Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Thank you for making 2011 such a rewarding year of practice for me. It brings me such joy to watch you on your journey towards vibrant health. May your hearts be filled with pure joy, your gatherings with laughter and may your home be warmed with love. Happy New Year! Abundant Health & Happiness

Friday, December 30, 2011

5 Digestive Tips For Athletes

Stomach issues can knock you right out of competition. Here are five digestion tips you can use to improve your health and keep you performing at your maximum potential.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Good Night Sleep Unattainable For Moms

ABC News Click Here

A new research study revealed that sleep deprivation is more prevalent in women than men, and women are 1.4 times more likely to report insomnia than men. Nighttime restlessness include difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep including interrupted or impaired sleeping patterns for an extended period of time.

Women who were getting less than five hours of sleep at night were at higher risk for depression, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Your quality of sleep will effect your quality of life. Feeling inadequately rested in the morning may leave you fatigued, irritable and anxious and no amount of caffeine will restore your energy level.

A group of Swiss and French Scientist found that participants fell asleep quickly and also had deeper sleep in a hammock because of the rocking motion. 

So, if hammocks provide superior quality sleep my question is; "are individuals willing to replace the traditional ubiquitous king size four poster colonial bed with a non-conventional sleeping apparatus?"


Perhaps a Caribbean Island destination is beckoning you.

Helpful Tips  To Prepare For  A Goodnight's Sleep:
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages late in the evening
  • Avoid eating past 6:30pm
  • Avoid heavy, spicy meals at dinner
  • Avoid sugar - eating sweets before bedtime (chocolate, cookies, cake etc)
  • Try relaxing exercises, some stretching before bedtime
  • Listen to relaxing music - spa, waves, ocean
  • Sprinkle Lavender essential oil on your pillow, dab on your P.J's & behind your ears.
  • Take a relaxing candlight essential oil bath (lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile, bergamot)
  • Create a relaxing environment in the bedroom - dark room
  • Diffuse essential oils in bedroom (lavender, sage, orange essence or oils mentioned above)
  • No TV in the bedroom
  • Take magnesium and zinc before bedtime
  • Have a cup of tea - Valerian and organic chamomile can help calm nervousness and restlessness.
  • Curl up in bed with a good read - something uplifting, romantic, inspirational.

Canadian Living Magazine - Light and Dark Therapy - Click Here

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Movember - Prostate Cancer Awareness

Prostate Cancer Statistics 2011:

An estimated 25,500 cases diagnosed with prostate cancer among Canadian men. The Canadian Cancer Society offers information and support services for prostate cancer patients and their families. The CCS is raising awareness and fighting back against prostate cancer by educating men about early detection, funding world-class prostate cancer research and also advocating cancer-related issues.

The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that men over the age of 50 talk to their healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of prostate cancer testing.

For more information regarding:

- What is prostate cancer
- Signs & Symptoms
- Early detection
- Risk factors
- Treatments

Click Here

Mo Sistas Taking ACTION!

Move Over Gents! Women are stepping up to support Movember. We're not giving up our lip waxing just yet and wearing a falsey synthetic debonair "moustache" is just a fashion "faux pas".  So what's a gal to do to support her fellow men?   Click Here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hopes To Raise Celiac Disease Awareness

Mrs. United States 2011: Shannon Ford Hopes to Raise Celiac Disease Awareness

Case of The Missing Blueberries

According to a Rutgers University study if you suffer with UTI - urinary-tract infections toss a handful blueberries into your a.m. smoothie. Like cranberries these small blue berries have been identified as a "superfood" which provide extreme benefits. Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants. The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign study found that anthocyanins - which give them their blue hue attack cancer free radicals and even block the growth of tumor cells. 

Ideally, blueberries are available in the warmer months and continue to ripen until September. So, you're probably wondering why I've decided to post an article on blueberries for the month of November. 

Recent Trends and Developments:
A trendsetter? New evidence has shown a significant increase in this method of advertisements. Have you ever asked yourself this question when holding a packaged food item at the grocery store: "What is the nutritive quality of this product? How will it affect my health?" 

What every consumer needs to know:

Looks like a blueberry, taste like a blueberry, is it a blueberry? 

