Health

In our pursuit of health (the state of being free from illness or injury) we discovered the magic of meditation, the wonderful benefits of prayer, and the infusion of mind, body, and spirit through the consumption of tea.  In this pursuit, we have come across various writings, videos, and artistic presentations which can further these efforts.  To be of additional service to you, we have compiled an assortment of these works which you may find helpful.   Please enjoy as we have.


 

Self-Discipline and Health by Remez Sasson & successconsciousness.com

9 Reasons Why Self-Discipline Is Good for Your Health

Health and Discipline

Did you know that self-discipline has much to do with your health? It can keep you safer and healthy.

There is a wrong concept of self-discipline in the minds of most people. They associate it deprivation, harshness, and with giving up pleasures. If you think so too, you need to change this concept in your mind.

Start associating self-discipline with inner strength, courage, inner strength, and not giving in to harmful habits, laziness and procrastination. This skill can help you gain more control over your life, your actions and your reactions.

Self-discipline can help you protect your health in many ways. If it is absent, there is lack of self-control, lack of the ability to set limits, and the inability to control harmful habits. However, when present, it protects your health, and helps you avoid doing things that could harm your health.

Below, you will find several reasons why the possession of this skill is beneficial for your health.

Why Self-Discipline Is Good for Your Health

1. It Helps You Stop Eating Unhealthy Food

Eating too much food, eating junk food, and consuming too much sugar are not good for your health. A great number of people have no control over their eating, due to lack of discipline. They just cannot change their eating habits, because the lack the inner strength to do that.

If they had some discipline, they could have reduced the quantities of food they eat, avoid junk food and consume less sugar. This would have improved their health and prevented all kinds of health problems.

2. It helps You Reduce the Amount of Alcohol You Drink

When you possess discipline, it becomes easier to reduce the quantity of alcohol you drink.

Drinking a cup or two of alcohol might be okay for most people. However, when drinking turns into a habit, over which you have no control, it becomes a problem.

Possessing self-discipline can help you resist drinking with no restraints. Of course, one needs to develop this ability before becoming a heavy drinker. Then, it would be easier to resist the temptation to drink too much.

A heavy drinker might find it difficult to show discipline, and would therefore require additional means and help. However, a great number of people who drink not too much alcohol would find that the possession of a certain degree of discipline is most useful to keep this habit in control.

3. It helps You Avoid Using Drugs

People, who use drugs, know that they are not good for their health and can damage it, but due to lack of discipline, they cannot stop using them. If there was a way for them to improve their discipline, they could be made to reduce their use, and even stop taking them.

A person who does not use drugs, and works on training and improving his or her self-discipline stands a better chance to abstain from drugs and keep away from them.

4. It Enables You to Exercise Your Body

Do you avoid physical activities? Do you prefer to slouch on your couch, watch TV, and eat junk food when you return home from work? Do you keep telling yourself that you will start going to the gym next week, but this never happens?

If you develop even just a small degree of self-discipline, you would be able to make yourself go to the gym, go for a walk, or exercise your body regularly with any kind of sport.

Exercising your body is essential for your health. When you have discipline, you do not succumb to laziness and procrastination. It gives you the strength and the resolution to decide to exercise your body and also to carry out this decision.

5. It helps You Lose Weight

How many people do you know, who tried to lose weight, but could not follow their resolution? Maybe you too tried to lose weight, but could not resist the tasty food, the enticing cakes, or the delicious ice cream.

Maybe you tried several diets, but quit after a week or two.

What stopped from losing weight? It is lack of enough discipline and self-control. Just imagine how slimmer you can be, if you have control over the quantity of food you eat, and could persevere with your diet until you lose the superfluous weight.

6. It helps You Quit Smoking

Smoking is an unhealthy habit, which most smokers contemplated many times of quitting, but could not. They might say that they control this habit, and can stop any time they want, yet they don’t, because they lack enough willpower and inner strength.

