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We are two naturopathic doctors who know a lot about cancer care. Leah is the cancer insider. Tina is the science-y one. We keep it light, informative, and useful. We've each been clinicians our whole careers. Inevitably, our conversations turn to how to help people with integrative and naturopathic medicine. So, we decided to broadcast it. Voila! The Cancer Pod was born. We generally take a subject and break it up into three (or four) episodes. These episodes make up a pod, where we get our ...
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Welcome to Integrative Oncology Talk! Where we discuss the latest science and opinions from leading voices in integrative oncology. Integrative oncology utilizes complementary therapies and lifestyle strategies to help those affected by cancer, using personalized approaches and evidence based recommendations. This podcast is hosted by Dr. Santosh Rao, a medical oncologist and integrative oncologist. Dr. Judith Lacey, a supportive care and integrative oncology physician. And Leigh Leibel (pro ...
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'Tis the season! Pine trees are everywhere! From vitamin C to turpentine (yes, the paint thinner!), pine trees give us a lot to talk about. Listen in as Tina & Leah chat about the uses and cautions of the ubiquitous pine tree in this holiday minisode. And don't forget... hit those 5 stars and send this episode to someone you think would enjoy it! T…
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It's that time of year! Cranberries are in season! There's a good chance you'll sit down to some cranberry dishes or drinks during the holidays. Maybe this episode can be fodder for conversation? ("Yes, Uncle Frank, those pics are... something. That chicken nugget really does look like Elvis. A-hem, how about this cranberry sauce? Did you know... "…
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Everyone has heard a myth or two about cancer (hello, sugar!) The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published eight "Myths and Facts About Cancer." Some of the myths they brought up were ones we've heard from patients, others...kind of cringey. We thought we should tackle them one by one. Not surprisingly, there is often a vein of truth …
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Herbal medicine is part of our daily lives. Coffee, tea, soup, salads... we are already consuming plants, and many are medicinal. Walking in nature and gardening, these are also aspects of plant medicine. Listen to the latest episode of The Cancer Pod, where Tina and Leah chat with Chanchal Cabrera, MSc, FNMIH, RHT, (RH) AHG , whose career as a med…
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We talked with Dr. Lise Alschuler about the three most important things to reduce cancer risk and its recurrence. With almost 30 years as a clinician, as well as a cancer survivor herself, Dr. Alschuler is an authority on the topic. Join Tina & Leah in this not-to-be-missed episode. Where else will you find three naturopathic physicians giving out …
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Does a higher BMI sometimes lead to better outcomes? Is BMI what we should be using to measure obesity? Whether you are considered obese, overweight, normal weight, or underweight... your BMI can be misleading. Tina & Leah delve into the details and give you some advice to achieve the ultimate goal: living your best life as long as you possibly can…
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Some things supporting wellness are a great idea — if you're not in the middle of cancer treatment! Tina and Leah talk about some good-for-you, healthy, and usually risk-free things you should avoid while getting active treatment. Avoiding anything that may undermine your treatment success is a top priority, so don't miss this one! Support the show…
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Time flies! Before you know it, another year's gone by! We've hit some hot topics this past year, and the info just keeps coming! So, Tina & Leah plucked from the headlines and updated some prior episodes with the newest info. They also look to the future of cancer diagnosis (will ants someday be involved?) and tackle a listener question about mush…
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Green tea is a hugely popular drink and supplement. But are its health claims warranted? In this episode, Tina & Leah bring you the facts about green tea's benefits. As usual, there are some unique considerations regarding cancer. So tune in to find out if this anti-oxidant-rich tea should be a high priority on your to-do list! Memorial Sloan-Kette…
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Adaptogens are all the rage, making their way into popular pick-me-up products (looking at you, Monster energy drinks). Many different plants are adaptogens (Ashwaganda, Ginseng, Rhodiola, etc), but should these plants really be taken willy-nilly? Tina & Leah give you the low down on adaptogens, including their uses, side effects, and some contrain…
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This isn't a sexy topic but darn it, someone has to talk about it! We naturopathic doctors don't shy away from sh*t talk. In fact, we encourage it! We're rereleasing this episode because there's a slew of newer oral agents that cause loose stool and/or diarrhea. Listen in as Tina and Leah help you understand how it happens and what you can do about…
