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What is Radon and Why Should I Care?
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What is Radon and Why Should I Care?

Radon Facts Not heard of radon? You’re not alone. Despite being an established environmental carcinogen (cancer causing agent), it doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves. For example, you have probably heard more about PCBs in fish than you have heard about radon in your home. Yet radon gas is estimated to be responsible for...

Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries and Pistachios
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Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries and Pistachios

I serve broccoli at least once a week in my house (thankfully, my kids like it). When I do this, I steam the florets, which leaves me with the leftover stems. I save up the stems in the fridge and when I have enough, I make this healthy broccoli slaw with cranberries and pistachios. Why...

7 Super End of Summer Salads
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7 Super End of Summer Salads

As the calendar marks the passing of the lazy days of summer, you might be checking your garden, local produce store or farmers market for seasonal offerings. I have put together this selection of recipes contributed from dietitians from around the country. I think these include that best that the season has to offer. Enjoy!...

Umami Sauce
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Umami Sauce

What is Umami? Umami is the 5th flavour – the others being sweet, salty, sour and bitter. The term comes from Japan where it was first described. The component of the food that is responsible for this savour flavour is monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other glutamate compounds that occur naturally in foods. What Foods Have...

Are Some Sugars Better (less bad) than Others?
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Are Some Sugars Better (less bad) than Others?

I have written several blogs in the past about the connections to and recommendations for sugar and cancer. If you didn’t have a chance to read them, this is a link to my 4-part series. Does Sugar Feed Cancer? To continue on this theme, I want to explore a follow-up question, which is: Is there...

Can I Believe Everything I Read About Coconut Oil?
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Can I Believe Everything I Read About Coconut Oil?

I was recently asked by Wellspring Cancer Support Centres in Toronto to research and update a fabulous presentation that they deliver called Nutrition Myths and Controversies. In this presentation, I address the most popular questions that cancer patents and survivors have about nutrition. Cancer patients and survivors are full of questions about how they can help themselves....

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Pears, Pecans and Cranberries
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Stuffed Butternut Squash with Pears, Pecans and Cranberries

Walk Through The squash after 20 minutes is punctured with a fork. The stuffing can be prepared while the squash is precooking. A beautiful presentation right out of the oven. The finished product has been scooped into a bowl, mixed and garnished with fried sage. Fresh sage leaves from the garden make a delicious seasonal...

Can I Starve My Cancer?
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Can I Starve My Cancer?

Can I Starve My Cancer? This is an important question that many people ask when faced with a cancer diagnosis.  I first heard this over 20 years ago, when I was doing my clinical dietetic internship. The standard answer at the time was “no, you can’t starve your cancer without starving yourself.” But at that...

Part 4: Does Sugar Feed Cancer?
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Part 4: Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

I believe what you eat makes a difference in your cancer risk. I believe food and lifestyle changes have the ability to affect your immune system, to reduce chronic inflammation and to act on cancer cells directly. I focus my work on empowering cancer survivors to become cancer thrivers by giving them the evidence-based tools...