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What is that Wax on my Produce?
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What is that Wax on my Produce?

When researching What is the Best Way to Clean Produce? (click here to read), I found a website selling a fruit cleaning spray. The spokesperson said,  “at least 85% of most commercially grown produce is waxed. There is a plethora of things that are trapped under the surface from dirt to contaminants, microbes, things that you pretty much wouldn’t want to ingest”...

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

Several years ago, I heard Dr. Robert Buckman speak on the subject of humour in palliative care. The talk was funny, sensitive and compassionate. It made my partner and me both fans of his, as much as a doctor can have a fan group. When I saw his book Cancer is a word, not a...

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...

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,...

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...

National Walk to Work Day
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National Walk to Work Day

There are many benefits to a regular walking routine…let me count the ways: Reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes Weight loss Reduced depression Stress relief Reduced osteoporosis risk Getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise everyday protects against cancer.  This happens in a couple of ways. One of these is that...

Cancer, Genes and Nutrition
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Cancer, Genes and Nutrition

This is the third in a series of blog posts that report on sessions that I attended at the Food & Nutrition Conference (FNCE) in Houston, Texas. This session was called: Nutrition and Cancer: From Genotype to Phenotype This talk was presented by: Steven Clinton, MD, PhD, Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, College of Medicine and...

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