Whole30 Participant and Nutritionist Stress Importance of Eliminating Excessive Sugar Intake

The Whole30 Program originated in 2009 starting with the book “It Starts with Food”. The book highlights a wholesome eating pattern exempting sugar and generally any processed foods not considered “wholesome” for a thirty-day period. One key component: eliminate unnatural sugars. Sally Schöberlein participated in the Whole 30 program while residing in Germany; she says after the first few uncomfortable days sugar cravings, she began noticing a positive difference with the way she felt.

Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Oprah’s magazine identifies sugar as an issue, offering tips on reducing sugar intake. An article by Stephanie Schomer, “Sugar Shock: Three Things YouDidn’t Know about Your Diet”, identifies the average American consumes over three times the recommended daily sugar dose. The article states, “[the] American Heart Association recommends limiting our added sugar intake to six teaspoons daily, but our actual intake is about 22.2 teaspoons.”

Consequently, the majority of Americans overeat sugar, compromising a healthy lifestyle. What is the best way to maintain a healthy eating pattern with less sugar?

Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Nutritionist Sarah Skolnik recommends monitoring your eating patterns daily and understanding exactly what you are eating. Skolnik explains that the brain responds very similarly to sugar as it would addictive substances and it is important to know what ingredients are in your food. The difference between sugary food and drug addictions are slim, according to a study conducted by the NIH. The study “has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.”

Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck


Black Lives Matter Organization Protests at City Hall

On Monday, August 15, 2016, the Black Lives Matter organization gathered outside of Los Angeles City Hall to call for the resignation of L.A.P.D. police chief, Charlie Beck. The protest began on Friday, August 12, partially fueled by the killing of Redel Jones, a 30-year-old Black woman. Jones was shot and killed by police in an alley in South Central after allegedly not dropping the knife in her hand.

Protestors march chanting, “Say her name, Redel Jones” | Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Some activists for BLM explain that the reason for their encampment and visible protest is due to the serious racial mentality within the police force. Kate Mather at the Los Angeles Times reported on related statistics, finding that 260 homicides occurred in Los Angeles just last year.

Photo of Sandra Bland outside of City Hall. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Consequently, questions revolve rapidly amongst the issue. Some questions circulating are whether these homicide rates are due to the massive population of over 4 million people in Los Angeles, gang violence, a racist police force, neglectful police protocol, and/or the type of emergency responses towards certain situations.

BLM organization in Los Angeles | Photo by Jamin Allgood,Leilani Spring Fischbeck
BLM advocates marching in Los Angeles. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

On August 17, 2016, L.A.P.D. has evicted the BLM organization from the surrounding City Hall grounds.

Officers outside of City Hall putting up signs. Photo: Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Single Mastectomies Proven a Better Choice than Double

Recent discoveries and data analysis show that single mastectomies are a better choice than double mastectomies in the early stages of breast cancer. According to Medical News Today, individuals who have the choice between a single and double mastectomy typically choose a double mastectomy. However, that is not always the best option. This publication states, “…many studies have suggested a double mastectomy does not improve survival for women in the early stages of breast cancer. What is more, researchers claim a double mastectomy raises the risk of postoperative complications.”

Photo of Dr. Deanna Attai in front of a machine that hopes to eliminate mastectomies through precise targeted removal of the breast cancer cells. Photo from AP Images.

Consequently, better quality of life and improved health are associated with those who chose a single mastectomy to remove the cancer cells. Additionally, the academic journal for Current Oncology stresses the importance of conserving breast tissue for a higher survival rate.

This Infogram describes the percentage of individuals with a choice between single and double mastectomies, and their decisions. Information from Cancer.gov | Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.


Photo of Robert Kaitz’s in the healing stages after a single mastectomy. Photo from AP Images.

Kiana Bobo Hatley, recently featured in an interview about her cancer battle, did not have a choice in the matter. A double mastectomy was her only option. She states, “I did not choose a double mastectomy. …It was needed. Triple negative breast cancer is extremely aggressive…the best option was to remove both breasts.” Realistically, not every individual has a choice. However, those who can choose a single mastectomy over a double mastectomy have proven to have better health results and a higher quality of life.

Fischbeck Wellness, Inc. Introduces Innovative Health Non-Profit

A place of rejuvenation and health consciousness- this is what our non-profit, Fischbeck Wellness, Inc., believes every individual should have access to healthy resources on a daily basis.

