Understanding Chemo Brain and How to Manage it

Apr 22, 2019

Have you caught yourself searching for the right word to complete a sentence, staring at a computer screen with no idea of what you’re doing, ping ponging from one task to another with no focus since completing chemotherapy?

Maybe you’ve even brought up the changes in your memory or thought processes with your doctor and been told that your experience is unrelated to your cancer treatment?

It wasn’t that long ago that “chemo brain” was not acknowledged as a side effect of chemotherapy treatment by medical professionals.

 In fact, in a 2007 New York Times article titled Doctor’s increasingly acknowledge chemo brain, Dr. Daniel Silverman, a cancer researcher at UCLA, who studies the cognitive side effects of chemotherapy was quoted as saying, "Until recently, oncologists would discount it, trivialize it, make patients feel it was all in their heads."

Sound familiar? Silverman goes on to say, "Now there's enough literature, even if it's...

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Cleanse and Restore - Rebuilding strength and vitality naturally with Ayurveda

Apr 22, 2019

Spring is traditionally a time for cleaning out your dressers and attics and in Ayurveda, one of the oldest medical systems in the world literally meaning the science of life, it’s also a time to clean out your body.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of extreme cleanses because I do believe in the body’s natural ability to heal and cleanse itself...in the right environment of course. Meaning that you can’t be filling your body with chemicals and crappy food and then expect it to cleanse and restore itself. 

The first step in cleansing your body is to to clean up your diet and, with as much as 90-95% of cancer diagnosis attributable to lifestyle and environmental causes, this is a great place to start. A classic Ayurveda dish for cleansing the body is kitchari (kit-cha-ree). This dish is often recommended when going through a deep systematic cleanse called Panchakarma. It’s easy to digest and packed with spices that support the digestive system....

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5 Things You Should Know About Ketogenic Diets and Breast Cancer

Apr 21, 2019

I've never been a big fan of the so-called “diet”, instead, I'm more an advocate of balanced eating and moderation.  However, I also try to keep an open mind when I hear about new food trends.

As a health and fitness professional, I often read about nutrition trends in industry publications before they catch on to the general public. So, after reading several rave reviews about the health benefits of following a ketogenic diet, I thought it was time to look into this a little deeper.

What is a Ketogenic Diet?

There are two versions of a ketogenic diet. One is a low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF)  which is similar to the Atkins diet. The other is a traditional ketogenic diet meaning 85% - 90% of its calories come from fat.

The Atkins diet, which is generally considered the original low carb, high fat diet, recommends 50% to 60% of calories come from fats versus the LCHF diet which recommends more than 75% of calories coming from fat sources.

Atkins also includes more...

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