Muscle Mass, Body Fat and Breast Cancer Survival

Thoughts on a recent observational study performed by Kaiser Permanente and Dana Farber on Breast Cancer Survival. According to the results published in JAMA Oncology on April 5th 2018, muscle characteristics appear to be "important predictors of survival" for those who have breast cancer. Patients who had sarcopenia (diminished muscle mass) were 41 percent less likely to have survived than those who did not. Patients with the highest amount of adipose tissue (i.e. body fat) were also lin...
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Dr. Bye Receives Award for Complementary Cancer Care

We are thrilled to share the following news... Dr. Cynthia Bye, Medical Director of Journey to Wellness Clinic, has just received the President’s Award from the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) for her contributions to Naturopathic Oncology, including a transition plan for Naturopathic physicians who plan to retire, and mentorship of new doctors. OncANP is a national association founded to advance the philosophy, science and practice of Naturopathic Medicine in ...
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Cancer is like weeds in the garden

My three-phased approach to a healthy garden (also a great way to understand complementary cancer care). Phase 1 - Identify factors that allowed cancer to grow in the first place. Cancer is a multifactorial disease. I see some common threads. I liken the body to a garden and cancer cells as weeds in the garden. We are all making some weeds every day; the question is, why is the garden letting the weeds take over to form tumors? At Journey to Wellness, we treat the multiple factors that all...
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Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Happy New Year 2018! I would like to start this New Year by sharing some easy to use foods that reduce inflammation.  If you are one of my Cancer patients, you know after your first visit, that inflammation is the cause of all disease. Your first visit was all about going through every system of the body to ferret out the causes of inflammation. So to start the New Year, I wanted to share some information on a few anti-inflammatory foods for you to incorporate into your diet. Here are a fe...
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Doctor what can I eat

One of the most important things for your health is what you put in your mouth. Everyone has heard the old adage "you are what you eat". I modify that and say you are what you digest, because you can eat the best food in the world, but if you do not digest it into the usable parts (vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fats), it does not matter what you eat. However, putting digestion aside, what are we suppose to eat. Well everyday a new diet is coming out. The most recent is whole 30. I contend ...
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Insomnia Drugs and Dementia

Many studies show about 50% of people over 50 do not sleep well. Many are taking sleep aids like Tylenol PM that have an antihistamine like Benadryl in them. The Benadryl makes you drowsy and the Tylenol helps with muscle and joint pain that can wake you. They are Band-Aids on your symptoms of insomnia and joint pain. They do not treat why you have insomnia or joint pain. Now a new study published in JAMA shows a connection to dementia and some over the counter sleep aids. Benadryl falls under t...
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Spring Cleaning Time

Spring is here and it is time to do some spring cleaning. Its spring and most of us do some sort of spring cleaning around the house. All that trash that blew into your yard and the branches that feel down, the things that accumulated in the garage and the house. All of that needs to be cleaned out. Well debris has collected in your body as well. Between all the goodies over the holidays and the weather impacting our exercise routine, we have accumulated a bit of junk in our body too. So it is ...
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Infrared Therapy, now at Journey to Wellness Clinic

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said "give me a fever and I can treat any disease." A fever is the body's way of naturally combating infections and viruses. The rise in body temperature is how our bodies activate our immune systems disease-fighting allies (including white blood cell and antibodies). These cells are produced at an increased rate and the vital processes and organs in the body work faster. The other common symptom that accompanies fevers, sweating, helps fight toxins and...
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Fever is our friend, acetaminophen is not

For those that have been with me for a while, you know that I am an advocate of letting yourself or your children have a fever. Remember the body does things for a reason. When we get an invader in the body, the body in its infinite wisdom raises our body temperature to a level that is inhospitable to the invader. The only danger is if the temperature goes too high, or in children it raises too fast. In the case of children where a fever comes on quickly they can have a seizure and the first thi...
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Do you have a Flex Spending account?

Do you have a Flex spending account (FSA)? FSA is one of a number of tax-advantaged financial accounts that can be set up through a cafeteria plan of an employer in the United States. An FSA allows an employee to set aside a portion of earnings to pay for various medical expenses. I write today because one of my patients came in the other day and said she still had $1200 left on her FSA. The down side is if you do not use it you lose it. The FSA is a great tool to help pay for complementary me...
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