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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...

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How Do I Support My Coworker Who Has Cancer?

In a previous post entitled How Friends and Family Can Improve Your Health. I talked about the benefits of social support. According to the American Cancer Society (1), many studies have shown that people who are socially isolated are more likely to die of all causes, including cancer. We do know that social support and...

How Friends and Family Can Improve Your Health
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How Friends and Family Can Improve Your Health

In last month’s blog topic, I wrote about optimism and its role in our immune system. I want to pick up on a theme I mentioned and take it a little further. In my post entitled Are Optimists Healthier? (you can read the entire article here), I talked about the downsides of optimism. The Downsides...

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How to Become An Optimist

If you haven’t seen my post called Are Optimists Healthier? You can check it out here. Suffice to say, there are some advantages to being an optimist, including improved immune system function. If you are a pessimist don’t despair—no really don’t despair—there is help! Check out this great guide: The Pessimists Guide to Becoming an...

Optimist versus Pessimist
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Optimist versus Pessimist

The classic example of the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is: the optimist will see a half glass of liquid as half full and the pessimist will see it as half empty But how does this example apply to situations that really matter (and not just drinking glasses)? What about a cancer diagnosis?...

Are Optimists Healthier?
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Are Optimists Healthier?

This is the question I set out to answer, in my quest to find all the tools available to us to support our immune systems. This is what I found.  First off, researchers from Australia conducted a review of studies on the subject and have found that optimism is closely associated with a strategy called...