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To our readers

Ensuring environmental sustainability is a goal – Goal 7 – of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Muriella’s Corner is committed to support its implementation, in partnership with all who intend to help more than one billion people release their creative energies, to help free them from the shackles of a life of continuing and overwhelming poverty.

Some of you might have noticed that water has been a recurring topic* on Muriella’s Corner and blogs. This seeming bias is due to almost three decades of work in the United Nations in the area of environment, water and sanitation.

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17 OCTOBER 2007

Muriella’s Corner

*These are earlier issues on water
To filter or not…
End of an era…error?
Environment and you
Water, water, ice
Tips for Travelers to the Tropics

Most of my work took me to developing countries over short and long periods, working with communities, governments and not-for-profit agencies in the drilling of wells, installation of handpumps, building of latrines.

The theme of water vibrates around the globe. In most developing countries, water quantity and water quality are main hurdles for the people. In others, water quality is the main challenge.

I have seen, first hand, the pain and suffering diseases cause to families who ingest and bathe in water populated by parasites – diseases like dracunculiasis (guinea worm), schisostomiasis,bilharziasis, and all the -isises- you can think of.

People’s lives are very affected, too ill to work, not enough time to go to school as fetching water is one of the main duties, especially of girls, and so on.

But they are forced to drink what is available, even though the source is questionable.

They have no CHOICE.

On the other hand, in the developed countries, there is no lack of water. In the quest to make the water potable, many chemicals are added. One of the most insidious is chlorine.

But, since exotic diseases are not present in the water supply, people are hardly concerned about the chemicals and as such continue to drink,shower and bathe in chlorinated water (swimming pools reek of chlorine).

Some are buying bottled water, but here again, hardly any attention is given to health issues – e.g. the water source from which the water is bottled is questionable; the plastic containers are questionable, pollution issues, the financial costs of buying a bottle of water – not enough to drink per day; no attention given to the water used for showering, bathing, cooking, etc., etc.

What is to be done?

The most important thing, we believe, is for people to know that they have a choice. Information propelled them to be users of bottled water, to choose to drink bottled water instead of tap water. But if their grasp of what propelled them is understood overall, they would also be concerned about the water used for showering, bathing, cooking.

We have prepared a comprehensive newsletter on Water with the following headings:

The Water Cure
Different types of water
Bottled Water – clear choices
Brands of Bottled Water; Filtration systems
Chlorine and cancer?
Chlorine and Asthma?
Testimony on drinking water
Discussion H2O

Given the amount of information this entails, we have decided to send it to you in short sips, so that you can click through and read the article you prefer. We recommend however that you read all of them as they will be of use to you as you make your choices.

We have also developed podcasts on water and can make them available upon request.

We will continue the focus on drinking water (quality and quantity), given the focus on this issues as Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals

-Reducing poverty and achieving sustained development must be done in conjunction with a healthy planet. The Millennium Goals recognize that environmental sustainability is part of global economic and social well-being. Unfortunately exploitation of natural resources such as forests, land, water, and fisheries-often by the powerful few-have caused alarming changes in our natural world in recent decades, often harming the most vulnerable people in the world who depend on natural resources for their livelihood.

Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020. (Source: millenniumcampaign.org)

For full articles and links go to this webpage

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Music for the Environment – Green Music

Forest Music, Water Music

We honor our family from the various ecological zones (ecozones) who make up this planet, this one earth, in which we live and which we cherish so dearly.

Our family can be found in forests, deserts (and these members are usually of a nomadic nature, really cherishing the planet by moving and laying fallow the earth for regeneration and sustenance).  However, with the destruction of forests their lifestyle is being compromised.  Their songs and poetry tell their tale.

Some of our relatives live in mountainous regions, some on the plains, some on small island states, with many of them deserting their natural habitats, which are being devastated, and moving in droves to urban areas…also being influenced by overcrowing, overpopulation, lack of sustainable services…

We decided to share music from others living in the various ecozones

Pygmy music/forest music

The Pygmies are usually forest nomads who live in Central Africa, especially in Congo, Central African Republic and Cameroon. Music is an important part of Pygmy life, with performances taking place during their daily work or events. Music comes in many forms, including the spiritual likanos stories, singing and music played from a variety of instruments.

