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Strategies for meal times | How to eat during chemo

By | May 31st, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

What’s the one taste that chemo can’t change? Find out, along with five easy strategies to make meal times more enjoyable when you are struggling to eat because of chemotherapy or other treatments.  […]

Changes in food taste | How to eat during chemo

By | May 29th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food, Lifestyle Medicine|

A relatively common side effect of chemotherapy is changes in food taste: The sweet, salty, sour, and bitter flavors you are used to just don’t taste the same. The name for this is Dysgeusia. What, if anything, can be done to help with this?  […]

Food temperature | How to eat during chemo

By | May 24th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

Ruth: When you are going through chemo and your eating habits are changed, it might help to consider the effects of the food’s temperature. […]

Importance of food texture | How to eat during chemo

By | May 22nd, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|

Ruth: Today let’s focus on the texture of the food we eat, and how that texture can help when chemotherapy is affecting our eating. […]

What and how to eat during chemotherapy

By | May 17th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food, Lifestyle Medicine|

Ruth: In this series of blog posts, we will look at eating during chemotherapy from two aspects. Firstly, we’ll look at natural strategies to use when side effects of chemotherapy affect your eating – the “how to eat” part. Secondly, we’ll look at what foods are good to eat during chemo to optimize your health at this time, regardless of whether your treatment is affecting your eating – the “what to eat” part. […]

Understanding cancer clinical trials: ask yourself…

By | May 10th, 2016|Research|

In this final blog post about cancer clinical trials, we’ll discuss what questions you should ask yourself before enrolling in a clinical trial. Even if you have all the information you need about the trial, are eligible for the trial, and have the finances sorted out, taking the time to tap into your personal motivations and beliefs can help you finalize your decisions.  […]

Understanding cancer clinical trials: questions to ask

By | May 6th, 2016|Research|

In the fourth of our mini-series on cancer clinical trials, we’ll take a look at the questions you should ask the research team before deciding to enroll in a clinical trial. Obviously, the questions to ask will be specific to the trial or trials you are considering, but we hope that this blog post will help you formulate them.  […]

Understanding cancer clinical trials: finding trials

By | May 3rd, 2016|Research|

In our first two blog posts on the subject of cancer clinical trials, we’ve given an outline of what a clinical trial is and the phases involved. If you have decided that you would like to investigate a little further, this blog post focuses on how you can find clinical trials that are suitable for you. […]

Understanding cancer clinical trials: Phases of trials

By | April 29th, 2016|Research|

Following on from our blog post on the general introduction to clinical trials, today we will look at the different phases of clinical trials. […]

Understanding cancer clinical trials: General facts

By | April 26th, 2016|Research|

Your oncologist may, at some stage in your treatment plan, suggest that you look at enrolling in a cancer clinical trial. This might be something you haven’t thought about before and perhaps you don’t understand what trials involve. Our next few blog posts will be a mini-series all about clinical trials including the questions you should ask and consider before enrolling. […]

Sing for joy – and our health: Benefits in immunity and stress reduction

By | April 22nd, 2016|Community, Stress reduction|

A study published last week found that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts immunity, reduces stress, and improves mood in cancer patients. Let’s get singing!  […]

What knowing your lemons can teach you about breast cancer

By | April 12th, 2016|Empowerment|

The non-profit group Worldwide Breast cancer has developed some really useful visuals to help educate women about breast cancer. They chose visuals so as to not rely on words to avoid literacy issues and also language issues for multicultural audiences. But selecting the right visual was very difficult too. […]

Imagine a hug

By | April 5th, 2016|Love, Stress reduction|

Sit back, relax, and take a couple of minutes with this blog post. You’ll be glad you did. Take a couple of deep slow breaths. […]

What’s in a name? Why I chose CALMERme

By | April 1st, 2016|Empowerment, Stress reduction|

In the launch of my website and blog, I made the decision to change the name.  I know there is lots of opinion out there saying that this isn’t necessarily a good idea when you already have a following, but the way I work now – and my goals for the site – have changed, and so the name needed to change too. So why CALMERme? […]

