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  1. Tomatoes fight stomach cancer

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    If you're prone to acid reflux, maybe you've been keeping your distance from tomatoes.

    These so-called "love apples" are sweet, delicious, and versatile... and they're also one of the most common "trigger" foods known to kick up acid production.

    But according to the latest research, tomatoes may actually hold the key to saving you -- and your stomach -- from cancer.

    Now, we already know that eating tomatoes boosts your blood levels of lycopene, which studies show lowers blood pressure, cuts your stroke risk in half , and -- gentlemen -- slashes your risk of prostate cancer.

    In the new study, researchers applied extracts of whole tomatoes to stomach cancer cells in a lab dish.

    It turns out that two varieties of tomatoes in particular -- San Marzano and Corbarino, both from southern Italy -- not only slowed the growth of the cancer cells, but also caused them to DIE OFF!

    And if you know anything about cancer cells, you know those guys are tough to kill.

    These new findings don't surprise me, since we already know that those who eat the least amounts of fruits and vegetables are at the greatest risk for developing stomach cancer.

    Unfortunately, most of us aren't getting enough fresh produce in our diets -- which is maybe why stomach cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer worldwide.

    And it typically strikes older folks.

    So, whether you say "to-MAY-to" or "to-MAH-to," you definitely don't want to call the whole tomato thing off.

    Now, that doesn't mean you have an excuse to go binge on carbo-bomb Italian foods that incorporate tomatoes, like pizza and pasta.

    But you do want to look to Italy for these special tomato varieties, since they're not commonly cultivated in the U.S.

    Go for the San Marzanos in glass jars, which are less processed and are less likely to be contaminated with BPA. Corbarinos are a bit harder to find -- check online retailers for jarred sauces that incorporate them.

    Both varieties are lower in acid than typical American-grown tomatoes, so they're less likely to kick up your acid reflux.

    You can also buy the seeds for these varieties and grow them in your own garden!

    Just keep your plantings free of chemical pesticides and weed-killers. Look online for a variety of homemade recipes to keep bugs at bay.

    And the best non-toxic way of getting rid of weeds is simply to pull them up.

  2. Antibiotics can increase risk of colorectal cancer

    Antibiotics busted in new cancer warning

    If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that the overuse of antibiotics can cause a lot of health issues stemming from the gut.

    And there aren't a lot of health issues that DON'T originate (at least in some way) from the gut.

    For everything from childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes... to yeast over-growth, superbug infections, and even memory loss... you can point to unnecessary antibiotics as a possible culprit.

    I wasn't surprised, then, to find out that a mainstream medical study has connected long-term antibiotic use to cancer.

    Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed medical records of 121,000 women, collected as part of a now 40-year health study that began back in 1976.

    They found, that when compared to those who never took antibiotics, the women who'd taken them for more than two weeks saw their risk of developing colorectal polyps increase by 51 percent.

    And that's not all. Those who used them for more than two months -- which is frighteningly common -- saw their risk increase by 69 percent.

    And the LEADING cause of colorectal cancer? Those polyps.

    That's not to say there's NO place for antibiotics in medicine. Antibiotics are necessary -- SOMETIMES -- but they won't do a thing to "cure" you of any viral, fungal, or parasitic infection. They ONLY work on bacteria -- and, unfortunately, they wipe out the good bacteria your gut needs along with the infection-causing "bad guys."

    If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic to you, make sure it's absolutely necessary and that it's for a bacterial infection. Stick with an antibiotic that's been designed specifically for your type of infection and not one of the extra-strength "broad spectrum" ones.

    And no matter how long you're "recommended" to take it -- seven days, 10 days, or longer -- see if you can stop it early. Most prescriptions for antibiotics are for longer than you actually need to take them... just to be on the "safe side."

    Now, you can't do anything about the antibiotics you took in your youth. You can't literally turn back time -- but you may not have to. The women in the study most at risk for colon polyps had taken long courses of antibiotics while they were in their 40s or 50s.

    And the polyps developed while they were in their 60s.

    Whether you consider yourself "middle aged" or "senior," it's not too late to work on improving your gut health.

    It will give you the biggest "bang for your buck" in terms of your overall health!

    By now, you probably already know to take probiotics with multiple strains of beneficial bacteria... and to make sure that the CFUs are in the billions.

    If the store-bought kind aren't enough, ask your doctor about a "medical food"-grade probiotic called VSL#3 -- a gem in the probiotic world that's up to 100 times MORE potent than the average probiotic (which is why you need a prescription for it).

  3. Strawberries fight oral cancer

    The "super" berry secret to a healthy mouth Cigarette ads have portrayed smoking as an act of freedom and rugged independence for decades... both for the ladies and the aspiring Marlboro Men. "You've Come a Long Way, Baby!" But if you're a smoker... or have been one in the past... you might feel like you've become the "butt" of a...
  4. Yoga eases prostate cancer treatment problems

    How yoga can save your manhood... and your dignity It doesn't seem fair, does it? As if dealing with cancer weren't enough, the harsh treatment that you'll receive for prostate cancer will almost certainly give you trouble "down there" -- in both the bedroom AND the bathroom. Plus, that "zap" of radiation is likely sapping you of your energy. Talk...
  5. Antioxidants slash lung cancer risk

    Snuff out lung cancer with a "rainbow" of produce If you haven't been living under a rock for the last couple of decades, you're more than well-aware that cigarettes are the "smoking gun" implicated in a lot of serious and deadly health conditions. In fact, 90 percent of all lung cancer cases are related to smoking. It's no wonder why...
  6. Exercise improves breast cancer survival

    Get moving to thrive and survive breast cancer When you're a breast cancer patient or survivor, your follow-up care probably feels like the lyrics to that old disco hit, "I Will Survive." You yearn to go from "At first I was afraid, I was petrified"... to "I've got all my life to live." Whether it's changing your diet or quitting...
  7. Food additives linked to colon cancer

    Packaged food companies use additives known as emulsifiers to make their products look better (and feel better in your mouth), but what they do once they're inside your body isn't pretty at all. A new animal study shows that they promote intestinal inflammation, which can lead to colon cancer! Here's how to avoid them.
  8. Weight gain, diabetes linked to liver cancer risk

    A two-inch increase in your waist measurement can up your liver cancer risk by 8 percent, according to a new study. Having type 2 diabetes also can increase the risk by more than twice as much – but fortunately, the Paleo diet can address BOTH of these issues and reduce your risk for liver cancer.
  9. Anxiety makes cancer deadlier

    Largest study of its kind to date finds men with severe, chronic anxiety are more than twice as likely to succumb to cancer rather than survive it.
  10. Been overweight a while? Beware of cancer

    A massive new study in women shows that it’s not just extra weight that increases a woman’s risk of cancer. Over time, it’s also how long she’s been overweight or obese – because for every 10 years, her cancer risk can go up as much as by 10 percent.

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