Sunday, November 4, 2012
Animal health [and human health] is largely dependent upon soil health even when they are allowed to eat their natural diet, mainly green plants. A diet that forces the animal or human to eat more carbohydrates to obtain the required protein and minerals is a fattening diet. We may worry about what fattening foods we eat, but we never worry about the fact that the same food may be more or less fattening depending on the soil fertility and the fertilizers used in the crop's production.
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Today we are featuring a Success Story of one individual and his two brothers, that has many more struggles than normal. Scotty Cook, along with his two brothers, Matt and Josh share this same issue. With life expectancy in their late 30s - early 40s, this doesn't hold them back, but pushes them on a journey of living life! I think we can learn from Scotty, and his brothers!
Scotty at age 16
The Early Years
Scotty Cook took his cystic fibrosis (CF) therapy vest to school for show and tell. Matthew Cook wrote a fourth grade essay titled, "This is the Story of My CF Life." Joshua Cook wakes up at 5:30 to do a half-hour breathing treatment for his CF before catching the school bus.
The Cooks have lived with cystic fibrosis since 1996, when all three boys were diagnosed with the disease. Parents Bob and Kimberly hadn't heard of CF before. Now, Kimberly says, "It's become part of our daily routine." Every day, Joshua, 14, Matthew, 11, and Scotty, 9, undergo at least two 30-minute breathing treatments, and take a handful of medications each.
A Determined Family
Home therapy is critical for kids with CF, involving a lot of time and effort. Kimberly gathers strength from her love for her kids. She also attributes her family's endurance to the support they receive at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Home care tips Kimberly finds helpful include:
Filling pill cases for the boys each week, so she can see at a glance who has taken his medications Enjoying one-on-one time with her sons during the breathing treatments, when she can talk or read with them
Keeping the boys distracted during breathing treatments, with board, video and homemade games, so they aren't focused on the treatment itself
Challenging the norm and being involved in advancing medicine through opportunities at Cincinnati Children's, such as participating on committees to provide input from a parent's perspective
Most important, Kimberly says, is teaching her kids how to care for themselves. "We make sure we're doing everything we can for them now, so they can be adults with CF."
Life with cystic fibrosis requires commitment from several people, including health care workers, school personnel and family. Matthew said it best in his essay: "It takes a lot of teamwork living with CF."
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Parents, Patients Participate Actively in CF Care
As the medical staff of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center recently worked to redesign the care program at the Cystic Fibrosis Center, they knew they wanted to involve patients and their families. So they invited them to join professionals in a group called the Pursuing Perfection Team. This focus on family is woven through all levels of planning and care at the center.
"In any chronic illness, clinical evidence supports the belief that the best outcomes are reached when the patient and family are well-versed and active in their care," says James Acton, MD, director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Cincinnati Children's.
In the past, the care team – physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists – would have made all the decisions and then communicated them to the patient. At the CF center, the health care team share data with patients and family, then give them options.
"Together we make decisions," he says. "If patients and their families help design the care plan, they'll adhere to the decisions better. We
tell patients, 'It's your care, we participate at your invitation.'"
Age 16 ~ Six Months into his Workout Program
Scotty is starting to see great results from P90X, working out, and utilizing the BeachBody Nutritional Products. He is now bench pressing 200 pounds! Starting at 100 pounds, his strength and muscles continue to build.
This is exciting news, individuals with Cystic Fibrosis, have an extremely tough time keeping their weight up. Many have feeding tubes in their stomachs, as they cannot get enough calories by eating normal meals.
The Best News, Scotty has put on 30 pounds of lean muscle, and this is REALLY EXCITING!
Matt and Josh are Team BeachBody Coaches, and Bob Cook (father) started Cook Plumbing as an Official Team BeachBody Company. When Scotty turns 18, they will transfer this business over to him (he is 17). "It is a great business for anyone", says Bob. Bob is currently donating the income earned through the Cook Plumbing Site to help with Finding a Cure, until Scotty turns 18. http://www.teambeachbody.com/cysticfibrosis is the Website address!
"Not only are we getting into shape, but helping fight CF together", says Bob! "We are helping others get fit and healthy, and, of course, RIPPED"!!!
"Scotty is excited, and we are glad that Matt and Josh are seeing the results he has netted- joining him", stated Bob.
"Keeping up with Scotty is work" Bob said, "and we are turning it up another notch, as I need to drop some pounds"!
Keep It Going Scotty, Matt and Josh!! Congratulations!
Check out the Brother's Video ~ brought tears to our eyes ~ as so many people without these issues seem to struggle so much more in life. It is about mind-set, and anything is possible! ALL THREE ARE EAGLE SCOUTS!
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How they help: Berries contain antioxidants compounds, which may protect your cells from damage linked to cancer. They may also boost your immune system. They contain polyphenols, including ellagic acid and anthocyanins – antioxidants that counteract, reduce and repair damage to cells. Berries are also brimming with other potential cancer-fighters like vitamin C and fiber.
How they help: A plant chemical called resveratrol, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, hides in grape skins – especially purple and red ones. Studies have shown they may keep cancer cells from growing and inhibit tumors, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Cancers they may fight: Liver, stomach, breast and colon
Get your fill: Wash grapes, freeze them, then eat them as a sweet snack or add sliced ones into salads or cottage cheese. (Red wine contains this compound, but it’s not the best way to consume resveratrol because high amounts of alcohol have been linked to higher cancer risk.)
How they help: Tomatoes get their bright red color from an antioxidant called lycopene, which can protect cells from damage and kill those that aren’t growing proper.
4. Cruciferous veggies
How they help: Cruciferous veggies (think broccoli, kale and cabbage) contain potential cancer fighters such as glucosinolates, crambene and indole-3-carbinol. They also contain sulforaphane, which may keep cancer at bay by helping rid the body of carcinogens and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Cancers they may fight: Stomach, breast, skin, mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophageal
Get your fill: Try broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage in salad. Eat veggies raw or lightly steamed because they lose powerful phytochemicals when overcooked.
How it helps: Garlic contains unique antioxidant phytochemicals called allyl sulfides that seem to intervene in several steps of the cancer process.
Cancers it may fight: Stomach, esophageal, breast, lung and colon
Get your fill: Sauté veggies in a clove or two of garlic or add it to homemade salad dressings, dips, pasta sauces and soups.
Also, add garlic salt or powder to ground beef while making burgers or sprinkle it on pizza.
Try this Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Vegetables.
How it helps: Tea is chock full of antioxidants called catechins, which lab studies have found may stop growth of cancer cells and reduce the size of cancerous tumors.
Cancers it may fight: Colon, liver, breast, prostate, lung, skin, bladder, stomach and pancreatic
Get your fill: Sip hot or cold green tea instead of coffee (it has less caffeine and no calories if you go sugarless). Black tea offers benefits, but green tea has three times more catechins.
How it helps: Flaxseed contains an antioxidant called lignans, which may help the body rid itself of carcinogens, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to reduce inflammation and boost the body’s immune system.
Cancers it may fight: Colon, breast, skin and lung
Get your fill: Try cooking or baking with flaxseed meal, flour and oil (all found at health food stores) or sprinkle ground flaxseed on cereal, oatmeal or salads.
Use flaxseed in this Orange-Miso Sauce.
How they help: They may be tiny, but legumes such as peas, beans and lentils pack a big nutritional punch.
They contain natural phytochemicals that are uniquely different from those in vegetables and whole grains.
These include saponins, protease inhibitors and phytica acid, which lab studies reveal may prevent the reproduction of cancer cells.
Fiber, too, can decrease your risk of colon cancer.
Cancers they may fight: Colon and stomach, among others
Get your fill: Top salads with lentils and peas, whip up lentil or pea soup, add pea pods to your stir-fry or nosh on plain old peanuts.
Try this Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash.
9. Whole grains
How they help: People who get their fill of whole grains have a 21%-43% lower risk of cancer than those who eat little to none.
Unlike refined grains, whole grains have the bran and germ layers, which are packed with antioxidants and other nutrients.
They also contain fiber, which, when fermented in the colon, may produce substances that protect cells from cancer-causing agents.
Cancers they may fight: Breast, colon and stomach
Get your fill: Bake with whole-wheat flour and have oatmeal for breakfast.
Eat sandwiches made with whole-wheat bread (“whole wheat” should be the first word on the ingredient list) and replace white rice with wild or brown.
Check out this Overnight Oatmeal.
10. Dark-green leafy vegetables
How they help: These emerald-hued veggies contain folate and carotenoids.
Carotenoids are antioxidants that aid cell-to-cell communication that controls cell growth, while folate is essential to protect our DNA, the starting point of any change that leads to cancer.
Cancers they may fight: Breast, skin, lung, stomach, mouth, pharynx and larynx
Get your fill: Add spinach to omelets and swap it for iceberg lettuce in salads (throw in romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce and Swiss chard, too). For dinner, lightly sauté mustard greens, collard greens and kale in olive oil and a squirt of lemon.
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