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Are probiotics really good for you?


Probiotics appear to be all the rage in health-related commercials these days. These “good” bacteria reputedly help your digestive system maintain a healthy balance by replacing normal flora and controlling the growth of harmful bacteria. But are they really good for you? This is an important question, especially for cancer patients.

The power of laughter for cancer patients

Meagan Brown, MA, LCSW

Babies can start laughing when they’re only three months old. By the time they’re children, they can do it up to a hundred times a day. But for us adults, laughter can get lost in the whirlwind of life’s responsibilities and challenges. We often don’t feel like laughing when pain and stress demand your attention. But it’s exactly then that laughter can pull us through and change our outlook on life.

Emperor cancer documentary airing next week on PBS


Video: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Introduction

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies Introduction

The king of terrors. A hidden assassin. The emperor of all maladies. Cancer has been called many things since its first documented appearance thousands of years ago in a Persian queen. But now more than ever, there’s hope amid the scourge, according to Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, a six-hour PBS documentary airing over three nights next week.

Understand your body’s hunger cues with mindful eating

Krysta Butkus, MS, RD, LDN

The distractions of daily life can make us forget about taking time to enjoy a healthy meal. Mindful eating, or intuitive eating, a concept with deep roots in Buddhist teachings, focuses on reconnecting people more deeply with the experience of eating. When put into practice, mindful eating can refocus our body to notice hunger signals, and not emotional cues like eating for comfort.