Thursday, February 23, 2017

LONG ISLAND'S CANCER CLUSTER


There are certain areas that seem to have higher rates of cancer as compared to other locations in the U.S. When there are a concentration of cancer cases among the residents of a certain geographical location within a specified period of time, it is known as a cancer cluster. Therefore, it becomes necessary to study and determine whether there is something within that particular area that is causing cancer amongst the residents.
Cancer is a common disease in New York and according to the NYSDOH (New York State Department of Health), the probability of a female developing cancer is one out of three in New York. While for males, the probability is one out of two. Most common types of cancer clusters in New York are: breast Cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.

New York Long Island Cancer Cluster Research Progress

In New York, cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths. According to New York State’s Department of Health, approximately 100,000 people in the region are diagnosed with cancer.  The Department of Health started an initiative known as the “Cancer Surveillance Improvement Initiative” in 1998 to enhance the surveillance and research activities by the State of New York to identify cancer clusters in certain communities and the various factors that may have caused it. The initiative is also known as the “cancer mapping project”.

The initiative was taken because there were several cancer related incidences in the various communities of New York and the people started writing letters to the Cancer Surveillance Program of NYSDOH, requesting investigation.

What Does the Cancer Mapping Project Do?

The Cancer Map doesn’t reveal the exact reason why there are greater chances for a person living in a certain area to have a high or a low chance of developing cancer. Neither does it disclose whether there is a particular environmental facility that is contributing toward the disease. The map displays the people in a five-year time span, who have been diagnosed with cancer and their residences. The areas where the cancer occurrences are high and low are highlighted. The map, however, does show the environmental facilities in the vicinity.

Studies about Different Types of Cancers on Long Island

There have been several studies conducted to discover the relationship between the spatial patterns of the geographical location and the occurrence of cancer clusters like breast cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer in Long Island, New York. 
One of the most prominent studies was conducted by Dunrie Greiling and Geoffrey Jacquez in a two part research study. The first part identifies the so-called cancer “hotspots” and “spatial outliers” while the second part compares the morbidity ratios with the data obtained by the NYSDOH. The research was conducted to elucidate the impact of the various cancer risk factors due to air toxins.

Read about the different types of cancer clusters in Long Island, New York and the ongoing research below:

1. BREAST CANCER
The breast cancer rates in Long Island are higher than in other places in the US. The research and awareness about breast cancer started in 1980s. A multi study research initiative was established in Long Island known as, “Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project”.  The LIBCSP particularly focuses on those counties where the incidences are the greatest. These include Connecticut County, Tolland County, and several of the counties in New York.
With the initial concept by the LIBCS, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) developed a tool called GIS-H (Geographical Information System for Health) to examine the cancer incidences and realize if it has been triggered by the environment.

2. LUNG CANCER
Lung Cancer is one of the leading cancers that cause the most deaths in both the male and female population of Long Island, New York.  The Lung Cancer Center is a leading cancer program situated in the metropolitan area of New York. Several state of the art technologies and pioneering clinical trials are done to treat lung cancer here. The Center for Tobacco Control further helps the citizens of Long Island to quit smoking with the greatest success rate in the US.

3. COLORECTAL CANCER
This type of cancer was discovered to be the third most common type of cancer in New York. The stark reality about colorectal cancer is that it isn’t identified until the last stages in most situations. Previously, it was thought the increased exposure to ionizing radiation increased the chances of only developing colon cancer and not rectum cancer. Later on, the cancer was being linked with increased asbestos level.

Now, scientists are investigating whether the cancer is linked with type II diabetes. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center conducts research and clinical trials pertinent to several different types of cancers. Colorectal cancer case studies and trials are also done here.

