September 1, 2015

Immunotherapy: Using Your Own Immune Cells to Fight Cancer

Your immune system is your body’s built-in defense system, and one of the hottest areas of cancer research is geared toward trying to harness it to fight cancer, a strategy known as immunotherapy. Last year, researchers used an experimental cancer drug to spur the body’s immune system to shrink tumors (with an impressive 21% response […]

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August 18, 2015

Changing Your Diet for ONE Day Has a Dramatic Impact

What a difference a day makes… even when it comes to your diet. Research from Harvard University suggests the bacteria in your gut may change dramatically in response to what you eat, making significant alterations from day to day. In fact, when study participants ate all animal foods for one day, bacteria more able to […]

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August 10, 2015

Strategies for Stress Relief

A cancer diagnosis can introduce additional stress into daily life, for both patients and caregivers who must confront the changes and demands of a diagnosis and treatment. “Stress is a normal reaction in the body,” says Raed Rahman, DO, Medical Director of Pain Management and an Interventional Pain Medicine Physician at Cancer Treatment Centers of […]

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April 27, 2015

Getting the Best Results: Choosing a CAM Practitioner for You

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults, and 12 percent of children, use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).[i] The most popular forms of CAM are vitamin and herbal supplements, but usage is increasing for many CAM therapies that often require a practitioner, such as massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, Reiki, hypnosis, and naturopathy. Choosing the […]

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April 26, 2015

How to Choose the Right Multivitamin: 5 Key Steps

Of all dietary supplements on the market, multivitamins are the most popular, taken by 39 percent of U.S. adults.[i] In all, there are about 75,000 supplements on the market (including multivitamins) and Americans spend about $25 billion a year on them, betting that they will improve their health. And that’s really the kicker, isn’t it? […]

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February 5, 2015

Putting Good Bacteria to Work

When many of us think of bacteria, chances are our associations with the word are negative—but the “good bacteria” at work in our bodies actually play a vital role in keeping us healthy. These bacteria, known as probiotics, are “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”[1] Sara […]

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January 6, 2015

What You Need to Know about Vitamin D

Vitamin D is in the spotlight: the news is full of stories about the potential health benefits of vitamin D along with worrisome reports that many of us may have less-than-optimal levels. A committee of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), however, offers a somewhat different perspective. The committee’s report states that while […]

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November 3, 2014

8 Supplements that May Cause Adverse Interactions

If you are taking supplements during cancer treatment, it is important to always make your entire care team aware of any supplements you are using and to consult a naturopathic clinician. Use of the following supplements is especially significant to point out to your care team due to potential adverse interactions with common cancer therapies: […]

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November 3, 2014

Safety First

As many as 81 percent of American adults diagnosed with cancer may be taking supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, aminoacids and enzymes, or botanical medicines (herbs).  But many are unaware that certain natural remedies may not be recommended—or even safe—during cancer treatment. Expert Oversight is Essential Judith Boice, ND, LAc, FABNO, a naturopathic oncology provider […]

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October 20, 2014

Is Stress Stressing You Out?

Career, family, finances, pets, housework, cooking, community involvement— it’s no wonder the modern woman is stressed out! Stress can be caused by physical, mental and emotional triggers and is a normal process essential to life. But chronic stress can weaken the immune system, and when the body’s defense system against diseases becomes compromised, the body […]

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