Cancer Update -- Johns Hopkins
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:20:19
Cancer News from Johns Hopkins:
1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its
newsletters. This information is being circulated at
Walter Reed Army MedicalCenter as well.
Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.
Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as
this releases dioxins from the plastic.
Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at
Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this
health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they
are for us.
He said that we should not be heating our food in the
microwave using plastic containers. This especially
applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the
combination of fat, high heat, and plastics
releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the
cells of the body.
Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware,
Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the
same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as
TV dinners, instant ramen
and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and
heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't
know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered
glass, Corning Ware, etc.
He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food
restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper.
The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is
just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in
the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes
poisonous toxins to
actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the
Cover food with a paper towel instead.
This is an article that should be sent to anyone important
in your life!
Heat your home safely this winter
VANCOUVER, Sept. 25 /CNW/
- Now is the best time to prepare your home for
cold weather advises the British Columbia Safety
Authority. Before you light up your fireplace or turn on
your thermostat, take the following steps to protect your
family and home.
- Home heating appliances, including natural gas furnaces,
wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and chimneys should be
inspected annually and cleaned as often as necessary by
licenced contractors to prevent fires and reduce the risk
of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- For gas furnace cleaning and servicing, choose a
contractor who is registered with the BC Safety Authority
and employs certified gasfitters. Be sure to ask for proof
- If your home is heated by a hydronic (water) radiant
heating system, have a registered gas contractor annually
inspect the boiler, vents and chimney.
An improperly cleaned or serviced gas furnace, boiler or
fireplace can result in escaping natural gas or propane
and, ultimately, carbon monoxide poisoning. Natural gas
and propane smell like rotten eggs or sulphur. If you
smell gas or hear the flow of escaping gas, open doors and
windows, shut off the main gas valve at the meter, get
everyone outside and away from the building, and use a
neighbour's phone to contact your gas supplier
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, toxic gas that
is created when fuel is burned incompletely. The burning
of oil, coal, wood, charcoal, kerosene, propane or natural
gas can produce carbon monoxide. Signs of carbon monoxide
in the home include:
- Flu-like symptoms including dizziness, fatigue,
headache, vomiting or nausea
- Dying house plants
- Discoloration or soot build-up on heating appliances,
the fireplace or at warm-air outlets
- Loose, disconnected, rusted or water streaked vents on
While installing a CSA-certified carbon monoxide detector
in your home is an added safety measure, the best solution
is regular appliance maintenance.
For more information on home heating safety, visit
Attention News Editors:
Canadians Know What It Takes To Be Young At Heart - But
They Find It Challenging To Find Time to Exercise Survey
shows people want to keep their hearts healthy
TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ -
A new survey of Canadian men and women age 40 and older
confirms their desire to reduce their risk of
cardiovascular disease, and identified challenges such as
finding time to exercise. Despite wanting to stay young at
heart, 61 per cent of Canadians surveyed reported they had
been either diagnosed with, or are at risk of developing
heart disease. In Canada, one third of those surveyed have
been diagnosed with or told that they are at risk for
developing high blood pressure, followed by one-fourth who
have been diagnosed or told they are at risk of developing
high cholesterol. Other diagnosed or at risk conditions
amongst Canadians include diabetes (20 per cent), obesity
(18 per cent), heart disease/heart attack (15 per cent),
and stroke (seven per cent).
The survey conducted by Bayer HealthCare LLC in Canada,
and also in seven other countries including Argentina,
China, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the United
States was released in conjunction with the World Heart
Federation's World Heart Day 2006. World Heart Day is a
global advocacy campaign aimed at increasing public
awareness and promoting the use of preventive measures to
reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
"The good news is that people around the world recognize
it is important to keep their hearts healthy and young,"
said Dr. Arthur M. Kushner, Chief of Family Practice and
Co-Physician Director, Primary Care Program at Humber
River Regional Hospital. "But there is still much work to
be done in terms of both changing people's behaviours and
expanding awareness of therapies that can help prevent
In support of the World Heart Day's goal to increase
awareness of CVD preventive measures, Bayer Inc. in Canada
is providing $20,000 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Canada. These funds are part of a $150,000 sponsorship to
support Heart and Stroke Foundation research, health
promotion and advocacy.
"Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for
Canadian men and women(1)," said Sally Brown, CEO, Heart
and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
"Many of the risk factors that contribute to heart disease
are controllable, so it is important that people are aware
of these factors and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Helping
Canadians understand and manage their risk for heart
disease is a big part of the mandate of Heart and Stroke
Foundation. We thank Bayer for their generous support of
our ongoing efforts." This year's World Heart Day theme,
How Young is Your Heart? encourages people around the
globe to remain young at heart for life by adopting a
heart-healthy lifestyle. While 80 per cent of those
surveyed in Canada said they feel young at heart in terms
of cardiovascular health, the survey found that most
respondents said they find it hard to engage in
heart-healthy behaviours. Respondents found it most
difficult to engage in exercise, with 63 per cent stating
that their exercise levels have decreased as they've
gotten older, and 40 per cent say it is difficult to find
the time to exercise.
Similarly, on a global level, nearly two out of three
people surveyed said it is hard to find time to exercise,
while one in three respondents do not think that taking a
low-dose ASPIRIN(R) on the advice of a physician is an
important therapy for heart health(2). This suggests that
ASPIRIN is underutilized in individuals who would benefit
from its use, while under physician care.
"Combining a low-fat diet, regular exercise, and a healthy
lifestyle can greatly decrease the risk of cardiovascular
events," said Dr. Kushner.
"However, more needs to be done to increase awareness of
the significant benefits afforded by both behaviour change
and appropriate medical therapies in achieving CVD
prevention. In addition to lifestyle changes, using
medical therapies such as those, which inhibit platelet
aggregation, control high blood pressure, and lower
abnormal cholesterol levels and treat diabetes can reduce
the risk of various components of cardiovascular disease.
Many of these medical therapies are recommended for the
risk reduction of a heart attack in higher risk patients,
yet, despite their widely proven cardio-protective
effects, their underutilization by health professionals
and patients is an important problem."
Noteworthy survey findings:
- Three-fourths of Canadians feel that spending time with
loved ones (75 per cent) and having an optimistic outlook
on life (73 percent) are very important for staying "young
- 3 out of ten Canadians (31 percent) feel engaging in
regular sexual activity is very important.
- 1 out of ten (11 percent) feels drinking one glass of
red wine a day is important.
- While both men and women surveyed in most of the
countries agreed that they did not smoke or they had quit
smoking in order to keep their hearts healthy, there were
noteworthy differences between the genders when it comes
to gauging the importance of other heart- healthy
- Men in the US, Canada, Mexico, Spain and Germany agree
that engaging in sexual activity is very important to
staying young at heart(3).
- Women in these same countries were more likely to rate
spending time with loved ones and having an optimistic
outlook as the most important(4).
"Controlling major cardiovascular risk factors such as an
unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and smoking can help
prevent heart disease and stroke and thereby slow the
impact of aging on the heart," Dr. Kushner added. "By
asking everyone to think about the age of their hearts on
World Heart Day, we are encouraging the world's population
to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle."
To that end, Bayer HealthCare is working in partnership
with the World Heart Federation to improve physicians'
awareness of the World Heart Federation principles and
assist in implementing global and regional treatment
guidelines in many countries around the world. Bayer is
also an official global sponsor of World Health Day, which
in 2006 will involve a wide range of activities including
walks, runs, jump rope, fitness sessions, public talks,
scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, sports
tournaments and more.
The Burden of CVD
- Cardiovascular disease is the underlying cause of death
for one in three Canadians, making it the No.1 cause of
death for Canadian men and women.
- In 2001, it is estimated that 29.6 million, 10 percent,
of visits made by Canadians to physicians were for
- Health Canada estimated the total cost of cardiovascular
disease on the health sector of the Canadian economy in
1998 to be the most costly disease category, costing the
Canadian economy over
$18 billion a year, with major components of the total
cost including hospital care - $4,162 million; drugs -
$1,773 million; physician care - $822 million and $61
million in additional direct health
- According to the World Health Organization, an estimated
17 million people around the world die of cardiovascular
disease each year - more than 29 percent of all deaths
- By 2020, heart disease and stroke will become the
leading cause of both death and disability worldwide(6).
