6 Dietary Recommendations to reduce risk of several types of cancer

Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer

1. Limit or avoid dairy products to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

2. Limit or avoid alcohol to reduce the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, rectum, and breast.

3. Avoid red and processed meats to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon and rectum. 6 guidelines-cancer-prevention

4. Avoid grilled, fried, and broiled meats to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon, rectum, breast, prostate, kidney, and pancreas.

5. Consume soy products to reduce risk of breast cancer and to reduce the risk of recurrence and mortality for women previously treated for breast cancer.

6. Emphasize fruits and vegetables to reduce risk of several common forms of cancer.

A new report shows that global spending on cancer drugs reached $100 billion last year—a 10.3 percent increase from 2013. Experts predict that, at this rate, spending on cancer medicine will reach $147 billion by 2018.

But we could potentially save billions by halting the rise of lifestyle cancers. Approximately one-third of cancer cases are preventable, according to the World Health Organization. And the American Institute for Cancer Research states that a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes can prevent an estimated 340,000 cancer cases per year.

Physicians Committee doctors and dietitians released a list of six dietary recommendations to help individuals lower their cancer risk. Read the recommendations below to learn how you can help improve your health. After all, prevention is the best form of treatment!  For more detail and background go to The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine


5 Ways to Modify Yoga Poses as We Age!

1. More  Stretching
Always begin by stretching. Muscles need to be warm to function effectively, maybe as long as 12-15  minutes. You can include;   twists, cross-legged forward bends, stretching with arms overhead and doing a twist in both directions and side bends,  extended forward standing bend with arms over head and some knee flexes from side to side. Watch you flexibility continue to increase.

2. More Restorative Postures
Bringing the body to balance and flexibility is a benefit of any yoga practice. However, an extended focus on restorative yoga postures is a grounding and calming experience. It’s a way to let go of mind clutter and decompress from a stressful day. Putting your legs up the wall is a great posture to fully open your heart and pay more attention to the breath. Child’s pose is another way to be fully present to your mind, body and spirit.

3. More Neck Rolls
Neck rolls sound simple, right? You may think it’s kind of an okay thing to do in yoga, but the neck roll movement is so very important to the base of our neck, upper back, shoulders and to the all around line of our spine. One intention in yoga is to keep the neck vertebrae in line with the vertebrae of the spin, which forms a straight line from the crown of the head down to the lumber and sacrum. So spend more time with head rolls rather than glossing through it.

4. More Knee Work in Chaturanga
Putting your knees down first on the floor. That puts less weight on your back, shoulder and arms as you lower yourself down to the mat. This will still strengthen all the muscles involved in the upper back and arms,  without the added physical stress.

5. More Time in Savasana
Savasana or corpse pose is the most important posture in a yoga practice. Don’t get antsy because most everything you want to do can wait! With a more meditative and purposeful yoga practice, you give yourself due and mindful respect.  Feel the benefits of letting go and gaining acceptance as you end your practice.

ACCEPTANCE
Sometimes a (temporary) physical limitation or healing injury can teach you more about the profound benefits of yoga than you could imagine. Go for the longevity of your yoga and meditation practice. Honor your body with greater awareness. Each one of us is perfectly imperfect!

adapted & edited from HuffingtonPost



Holiday Share Faire – sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

Holiday Share Faire – sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

Drive thru the magnificent Redwood to the studio!

Sunday, December 14,   1 to 3 pm

Cubberley Community Center – Room H-6 (at the end near Piazza’s)
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Bring garden produce, food, books, toys, clothes, and or holiday decorations to share.

Join in some fabulous mini- classes and events!

Including Hatha Yoga for your back, neck, shoulders, hands and wrists!

Hatha Yoga – Patricia Becker
Growing succulents – Stephanie Erskine

Live Music – Herb Moore
Solar Oven Demonstration – Diane Ruddle
Wreath Making – Marianne Mueller (bring your plant material)   and much more!

Email me with your yoga requests?

PatricaiaJoyBecker@gmail.com