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Cancer – prevention and recovery. The many choices we make either knowingly or unknowingly prevent or promote mutagenic activity.

cancer chemistry for prevention and recoveryWhen we say lifestyle, we assume exercise and nutrition. Yes of course those are critical for cancer prevention, however we need to understand what cancer is, and understand the constant bombardment of cancer causing agents we are unknowingly attacked with daily.

Cancer chemistry 101: Knowledge is power. And if we all understand some basic cancer chemistry, it empowers us to make more health centric lifestyle choices. Many times certain phrases are thrown around, we regurgitate them, but don’t really understand…”why do I need to eat antioxidants”? A lifestyle to prevent cancer, is a lifestyle that provides energy, focus, happy hormones, gut health, strength to every aspect of our health …and yes is prevention for all of our chronic illnesses. Cancer prevention is the ultimate proactive health care and our very best anti aging serum.

There is a strong belief about cancer – every one of us is walking around with some form of cancer….lurking within……the billion dollar question to our health, our future, our destiny…what will cause that cancer to grow becoming a life threatening illness, or what within our body will be able to suppress the terror alert, and we go on enjoying life. In the 1920’s, Dr. Otto Warburg, defined critical characteristics  of the cancer cell. Cells could become cancerous if oxygen intake had been deprived by more than 35%. To survive, they become anaerobic cells – which means they can survive without oxygen (making it a “tougher” stronger survival of the fittest cell). That is the beast of the cancer cell. It ferments glucose (sugar!!!!!!!!!), fears oxygen like Superman and Kryptonite, and divides out of control.

“Oxidation” is a term for the process of removing electrons from an atom or molecule.  Contrary to what the word itself implies, Oxygen is not the only culprit (oxidizing agent), there are many. Yes we need oxygen to live however our health, protection from the nasties of aging, cancer prevention is all about keeping a balance within between oxidative stress (producing free radicals)  and antioxidants, our best cancer prevention. Think of  antioxidants as the fire free radical extinguishers …..providing electrons where needed. The best known ones are foods that contain vitamin C (our raw fruits and vegetables, cooking kills vitamin c) and vitamin E (nuts, seeds, AVOCADO (my fav), fish, olive oil. There is NO need to take vitamin C. Every couple of hours eat a Vitamin C rich food (only lasts in the body for a few hours) and please, unless prescribed by a healthcare professional, please do not take vitamin E supplements.

By creating an inner ecosystem, our biochemical terrain that is hostile to cancer, this same anti cancer environment removes the welcome mat for inflammation, immune system robbers and aging.

We throw around the concept of inflammation a lot in the cancer world, obesity, heart disease, aging….so lets just take a brief moment on inflammation: Leading causes: smoking, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, activation of stress hormones, alcohol, sugar, Omega 6 oils such as vegetable oils, trans fats….. An anti-inflammatory diet is rich in Omega 3s, probiotics,fish, best oils are avocado, canola, sesame, olive oil. But when choosing foods, please keep it simple and pure. Don’t listen to the marketing on the product…they are out to sell you product not advise you on your health. Read the nutritional information yourself.

If you look at the major cancers of our time: Breast, Prostate, colorectal, kidney, lung, lymphoma….and look at the biochemical terrain that supports the growth of these cancers, either inflammation and/or  glycemia (sugar levels)  are factors in each and every one of them. Even if a cancer is removed through chemotherapy, radiation or surgery, if the biological environment has not been modified to become hostile toward cancer – the odds are greatly increased the cancers will multiply and return.

The best cancer treatment is cancer prevention. By:

An anti-inflammatory lifestyle with appropriate exercise and nutrition

Limiting sugar, alcohol,

Eliminating smoking and sedentary lifestyle (desk job still not an excuse!)

We can feel great, look great and minimize our risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes an array of other illnesses…and yes, is the very best anti aging treatment!

The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with cancer is 1/3. An individual’s risk of being diagnosed with cancer depends on many factors, including age, lifestyle and genetic factors. It is estimated that more than four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes.

Many world respected cancer institutions including Cancer Research UK, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Canadian Cancer Society, and many private cancer institutions have released studies on the importance of the right form of exercise in cancer recovery.

Myeloma Canada Patient Database

Introducing the Myeloma Canada Patient Database

On Thursday, September 1st, 2016 the Myeloma Canada Research Network (MCRN)  launched  the first-ever Canadian Multiple Myeloma National Database. The database is unique in that it was created in collaboration with Canadians living with multiple myeloma and insights from over 20 frontlines myeloma researchers and clinicians across Canada.

Why a database?

The MCRN Canadian Multiple Myeloma Database will help inform current Canadian benchmarks for successes in treatment therapies using real world Canadian evidence

-Dr. Chris Venner, Chair, MCRN Canadian Multiple Myeloma Database

Myeloma Canada patient database on Best In Health RadioThis is a milestone moment in the support of people living with one of the most aggressive forms of cancer. A growing cancer that tends to impact a 60+ audience; each day in Canada, 7 people learn they have multiple myeloma. It’s estimated 2,700 Canadians are living with multiple myeloma – over half of these Canadians will die this year.

