Breast Cancer; the Answer Lies in Prevention

The sad truth is that we have spent billions on looking for the cure. However, it is becoming quite obvious that this is just not the answer. We are hoping for the cure, researching for the cure, but it eludes us as we are not looking at the cause. It seems more and more likely that breast cancer is more than genetic, it’s more than viral and it is more than just estrogen; in most cases, it takes all three to make cancer. There is strong evidence that routine dental work, such as root canals, tooth extractions (especially the removal of wisdom teeth), etc. can cause massive infections in the mouth that spread throughout the lymph system and contribute to cancer, especially breast cancer.We all wonder why some get cancer and others don’t. Wonder doesn’t matter; what matters is that people in places such as Africa and even in many European countries…..simply cannot afford nor have access to treatment. For that matter, most here in the US can’t afford it and can’t afford the resulting effects of cancer or its treatment. Most people cannot afford redoing their dental work or even to go for the exploratory x-rays which, as we know can’t be healthy.

Wonder ends when you realize that people can’t afford cancer; they can’t afford alternative treatments; they can’t afford to stop working because of their cancer; they can’t afford or do not have the access or ability to prevent cancer. There is hope; it lies in research for prevention.

Cindy Sullivan, survivor of IBC, talks about her cure. By allowing us to share in her journey, we see just how ineffective all this racing has been and why the cure as we know it, is not the answer.

We need more research to be certain of the causes; to prevent recurrence, cure those with mets and yes, to prevent breast cancer. The answer may well be safe and affordable vaccines, and we need to know sooner than later that they work. There are vaccines in the works for prevention; prevention of recurrence, and to detect and eliminate diseased cells. On Survive and Live Well, we have spoken about a preventive vaccine. Join us Monday, October 8th, on Cancer S.O.S when Dr Kathleen Ruddy and I talk with host Joni Aldrich about the complexity of breast cancer, and why vaccines may be the ultimate solution for breast cancer.

You can listen live, Monday at 2pm, EST on and


Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. Find Elyn at To tune into the Survive and Live Well show, visit, Tuesdays at 1pm, EST.

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What the FDA Doesn’t Want You to Know About GMO’s and Your Health

“Health, excellent or ill, is passed to our children not just through our genes but primarily through our recipes.”
— Joanne L. Mumola Williams

I love this quote…but I’d like to add that what’s in our recipes is also important. If you haven’t seen this movie, Genetic Roulette…click here:

The movie is fascinating, and it’s free for two more days…so don’t wait.

Have a healthy day,
Executive Director

Prevention is the Cure, The Pink Vaccine is the Answer

The Pink Vaccine was founded by The Champions of the Pink Vaccine: Breast Surgeon Dr. Kathleen Ruddy and breast cancer survivors, Judy Fitzgerald, Elyn Jacobs, Toni Turchi and Cindy Sullivan. The Pink Vaccine is the world’s first-ever preventive breast cancer vaccine, developed by Dr. Vincent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic. The Pink Vaccine has been developed, carefully tested and found to be 100% effective in preventing breast cancer from developing in mice. Prevention is the Cure.   For more information, please visit:

Professor Tuohy, winner of Cleveland Clinic’s Sonnes’ Innovation Award 2010, had his experimental data exhaustively vetted by a panel of experts before his paper was published in the peer-reviewed journal, “Nature Medicine” in May 2010. If the Pink Vaccine is as safe and effective in women as it is in mice, it has the potential to eliminate 95% of all breast cancer worldwide. Remember, in  science, everything that works on  humans worked on mice first.  See the     Cleveland Clinic promotional video for details:  Why isn’t this vaccine funded?  Politics.  Science, just like the rest of the world is political, proprietary and territorial.  We need to get past this and get this vaccine into the hands of doctors so we can prevent breast cancer.  We must develop the Pink Vaccine now, and put an end to this cancer.

Dr Ruddy was my guest on Survive and Live Well on June 26th.  If you would like to hear the conversation, please email me.


Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.   To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit, Tuesdays at 1pm (EST).

Healing Cancer Naturally, Dental Toxins and More!

Choosing the best path for treatment is a very individual process. Many people choose conventional treatment for their cancer, and many do not. It’s all about finding and choosing the right treatment for you, for your body and your cancer. Knowing your options is key, but equally as important is knowing the pros and cons of each treatment. While there are no guarantees, we need to know –what are the chances the protocol will treat the cancer? And will it come with temporary or life threatening side effects? I don’t like that word, side effect. If treatment can cause serious damage, I am not so sure the damage can be referred to as a side effect. But anyway, can these so called side effects be avoided? What are the chances for recurrence? Will the treatment encourage or discourage the return of the cancer or new cancer? The recent news about Robin Roberts only brings awareness to the subject; sadly, she is hardly alone in her plight. Last week we spoke about a potential vaccine for cancer, but until we have that, we still have to treat our cancer. So today on the show, my guest, Bill Henderson, talked about healing cancer naturally, by means of a gentle, non-toxic therapy with no side effects (other than improved health and less cancer.)

