Beets: nutritious, healthy and good for endurance?


Endurance athletes take note.  Beets, and specifically beetroot juice, are the new endurance booster.  All natural and super nutritious, they pack a punch.  Ask Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall, or ultra-marathoner Chris Carver: beetroot juice improves athletic performance. Beets and beetroot juice are known for their high nitrate content.  Nitrates are converted in our bodies into nitric oxide, which causes blood vessels […]

World Cancer Day


Monday, February 4, 2013 is World Cancer Day Because many of us are or have been affected in some way by cancer, I would like to highlight two upcoming events that are raising money for colon cancer awareness and prevention, one is in Houston, Texas, and one is in NY. SCOPE 5k.  First, the MD Anderson SCOPE 5K […]

More veggies for me, please…


Over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year and 50,000 people will die from the disease.  Those are staggering statistics.  Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts and Figures […]

Common spice that fights cancer?


  It’s a common spice with uncommon health benefits.  What is it, and why is it important? Curcumin, a natural extract from the spice turmeric, has been used for many centuries in India and Asia.  It is a major ingredient in curry powder, and has a bright, distinctive yellowish color.  Curcumin has long been known for its health benefits.  Research […]

Should we stop eating wheat?


Wheat sensitivity, wheat allergies, celiac disease: it seems that these issues are getting more attention lately.  Why? Most of us are carb junkies (even if we don’t want to be), and wheat plays a major role in our diets.  Overall, it supplies about 20% of the total food calories worldwide, and is a staple in most […]

Breath test used to detect cancer?


Is it possible to detect cancer from a breath test?  Researchers believe so.  In a study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery, researchers were able to successfully detect the presence of colorectal cancer with 75% accuracy through breath analysis.  Breath sampling is a relatively easy and non-invasive method of screening, but it is still very […]

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, […]