Athletes tragic dreams cut down because doping and cancer kill athletes cruelly.
A few days ago, while I was working at the computer, I remembered one of the Karate champions, “Andy Hug”.
I have been doing Karate for many years in the past.
It is more than ten years that I have abandoned it because I didn’t have time.
I’m a big fan of Karate champions and Andy Hug was the top ranked one.
While I was checking the web pages and enjoying the Andy’s videos, a sentence attracted my attention: “Andy passed away on August 2000”.
I felt so sorry for him and thought he was passed away because of an accident or something like that but when I read he died because of leukemia.
It was a really big shock for me!
I could not believe that it is possible for such a strong champion to be defeated by leukemia.
Leukemia has different kinds;
Moreover, when I read that article I’ve notice that it took only a few days from the day that he was diagnosed with leukemia until the day that he passed away.
Couldn’t believe it and I became dead shocked and could not do anything for few hours.
What a fulminate disease! 🙁
I made more researches over the web and found out that some people believe that Andy was on steroids.
Furthermore, I really do not know and could not find anything to confirms this idea but with all due respect to Andy Hug, I think it can be true because leukemia in such a healthy champion should be triggered and intensified by something unusual.
There is a lot of ordinary people involved in different kinds of leukemia but many of them can survive.
So why shouldn’t such a strong man be able to survive and dies so fast and easy?
Anyway, it can be true or false and I am not going to judge about Andy.
He is too big to be accused for these things but I told you about the storm I had in my mind after I read that news.
The thing is that he died in 2000 and I did not know.
Let’s See If It Is Really Possible That Athletes Die Because of Doping
Doping has become so usual in sports because athletes love to win and defeat their competitors but does it really worth?
I know two different kinds of doping very well but there are some other kinds too.
- One of them is called blood doping that can be so dangerous and cause immediate heart arrest and death.
In this kind of doping, they remove some blood from the athlete a few days before the competition, condense the red blood cells and enrich them with loads of oxygen and then this blood will be injected to him/her few minutes or hours before the race.
This amount of blood which is enriched with oxygen can create an extraordinary energy in the athlete.
Although I think this kind of doping can not cause blood cancer but it is so dangerous because it imposes a fatal pressure on heart and lungs and other organs.
- Another kind of doping is done mostly by anabolic steroids that act like the steroid hormone, testosterone: Nandrolone, tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), stanozolol, androstenedione, DHEA.
This kind of doping doesn’t have any instant effect but it works in long term and intensifies muscle production for the athletes.
We all have steroids in our body but they are at the normal level which is necessary for the normal body functions but extra amount of these materials can cause serious problems.
I have already mentioned in two of my other articles that steroids can intensify the growth and propagation of tumor cells but it seems higher levels of these materials can cause cancer and specially blood cancer, leukemia.
After I researched to find the side effects of the anabolic agents.
There are some side effects like;
- kidney damage
- development of breasts
- premature baldness
- shrinking and hardening of testicles
- sterility and impotence
- Increased aggression and sexual appetite in men and development of male features, including facial hair
- Deepening of the voice
- Irregular periods
- Increase aggression in women.
I have not been able to find anything relevant to doping and blood cancer or even any other kind of cancer but I am sure one day it will be announced that anabolic agents can cause cancer.
There are some other kinds of doping…
Fortunately all kinds of doping are seriously banned in sports and athletics and there are a lot of doping control and testing to find the violating athletes.
There are penalties for doping and all the athletes know this but many of them still do it.
It can help the athletes to win sometimes but it causes them to lose many things: their health, beauty, credit and reputation if they get caught and finally their life.
I wish Andy was still alive. May he rest in peace, Amen!
The rest of this article contains useful information about cancer and natural remedy of treating cancer, please read it entirely.
Coping with Physical Changes After Cancer Treatment
After being diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment is the vicitm’s main area of concern and worry.
Once he settles for the type of treatment he wants to opt for, the treatment begins.
And after the patient undergoes the treatment successfully, the immediate next worry is again right at the door step.
That of dealing with the physical changes or appearance after the treatment.
Which ever type of treatment may the patient opt for, side effects will always be there.
Because the treatment is very harsh in case of cancer and therefore it is bound to leave scars.
The possible side effects of treatment cancer are;
- weight change
- hair loss
- change in skin color to name a few.
