Here’s a six minute clip of Clinical nutritionist Cara Anselmo of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, speaking to a group in New York City:

http://www.mskcc.org/videos/alcohol-soy-dietary-supplements-and-risk

Her calm and common sense approach really struck a chord with me.  Cara (pictured to the right) says that high levels of alcohol consumption “have been associated with oral, esophageal, larynx, and breast cancers. However, drinking alcohol in moderation — one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men — is safe for cancer survivors.”

She continues, sharing that, “Studies suggest that eating a moderate amount of soy, which contains a substance called phytoestrogen, may reduce the risk and recurrence of breast cancer and other hormone-sensitive cancers. Cara recommends eating a moderate amount of foods that contain soy such as tofu, edamame, or flax seeds, instead of taking soy supplements.”

Cara goes on to say that “There’s no evidence that taking dietary supplements can reduce a person’s risk of cancer. Detailed information about the potential benefits and risks of many supplements can be found on Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s About Herbs website.  She feels that survivors should opt for whole-food sources of nutrients instead of supplements whenever possible.”

Did you know that taking moderate amounts of glucocamine can raise your blood sugar significantly?  This Sloan-Kettering nutritional video is definitely worth a look!  And don’t forget to check-out the “About Herbs” website, too.  A very handy resource.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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