 

Our guests today:

  1. Dr. Donna Reece, Director of Program for Multiple Myeloma and Related Diseases at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto. Dr. Reece is currently the chair of the Multiple Myeloma Clinical Trials Group of the National Cancer Institute of Canada
  2. Myeloma Canada, Aldo Del Col on Best in Health RadioAldo Del Col, Co-founder of Myeloma Canada in 2005. Diagnosed with multiple Myeloma in 2002 at a younger age of 48, Mr. Del Col has been focused on establishing the organization as the voice of Canadian Myeloma Community. More recently, he co-founded the Myeloma Canada Research Network (MCRN) to accelerate the advancement of Canadian Myeloma research. contact@myeloma.ca
  3. Norma Lindner, Chair Halton -Peel Myeloma Support Group. Norma was diagnosed in 2012. She was seeing her doctor for anemia, and shares her story how it was discovered she had multiple myeloma.
The Goal of the Myeloma Canada Research Network Database:
  • Evaluate the outcomes of Multiple Myeloma patients in Canada
  • Identify the strengths and challenges in management of Canadian Multiple Myeloma patients
  • Understand the different regional needs to provide adequate care
  • Understand the outcomes of the novel therapeutics strategies
  • Support the development of centres of excellence for Multiple Myeloma Research

Major points of Conservation:

  • Blood tests: antibody levels, serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP), protein levels
  • No apparent etiology for myeloma
  • How the Myeloma Canada database will help physicians and patients with multiple myeloma
  • Making research treatments available in more remote areas, providing guidelines
  • Educating front line physicians to test for myeloma in a more efficient, expeditious way
  • Made in Canada treatments
  • Derailing the potential development of myeloma
  • Symptoms Bone damage, vertebral compression fracture (VCF), back pain, cold sores, anemia, osteopenia, bone lesions, bone marrow biopsy
  • stem cell transplant
  • The role of Myeloma Canada, research
  • Advocacy for treatment funding,  Provincial health plans & private drug plans, funding new drugs
  • Living longer with Myeloma
  • Canada’s research on multiple myeloma
  • Managing yourself in the medical system, knowing how to be your own advocate
  • Exercise and myeloma, physical activity and lifestyle,  the new normal….not living life fully consumed by the myeloma, living life to the fullest!
  • The mental and spiritual of exercise, pride, accomplishment
  • Speaking to your physician about exercise and physical activity

 

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Diet and Cancer- 4 Hour Webinar

Diet And Cancer – A Live 4 Hour Interactive Webinar:

Diet and cancer – prevention and management – a topic of great concern to all of us.

…diet is a major force in creating an inner biology that is hostile to cancer. In this 2 part webinar, we will learn, study the research, on the many ways we can help prevent cancer with diet including:

  • The Digestive Tract – The Root of All Illness
  • Food Chemistry: Repairing or Damaging our DNA
  • “Anti-Cancer” Foods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
Diet and Cancer Live Interactive Webinar with Shira Litwack Best In Health Radio
Diet and Cancer – Live 4 hour Interactive webinar

You are what you Eat, Digest and Absorb and…..You are what you eat…and what it ate!!!!

WHO: Dietary factors are estimated to account for approximately 30% of cancers in industrialized countries, making diet second only to tobacco as a theoretically preventable cause of cancer

Whereas 90% of cancer is thought to be acquired genetic changes (ie. not hereditary), of that 90%, 50% is thought to be easily modifiable lifestyle habits. Smoking, diet & physical activity control the majority of that 50%.

The right diet can also help:

  • Stop smoking
  • Attain more success with physical activity and exercise
  • Minimize the damage of potentially mutagenic exposures
Diet and Cancer – Outline

Diet and cancer – Diet is thought to be next to Not Smoking the most important factor in cancer prevention.

Webinar Outline

Science

  • understanding studies
  • questioning “fact” – At what point do we accept research as “fact”
  • The Range of statements from different institutions

Integrative Medicine

  • the role of nutrition in integrative medicine
  • D.I.E.T. – The best 4 letter word of your life!

Digestion 

  • Feeding….Digesting…..Absorbing…….
  • Peristalsis……Elimination

Nutritional Epidemiology

  • Nutrition and Carcinogenesis
  • Studies on Diet and Cancer
  • Biomarker Analysis
  • Nutritional Therapy in Cancer Treatment Protocol….Indication of Prevention?

Orthomolecular Medicine

  • Supplementation as treatment
  • Caution
  • contraindications

The Macro, Micro, enzymes….Nutrition Creating Our Inner Biology

  • The many components of an “anti cancer” diet
  • Isolating and Analyzing the food, or the food with added pollutants….
  • Qualifying as “Anti Cancer” food
  • Fighting Oxidative Stress
  • Assessing individual needs
  • Attacking mutagenic agents with nutrition
  • Food Combining

Nutritional Roulette:

  • Creating an imbalance – nurturing mutations
  • Our food supply
  • Chemicals manipulating our DNA….Repairing or damaging
  • ingesting toxins, bacteria, viruses

Food, Feeding and Circadian Rhythms

  • High Efficiency Metabolism
  • The brain chemistry of cravings
  • “Recreational” Foods
  • Changing dietary habits – the science of success

Diet and Cancer – A Summary

Our Nutritional Action Plan – Inventory

Webinar Cost $50 USD.

*** Enrol in the Living a Life to Prevent Cancer Webinar   & Diet and Cancer – Get both webinars for $75.00 USD

Any questions on the webinar – please contact Shira Litwack: Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Prevent Cancer health and fitness webinars for cancer recovery and cancer prevention

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer – Webinar

Prevent Cancer – The Healthiest Lifestyle of All

Join us for this 4 hour webinar, learning the many ways to prevent cancer. Cancer is a gene mutation. As healthy a lifestyle we believe we are living – know the hidden saboteurs, according to latest research. The webinar is divided into 2 hours, on 2 evenings.

Next webinar: November 2: 8-10 p.m. eastern     November 9:  8-10 p.m. p.m. eastern.

Live, interactive, participate, ask questions, learn with people from around the world

*** This webinar is open to the general public, and as a continuing education credit  for the Cancer Exercise Specialist  designation from the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. *****

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer is the Healthiest Lifestyle of All

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer Live interactive webinar

 

Many of the basic strategies to cancer prevention are key in prevention to many of our chronic illnesses.

The same triggers that cause a gene to mutate, are at the root of many of today’s common illnesses including heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, arthritis……many of these triggers come from easily modifiable lifestyle choices. Create an inner biology hostile to cancer, to prevent cancer.

Webinar Outline:

 

Understanding Studies and Research

“Science is not a body of facts, Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not. We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from climate change to vaccinations—faces furious opposition.”

