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December 18, 2013

Chick Lit ‘n’ Charity

Chick Lit ‘n’ Charity

by Francine LaSala’s Clippings In The Shed

As many of you may already know, I, along with five author pals, got together this Holiday Season and released a charming, heartwarming Christmas-themed short story collection for a very cool charity called Rocking the Road for a Cure. I had the opportunity to interview Dawn Frey, founder of Rocking the Road for a Cure, and I’m excited to be able to share some very cool info I learned about the charity with you. Please read the interview and see how you can get involved with what this very cool charity is doing. And please… Buy the book! Just 99 cents for the ebook and less than $10 for the paperback!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

November 8, 2013

Merry Chick Lit

Merry Chick Lit

Rocking The Road For A Cure is tickled PINK to be selected as the recipient of proceeds from the upcoming release of the women’s holiday short story compilation Merry Chick Lit. Looking for a way to support women with breast cancer?

If you like chick lit or know someone who does, six wonderful authors and some fantastic ‘behind the scenes’ professionals including and editor, a proofreader, a formatter, a digital submission company, a professional copywriter and a book cover designer have all contributed to this wonderful compilation book. The book will only be available as a Kindle version for only $0.99. All proceeds will benefit www.rockingtheroadforacure.org

If you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy (it won’t be available until November), you can do so by Paypal to craspen@comcast.net. Please note in the notes section of the payment that you’re ordering the book.

So, when you settle back and relax to enjoy reading Merry Chick Lit, please know that you have helped us help a breast cancer patient to also settle back and relax… and heal.

September 15, 2013

Broccoli-Based Medicine—A Potent Tool Against Osteoarthritis and Cancer

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/09/broccoli-based-medicine.aspx

Story at-a-glance

Broccoli has been repeatedly shown to be one of nature’s most valuable health-promoting foods, capable of preventing a number of health issues, including but not limited to hypertension, allergies, diabetes, osteoarthritis and cancer.

Recent tests on cells, tissues and mice show that a broccoli compound, sulforaphane, blocks a key destructive enzyme that damages cartilage.

Sulforaphane, a sulfur compound, has also been shown to kill cancer stem cells, thereby slowing tumor growth. It also normalizes DNA methylation, which is important in regulating gene expression.

Specifically, it appears that broccoli contains the necessary ingredients to switch ON genes that prevent cancer development, and switch OFF other ones that help it spread.

Research has shown that fresh broccoli sprouts are FAR more potent, allowing you to eat far less in terms of quantity. Sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads

Please read full article at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/09/broccoli-based-medicine.aspx

September 1, 2013

6th Annual Rocking The Road For A Cure, Sunday Oct. 6, 2013

6th Annual Rocking The Road For A Cure, Sunday Oct. 6, 2013
Motorcycle Pre-Registration for Drivers Only (with Free T-shirt):

Free T-Shirt for Pre-Registration Drivers

Motorcycle Passenger:
General Admission:

Teen Agers and Children’s Tickets

*** Please print out the Pay Pal receipt and bring to Event ***
Thanks for your tax deductable donation and supporting Breast Cancer Wellness Services.

August 2, 2013

Heat-Induced Acrylamide May Be a Primary Hazard of Processed Food

Story at-a-glance:

  • Acrylamide is a cancer-causing and potentially neurotoxic chemical and is created when primarily carbohydrate foods are cooked at high temperatures, whether baked, fried, roasted, grilled or toasted
  • Acrylamide can form in many foods cooked or processed at temperatures above 212°F (100°C), but carbohydrate-rich foods such as potato chips and French fries, are the most vulnerable to this heat-induced byproduct
  • Pet foods also contain acrylamide and heterocyclic amines—both potent carcinogens—courtesy of commercial pet food processing methods
  • Animal studies have shown that exposure to acrylamide increases the risk of several types of cancer, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer considers acrylamide a “probable human carcinogen”
  • Ideally, consume foods that are raw or minimally processed to avoid these types of toxic byproducts—the more raw food, the better

Please click here to read full article.

November 30, 2012

After My Diagnosis

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November 16, 2012

You deserve to know the truth about your food

Recommended reading: Come grocery shopping with me to kick off Prevention Month! by Kris Carr

November 6, 2012

The Benefits of Yoga While Women are Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatments

A New Study Shows Benefit to the “overall Health” of Women Undergoing Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer

In the results of a pilot study conducted by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center released June 4, 2006, Yoga was found to help women going through radiation therapy for the treatment of breast cancer with myriad side effects they experience because of the treatment. Some of the benefits the women enrolled in the study experienced include increased energy levels and physical conditioning, and better physical functioning. Activities in which the yoga class participants reported higher levels of ability than their control group counterparts include the ability to walk a mile, the ability to climb stairs, and the ability to lift a bag of groceries.
Led by M.D. Anderson psychologist Lorenzo Cohen, the pilot study enrolled 61 women with breast cancer who were post surgery and were at the time undergoing six weeks of radiation treatment. Of the study group, 30 women were assigned to the test group that were offered yoga classes twice a week, while the remaining 31 women made up the control group.

At the end of the six weeks, each of the 61 women with breast cancer filled out detailed questionnaires about their abilities to perform basic physical activities. They also were asked to provide information about their general sense of well being, over all levels of fatigue, and other aspects of their quality of life.

In the results presented to the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Atlanta, GA, the performance and ability levels reported by the yoga group were significantly higher than those reported by the control group of women undergoing radiation therapy for the treatment of breast cancer. They claimed to be in better general health, and to experience lower levels of fatigue and fewer sleeping problems. There were no statistically significant findings reported in their respective levels of depression or anxiety.

The M.D. Anderson team took the responses of the study participants and converted them into scales ranging from 0 to 100. The yoga group scored higher in almost every area of physical ability.

Yoga is a practice that employs the use of gentle stretching, strength building, and the holding of the body in certain postures (known as “asanas”) that promote energy, flexibility, and revitalization. The focus on the breath that yoga advocates is also an extremely beneficial method of attaining greater levels of relaxation. The traditional benefits of yoga seem consistent with the findings of the Dr. Cohen’s breast cancer study. The M.D. Anderson study marks a rare occurrence in which the benefits of yoga have been studied utilizing scientific controls.

The tide may be changing in favor of scientific research into the benefits of yoga and other complementary and alternative therapies, as federal funding for the study of non-Western medical therapies has increased in recent years. Dr. Cohen and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center group involved in this study have recently been awarded the largest federal grant ever awarded to a research group for the study of yoga in breast cancer patients. The $2.4 million grant will fund a study of the effects of Tibetan yoga on women with breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Source: Associated Press

October 25, 2012

Vitamin D – Key to Treat and Prevent Cancer

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