Our goal is to provide a tranquil, stress-free environment through our health-based sustainability program. Our activities include agriculture, growing and harvesting crops, cooking crop classes, garden meditation, and knowledge for nutrients- just to name a few- for our community’s overall health and wellbeing. Too often, these activities are costly and many lack resources. We are creating something that everyone can access, so every individual has an opportunity to maintain optimal health.

Maintaining sustainability in a fast paced environment can often go overlooked, which is why our program has an individual focus on the following: creating a sustainable space, growing, harvesting, and donating crops to the surrounding community in need and for participants involved in the program. The farm-like environment we create on site gives everyone a do-it-yourself guide on how to grow food and provides each individual with a farm-like experience in his or her area.

Any donations help us get one step closer to growing our community into a healthier and happier environment. And keep an eye out for our fundraising events, too!






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Yoplait Yogurt Makes a Huge Impact for Breast Cancer Research Funding

Wouldn’t it be nice to help raise millions of dollars for a great cause by simply eating your favorite snack? Well, now you can.

Yoplait USA is changing lives around the world with their Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Since 2002, Yoplait works with the innovative Susan G. Komen foundation to raise money for Breast Cancer disease research and awareness. As of today, Yoplait USA has raised more than 30 million dollars for Breast Cancer, and this is all made possible because of you.

Many individuals sport the folded pink ribbon, seen here, as a sign of their support for the cure for Breast Cancer. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Many individuals sport the folded pink ribbon, seen here, as a sign of their support for the cure for Breast Cancer. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Here is how it works: look for your favorite flavor of Yoplait yogurts that has a pink lid, buy it, and enjoy! When you purchase a Yoplait yogurt with a pink top, you are donating a portion of your purchase to the Save Lids Save Lives foundation. It is as simple as that.

Yoplait yogurt lines the shelves at a local Southern California grocery store, seen above. Photo by Leilani Spring FIschbeck.
Yoplait yogurt lines the shelves at a local Southern California grocery store, seen above. Photo by Leilani Spring FIschbeck.

In addition to the successful Susan G. Komen foundation and General Mills merging with Yoplait, individuals from all over the world are working together to eradicate this terrible disease by 2020.

Join the movement and help make a difference for millions of lives.

Lets fight Breast Cancer together, one spoonful at a time.

Young Mother and Wife Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Triple Negative Breast Cancer can be one of the most aggressive forms of Breast Cancer according to the National Breast Cancer Organization and expert Dr. Naoto Uneo on Twitter. Dr. Uneo has an extensive background with Breast Cancer education and has been focusing on the illness for over 15 years. He shares a recent discovery about an androgen receptor that increases prevalence rates for Breast Cancer. Overall, this professional abstract shows that more individuals diagnose with the Breast Cancer disease than ever before.

Kiana Hatley shares her story about recently being diagnosed with aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Kiana Hatley shares her story about recently being diagnosed with aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Full story coming soon. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Kiana Hatley is a young woman that has recently discovered she has triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Now, she is in the early treatment of her chemotherapy. Her husband and two children have been alongside of her for the beginning of this extensive treatment. Hatley strongly believes that best method for Breast Cancer prevention is self-exams. Hatley says, “If I had not checked my breasts, I would not have made an appointment to go to the doctor and we wouldn’t have found this cancer.” The image shows Kiana Hatley after her chemotherapy treatment. The additional photo is Kiana and husband, Isaac Hatley, after her hour treatment of chemotherapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Kiana Hatley and husband Issac Hatley, stand side by side after the chemotherapy treatment is finished. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Kiana Hatley and husband Issac Hatley, stand side by side after the chemotherapy treatment is finished. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.


Researchers and individuals alike have been constantly searching for an answer as to what causes Breast Cancer. Digg expert, Shining a Light on Sleep Science, shares an article from The Conversation. The Conversation is a successful news resource complied of expert journalists and editors. They collaborate with large organizations, such as the 1.5 billon dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Conversation’s article highlights that an uninterrupted night’s sleep is preventative treatment for Breast Cancer, whereas interruptions in the circadian rhythm actually contribute to the development of Breast Cancer.

