Women and Health Insurance – Insight on the Society For Women’s Health Research (SWHR)

Finding the right resources for women without appropriate health insurance coverage is a very important task. There are dedicated organizations that provide useful services on this issue. For example, the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) and the National Women’s Health Information Center are some of the organizations that are dedicated to women’s medical challenges. They also provide rich and useful information for women in great need of health care assistance.

If you live in the United States and you are a woman without health insurance, the SWHR offers useful information on the following schemes:

o The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. They give free or relatively cheap mammograms and Pap tests for women of 39yrs and above.
o Maternal and Child Services. They give medical care women with low income and who are pregnant with children that are below the age of 22.
o Women, Infants and Children (WIC). They give quality teachings on nutrition and child care for low-income, breastfeeding, and postpartum women. WIC also gives medical protection for children that are under the age of 5.

Any woman that does not qualify for government-sponsored care services can get care from free clinics, prescription drug assistance systems or temporary state insurance. There are many of such assisting programs; this is just to name a few.

Women are advised to get quality health insurance programs. This is very important considering their medical needs as they become mothers. Note that getting quality medical coverage does not mean it should be very expensive. Consult leading health insurance companies and their agents, compare their free quotes and request for a free professional consultation service on your medical cover needs.

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Breast Cancer Research

Should We Take a Closer Look at our Environment and Daily Choices?

There is not a day goes by that we are not reminded of the increasing rates of cancer. Funds, foundations and associations are raising money for research into the causes of all the various types of cancers. They are looking for the magic bullet (or drug) trying to find the “Cure for Cancer”

Has anyone taken the time to consider prevention? What about all the chemicals we are exposed to each and every day? Some chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in animals, such as several pesticides and some cosmetic ingredients are known endocrine disruptors. There are chemicals that have been tested alone, reported to be safe, but not tested in combination with other chemicals. We are exposed inadvertently by way of car and industry fumes, and the off-gassing from plastics, furniture, and car interiors.

Many exposures come from our own hands – from the cleaning products we choose to use. There seems to be enormous range of household cleaners, a separate one for every job. And each as toxic as the other; There is one for the kitchen, that ‘cuts grease and kills bacteria’ and one for the bathroom ‘leaves tiles sparkling and kills bacteria’ and a special one for the toilet to ‘ kill bacteria’ Have you noticed a theme here?

Also advertised are several sprays for smelly rubbish tins! Has anyone considered emptying the bin instead of spraying a toxic chemical to mask the smell? There must be big business when you take into account the cost of producing ads for TV and magazines to make us feel insecure about our natural world.

We are bombarded with advice to make our homes (and cars!) ‘germ-free’ and ‘fresh smelling’ but we are endangering our immune systems with the onslaught of synthetic fragrances as well as chemical cleaners and germicides that kill the ‘good’ as well as the ‘bad’ bacteria. The body needs bacteria in the right balance, by killing bacteria we inadvertently kill the good ones, leaving an imbalance. In fact there are more bacteria in the human body than there are cells.

Then there are Personal Care and Cosmetic products. This subject is a particular favorite of mine! I have become obsessive about reading labels and researching the lists of chemical ingredients in the many products we apply to our bodies daily. Many women use as many as 9 products a day, exposing themselves to up to 126 different chemicals that can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. This is how nicotine and HRT patches deliver the medication.

A facial cleanser, body wash, toothpaste and shampoo are all likely to contain sodium lauryl sulphate or the more toxic sodium laureth sulphate or both! That is 4 applications of a chemical toxic to marine life, so that might give you an idea why you should avoid it.

Next, the body lotion, moisturizer, anti-age cream and foundation will possibly include Dimethicone and/or mineral oil/wax Dimethicone has been found to cause tumors in laboratory animals. Mineral oil and paraffin wax are from the petro-chemical industry. They coat the skin like plastic wrap, not allowing it to breathe or eliminate toxins. They slow skin functions and cell development, resulting in pre-mature aging. Alcohol is often added as an emulsifier. It dries the skin.

All these products will also contain preservatives. Some as many as 3 or 4. Paraben preservatives are widely used even though they are known to be toxic. In my reports is the quick, easy way to recognize these chemical preservatives. Access the reports from the link below.

Propylene Glycol is still a popular ingredient with manufactures of cosmetics. A petrol derivative, it penetrates the skin weakening cellular structure. The EPA warns against skin contact because of detrimental effects to organs such as liver and kidneys.

So… back to the question, to help prevent cancer… should we take a closer look at the many daily exposures to chemicals?