Cancer is not a symptom, a random tumor that must simply be removed. It is an imbalance in the body, a cry for help, if you will, that we need to take care of ourselves; that our body and soul require attention. If we do not fix the imbalance or the reason for the cancer, the cancer will likely recur and/or spread, and certainly will not go away.
I loved Bill’s answer to “If your wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, what would you recommend she do?” First, he would send her to the dentist. Routine dental work, such as root canals, tooth extractions (especially the removal of wisdom teeth), etc. can cause massive infections in the mouth that spread throughout the lymph system and contribute to cancer, especially breast cancer. To learn more about dental concerns and cancer, please view: He also spoke at length about choosing the right dentist, one who is trained in the safe correction of dental culprits. “In the U.S., there are 160,000 dentists in the American Dental Association and another 7,400 dentist who are oral surgeons. Of those, there are less than 50 I would trust.” For a list of dentists that Bill recommends, please email me.

Second, he would address her stress issues, as often times repressed stress can lead to and fuel cancer. This stress-reaction can stem from an event that took place years prior to our diagnosis. He strongly recommends that we read Dr Brad Nelson’s The Emotional Code, to uncover and resolve stress issues or events that are causing our cancer, and preventing us from healing.

Lastly, he would change her diet, although he avoids that word “diet” as it implies something temporary. Eating well is a lifelong commitment, not something we do for just a few weeks.

All of these actions are important in our quest for wellness.

What he stressed was the importance of addressing the cause of the cancer as a means to cure it. What he didn’t do was suggest that his wife head off to a cancer clinic. For some people, some cancers, this may be the way to go. However, no matter what treatment we choose, if we don’t change the environment in which our cancer was permitted to grow, it will be very difficult to cure it. Bill’s argument for treating cancer naturally is a compelling one. To learn more about it, please visit Bill’s website or read his book, Cancer-Free.

The best thing we can do is to consider the origin of our cancer, address it, and choose the best possible treatment for our cancer, our body, our needs.

Missed the show?  Let me know and I’ll email you the link.

To read more on changing the cancer environment, please visit:


Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit: To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit, Tuesdays at 1pm (est).

Why We Are Not Winning the War on Cancer

Did you know that most people with cancer do not die of their cancer, but rather from the complications and consequences of cancer and its treatment? And these complications and consequences are often preventable, or can be successfully treated.”Keith Block, 2012 Annie Appleseed CAM Conference

After hearing Dr Keith Block present at the Annie Appleseed CAM conference, I knew I needed to interview him, to share with you all that I learned from him at the conference and more. Thank you, Dr Block for taking the time to share with me your roadmap for surviving and thriving. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the lack of success cancer treatment has had on mortality rates. Unless otherwise noted, the information in this post is derived from his presentation and our interview.

In 1971, President Nixon declared war on cancer. Forty-one years and billions of dollars later, we have yet to win the war. In fact, mortality rates have declined by less than 5% in the last 60 years! In this same time period, mortality from heart disease has dropped 64%. It’s not that we don’t have new cancer drugs; it’s just that they’re not offering major improvement in survival time. Most often these new drugs have only improved outcomes by 4-16 weeks. The numbers tell the story: we are not winning the war on cancer.

Cancer itself is a disease of defects” KB

Everyone seeks the infamous magic bullet for cancer, the cure. But cancer is not an isolated group of errant cells waiting to be annihilated by a wonder drug. Cancer is not merely a tumor; it is an underlying condition, a disease of defects – in genes, of disruption in the microenvironment where the disease resides, as well as in the personal life of the patient and the family in crisis.

It is based on abnormal patterns driven by genetics and lifestyle. It reflects changes in your body all the way down to the microscopic and molecular levels, changes that began long before you had any symptoms of cancer—indeed, long before cancer was diagnosed or even detectable. The battle against cancer is not so much against a single defect in a protein or cancerous mutation, it is a war on many fronts; it has multiple targets. Therefore – with the possible exception of one or two types of early stage cancer, using one bullet to eradicate this disease will almost always fail.

We need a multi-targeted approach. Even the latest breakthrough drugs that hit two targets don’t come close to addressing this problem. In theory, using many more than two drugs to hit many targets at the same time would help, however, the cost and toxicities render this unrealistic. And, keep in mind, that cancer is sneaky. If you put up a roadblock, cancer will find a way to get around it. But this is not the case for nutraceuticals, where their combined usage has negligible risk and toxicity; they are able hit multiple targets – and thus can address substitute or compensatory pathways – and are relatively inexpensive. Plant extracts such as turmeric, lycopene, and green tea can target cancer on many levels; they hit many targets and cut off pathways, and they can address those molecular targets without the toxicity of multiple chemotherapies. For example, crucifers, (broccoli, cabbage and the like) can help reduce adverse effects of estrogen; flax has demonstrated a reduction in ki-67, a marker of cancer cell proliferation; green tea markedly countered the malignant conversion for patients at high risk for prostate cancer. While no one is suggesting that these compounds will single-handedly eradicate cancer, each provides a powerful punch in addressing various mechanisms that drive cancer, and can synergistically interact to create an inhospitable microenvironment where cancer cells lose ground, toxicity is lessened and treatments work better.

