What Genetic Breast Cancer Testing Means for You

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What Genetic Breast Cancer Testing Means for You

Melissa Belli, MD

Recently, Angelina Jolie announced she had a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy as a way to decrease her risk of developing breast cancer with her history of BRCA 1 gene mutation. She also encouraged all women to seek medical advice and get tested when indicated. The following article addresses some of those concerns: namely, general preventive measures, testing, surveillance and management options.

Women with BRCA1 or 2 mutations have a 50-85% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 15-40% risk of ...

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Runner’s High: Quick Fix or Long-Term Benefit?

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Myles Spar, MD

“Me thinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Every day I have patients who come to me asking what they should take to help prevent memory loss or to treat depression or “brain fog” – a loss of ability to concentrate fully. I have several supplements that can help those things, but there is one prescription that is more proven, consistently helpful and accessible than any pill – prescription ...

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Benefits of bodywork

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by Kevin Kunkel

The discussion of time perceiving to move faster and faster now a days is a frequent discussion I hear. Although this change in perception seems to always occur as we get older, today it is being perceived in a more extraordinary way by all ages. Instruments such as the internet, cell phones, and microwaves make daily actions easier and faster. In turn, we are experiencing events faster and spending less time acknowledging and being present to one activity. ...

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Strengthening through illness

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I am inspired by the body’s natural ability to strengthen itself through common illnesses. Illnesses are often considered to be a bothersome inconvenience, but they can actually be nourishing opportunities. The body works every second of every day performing all of its tasks to keep our systems going, and when it gets overtaxed for one reason or another, it lets us know by symptoms of illness. These symptoms are a sign that something is not quite right.

Acute inflammations like colds, ...

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Compassion: what it is and what it is not!

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Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Desai is the Director of Integrative Psychological Services at the Akasha Center, Meditation Teacher, Psychotherapist, and a regular blogger at Huffington Post.  To make an appointment with her or to talk to her, please email at meditate@swatidesai.com or call at (310) 308 9531.

Unable to bear the intense pain of her son’s death, almost losing her mind, Gautami went to the Buddha and asked him to revive her son. “If what I hear about your powers is ...

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Women’s Sex Hormones and Mood

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By Maggie Ney, ND

Hormones affect mood. It really is that simple. However, the basic concept that hormones affect mood is not widely appreciated or investigated when a patient presents to the doctor with symptoms of depression or anxiety. Mainstream medicine is quick to “fix” anxiety and depression with prescription medication. Sometimes these medications are absolutely indicated, but not to the exclusion of investigating how the patient’s unique
hormonal make-up may be affecting her health and mood.

I see women regularly in ...

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EWG’s 2010 dirty dozen

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Maggie Ney

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes it’s shopper’s guide to pesticides. This list helps the “should-I-spend-the-extra-money-to-buy-organic” decision making process easier. Below is a list of the highest pesticide produce, “the dirty dozen” (when you can, buy these organic) and the cleanest produce “the clean 15″ (OK to save your money and buy conventional). Thank you EWG for doing the research and organizing this list!

DIRTY DOZEN (buy these organic)
1. Celery
2. Peaches
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. ...

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Hope for Insomniacs?

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by Edison de Mello and Meme Rhee

Are you one among 70 million Americans suffering from insomnia? Insomnia is the inability to get enough sleep to feel good the next day, or get good quality sleep that is deep, restorative and uninterrupted. The four symptoms that characterize insomnia are:

  • difficulty falling asleep
  • waking frequently during sleep
  • waking too early and difficulty falling back to sleep
  • waking feeling unrefreshed

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, about one-half of America’s adults say they ...

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Male Menopause? Does it really exist?

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by Edison de Mello and Meme Rhee

Although menopause is often thought to be a condition exclusive to women, an increasing number of medical researchers believe that men go through a similar experience. Male menopause, known as andropause, is strongly debated among many medical specialists, including primary care physicians, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, urologists and gerontologists. Some doctors contend that andropause is an emotionally triggered mid-life crisis, while others insist that it is a physical condition brought on by changing hormone ...

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The Inspiration of Profound Change

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Although the benefits of massage are as varied as the number of people who receive massages, what inspires me most about massage is the part it can play in one’s process of self-revelation. Many sages throughout the ages have proclaimed of how true happiness, wisdom, and mastery of this thing called life abound in those who know thyself.Our society is finally coming full circle and realizing that thyself is not, and never was split up into two or more separate ...

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