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Podcasts for Cancer Thrivers

Podcasts for Cancer Thrivers Series Heading

I am really getting 21st century now. First I did book reviews, then movie reviews and now…wait for it….podcast reviews. I feel so hip! I am only two and a half years into my smart phone, but wow! Along with all the other gadgetry that comes with a smart phone, I have downloaded an app …

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Artichoke and Mushroom Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese

This is a Jean LaMantia original recipe. I’ve been making this dish for years. It’s evolved over the years to its current standard. One ingredient—the marinated artichoke hearts—has been in the recipe since its beginning. Here is what you will need for the recipe: Serves 6. Ingredients: Whole grain pasta 2 Bunches green onions 2 …

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Boosting the Immune System to Fight Cancer

While preparing an upcoming product I will be releasing, I have been diving in for a deep review of the immune system. I have been reading about the inflammatory response and how our immune system uses this as a way to heal and repair damaged tissue. Unfortunately, I got a first-hand review of this when my …

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BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Mutations


Breast cancer caused by the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are rare and account for only 5-7% of breast cancers. Discussing genetic testing with your doctor should be considered if your family has: Cancer in multiple generations A cancer which has developed at a younger than normal age Rare and unusual cancers A woman in …

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Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Sunrise view of the city

When I had cancer there was no mention of exercise as part of my treatment or recovery. It was never brought up by anyone on my health care team. Advice for cancer patients used to be: “rest and avoid activity”. Well times they are a changin’ and exercise recommendations are now a more regular part …

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What is that Wax on my Produce?

White Wax Build-up on Plum

When researching What is the Best Way to Clean Produce? (click here to read), I found a website selling a fruit cleaning spray. The spokesperson said,  “at least 85% of most commercially grown produce is waxed. There is a plethora of things that are trapped under the surface from dirt to contaminants, microbes, things that you pretty much wouldn’t want to ingest” …

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Cancer is A Word, Not a Sentence Book Review

Cancer is a word, not a sentence

Several years ago, I heard Dr. Robert Buckman speak on the subject of humour in palliative care. The talk was funny, sensitive and compassionate. It made my partner and me both fans of his, as much as a doctor can have a fan group. When I saw his book Cancer is a word, not a …

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Blueberries for Cancer Prevention

Blueberries, Anthocyanidins and the Cancer Cell

Blueberries are not only beautiful and delicious; they are partners in our fight against cancer. Much of the health benefit of blueberries is credited to a group of pigments called Anthocyanidins. These are responsible for blue, red, pink, mauve and orange colours in fruits and vegetables.  While we don’t know for sure how these work …

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Should I Become Vegetarian to Prevent Cancer?


The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition just published a study on the incidence of cancer in Vegetarians compared to fish eaters and meat eaters. The study combined the data of two prospective studies. Prospective means “looking forward” so in this type of observational study, subjects without cancer are enrolled and asked to complete dietary and …

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Tasty Ideas to Reduce Cancer Risk

Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are potent cancer-causing agents. They form when meat is cooked at high temperatures. HCAs also form with frying, broiling and smoking, but not baking. High intake of grilled meat is linked with cancers of the colon, breast, prostate and pancreas. HCAs build up on all flesh foods—meat, poultry and fish (not fruit …

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