Posts Tagged "ask the doctor"

Ask the Doctor: Five Ways to Make Water Taste Good

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 in Research

Q: I know I need to drink more water, but it just doesn’t taste good. What are some creative and healthy options? A: Check out this great advice from naturopathic physicians Dr  Lyndsey Wareham and Dr Nicholas Anhorn. They’ve got delicious, fresh ideas on how to make water taste good. Yum! A big welcome to Dr. Wareham and Dr Nicholas Anhorn from Moncton Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Thank you for sharing these delicious...

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Ask the Doctor: Endocrine Disruptors in Personal Care Products

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Research

Q:  I’ve been reading about endocrine disruptors in personal care products. Can you explain these and suggest safer alternatives? — Danika in San Diego, CA A:  Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that imitate or alter the function of normal body hormones. For example, they may mimic estrogen, interfere with thyroid hormone, or bind up testosterone. Estrogen mimics may increase the risk of hormone sensitive cancers such as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Thyroid disruptors increase the risk of hypothyroidism. In hypothyroidism, elevated TSH acts as a growth signal for thyroid...

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Ask the Doctor: Should I Use Gerson Therapy?

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in Research

Q: What is Gerson therapy? Can it help me? A: Gerson therapy is an alternative cancer therapy that was developed by Dr. Max Gerson. It is available through clinics in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. Typical cost is about $15,000. Gerson therapy attempts to change a person’s metabolism so that the cancer will no longer grow. The program includes: vegetable juicing, a low-salt and high-potassium diet, potassium supplements, coffee enemas, and calf liver extract injections. Dr Gerson published several case reports. There have been no clinical trials to date regarding the...

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Ask the Doctor: What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer? How is it Treated?

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in Research

Q: What is triple negative breast cancer? How is it treated? A: A triple negative breast cancer is not responsive to therapies targeted at estrogen, progesterone, or the cell growth marker Her-2-neu. The cancer type arises from basal cells that form the basal lining of breast cells. This type of breast cancer tends to have a higher risk of recurrence, when compared to triple positive breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer is treated conventionally with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Common chemotherapy drugs include Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxotere, or Taxol. Hormone-targeted...

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Ask the Doctor: Can Breast Thermography Help Me?

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in Research

Q: I’ve read that breast thermography is a safer alternative to mammography. Do you recommend breast thermograms? A:  Thermography is a useful adjunct to mammography. If an abnormal lesion is found on a mammogram or breast MRI, a thermogram can help to clarify the findings. The additional information reduces the risk of an unnecessary biopsy. However, thermography is not yet accurate enough to replace mammography or breast MRI. For example, a recent study found that thermography had a sensitivity of only 25%. That means that thermography missed 3 out of 4 breast cancers. For more...

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