The importance of a positive connection between patient and provider

By | June 13th, 2017|In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

Does the quality of the relationship between patient and doctor/healthcare practitioner really make a difference? We all want to feel listened to and have time with a doctor, but is there evidence that this connection actually impacts our health? […]

EWG’s 2017 Sunscreen guide | Choose the best sunscreen for you and your family

By | June 6th, 2017|App review, Cancer prevention, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, website review|

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) have released their 2017 sunscreen guide. Let’s take a look and see what it covers, so you can then explore it further and make some choices. […]

The concept of a Spoon Barn | Adapting to change

By | May 30th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning|

When life is getting you down, try considering the concept of a spoon barn.  It’s all about living life to the fullest, even with change and loss.  […]

Hygge – Learning from the Danes, some of the happiest people on Earth

By | May 23rd, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

Hygge is a Danish work that is considered untranslatable – although many try! Some say that hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is meant to be felt, not translated. Why is this word suddenly a buzz word and the No.1 export from Denmark? Let’s take a look. […]

The best exercise for brains of older adults – walk, stretch or dance?

By | May 9th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Research|

As we age, the white matter in the brain begins to degenerate leading to a decline in cognitive function, such as processing speed and memory decline. We all know that physical activity and exercise is beneficial, but can exercise help our white matter and brain function too? […]

Healthy self = Heal thy self | Supporting our bodies for self healing

By | April 18th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play|

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. They have many self-healing capacities, so let’s look at how we can support these to reveal our healthy self. Healthy self = Heal thy self! […]

Lifestyle medicine lessons from baby E | Reminders for better health

By | April 11th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine|

I've recently had the wonderful fortune of spending time with a little baby. Baby E and his mother came to stay for a few days last month, and then yesterday we went for a hike together (yes, he's a good [...]

What should my plate look like? ANH Healthful eating guidelines

By | April 4th, 2017|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, vitamins and minerals|

I’m sure you are familiar with graphics of “food plates” or the food pyramids, designed to help us figure out what we should eat each day. Some are more helpful than others!  One of the ones I like is the Food4Health guidelines from the Alliance for Natural Health. So take a look and see what you think.  […]

The Oura ring for monitoring and improving sleep and activity

By | March 21st, 2017|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

There are lots of wearable devices available now to monitor different aspects of your health. Today we’ll review the Oura ring that monitors sleep and activity.  […]

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. […]

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 [...]

Healthy holiday gift ideas

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

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. […]

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? […]

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 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.  […]

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?  […]

Improving lymph circulation to support immunity

By | July 12th, 2016|Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Play|

We all know about our blood circulatory system and how the heart pumps blood around the body, but fewer of us know much about the other part of our circulatory system – the lymph, or lymphatic system. Good lymph circulation is crucial to our immunity and thus integral to our health. And it has a significant role in prevention and recovery from cancer. Let’s look further at this important transport system and how we can improve its function to improve our health. […]

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?  […]

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. […]

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. […]

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.   […]

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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