Universal blood test to detect cancer?


   New research suggests that a universal blood test to detect cancer could be closer than previously thought. By sequencing the normal DNA that a tumor releases into the bloodstream, researchers believe they can develop a single blood test that can detect early tumors as well as advanced cancers.   DNA tests that have been previously used detect […]

New “smart drugs” target only cancer cells


  New research from Dr. John Lewis, a medical researcher and associate professor in the Department of Oncology and Fellow with the National Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Alberta, shows that nanotechnology is assisting greatly in the quest for new and effective cancer treatment drugs.   Chemotherapy, widely used in cancer treatments today, travels throughout the body and kills any cells that divide, […]

Why we need dietary fiber


  I know what you’re thinking… fiber?  really???  I agree, it is an odd subject.  Something we really don’t want to talk about, or sometimes even think about.  But fiber in our diets, especially the type that comes from whole grains and cereals, is really good for our health.   Here are a few reasons to increase your intake of dietary fiber: […]

Carbs- linked to colon cancer?


Recent information posted in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows a link between a high carbohydrate diet and an increased risk of colon cancer recurrence.  The study was designed to assess the effects of glycemic load and total carb intake on the survival rate of stage 3 colon cancer patients. What they found was […]

Why do we need to be active?


  We all know that exercise is beneficial for us.  It is still hard to get motivated sometimes.  Here are just a few reasons to get out, get started, or keep up an active lifestyle.    Why should we be active? Researchers show that regular physical activity or exercise can improve health in a number […]

Mammography- effective screening method?


So we’ve all heard about the chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens around us, which are known to be cancer-causing agents.  There’s increased risks associated with red meat and alcohol consumption; the dangers of breathing car exhaust and cigarette smoke, even incidentally.  These are only a few of the noted environmental factors that may contribute to the growth of cancer cells.   […]

Reducing your risk factors


Interesting information was reported this week in the Huffington Post.  While we’ve heard that heredity plays an important part in our susceptibility to cancers, Dr. Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc notes in the article that 90 to 95% of breast cancer cases are not based on genes and heredity.  While we know heredity plays a part in influencing the […]