Q & A with Author, Miriam Kalamian, on Keto for Cancer

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You have a personal connection to the effects of keto and cancer. Can you tell us how you became involved in this fight?

MK:In 2004, we learned that our son had brain cancer. He was just four years old. First-line treatment, fourteen months of weekly chemo, didn't make a dent. Next, we put him through multiple surgeries followed by a clinical trial but nothing was stopping the relentless progression of his disease. We'd run out of options. Then I literally stumbled across Dr. Thomas Seyfried's work. He'd speculated that the ketogenic diet could slow the progression of cancer. His basic premise was that cancer uses a lot of glucose to fuel its growth, and a ketogenic diet would limit that supply. He tested this theory on mice implanted with an aggressive form of brain...
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Do the Healing Benefits of Comfrey Oil Outweigh Its Toxic Effects?

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Comfrey, while considered an important herbal medicine, is controversial due to certain toxic components in it, which led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict the use of oral comfrey in dietary supplements.1

The dilemma is how to weigh the virtues of comfrey oil while considering the safety concerns that surround it. It has exhibited the potential to treat skin concerns and pain when used topically. Learn about comfrey oil, its practical applications and potential contribution to skin healing and maintenance, as well as the FDA's concerns about it.

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Try This Comforting Keto-Friendly Cabbage and Bacon Soup Recipe

Recipe by Pete Evans

I'm sure that many of you have already read my latest book,
Fat for Fuel - if you haven't yet, I encourage you to pick up your copy now,
as it is one of the most important health books you will read in your life - and
you're determined to incorporate the ketogenic diet into your lifestyle. Now
the challenge is: How can you make sure that the meals you prepare are
keto-friendly? Well, you don't have to worry - we've made it easy for you!

I'm excited to announce that renowned Australian chef and
restauranteur Pete Evans and I are releasing the Fat for Fuel Ketogenic
Cookbook: Recipes and Ketogenic Keys to Health from a World-Class Doctor and an
Internationally Renowned Chef November 14. This fantastic resource offers a
wide array of delectable recipes - from appetizers to main courses to snacks
and sweet treats - that all follow the principles of the ketogenic diet.

I am thrilled to have Pete onboard this project, not only
because of his amazing palate and creativity in the kitchen, but also because
his dedication to eating healthy, fat-burning foods is on par with my
principles of achieving nutritional ketosis in order to reach optimal wellness.

To give you a taste of what our cookbook will offer, Pete
has shared one of his healthy recipes below. It combines the freshness of leafy
greens with the rich taste of bacon, plus spices, to make a comforting and
hearty soup that you can sip when the weather turns chilly. Try it today!


2 1/2 tablespoons coconut

1 onion,

1/2 pound silverbeet, leafy
green part and stems separated, trimmed and chopped

1/2 pound green cabbage, shredded

1/4 pound rindless bacon

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

6 cups organic chicken

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves


Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large
saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for five minutes, or until
softened. Stir in the garlic, silverbeet stems and cabbage and cook for five
minutes, or until softened.

Melt the remaining oil in a frying pan over
medium-high heat, add the bacon and cook until lightly golden, about four
minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel.

Chop the bacon into 1-inch pieces and stir into
the cooked cabbage mixture, then add the turmeric and broth. Bring to a boil,
reduce the heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30

Stir in the leafy green part of the silverbeet
and cook for another five minutes until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. To
finish, stir in the parsley leaves and serve.

This recipe makes four to six servings.

Don't Underestimate
the Health Benefits of Cabbage

Many people simply pass
by and ignore cabbage when they see it in the produce section, not knowing that
it actually offers a barrage of benefits. This humble cruciferous vegetable
comes loaded with powerful
antioxidants like
vitamins A and C, as well as phytonutrients sulforaphane, lutein, zeaxanthin
and thiocyanates. These nutrients not only stimulate detoxifying enzymes, but
they also provide protective effects against certain cancers like breast, colon
and prostate.

You can also help
reduce inflammation by adding cabbage to your meals, as it offers a wealth of
anti-inflammatory nutrients like anthocyanins. You can also get your fair share
of B vitamins, including folate, B6, B1 and B5. These B vitamins not only help
boost your energy levels, but also help slow shrinkage in brain regions that
are impacted by Alzheimer's disease by as much as sevenfold.

Another wonderful
thing about cabbage is that it offers variety; red, green and Savoy are some
examples that you can enjoy, each with its own wealth of nutrients. Although
best eaten raw, such as in coleslaw, it wouldn't hurt to add cabbage to your
cooked meals every once in a while.

