Traditionally, the ketogenic diet has been used as an adjunct treatment to control seizures. However, as more oncology patients, researchers, and professionals question the relationship between cancer and sugar, the potential therapeutic benefit of the ketogenetic diet in oncology has become the topic of increasing research and debate. The scientific community is now learning about the diet’s possible tumor inhibiting effects although significantly more research is required before we fully understand the complex effects.
If I were to ask you what our largest organ is how many of you would guess the skin? Indeed the skin is the body’s largest organ protecting us against heat, sunlight, injury and infection which means that it too needs protection! As soon as we step outside our skin becomes susceptible to the sun’s rays. While it is true that we do need some sunlight in order to get adequate amounts of vitamin D this amount is very small (about 5 minutes per day). Sadly, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States- more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Some people are unaware of the sun’s dangerous effects or unfortunately they tend to neglect any knowledge they may have about sun safety. (more…)
When we hear the word bacteria, “healthy” is not what usually comes to mind. After all, we have dozens of products devoted to sanitizing and killing harmful bacteria that could potentially infect us. However, there are also strains of beneficial bacteria, called probiotics, that can be good for you gut and overall health! Often referred to as the “friendly” or “good” bacteria, probiotics are living, lactic acid-producing microorganisms that can be found both in fermented foods, like yogurt and sauerkraut, and in our digestive tract. When consumed, probiotics can survive and proliferate becoming part of your intestinal microflora where they work to maintain healthy digestion, boost immune responses, and even improve allergies. Additionally, regular consumption of probiotics prevents harmful bacteria from overpopulating, which can cause infection and inflammation. (more…)
“Hello. I’m calling from the emergency room at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Steve has been in a motorcycle accident and he asked us to call you.” And just like that…I became a caregiver for the first time. This was years and years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer, but caring for him then prepared me for the care I would have to give him years later. (more…)
Summer is officially upon us, what better time to enjoy all the fresh seasonal fruits. Raspberries are one of the berries that always come to mind when I think of the warmer months. Not only are they deliciously sweet but they also have an impressive nutritional profile. One cup of raspberries comes in at 64 calories with a whopping 8 grams of fiber, over 30% of the daily value (DV). The high fiber content makes for an ideal snack for those looking to lose weight or lower cholesterol levels. (more…)
Caregiving isn’t easy. For many, life chapters spent caregiving are arguably some of the most challenging. Ensuring the well being of any person asks a lot of us. It’s easy to lose sight of ourselves, our own ambitions and our own well being. Self-care, while valuable, doesn’t always feel accessible, convenient or all that reasonable, but it’s necessary. (more…)
When many things seem out of control after a lung cancer diagnosis, you can take control by choosing to focus on optimal nutrition. Deciding to eat more healthfully will empower you and your loved ones to enhance your strength during treatment and improve your quality of life. (more…)
With the 4th of July just two days away, we wanted to share some recipes to make your 4th of July a bit more healthier, fresher, and tastier! (more…)
Ahhhh…summer! The sounds of food sizzling on the hot grill and the smell of barbecue fill the air. This time of the year is well known for outdoor events accompanied by a self-made grill master standing behind a fiery barbecue.
When we get together so often with friends and family members, we tend to eat more! In many cultures, socialization is centered on food and I have learned that the more appealing food looks – healthy or not – people want to eat it! (more…)
Since fresh fruits and vegetables are in season, we often get asked about the best way to wash and clean produce. In these warmer summer months many people eat more raw produce that is not exposed to cooking temperatures that can destroy harmful bacteria. Here are 8 simple steps that can help prevent food-borne illness and remove any harmful bacteria to keep your produce healthy and safe. (more…)