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Zinc | For more than just the common cold

By | January 3rd, 2017|Biomarkers|

During this cold and flu season, you might hear a recommendation that at the first sign of a cold, you should take a zinc lozenge to help ward off the common cold. But are you aware of all the other things that zinc is important for in the body? It’s a powerhouse! […]

Finding time for the good stuff

By | December 30th, 2016|Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

Laura Vanderkam has some great advice in this TEDtalk. It’s all about how we use our free time. There are lots of great snippets in here – give it a watch.  […]

Selenium: the small but mighty mineral

By | December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Selenium is considered a trace mineral – meaning we need only very small amounts. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. We want to avoid selenium deficiency, but a little goes a long way and does a lot of good. […]

Humming through the holidays | 3 top stress busters

By | December 20th, 2016|Play, Stress reduction|

While we all picture the holidays and Christmastime to be happy times, they can also be quite stressful. So here are three of the simplest things you can do to help you relax at this time of year…and you might end up using them forever! My favorite is humming. […]

Magnesium – the low cost mineral with multiple health benefits

By | December 13th, 2016|Biomarkers|

Magnesium is one of my favorite minerals. Might seem a funny thing to say, but magnesium is so important for our health, yet approximately 50% of us don’t get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of it in our diet. This means that for many, a little supplementation can go a long way to quickly improve symptoms. Magnesium is involved with more than 350 different enzyme reactions in the body, and virtually every system in the body needs magnesium to function.  […]

A Laughter Box | The perfect gift for someone who is ill

By | December 9th, 2016|Love, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Tuesday’s post gave some healthy holiday gift ideas that I hope caught your eye. Today, I want to focus on just one gift that is a lovely idea for someone who is ill. Whether it is a family member or friend, whether they have cancer or some other chronic illness, or maybe it’s someone who finds the holidays especially hard, why not consider putting together a laughter box for them…   […]

The importance of minerals for our health | Avoiding mineral deficiencies

By | November 29th, 2016|Biomarkers|

Maybe you take a multivitamin pill everyday – in which case, good for you! But does your pill also contain good levels of minerals? Why does our body need minerals? Are they important? How can you tell if you have mineral deficiencies? […]

Melatonin’s anti-estrogenic effects | Melatonin and cancer

By | November 22nd, 2016|Breast cancer, Research, Sleep|

We’ve looked at some studies that showed significant effects of melatonin on cancer and quality of life, but how does melatonin  achieve this? There are several different mechanisms, but today we will focus on just one: melatonin’s anti-estrogenic effects. This might be important for breast cancer (BC) and other hormonal imbalances.  […]

Chronobiology |Timing matters for melatonin & chemotherapy

By | November 15th, 2016|chemotherapy, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

We’ve seen in previous blog posts that melatonin can have anti-cancer effects. But when should we give melatonin? Should it just be at night or can we give it during the day? Does timing matter? If so, should we consider the timing of other treatments too? […]

Personalized nutrition – instead of the best diet for humans

By | November 8th, 2016|Biomarkers, Food, Sugar|

A significant amount of what we read about diets in the media and science literature focuses on searching for the best diet that will serve us all. The focus is on the foods. Should it be paleo, pescatarian, high starch, vegan…? Yet we all know, deep down, that one size doesn’t fit all. We are all different. So why don’t we focus on the person instead of the food? One new company is helping us shift our thinking. […]

Websites to check | Nutritionfacts.org

By | November 4th, 2016|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

If you haven’t come across Dr Michael Greger and his videos on health and nutrition – you should check out his website Nutritionfacts http://nutritionfacts.org/. […]

The Blue Zones Solution | Book review

By | November 1st, 2016|Book review, Community, Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner from National Geographic was one of my favorite health books from last year. It’s inspiring subtitle is “Eating and living like the world’s healthiest people”  Dan’s research reveals how the world’s longest-lived people actually live their lives. It’s all about adding life to years, not just years to life.  […]

Melatonin for palliative care | Melatonin & cancer

By | October 25th, 2016|Breast cancer, chemotherapy, colon cancer, Immune system, prostate cancer, Research, Sleep|

Melatonin is seen to have anti-cancer effects, as we saw in last week’s blog post.  In addition to those benefits, it may also have other effects which could be useful in palliative care of cancer patients, when there are no other treatment options.  […]

Melatonin and cancer | Using melatonin with chemotherapy

By | October 18th, 2016|Breast cancer, colon cancer, Research|

There are over 2,000 scientific publications on melatonin and cancer. Some of these are laboratory studies, but there are also many human studies. So what do the results show? Let’s look today at whether melatonin can help when combined with chemotherapy. […]

Change in season | vegetables for autumn and fall

By | October 14th, 2016|Food|

I am really feeling a change in the season now – even though we are still having some days with the temperatures in the 80’s up here in northern California. But the nights are cool, the grapes are all harvested and the leaves are changing color. And rain is forecast later in the week. At this time of year, my food choices change too. Here’s what I move towards. […]

Melatonin and Cancer | How we make it and how it helps

By | October 11th, 2016|Biomarkers, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep|

If you’ve heard of melatonin, it’s probably in the context of sleep and preventing jet lag. It is often called the “sleep hormone”.  But melatonin is far more than that.  This series of blog posts will look at the different beneficial effects of melatonin, above and beyond its role in sleep – including it’s anti-cancer effects.  […]

Book review | Bald is better with earrings

By | October 4th, 2016|Book review, Breast cancer|

Bald is better with earrings | A survivor’s guide to getting through breast cancer. By Andrea Hutton This blog post first appeared on Zero Breast Cancer -  zerobreastcancer.org where I am a guest blogger. Be sure to check out their website and see [...]

Alternatives to colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening

By | September 27th, 2016|colon cancer|

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the US. The primary goal of colorectal cancer screening is to prevent deaths from colon cancer. But the traditional method of screening by the dreaded colonoscopy puts many people off. All that horrid prep the day before…then the actual procedure. Ugh! But now we have options! Let’s take a look at what they are. […]

Cancer biomarkers worth following | Vitamin D

By | September 20th, 2016|Biomarkers|

The importance of vitamin D used to be linked only with calcium for bone health. But research shows us that it is involved in many other aspects of our health. Today we’ll look at how knowing our Vitamin D level is important in relation to cancer. […]

Cancer biomarkers worth following | Coagulation

By | September 13th, 2016|Biomarkers|

There are several biomarkers that are useful to follow during and after cancer treatment. The first one we’ll discuss today is coagulation, which relates to the clotting of blood. So what does coagulation have to do with cancer? […]

Could you benefit from time restricted eating?

By | September 6th, 2016|Research, Sugar|

“Time restricted eating” is a type of intermittent fasting. It focuses on when you eat, rather than what you eat. There is a lot of research going on regarding this approach, so let’s look at how time-restricted eating can be of benefit, and see if it might be useful for you.  […]

5 strategies to improve insulin resistance | Cancer prevention

By | August 30th, 2016|Sugar|

Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes have reached epidemic proportions. Insulin resistance (IR) is a well recognized risk factors for several types of cancer, as well as other chronic diseases. So what can we do to improve insulin resistance? […]

Does sugar feed cancer? |What happens in the cells

By | August 23rd, 2016|Sugar|

Does sugar feed cancer? Sugar, in the form of glucose, is used by all cells as the body’s primary source of fuel. It is like the gas/petrol in a car. It powers our movements, thoughts, and more or less everything that we do. If sugar is so vital, how can it feed cancer? […]

How to make stevia extract | Foodie Friday

By | August 19th, 2016|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Sugar|

I’ve shied away from stevia in the past, because I hate its aftertaste. But, if you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, it is probably your best option of sweetener to use. So how can we make it more palatable? Today I’ll show you how to make your own stevia extract that doesn’t have a horrid aftertaste. […]

Should I avoid sugar if I have cancer?

By | August 16th, 2016|Research, Sugar|

A common question many cancer patients have is whether or not to avoid sugar …so let’s look at the results of an interesting study and see what it suggests. […]

How to measure blood glucose levels | Sugar

By | August 9th, 2016|Sugar|

Last week we looked at why it is important to measure how our body responds to different foods regarding blood sugar spikes. This week we will look at how we measure this, and what our optimal goals are. It’s time to do your own experimentation. […]

Should I measure blood glucose levels if I’m not diabetic?

By | August 2nd, 2016|Food, Sugar|

Most of us think blood sugar/glucose measurement is only for those that have diabetes. But there can be real value in measuring how our body deals with different foods. You can gain a lot of information by a simple finger prick blood test. Let’s look at what we can learn. […]

Movies boost natural killer cells | Immune system

By | July 26th, 2016|Community, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play|

Can we really boost our immune system simply by watching a movie? We might think movies just affect our mood, but they can also have physiological effects on the immune system. Not surprisingly, it depends on the movie – so what are good immune-building movies?  […]

Try forest bathing to support your immune system

By | July 19th, 2016|Immune system, Stress reduction|

In 1982, the Forest Agency of Japan first proposed that ‘forest bathing,’ was good for your health.  No, forest bathing is not dragging a bathtub into the woods and having a soak – although that does sound good!  Rather it is visiting a forest or wood for relaxation, and gentle recreation, and breathing in the volatile substances from the trees. When did you last forest bathe? […]

Turmeric ice cream with date swirl | Foodie Friday

By | July 15th, 2016|Desserts, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|

It’s summer – and time for ice cream! Today’s recipe begins with creamy coconut milk, sweetened only with dates, and for an unusual flavor we add turmeric and four other spices. The flavor combination has an unexpected twist of warmth from the turmeric and spices, combined with the chill of the ice cream. It will set your tastes buds dancing! […]

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