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Fruit Wax Facts
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Fruit Wax Facts

Everything you wanted to know about fruit wax, including if you should be buying special cleaners to remove that wax...or not.

Produce PLU Codes
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Produce PLU Codes

Those stickers on your produce do more than tell the cashier what to charge you for your item. There is a secret language that tells you if your produce is grown conventionally, organically or with genetically modified seed.

What is the Best Way to Clean Produce?
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What is the Best Way to Clean Produce?

Vegetable washes, vinegar, distilled water, tap water, soap—what is the best way to wash fruits and vegetables? Before I answer that question, I have another one. Why is this topic important for thriving after cancer? It’s important because eating fruits and vegetables are a super important part of a cancer-fighting diet. We hear so much...

Cancer is A Word, Not a Sentence Book Review
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Cancer is A Word, Not a Sentence Book Review

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. was easy to read and incredibly informative. The first three chapters reminded me of chapter one of my own book, The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, in that he provides an introduction to all things cancer, giving the newly diagnosed a heads up on common questions and concerns. He does this in much more detail than I have done in my book.  For that reason, it’s a great companion for newly diagnosed patients and their families.

Should I Become Vegetarian to Prevent Cancer?
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Should I Become Vegetarian to Prevent Cancer?

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition just published a study on the incidence of cancer in Vegetarians compared to fish eaters and meat eaters. The study combined the data of two prospective studies. Prospective means “looking forward” so in this type of observational study, subjects without cancer are enrolled and asked to complete dietary and...

Tasty Ideas to Reduce Cancer Risk
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Tasty Ideas to Reduce Cancer Risk

Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are potent cancer-causing agents. They form when meat is cooked at high temperatures. HCAs also form with frying, broiling and smoking, but not baking. High intake of grilled meat is linked with cancers of the colon, breast, prostate and pancreas. HCAs build up on all flesh foods—meat, poultry and fish (not fruit...

Celebrate Family Wellness Month with a Family Meal
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Celebrate Family Wellness Month with a Family Meal

I’m not sure of the true origins of this poster, but from what I could find, it’s either from the Lard Council or Viz, a British Comedy Magazine. Whether it’s real or a spoof, it’s a depiction of that stereotypical 1950’s family; breadwinning father, stay-at-home mother, home in the suburbs. The 1950’s family demographic set...

Top-10 Take-Aways from Dietitians Oncology Conference 2014
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Top-10 Take-Aways from Dietitians Oncology Conference 2014

1. Diet and obesity are second to smoking as a cause of cancer. Obesity causes inflammation in organs and visceral fat (the fat that is packed around our organs, as opposed to sub-cutaneous fat, which is just below the skin). Weight loss is a good strategy for cancer risk reduction. 2. From 2004 to present,...

Sugar with Added Hazelnuts
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Sugar with Added Hazelnuts

In this short blog, you will learn just how much sugar is in the popular chocolate hazelnut spread as well as the recommended intakes of added sugars.

Book Review: Love, Medicine and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel
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Book Review: Love, Medicine and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel

I was surprised to be discovering this book 28 years after it was first published. It seems very current and progressive, so much so, that I had to think I must have been sleep walking to only be discovering it now. Dr. Siegel who is now retired but was a general and pediatric surgeon writes...