There is that old chestnut “Prevention is Better than Cure” and a few personal changes such as making informed decisions when deciding on the type of cleaning products used and switching to personal care and cosmetics with less, or better, NO chemicals could put us on the right track to avoid the accumulation of toxins in our bodies and the bodies of those we buy for.

Cancer Research – Forward Or Backward?

“Fight cancer”, “Beat cancer” are very popular expressions these days, and it is good so. Although October, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, one can still see many people wearing pink ribbons on their jackets, which is a demonstration of their will to help those women who suffer from this disease. And this is very much appreciated and should be acknowledged. Fundraising and information events, websites, donations, merchandise, advertisements all over the media, groups on social networking sites, individuals spreading the word – attention is certainly given to the subject and considerable amount of money is collected.

However, looking a little bit closer, as a cancer survivor myself who studied the subject from the most various resources available for public, I personally have some questions, doubts and reservations about these research programs and might be a bad person, but I did not donate one single cent and not intend to do so. Tell you why.

Fight. A key word when talking about cancer.

How do you best fight so that you win? You know your enemy.

A problem – any problem – can be only handled if one knows the exact cause of it. This should be clear – how else do you solve a situation, if you don’t know what is it exactly?

Let’s take breast cancer, it looks like this: each year $ millions are spent to find out the causes of cancer AND more importantly, develop new treatments. Let me suggest: treatments can be only effective when they target the root of the problem… “The exact causes of breast cancer are not known.” In fact, according to the publicly available statements, causes of cancer are a mystery for the medical profession.

The theory of changed or damaged genes is wide spread, and an information video on the Medical News Today site gives a little hint on why does it occur: “Damage or change in the genetic material of cells by environmental of internal factors sometimes results in cells that do not die and continue to multiply until a massive cancer cell or tumor develops.”

Excellent. The next step would be then to investigate these environmental or internal factors that damage or change the genetic material of cells, wouldn’t it?

The environmental factors are pretty much known for the scientists and for the public: bad nutrition, tobacco, certain chemicals that we use, etc. Cancer research should go then in the direction of eliminating these factors: educating the population on correct eating habits, cutting back the use of harmful chemicals, and so on. And cancer treatment would primarily consist of targeting the cause of cancer, the reason why those genes got changed or damaged: increasing certain vitamins and other nutrition supplements, cleansing and physical exercise that helps the body push out the accumulated toxins, boosting the own self defense of the body, the immune system and so on.

But this is not how it goes. Cancer researches deal mostly with developing the standard therapies by official medicine: new drugs, radiation, hormones and surgery. And cancer treatments available in hospitals are mainly about giving chemotherapy and such to the patients. Can anyone see how adding extra chemicals into the already overwhelmed and weakened system would help the body to recover? Because it will not.

So why then chemotherapy is a preferred and highly promoted method, when it has very many known harmful side effects? The answer is easy: pharmaceutical companies have vast interests in introducing and marketing drugs. As Clinical Study Results.org openly admits: “Clinical studies designed for approval of a new drug are sponsored primarily by pharmaceutical and biotech companies.” Surprise, surprise! One can predict the outcome of a clinical study on breast cancer treatment, if one-fifth of the Swedish Cancer Society researches are financed by Pfizer – can you guess from what pharma company will they recommend medicine to the patients? (Latest news: Pfizer Hid Evidence That HRT Causes Cancer)

Another suggested treatment is hormonal therapy. About that, only one word: “Hormonal therapy can cause a variety of side effects including:… Increased risk for cancer of the uterus” – from the information video on the National Breast Cancer.org site. Pardon me??? Treating one cancer by increasing the risk for another one??? Someone must be kidding here and it’s a very ugly joke.

Same for radiation therapy.

So what’s the solution? To invest more money in research? The above mentioned Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden) held a nice event in Stockholm in October where people bought ten thousand candles or so and contributed to the funding. This organization alone has a target to spend more then 400 million SEK each year on research. That’s a nice sum of money ($57M approx. and it’s only in one country), one can imagine to do great things with it. I wonder though why does cancer research need so much money to find out for example that tobacco or alcohol is not good for your health and there are certain vitamins that are vital for the normal operation of cells, when this has been already known for a good while.

I am more inclined to listen to what the so-called alternative methods recommend, because I believe that by well-balanced nutrition with supplements if needed and a general good care of the body physically and mentally, one does not need to be afraid of even such a threatening disease as cancer. Therefore I intentionally didn’t referred here to alternative practices, natural remedies, viewpoints or products, only mentioned information provided by the standard medicine, which is adopted and promoted by governments of the developed countries.

Well, I am inviting you, dear reader, to look at the facts and the controversies they are giving and make up your own mind about it.