Author: Dr. Rachel VandenBerg, ND

Are Your Dust Bunnies Toxic?

Are your dust bunnies toxic? The answer is most likely “yes”, unless you have carefully sought out and purchased chemical-free furniture, clothing, curtains and appliances. This story begins in the 1970’s when a California Bulletin (TB117) outlined certain standards for flame resistance …

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10 Minutes a Month

Andrea is one of many women who believe that her hands have saved her life.  And it only took her 10 minutes a month. Five and half years ago, she found a lump in her breast — a lump that was later diagnosed as breast cancer.  Andrea now advocates to other women that they too, take just a few minutes each month to perform this potentially life-saving exercise. The MammAlive foundation encourages self breast exams (SBEs) as an important part of healthy breast screening. The data supports this position. They should be used along with clinical breast exams (performed by a skilled practitioner) and imaging as advised by your health care team. This combination of tools gives you greatest chance of early detection of anomalies.    By simply touching, and observing, you will get to know your body better. The better you know your body, the more confident you can be when everything is okay; and the more likely you will know it if something is wrong.   If you are new to SBEs, start by Look in the mirror at your unclothed chest, and simply observe. Do this daily, before or after bathing, when getting dressed or when preparing for bed.  Then gently place your hands on your chest. Notice what you feel — maybe a sensation, maybe an emotion, maybe nothing at all. When you are comfortable,...

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Join the October Healthy Breast Challenge

Join Dr. Rachel and thousands of women around the globe, in the October Healthy Breast Challenge! Practice the daily tips to improve your breast health.  Share the tips with family and friends to help increase education and decrease global breast cancer risk. Click here to check out upcoming Healthy Breast Events in KW, or to sign up for the...

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Breast Cancer and Sugar

Does eating sugar cause cancer? A quick google search will lead you to two very different opinions on this question. Let’s take a look at what happens when we eat sugar. And hopefully, this explanation will help things make a little more sense.

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Naturopathic Medicine Week

It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week. Here are some interesting facts about naturopathic medicine and NDs. Know someone struggling with health concerns? Pass this on. A naturopathic approach might be just what they need.

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Flax Seeds and Breast Health

Flax seeds are beneficial in 2 main ways: Flax Seeds Contain Beneficial Lignans. The first is that they contain compounds called lignans, which are phytoestrogens. This means that they can act like estrogen in the body.

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