How to make our own decisions. We present the research and statements of many respected studies and cancer institutions. But we learn studying science, even facts accepted as “engraved in stone” are still challenged.

What is Cancer

  • Understanding cancer at the cellular level –
  • Understanding why our world is cancer friendly
  • Feed healthy cells starve cancer cells – creating a inner biology hostile to cancer
  • The genetics of cancer:  heredity vs. acquired (somatic)
  • Genetic testing and counselling ….points to consider making the decision.
  • The “heredity” of lifestyle choices

Our world of inflammation and oxidative stress

  • Physiological stress
  • Oxidative stress
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Mutagens
  • Carcinogens
  • Viruses and bacteria
  • Identifying culprits in our every day life
  • Optimizing our immune system against the constant bombardment

Exercise…. The Magic

  • Your BFF in life…..Your muscle mass
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Sedentary is the new smoking
  • Elements of a complete exercise program
  • Research and data on exercise and cancer prevention and cancer recovery

Nutrition….

  • Why are there so many differing opinions on a healthy diet?
  • A healthy digestive track…Lessons from ancient medicines and naturopathy proven in science
  • The macro and the micro, antioxidants, detoxification
  • Feeding Cancer Cells
  • Research on anti cancer foods
  • Our food supply under sabotage
  • Supplementation

From Stress to Laughter

  • The chemistry of stress
  • Research on common everyday stressors and impact on health and cancer
  • Physiological Stress
  • Common Methods of reducing stress – creating more physiological stress

Working with our Health Care Professionals. 

  • Being a proactive patient
  • The world of Integrative Medicine – Its about time
  • Diagnostics vs. Proactive
  • Developing our Cancer IQ – passing on Healthy Lifestyle Heredity to our families

 

Webinar Cost $50. Includes:

  • 4 hour webinar
  • Course Workbook
  • Online coaching followup at 50% savings
  • Complimentary Copy of I Am With You

Email to register, or directly via paypal

Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

 

Register here on Paypal for the general public. For those registering as continuing education credits please register  at http://thecancerspecialist.net/events/ part I & II  under ceu for professionals

Dr. Radio: Exercise in Cancer Recovery/Prevention

Dr. Radio:  Shira Litwack Interview with  Dr. Jonathan Whiteson,  NYU on Sirius XM

Feb. 29, 2016: Dr. Radio interviews Shira Litwack on Dr. Jonathan Whiteson’s show, Rehabilitative medicine on cancer exercise – cancer prevention and cancer recovery, the latest research.

Dr. Radio – “Real doctors helping real people. Powered by NYU Langone Medical Center.”

Shira & Dr. Whiteson discuss:

  • Medical Exercise
  • Our world of Endocrine Disruptors contributing to Cancer
  • The Many Roles of Exercise
  • The validation and scientific acceptance of the right exercise in cancer recovery
  • Cancer Prevention with Exercise
  • Designing a complete exercise program as part of cancer recovery

It is always compulsory to get permission from the supervising health care professional – whether it be a family doctor, oncologist, naturopath, to participate in a cancer exercise program, as with any complimentary therapy.

Exercise for cancer recovery needs modifications from a regular exercise program. A program will vary based on many factors, including:

  • Type of Cancer
  • Type of Treatment
  • Stage of Recovery
  • Guidance of Health Care Professional

 

Dr. Radio - Shira Litwack, Industry Expert Cancer Exercise Interviewed
Living a Life to Prevent Cancer Live Interactive webinar

Shira Litwack, Industry Expert Cancer Exercise, Director of International Relations for the Cancer Exercise Training Institute will be leading a 4 hour interactive webinar

Living a Life to Prevent Cancer

We will be learning in great detail the latest research on cancer prevention and cancer recovery, citing over 50 studies.

Please join us. This program is open to the general public and qualifies as continuing education credits for the Cancer Exercise Specialist  certification of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. Please contact Shira for more details and registration. Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Next Course Dates:

Part 1: May 24, 8-10 pm Eastern Time Zone and

Part 2: May 31, 8-10 pm Eastern Time Zone

 

Dr. Jonathan Whiteson interviews Shira Litwack on Sirius XM Radio Dr. Radio – Rehabilitative Medicine. First aired on Sirius channel 110 March 1, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malnutrition In Utero- Nutrition of Little Girls

Malnutrition In the Womb – The Nutrition of Our Little Girls Dr. David Barker

Malnutrition is not restricted to third world countries – there is plenty in North America.

Your are what your mother ate……

Malnutrition In the Womb David Barker Best In Health RadioDavid Barker MD PhD FRS was a physician, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK, and Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, USA.

Twenty-five years ago he showed for the first time that people who had low birth weight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease and diabetes. This is now widely accepted. It has led to a new understanding that chronic adult diseases are “programmed” by malnutrition in the womb. Dr. Barker’s work is relevant around the world. In the Western world many babies are malnourished because their mothers eat diets that are unbalanced and monotonous, or because their mothers are either overweight or excessively thin. In the Third World many babies are malnourished because their mothers were chronically undernourished when they were young.

When you educate a Mom – you educate a family.

Simply put – by feeding our daughters properly from the moment they are born – we are setting the stage for our grandchildren’s health. So you are not mothering just your daughter – you are mothering your grandchildren.  We know that by feeding our daughters properly from the time they are born – we are setting the metabolic stage so to speak for our grandchildren.

Dr Barker has lectured and written extensively on nutrition in the womb and its life-long consequences. He has received a number of international awards including the Danone Nutrition Award, the Prince Mahidol Prize and the Richard Doll Prize.

Most unfortunately, Dr. Barker has since passed away since I had the privilege of recording his. In his last public speech he said:

“The next generation does not have to suffer from heart disease or osteoporosis. These diseases are not mandated by the human genome. They barely existed 100 years ago. They are unnecessary diseases. We could prevent them had we the will to do so.”