TNBCnews posts an article on Reddit from The Global Source for Science News, sharing a new discovery about the relationship between fat cells, stress, and the development of Breast Cancer. The author of the article is Fox News journalist Annie Goodman, an expert in Breast Cancer and a survivor herself. Tweeter UChigago Medicine is the official Twitter page for the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Science. Their recent post discovers that the fat cells within mammary glands are subsequent to the development of Breast Cancer. Author Suzanne Conzen, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago announces the big discovery. She states, “We found that exposure to the stress of social isolation leads to reprogramming of genes in fat cells in the mammary glands”.

Expert Conversations for Breast Cancer Flood Social Media Outlets

Breast Cancer remains a hot topic and continues to take hundreds of thousands of lives annually. Now, in preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness month, people from all over are sharing their opinions and advice about Breast Cancer dilemmas and encouraging one another to speak out. The infograph below shows recent Breast Cancer Statistics.

This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

Gia Sison is a doctor and breast cancer survivor. She is popular in the social media world for her physician experience and personal battle with Breast Cancer. Sison is striking up a conversation about patient advocacy via Twitter . Her tweet sparks twitter user interests about the reality of pre-diagnoses. She states, “T2 As a doctor & breast cancer survivor the line-“We could’ve caught it early” is something I do not like to hear. I had no symptoms #hcldr”. Sison supports her point by encouraging patient care. She tweets, “Patient engagement should be sustainable beyond the conference, literally #PatientsIncluded #hchlitss” . According to the Newsroom at GE Healthcare, Sison is the latest guest speaker in #BCMTalks sessions, talks involving live feeds for a Breast Cancer community about individual experiences where patients are encouraged to engage in live online conversation. In addition, Dr. Oz, celebrity board certified heart surgeon and television personality, is bringing awareness to the topic. Dr. Oz is an advocate for Breast Cancer, tweeting an encouraging message to his audience to engage them conversation. He asks, .@ProtectThePecs How has breast cancer changed your life and what do you want to tell other men? #drivetheconversation”.

Consequently, a popular professional organization is also making news around the Breast Cancer buzz. Breast Cancer Answers recently posted an interview with the Susan G Komen foundation in relation to coping with Breast Cancer diagnoses. The foundation is a tribute to a woman named Susan G Komen, a woman who died of Breast Cancer when she was 33. Her sister, Nancy Brinker, is the founder of this successful non-profit organization that has contributed nearly $1.5 billion dollars to multiple aspects of breast Cancer research, care, and awareness.

Dr. Sandra Finestone, an advocate for Susan G. Komen, believes that the best way to handle a new diagnosis is to get all of the facts. In a recent video, she says, “Information eliminates fear; the more you know the less you fear.” In addition, Joan Lunden shares her view by expressing her opinion about importance of early breast cancer detection. Lunden is an American journalist who battles breast cancer and shares her experience of the mammogram process. “You should be getting ultrasounds in addition to mammograms,” she says, in regards to her personal experience with dense breast tissue. She says that if she had not gotten an ultra sound in addition to her mammogram, she would never had realized her serious condition. Her passions involve informing other women about check ups and factors that play a role in understanding the disease.

Experts at the Cancer Research Fund, a highly populated program affiliated with Amazon, recently posted about their proposed deadline to End Breast Cancer by 2020. They share a photo at the latest National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Summit, and state “National Breast Cancer Coalition Leadership Summit–Californians working for an End to Breast Cancer–Deadline 2020!” In addition, Dr. Tabor, Breast Cancer physician from John Hopkins and active advocate for nutritional based health for Breast Cancer improvement since 2009, provides resources to his viewers and asks individuals to “Please share” about the newest screening discovery in cancer genes.

Involvement does not stop there. Dr. Karen White is a Breast Cancer coach with an Ed.D and M.P.A who is emphasizing the importance of a religious foundation for battling the disease. She recently published her proposition for a new Christian Life coaching concept on LinkedIn’s network, asking her audience “Are you seeking to discover your life purpose?” In addition, Dr. David L. Katz, a certified LinkedIn Influencer and President of American College of Lifestyle Medicine, keeps his audience engaged with the latest discoveries in Breast Cancer treatments. Katz recently published an article about the flawed aspects of biopsies and the dangers of interpretation. The accuracy of Breast Cancer treatment remains controversial.