Getting your body and mind ready for surgery

By | March 29th, 2016|Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

I read an interesting paper published this year [1] entitled “Can we measure surgical resilience?” It is just a hypothesis at this stage, but the authors are looking at whether there are biomarkers in patients that can measure psychological resilience associated with improved surgery recovery and healing. […]

Vitamin D levels and breast cancer prognosis: the importance of testing

By | March 25th, 2016|Food, Play|

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that our bodies can produce when our skin is exposed to the sunlight.   We can also get it from some foods such as fish, fish oil (especially cod liver oil), and eggs.  It is considered a hormonal vitamin because there are receptors for vitamin D in the body. […]

The stages of change: strategies for consistent life-long behavior changes

By | March 22nd, 2016|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine|

We all know that change doesn’t just happen.  Changing behaviors is not easy. And when we aren’t successful, we can feel like we’ve failed and didn’t have the will-power to make changes.   […]

Spicy Carrot Dip recipe: creamy and zippy

By | March 18th, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

Some friends came round recently and I served them one of my favorite dips with some poppadoms.  Mary asked for the recipe of the dip, so rather than just send it to her, I thought I’d share it here. […]

The power of community as medicine

By | March 15th, 2016|Community|

Last week I described how researchers use a computerized cyberball game to look at what happens in the brain when people feel isolated and rejected.  It was powerful to see that after just a couple of minutes of being excluded [...]

Book Review: When breath becomes air

By | March 11th, 2016|Meaning|

I rarely sit and read books nowadays. I read many scientific papers, and textbooks, but for general reading, I tend to use Audible to listen to books as I'm driving or walking.  But yesterday I sat down and read Paul [...]

Considering social isolation and how it can affect our health

By | March 8th, 2016|Community|

An online game called cyberball is helping researchers look at the effects of social isolation on health. At UCLA, researchers look at the brains of participants while they play cyberball to determine what goes on in the brain when someone feels rejection and isolation. So what exactly is cyberball? […]

A new model of breast cancer causation

By | March 4th, 2016|Research|

I attended the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) conference on Monday in San Francisco.  The first presenter, Robert Hiatt, presented a model of breast cancer  (BC) causation that they had created, funded by CBCRP. The model looks at factors affecting causation of postmenopausal BC.  They are now working on a similar model for premenopausal BC. Lets take a closer look at their model, shown above. […]

Understanding “risk” in cancer research – what does the percentage risk really mean?

By | March 1st, 2016|Research|

Knowing what you can do to decrease your risk of cancer or recurrence is important.  But it’s also good to know how much something like eating more broccoli or drinking less alcohol can actually lower your risk. Likewise, if you are considering treatment, it’s good to know by how much a certain chemotherapy can reduce your risk of recurrence.  So what do these risk terms mean? […]

Should I avoid soy? What does the research really say?

By | February 23rd, 2016|Food, Research|

Last week I posted a recipe for making homemade soy yogurt.  Delicious, with no added sugar and it takes only two minutes of your time to make.  But many women have read that they should, or have been instructed to, avoid soy or soya if they have a history of estrogen receptor positive (ER+ve) breast cancer. So why did I post that recipe?  Let’s look at what the latest research shows… […]

Soy yogurt recipe — just two minutes, two ingredients and no added sugar

By | February 19th, 2016|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|

I love this fast two ingredient dairy free yogurt recipe. Its taken a few iterations to get it right and so fast. I was using 3 ingredients and taking more time, but I credit the Healthy Librarian for getting it down [...]

Lifestyle Medicine — What is it and what can it do for me?

By | February 16th, 2016|Lifestyle Medicine|

The Institute for Lifestyle Medicine defines Lifestyle Medicine as: "the evidence-based practice of assisting individuals and their families to adopt and sustain behaviors that can improve health and quality of life." Multiple behaviors fall into the category of Lifestyle Medicine (LM). In this [...]

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