This past week I learned of 3 healthy, fit women, all under 50, who are either undergoing breast cancer treatment or have become breast cancer survivors. Each woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer has their own story of how they found a lump, what stage it was in and a unique process of how they made decisions around treatment. It is the first part of the story, however, that truly concerns me: how you discover a lump and what you do from that point on is instrumental to your survival.
Melissa found a lump that showed up in the mammogram, while Jill and Karen, had mammograms that came back negative. They were told, 'No, you are fine. It is nothing to worry about...you are just cystic.' Jill listened to her intuition and obtained a second opinion. A biopsy quickly confirmed her worst nightmare. Because of Jill's perseverance, she is now free and clear and has been so for the last seven years. Karen, on the other hand, believed her doctors and decided, worry-wart that she was, she
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- Brett Blumenthal - Sheer Balance | Healthy Living – Wed, May 7, 2008 4:18 AM EDT
This past week I learned of 3 healthy, fit women, all under 50, who are either undergoing breast cancer treatment or have become breast cancer survivors. Each woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer has their own story of how they found a lump, what stage it was in and a unique process of how they made decisions around treatment. It is the first part of the story, however, that truly concerns me: how you discover a lump and what you do from that point on is instrumental to your survival.Read More »from 3 stories of Breast Cancer...the good, the bad and the ugly
Ok, it is early in the morning and you b-line for the refrigerator to get that wake-me-up glass of orange juice. It sounds like a healthy idea...fruit...vitamin C...what could be wrong with that? Well, in all honesty, it isn't so great. Sure, it is better than a glass of coke or any other sugary, high-fructose-corn-syrupy beverage, but it isn't as healthy as you might think. Here are the facts: It takes 3 to 4 standard oranges to make one 8 oz. glass of orange juice. Sounds as though you are getting 3 to 4 servings of fruit in your diet. Right? Not really. The truth is that you lose vital nutrients when you don't eat the real fruit and instead drink the juice, causing you to consume more empty calories than you would if you ate the whole fruit. Let's take a quick look:
- Fiber: Sure, you might have a little pulp in your glass, but it isn't as fibrous as a real orange. Is a matter of fact, when you look at a Tropicana - Lots of Pulp nutrition label, you'll find that there isn't even
This past April it was announced that a new book is available called 'My Beautiful Mommy'. Don't let the name fool you...this isn't some testament to how children adore their mothers. It isn't about children thinking their mothers are the most beautiful creatures on earth. It isn't even about a mother's inner beauty. No...it is a picture book for children ages 4 to 7, that aims to explain why mommy has a flatter tummy, bigger breasts and a 'prettier' nose...all a result of you guessed it...elective surgery.Read More »from My "Beautiful" Mommy
Now granted, it is sweet if a child thinks their mother is beautiful. I'm sure that it can be a mother's dream that their children idolize them...put them on a pedestal...worship them. But what kind of message does it send to children that their mommy is beautiful...as a result of the wonders of medical innovations and artificial means? By simple logic, the book implies that mommy wasn't so beautiful prior to her surgery...that mommy needed to change...that something wasn't right
- Brett Blumenthal - Sheer Balance | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 30, 2008 5:05 AM EDT
So we all know that sugar is not the best for our diets. It provides little to no nutritional value, excessive calories and can make our blood sugar sky rocket and quickly crash, leaving us somewhat lethargic and hungry. Long term effects of excess sugar in our diets leads to obesity.