If you set on improving your discipline, it would be easier to stop smoking.

7. It Enables You to Control Anger

Anger is not good for your health. It affects adversely the mind and the body, increases blood pressure and creates stress.

You need to restrain from getting angry, resist being dragged into unnecessary arguments, and avoid raising your voice or showing verbal or physical aggressiveness. To be able to do so, you need discipline and inner strength.

8. It Makes It Possible to Avoid Acting Impulsively and without Thinking

Impulsiveness means lack of control and acting without thinking. If you have no control over your actions and the words you say, you might get yourself into trouble, and sometimes, into dangerous situations.

A little discipline would reduce impulsiveness, add common sense, and help you avoid stress and unnecessary risks.

9. Self-Discipline Helps You Overcome Unhealthy Habits

Smoking, overeating, eating junk and unhealthy food, laziness, procrastination and other negative habits harm your health. However, you can overcome these habits, and build positive habits, when you possess the skill of self-discipline.

In order that you live a better and healthier life, and have more control over your actions, you need a certain degree of self-discipline. Its possession enables you to resist temptations and distractions, improve endurance, and can help you overcome negative habits.

If you wish to gain this skill, I recommend that you read my book Strengthen Your Willpower and Self Discipline, where you will find all the advice, guidance and exercises you need to help you develop this skill.

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Understanding Immunotherapy by cancer.net

Understanding Immunotherapy

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 05/2018

full-text transcript is available.

Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy, is a type of cancer treatment that boosts the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer. It uses substances made by the body or in a laboratory to improve or restore immune system function. Immunotherapy may work by:

  • Stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells

  • Stopping cancer from spreading to other parts of the body

  • Helping the immune system work better at destroying cancer cells

There are several types of immunotherapy, including:

  • Monoclonal antibodies

  • Non-specific immunotherapies

  • Oncolytic virus therapy

  • T-cell therapy

  • Cancer vaccines

Monoclonal antibodies

When the body’s immune system detects something harmful, it produces antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that fight infection.

Monoclonal antibodies are a specific type of therapy made in a laboratory. They may be used in a variety of ways. For example, monoclonal antibodies can be used as a targeted therapy to block an abnormal protein in a cancer cell.

Monoclonal antibodies can also be used as an immunotherapy. For example, some monoclonal antibodies attach to specific proteins on cancer cells. This flags the cells so the immune system can find and destroy those cells.

Other types of antibodies work by releasing the brakes on the immune system so it can destroy cancer cells. PD-1/PD-L1 and CTLA-4 pathways are critical to the immune system’s ability to control cancer growth. These pathways are often called immune checkpoints. Many cancers use these pathways to escape the immune system. The immune system responds to the cancer by blocking these pathways with specific antibodies called immune checkpoint inhibitors. Once the immune system is able to find and respond to the cancer, it can stop or slow cancer growth.

The following are examples of immune checkpoint inhibitors:

  • Ipilimumab (Yervoy)

  • Nivolumab (Opdivo)

  • Pembrolizumab (Keytruda)

  • Atezolizumab (Tecentriq)

  • Avelumab (Bavencio)

  • Durvalumab (Imfinzi)

Clinical trials of monoclonal antibodies are ongoing for several types of cancers. Learn about the latest immunotherapy research on the Cancer.Net Blog.

The side effects of monoclonal antibody treatment depends on the purpose of the drug. For example, the side effects of monoclonal antibodies used for targeted therapy are different than those used for immunotherapy. The side effects of immune checkpoint inhibitors may include side effects similar to an allergic reaction.

Non-specific immunotherapies

Like monoclonal antibodies, non-specific immunotherapies also help the immune system destroy cancer cells. Most non-specific immunotherapies are given after or at the same time as another cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. However, some non-specific immunotherapies are given as the main cancer treatment.

