Archive | October 2014

TRT Linked To Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer AwarenessTestosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has become much more commonplace than in years past. Once a treatment for men suffering from a condition known as hypogonadism, where the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone on its own and requires a supplemental source of the hormone, more and more men are being prescribed this treatment for other reasons. Studies have shown that testosterone replacement therapy may offer a wide range of benefits for men with hypogonadism, including improved libido, mood, cognition, muscle mass, bone density, stronger erections, and red blood cell production, and TRT can be easily obtained over the internet, in magazine ads, or through telemarketers who boast it as a muscle producer or erectile dysfunction remedy. However, there could be severe potential hazards associated with TRT.

A recent study at the University of Chicago in Illinois and published in Endocrinology has shown that TRT may be directly linked to prostate cancer. A study was done using rats who had prostate cancer to see what effect TRT would have on the rate of tumour growth. Those who received “slow dose” form of testosterone showed a growth of 10-18pecent, while those using the regular dose had a growth rate increase of 50-71 percent.

The study’s author, Maarten C. Bosland, Phd noted that this does not conclusively prove that TRT will have the same effect in humans, but that it is still quite troubling. Sales of testosterone replacement therapy currently sit at over $2 billion a year, and with no long term studies in humans to show whether or not it could contribute to the rapid growth of prostate cancer, there is a real question as to whether or not it is safe to use.

The FDA is considering requiring drug manufacturers it use better labeling on this medication and to perform studies into its effects on cardiovascular health. So far, isn’t asking for any studies into its effect on prostate cancer. This means that not that much is known about this potentially lethal side effect. What is known is that, in men with prostate cancer, androgen inhibitor therapy can be a very effective way of slowing or even stopping the growth of the tumor. Since many prostate tumors are androgen (e.g.-testosterone) dependant, there is a strong possibility of a link between TRT and the growth of this type of cancer. Unfortunately, as stated above, there are currently no long term studies into the safety of TRT, as its use for purposes other than hypogonadism is relatively new.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, and is found most commonly in African Americans and those with a family history of the disease. It is also prevalent in those who are obese or have a poor diet. Fortunately, if detected early, it has a survival rate of 95%. As with any cancer, early detection is vital.

Jennifer McNutt

Reuben & Fried Red Cabbage

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Fried Red Cabbage with Bacon and Onions

Nothing fancy here, just simple yumminess.

You’ll need to start the cabbage first because it takes longer to cook. Slice a head of red cabbage in half and then cut out the white core. Lie the half head with the cut side down and slice in half again, lengthwise. Now cross-cut it with 1/4 inch slices until all the head is sliced.


Heat a large skillet on medium-low heat and add 4-6 slices of bacon that has been cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Cook until most of the fat has been rendered (turns into grease) and then add 2 onions that have been cut into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper and stir.

Once the onions have released their juices and begin to get tender, add the sliced cabbage. Raise the heat to medium, stir and cover. Continue to stir every few minutes until the cabbage has become slightly wilted and soft, yet still crisp. Toward the end, season with more salt and pepper and add a couple shakes of red pepper flakes, if you wish.

Now, for the sandwich. Spread butter on one side of two slices of rye bread. On the other side, spread a little “special sauce.” Typically, people use Thousand Island or Russian Dressing. I made my own with available condiments. Basically, I used mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, chili powder, and fresh ground black pepper.

Place it in the middle of your pan on medium-low heat with the buttered side down and dressing up. Cover with a slice of Swiss cheese. Add two slices of corned beef. Spread some sauerkraut that has been drained and then repeat the process in reverse, with two slices corned beef, one slice Swiss cheese, and the second slice of bread with the dressing side down.

The reason for cooking on a lower heat is to give the heat a chance to transfer into the middle of the sandwich, melting the cheese and warming the sauerkraut. Cook both sides until golden brown. Slice in half and serve.

