By Rebekah Frizzelle-Owens, LMT, BCTMB, CIMI, CPMT
Touch is an important part of life – it is part of what makes us human and makes us whole. Studies have shown that when someone doesn’t get enough caring touch in their lives, they can begin to psychologically wither and grow “touch starved.” Cancer treatments are life-saving, but can also leave patients feeling isolated, anxious, stressed, and more. Massage can help!
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By Chris D'Adamo, PhD
A lot is talked about in terms of how diet and other lifestyle modalities, being more active, managing stress, not smoking, can reduce the risk of getting cancer. But if you're someone who is living with cancer, there are a number of strategies that you can use to optimize your prognosis.
I'll break this into a series, but in this video we're going to talk about inflammation and metabolism as two very important areas of cancer prognosis that can be modified through
food and supplements.
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By Kalpana Shere-Wolfe, MD
Ayurveda, which literally means knowledge of life, is the ancient medical system of India. Ayurveda states that we are made up of the same substance as that of the universe – we are an integral part of it and therefore should follow the natural laws of the universe. The major elements or mahabhutas of Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth which make up our world are also part of us. From these arise the doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha which are responsible for maintaining proper function and balance of body and mind. Vata consists of Air and Space and is responsible for bodily functions that involvement movement such as circulation, heartbeat, respiration, elimination. It has the qualities of cold, dry, mobile, subtle, rough, and light. Pitta consists of Fire and Water and is responsible for digestion, metabolism and energy production. It has the qualities of hot, sharp, sour, pungent, liquid, flowing and oily. Kapha consists of Water and Earth and is responsible for physical structure and fluid balance. It has the qualities of oily, heavy, cool, slow, dull, sticky and stable.
When someone finds out they have cancer, it's hard to know what to say to be supportive. Here are some guidelines and suggestions to follow from our Associate Director, Delia Chiaramonte, MD.
By Jason Bosley-Smith, MS, LDN, CNS, FDN
Cancer is perhaps the most feared chronic disease in modern times, and as Siddhartha Mukherjee designates in his seminal work, the “Emperor of All Maladies”. Perhaps rightfully so. According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, the estimated number of new cancer cases in the US in 2016 will exceed 1.6 million, and estimated cancer deaths will reach nearly 600,000.(1) To understand how we can mitigate our risk for cancer in light of these rather daunting numbers, it is helpful to first understand exactly how cancer arises in the body.
By Kat Farber, LMT, BCMT
It was once thought that massage therapy was contraindicated for people with cancer, across the board. Until recent years, massage students were taught it was one of the big “no-no's” in massage, without exception; and many doctors avoided the treatment because they didn't have a full understanding of how it could interact. But increased research over the last 20 years is showing that in most cases massage therapy is not only safe for cancer care, it's actually very beneficial. The concern once was that massage therapy may spread cancer cells based on its involvement with the circulatory system, but these concerns are unfounded. With advancements in our understanding, we now know there are more factors necessary for metastasis to occur, none of which are related to massage therapy.
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