Ways to prevent cancer


Regular screenings are the best way to find cancer in its early stages and treat it. It’s well known. But are screenings all we need to do to protect ourselves from the various types and forms of cancer? It’s a good question.  Why?  Because experts feel that one-third of cancer can be prevented. Preventing Cancer Evidence shows that weight management, […]

A dieter’s dream food


Kale is part of the cabbage family (along with collards, and Brussels sprouts); it has high nutritional value, a distinct flavor, and great health benefits.   Here are a few reasons why it’s so beneficial. What it contains Great source of fiber.  Fills you up, is low on calories, and it is slow to digest. Nutrients and Vitamins.  […]

Health benefits of green tea


Green tea.  It’s good.  It’s popular.  What is it and why should you drink it? Green tea is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves; it is regularly consumed in Asia, and it has recently become popular in the U.S. and western countries as well.  Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, and drinking it regularly provides a growing […]

Why be screened for colon cancer?


Because it is preventable if we follow the recommendations of screening and preventing it.  March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and it is the third most common cancer diagnosed in American men and  women.   So, when should we be screened?  Everyone (men and women) older than age 50 should be screened for colon cancer.  However, if you […]

Why eat beans?


Why should beans be an important part of your diet? Here are the top 10 reasons why beans should be incorporated into our diet: 10) Beans are an inexpensive source of vegetable protein.  They’re cheap.  Good source of protein.  And they’re not meat-based. 9) They are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Dietary fiber is […]

Health risks associated with being overweight


  We hear it all the time.  Americans are overweight.  And, it’s true.  As a population, we’re eating more.  Combine that with eating more unhealthy foods, and being less physically active…  It’s no wonder many of us are overweight. So, what can we do about that?  Do we want to be part of the 1 in 3 adults […]

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 […]

Obesity research and weight loss motivation


 Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge for many, including me.  I can lose it, and I can gain it back.  Seemingly effortlessly.      But it is increasingly evident how important maintaining a healthy weight is.  Current statistics for 2012 show that two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  The overweight classification refers to […]

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, […]

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 […]