About Bayer Inc.
Bayer Inc. (Bayer) is a Canadian subsidiary of Bayer AG,
an international research-based group with core businesses
in health care, crop science, and innovative materials.
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Bayer Inc. operates the
Bayer Group's HealthCare and MaterialScience businesses in
Canada. Bayer CropScience Inc., headquartered in Calgary,
Alberta operates as a separate legal entity in Canada.
Together, the companies play a vital role in improving the
quality of life for Canadians - producing products that
fight diseases, protecting crops and animals, and
developing high-performance materials for applications in
numerous areas of daily life.
Canadian Bayer facilities include the Toronto
headquarters, offices in Ottawa and Calgary, as well as a
manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario. Bayer Inc. has
approximately 930 employees across Canada and had sales of
$981 million Canadian in 2005. Globally, the Bayer Group
had sales of about 27.4 billion Euro in 2005.
Bayer Inc. invested approximately $38.1 million Canadian
in research and development in 2005. Worldwide, the Bayer
Group spends the equivalent of 1.9 billion Euro in 2005 in
(1) Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The Growing
Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Canada 2003. Ottawa,
(2) "Young at Heart" Survey Comparison of Results Across
Countries, Page 6, 2nd section. 2nd sentence
(3) "Young at Heart" Survey Comparison of Results Across
Countries, Page 7, 4th paragraph
(4) "Young at Heart" Survey Comparison of Results Across
Countries, Page 7, 3rd paragraph
(5) World Health Organization, first bullet under "Facts",
(6) World Health Organization, third paragraph, second
Note to editor: Survey Methodology
The surveys were conducted in eight countries (Argentina,
Canada, China, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Spain, and
the United States) by GMI as part of a custom study
utilizing consumer opinion panels. Comparisons were based
on approximately 300 respondents (male and female) per
country 40 years of age or older. Some questions have
For further information: Alison Bing, Bayer
Air India inquiry
starts with emotional testimony from families of victims
Jim Brown - Canadian Press
Monday, September 25, 2006
OTTAWA (CP) - Personal
grief mingled with political anger and an anguished appeal
for belated justice Monday as a long-awaited public
inquiry began into the 1985 Air India bombing that took,
329 lives - the worst terrorist act in Canadian history.
Bal Gupta, the first witness to appear before former
Supreme Court judge John Major, repeatedly fought back
tears as he recalled the death of his wife Ramwati in the
attack, and his harrowing trip to Ireland to claim her
body recovered from the wreckage in the North Atlantic.
The events of 21 years ago "shattered our little world,"
Gupta said of the impact on his family.
He was not alone. Twenty-nine families were wiped out
entirely; another 32 were left with one parent to raise
the children at home in Canada; eight couples lost all
their children aboard Air India Flight 182.
"And the perpetrators of this heinous crime, conceived and
executed in Canada, are still roaming loose, free to
commit more terrorist acts," said Gupta.
He is hoping the inquiry, promised during the last
election by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, can finally
bring a sense of closure and justice.
"We have cried enough since 1985," he told Major. "Tears
and sympathy are just not enough."
The judge has a mandate to examine shortcomings in the
initial investigation of the bombing and the turf wars
between the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence
Service that hampered that effort.
Major will also examine broader areas such as airline
security and the best way to fight fundraising and
money-laundering by terrorist groups in Canada.
Differences in health for rural and urban Canadians
Mortality rates higher in most
rural areas, but cancer incidence rates lower
The rural advantage |
Higher smoking rates
September 19, 2006—A
new report released today shows that Canadians living in
rural areas generally have higher mortality (or death)
rates than those living in urban areas. How Healthy Are
Rural Canadians? An Assessment of Their Health Status and
Health Determinants is the result of a research
partnership between the Canadian Population Health
Initiative (CPHI)—a part of the Canadian Institute for
Health Information (CIHI)—as well as the Public Health
Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Centre for Rural and
Northern Health Research (Laurentian University). This
report provides a new pan-Canadian perspective on the
health of rural Canadians. The report compares urban areas
with four types of rural areas: those with highest
commuting flow (where at least 30% of employed people
commute to an urban area to work) and areas with moderate,
weak, and no commuting flow.
