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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....

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...

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...

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,...

Top Cancer Fighting Spices
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Top Cancer Fighting Spices

In my newest webinar, The Spice Shakedown: Eating a Cancer Fighting Diet, I will share with you the top 3 cancer-fighting spices and why they should be in your spice cupboard and more importantly, on your plate! If you like quick tips that will have an immediate impact on your diet, this webinar is for...

Not All Research is Equal
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Not All Research is Equal

As I wrote about in a previous blog, I attended the Food and Nutrition Conference in Houston recently. I am writing a blog post about each of the sessions that I attended so that you can benefit from this new information as well. This bog post is written about a session called: Deconstructing Studies: How to...

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