Water, our sine qua non

Water means life.  Without water there is no life.  Our bodies are made up of water ( 75 % of our bodies are composed of water; our brain is 85% water). It is water that energizes and activates the solid matter.

People carry out rituals with water and in water.  At times, they organize to collectively hug a body of water (lake, stream, river…) Much is being talked about the power of water and the potential influence of water and the thought process.  One researcher did water experiments where he played both hard rock and classical music to water samples. Then he froze them and examined the musical effects on the water’s molecules. The more beautiful the music, the more beautiful the shapes of the molecules.

Water is energy.  We are energy.  Connecting the two can make beautiful music, if we choose to see that water can be a friend and not an enemy; if we choose to use these energies to bring about peace and harmony.

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Fat yes, obesity no

Understanding fat, understanding obesity, making the choice 

Fats consist of a wide group of compounds that are generally soluble in organic solvents and largely insoluble in water. 

Chemically speaking, fats are generally triesters of glycerol and fatty acids.

Fats may be either solid or liquid at normal room temperature, depending on their structure and composition. Although the words “oils”, “fats” and “lipids” are all used to refer to fats, “oils” is usually used to refer to fats that are liquids at normal room temperature, while “fats” is usually used to refer to fats that are solids at normal room temperature. “Lipids” is used to refer to both liquid and solid fats. (The word “oil” is used for any substance that does not mix with water and has a greasy feel, such as petroleum (or crude oil) and heating oil; regardless of its chemical structure.)

Fats form a category of lipid, distinguished from other lipids by their chemical structure and physical properties. This category of molecules is important for many forms of life, serving both structural and metabolic functions. They are an important part of the diet of most heterotrophs (including humans).

Examples of edible fats are lard (pig fat), margarine, butter, and cream. Fats or lipids are broken down in the body by enzymes called lipases.

Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be digested, absorbed, and transported in conjunction with fats. Fats are sources of essential fatty acids, an important dietary requirement.

Fats play a vital role in maintaining healthy skin and hair, insulating body organs against shock, maintaining body temperature, and promoting healthy cell function. They also serve as energy stores for the body. Fats are broken down in the body to release glycerol and free fatty acids. The glycerol can be converted to glucose by the liver and thus used as a source of energy.

Fat also serves as a useful buffer towards a host of diseases. When a particular substance, whether chemical or biotic — reaches unsafe levels in the bloodstream, the body can effectively dilute — or at least maintain equilibrium of — the offending substances by storing it in new fat tissue. This helps to protect vital organs, until such time as the offending substances can be metabolized and/or removed from the body by such means as excretion, urination, accidental or intentional bloodletting, sebum excretion, and hair growth.

While many people remove fat completely from their diet, it is wrong to do so. At the very least, a minimal amount of fat is needed for the body, and especially the brain, which uses fats. People who do not consume any kind of fat are more prone to brain diseases such as alzheimers. (Source: Wikipedia)

Obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in the fatty tissue of humans and other mammals, is increased to a point where it is associated with certain health conditions or increased mortality.

Obesity is both an individual clinical condition and is increasingly viewed as a serious public health problem. Excessive body weight has been shown to predispose to various diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis.

We view FAT and see FAT in many ways:

Fat as a problem (got to get into that bikini for summer);

Fat as an adjective, an affirmation (I am a fat fool)

Fat as an issue (they are staring at me because I am fat, being this way is not good for me)

Fat as a challenge (I will lose the weight by…)

Fat as a reprimand (I am too fat to merit his attention)

And so on…

The above makes it clear that FAT resides in our heads.  When we give meaning to FAT, when we send energetic thoughts to FAT, when we are bombarded with messages about FAT, when we believe deeply that we are FAT, then, guess what, WE ARE FAT.  Where attention goes, energy flows.

How about accepting that FAT is necessary for all living organisms, that FAT just is!

