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The purpose of our blog is to share what we have learned about nutrition, weight loss, fitness, and health, in order to help you find ways to feel better and live longer. It is amazing how much our diet and lifestyle affect our health and well-being.

Did you know that you can reduce your risk and even prevent many diseases and health conditions simply by making some changes to your diet? Check back often for valuable tips and information.


For the first time in my life I have found weight loss success. During my adult life I have tried dozens and dozens of so-called "diets" and none of them worked over the long-haul. Oh, I was able to lose weight with some of them, but once I went off of the "diet" I quickly gained back all of my weight (plus some).

I have finally learned that losing weight has to be a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix. Crash diets and all the other crazy diets will not only cause you to fail, they are harmful to your health. To lose weight and keep it off you must NOT go on a "diet." What? Why? Because we all consider a "diet" a temporary thing. For example, how many times have you said, "Oh, I will go on this low-fat diet until I lose 20 pounds." Okay, what happens after you lose the 20 pounds? Or you simply give up? You go back to your old habits and gain that 20 pounds back.

The only way you will ever be successful at losing weight, with the added benefit of improving your health, is to make healthy changes that you can live with for the rest of your life. Period. Not for a week, a month or 3 months, but for life. For me, my initial goal was to lower my cholesterol level. I had to have a blood test for my insurance coverage and my cholesterol level had to be lower than the previous year's levels or I would have to pay a much higher premium. Well, that was a pretty good incentive for me make some positive changes.

I sat down and figured out what I needed to do. I knew I had to change the way I ate and I knew I had to exercise in some form or other every day. So, I made a list and I stuck to it. It was difficult at first. To make matters worse, I am a compulsive eater. However, as the days went by, it became much easier because my body stopped craving sweets and processed foods. For the first time in my life, I was never tempted to binge because I never felt deprived.

Use the list below and make whatever changes you need to make in order for it to work for you. FYI, my cholesterol level dropped 65 points after 7 weeks, and my triglycerides dropped 70 points!
Another benefit that I hadn't planned on was that after being an insomniac since my teen-age years, I now sleep like a baby every night!


1. Avoid "white" Foods & Processed Foods.
These foods have no nutritional value and are "empty" calories. Sweets, anything made with white flour,and anything that comes in a package with a long list of ingredients.
Always read the food labels. Stay away from those long lists of ingredients. The longer the list, the more chemicals and additives are present. These are extremely toxic to your body.

2. Drink Lots of
Water. Water keeps your body's organs hydrated and flushes out unhealthy toxins. It helps to fill you up and reduces your urge to over-eat.

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast.
Instead of coffee and donuts, try fruit, yogurt, grains like oatmeal or whole grain toast, and lean protein. NEVER skip breakfast. By eating a large, healthy meal when you get up in the morning, your metabolism will "rev up" and you will not be hungry by mid-morning. If you skip breakfast, your
body will go into starvation mode and store calories in your body as FAT, yes FAT! So do yourself a big favor and eat breakfast.

4. Reduce Your Stress Level.
So many of us live with too much
stress. Stress lowers your immune system, making it easier to get sick. It also makes us lethargic, tired, and depressed. There are a lot of simple things you can do and a lot of ways to feel better about yourself and your life. Take a long, hot bath, read a book, listen to music, get a massage. Do something nice for yourself. Giving yourself something to look forward to is a tremendous mental incentive.

5. Move!
Oh my gosh! There are so many ways to incorporate movement into your day, even at work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get up every hour and walk around your floor, your hallway or your desk. Park your car in the farthest space from where you need to be. Walk or bike to work. Skate, dance, golf, jump rope, clean house, play tag. The best exercise you can do is to walk. Try to take a walk every day! The more you move, the more your metabolism will be your friend. (I walk 3 miles every day whether it is raining, snowing or freezing.)


Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that grows at a very fast rate after it has been diagnosed. In nearly 80% of cases, the cause of mesothelioma is from inhaling loose asbestos particles suspended in the air for a very long time. Generally, The symptoms don’t appear soon after the asbestos particles have been inhaled, but are accumulated in the lungs over a long period of time, taking decades to react in the body.

Survival rates for those diagnosed with mesothelioma have always been very bleak. However, this negative outlook is beginning to change. Doctors and cancer specialists are constantly working towards the development of a cure and instilling mesothelioma hope in patients. During this search to find a cure for mesothelioma, there are stories of survival that renew hope and determination.

There are three types of mesothelioma but the symptoms of the diseases depend on their kinds. The symptoms vary but the general symptoms that are found in patients suffering from different types of mesothelioma are weight loss, chest pain, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, plain cough and cough with blood.

Diagnosing mesothelioma in its initial stages is not possible because symptoms surface very late and these symptoms do not indicate a particular disease because they are common for other normal lung diseases. Most of the symptoms arise in the lungs, where the mesothelial cells covering the lungs and the cavity between them are affected due to prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers.

The main symptom of mesothelioma is a constant pain in the chest, followed by shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing due to accumulation of fluid in the chest. Other symptoms of the disease include abnormalities in the lungs that can be diagnosed under proper supervision of a doctor with a chest CT-scan.

Basically, the disease of mesothelioma advances in four stages. The first stage begins the formation of the tumor in the area of lining of the lung. In the second stage, the tumor extends to other organs in the chest cavity, such as the heart. In the third stage, it extends to, and affects all the other organs. Finally, in the last stage the tumor extends to all parts of the body.

While a cure does not currently exist, intensive treatment can increase the duration of a patient's survival and alleviate some of the pain and suffering associated with mesothelioma. Patients typically undergo a combination of treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the most widely used treatments. Alternative therapies such as massage are often administered to aid in pain relief.

Many patients participate in clinical trials as a way of building hope. Clinical trials are conducted to test up-and-coming treatments and medications before they are released to the public as a safe and effective way to treat an illness. To participate in a clinical trial, a patient must first qualify for the study and meet specific qualifications.

Clinical trials are imperative in the search for a mesothelioma cure. As results and information are gathered from a study, the knowledge gained helps medical professionals come closer to the discovery of a cure. Each successful clinical trial renews mesothelioma hope for all patients around the world.
Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma


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