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Our Lions Club meets at the LA VILLA Restaurant, 8109 Timberlake Rd., with Social Hour at 630p, and the meeting to start at 7pm.

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2014 / 2015 Officers & Members:

President:
Mac McGlothlin
1st Vice President:
Jerry Houck
Past President:
John Thilking
Secretary:
Helen Mueller
Treasurer:
Jerry Houck
Lion Tamer:
Ron Short
Tail Twister:
Barbara Slocum
Board Member:
Ray Mueller
Joe Slocum
Bill Wilson
Ken Horton
Bob Jenks
Pat Mullett
Membership Chair:
Lee Spradlin
Members:
Kathy Baer
Terry Briceland
Ron Cheatham
Tom Davis
Tommy Doukas
Helen Dudley
Karen Eberhardt
Jackie Hadden
Bill Hadden
Mitch Sr. Hooper
Eleanor Huntley
Rick Linthicum
Bob Morrison
Wade Parker
Ali Rasheed
Nadine Short
Frank Whitten
Dickie Wood
Terry Wood
Rusty Wood
Bill Wood
Gary Woodson

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About your Health

Lions work in many areas to help people in need and to get information out about those programs we are deeply involved with. This is a Service of Brookville Timberlake Lions Club to inform our community.

On this page you will find information about those things we care most about.

VISION

DIABETES

HEARING LOSS

OTHER HEALTH ISSUES

We have included links to get you more information on these areas. These links will take you to web sites full of information on these and other health issues

VISION

In the December 2007 issue of Prevention magazine...90 Seconds to Amazing Health section on "Keep your vision sharp"

www.prevention.com

Eat an egg. No offense meant to carrots, but research shows eggs are an even better source of the eye-friendly antioxidants known as carotenoids. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the crucial carotenoids for vision - the only ones that benefit the retina's fragile macula, which is responsible for central vision. Eggs don't contain as much lutein and zeaxanthin as dark green, leafy veggies, but your body is better able to absorb the antioxidants in eggs, says nutritional biochemist Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, at Tufts University. Worried about cholesterol? Don't be: Eating an egg a day increases blood levels of lutein (by 26%) and zeaxanthin (by 38%) without raising cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

Visit Eye Advisoty.com, This web site offeres an interactive approach to eye desease prevention and treatment.

EYE ADVISORY.com

Macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD (age-related macular degeneration), is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans aged 65 and older. Because older people represent an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss associated with AMD is a growing problem.

AMD occurs with degeneration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive. Because the macula primarily is affected in AMD, central vision loss may occur.

Archives of Ophthalmology in 2004 estimated that 1.75 million U.S. residents now have significant symptoms associated with age-related macular degeneration, with that number expected to grow to almost 3 million by 2020.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MACULAR DEGENERATION

DRUG TREATMENT SLOWS MACULAR VISION LOSS IN DIABETICS

A drug commonly used to slow the loss of central vision has shown promise in stemming a common precursor of blindness in diabetics, which involves the same central light-sensitive area of retina, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute scientists report. Over the course of several months of therapy, every patient in the preliminary Hopkins study could read at least two more lines on the standard eye chart and the thickness of the patients’ maculae, the central part of the retina responsible for seeing fine details, decreased an average of 85 percent.

DIABETES

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.

In order to determine whether or not a patient has pre-diabetes or diabetes, health care providers conduct a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG) or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). Either test can be used to diagnose pre-diabetes or diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends the FPG because it is easier, faster, and less expensive to perform.

With the FPG test, a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl signals pre-diabetes. A person with a fasting blood glucose level of 126 mg/dl or higher has diabetes.

In the OGTT test, a person's blood glucose level is measured after a fast and two hours after drinking a glucose-rich beverage. If the two-hour blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dl, the person tested has pre-diabetes. If the two-hour blood glucose level is at 200 mg/dl or higher, the person tested has diabetes.

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FACTS ON HEARING LOSS

Did you know?

• In Virginia, hearing loss affects more people than heart disease, cancer and blindness combined.

• 10% of Virginians have a hearing loss.

• 25% of Virginians over the age of 60 are hearing impaired.

• About 22 million Americans suffer from hearing impairments. Over half of these people have not had their hearing problems corrected.

• Hearing loss can affect anyone at any age, yet in many cases, hearing loss can be improved.

• Sensorineural Hearing Loss (nerve deafness) is the most common, preventable cause of irreversible hearing loss and its main cause is NOISE damage.

• Hearing loss, while seldom life threatening, is one of today’s most socially debilitating ailments effectively isolating a person within a full room of friends.

Facts that Everyone should know about NOISE

• Exposure to loud noise is the most common, preventable cause of irreversible hearing loss.

• Exposure may be occupational, recreational, may occur around the home, or may be environmental. Regardless of the source, or the age of the person exposed, loud noise can seriously damage the inner ear, causing permanent hearing loss.

• Noise levels of 90db or higher will damage your hearing permanently.

• Noise is TOO loud if a person must raise his voice to be heard at a normal conversational distance.

• Noise is TOO loud if you experience ringing in your ears after exposure.

• Noise is TOO loud if your hearing is muffled temporarily after exposure to loud noise.

• Whether a noise will damage your ears is not only dependent on its intensity, but also on how long one is exposed to it.

For example: you could use a small lawn mower for 4-6 hours per day and not suffer permanent damage, whereas exposure to large tractor noise for 1-2 hours or to a chain saw for only 15-30 minutes, or to a single gun blast, will cause serious injury to the inner ear hair cells which are vital for transforming sound waves into electrical signals for the brain; without these hair cells a person suffers permanent hearing loss.

• A person must realize the significant danger loud noise poses for the ear. It must also be appreciated that the hearing loss, due to noise, can occur slowly over years, but that it IS permanent.

• If noise cannot be avoided, hearing protectors should be used. The best protectors are ear muffs, which can be purchased in most sporting goods stores. Ear plugs, or custom-made ear molds can also be used and are effective. However, for ANY protector to be effective, it MUST be worn!

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NEWS FROM JOHN HOPKINS

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY (TRY THE KEY WORD) AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHN HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY.

Cancer Update from John Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract , etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc., are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts.

Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and arasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water, it is best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Florssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, minerals, EFAs, etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

PLEASE READ ON

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 Medical Center 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 CorningWare, 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 food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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