Smoking and Drinking Increase the Risk of Cancer of the Mouth
Healthy people who smoke or drink alcohol can experience cellular
changes of the tissues in their mouth and throat that can increase
their risk of developing cancer of the mouth and throat. A gene
that normally kills cells that become haywire is turned off by both
habits allowing the damaged cells to survive. The gene is the p15
tumor suppressing gene. 68 percent of tested smokers and drinkers
had this gene turned off, and only 8 percent of nonsmoking, non-drinking
adults had a problem with the gene. Changes in the Gene show up
very early in the development of head and neck cancers. The study
appears in the July 1st issue of the journal Cancer.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
Nutrients that may help protect the mouth and throat of smokers,
drinkers and everyone else to a degree include Lycopene (natural
source in a tomato oleoresin base), Green Tea polyphenols,
Resveratrol, and Folic Acid, Vitamin E with Tocotrienols, and
Extremely Obese Kids can have a Heart Attack
The heart muscle of extremely obese kids can develop a very
dangerous change - the muscles of their heart thicken. This can
put the children at high risk for developing a heart attack. In
a study of 340 kids admitted to the hospital with an average
age of 12, and body mass index ranging from normal to extremely
obese, ultrasound examination found that with increasing obesity
there was an alarming increasing thickness of the heart muscles.
The study was presented this week by physicians of Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center at the annual meeting of the
American Society of Echocardiography in San Diego.