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September-Focus on Nutrition

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In our family, a couple times a year, my mom, my sisters, my cousins and I get together to go out to dinner and reconnect, have fun and treasure our moments together!! We usually try to choose a healthful, fun restaurant in Boston!  This summer, we had another “Cousin Reunion”.   Most of the time though, we are responsible for buying the groceries, cooking and cleaning for our families.   One of my favorite places to buy healthy food in a FUN FUN FUN setting is at the LOCAL FARMERS MARKET!!  Farmers Markets tend to be rich with wholesome Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, Granolas, Honey and often the Organic varieties from Local businesses.  Nutrition is a Key to Life Long Health and this is equally true of Cancer!

So this month, September, is devoted to NUTRITION because it is one of the most helpful strategies to deal with any health issue, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!   I am recommending 2 App’s that I have found to be incredibly helpful when trying to choose healthful foods to eat.

1.  21 Day Vegan Kickstart (FREE APP for your Smart Phone)-Designed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, this is a gem which will help you switch your habits to Healthful Lifestyle Choices and Nutrient Dense Whole Foods.  Did you know that it takes 21 Days to Change a Habit?  Hence, this is key to making positive nutrition changes.  It gives you all the Breakfast-Lunch-Snack-and Dinner Menus + Recipes so it guides you along the way…Eazy Peezy!!  

2.  Dana Farber Nutrition (FREE APP for your Smart Phone)-What I LOVE about this App is that it has a menu which provides Recipes according to Symptom Management (key for those Surviving Cancer especially when undergoing treatment with Chemotherapy and/ or Radiation), Food Type, Meal Type, and Special Diets.  if you find a recipe you particularly like, you can save it to your “Favorites” and then generate a “Shopping List” so you won’t forget an ingredient when you go to the Grocery Store.  Have a Nutrition Question?  There is even a section to ask questions of the Professional Nutritionist …what a gift!!!  Try both these Apps…they are both gems which will support you in your Healthful Lifestyle Choices!!  

Whenever we talk about Nutrition today, I have to be honest that there is good news and bad news regarding Food in our Culture!!    First, the good news…We have so much food available to us through our food chains, transportation systems and our global economic connection!!  We are a very fortunate generation indeed!!   We have the OPPORTUNITY  to choose some of the most nutrient dense whole foods available to many on a daily basis so that we are fueling our bodies with the best nutrition to keep us healthy for the long term!!  We do have the ability to live long and productive lives to about 120 years old!  That is amazing.    Did you know that at the turn of the 20th century (1900) that the average age of life was only about 49 or 50 years old?   That is a testament to the power of our grandfathers, grandmothers, scientists and entrepreneurs who worked so hard to build a better life for us.   In 100 years,  we have almost doubled life expectancy.

The bad news is that with this innovation and the drive to make our life more efficient and easier, our food has changed so much in the last 40 years that many of us are not even aware that it is far from the food that past generations ate.  While we have access to nutrient dense whole foods, many are unknowingly choosing processed, fast foods, which have a longer shelf life and many more potentially harmful fats, sugars, chemicals and salts.   These food choices have not only contributed to the rates of obesity but also the increase in type II diabetes in all age groups, including children that were not seen before, heart disease, cancer and autoimmune dysfunction.

To get our bodies back to their healthful state, we need to help our kids learn that Nutrient Dense Whole Foods are key to Life Long Health!!   If we stock our kitchen refrigerators and cabinet shelves with wholesome, healthful foods then our kids have the best chance of choosing healthy foods for their bodies.  As the Health Manager of the Home, Moms are key to this strategy!!  Have you taken an inventory of your food pantry or refrigerator items ?   The fall is a great time to purge unnecessary items or food that is unhealthy.   Of course, this is a process, and may take time and support from other members of the family who do shopping but the sooner we begin the better off for our kids health and our OWN!!

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August continues with Safety-Teen Safety-Living the good, better, best life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.

