurate imaging test for detecting breast cancer in young women

-- New cervical cancer test 'worse than old one'

-- Blood Test Could Spot Colon Cancer March 14, 2003†091421

Cancer treatments Please note folks that I strongly recommend that you get diagnosed and treated by a trained physician for your ailments, wherever possible. Keep in mind this page and its related pages are assembled primarily for the poorest folks of third world countries who may not have access at all to professional medical personnel. For all others, these pages are merely meant to offer additional resources and information to consider when trying to maximize the cost-effectiveness of their own health and medical decisions, hopefully in full consultation with professional medical personnel. Note that it can be very risky indeed to experiment totally on your own with various treatments only now being comprehensively tested in animal and human trials, such as many of the articles linked on this and other pages describe.

Indeed, some links presented here are considered truly relevant only to medical researchers and doctors of third world nations themselves, to hopefully help them help their patients in ways they otherwise might not be aware were possible.

So please do not take unnecessary risks with your health: consult your physician about such matters first wherever you possibly can.

-- Soy-Tea Combo May Thwart Prostate Cancer

-- TEA COMPLEMENTS DRUGS IN FIGHT AGAINST COLON CANCER but Green tea is not an effective anticancer treatment for patients with advanced prostate cancer

-- Freezing cancer cells makes them prime targets for anti-cancer drug, new study finds

-- Flaxseed-Rich Diet Blocks Prostate Cancer Growth And Development In Mice


-- Breast cancer breakthrough

-- Natural insecticide identified as potential cancer prevention agent for early stage lung cancer

-- Anti-inflammatory drug reduces growth of cancerous tumors In rats

-- 'surgeons turning to light therapy for advanced lung cancer'

-- Electrical device fights liver cancer

-- European trial finds old lung cancer treatment may still be best

-- Interference technique is clean cancer killer

-- Injectable gel effective in treating head and neck cancer

-- New drug boost for asbestos-related lung cancer sufferers

-- Bladder-sparing procedure found effective for treating invasive bladder cancer

-- Energy blocker may be potential liver cancer treatment

-- Diphtheria dose kills brain cancer cells

-- Mastectomies not always needed in cancer fight

-- Neural stem cells carry cancer-fighting protein to track and destroy brain tumor cells

-- New drug combo improves survival in rare, aggressive bone cancer of children, young adults

-- Clinical trials expanded with novel vaccine for advanced colorectal cancer

-- Novel treatment may improve survival rates in patients with abdominal cancer

-- Adjuvant chemotherapy improves survival in early-stage ovarian cancer

-- Jefferson scientists find calcium is key to slowing colorectal cancer growth

-- Laser Light Therapy Seen As Magic Bullet For Treating Some Throat And Oral Cancers

-- Checklist of claims may signal trouble on internet cancer-treatment sites

-- Internet Use May Benefit Survival Of Minority-Ethnic Breast Cancer Patients

-- Study demonstrates that low dose tamoxifen may be effective in treating breast cancer

-- Drug used to treat cholesterol prevents growth of breast cancer cells in lab

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Desperate measures of possible last resort

These are ideas brought up by research results which for one reason or another a person likely wouldn't want to try on their own until all other measures had failed or were unavailable to them for some reason.

-- Nicotine may aid schizophrenics

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Fire prevention, handy extinguishing apparatus, and smoke alarms can be life-savers as well as wealth-savers.

Relatively low cost, battery-operated smoke alarms are now available throughout much of the world. Widely available alkaline batteries will often power such units for a year or longer at a time.

Keeping buckets of clean dry sand stationed at various strategic places in your home will provide you with the capability to smother small fires of virtually any kind. Baking soda can also work in many cases.

-- page 57, Just in Case: Everyone's Guide to Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Self-Help [shop for this] by John Moir, Chronicle Books, 1980

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Other health and safety dangers

Although I agree that there can be many perfectly sound reasons for keeping at least one firearm in the home, especially in neighborhoods where crime and violence are common, or in rural areas and on farms where such protection can be warranted against animals, or where hunting provides a significant portion of the household food supply or income, still firearms possession and use are inherently risky to all in the vicinity, and so suitable safeguards must be taken. Indeed, if there's no real need for such a device in the home, simply not having one around will greatly reduce the risk of death and injury to you and yours.

-- 'If you keep a gun in your home, you dramatically increase the odds that you will die of a gunshot wound'

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