We pledge to keep the work of Dr. Barker alive. An Incredible, approachable, brilliant, lovely man.

 

Cancer Prevention -Shira on Sports Medicine Radio

Cancer Prevention with Exercise

Cancer Prevention and management, and the prevention and management of all of our chronic illnesses……Exercise.

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Shira Litwack Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

Shira Litwack is Interview with the Sports Medicine Specialists at NYU, February 2015 on the Sirius XM Sports Medicine Rehab show, in honour of Cancer Awareness month.

The role of exercise in both cancer prevention and management is unfortunately not well known. Over the last 20 years there have been hundreds of studies proving the importance of the right exercise for cancer prevention and exercise

It is very important to note that not all exercise is suggested, and there are contraindications.

Let’s understand different forms of exercise, and how we choose, based on the cancer and the other medical needs of the patient, how we look at exercise.

I always insist the “E” in Exercise is for effort – however my implication is both mental & physical effort.

The stereotype of exercise is that heart thumping bop till you drop – but that is only one aspect of exercise. Exercise is like a diamond – adds the brilliant shine to our being – and like a diamond is multifaceted – and without those many facets – doesn’t shine the same.

That push as hard as you can exercise mentality when taken to extreme, or with certain medical conditions can be a burden to our health if not tempered. Studies have shown that for certain people exercising over 80% max threshold  for 30 minutes or more can raise cortisol (stress hormone) levels over 80% – which can in turn actually prevent us from achieving our intended exercise goals.

Let’s look at two categories of exercise: Mentally engaging vs. habitual.

Habitual: Thats more of the stereotype – running, our “cardio” time – however I did promise exercise guru Dr. Steve Blair I would not perpetuate that term. We don’t really have to think about it. Habitual exercise is fabulous for cardio respiratory fitness, fat burn or as I call it “getting our ya yas out”. It is a fabulous time for extrospective thought. I always say I do my very best problem solving, brainstorming during cardio time. I have been known when asked a question to reply “Let me cardio on it”. Great time to pump the Ipod & soar, reach new levels of personal performance & pride. Yes, the sweat should be glimmering giving us that “healthy glow”. The stinkier the better – thats why showers were created.and can be oh so….

In fitness we often prescribe to the FITT formula: Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type. I propose we change this to FITTT: Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type & Telomeres. Telomeres are strands, like caps at the end of our chromosomes. Telomeres seem to be like the rings on a tree – an indication of the cell’s age. Science is showing us as telomere’s “age”  – shorten, shred – so comes the death of the cells….and we age. Exercise that increases heart rate, that makes us glisten like the most brilliant diamond – actually lengthen telomeres – the true science of why exercise is the best anti aging serum – not those over priced cosmetic serums you pay to have their marketing department dupe you. Gym membership: average $400/year less than 20% of a city’s population belongs to a gym. The “anti aging” cosmetic industry – billions.

Mentally Engaging: Focus. Soooooo important – an equally brilliant shine to our diamond. Aka “mindful exercise” – is about turning the focus inward. Breathe deep, focus on our breathing and every tiny movement of our body. Take it slow, listen to our body’s response to the movement, heed to the rhythm of our heartbeat – and please put the iPod away for this! Ever watch someone do bicep curls to Kanye? Strength training, yoga, Pilates, qigong, meditation….all of these merit mindful performance.

Besides the many physical, strength, endurance aspects of mentally engaging exercise there are an equal number of psychological benefits. Far too often in life we go around in what I call “robomode” ……we act without thought. Mindful activities – including mindful eating, mindful exercising provide tremendous brain boosting & cognitive strength – as well as discipline – how the body does crave discipline – which too needs to be exercised.   And yes, we can break a serious sweat during mentally engaging physical activity.

Breast Cancer Recovery with Exercise

Breast Cancer Recovery: Shira Litwack Interviewed By Dr. Jonathan Whiteson

Breast Cancer Awareness month – Listen to Shira Litwack on Sirius Radio interviewed by Dr. Jonathan Whiteson Director of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Wellness and Rehabilitation program at the Rusk Institute. Doctor Radio “Rehabilitative Medicine”, October 6, 2014 show

Breast Cancer Recovery with Cancer Exercise Specialist Shira Litwack
Shira Interviewed on Sirius XM “Doctor Radio” for Breast Cancer Awareness month

Exercise is a vital partner in both Breast Cancer prevention, in recovery, and the little spoken about prevention of metastases. We all know to exercise for heart health. Yes, heart disease kills more women every year than breast cancer.

Even if we are BRCA or PALB2 positive, the right exercise can help in the prevention. Most women who develop breast cancer do NOT carry the BRCA gene mutation, and many women who do carry the mutation do not develop breast cancer. Lifestyle choices are huge in the prevention of breast cancer.

However, this does go far beyond exercise. Often, people are exposed to mutagens, unknowingly, oxidative stressors and endocrine disruptors, all of which can feed cancer. Therefore, getting informed, can help dramatically in prevention.

and women….alcohol is NOT your friend, at all. 

A few quick bits on the role of exercise:

Physical Inactivity: The saddest part here is – most people do not know what this means. Its not about going to the gym X number of times per week. Its not about becoming a competitive athlete, and it is far more than going for walks – however a good start. Physical activity for chronic disease prevention/management requires cardiorespiratory, building muscle mass at all ages avoiding sarcopenia, cachexia, stretching & flexibility……The misconceptions here are terrifying – its not about hiring a personal trainer, and your physical activity should not be dependent on going to the gym. Physical activity is just as critical for emotional, psychological & cognitive health as it is for physical health. Let us find the exercise & physical activity that meets your personal needs. Remember: physical activity, exercise, training.