~Robert Clement

Sims City

Charles SimsThe C4C crystal ball has established a pretty good track record over the past few weeks. It gave us the successful predictions of Tom Brady’s immediate resurgence, Tim Wright’s breakout, Storm Johnson’s relevance, and Zach Mettenberger’s timetable for being named the starter. We’ve reached a point in the season where unless there’s a significant injury, crystal ball predictions are hard to come by because teams have long settled into their personnel decisions and depth charts. With Buffalo’s injuries to both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson, the obvious hot adds this week are Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon… but if you missed the boat, I’ve looked deep into the crystal ball to pull out a consolation prize who could potentially become extremely useful. Enter: Rookie Charles Sims of the Buccaneers. The Bucs are a mess right now. Heading into this season, many thought they were in for a turnaround season, but some ugly early season losses and a difficult pre-bye schedule has them spiraling out of control. They made the mistake of going after Josh McCown when they already had a better option on their roster in Mike Glennon. They’ve also stayed committed to Doug Martin as their running back even though he’s proven himself ineffective. He rushed for a paltry 3.6 yards per carry last year, and that number is down to a ridiculously horrible 2.9 this year. Making matters worse, they’ve been playing from behind often and he’s severely lacking as a pass protector. Bobby Rainey has shown flashes, but he’s clearly not an every down, every week back. If Rainey is available, he’s worth a roster spot in the short term because he’s clearly their best running option at the moment, but the smart money speculative add is Charles Sims. Sims’ 6’0 215 pound frame is more prototypical than the 5’9 Martin or 5’8 Rainey, and his excellent pass catching skills prompted the Bucs to draft him 69th overall. However, Sims isn’t just a pass catching back. In his 4 college years between Houston and West Virgina, he averaged a robust 5.9 yards per carry. He’s a guy whose rushing yardage totals won’t initially blow you away, especially if the Bucs continue to mix in Rainey and Martin behind that suspect offensive line, but he’s a versatile back capable of racking up combined yards from scrimmage between his rushing touches and receptions out of the backfield. Let’s take a look at his impressive college resume:

Sims NCAA Stats

His yardage totals in rushing or receiving don’t jump off the screen at you, but when you combine it into total yardage, his seasons average out to 12 games, 1400 total yards, and 13 TDs. That’s almost 120 yards from scrimmage per game between his rushing and receiving yards. He also has a couple 200 yard rushing games to his credit. Suddenly he has your attention, huh? Well, before you rush right out to pick him up before finishing this article, keep in mind that he comes with a couple caveats:

Caveat #1: He’s coming off a pretty significant injury. He tore a ligament in his ankle and has been on the IR with a designation to return. Ligaments are tricky. They make you think they’re strong and healthy again, and then one mild wrong twist and suddenly they’re giving out like a wet noodle. So he’s not only a re-injury risk, but the Bucs may ease him into action slowly until he can prove the ankle will hold up for him.

Caveat #2: He hasn’t even practiced yet. He’s targeting next week to return to the week 9 practice field, so he may not even be ready for game action until week 10 or 11. (See *Edit at end of article)

So basically, you’ve got yourself a guy who might not even see the field for 2 to 3 more weeks, and who also may be eased in slowly when he does. However, with his intriguing versatility, if you have an extra roster spot and you’re willing to make a speculative add… you may find yourself with a very useful running back down the stretch and during the playoffs. By the time he hits the field, the Bucs will be so far into the toilet that they’ll have no reason not to see what they have in him. If he can prove his ankle is healthy, he could very well take the reigns and never look back. A few years back I made a speculative add in a keeper league of a similar running back because I liked his yards per rush averages and pass catching ability. That running back? Jamaal Charles. He went on to become arguably the best all around running back in the league and help carry me to multiple titles, so whenever I see a chance to look deep into the crystal ball and catch lightning in a bottle, I jump all over it. Sims comes with some obvious risks and skepticism, but he has the potential to become a consistent yards from scrimmage producer between his rushing and receiving ability.

Side Note: Another speculative add worth taking a shot on if he’s available in your league is Ray Rice. His suspension appeal hearing is set for the first week in November, and he could be reinstated and signed by any team in mid-November. Numerous teams, including the entire AFC East, could use his services and may be willing to take a chance on him.