Regarding Chemotherapy….
Dr Block, how can chemo be more effective and less toxic?

One of the most powerful ways to improve the response to chemotherapy is to administer chemo drugs in concert with optimal biological rhythms. With this technique, called chronomodulated chemotherapy, pumps are programmed to deliver the largest dose of the drug at a time when cancer cells are most susceptible, and normal cells are the least vulnerable. And the timing is unique to each drug. Think of it like a pointed bell curve (sine wave curve); the drug is at first administered at low dose, slowly ramps up, peaks and then tapers off. The research supporting this unique form of chemotherapy infusion demonstrates a reduction in toxicity, improved response, and improved outcomes and survival in a number of studies. In fact, the literature contains studies showing chronomodulation of chemotherapy can even allow for patients to be successfully re-challenged with the identical drugs they previously received and needed to discontinue, either because they were ineffective, became ineffective prematurely, or were too debilitating to tolerate.

For example, for metastatic colon cancer patients, studies show that administering chemotherapy at the optimal time can halve toxicity and double treatment response. For advanced metastatic ovarian cancer, a study in the journal Cancer reported that optimal timing of chemotherapy can reduce toxic side effects by 50 percent and quadruple five-year survival.

What about the safety of antioxidants and other supplements during treatment?

Our published studies have shown that most antioxidants displayed no interfering effect with chemotherapy. In fact, they actually synergistically interact to enhance treatment and diminished the side effects of chemo. For example, it may be possible to mitigate some of the cardiac injury from drugs like Herceptin by taking agents like hawthorne and COq10. In addition, glutamine, vitamin B6, and alpha-lipoic acid appear to help prevent neuron injury (neuropathy).

Click here to read more on supplementation and toxicity.

But the doctor said he “got it all!”

Cancer is not simply a visible disease. It’s not just about the macroscopic tumors that can be seen on a scan. The surgeon saying “I got it all,” while certainly a message to be celebrated, should not signal the end of treatment. One has to think of the disease systemically, not locally; it is a microcellular condition that is impacted by the extracellular environment that the cells reside in. The typical gold standard, surgery, chemo and radiation, so often fail to prevent the spread or recurrence of the disease because they often miss picking up renegade cancer cells, miss strengthening the body’s biological integrity, and do not reach all of the underlying molecular accidents that initiated cancer in the first place. As a result, even if the original tumor is removed, the environment that it resided in – as well as the treatments themselves – can create a biological imbalance for cancer to recur. In addition, many cancer treatments leave a patient with considerable oxidative stress and inflammation, well known to interfere with treatment, increase various side effects including neuropathy, cardiomyopathy, fatigue and mucositis, and provide the fuel for clonal evolution – increasing the aggressiveness of otherwise dormant cells for their next time around.

From a logical point of view…if cancer liked my body enough to grow cancer once, why not again…I know that I need to make the terrain less hospitable, to change the environment in which it was able to grow. EJ

Remember, even when the primary tumor is removed, micro-metastases may already have migrated to and seeded other parts of the body. In fact, it has been estimated that many cancer patients unknowingly already have metastases, malignant cells that have broken off the original tumor, traveled through the bloodstream to far-flung sites in the body, and begun the insidious process of growing in another dangerous tumor. Keep in mind that all cancers start with a genetic glitch in a single cell. Conventional cancer treatment does little to prevent cells from regrouping, proliferating, and forming new tumors. Just because you have achieved remission through elimination of the primary tumor does not mean you are home free. However, the good news is that cancer cells are remarkably fragile. Unless they are nurtured and protected by the biochemical terrain in your body, they have a difficult time surviving. Your internal biochemistry can either nourish cancer cells or make the terrain inhospitable to cancer.

Walking just three to five hours a week can cut cancer death rates by one-half. KB

We know that lifestyle is directly related to cancer, and that diet and exercise are associated with lower cancer recurrence rates and longer survival. Recently, the ACS issued new guidelines urging doctors to talk to their cancer patients about eating right, exercising and slimming down if they’re too heavy. It’s a start, but not specific enough for most of us, nor is it comprehensive enough to help win the war. Talk to your doctor – ideally one experienced in integrative oncology – about devising your own personalized plan for wellness. By combining conventional treatments with a personally tailored regimen of natural agents, fitness regimens, and stress management- strategies, we can support our body to improve the chances of defeating cancer.

One last note, if I may. While in most cases, cancer does not “just happen,” it is also something for which we cannot blame ourselves. Cancer is not caused by a “bad” diet or a toxic environment. Food is not either good or bad; let’s just say that some foods are better than others. However, as Dr Block said, cancer is “driven by genetics and lifestyle”. That said, diet and exercise can have a profound effect on the initiation and progression of the disease. If a genetic defect occurs, our food choices either support or suppress the development of cancer. I don’t blame myself for getting cancer, but yet now that I fully understand the power of food, I make conscious food choices to support my body against cancer. Knowledge is power, and if everything I put in my mouth either supports or inhibits cancer, then now I am empowered to gain control. Joy is also an important ingredient for health; so while we want to make healthy food choices, we also need to remember that occasional indulgences and enjoying meals with friends are good for the soul. It’s all about balance and in giving your body what it needs. Empower yourself to be an active participant in your healing and an advocate for your health.

