FAQs

Is There A “Natural Cure” for Cancer?

Depends on what you consider “natural”. I support Integrative Oncology: using state-of-the-art chemo/radiation/surgery to cure cancer while integrating complementary treatments such as acupuncture, nutrition, massage, mind-body techniques to manage side effects. I am...

Sign a Waiver to Take Your Vitamins?

If your child is admitted to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia you may need to do just that.  Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious Diseases, describes the hospital's new policy of requiring parents to sign a waiver if they plan to administer...

Does Intermittent Fasting Prevent Cancer?

Sorta. Intermittent Fasting (IF) can help prevent cancer because if done correctly, it lowers caloric intake, which reduces body fat, which we KNOW prevents cancer. Here is what we know: Obesity is the second largest cause of cancer after smoking. Being...

Slow Food @Alice Waters

Slow Food is the opposite of fast food. Slow Food USA is a movement that supports local farmers, high quality food, and animal welfare. Slow Food is a passion of mine. But here is the trick, if you want to prepare slow food, you have to learn to cook. For...

Going nuts!

Lots of news over the recent New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article showing that nut consumption reduces one's risk of death. (Click the NEJM link above, select "Quick Take" on the lower right side of the screen to get an overview of study...

Palliative Care – Not just for Doctors

Sometimes when I recommend a Palliative Care consultation to my patients, they seem hurt and surprised, as if I'm giving up on them. Quite the opposite, I want them to have the best quality of life possible for the amount of time they have left. While...

Desserts with Benefits

Desserts with Benefits Just found this great blog by Jessica, Desserts with Benefits, which uses natural ingredients. The blog and recipes are well organized. I like that you can search by "high protein" which is very important for cancer patients. Often...

Disrespect in Medicine

Dr. Ofri wrote a New York Times article recently that struck me - she discusses the culture of disrespect in medicine. In a Culture of Disrespect, Patients Lose Out As I've mentioned on this blog before - the culture of medicine has been a...

Not enough funding for cancer prevention

This is a great article about the need to focus funding on cancer prevention. We know that individuals who move to the US eventually become at risk for US cancers (breast, prostate) and the data points to the environment and diet, yet we do not have research targets...

The challenge with cancer screening

Natasha Singer's recent article in the New York Times Business section brings attention to the many issues surrounding cancer screening- in this case for melanoma- a deadly skin cancer. Current estimates are that close to 10,000 people will die...

Huffington Post article: Dangers of Processed Meat

What is interesting about this study is that the authors specifically examined the role of processed meat (read: bacon, sausage, baloney, lunch meat) unlike other studies that have looked at only red meat consumption. As you might expect, the...