Reference



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DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

This article is produced and written by the writing team at IMMUNOLOGY TODAY- The Official Newsletter of Integrative Medicine of N.Y. of Westbury NY-- Edited and co-published by Dr. Jesse A. Stoff exclusively for the purposes of this blogpost (Immunology Today) and rejuvenatesoliutions.com The publisher(s) hold all rights (c) to all elements, images and content herein.  All distribution, sharing or re-posting of this article is only with the express permission from Dr. Stoff and Integrative Medicine of NY (formerly Linchitz Medical Wellness). 265 Post Ave. Suite 380 Westbury, NY 11590  |  516.759.4200  |  www.StoffImmunology.com.   Rejuvenate! is a registered trademark of Intermedia Communications Ltd. All written content in this newsletter is produced by the Stoff Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) exclusively for private distribution at the Integrative Medicine of NY ©2016- All Rights Reserved.

DISCLAIMER: Integrative Medicine of NY (formerly Linchitz Medical Wellness) and Dr. Jesse A. Stoff make no claims pertaining to any of the institutions or funding information listed, make no warranty or guarantee of funding, and bear no responsibility and disclaim any liability for the privacy of communications or the outcome of any applications for the listed resources. No further information about any of the institutions nor funding programs (other than the links and contact information listed here) is available.  Written content provided in this article/blog is for informational purposes only; consult your physician before making any changes to your treatment plan.

Friday, February 3, 2017

HEALTHY DRINKING WATER + A PERSONAL RESEARCH

REPORT ON QUALITY OF WATER FOR LIFE
By: Dr. Jesse Stoff
According to the Beatles, all you need is love. But as a physician, I find that it takes more than that to have a healthy life and lifestyle, such as good quality food and good quality clean water. Today, we're going to discuss the quality of the water that you drink.


Water is all around us as you know, most of the planet is covered by it, but good quality, clean water, that supports the quality of your life, your health, helps your body with detoxification is a little bit harder to find now a days because of all the pollutants that are in our environment. These pollutants come from the various sources of industry, but there's various natural pollutants that wind their way up in the water as well, such as radon and other chemicals and heavy metals that we find very deep within our planet. Years ago, I had some experience with a little town in Nevada, called Fallon. Fallon wound up on the map for a very notorious reason, in that all of a sudden, kids in that town started getting leukemia. And research showed that the reason that they got the leukemia was because of a poison, a toxin, a form of arsenic that wound up in the water that was dumped there by an Air Force Base miles away from this town, but wound it's way up into the aquifer, in any case.

The quality of the water that we drink is very, very important. Places like New Jersey have made national headlines because of the lead in the water that they found in some of their schools. So that even if we pump clean water out of the ground, if the infrastructure that gets it from the well to your tap is aged and contaminated breaking down lead pipes etc., you can still get sick over a period of time as a result of it. Water serves many, many important purposes in our body. Of course, we need it for a normal hydration for the enzymes in our body and every cell of our body to work normally to allow for all the different biochemical reactions that keep us above ground. Water helps with detoxification, and helps your kidney to wash toxins, things your body doesn't need anymore, from normal metabolism or from things that we've been exposed to that it doesn't want, washes them out of your system. Water for a lot of people, such as myself, just tastes good; I enjoy drinking it.

So we want to drink good quality clean water. Unfortunately, it's not so easy as just turning on your tap. In many places of the country, because of the reasons I said with the infrastructure issues, local mining operations, toxins that were dumped into the area such as here in Long Island and New York, there was a big contamination in our aquifer from the aerospace industry in the '50s, and there are problems like this all over our country. So we have to take a little bit of personal responsibility and filter the water. If you filter the water with a decent quality, multi-stage filter, you can vastly improve its quality by removing dissolved solvents and dissolved solids, and other chemicals that can lead to toxic effects in our body. There are many multi-stage water filters on the market today. The one I steer my patients towards is one that has many stages to it. It also has a little meter, where you can measure the quality of the water that comes out of the filter and measure the quality of the water of any other water source that you wish to drink from as well.

