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mistletoeMistletoe might be good for more than just kissing and spreading holiday cheer. Did you know that American mistletoe, the kind often associated with kissing, is only one of 1,300 species worldwide?  According to recent studies by the National Cancer Institute, mistletoe extract might be an effective treatment for several types of cancer.

A breast cancer diagnosis is frightening enough, but many women are especially apprehensive of the potential toxicity of traditional therapies such as chemotherapy. It is important to feel empowered and talk to your doctor about your options and various treatments.

A treatment that is gaining popularity in Europe and has recently been brought to the attention of the US when actress Suzanne Somers advocated for it– is mistletoe extract treatments.

Mistletoe is a semi-parasitic plant that receives its nourishment by growing on apple, birch, elm, maple, oak, pine and several other trees. The plant does not need soil to grow, but contains chlorophyll and is capable of undergoing photosynthesis.  It is naturally rich in magnesium, phosphorous, sulfur, and potassium.

In 2012, researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia found that mistletoe extract was more effective at killing cancer cells than chemotherapy.

”This is an important result because we know that chemotherapy is effective at killing healthy cells as well as cancer cells. This can result in severe side effects for the patient,” researcher Zahra Lotfollahi said in their release.

European mistletoe extract, perhaps the most extensively researched alternative therapy, has also been found to improve the quality of life among cancer patients, while acting as a sedative which relieves the side effects of the traditional cancer therapies. No side effects or harmful reactions have currently been found.

German researchers found—in small human and laboratory studies–that when mistletoe extract was injected directly into or near a tumor it reduced, or even eliminated, the growth of cancer cells, in even in the most advanced cases. Since mistletoe extract was found to also boost the immune system, it gave the patient an additional defense against the disease.

European mistletoe has a rich history, with medicinal properties going back as far as ancient Greece; in fact, the Druids referred to it as “all healer.”  It has been used to treat arthritis, epilepsy, high blood pressure and menopause, but it was really in the early 20th century that it got attention as a possible cancer treatment.

This treatment is not yet available in the United States since it has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA.). It’s also important to note that raw, unprocessed mistletoe is poisonous.

Know your body and what is right for it. Educate yourself about all of your options and become empowered.


ABCs of Basic Nutrition

Peace_Love_Nutrition_ABCs_of_Nutrition_Basic_NutritionMany of us went to school for a good 15 years.  We can do long division, memorized the Periodic Table of Elements and can quote from Shakespeare. Yet with all that schooling, we can’t tell you the first thing about basic nutrition. We hear that kale is good for you so we eat it and that sugar isn’t, so we avoid it. But despite the essential nature of this information, most of us lack even a rudimentary understanding of it.

Designer clothes and dream houses don’t matter if we don’t have our health.

I’m starting a new weekly series: The ABC’s of Nutrition that will break down what you need to know in terms you can understand.

For our first post, we’re going to start with the basics.


What are they and Why do we need them?

The word ‘vitamin’ is derived from the Latin word vita, which means life. Vitamins are organic materials which are found in many food substances and are essential for the metabolism and proper functioning of the body parts and organs.

Twenty kinds of vitamins have so far been isolated, out of which six vitamins are known to be of crucial importance. These are vitamin A, B, C, D, E and K.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A =  helps promote good vision and healthy skin.

Is also supports the immune system and produces red blood cells.

Vitamin A mostly comes from animal foods, but some plant-based foods supply beta-carotene, which your body then converts into Vitamin A.

Sources of Vitamin A


  • Eggs (the yolk!)
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Squash/ butternut
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Liver
  • Dried Apricots
  • Cantaloupe


Wednesday Inspiration


Tip of the Week

Drink  1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar every morning:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month should focus more on PREVENTION!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has already quickly gone by..  While I believe this month is a great way to show your support for yourself or loved ones who have had the disease I think the focus of the month needs to change.

Sadly, October has not become a time of increasing awareness of the preventable causes of breast cancer.  Instead, as Dr. Mercola stated and I agree, ‘it has fed the breast cancer industry’s insatiable need to raise money for research into a pharmaceutical cure, and to promote its primary means of “prevention”: early detection via x-ray mammography.’

Instead of focusing on raising money for a pharmaceutical cure, October should be a month devoted to educating women on the causes and prevention of breast cancer.  This shift would greatly empower women and help them realize that they are in control.  Industries need to focus on this underlying message instead of getting wrapped up in ‘pink’ everything.