It’s time to see a doctor if patient experience the following things during the day.
- Inability to eat continuously for one or two days
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty in urinating normally for one or two days
- Severe swelling
- Blown-up belly
- Gaining or losing weight more than 5 pounds in 1 week
- Excessive thirst
- Dry skin
- Swollen ankle.
Hair loss is another such physical changes after cancer treatment experienced by majority of people after and during cancer treatment.
This happens because during chemotherapy, drugs reach various parts and organs of the body to destroy cancer cells, and some of these drugs cause damage to hair follicles, causing the hair to fall.
In general hair loss starts to occur in two-three weeks after chemotherapy treatment is started and goes on increasing till 1 to 2 months after the therapy starts.
It sometimes also comes out in clumps overnight or while shampooing or brushing hair.
Re-growth of the hair lost, in majority of the cases begins before therapy is over.
Radiation Therapy and Hair Loss
Like chemotherapy, radiation therapy also results in scalp hair loss.
But there is a difference.
Unlike hair loss during chemotherapy treatment, hair loss as a result of radiation treatment may not grow back naturally.
A wig is such cases are the most common solution.
It is very normal for a patient undergoing cancer treatment to feel distressed and disturbed about the loss of hair.
And in case of chemotherapy the patient takes solace in the fact that the hair in all probabilities will grow back.
Should `Cancer in the Family Keep You on High Alert?
Not as a rule. Approximately 50,000 studies have been conducted on cancer in the year 2005 and some of the `relevant to the topic researches found that 90 percent of cancer cases are not about cancer in the family.
However, an outcome of triggers caused by;
- Too much exposure to harsh sun-rays
- and viruses like hepatitis B.
So even though it may look like cancer “runs in the family,” it may not really hold much ground.
Sometimes when cancer is being discussed at length it scares us.
Because it seems like everything under the sun can give you cancer.
The pollution in the air, the preservatives in food, asbestos in environment and contamination and chemicals in water.
All these can seemingly be the cause of that dreadful disease we do not even want to think about.
The scene is quite scary because considering, all of us breathe, drink water and eat junk or ready-to-cook food, sooner or alter we should all get affected with it.
But only some of us do.
Have You Wondered Why Only Some of Us Get Affected with Cancer While Others Don’t?
Researchers are working on this question so that they can make sense of why our own body cells sometimes turn against us and become the cause of cancer.
Research institutes estimate that approximately just 10 % of cancer is caused because of genes that get passed down from one family member to another.
For example in colon cancer, inheritance factor may play primary role in about 3 to 5 percent of those who get affected by the disease.
Prostate cancer – 10 percent is because of genes or inheritance. In Breast Cancer the inheritance percentage may go up to 5 to 10 percent.
If you have a family where cancer runs then the first step that you are expected to take is the timely visits to the doctor so that if at all you are affected with it, it can be diagnosed early and can be treated before it goes out of control.
What triggers cancer after all?
Well age, geographical location, diet, viral infection and smoke are the main triggers.
How to avoid it?
Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, avoid smoking and polluted environment, don’t depend too much on supplements, practice safe sex and stay physically active.
Don’t believe everything you read or hear about unless you have checked it with your doctor.
It is read and said that supplements of beta-carotene can cut your risk of cancer but in reality they may actually make lung cancer more likely in smokers.
Will Breast Saving Therapy and Treatment Work Better Than Mastectomy?
Ask your doctor.
Let him decide what will go better with your body.
Take a second opinion about everything.
Because when we are talking about cancer – we are talking about life and death.
How Does Neem Help with Cancer?
Its Latin name is Azadirachta indica but it is more popularly known as neem and is found in abundance in India and other Asian nations.
Neem has been researched thoroughly and scientists are now cautiously calling it the wonder plant.
Briefly, neem has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help with mouth or gum diseases and also act against sexually transmitted diseases.
It also has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help in fighting athletes foot and arthritis.
Studies conducted in Malaysia, Thailand, and India show that neem helps to boost antioxidant levels and thus protects against liver damage and carcinogens.
Neem also helps in the treatment for malaria and diabetes.
What Part Of Neem Can Be Use?
All parts of the neem tree can be used such as the fruit, seeds, bark, oil, roots, and leaves.
Neem’s cures for many diseases have been described but these have to be independently confirmed by clinical research trials.
