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  Die With Your Gallstones
  This article continues a series exploring the health of your intestinal tract.  Consider the strongest contact with the world around you is through your food, processed and absorbed by your intestine. 

You would think gallstones are a normal part of the human anatomy with over 20 million people in the US harboring gallstones (15% of the US population).  As we get older these stones become even more common -- half of all women in the US over the age of 70 have gallstones.

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  No Breast Self Examination

Preventive health care, 2001 update.  Should women be routinely taught breast self-examination to screen for breast cancer?  by Nancy Baxter in the June 26, 2001 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal found there is “fair evidence of no benefit, and good evidence of harm…” from BSE (breast self-examination) instruction.1

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  Prostate Trouble From Your Food

An article in the April 2002 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Sadao Suzuki found a causal association between a common prostate disease, called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and the intake of more calories, total protein, animal protein, and vegetable fat.1  Data on 51,529 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study was used for this study.  Of the 33,344 men with complete data, 3,523 were found to have BPH.

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  Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure

Effect of aerobic exercise on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials by Seamus Whelton in the April 2002 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found exercise lowers blood pressure in people with and without hypertension.1  The average reduction was 3.84 mm Hg systolic (top number) and 2.58 mm Hg diastolic (bottom number).

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