~Jamie Capria

*Edit 10/23: This article was submitted at 7am yesterday (Wednesday) morning. Later that day, Sims returned to the practice field, so there’s a good possibility that he could play as soon as week 9.

Canadarm Cancer Technology

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New Technology Could Help Save Lives

Technology that has been used in space aboard the International Space Station and the space shuttle has found a new life saving application here on Earth.

The same technology that is used in the robotic Canadarm, which was developed by the Canada Space Agency, will be used to help perform biopsies of breast legions to determine whether or not they are cancerous. It can be used inside an MRI, and it’s so precise that it can guide a needle to within a millimeter of the desired location. This means the procedure is less invasive and causes less trauma, pain, and bruising. It will also allow the radiologist to view the procedure in real time.

The new system was developed at the Center for Surgical Invention and Innovation in Hamilton, Ontario Canada, and is being tested at St.Joseph Hospital in the same city. It’s also being studied by a team from Laval, Quebec.

The results of this phase 1 trial will be shared with Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration. If it proves to be successful, it could be provided to cancer treatment centers for as low as $500,000, which should be within the budget of most hospitals.

~Jennifer McNutt

 

Hollow Ween

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It’s that time of year again, the season of trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, and themed parties—but let’s face it, Halloween has become overrated. Let’s take a look at the striking evidence.

 

 

1. Spooky decorations

Lawns are littered with ghosts, goblins, and garbage. Do yourself a favor and invest some of that money—just not in stocks, unless you are into magic and like to see things disappear.

 

2. Haunted houses

No, I do not want to pay money to go through your dark, cluttered, eerie house while “actors” scream at the tops of their lungs at me. I can get that for free at home any day of the week.

 

3. Clowns

Clowns are terrifying. For evidence consult Stephen King’s It.

 

4. The mass murder of innocent pumpkins

Pumpkins are harvested for the sole purpose of impaling them. Think Sweeney Todd, but substitute pumpkin pies for the meat pies.

 

5. Masked strangers knock on your door at night

Stranger danger! But if you have a heart to give out candy to complete strangers at your front door, please remember that corn is a vegetable, not a candy.

 

6. Clowns

Did I mention that clowns are terrifying? For more evidence, see stories in the news from Bakersfield and Wasco about the recent outbreak of clown sightings.

 

7. Cobwebs

Great idea, encourage spiders to come to your home by offering them free housing.

 

8. Spiced drinks

Coffee, juice, and all other beverages are just as delicious without the added pumpkin spice.

 

9. Costumes

The appropriate age limit to wear a costume should be sixteen. The appropriate age limit for an adult to wear a costume should be never. Be prepared to see your best friends in Disney, Marvel, or Zombie costumes that are not the right size.

 

10. Halloween parties

A freakish accumulation of items 1-9, enough to make one walk like a zombie and crave “Brains.”

 

However you choose to spend Halloween, just remember, November and other overrated holidays are just around the corner.

~Luke Turalitsch

The Inspiration Behind C4C

Myrle CapriaWhen my mother passed away from a brain aneurysm in her sleep 20 years ago, it was quite a shock. After all, she was only a few days past her 50th birthday and she had the zest of a teenager. She was also the glue that held my dysfunctional family together and somehow managed to keep the whirlwind of perpetual conflict from evolving into the type of disastrous tornado that leaves everything in its path broken and destroyed. Needless to say, her sudden and unexpected passing left a very large void in all of our lives. I’d like to be able to say I handled it well, but the truth is, I didn’t. I was already a rebellious kid with a huge chip on my shoulder, but her death turned me into a complete bastard. I became angry at the world, and instantly developed a very short fuse and total lack of patience with everyone and everything around me for quite some time. Life had already dealt me some really lousy cards, but I never allowed anything to get to me. Everything always just rolled right off. Her death, however, got to me. For the first time in my life, something made it through the seemingly impenetrable armor. I remember being very angry with God and not understanding how he could take away the one person in my life who knew me and loved me more than anyone else ever could. It took me a very long time to accept it and see the good side of it. How she passed quietly, peacefully, and painlessly. It wouldn’t be until 18 years later that I would truly appreciate exactly how significant that was.

