Tagged: Wellness

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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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”.

Husband and Grandson Share Their Emotional Challenge Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease

Husband and Grandson Share Their Emotional Challenge Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

The battle with Alzheimer’s Disease continues to grow, and for this family, Alzheimer’s Disease affects their lives daily. Sonny Torocsik is a mechanical engineer living in Los Angeles, CA. Torocsik has been married for over 40 years and takes care of his wife who suffers from an extreme case of Alzheimer’s disease. Aba Horthy is Torocsik’s grandson and a college student who helps assist in daily tasks, such as preparing breakfasts and food. This video shows the two individuals share their feelings and thoughts about the disease.

The Alzheimer’s association highlights the importance of taking care of ones self, planning financially for treatment and other costs, as well as coping with changes together on a daily basis. According to Jennifer Barnett, author of “Early Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Health Economic Study of the Effects of Diagnostic Timing”, costs for health follow ups with this disease would be significantly lower if treatment started at two years prior to the diagnosis. The multiple planning methods intend to relieve stress and encourage those who have or know someone with the disease. However, Torocsik believes that the primary necessity is to invest in research programs in order to find a cure for this debilitating disease.


Healthcare Advocate Shares Secret Ways to Boost Metabolism

Author Amy Rushlow published a Yahoo! Article illuminating three ways to repair your metabolism and maintain optimal health. Rushlow explains that the primary reasons for a slow metabolism are daily stressors that affect our central nervous system.  The sympathetic nervous system is what responds to stress, ultimately resulting in a fast release of stress hormones and slowed digestion. In addition, she says a loss of muscle mass significantly slows down metabolism in correspondence with age. Rushlow writes that the best ways to speed up a slow metabolism is to slow down one’s daily routine, practice resistance training to rebuild muscle mass, and keep a positive mindset when consuming foods so your brain can signal healthy hormones to aid the digestive system.

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Photo capturing yoga and daily exercising practice to maintain stress free living. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck by L|P LeilaniPhotography

Nancy Ellen is a nutritionist, massage therapist, and health advocate. She has been in the health and wellness industry for 30 years. She states that she has spent most of her time studying and practicing health in Los Angeles, in addition to studying in Santa Barbara and on the island of Hawai’i.

Ellen’s advice to those who want to boost their metabolism is to keep your immune system maintained and to utilize vitamins and minerals to keep your circulatory system and, entire body as a whole, regular.

“Nourish your cells and strengthen your immune system to fight disease, sickness, and all the things that can possibly deplete your body. Vitamins are key. Metabolism deals with what you are putting into your body, so begin by making sure you are building it up to its full potential. For example, “she explains, “Protein supplements, herbs, and things like exercise that energize your body help to keep your system regular. You can improve circulation through nutrients. Product B complex, vitamin C, and other energy boosts,” she continues, “help to maintain your health so that the body runs more efficiently. It is the same as cleaning out your computer; you clean out an overload of information and it runs faster.”

Consequently, Ellen believes that individuals can reduce their stress levels through exercise, awareness of daily routine choices, and deep breathing exercises, which will ultimately lead to an increased metabolism.

Photo capturing healthy thought and meditation practices to maintain stress free living to increase metabolism, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck by L|P LeilaniPhotography
Photo capturing healthy thought and meditation practices to maintain stress free living to increase metabolism, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck by L|P LeilaniPhotography.

“Walking, especially at a gradual and consistent pace, in addition to resistance training eliminates frustration. Overall, working out and being physically active relieves a great amount of frustration, which in turn, relieves massive amounts of stress. Also,” she states, “deep breathing exercises and occasional massages gets blood circulating and helps to relax muscles to detox impurities and toxins within those muscles. This helps ideally with circulation and movement. In addition, being aware about little things like how you sit at your desk, or choosing to use a proper cushion,” she continues, “will help relieve stress in your body. Be more conscious of how your doing things in every day life. Being aware of daily choices is key.”

Conclusively, Ellen agrees with Rushlow and stresses that positive thinking plays a huge impact on the entire well being of an individual’s health.

“Thought is extremely important for maintaining health. How you think about food, daily life, and the way you live in your environment all plays a role in how you feel. Be sure to set up your routine ahead of time,” she explains, “because you move smoother when you have a well thought out plan of a daily activity. This plan eliminates stress so we can handle the unexpected. This helps us live healthier by visualizing what we really want out of life.”