Exercise and diet linked to reduced ovarian cancer rates

A study published in the journal Preventive Medicine[1] found that women who engaged in regular, moderate physical activity were less likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who did not. The case-control study was conducted during 2006-2008 in southern China, chosen because the large population meant that a large number of subjects could be found relatively easily. The study collected information on physical activity and lifestyle factors from 500 ovarian cancer patients, and 500 hospital based control patients.

The study found that women who spent 23 hours a week doing physical activity were around half as likely to develop ovarian cancer as those who did just 12 hours.


Taking the stairs at work is a simple way to squeeze more exercise into your day. You probably wont even notice.

While 23 hours a week sounds like a lot for anybody, especially when taking into account the demands of a family and a career, you don’t need to spend all this time at the gym to get the benefit. Look for ways to sneak a little extra incidental exercise into your daily life. For example, if you work in an office, take the stairs up to your desk rather than the lift ( or at least part way if you work on the 20th floor ). Park at the far end of the carpark when doing the grocery run. Walk when popping up to the corner shop for a few things. With a little thought and some planning, squeezing in an extra hour a day isn’t that hard.

And there’s more good news: the same study[2] found that a diet high in fruit and vegetables was also linked to a reduction in ovarian cancer. The study found that the mean daily intake of fruit and vegetables for the ovarian cancer patients (324.2g / 582.7g) was about 1/2 to 2/3 of that of the patients without ovarian cancer (477.3g / 983.3g).

Eating vegetables and fruits can be beneficial in avoiding cancer

Eating vegetables and fruits can be beneficial in avoiding cancer

So while you’re looking for ways to squeeze a little more incidental exercise into your day, think about how to get more fruit and vegetables into your day as well. Keep it simple – fresh fruit juice with your breakfast (oranges are quick and easy to juice), snack on apples or bananas (or whatever your favourite fruit is) and avoid the sweet pastries with you morning coffee, make sure that your lunch includes some salad vegetables, …. it’s not really that hard if you plan ahead. Keep track of your daily fruit and vegetable consumption and you’ll find that you can get up to the numbers quoted in the study easily.

And you’ll be doing yourself a lot of good in the process.


1. Lee, A, Su, D, Pasalich, Maria, Wong, Y, Binns, C, 2013, ‘Habitual physical activity reduces risk of ovarian cancer: A case–control study in southern China’, Preventative Medicine, vol. 57 Supplement, pp. S31-S33. Abstract available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743512005865.
2. Li, T, Lee, A, Su, D, Binns, C, 2014, ‘Fruit and vegetable consumption associated with reduced risk of epithelial ovarian cancer in southern Chinese women’, Gynecologic Oncology, vol. 132, issue 1, pp 241-247. Abstract available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090825813012699.

World No Tobacco Day is coming. Will this be your time to quit?

World No Tobacco Day 2013. Are you being manipulated?Every year on May 31, the World Health Organisation marks World No Tobacco Day. This day is intended to be a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption, across the globe.

The adverse effects of smoking are well documented, so I wont go into them here in any detail. From links to many forms of cancer ( particularly lung cancer, kidney cancer, cancer of the larynx and head and neck, breast cancer, bladder cancer, cancer of the oesophagus, cancer of the pancreas, stomach cancer and oral ), to non cancerous diseases such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, various heart and renal diseases and a whole slew of other problems, there are few things that we humans do to ourselves that cause more problems than smoking.

And probably the worst part is that smoking is so damn hard to quit. Once you are hooked, the physical and psychological addiction to smoking combine to make it a particularly hard habit to break. I know from experience: whilst I have not smoked for over 20 years, it took me 3 attempts to finally kick the habit.

The tobacco companies know this as well: that is why they put so much effort into getting people to take up the habit while they are young. In countries where tobacco advertising is still allowed, the focus of the advertising is to make smoking attractive to young people.

World No Tobacco Day 2013. Free yourself!As a result, the WHO has chosen the theme for this years World No Tobacco Day to be “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. Smoking currently kills nearly 6 million people each year, and 1 in 10 of those people are non-smokers killed by second hand smoke. It is well known that tobacco advertising increases tobacco use, so eliminating all forms of advertising and promotion will have a flow on effect of reducing the number of smokers, both by reducing the number of people who take up the habit in the fist place, and by removing part of the attraction for current smokers to continue. And less smokers means less problems caused by smoking, less preventable disease and less strain on the health system.

