Have You Ever Seen A Shark With Cancer?

Have You Ever Seen A Shark With Cancer

For a long time people have learned from the animal kingdom.

We learn how to fly from birds, how to swim from fish, how to fight from lions and tigers, and so on.

But an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal gave this new and expanded meaning to me.

Researchers are now looking at animals to learn how to ward off some of the worst diseases known to man.

For example, apparently Sharks do not get cancer, but more than that even when scientists spent 10 years trying to induce cancer in sharks, they couldn’t!

Shark have compounds that actually kill tumors–WOW!–If we could learn how to mimic that in humans, imagine the death and suffering that could be prevented, and the extension and perhaps quality of life that could be gained.

Similarly, grizzly bears, which can weigh 1,000 pounds, and can eat 58,000 calories a day, put on 100 pounds or more in the weeks right before they hibernate for the winter, yet bears don’t suffer from routine ailments of obesity, such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.

Not that any of us want to be 1,000 pounds, but imagine if heavy people did not get all sorts of diseases from clogged arteries and the like.

While heart disease and cancer each accounts for 1 out of every 4 deaths in the U.S. and are the top two leading causes of death–how amazing would it be if we could not only “talk to the animals, walk with the animals…” but also fight disease like the animals? πŸ˜‰

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

>"Sexual Healing"–Marvin Gaye Wasn’t Kidding

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Ok, so the only topic that can compete with the killing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL) this week is an an article about sex–what???

No, I am not trying to be crude or vulgar. The Wall Street Journal, 3 May 2011, in the Health Journal reports that research show numerous health benefits to sex.

As if the mere act of procreation wasn’t enough already…research now shows that sex:

– “Relieves stress” (“there’s a relaxation response and a satiation response”)–what’s new there?
– “Improves sleep and burns calories“–ok, more no brainers as it “burns an estimated five calories per minute”–did anyone say competition with Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig? πŸ™‚
– “Reduces pain” (“you lie there and life is great”)–who has time to think about pain?
– “Eases depression…improves mood“–ditto with the above
– “Strengthen blood vessels“–it’s good exercise!
– “Boosts the immune system“–a perk up all around.
– “Lowers the risk of prostate and breast cancer“–Thank G-d!

Of course, there are chemical explanations for pretty much all these things: hormones, neurotransmitters, endorphins, testosterone, estrogen, prostaglandins, dopamine, prolactin…(OMG, no wonder, I never went to medical school).

But maybe the greatest gift of all, aside from the pure love and intimacy are several studies which suggest that “sex extends life in general”–almost like the holy grail of health benefits:

For men, those “who had sex less than once per month were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years than those who had sex once per week.” While for women, those “who said they enjoyed their sex lives lived 7-8 years longer than those who were indifferent.”

Like I said, maybe the only story of the week that can compete with the U.S. dealing the final blow to OBL.

Oh, what a week. πŸ˜‰