OBESITY, on the other hand, is the issue to deal with –  Abnormal Excessive fat accumulation (Source: WHO)

Obesity, especially central obesity (male-type or waist-predominant obesity), is an important risk factor for the “metabolic syndrome” (“syndrome X”), the clustering of a number of diseases and risk factors that heavily predispose for cardiovascular disease. These are diabetes mellitus type 2, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.  An inflammatory state is present, which — together with the above — has been implicated in the high prevalence of atherosclerosis (fatty lumps in the arterial wall) Source: Wikipedia)

Body Mass Index

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.

Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used in classifying overweight and obesity in adult populations and individuals. It is defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (kg/m2).

BMI provides the most useful population-level measure of overweight and obesity as it is the same for both sexes and for all ages of adults. However, it should be considered as a rough guide because it may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different individuals.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines “overweight” as a BMI equal to or more than 25, and “obesity” as a BMI equal to or more than 30. These cut-off points provide a benchmark for individual assessment, but there is evidence that risk of chronic disease in populations increases progressively from a BMI of 21.

The new WHO Child Growth Standards, launched in April 2006, include BMI charts for infants and young children up to age 5. However, measuring overweight and obesity in children aged 5 to 14 years is challenging because there is not a standard definition of childhood obesity applied worldwide. WHO is currently developing an international growth reference for school-age children and adolescents. (Source: WHO)

Watch your Waist and your Waste

Moderation is key! Waistline grows and expands as  waste accumulates (caused usually by constipation). 

Being in the flow is critical for our health and wellbeing.  We need to increase our awareness of this flow, educate ourselves about the digestive process, acid/alkaline balance, the role of movement and motion, and the link between our thoughts and our lives – how much they are in harmony.

There is a saying that we are what we eat.  I say we are what we think.

Eliminating pounds, one day at a time

Here are links to three powerful ways to influence your BMI, the first one works deeply, very deeply at the cellular level.

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THE GOAL THEREFORE IS TO PLACE ALL  ATTENTION ON BEING YOUR  IDEAL WEIGHT, WHATEVER THAT IS FOR YOU, AND YOU AND YOU…AS WHERE ATTENTION GOES, ENERGY FLOWS.

You are what you eat and what you think…

Give Mom Satellite TV for PC for Mother’s Day

 Want to get Mom to use the computer?

Give her a gift of Satellite TV for PC. 

Satellite PC for TV as a gift works in two ways simultaneously.  On the one hand, it demystifies the computer as she could begin to navigate the channels of the TV on the PC, without being aware that she is using a computer;  and, ultimately she will begin to explore what is housing the Satellite TV for PC, what is the computer all about.
She will be confronted with over 3000 channels from around the world and  can thus continue to develop her “choice” muscles, which, of course she has been using over the years, choosing where to send us to school, choosing what area the family should live in, choosing our clothing, choosing our friends, choosing our nutrition…

Now that many of us are grown, her menu of choices has dwindled.  They now relate to choosing which doctor to see tomorrow, choosing which medications she can still afford with the pension she receives, choosing which coupon to clip to take to the grocery store…

She is thus overwhelmed by technology as she ages; technology to her does not offer real choices, except that she chooses not to understand nor use it.

But she more than likely watches TV.  Click here for more information.

The lure of 3000 channels is too good to let up, notwithstanding the pleasure of hearing discussions on TV in the language she might have spoken as a child, if she is an immigrant to this country. 

What is more, she will be in total control of what she views on TV and when she can view her faves, as Dad would no longer control the remote and the times and programmes he is interested in. 

Most of all, she begins to engage her brain again, rebuilding that important muscle which she might have been overlooking or ignoring with the aging process.  Satellite TV for PC is  totally affordable with a huge benefit for Mom. With over 3000 channels and the one-time price of $49.95, Satellite TV for PC is an awesome gift for MoM.  She will love it.  For more information on the wonders of Satellite TV for PC , click here.

Oh, you might also have to buy her the computer.  But hey, she deserves it! And just in case you cannot leave her alone to enjoy her Satellite TV for PC, you might want to consider getting your own download to your PC. 

