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Reduce harmful inflammation with the anti-inflammatory diet

Cristina Swartz, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

Your diet affects the amount of inflammation in your body, which can be good news if you’re willing to make the right food choices.

Too much inflammation can harm your health: It damages tissue and can contribute to serious conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and even diabetes. Chronic illness, stress, aging and lifestyle factors, such as diet, activate inflammatory responses in the body.

Cancer survivors reunite at “The Gathering”


Last month, our hospital near Atlanta held a reunion for patients and caregivers. “The Gathering,” created by Cancer Fighters®, Ernest and Sylvia Withrow, was a time to see old friends, meet new ones and share with others currently battling the disease.

Replace salt with herbs to cut down on sodium

Alison Tierney, RD

Did you know that nine in 10 Americans, ages 2 and older, eat too much sodium?

You may be wondering how much sodium is too much. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is based on scientific evidence, recommends limiting daily sodium intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams, which equals one teaspoon of salt. Anyone with high blood pressure or at risk for the condition should have no more than 1,500 milligrams, or less than three-fourths of a teaspoon, per day.

Why people with cancer should see a dentist


Good oral health is important for everyone, but especially for people with cancer. More than one-third of people treated for cancer develop complications affecting the mouth, such as mouth sores (mucositis), dry mouth (xerostomia), and pain or difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Five sides to bring to a cookout


While mayo and cream cheese may be a Labor Day cookout’s most abundant ingredients, fear not! There are healthy side dish options to add to the mix that will keep you feeling healthy and well-nourished this holiday weekend.

Vaccines can help treat or prevent certain cancers


Vaccines have been a standard part of staying healthy for almost 70 years, protecting children from deadly diseases such as mumps, chicken pox and rubella. Now, science is looking to vaccines as a way treat people who already have certain diseases, particularly cancer.

Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, holds potential benefits


For more than 4,000 years, the Asian spice turmeric has been used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as the yellow pigment that gives many curry dishes a golden hue.

Shana Deneen, ND, FABNO, DiplAc, a naturopathic oncology provider at our hospital in Tulsa, says preliminary lab studies have suggested when curcumin is used in combination with cancer treatment, it may help inhibit the growth of breastcolon and prostate cancer.

How to make your own sunscreen


Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are responsible for more than 90 percent of skin cancer cases in the United States. Sara Gomendi, ND, a naturopathic resident at our Tulsa hospital, appears on Good Morning Texas to explain how to make your own sunscreen.

Beyond blue: Coping with depression and cancer


With the tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams last week, the topic of depression is in the public spotlight. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 4 people fighting cancer are clinically depressed. And while most people who battle depression are able to find relief that Williams didn’t, it’s a wake-up call for all of us to be more aware of the symptoms, and get help for ourselves or loved ones.