In good health,


Keith I. Block, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in integrative oncology. In 1980, he co-founded the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Skokie, Illinois, the first such facility in North America, and serves as its Medical and Scientific Director. He is the author of Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment.

Dr. Block is the Scientific Director of the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Education, where he has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Bar Ilan University in Israel. Dr. Block is also the founding editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Integrative Cancer Therapies (ICT). In 2005, he was appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query (PDQ) Cancer CAM Editorial Board, on which he continues to serve today.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, a professional cancer coach, a radio talk show host, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit: To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit, Tuesdays at 1pm (est).

“Unexpected Remissions”

We’ve all heard a story like this one. After trying all that Western medicine has to offer, a person with Stage 4 cancer is told there is nothing more the doctors can do and is sent home to receive hospice care. Five years later, that person strolls into the doctor’s office feeling great, with no further evidence of cancer.

In the medical world, this kind of case is referred to as a spontaneous remission, which is defined as “the disappearance, complete or incomplete, of cancer without medical treatment or with medical treatment that is considered inadequate to produce the resulting disappearance of disease symptoms or tumor.” Many researchers, including myself, believe that the word spontaneous is a misnomer and should be changed to unexpected or unlikely. We feel this way because few things in life are truly spontaneous—occurring purely by accident. It is more likely that these remissions have a cause—or two or three—that science has not yet identified.

Most of the unexpected remission survivors I have studied are thrilled to have finally found a professional who is interested in learning how they healed. They often lament, “My doctor didn’t even ask how I did it.” Kelly Turner, PhD….to learn more, please join us live on Survive and Live well, with host Elyn Jacobs and guest Kelly Turner, on Cancer Support Network,, Tuesday, June 5th at 1pm.

Kelly A. Turner, PhD, is a researcher, lecturer, and consultant in the field of Integrative Oncology. Her research focus is the “Unexpected Remission” of cancer, which is a remission that occurs either 1) in the absence of Western medicine, 2) after Western medicine has failed to achieve remission, or 3) when Western and complementary methods are used in conjunction to significantly outlive one’s prognosis. Dr. Turner received her BA from Harvard University and her Masters and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research included a year-long trip around the world during which she traveled to 10 different countries to interview 50 holistic healers and 20 unexpected remission survivors about their healing practices. Kelly is currently writing a book that summarizes these research findings, and launching a website that will continue to collect cases of Unexpected Remission. For more information, visit Join us Tuesday as we discuss Unexpected Remission, what it means and what it may mean for you.


Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, a professional cancer coach, a radio talk show host, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit:  To tune into the Survive and Live Well radio show, please visit, Tuesdays at 1pm (est). The All Cancer Network, 24/7 Cancer Support

Everyone needs support. The Intertainment Network, host to five other fantastic internet radio stations, now offers the first ever 24/7 international Cancer Support Network, W4CS will focus on everything from risk factors, treatment choices, pain management, nutrition, different types of cancer, and any topic related to cancer.
I have joined the network with my new show, Survive and Live Well, airing Tuesdays at 1pm EST beginning May 22nd. We have choices in the healing of our cancer; our very survival depends on how we manage our cancer.
Join me as I discuss an array of treatment and lifestyle choices to help you find the best options for you and your cancer; walk with me on your journey to wellness. Meet the experts for surgical options, complementary and alternative therapies, nutritional therapies, natural and alternative treatments, integrative oncology and more. Tune in for the very best tips to treat and beat cancer.

A big welcome to our very own Ann Fonfa, guest on my first show, Tuesday, May 22nd! Ann loves to tell people about the many ways to use natural strategies to heal and to reduce risk, so come join the conversation! Listen in and be entered into a drawing to win a fantastic basket of Naturopathica natural and organic skin care products!

“You can listen live to the show on the All Cancer Network at . Where until there is a cure…supporting the whole patient, their caregivers, and family. “explains Dean K Piper, network producer “ is what we are striving to do”.

There are a number of fantastic shows, covering all aspects of cancer from diagnosis to care-giving. Below is a listing…see you there! 

