September 26th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
Editor's note: In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed.
This week we meet a young man who will graduate from Temple University at age 19. Fabien Navidi-Kasmai is a survivor of both childhood cancer and cancer treatment. The chemotherapy and radiation led to nausea and changes in his palate, making the foods he loved inedible - if he felt like eating at all. His mother's challenge was to find healthy foods he would like to eat, so he could stay in the fight. The recipes mother and son developed together can now be found in their cookbook, "Happily Hungry." They hope it will help other children and their families survive the treatments designed to kill cancer.
From Fabien Navidi-Kasmai:
In Farsi, they call yogurt "mast." It isn't spelled like that though, because well, people who speak Farsi write in Farsi, but it's pronounced like "must."
From a young age I've loved mast. My grandma would dice cucumbers and put them in mast, we would put mast on rice, and add honey to mast as a sweet, healthy dessert. I've even been told stories about how when I was two years old I would demand "more mast!" and my American grandfather would keel over laughing. FULL POST
August 2nd, 2012
11:59 AM ET
Vitamins and supplements could do more harm than good in some cases, according to a new report in Consumer Reports.
The report, in Consumer Reports' September issue, investigates 10 unknown dangers associated with taking vitamins, minerals, herbs, and nutritional supplements. More than half of all Americans take supplements, and the supplement industry has grown to a $27 billion industry.
But supplements aren't necessarily risk-free, according to Dr. Jose Mosquera, medical adviser for Consumer Reports. While patients may believe supplements are safe because they are natural, he says not all supplements are truly all-natural.
December 23rd, 2011
05:26 PM ET
Jeff Mitchell of Braselton, Georgia, was 26 years old when he went to war in 2003. In 2007, he was forced to leave the Army through medical retirement after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. After years of futile attempts at treatment, Jeff’s condition began to improve a few months ago after a group called Paws4Vets paired him with a service dog who had undergone her own traumas. Jeff’s mother, Carol, tells what it was like to watch her son struggle.
First, you bargain with God.
Just please let him survive. Please let us see him again. Oh, please surround our son with your protection.
Prayers are answered. He's back. He has survived - he's still at Fort Carson thousands of miles from home, but he's back in the United States and he is no longer being targeted by insurgents.
Little did we know then that an even more insidious enemy was trying to take our son. FULL POST
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