Category Archives: Breast Cancer

How Your Cell Phone Is Harming Your Health

cell-phone-b-cancerWith the world becoming more and more dependent on technology, it’s no surprise how reliant people have become on their cell phones. In fact, it seems that these days, cell phones are simply an extension of our arms. We can’t put our cell phones down, we can’t stop looking at them, and more than likely we would be lost without them. But is all this cell phone use harming our health? It just may be, in more ways than one.

For starters, a night of sleep is now often interrupted by a buzzing text as we doze off, or a quick check of Instagram when we can’t fall right to sleep. Many people are browsing their phones right before bed and first thing in the morning. But that LED light  your phone gives off is actually lowering melatonin production making it harder for us to get a quality nights sleep, which essentially means we’re less relaxed and more stressed.

We rely on our cell phones for everything from directions to making dinner reservations and even to finding the best gas prices, which all seem like helpful things. However, the side effect of having so many great apps is that people are truly becoming addicted to their phones, even going through withdrawal symptoms, such as fidgeting and anxiety, when they don’t have their phones around.

Of course, when you think of things that are dirty or covered in germs, cell phones don’t typically come to mind. But studies are showing otherwise and if you think of all the places people are now taking their phones (like the bathroom), it’s not so surprising to learn how bacteria ridden these devices actually are.

What about all that typing and game playing that everyone does? Well, unfortunately that’s not so great for you either. Leaning over your phone to type can cause head and neck pain, while the actual typing can cause hand, wrist and forearm pain. And be careful how loud the sound is on those games, or when you listen to music. Excessive volume can lead to hearing loss.

Of all the ways in which cell phones are harming your health, radiation may be one of the worst. While there are thought to be many risks in correlation with cell phone radiation (including cancer), it’s still a highly debated and researched topic.  Dr. Oz had a girl, Tiffany Frantz, on his show who believes she developed breast cancer at age 21 with no family history of cancer.  She believes it was from always putting her cell phone in her bra.  Obviously there needs to be some more scientific facts but this is quite the coincidence.

One thing is definitely clear– spending less time on our cell phones would probably be beneficial for everyone’s health and well-being.

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We know it’s not possible to fully do this, so to keep the radiation away I suggest using ‘Earth Hearts’ which are adhesive ‘stickers’ that help against harmful EMF’s.  To learn and read more about them you can click here.

 

Healthy Breast Tip: Vitamin E

If you are a fan of my blog you know that I promote prevention as the key to a Breast Cancer free life.

It is very important for all of us to balance a healthy lifestyle with healthy choices because according to the American Cancer Society- a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes.

The best thing about prevention is that we are in control!  There are many things you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic.

Here’s another Health Breast Tip:

Eat more Vitamin E!

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is thought to protect the body from a bunch of diseases including: arthritis, heart disease, diabetes,  renal disease and  cancer.  Research has shown that women who regularly eat foods rich in Vitamin E have a lower risk of beast cancer.

Here is how:

1) Vitamin E is an  excellent source of antioxidants.  It works quickly in our bodies and reacts with destructive substances called free radicals, rendering them harmless before they get a chance to harm our DNA.  This process helps prevent mutations and tumor growth.

2) Vitamin E also slows down how fast tumor cells grow and divide.

3) And vitamin E prevents new blood vessels from growing into tumors.  (Without new blood vessels tumors can’t get the necessary nutrients they need to grow bigger)

Stay tuned to learn what foods contain Vitamin E and how to incorporate them into your daily diet.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY

Adding Flaxseeds into your Daily Diet

Now that you know the benefits of adding Flaxseeds into your diet from my post: Healthy Breast Tip: Flaxseeds!, let’s learn how to incorporate them into your daily diet.

First off- It is very important to eat ground flaxseeds and not whole flaxseeds.  If you try to eat them whole, they will simply pass through your system without being digested. When they are ground, however, they can be easily absorbed and broken down to get the benefits.   A basic coffee grinder can be used to grind a few tablespoons of whole flaxseed whenever you need it.

Here are some ideas and ways you can eat Flax Seed:

  • Add to smoothies
  • Mix ground flax into yogurt
  • Add ground flax seed to oatmeal
  • Sprinkle on top of salads

You can pretty much sprinkle them on top of anything (they don’t change the taste that much)

Enjoy!

