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Archive for December, 2010

Is the Incidence of Colon Cancer on the Rise?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

A friend asked me the other day, “Is it my imagination, or are we noticing more people with colon cancer dying lately?”  I looked for information on clusters in our area to see if it was that was what was happening and it wasn’t.  What the studies are noting are more and more people are developing inflammatory bowel diseases.  These diseases include: ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and Celiac disease.  The studies are also showing that those individuals who are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis by the age of 25 may develop colon cancer by the age of 49.  This is bad news since the medical profession suggests colonoscopy by the age of 50.  The studies further note that ulcerative colitis diagnosed later in life may develop colon cancer by the age of 66.  Neither of these studies are encouraging.  The studies also noted other causes besides inflammatory diseases that increased one’s risk of colon cancer.  They were: Occupational exposure, the parasite flatworm known as Schistosma, the removal of the gall bladder, and diet.  The diet specifically pointed to eating animal fat and lack of fiber in contributing to the formation of polyps in the intestine and the development of colon cancer.  Think about that before you bite into a nice greasy hamburger.

Surviving the Holidays with Celiac Disease

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

My husband has learned two important lessons about holiday parties.  First, bring your own crackers in a baggy with you.  Second never assume the appetizer is safe.  These important lessons came from experience.  At one party the hostess requested from me my husband’s wheat-free crackers.  She  placed his crackers on a small platter to the side.  For the others she placed baguettes on another platter.  The only problem was everyone like my husband’s crackers better.  There were not any crackers left for him.  Furthermore, do not assume everyone understands the wheat/flour problem.  They don’t.  Make sure the item you select to eat do not have a processed food in it.  Example: most store bought shrimp that is battered has wheat in it.  A final tip, eat something alkaline prior to going to any appetizer party.  A small salad or even parsley off the appetizer dish will work.  Individuals with Celiac have the tendency to get GERD(gastric reflux disease), eating anything alkaline will help prevent any flare-ups.  Happy Holidays.