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Drug repurposing is using a drug previously approved for one condition to treat an entirely different condition (like cancer). In cancer care, repurposed drugs are usually gentler than FDA-approved cancer treatments. They include common drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and more. Tina & Leah talk about who should consider this st…
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Detox programs are popping up everywhere, but what’s the best approach? Do you really need to chug charcoal?! Tina & Leah talk about what detox means from their perspectives. And while they agree on most of it, they each bring a different perspective on how detoxification, elimination, and cleansing should be defined. Tune in to learn more! Harvard…
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Did you know you can lower pain levels with natural agents as well as medications? Food matters too. What you eat can worsen pain, while some foods help you resolve it. Tina & Leah are naturopathic doctors who know what works (and what doesn’t!). They’ll spare you the arms-length list of supplements that “may” help. So tune in and find out how to l…
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Beena Patel is a cancer survivor, holistic health and wellness coach, Oncology Physician Assistant turned yoga teacher and Reiki Healer. We discuss her inspired journey towards personal healing and transforming the lives of her clients, with stories about healing, attending to our spirits, and empowering people to find their voice and purpose.…
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Pain is unpleasant. (That’s an understatement!) While pain itself is no fun, Tina & Leah keep you entertained and informed as you learn the basics in this episode. Understanding pain and knowing how to report it accurately can speed up the process of getting some relief. So listen in, and as always, please share this podcast if you find it useful! …
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Nigeria is an African country with a population of 200 million, yet it has only 90 oncologists, 3-5 radiation machines in service at any given time, and ten cancer-related clinical trials. Furthermore, there is limited cancer screening and little awareness of risk-reduction behaviors. As a result, more than 70% of Nigerians diagnosed with cancer pr…
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Probiotics, prebiotics, postbiotics, Oh My! The “bugs” in our guts have more to do with cancer than you may think. They interact intimately with your immune system and can influence cancer treatment effectiveness. Join Tina & Leah as they discuss the bugs we love, probiotics! Probiotics- What they are, and what they are not The. Federal Trade Commi…
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99% of calcium is in our bones. The last 1% is a fine balancing act between hormones and nutrients. So how much should you consume? What are the best supplement forms? What foods (besides dairy) have the highest amounts? What if it’s high or low on your lab reports? Tune in and find out as Tina & Leah tell you all about our most abundant mineral, c…
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Harvey Max Chochinov, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Senior Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute, is widely considered one of the most influential and respected palliative care scholars and researchers in the world today. He has authored over three hundred publications, including several groun…
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High blood sugar (glucose) isn't desirable for a host of reasons, but is "feeding cancer" one of them? The truth is bittersweet and takes a little more clarification than a simple "yes" or "no." Tina & Leah discuss the origin-story of "sugar feeds cancer," tell you whether it's valid or not and give you some tips & tricks on how to have your cake a…
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Does milk really “do a body good?” Great marketing, but what’s the truth? Tina & Leah tackle this tough question as they sift through the data on dairy. As always, they stick to the facts. (No dogma allowed.) Should you indulge or abstain? Listen in to find out! How humans have evolved to digest milk. Harvard’s Healthy eating plate has no dairy on …
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What's the best type of movement during and after cancer treatment? How do you integrate exercise without hurting yourself? Tina & Leah talk with movement expert Sarah Court about what yoga can do (and can't!), aerobic vs. resistive exercise, and how to safely create a movement routine. Oh, and she’s got a resiliency plan you’ve got to check out! W…
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Does fasting during treatment make it work better? Does overnight fasting stave off recurrence? How does fasting affect cancer in general? Tina & Leah talk about the benefits (and risks!) of limiting food intake during and after cancer treatment. Links we mentioned on this episode and other cool stuff: Fasting alongside neoadjuvant chemotherapy in …