If you're an avid
gardener, you can also try growing cabbage at home. This vegetable has a long
growing season and can thrive in both warm and cold-weather climates. Check out
my article
All About Growing Cabbage for more helpful tips. [ECF1]

Have You Heard of 'Silverbeets'

You'll probably answer no, but you'll be surprised to know that silverbeet
is actually just another name for Swiss chard. While not as popular as other
greens like spinach and broccoli, this leafy vegetable offers its own array of
benefits, thanks to its impressive nutrient profile. It's a good source of
vitamin C that help fight free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS), as
well as phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Silverbeet offers
vitamins K and A, and antioxidants like alpha carotene, beta carotene,
zeaxanthin and astaxanthin. And just like cabbage, it's rich in B vitamins like
folate, B6, thiamin, niacin and pantothenic acid.
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Can Bacon Actually Be
Healthy for You?

While it's true that most processed meats like hotdogs,
sausages and salami can wreak havoc on your well-being, I believe that the
devil's in the details. Bacon, for example, can be potentially healthy but only
if it is prepared properly and the meat is acquired from high-quality sources.

from pasture raised pigs provides good amounts of healthy saturated and
monounsaturated fat,
oleic acid, which is also found in olive oil.
It also offers mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black">palmitoleic acid, which has
antimicrobial properties, phosphatidylcholine that possesses antioxidant
activity superior to vitamin E and fat-soluble vitamin D.


do not buy processed bacon sold in supermarkets or groceries, as that is likely
loaded with health-harming preservatives. Instead, I advise getting bacon that
has been prepared using time-tested traditional methods, so you can ensure that
no unhealthy additives are added to the meat. See if your local farmer who
raises pastured pigs offers this type of meat.

About Pete Evans

Pete Evans is an
internationally renowned chef who has joined forces with Dr. Mercola to create
a healthy cookbook that's loaded with delicious, unique Keto recipes, ideal for
people who want to switch to a ketogenic diet. The Fat for Fuel Ketogenic
Cookbook will be released November 14.

Pete has had numerous noteworthy
contributions to the culinary world. He has not only cooked for the general
public, but he's also cooked a royalbanquet for the Prince and Princess
of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart, and even represented his
hometown at the gala GDay USA dinnerfor 600 in New York City. Pete's
career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances
including Lifestyle Channel's Home show, Postcards from Home, FISH, My Kitchen
Rules and Moveable Feast.

7 Ways to Minimize Jet Lag

By Dr. Mercola

Jet lag, also known as flight fatigue, time zone change syndrome or desynchronosis, occurs when travel across time zones disrupts your internal body clock, resulting in mental, emotional and physical symptoms such as:1,2

  • Daytime sleepiness and lethargy followed by nighttime insomnia

  • Anxiety, irritability, confusion and poor concentration

  • Constipation or diarrhea

  • Headache, nausea, indigestion, dehydration and/or general malaise

  • Decline in physical and athletic performance3,4

There are a number of helpful tricks and "bio hacks" that can help minimize the effects of jet lag when traveling between time zones, or help you overcome the effects faster. This includes pretending you're in your destination time zone while still at home, stimulating your heart meridian at certain times, antioxidant support and use of supplemental melatonin. Interestingly, fasting may be an overlooked but potent antidote as well. I'll review a couple of different dietary techniques below.

How Air Travel Affects Your Body and Mind

Aside from jet lag, air travel can have a number of other health effects as well, including the following (see list below).5 Air travel is even associated with a number of psychological effects, courtesy of low oxygen levels (hypoxia), including increased anxiety, stress and other negative emotions that can make you grouchy and unfriendly.

On the other hand, a heightened emotional response can also present itself as tears of joy and relief when watching inflight entertainment. As reported by BBC News: 6

"A new survey by Gatwick Airport in London found 15 percent of men and 6 percent of women said they were more likely to cry when watching a film on a flight than they would if seeing it at home. One major airline has gone as far as issuing 'emotional health warnings' before inflight entertainment that might upset its customers."

Pressure in the ears due to changes in air pressure. Chewing gum during ascent, and swallowing or yawning during descent can help equalize the pressure

Headache due to low oxygen. Prevent by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine and alcohol during the flight

Foot, ankle and leg swelling, raising your risk for a blood clot, due to impaired blood flow.

