Nurture yourself! – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness month is a good time for all women to remember to think about themselves.

This is a hard thing for many women to do.  We are always active and on the go- whether it’s helping our kids/family, making lunches, work projects, etc.  We give our time to others but we forget how important it is to take time for ourselves.
This time of the year, as the leaves start to fall- pick one up and turn it over.  Use this analogy in your everyday life!  Turning over a new leaf should start with nurturing the self.   Nurturing yourself is an act of love and is the number one defense in any disease prevention program.  Taking this time will make you a better more calm person!
In the following weeks we will focus on ways to enhance your well-being and minimize the risk for disease.
I have seen first hand the role this disease plays on a person’s life.  My mother is a breast cancer survivor and is living happy and well.   She is now more vibrant than ever.

I wish this for all of us!

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP


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

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 )


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 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

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

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  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

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefits

As we learned from my previous post, Breast Cancer Prevention- Omega-3 Fatty Acids!, adding this fat into your diet greatly reduces your risk of Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer Prevention - Discontinue Hormone TherapyResearch shows that Omega-3 fatty acids have 4 main benefits with Breast Cancer Prevention:

1) They decrease the strength of estrogen in the breast tissue

2) They also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation causes the majority of disease)

3) It causes breast tumors to shirnk in size

4) And prevents the tumors from metastasizing or spreading

Other important health benefits from Omega 3’s :

•    They play a crucial role in memory, mood and brain development
•    In addition to inflammation they also reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol
•    Help lower the risk of chronic disease and heart failure
•    Improve the functioning of the  immune system

It’s amazing how many great benefits Omega-3 Fatty Acids have.  Everyone should be incorporating them in their diets daily.

Stay tuned to learn how.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP

Thermography for Health NY