"Pictures of blueberries are prominently displayed on the front of many food packages but turn the packages around and suddenly the blueberries have disappeared."   Click Here

Meet The First IBD ICON

Living Beyond Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease

Any of the 1.4 million Americans living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—either ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease—who pursues dreams without giving in or giving up to the disease. IBD Icons is an awareness campaign that aims to find and celebrate these unique individuals.

Casey Abram's, American Idol Contestant - Casey is an IBD Icon because of his can-do attitude and relentless persistence in pursuing his musical dream despite the challenges of living with UC.  (Read More)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Turning A New Leaf


After the short sweet days of our BC summer there is no question that autumn has arrived.  The nights may be cool but the beverages, are warm, sweet-scented and delicious. Can you smell the nutmeg, vanilla and hot apple cinnamon cider? What better way to celebrate and embrace the spirit of fall. I welcome the respite of my favorite and most glorious season. My toast to autumn!

"There is a time for everything and a season for every activity"....

The crisp autumn foliage blankets the cool ground in a remarkable kaleidoscope of colors: bright golden yellow and orange variegation on dazzling red stemmed leaves. Autumn is the time of harvest - to enjoy the fruits of our labor and a season to reflect, appreciate, acknowledge and express gratitude.

Are you adapting to the season or are you demanding that the season adapt to you?

Making the Transition: Keeping your body healthy and in "harmony" during the seasonal transition is possible. Obtaining transitional change does not only apply to esthetic changes. Fall is a perfect time to evaluate your personal growth: emotions, behavior, relationships, career and  spiritual life. Often times the seasons of our life is the catalyst that propels us towards greater change. Adopt new behaviors, build and restore relationships, renew the mind and harvest new ideas.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and its philosophy of medicine; this season is the time to turn careful attention to the following organs: lungs, large intestine and skin. Many individuals experience severe bronchial challenges such as asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia during this time of year. Cold, flu, fever and allergies are the body's attempt to cleanse itself from toxins.

The Intestine & Immune Connection:

Digestive health and the immune system are inextricably linked. 70% of the body's immune system resides in the digestive tract, maintaining a healthy balanced digestive system is crucial in order to have a properly functioning immune system. This is an opportune time to cleanse the colon, nourish the skin and boost the immune system.

What should you eat during the autumn season? It is important to transition into eating warmer cooked foods during this time and keeping raw cool foods at bay. Eat seasonally to assist your body in the transition from summer into fall.  More to come later! 

Part II - Guide For Eating Seasonally: Let's get to the root!

Our body's naturally crave cooler and sweeter foods in the Spring/Summer and warming autumn harvest foods or "comfort foods" in the Fall/Winter. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a wide variety of nutrient dense nourishing foods. Things that grandma knew about that worked; Crock pot meals, roasting, baking, casseroles, soups and stews.

Bulb Vegetables:
These following vegetables are called bulb vegetables because the leaves are not eaten. They include: garlic, chive, water chestnut, spring onion, leeks and shallot. The bulb vegetables are distinctively aromatic and widely used to flavour soups, broths and casseroles. Some of the bulb vegetables, garlic for example, are also known for their medicinal properties.

Tuber Vegetables:
Tuber vegetables - any of various fleshy edible underground roots or tubers. They include the following: yam, manioc(yucca), sweet potatoes, potatoes, ginger, Jicama and Jerusalem artichoke.

Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables:
Apples, artichokes, arugula, blackberry, broccoli, beets, Brussels Sprouts, Belgian endive, cranberry, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, carrot, concord grapes, fennel, figs, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, mandarin, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, pears, persimmon, pomegranate, Swiss chard, turnips, winter squash.

Grains: nuts & seeds
Autumn also brings a fresh supply of grains such as; amaranth, barley, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and rye. Beans include: adzuki, black eyed peas, garbanzo, kidney, lentil, Lima, navy and white. Nuts include: almonds, Brazil, cashew, filbert, macadamia, pecan, pine, pistachio and walnuts. Seeds: flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower.

A delicious autumn soup enjoy!

Quebec Pumpkin Soup
4 cups chicken broth
1 large onion
2 cloves, garlic minced
5-6 cups cubes pumpkin
2 peeled and cubed apples
2 potatoes peeled and cubed
3 tbsp butter
Dash sea salt
Dash pepper
1/2 tsp. allspice, cumin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
Optional 1/2 cup cream (I prefer coconut milk)

Saute onions in butter until softened and begin to color, lightly brown. Add garlic and cook one minute to release flavor. Add apples, potatoes and pumpkin, chicken broth, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cover and cook for approximately for 45 minutes. Puree in blender, garnish and serve. Coconut milk may be added after you puree. May be served in individual roasted pumpkins.