Many people believe that there is little, if anything, that can be done to prevent breast cancer.  But as I’ve written in my past posts, this couldn’t be farther from the truth!  Like so many cancers, breast cancer prevention can be greatly increased with a personal commitment to better health through dietary changes, exercise and an avoidance of toxins. 

Next Year (and every day for the matter!) our focus should be on P-R-E-V-E-N-T-I-O-N.  

As women, we should not only take a month out of our lives to remember Breast Cancer but focus every single day on what we can do to promote overall health and wellness in our lives.

Love yourself and treat your body (and your breasts!) right.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Basics of Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women in the United States. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing it in their lifetime!

We are in control of what we do in life.  In order to aid our bodies in the prevention of breast cancer here are a few tips to incorporate into your daily routine:

1) Proper Sleep!

2) Eat Organic Food

3) Know what you are putting on your skin!

4) Drink lots of properly filtered water

5) Exercise!!!

6) Take Supplements

This week I will focus on these 6 topics and break them down for you.


Proper Sleep 

As I wrote about in ‘Breast Health Tip– Get enough Sleep!‘ it is very important for women to go to bed early and get proper rest.  Scientists have discovered that when it gets dark the pineal gland in our brain produces a hormone called melatonin.  Melatonin helps regulate the body’s circadian rhythms which helps us fall asleep.  Melatonin is extremely powerful against and fighting breast cancer.

Scientists have also found that less than six hours of sleep a night raises breast cancer risk by 60 %!

Proper sleep also allows us to feel refreshed and have energy to do some of my other breast cancer prevention suggestions like eat well and exercise.


Eat Organic Food

Organic produce  might be a bit more expensive but it’s worth it in the long run!

Organic food is herbicide and pesticide free.  Did you know that on average, a person eats a gallon of these poisons from their daily fruits and vegetables in a year?!  This is one of the main reason it’s so important to buy organic produce.

For breast cancer prevention and overall health I suggest to eat at least seven servings of organic fresh fruit and vegetables every single day. The superstars for breast cancer protection include all cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower); dark leafy greens (collards, kale, spinach) ; carrots and tomatoes.   The best fruits include citrus, berries and cherries.  Eat away!

Organic Produce is also better for our environment.  It uses less energy to grow and helps replenish our soil.

I like the mantra about Nature and our environment:

“I’ll nurture and respect you, you nurture and respect me.”

For the cleanest and healthiest organic food that is delivered to your door I suggest to use:

All of these tips are quite easy to incorporate into your daily lives.  We should show our bodies love and take the time to do what’s best for it.

Stay tuned to learn about your skin and the importance of water!

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

How to do a Self Breast Exam

1 out of every 8 women will get Breast Cancer in their lives so it is very important to take the time out for yourself and do a Self Breast Exam.

These exams are easy and can be performed anywhere

It is important while doing a Self Breast Exam to both visually and manually inspect the breast.

To perform a Self Breast Exam:

Step 1: Start by looking in a mirror and placing your hands on your hips.  Examine each breast for changes in size, shape, color, lumps, swelling, dimples, a nipple that has changed position or has become inverted.

Step 2:  Next, raise both your arms over your head and look for the same changes.

Step 3: Keep your arms over your head and bring your hands behind your back.  The movement of your nipples should be synchronized.

Step 4:  Next, lie on your back with one arm behind your head.  Use your right hand to feel your left breast and your left hand to feel your right breast.  Start with your armpits (people always forget your breast tissue starts up there!) and use a firm smooth touch with the first few fingers of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together.  (Be sure to not lift them!)

It helps to use massage oil.

Step 5:  Make little bitty circles about half inch in diameter with your fingertips while you make a great big circle around the entire breast.

Step 6:  Checking Nipple Discharge- start this by placing your fingers about three inches away from the nipple.  Press down and move the fingers toward the nipple.  Repeat this for all four quadrants of the breast.  Gently squeeze each nipple between your finger and thumb and check for discharge

Step 7:  Lastly, feel your breasts (as taught in step 4) while you are sitting or standing ( I like to do this in the shower!)

**It is important to always start in the same place each time!

And Remember- this is an act of love.  Take your time and don’t rush!  If you find something you are suspicious about get a thermography exam or contact your doctor.  Don’t be scared to take that next step.

Early Detection Saves Lives.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

(( These Self Breast Exam Steps are from a lovely Book, Breast Wisdom, by Dr. Ben Johnson (who is a thermography reader for Thermography for Health NY!) and Kathleen Barnes.  To read up on Health Breast check it out! ))