When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 I was running a successful wine and food public relations agency, eating at the top restaurants and visiting the world’s great wine regions. Five years later, I came to a point where I considered applying for food stamps. My income was dried up and I was behind on my house payments. How did this happen to me? (more…)
Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) is a serious and devastating long-term side effect of radiation therapy. The definition of osteoradionecrosis of the jaw has changed throughout the years and remains unclear given our limited knowledge of ORN. Nonetheless, currently, most consider ORN a condition characterized by the presence of exposed bone, which fails to heal after high-dose radiation (greater than 50-60 Gy). Although the time frame at which ONJ occurs is still unclear, it is considered a long-term side effect of radiation therapy, occurring between six months to one year after treatment, and the risk of ORN increases over time. (more…)
September has been recognized as thyroid cancer awareness month since 2000. Thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the front of the neck. The thyroid secretes hormones that help regulate many body functions including the brain, eyes, heart, skin, hair, the intestine, and our metabolism.
Whether you are a thyroid cancer survivor or you know someone who has struggled with it, it is important to understand the key facts about this type of cancer and help spread awareness for it. (more…)
People seem to have a love/hate relationship with papayas. When ripe, their soft and creamy flesh is the color of a tropical sunset – the love. And, when ripe, they exude a somewhat musky smell mixed with a sweetness that leaves the taster wondering if they like it or not – the possible hate. And yet, it is the fourth most popular tropical fruit in the world after bananas, oranges and mango; and has found its way into many dishes around the world. (more…)
Papaya is one of those foods that often slips under the radar. Unless you’re on a tropical vacation (here’s to hoping) you probably don’t eat this tasty fruit very often, which is a shame since it’s packed with fiber, vitamin C, folate, and carotenoids (which turn into vitamin A in the body). If you are bored with your run of the mill bananas and apples, grab a papaya and try one of these exotic recipes. You’ll feel like your on vacation in no time. (more…)
September is designated as the National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we would like to honor those who are battling or have battled this disease. Ovarian cancer is also know as the “silent killer” due to the lack of visible symptoms. This means that most women are not diagnosed until the disease has begun to spread, which is why it is also one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. It is important for women to understand the possible symptoms of ovarian cancer. (more…)
We would like to recognize Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September. Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Although the incidence rate is higher, prostate cancer receives less funding and less public awareness than breast cancer. It is important for men to understand the value of early detection for prostate cancer, so that the 1 in 7 men who gets diagnosed has a higher chance of beating the disease. (more…)
Written by Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDN
I rarely write letters to publications, because, frankly, what’s the point? Very few people seem to read these letters and comments. In the end, it’s unlikely that sharing an opinion about how the publication got this or that detail wrong will reach anyone. Recently, however, I felt compelled to respond to an article. I believe it missed the mark so badly, and presented such an incomplete view of a complex nutrition topic; I just had to respond. Wired Magazine published “Why Are We So Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out,” a story about Gary Taubes’ efforts to further the research into what type of diet truly is best for health. I applaud Taubes’ efforts, and especially appreciate that his approach attempts to maximize the objectivity of the studies he’s seeking to fund. The article, on the other hand, left much to be desired. If you’re interested in what I found problematic in this story, read on. (more…)
Inflammation is our body’s normal immune reaction to protect ourselves from many harmful stimuli to which we are exposed. For example, when we get a wound, some degree of inflammation is needed to protect the open wound and to help it to recover. When we get an infection, our immune system sends antibodies to the area in order to fight away the harmful viruses or bacteria – leading to noticeable inflammation. (more…)
Each month throughout 2015, we will feature a different physical activity on our blog. We hope to highlight a variety of activities in this series so that you can find your favorite ways to move your body!
The past few physical activity blog posts focused on low impact activities like water-based exercise and pilates. Low impact exercise can broadly be defined as exercise that allows at least one foot to be in contact with the ground at all times. (more…)