I attended this year’s Susan G Komen for the Cure®, Breast Cancer Issues conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference addressed risk reduction, treatment options and survivorship.
It was a great, well organized, and well attended conference. The 3 sessions had 5 lectures to chose, all very interesting, resulting in a difficult choice. Luckily the notes of all sessions were included in a cd.
Of special interest to me was the key note speaker, Dr. Kerri Winter-Stone. Kerri just completed the data on the study I was in on breast cancer and exercise. Not to minimize the results but the bottom line is we all have to move. Exercise, stretching and resistance training are needed daily for overall well being and for bone health. Chemotherapy and other drugs can deplete bone density and through exercise we can rebuild our bones. Exercise has to be an “Intentional” part of your day, every day.
Good to reinforce what we know to be true, diet and environmental tidbits from the lectures:
• Eat fewer calories to loose weight.
• Eat whole foods, extra virgin olive oil, fatty fish, raw nuts, whole grains and 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
• Eliminate refined grains, flours sugars and processed meat.
• Don’t heat foods in plastic or plastic wrap in the microwave.
• Try making your own household cleaning products.
• Plastics labeled #1, #2, and #5 are OK.
• Avoid Plastics labeled #3, #4, #6, and #7.
Are your co-workers, friends or family members smart and looking for a career in health care with less emphasis on the care? Suggest RESEARCH as a career option. Medical protocols are changing rapidly. Long term side effects of cancer and other diseases are being researched. There is no shortage of areas of questions for PhD’s to explore, only answers.
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