Protect Skin With These Summer Sun Safety Tips

Protect Skin With These Summer Sun Safety Tips

This past Monday Memorial Day marked the unofficially first day of summer. Many celebrated with barbecues and trips to the beach or by opening up household pools. Right on cue, it’s been heating up here in Connecticut, with daytime temperatures in the 80s and high 70s. As more of us are heading outdoors to enjoy the sun, today—Sunscreen Day—is the perfect time to review some summer sun safety tips … [Read more...]

What We Need to Know About Women's Cancers

Incidence of Women's Cancer

The doctors of the band N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) are turning up the volume on the healing power of music by reaching out to women with gynecologic cancers and raising awareness of these lesser-known diseases. The Emmy Award-winning, self-titled documentary, which follows the six gynecologic oncology surgeons who span the country and the women they treat, aims to educate an even bigger … [Read more...]

New Mother Met Mesothelioma Head On–Her Story and Recovery

Abestos Causes Mestholiama

Heather Von St. James was just 36 years old when she was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. The aggressive form of cancer, which affects the membrane lining of the lungs, abdomen and, rarely, heart, is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 50 and 70. Von St. James was the mother of a 3-month-old when she discovered she had the most serious of asbestos-related diseases. “I’m a new … [Read more...]

Sleeping, Partying and Driving Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Screening Location on Waze

It’s hard to escape the pink during October’s breast cancer awareness month, and that seems to be true for me here at The Mind-Body Shift as well. I’m proud to join Estroven and don their pink robe for the Sleep Pink movement, helping to raise awareness and funds for the Avon Foundation for Women. This is the third year that Estroven—a dietary supplement for menopause relief distributed by … [Read more...]

What's Acid Reflux Got to Do, Got to Do With Esophageal Cancer

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Did you know that esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in America and Europe? The National Cancer Institute estimates that there are 18,170 new cases of this form of cancer in the U.S., with 15,540 deaths from the disease so far in 2014. What’s perhaps even more shocking than the rapid growth of esophageal cancer is its link to a rather common health problem—acid reflux. Yet the remedy … [Read more...]

The ins and outs of breast lumps and biopsies

benign breast tumor

While covering a touchy subject and including a graphic surgical graphic,  I feel this is important to share, and I wish I had had something like this to read before my procedure. Hopefully it provides helpful information and even a little reassurance in the event you need a biopsy for a breast lump in the future. A year ago, my OB-GYN or ‘lady doctor’ as I like to call him, declared that … [Read more...]

Pro Athletes Don Pink For Breast Cancer—Is It Worth The While?

It is October, and once again the month is awash with pink. Pink pens, pink water bottles, pink ribbons and pro athletes, like NFL players and the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, are donning pink game apparel. On Thursday night, one side of the White House was lit up pink for breast cancer awareness. While I appreciate the sentiment and effort for awareness, I can’t help thinking: Is all the pink for … [Read more...]

Cover Up: Stay protected from the sun as summer heats up

As summer heats up in Connecticut, the Department of Public of Health (DPH) is reminding residents to protect their health in the face of the sun, high temperatures and humidity. As we enter another heatwave, it’s a great time to brush up on some sun and heat safety tips. The State of Skin Cancer in Connecticut According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie's pre-emptive mastectomy puts cancer prevention in spotlight

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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a preventive double mastectomy continues to be the topic for public debate three weeks after she announced in a New York Times editorial that she had the surgery. Jolie is hardly the first woman to make this very difficult choice, and it’s one that women who already have breast cancer face as well. A recent study presented at the American Society … [Read more...]

New study questions Gingko biloba’s safety, Chinese herbalist touts its benefits

Gingko Src: Herbalisl.com

On Thursday, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) advised consumers to avoid Ginkgo biloba, based on a new government study that showed evidence of the extract causing liver cancer in mice and thyroid cancer in rats. On its Chemical Cuisine guide to food additives, CSPI downgraded ginkgo from “safe” to “avoid.” While extracts from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree are legally … [Read more...]