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How many cancer drugs can one find in nature? Well according to recent reports, approximately 60% of cancer drugs get their start from a plant, with 84 anticancer drugs isolated from Brazil’s Amazon forest [1].  The Lapacho tree, also known as the herb pau d’arco, is one of them, having been hidden to those outside of the Amazon for centuries, perhaps millennia, with historical uses in indigenous medicine for the following: Bacterial infections Cancer, several types including breast, lung and leukemias Fever Fungal infections Inflammation Malaria Stomach ailments Viral infections In recent years the ingredient that gives this tree its healing properties was discovered and coined beta- (β) lapachone, a natural quinone compound. If you’re a malaria survivor, or familiar with the disease, then you’ve heard of quinone drugs, as they're used to fight this infection. Pau D’Arco’s Anticancer Effects In lab experiments,

Can We Trust the Reports on Cancer Prevention? I just came back from a relaxing and enjoyable weekend in suburban Boston getting trained on yoga for breast cancer patients and survivors. The focus was on reducing the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation with gentle yoga. Our breast cancer yogini was Camille of exclusive yoga, and she did a fantastic job of not only demonstrating the movements, but also on the science behind benefits of yoga. The added bonus of this training was learning about how to read the statistics of scientific studies. Camille expertly explained that reports of the latest drugs for treating breast cancer may overly state the benefits. Could that be true for healthy eating studies focused on cancer patients? I went back to a recent study I quoted on this blog to see if it were true.

Last week I had a consult with a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Besides her fear of the diagnosis, which is understandable, she expressed concern about the treatment options given to her by her doctor. It seems that she was offered an extremely long course of radiation therapy. She expressed to me that she remembered hearing a story on NPR some months ago that there were shorter treatment options for women with early-stage breast cancer.  I assured her that she was correct, there are shorter courses of radiation treatment. Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy For women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, breast-conserving therapy is the standard of care that should be offered to every woman. What does this treatment entail? 1) Breast-conserving therapy means just that: the breast is conserved. There is no mastectomy performed. Mastectomy is total removal of the breast.  A recent

In typical Bedside Manners fashion, we’ve scoured the medical literature and came across this gem of an article specifically for breast cancer patients.  It was published in the medical journal Advances in Nutrition, and the authors are nutritionists who reviewed 15 years of medical studies on nutrition in the breast cancer patient. Below is a convenient summary of their 7 science-backed nutritional recommendations for breast cancer patients. As always, consult your healthcare practitioner and a qualified nutritionist when making dietary changes. See disclaimer below. #1 – Get expert guidance from a nutrition expert. The nutritionists in this study recommend seeking a qualified nutritionist who can develop individualized nutritional guidelines for you.  These days your nutrition can be just as tailored to your body as your chemotherapy. Ensure you get an assessment of your current nutritional status, and nutritional needs before, during and

Over 2.9 million women in the U.S. have a history of breast cancer.  Health challenges can continue for some women who have conquered their breast cancer treatment and are now living cancer free.  And there is still the risk of a breast cancer recurrence or the development of a new cancer at a different body site. However, science now shows that helpful lifestyle changes can lower the risk of a breast cancer recurrence.  The good news is that these same changes can also lower the risk of any type of new cancer developing as well. So to all the breast cancer survivors out there, here are 3 surprising facts on lowering your risk of a breast cancer recurrence… #1 – Cut The Fat Eating less fat helps lower risk of recurrence. A study in women with breast cancer who were taking your standard chemotherapy

The good news is that African-American women eat a lot of cruciferous vegetables (e.g. collard greens, cabbage and broccoli). The bad news is that we don’t eat enough total servings of fruits and vegetables every day, which has been scientifically shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer. A sampling of 59,000 African American women (known as the “Black Women’s Health Study,” aka BWH) found that on average the number of fruits and vegetables eaten every day was 1 serving or less (0.7 servings of fruit and 1 serving of vegetables). This study found some interesting trends in less risk of getting breast cancer and how this relates to the number of fruits and vegetables eaten: For postmenopausal African American women. 4 or more servings a day of fruits and vegetables lowered risk by 24% 2 or more servings a day of just vegetables

Ok breast cancer patients and survivors it's time to get motivated! I'm happy to present our monthly spotlight on a breast cancer survivor and this time it's none other than Nacole Ali. She's a 20-year vet in human resources, been featured on The Wendy Williams Show, and I happen to know she's also completed a marathon post-cancer diagnosis. To say that she's a survivor is an understatement, she's a breast cancer warrior! Read more about how her diagnosis brought her face-to-face with her deepest fears and how she overcame them one step at a time by writing her book and having some fun as a globe-trotter.  You can find more about her at www.nacoleali.com. Here's to your best health! Deanine Grace, PhD Q: Hi Nacole, can you tell us a little about yourself?  A: I am a Personal Change Strategist, motivational speaker, media personality, author, and business owner. I

Hey Breast Cancer Survivors!  You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by 40% if you eat at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. And here's another tip, eating cruciferous vegetables every day reduces your risk of breast cancer recurrence by 35%. You can find out what cruciferous vegetables are and how they stop cancer growth here. Now if you want to prevent breast cancer in the first place, you can reduce your risk of a NEW breast cancer DIAGNOSIS by 30% if you eat 3+ servings of cruciferous vegetables every day. Want to learn how to eat more fruits and vegetables every day? Download this FREE worksheet (page 4 and 5) on how to eat more fruits and veggies a day. References: Thomson CA, et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011; 125:519 Christine B. Ambrosone, et al.  Nutr. 2004; 134:1134 Here's to your best health! Dr. Dee Grace, PhD [email protected]