My oldest sister was the strongest woman I’ve ever known. Much like myself, she was dealt some pretty lousy cards, and somehow managed to never show any signs of weakness. After my mother had passed, she gradually filled her void as well as anyone possibly could have. She became very motherly to both me and my younger brother, and much like my mother, she also became the glue that held our dysfunctional family together for the next 18 years. Every year on Christmas Eve we held Christmas as a family at her house, and for that one night each year, we actually resembled a functional loving family. It was something that was always very important to my mother, and my sister stepped right in and carried on that tradition for nearly two more decades. In August of 2010, we found out she had severe cancer in her lungs.  The doctors told her that it was so severe she was going to have to endure very aggressive treatments for a few months before they could even attempt to remove it, and that the impending surgery was going to be VERY dangerous because they were going to attempt to remove up to 80% of one of her lungs. This was the type of surgery that many people don’t survive through, so the months leading up to it were filled with enormous amounts of silent trepidation for myself and my family. I say silent, because she was so strong through it all, never once complaining about the relentlessly brutal treatments she had to endure, that none of us wanted to show her how afraid we were for her. Making matters worse, the surgery was scheduled for the week of Christmas, so for the first time in our lives we all not only knew we wouldn’t be sticking to our family tradition of spending Christmas Eve together, but also knew that there was a distinct possibility that we’d spent our last Christmas with her the previous year if she wasn’t able to survive the surgery. We all did our best to remain positive and suppress that thought and fear, but in the back of our minds, we had to prepare ourselves for the possibility.

SurgeryOn the the morning of her surgery, I remember feeling more anxious than I’d ever felt in my entire life. I’ve always been a man of solutions. No matter how badly something was screwed up, I always felt like I could fix it. Reality gave me a huge slap in the face when my mother passed away because it was the first time I realized that wasn’t the case. You can’t fix death, it’s final. Once again, I had to face the disturbing truth that there was something else I couldn’t fix… cancer. No amount of effort, determination, or inner magic could fix the amount of pain she had to endure, take away the cancer in her body, or ensure that she would survive her surgery. I spent hours and hours rotating between pacing the floor and dropping to my knees to pray to whoever could hear me to please let her be okay while I repeatedly stared at the phone as if I could somehow will it into ringing with good news. After what seemed like days, that phone finally rang. 17 years earlier when my father called me, there was a distinct shakiness to his voice that I’d never heard before. He was a very stoic man who never revealed any emotions openly, so just the shakiness in his voice when he said that one single word, my name, instantly told me that something was severely wrong. This time, when my brother in law said my name, there was a total absence of shakiness. After hours and hours of trepidation, that very first “Jamie?” when I answered the phone was like opening the flood gates and allowing every difficult emotion that was stirring inside of me to escape, as if I’d just been rescued from the depths of hell. I instantly knew she was okay and he hadn’t even said anything yet. Sure enough, he told me the surgery was a success, that she had beaten cancer, and that she was perfectly fine resting in her hospital  bed. I can’t even begin to put into words the level of relief I felt at that very moment. With Christmas just a few days away, the Gods had given me the best early Christmas present I could ever pray for.

Christmas Eve night was a little strange because it was the first time in my life I hadn’t spent it with my entire family, either with my mother, or at my sister’s house. However, I was still riding the enormous high of knowing my sister had beaten cancer, so that superseded the oddity of not spending it with my family. I got up on Christmas morning and spent Christmas alone at home with my son, and it was a very peaceful feeling. The phone rang, and when I looked at the readout I could see it was my brother in law. He was at the hospital with my sister, so I was looking forward to the call because I’d get to talk to my sister. I answered the phone with such enthusiasm, but that enthusiasm quickly turned sour, as once again, I heard the shakiness in that one single word. “Jamie?” I instantly knew something was drastically wrong. He began to speak, and 6 words later my heart fell right out of my chest. Those 6 words? “The cancer spread to her brain.” I dropped the phone, dropped to my knees, and completely broke down. If there was a polar opposite to the high I’d been riding for the previous couple days, I surpassed it by 3 or 4 galaxies at that very moment.

