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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

Book review: A modern way to eat | Foodie Friday

In this day and age, a cookery book almost seems like a relic, a thing of the past. But should that be the case? […]

By | September 23rd, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cancer biomarkers worth following | Vitamin D

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. […]

By | September 20th, 2016|Biomarkers|0 Comments

Oil free chana masala | Foodie Friday

If you’ve wanted to make tasty chana masala at home but feel put off by the long list of exotic ingredients, wait no more. You probably already have all the spices you need for this recipe, and the prep takes about 10 minutes, tops.  […]

By | September 16th, 2016|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cancer biomarkers worth following | Coagulation

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? […]

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

Fiesta fish dinner in 15 minutes | Foodie Friday

On those days when you have to get dinner on the table within 20 minutes of getting home from work, turn to this gem of a dish. Bursting with flavor, it uses only two ingredients and one pan… […]

By | September 9th, 2016|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|0 Comments

Could you benefit from time restricted eating?

“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.  […]

By | September 6th, 2016|Research, Sugar|0 Comments

Black bean power salad | Foodie Friday

Being mindful about your diet can have unintended consequences on your social life. You know the drill…an invitation to a potluck or a picnic arrives and in your mind's eye you see the overloaded table full of pasta salads, potato salads, salami platters, [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

5 strategies to improve insulin resistance | Cancer prevention

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? […]

By | August 30th, 2016|Sugar|0 Comments

Berry & citrus creamy frozen bites with stevia | Foodie Friday

When you need just a taste of dessert, or when you can’t trust yourself around a full-sized cheesecake, turn to these bites for delicious micro-bursts of flavor and healthy decadence. There’s no added sugar but they’re sweetened perfectly with stevia extract… […]

By | August 26th, 2016|Desserts, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Sugar, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does sugar feed cancer? |What happens in the cells

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? […]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Sugar|0 Comments

How to make stevia extract | Foodie Friday

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. […]

By | August 19th, 2016|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Sugar|0 Comments

Should I avoid sugar if I have cancer?

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. […]

By | August 16th, 2016|Research, Sugar|0 Comments

Healthy stuffed wraps with no refined carbs | Foodie Friday

To eat carbs or not to eat carbs, that is the question. We know that not all carbs are created equally, but do the differences matter? From your health’s perspective, the answer is a definite yes… […]

By | August 12th, 2016|Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

How to measure blood glucose levels | 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. […]

By | August 9th, 2016|Sugar|1 Comment

My summer favorites | Foodie Friday

When I was much younger, my unspoken rule was "once a favorite, always a favorite." Forever. But no more…I’ve learned that I’m quite fickle when it comes to favorite things, and that they change over time. What are my [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday|2 Comments

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

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. […]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Food, Sugar|0 Comments

Healthy stuffed portobello mushroom |Foodie Friday

Last week’s Foodie Friday celebrated the immune-boosting superstars of the mushroom world. This week, we celebrate the incredibly versatile portobello mushroom… […]

By | July 29th, 2016|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Movies boost natural killer cells | Immune system

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?  […]

By | July 26th, 2016|Community, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play|2 Comments

Country mushroom paté, three ways |Foodie Friday

From a humble fungus comes one of your strongest allies – the mighty mushroom! Read on to see how you can enjoy some delicious country mushroom paté and at the same time benefit from what these fabulous fungi have to offer… […]

By | July 22nd, 2016|Foodie Friday, Immune system, Lunch, Snacks, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Try forest bathing to support your immune system

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? […]

By | July 19th, 2016|Immune system, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Turmeric ice cream with date swirl | Foodie Friday

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! […]

By | July 15th, 2016|Desserts, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|0 Comments
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