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  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
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  • 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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Can vitamins help prevent disease?

Dec 01, 2012

by Dr. Minggui Pan

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a good reminder that healthy eating – including a daily dose of fruit – is good preventive medicine. But we know it’s not always easy to get our recommended daily nutrients from the food we eat. For many, that means taking vitamin supplements. Well, if supplements are good for overall health, does that mean they could also help prevent disease?
There have been a number of studies on whether taking vitamins can help prevent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Most studies focus on individual vitamins, such as selenium or vitamin E, and have shown no real benefit. In fact, in one study, taking supplements was found to have some detrimental effect (see our December 2011 blog for details).

However, in 2011 a Physicians Health Study found that men who took one multivitamin a day had approximately 8% lower risk of cancer, compared to men who took a placebo. With results like these, it may be tempting to take more than one multivitamin a day in the hope of lowering your risk for cancer. However, when it comes to vitamins, more of a good thing is often too much and can cause serious side effects and health risks. For best results, stick to the recommended dosage.

While vitamins are beneficial in many ways, they are just one element of a healthy lifestyle. If you want to live longer, be healthier, and enjoy life more, below are some key ways to get started. But don’t feel like you need to overhaul your life in one day. Making small changes in your lifestyle can reduce your risk for certain cancers and start healthy habits that last a lifetime.

  • Kick butts—Cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of cancer. It’s never too late to quit smoking. If you or someone you know is looking for help kicking the habit, we can help. Visit " kp . org / quitsmoking" for tips, tools, and programs to help.
  • Move more—As long as you do it regularly, any physical activity can help you look and feel your best, and reduce your risk for uterine, colorectal, lung, breast, and liver cancers. Dance, walk, or swim ... just do whatever gets your heart rate thumping and aim for at least 150 minutes a week. Looking for ideas on getting more active? Visit "kp . org / fitness".
  • Lighten up—Those extra pounds can increase your risk of getting uterine, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. Cut out extra sugar and fast foods, eat mostly vegetables and fruit, and limit red and processed meats. Read those nutrition labels – you’d be surprised how much hidden sugar and fat there is in many foods. And skip the alcohol while you’re at it; alcohol increases risk of breast cancer for both men and women. For more tips on lightening up, visit "kp. org / weight". 

We wish you all the best and thrive.

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