AN ASPIRIN A DAY…Both my mother and father died due to reasons related to cancer. My mother unfortunately was a lifelong smoker and she succumbed due to complications of her addiction to nicotine. My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on 9/11/2001, so that date evokes many feelings in me. My mother’s cancer related death probably could not have been avoided considering her development of secondary complications. Interestingly, she was never diagnosed with lung cancer. My father’s pancreatic cancer appears to have been just one of those things. The bad luck of that particular celestial draw. I know as a nurse, (bet you didn’t know I am an RN) that there is a genetic component and predisposition to developing pancreatic cancers. This scares me a little so I have adopted a lifestyle that hopefully will turn the odds in my favor and that I will not develop this disease. Part of this strategy is the prophylactic use of aspirin.
That brings me to the reason for this article. I wanted to impress upon you the benefits that you can get from taking a very common medication to help you prevent the developments of some cancers. That ‘miracle’ drug is known as ASPIRIN. Yes, aspirin has been cited as possibly reducing the risk of certain cancers as well as its medicinal value in reducing some risks associated with heart disease. I take a baby aspirin daily.
Some cancers are known to develop as a result of inflammation and lo and behold, aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug. Now, other anti-inflammatories such as acetaminophen commonly known as Tylenol or Ibuprophen (Motrin) have not been identified as having the same positive effects as aspirin on these cancers. These other medications are also associated with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), that when over used (even one time overdose), can cause liver damage. I advise caution in their use.
With the use of ALL medications, prescribed or over the counter (OTC), please consult you physician and pharmacist for the proper amount, use and appropriateness of the medication to your body’s specific needs.
I am recommending that you speak with your doctor to see if you may benefit from using a baby aspirin daily or as prescribed, to reap the rewards of this drug. If you DO NOT have any indications that would prevent you from taking a baby aspirin, there is the chance that you could benefit from this medication. Remember that ALL medications have side effects; possible food and drug interactions and you must decide if the benefits outweigh the risks (boy, do I sound like one of those commercials we all hate!). PLEASE, do your homework and study about the effects of this and all medications you are taking. You should not adopt this single intervention in your lifestyle and good health strategy for cancer prevention. Exercise and a healthy diet may be equally effective in combating this and many other diseases.
I think that science is developing in this realm of cancer prevention and it appears that aspirin is indeed the ‘wonder drug’ that it was envisioned to be.
To your good health!
Kurt H. Leggard, RN
(Disclaimer: I do not hold any stock in any pharmaceuticals that have been mentioned in this article so I have no conflicts of interest)
April is Autism Awareness month …last year 2012 the Flying Point Foundation for Autism along with Southampton Hospital and Suffolk County Department of Emergency Medical Service offered a free workshop called Autism Awareness for the First Responder. It was so well-received they are doing it again this year on April 6, 2013 Free Workshop Interacting with Individuals with Autism at Hampton Bays Middle School. First responders will receive credit toward mandatory professional training.
This year they have expanded the day to include an afternoon session geared toward law enforcement, security and school support personnel (security, food service, transportation, aides).
The presenter is the father of a child with autism/Downs. He’s an EMT, firefighter and the course was developed in Massachusetts by another firefighter/father of a child with autism and it was featured last year on The Today Show. Doctors and nurses would most certainly benefit from this course, as well as office staff etc.
Southampton, NY: February is American Heart Month but more than love is in the air. This year be good to your heart on Valentine’s Day, and give it some much needed exercise. A healthy heart is one of the most profound benefits of exercise and volumes of research now show that even a mild amount of daily activity can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and many other diseases and conditions. As you and your valentine consider the years you’ll be spending together in loving bless, consider that heart disease is the number one killer of men AND WOMEN in the U.S. So before you indulge in that box of chocolates or decadent dinner with your sweetie, plan for what’s really important, a healthy heart and a healthy life together.
Contributor: Jeffrey Thayer – JT, is a certified personal trainer with ACSM and ACE as well as a TPI certified Golf Fitness Instructor. JT is also a tennis and sports conditioning specialist.
Greetings Hamptons MouthPiece Readers…the biggest advantage parents can give their kids each day is making sure they stay active at least 60 minutes each day. Studies show that physical activity can not only help the kids stay healthy, it can enhance important skills like concentration and problem solving which can improve academic performance. This means physical activity can help your kids in the most important game of all…LIFE.
Hamptons: New Wellness Walking Groups…Greetings Hamptons MouthPiece readers..it really is never fun to walk alone…stay motivated and walk with a group. Join the East Hampton or Southampton walking group.
Walk into wellness with one of our new wellness walking groups!
East Hampton Winter Wellness Walkers will meet on Thursdays at 11 AM at the YMCA REC Center. Wellness Walkers are welcome to walk on the treadmills. You don’t need to be a member of the Y to walk, just let them know at the front desk that you are part of the Wellness Walkers group.
Southampton Walking Group at SYS will meet at the indoor track on Tuesdays at 10 AM beginning January 8th. Let them know at the front desk that you are a member of the Wellness Walkers group.
(special thanks to the Wellness foundation of East Hampton for content)