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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 […]

When the Oncologist Talks. . .Not Everybody Listens: National Cancer Survivor’s Day

June 1, 2015 by

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Remember that old commercial? No, not the one where you should have had a V8. Or even the one where the voice croons to you, “And like a good neighbor. . .” and you can’t help but sing out, “Statefarm is there,” even though you’ve long ago switched to Progressive, since they really do have better […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: A Startling Consequence of Early Abuse

October 27, 2014 by

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Clearly growing up with abusive parents is no great shakes no matter how you look at it. Early abuse has been correlated with later-life depression, stunted brain development, anxiety, alcohol abuse–and I’m just getting started. But, even knowing how damaging early childhood abuse is, a study caught my eye that surprised me, and brought home […]

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 […]

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 […]

Depressed Older Cancer Patients–What Prevents Better Care?

August 13, 2014 by

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“From 2010 to 2030, the total projected cancer incidence will increase by approximately 45%, from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2030. This increase is driven by cancer diagnosed in older adults and minorities. A 67% increase in cancer incidence is anticipated for older adults, compared with an 11% increase for younger adults.” […]

How To Deal With ‘Enquiring Minds’

July 1, 2014 by

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Years ago there was an ad for this incredibly trashy magazine, “The National Enquirer.” It said, “Enquiring minds want to know,” and the camera would pan to an avid reader of the rag, who would look straight into the camera and says, “I want to know.” There may very likely be times during your cancer […]

Media Hype: “Wonder Drugs” and Other Bridges For Sale

October 14, 2013 by

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I suppose it’d be nice to think we could trust the media when it came to presenting medical issues. Although, come to think of it, it’s kind of hard to trust them on all that much else [think: “The government is full of vampires, and they are trying to suck the lifeblood out of the economy.”–From […]

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

September 2, 2013 by

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My mother has half a neck (missing the right sterno-cleito-mastoid muscle). She’s quite a stunning woman, tall, shapely, and she holds herself with a certain presence. With her grace and pride and sharp intelligence, she might almost be intimidating to an insecure person who first meets her, and it’s the rare person who notices this […]

Who Knew? New Off-Label Uses for well Known Drugs, Part I

December 30, 2012 by

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Every so often, the drug that scientists are certain will serve one purpose in fact serves a completely different one. Take scientists for Pfizer’s research center who developed an angina treatment that they gave to their subjects, who had very little of the response the scientists originally had thought, but. . .the male volunteers came […]