In vitro and preclinical studies have come up with some spectacular results but a lot more research needs to be carried out before neem can be recommended for human use.
Neem has many active compounds that work together through different mechanisms.
This feature highlights its potent effect on cancers.
An important mechanism that has been discovered is programmed cell death in which cancer cells are directly killed.
This enables a process called cross
-priming because the apoptosis allows the body’s immune system cells to start identifying and destroying the cancer cells.
Research has shown that neem produces glutathione, which is a carcinogen-detoxyfing enzyme and is one of the antioxidants that neem produces.
Chiefly, the research on neem shows that it works effectively in human cell lines and animal models.
These include: lung, cancer, stomach, skin, prostate, and breast cancer, among others.
Studies with neem have thrown up results showing that pre-treatment with it is highly effective as a protection against cancer.
While it is efficacious as a stand-alone treatment, research also shows that it increases the positive effects while reducing the side effects of some traditional cancer treatments.
Neem has been used and tested on quite a few cancers. Neem-based creams have been used to treat skin cancer and it has been taken internally also to test its effect on lymphocytic cancer.
Indian, Japanese, and European scientist have discovered that the neem bark and seeds and oil contain polysaccharides and liminoids that helped to reduce tumors and were efficacious against lymphocytic leukaemia.
Neem Leaf Extract Prevents Cancer
Results from another research showed that neem leaf extract prevents cancer cells from spreading to other body cells.
Which means that cancer cannot spread so easily to other parts of the body and can be more easily destroyed.
Research is still ongoing about the effects of neem and it is still an alternative treatment that can be taken alongside more conventional cancer treatment.
Patients with cancer can volunteer for clinical trials to study the results of neem on cancer.
But do consult your physician before going in for any kind of alternative treatment that includes neem or other herbs.
Should Cancer Patients Do Their Own Cancer Related Research
In my opinion cancer patients can and should do their own cancer related research.
I strongly feel that people who are suffering from cancer and are (as long as) physically capable of doing it should go ahead and gather as much information as they can.
It could be related to both; finding out about new treatment options or doing away with the old time or obsolete treatment options.
The knowledge thus acquired will help the cancer patients understand their situation better.
They will get a better and a more realistic insight into the disease vis-vis their physical condition.
There are both disadvantages as well as advantages of doing your own cancer related researches are many.
The first advantage is that the knowledge gained on your own can help you understand the type of cancer you are suffering from better and can even save your life or improve quality of life.
Of course you have a doctor who is looking after your case.
But remember like you’ve just heard the word case.
You are a mere case as far as your doctor is concerned and he many have many such cases at hand.
And with probably each one of these cases he has to deal with differently.
When I say this I hardly want to mean that they are careless or casual or do not treat you like you deserve to be treated and looked after.
All I am trying to tell you is that your doctor may not have enough time to spare to learn about each and every new development and technological advances which are happening in all the types of cancer cases he is handling.
And it actually makes more sense for you to research your own cancer type and discuss it with your doctor when such a need or doubt arises.
You as a patient have to find out only about one particular type of cancer, which is simpler than it is for doctor to know about every type.
Same advantage can be seen in different and adverse light altogether.
This knowledge may be intimidating, confusing and can come in the way of doctor’s treatment.
Your asking too many questions (sometimes uncalled for) to the doctor after reading and researching cancer may not always be a welcome idea.
Again during your own research you may come across a doctor who is an expert in treating the type of cancer you or your loved one has been diagnosed with.
When you research you understand about the treatments and symptoms better and dealing with cancer at emotional level becomes far easier.
You are in better control of situation. Research and knowledge gives you confidence.
You make informed decision- without feeling helpless.
Again the flip side of it says your decisions though informed can be wrong because cancer is what you or your loved one is suffering from.
It is not a subject you can claim authority on.
You may spend endless hours researching but ultimately realize what your doctor is saying is right.
Sometimes may really not be a better treatment option or quality of life that you are experiencing already.
Therefore this research can result into waste of time as well as confusing.
There are advantages and disadvantages. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to do some research or leave everything to the doctor.
It’s a call that you have to take.
In your comfort and confidence lies the key to how positively you take the treatment and deal with the disease.
The more positive you are, the better you will respond to the treatment and your quality of life will thus be better.
Alternative option of treating cancer with natural remedy can be happening by using the neem.