No Computer for an Hour this Morning

On Wednesday's radio show, I discussed some recent research showing that people perform 20% worse on a math task when their phones are in sight than when they're out of sight. (You can read the paper here.)

I was patting myself on the back, since *I* don't have that particular problem, when I realized (live, on air) that I am every bit as much of an addict as the nomophobes ("NO-MObile-PHOne" freak outs) I smugly criticize. My addiction is not the phone, however, it's email, and in the last week I've developed a new compulsion ...

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Mammogram today

Today I had my second follow-up mammogram since my mastectomy. (They check the original breast I still have once a year now.) Normally, for a mammogram they would only have taken two images of my breast, but the doctor thought she saw something suspicious. It's so scary to see those line drawings of a breast with the X with a circle around it on your chart, and to see the look of quiet concern on everyone's face. I had hoped to never see that again.

So they sent me back for more imaging, and squashed me to the ...

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Cranberry Juice

Cranberries are super foods for the urinary tract, and now there's another good reason to eat them: They help fight cancer!

I never drink the Ocean Spray kind, or anything labeled "Cranberry Juice Cocktail" since it's full of GMO corn syrup. Instead, I buy natural 100% pure cranberry juice in bottles from Trader Joe's.

Plain cranberry juice is way too tart and concentrated to drink straight, so I fill a pitcher about 1/5 full of cranberry juice and fill it the rest of the way with water. It turns the ...

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What oils are we supposed to be eating?

Fats and oils are one of the most contentious areas of nutrition today. Which oils are we supposed to eat? Which are we supposed to avoid? Do we trust Sally Fallon of Nourishing Traditions who says to go hog wild with animal fats, or do we trust the cancer researchers who advise a more restrained approach? I thought I knew a lot about this topic a few years ago, and I must admit, I know far less now.

So while I'm admittedly no expert, I do try to pay attention to the research on this continually moving target. For ...

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Stopping cancer recurrence through copper depletion

Wheeee! I am super excited because I am about to join a new clinical trial that may well save my life. As a Stage IIIC breast cancer survivor, my risk of cancer recurrence is scary sky high, and I've had two blood tests recently which both showed that my serum copper levels were above the normal range.

So my awesome, brilliant, leave-no-stone-unturned husband did his amazing research and found this groundbreaking study being done at Cornell University:

Copper depletion therapy keeps high-risk triple-negative breast cancer at bay

Triple negative breast cancer ...

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