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Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D. ecomii.com
July 9, 2015
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

A new report shows that global spending on cancer drugs reached $100 billion last year – a 10.3 percent increase from 2013. Experts predict that, at this rate, spending on cancer medicine will reach $147 billion by 2018.

But, we could potentially save billions by halting the rise of lifestyle cancers. Approximately one-third of cancer cases are preventable, according to the World Health Organization. And the American Institute for Cancer Research states that a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes can prevent an estimated 340,000 cancer cases per year.

Physicians Committee doctors and dietitians released a list of six dietary recommendations to help individuals lower their cancer risk. Read the recommendations below to learn how you can help improve your health. After all, prevention is the best form of treatment! …read more of Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer here

 
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Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 24, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Pets, Vegan, Vegetarian, Weight Control

 

Travis Oser 13 Year old Vegetarian Labrador Retriever

People choose what they eat based on their belief system, which can include health, environmental, cultural or religious ideals; decisions that carry over to what they feed their family and their pets.

In addition to health, ecological and religious concerns, vegetarians and particularly vegans are repulsed by meat consumption and driven by compassion for animals, non-violence and economics.

Oftentimes the more distance we place between ourselves and anything the more objective we become. People sometimes choose a vegetarian lifestyle for one reason, health, religion, or animal rights and later connect with other reasons for doing so along the way.

A 2006 report from the National Research Council stated that a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with Vitamin D is healthy for dogs. Commercial dry food products provide the high levels of protein, …read more of Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds here

 
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How Phytates Fight Cancer Cells

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 15, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Vegan

Phytate is a compound found in beans, grains, nuts and seeds. The average daily intake of phytate in vegetarian diets is about twice that of those eating a mixed diet of plant and animal foods, which may help explain their low cancer rates. Aside from helping to prevent helping to prevent cancer dietary phytate has been reported to help prevent kidney stone formation and to protect against diabetes mellitus, dental cavities and heart disease.

Do all these potentially beneficial effects sound too good to be true? Are there other examples of compounds made by plants that can have benefits across multiple diseases? Yes! Aspirin, for example, found throught the plant kingdom may also account for a variety of plant-based benefits. Video: Aspirin in Plant Foods

But of all the things phytates can do, the anticancer properties of phytate (aka phytic acid, IP6, or inositol hexaphosphate), is considered one of its most important benefits.

…read more of How Phytates Fight Cancer Cells here

 
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Save Money, Get Healthy and Eliminate Package Waste… Deliciously

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 11, 2015
File under: Green Lifestyle Tips, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Packaging, by its very nature is disposable. Meant to be tossed away… and is either the first or last thing we do when handing consumer goods.

Choosing products with less packaging and especially that which is recyclable or compostable can make an important impact, but can we do better? Can we decrease waste pollution at the source?

The best way to dispose of waste is to reduce the amount generated at the source. This lessens costs associated with recycling, solid waste disposal and landfills.

Source reduction is waste prevention and the first line of defense against the proliferation of waste. Eliminating waste before it has been created minimizes resources that are used in the production and delivery of goods. …read more of Save Money, Get Healthy and Eliminate Package Waste… Deliciously here

 
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9 Delicious Vegan Cookout Recipes, Planet Friendly and Cruelty-Free

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 5, 2015
File under: Barbecue, Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

 

All over America, grills are being readied as backyard chefs are gearing up for another weekend cookout. The summer barbecue season is upon us and  preparing healthful and delicious meals has never been easier!

Choosing a meatless menu can be one of the most important choices you can make for yourself, your family and for the planet.

Check out our green grilling tips and choose from these delicious dishes made with wholesome and heart-healthy foods that please the palate and satisfy even the heartiest appetite. …read more of 9 Delicious Vegan Cookout Recipes, Planet Friendly and Cruelty-Free here

 
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