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Dan Siegel MD is a Pediatric Psychiatrist and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which teaches and promotes Mindfulness Meditation.  Dr Siegel is another of my Go-To-Resources as a parent and this book is one of my favorites.  It is the Recommended Book of the Month for all those who have teenagers.  He says that teenagers are the most courageous and creative souls on the planet and harnessing that courage and creativity in positive ways are the challenges for parents.  Courage and creativity can come in the form of inventing a new product, a new idea, painting, photography, travel (the 16 year old who travels alone round the globe in a sail boat!!!). This courage can also come in other forms and calls for our awareness and guidance…cigarettes, alcohol,marijuana, drugs and heroin are pervasive in our culture. 

It is important for parents to communicate with their kids about the safety surrounding these powerful substances.   While the legal drinking age and cigarette use in many states is 21, most teens start drinking in high school and some will start using tobacco (cigarettes/ecigarettes/ chewing tobacco)  and today these can get mixed with drugs, narcotics, marijuana and heroin.  Have you talked to your teen about safety with drinking, marijuana or drugs?  Have you asked them what their views are on drug use?  Let them know that drugs can affect the things that are important to THEM….their looks, their driving, their energy or health and their sports activities.  Let them know that even teens can have problems with addictive substances.  Above all else, be a good role model for your teen about responsible drinking, driving, tobacco and drugs….this is when An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure!  Have a blessed day!

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July is devoted to Safety-Living the good, better, best life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.

 

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This is a picture of my horse, Riley.  She is a UVM Morgan.  Some UVM Morgan’s have been found to develop Malignant Melanoma, just like people do.   Many horses are also prone to Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the eye.  So I thought that I would showcase Riley so that kids can think about how they are going to protect their animals from sunburns ( and most importantly, themselves!!!).  Riley has her fly sheet on and her UV Protective Fly Mask to not only protect her skin from the mosquitos but also protect her body, face and eyes from the UVA and UVB rays from the sun!!

One way that Kids learn how to take good care of themselves (and also become safe, caring and protective parents) is by caring for a pet.  The habits that we establish as kids often become the habits that we utilize as adults.  Caring for a pet is a wonderful way for kids to learn about sun safety.  To keep Riley safe from the sun, I make sure that I am aware of the time of day when the sun is most intense (10am to 2pm) and provide shade during those times and prevent long times out in the sun during those times unless she has shade.   I protect her skin with SunProtective Clothing and apply the US Forest Service Bug Spray which is natural and non-toxic!!   If there are any sensitive areas, I can also apply a Broad Spectrum Sun Screen to any intact skin with an SPF Factor of at least 15 and no more than 50.

Just like our pets, as parents it is so helpful to incorporate these sun safety practices with our kids to protect them from the delightful yet potentially harmful rays of the sun!  Remember to avoid unprotected exposure to the sun, including tanning salons, wear Sun Protective Clothing (there are many wonderful and fashionable lines out there today) or seek shade, wear UVA/UVB Protective Sun Glasses and apply Broad Spectrum Sunscreen which has an SPF factor between 15 and 50 and reapply every 2 hours or so.  Above all, hope you are having a joyful, re-juvenating and fun-filled summer!!

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June is Cancer Survivorship Month-Working Every Living Day towards Love Nutrition Exercise Serenity and SPIRITUALITY

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FORGIVENESS:

Today we addressed how we as parents can RESPOND to the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, SC by being good role models for our children/teens to  help kids deal with this horrific tragedy as well as the many others that they see and hear in our world today.   As parents, we can help our kids to focus on FORGIVENESS, just as some family members did this past week which was so admirable, spiritually mature and a main message of Jesus’ life on this earth…by releasing anger, hurt and hate from our hearts by drawing pictures, writing letters, talking and praying.  In this way we still hold individuals accountable for their behavior but we are able to release our own anger, hurt and hate from our hearts and bring the message of God within us to the world-one of kindness, compassion, peace, joy and love.   These are my 3 favorite books that I would highly recommend to you on Spirituality and Children by Mimi Doe and Robert Coles….How we as parents can help our kids discover their innate Spiritual Nature!!

