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Tackling cancer with immunotherapy

I read with surprise that we begin to think that we can controll cancer from the inside stimulating defenses immuitarie. The medicine comes now to say the obvious. How do they suggest to achive it? Vaccines and injections of antibodies. Why not instead with nutrition and lifestyle? Yes, we can. Why then do they prefer chemistry with all its contraindications to nature?


The threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The British government in the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies sees in the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (Amr: Antimicrobial Resistance Infection) a risk to public health. The widespread use of antibiotics is a gym for the bacteria. It is not the use of antibiotics but the abuse of antibiotics that concerns us all, the antibiotics taken for "precaution". Let's go back to using medication only when really needed.


The madness of the use of anabolic steroids

What folly! A 20 year old guy who, after having had multiple heart attacks and strokes for the use of anabolic died because he continued to train considering himselves invincible. Then yet another wrestler, The Ultimate Warrior, who died of a heart attack at age 54 after a history of reckless use of steroids. When you see a muscle impossible, you know that this man uses steroids. And it is possible if not probable that he might die of a heart at


Arterial damages for children with parents who smoke

A Finnish and Australian study detects damage to the walls of the arteries in children who grow up with smoking parents and then undergo the so-called passive smoking. Still makes headlines say the obvious and alas study is required to be credible, not just the simple math of common sense. An invitation to quit smoking, if not for yourself, at least for others. If you do not for others, at least for your children.


Physical Activity healthy for the sight!

A moderate physical activity is good for everything, also to the sight. This was declared by the University of Atlanta in an article in the Journal of Neuroscience. Physical activity stimulates health, cell turnover, tissue elasticity, elasticity of the muscles of the circulatory system and so on. In this specific case it would stimulate the production of photoreceptors. It's fantastic to find evidence that health is within our reach daily.


Another Marlboro Man victim of the cigarette

Eric Lawson, Marlboro Man advertising of the '70s / '80s, smoker since the age of 14, died of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a direct conseguence of smoking. Similar fate for other Marlboro Man (David Millar, Dick Hammer, Wayne McLaren and David McLean). I remember a young doctor who told me that every smoker should visit the pulmonology department of a hospital. There are many ways to leave this world. Smoking is a folly.


Doctor Veronesi against taxation on electronic cigarettes

We have already discussed, the estimate is 30,000 fewer deaths in a year with the spread of electronic cigarettes. Yes, the e-cig do not eliminate the vice but they do eliminate most of the harmful substances that smokers suffer and make others suffer. Dr. Veronesi calls on the government not to continue with the aggressive taxation on electronic cigarettes to make cash at the expense of the health of Italian.


Fitness better than medications!

The British Medical Journal published a study which reveals that physical activity can give preventive and curative results similar to those obtained with medications. How do you say? They discovered the hot water! However, it is always useful to remember the importance of moderate physical activity, it has only pros and cure the body and the mind in an absolutely virtuous cycle.


Eugenics, between hope and horror

A film, Gattaca, he spoke in 1997. Today in England the baby "without disease" was born from an embryo selected and implanted on the basis of its genetic profile, through the method of Wells called "Next generation sequencing" (NGS). Hope for many, horror for many. Horror in front of a medicine that continues to believe in genetics rather than lifestyle and nature. Others will call it hope.


Tips for tanning

The first and by common sense is to expose yourself to the sun in the late hours of the afternoon, especially children. About sunscreens, use high protection and renew the protection every two hours and always after a bath. Open sunscreen loses its effectiveness after a year, so buy a new one and do not use the old one. Yes, you tan the same, better and with safety. Be smart.


Sunbathing with intelligence, attention to melasma

Melasma is a stain due to concentration of melanin that occurs mainly to pregnant women. The precautions are the usual, a good sunscreen lotion and, half an hour before exposure, taking beta-carotene from a carrot and apple juice or eating a couple of raw carrots. The tan will be more beautiful and healthier the skin. Summer is here, let's be prepared.


Abuse of painkillers, more deaths than drug

The Brandeis University some time ago published the statistics: the ease with which painkillers are taken has become a social issue. We live in the era of chemistry, where the systematic (ab)use of medicines is spreading, even and especially when unnecessary and harmful, a dangerous shortcut to the "wellness." The abuse of painkillers kills more thean the drugs. Let's think over it.