The S.O.S series with host Joni Aldrich:
Monday, 2:00 p.m. EST on “You or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer…” A cancer diagnosis changes everything for the patient and their family. On Cancer S.O.S., we discuss all topics related to any type of cancer.
Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. EST on I often refer to it as the “moment of impact.” The diagnosis of a difficult or critical illness can lead to many decisions that are life-changing. On Diagnosis S.O.S., we talk about everything from screening to finding the right medical team.
Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. EST on Many diseases affect the life of more than the patient alone. As more illnesses require complex and long-term treatments, the caregiver is the referee, pharmacist, medical assistant, and moral support for the patient–all without any formal training or enough sleep!
Thursday, 2:00 p.m. EST on Treatment decisions are absolutely critical, and often require input from the patient–especially for illnesses like cancer. Should the patient consider a clinical trial? What role does pain management play in patient welfare?
Friday, 2:00 p.m. EST on Every Friday, we discuss the life of a different woman who has gone above and beyond for her family, community, or even the world. Authors who inform, survivors of cancer or abuse, entrepreneurs for the good of mankind…there’s never a shortage of inspirational women!
If you miss a show this week, tune in to from 1:00-6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 12th!

Five to Thrive Live!
Join Dr. Lise Alschuler and Karolyn Gazella, Monday –Friday at 8pm EST for Five to Thrive Live! An innovative show on health promotion in the face of cancer from the authors of Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-edge Cancer Prevention Plan and The Definitive Guide to Cancer. This show focuses on proactive, practical ways to utilize an integrative approach to health including diet, movement, rejuvenation, spirit and dietary supplements to help you to reduce your risk of cancer, heal from a cancer diagnosis, and gain optimal wellness. Naturopathic oncologist, Dr. Lise Alschuler, and research journalist, Karolyn A. Gazella, cancer thrivers themselves, will translate key scientific findings, introduce you to leading experts in the realm of integrative healthcare, and feature inspirational people diagnosed with cancer. Join them weekdays at 8pm for an uplifting, motivating, and informative show that helps you thrive, not merely survive. You won’t want to miss Five to Thrive Live!

Join us live 24/7, live, on the All Cancer Network at Don’t forget to join the chat room!

In your good health,


Elyn Jacobs, Executive Director
Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation

There’s a window that opens from heart to heart” –Rumi

The Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation supports women in integrative cancer care.

Cancer Fighting Farm-Stand Recipes

Spring, oh the possibilities. Spring means summer is not far off, and the thought of fresh produce comes to mind. Nothing beats farm-fresh produce. The produce you find in most supermarkets has spent many days, if not weeks traveling to that shelf, depleting it from quality and taste. While you still have to be concerned with toxic pesticides and fertilizers, many farms grow organically or at least limit the use of these chemicals. Ask your local farmers, they love to talk with pride about their food. By buying local, you can often avoid Genetically Modified Crops (GMOs) which should not be consumed by anyone. No farm-stand available? You can still enjoy these recipes, but please consider organic or even grow your own. No room for a garden? Herb gardens take up very little space and produce some powerful anticancer agents (i.e. cilantro helps remove heavy metals such as mercury from the body). Summertime is also a great time to use the abundance of fresh kale, basil, arugula, cilantro or garlic scapes to make pestos for pastas, sandwiches and crostini.
Tomato Basil Salad
1 pint or more cherry tomatoes (a combination of red, yellow and gold is nice)
Fresh basil
Organic extra virgin olive oil *

Halve cherry tomatoes and place in serving bowl
Chop basil and add to tomatoes
Drizzle with olive oil

*Note: I use herb infused oils such as basil, rosemary, garlic or lemon. In this recipe I prefer rosemary and basil infused. If you cannot find them locally, Arlotta makes the very best olive oils I have ever tasted and also the most incredible balsamic vinegar.

Tomatoes are a powerful anti-cancer fruit, particularly due the synergistic effects of lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin C, phenols and other nutrients and antioxidants in the tomato working together to offer cancer protection. But please use organic or locally farm fresh and not the commercially toxic, GMO, or otherwise unhealthy sources.

Basil has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains flavonoids that help shield cell structures from radiation and oxidative damage. Both fresh basil and basil oil have strong antibacterial capabilities, so by adding the herb or oil to your salad, you can help ensure your vegetables are safe to eat.

Grilled Striped Bass with Dill Sauce
2/3 cup (packed) chopped fresh dill
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons white or golden balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon lemon fresh lemon juice
4-6 pieces of local wild striped bass, wild salmon or other fish, skin removed, each pc about ½ lb

Blend dill, oil, and vinegar and lemon juice in mini processor until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper

Grill fish 8-10 min, do not overcook

Drizzle fish with some of the dill mixture and serve the rest on the side.

Dill contains antioxidant properties, and it also deactivates free radicals and neutralizes carcinogens that might find their way into our bodies.

Grilled Eggplant with Rosemary Oil and Cheese
1-2 eggplants
Cheese (Smoked Gouda, Munster, Monterey Jack, Raclette, Mozzarella ….really any cheese or cheese substitute you like*)
Extra virgin Olive oil
Fresh chopped rosemary

Slice eggplant lengthwise or crosswise, depending on size and preference (lengthwise is easiest for grilling)

Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper and place on paper toweling

Let sit at least 30 minutes, blot dry (this will remove the water as well as the salt….if you skip this, the eggplant will absorb too much oil)

Meanwhile, chop the rosemary and mix with a generous amount of olive oil

Baste eggplant with olive oil/rosemary mix, use more oil if necessary….eggplant should be well coated. Grill eggplant until done on one side, turn, grill a few minutes and add cheese. When cheese is melted, remove.

