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Cancer has been referred to as ‘the worst scourge of civilized mankind’ which is the perfect way to sum up the awful affliction. It doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, race or creed, and affects millions of people every day all across the world. Some cancers (as far as we know right now) are unavoidable; they strike down children or healthy people in the prime of their life which is always a great tragedy. However others can be prevented, and a few changes in lifestyle can slash your chances of getting them.

Advances in technology mean that more people than ever can recover from cancer. Science has developed everything from medications to gene editing techniques, visit Poseida.com/technology for more information if you want to understand why this is such a breakthrough. However, as fantastic as treatments are, we of course want to ensure we’re doing everything we can to avoid it in the first place. While it’s impossible to avoid cancer altogether, following these tips helps you to reduce preventable/ lifestyle cancers and will improve your overall health too.

Eat Right

After smoking, obesity is the biggest cause of preventable cancer. When you have extra fat in your body, it can affect the production hormones and growth factors that affect the way our cells work. This can raise the risk of certain cancers. The actual foods you eat can also raise or lower your cancer risk. Some chemicals in food and drink are carcinogenic meaning they have the potential to cause cancer. Burned meat (such as overcooking or barbecuing) processed and salted meat and fish, alcohol and even hot beverages are all linked to cancer. Fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains on the other hand have all been shown to lower the risk of cancers. You don’t have to cut out everything you like, just practice moderation. Aim to eat healthy, fresh, clean (close to their natural state with no processing) foods as often as possible. Eat a wide variety ensuring you get enough macro and micronutrients to fuel your body. An app like Myfitnesspal can help you keep track of all of the nutrients you’ve eaten to make sure you’re on track.

Exercise

As well as keeping you at a healthy weight, exercise also helps to boost your immunity and control hormones. When you’re fit and healthy, your body will heal faster, and you’re also more likely to notice changes too. A lump or mark on someone who is very overweight for example is likely to be more difficult to spot. And the key to successfully treating cancer is to catch it as early as possible.

Attend Your Screenings

Screenings aren’t a test for cancer. They simply screen otherwise healthy patients to pick up on any early changes that could lead to cancer. Your age and gender will determine the tests you’re invited to go to, but don’t put these off. Screenings have helped to dramatically reduce deaths in certain kinds of cancers and catching things early means treatment is less invasive and more effective.

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Medicine: From The Study Of Gods To Healing Robots

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V0018149 An invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian deity of medicine.
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An invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian deity of medicine. Oil painting by Ernest Board.
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Throughout history, civilizations all over the world have sought to fight disease, postpone death and relieve suffering. After all, as being healthy is by far the best and only way to enjoy a longer life, it appears evident that doctors would have developed fascinating medical approaches and knowledge throughout time. The history of medicine, however, is a tale of mankind evolution, knowledge and, more often than not, a tale of beliefs. It is because today modern doctors believe that science has most answers — and will one day have all answers — that the role of the healer has changed from a holy figure to an experienced scientist. While there have been many eureka moments, the story of healing the body is not only a story of unsung medical heroes, but also a portrait of how human beings perceive their world.

The Gods made me sick

The earliest documented doctors that archaeology has revealed were Egyptian physicians 5,000 years ago. While there might have been doctors before that time in other countries, Egyptian papyri are for now the earliest evidence of medical knowledge. However, these writings attribute the responsibility of the health of the people to the pharaoh. In those times, healing methods were groups in sacred centres and consisted mainly of religious rites and ceremonies designed to ask the Gods for health. Another belief of the time was that diseases were the result of an angry deity. Consequently, the ceremonies needed to appeal to the Gods and offer a sacred apology for the offence. The belief that the divine could influence human health lasted for centuries, as even in the Middle Age, healing sacrifices were still encouraged in Pagan communities.

Studying the cure

Nowadays the approach to finding a cure has changed greatly. Scientists, and especially lab scientists, rely primarily on the observational study of patients in the retrospective of existing data as well as the investigation outside of clinical trials to find evidence of a cure’s success. This scientific process is relatively new in the world of medicine and dates back from the Industrial Revolution. In fact, people invented the steam engine before they understood how to diagnose and make more effective medications! But with the evolution of the observational field, more and more medical professions dive into the complex relations between the body and the mind, from a standard GP to a specialist neurologist.

