The Big C

My family has been dealing with the Big C for the last five years: My dad has had four different cancers in this time. Cancer is a sinister illness involving genetic changes that cause abnormal cells to grow out of control, clog function of vital organs and tissues, and lead to poor quality of life. Cancer and traditional therapies, while important for destroying cancer and improving longevity, cause terrible symptoms and side effects. In this case, the best medicine is prevention. Some cancers are genetic. Exposure to environmental factors, pollution, or excess sunshine can cause cancer. Even the foods we eat and not being active can cause cancer. So what do we do? Here’s your nutrition Rx: Eat your fruits and veggies! Likely the most important part of a healthful diet, the CDC reports that only 14% of adults and Continue reading

A Pear for Prevention

My father has battled cancer for a couple years, recently being diagnosed with another type that dramatically affects his immune system. This has been a life-changing struggle for my family and for me, personally and professionally. Everyday, I teach the ins and outs of nutrition for health, wellbeing, and to preserve quality of life; cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, falling closely behind heart disease. Fortunately my father has been able to maintain his quality of life despite painful treatments and signs of depression, and I am thankful for this gift every day. So, I ask you, what are you doing to preserve your quality of life? I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining a healthful weight, finding time to be physically active, and including more fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. Continue reading