Thursday, March 8, 2007


The Dangers of Smoking
Each year, the third Thursday of November observes the great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The society hopes that this will raise the awareness of smokers of the many benefits to be gained by quitting smoking--not just on this one day, but at any time. Did you know--
Each year, 390,000 American die from the effects of smoking.
Cigarette smokers have more than twice the risk of heart attack.
Cigarette smokers have two to four times the chance of cardiac arrest.
Giving up smoking rapidly reduces the risk of heart disease. After a number of years, the risk of heart disease diminishes to the same level as a person who has never smoked.
A pregnant woman who smokes increases her baby's chances of infant crib death.
If you smoke, quit. And if you don't smoke, don't start. And remember, avoid long-term exposure to smoke and protect children from it.


Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
Hepatitis B vaccine is available for all age groups to prevent hepatitis B virus infection.


Deep Red to Pink
A powerful antioxidant called lycopene. This chemical seeks cell damaging free radicals and destroys them. It also reduces the risk of prostrate cancer and protects against lung and heart disease.
Shades of Green
Rich in phytochemicals. Deep greens have carotenoids that protect eyes and retinas. May reduce the risk of cancerous tumor growth. Also contain folate, which reduces risks of birth defects as well as cancer blocking chemicals that inhibit the actions of carcinogens.
Full of beta-carotene that enhances immune system and protects retinas. It also helps protect skin cells from damage and aids in the repair of damaged DNA. Rich in Folate and Vitamin B, which prevents birth defects. Some lighter colored fruits provide beta cryptothanxin that helps fend off heart disease.
High in essential vitamins such as manganese and Vitamin C and a natural enzyme bromelain. This substance aids in digestion and reduces bloating. Also a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin that strongly reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Blue and Purple
Contain antioxidants called anthocyanins that are believed to delay cellular aging and protect the heart from blood clot formations. They are also packed with phytochemicals that defend the body from harmful carcinogenic substances. Blue-purple colored produce is high in fiber and potassium.
Contains allicin that has antitumor properties.