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Gobble up these gluten-free sides this Thanksgiving


Video: Nutrition Therapy at CTCA – Good to be Gluten Free

Learn what it means for foods to be “gluten free” and get a gluten-free recipe for cranberry pumpkin seed muffins.

Searching high and low for gluten-free recipes for a holiday meal that’s typically chock-full of stuffing, gravy, dinner rolls and other gluten-rich fixings? Try our recipe for Gluten-Free Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Muffins and other gluten-free dishes courtesy of our suburban Phoenix hospital's Nutrition Therapy team.

Getting adequate vitamin D in winter months


Vitamin D helps promote a healthy immune system and support bone health, muscle and cardiovascular function. This vitamin is even more important for those with cancer, as some treatments can lead to bone loss.

Gratitude and forgiveness are good for your health


Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet are the main components of good health. But well-being is tied to decisions beyond the gym and your refrigerator. Consider the following health benefits of gratitude and forgiveness, important choices you can make as you approach the holidays and reflect on the past year.

The diabetes-cancer connection


National Diabetes Awareness Month brings attention to a disease that affects nearly 30 million Americans, with another 86 million Americans at risk for developing the disease.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, kidney failure, vision loss and nerve damage. Growing evidence also suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for developing certain cancers, including liver, pancreatic, endometrial, colorectal, breast and bladder.

Veterans with chronic pain need comprehensive treatment plans

Raed Rahman, DO

As a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, I wanted to discuss the issue of chronic pain among enlisted men and women. Just a few months ago, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that nearly half of 2,597 soldiers surveyed had experienced chronic pain after tours in Afghanistan or Iraq. At 44 percent, the rate of chronic pain among soldiers is significantly higher than that of the civilian population, which is 26 percent.