Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Happiness and Surviving Cancer

Sep 01, 2010

We have heard a lot that a positive attitude can help you combat cancer. This is certainly true.

Women who stick to a regular exercise regimen of 30 minutes a day have a decreased incidence of depression after breast cancer treatment. Without a positive attitude it would not be possible to stick to such a regular exercise program.

We also believe a happy and strong mind helps you get through tough treatment for cancer and survive longer.

Recently, a study in mice provides interesting scientific evidence that all these sayings might actually be true. The paper was published in Cell, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world.

A group of scientists housed some mice in a large cage and provided the mice an enriched environment supplemented with running wheels, tunnels, igloos, huts, retreats, wood toys, a maze, and nesting material. In this environment, mice can play all the time in a large space with a variety of toys, and can interact with other mice in a group.

Compared to mice housed in a standard cage without the enriched environment, the mice that lived in the enriched environment lived longer despite suffering from cancer. Their cancer also grew slower. The scientists found that these mice made an increased amount of hormone in their brain called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). This hormone then stimulates expression of other genes to slow down cancer growth in their body.

In my spare time when I get a chance I like to listen to music especially classical music. My favorites are “New World  Symphony” by Dvořák, “Symphony Number 5” by Beethoven, and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. Listening to music makes me happy. When you have spare time, listen to your favorite music.

Interacting with friends and families certainly helps you to live a happier life, enhance your spirit, and help you combat cancer. Many patients go out of their way to do many charitable things to help others. They feel good at what they do and are happier. This certainly helps them to combat cancer as well.

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