Researchers found that Canadians living in rural and
remote areas had higher death rates than their urban
counterparts. Annual mortality rates were highest in the
most rural areas (with no commuters) at 792 deaths per
100,000 people compared to 695 deaths per 100,000 in urban
areas. However, rural areas with the highest commuting
flow had lower mortality rates (at 668 deaths per 100,000
people) than urban areas. The urban–rural difference in
mortality was most pronounced among children and
adolescents aged 5 to 19, particularly for deaths due to
“Higher overall mortality rates among rural communities
seem to be driven by higher death rates from causes such
as circulatory diseases and injuries,” says Marie
DesMeules, one of the Principal Investigators of the
study. “Circulatory diseases are the leading cause of
death in Canada. Our analysis shows that risk factors such
as smoking and obesity are reported more frequently among
rural than urban residents, and this may contribute to the
higher risk of dying prematurely from circulatory disease
among rural and remote residents.”
Major causes of death
Rural residents had increased risk of dying from
circulatory disease, respiratory disease, diabetes,
injuries and suicide. In general, death rates were highest
in areas with moderate, weak and no commuter flow. For
example, death rates from circulatory disease ranged from
290 to 302 per 100,000 in areas with moderate flow to
those with no commuter flow, compared with 273 per 100,000
in urban areas. For respiratory disease, among rural men
aged 45 to 64 in areas with no commuters, there were 47
deaths per 100,000 compared to 33 per 100,000 in urban
areas, representing a 42% higher risk of death. Men in the
same age group in areas with moderate commuter flow had
only a 10% higher risk of death than their urban
Women living in areas with moderate, weak and no commuter
flow generally had a higher risk of dying from diabetes
compared to urban women. However, men in areas with the
highest commuting flow had a lower risk of dying of
diabetes than urban men.
•Mortality rates due to motor vehicle–related injuries
were higher in the most rural areas for all ages, with
risks being two to three times higher than in urban areas.
•In Canada, the overall suicide rate was 5 deaths per
100,000 people aged 5 to 19. Those under age 20 living in
the most rural areas (no commuters) had the highest risk
of dying from suicide—boys were four times and girls were
six times more likely to commit suicide than their urban
The rural advantage: cancer rates
The report also highlights health advantages for Canada’s
rural residents. Canadians in rural areas were less likely
to be diagnosed with a new case of cancer than their urban
counterparts. The rate of annual cancer diagnoses ranged
from 419 to 456 per 100,000 rural men as compared to 464
for urban men, and 303 to 324 per 100,000 rural women as
compared to 336 for urban women. Death rates due to cancer
were lower in rural populations for some specific cancers.
For instance, mortality rates for breast cancer in rural
women aged 45 years and older were lower than in urban
areas. For women aged 45 to 64 in rural areas, breast
cancer mortality ranged from 51 to 54 deaths per 100,000
as compared to 61 deaths per 100,000 in urban areas.
However, rural populations were not advantaged for all
types of specific cancers. For example, both incidence and
mortality rates for cervical cancer were higher for women
in some rural areas than in urban areas, with the highest
rates found in the most rural areas. Men aged 45 to 64
living in areas with moderate and no commuter flow had
higher mortality from lung cancer (123 and 125 deaths per
100,000, respectively) than men of the same age living in
urban areas (109 per 100,000). This was not the case for
rural women in this age group, whose lung cancer rates did
not differ from those of urban women.
Higher smoking rates but stronger sense of community
Smoking rates, second-hand smoke exposure and eating five
servings or more of fruit and vegetables each day showed
urban–rural differences. Higher proportions of rural
Canadians were smokers (most rural: 32%; urban: 25%), and
only 31% in the most rural areas reported eating five or
more servings of fruit and vegetables each day compared to
38% of urban dwellers. Rural Canadians were also more
likely to report being overweight or obese (having a body
mass index of 25 or greater): 57% in the most rural areas
as compared to 47% of urban Canadians.
On the other hand, living in rural areas had its
advantages in terms of quality of life. Rural residents
reported having lower levels of stress and a stronger
sense of community belonging than their urban
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