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 Fabulous quotes for Mom, mother, ma, mama, mommy…

 I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.  ~Pearl S. Buck

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

 The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  ~Honoré de Balzac

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That’s his.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

He is a poor son whose sonship does not make him desire to serve all men’s mothers.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
~William Shakespeare

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.  ~Spanish Proverb

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.  ~Margaret Culkin Banning

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?  ~Milton Berle

Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
~Helen Hunt Jackson

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.  ~Aristotle

Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort.  ~John Lancaster Spalding

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.  Everything gets reduced to essentials.  ~Meryl Streep

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown

What are Raphael’s Madonnas but the shadow of a mother’s love, fixed in permanent outline forever?  ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson

My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.  ~Graycie Harmon

The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. ~Author Unknown

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.  ~Adabella Radici

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.  ~Emily Dickinson

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  ~Washington Irving

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.  ~Lisa Alther

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.  ~Victor Hugo

Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother.  ~Beverly Jones

That best academy, a mother’s knee.  ~James Russell LowellThe only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper
A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.  ~Honoré de BalzacA father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands.  But a mother’s love endures through all.  ~Washington Irving

My mother is a poem
I’ll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.
~Sharon Doubiago

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother.  A child is a child.  They get bigger, older, but grown?  What’s that suppose to mean?  In my heart it don’t mean a thing.  ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.  ~Isadora Duncan

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.  ~George Herbert

Mother’s love is peace.  It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.  ~Erich Fromm

Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.
~Ann Taylor

Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  ~T. DeWitt Talmage

The precursor of the mirror is the mother’s face.  ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray

A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self.  And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships.  ~Victoria Secunda

Mother’s love grows by giving.  ~Charles Lamb

I miss thee, my Mother!  Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.
~Eliza Cook

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.  ~Washington Irving

I cannot forget my mother.  [S]he is my bridge.  When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely.  ~Renita Weems

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.”  ~Keith L. Brooks

Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds.  Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends – but only one mother in the whole world.  ~Kate Douglas Wiggin

If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’mine.
~Rudyard Kipling

Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.  ~James Joyce

My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.  ~Mark Twain

It’s not easy being a mother.  If it were easy, fathers would do it.  ~From the television show The Golden Girls

The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Women know
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The desolation and terror of, for the first time, realizing that the mother can lose you, or you her, and your own abysmal loneliness and helplessness without her.  ~Francis Thompson

My mom is literally a part of me.  You can’t say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors.  ~Carrie Latet

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.  ~Moorish Proverb

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.  ~Abraham Lincoln

No painter’s brush, nor poet’s pen
In justice to her fame
Has ever reached half high enough
To write a mother’s name.
~Author Unknown

Women who miscalculate are called mothers.  ~Abigail Van Buren

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.  ~Author Unknown

One of the very few reasons I had any respect for my mother when I was thirteen was because she would reach into the sink with her bare hands – bare hands – and pick up that lethal gunk and drop it into the garbage.  To top that, I saw her reach into the wet garbage bag and fish around in there looking for a lost teaspoon.  Bare hands – a kind of mad courage.  ~Robert Fulghum

One lamp – thy mother’s love – amid the stars
Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
The throne of God, burn through eternity –
Holy – as it was lit and lent thee here.
~Nathaniel Parker Willis

No one in the world can take the place of your mother.  Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right.  She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones.  ~Harry Truman

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.  ~Jewish Proverb

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.  ~Irish Proverb

Source: quotegarden.com

JVs and the MDGs

Joint Ventures (JVs) and the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)

The cooperation of two or more individuals or businesses–each agreeing to share profit, loss and control–in a specific enterprise.

Investopedia Says: This is a good way for companies to partner without having to merge. JVs are typically taxed as a partnership.

Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) 

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

The United Nations says that a global partnership for development is necessary for sustainable development.

Joint ventures and partnerships underscore the fact that we all need each other to grow, develop and sustain growth.  Joint ventures are becoming increasingly popular in the internet community and I have subscribed to a few.  They help foster networking, relationships and ultimately positively affect your bottomline.

Zig Ziglar said, “You can get anything you want out of life, if you help enough other people to get what they want.” That’s exactly what Joint Ventures is all about – working together to achieve common goals.