Tips on how to live for 100 years: so easy and yet so hard

I read an anti-aging article about suggestions in order to create favorable conditions to live 100 years. All practical advice and easy: east moderately, lots of veggies, no fast food and simple sugars, moderate but continuous physical activity, search for serenity. All practicable and easy, yet in a sense so hard to achive. Try to understand why it is often so hard to follow these easy steps is the beginning of the anti-aging strategy.


Hygiene is not hygienical when it is excessive

Draw cue from a study on acne, where it is noted that the absence of acne is due not to the lack of bacteria but to the natural balance between different strains of these. In other words, you do not need and it is indeed a counter excessive hygiene, perhaps with toxic products designed to create a sterile environment. Nature is part of us and we are part of.


Antibiotic resistance and superbugs

A new English study, with tones actually exaggerated, shows that overuse of antibiotics is leading to the formation of increasingly resistant bacteria. The antibiotic is a lifesaver when needed. The formation of resistant bacteria a big threat. The solution? Use antibiotics only when necessary. The overuse of antibiotics is literally a training ground for bacteria become superbugs.


Still confusion between early cancer detection and prevention

Again! I read "one-third of the most common cancers can be prevented through early detection." Early detection detects cancer, so it does not prevent it. This logical error leads us to mix up the care with prevention, prevention that is only achived reducing exposure to risk factors and changing lifestyle habits in a natural-evolutionary direction. Starting from what you put on the table every day.


Smoke provoke back pain

Smoking damages the intervertebral disc of the spine causing back pain. A study coordinated by three American universities confirms that quitting smoking leads to a strong discrese of pain in more than half of the cases. It seems hard to find a pathology where smoking has not a negative role or is not the cause. Quitting smoking is always strategic. Always.


The risk of creating a bacterium resistant to antibiotics

I read of a bacterium that, mutating, seems to have become resistant to antibioticsThe most pessimistic says that we may find ourselves helpless as before the discovery of penicillin. Probably alarmist, but it is worth repeating that the abuse of antibiotics can lead to the paradox that a life-saving drug truly become a threat to health when abused.


Antibiotics abuse: Italy, Greece and Spain in primis

The Nordic countries, which have a harsh climate, showed a lower use of antibiotics compared to temperate countries, such as Italy, Greece and Spain. The impact of this abuse (as defined) on public expenditure and the health of the person is important. It's the doctors who should contribute to creating a culture of health of the patient and prescribe antibiotics only when strictly necessary.


Human Papillomavirus Vaccine. Useful? Maybe Yes, Maybe Not. Maybe.

The debate over the efficiency and safety of vaccines continues. Today the newspapers talk about how the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) is neither the best nor the most efficient way of preventing an infection that could lead to cervical cancer, arguing that information regarding the vaccine is often misinterpreted as a go-ahead for promiscuous behavior and that its costs could be better invested towards prevention or early diagnosis.


Cure or Prevention?

I read the news (not so new) that "Omega-3 counteracts the formation of amyloid-beta protein and prevents the brain from aging... preventing Alzheimers". I've been saying this for 15 years! Family doctors rarely recommend Omega-3 however, perhaps because they confuse cure with prevention and prescribe the cure but do not suggest the prevention. Nutrition is the main block of true preventive medicine.


Pediatric vacciness yes or no. So ideological!

Today I read a survey on parents' perceptions of the dangers of pediatric vaccines. Then I read the comments to the article. Some blindly support the importance of vaccines. Others oppose them claiming a conspiracy between government and Big Pharma. Ideologies, both. My opinion? Ok to vaccines, but always putting the child at the center with a carefully studied vaccination schedule, proper doses and carefully formulated vaccines.


Sunbathing carefully

The time is right to remember along with many articles that follow in the newspapers that no one is Superman, the sun and its UV rays are hot and are dangerous for everyone, even for those who are already tanned. Putting sunscreen is an act of intelligence. Although greasy. Even if it is morning or late afternoon. In particular for children.


Yoga monitors helps controlling arrhythmias

This is not something new. Meditation (so practices like yoga who interpret it) has an impact on your breathing and heart rate. It is interesting to read that you have found a clear relationship between the practice of yoga and the control of cardiac arrhythmias. Overturning the observation, if a practice anti-stress monitors and normalizes arrhythmias, the distress of everyday life perhaps there are at least a contributory factor.