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We're talking talk sh!t in this one, survivorsh!t, that is. Along the way, we drop tips for how to lessen the long-term side effects of cancer treatments that put a real wrench in survivorship. This 40,000-foot view hits on many lingering effects and helps you understand how and why some may improve while others may not. Tune in to be entertained a…
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Magnesium deficiency is incredibly common. No need for this, though. There are simple labs to run. You can also fix a deficiency with food and supplements. But what are some symptoms of Mg deficiency? And who should NOT be taking it as a supplement? Join Tina & Leah as they chat about the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body. (What's #1? You…
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Did you know blood levels of B12 are likely to be high in those with cancer? Is this harmful? What about B12 deficiency? What should you look for? Tina & Leah talk about vitamin B12 and why you shouldn’t just take it willy-nilly. Cobalamin (B12) is a nutrient that can often be deficient, especially in vegans/vegetarians, anyone with chronic GI issu…
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Support the show We hope you find our talks useful and entertaining! Share this podcast with someone you think would like it! https://www.thecancerpod.com Have an idea or question? Email us: thecancerpod@gmail.com Join our growing community, we are @TheCancerPod on: Instagram Twitter Facebook LinkedIn We appreciate your support! THANK YOU!…
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Melatonin is a popular supplement in cancer care. Tina & Leah review the many uses of melatonin and tackle some controversies around this powerful hormone. Join us as they chat, like only two naturopathic docs can. Did you know melatonin was first discovered in 1958? That’s a long time ago! Amazingly, research is still uncovering new ways melatonin…
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We speak with Drs. Ana Maria Lopez and Eleanor Walker on Health equity, how it can cause gaps in cancer care, and how we can address it with integrative oncology. Dr. Lopez and Dr. Walker both co-chair the Health Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Task Force of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Dr. Ana Maria Lopez is Professor and Vice Chair of Me…
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We’re celebrating our 50th episode! Looking back, even we are amazed at how much ground we’ve covered. Join us as we hit the highlights from past and take on some listener questions. This is a one-of-a-kind episode! Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you haven’t already, hit that follow button! We’ll keep them coming. And, as always, thank you for joining …
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Are there any natural cancer cures out there? What the heck is the abscopal effect? Should you pursue it? What is the goal of your treatment? How do you decide between treatment A versus treatment B? Are antioxidants always a good idea? Join us in this jam-packed episode where we discuss details on these topics and much, much more. In this episode,…
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In this episode, Tina & Leah discuss how you can reliably reduce your risk of cancer occurrence, recurrence, or improve your odds if you currently have cancer. They pick up where they left off in Episode 47, talking about The Cancer Conflict, a 2022 documentary directed by Thomas Meadmore that follows two separate people, each with newly diagnosed …
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How do you choose your treatment? Conventional? Alternative? A combination of both (integrative)? Listen in as Tina & Leah discuss some do’s and don’ts of decision making that you need to know. A film called The Cancer Conflict juxtaposed two newly diagnosed patients and followed each one as they went through their cancer treatments. One person sta…
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Join us as we talk about navigating survivorship with Amy & Stef. As always, the conversation is upbeat and includes tips for survivors and caregivers alike. Amy & Stef started Cancer for Breakfast, a podcast and community, with one goal in mind: to create a supportive place for those who have had cancer. With their immutable wit and authenticity, …
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We taped a minisode to wrap up Leah's story and share the results of her biopsy! Ah, life of a #cancerinsider…tune in to find out how the story plays out. Support the show We hope you find our talks useful and entertaining! Share this podcast with someone you think would like it! https://www.thecancerpod.com Have an idea or question? Email us: thec…
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Leah’s story picks up where Part 1 left off. We update you on what’s happening with that suspicious area on her MRI, continue talking about details of her past treatment and integrate some lessons along the way. Join us as Leah’s story unfolds: past and present. Cancer Treatment Centers of America where Leah worked (and received her treatment) Leah…