Directions: Roasted Pumpkins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut off and reserving top, scooping out seeds and reserving. Cut flesh into 2-inch chunks and set aside.

In a small bowl combine ground spices with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle this mixture into pumpkin cavities, dividing evenly. Cut 1 tablespoon butter into bits and divide between pumpkins. Replace pumpkin tops and place pumpkins in a shallow roasting pan. Roast 30 to 40 minutes until tender when pierced with a knife but still intact. Remove from oven and set aside.

Spices: spices commonly used in the fall include: allspice, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, ginger, fennel, turmeric. Include these aromatic spices to your fall meals.

Boosting Your Immune System Naturally:

1.  Eat Seasonally - warm hearty foods to strengthen digestion and boost the immune!

2.  Detox: Today more than ever, the human body is inundated with countless harmful toxins. These toxic substances can enter the body and eventually set up residence like an expected visitor. Over time this buildup can lead to significant lasting health problems. An impaired or compromised digestive system will affect  overall health and vitality and suppress immune system. Seasonal cleansing is highly recommended and beneficial for optimal health.   During the fall, cleanse the colon, lungs, nourish the skin & boost the immune.

3.  Skin Brushing -The ability of the skin to excrete toxins is of paramount importance. Stimulation of the skin set in motion natural healing pathways. Your skin is the primary sign of an internal toxic body. Skin brushing benefits include: sheds dead skin cells, increases circulation, increases flow of blood, rejuvenates the nervous system and stimulates lymph.

4. Rest - Longer nights means more time to rest. The body requires sufficient rest to function properly. Rest is imperative to living a healthy productive lifestyle. Ignoring the body's need to rest is putting yourself at risk for illness.

5. Relax  It is a scientific fact that lack of relaxation can have a negative affect on your mood;  grumpiness, less patient, irritable. So take an Epsom salt bath & enjoy a cup of herbal tea! Don't you agree?

6. Herbal support - Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to treat and support a variety of aliments. Some herbs that enhance immunity and have antiviral and antibacterial properties: Olive leaf, echinacea, garlic, golden seal, grapefruit seed extract.

7.Exercise: Take advantage of the weather and  get out there! The benefits of staying active regardless of the season is endless. Try walking, hiking, cycling, how about raking the leaves!

8. Probiotics: Improves gastrointestinal function, promotes healthy immune function, the beneficial bacteria helps to produce vitamins, digest foods and control overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus. Strengthens, supports & maintains integrity of the digestive tract.

9. Warm Beverages: Chamomile is a therapeutic tea that has been around since ancient times. Relieve stress with a soothing medicinal cup of chamomile tea. It's anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic properties are highly valued. Also used for coughs, flu, cramping and insomnia. How about the fresh minty fragrance of peppermint. Helps to relieve flatulence, IBS symptoms and stimulates liver & gallbladder functions. Immune-boosting Lemon-ginger is full of phytochemicals and highly effective for the digestive system. Tea for two anyone?

10.Thankfulness/Gratitude: In all Seasons - give thanks in ALL circumstances and with a grateful heart.  May you always find yourself in a spirit of reflection, gratitude and thankfulness all year round.

Celebrate and embrace life, it's a gift! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten Sensitivity - Not Just A Fad!

Very interesting and informative article by Dr Brenda Watson.  Click here.

Thank you for everything you do Brenda!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Pro-Athlete Sheds Pounds After Removing This Common Food

Novak Djokovic Triumphs in Australian Open 2011: beats Andy Murray in Final

Australian Open Finals: Novak Djokovic def Andy Murray

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player, currently ranked World No. 3 by the ATP.

After tennis star Novak Djokovic's nutritionist discovered he was allergic to ...Is World's Top Tennis Ace Doing Better Because He Gave up (Read More)

Friday, July 15, 2011


Beets, botanically-known as Beta vulgaris, are native to the Mediterranean. although, the leaves have been eaten since before written history, the beet root was generally used medicinally and did not become a popular food until French Chefs recognized their potential in the 1800's.

