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In this episode, part of our series on nutrition and immunity, we discuss Vit C! Our topics include: • What Vitamin C is and what it does for your body • How much Vitamin C you need • What foods provide Vitamin C • Signs of deficiency and toxicity • What about using Vitamin C for prevention or healing of disease or illness? Recommended reading: • [WEBINAR] Nutrition and Immunity - https://www.cancerdietitian.com/2021/02/webinar-nutrition-and-immunity.html • The Truth About Immunity Supporting Foods - https://www.cancerdietitian.com/immunity • NIH Vit C Info: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/ • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - How Vitamin C Supports A Healthy Immune System: https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/how-vitamin-c-supports-a-healthy-immune-system • Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23440782/ • Effect of High-Dose Zinc and Ascorbic Acid Supplementation vs Usual Care on Symptom Length and Reduction Among Ambulatory Patients With SARS-CoV-2 InfectionThe COVID A to Z Randomized Clinical Trial - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2776305
In this episode, part of our series on nutrition and immunity, we discuss zinc! Our topics include: What Zinc is and what it does for your body Why Zinc is important for your body How much Zinc you need  What foods provide Zinc  When it comes to Zinc, you don't want too much or too little  What about using Zinc for prevention or healing of disease or illness? Recommended reading:  Recent Research on COVID-19 & Zinc - https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2776305 [WEBINAR] Nutrition and Immunity - https://www.cancerdietitian.com/2021/02/webinar-nutrition-and-immunity.html The Truth About Immunity Supporting Foods - https://www.cancerdietitian.com/immunity Zinc- National Institutes of Health -https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/ NCBI-Zinc - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK222317/#:~:text=The%20Recommended%20Dietary%20Allowance%20(RDA,14%20mg%2Fday%20for%20men. Harvard School of Public Health-Zinc - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/zinc/ Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism Textbook
In this episode, Julie discusses how nutrition can support or distract your immune system. She focuses on food you should consider for your diet that strengthens your immune system. Then she discusses foods that could be distracting your immune system from doing its job. Find more information at https://www.cancerdietitian.com/2021/02/webinar-nutrition-and-immunity.html
The topic for this episode, sponsored by Nestle Health Science, is “Nutrition Options During Treatment.” We will focus today’s episode on the unique needs of people during treatment who are at high risk for malnutrition. For many people undergoing treatment for cancer, simply coming to terms with their disease and then getting started on their treatment journey requires the majority of their brain power. However, we know that preventing and treating malnutrition during cancer treatment is a key component of getting the best care.   In this episode, Julie discusses tips for managing side effects that impact nutrition status and also discuss the menu of options regarding oral nutrition supplements that Nestle Health Science offers. Links:  Nestle Boost Soothe - https://www.cancerdietitian.com/boostsoothepodcast Julie's webpage with tips and webinar on managing cancer treatment side effects - https://www.cancerdietitian.com/2017/09/tips-combating-cancer-side-effects.html
Today's topic is Food Safety and Cancer. This is a webinar that I presented a few days ago. It’s almost an hour of talk about food safety, which is a topic that has more recently seen a lot of interest. I downloaded the recorded audio, so you’ll have to excuse the lower quality of this episode! Find the full webinar at www.cancerdietitian.com/foodsafety In this episode, I discuss the following: Food Safety 101 Special notes for immune-compromised Cancer survivor recommendations Current evidence regarding COVID-19 and food safety Find my blog posts on grocery shopping during COVID-19 here: Buying Groceries in a Pandemic: Don’t Stress Over That Video!! - https://www.cancerdietitian.com/2020/03/buying-groceries-in-a-pandemic-dont-stress-over-that-video.html Grocery Shopping Follow Up and Tips on How to Make Decisions When Information is Conflicting -  https://www.cancerdietitian.com/2020/04/grocery-shopping-follow-up-and-tips-on-how-to-make-decisions-when-information-is-conflicting.html   Recommended Reading:   4 Steps to Food Safety  https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/4-steps-to-food-safety Food safety for people with cancer  https://www.fda.gov/food/people-risk-foodborne-illness/food-safety-people-cancer Food safety for transplant recipients  https://www.fda.gov/food/people-risk-foodborne-illness/food-safety-transplant-recipients Coronavirus and Cancer Resources for Survivors https://www.canceradvocacy.org/blog/coronavirus-cancer-resources-for-survivors/ How to Navigate Cancer in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic from Cure Magazine https://www.curetoday.com/articles/how-to-navigate-cancer-in-the-wake-of-the-covid19-pandemic COVID-19 Food Safety Resources https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/covid-19-resources/
On this episode of the Cancer Dietitian Podcast we’re talking about the emotional effects of cancer with Dr. Richard McQuellon, Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center's Cancer Patient Support Program. We’ll discuss practical coping mechanisms, when to seek professional help for depression, and the power of community. We’re also speaking with Julie Pope, a GI Oncology Nurse Navigator at Novant Health Cancer Center about their local cancer support group for cancer survivors, patients and caregivers. Then we’ll hear from ten-year colon cancer survivor Rod Hunter about his experience and how he has navigated his emotions from diagnosis to recovery. What we discuss: Coping with disease and management, relationships and how you think and feel The importance of understanding how you work and what gives you hope Finding a support community Practical coping mechanisms When to seek professional help to deal with depression The power of both speaking about how you feel and listening to others Different types of creative therapy options The greatest need for caregivers Links mentioned: ACS Coping Checklist for Patients Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Survivorship Clinic Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Services, Inc. Cancer Dietitian Colon Cancer Coalition Get Your Rear in Gear 2020 Race Race Facebook Event Page
On this episode of the Cancer Dietitian Podcast we’re talking about survivorship with Kristin Houston, PA and Dr. Stacy Wentworth of Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Survivorship Clinic in Winston-Salem, NC. They walk us through recommendations regarding follow up medical treatment, treating common side effects, and the mental challenges that come with transitioning into post-treatment life. We’ll also chat with Malek Rais, an eight-year colon cancer survivor, about his experience and how becoming a patient advocate at Cancer Services aided in his recovery. What we discuss: The current recommendations for colon cancer survivors regarding follow up appointments, colonoscopies and other types of medical management The most important things you can focus on outside of medical management after completing active treatment Determining small goals to help you transition to post-treatment life Maximizing quality of life for survivors who remain on active treatment Being open with your health care provider about any symptoms you’re experiencing, even if they appear minor or unrelated Treating common side effects of cancer treatment Establishing a survivorship support team If you’re interested in participating in the clinical trials mentioned in this episode, please contact Meg Omara at 336-716-9055. Links mentioned: Wake Forest Baptist Cancer Survivorship Clinic Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Services, Inc. Cancer Dietitian Colon Cancer Coalition Get Your Rear in Gear 2020 Race Race Facebook Event Page
On this episode of the Cancer Dietitian Podcast we’re discussing diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer with Joyce Fenstermaker, a GI Oncology Nurse Navigator at Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, about the colon cancer screening and treatment process and coping with the anxiety that comes with a diagnosis. We also chat with cancer survivor and Board-Certified Medical Oncologist at Novant Health Oncology Specialists, Dr. Eugene Paschold about his personal cancer experience as well as his advice for patients from a doctor and patient perspective. What we discuss: How the process works When it’s time to make treatment decisions Why you should be asking for a second opinion How to cope with the anxiety of a diagnosis and treatment Where to go for help How caregivers, friends and family can help someone facing a diagnosis of colon cancer Links mentioned: NCCN Guidelines for Colon Cancer Patients Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center Novant Health Oncology Specialists Cancer Services, Inc. Cancer Dietitian Colon Cancer Coalition Get Your Rear in Gear 2020 Race Race Facebook Event Page
On this episode of the Cancer Dietitian Podcast we’re talking with Thuy Vu, a Genetic Counselor at Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, NC, about how genetics can affect your probability of developing colon cancer and preventative measures you can take to help stay cancer-free. We’ll also chat with Jill Hyson about her diagnosis of Lynch Syndrome and how it’s affected her life and family. What we discuss: When you should request to see a Genetic Counselor Who is considered a medically “close relative” When to worry about pre-cancerous polyps Collecting your family’s medical history The difference between genetics counseling and genetics testing How often you should have your genetics tested Three possible test results How online genetics tests differ from the genetic testing requested by your doctor Lynch Syndrome Mentally processing your diagnosis Links mentioned: Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Services, Inc. Cancer Dietitian Colon Cancer Coalition Get Your Rear in Gear 2020 Race Race Facebook Event Page
On this episode of The Cancer Dietitian Podcast we’re talking about evidence-based guidelines regarding nutrition and physical activity when it comes to colon cancer. We’re going to uncover the truth about what science shows are the most important things to eat for colon cancer risk reduction and survivorship and talk with colon cancer patient Tommy Mitchell about his experience with people offering nutrition advice and how he has managed to stick to key recommendations. What we discuss: Defining what constitutes an “evidence-based” recommendation AICR colon cancer nutrition and activity guidelines The worst piece of nutrition advice Tommy has received (and some other not-so-great recommendations) Why you should be skeptical of diet documentaries and Facebook videos How to respond when people give you poor recommendations Finding a balance that makes healthy living an achievable goal Helpful tips for nutrition and physical activity when you’re not feeling well Links mentioned: American Institute for Cancer Research The National Cancer Institute American Cancer Society Cancer Services, Inc. Cancer Dietitian Colon Cancer Coalition Get Your Rear in Gear 2020 Race Race Facebook Event Page  
On this episode of the Cancer Dietitian Podcast, I’m talking with Scott Cornella, MD of Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont about colon cancer screening recommendations. Originally from western North Carolina, Dr. Cornella attended the University of North Carolina for his undergraduate education, where he graduated with honors with a degree in Biology. He stayed in Chapel Hill to obtain his medical degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Cornella completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, where he had the distinction of serving as Chief Resident. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Virginia. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Affiliations include the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. What we discuss: What inspired Dr. Cornella to study gastroenterology Why colonoscopies are recommended for colon cancer prevention How dangerous polyps are and how they affect future screenings The importance of bowel prep Pros and cons of alternative screening options Recommendations for minorities and other high-risk patients Who can perform a colonoscopy What to ask your colonoscopy doctor Colonoscopy prep tips I also speak with Senior Civic Engagement Specialist at United Health Centers Felica Bennett-Giles about her colonoscopy experience and why she’s become an advocate for early screenings for African Americans. Links mentioned: Cancer Services, Inc. Cancer Dietitian Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont United Health Centers Colon Cancer Coalition Get Your Rear in Gear 2020 Race Race Facebook Event Page
If you’re tired of wondering what you should and should not be eating as a cancer survivor, caregiver or someone interested in risk reduction, then this episode is for you! There is a lot of confusion about what is “good” and “bad” for cancer survivors to eat, but this episode will cover the basics of a healthy diet that isn’t just good for survivors, but for everyone! The purpose of having a nutritious diet is to enhance your health and well-being and give you the energy to go out and ENJOY THE DAY! I find many of my clients have heightened anxiety around food choices, and that food anxiety is negatively affecting their well-being. I aim to give you the most evidence-based information and offer a bottom-line message that will help you feel confident and comfortable in whatever food choices you think are best for your situation. No guilting, scaring or “should-ing!” I discuss THE 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION AND CANCER and my 6 recommendations for what survivors should eat each day to promote good health! Links: Nutrition After Cancer: What to Eat, What to Avoid Survivor Diet Educational Series 5 Things to Know About Nutrition and Cancer Plant-Based Eating for Cancer Survivors: Do’s and Don’ts! On the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s podcast, I discuss Food Anxiety and Cancer with Debra Benfield! The Truth about Turmeric, Spices & Cancer
Today’s topic is “superfoods”, supplements and CBD. It might seem like a strange combination, but I find that sales tactics and marketing efforts for all three are very similar, and play on some misunderstandings that most people have about nutrition, how our bodies work, and what the current evidence shows. To be honest, this topic was just going to be about the idea of superfoods, but with all the CBD craziness, I had an oncologist almost beg me to talk about CBD. So… I decided to throw it in with this one! In typical “Julie style”, this episode is full of the practical, evidence-based nutrition information that you crave, with none of the sensationalism, guilt or pseudoscience. Get your info from the expert!  Julie’s articles on this topic – The Truth about Turmeric, Spices & Cancer Should I Avoid Antioxidants During Cancer Treatment? Should I Take A Multivitamin? The Science on Multivitamins Are They A Quack? Nutrition Information: Who To Trust? Other helpful links! Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Nutrients recommended by the National Academy of Sciences at the levels recommended. American Institute for Cancer Research page on Supplements and Cancer https://www.aicr.org/patients-survivors/healthy-or-harmful/supplements.html   CSPI Webinar - Multivitamins: insurance or a waste of money? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWbeRFokYcM MD Anderson Cancer Center: CBD oil and cancer: 9 things to know   
Do you wonder what the deal is with GMOs and genetic engineering? Do you wish someone could explain the basics with a level head and without trying to convince you of their perspective? GMOs are a HEATED topic these days. But it doesn't have to be!  Grab a coffee, or a beer, and have a listen as Julie does her best to explain what GMOs are and what the current evidence is regarding their effects on our health and the environment. All in 25 minutes, of course! In typical "Julie style", this episode is full of the practical, evidence-based nutrition information that you crave. With none of the sensationalism, guilt or pseudoscience. Get your info from the expert! HELPFUL EVIDENCE-BASED RESOURCES ON GMOs:   National Academy of Sciences May 2016 Report: Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects - http://nas-sites.org/ge-crops/category/report/ The Genetic Literacy Project Info on golden rice: Golden Rice, Part 1: The story of a GMO crop that could save 2 billion lives Center for Science in the Public Interest Biotechnology page CSPI's Straight Talk on Genetically Engineered Foods: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions SciMoms Introduction to GMOs 2018 Meta-analysis: Impact of genetically engineered maize on agronomic, environmental and toxicological traits: a meta-analysis of 21 years of field data   Julie's articles on GMOs - GMO Foods: Why You Should NOT Freak Out! Don't Freak Out about GMO Foods Part 2   FOLLOW FARMERS WITH BLOGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES! Here are some of Julie's favs: The Foodie Farmer  A dietitian with a large family farm in Maryland  The Foodie Farmer Facebook Page Twitter at @FarmGirlJen Instagram at @DirtDietitian  Farm Babe Farmer in Iowa Twitter at @thefarmbabe Facebook Page Michele Payne Agriculture and Communications Expert Check out her book - Food Truths From Farm to Table Facebook Page Twitter at @mpaynspeaker
This latest episode of The Cancer Dietitian Podcast gets into the nitty-gritty of organic foods, pesticides, cancer risk and what choices to make when you're at the grocery store. Do you feel like people (or your social media news feed!) guilt you for your choices at the grocery store? Do you wonder what the evidence is for, or against, organic foods? This podcast will help allay your fears and help you feel confident when navigating the grocery store aisles and farmers market stalls. In typical "Julie style", this episode is full of the practical, evidence-based nutrition information that you crave. With none of the sensationalism, guilt or pseudoscience. Get your info from the expert! Printable handout: https://bitly.com/cancerandorganics BLOG ARTICLES ON THE TOPIC: The Dirty Dozen List and Organic Foods Organic Food and Cancer: Do pesticides cause cancer? Can I wash them off with soap? Are Organic Foods Better? Plus Cancer Dietitian Video Interview Should I Buy Organic? Cancer Prevention and the Dirty Dozen List! Organic Food and Cancer: Should I Buy Organic? Part I Organic Food and Cancer: Should I Buy Organic? Part II
This episode of The Cancer Dietitian Podcast covers the science (or lack of) behind the alkaline diet. Listen to the show to find out how I explain this topic to my clients. I cut to the bottom line up front, and also spend plenty of time explaining how our bodies manage pH (acid/alkaline balance), what research has been done on alkaline diets and cancer and what exactly proponents of the diet claim it can do. In typical "Julie style", this episode is full of the practical, evidence-based nutrition information that you crave. With none of the sensationalism, guilt or pseudoscience. Get your info from the expert! Links: Alkaline diet and cancer handout download available for sale on my website: https://www.cancerdietitian.com/wordpress/product/acid-alkaline-diet Does Alkaline Water Kill Cancer Cells? Acidic Foods and Alkaline Foods – Knowing the Difference Acid/Alkaline Diet for Cancer? The Evidence, or Lack of Cure Magazine article: Can a Low-Acid Diet Help Prevent Cancer?
In episode 2, I take on the topic of soy, especially as it relates to breast cancer. Find out how I explain this popular and confusing topic to my clients.   Things addressed include: Should breast cancer survivors avoid soy? What soy additives should I avoid on the ingredient list? What is the most evidence-based info regarding lifestyle and breast cancer risk? Does soy have estrogen? Why should I eat soy? In typical Julie style, this episode gets to the point and is full of practical, evidence-based nutrition information. Get your info from the expert!   PRINTABLE HANDOUT AT www.cancerdietitian.com/wordpress/soy BLOG ARTICLES ON THE TOPIC: Soy Foods and Cancer Breast Cancer Nutrition Myths & Truths Top 5 Nutrition and Breast Cancer Questions and Answers Should I Drink Almond Milk? Or Soy Milk? Or Regular Milk? Do Soy Foods Cause or Prevent Breast Cancer? Part I Do Soy Foods Cause or Prevent Breast Cancer? Part II Soy Foods and Cancer: Recipes!
This FIRST episode of The Cancer Dietitian Podcast dives right into the most common cancer nutrition question that I get. Listen to the show to find out how I explain this somewhat complex topic to my clients.  I also explain the difference between simple sugars and complex carbohydrates, what makes something a "healthy carb", why you SHOULD eat carbohydrates for optimal body function, plus tips on which simple sugars to cut back on.  In typical "Julie style", this episode is full of the practical, evidence-based nutrition information that you crave. With none of the sensationalism, guilt or pseudoscience. Get your info from the expert! Printable handout on "Does Sugar Feed Cancer?" BLOG ARTICLES ON THE TOPIC: Why You Should Stop Saying “Sugar Feeds Cancer” The Mystery of Sugar: How Your Body Digests It and the Difference Between Simple Sugars and Complex Carbs. Does Sugar Feed Cancer? It’s not a simple question!! Insulin, Sugar and Cancer: The Facts The Connection Between Diabetes and Cancer Does Sugar Feed Cancer? Part II Does Sugar Feed Cancer? Part I
Welcome to The Cancer Dietitian Podcast! Are you a cancer patient wondering what to eat to keep your body as healthy as possible during treatment?Are you a cancer survivor wanting to eat as healthy as possible to reduce risk of recurrence? Are you sick of all the crazy info around nutrition and just want an evidence-based resource for the facts?Are you a healthcare provider or dietitian trying to figure out how to answer all the crazy questions your patients have after watching documentaries or reading the headlines? Are you someone who loves to hear myth busting around nutrition topics? If so....this podcast is for YOU! Join Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN a bonafide expert in oncology nutrition as she guides you through the forest of nutrition and cancer information. What makes Julie an expert?  She has a Bachelor's in Science in Biology, Nutrition concentration, from an accredited college (N.C. State University) - www.ncsu.edu She completed all the coursework to qualify for a dietetic internship - accreditation information here. She's a Registered Dietitian - learn more about RD credentials She has a Master's in Public Health Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health (ranked #2 Public Health school overall and #1 among public universities) She is a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO) and has to retake the exam every 5 years to prove she is qualified. Learn more about CSO. She has been the Wellness Director for Cancer Services, Inc for the past 10+ years. www.cancerservicesonline.org Julie is the creator and author of Cancer Services, Inc's nutrition resource - CancerDietitian.com. She has educated thousands of people regarding the evidence around nutrition and cancer over the past 11 years. She offers a no-nonsense approach and approaches the topic of nutrition from a whole person perspective.Her goal is to assist you in making your own choices around food and to help lower the anxiety around those choices. Julie believes that healthy eating should be DELICIOUS and nutritious!She specializes in making healthy living fun and enjoys time away from work with her personal "circus" - a husband, 8-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son and lively golden retriever.
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Catherine Sulewski

hmm.. sorry Don t agree. Next you'll say chemo is safe and cures cancer. joke!

Oct 1st
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