Working with people with cancer every day, I have found that this experience stimulates a thirst for exploring one’s spirituality and God’s presence in our lives…why God?  How could this happen?  Many of my patients have turned to God and God’s presence in their lives to draw on their strength and resources to understand and navigate the meaning of this experience in their lives!  So this month, we focus on Spirituality and our role as parents in helping our kids explore and discover that they are innately Spiritual beings!

So What is Spirituality?

To help explain our role as parents in helping our kids tune into their spiritual side,  I would like to share a poem I wrote in my Junior HS English class

Oh God you must help me

I have a friend who’s confused

He doesn’t believe you are there

Help me explain how I know that you are

Here on this earth everywhere

 

A short time ago

I neither could find

The God that I longed for to see

I thought that God lived in the sky with the stars

How far from the truth could I be?

 

But I finally found where my real God exists

For think to yourself while I say

You will find that God breathes in the eyes and the smiles

Of the people we meet everyday

 

Do you see now my friend that God does exist

That God’s even a part of thee?

And by helping your friends

You are loving your God

And that is all that God asks you to be.

Aurelie Cormier 1973

This poem gives the basis of our Spirituality:

God lives in us- “God breathes in our eyes and smiles” and is expressed through us by our kindness, compassion, caring presence

God is love-“by helping our friends we are loving our God”…we manifest God’s loving presence in the world through our being

God is our connection to all beings in this life-“……God is out there in the Universe, but most importantly,  God lives inside of us and connects us to all we meet in this life”

We are innately spiritual beings and when we realize this it gives our life purpose, meaning and a focus

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May is Pregnancy Awareness Month! Working every living day towards Love Nutrition Exercise SERENITY and Spirituality!

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Almost 18 years ago, I became aware that I was pregnant.  Like many women who are 40 years old when they learn that they are pregnant, at first I was in shock.  Quickly, that shock turned into utter amazement and excitement!   OMG I thought, I am going to have a baby!!!  Those were precious days and little did I realize what utterly miraculous events were about to unfold over the next 18 years!  I was very fortunate in that I was a Women’s Health Clinical Nurse Specialist for patients with breast and gynecological cancers at a wonderful community hospital.   I had been co-leading a Breast Cancer and Gyn Cancer Support Group as one of my many responsibilities in my job and my patients had taught me far more than one could ever imagine.  One of the best things that they taught me is that some cancers are probably linked to environmental toxins.  It was a novel idea at the time but it prepared me to be vigilant when I was pregnant to keep my environment as non-toxic as possible, at home, at work and at play.   That was valuable information.

One of the best gifts at the time was that I had a friend who was a teacher of Self-Attunement Meditation.   I had been doing Mindfulness-Based Meditation for a while but was unfamiliar with Self-Attunement Meditation.  I decided to learn more while I was pregnant and actually had instructional sessions once a week while I was pregnant and continued with the practice each day on my own.   It helped to give me an incredible feeling of Serenity during my pregnancy despite the stresses of my job and all of my other responsibilities while I prepared for the day that my miracle baby would arrive.   In hindsight, it was a true gift that helped to bath my baby with those calm feelings and I attribute this practice to the amazing, adaptable, miraculous child that my daughter has been and continues to be.  I know that Serenity is part of the life of W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S. not only for ourselves as parents but also, and most importantly, for our children…This month is dedicated to the practice of SERENTITY!!
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April is Exercise Month! Working Every Living day towards Love Nutrition EXERCISE Serenity and Spirituality!

EXERCISE-KEEP MOVING FOR             LIFE LONG HEALTH

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Book of the month!  Kelly McGonigal PhD has collected research from around the world and the synthesis of this research is exciting!  Why would a book called “The Willpower Instinct” be included as the book of the month on exercise?  It turns out that when we exercise on a regular basis, we create positive changes in our brain and one of them is to improve our willpower to carry out more positive health changes in our life!!  So not only is exercise the key to losing weight when we want to trim down but it is also the key to developing greater willpower to bring more positive healthful changes to our life!!