Obesity: Obesity is a chronic illness unto itself. Even if you insist you can’t lose the weight, it is no less deadly. Our body is not happy to be at that weight. Long term sustainable fat loss is a science. It is far more than calories in, calories out and throw in some exercise. It is NOT just about will power.
Obesity is the major contributing factor to certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes….just about every disease, contributes to emotional health issues, and obesity induced cirrhosis of the liver, which can lead to liver cancer has over taken alcohol cirrhosis of the liver & is growing exponentially.

Poor Eating Habits: Notice how I listed this separately to obesity. Ever heard of skinny fat syndrome? Just because a person appears to be at a healthy body weight, does not mean they are eating a healthy diet, it does not mean they have a healthy body composition. Our diet – is our very best defense against chronic illness along with physical activity. We are what we eat, digest & absorb.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – Dr. Anton Marinov

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy…the magic of breathing Oxygen.

In honour of Movember – Gro A Mo to Save A Bro – thought we would do something very different. Movember is a month dedicated to bringing attention to mens health issues, with greatest emphasis on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health.

Prostate cancer strikes approximately 1/6 men in North America. Radiation therapy – yes it can save lives – however it can often have some very difficult side effects – this is just one of the many uses of our topic today – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The chamber is transparent, and for anyone who fears an MRI, have no fear here.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for many medical conditions, including decompression sickness (a potential risk of  scuba diving),  serious infections, osteomyelitis, post surgical wounds not healing, thermal burns, damage from an edema, wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury. The number of applicable situations for HBOT is increasing all enabling oxygen to reach the  tissues after sickness or injury, preventing necrosis – tissue death.

It is also being used to reduce risk of surgical complications for smokers – again – one of the many devastating effects of smoking is poor oxygenation within the body.

In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure, allowing the lungs to gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

The blood transports the oxygen throughout the body, helping fight bacteria and stimulate the release of growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. There is also evidence that suggests HBOT can stimulate new blood vessel & capillary growth that have been damaged, due injury or other treatment procedures.

Our guest today –

Dr. Anton Marinov is the medical director of the Rouge Valley Hyperbaric Medical Centre, right here in our very beautiful Toronto. . Dr. Marinov completed a B.Sc. in immunology at the University of Toronto and his medical degree at Queen’s University. He obtained his royal college fellowship in anesthesia in 2008 and subspecialty training in Interventional Chronic Pain Management at the University of Toronto. Dr. Marinov has worked in the field of hyperbaric medicine for over 10 years and has been actively involved in research and education.

Fyi….A few other applications of HBOT  – how it is being used, around the world:

  • Reducing swelling & edema
  • shortening the inflammatory process
  • Increasing Range of Motion
  • Production of collagen
  • Increases growth of cells that form reparative tissue Fibroblastic proliferation
  • Scar tissue rehab
  • Angiogenesis – growth of new blood vessels
  • Osteoblasts Osteoclasts – bone reparation
  • Improving wound immune mechanism
  • Improve performance of white blood cells in Leukocyte activity
  • Antimicrobial

Lymphoma Leukemia and the Right Exercise

Lymphoma and Leukemia – The Right Exercise

Lymphoma-Exercise for Lymphoma Patients health coach best in Health RadioWith great thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, we know there are 100, 000 people living with or in remission from a blood cancer in Canada. Leukemia is still the most common form of paediatric cancer in Canada. Survival rates are improving, however, we still have much to do in the fight against blood cancers.

What is unfortunately little known is a potential partner in recovery, far too often overlooked – Exercise. Exercise is far too minimized and under utilized as a vital partner in integrative oncology, and Lymphoma and other blood cancers are no exception.

Please note when I say exercise — I mean the right exercise –  exercise should not imply training for Iron Man or Triathlons, it should be viewed and revered for its therapeutic, restorative & rehabilitative wonders, right down to the cellular level.

First a bit about exercise and cancer recovery in general…not particular to blood cancers.

At the cellular level:

A lifestyle to prevent cancer is a lifestyle that protects us from all of our chronic illnesses, mental & physical, and it all starts with creating a hostile environment within destroying cells as they become cancerous. We need to create our “biochemical terrain” that is able to annihilate the inevitability of cells becoming cancerous because of a biochemical terrain that enables cancer to flourish.

3 of the most volatile “terrain setters”

Glycemia

Oxidation

Inflammation

Oxidation: As we know from exercise science, our fitness, health is completely dependent on how efficiently we use oxygen. Yes we need oxygen to live however our health, protection from the degradation of aging, cancer prevention is all about keeping a balance within between oxidative stress (producing free radicals)  and antioxidants, our best cancer prevention. Cells deprived of too much oxygen (estimated at 35%) can also morph into cancer cells – balance.

Inflammation: Another key to cancer prevention (and heart disease, aging, immunity, depression……) is inflammation, we need  tight control over inflammation. Leading causes: smoking, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, activation of stress hormones, alcohol, sugar, Omega 6 oils such as vegetable oils, trans fats…..Inflammation is a critical part of our body’s innate immunity – its attempt to heal itself, however, when it becomes a chronic condition, this “inflammatory state” the immune system attacks healthy tissue, mistaking them for harmful pathogens.

Glycemia: Simply put…cancer cells have a voracious appetite for sugar. As seen in our obesity & diabetes epidemics…..so do our populations, hence we are throwing gasoline on fires, fuelling cancer. Controlling blood glucose levels is an absolute must in controlling cancer

Even if a cancer is removed, that is only the start on the road to remission and the  celebration of “cancer free”. The biochemistry has to be to be able to attack and destroy any hidden cancer cells from multiplying, violating the patient once again, usually in a more toxic, vengeful form.

The right exercise, in the right amount, can help regulate all of these biochemical markers.

Glycemia: Let us all count the ways……but really our muscle mass is the real hero here. ..taking sugar out of the blood stream into the muscle…..just as strength training is a diabetics best friend. Sugar feeds cancer.  Exercise reduces Insulin resistance, lowering levels of blood insulin, a growth factor, discussed further below.

