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What are Probiotics?
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What are Probiotics?

​Probiotics were first discovered by a Russian biologist by the name of Dr. Elie Metchnikoff. He observed that Bulgarian peasants who drank fermented milk were living very long lives and he hypothesized that bacteria produced as a result of the fermentation were providing health benefits. Dr. Metchnikoff is now known as the father of probiotics....

GMO or GM-No?
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GMO or GM-No?

What is GM? Genetic modification (GM) is a process in which a gene from one species (plant, animal, insect, mold, etc.) is inserted into the genetic code of another species (I’ll focus on plants for our purposes). The resulting product is a unique product, for example, GM corn. Since GM products are unique, they can...

Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients and Survivors
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Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients and Survivors

When I had cancer there was no mention of exercise as part of my treatment or recovery. It was never brought up by anyone on my health care team. Advice for cancer patients used to be: “rest and avoid activity”. Well times they are a changin’ and exercise recommendations are now a more regular part...

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...

Popular Nutrition Questions from Cancer Patients
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Popular Nutrition Questions from Cancer Patients

I was recently invited to present at Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. The topic was The Most Popular Patient Questions About Nutrition and The Answers You Need To Know to Keep You Informed and On Track. You can watch the full recording of the presentation here. A few tips for viewing, it doesn’t work very...