The Secretary-General of the UN said : “We will have time to reach the Millennium Development Goals – worldwide and in most, or even all, individual countries – but only if we break with business as usual… Success will require sustained action across the entire decade between now and the deadline. It takes time to train the teachers, nurses and engineers; to build the roads, schools and hospitals; to grow the small and large businesses able to create the jobs and income needed. So we must start now… Nothing less will help to achieve the Goals.”

We are all working together to help each other but somehow we do not necessarily make the link to others across the globe. 

The first goal of the MDGs is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger  and goal 8 is to develop a global partnership for development.

The joint venture strategy can accomplish that without a doubt, but we have to begin thinking outside the parameters of “me” and extend the parameters to “us” as called for in forging global partnerships.

It is so obviously possible that there must be reasons why sustainable global partnerships have not been done before on a large scale – issues like distrust and dishonesty, inequitable application of laws and tariffs, large outputs of funds and lack of accountability, lack of information, cultural issues regarding language and customs…etc., or if they have worked their information is not circulated widely.

Or, perhaps visualizing the joint venture as a strategy for developing global partnerships has not yet been thought through to look at how  small businesses can help small business around the world, especially at micro and meso levels…At the micro level,  not for profit organizations are helping in the area of microfinance, with excellent results. 

But there is a wide gap from micro to meso, with meso having a lot of gray areas yet to be identified and understood.

Using the joint venture strategy as a strategy to achieve goal 8 of the MDGs is possible. The possibility is there, and the time has come. If the will is there, it can be done.  We however would need to cleary define and develop the “it”. Saving the planet depends on all 6 billion plus people working together and supporting each other. In addition to undertaking green practices and behaviors, working together also means helping each other grow and thrive economically.

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Cancer in the Asian-American Population

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Green tea and risk of breast cancer in Asian Americans

According to the International Journal of Cancer, there is substantial in vitro and in vivo evidence implicating tea polyphenols as chemopreventive agents against various cancers. However, epidemiologic data obtained from mainly Western populations are not supportive of a protective role of tea, mainly black tea, in the etiology of breast cancer. Much less is known about the relationship between green tea and breast cancer risk. 

Based on the results of a population-based, case-control study of breast cancer among Chinese, Japanese and Filipino women in Los Angeles County, information on dietary habits, including intake of black and green tea among other lifestyle factors was collected.

Risk of breast cancer was not related to black tea consumption. In contrast, green tea drinkers showed a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer, and this was maintained after adjusting for age, specific Asian ethnicity, birthplace, age at menarche, parity, menopausal status, use of menopausal hormones, body size and intake of total calories and black tea. Compared to women who did not drink green tea regularly (i.e., less than once a month), there was a significant trend of decreasing risk with increasing amount of green tea intake. The significant inverse association between risk of breast cancer and green tea intake remained after further adjustment for other potential confounders, including smoking; alcohol, coffee and black tea intake; family history of breast cancer; physical activity; and intake of soy and dark green vegetables.

While both green tea and soy intake had significant, independent protective effects on breast cancer risk, the benefit of green tea was primarily observed among subjects who were low soy consumers. Similarly, the protective effect of soy was primarily observed among subjects who were nondrinkers of green tea.

In summary, results point to an important role of both green tea and soy intake in relation to breast cancer risk in Asian-American women.

Source: Int J Cancer 2003 Sep 10;106(4):574-9

Breast cancer is showing up as the fastest growing cause of death in Asian Americans compared with other ethnic group. Stomach cancer affects among Korean men five times more than white Americans; cervical cancer five times more likely to affect Vietnamese women than white Americans; liver cancer also.

 As is similar in other minority groups, Asian-Americans delay going to the doctor, thus early detection and screening are compromised.

According to  the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian-American women, they have the lowest screening rates among all ethnic groups.  . One fifth of Asian-American women have never had a Pap test, compared to five percent of white women.

Many of them prefer to tell their families and not to talk about the disease to outsiders.  There are support groups established to help those dealing with and healing from cancer.

Source:  New American Media

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