Signs, Symptoms and Risks of Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and because it is one of the most common cancers in the United States we offer these facts, symptoms, signs, possible causes and your risks of having breast cancer.

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  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that more than 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.



While there is no clear answer to what causes breast cancer, researchers have identified things that can increase your risk of breast cancer.



  • A lump in the breast or thickening that feels different than regular tissue.
  • Discharge from the nipple.
  • Change in size or shape of your breast.
  • Changes to the skin of the breast, including dimpling.
  • Redness of the skin of the breast.



  • Being female.
  • Increasing age.
  • A personal history of breast cancer.
  • A family history of breast cancer.
  • Inherited genes that cause breast cancer.
  • Radiation exposure.
  • Obesity.
  • Beginning your period at a young age.
  • Beginning menopause at an older age.
  • Drinking alcohol.


Having children later in life or not at all.

Burn some fat with these great workouts!

Even though sweater and parka weather is upon us, ‘tis the season to sculpt away that unwanted fat… because let’s be honest any season is the perfect time to sculpt away that unwanted fat, right?

In order to fight fat and sculpt, you need to target your biggest problem areas – like your glutes, thighs, and love handles. Follow these fat-busting moves to get in the best shape this season (or any season!)
















Problem – Under arm jiggle

Solution – Tricep dips

Sit on the floor or a bench with knees bent at 90 degrees and palms facing out, behind you. Raise your body up and down, dipping your rear until it hovers just above the ground. Keep your elbows pointed straight behind you, and you should feel it in your triceps. Do for 60 seconds, and repeat three times.


Problem – Inner thigh jiggle

Solution – Sumo squat

With a dumbbell in each hand, stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, and toes pointed out. Keeping a tall spine, stand up straight, bringing your right foot to meet your left. Then, return to low squat position. Repeat for 20 to 25 reps; do 3 or 4 sets.


Problem – Love handles

Solution – Side forearm plank

Start with a traditional forearm plank, elbows under shoulders and forearms parallel, abdominals engaged. Slide your palms toward your centerline so your thumb and forefingers connect. Then stack your left hip on your right, placing your left palm on your left hip. Use your abs and pull your navel to your spine as you press your shins and thighs together. Reach your left (or top) arm up to the sky to open your chest while you press your hip up. Press up 10 times. Repeat on right side.

Legs and Arms Natural Sculpting Secret

Product Review

This month’s product review will review the pros and cons of our very popular Legs & Arms Natural Sculpting System. Out of all of the products we have, this is the one product takes the longest and most amount of treatments to be effective.

Each pair is pre-cut and the herbal remedies are pre-applied to it.  After taking a hot shower, just unfold each pair and place it on your legs or arms (not both at the same time).  Most people need six pairs to get really good results on their legs, thighs and/or buttocks area.  (Note: The arms area is not as stubborn as the legs.)

It is rare that you’d see any results from one pair, but as far as the effectiveness of our Legs & Arms NSS, you will see results if you are patient enough to wait and use each of the six pairs as instructed and on schedule (every 3 days).

This might sound a bit like a negative review, but as you know by now, we are not in the business of misleading anyone and if you can stand to wait and use each pair as instructed, you’ll see a significant reduction in fat, cellulite, stretch marks and even loose skin.

To try the Legs & Arms Natural Sculpting System, go to:

Spotlight on: Pumpkins

Eating Healthy

  • One thing that many people do not know about pumpkins is that they are made up of 90 percent water.
  • Pumpkins also contain other great nutritional aspects including potassium and vitamin A.
  • The bright orange color of pumpkins also tells us that they are a great source of the important antioxidant, beta carotene.
  • Research has indicated that diets rich in beta carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protects against heart disease. It also prevents some degenerative aspects of aging.

Pumpkin Soup

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 whole black peppercorns

Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.  Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.  Return to pan and bring to boil again.  Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered.  Stir in heavy cream.  Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.


Recipe: Traditional Pumpkin Pie

  • 1 ¾ cups (one 15oz. can) unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(For crust us a pre-made store bought crust or a homemade crust)

In a small heavy saucepan, stir the pumpkin, brown sugar, spices and salt together until mixed.  Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly.  Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick and shiny.  Scrape the mixture into a mixer or food processor for 1 minute. With the motor on, add the milk and cream, mixing until incorporated completely.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing just to incorporate, about 5 seconds after each egg.  When you add the last egg, also add the vanilla. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell.  Bake the pie for 50 – 60 minutes at 375 degrees.  It is done when a knife inserted between the sides and center comes out almost clean. Cool on a wire rack.








Awareness 101: Ward off Breast Cancer

In support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Institute for Cancer Research recently estimated that nearly 40 percent of breast cancer can be prevented if all women would follow these four simple lifestyle changes.

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  1. Have one alcoholic drink per day, MAX – abstaining is even better although.
  2. Get moving for at least 30 minutes per day – besides helping you to keep a healthy weight, exercise will also help boost your immune system and keep your hormones in check.
  3. Watch your body weight and keep it down – fat cells produce estrogen which can only fuel some cancers.
  4. If you have a baby and breastfeed, try to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months – this in and of itself can reduce your risk of getting breast cancer by 60 percent.

Back to Lunch – Tips for Children’s Healthy Eating

Grocery stores are filled with nutritious choices nowadays and by enlisting the help of your child when shopping for their lunch foods, he or she can learn how to make the best choices as they grow up and create meals of their own.

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Be sure to check out the following areas of your supermarket and your child’s lunch will not only be filled with great tasting foods, but it will also create a healthy lunch.

