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Breast Cancer. New directions are being explore. Check out some of  articles concerning breast cancer, exercise and diet using the link to the National Cancer Institute.

I found four facts that are worth considering:

FACT ONE:  Women who are heavier at the time of their breast cancer diagnosis and have gained weight during treatment are more likely to have a reoccurrence of their breast cancer.

FACT TWO:  Many cases of breast cancer can be avoided by losing weight after menopause according to a study by the Harvard Medical School.

FACT THREE: High levels of moderate and vigorous physical activity during adolescence may protect our kids from getting breast cancer.

FACT FOUR:  Most studies suggest that 30 to 60 minutes a day of moderate- to high-intensity physical activity is associated with a reduction in breast cancer. 

So the real question is, ‘Are we, women, willing to take control of our lives? Even though it is easier to grab a fast food restaurant hamburger are we willing to take a few minutes out of our day to eat a salad? (I fill up on Subway salads.)  And will we actually take the time to rev up our hearts by running, walking, joining a gym  or swimming?

We have more control over our lives than we are willing to admit or to accept responsibility for. It’s time for a change…NOW!

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Recently I spoke to a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has dense breast tissue and the cancer was found after it had advanced. (That’s another story.)

After suffering from high blood pressure for many years, I have been looking at diet and exercise as a way to correct my pressure. I wondered if the same issues that apply in my quest for a more balanced blood pressure could also apply to cancer. So I spoke to Dr. Sam Schikowitz, a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist located in New Paltz. Dr. Schikowitz has extensive training in naturopathic modalities as well acupuncture and other forms of Asian medicine.

Funny, but his two main suggestions–eat healthy and exercise–not only help cancer patients but help all of us live life to its fullest.

Eat the Right Stuff

  1. A diet high in protein and fat helps people lose weight. It  also improves the long term cancer survival rate. According to Dr. Schikowitz, “You want (a cancer) patient’s blood sugar to be regulated because cancer cells love sugar.” He says cancer patients who consume increased amounts of sugar, may risk speeding up their own deaths, since cancer cells thrive on sugar.
  2. Stop smoking and stay away from others who smoke as well.  Many studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health show a direct correlation between the smoke from cigarettes and breast cancer.
  3. Be careful of toxins in your diet. According to Dr. Schikowitz, most toxins come from toxic animal products.

    I asked the doctor how hard is it to remove these toxins from our diet. Although it takes some effort, it definitely is reflected in feeling better and looking better. Some of his suggestions include buying organic products, free range chickens, light tuna, canned salmon and whole grain brown rice. And yes, antioxidants and green tea are helpful, he says, but usually in conjunction with an overall approach to a healthy lifestyle.

    Frozen foods are a good second choice to fresh. And of course, stay away from foods with a lot of preservatives and additives.

Develop an Exercise Regime

  1. First of all, according to Dr. Schikowitz there is no pill out there that does what exercise does for you. So your first step is to come up with an overall exercise plan.
  2. What’s great about exercise is that, in general, it improves your mood while it improves your body’s metabolism; and it reduces all types of illnesses.
  3. One of the great bi-products of exercise is that it is a great regulator of blood sugar. It also helps you think better, feel better, and affects your immune systems.
  4. The most effective way to change how your metabolism works is to develop an aerobic training program. I know I am doing aerobic exercise, when I am breathing heavily for an extended  period of time.  (Aerobic training is effective in burning sugar.) Use short sprints and interval training as part of your exercise program. Do three individual sets of an exercise rather than one long set.

For more information about Dr. Sam Schikowitz and his philosophy about keeping healthy, visit his website .

Look for a follow up: I asked my press contact at the National Institutes of Health about their current studies on the relationship between diet and cancer. Let’s see what they come up with.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ENCOURAGES THE HUDSON VALLEY TO TAKE ON THE $1 MILLION CHALLENGE! 15th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign Raises Dollars and Awareness for Breast Cancer Kingston, NY

This year, to mark the 15th anniversary of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, the American Cancer Society encourages Hudson Valley residents to join the $1 Million Challenge. Every donation will fund critical research projects that could result in a breakthrough leading to less diagnosis and reducing the number of deaths per year and local patient and family service programs. This year, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, non-competitive 5K events, will be held at two Hudson Valley sites on Sunday, October 17th. They are:

 • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley; and

• Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls

“Last year, 7,000 walkers raised more than $700,000, so the $1 million mark is within reach. The Hudson Valley’s generosity would be a huge boost in our efforts to make strides towards a world with less cancer and more birthdays.” In the Hudson Valley, nearly 1,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and nearly 200 will die from the disease. To join the challenge, go to www.cancer.org/stridesonline and start a team or make a donation. For more information about the American Cancer Society’s programs and services go to cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345.

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Monday morning the health world was shaken by the news that a  government task force (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government panel of doctors and scientists) said that most women do not need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50.  This came as a shocking reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position. What’s more confusing is that the panel said breast self-exams do no good, and women shouldn’t be taught to do them. This is leaving many women with questions and concerns.  I am one of those women. I always believed that early detection is prevention. Why would we want to post pone detection? Especially when we hear so many stories about women who have been saved by early detection. That’s my opinion, but this blogger wants to hear yours. Please leave any thoughts or comments you may have about this topic and please be sure to check out our article where you can also leave comments.

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