Prevent by standing up now and then, and flexing, rotating and extending your ankles while sitting. Compression stockings may also be helpful

Dehydration due to dry air. Prevent by drinking plenty of water before and during the flight

Toothache due to shifts in air pressure. There's no way to prevent the pain associated with the expansion of gas trapped in fillings or cavities, so see a dentist before traveling if you suspect you have a problem

Fatigue, sleepiness, increased reaction times and reduced ability to make decisions due to low oxygen

Gassiness due to shifts in cabin pressure

Altered/dulled sense of taste and smell. Taste sensitivity can be restored by staying well hydrated

Dry skin due to dry air - a problem easily addressed with moisturizing lotion. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water

Bad breath due to dry mouth. Remedy by brushing your teeth on the plane and staying well hydrated

Minimize Jet Lag by Pretending You're Already There

As a general rule, your body will adjust to the time zone change at a rate of one time zone per day. What this means is, if you need to be at your physical or psychological best, you'd want to fly out one or more days ahead of time. If you cannot squeeze in the extra time, you could act "as if," and pretend you're in your destination time zone while still at home.7

To do this, simply wake up and go to bed according to the destination time rather than your local time. Also, be sure to shift your mealtimes accordingly. As an example, if you were planning to travel from New York to Paris, start going to bed (and shift your mealtimes up) an hour earlier each day, three days ahead of your flight, and avoid bright light for two to three hours before going to bed. Here are a couple of other helpful pointers to consider:

  • In the morning, be sure to expose yourself to bright full-spectrum light. If the sun is not yet up, use a clear incandescent light bulb along with a cool-blue spectrum LED to shut down melatonin production

  • If traveling at night, wear blue-blocking glasses on the plane, and continue wearing them until you go to sleep, as excess blue light will impair your melatonin production and make it difficult to fall asleep

  • Once you're at your destination, get up as close to sunrise as possible and go outside. This will help to reset your melatonin production. If weather and circumstances allow, it would be best to do this outdoors with your bare feet on the ground

The Argonne Anti-Jet Lag Diet

Another jet lag trick you rarely hear about is the Argonne anti-jet lag diet,8 detailed in a 2012 Harper's Magazine article by Steve Hendricks.9 The diet, developed by the late Charles F. Ehret in the early 1980s when he was a senior scientist at Argonne's Division of Biological and Medical Research, claims to be able to help you quickly adjust your internal clock to a new time zone. It's also recommended to "speed the adjustment of shift workers to periodically rotating work hours."

According to Ehret, who studied chronobiology, your biological clock is cued not only by light exposure but also by when and how much you eat. The technique involves determining the time of breakfast at your destination on the day of your arrival, and then rotating feasting and fasting four days ahead of your scheduled travel, as follows:

  • Day One: Feast day. "Eat heartily with high-protein breakfast and lunch, and a high-carbohydrate dinner. No coffee except between 3 and 5 p.m." Examples of high-protein breakfast/lunch include steak, eggs and hamburger. Examples of high-carb dinner include pasta (no meatballs), crepes (without meat filling), potatoes and other starchy vegetables

  • Day Two: Fast day. Avoid all carbohydrates and keep calories to a minimum. Eat only light meals of salads, soups, fruits and vegetables. If you must drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage, drink it between 3 and 5 p.m.

  • Day Three: Feast day. (Same as Day One)

  • Day Four: Fast day. "If you drink caffeinated beverages, take them in morning when traveling west, or between 6 and 11 p.m. when traveling east." Avoid all alcohol on the plane. Remain fasting until breakfast (about 7.30 a.m.) at your destination, at which time you break the fast by feasting on a high-protein breakfast

The above protocol is not intended as a healthy eating strategy other than one that seems to be helpful when seeking to remediate jet lag. But alternating between feasting and fasting overall is a healthy approach as long as your food choices are healthy. As noted by Hendricks:

"Ehret theorized that the diet worked because the days of irregular eating gradually unmoored the body's biological clock from its usual rhythms, while the big breakfast and subsequent meals re-anchored the clock in the new time zone.

In a 2002 study published in the journal Military Medicine, National Guardsmen who followed the diet were found to be 7.5 times less likely than a control group to suffer jet lag after flying from the United States to Korea. On their return, they were 16.2 times less likely to lag. (The difference between the two flights has not been explained, although, as the authors noted, jet lag is more common flying east than flying west.)"

The Anti-Jet Lag Fast

Another even easier strategy was devised by a team of researchers at Harvard and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The anti-jet lag fast involves determining the time of breakfast at your destination and then fasting (abstaining from all food and drink except noncaloric beverages like water) for 12 to 16 hours beforehand. As noted by Hendricks, "Since most of us go 12 to 16 hours between dinner and breakfast anyway, the abstention is a small hardship."