Note: this dish goes well with the tomato salad or a salad of chopped tomatoes, parsley and olive oil

*I prefer organic, raw or those from small farms to cut down on pesticides and added hormones.

Eggplant is rich in dietary fiber, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and contains powerful cancer fighting antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, which fights free radicals and helps protect cells from mutating into cancer cells, and nasuin, which helps cut off the blood supply to cancer cells.

Rosemary is a powerful anti-cancer herb. The two key ingredients in Rosemary-caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid-are potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, which help protect the body’s cells from damage by free radicals. Rich in carnosol, Rosemary has been found to detoxify substances that can initiate the breast-cancer process. It’s widely known that an imbalance of estrogen hormones in women can contribute to breast cancer. Rosemary stimulates liver enzymes which inactivate estrogen hormones. Rosemary, along with thyme, oregano, basil and mint promote apoptosis in cancer cells and reduce their speed by blocking the enzymes they need to invade neighboring tissues. Rosemary can inhibit the formation of HCAS, the carcinogenic compounds that form when you cook protein, by 75% (so use chopped rosemary in your marinade if you choose to grill proteins)

Grilled Zucchini with Chopped Dill
Zucchini (one or two, more if very small)
Dill (I will leave it up to you regarding amounts, but if you love the taste of dill, by all means, be generous!)
Extra Virgin Olive oil

Slice Zucchini lengthwise or crosswise, depending on size and preference. (I find a 1/4” thickness works well on the BBQ)

Chop dill and mix with olive oil, rub onto zucchini, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill
Zucchini has the ability to protect against cell mutations and oxidative stress, and contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. It is also a good source of potassium and lutein.
(See dill above)

Watercress and Red Cabbage Salad
Wash one bunch of watercress and chop
Remove outer layers of red cabbage and slice thin or chop (use about ¼ of the head for one bunch of watercress).
Extra virgin olive oil
Aged Balsamic vinegar
Optional—add a handful of raw pine nuts or chopped parsley

Toss salad with a pinch of salt, fresh pepper (if desired) and drizzle with Arlotta balsamic vinegar and lemon infused olive oil. Alternatively you can use any olive oil and balsamic, but be sure to buy the best quality you can find.

Serve at once

Watercress offers a hefty dose of beta-carotene, copious amounts of calcium, carotenes like lutein, and trace amounts of omega-3’s. Watercress has a high amount of PEITC (phenylethylisotiocyante) which appears to block cancer-causing chemicals, perhaps even protecting the lungs of smokers from the carcinogens associated with tobacco (however, please don’t smoke…I tell you this to understand the power of watercress)

Red cabbage boosts immunity and is a member of the cruciferous family, whose indoles help with estrogen metabolism. It also contains anthocyanins, a class of flavonids that provides as many as 36 different varieties of anticancer chemicals. Cabbage also contains a significant amount of glutamine, an amino acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. Red Cabbage boosts the immune system’s ability to produce more antibodies. Red cabbage contains large quantities of sulfur and other minerals that work as cleansing agents for the digestive system. Raw red cabbage cleans the bowels, thus helping to prevent indigestion and constipation.

Parsley has potent anti-inflammatory and anticancer abilities. The phytochemicals in parsley can slow the speed of cell division, leaving time for the cell to correct DNA mistakes or to activate apoptosis, and recent research shows that one particular compound found in parsley and celery, apigenin, can stop certain breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying and growing, so it’s a good idea to have some everyday.

Additional Notes

When salt is used, please consider pure sea salt as ordinary table salt and commercial sea salts are often treated with chlorine to bleach it white and may contain additional chemicals to prevent caking.
When using balsamic vinegar, please keep in mind that many inexpensive varieties sold in the supermarket aren’t really balsamic vinegar but rather a cheap imitation. Try to purchase only high quality brands with no added ingredients
When olive oil is used, consider organic or a trusted source as not all olive oils are as pure as they claim to be. I choose to use organic extra virgin olive oil for cooking and love the infused olive oils by Arlotta foods that we discovered at the farmers market in Southampton.
Avoid canola oil…..have you ever seen a canola plant? That’s right, there is no such thing. Canola stands for “Canadian oil low acid”. Canola oil is developed from the rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s industrial oil, not a food.
Rapeseed oil is the source behind mustard gas, and on its own it causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness. But through the beauty of genetic modification, it is now sold as edible oil.
To be safe, use oils such as olive or walnut on salads
Elyn Jacobs

Elyn Jacobs is a certified cancer coach, a breast cancer survivor, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. Elyn helps women to uncover the nutritional deficiencies and emotional stress patterns that may have contributed to their cancer and to support their body as it activates it own natural ability to fight the disease. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing.

