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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.

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.

Are detoxes and juice cleanses beneficial for weight loss?

Kristen Trukova, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSO and Abby Mutert, MS, RD, LDN

Losing weight and getting healthy are always top resolutions for the New Year. But how people approach these goals can vary. At this time of year, we frequently receive questions about “detox” or cleanse programs. People often tell us they want to try a detox or juice cleanse to lose weight, improve liver function, or improve colon function and reduce constipation.

More new cancer cases linked to obesity

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For a reminder of the importance of diet and exercise to help prevent disease, look no further than a recent study in The Lancet Oncology. Researchers attributed 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide in just one year to obesity. Carrying too much weight is already a known risk factor for certain cancers, including breast, colorectal and pancreatic. But the findings suggest obesity may play an even greater role.