  • The Produce Section: The produce section is always a good place to start when it comes to a healthy lunch. Choosing fruits and vegetables that your child enjoys and even some they may have never tried is a great idea and is always a good place to find those important vitamins and minerals that every child needs.
  •  The Drink Aisle:  While many children would love to enjoy a sugary soft drink with their lunch, a better option is a 100 percent juice instead.  Be a label reader and avoid juices with high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and artificial flavors.
  • The Dairy Section: The dairy section is also an area where you can find some great foods.  Try low-fat dairy options, like cottage cheese, string cheese and yogurt.
  • The Snack Food Aisle: Many parents would avoid this aisle completely, but there are still some great lunch items that can be found in the snack food aisle. Be on the lookout for baked and not fried snacks, avoid trans fats, choose whole-wheat over non-whole grain snacks, grab some all natural granola bars that offer whole grains, nuts and pieces of fruit all in one snack.

Snore-free Night’s Sleep!

Studies show that 30 to 40 percent of the general population snores… which means there are an awful lot of people out there not getting a good night’s sleep.  Whether you snore, or your partner, there are some easy ways to alleviate snoring and catch some zzzz’s before you know it.

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Tongue exercises – believe it or not there are exercises that you can do with your tongue that will help “train” your tongue where to stay in your mouth while you are sleeping to prevent snoring.  One good tongue exercise to practice is making the “t-t-t-t-t” sound – sort of like you are scolding someone.  This strengthens the tip of the tongue.  You can also let your tongue hang out relaxed, then tense your tongue by pointing it and holding this position for three seconds.

 Buy a mouthpiece – one of the most effective anti-snoring techniques is using a “boil and bite” mouthpiece.  These mouthpieces form to your upper and lower teeth and pull your lower jaw and the back of your tongue forward.

This process allows your airway to be opened and you to breathe easier.

Nasal sprays – there are quite a few nasal sprays on the market that claim to help curb snoring, so it may have to be a trial and error process in finding one that works for you.   Some studies say that eliminating yeast overgrowth in your nostrils may reduce inflammation and nasal congestion, but it also causes snoring.

Sleep with a tennis ball – say what? Hear us out on this one… because most people snore while sleeping on their back if you provide a barrier between your body and your back while you are sleeping you will be less likely to sleep on your back throughout the night… thereby reducing your snoring.  Some people suggest putting a tennis ball in a pocket T-shirt then sleeping with the T-shirt on backwards.  You can also put the tennis ball in a fanny pack and then wear that backwards.  If you happen to turn onto your back during the night, the ball, whether it is in your shirt or in your fanny pack, will cause discomfort and you will roll onto your side.

A Banana a Day Keeps the Doctor Away… Especially for Women

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Everyone has heard that an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but if you are a woman over the age of 50 then you should be having a banana or two along with that apple.

Recent studies show that woman over the age of 50 who ate foods high in potassium were 12 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke in general and 16 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke caused by a blood clot, or an ischemic stroke.

Lastly the study showed that women were 10 percent less likely to die, from any cause, than those who ate low amounts of food containing potassium.

Another interesting finding from the study was that the correlation between potassium intake and stroke prevention was highest amongst women who did not have high blood pressure.  Therefore, nutritionalists suggest that women should increase their potassium intake before high blood pressure has the chance to develop.

For women who aren’t big fans of bananas, never fear.  You can get twice as much potassium in a serving of spinach, than you get in one banana. Become a label reader as many foods contain potassium that you may not know about.

Workouts that May Do More Harm than Good!

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Despite what many people believe, not all workouts are actually effective and conducive to losing weight and toning up.  There are a number of workouts that you will see people doing at your gym any given day of the week that are actually ineffective.

Unless you have the best form and are using some of these machines like textbook, then you actually may be doing more harm than good to your body.

Here are some examples of ineffective workouts:

Behind the Head Lat Pull Downs: Unfortunately only those with very mobile shoulder joints can keep their spine straight enough to get a good workout from the behind the back lat pull down bar.  The move done wrong can actually tear the rotator cuff.

  • Lying Leg Press (with knees bent too deeply):  This exercise is typically done to work your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes and is done on a machine where you use your feet to push a weighted plate up and down.  Unfortunately if you bend your knees too far, then you can seriously injure your back and/or knees.
  • Squats on a Smith Machine:  While the Smith Machine is generally an effective machine, the bar on the machine doesn’t give, which can force the body into risky positions, including placing their feet too far in front of them while doing their squats.
  • Using Bad Form on Cardio Machines:  While using bad form is not good on any machine, using bad form on cardio equipment is a big no-no. Hunching over can throw off your alignment, jarring your spine, shoulders and elbows.
  • Upright Row: This exercise done by pulling weights or a barbell underneath your chin can compress the nerves in your shoulder, actually impinging the shoulder.


When to Keep Your Child Home

Back to School 101:

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Now that school is back in session and children are more susceptible to colds and the flu, many parents wonder whether it is safe to send their child to school or not.  While many schools have specific guidelines regarding sick children, the following points are a general rule of thumb that will help you determine whether it is safe or not for your child and others.  Your child will need to stay home if:

  • They have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • They are vomiting
  • They have diarrhea
  • They are in the first 24 hours of pink eye or strep throat antibiotics

Generally children can return to school when they have no fever, they can eat and drink normally, they are well rested and alert enough to pay attention in class and once they have completed any doctor-recommended isolation due to pink eye or strep throat.