Two common non-specific immunotherapies are:

  • Interferons. Interferons help the immune system fight cancer and may slow the growth of cancer cells. A type of interferon made in a laboratory is called interferon alpha (Roferon-A [2a], Intron A [2b], Alferon [2a]). This is the most common type of interferon used in cancer treatment. Side effects of interferon treatment may include flu-like symptoms, an increased risk of infection, rashes, and thinning hair.

  • Interleukins. Interleukins help the immune system produce cells that destroy cancer. An interleukin made in a laboratory is called interleukin-2, IL-2, or aldesleukin (Proleukin). It is used to treat kidney cancer and skin cancer, including melanoma. Common side effects of IL-2 treatment include weight gain and low blood pressure. Some people may also experience flu-like symptoms.

Oncolytic virus therapy

Oncolytic virus therapy uses genetically modified viruses to kill cancer cells. First, the doctor injects a virus into the tumor. The virus then enters the cancer cells and makes copies of itself. As a result, the cells burst and die. As the cells die, they release specific substances called antigens. This triggers the patient’s immune system to target all the cancer cells in the body that have those same antigens. The virus does not enter healthy cells.

In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first oncolytic virus therapy to treat melanoma. The virus used in the treatment is called talimogene laherparepvec (Imlygic), or T-VEC. The virus is a genetically modified version of the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores. The doctor can inject T-VEC directly into areas of melanoma that a surgeon cannot remove. People receive a series of injections until there are no areas of melanoma left. Side effects can include:

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Nausea

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • Pain at the injection site

Researchers are testing other oncolytic viruses for different types of cancer in clinical trials. They are also testing the viruses in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy.

T-cell therapy

T cells are immune cells that fight infection. In T-cell therapy, some T cells are removed from a patient’s blood. Then, the cells are changed in a laboratory so they have specific proteins called receptors. The receptors allow those T cells to recognize the cancer cells. The changed T cells are grown in large numbers in the laboratory and returned to the patient’s body. Once there, they seek out and destroy cancer cells. This type of therapy is called chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy.

The use of T cells for CAR therapy has been very effective in treating certain blood cancers. Researchers are still studying this and other ways of modifying T cells to treat cancer.

Cancer vaccines

cancer vaccine is another method used to help the body fight disease. A vaccine exposes the immune system to an antigen. This triggers the immune system to recognize and destroy that antigen or related materials. There are 2 types of cancer vaccines: prevention vaccines and treatment vaccines.

Questions to ask the health care team

Talk with your health care team about whether immunotherapy may be part of your treatment plan. If so, consider asking these questions:

  • What type of immunotherapy do you recommend? Why?

  • What are the goals of this treatment?

  • Will immunotherapy be my only treatment? If not, what other treatments will be a part of my treatment plan?

  • How will I receive immunotherapy treatment and how often?

  • What are the possible short-term and long-term side effects of immunotherapy?

  • How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?

  • What immunotherapy clinical trials are available for me?

  • Whom should I call with questions or problems? 

Related Resources

More Information

American Cancer Society: Cancer Immunotherapy

National Cancer Institute: Cancer Vaccines

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PH Values by sheltondentistry.com

pH Values Of Common Drinks

PH VALUES

Acidic and basic are two extremes that describe chemicals, just like hot and cold are two extremes that describe temperature. A substance that is neither acidic nor basic is neutral. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. It ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7, such as pure water is neutral. A pH less than 7 is acidic and greater than 7 is basic. Each whole pH value below 7 is ten times more acidic than the next higher value. For example, a pH of 4 is ten times more acidic than a pH of 5 and 100 times (10 x 10) more acidic than a pH of 6. The same holds true for pH values above 7, each of which is ten times more basic than the next lower whole value. The pH of the acid in dental plaque is 4; therefore it will dissolve enamel.