Selecting Quality Beets:

The best time for beets is between June and October when they are at their youngest and most tender.

Avoid beets that have spots, bruises or soft wet areas, all of which indicate spoilage. These are also signs that the roots are aged, tough and fibrous.
Cut the majority of the greens and their stems from the beet roots, so they don't  pull moisture away from the root. Leave about two inches of the stem attached to prevent the roots from "bleeding."


2 bunches medium beets, (about 1 1/2 pounds) tops trimmed

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1-2 medium pressed & finely chopped garlic

2  tablespoons Apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil

Small bunch fresh chopped  Italian parsley


1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts

1 bunch arugula, trimmed and torn

1/2 medium head escarole, torn

4 ounces goat cheese, (preferably aged goat cheese) crumbled
5-6 fresh basil leaves


Wash beets thoroughly in clean running water. Fill saucepan with water season generously with salt, add beets and cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until fork tender, about 20 - 40 minutes. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel beets. Wearing kitchen gloves is a good idea when handling beets.  The skin should slide right off with a bit of pressure from your fingers.  Cut each beet into slices and  transfer to a rectangular glass dish; drizzle the Mediterranean Dressing while still hot.  Allow the beets to marinate in the Mediterranean  dressing for a flavorful taste; so refrigerate and enjoy them a little later ~smile~. That's why I love to eat my beets the next day!

Mediterranean Dressing:

In a small mixing bowl add the apple cider vinegar with salt, pepper and garlic. Whisk olive oil in a slow steady stream to make a dressing. Drizzle dressing over beets place in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours to enhance flavors.

Other Serving Ideas:

-Grate raw beets for a vibrant and  delicious addition to salads or garnish for soups.

- Boil beet greens for 1 minute for a great tasting side dish, similar to Swiss chard.

- Use fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs
- Divide arugula and escarole among 4 plates. Scatter the walnuts and goat cheese on top of beets

Beets make a delicious juice, but it does have a strong flavor and are usually best mixed with a combination of fruits and other vegetables.

Apple Cleanser:

2 apples
2 Kale leaves
1 stick celery
1/3 long cucumber
1/2 beet

This fruitness of the apples offsets the more challenging taste of the greens. A beautifully ruby red delicious detoxifying juice.

Note:  It is normal to see red pigmentation in your urine or stool after consuming beets, do not be alarmed.

Green leafy vegetables are a great source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K, all excellent nutrients for bone health. Unfortunately, beet greens also contain oxalic acid which binds to calcium and tends to counteract its absorption. Consume beet greens sparingly if you are trying to build up your bones, and you.

Oxalic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in some vegetables which may crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people. Cooking can inactivate oxalic acid. It is therefore recommended that individuals with known oxalate urinary tract stones are advised to avoid eating excess greens. When oxalates become too concentrated in body fluids, they can crystallize therefore people with existing kidney or gallbladder issues should also use sparingly.

Can't BEAT BEETS ~grin~

Small Fork, Big Butt?

There are lots of little things which could be causing you to gain weight -- how big your plates are, how fast you eat and how distracted you are when you chow down, to name a few. But here's a new one: Recent studies have found the size of your fork can have an impact on your weight.

But there's a twist: The research found the larger your fork, the less you're likely to eat. What the what? "The finding with a large fork is counterintuitive," agrees lead author Arul Mishra of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  (read more)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Meet The Most Relaxation Mineral

MARK HYMAN, MD is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field.

Monday, June 27, 2011

BPA In Everyday Foods!?!

Dr. Colbert has practiced medicine in Central Florida. He is currently board certified in Family Practice and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr.Don Colbert is also a "New York Times "Best Selling Author that has written over 40 books.

Dr. Don Colbert explains to Heidi Hatch of Fox 35 how BPA is in many everyday foods and how to aviod it.

A Voice For Celliac Disease

As cohost of television's The View,

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is healthy, happy and gluten free

"Unafraid to get loud about celiac disease, my hope is that people get the accurate diagnosis they deserve. In the process, it is a pleasure to share the way of eating that I found along the way! "
The G-Free Diet , Elisabeth Hasselbeck-

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Want The Skinny On A Miracle Noodle?

 The Calorie Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free "Miracle Noodle"

100% vegetarian, vegan and kosher. Can it get any better? Absoultely!

