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Vitamin K2 | The little-known powerful calcium carrier

By | February 28th, 2017|Food, vitamins and minerals|

You are not alone if you’ve never heard of Vitamin K2. Maybe you’ve heard of “Vitamin K” as the coagulation vitamin – but that is mainly the job of Vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 seems to be a big secret! So let’s get talking about it and see how important it is for getting calcium to the places in the body where we want it.   […]

Using reminders to help us change our habits

By | February 21st, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine|

This week I’ve been using a reminder to change how I am thinking about something going on in my life.  It’s not your usual reminder like a ping from the phone, or a message on a post-it stuck on my mirror – but it works. Using reminders, in whatever form, can help us change our habits. […]

The importance of relationships | The gift of full attention

By | February 14th, 2017|Love, Meaning, Research|

Happy Valentine’s Day! A day to celebrate love. And it is worth celebrating – whether or not you subscribe to the Hallmark holiday. […]

Children’s books about maternal cancer| A mom of many hats

By | February 10th, 2017|Book review|

Following on from last Friday’s post, today we will look at the book “A mom of many hats.” This is a children’s book, for ages 3-12, that helps adults explain a cancer diagnosis to a child. […]

Storm in a coffee cup | Should we be drinking coffee?

By | February 7th, 2017|Food, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, Sugar|

Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world. This is despite its history of negative research. So was that all a storm in a coffee cup? Should we or shouldn’t we drink our cup of coffee? […]

Children’s books about maternal cancer| Nowhere Hair by Sue Glader

By | February 3rd, 2017|Book review|

A key issue pertaining to a parent’s diagnosis of cancer is how to appropriately communicate the diagnosis and related matters to children. What resources are there that can help? […]

Skin Deep and Think Dirty | Apps for your health

By | January 31st, 2017|App review, detoxification, Empowerment|

It is estimated that women are exposed to 168 chemicals every day through their beauty and personal products. “Skin Deep” by Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) and “Think Dirty” are two mobile Apps that can help us figure out if these products contain harmful ingredients and allergens.  […]

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber

By | January 27th, 2017|Sleep, Stress reduction|

We frequently consider sleep as a waste of time. We are too busy. Gosh, by the age of 90, on average we will have slept 32 years! Our minds automatically question what else we could have done with that time. So what does the latest research tell us about why we sleep?  […]

Detoxification every day, not just in January

By | January 24th, 2017|detoxification|

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), of which I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist, have released the above infographic/poster about detoxification.  Perfect timing, as many people think January is the month for detox.  But, hang on a minute.  We need more than a blitz of detox in January. As the poster suggests, we should be focusing on detoxifying every single day. […]

1% Challenge – 30-day online mindfulness program

By | January 20th, 2017|Stress reduction|

eMindful currently has a challenge for you.  Take just 1% of each day for 30 days and learn/practice mindfulness.  1% amounts to just 14 minutes. Are you up for the challenge? […]

Websites to check | zerobreastcancer.org

By | January 17th, 2017|Breast cancer, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, website review|

Zero Breast Cancer (Zerobreastcancer.org), or ZBC, is a non-profit organization based in Marin County, California. Both Kathie and I write a book review blog post for them once a month. But we haven't spoken much about them on our own blog...so [...]

Kara | Guided meditations for cancer patients

By | January 10th, 2017|Empowerment, Sleep, Stress reduction|

You know I’m one for acronyms, what with the name CALMERme, and our programs for clients -CAPABLEme and RESTOREDme. So when I heard about the website named KARA, I wanted to check it out. KARA, the acronym, stands for Kindness, Awareness, Rest and Allowing. But what is it? […]

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. […]

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