“He who treads lightly goes far.” — Chinese proverb
Disclaimer: The following information should not be considered medical advice. For medical advice please speak with your personal physician.
- Avoid prolonged immobilization. If you need to stay seated for long periods of time, take a break and walk around a bit as often as possible. If you cannot do this, at least do some leg exercises in the chair to keep the blood in your leg veins flowing.
- Don’t ignore unexplained weight loss, pain, lumps or bleeding.
- Most important for many types of cancer: Don’t Smoke!
- Watch your weight. Obesity is linked to cancer of the breast, colon and stomach.
- Ask your doctor about screening tests such as mammography or colonoscopy.
- Keep your weight under control.
- Get adequate exercise.
- Get your blood sugar checked. One-third of people with diabetes in the US don’t even know they have it.
- If you have diabetes, checking your feet daily for signs of injury infections is the best way to prevent amputations.
- Eat a high fiber diet consisting of plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t strain when having a BM.
Gastritis and Stomach Ulcers
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
- Avoid cocaine and other stimulants.
- Avoid or minimize use of anti-inflammatory pain medications.
- If you have been doing all of the above and used antacid medications and nothing is working, see your doctor. You may have an H. pylori infection or another disease.
- Limit intake of alcohol, meat and shellfish.
- Ask your doctor if new medications could worsen your gout.
- Increased intake of dairy products may be protective.
- Stop smoking.
- Make sure your blood pressure is adequately controlled (many people don’t know they have hypertension).
- Make sure diabetes is adequately controlled (about a third of people with diabetes don’t know they have it).
- Get your cholesterol checked.
- Eat healthy. Obesity is predicted to soon overtake smoking as the number one culprit for preventable death.
- If you have unexplained chest pain, especially if it occurs with exertion, see a doctor immediately.
- Wash your hands.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Don’t scratch or pick your skin.
- Make sure your adult vaccines are up to date, especially the influenza and pneumovax shots.
- Never use injection drugs. Sharing needles results in HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and other serious systemic infections.
- Eat healthy.
- For certain types of kidney stones eat the following foods in moderation: berries & beets, chocolate & nuts, coffee & tea, soy & spinach – as they may contain high amounts of oxalates.
- Don’t smoke
- Avoid: ripened cheeses including cheddar and brie, herring, chocolate, pickled foods, nuts, sourdough bread, lima beans, snow peas. monosodium glutamate, aspartame, pissa, salami, pepperoni, pate.
- Limit: sour cream, figs, raisins, papaya, avocado, red plums, citrus, bananas, caffeine, alcohol.
- Eat less junk.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Drink less soda.
- Drink more water.
- Excercise more.
- If you need to buy a book or get a trainer to accomplish the above by all means do so.
- Avoid these foods: Citrus, Mint, Coffee, Tomato, Chocolate, Alcohol
- Avoid these meds: Nitrates, Calcium blockers, progesterones, beta blockers
- Don’t start
- Quit. Make a plan. If you don’t succeed on your own keep trying or get help from your doctor or call 1-800-NOBUTTS
- Keep your blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol under good control .
- If you have a “TIA” which is a warning for a stroke seek medical care. immediately. The most common symptoms of a TIA are a transient loss of vision, strength, balance or speech.
- Don’t smoke.
- If you have a heart arrhythmia called “atrial fibrillation” you probably will need to take blood thinners.
Trauma & Injury
- Head injury is the number one cause of traumatic death. Use a helmet.
- Be careful with knives.
- Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Beware of glass. Many serious lacerations are due to broken glass.
- Don’t drive drowsy. Get a good nights sleep. (Try reading a book).