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Wow. We don’t know about you, but this video made us tear up! Mom’s are amazing. This mother’s day, take a moment to honor your mother!

This Mother’s Day we want to celebrate mom’s who have fought the battle of breast cancer.  If you need some options for ways to honor your mother, consider making a donation in her honor.

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Spices that Liven up Your Food and Health

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Ever think of spices as more than just flavor to add to your food?  Not only do spices make people ask “mmm, what’s that flavor” but the health benefits are endless!  Spices give us such an easy way to control things such as blood sugar, prevent against inflammation that can lead to heart disease, cancer and diabetes and even reports have started to show the benefits in weight management all due to spices! 

 

Check out this list of spices you can find in your pantry or at the local grocery store to bring extra flavor and health benefits to you and your family.  As always, consult with your medical professional before making any major changes to your diet.

Cinnamon-

We all have it in our pantry…but have you ever tried sprinkling it in your coffee grinds in the morning?  It’s excellent…and bonus, cinnamon is filled with antioxidants that help fight against diseases.  It’s also been known to help regulate blood sugar in diabetic’s diets.  It’s a wonderful, sweet spice that adds lots of flavor.

 

Turmeric-

This spice stems from the ginger family and makes a mean curry recipe!  But above that, studies have shown that it may also help fight cancer.  Turmeric is excellent on chicken dishes with wild rice and gives a warm spice taste to your meal.

 

Thyme-

This is one of my personal favorites and when you cook with it, you always get the “what’s in this…it’s delicious”.  Thyme comes from the mint family and can help suppress inflammation according to the study in the Journal of Lipid Research.

 

Rosemary-

This herb requires an acquired pallet as many people make the comment that it’s such a strong herb.  In my opinion, it’s one of the most underutilized herbs in making meals.  And if you’re looking to change your opinion on Rosemary, it’s been shown in studies to significantly cut your cancer risk.

 

Parsley-

In a study by the University of Missouri, scientists found that this herb can actually inhibit breast cancer cell growth.  This herb pairs well with garlic, capers, fish, chicken and lemon.

 

Founder of Cancer Recovery Foundation Responds to World Cancer Report 2014

Greg Anderson, Founder & CEO of Cancer Recovery Foundation International, Responds to World Cancer Report 2014

The new World Cancer Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), recently predicted worldwide cancer rates to rise by 57 percent in the next two decades.  The report used its strongest language ever to highlight the problem including the dire prediction of “an imminent human disaster” if we do not act.WorldCancerReport

The report issued a sobering warning:  “We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem. More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.”

The global burden of cancer is the single most important reason why the Cancer Recovery Foundation Group of charities, including Breast Cancer Charities of America and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation maintain a major commitment to medical missions through their International Aid programs.

The organizations’ medical missions program distributes cancer treatment medicines, cancer diagnostic and treatment equipment as well as ancillary medical supplies to mission hospitals globally.  Recent recipients include cancer treatment centers in Guatemala, Honduras, Grenada, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, DR Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, The Philippines and Viet Nam.

“We believe we are our brothers (and sisters) keepers,” said Greg Anderson.  “When we began our work, we clearly stated our mission was to help ALL people prevent and survive cancer.  Our International Aid program fulfills that mission mandate.”

The World Cancer Report said the growing cancer burden disproportionately impacts developing nations—the very countries that have the least resources to respond to the problem.  Approximately 60 percent of the world’s cancer cases and approximately 70 percent of the world’s cancer death occur in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

“This is exactly why we are committed to helping in this way,” said Anderson.  More information on how The Breast Cancer Charities of America helps, visit their website.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America Welcomes Sponsors

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is pleased to welcome Exit Lone Star Realty, BMW Houston North, BMW of The Woodlands, Glowfli Advertising, and MD Anderson of The Woodlands as new sponsors for the 2014 iGoPink Golf Classic. The Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, March 17, 2014 at The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course. Each player will receive ­­­­­­­ a free TaylorMade Wedge Golf Club and is encouraged to wear their crazy golf pants to win the NEW Fancy Pants Competition.

With the support of the charity’s new sponsors and other faithful supporters like Community Impact, Clear Choice Orthodontics, and Choice Tee Golf, The Breast Cancer Charities of America will continue to PRESS Forward in their mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness. Their focus is Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support.

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In 2013 BCCA was able to help over 1 million people across the United States. They brought the prevention and survivorship message to over 450 hospital partnerships, Universities and households in addition to assisting women financially to keep the basic necessities of rent and utilities paid for while in treatment.

To support the charity’s mission and participate in the iGoPink Golf Classic teams are encouraged to register online at www.iGoPink.org. The price is set for $175 per player or $700 per team of four. Price includes green fees, cart, box lunch, dinner and awards, and a free TaylorMade Wedge.  For more information on partnering with The Breast Cancer Charities of America info@igopink.org.

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Proton Therapy: New Less Toxic Treatment for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Proton Therapy is a relatively newer form of cancer treatment. It has shown remarkable promise and advantages over conventional therapy in the treatment of breast cancer.