Breast Cancer Awareness Brings Scary Statistics

Millions of individuals are supporting a cause that they can relate to, according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control. Breast Cancer is one of the most widely talked about health diseases in the United States and a substantial number of individuals battle with Breast Cancer every day. The Center for Disease Control regulates and maintains statistical information based on recent trends. According to the CDC’s U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group in 2011, almost 220,097 women and 2,078 men have a breast cancer diagnoses. Consequently, on February 2015, Cancer.Org reveals that 12% of women will get Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Over 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year.

This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses.
This infographic shows the number of male vs. female breast cancer diagnoses. Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

Treatment for Breast Cancer is often complex and taxing on the body. The Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organization that describes the options for Breast Cancer Treatment, in addition to other health related topics. The options they list for treating Breast Cancer include removal of the cancer cells, a single and/or double mastectomy, or removing lymph nodes. In this year alone, there have been 231,840 cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the United States, according to Susan G. Komen. Moreover, this trend does not seem to be declining. The National Institute of Health (NIH) is reporting an increase in Breast Cancer diagnoses. NIH states that although mastectomies use to be the most common form of treatment, “Breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) followed by local radiation therapy has replaced mastectomy as the preferred surgical approach for treating early-stage breast cancer.”

Individuals from all over are working to cope with their disease or the disease of their loved ones. Consequently, this disease affects women more than men. In addition, studies show that individuals with certain coping strategies may be more successful for surviving the disease. The NIH states that individuals that express their emotions when dealing with this disease have a better success of survival.

Celebrities, like Tom Hanks, are showing their concern with public appearances and large contributions and supporting the issue. In addition, organizations like Avon are showing their support by hosting numerous Breast Cancer awareness events around the world. One of their main events is called, “The Avon Walk around the World for Breast Cancer”, which focuses on showing support in over 50 countries for the disease. Another event that took place in April 2015 raised over 4.6 million dollars in one region, according to popular tweets. Growing popularity of this issue has made the pink ribbon a standard symbol for Breast Cancer Awareness, where individuals wear a pink ribbon to show their support.

Health Break: An Inside Look at the Dangers of Addiction

Health Break: An Inside Look on the Dangers of Addiction from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

Addiction as a whole causes nearly 2.1 million hospital Emergency Department visits, and indirectly affects even more. This video shares the inside story two different individuals and the battles they face with addiction. Paul Schaunfer, now a CEO of a large Bartending school, shares his emotional hardship with how drug overdose affected him and his family. Richard C* (who has requested his last name to be anonymous) is a Business Developer who shares the methods he uses to maintain sobriety.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), (81.1%) of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, (12.4%) were of suicidal intent, and 2,801 (6.4%) were of undetermined intent (from a report ran in 2013). Richard urges those battling with addiction to seek help and not be afraid to reach out to others. Similarly, Schaunfer advices people to distance themselves as best as possible and to engage in meetings like AA and NA.


Expert Vegan Shares both Perspectives to Skyrocketing Pattern

The eruption of dieting and new eating trends has emerged rapidly within the past decade and many SoCal locals are engaging in the foodie revolution of new diets and health recipes. Some involve themselves in certain eating habits where others believe that there are misleading details behind diets like Veganism. However, Veganism has been one eating pattern that has been around for over 2,000 years and is now increasing in popularity. Peta conducted a survey in 2011 that shows that there are over 7,500,000 Vegans in the United States, or 2.5% of the population, and these numbers are only increasing.

Veganism is a food diet that abstains from using animal products and meat in general, according to About News. Often times, people choose this lifestyle from a spiritual perspective to stop the harm of animals, while others may just engage in the diet change for a healthier lifestyle. The primary foods within the vegan category include vegetables, grain, soy products, and beans, but absolutely no meat or animal products.

A recent article from the Huffington Post highlights that most vegans, from a statistical standpoint, are women. Statistics analyzed in 2013 shows 79% of women are vegans whereas only 21% are men. There are speculations that this may be due to the pressure to maintain a body image. However, the reasons are unknown.

This interview conducted with Nancy Fischbeck shares her experience as a vegan, in addition the potential dangers that come along with this strict diet.


Dried wasabi peas are a well-known vegan snack, as seen here. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Dried wasabi peas are a well-known vegan snack, as seen here.
Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck