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  1. Common uterine surgery linked to deadly cancer

    Mainstream surgery a cancer-spreading nightmare

    Life has a wild sense of humor, doesn't it? One moment you're watching the big game at home with your buddies, bragging about your bean and salsa dip.

    The next minute, you're cleaning cilantro off the ceiling because you forgot to put the top on the blender.

    And the lesson is so simple a second-grader could learn it -- if you're going to grind something to a bloody pulp, you'd better have a good way to contain the mess.

    Well, it looks like the mainstream is crawling with surgeons who never made it past the first grade, because they've been taking a spinning, grinding blade to uteruses for years. And they're not throwing around salsa -- they're spreading cancer.

    The FDA has finally stopped hitting the snooze button (we only wake them up for the important things) and acknowledged an unspeakable horror that's being unleashed on 60,000 women a year. It turns out a common procedure used to remove uterine fibroids could leave you with untreatable -- and in some cases, deadly -- cancer.

    For years, mainstream medicine has been pushing a dicey "laparoscopic power morcellation" procedure where a surgeon inserts a spinning blade and grinds away painful uterine fibroids. Lots of gals get the surgery as part of a hysterectomy.

    The only problem is -- like the blender without a top -- laparoscopic power morcellation tosses tissue everywhere. It tosses it on your intestinal wall... on your liver... on your kidneys. And some of that tissue is likely riddled with cancer.

    The FDA is now essentially admitting that the moment you agree to laparoscopic power morcellation, you may as well sign up for a chemo drip, too.

    Of course, the FDA stopped short of banning the procedure -- and I'd bet my last dollar they never will. Laparoscopic power morcellation rakes in thousands -- on top of the $150 an hour you pay in operating room expenses -- and our government doesn't have the backbone to throw the brakes on this gravy train.

    But you can. If you or a loved one is scheduled for this dangerous uterine grinding procedure, talk to your doctor about safer alternatives. And if your fibroids aren't giving you trouble, ask whether the surgery is really necessary at all.

    Because you just may find out the hard way that your surgeon's shiny new power tool isn't a life-saver -- it's a cancer-flinging monkey wrench.

  2. Common sense on vitamin D

    Vitamin D can work some real miracles... but if you're overweight and insist on an unhealthy lifestyle, it's not going to save you no matter what the research suggests.

    A new study on mice finds that vitamin D appears to protect the fattest of them from endometrial cancer, an obesity-linked disease that begins in the lining of a woman's uterus.

    Researchers bred mice to be genetically predisposed to the cancer, and then gave them either a D supplement or no extra vitamins at all. Sixty-seven percent of the D-less mice developed cancer, versus just 25 percent of those given the D supplement, according to the study in Cancer Prevention Research.

    But here's the rub: Normal-weight mice received no benefit at all. Sixty percent of them got the disease whether they received the D supplement or not.

    The researchers behind this study say that since obese women have twice the risk of this disease than their normal-weight peers, they should start on a D supplement now.

    After all, "losing weight is difficult," lead researcher Leena Hilakivi-Clarke griped in a news release.

    "If these results are confirmed in women, use of vitamin D may be a wonderfully simple way to reduce endometrial cancer risk," she added.

    Sorry -- but I don't give a squeak.

    No matter how "difficult" it is to lose weight, or how "simple" it is to take a D supplement, there's one surefire way to effectively reduce your risk of getting an obesity-related cancer: DON'T BE OBESE!

    I don't care how much vitamin D you have, if you're living large, you're living on the edge -- and if the cancer doesn't find you, something else will and push you right over.

    Grim? Sure -- but that's the price of obesity.

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