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY

Healthy Breast Tip: Flaxseeds!

To continue with my Health Breast Tips today I will be teaching you about Flaxseeds.

When it comes to your breast health flaxseed is one of the best foods you can eat.

According to research, flaxseed has more potent medicinal qualities that any other known edible plant. (Impressive!)

Here’s some of it’s amazing qualities:

  • Flaxseed is the richest Plant Source of Omega-3 fatty Acids.  Research has shown that woman who eat the highest amount of omega-3s have the lowest risk of Breast Cancer.

You might be wondering how? Well omega-3 fatty acids (as I wrote in this previous post) help decrease inflammation and the rate at which breast cancer cells divide in response to estrogen.

  • - Flaxseed has high levels of lignans.  Lignans are known to acts as anticancer compounds by blocking powerful growth factor receptors.
  • Flaxseeds can also help you if you are already diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  Scientists found that eating flaxseeds can help cut the risk of dying from breast cancer later in life by 40 %.

3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day can provide you with these effects.

Pretty amazing statistics.  Eating Flaxseeds everyday is another example of how what we eat can directly effect our Breast Health.

Stay tuned to learn some easy ways to incorporate flaxseeds into your diet.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY

Exercise and Breast Cancer

As I talked about in Part 1: Healthy Breast Tip: Exercise!- 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3-5x/week may lower your risk of breast cancer as much as 50%.

Here’s Part 2 of the 8 major ways exercise can lower your chances of breast cancer

5) Aerobic exercise keeps your body fat down.  Research shows that obesity causes about 30% of all post-menopausal breast cancers.  After menopause your fat cells are the primary site for estrogen production in your body.  The more fat cells you have the more estrogen your body will produce.

6) Exercise lowers depression.  According to research at the University of Pennsylvania, women who are depressed have a 400% higher incidence of breast cancer.

7) It relieves stress.  Stress has been linked to 90% of all illnesses according to the Institute of Health.  Women who have more stress have a higher chance of developing breast cancer

8) Regular exercise has been found to lower IGF-1.  This is an insulin-like growth factor and is the most powerful stimulator of breast cancer known.  This growth factor is often found injected into cows.  Be careful what dairy products you consume.  Make sure they are organic and hormone free products like those at Beyond Organic (you can investigate and order here luvorganicfoods.com )

  

Make yourself a priority and set aside time to exercise at least 5 days a week.  Exercising helps in every aspect of your life!

You’re in control.  Love your body & treat it well.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Healthy Breast Tip: Exercise!

Research shows that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3-5 days a week may lower your risk of breast cancer as much as 50%!

This is incredible.  If someone told you there was a 50% chance you would win the lottery would you not try it?

Exercise!

Exercise can lower your Breast Cancer Risk in 8 major ways:

1) Exercise lowers the production of estrogen in your body and breast cancer is strongly linked to estrogen.  The more estrogen your body produces the higher your risk of breast cancer

2) Regular exercise has been found to lengthen the menstrual cycle.  With each menstrual period, your body produces a surge of estradiol (the strongest type of estrogen and the one most linked to breast cancer.) The fewer menstrual cycles you have, the lower the amount of estradiol you will produce and the lower your risk of breast cancer will be.

3) When you exercise your immune system is strengthened.  When your body is healthy and your immune system is strong  it will help fight off invaders such as cancer cells.

4) Aerobic exercise also regulates your blood sugar.  Sugar is the preferred food for cancer and when you eat sugar your blood sugar spikes which causes your pancreas to respond by releasing a lot of insulin (the hormone that facilitates sugar getting into your cells.)  According to research, women will the highest insulin levels are found to have a 283% increased risk of breast cancer. Insulin also makes cancer cells grow faster.

The great thing about exercise is there is so many ways we can do it!  I love dancing and yoga.  Find what type of exercise you enjoy and recruit friends.

Stay tuned to learn the other 4 other major ways Exercise can help prevent breast cancer and more about aerobic exercise.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Unlocking the Benefits of Garlic

Now that we’ve learned the amazing benefits of eating garlic in my post: Healthy Breast Tip: Garlic! & Powerful Components of Garlic, lets focus on HOW you should consume it…

Unfortunately many of us eat cooked garlic. Cooking stops the process in which the “active” compounds  ( one being allicin) in garlic are generated.