Of course, with any exercise, it is so important to find what excites you, what gives you pleasure, where your passion lies so that you can enjoy the moment and also look forward to the next day or the next time!   It also helps to find a group of like-minded people who can support and encourage your efforts…so go out there and find something you enjoy and be patient…it takes at least 21 days to develop a habit so give yourself lots of positive self-talk along the way!!

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There are so many benefits to exercise!! -My daughter has been involved with Cross Country and some years Track and Field at her high school.  It is so beneficial for teens to exercise and the benefits can extend well into adulthood.

Of course, we like to have outdoor adventures as a family and she loves to bike so we had some bicycle vacations, one of which was at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine!   You can see that there are tremendous views to see from the trails at the Park, voted one of the 10 Best National Parks in the Country, it is well worth the trip!!

Last year, at the age of 57, I decided to run my first marathon!  I was inspired by a patient of mine that encouraged me to run a marathon.  I had been running for over 20 years but had never considered it before.  With his encouragement and recommendation of trying the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC (mostly flat and the course goes by all the major historic monuments in DC…a real bonus!!) I decided to go for it!!!  Towards the end of my training I started to loose my energy.  I wasn’t sure I could actually do it.  One day I was talking to a dear college friend who I knew had run the Marathon before.  I wanted to get her advice and she had so many encouraging words.  One of the best pieces of encouragement was that she told me that, if it would help, she would run the last 6 miles with me.  OMG…I was totally surprised and knew at that moment that having that support would help me to finish.  Lynn met me at mile 20 and did run those last 6 miles with me.  I finished my marathon and felt that having the support and encouragement of a dear friend got me to the end!!!  It was an amazing experience to cross that finish line after 7 months of training.  I highly encourage having a support network of encouraging souls around you when you try something new, especially a new habit like exercise.  It can make all the difference!!!

Did you know that Regular aerobic exercise  helps with weight maintenance?  The biggest secret to losing weight is actually exercise!! Did you know that when you exercise, that your body has a better ability to burn fat for an hour or so after you stop exercising!!! Not only that, but when we keep our bodies at the right weight for our height we have a significant reduction in cancer risk. It is estimated that obesity and overweight contributes to about one-fifth of all cancer deaths in the US.  For Life Long Health, keep moving!!  You might be surprised how much fun you have doing it…I was pleasantly surprised that I actually ENJOYED my first marathon and hope to try more!!!

 

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March is National Nutrition Month-5 Strategies to improve your child’s nutrition!

Cauliflower Crust Veggie Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Veggie Pizza

One thing I have learned in my work every day working with people who have cancer is that nutrition is key!!  Our food has changed quite a bit in the last 40 years, there are many more chemicals sprayed onto the agricultural crops and these chemicals or pesticides are getting into our bodies and our kids bodies where they are creating a variety of disorders and or diseases.

1.  Diet for good health-MyPlate-5 major food groups

1/ 2 your plate should be full of colorful fruits and vegetables:

try to eat organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains as much as possible to avoid the chemicals that are sometimes added which can affect health of small bodies especially our kids bodies.

colorful veggies: broccoli, spinach, kale, brussel sprouts, zucchini, beets, butternut squash, carrots, yams, and cauliflower

colorful fruits:  blueberries, watermelon, kiwi, mango, papaya, oranges, grapefruit, avocado, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries,

1/ 4 whole grains:  oatmeal, brown rice, wheat, quinoa, barley, bulgar wheat rather than white flour

1/ 4 protein:  fish, eggs, lean meat, beans (black beans, kidney beans, cannelloni beans, lentils

nuts-walnuts, almonds, cashews,

seeds-flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

glass of low fat milk or cup of low fat yogurt

good oils- organic olive oil and organic canola oil

2.  Avoid processed foods and reduce use of sugar and salt-

3.  Drink lots of water (rather than juice) to stay hydrated-

4.  Create a healthful environment for food at home-Go thru your pantry or shelves and purge anything that isn’t healthy.