Inflammation: Again our muscle mass is key here to control the inflammatory chemicals secreted by cancer cells. A sedentary lifestyle allows protein loss from body tissues. Inflammatory responses are like wildfire without exercising the muscles, leading to muscle wasting and destruction of the immune system.  Cachexia is an unfortunate side effect of many cancer  treatments, exercise is the best retaliatory defense.

Oxidative stress: Now here we do have to be very careful of balance, slow and steady wins this race. The right type and dosage of exercise produces enzymes that reduces free radicals. However, too much exercise can produce free radicals.

And there is the obvious aspects of exercise:

psychologically uplifting: balancing hormones & production of serotonin

Surgery: Regaining functional capacity and quality of life

Cardiac and Immune function: optimizing these through treatment and beyond…the roleLymphoma survivors exercise for prevention of cardio vascular disease of Immune performance is completely overlooked in exercise

weight management……our list here is endless

Immune support is tricky with blood cancers. According to Dr. Keith Block, of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer treatment, immune stimulating supplement are a NO, as I have heard from every oncologist, but immune support to fight immune suppression, fatigue …is necessary.

This again is why the RIGHT exercise is necessary, because the wrong exercise can lead to excess free radicals, inflammation & depressed immune function.

Slow and steady is the very best advice here. The benefits of exercise are still necessary. Controlled physical activity can help people minimize the worse immune offenders being: smoke,alcohol, emotional stress, sugar consumption. Physical activity helps with NK (natural Killer) cell performance & T cell function.

With Leukemia, Lymphoma, and blood cancers, we  faithfully adhere to certain  precautions:

  • home workouts are better – the germs of a pool or fitness facility are an added risk
  • No unhealthy weight loss
  • Heeding to blood counts – your doctor will advise you on the status of blood counts, red blood cells, minerals…….
  • Supervised, skilled resistance great, Heavy weights – NO – respecting risk of osteoporosis
  • Appreciate the circulatory & relaxation & restorative side of exercises, flexibility, Range of motion,  the best support.

Unfortunately I have found that many people with blood cancers have a certain need to punish & repent  – why did I not eat right and exercise before, why did I smoke……..however, during treatment is NOT the time to over compensate. I personally find the toughest part of my job working with people with blood cancers is trying to keep them at the right pace, when often they want to go into overdrive and push much too hard.

According to Dr. Kerry Courneya, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer, University of Alberta, in a study of multiple myeloma, the most challenging physical activity wise of all the blood cancers, survivors who report exercise during and after treatment also report higher quality of life.

And according to the American Cancer Society…”Research strongly suggests that exercise is not only safe during cancer treatment, but it can also improve physical functioning and many aspects of quality of life. Moderate exercise has been shown to improve fatigue, anxiety, and self-esteem. It also helps heart and blood vessel fitness, muscle strength, and body composition”

Knowing how to work and analyze the needs of each individual client is of the utmost importance from the health/fitness professional. Blood cancers demand a very delicate balance for the necessity of physical activity throughout its powers of immune support, circulatory support, breathing & relaxation, supporting good sleep….but not overdoing it causing any immune stress, or stress on the blood cells.

And the most overlooked aspect of exercise….smile time. Again we are clouded by visions of exercise being about pain, misery, another cumbersome, dreaded thing in our life. A very cruel, inaccurate prejudice. The right exercise professional will design physical activity around other lifestyle demands, and show the person that exercise time is smile time, and puts us in our happy place physiologically, unlike anything else. Truthfully, my favourite thing for clients to say to me is “I hate exercise”.  That is an irresistible beckoning to show someone a new self love, open up an inner Genie in a bottle of pleasure, yes for people dealing with cancer as well. The trained exercise professional knows how to make physical activity a form of laughter therapy. As the person starts to reap the physiological & psychological rewards, the feeling of taking control, not being helpless in their recovery, is empowering and encouraging. This sense of optimism encourages the person to adopt other healthy lifestyle habits. I call is neurotransmitter nirvana.

More studies are currently underway on Lymphoma and exercise. It is well known that treatment for childhood lymphoma is associated with a very high rate of cardio vascular disease.  A Sloan Kettering 2014 study  that vigorous exercise in Hodgkins Lymphoma survivors can reduce their risk of CV events by 51%.

Again, please note there is a vast difference of exercise during treatment for Lymphoma vs. as a survivor!

And the truth is we often don’t know why exercise is so magical – we just know it is and it works.

 

Exercise and Cancer – Both Art and Science

Exercise and Cancer Recovery

Exercise and Cancer? Unfortunately most people do not associate the two – but the truth is the right exercise is key in cancer prevention and cancer recovery.

It is well known that exercise through its many functions in weight management, circulation, immune system optimization…exercise is one of our best bffs in cancer prevention. There is no question cancer is a dreaded diagnosis – however a feeling of power and control vs. helplessness takes center stage in disease recovery.

Exercise and Cancer BestInHealthRadio.comIts not just about keeping busy. Its about knowing that we are taking active participation and control in our recovery. Exercise provides great psychological and physiological command in cancer recovery. Exercise and cancer treatments are true compatriots. The challenge here is exercise requirements are very different for different cancers, and different cancer treatments. And where the skill of the cancer exercise specialist comes in is the individual’s response to treatment. This can really make the difference in how well the body responds to treatment. Unfortunately, people tend to think exercise is exercise.

Albeit physical activity is always welcome and stimulates circulation, exercise demands need to be honed. The fitness program for cancer recovery is not only designed for activity, but it is also equally designed for rest. Many cancer patients have a very difficult time getting true rest. A good fitness plan to accompany cancer treatment assures good rest. Choosing the right type of exercise which also engages relaxation techniques (an equal partner to cardio respiratory, strength & stretching), encourages a deeper sleep. Sleep aids and supplements can either be very short lived, or have potentially nasty drug interactions with other treatment medications.

