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Center for Nutrition Advocacy
The Center for Nutrition Advocacy is founded by the Board of Certification of Nutrition Specialists, which is composed of members from different health industries. The board members certify nutrition professionals to ensure their competence in the field of nutrition. The main focus of the CNA is the protection of nutrition provider rights and the protection of diabetes counseling rights. The website also features state laws with regard to individualized nutrition counseling. The website also has a separate section dedicated to legislation and regulation regarding nutrition practice. It aims to bring to light advocacy issues that can directly or indirectly affect the work of nutrition professional.

Diet, Lifestyle May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
This 2004 article says that a renowned researcher estimates that 70 percent of colon cancers could be prevented with just moderate changes in diet and lifestyle. One prime suspect now is insulin resistance. In this condition, higher levels of insulin circulate because the body is less responsive to it. Insulin and related growth factors seem to change cell processes in ways that promote the development of cancer. The article also says that consuming enough calcium is the latest approach to lower the risk of colon cancer. It cites a recent study looked at the recurrence of colon polyps, which are noncancerous growths that have the ability to turn into cancer. Polyp recurrence was 29 percent lower with a higher consumption of calcium and vitamin D, the article says.

Organic Foods: What You Need to Know About Eating Organic
This page on lays out the benefits and the basic facts about organic food and how to keep it affordable. It tries to help the reader navigate through the confusing complexities organic food labels, benefits and claims. It explains what organic means, which varies from country to country in terms of regulation, but in essence, organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), or petroleum-based or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Livestock must have access to the outdoors and be fed organic food, and must not be given antibiotics, growth hormones or any animal by-products. The site covers benefits, organic vs. locally-grown, understanding GMOs, how to bet the best bang for your buck when shopping organic, and much more.

Calcium Supplements: Should You Take Them?
Do you need to take a calcium supplement to make sure that you’re getting enough of this vital mineral on your diet? You probably don't need a general vitamin-mineral supplement if you are eating a reasonably varied diet most of the time, aren't restricting calories to lost weight, and generally don't skip meals. Because many people do not get a lot of calcium, people should eat a good diet and try a supplement. Calcium supplements are better absorbed from the intestine in the presence of lactose (the sugar of milk) and protein, the article says. Taking the calcium supplement with a glass of milk is ideal to get the max amount of calcium. After calcium is absorbed into your bloodstream, your bones will take up the calcium better in the presence of vitamin D. However, there may be drawbacks and even health risks to taking calcium supplements. This articles explains who should take them, the health benefits, and the potential risks.

Nutrition to Prevent Osteoporosis
There are foods you can eat, besides milk and calcium supplements, which will help you, prevent and treat osteoporosis. The site says that dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream are great calcium sources; along with dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, collard greens bok choy and broccoli; almonds, fish and calcium-fortified foods such as orange juice, cereal, breads, soy and tofu. It delves more into the importance of vitamins and minerals, with a background into what these vitamins and minerals do to fight osteoporosis.

New York’s Online Access to Health and Nutrition Information
Read up on the latest advancements in disease and condition treatment, and learn about procedures. The site also features local health resources, such as hospitals and clinics. Topics include cancer, dental care, environmental health, genetic disorders, heart and blood, brain and nervous system, diabetes, thyroid disorders, mental health, pregnancy, infections, AIDS, kidneys and liver, sleep disorders, stomach and intestinal problems and more.


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