This strategy is thought to work because fasting causes your master clock to suspend the circadian clock and instructs your body to sleep less. When food intake resumes, the master clock switches the circadian clock back "on." Hendricks explains:

"The master clock probably evolved because when our prehistoric forebears were starving, they would have been tempted in their weakness to sleep rather than forage for the food they needed to survive.

Today, when a traveler suspends his circadian clock before flying from Los Angeles to London, and then reactivates it upon breaking the fast, the clock doesn't know that it should still be on Pacific Time. It knows only that the breakfast and the daylight declare morning in Mayfair, and it resets the body's rhythms accordingly."

On a side note, fasting (calorie restriction) also activates a very potent biological pathway called Nrf2, a biological hormetic that upregulates all of your beneficial intercellular antioxidants. It also lowers inflammation, improves mitochondrial function and stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis, among other things. So, in addition to resetting your body's internal clock, fasting may help you feel better when traveling for these reasons as well.

Minimize Jet Lag With Traditional Chinese Medicine

You can also trick your body into connecting with a new time zone using Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques involving the stimulation of certain acupuncture meridians. As explained by acupuncture physician John Amaro in Acupuncture Today:10

"Borrowing the knowledge of the general circulation of chi, and being aware that each meridian undergoes a two-hour time peak that moves and peaks from meridian to meridian as it travels through its general circulation, it was reasoned that if one were to reset the body clock utilizing the horary cycle, the body in theory could be made to function at the horary cycle of wherever the person is physically located on the planet, disregarding the effects of so-called 'time travel.'

The best part of the theory is that it worked! In virtually every instance in which the subjects were advised to stimulate the proper points based on the theoretical concept, they reported (and it was observed) that jet lag literally did not occur. They felt they were connected to the time zone of their newly arrived destination, as opposed to the time of their departure location."

Amaro details a technique involving stimulating points for a particular meridian based on the Chinese body clock,11 where each meridian corresponds to a two-hour interval. For example, if you were to board a flight in Los Angeles at 7 p.m., heading to Tokyo, where it would then be noon local time, you would stimulate the heart meridian, as it rules between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Two hours into your flight, 2 p.m. Tokyo time, you'd stimulate the small intestine meridian, which rules between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Every two hours, you'd stimulate the ruling meridian until you land at your destination.

Cardiologist Dr. Lee Cowden devised an even shorter version of this technique, focusing on just one meridian - the heart meridian. He explains this technique in the video above, originally taped in 2009. Here's a summary of the steps:

1. The day of your trip, set your clock to match the local time at your destination (depending on the time of your flight, you may have to do this a day ahead)

2. At 11 a.m. (the local time at your destination), stroke your heart meridian three times on the left and three times on the right. Your heart meridian begins just to the outer side of your nipple, up through your armpit and down the ulnar aspect (inner side) of your arm, down the outside of your pinky. Once you reach the end of your pinky, gently press into the base of the fingernail (heart point in Traditional Chinese Medicine). For a demonstration, please see the video above

3. At noon, repeat the heart meridian strokes

Antioxidant Support Helps Ameliorate Jet Lag Symptoms and Shield Against Radiation

Cowden also recommends taking a high-quality, broad-spectrum antioxidant before and after boarding the plane. Astaxanthin may be an ideal choice as it also helps shield against cosmic radiation exposure, provided you've been taking it for at least three days ahead of time. Another antioxidant supplement that can be helpful when flying is molecular hydrogen, which is a highly effective selective antioxidant.

Tyler LeBaron's website, molecularhydrogenfoundation.org,12 lists several hundred studies relating to hydrogen. You can also find a number of his lectures on YouTube. In summary, molecular hydrogen consists of two atoms of hydrogen, the smallest molecule in the universe, which:

  • Is a neutral molecule that can instantly defuse across any cell membrane

  • Has no polarity

  • Is a potent, selective antioxidant

Free radicals are not all bad; they do serve important health functions. The problem is excess free radicals, or the wrong ones. Molecular hydrogen has been shown to selectively target the damaging free radicals produced in response to radiation, such as the gamma rays you encounter at 35,000 feet in the daytime. Studies have shown molecular hydrogen can mitigate about 80 percent of this damage.

If you have a healthy microbiome, your body can make about 10 liters a day of hydrogen gas. However, when you have a steady state of exposure, you don't get the other benefits, so you need to pulse it. That's where you get the benefit. I've taken molecular hydrogen tablets on my last few flights, and felt much better than I normally do when flying. There are a number of different ways to get it, but the most practical way is to take molecular hydrogen tablets.

Once you're at about 5,000 to 10,000 feet, put the tablet in a small bottle of room temperature water, as ice water will slow the reaction. Put the cap back on and leave it on while the tablet dissolves to prevent the gas from escaping. Once dissolved, drink it as quickly as possible. The hydrogen gas will continue working for about two hours, so if you're on a longer flight, you may want to do a second dose halfway through.

Typically, what I wind up doing is just swallowing the tablet and make sure I get at least 8 ounces of water to buffer my stomach. I will take one tablet every hour-and-a-half to two hours, so on a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles I will take two tablets, but from Atlanta to Chicago I only take one.

Melatonin May Help You Sleep

Once you reach your destination, take a fast-acting sublingual melatonin along with a slow-release oral melatonin around 10 p.m. (or just before bedtime if you go to bed earlier). Keep in mind that only a very small dose is required - typically 0.25 mg or 0.5 milligrams to start with, and you can adjust it up from there. Taking higher doses, such as 3 mg, can sometimes make you more wakeful instead of sleepier, so adjust your dose carefully.

Also be sure to stay well hydrated before and during travel, whether you're flying or driving to your destination. Your brain controls sleep and it functions best when fully hydrated. As you can see, there are several ways to minimize jet lag, so the next time you fly, try one or more of them to find a combination that works for you.

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Breast Cancer: Understanding the Risk Factors

Annex Naturopathic

Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention Awareness | Annex Naturopathic Clinic | Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto

At our naturopathic clinic, one of our main areas of focus is naturopathy for women's health.

We often see women or hear stories about others who have been affected by cancer in their live's.

Today's article's goal is to provide further understanding around breast cancer, specifically risk factors and prevention, for both women and men.

Women and Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in women over the age of 20.

Research from the Canadian Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 8 Canadian Women will have breast cancer in her lifetime, and 1 in 31 will die from it.

Reducing risk and early detection are important factors in decreasing the amount of people affected by breast cancer.

Understanding the risk factors

There are 2 types of risk factors.

These factors are classified as those that are non-modifiable, such as age, family history, and genetics, and those that can be modified, such as physical activity or smoking.

Non-modifiable risk factors


Breast cancer is significantly more common in Females.

Men with breast cancer make up fewer than 1% of all cases.


78% of new breast cancer diagnosis occur in women older than 501.

About half of all new cases of breast cancer occur in this age group.


BRCA1 and BRCA2 are tumor suppressor genes - they play a role in the body's ability to stop cancer from happening.

5-10% of all breast cancers are linked to mutations in these genes.

BRCA1 and BRCA2 occur in less than 1% of the populations, however, women with these gene mutations have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer by age 802.

Personal or family history of breast cancer:

A woman with cancer in one breast has a 3- to 4-fold increased risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast or in another part of the same breast3.

Women who has first-degree relatives with a history of breast cancer has has an increased risk.

Someone with one first-degree relative with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman's risk.

The more first-degree relatives (sister, mother, daughter) with breast cancer, the greater the risk.1

Menstrual History:

Women whose first period was at age 11 or younger and/or women who experience menopause after age 55 have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Those who have more menstrual cycles throughout her lifetime, have greater exposure to estrogen and its metabolites.

Similarly, women who have had one or more pregnancies, have a greater protection against breast cancer.

Pregnancy limits the exposure of breast cells to estrogen and lowers the total number of menstrual cycles a woman has in her lifetime.4

Breast Density:

Breast contain fatty tissue as well as dense tissue such as connective, gland and milk duct tissues.

Women with dense breast tissue in 75% or more of their breasts have a 4-5 fold greater risk of breast cancer.5

Modifiable Risk Factors

Body weight and physical activity:

Women who are overweight have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Breast cancer may be influenced by the amount of estrogen tissue in the breast is exposed to over time.

In addition to the ovaries, estrogen is also produced in fat tissue.

Therefore, higher body-weight due to excess fat tissue can increase estrogen levels.

Those who do not exercise also have an increased risk.

Alcohol and smoking:

Smoking increases overall cancer risk, including breast cancer.

Alcohol consumption increases a woman's risk for breast cancer.

Even low levels of alcohol consumption (just over 1 drink per day) can increase a woman's risk.

The risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.