Light at Night and Breast Cancer

About 18 months ago, I attended a lecture at Gildas Club on the prevention of cancer. Dr Marisa Weiss, Founder and President of, gave a great talk, and one thing that struck me was light at night. This was the first I had heard of the perils of light at night and I must say, she was so convincing I went right home and ordered eye covers….and have been using them ever since. Dr Keith Block talked a bit about this at the Annie Appleseed Project CAM conference a few weeks ago, and while I will blog more on his lecture, I was reminded of this important subject.

I am sensitive to light. I remember when I first moved from the suburbs to the city. My bedroom was so bright, I could not sleep. My mother made black-out drapes for me and all was well. 15 years later, when I met my husband and moved in with him, I had long forgotten about the issue and found myself sleeping (or sleepless) in a very bright room…natural light from the moon and stars, as well as city lights lighting the night. Then came the nite-lites and long nights when our children were babies. While I certainly felt the misery of lack of sleep, I did not realize the effects on my long-term health; that I might be at higher risk of getting cancer. Habitual light at night during sleep increases breast cancer incidence by 22% (Keith Block, Annie Appleseed CAM Conference, Feb, 2012).

Dr Richard Stevens, Cancer Epidemiologist and professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center, has done a number of studies on light at night (LAN). In 1987 he was featured in American Journal of Epidemiology proposing a radical new theory that “the use of electric lighting, resulting in lighted nights, may produce circadian disruption,” which causes changes in the hormones, one hormone in particular is melatonin, known as the hormone of darkness because it is secreted in the dark. In 2009 he studied women who work the night shift and found that these women appear to be at higher risk for breast cancer. Melatonin reduces the production of estrogen in the body, so with light interrupting the release of melatonin, estrogen levels rise, and too much estrogen heightens the growth of breast cancer. The WHO actually lists the shift work (graveyard shift) as a “probable carcinogen”.

Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and professor of Stanford University supports the LAN theory as well. “There is evidence that women who do night time shift work are in increased risk of getting breast cancer. Melatonin is an antioxidant. There is some thought that disruptive melatonin levels which happens when you don’t sleep well, may reduce the ability of the body to scavenge free radicals that can cause cancer,” said Dr. Spiegel. Spiegel goes further, saying cortisol levels may also be connected to sleep and cancer. Cortisol is a circadian hormone produced by the adrenal gland that is released in response to stress. Cortisol also helps to regulate the immune system and releases cells that fight off cancer cells. Cortisol increases in the late hours of sleep, and Spiegel believes Cortisol, like melatonin, lowers the production of estrogen.
Many others have studied and reported on this as well:;
So how do we lower our risk for getting cancer? Eat well, exercise daily, turn off the computer and the cell phone and get some sleep. Try to be in bed by 10pm, black shade your room or wear eye covers. Melatonin release is at its strongest from about 10pm to 2am, although I have heard 10-1 as well as critical from 2-4am. So, the best advice is likely to simply work on getting a good night’s sleep.

What can you do to improve sleep? The first step to easing insomnia and poor sleep quality is by recognizing it is a problem and then finding ways to resolve the problem.

1. Establish a regular bedtime and wake time.
2. Reserve the bedroom for intimacy and sleep only; do not watch television, eat, talk on the phone, or work in your bedroom. Try reading something more technical than fictional to avoid staying up late ‘to see what happens next in the book’.
3. Make your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.
4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol within six hours of bedtime; drink calming teas instead, such as roobios, chamomile and lemon balm, but not too close to bedtime as this may disrupt your sleep if you have to get up to use the bathroom. It’s a good idea to limit alcohol usage in general as it is linked to cancer and is dehydrating, which may leave you thirsty during the night.
5. Drink liquids daily to avoid dehydration, but again, not close to bedtime.
6. Exercise daily, but preferably not right before bedtime.
7. Avoid foods with additives and preservatives; some of these ingredients can act as stimulants and aren’t good for you anyway.
8. To avoid nighttime awakening due to drops in blood sugar, eat 1-2 oz of a complex carbohydrate snack, such as oatmeal, whole-grain cereals, or whole-grain bread, one hour before bedtime, perhaps adding a bit of protein such as almond butter or nuts to further slow the glucose factor.
While proper sleep is the preferred source of melatonin, there is strong research suggesting that that low levels of melatonin stimulate the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells. So if levels are low, and cannot be corrected with sleep, supplementation may be the way to go. Melatonin may enhance the effectiveness of some chemotherapy drugs and may also help prevent the lowering of platelets in the blood during chemotherapy, a common complication that can lead to bleeding. It is always advisable to discuss the use of supplements with a naturopath, integrative or functional medical doctor before use, as often supplements may interact positively or negatively with other drugs.

There are many natural substances that can be taken to enhance sleep, and I highly recommend the use of them. Ashwaganda, for example, reduces stress and anxiety. Rhodiola helps with anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances and insomnia. (Caution, Rhodiola is not advised for those with Bipolar or mania). L-Theanine reduces stress and improves sleep quality. Schisandra has a calming effect and may also help manage stress-induced insomnia. (Schisandra should not be taken with Tamoxifen). Magnolia can help calm nerves and alleviate anxiety; it is thought of as the herbal substitute for valium, and is actually better as it does not cause that embarrassing and debilitating muscle relaxation (sounds good until you can’t function). By the way, several studies have tested magnolia extract on human cancer cells and found that it may inhibit the growth of cancer tumors.