Konjac has  been known and used in Asia for over two thousand years.  It is known as Moyu or Juruo in China, and Konnyaku or Shirataki in Japan.

Shirataki  is very low carbohydrate, low calorie, thin, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodle. The word "shirataki" means "white waterfall", describing the appearance of these noodles. Shirataki noodles are largely composed of water and glucomannan.

Glucomannan is a Japanese plant fiber from the konjac root, a type of yam. This water-soluble dietary fiber has been touted as the weight loss "Miracle Noodle"

The  soluble fiber  absorbs several times its weight in water and forms a gel in the stomach, giving a feeling of fullness and satiety. The delay in gastric emptying slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream, which helps to lower levels of insulin and blood glucose. 

These fabulous "Miracle Noodles" don't require cooking! Simply tip from the sachet, rinse thoroughly, and then use with your favourite pasta or noodle recipes! The noodles themselves have little taste of their own but will absorb ALL the flavors they are mixed or cooked with.

~Comfort food without the guilt and calories~

If you have any health concerns such as; diabetes, pre-diabetes, insulin-resistance problems, raised cholesterol, or digestive problems like constipation I encourage you to try "Miracle Noodles"

Abundant Health,

The New Toxic Threat For Women

They’re in your bathroom, your kitchen, your fridge—and mounting research hints they could be wreaking havoc on your weight, fertility and immune system. In a must-read report for all women, Melinda Wenner Moyer investigates the impact of everyday chemicals. Read more...


Calciim and weight loss

Monday, June 13, 2011

The NEW Dirty Dozen

Do you really need to purchase "organic"?

Apples are the most chemically-contaminated produce.

Purchasing organic can reduce your consumption of pesticides by 80%. 

The "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits and vegetables typically contain between 47 and 67 pesticides. Studies have linked pesticides to cancer, nervous system disorders, hyperactivity and weakened immune system. So which fruits and vegetables should you be purchasing organic?

Don't leave home without your "Dirty Dozen List" so print it, write it, or for the high tech folks take a picture and add this list to your Smart phone - ipone, blackberrry.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Balancing Flavors and Cravings

The key to creating delicious and satisfying dishes is learning to balance all five flavors. The ratio may vary according to the dish you are creating. Your cravings will subside and you will be left feeling satisfied and content!

Balancing The Flavors:

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • salty
  • Spicy/Pungent
  • Bitter
Secrets to balancing flavors:

  1. Excess sour is balanced by sweet
  2. Overly bitter is balanced by sour
  3. Fats tone down pungent/spicy and mellow or too much sweetness
  4. Salt and sour bring out flavors
  5. Sweet is toned down by fats
Foods and Flavors:

Sweet: apples, bananas, dates, mangos, stevia, agave nectar, raw honey
Sour: grapefruit, lemon, lime, raw apple cider vinegar, grapefruit
Salty: Celtic sea salt, Nama shoyu, kelp, dulse, miso , celery
Spicy: hot peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper
Bitter: Kale, lettuce, culinary herbs, dandelion greens

Flavor Combining For International Cuisines - Culinary Herbs & Spices:

Italian: basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic
Mexican: cumin, coriander, cilantro, chili powder, hot pepers, garlic, lime
Indian: cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, curry, tumeric, garam masala, ginger
Thai: cilantro, lemongrass, cumin, curry, ginger, coconut
Chinese: licorice, ginger, soy sauce, miso, vinegar, garlic, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, honey

Monday, March 21, 2011

Preventing Colon Cancer - Healthy Lifestyle

Risk Factors You Can't Control:

-Age - most individuals are older than 50
-Polyps or inflammatory bowel disease
-Family history of colorectal cancer
-History of ovarian and breast cancer

Risk Factors You Can Control:

Some factors that raise the risk of colorectal cancer are within your control

-Smoking and drinking alcohol
-Being overweight ( excess fat around the waist)
-Lack of exercise
-Diet high in processed foods, red meat or heavily cooked meats

A diet high in refined foods, alcohol, processed foods and unhealty fats have been linked to increase risk of DISEASE.

Adopt A Healthier Dietary Lifestyle:  Prevent cancer with good nutrition

At lease half of all cancers can be prevented through lifestyle choices

Eat All The Colors Of The Rainbow: 

Antioxidants have been touted as cancer fighters!