But quitting isn’t easy. We know that, otherwise, everyone who wanted to would do it.

How do you quit?

Speaking from my experience; start small, have a plan, and pick the battles that you can win. Participating in the World No Tobacco Day is a great way to start small. If you don’t think that you can manage to quit forever, see if you can manage just 1 day without a cigarette. It’s not that hard, really, and you’ve got a couple of weeks to plan for it. Take a few minutes to plan what you will do when you get the urge to smoke. I found that just doing something that occupied my hands was helpful: it stopped me thinking about the cigarette, and gave my fingers something to do. Try following the 3 step plan like this one.

Remember, if you can quit for one day, you can quit forever. Because not smoking for 20 years is just the same as not smoking for 1 day, just doing it 7,300 times.

Ovarian Cyst Miracle Review: Does Carol Foster’s Ovarian Cyst Miracle program really work?

An ovarian cyst is a small collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary[1]. Although most ovarian cysts are not cancerous, it is still possible that they may result in ovarian cancer, especially in post-menopausal women[2]. Whether or not ovarian cysts will result in cancer, they are certainly uncomfortable for any woman unfortunate enough to experience them. As a result, a number of ebooks and other online resources have been created to explain how to provide relief from the symptoms of, and even cures for, ovarian cysts.

So, why is Ovarian Cyst Miracle the best selling PCOS and ovarian cysts cure book in internet history, with thousands of satisfied (and now ovarian cysts free) women in 127 countries worldwide?

Well, Ovarian Cysts Miracle is the #1 best selling Ovarian Cysts Cure ebook in the history of the Internet for a reason…

Thousands of women of every age have completely cured their Ovarian Cysts condition and gained complete freedom from PCOS related symptoms naturally, without drugs, risky surgery or “magic potions,” simply by using the clinically proven, scientifically-accurate step by step method found inside this amazing Ovarian Cysts freedom guidebook.

Carol Foster, a certified nutritionist, health consultant and author has not just pumped out yet another “anti-ovarian cyst program” into an already over-saturated market. Carol’s Ovarian Cyst Miracle can be more accurately described as an “Ovarian Cyst Bible.” It is quite simply one of the most comprehensive, complete, and precise guides to Ovarian Cyst and PCOS freedom you will ever read.

What makes it so much different than other Ovarian Cysts publications on the market?

Well first of all, it’s not just an “Ovarian Cysts relief” program, it’s an Ovarian Cyst cure program. This may seem like semantics or wordplay at first, but once you’ve read just the first chapters, there will be no doubt in your mind that pursuing “Ovarian Cysts relief” is not only the wrong goal, it may be the reason that you’ve failed to stop and maintain your ‘Ovarian Cyst  free internal environment’. Ovarian Cyst Miracle shows you exactly why you should fix the internal problem that’s causing your Ovarian Cysts, not just masking the symptoms or getting relief, and then goes on to show you exactly how to do it.

Secondly, what makes Ovarian Cyst Miracle different is the amount of attention that is paid to each and every element required to achieve permanent freedom from Ovarian Cysts. Ovarian Cyst Miracle not only thoroughly discusses the lies, myths and fallacies surrounding what is a very confusing subject, it is simply the most detailed book about Ovarian Cysts, and holistic health, ever written.

The Ovarian Cyst Miracle book is quite extensive (150 pages of rock solid content) which focuses on 100% natural Ovarian Cysts treatment. That means there aren’t recommendations for harsh prescription drugs with nasty side effects. In the Ovarian Cysts Miracle core formula section (The 3 step system), nothing is held back. In this section, Carol gives a detailed overview of each step, and then delves into the specifics in chronological order. There are also outstanding charts and checklists which make it very easy to know where you are at in the program and make the program very simple to follow.

Because the Ovarian Cyst Miracle program is not a quick fix ‘fairy tale’ cure but a complete holistic solution aimed at eliminating the root cause of Ovarian Cysts and PCOS (regardless of their severity) and ensuring that you will remain permanently PCOS-free, it does take work and persistence to complete. “The dictionary is the only place success comes before work” says Carol, as she emphasizes the “no quick fix” philosophy behind the entire book.

