Posts Tagged "nutrition"

Target BRCA & Cancer-Causing Genes

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 in Research

While the commonness of the BRCA gene has stayed stable for generations, the number of BRCA-caused cancers continues to rise. Why? Because diet and lifestyle guide the expression of the BRCA gene. What does the BRCA gene do? BRCA is an “off switch” for damaged cells, which scientists call a tumor suppressor gene. Our bodies make cancer cells all the time. Tumor suppressor genes tag these damaged cells for destruction before a cell can multiply and become a cancer. I’m a man. Why should I care? BRCA is one of many tumor suppressor genes. P53 is another, and is mutated in...

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Ask the Doctor: Soy And Breast Cancer

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 in My Cancer Type

Q:  I’m a 3 year survivor of estrogen sensitive breast cancer. I read conflicting news about soy. Should I eat soy or avoid it? A: When we review all the large nutritional studies together, the conclusion is clear. Soy does not increase the risk of recurrence for any type of breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors do not need to avoid soy. For an excellent review of the science, read this article by naturopathic oncologist Dr. Tina Kaczor.  So, the choice of whether or not to eat soy is up to you. If you do eat soy, choose organic to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Click...

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Copper, Zinc, And Tumor Blood Vessels

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 in Research

Copper… Gorgeous on roofs and in sculpture. And I love skiing at Denver’s Copper Mountain. But copper in my cold water pipes or cookware? No thanks! For tumors to grow, they need blood and the oxygen that it brings. Avastin targets tumor blood vessel development, but the blood vessels then come back as soon as the Avastin is stopped. So, what else targets tumor blood vessels? Copper and Zinc To grow new blood vessels, tumor cells need specific growth factors. To activate, these growth factors have to bind to copper. Copper is believed to be a key switch that turns on tumor blood...

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Coming Clean: A Week of Whole Foods

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 in Introduction to Integrative Oncology

Have the slower, colder winter months got you feeling sluggish…a little pudgy…as if there’s stuff that you need to clear out of your system? If so, you’ve come to the right place because after you follow this seven-day plan for eating nothing but nourishing, unprocessed whole foods your insides will do a dance of joy. Oh, yeah! It’s extremely beneficial to periodically feed your body nothing but food in its natural state—in other words, food that your body will immediately recognize and know how to break down without any additional effort. In the process, you’ll be releasing toxins, which...

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Banish Post-Holiday Guilt for Good

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 in Research

  Do you feel like you went a little overboard during the holidays? Well, welcome to the club, because you are certainly not alone! The holidays can topple even the healthiest lifestyles. You sleep at odd hours, eat at times that are far from ideal, and when you do eat, it’s normally whatever’s being served to you. Exercise takes a backseat to party hopping. Of course, these indulgences are what make the holidays fun! But when the calendar flips to January 1, talk of resolutions can conspire with your too-tight jeans to make you feel guilty for having such a good time. Here’s the thing:...

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