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Colorectal Cancer: Do You Know The Facts?

By Heidi S. Puc M.D., FACP, ABIHM Istock stram colon cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States.


Posted In: Blog Cancer Therapy General Heidi S. Puc, MD Integrative Cancer Care Integrative Medicine Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine

Some Anti Breast Cancer Dietary Picks

By Dr. Heidi Puc Green tea

A wide variety of dietary nutrients and herbs have been studied and found to be effective for both prevention of and therapy of established breast cancer. Here is a short list of top picks:


Posted In: Blog Cancer Therapy Diet and Prevention Heidi S. Puc, MD Integrative Cancer Care Integrative Medicine Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine Preventative Health

Who is in Control: You or Cancer? Questions and Answers

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For those of you who attended our cancer conference , Who is in Control: You or Cancer? on Nov 7, 2015 at the Marriot Hotel and submitted a question for our panel, here are the answers submitted by Dr. Heidi Puc, as promised.


Posted In: Blog Acupuncture and Nausea Cancer Therapy Conferences Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Heidi S. Puc, MD Integrative Cancer Care Nutrition Cancer Prevention

Acupuncture Benefits During Chemotherapy

By Chris Reilly, LAC

A groundbreaking study from 2000, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women undergoing high-dose chemotherapy for breast cancer who were getting acupuncture had 1/3 the number of emetic episodes (vomiting) compared to women receiving triple anti-emetic drug therapy alone.


Posted In: Blog Acupressure Points Acupuncture Acupuncture and Nausea Cancer Therapy Christopher Reilly L.Ac., MSA Integrative Cancer Care

A Conversation with Dr. Heidi Puc

Holistic breast cancer

We spoke with Dr. Puc about holistic treatments she feels are most beneficial for battling metastatic breast cancer and why.


Posted In: Blog Cancer Therapy Diet and Prevention Gastrointestinal Health Heidi S. Puc, MD Integrative Cancer Care Integrative Medicine Mind Body Medicine Nutrition Cancer Prevention Preventative Health

Seeing the Gift with Cancer

By Heidi S. Puc, MD

Does that title surprise you? What goodness could possibly come from the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis? In my twenty plus years of clinical practice in adult oncology, I have seen the full spectrum of patient emotions and journeys—leaving some patients feeling defeated, yet others empowered.

I have learned, and witnessed, that curing may not always be possible, but tremendous healing can be.

Let me tell you about Mary. I met Mary when she was 60 years old.She sat in my office at our initial consultation, with newly diagnosed metastatic breast cancer.Mary was angry, bitter, frightened, and deflated—all at once.As a busy, “Type A”, highly successful real estate agent, she said, “I don’t have time for this #!%&* cancer!!”Her career was her life—unmarried, no children, no hobbies, no religious or spiritual support, and estranged from many family members.

As she cried, both sad and angry at the same time, I held her hand and told her I would do my best to get the cancer into remission.I tried but unsuccessfully fought off my gut instinct that was telling me I needed to take a “leap of faith” with her.I said, “Mary, I would like you to meditate on what gift this cancer is providing for you.”She was at once stunned, and then with a slightly nervous smile Mary said, “Ok I will do it.”

That was ten years ago.Mary had from that moment found her inner strength.She re-created the story of her life.She slowed down the intensity of her real estate work.She regularly meditated and journaled, and joined a meditation group.She ate healthier foods and exercised more, often taking walks in nature.Mary reunited with family members and friends whom she previously discarded—they could not believe her transformation.Her smiles and laughter melted away her angry brow.Mary’s cancer responded quite well to various hormones and chemotherapies, often with few if any side effects.

In late 2013, Mary’s cancer had become resistant to conventional therapies, and she weakened.She passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends, almost ten years since her diagnosis.

I remember that at my final visit with her, Mary had appeared withered and pale, yet she maintained a warm glimmer in her eyes and a welcoming smile.Mary said, “I want to thank you for asking me to look for the gift my cancer was giving me…I found it.”I asked, “What was the gift?”She responded, “The gift was the message to slow down, to see what really had value in my life, and to feel joy—joy I couldn’t feel before the cancer came.You know, I wasn’t really living before the cancer arrived.That cancer allowed me to truly live.”As my eyes filled with tears, I smiled, and I held her hand.


Posted In: Blog Integrative Cancer Care Nutrition Cancer Prevention

What Is Integrative Oncology?

By The Stram Center Integrative oncology

Integrative Oncology focuses on nutritional, herbal, and mind-body therapies that can complement standard cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation in order to strengthen the immune system, minimize side effects, and improve quality of life, encouraging the best overall outcome.


Posted In: Blog Cancer Therapy Diet and Prevention General Integrative Cancer Care Integrative Medicine Lyme Disease Mind Body Medicine Mind Body Medicine, Reiki Nutrition Cancer Prevention Pain Management Preventative Health

Anti-Cancer Tip #7: Pick your battles

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN

It has been estimated by the World Cancer Research Fund that one-quarter to one-third of the cancers that occur in the United States are due to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and excess weight. This research supports our belief that embracing a healthy lifestyle is essential for anyone whose life is unfortunately touched with cancer.


Posted In: Blog Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Integrative Cancer Care Nutrition Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine Preventative Health

Anti-Cancer Tip # 5: Maximize the nutrient density of your diet

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Veg

It has been estimated by the World Cancer Research Fund that one-quarter to one-third of the cancers that occur in the United States are due to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and excess weight. This research supports our belief that embracing a healthy lifestyle is essential for anyone whose life is unfortunately touched with cancer. Follow the tips below to help promote a stable blood sugar. Continue to follow the blog for tip #6. Embrace all aspects of a healthy lifestyle

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Posted In: Blog Cancer Therapy Conferences Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Integrative Cancer Care Nutrition Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine Preventative Health

Anti-Cancer Tip #4. Balance your hormonal risk

By Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, CDN Hormone

It has been estimated by the World Cancer Research Fund that one-quarter to one-third of the cancers that occur in the United States are due to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and excess weight. This research supports our belief that embracing a healthy lifestyle is essential for anyone whose life is unfortunately touched with cancer. Follow the tips below to help promote a stable blood sugar. Continue to follow the blog for tip #5. Maximize the nutrient density of your diet.


Posted In: Blog Cancer Therapy Diet and Prevention Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO Integrative Cancer Care Integrative Medicine Nutrition Nutrition Cancer Prevention Nutrition, Food as Medicine Preventative Health

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