VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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Some believe free range is a healthy route to take. “Any animal that is fed antibiotics would be pulled out of this program,” Carter said. “Most of the time when you see these markets, they say they are antibiotic free and hormone free.”


At the end of the day, it tends to be about budget and how much you want to spend, as well as personal preference.


“It is more of a perception and personal choice as to whether you want to buy free-range products or a conventional product,” Hawkins said. “Just because a product is raised in a more traditional background as opposed to a free-range situation does not mean the care given to that animal is any different. The producers (on both ends of the spectrum) take pride in and care for their animals.”


“It just comes down to what somebody wants,” Carter said. “Traditionally in these types of programs, the cost will be higher. It needs to be because there are higher costs involved for the producer.”

For farmers, free-range livestock has become a hot topic of conversation.


“Kentucky has 37,000 beef producers and is the largest cattle state east of the Mississippi,” said Katelyn Hawkins, general member of the beef council of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. From a health standpoint, whether you choose free range or a conventional route of beef production, you are still getting the same nutritional benefits.


“No matter what type of beef you choose, as far as the production practice that goes behind it – whether it is grain finished, grass finished, natural, organic or even free range – when you eat it you are getting 25 grams of protein and 10 essential vitamins and nutrients off a 3-ounce portion,” Hawkins said. “Some people choose free range because they do not necessarily fully understand the production cycle and what happens on the farm. They like the idea that there is a free-range option.”


There are many reasons to consider free-range livestock. “The main benefits are that it is locally sourced and the dollars stay in Kentucky,” said Nick Carter, agriculture and natural resources agent for the Fayette County Farm Bureau. “In most cases you feel comfortable with how it is being handled.”

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Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Beef is a versatile meat. There are so many options for using it that everyone is sure to find some- thing they like. “Those (cuts) that are determined lean by the dietary guidelines include America’s favor- ite cuts, like T-bone, tenderloin, sirloin and even flank steak,” said Hawkins.


You can always serve beef with something to make it even more appealing. “Everyone likes color on their plate, so try a stir-fry recipe or use beef as a salad topper,” said Hawkins.