If there is any drawback to the Ovarian Cyst Miracle ebook, it’s that it contains so much information, that some readers may find it a bit overwhelming. Those who are looking for a quick start type of Ovarian Cyst program, might be a bit intimated at first. The good part however, is that even these types of readers can feel confident and assured that it will be worth the effort because this will literally be the last book they ever have to buy on the subject.

Who will benefit most from Ovarian Cyst Miracle?

In the broadest sense, anyone and everyone who needs to cure their Ovarian Cysts and regain their natural inner balance will benefit from Ovarian Cyst Miracle. This ebook is honestly for everyone, even women without Ovarian Cysts. After all, prevention is better than the cure. This is a total health rejuvenation program better than 98% of the nutrition and alternative health books on the market. In fact, the advice in this ebook is guaranteed to help you with any other health condition you might have, especially if you suffer from hormonal disorders, digestive problems, insulin related disorders, allergies and acne.

Ovarian Cyst Miracle is a clean and professionally formatted PDF e-book. It is well organized and ideal for printing and reading in the comfort of your own home, so there is no need to remain hunched over the keyboard while reading it. You can print it and take it anywhere, or even load it onto your iPad or eReader for extra convenience.

This impressive and unique publication has changed many lives and the hundreds of inspiring testimonials and success stories are found on the Ovarian Cyst Miracle website archives as proof.

The Bottom line?

If you are looking for a quick fix solution to Ovarian Cysts, or looking to be told fairy-tales, or looking for a “magic bullet”, pills, over the counters, ‘Ovarian Cysts freedom in 2 days’ hyped up programs should not waste his or her time with Ovarian Cyst Miracle.

On the other hand, anyone searching for the truth about Ovarian Cysts, PCOS and alternative health and who is ready and willing to put in some work, and make the simple lifestyle changes necessary to achieve PCOS and Ovarian Cyst freedom, will find Ovarian Cyst Miracle to be one of the best investments they ever made in their lives. Click here to learn more about Carol Foster’s Ovarian Cyst Miracle

1. Ovarian Cysts, Stoppler, M. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ovarian_cysts/article_em.htm
2. Ovarian Cysts, Martin, E. http://www.medicineonline.com/topics/O/2/Ovarian-Cysts.html

Shave for a cure

I know that this isn’t really about exercise, although technically shaving is exercise since it burns calories, but I found this today: an unusual appeal for sponsors to help his mate raise enough money to shave his head.

The money raised will go the Australian Leukaemia Foundation, who will use the money for research into Leukaemia and other blood related cancers, and also to provide support services to Leukaemia suffers and their families.

All worthwhile goals, so if you are feeling generous, help out.

I’ll be chipping in…

Cancer-Free review – Can you really cure cancer with Cancer-Free

Cancer Free book coverCancer-Free is a book written by Bill Henderson, available in both electronic and printed form, from www.beating-cancer-gently.com. Bill Henderson is a retired Air Force Colonel, whose wife died of cancer in 1994. After watching her suffer during this time, he began his search for alternative cancer treatments, and claims to have found over three hundred and fifty.

In this book, the third edition, Bill claims to be able to cure cancer by following a simple diet and supplement regimen for 6-8 weeks. I know that sounds far fetched, but he has testimonials to support that claim.

Bill’s claim is based on being able to determine the cause of the cancer, such as root canal teeth or other dental problems, emotional trauma and/or long term stress and poor diets. Once the cause is determined, reversing the cancer becomes easy. And he even explains how to check your progress at overcoming the cancer with a simple $55 test.

His regimen comes at the cancer from six different “directions.” Six different theories about how to deal with cancer cells. All of these six forms of treatment are gentle, non-toxic and they all work together. They are, in fact, synergistic. They help each other. They address the 4 conditions that must be overcome before anyone can get over cancer: a weak immune system, a lack of oxygen uptake by the cells, excessive toxins, and acidity.

Bill Henderson’s approach is simple:

First, you get the book, either in e-book (computer file) form or in paperback form. Just Click Here.

Included in the book is a complete set of instructions on the self treatments. There is also information on locating holistic doctors, clinics and other resources. Usually you do not need a holistic doctor or clinic.

Second, you test the levels of cancer cells in your body using a simple test that is completely explained in the book.

