I've got a very special treat for you with this week's post.
If you have been following along with me for a little while and have read a few of these posts, then you know that my goal as a physician is to help patients get to wellness.
That will surely be defined differently for everyone, but it has at least these components: eating well to nourish your body, some physical activity to strengthen your body, and some mental practice to grow your mind.
I have done a little extra training to learn about these components of wellness. I've had the privilege of completing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. That experience completely changed my practice and my approach to patient care.
One of the many lessons I took away from that training was how important it is for everyone to have some sort of relaxation practice. You may have heard people talk about meditation or mindfulness and wondered if their feet were firmly planted on the...
There has been so much in the news about the benefits of vitamin D that you might believe it's the cure all for any ailment.
Well, it's not quite that, but it may be very important to breast cancer patients (or those who don't want to be breast cancer patients).
Hi there! I’m Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I wanted to answer some questions about vitamin D and breast cancer.
First, why is vitamin D important, anyhow? Well, it plays a role in hundreds of metabolic reactions in the body. Our bodies can actually make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium from the gut, it helps keep normal amounts of calcium in the blood, and it helps us use that calcium to build bones. Along with calcium, vitamin D helps protect older adults from osteoporosis and fractures.
What happens when you don’t have enough vitamin D? Well, severe deficiency in children causes a condition...
One of the things that bothers most breast cancer patients at some point in their journey is a feeling of anxiety. For some this is pretty persistent and can interfere with relationships, sleep, the ability to focus, and most importantly the ability to just feel well. Here's a simple technique to fix all of that.
Hi there! One of the things that bothers most breast cancer patients at some point in their journey is a feeling of anxiety. For some this is pretty persistent and can interfere with relationships, sleep, the ability to focus, and most importantly the ability to just feel well.
In the program that I’m going to be introducing in a few weeks, I will give you a detailed plan of many techniques that you can use to get over your anxiety. For now though I wanted to give you something simple that you can use today and use many times a day. And that is a simple breathing exercise.
I can hear some of you...
Some folks who want to lose a little weight switch from sugared drinks and sodas to diet sodas. Healthy change, right? Wrong. In this video I discuss some disturbing research on diet sodas and a myriad of health problems including cancer. And...did you know they may be addictive??!!
Hi there! I’m Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I wanted to discuss a product that many people turn to when they try to lose weight. That product is diet soda. They assume that because it has no calories but can still satisfy their need for a sweet taste, that ultimately they may lose weight by drinking diet sodas. Unfortunately, just the opposite is true. And there are other significant health risks that go along with diet soda consumption as well.
First let’s define what we are talking about. When I say diet soda I am actually including any beverage that is sweetened with a low or no calorie sweetener. Most commonly this is seen...
In this short video, I'm going to talk about cruciferous vegetables (the broccoli family of veggies) and some supplements that come from broccoli metabolites. Some women are using these supplements to prevent breast cancer and I'll discuss the wisdom of that choice.
Hi there, it’s Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I’m going to be discussing the role that cruciferous vegetables play in breast cancer prevention.
We all know that eating vegetables is a healthy thing to do and can help prevent a lot of diseases including cancer. But are there some vegetables that are better than others at preventing cancer, and are some of these vegetables better at preventing breast cancer specifically?
Well, broccoli is one of those veggies that has been promoted as preventing breast cancer as a member of the cruciferous vegetable family.
This group of vegetables has been looked at for cancer prevention because some of the compounds in these veggies...
There is a lot of controversy surrounding dairy, but most of the "facts" being thrown around are not grounded in truth. Learn about the pros and cons of milk, how the hormones in milk might affect you, and whether or not it is related to breast cancer.
Hi everyone! It’s Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I want to talk about the controversies around dairy –how it relates to breast cancer and other issues.
There’s something about cow’s milk that ignites a passion on the order of religious zealotry as to whether it is a protein and calcium filled goodness that has been consumed as a healthy beverage for centuries or the one animal product that for sure will give you cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cause you to grow extra limbs where they shouldn’t be.
Usually, neither side of that debate is well equipped with facts in these discussions. So, let’s start with some facts…
One of the most distressing things about going through breast cancer treatment can be the onset of menopause and the hot flashes that go with it. In this video I'll give you some helpful tips on dealing with hot flashes and avoiding triggers.
Welcome to this week’s Inside Edge to living well beyond breast cancer. I am Dr. Lisa Schwartz and I will be talking about hot flashes today: what are they and how can breast cancer patients manage them.
So, let’s start at the beginning. What exactly are hot flashes?
If you have had a hot flash then I don’t have to tell you what they feel like. But for some of you, they are something you still have to look forward to, so let me explain what they feel like. Most women describe a sudden feeling of warmth in their face, neck and chest associated with intense sweating and sometimes chills. Your heart rate can increase and you can feel tingling in your fingers or...
Breast cancer patients with DCIS have a lot of confusion about just what this diagnosis means. This short video explains DCIS, how it's different from invasive breast cancer and how it's commonly treated. This is not intended as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor before beginning any new health practice.
Hello everyone. I’m Dr. Lisa Schwartz and this is Cancer Straight Talk where you get cancer information from a cancer doctor. Today I’m going to be talking about ductal carcinoma in situ or DCIS which is noninvasive breast cancer.
Now all of those words might be completely new to you so let me explain. In general, breast cancer can be divided into two types: invasive and noninvasive. Noninvasive breast cancer has not spread beyond the breast ducts. It has not broken through the lining of the breast ducts to get into the tissue of the breast, the lymph nodes, or anywhere else in the body....
Acupuncture can be incredibly useful in cancer care in a number of ways. There are several side effects of chemotherapy and radiation that can be dealt with effectively by acupuncture and I'm going to give you the top 5. This is just one of the many complementary therapies that I can share with you to help deal with the side effects of cancer treatment. This is not intended as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor before beginning any new health practice.
Hello! Welcome to Cancer Straight Talk. I’m Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I am going to talk to you about how acupuncture can be really useful in cancer care. During my radiation oncology practice, I was asked time and again about various complementary therapies that my patients wanted to use during their treatment. Most commonly they wanted to use herbs and supplements so I started my studies of complementary therapies there. I saw patients taking more control over their...
Here are the top 5 risk factors for developing cancer, and most importantly since every one of these is fixable, we’re going to address what you can do about them. Between 30% and 50% of all cancers are preventable with simple lifestyle changes. This information is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor before beginning any new health practice.
Hi everyone! I’m Dr. Lisa Schwartz and this is Cancer Straight Talk. Today we are going to talk about the top 5 risk factors for developing cancer and most importantly since every one of these is fixable, we’re going to address what you can do about them. It’s no secret that cancer is both prevalent and frightening. There’s hardly anyone that I know that hasn’t been touched by cancer in a family member or friend or neighbor or even as a cancer survivor themselves. In fact, there will be over 14 million new cancer cases worldwide just this...