Doctor’s Visit

Below is a fictional story of how I would like things to be…

“The doctor will see you now”, said the nurse.

I frowned my face. I had just gotten there two minutes earlier and I was being called in already? This doctor must be a quack. He has no patients! I walked the cheery yellow hallways behind nurse Lonni to a small room in the back.

“She’ll be right with you” she said and closed the door behind her. That’s it, I smiled. I will now have to sit in this room forever waiting for..

“Hello there, how are you today?” My thoughts were interrupted by an attractive young woman. I had to smile at the error of my previous thoughts and resigned to give this new doctor a try.

I cleared my head quickly and replied “I’m fine thank you. Just here for a yearly checkup”.

She brought out her tablet, pointed it at me and clicked it a few times. It made some strange noises that reminded me of a bot searching for something.

“I see you don’t like visiting doctors often. Nothing wrong with that if you live healthily”. I almost opened my mouth in surprise. How did she know? She interrupted my thoughts again. This is becoming a habit.

” You seem to live well. Your weight has not changed drastically in the last two years and you’re well hydrated. My only concern is that your body CO2 levels are on the high side and your redox balance is slightly acidic”.

That ‘s great!, I thought, after being pestered by everyone to see the doctor

” I’ll prescribe something to normalize that within a week. By the way I’m sending  your data to a secured portal after we’re done”.

She closed the the tablet after a few more clicks.

“Check your phone for my prescription, if you have any questions, contact me on Facebook. All the information you need is already sent to your phone. Nice seeing you!”

My phone beeped. She grinned at my baffled expression and walked out.

I’m done? I’ve only been here for 10 minutes?! It took me longer to get out of bed this morning. My phone beeped urgently at me again.

I looked down at it. I had a new message titled Results from your doctor’s visit on May 5, 2020. Upon opening it, I read the instructions to open the secured portal to access my information.

As I entered my personal details into the portal my thoughts wandered again. I wonder how much it would cost me for this visit and the prescription she talked about. It must be expensive since she’s using that fancy tablet to know everything about me.

The portal opened and I immediately clicked on my bill.

It’s time to act

There it it’s again! Another life lost to pancreatic cancer. I don’t even know this person and I’m inflamed! This man had the Whipple surgery, was in remission for five months then the cancer returned in full force with him losing his life less than 6 months later. Are you kidding me?! This is ridiculous. I know of no other ailments so aggressive as this. It’s high time we did something about it. There is so much research out there with promising biomarkers for early detection, research about preventive compounds in food, research that states that the disease doesn’t become lethal for 20 years yet I keep reading stories of loved ones leaving too soon.
I read another story of a 62 year old father who had a pretend walk down the isle for his 11 year old daughter since he most likely won’t be around to see the actual day. A young woman, the face of the controversial “I wish I had breast cancer” campaign wed her fiancé and passed away not long after that.
The stories keep coming but the result it’s not changing. It’s time to act now. Prevention is always better. Know your body  and what it feels like at it’s best so that when you feel uncomfortable take action immediately. Anything from taking a supplement, to eating some salad to going for a run or walk could help. The body constantly gives us feed back. It’s time we listened.

Being Grateful

It’s that time of the year again! The holidays is upon us. We celebrate with friends and loved ones, reminisce about past events and experiences, share joys of the moment while planning for the future. In all of this, let’s not forget what we’re grateful for. Some of our loved ones are no longer here but we are. Some are just surviving day to day but we are healthy and strong. For some others, a devastating news had altered their holiday plans but we can rejoice with our friends and family. This should not be taken for granted. Enjoy the company you keep and leave the fussing to a minimum. Its truly a season to be grateful.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month. This is when we remember our loved ones who are no longer with us. We also help increase overall knowledge about known risk factors, preventive measures, symptoms, traditional and integrative therapies, ways to relieve patients’ pain and emotional help for patients and caregivers. Those that live with the disease are to be emboldened by the wealth of information that assures them  that having pancreatic cancer is not necessarily a death sentence. That there is still hope. So in this month of November let’s share the hope that someday soon this horrible disease will be a thing of the past.

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Hope…

Just one word describes this post. Hope.

Hope that one day pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed early. Hope that less people would suffer the debilitating pain that manifests with the dis ease. Hope that thousands of lives will be saved…

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In recent news, researchers from Japan announced that they have developed an accurate blood test for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. According to the researchers from the Division of Chemotherapy and Clinical Research at the Tokyo National Cancer Center, certain proteins are found in abundance in the blood of pancreatic cancer patients only. The test would detect these proteins in individuals with early stages of cancer with more than 90% accuracy. Although not currently available, Tesshi Yamada, the head of the research division, suggested that the blood test may be utilized in hospitals within a few years.

A story like this gives me hope that one day we may be able to eradicate the deadly cancer entirely someday…

You Already Know How to Defeat Cancer

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There are more than 100 types of Cancers. To learn about them go to: cancer.org.

It appears that there is not much to panic, because the matter of the fact is that if we look at what causes cancer, it is very obvious that majority of the cancers are preventable.

Look at WHAT CAUSES CANCER

  1. Inherited (Hereditary) – about 5-10%
  2. Acquired (sporadic/ somatic) during their life time

These environmental factors can directly damage genes or combine with existing genetic faults within cells to cause the disease.

You know that there are two types of genes (remember these two genes while reading the following):

*Oncogenes:

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