There are many health risks — lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and being overweight, to name three. Still, most have one thing in common: They increase inflammation in our bodies. So what is inflammation, exactly? This column will explain the basics about inflammation: how it’s both helpful and harmful, and how to decrease it.
How inflammation can help and harm
Inflammation is not a …
In my column Alcohol and Cancer: You Can’t Drink to Your Health, we talked about the recent research that reaffirms the alcohol and breast cancer link — but also makes safe alcohol limits even lower than previously thought. Our column sparked a very good question from a community member:
This is a hard one for me because I really enjoy a glass …
A column by Melinda Beck in the November 1, 2011 Wall Street Journal gets right to the point: Regular drinking, even just two drinks a day, raises the risk of many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
The statistics she cites are sobering:
- Men who drink three or more drinks a day have a 41% higher risk of dying of cancer.
- Women who drink two
With the holiday party season coming up, it’s worth thinking about what’s in your glass when you’re celebrating. A glass of wine can bring out the flavor of many foods, and it can be hard to resist a champagne toast at midnight on New Year’s Eve. But alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer, especially in teen and tween girls whose breasts are developing …