Can robots heal us?

Finally, the evolution of medicine isn’t over yet. There is still a lot that doctors don’t understand, and a lot that they can’t treat. Consequently, new healing methods are discussed all over the world. Doctors have stopped waiting for a divine answer. Instead, they have been building nanobots, which will be able to navigate the body to repair internal damage locally. What sounds still like a sci-fi story is expected to happen by 2030. Will the human health be in the hands of robots? As surgeons already rely on robotic technology in the operating room, internal bots could be the next big heal!

In the end, the story of medicine is still to be continued. But it remains, for now, a story that highlights the resourcefulness of mankind and its desire to understand and manage the cause of all diseases and maybe, one day, defeat death too.

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The Trends That’ll Guide the Future Of Health and Fitness

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When it comes to fitness, we’ve taken many steps back when compared to our ancestors, who were, according to scientists, much stronger than we are today. However, we are beginning to fight back somewhat, and in recent decades we’ve learned a lot more about how we can best reach out fitness goals. The use of technology, science, and cultural factors will allow us to work more efficiently than we have in the past. Below, we take a look at the trends that’ll guide the future of life at the gym and beyond.

Working With Others

There’s more to working out than simply getting in shape. It affects our confidence, overall mood, and general mental wellbeing. The other thing that does this is being social. As such, we’re likely to see an even greater overlap between being social and exercise in the coming decades. Why work out alone, when you can do so in a group or with your friends? It’s common for gyms to now offer free classes as part of a gym membership. In the future, this will form an even greater chunk of the gym going experience.

Using Technology

Technology is touching just about every aspect of our lives, so it makes sense that it’ll form part of how we exercise, too. There are already plenty of available smartphone apps that allow you to work out more efficiently, or sometimes without any equipment whatsoever, as in the case of the many seven-minute apps on the app stores. There will also be a lot more wearable items available, which will push you to get your minimum amount of exercise each day, and allow you to track how much progress you’re making with your fitness goals.

Using Mathematics

We’re beginning to understand a lot more about how our body uses exercise to improve. As such, we’re on course to become much more efficient; instead of blindly working out for, say, an hour, you can use science to determine the most effective workout, cutting down the time you spend in the gym in the process. We’re also learning a lot more about how to build muscle, too. If you’re trying to bulk up, you can read up on macro ratios on aretheyonsteroids.com. It’s an equation that anybody can use to get bigger and stronger.

Virtual Reality Running

No matter how advanced our approach to fitness might be, it goes without saying that some people will never truly be on the exercise bandwagon, for one simple reason: they find it boring. But this might change in the future. Soon, there’ll be virtual reality machines that simulate running in beautiful destinations, and video games that allow you to compete in a sport as if you were playing outside. It’s a distraction that’ll lead many more people to get the exercise they need!

We’re approaching the golden age of fitness. With technology and better education by our side, we can start looking forward to new and innovative ways to reach our individual health goals.

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The Major Players In The Vaping Game

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Vaping is big business, with health officials all over the world encouraging smokers to put down their cigarettes in favour of e-cigs. Vaping is commonly marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, so you may think that major tobacco companies are threatened by the ever-growing popularity of e-cigarettes. This would make sense unless you did a little digging online and discovered that many of the vaping game’s major players are actually leading tobacco companies. Research suggests that some of the best-selling vaping brands, including Blu and 10 Motives are owned by tobacco companies, many of which belong to the market monopolists, Big Tobacco. This infographic provides information about the parent companies that are profiting from vaping, and as you can see, some of the tobacco giants are heavily involved. Although 80 percent of brands were found to belong to independent firms, nine of the best-selling vaping brands belong to companies or subsidiaries of Big Tobacco (British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Imperial Brands plc and Philip Morris International), Huabao International Holdings and Stada Arzneimittel. Five brands belonged to parent companies that were not associated with tobacco. It’s often assumed that buying e-cigarettes takes money out of the pockets of tobacco giants, but this infographic raises an interesting point. With the market buoyant, it looks as though many of the major players in the tobacco game are also set to profit from e-cig sales. With this useful infographic, you can learn more about who is playing and winning and vaping game.


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