All fat is not created equally: white vs. brown fat

Dr. Christine here with her first Serenity Natural Health blog post!

I was mulling over different ideas for what to write about when it hit me: Spring is here, the sun is shining, and after this brutalwinter, I am ready to shed my layers…and some extra (insulating) pounds!

I came across some interesting research that seems oh-so-appropriate for all of us after suffering through this unending winter.

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Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that the US will have almost 1.5 million new cases of cancer in 2009, with lung, breast, and prostate, respectively at the top. Most oncologists take a conventional approach in treating cancer - surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, with little mention of nutrition, psychological well-being, and exercise. However, the Journal of Clinical Oncology reported back in 2004 that 88% of 102 cancer patients at the Mayo Comprehesive Cancer Center used at least one CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapy. Where are these patients getting their information about CAM therapies from? The internet, probably.

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