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Thin People Get Less Cancer

A recent study showed that postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least 5% of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation--and inflammation leads to cancer.

Researcher Anne McTiernan says, "Both obesity and inflammation have been shown to be related to several types of cancer, and this study shows that if you reduce weight, you can reduce inflammation as well. This program (is) highly achievable and reproducible. We are not talking about drastic weight loss."

Rather than physicians, computer scientists may have the best skills to fight cancer in the future. One-fourth of deaths in the United States are caused by cancer; one-third of women will face cancer in their lifetimes; and so will half of men.

In the December 6th edition of the New York Times, David Patterson quotes researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee as saying, "The question is not if we will get this immortal disease, but when."

Computers are a vital tool in this fight because researchers discovered that cancer is a genetic disease, caused primarily by mutations in our DNA. They hope is that by sequencing the genome of a cancer tumor, doctors will soon be able to prescribe a personalized, targeted therapy to stop YOUR cancer's growth (or the cancer of a loved one) or even CURE it.

In the case of the late computer wizard Steve Jobs' pancreatic cancer, a team of medical researchers sequenced his tumor and used that information to decide which drug therapies to use, but since his cancer had already spread, it was too late. Each sequencing cost $100,000, and until the cost is cut, this is a therapy that will only available to a very few patients.

We don't have a cure for cancer, but we have a cure for obesity that will work for everyone--it's Anne Strieber's famous diet book, "What I Learned From the Fat Years." Using scientific principles, she devised a diet that helped her to lose 100 pounds and YOU CAN TOO (and just in time for summer, the price has been reduced to $2.99 (that's $2 off the regular price!)



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