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Vegetables Lower Prostate Cancer

According to researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, prostate cancer risk is substantially reduced with the intake of vegetables.

Researchers studied 628 men aged 40 to 64 who had just been diagnosed with prostate cancer along with 602 men without prostate cancer. The men were questioned about their consumption of 99 food items over a 3 to 5 year period.

Their findings indicated that men who consumed 4 or more servings of vegetables per day had a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer compared with men who ate fewer than 2 servings per day. Also, men who ate 3 or more servings of cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower and broccoli) per week had a 41% decreased risk of prostate cancer compared with men who ate less than one serving per week, even after the researchers accounted for total vegetable intake.

Researchers stated that cruciferous vegetables, in particular, are high in substances called isothiocyanates, which activate enzymes that detoxify carcinogens. Although the strongest association in the study was between intake of cruciferous vegetables and lowered prostate cancer risk, researchers noted that eating a variety of vegetables is probably important in lowering the risk.Chiropractic Helpful For Arthritis

Findings from a recent study suggest that approximately two thirds of arthritis patients utilize alternative remedies for the treatment of their arthritis including herbs, chiropractor visits, high-dose vitamins, and elimination diets.

In the study, 232 arthritis patients living in North Carolina were surveyed. The participants had suffered from arthritis for an average of 10 years and over half of them reported experiencing severe arthritic pain. Of the respondents who relied on a single alternative method, 73% said that chiropractors were helpful.

Nearly half of the respondents reported turning to alternative therapy "because their prescribed medications were ineffective," noted researchers. In addition, many arthritis drugs, such as those used for rheumatoid arthritis, suppress the immune system and can lead to further serious problems.

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine 1999;131:409-416.