Bottled water is often a good source too. There are many good bottled water companies that we can find. And it's always prudent and safe to look for some third-party analysis of these bottled waters if you're going to be drinking a lot of it over a period of time. Detoxification's particularly important if somebody's trying to fight a severe or chronic disease. Because as a result of medications that they take, or therapies that they're given, or just the disease process, new toxins will accumulate in the body at a very alarming and fast rate if we're not drinking enough water to help wash these toxins out of our body. As a ballpark range, we often look to drink about half an ounce to an ounce per pound of body weight. Half an ounce is usually enough for most people. But if somebody's particularly ill or exposed to a lot of toxic materials, such as chemotherapy for example, you may want to drink a little bit more and wash the stuff out a little bit faster, have a few fewer side effects, and have a little higher quality of life. Water is all around us, but having the kind of water that keeps us above ground can sometimes be a challenge to find. Getting a good quality filter for your use and the use of your family is an important, prudent, and responsible thing that each of us should do. 

This is Dr. Jesse Stoff. Have a great day.

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PART 1: MY PERSONAL FILTER TEST  - By: Karyn Anderesen
You can go nuts trying to shop for the perfect water filter for the kitchen.  For months, I have explored just about every kind of filtration system and clean-water solution from a $3000 ionizer, a $2800 reverse osmosis system, a commercial water delivery to one of those $10 attachments to your faucet.  The health concerns of what's in the water and metals in our pipes plus the whole 'Long Island Cancer Cluster' scare tells me it's time to take this water thing seriously.


























COMPARATIVE STUDY VS. THE THE ZERO DIFFERENCE
So I asked Dr. Jesse Stoff (onco-immunologist) what filter he uses at home.  I was SHOCKED when he told me he's using a $40 product... the ZERO WATER FILTER.  Because I was prepared to spend thousands on my family's safety, my first thought was that he was giving me the economical solution - but when he explained the Zero system, it made complete sense. No plumbing, no big contraption- just a simple filter in a pitcher.  The difference is that the Zero filter has a 5-stage filtration system (where others only have 2) and that it's the ONLY filter certified to remove 100% of LEAD, CHROMIUM as well as other contaminants like fluoride, chloride, mercury, pcb, arsenic and DDT.  Also, Zero is the only filter on the market that comes with its own TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Tester to detect how many particulates and contaminants are in the water.  This tool is crucial in letting you know just how safe (or not) your drinking water truly is- and when it's time to replace the filter.

CONTAMINANTS
Toxins, impurities and contaminants found in tap water are all known to make you sick - when taken for a long enough period of time.  Municipal water works in most or all counties bring their water through an involved disinfecting process, then filtering it to remove pathogens while testing for bacteria such as cryptosporidium, giardia viruses and other organic chemicals. In suburban and rural areas, a common threat is from pesticide runoffs and lawncare chemicals seeping directly into the aquifer.  This is known to weaken our immune system and could cause cancer if taken over a long period of time.

Water and air contamination causes serious health effects. Tap water is exposed to environmental toxins and despite the municipal treatment standards, it is essential to take proactive measures to purify the drinking water. We can obtain clean drinking water and high-quality indoor air through purification filters. Read on to know about the filtration systems that can be used in domestic applications.

Reverse Osmosis Filters 
Reverse osmosis filters provide clean drinking water by desalinating water and removing certain types of chemicals. Reverse osmosis filters remove mercury, iron, lead, and calcium. Reverse osmosis is a process that helps in forcing water containing contaminants to pass through a semi-permeable membrane to a solution of weaker strength. The larger contaminant molecules will be left behind the other side of the membrane and you will be able to obtain clean drinking water at the other end. Reverse osmosis filter is a powerful technique for removing toxins from water without using electric energy. Since this technique takes the size of the contaminant molecules in consideration, it fails to remove ionized alpha particles like radon, organic chemicals like trihhalomethanes, and pesticides. Chlorine ions also cannot be removed by an RO filter.

Carbon Filters
Carbon filter are efficient at removing particles that are left untreated by simple RO filters. Pestocides, chlorine, radon, and trihalomethane s can be removed by carbon filters. Yet, these filters cannot remove minerals, salts, and soluble inorganic compounds from water. Carbon filters out odors and bad taste from water. These filters have a large surface area and works on the principle of absorption. Carbon helps in absorbing deleterious toxins from the domestic water supply. Carbon filters are also used as air purifiers with HEPA filters to clean air. Carbon filters consists of solid carbon as a bed, which work as a filtering agent. The carbon is in a granular, or blocks form. Water or air is made to run over carbon filters and the contaminants are absorbed by carbon.

