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National Cancer Institute Guidelines for Exercise

In June 2010 a panel of thirteen researchers who are cancer experts came up with guidelines for exercise for cancer patients and survivors.  The panel was formed to develop guidelines on exercise that were safe and effective. This is because there are currently over twelve million cancer survivors in the United States in need of advice!



Exercise is currently recommended for patients with breast, prostate, colon, gynecologic, and hematologic cancers, which pretty much covers all cancers.



The group was formed because the benefits of exercise were well documented for a number of cancers. In nearly all types of cancer, exercise was found to help with issues such as fatigue and physical functioning.  These are factors that can directly influence the quality of your life. The guidelines wren also formed because it was discovered that patients on chemo or radiation could actually accomplish a lot more than anyone ever thought.



This panel also found that exercise was absolutely essential for a person’s self esteem. This is especially true with individuals who have had surgery that alters their appearance. Activity can improve the person’s body image.  This is because changes in body composition are so typical with these types of cancers.  Gastrointestinal, head and neck cancers can cause severe body wasting and exercise can help survivors of this type of wasting get their sense of self back and just feel more confident.



breast cancer can cause weight gain. In these cases the exercise can be useful for losing the pounds (sometimes caused by the drugs that are prescribed.)  Breast cancer patients often need to build more body mass and lose some fat.



The idea that people undergoing chemo and radiation should be exercising rather than resting full time in bed is relatively new. At the NCI, which of course is a huge government operation, they are busy trying to figure out how physical activity can be integrated into cancer treatment and into the daily lives of survivors. Plans are also in the works for training professionals so that they can provide cancer-specific recovery. It is also being suggested that more exercise studios should be in hospitals and that mass workout sessions be part of oncology units. Investigations are also being made into the effectiveness of yoga and other gentler forms of exercise on cancer recovery.



There is no harm in making attempts to be fitter, whether that means taking a walk several times a week or going out to a gym to get some real training from a fitness professional. The idea is that once you do get our body in motion, you will start getting better; a fact that is being now well recognized by medical communities all over the world including the National Cancer Institute.



Store-Bought Juice is Not That Healthy

Juice you buy from the store is not horrible for you but it is not your best option if you want to be well nourished.  The liquid you buy in a bottle or can is not that fresh and by the time most juices reach the store shelves they have lost most of the enzymes and vitamins that are so good for you.  Although hydrating, many juices reduce to sugar, sodium and water by the time they reach the consumer.

Fresh juices are superior to bottled or canned juice both in terms of nutrition and taste. A  pint carrot juice blend bought at the store may only have 10% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin A but one pint of the fresh stuff might contain more than twenty thousand units of pro-Vitamin A (the purest and most absorbable form of Vitamin A.)

Another big issue when it comes to store bought juices is that you don’t know if it has been tainted with preservatives or chemicals. Often these things are disguised as something else on the bottle of juice. Sometimes you end up buying a product that is calling itself “juice” but it actually completely watered down.

One good example of this type of trickery was revealed in 1984 when it was discovered that between 1978 and 1983 that Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation was charged for selling millions of bottled water flavored with sugar and colored amber with additives as 100% apple juice.

Furthermore, if you buy orange juice it might have been treated with banned pesticides. This is especially true if the fruit was grown in Florida or outside the United States. In fact a lot of the juice that is marked as being from the Sunshine State or California is in reality imported from other countries such as Mexico. The problem with this is that these countries still used banned pesticides like trichloroethane and poisonous red-colored dyes to make the fruit an attractive orange rather than a natural yellow.


Bottled and canned juices have also proved themselves to be tough on the teeth. Sugar-laden fruit concentrates have rotted many children’s and adult’s teeth prematurely. Furthermore, if the label says that the juice is made from concentrate it can mean that it was made with industrial or unpurified water. These types of waters can contain all kinds of impurities.  When you make your own juices you can at least control and monitor what goes in the drink and what it may be watered down with.