Exercise and Cancer Health Coaching on Best In health RadioCancer treatments themselves such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can dramatically decrease exercise strength and motivation. Therefore, the FITT (frequency, intensity, time, type)of the exercise program has to be carefully planned to support treatment. Certain cancer treatments, especially those used to treat childhood cancers, can have negative long term effects on the heart and lungs. The carefully chosen exercise protocol can help lessen long term side effects of treatment.

Recovery from Surgery: There are certain postural issues that arise after surgery (mastectomy) and lymph node dissections, and the complexities are compounded with reconstruction and radiation. Serious postural implications, muscular imbalances and tightness are the norm here, again compounded by followup treatments such as chemotherapy & radiation. Unfortunately, most people unknowingly add to muscular imbalances with training ( I see personal trainers do this too!) Postural deviations are not just about aesthetics, they can lead to chronic pain, balance issues which can lead to balance issues and increase the risk of falling and injury. Regular postural assessments and checks for muscular imbalances are a necessary component of cancer exercise training.

Cardio respiratory training can be a cancer patients path to rebuilding stamina and combatting fatigue and depression, endorphins are magical for all of us. However, yes for some cancers we need to really assure keeping body fat percentage in check. Other cancers, weight loss is a serious threat – so again we need to find that balance depending on type of cancer, treatment, and response to treatment.

Muscle cachexia is a serious threat to many cancer patients due to treatment, poor nutrient absorption due to compromised digestive capabilities. Choosing exercises that increase flexibility, preserve even encourage muscle hypertrophy, helps people with strength, sugar uptake (excess sugar in the bloodstream is lethal for cancer recovery)and of course enables people to continue with their functional demands.

Exercise is cancer treatments best partner. Worthy of its own article is the ability of again the right exercise to help treatments target the cancer cells, and preserve the healthy cells. Exercise enabling cancer treatment is truly an area worthy of the word infinite, and the even better news – more good news on this partnership is discovered regularly. The right treatment, dosage though, is front and center.

Integrative Oncology – Dr.Block Life Over Cancer

Integrative Oncology – Its About Time

Integrative Oncology – Dr. Block has been successfully treating people with cancer for many years – and is truly  pioneer in the field of integrative Oncology. His book

Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment 

was groundbreaking at release and still is a Bible of Integrative Oncology.

Integrative Oncology Health Coaching Best In health RadioFounded over 30 years ago the Block Center is one of the world’s leading cancer treatment facilities.  An outpatient clinic specializing in the treatment of the entire range of cancers, the Block Center is dedicated to providing a caring environment that emphasizes the unique biological, physical and psychological qualities of each person treated.  Individualized programs are designed to give the patient the best opportunity to live better and to improve the overall quality of life while undergoing treatment.

The Block Center works with each patient to:

  • Boost treatment effectiveness
  • Reduce traditional treatment side effects and toxicity
  • Avoid disease recurrence
  • Regain and improve physical strength and flexibility
  • Preserve dignity and respect individuality

The Block Center team includes board-certified oncologists, internists, physician assistants, oncology nurses, psychologists, social workers, registered dieticians, physical therapists, massage therapists, complementary care specialists, medical researchers and patient care coordinators. Please join us as we are truly honored to be joined by Dr. Keith Block, himself. Dr. Block is the Scientific Director of the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Education, where he has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Dr. Block has more than 90 publications in scientific journals relevant to nutritional and integrative oncology.

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Endocrine Disruptors, Obesogens Dr. Blumberg

Endocrine Disruptors – Dr. Bruce Blumberg

Endocrine Disruptors and Obesogens – Much of the research on the epigenetic saboteurs are thanks to this incredible researcher – Dr. Bruce Blumberg.

endocrine disruptors interview with Bruce Blumberg Best In Health RadioFurther to our previous show with Dreamfilm Producer Bruce Mohun of “Programmed to be Fat” A David Suzuki Nature of Things production – Today we at Best In Health Radio brings you Dr. Bruce Blumberg – whose research was at the Center of this fascinating show. Bruce Blumberg received the Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987. His postdoctoral training was in the molecular embryology of vertebrate development at the Department of Biological Chemistry in the UCLA Medical School from 1988-1992. Dr. Blumberg was appointed as a Staff Scientist at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA in 1992 where he focused on the molecular endocrinology of orphan nuclear receptors and their role in embryonic development and adult physiology. Dr. Blumberg joined the faculty at U.C., Irvine in 1998 where he is currently Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. His current research focuses on the role of nuclear hormone receptors in development, physiology and disease. Particular interests include patterning of the vertebrate nervous system, the differential effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on laboratory model organisms compared with humans, interactions between xenobiotic metabolism, inflammation, and cancer, and the role of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals on the development of obesity and diabetes. Dr. Blumberg and his colleagues originated the obesogen hypothesis which holds that developmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals can induce permanent physiological changes. EDC exposure elicits epigenetic alterations in gene expression that reprogram stem cell fate to favor the development of fat cells. Exposed animals are predisposed to develop more and larger fat cells, despite normal diet and exercise which is likely to lead to weight gain and obesity over time.

Nicotine on the Fetus: Dr. Alison Holloway

Nicotine and Other Prenatal Obesogens & Development of Type 2 Diabetes

Nicotine and the many other destructive  chemicals we infuse into our developing children.  In our continuing series with researchers featured on David Suzuki’s Nature of Things “Programmed to be Fat” – we bring you Dr. Alison Holloway. Dr Holloway received her BSc in Zoology from the University of Toronto in 1992.  She then obtained her PhD in Zoology from the University of Guelph in 1997.  She worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto and then in 2003 obtained a faculty position in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University where she is currently as Associate Professor.

