October 3, 2014

The Positive Power of the Right Supplements

When 53-year-old Keith Ansted was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in his home town, he initially decided to forgo chemotherapy because he was concerned about the debilitating side effects of treatment detailed by doctors during his initial consultations. With little hope for maintaining any quality of life, Keith opted to not pursue treatment. However, […]

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August 28, 2014

Acupuncture Significantly Improves Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients

Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are drugs used to treat breast cancer. They work by stopping the production of estrogen in postmenopausal women, but up to 40 percent of women taking the medication experience joint stiffness and pain. The joint pain, in turn, often leads to fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances, which can take a significant […]

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July 29, 2014

Nourish Me

For centuries, herbal teas have nourished body and soul, as both tasty, soothing drinks and as one component of herbal medicine, helping individuals manage a variety of ailments. Herbal teas can also play a role as a complementary therapy in an integrative approach to cancer treatment; patients can work with a naturopathic clinician to understand […]

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May 2, 2014

4 Questions to Ask about Eastern Medicine

In combination with leading cancer technologies and therapies, there are a variety of Eastern medicine modalities, such as acupuncture, herbal therapy, Reiki and tai chi, that patients seek to help fight the disease and maintain quality of life. For patients interested in integrating Eastern medicine into their care plans, there are a few safety considerations […]

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May 1, 2014

East Meets West

When Lillian Diaz was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2009, she was beyond shocked. The 45-year-old family nurse practitioner had just moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and despite her full-time workload, she was a regular at the gym and committed to a healthy lifestyle. After recovering from the initial shock of her diagnosis, […]

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February 28, 2014

Taking Herbs and Prescriptions Safely

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are currently taking herbal supplements, it’s very important to inform your care team about which supplements you are taking because some herbs may interfere with cancer treatment. Here are some important facts to consider: Chemical compounds in herbs can block, change or increase the action of prescription […]

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August 20, 2013

9 Questions to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Supplements

Get the most out of your supplement plan by knowing which questions to ask your health care provider. Naturopathic doctors Katherine Anderson, ND, FABNO, National Director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and Dr. Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO, Director of Naturopathic Medicine at CTCA® in Goodyear, Arizona, suggest discussing the following topics. In […]

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August 20, 2013

Supplementing your Recovery

When we hear the words supplements or vitamins, we tend to think healthy. Supplement use, however, is not that straightforward. This is especially true for cancer patients, who may be at risk for negative interactions between certain treatments and medications and particular supplements. Fortunately, with the help of qualified experts, such as naturopathic doctors (NDs), […]

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