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National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month
Pumpkin Seed
Protection
C
elebrating 25 Years of Awareness, Education, and Empow-
erment, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(NBCAM) organization is a partnership of national public ser-
vice organizations, professional medical associations, and
government agencies working together to promote breast
cancer awareness, share information on the disease,
and provide greater access to screening services.
In 2009, NBCAM celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Since its inception a quarter century ago, NBCAM has
been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast
cancer issues and has evolved along with the national
dialogue on breast cancer. Today, NBCAM recognizes that although many great
strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains
much to be accomplished.
Prostate Protection: They promote over-
all prostate health and alleviate the dif-
ficult urination associated with an en-
Celiac Disease Awareness
larged prostate.
Month
Depression Treatment: They contain L-
tryptophan, a compound naturally effec-
O
ctober has been celebrated as Celiac Dis-
tive against depression.
ease Awareness Month since 1987 in the
US and Canada. Approximately 1 in 133 peo-
Osteoporosis Protection: Because they
ple have CD, however, only about 3% of these
are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a
have been diagnosed. This means that there are
natural protector against osteoporosis.
over 2.1 million undiagnosed people with ce-
Low intake of zinc is linked to higher
liac disease in the United States.
rates of osteoporosis.
What can you do to help with CD awareness?
• Share something positive about the disease and
Natural Anti-Inflammatory: They effec-
the diet with friends and neighbors.
tively reduce inflammation without the
• Meet with the manager of your local grocery store about the importance of the
side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
availability of gluten-free options.
• Visit with clergy regarding the strict gluten-free diet, communion and church
Treatment of Parasites: They are used in
pot lucks.
many cultures as a natural treatment for
• Present a program to an organization about celiac disease
tapeworms and other parasites.
Source: csaceliacs.org
Great Source of Magnesium: 1/2 cup
of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your
daily value of magnesium, a mineral in
which most Americans are deficient.
Lower Cholesterol: Pumpkin seeds con-
tain phytosterols, compounds that have
been shown to reduce levels of LDL
cholesterol.
Cancer Prevention: The same phytoster-
ols that lower cholesterol also protect
against many cancers.
Source: healthdiaries.com
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