To unlock the benefits of garlic it’s very important to chop the garlic and wait before you cook it.

Studies have shown that it takes 10 to 15 minutes after raw garlic is chopped or chewed for garlic’s inactive compounds to convert into the active form.

I recommend eating 1 or 2 fresh cloves daily.  (This can be easy- chop it up and sprinkle it on your salads or sauté it quickly and put in on top  of your meat dishes)  If you are worried about garlic breath there are also capsules available.  I recommend taking 600-900 mg /day.

Your health is in your hands.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY

Powerful Components of Garlic

As I mentioned in my post, Healthy Breast Tip: Garlic!, garlic has many wonderful healing properties.
Today I’m going to break down the 3 most influential for your health:
 
  • Allicin: Allicin is a powerful sulfur plant compound that is antibiotic and anti-fungal. This substance is only created when you chop or cut garlic. (When you cut garlic the enzyme allinase is released and converts the original allin to allicin)  Allin does not have any health benefits until it becomes allicin.
  • Flavonoids: Flavonoids are aromatic plant compounds that are considered to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants protect your body from oxygen free radical damage that can lead to cancer.
  • SeleniumResearch shows that this plant chemical may be anti-mutagens ( meaning a substance that can prevent cancer by blocking damage to cells DNA or stimulating the body to repair damaged DNA.)  It also stimulates the production of glutathione (one of your body’s natural antioxidants.)
Pretty incredible information here!
Stay tuned to learn how I recommend to eat it.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY

Healthy Breast Tip: Garlic!

Garlic ranks as one of the most potent remedies of all time.

Did you know what people have been using Garlic to heal for over 5,000 years?

Recent studies have shown that garlic may help lower your chances of developing breast cancer and if you already have the illness, improve your likelihood of recovery.

Garlic has natural antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral. The cloves of garlic contain high levels of sulphur, flavonoids, and selenium.
When garlic is crushed or chopped it produces the compound allicin. Garlic may help to prevent breast cancer by its antibacterial properties, its ability to enhance genetic repair,  and prevent the formation of carcinogenic substances in your body.
Stay tuned to learn more about Garlic’s amazing healing properties.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY

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How to incorporate Omega-3’s into your diet:

Now that we’ve learned the many great cancer fighting properties of Omega-3 Fatty Acids- How can we incorporate them into our daily diets?

In my opinion, it is best to get your Omega-3’s from the food you eat.  The best food sources are flaxseeds and salmon.

Flaxseeds contain more omega-3’s than any other known edible plant.  You can add them to your smoothies, yogurt, sprinkle them on salads, etc.

I also recommend buying salmon from VitalChoiceWeb.com.  This company tests all salmon for mercury.

Here’s a great list of more Omega-3 Food Sources and how much to consume:

Food Serving omega-3 fatty acids % DV Density Quality
Flax seeds 0.25 cups 7.0 g 156.4 17.6 Excellent
Walnuts C 0.25 cup 2.3 g 50.4 6.3 Very good
Chinook salmon, baked/broiled 4.0 oz-wt 2.1 g 46.4 3.6 Very good
Scallops, baked/broiled 4.0 oz-wt 1.1 g 24.4 3.3 Good
Soybeans, cooked 1 cup 1.0 g 22.9 1.6 Good
Halibut, baked/broiled 4.0 oz-wt 0.6 g 13.8 1.8 Good
Shrimp, steamed, boiled 4.0 oz-wt 0.4 g 8.2 1.5 Good
Snapper, baked 4.0 oz-wt 0.4 g 8.0 1.1 Good
Tofu, raw 4.0 oz-wt 0.4 g 8.0 1.9 Good
Winter squash 1 cup 0.3 g 7.6 1.9 Good
Tuna, yellowfin 4.0 oz-wt 0.3 g 7.3 0.9 -
Cod, baked 4.0 oz-wt 0.3 g 7.1 1.2 -
Kidney beans 1 cup 0.3 g 6.7 0.6 -

Unfortunately not all of us can eat the necessary foods everyday to get enough omega-3’s.   Another great way to make sure you’re getting enough Omega-3’s is to take a daily Supplement.  I recommend Premier Research Labs EFA oil blend in capsules or liquid.

It’s pretty amazing when you realize that you are in control of your health and well-being.  Treat your body right and focus daily on a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of disease.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY