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Ginseng: Getting to the Root

If there’s one Asian herb that everyone has heard of, it’s ginseng – Panax ginseng to give it it’s full name. It’s often thought of as a stimulant, although Ginseng is actually more sophisticated than that. In traditional Chinese herbology, we use it to strengthen digestion, improve lung function, reduce anxiety, and increase energy.

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The Power of Sriracha

It’s Thai. It’s trendy. It gives your food a tangy kick in the taste buds. And you’ve probably heard about it and seen it on the tables of many New York eateries far and wide these days. Sriracha sauce is indeed all that and a bag of…peppers. But there’s more to this sauce than something […]

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L’Shana Tova: Apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah and beyond

With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, comes a customary heap of symbolic food offerings. Chief among these is the combination of apples dipped in honey.

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How to perform a monthly breast self-exam

Survival rates for breast cancer patients have never been better, and early detection is one of the reasons for this.

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5 Ways to Reduce your Risk of Breast Cancer

When Angelina Jolie described her double mastectomy in an OP-ED column in the New York Times she started a discussion that I think is important.  The well-known actress and activist is in a somewhat rare category when it comes to breast cancer risk in that she has the BRCA1 gene mutation. This is an inherited […]

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Focus on Cancer: Hot flashes during cancer treatment

Some types of cancer cells are stimulated by naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogen.  In these cases, drugs such as tamoxifen and letrozole are used to keep hormone levels stable and low.  These drugs are adjuvant therapies used in addition to other cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation and are used to manage […]

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Focus on Cancer: Pain and peripheral neuropathy

Using acupuncture to reduce pain has been documented in many scientific studies over the years.  It is also one of the best ways to manage the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy induced by chemotherapy.  Damage to the peripheral nerves in the fingers and toes, but also radiating up into the arms and legs can occur […]

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Focus On Cancer: Nausea during treatment

Nausea and loss of appetite can be common side effects of some cancer treatments and while medications to prevent or treat nausea are often combined with chemotherapy drugs, many patients still experience symptoms.  For the “foodies” and our patients who experience much pleasure from eating, this can be an especially difficult side effect as they […]

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