January 11, 2017

The Truth About Sugar

The U.S. is a nation with a sweet tooth, with the average American eating about 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Unlike the naturally occurring sugars found in nutrient-dense foods like whole fruit, added sugars in the U.S. diet come primarily from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts like cookies and cakes, candy and […]

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December 12, 2016

Celebrate with Mocktails, not Cocktails

Wine, champagne, winter lagers, and festive cocktails — celebrating the holidays often includes libations special to the season. But do these spirited drinks increase your risk of cancer? A new analysis shows a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific […]

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December 12, 2016

Eat This, Not That: Holiday Party Edition

With the arrival of the holiday season, unfortunately, many of us will add unwanted pounds. As a registered dietitian at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), I help cancer patients stay properly nourished through their treatment journey. Here are some recommendations on ways to enjoy the festive gatherings without splurging on the calories. Upon arrival, […]

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December 9, 2016

What’s the Scoop on Sweeteners?

Health-conscious people searching for a natural sweetener have probably come across agave nectar. In recent years, agave has been touted as a natural sugar substitute that can be added to beverages, baked goods and other foods in need of a sweet boost. However, contrary to popular belief, agave is not a natural sweetener. It is […]

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December 9, 2016

Taking GERD Out of Your Holidays

The holiday season, the time of year from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day can also be called the eating season. Although delicious, this time of year can be particularly difficult for digestion, especially if you experience reflux regularly. What causes reflux? Reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter is weak or relaxes, allowing acid from […]

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November 13, 2016

7 Ways to Eat Healthy During Holiday Travel

Oh, the holidays. ’Tis the season for family get-togethers and all of your favorite foods. From Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing to homemade pumpkin pie and everything in between, food is at the center of many holiday traditions. Throw traveling into the mix and often the eating habits you’ve worked so hard to improve start to […]

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October 7, 2016

7 Food Supplements Cancer Patients Should Avoid

Natural supplements—the very words sound healthy. Many times, they are. Adding vitamins, minerals and other natural remedies to your daily regimen can boost some people’s immune system, energy level and overall health. But if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, and especially if you are undergoing treatment, certain supplements may actually harm you. Some may even […]

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September 13, 2016

Add tomatoes to your diet to help prevent prostate cancer

Preventing prostate cancer could start with a simple tomato. Add to that some tomato juice, tomato sauce and baked beans and you’ll have a recipe for prevention, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Researchers found that eating at least 10 servings of fresh or cooked tomatoes per week reduces the risk […]

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August 4, 2016


For patients undergoing physically and emotionally challenging cancer treatment, a cocktail may seem like something fun to look forward to at the end of a long day. Provided you only indulge in a single drink, for some, it can be, says Dr. Theodore Pollock, DO, FACOI, Director of Medical Oncology and Vice Chief of Staff […]

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July 13, 2016

Cancer Survivors: 4 Lifestyle Factors to Improve Your Health

There are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, and the number is estimated to reach more than 20 million in the next decade. Many are long-term survivors who were initially diagnosed more than five years ago. These statistics show an encouraging trend, but with increased survival comes a new set of […]

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