Ionizing Filters 
Ionizing filters have a charged wire that emits ionized molecules. These molecules interact with the dust particles and some air-bone contaminants. Based upon the type of the ionizing filter, the pollutants are either captured by a collector plate located close to the ionizing unit or forced to stick to the room surfaces like walls. There are both fan-less and fan-based ionizing filters available. These filters are ineffective at removing bigger contaminating particles, such as pollen, and other allergens.

HEPA Filters
HEPA filters are made up of glass fibers that are arranged in a way that form a sheet. Several sheets are placed together to increase the surface area of attraction. When air flows across these sheets, contaminants get stuck. These filters help in removing air-borne allergens from the environment that cause asthma. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter forces the air entering the room to pass from a fine mesh of fibers, trapping the allergens.

How does Climate Change affect our Physical Health? 
Climate change is having a serious impact on the air we breathe and the water we drink. The presence of environmental toxins in air and water are affecting our physical health. Health-associated deaths in the USA are expected to rise as our planet grows warmer. Contaminated toxic water can cause viral and bacterial health problems. Poor air quality can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Collectively, the toxic substances, if consumed in large ratios, can cause cognitive issues and cancer. Therefore, it is important that we take action by installing filtration systems.

References
http://www.allaboutwater.org/reverse-osmosis.html 
http://www.extension.umn.edu/environment/housing-technology/moisture-management/activated-carbon-filtration/ 
https://www.epa.gov/climate-impacts/climate-impacts-human-health 
https://health2016.globalchange.gov/ 

PROLOGUE:
On the one hand, it can come from the infrastructure of piping that goes from the well to your tap. In many cases, in many of the older cities in the United States, we still find lead pipes, not just lead solder joints and copper pipes, but actually, lead pipes that are carrying the water to our faucet. Slowly, the lead can leach out of the pipe and into the water as it reacts with other substances that are dissolved in the water. Other places in the United States where there's mining operations, the Southwest where we're mining copper, gold, silver, etcetera, the mining operations will disturb the aquifer and can contaminate it. Other places in the United States where we have coal mining operations, for example, we're mining for iron, there's iron smelting industry, for example. There's often a lot of contaminants that wind up into the aquifer that then becomes our drinking water. So it behooves each of us to be aware to some extent of what's in our water, the quality of the water, and to take some personal responsibility to filter that water to help ensure a quality and quantity life. 
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DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

This article is produced and written by the writing team at IMMUNOLOGY TODAY- The Official Newsletter of Integrative Medicine of N.Y. of Westbury NY-- Edited and co-published by Dr. Jesse A. Stoff exclusively for the purposes of this blogpost (Immunology Today) and rejuvenatesoliutions.com The publisher(s) hold all rights (c) to all elements, images and content herein.  All distribution, sharing or re-posting of this article is only with the express permission from Dr. Stoff and Integrative Medicine of NY (formerly Linchitz Medical Wellness). 265 Post Ave. Suite 380 Westbury, NY 11590  |  516.759.4200  |  www.StoffImmunology.com.   Rejuvenate! is a registered trademark of Intermedia Communications Ltd. All written content in this newsletter is produced by the Stoff Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) exclusively for private distribution at the Integrative Medicine of NY ©2016- All Rights Reserved.

DISCLAIMER: Integrative Medicine of NY (formerly Linchitz Medical Wellness) and Dr. Jesse A. Stoff make no claims pertaining to any of the institutions or funding information listed, make no warranty or guarantee of funding, and bear no responsibility and disclaim any liability for the privacy of communications or the outcome of any applications for the listed resources. No further information about any of the institutions nor funding programs (other than the links and contact information listed here) is available.  Written content provided in this article/blog is for informational purposes only; consult your physician before making any changes to your treatment plan.