Doctor Visit

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After eight years, I finally put on my “big-girl panties” and went to the doctor for a “wellness visit”.  Once again, when it came time to go for my pre-visit blood test, I almost backed out.  Seriously, after eight years of not having any tests done, why go now?  I feel healthy and only have a few questions.  However, the change now is this – who knows how long I’ll have health care?  I could lose it at any time, just as you could (if you live in the U.S.).  The cost of our insurance is sure to continue rising, and it looks like rising is the least of it.  I’ve heard up to 18% increases and more in my state alone.  So, I decided to keep my appointment, just in case.

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How did it go?  Great!  All my blood work was terrific.  The only problem is that once again my blood pressure was a little high.  Gee, I wonder if that has anything to do with how nervous I was?  My doctor suggested that I buy a cuff and take my pressure every day for two weeks and see if my normal pressure is lower than the one at his office.  So, that I will do.  If it is high during the day on a consistent basis, I’ve got to go back. I hope it’s not.

I do know that I’ve got a major “fight or flight” response, so in order to combat my stress I want to try just laying on my bed and practicing my yoga breathing since that is one thing that I know works for me.  I’m happy that I went, and I’m extremely happy that I’m healthy!

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Vitamin B-17 – aka Laetrile

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I have been hearing a few things about Vitamin B-17 also known as Laetrile.  This is a vitamin that I’ve never heard of before, so I was intrigued.  When I looked up information regarding this “vitamin” I found that it’s not actually a vitamin at all, but a substance found in raw nuts, the pips of many fruits (apricot for one), lima beans, clover and sorghum, called Amygdalin.http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancers-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative/therapies/laetrile

This website was full of information regarding the use of Laetrile as an alternative cancer treatment.  They say that when laetrile breaks done in the system, it becomes arsenic and can poison the person ingesting it.  Also, they point to two studies where there was no discernible positive result for people who did use laetrile as a cancer treatment.

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  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/18/laetrile-cancer-research-cover-up.aspx

However, the above website has a lot of information regarding the Sloane-Kettering trials on the use of laetrile as a cancer fighter.  The takeaway from this research is pointing at a direct correlation between drug company profit vs. actual curing and preventing cancer.  Am I surprised?  No, I’m not.  When people are suffering from high blood pressure, heart attacks and other diseases, oftentimes the only “cure” that is suggested by a doctor is a pill.  No diet or exercise routine is even discussed.  Why, because frankly, there is no money to be made by suggesting a lifestyle change.  What do you think of cancer research?  Do you think it just might be a business designed to make as much money as possible for the pharmaceutical companies?  Let me know in the comments below.

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