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New Year Resolutions…don’t fall into the trap!

There have been plenty of Decembers when I’ve made resolutions about things I’m going to change “in the new year.” But I don’t do that anymore… […]

By | January 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Zinc | For more than just the common cold

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! […]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Biomarkers|0 Comments

Finding time for the good stuff

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.  […]

By | December 30th, 2016|Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|1 Comment

Selenium: the small but mighty mineral

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. […]

By | December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Book Review | Dig In Your Heels

Dig In Your Heels | The glamorous (and not so glamorous) life of a young breast cancer survivor This blog post first appeared on Zero Breast Cancer - zerobreastcancer.org - where I am a guest blogger. (Be sure to check [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Humming through the holidays | 3 top stress busters

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. […]

By | December 20th, 2016|Play, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Pumpkin Seed Butter | Foodie Friday

Pumpkin seed butter? Trust me, it isn't as weird as it might sound, and it's a powerhouse of goodness. Ruth’s recent post about magnesium might have been an eye-opener for you...magnesium deficiency is associated with seven of the top nine causes [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Snacks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Magnesium – the low cost mineral with multiple health benefits

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.  […]

By | December 13th, 2016|Biomarkers|0 Comments

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

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…   […]

By | December 9th, 2016|Love, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Healthy holiday gift ideas

Tis the season! For giving and receiving…sharing and caring…eating too much and then having regrets… But take a look at these healthy holiday gift ideas for you to give (or receive) that will keep you feeling great. […]

By | December 6th, 2016|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Play|3 Comments

Websites to check | mytavin.com

I recently came across a website that is baby-simple to navigate, serves up focused results, and is a fabulous resource – especially if you’re taking any kind of medication. The site is mytavin.com (to pronounce it, think vitamin (said the American way), but swap the m and v). The site came into being after its author, Dr. Jeffrey Gladd MD, learned of drug-induced vitamin and mineral deficiency. […]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Research, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The importance of minerals for our health | Avoiding mineral deficiencies

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? […]

By | November 29th, 2016|Biomarkers|0 Comments

Websites to check | whfoods.com

Here’s another post in our series of websites to check, this time focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables. Is broccoli more nutritious than kale? Can kale be eaten raw, or is it more nutritious when cooked? How is it best cooked? These questions and many more are answered on the amazing site that is run by the George Mateljan Foundation… […]

By | November 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Melatonin’s anti-estrogenic effects | Melatonin and cancer

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.  […]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Breast cancer, Research, Sleep|0 Comments

Cherry walnut squares | Foodie Friday

It’s the holidays. You know you’re likely to over-indulge and be naughty…but when you eat these chocolate-y cherry walnut squares, you can be guilt-free! […]

By | November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chronobiology |Timing matters for melatonin & chemotherapy

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? […]

By | November 15th, 2016|chemotherapy, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|0 Comments

Websites to check | ewg.org

Information! It’s everywhere, and is one of the few things that isn’t in danger of going extinct in the 21st century. Every day, we’re subjected to a constant stream of information, some of it good, some of it not so good. How do you tell the difference? Here’s a site that can remove some of the guesswork… […]

By | November 11th, 2016|Research, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Personalized nutrition – instead of the best diet for humans

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. […]

By | November 8th, 2016|Biomarkers, Food, Sugar|0 Comments

Websites to check | Nutritionfacts.org

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/. […]

By | November 4th, 2016|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|0 Comments

The Blue Zones Solution | Book review

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.  […]

Colonoscopy — is it on your bucket list?

I know, you’re thinking “How could having a colonoscopy be on anyone’s bucket list??? Ugh!” But after I thought about it for a few minutes, it was an obvious choice to add to mine, right next to visiting Stonehenge and learning how to play the piano. (Trip accomplished, piano being tortured on a daily basis…) […]

By | October 28th, 2016|colon cancer, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Melatonin for palliative care | Melatonin & cancer

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.  […]

Practically instant minestrone | Foodie Friday

This big pot of soup almost makes itself, it’s so quick from start to finish! Wonderful minestrone, that great cool-weather standby… […]

By | October 21st, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Soups, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Melatonin and cancer | Using melatonin with chemotherapy

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. […]

By | October 18th, 2016|Breast cancer, colon cancer, Research|0 Comments

Change in season | vegetables for autumn and fall

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. […]

By | October 14th, 2016|Food|0 Comments

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

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.  […]

By | October 11th, 2016|Biomarkers, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep|0 Comments

Moroccan-spiced chickpea soup with greens | Foodie Friday

Could this healthy chickpea soup be any easier to make? I don’t think so… […]

By | October 7th, 2016|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Soups, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Book review | Bald is better with earrings

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 [...]

By | October 4th, 2016|Book review, Breast cancer|0 Comments

Shrimp cabbagio entree salad | Foodie Friday

Here’s an easy recipe that turns the humble cabbage into the center of attention. Super versatile, it’s quick and easy, healthful, and delicious… […]

By | September 30th, 2016|Dinner, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alternatives to colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening

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. […]

By | September 27th, 2016|colon cancer|0 Comments
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