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You Can’t Keep a Good Fiend Down: Exercise and Cancer–National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2, 2015 by

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If you’re starting to get the idea, after being subjected to posts like Running For Your Life: How I View Depression and Exercise and Of Bipolar Disorder, The Hippocampus, and The Return of the Exercise Fiend that I’m, well, an exercise fiend, who believes exercise can make just about anything better–you’re spot on. And if you’re […]

‘A Fine Mess We’re In’: Majority of Cancer Preclinical Research Findings Not Replicable–Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 1, 2015 by

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‘The failure to win “the war on cancer” has been blamed on many factors, … But recently a new culprit has emerged: too many basic scientific discoveries… are wrong.’~C. Glenn Begley It’s nothing new. Over 3 decades ago the problem was well-known, as memorialized in the premier journal Science, in its article “Reevaluation of cancer data […]

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)

June 7, 2015 by

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So today is National Cancer Survivors Day. This special day prompts 2 questions: 1. First–What does it mean to be a cancer survivor? 2. And, then, what’s the value of a special day? We understand what it means to be a survivor of a frightening or horrific public event: the Moore tornado, Hurricane Sandy, the […]

Quality Over Quantity?: It’s the Patient’s To Decide: Cancer Fatigue Awareness Day

April 7, 2015 by

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I’ve got some men in my life who are seriously big eaters. Forces to be reckoned with. Hosting a barbecue for them requires much advanced planning–plus a significant financial outlay at the butcher’s. One’s on the Atkins Diet–again–and watching him down hot dog after hamburger at the last picnic was truly observing a feat. I actually […]

National Cancer Prevention Month: How’d We Get in This Cancer Research ‘Fine Mess’–and How Do We Get Out?

February 1, 2015 by

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Remember C. Glenn Begley from “‘A Fine Mess We’re In’: Majority of Cancer Research Findings Not Replicable“? He made somewhat of a splash by asserting that the war on cancer is partially being lost due to sloppy research practices. Ring a bell? Here goes: The failure to win “the war on cancer” has been blamed […]

Pancreatic, Carcinoid, Stomach and Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Beyond “You Are Getting Sleepy”: Cancer and Hynotherapy

November 12, 2014 by

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I’m going to kind of go out on a limb here when I discuss one of the treatments I use for many ailments, but also for cancer, and you may think to yourselves: “That Candida.” But I figure anyone who has stayed with me through my harangue on exercise, my advocating pets and plants for your […]

Ok, So Who’s To Blame?: Explaining Cancer to Yourself–Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 28, 2014 by

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My friend’s son–somewhat of a haphazard student throughout high school–landed himself a spot in the class of 1996 at none other than Harvard University. I had to know more about this. “John,” I asked, “What do you think you did, maybe outside of school, maybe in extracurricular activities–I don’t know–that got you into Harvard?” “You […]

Embracing Pain: An Alternative Way to Deal With Your Symptoms

October 26, 2014 by

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“Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows.” ~ Dean Koontz, Velocity The discomfort relief industry is a multibillion-dollar one. There are medicines to relieve headache, stomach distress, sore throats, back spasms–seems like if there’s a complaint, there’s a medicine meant to treat it. But I can’t […]

Don’t Go It Alone: Illness and Connectedness

October 17, 2014 by

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I’m the only one in my family with a green thumb. I’ve got foster plants from almost every relative, which I’ve nursed back from the vegetative graveyard, and they’ve taken over my house. My husband is quite tolerant of it, given that they infringe on every reading space he tries to carve out for myself. My […]

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 15, 2014 by

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I find that October has a lot going for it as a month. Besides the tree leaves–purple, gold, and red– and  the weather–cool and crisp as a MacIntosh– just this past year, on October 1, a new nephew arrived in my life. It all adds up to energy, energy for a good fight, and that’s […]

Quiet Doesn’t Come After The Storm: Post-Cancer Depression

October 6, 2014 by

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  To use, granted, the lower end of the statistical range, at some point in their lives 10% of women and 5% of men, if left to their own devices, will develop depression. But, according to the American Cancer Society, a whopping  25% of cancer survivors will develop the illness. And that doesn’t touch the post-cancer anxiety. Psycho-oncologist […]

Getting Good And Angry: How Expressing Anger Just Might Help When It Comes To Cancer

September 22, 2014 by

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Here’s one that screamers, hair-pullers, and dish-throwers alike will appreciate: Turn’s out it’s good for your health to express your anger. Now that may very well be one of those annoying things people come up with as they’re telling you how to live your life, now that they’ve co-opted that right, seeing as you have cancer. […]