2011 was the most difficult year of my life. Many people believe that knowing in advance is better than losing someone suddenly, because you get to spend more time with them and tell them all the things you’d inevitably wish you could’ve said. However, after watching that horrible disease slowly break my sister down into a shell of herself throughout 2011, I’m not one of them. As I alluded to at the beginning of this article, it took 18 years for it to truly sink in how significant it was for my mother to pass away quietly, peacefully, and painlessly, despite the suddenness of it. For a year straight, I watched cancer just eat away at the strongest woman I’ve ever known until there was nothing left of her. It even paralyzed her from the waist down towards the end of the year, and shrunk her down into a completely broken and fragile version of the woman I always knew her to be. It was easily the most difficult thing I’ve ever gone through just WATCHING it, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Throughout it all though, she never once complained. Never once showed any fear. Never once admitted defeat or even weakness. Never once even mentioned the word pain. She was amazing. I spent the greater part of that year in denial. I kept forcing it out of my head that she would be gone soon. I had to. When a woman that strong goes through that much without ever once complaining or showing ANY signs of mental weakness, the last thing you want to do is hurt her by allowing her to see YOU so hurt. She continued on as if nothing was wrong, and by way of denial, I did as well. She was so strong that she willed herself to make it to one more Christmas. It was such a symbolic holiday in our family, and she wasn’t going to allow cancer to take away her chance to spend one more with all of us. By this time she’d become relegated to a hospital bed in the middle of her living room, and she was so weak she couldn’t even lift her head, but she was mentally strong enough to fight it off enough to remain cognizant for the majority of the day and evening. I sat at her bedside and held her hand, but I still didn’t want her to see how hurt I was, so I could only last about 15 minutes at a time before I had to keep making excuses to leave the room. I have to go make a phone call… I have to go to the bathroom… I need a beer… I forgot some of the gifts in my car… it snowed a little, I’m going to go shovel your walkway, etc. I kept saying whatever I could think of to allow me to leave the room, and then I’d go somewhere private to cry and try to pull myself together before returning.  It was bad enough she had to go through what she did, I just didn’t want to hurt her by allowing her to see how much it hurt me. I didn’t want her last days and moments in this life to be spent seeing how much “she” hurt the people she loved. She married her long time boyfriend, Nick, on New Year’s Eve a few years earlier, so she willed herself through a very symbolic Christmas, and then made it through the New Year to celebrate one last anniversary as well, before finally succumbing on January 7th, 2012.

She spent the majority of her adult life coaching kids and running her own cheerleading company, and in the process won countless National Championships in numerous age groups. More importantly though, she touched the lives of so many young people throughout those years, something you can read about in the attached Syracuse.com article written about her (below) at the time of her death. I wanted to carry on that tradition and legacy for her, so I created Comedians for Cancer in her honor, and directed it primarily towards children suffering through the disease. If I can touch the lives of even a fraction of the people she did with Comedians for Cancer, I’ll consider myself remarkably lucky. Everyone has their own way of dealing with the loss of a loved one. It was 20 years this past August that I lost my mother and I still haven’t fully accepted that, so I certainly haven’t fully accepted that my sister is gone now too in a little under 3 years. It still feels like I can just jump in my car and go visit her at any given moment, and I’ve even caught myself turning down her street when I’m passing by on numerous occasions out of habit, only to realize that she’s not going to be there. I take a lot of solace in refusing to believe that I’ll never see her again. I have myself convinced that her and my mother are together somewhere in a place I’ll eventually find myself as well, and that they’re both still able to see me and my son.

Below is the Syracuse.com article written by Sarah Moses that gives you a brief idea of just how influential and inspiring she was to those around her, followed by a couple videos I made for her. The first I sent to her while she was in the thick of her battle, the second I put on her Facebook page after she died, which is still open as a memorial for all the people whose lives she touched, myself included.

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Central New York cheerleading coach left a legacy of love, caring.