PRODUCT pH
Soda
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
A&W Root Beer (can) 4.75
Diet A&W Root Beer 4.53
Barq’s Root Beer 4.47
Walgreens Root Beer 4.34
Mug Root Beer 4.03
Diet 7UP 3.70
Diet Coke (can) 3.65
Diet Mountain Dew 3.36
Sprite 3.29
Diet Coke 3.28
Mountain Dew 3.22
Diet Coke with Lime 3.21
7UP 3.20
Coke Zero 3.18
Diet Dr. Pepper (can) 3.16
Big Red (can) 3.07
Slice Orange 3.05
Diet Pepsi 3.03
Mr. Pibb 2.90
Dr. Pepper (can) 2.89
Squirt 2.89
Fanta Orange 2.73
Pepsi 2.53
Coca-Cola 2.52
Cherry Coke 2.52
Coca-Cola CLASSIC 2.50
RC Cola (can) 2.38
   
Juices & Milk
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Borden Vitamin D Milk 6.90
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Yoo-hoo 6.01
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
V8 100% Vegetable Juice 4.29
Tropicana 100% Apple Juice 4.05
Crystal Light Sunrise Ruby Red Grapefruit 3.81
Minute Maid Orange Juice 3.70
Welch’s Concord Grape 3.24
Ocean Spray White Cranberry Peach 2.96
   
Food
Blue Bell No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream 7.02
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Blue Bell Ice Cream Cantaloupe ‘n Cream 6.56
1 Blue Bell No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream & Diet A&W Root Beer 6.56
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Blue Bell No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream  
& Diet A&W Root Beer 5.97
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Black Licorice 5.05
Tomato 4.45
Orange 3.83
Ice Breakers Sours Tropical 2.43
Lemon 2.29
Lime 2.17
   
Beer & Wine
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Budweiser 4.38
Bud Light 4.33
Turning Leaf Cabernet Sauvignon 3.59
Sutter Home Merlot 3.28
Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc 3.08
PRODUCT pH
Tea
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Red Diamond Sugar Free Decaffeinated Tea 6.30
Red Diamond Unsweet Tea 6.01
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Nestea Sweetened Iced Tea 4.50
McAlister’s Iced Tea with Lemon 3.67
Diet Lipton Citrus Green Tea 3.22
Diet Lipton Lemon Iced Tea 3.11
Crystal Light Sugar Free Peach Tea 3.05
Lemon Brisk 2.86
Lemon Nestea 2.96
   
Coffee
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Coffee with Coffee-Mate Creamer The Original 6.75
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Starbucks Caramel Latte 6.36
Starbucks White Mocha with Whole Milk 6.30
Starbucks White Mocha with Skim Milk 6.26
Black Coffee 5.70
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Starbucks Regular 4.85
   
Acids
Battery Acid 0.00
Hydrochloric, Sulfuric, and Nitric Acids 0.00-1.00
Stomach Acid 1.50-3.50
Phosphoric and Sulfamic Acid 2.00
   
Sports Drinks & Energy Drinks
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Monster Assault 3.49
Red Bull 3.37
Gatorade Fruit Punch 3.27
Propel Mango 3.23
Gatorade Lemon-Lime 3.07
Full Throttle Energy Drink 2.94
Gatorade Cool Blue 2.92
5-Hour Energy 2.81
Powerade Red 2.77
Rockstar 2.53
   
Bottled Water
Longview Tap Water 8.25
Evian 8.10
Music Mountain 7.88
Longview Regional 7.71
Fiji 7.50
Nestle “Pure Life” 6.2-7.60
Saliva 7.40
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Spring by Dannon 6.40
Dasani 6.03
Sam’s Choice 5.90
AquaFina 5.67
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Deja Blue 5.49
Ozarka 5.49
Dasani Lemon 3.48
Fruit ² O 3.10
   
Mouth Wash
NEUTRAL pH 7.00
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Biotene Blue Label 4.93
Listerine 4.24
Crest ProHealth Rinse 3.57
Tom’s of Maine Tartar Control-Peppermint 3.43
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