Proton radiation therapy is non-invasive treatment that offers a low-risk option for early breast cancer patients. It has less impact on the healthy tissue near the tumor site that is being treated with the proton therapy. This is because the proton goes directly in to the tumor with pinpoint precision and stays within the tumor. This is unlike traditional therapies that have an exit point. Compared to traditional radiation, proton therapy does not leave any burn marks and does not cause any cosmetic or tissue damage.

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Researchers and physicians stress that proton therapy is not a replacement for a lumpectomy but rather a less toxic path of treatment afterwards. At a proton therapy center, the average breast cancer patient will receive a 30 minute to 1 hour per day for a total of 10 days of proton treatment on an outpatient basis. Compared to radiation and/or chemotherapy which require at least 5 to 7 weeks of treatment, proton therapy allows the patient a faster approach to treatment.
Other strong points for Proton Therapy leading the way as a new treatment are:

  • Treatment offers faster recovery time with minimal side effects
  • Pain-less for most patients
  • Little to no hair loss
  • Proton radiation has little to no impact on patient energy levels

Currently in the United States there are 12 Proton Therapy Centers with several more in the planning stages at leading treatment hospitals and facilities.
Current operating centers include:

PRESS Forward Against Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  Our central focus is on educating, empowering and encouraging all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.

We offer leading edge, state-of-the-art, research-backed programs that focus on all that women can do in addition to medical care.  Our services include nutrition, exercise, and social support all the while defusing the fear that often accompanies breast cancer.  And we provide help now with emergency financial assistance to medicines and medical supplies to women in poverty.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer….

Prevention

Studies show that 8 of 10 breast cancers can be prevented.   Prevention—not just early detection.  Breast cancer prevention is the new frontier.  Excellent studies show that prevention is possible.  We lead the way with our Vitamin D Promise program.

Research

Though the “New Era Cancer Research Fund” we underwrite less-toxic, minimally-invasive diagnosis and treatment options.  This includes research on topics such as the link between Vitamin D and a reduction in cancer; how food choices impact your body during treatment and studies on Proton Therapy as a first-line treatment.

Education

Education is power in preventing and surviving breast cancer.  From teaching breast self exams to wise exercise, from managing post-treatment side-effects to mobilizing the mind for healing, we guide and support women to actively participate in health and healing.  Our University Education Program teaches students the lifestyle choices they can make at an early age to prevent breast cancer.

Survival

BCCA’s integrated cancer care program supports and complements conventional medical treatment.  The program encompasses the whole person—body, mind and spirit.  While accomplished in addition to conventional medical care, we understand it takes more than medicine to get well and stay well.

Support

When breast cancer strikes, it impacts the entire family and all areas of their life, especially financially.  We have designed our Help Now Fund to assist with the basic needs of cancer patients in need.  The demand is huge and we limit our funding to past-due rents and utilities.  Our commitment: no woman will go through breast cancer without a roof over her head and the basics of daily needs.

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We PRESS Forward in the fight against breast cancer.  We inspire hope.  We nurture healing.  We renew life.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  We are the new voice of breast cancer.  We are passionate, filled with energy and a vision.  And we will not stop until breast cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

Join us.  Make your voice heard.  It’s a new day in the world of breast cancer.

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Wellness Wednesday: Fall Fitness Tips

Seriously, what’s not to love about fall? Pumpkin lattes are back, you can dig out your favorite sweaters, and sweet potatoes are finally in season. Best of all, the crisp temps make fall the perfect time to exercise outdoors: “The cool weather allows you to enjoy yourself without having to worry about being overheated or too cold,” says Terri Walsh, celebrity trainer and creator of the Active Resistance Training Method (A.R.T.). And that means you’re more likely to feel awesome during your workout, and maybe even log an extra mile or climb another trail.

But before you lace up and head outside, prepare for your outdoor adventure with Walsh’s fall weather workout tips:

Wear Layers
It may feel slightly nippy at first, but the weather has a rep for changing on a moment’s notice. Dress in layers that you can easily remove if your body starts to heat up—or put back on if you get cold, says Walsh.

Stay Hydrated
Many people forget to drink enough fluids during fall workouts because it’s not super hot, says Walsh. Not good. Keep drinking as normal to avoid dehydration. While it’s good to carry water, you can add some flavor with a bit of fruit juice to get even more nutrients.

Pack Snacks
Don’t disrupt your outing for a food pit stop. If you’ll be out most of the day hiking or biking, Walsh recommends bringing a small backpack with nuts or fruit stashed inside. No matter where you are, at least you have a constant source of fuel.

And if you think running is the only outdoor exercise to try, it’s time to get creative! If you’re near some branches and a log, you’ll definitely want to try this off-the-beaten-trail circuit workout. But if a park is your only outdoor fitness center, find a jungle gym and do these fun exercises on the playground. The kids in line for the monkey bars can wait their turn.

 

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/fall-workout-exercise-tips

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