5.  Once a week ask your kids to help Plan the meal-Here is one recipe that my daughter created that we have found to be a family favorite!!!

Amazing Cauliflower Crust Veggie Pizza

1 c. shredded cauliflower

¾ c shredded mozzarella

1 Tbsp flax seeds

1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp sunflower seeds

1 egg

Toppings:

Tomato sauce

goat cheese

red pepper/green pepper

artichoke hearts

baby spinach

1 tsp oregano

½ tsp chopped fresh garlic

 

Turn oven on to 350

Shred cauliflower in Food Processor

In medium bowl, Microwave cauliflower X8 minutes

Shred part skim mozzarella cheese in Food Processor;

Mix ½ c cheese into cauliflower

Combine flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and mix

into cauliflower

Hand beat egg and mix into ingredients, form into ball.

Oil pizza pan, place flourless dough into center of pan

And press crust out to form dough

Bake in oven @ 350 X10-15 minutes

Top with tomato sauce, ¼ c mozzarella and remaining

Ingredients-or add your favorite veggies

Bake in oven X10-15 minutes more

Viola-guiltless pizza!

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February 2015-In Celebration of Valentine’s: Focus on Love

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Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth”              M. Scott Peck MD

This is my favorite Definition of Love because it gets to the heart of what love is and is not.  It defines love on many levels:  Romantic love, Agape love,  Friendship love, etc.   It also fits well with the work of being a Parent.  It goes well with this Heart that my daughter made when she was in Pre-School.  It has long since lost meaning for her but I have kept it all these years as a reminder of why I do this work as a Parent…the Love of my daughter, woven into the tapestry of a family!  Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday and a day that we celebrate to express our love to those we hold dear!  In truth, as a parent, everyday is Valentine’s Day!!  Being a parent is the most selfless, important, hardest, best, joyous, most satisfying, rewarding, heart-wrenching job I have ever had.  It is a challenge at times especially now that my daughter is a teenager.

What keeps me grounded is something that I learned from Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn when I took a retreat with them on Mindful Parenting!!!  They said that being a parent is like being on an 18 year retreat….our kids become our best Spiritual Teachers!!  When we practice being in the present moment, we come to a place where we accept ourselves for who we really are, we love ourselves in this moment  and we become our best and most compassionate selves.  In this present moment, we are then able to see the wholeness and best in our children.  We can see them through a lens that captures who they really are, rather than what we want them to be, and allows us to nurture and cultivate the best of who they are growing and developing to be.   Being a Mindful Parent is a daily practice of Love in Action!!  If you have not read it already, I highly recommend this book, Everyday blessings:   The inner work of mindful parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn!  It has been my compass as a Parent on many occasions!!

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January 2015

Trying to figure out what you would like 2015 to look like?   Here are 3 Tips for setting up your Wish List for 2015 and sticking to it!!

1.  Brainstorm-write down all your intentions for 2015: Goals, dreams, wishes for your Best Life.   Make it fun, put together a collage as a family of what you see your dream life or dream family to be.

-Write down your Personal Goals for 2015

-Write down your Professional Goals for 2015

-Write down your 2015 Family Goals: invite your kids to share their thoughts about what they would like to do as a family.

-Write down your goals with Each child-invite each of your children to share what they would like to do only with you

2.  Organize your space

Take time to organize your space, declutter and reorganize home environment. It frees up your energy and time so that you can focus on what is really important and have more fun.

-Hire a housekeeper to clean in the spring and fall to help do a thorough cleaning

-Hire a Personal Organizer to help you reorganize your space-a fresh set of eyes to help make your space more efficient, less cluttered.

3.  Focus on your intentions at the start of every day

When you wake up each day, set your intentions for the day….what do you want to do for the day, how do you want your day to go.

  • If one of your goals is to exercise 20-30minutes/day, then when you wake up, set you intention to exercise.
  • Remember that your intention can not only be what you want to get DONE that day but how do you want to BE…your heart felt environment…loving, peaceful, joyous day!  Here is to a Blessed Year!!!