Understanding Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention | Annex Naturopathic Clinic | Naturopathic Doctor in Toronto

New Research Surrounding Possible Risk Factors

Lack of exposure to sunlight and low vitamin D levels:

There are multiple recent studies that demonstrate that vitamin D deficiency significantly increases breast cancer risk.

While at the same time, another study showed that women with elevated risk, who had high serum 25(OH) vitamin D levels because of regular vitamin D supplementation were associated with lower rates of incident, especially in the postmenopausal population.6,7

Diet and Nutritional Status:

There is some evidence to show that high intakes of saturated fats and and high glycemic load (simple sugars and refined carbohydrates) increases risk.8

Exposure to Xeno-estrogens:

Xenoestrogens are man-made compounds that mimic estrogen's effects.

Postmenopausal women with high serum levels of Bisphenol A (BPA) and mono-ethyl phthalatehad elevatedbreastdensity. Elevated breast density is associated with increased risk.k.9

Prevention and Early Detection

Although people can't change their genetics, age or whether or not they are born with ovaries- they can modify their lifestyle to reduce their breast cancer risk in other ways.

Leading a healthy lifestyle with appropriate diet and lifestyle, correcting for nutritional deficiencies (like vitamin D) and optimizing overall health will reduce the risk for breast cancer.

While at the same time, following Canada's breast cancer screening guidelines and seeking medical attention if you notice any changes to your breasts can facilitate early detection and treatment.

Naturopathic doctors excel at helping their patients optimize their health and make the changes that reduce modifiable risk factors.

Through evidence-informed knowledge, and taking a preventative approach to healthcare we can help reduce the amount of women affected by breast cancer.

If you're curious to learn more about this subject or would like to consult with one of our NDs feel free to book a visit or contact us.

Yours in Health,

Annex Naturopathic Clinic

572 Bloor St W #201, Toronto, ON M6G 1K1



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  2. Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment: The expanding role of the Ob/Gyn. Available at: http://www.apgo.org/elearn/APGO_BC_Monograph.pdf. Accessed January 5, 2007.

  3. American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer: What are the risk factors for breast cancer? Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/

    . Accessed June 12, 2007.

  4. http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/breast/risks/?region=bc#family_hx

  5. Lancet Oncol.2005 Oct;6(10):798-808.

  6. Pak J Med Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 33(3): 645649

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  8. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2011;12(4):1061-5.

  9. Breast Cancer Res. 2013 may 27;15(3):R45.

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The Symptoms and Treatment of Addison's Disease

Addison's disease is an endocrine disorder that effects a very small percentage of the population. Only between one and four in 100,000 people are diagnosed with it. When the adrenal cortex does not produce enough hormones addison's disease is likely present.

The symptoms show up much more clearly if someone is going through some type of trauma. Another event that will cause the symptoms of addison's disease to surface is a period of metabolic stress.

When the adrenal glands cease to function normally a person can become extremely ill. The adrenal glands produce cortisol which is vitally important to the function of your body. Without cortisol your body would have trouble regulating the metabolism of carbs, fat and protein. Cortisol is also responsible for helping the body respond to stress, keeping the blood sugar level normal and mobilizing nutrients.

Addison's disease goes through three stages of symptom's depending on how serious it is. At first sign of addison's there might be loss of weight, pain in the abdomen, muscle weakness and dizziness when standing up. As Addison's becomes more serious the symptoms become more acute. During the middle stages of Addison's you might see dehydration, drop in blood pressure, end of menstruation, depression and darkening of the skin.

Addison's is often not diagnosed early and makes itself known during an Addisonian crisis. This is the final stage that the disease goes through and is critically dangerous. If you are having loss of consciousness, extreme blood pressure shifts, severe back pain, abnormal heart rhythm, severe pain in the abdomen or kidney failure then you might be having an addisonian crisis. It goes without saying you need to be in the emergency room immediately.

Addison's disease is not something that goes away or can be cured. If you are diagnosed with it you will have to go through therapy to replace your steroids for the rest of your life. Cortisol and aldosterone are chemicals your body must have to continue functioning. A combination of homeopathic remedies and conventional medicine can help you lead a productive life, once again.

Cortisone acetate tablets or hydrocortisone are used to replace the cortisol in your body. The aldosterone is replaced with a medication called fludrocortisone acetate tablets. Some natural medicine's that will help with your addison's include: borago officinalis, eleutherococcus senticosis and astragalus membranaceous.

All three of these support the adrenal glands and help to combat normal daily stress. Another helpful herb is ginger which is good for helping with your digestion and fighting against nausea.

Protect Your Adrenal Glands Naturally

AdrenoBoost is a natural, safe, effective herbal remedy containing herbs known for their ability to improve the functioning of the adrenal glands and protect it from the damaging effects of stress and modern lifestyle.

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Essential Oils for the Heart

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As always prevention is the key. Maintaining the condition of our heart is important, no matter if you are working with a healthy heart, or have had a stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure. aromatherapy can help! Here are a few essential oil recipes to help keep your heart healthy:
Heart Care Blend
(reduces stress, improves circulation, nervous system and lowers high blood pressure)
To one tablespoon of carrier oil add:

2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Bergamot

Massage in the chest and heart area, throat and neck. Always working towards the heart. Pour oil blend into the bath.
Healthy Heart Blend
To one tablespoon carrier oil add:

1 drops Geranium
2 drops Bergamot
3 drops Clary Sage

Massage in the chest and heart area, throat and neck. Always working towards the heart....
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Have Compassion for Your Overworked Doctor

The State of our Health Care System Today

I wrote a short news article for NDNR recently,about how much time physicians spend working within electronic health record (EHR) systems during their workday. I thought I'd rewrite it for the readers of the NaturalPath, because I think it gives valuable context to the state of our health care system today, and possibly help us find compassion in our hearts for physicians who belong to a system of medicine many of us view as problematic, or downright criminal. This is in no way meant as a justification for the lack of care often shown by our big pharma driven medical system, but a glimpse of the human aspect of that system.

How Much Time do you Actually Spend Talking to Your Doctor?

There's no doubt that physicians are overworked, and the manner in which many patients are seen is not conducive to caring for those patients; 6-10 minutes just isn't enough. But did you know that roughly half, that's right, 50% of a physician's workday, which is usually about 12 hours, consists of working within an electronic sea of charts and forms, and communications with other medical professionals through a non-verbal closed communication system. We call it EHR, or electronic health records, and it is the bane of most primary care physicians' work-life and contributes to burnout we see within the medical field in a major way. Most physicians are spending roughly 6 hours in EHR per workday, which includes time during clinic hours and after hours. And that's not all, a lot of this time (almost 50%) is spent performing clerical tasks that are not directly related to the patient. An additional hour and a half is spent emailing.

EHR Promotes Inefficient Digital Communication Instead of Face to Face Verbal Interaction

This information comes from a recent study looking at physician burnout. The study explains that EHR is a significant factor of physician burnout. The frustration around the required time for documentation, and order entry are huge time factors that give little in satisfaction. In addition, EHR promotes an inefficient and distracting communication interface that advocates digital communication instead of face to face verbal interaction.

How can EHR work for us, instead of us working for the EHR?

The message from the authors of this article was that solutions to common problems linked to physician burnout in primary care, such as proactive planned care, team-based care, and the sharing of clerical tasks, all require better thought about EHR system applications. Perhaps the question we will be asking in the future is how can EHR work for us, instead of us working for the EHR?

Everyone Suffers, Both Patients and Physicians

Most physicians went into medicine because they care about people, and want to help people get through illness, and be healthy. The bitter truth of what they find is that this is not the case at all. Everyone suffers; The patient and the doctor, when systems are utilized that do not support the underlying mission and purpose of an occupation.

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Node Smith, ND, is a naturopathic physician in Portland, OR and associate editor for NDNR. He has been instrumental in maintaining a firm connection to the philosophy and heritage of naturopathic medicine among the next generation of docs. He helped found the first multi-generational experiential retreat, which brings elders, alumni, and students together for a weekend camp-out where naturopathic medicine and medical philosophy are experienced in nature. Four years ago he helped found the non-profit, Association for Naturopathic ReVitalization (ANR), for which he serves as the board chairman. ANR has a mission to inspire health practitioners to embody the naturopathic principles through experiential education. Node also has a firm belief that the next era of naturopathic medicine will see a resurgence of in-patient facilities which use fasting, earthing, hydrotherapy and homeopathy to bring people back from chronic diseases of modern living; he is involved in numerous conversations and projects to bring about this vision.

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Quick, Easy and Amazing Green Salad Ideas

An easy way to ensure you eat plenty of vegetables is to keep pre-made salad in the fridge in an airtight container.

Forget the store-made salads because they're so boring. You can certainly start with a lettuce mix, but add your own colorful pizzazz for a salad you're sure to reach for over and over again.

Note: If you make premade salad, store juicy vegetables like diced tomatoes separately and just add them when you're ready to eat.


Experiment with a wide variety of greens as you might be surprised at what you actually like. You can create different tastes and textures by mixing different types of lettuce. Try spinach, a spring mix or whatever you'd like. You can even add a bit of iceberg lettuce to create some extra crunch.

Vegetable Ideas:

There is no right or wrong here. Simply pick what you like, as much as you'd like and in any combination. Of course, some of these are technically fruit, but they're placed here because commonly think of them as vegetables.

  • Tomatoes

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Peppers in a variety of colors

  • Avocado

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Kernel corn

  • Asaparagus tips

  • Artichoke hearts

  • Cucumber

  • Zucchini

  • Eggplant

  • Radish

  • Cabbage

  • Bean sprouts

  • Alfalfa sprouts

  • Peas

  • Turnip

  • Kholrabi

  • Red onion

  • Chives

  • Beets

  • Squash

Fruits and Berries:

Add a little excitement with some sweet and colorful additions.

  • Strawberries

  • Blueberries

  • Blackberries

  • Raspberries

  • Watermelon

  • Cantaloupe

  • Honeydew

  • Mango

  • Papaya

  • Pineapple

Other Toppings:

Add these just before serving, but you can prepare them ahead of time and store them separately.

  • Bacon bits

  • Cooked ham or other thinly sliced meat

  • Sliced chicken breast

  • Fried chicken strips

  • Nuts

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Croutons

  • Fried capers

  • Shredded cheese of all kinds

  • Raisin

  • Hard boiled eggs

  • Cooked, cold beans

  • Water chestnuts

Have fun with your saladit's good for you!

The Importance of Omega 3s for Your Health

Scientists have established the effectiveness of Omega 3 in a number of health areas, including your Heart, Brain, Joints, Skin, Immune system, Vision, and Digestion.

Like any product on the market today there are 'good fish oils' and there are 'bad fish oils'! With a bad one you may be unwittingly introducing substances into your body that you DO NOT want such as Mercury and PCB's for example. We impose tougher standards on the purity of our fish oil than any other known manufacturer.

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Higher Risk of Death with Antidepressant Use

A recent study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, has concluded that antidepressant use increases risk for all-cause mortality.1 It is generally known that most antidepressants work by affecting serotonin in the brain inhibiting reabsorption by neurons so its activity lasts longer. However, the exact mechanisms of these drugs serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), tricyclics (TCA)and other types are not specifically known. The effects that these drugs have on serotonin in other organs systems is even less clear.

All Major Organ Systems Use Serotonin

All major organ systems, from the gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys and heart, all use serotonin from the blood stream. The action that antidepressants have on blocking serotonin absorption in these organs could be part of the underlying cause of multiple organ systems not functioning properly, and ultimately an increase in the premature death seen associated with antidepressant use in the study.

Antidepressant Study

The study was a meta-analysis that looked at 17 different large studies; hundreds of thousands of people were included in the datasets. The findings showed that antidepressant users had a 33 percent higher chance of death than non-users, and a 14 percent increase risk of having a cardiovascular event. The data was insignificantly different between SSRIs and TCAs.


The conclusions by the researchers were that it may not be safe to be taking antidepressants while we still don't fully understand how they are working in the body. Roughly 1 in 8 Americans are currently taking a prescription antidepressant medication. These medications are often being prescribed by family physicians without a formal diagnosis of depression, because they are thought to be safe. This research undermines these assumptions and asks physicians to reevaluate the absolute need for the prescriptions they are writing.

  1. Maslej MM, Bolker BM, Russell MJ, et al. The Mortality and Myocardial Effects of Antidepressants Are Moderated by Preexisting Cardiovascular Disease: A Meta-Analysis. Psychother Psychosom. 2017;86(5):268-282.

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Node Smith, ND, is a naturopathic physician in Portland, OR and associate editor for NDNR. He has been instrumental in maintaining a firm connection to the philosophy and heritage of naturopathic medicine among the next generation of docs. He helped found the first multi-generational experiential retreat, which brings elders, alumni, and students together for a weekend camp-out where naturopathic medicine and medical philosophy are experienced in nature. Four years ago he helped found the non-profit, Association for Naturopathic ReVitalization (ANR), for which he serves as the board chairman. ANR has a mission to inspire health practitioners to embody the naturopathic principles through experiential education. Node also has a firm belief that the next era of naturopathic medicine will see a resurgence of in-patient facilities which use fasting, earthing, hydrotherapy and homeopathy to bring people back from chronic diseases of modern living; he is involved in numerous conversations and projects to bring about this vision.

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