How are you feeling? A little achy around the joints with arthritis? Perhaps you’ve got diabetes or cancer or are concerned about developing Alzheimer’s. According to Harvard Women’s Health Watch, our immune systems become activated when our bodies recognize something foreign — be it an invading microbe, pollen or chemical. What follows can be a process called inflammation, and while intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders can protect our health, if the inflammation persists when we’re not threatened, it can take us down. And so many diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s, have been linked to inflammation.If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself way to address inflammation, you can find it in your kitchen via farmers markets, grocery stores and your own garden. Instead of eating refined carbohydrates, soda and fried foods, for instance — all foods that cause … [Read more...] about Anti-inflammatory diet: a food fight against disease
Boosting immune system to fight cancer
Mike Levin was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent California’s 49th Congressional District. Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, is an environmental attorney. His district includes Southern Orange County and northwest San Diego County. He met recently with The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board. Here is a lightly edited transcript of the interview.Q: So last time you were here, you were a candidate.LEVIN: Yes.Q: Now you are a congressional leader. LEVIN: You’re always a candidate.Q: Yes, it’s true.LEVIN: It never stops. Never stops.Q: I’m sure you have some issues you want to call to our attention. We have some questions for you.LEVIN: Great.Q: We’re going to get to the environment and San Onofre obviously. Which is a big issue here. But let’s start with a question about impeachment.LEVIN: Sure.Q: By my count there are about 121 House members ... support that? You came out in support. Not too long ago, a few weeks ago, after the Mueller … [Read more...] about A conversation with Rep. Mike Levin
ATLANTA (AP) — A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors, giving hope that this approach might be extended to more common cancers in the future. The treatment, called CAR-T therapy, involves genetically modifying some of a patient’s own cells to help them recognize and attack cancer. Richard Carlstrand of Long Key, Florida, had it more than a year ago for mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs. “We were going into unknown territories” to try this, he said, but now he shows no sign of cancer and “I couldn’t be happier.” Results on his and other cases were discussed Sunday at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Atlanta. The first CAR-T therapies were approved in 2017 for some leukemias and lymphomas. After being altered in the lab, the modified immune system cells are returned to the patient through an IV, which puts … [Read more...] about Immune system therapy shows wider promise against cancer
The wellness-related trends, products and tech that caught our eye this month. Relaxing Tones on Tap A new app promises all the incredible benefits of sound bathing, no live gonging required. Launched in February 2019, Third Ear immerses users in a sphere of sounds for a meditative experience that improves focus, stimulates creativity and triggers relaxation. The app’s meditation genie chooses your ideal session based on mood, time available and a preference for instrumental noises, spoken word or both. We like its Sound Cave feature, a library of soul-soothing tones where you can create playlists of your favourites – think mash-ups of chanting, gongs,Tibetan singing bowls and ocean drumming. The House of Youth Imagine a home that prolongs your life just by living in it. Japanese architect Shusaku Arakawa and his wife American poet Madeline Gins have made this fantasy a reality with their Bioscleave house. According to Designboom, the experimental dwelling in New York aims … [Read more...] about A sound bathing app, a house of youth and new sleep-boosting ice-cream.