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Is There Evidence to Support a Neutropenic Diet?

The neutropenic diet has been a mainstay in cancer treatment for years. Patients with neutropenia have low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils, which act as the first-line defense against infection. Many patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy often suffer from neutropenia as a side effect of their treatment, meaning they […]

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Eric LeVine: Five Star Chef of a Different Sort

Chef Eric LeVine will be our special guest host at our benefit event in October, A Culinary Evening. He will lead a hands-on cooking experience with hor d’oeuvrs, wine pairings, and a three course meal. For more information visit cfyl.org/benefit. If there were a medal for surviving cancer – a kind of civilian purple heart […]

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Breaking Good

Five years ago, when I was in my late fifties, I had one of the worst days of my life. After a blood test for an annual physical revealed a PSA level of 4.1 – not excessively high, but a possible warning sign for prostate cancer – a biopsy indicated that I did, in fact, […]

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pairing foods

Pairing Your Foods To Get More Nutrition

Did you know that pairing different foods together could help increase the amount to nutrition you get from foods? Not to mention increase the taste! Here are simple ways of getting more of these necessary nutrients.  Iron and vitamin C There are two types of iron: haem iron and non-haem iron. Haem iron is found […]

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What are antioxidants?

What are antioxidants? Terms like antioxidants and free radicals tend to be thrown around a lot, especially in the cancer area, where these compounds are supposed to help prevent or fight cancer. Even on our site, we frequently tell you about the antioxidants contained in our favorite healthy ingredients, and how they are good for […]

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Using Real Food To Help Fight Cancer

Using Real Food to Help Kick Cancer

  For anyone who has ever heard the words “You have cancer,” life as hereto known begins to crumble. Suddenly, thrown into Cancer World, you are left reeling and attempting to figure out: What do I do now? Medical doctors have one set of recommendations about what needs to happen and this usually involves some […]

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    pumpkin-cook for your life- anti cancer recipes


    Not Just for Carving: The Pumpkin Panacea By Chelsea Fisher The plump pumpkin, along with its winter squash cousins including butternut, acorn, and spaghetti, among others, is a delicious way to get a healing helping of essential nutrients. The bright orange hue of this fall favorite represents high concentrations of vitamin A, specifically beta-carotene. According […]

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    Mad About Melons

    Melon Mania By Chelsea Fisher Whether it’s watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydews — how lucky we are that melons of many stripes show up during a long hot summer? Watermelons contain lycopene, the antioxidant touted for it’s anti-prostate cancer benefits. They’re also a great source of vitamins A, C, and potassium. Watermelons can be a good option […]

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    carrots - cook for your life


    Al dente and delectable, the ever-constant carrot has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. High levels of beta-carotene, metabolized by the body into vitamin A, give carrots their characteristic orange hue and a significant part of their nutritional value. Vitamin A is known for its positive effects on eyesight, as our mothers […]

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    soy - Cook for Your Life


    Controversy, confusion, and cancer have come to surround soy in recent years. Studies have found that, depending upon who conducts or is included in any given study, the legume can inhibit, aid, or have no effect on cancer growth, leaving many of us wondering whether we should stay away from soy products or eat them […]

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    Just Peachy By Chelsea Fisher To call someone “a peach” suggests that they are all good things, bundled up in one near-perfect package. There’s good reason for that. The sunny orange flesh and sweet taste of a peach are almost synonymous with summer, and this fuzzy sovereign of the stone fruits is also a good […]

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