Studies have shown that the benefits of antioxidants reduce the incidences of cancer including other diseases in the body. The prefix "anti" means against in opposition to, or corrective in nature. Oxidants are commonly known as "free radical"

Antioxidants are compounds such as Vitamin A, C and E as well as beta carotene.  They inhibit oxidation in the body, they act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease.

These nutrients are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. Those high in antioxidants have BOLD appealing colors, some include oranges, red peppers, tomatoes, carrots and spinach.

Red: Tomatoes, peppers, cranberries, raspberries, apples, strawberries,pomegranates
Orange: Carrots, pumpkins, oranges, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots, mango
Yellow: Squash, corn, lemons, banana, grapefruit, pineapple, peppers
Green: Cabbage, limes, spinach, kale, rapini, avocado, pears, zucchini, broccoli, honeydew
Purple: Blueberries, blackberries, currants, beets, red cabbage, eggplant

Fruits and vegetables, are high in vitamins and fiber, antioxidant and phytonutrients.

Sea Vegetable: kelp, kombu etc - Healthy immune function, minerals
Microalgae: spirulina, chlorella - High protein, minerals, phytonutrients
Healthy Oils: flax, olive,  - Healthy heart, skin, nails, brain and more
Seeds: seasame, hemp, chia, pumpkin,- Healthy oils, high fiber and antioxidants

Nike - "JUST DO IT!"

"For adults, it is recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity on three - five days of the week, 45-60 minutes is preferable.

Exercise gets your body moving, which helps move the waste in your body. This is because exercise stimulates peristalsis, a wave-like muscular contraction that helps push waste through the colon.

The colon acts as a sewage plant. It recycles the materials your body can use and stores the waste for disposal. The longer waste sits in the colon or rectum, the longer toxic materials have to leach out of the solidifying stool and back into your tissues. Exercise gets your body moving, which helps move the waste in your body."

More Information to come

Friday, March 18, 2011

What is Colon Cancer?

Colorectal cancer also referred to colon cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

The majority of colorectal cancers begin as benign growth in the lining of the large bowel wall called polyps. Over time (a number of years) these polyps may grow in size and number. While not every polyp may turn to cancer, experts believe that colorectal cancer typically begins as a small non-cancerous polyp. Approximately two thirds of these cancers are found in the large intestine and one third in the rectum.

Early identification and removal of these growths or polyps is the key to preventing colorectal cancer from developing. During a colonoscopy, if a polyp is large enough the tissue can be identified and removed and sent for biopsy.

 One should be aware of the following symptoms:


-gas and bloating

-constipation or diarrhea

-bloody stools or narrow stools

-nausea and vomiting

-unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite

Often times, colorectal cancer first develops with minor, if any, symptoms. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms please discuss them with your MD. It is advised to address early symptoms and not to wait till you feel discomfort or pain before seeing your physician.

In spite of its high incidence, in a majority of cases colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable with early detection.

I recently lost my Uncle after a long battle with colon cancer in Dec. 2010. My Aunt, his beloved wife also lost her battle to colon cancer in August 2006.

Ken is a precious friend who has been battling colon cancer since 2004. Alongside his family we continue to be an encouragement as he continues on his remarkable journey.

Sadly, I know that I am not alone and my story is not unique. Cancer has touched the lives of many, some directly and others indirectly.

I have always been exceedingly vocal and passionate when it comes to overall health and wellness. As a Colon Hydrotherapist advocating colon health is a natural extension of what I do.

This is Exodus Colon Health & Wellness second year promoting National Colorectal Cancer Awareness. This year I was enthused to take a step of faith and “kick it up a notch” as renowned Chef Emeril Lagasse would say; and in doing so, I have been so touched by everyone’s kindness and generosity.

Various local and national businesses have been so gracious in donating some incredible gifts for our raffle at our upcoming event “Kick Colorectal Cancer In the BUTT!” on March 24th & 25th.

I hope to see you there!


First Ever Live TV Anchor Colonoscopy - March 10, 2010
CBS News Video
CBS News video: First Ever Live TV Anchor Colonoscopy - In Full: CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric guided The Early Show anchor Harry Smith through a colonoscopy on live TV. Couric is an advocate of colorectal cancer prevention.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy

About The Colonoscopy Procedure