 January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that most cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus(HPV)? There are over 100 different types of HPV.  Some HPV’s can cause common warts, plantar warts and laryngeal papilloma’s.  Some however can cause cancer.    The most aggressive forms of HPV (#16, 18, 31 and 33)  are the biggest culprits in causing some cancers seen in women and men.  There is a vaccine that has been available for almost 10 years now to protect our daughters from the most aggressive forms of cervical cancer-the HPV vaccine!   The vaccine is given in a series of 3 within 6 months of each other.   It is used to prevent the most aggressive forms of Human Papilloma Virus that can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in girls; it is also used to prevent oral and throat, penile and anal cancers in boys and is also effective for preventing genital warts.  If you have a son or daughter that is 11 or 12 years old, talk to your pediatrician about getting the HPV vaccine which can prevent these cancers.    As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!! Have a blessed day!

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December is Choose Hope Month

What do you choose hope for?

Hope to be cured? Hope to remain disease free?  Hope to enjoy this moment with your kids?  Hope to celebrate a wedding?  Hope to celebrate the birth of a grandchild?  Hope to see one of your children graduate from High School?  College?  Maybe just hope that you can have a pain free day?  There is always something to hope for….What are your hopes and dreams?

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November is Pancreatic, Lung, Stomach, Carcinoid and Cancer Caregivers Awareness Month

It takes a lot of strength, energy and resiliency to deal with cancer and its symptoms and its treatment. Cancer does not exist in a vacuum, however.   There is a whole network of family, children, friends, and community that extends their kindness, energy, strength, compassion and resiliency to help the person with cancer!  This month of the Familyphoto6-14Thanksgiving Holiday, let us give Thanks and Acknowlegement to all those who CARE for the person with CANCER!  It could not be done without them!!

 

 

 

October is Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Months….

There are so many researchers, non-profits,  and Breast Cancer Survivors who have been working for years to eradicate breast cancer!  There are about 12 or 13 different types of breast cancer and all require different approaches to treat.  Wonder if we worked just as hard to try to PREVENT breast cancer in the first place as we do to try to figure out how to treat it?  What do you think?

September…our kids are going back to school, a Fabulous summer is coming to a close and new energy is emerging!!  

This month is the Granddaddy of Cancer Awareness Months!!!!  This month highlights Childhood Cancer, Gynecological Cancer, Leukemia/ Lymphoma and Mulitple Myeloma, Ovarian Cancer, Prostate Cancer and Thyroid Cancer!!  

WOW…that’s a mouthful.  Do you know what Cancers that are being diagnosed in your town are above average with what would be expected?   These are the ones in my area….Check out the ones in your area: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/admin/dmoa/cancer-registry/data/city-town/cancer-incidence-in-mass-2005-2009.html                                                                                      

Dover, MA: Thyroid, Melanoma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma(NHL),Breast

Natick, MA: Brain, Bladder, Oral Cavity, Thyroid, Melanoma, Pancreas, Multiple Myeloma, Ovary, Larynx, Leukemia 

Needham, MA: Thyroid Cancer, Non-Hodgkins’ Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Melanoma, Larynx, Brain/CNS, Breast

Newton, MA: Thyroid, Oral Cavity, Testis, Melanoma, Brain, Breast, Kidney, NHL, Ovary

Wellesley, MA: Testis, Melanoma, Thyroid, Pancreas, Multiple Myeloma, NHL, Stomach, Bladder, Oral Cavity, Leukemia

Weston, MA: Stomach, Oral Cavity, Bladder, Melanoma, Thyroid, NHL, Pancreas, Breast, Kidney

There appears to be a high number of above average thyroid and melanoma cancers in our geographical area!  Some of these cancers are preventable with knowledge and simple lifestyle changes!   Imagine a world where we first and foremost work to prevent cancers ….that is the world I work towards every day….what do you think?

August is only one of two months out of the year that doesn’t have Cancer Awareness so you choose what you would like to dedicate this month to!!             My vote is National Health Promotion Month!!!  

What would you like your month to be dedicated to?

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