Dr Arthur Kanev

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Dr Arthur Kanev - Sailing the World

Circumnavigating the world in a sailboat is one of the great challenges of modern sailing. Most sailors are not up to the task, and understandably so; it is a challenge of epic proportions, calling for great courage and skill, as well as an enormous time commitment.

But it is one of the great adventures possible, and there have been many successful attempts, and other great achievements in the annals of sailing. For just one example, in 1947 the Norwegian explorer and writer set out to prove that ancient South Americans could have migrated from South America to modern-day Polynesia by boat, and set out over the open Pacific in a raft he called the Kon-Tiki in order to prove that such a voyage was possible. While his voyage succeeded, whether these ancient mariners actually made such a voyage remains inconclusive.

In modern times, most sailors who try to sail around the world take one of two routes. One is referred to as the "race route," and is used most often by yachts. The second route is known as the "canal route;" sailors who choose this one follow trade winds through the Panama and Suez Canals. These trade winds, or surface winds, have been used by sailors for centuries to travel the seven seas.

Many of those who attempt an around-the-world voyage like to take their time doing it. Dr Arthur Kanev took the better part of three years to circumnavigate the globe in an eleven-meter sailboat, back in the late 1970s, not long after completing courses in celestial navigation and coastal navigation at Harvard College in 1975.




Dr Arthur Kanev: Non - Traditional Treatment

More and more Americans are turning pro-actively to what have historically been considered non-traditional, even unconventional treatments for health issues that in the past they might have gone unquestioningly to a doctor trained in Western medicine.

What were once seen as complementary or alternative health providers are becoming more mainstream, such as chiropractic care. By some reports, about thirty-eight percent of Americans are using some kind of non-traditional health care as either a complement to traditional care, or as an alternative.

Patients are finding a mixed bag of benefits, but there is no doubt that many of these so-called alternative treatments are gaining wider acceptance. One of the attractions is that the treatment philosophy of non-traditional healthcare often places an emphasis on finding the true cause of a health issue, and not just treating the symptoms. Merely treating the symptoms might work for a little while but is not an actual cure.

The price tag for all of this non-traditional health care rings up at about thirty-four billion dollars. That sounds like a lot, but it's nothing compared to the 2.3 trillion dollars they spend overall on health care in a single year. Still, it points to the fact that Americans are turning to non-traditional forms of health care in greater numbers than ever before, and most of them are seeing real benefits from it.

Dr Arthur Kanev is a retired dentist in Florida who diagnosed with four types of cancer in 2009. He was so disturbed to learn that his own doctors would not follow the traditional treatment protocols that they recommended to him, that he studied cancer on his own and was able to cure himself. Today he is a strong advocate for non-traditional cancer treatment.



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Dr Arthur Kanev - Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a serious disease that is passed along from parents to their children. It is a life-threatening condition that can cause severe damage to the respiratory and digestive systems by affecting the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices.

In people suffering from cystic fibrosis, or CF, these secretions become thick and sticky because of a defective gene. They are supposed to be lubricants, but instead they plug up various passageways in the body, especially in the lungs and the pancreas.

The most common sufferers of CF are white people of northern European heritage. But the disease can occur in anyone, and has been diagnosed in Hispanics, African Americans, and some Native Americans. It is seldom diagnosed in people of Asian and Middle Eastern origin, but is not unheard of. The condition is usually diagnosed within the first month of life, before any symptoms become apparent.

Cystic fibrosis requires daily care, but with proper treatment most people suffering from the condition are able to lead fairly normal lives. This has not always been the case. Still, the long-term prospects are not good; life expectancy for people with CF usually does not extend beyond the forties and fifties.

Dr Arthur Kanev is a retired dentist and has been a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1985. He served as the Vice President of the Waltham, Massachusetts chapter from 1991 to 1995. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Award of Excellence and Merit from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for his tireless work in the fight against CF, and on behalf of the Foundation.