For more information on LAN:

Elyn Jacobs

Elyn Jacobs is President of Elyn Jacobs Consulting, Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, a certified cancer coach and a breast cancer survivor. Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and educates to prevent recurrence and new cancers. She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life.

Integrative Oncology Works!!!

This past weekend I attended the Annie Appleseed Project CAM conference; so many excellent speakers. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of what I learned.  What resonated throughout the conference was that conventional medicine alone is not the answer. Today I will talk about Dr Gwen Stritter and her roadmap to beat cancer.

Dr Stritter provided a humorous and excellent plan for someone just diagnosed with early stage breast cancer who wants to increase her chances of a cure.  I just loved the positive tone; note she did not say to prevent recurrence, but rather spoke of that lovely word cure. She said that if she were diagnosed at 12pm, what she could do at 12:01pm that could take her on the path to wellness.

Exercise:  Fast walking 3hours a week improves breast cancer survival by 40%.  5-6 hours increased survival even more.  So, she will go for a walk. Social support: Increased contact with friends and family post diagnosis was associated with lower risk of death by 70%.  So, on the way home, she will stop in and visit some friends and family.  Alcohol:  having one alcoholic beverage a day increases death by 36%.  So, she’d give up that glass of wine with dinner…well maybe indulge only twice a week as she really loves wine.  D3: Vitamin D3 decreases metastasis and increases survival by 55%. So, she’ll pop in a 2000mg supplement as soon as she gets in the car.  Omega 3: high intake of omega 3 fatty acids from fatty fish increases survival by 25%, so she’ll call her husband and ask him to toss the fried chicken and she’ll stop at the fish market to buy some salmon for dinner. Controlling inflammation:  having a high CRP, (which indicates increased inflammation), results in a 100% increase of death.  So, she will take some anti-inflammatory natural products such as curcumin, omega 3 (yes, perhaps a supplement too), boswellia and a few others.  Low toxicity pharmaceuticals:  a daily baby aspirin reduced breast cancer death by 70% (alternatively, one regular aspirin taken three times a week can reduce recurrence by 50%, according to my integrative onc).  So, she will stop at the drugstore and buy some aspirin.  She might also take some other pharms that look promising, so she’ll call her primary physician. In trials, Propranolol, a cheap and non-toxic drug commonly prescribed for high blood pressure, increased  breast cancer  survival by 80% (in a retrospective study).  Metformin, which is derived from the French lilac plant, increased survival in diabetic patients by 60%, and non-diabetics with breast cancer who did not take Metformin had 3 times the risk of distant metastasis….the risk went up 300%!.  Metformin is cheap and has very few side effects.  (My doc recommends that almost everyone take it to avoid cancer, and certainly to prevent recurrence).  There is another study expected to be released by 2014, but likely you will not want to wait until then.

And of course, she will switch to a mostly plant based diet, be conservative on oil and fat intake, and if she were a smoker…she would stop asap! 

In summary, if she does all this, cancer does not stand a chance; she has provided an extremely hostile environment for her cancer to grow.    She also commented that Dr Keith Block did an excellent study on these combined steps and found a substantial increase in survival for those with advanced metastatic cancer.  Her overall deduction?  Integrative Oncology works!!! 

A few things to add:

You will likely need to ask your primary doc, not your oncologist for prescriptions for Propranolol and Metformin as they are not yet approved for cancer despite the fact that they can be quite effective.    At this conference as well as at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, several doctors commented that Metformin was the only cancer drug that actually worked. My doc started me on this a while back, handing me piles of research to support his recommendation.

Also, remember to address stress….more on this later, but I offer this post until then:

Lately there has been much in the news about red wine and breast cancer.  Research shows that a small amount of red wine may actually reduce breast cancer risk.

The trick is small.  Those who love wine (like me) might take this too far.  Your body converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, a carcinogen.  Acetaldehyde boosts cancer risk by inflicting oxidative stress that damages DNA, prevents DNA repair, and triggers a pro-inflammatory reaction.  You can help offset the damage by adding a few foods and plant-based compounds like silymarin, resveratrol, grape seed extract and barley grass, as well as adding some supps like selenium, NAC, vitamin B6, and folate, to prevent alcohol-related deficiencies of valuable cancer fighting nutrients and minerals.  The trick is to take the supps just before, with, or even immediately after accidental over- indulgence of wine. (Have a brazil nut with that wine!)So, I offer up this article, which effectively provides a good explanation of the dangers of alcohol as well as what we can do to offset the damage should we accidentally over-indulge.

Elyn Jacobs


Elyn Jacobs is President of Elyn Jacobs Consulting, Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, a certified cancer coach and a breast cancer survivor.  Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and educates to prevent recurrence and new cancers.  She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services, please visit: