Category Archives: Nutrition

Inflammation and Cancer

Evidence of the ability of inflammation to both initiate and fuel cancer has been accumulating since at least the 1980s.  In fact, any chronic inflammatory disease – such as arthritis, bronchitis, fasciitis, colitis, and asthma – can increase the risk of cancer.  For example, according to a 2000 study, approximately one in every ten patients with ulcerative colitis will eventually develop colorectal cancer.  By another estimate, chronic inflammation may precede at least one-third of all cancers.  However, it isn’t just the risk of cancer that is a concern when chronic inflammation is present.

inflammation and cancer

A study published in the May 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology demonstrated that patients with high blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum amyloid A (SAA) were two to three times more likely to die prematurely or have their cancer return than patients with lower levels. Continue reading

Chemo Brain? How to grow new brain cells

A wonderful TED Talk about neurogenesis by Sandrine Thuret. She explains how the adult brain does grown new cells
and offers advice on what you can do to encourage this growth. Interestingly enough, she references chemo brain and demonstrates
her research to an oncologist colleague.

Here is a slide to consider that is featured in the talk.


How to grow new brain cells

Mushroom Orzotto; Anti-cancer diet

Inspired by traditional Italian risotto, this is a comforting and nourishing dish that’s easy to prepare and packed with anti-cancer nutrients: immune-boosting mushrooms, onions and garlic with their multiple cancer-protective effects, anti-inflammatory thyme and pasrley, and barley, a very low-glycemic grain that’s a rich source of fibers (which nourish our healthy intestinal bacteria and help to lower cholesterol), estrogen-balancing lignans and anti-cancer mineral selenium.

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