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Leah has the dubious distinction of being our #cancerinsider. In this episode, she shares her history of diagnosis and treatment while seeing patients at an integrative cancer center. Join us in this unscripted chat! Today, Leah is once again practicing in an integrative cancer center, and during the recording of this episode, she happens to be awa…
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Dr. Mary Barnhart is a former dietitian and retired breast surgeon. From the idea of spreading tumors with biopsies (true or false?) to who gets to pick the music in the OR, Tina & Leah ask some tough questions in this one. Ultimately, you are in control of your healthcare decisions, and Dr. Barnhart discusses how she balanced medical advise with p…
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Sammy Peterson, RD, CSO (Certified Specialist in Oncology), talks about an approach to diet and wellness that won’t leave you stressed out. Join us in this engaging chat. Guaranteed you’ll be ready to take action. We all want to feel our best, no matter who we are or what our condition is. There is so much conflicting info out there though! Ultimat…
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Join us as we chat with naturopathic physician, teacher, author, and cancer survivor Dr. Amy Rothenberg. Dr. Rothenberg had been a naturopathic physician for 30+ years when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her story is one of incredible resilience (two separate cancers in the same year!). In keeping with her career of sharing her knowledge and experi…
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Curcumin is what makes turmeric orange. It is also a very popular supplement. What does it do exactly? How should it be taken? How is it used in integrative oncology? Can you take it with chemo? Tina & Leah answer these questions and much more in this episode of The Cancer Pod. Want to support the show? Just buy us a coffee! Buymeacoffee and THANK …
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Mushrooms are a valuable food and medicine, but which ones are best? Are they safe during treatment for cancer? What’s the proper dose? Do they really affect immune function? Tina & Leah discuss all of this and more from a practical- and as always-naturopathic perspective. The use of mushrooms dates back thousands of years. As a food, mushrooms add…
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L-glutamine is a "conditionally essential" amino acid. What's that? Tune in & find out: what glutamine is, what it does, and when you shouldn't be taking it. Tina & Leah discuss generalities and then delve into specifics, particularly for those who have (or had!) cancer. Glutamine is one of those supplements that many people take…. willy-nilly. Tha…
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Hair changes from treatment for cancer are common. Listen as Tina & Leah discuss what to expect, including which drugs lead to hair loss, how to reduce your risk, nutrients involved in hair regrowth, and ways to support hair recovery after treatment. Hair loss, also called alopecia, can be a challenging side effect for many people undergoing treatm…
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Skin & nail changes can happen with chemotherapy, radiation, oral drugs, and immune-directed therapies for cancer. There are ways to lower your risk with natural agents and simple measures. Tune in to hear two naturopathic physicians, Tina & Leah, discuss what you can do. Changes to your nails and skin are more than merely aesthetic. If left untrea…
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Nerve damage from chemotherapy can lead to lingering effects after treatment. There are several natural agents that can help. But, some can actually make it worse too! Listen in while Tina & Leah discuss how to prevent chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and what to (safely) do if you already have it. Chemotherapy drugs are designed t…
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Can anything really be a “cure-all?” What a concept! There are things this 100-year-old herbal formula can do, and there are things it can't. Tina & Leah chat facts about Essiac & Flor-Essence teas. Herbal medicine, plant medicine, botanical medicine, whatever you like to call it, there’s evidence for its use dating back thousands of years. We love…
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The terms “antioxidants” and “free radicals”- what do they mean exactly? Are antioxidants safe to take as a supplement? Tina & Leah tell you the truth, even if it is inconvenient. (Don’t blame the messengers!) Antioxidants only do good, right? The theory is that antioxidants prevent cancer by limiting damage in and around our cells. Truth: Foods hi…
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In this podcast, we discuss the microbiome, how the microbiome has an effect on health, and how changes to the microbiome can effect cancer and responses to therapy. This is a rapidly evolving area of study.Dr. Jennifer Mcqaude is a Physician Scientist and Assistant Professor in Melanoma Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cance…
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