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Coloring in Soda Causes Cancer

Both Coca Cola and Pepsi are changing their formulas to avoid putting a “CANCER WARNING” label on their cans. It turns out the caramel coloring both sodas use contains ammonia sulfite, which produces a chemical called 4-methylimadazole (4-MEI) when processed – which has been shown to cause cancer in animals. In California, 29 micrograms per […]

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A Calorie is NOT a Calorie

More and more research is disproving the theory that “a calorie is a calorie, regardless of the source.” This is no surprise to many of us, who can tell by anecdotal experience that people who eat really well – and by this I mean whole, natural foods – don’t really have to count their calories […]

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Breast Cancer Research Updates

A couple of new studies came out this week that are relevant for those concerned about breast cancer. Which is practically everyone. The first study gives more evidence that eating cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of a breast cancer recurrence. Up to 62%. This study was done in China, where they eat more of these […]

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How to Make Veggies That Taste Good

You can cook vegetables so they taste really, really good. Every time. It’s easy and works with almost every vegetable on the planet. I’m talking about roasting. If you already know the magic of roasting veggies, give yourself a high-five and share this post with all your friends. You deserve the praise. If not, keep […]

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Cancer Class Materials Now Available!

I lost another friend to breast cancer. She was a wonderful mother, wife, friend, and the world was better with her in it. She will be missed, and it breaks my heart that this disease took another one of us. It makes me feel frustrated, angry and powerless. While the survival numbers are getting better, […]

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Cancer and Sugar

Wonder what cancer cells eat? Glucose, or sugar. And pretty much only glucose. Cancer cells have lost most of the functionality of the normal cells they came from, including the ability to burn fat as fuel. Most cancer cells lack mitochondria, which is the part of the cell that takes fat and breaks it down […]

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My dogs have no guilt about taking a nap whatsoever. Right in the middle of the day. Heck, in the middle of the morning. The warm spot on the couch or chair, in the sun, snoring away with abandon. And while yes, they are lazy, they are also intuitive and smart. Just like they know […]

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Eating Vitamin C Prevents Colds

  Yes, you read that right. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, August 2011, found that women who ate Vitamin C rich foods on average 60 times per month – that is twice a day – had a 45% lower risk of developing an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection […]

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Race for the Cure

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I had the opportunity to be volunteers at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Newport Beach. As always, it was an inspiring event, and I was so happy to be able to introduce my girl to the power that comes from people joining together in […]

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Monday Swap it Up #2

Well, here it is, we’ve got ourselves a weekly thing. Here’s Swap Number Two: Add beans to your salad instead of chicken. I don’t know about you, but if I see one more skinless, boneless chicken breast I just might lose it. Both chicken and beans provides protein, B vitamins and iron, but beans add […]

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