An apple a day keeps the doctor away vs a statin a day keeps the doctor away

By | June 20th, 2017|disease prevention, Research|

Which would you prefer: An apple a day or a statin a day to keep the doctor away? Let’s look at this comparative proverb to see whether lifestyle changes are preferable to using pharmaceuticals for prevention…   […]

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? […]

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? […]

Metastatic Breast Cancer Project | Speeding up research by sharing your tumor samples

By | May 2nd, 2017|Breast cancer, Empowerment, Research|

The metastatic breast cancer (mBC) project offers a new approach to cancer research. It connects researchers directly with patients. Patients share their tumor samples and clinical information to create a huge database of genomic and molecular information, to help accelerate important research discoveries. Participating is a way to help yourself and others. Find out more. […]

Cow and goat milk estrogen levels | Does it matter?

By | April 25th, 2017|Breast cancer, Food, prostate cancer, Research|

Elevated estrogen metabolites in the body are seen to be associated with certain cancers, including prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers.  One potential dietary source of these metabolites that is commonly consumed is milk. Let’s look at how cow and goat milk vary in their estrogen levels.   […]

WISDOM study | Helping redefine Breast Cancer screening for the future

By | March 28th, 2017|Breast cancer, Research|

A new study, the Wisdom Study, is currently recruiting women to figure out the best approach to Breast Cancer (BC) screening and how to improve it. Let’s find out more about it.  […]

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. […]

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? […]

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 [...]

Websites to check | mytavin.com

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

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. […]

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? […]

Websites to check | ewg.org

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

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… […]

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. […]

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.  […]

Could you benefit from time restricted eating?

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

“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.  […]

Should I avoid sugar if I have cancer?

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

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. […]

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. […]

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… […]

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