Joyce Hollman

Low omega-3 levels? You might as well be smoking

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart. Smoking is bad for your heart. Those are two well-known truths, right? Well, here’s a new and shocking one: Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that low levels of omega-3s are just as powerful in predicting early death as smoking.

Joyce Hollman

6 proven ways to quit smoking this year

Smoking is bad for you. No news there. But now we know that smoking also makes your lungs a target for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Here are six proven stop-smoking methods you can use to make 2021 the year you quit.

Carolyn Gretton

Cleansing toxic thirdhand smoke from your home and your body

With people spending more time at home than ever before during the pandemic, it’s important to have a clean, safe dwelling. But if you live with a smoker or in a home where smokers once lived, coronavirus isn’t your only concern. Thirdhand smoke and its carcinogens can become deeply embedded in carpets and drywall and later be released back into the air you breathe.

Joyce Hollman

What’s the danger in being a “social” smoker?

“I’m not really a smoker. I only smoke a few cigarettes a day.” Does that sound like you? If you’re a “social smoker,” you may think your health risk from lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases is much smaller than if you smoke a pack a day. But is that true?

Carolyn Gretton

Why colon cancer is on the rise in young people and how to curb it

Many were shocked when colon cancer claimed the life of 43-year-old Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman after a four-year battle. It’s not completely clear why the rate of colon cancer is increasing in those under 50, but it is clear that the age for screening needs to be lowered. But until that happens, it’s important to be aware of factors that put you in a high-risk group…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How quitting smoking the wrong way could increase your cancer risk

We all know smoking is risky. Coronary heart disease, COPD, lung cancer… plus about nine other specific cancers and various diseases are tied to smoking. If you’re ready to quit, consider your cessation method carefully, however. One could send cancer cells straight to your brain…