Third, you follow Bill’s recommended regimen for 6-8 weeks.

Fourth, you take a second test. If that test shows you are not making progress Bill offers personal phone coaching to help you isolate the best options of the hundreds of others that are available. Bill will discuss the causes of your cancer, how to reverse them, and then what to try next, based on your experience to that point.

Bill claims that the cost of this six to eight week program is less than $200, including the price of the book, the special food and the supplements. Bill recommends where to get the food and supplements, and clinics and doctors that you can see, but does not receive any payments for this, so you know that he is recommending only the best, not those that pay the most.

We are an affiliate of Cancer-Free, so if you buy the book from this link, we get paid a commission. If you prefer, you can purchase the book directly from Bill Henderson’s web site here, or you can get the paperback or Kindle edition from Amazon.

If you do purchase the book from our affiliate link, we will donate 25% of our commission to a cancer charity of your choice ( the rest will be used to keep this site running ). Just comment below and let us know which one. If you don’t have a favourite charity, we will donate to a charity of our choice and let you know.



Can exercise help in the treatment of breast cancer?

In the past, breast cancer patients who had undergone surgery were told not to lift more than 7kg for the rest of their lives. Doctors also encouraged rest and limited exercise, fearing that strenuous effort would slow treatment or exacerbate conditions such as lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arms.

But an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Weight Lifting in Women with Breast-Cancer–Related Lymphedema” [1] has reversed decades of cautionary advice by finding that slow, progressive weight lifting wasn’t just safe; it could prevent lymphedema flare-ups.

The studies found that the proportion of women who experienced an increase of 5% or more in limb swelling was about the same in the group who undertook a light weights program as it was in the group who did not undertake the program. ( 11% and 12% ). However, the group that undertook the weights program also reported improvements in severity of lymphedema symptoms, and improvements in upper and lower body strength.

No serious adverse events were reported.

So it would seem that some exercise in this case has proved beneficial to those who undertook it.

Anecdotal evidence has suggested that exercise could result in a 40 to 50 per cent reduction in the risk for recurrence of breast cancer, although randomised controlled trials would be needed to prove such a benefit.


1.“Weight Lifting in Women with Breast-Cancer–Related Lymphedema”, Kathryn H. Schmitz, Ph.D., M.P.H., Rehana L. Ahmed, M.D., Ph.D.,Andrea Troxel, Sc.D., Andrea Cheville, M.D., Rebecca Smith, M.D., Lorita Lewis-Grant, M.P.H., M.S.W., Cathy J. Bryan, M.Ed., Catherine T. Williams-Smith, B.S., and Quincy P. Greene. New England Journal of Medicine, 2009;361:664-73. Available online at http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa0810118.

Exercise and cancer – can exercise really help in the prevention and treatment of cancer?

Physical fitness programs are already a staple of cardiac care. But although research is still in the early stages, there’s encouraging evidence that consistent workouts can help with everything from cancer, autoimmune disorders and Parkinson’s disease to alcoholism.

The burgeoning “exercise is medicine” movement is championed by many experts including Sports Medicine organisations and cancer support groups.

However, some big questions remain unanswered, such as what type and how much exercise is needed for what illnesses.

In many cases, working out appears to relieve symptoms, but its impact on the natural course of the disease isn’t known.

Additionally, many physicians are cautious about prescribing something that can stress the body, especially for patients in the throes of a life-threatening illness.

There’s still a prevailing attitude amongst physicians that patients shouldn’t push themselves during treatment. While it is acknowledged that exercise is a stressor on the body, it is also known that resting too much also can have adverse effects.

If exercise isn’t already a habit, of course, it can be intimidating. It’s harder to do when you don’t feel good. And some people would truly rather take a pill when they are ill.

But once they start exercising, so many people feel so much better.

Exercise can help people being treated for cancer cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, including fatigue and the loss of muscle mass. As a result, it could help them get through treatment in better form.

Anecdotal evidence, meanwhile, has suggested that exercise could result in a 40 to 50 per cent reduction in the risk for recurrence of breast cancer, though randomised controlled trials would be needed to prove such a benefit.

Exercise’s greatest strength may be that it can work on both physical and emotional levels. It can help you feel normal, that your body hasn’t total abandoned you via cancer, that you can still exercise and push yourself.