Monday, June 04, 2007

The Benefits of Juicing With Recipes

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
--Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

At HPS Health, there are lists of recipes for juices (combinations of raw fruits and vegetables with some fresh herbs) to address specific ailments such as headache, anemia, fatigue, and gastric ulcers. Other recipe sites include ones promoting delicious taste (this one has a V8 recipe) and those that have, well, interesting combos.

And, for the skeptics, there's a site that gives recipes as well as advice on choosing a juicer. The site? The Stanford Cancer Center, part of the Stanford University Medical System.

According to Stanford, "The best selection of juices comes in nature’s own containers: fresh fruits & vegetables. Fresh juice is loaded with cancer-fighting phytochemicals and vitamins, in a state easily absorbed by the body."

Special thanks to Rebecca at Everyday simplicity for a wonderful post.

American Ginseng Shows Potential to Reduce Cancer Related Fatigue

Science Daily North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) researchers, based at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have generated preliminary data suggesting that a form of American ginseng provides greater improvements in fatigue and vitality in patients who receive the highest doses tested, compared to lower doses or no treatment.

American ginseng. (Credit: iStockphoto/Mike Liu)

The results of their scientifically rigorous pilot study, the first to evaluate the Wisconsin species of American ginseng as a possible therapy for cancer-related fatigue, were presented June 3 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

This press release goes on to explain how most Americans don't pick their herbs and supplements based upon scientific research. So with this study they are trying to shed some light. I Look forward to the full study. Of course those uniformed folks could always ask an expert. Send me an email. I'll answer it. Alex

Fertile Hope

Fertile Hope is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. The Natural Healing and Acupuncture Clinic was just listed in the Cancer and Fertility Resource Guide.

With 25 percent of breast cancer patients under the age of 45, fertility is of special concern, particularly since new research suggests that pregnancy between six months and two years after breast cancer will not impact survival, and for those who wait 24 months to become pregnant it may actually have a protective effect. In the study, published in the British Medical Journal, 123 women who became pregnant up to two years after treatment showed improved overall survival compared with women who did not get pregnant  with the protective effect most clearly evident for those who waited at least two years to get pregnant.
See article in the June 2005 British Medical Journal, Pregnancy and Cancer a Clinical Review

If you are facing a cancer diagnosis and are pregnant or recovering from pregnancy and want to become pregnant there are many resources we can offer you at the Natural Healing and Acupuncture Clinic to help you with cancer and/or fertility.