Nicotine On the developing Fetus Interview Best In Health RadioDr Holloway’s current research investigates how fetal and neonatal exposure to chemical insults can increase the risk of adverse metabolic outcomes in the offspring during postnatal life.  The chemicals that are of interest to her laboratory including chemicals that we may intentionally expose ourselves to through lifestyle choices such as cigarette smoking or the use of over the counter natural health products; man-made chemicals in the environment and medications.  The majority of the work in her lab at this time focuses on whether children born to women who smoke are more likely be obese and/or develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

Update on Dr. Holloway’s Research:

“Recent epidemiological studies have shown that there is an increased risk of obesity and hypertension in children born to women who smoked during pregnancy. Maternal smoking during pregnancy is an important risk factor for overweight and adiposity in children between 5 and 7 years of age, and the effect of maternal smoking to increase obesity in the offspring has been shown to persist even after adjustment for a wide range of confounding factors, including birth weight, socioeconomic status, and maternal diet. Similarly, maternal cigarette smoking has been associated with increased blood pressure in the children of smokers at 6 years of age, an effect that is not wholly attributable to the effects of maternal smoking on birth weight or the child’s current weight. Taken together, these studies suggest that it may be a direct effect of intrauterine exposure to the chemicals in cigarette smoke that accounts for the increased risk of obesity and hyper- tension in the offspring of women who smoke during pregnancy.”

What Is Cancer? Our Cellular HTML

What is Cancer? Think of it as a virus to our cellular HTML

What is  Cancer – No – Life does not cause cancer as some think.  This thought often engrains a sense of helplessness within. The truth is, if we understand what cancer is, it helps us better understand prevention – give ourselves control and motivation…

A life to prevent cancer is a life to prevent all of our chronic illnesses, and infuses us with energy & power.   Think of cancer as a virus that has messed with the HTML of or cell’s genetic code.

Take a look at a beautiful website – say this one…..behind every beautiful site is HTML HyperText Markup Language, the “mother tongue” of our web browsers. Behind our being, is genetic code that dictates every cell of who we are. If we have one wrong little character in the HTML of our website it can completely destroy the function of that website. Well, the same is true for our genetic code.

What Is Cancer Health Coaching Best In Health RadioNow, what is cancer? Cancer is a genetic mutation, something has reprogrammed the HTML of that cell. That cell is now reproducing incorrectly.  If our ecosystem is unable to shut that cell down, there is trouble. If our ecosystem is not optimized, the genetic saboteur is allowed to reproduce, and that deadly coding is reproduced. Here lies the problem why people think “life causes cancer”….

In our “advanced” world….we have created thousands of potential mutagens to destroy cell stability

Our bodies are a wonderland. Wonderland has an inner ecosystem that like any ecosystem needs to be kept in balance.  Chinese medicine describes our flow of Qi. Without the flow of Qi, our life’s force, the ecosystem is jolted out of balance.

We live in a world that is constantly bombarding our ecosystem.  Many times we are responsible for that attack: smoking, poor food choices, lack of physical activity…. And many times we do not know we are exposed to attacks on that biochemical terrain. Enter illness and disease.

Cancer is thought to be only 5-10% genetic. The rest is lifestyle, however, as mentioned above, our lifestyles consist of unknown as well as known carcinogens…..exposures that cause a cell to mutate.

Now……how magical are the powers of the right exercise? Exercise and nutrition are our body guards. When carcinogens attack, by empowering our body with the strongest possible biochemical terrain, one that is totally inhospitable to mutagens, we are able to fight the attacker and win.

Attackers (aka carcinogens and pathogens):

Certain chemicals (in our food, in our air, in our meds, in our soils……..)

Viruses and bacteria

Geophysical exposures, radiation

Hormonal imbalances…..including our big wide world of phytoestrogens endocrine disrupters

Some nasty lifestyle choices: smoking, sitting, poor food choices, stress, alcohol….

Our body depends on us to supply it with sustenance to empower the ecosystem

Nutrition…the right exercise optimizes our digestive system for absorption of the good and destruction of the bad

Exercise

Physical activity

Sleep

Minimize exposure to carcinogens, mutagens, pathogens

When the body is unable to fight intruders, that is when the biochemical terrain allows mutated cells, aka cancer cells, to reproduce…and reproduce……until “we have cancer”. It is believed that everyone of us have cancerous cells lurking within, our goal is that we have the defences to shut down those cells, or force what is called aptosis – cell suicide.

Front and center to the body’s defences are our immune and circulatory systems.

What is Cancer: Medical Exercise Health Coaching Best In Health RadioOur immune system is a pumpless system.  In other words, it can produce all of the wonderful superheroes in the world (lymphocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, immunoglobins….) but if there is no pumping action from our muscles, or no muscles, the immune system can’t do its job.

Exercise is imperative for optimizing our body’s performance. Every study shows us that exercise and physical activity are an absolute necessity for every organ system of the body, and a necessity, dare I say the “managing partner” to integrative oncology.

Exercise is vital to the destruction of cancer at every level:

Prevention: enabling the body to kill those intrusions, to build a strong inner ecosystem

Management: make it through treatment, minimizing risks of side effects of treatment, fighting fatigue, and many studies tell us help better respond to treatment, building back musculoskeletal challenges created by the cancer and the treatment.

Prevention of recurrence. Rebuilding and equipping the immune system

A topic for another article is exercise at the cellular level, which is vital for prevention, recovery, and prevention of recurrence….and anti aging and anti all of our chronic illnesses….the real science geek, yes, however, this really helps us understand cancer prevention & management.

Let’s summarize…..

What is cancer? Cancer occurs because their has been a genetic mutation, a change to the genetic code. The body has been attacked..the body needs to fight the attacker.

  • The right exercise enables the body to fight that invasion, through it’s many magical ways, some known, and we still have many ways yet to discover.
  • Food Choices are critical in either feeding or destroying cancer cells
  • Being aware of environmental exposures, choices
  • Eliminating oxidative stressors
  • Lifestyle choices

yes….much is within our control

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Shira Litwack, medical fitness professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Medical Exercise Specialist, Holistic Nutritionist, Corporate health designer and coach

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Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise

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BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations