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Our Circadian Clock and Fasting

    We all have an internal clock, the circadian clock (actually many of them, your organs have them too). We are learning that ignoring that clock causes disease and obesity.   In modern life, we have artificial light and stimulation (like eating) that throws […]

Dying For an Accurate Diagnosis

Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis and even Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s why you need to insist on being tested for it and the 10 other tick-borne viruses common to the United States–and why your independent RN Patient Advocate is so […]

Real Breast Cancer Awareness

secrets to prevent breast cancerI was told it was breast cancer awareness week and to play this game by sharing a secret message to put an emoticon on your profile. But instead, I’m going to teach you how to prevent breast cancer and you can share this.

#1 (all cancer) Eat a primarily plant-based diet. That is not fake meat made from soy, a source of additional estrogen and often pesticides and herbicides, that is veggies and some fruits.

#2 Meat and dairy should be pasture-raised, organic. Why? Conventional meats/dairy are chock full of growth hormones (which contribute to the growth of cancer) and often antibiotics and other chemicals. Plus they are often raised in filth and torment. You need a LOT less protein than you think you do–think of it as a condiment.

#3 Avoid anything that comes in a bag, a box, or a can. Avoid sugar, corn syrup, and the like which contribute to systemic inflammation and cancer. Obviously avoid all those fast food joints. Eat real food. Cooking is not hard.

#4 Plastic is bad for living things and the endocrine distrupters in plastic contribute to cancer (and give you guys man-boobs). Don’t buy water in plastic bottles, just get a decent water filter (under $100) and fill your own glass bottles. And look at your food–do you really want individually-wrapped plastic food (no, the answer is no). And please, never put plastic in the microwave. Never, ever, heat food in plastic.Take your frozen stuff out, put it in a glass container, and heat that.

#5 The point: food is upstream medicine, you are what you eat, choose not to poison yourself and especially your kids.

#6 Exercise. It doesn’t have to be crazy, just a 30 minute walk per day. We human animals need to move.

#7 Stress reduction. Stress will kill you–cancer, heart disease and more are tied to stress. Meditate (there are free apps, yes, there is an app for that), go for long, quiet walks, talk about your feelings, laugh, dance around in your underwear (probably inside).

#8 Be aware of your environment. Don’t spray herbicide on your weeds, or pesticide on your skin and home, and what the hell is in that skin lotion and shampoo? Please stop putting toxins on your skin–it is permeable. It has a million tiny aqueducts straight into your blood stream. Most products you can buy at the drugstore can harm you. If you’re not sure, choose products for babies, at least there are a few safety regulations for their products. Go to EWG.org for more info

#9 Do Not Smoke. Do not ingest nicotine in any manner. Nicotine to cancer is like gasoline to a fire. I should not have to tell you this, please stop.

#10 The good news is that these tips can not only help prevent breast cancer, but all cancers and the other chronic diseases we suffer from: heart and kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, thyroid disease, auto immune, and the rest.

So share this and set small goals each week to make reasonable lifestyle changes until you do them all!

Fast Food Serves Up Phthalates

Fast Food Serves Up Phthalates

    Phthalates have been linked to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. Not to mention man-boobs (I find this one motivates men more than […]

Can Your Brain Heal Your Body?

Can Your Brain Heal Your Body?

It is called the Placebo Effect and it is a phrase commonly used to discredit therapies in testing as in, “It is no better than a placebo.”  But what does that mean?  The word placebo literally means:  ‘I do nothing.’  The placebo effect is when […]

Does Nurse Advocacy Really Work for Patients?

hands-379x350Year after year, nurses are voted the most trusted professionals in America.  I think that is, in part, because people know the value of the emotional support, education, care and guidance they get from nurses–and the deep compassion and empathy behind it.  A good nurse can make you feel better even if the treatment doesn’t (like in chemotherapy, which often makes one feel worse).  That effect is magnified when the nurse is not overwhelmed with passing medications, assisting doctors or monitoring a lot of sick people, as we are in the hospital setting.  As nurse advocates, or nurse navigators, we have only one client at a time so it only seems logical that that one person or family would derive tremendous benefit–but it hadn’t been proven until now.

In a recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, cancer patients who had access to a nurse navigator did “significantly better” than their counterparts in a control group.  

“Cancer patients who had access to a nurse navigator soon after diagnosis reported feeling that they had better emotional support and were better informed, and they were more involved in their care.”

The nurse navigators averaged 18 contacts with their patients over four months, usually via phone.  It was not surprising that during this time the clients had significantly fewer problems with care, especially psychosocial care, care coordination, and information and felt much better than the group that got only extra education.  The surprise was that when measured at 12 months–eight months after the partnership with the nurse navigator ended–the patients still scored just as high in their progress testing.  The work they did together stuck with the cancer patients long after the test period–the benefit was lasting.

As an iRNPA, this kind of measurement is important to me, but not as important as the comfort and gratitude on the faces, and in the voices, of my clients. They, nor I, require double-blind peer reviewed controlled studies to know that what I do matters to them and that the work we do together is critically important.