2001-10-27 / Columnists

Health and Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

By Dr. Nancy Gahles

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a time to look into your personal health history for any clues as to your susceptibility to breast cancer. Did any of your female relatives have it? Did your mother or her mother or your father's mother have it? Check into when it was that you had your last breast check with your gynecologist.  

Self-breast examination is a most important factor in early detection.  Ask your doctor to show you how to perform the self-examination. Have a baseline mammography if you are 40 or over. It is now recommended that yearly mammograms be done even without a history of breast cancer. Diet and nutrition play an important role in the prevention of certain types of cancer. For particular information on this topic, call my office.

Early diagnosis is the key to proper treatment of breast cancer. Dr. JoAnn Weinrib, Director of Body Central, 99 University Place, New York, N.Y., works with women from early diagnosis to advanced stages incorporating wellness techniques to ease anxiety, reduce stress and increase a sense of well being. She blends nutrition, exercise and massage into a total health regime. Dr. Weinrib works in cooperation with a medical team who addresses the very difficult job of eradicating this disease. If you would like to contact her, she can be reached at (212) 677-5633.

I recommend reading the following books: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christianne Northrup, M.D.; Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remsen, M.D.; My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remsen, M.D.; and Choices in Healing by Michael Lerner.

The following websites can provide information as well: www.nbcam.org (National Breast Cancer Organization); www.commonweal.org (Commonweal Cancer Help Program); and
cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/Rosenthal (Rosenthal Foundation at Columbia Presbyterian)

May the blessings be!

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