November 6, 2018

APPLE SAGE STUFFED MAPLE ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH

Though the turkey typically takes center stage come Thanksgiving, there are endless plant-based options to add to your holiday spread that will impress every guest. Mixing in some healthier options can just be just as delicious, but won’t leave you feeling bloated once the meal is over. Hearty soups, stuffed squashes, veggie-dense stuffings, cashew cream based green bean casserole or mushroom gravies, and roasted vegetable variations make it easy to fill your plate with nostalgic, healthy sides.

These maple delicata squashes are a favorite, because delicatas are one of the few squashes that you can actually eat the skin! The stuffing can be served on it’s own or be made into muffins, if you choose. They highlight lots of seasonal produce like apples, cranberries, sage and of course, the squash. You could sub in any other squash if you prefer, just make sure not to consume the skin if you’re using ones like acorn or butternut.

2 delicata squ...

As you know I am not a fan of thermography as it misses breast

cancer and routinely detects heat changes in the breast that are not

due to cancer but necessitate further workup.

I was alarmed to hear from one of my OBGYN colleagues recently

many of her patients are opting to have a thermogram instead of a

mammogram.

In October 2017 the US food and drug administration (FDA) put

out an update reminding women that thermography is not a

substitute for mammography. The update stated that

“Thermography has not been shown to be effective in detecting

early-stage breast cancer.” The update said “in fact the greatest

danger from thermography is that those who opt for this method

instead of mammography may miss the chance to detect cancer at

its earliest stage.”

Thermography has suddenly become very much more available in

Arizona since several thermography clinics in California have

been shutdown for false advertising. I fear that Arizona is now

being targeted with a pretty aggressive marketing campaign on

behalf...

October 2, 2018

Fall is finally here, and with it, comes lots of new, seasonal produce, and heartier, more nourishing meals. Gone are the days of chilled salads, raw veggies and cooling foods, and we welcome rich, root veggies and warm dishes with open arms!

When it comes to autumn dishes, nothing is easier than a meal based in roasted vegetables of any kind. But produce like potatoes, squashes, turnips, beets, carrots and other root veggies are especially perfect this time of the year. Pair them with fresh herbs, spices, garlic, ginger or turmeric and simply toss together with your favorite protein, and you’ll have a beautiful, comforting weeknight meal in no time at all.

This variation is especially tasty with glazed tempeh. Though soy is known to be an issue with some women who have been affected by breast cancer, tempeh is typically mixed with other grains, has a lower soy content, and it’s fermented nature makes it easier to digest and healthier to consume!

AUTUMN VEGETABLE GLAZED TEMPEH BAKE

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September 7, 2018

I am currently vacationing in Dana Point California. The local residents are complaining about the unprecedented heat but we are very grateful for the 80° temperatures even if the humidity is around 30%. The ocean breezes are so pleasant and you can actually sit outside in the shade!

I have been reviewing worldwide scientific evidence, to date, available on breast cryotherapy and the body's subsequent immune response in advanced breast cancers as I have had several requests from patients across the country seeking cryotherapy for their stage III and IV breast cancers.

As you know we have performed 19 successful cryotherapies on stage1, low-grade invasive breast cancers since April 2016.

I am excited to report to you there is an abundance of pooled scientific data from around the world on patients’ immune response to their breast cancer following cryotherapy. 

We have known for years our bodies can develop cancer cells but these cancerous cells do not ever become a clinical cancer as the bo...

September 5, 2018

As we head into the cooler, fall season, our bodies are more susceptible to things like colds, the flu and other illnesses. To keep your body functioning well, it’s important to keep it full of immune-boosting foods and herbs. Foods like lemons, ginger, turmeric, garlic and other ayurvedic ingredients are excellent at warding off illnesses. Soothing, warm dishes for the cooler temperatures that incorporate some of these nutritional powerhouses, are likely to come in the for of hearty stews, healing soups and nourishing curries or stir frys. This curry recipe is comforting, and full of lots of immune boosting elements that is packed with veggies and is easily adaptable if you want to add tofu, beans or any other types of protein! Here’s a breakdown of some of the key ingredients you’ll want to incorporate into your diet to keep your immune system running smoothly:

Lemons: Packed with Vitamin C, so that are a common go-to when you’re feeling under the weather

Ginger: Anti-inflammatory and...

August 1, 2018

Years ago, dairy milk was commonplace and a staple in almost every household. Nowadays, we understand the possible negative side effects of consuming dairy, and individuals and families are shifting towards alternative plant-based milks like almond, oat, cashew and coconut, amongst many others. Though they should be composed of simple ingredients, even the organic store bought brands can be loaded with a long list of preservatives, artificial flavors and other additives.

Making your own nut milks at home is super easy, more cost effective, much healthier and generally only includes two easy ingredients-nuts and water!

These recipes are clean and delicious and all the extra sweeteners or flavors are interchangeable with any nut or seed. Purer ingredients like dates, vanilla extract, cinnamon and maple syrup give a huge flavor boost, without all the extra chemicals that they store-bought brands add. Add more or less water to adjust to your desired consistency, then store in the fridge for...

July 3, 2018

Plant-Based BBQ: BBQ Jackfruit Sliders with Coleslaw

4th of July is almost here, and that typically means things like hot dogs, hamburgers and lots of chips, soda and other junk foods! Everyone can indulge a little during the holiday, but making plant-based versions of some nostalgic summer dishes is easy and delicious. Consider swapping out some animal products meals with healthier ones with these easy substitutions:

  • Marinated and grilled carrots instead of hot dogs

  • Black bean and sweet potato OR chickpea  beet burgers instead of beef burgers

  • Pasta salad with extra veggies

  • Vegetable/tofu grilled skewers

Our favorite summer dish is a healthy spin on pulled pork sliders with coleslaw, that no one will ever believe is meat-free and dairy-free! Jackfruit is a common, flavorless fruit with a pull-apart consistency that mimics pulled pork or shredded meat. With BBQ or buffalo marinade it is easily disguised and super delicious!

BBQ JACKFRUIT

16 oz young green jackfruit, dra...

We are delighted to welcome Angelica to our staff. She joined our team last October . Angelica is our new radiology technologist who is performing automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) and mammography. She has 25 years of experience in the Valley and aside from being an accomplished technologist takes great care of you all as patients and certainly brightens up our day. Breast imaging is a passion for Angelica and it shows!

Amy has also joined us in January of this  year. Amy hails from New York. You may have met her already on the phone and in our reception area. In addition, she is helping me in countless ways behind the scenes and I feel very fortunate to have access to her business expertise.

We are performing more breast screening ultrasounds in women with dense breasts this year as word gets to women in the Valley about the ability of screening breast ultrasound to detect small invasive breast cancers not detected on 2D or 3D mammography. This is particularly important in younger wome...

June 25, 2018

Protecting your skin during the hot, summer months is extremely important. While organic sunscreens or non-toxic sunblocks can be a tremendous help in helping us keep our skin safe from UV rays, our food choices can also help protect us from the sun AND help treat our skin if we’ve been overexposed outdoors. Naturally protecting our skin with fruits and veggies when temperatures rise is an easy way to incorporate delicious seasonal produce into our skin care regime.

Plant-based foods that have been linked to skin protection:

Citru Fruit : Foods high in Vitamin C, have been linked to reducing the risk of succumbing to a sunburn and skin cancer, especially when paired with Vitamin E

Strawberries : These berries are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C and have been shown to to protect skin from sun damage AND help heal sunburns

Almonds : ALmonds are one of the best sources of VItamin E, which helps protect and repair the skin from harsh sunlight. They contain quercetin, which helps fight again...

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