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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


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.

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.

Inside the Growhouse: Medical Marijuana Cultivator Shares His Side of the Business

California has an extremely large multi million-dollar industry revolving around medical marijuana. The organizational structure of the medical marijuana business is one that many citizens would find familiar. The structure of producing, buying, selling, packing, and designating particular marijuana products to certain locations are all techniques in use in the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. Between recreational and medical use, the marijuana industry continues to boom. So far, thirteen states currently allow medical marijuana prescriptions to patients with related illnesses, according to TIME magazine. However, the debate continues about whether cannabis use is helpful or is reaching a point of abuse. The question many find themselves asking is, does the benefit outweigh the negative opinion on medical marijuana reform.