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Probiotics and Prebiotics
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Probiotics and Prebiotics

This blog is the fifth in my Nutrients for Immune Function Series on nutrition and its impact on immune function. If you missed the previous entries in this series, I would make sure you check them out! Part 1: “What Foods Boost My Immune System?” Part 2: “Vitamin E and Your Immune System” Part 3:...

How to Find Support When You are Diagnosed with Cancer
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How to Find Support When You are Diagnosed with Cancer

Recently, I have done quite a bit of research and study on the topic of social support. The bottom line is that social support provides direct benefits for cancer patients and survivors—it is an important part of becoming a cancer thriver! But many of you may be feeling frustrated, scared and lonely—what do you do...

Movie Review – The Connection
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Movie Review – The Connection

I watched The Connection as part of a promotion from FMTV (Food Matters TV) , which is a service like Netflix, but it features food, nutrition and health films, many of which are documentaries. The Connection is a film directed by Australian journalist Shannon Harvey who was diagnosed with a career-altering autoimmune disease. Check out...

Movie Review – Food Matters
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Movie Review – Food Matters

Food Matters is a documentary from two Australians – James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch who describe themselves as nutritional consultants turned filmmakers. It is the first of two films they have produced. Their second film is called Hungry for Change. I have a very different bottom line on Hungry for Change than I do...

Fighting Cancer with Citrus
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Fighting Cancer with Citrus

The citrus family has some popular members—orange, lemon, lime, clementines and grapefruit. It also has some members that are no less important but are certainly less popular. These include pomelo, tangelo, tangerine, mandarin, blood orange and bitter orange, plus a whole lot more. Citrus fruits are famous for their vitamin C content. This is impressive...

The Health Benefits of Gratitude
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The Health Benefits of Gratitude

I would like to wish all of my American readers a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. No gift giving, just coming together with friends and family over a beautiful harvest meal. I hope part of your Thanksgiving tradition is to also take a moment to give thanks. Turns...

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Mutations
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BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Mutations

Breast cancer caused by the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are rare and account for only 5-7% of breast cancers. Discussing genetic testing with your doctor should be considered if your family has: Cancer in multiple generations A cancer which has developed at a younger than normal age Rare and unusual cancers A woman in...