North Syracuse, NY — Despite undergoing aggressive cancer treatments and being in a wheelchair, Myrle Capria-Curro made it to every cheer practice and competition to watch her students.

“Her whole life was dedicated to those kids,” said her husband Nick Curro. “She loved them like they were her own children.”

Capria-Curro, who has coached cheerleading for hundreds of Central New York girls and boys, lost her battle with cancer Saturday. She was 46. “Her passion was cheerleading and the kids were her family,” her husband said. “She was living her dream until the day she died.”

Capria-Curro coached for Onondaga Central, Bishop Ludden and Pop Warner teams, including the Mattydale Vikings, Eastwood Bears and Clay Panthers. In 1999, her dream of owning her own cheer company became a reality when she opened New Generation Cheer Elite All Stars in Syracuse.

In 2009, she created Powers Unite the Fury, which partnered with Core Athletix in North Syracuse in 2011 because she was ill. “She didn’t want the gym to close,” said her stepdaughter Nicole Curro-Devel.

Capria-Curro was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2010 and underwent surgery in December 2010. A few days after surgery she learned the cancer had spread to her brain. Capria-Curro started using a wheelchair in November 2011 after the cancer paralyzed her from the waist down.

“Despite it all, she didn’t miss a single practice or competition until Christmas,” Curro-Devel said. “That’s how dedicated she was to the kids.” On average, Capria-Curro coached about 75 students at the gym each season. Boys and girls of all ages participated on cheer squads and in hip-hop dance groups. “She was like a mother to me,” said Mariah Goldsmith, 19. “She’s always been there for me and was the best coach I’ve ever had. No one could ever fill her shoes.”

Goldsmith has cheered for Capria-Curro for more than 13 years. She said Coach Myrle, as she was more commonly called, taught her everything she knows about cheerleading. Goldsmith is currently a coach herself for the Eastwood Bears. Nick Curro, who also coaches for Core Athletix, said his wife has won many honors over the years, including in 2005 when she was named one of the top five coaches of the year in the nation by the United Performing Association. The teams she coached also won several state and national competitions over the years.

“Winning wasn’t the most important thing,” said Kayla Champagne. “The most important thing was that we had fun in a family environment. She was always proud of us.” Champagne, 18, cheered for Capria-Curro for eight years. “She was always there for me,” Champagne said. “She gave me a second family and a home-away-from home. She would do anything for us.”

Goldsmith said it will be hard to go on cheering without Coach Myrle. “But I know she’ll always be there with us in spirit,” she said.

~Jamie Capria

 

 

In Loving Memory Of

Myrle Capria

Myrle

April 22, 1965 – January 7th, 2012

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Bleu Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

Stuffed Pork Chops & Sauteed Turnips Bleu Cheese-Bacon-Chive Stuffed Pork Chops
Sauteed Turnips and Wilted Turnip Greens
Cheddar-Bacon Twice Baked Potato

First, you’ll need to fry a few slices of bacon and crumble them, then set them aside.

In a bowl, combine some crumbled bleu cheese with fresh chopped chives and some of the crumbled bacon. Using a filet knife, cut a pocket into the side of a boneless pork chop. Thick cuts, like what I used, are much easier to do. Spoon some bleu cheese mixture into the pocket. Be careful not to over-stuff. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chops. Garnish with fresh chopped chives.

Scrub the potato until it is clean. Stick a fork into it in a few places, then brush it lightly with oil. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, then let cool. Slice the top 1/3 off the potato and then spoon out the insides, leaving about 1/4 inch on the skin. Mash the insides in a bowl and add chopped green onions. Also, add a little milk or sour cream to give it moisture. Mix in some of the crumbled bacon and a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese.

Fill the potatoes with the mixture and top with shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Add them to the oven about 15 minutes before the pork chops are finished.

Dice some turnips and heat a large pan on medium-high heat with olive oil. Add the turnips and cook, stirring occasionally until they have become tender and slightly browned. Lower the heat to medium and add some turnip greens that have been roughly chopped. Add salt and pepper to taste and cover. Simmer until the leaves have wilted, stirring occasionally. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice and mix, then serve.

~Robert Clement