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Cancer patients need choices now more than ever before.

By The Centre for Health Innovation / December 9, 2021 /

By Dr. Melanie Adrian, Executive Director, Be the Choice Cancer is confusing. When I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2011, I was overwhelmed by the diagnosis, the available treatment decisions, and the speed with which I had to act. I felt like I’d been forced to take a cruise on a ship I…

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Integrative Naturopathic Medicine in Ovarian Cancer

By The Centre for Health Innovation / December 9, 2021 /

By Dr. Caitlyn Keates, ND On Saturday November 6th 2021, I had the pleasure of presenting as a Naturopathic Doctor at the Ovarian Cancer Canada Fall Symposium. This year’s turnout included over 400 women and family members from across the country who have been influenced by Ovarian Cancer in some way. The presentation detailed integrative…

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Milk and Breast Cancer

By The Centre for Health Innovation / March 6, 2020 /

By Dr. Ellen Conte (McDonell), ND A recent study found that milk consumption increased the risk of breast cancer.(1) Understandably, this may be worrisome for some women.  The observational study looked at food intake from a little over 50,000 women who did not have cancer, and followed them for almost 8-years. They found that women…

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Myth: Massage therapy is not safe while living with cancer

By The Centre for Health Innovation / January 9, 2020 /

This long held myth is tenacious and often on the minds of people who are looking for the many benefits that massage can bring to living with cancer.

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Authenticity is the New Positivity

By The Centre for Health Innovation / November 6, 2019 /

Much has been written on how to “survive” cancer. “Fight the good fight”, and “stay positive” are reflex recommendations post-diagnosis, fueled by a culture that enthrones heroes and achievement. In the midst of a significant shock and quick on the heels of overwhelming treatment information, cancer patients are meant to ignore their fear and think positive. All. The. Time.

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Massage Benefits for Patients with Cancer

By The Centre for Health Innovation / November 7, 2018 /

After over 4 years working as a massage therapist at OICC, there is one thing that continually amazes me: The willingness and perseverance of our patients to feel well during difficult cancer treatments.

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The Skill of Receiving

By The Centre for Health Innovation / December 20, 2017 /

It is better to give than to receive. At holiday time, we hear this repeated over and over.
From Scrooge to the Grinch, we have learned to accept that the benefits of gifting are
all in the act of giving.

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Book Review: The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

By The Centre for Health Innovation / September 29, 2017 /

It is a warm and compelling rendering of a life facing cancer, one that includes both the fervent desire to live and the seemingly opposite (but not) way of keeping death well acknowledged and well in view.

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Reflexology and Cancer

By The Centre for Health Innovation / July 17, 2017 /

People often wonder how Reflexology can help those living with cancer.
For most of us, Reflexology is often thought of as a really great foot massage with relaxing benefits. While that is completely true, Reflexology is more than just a foot massage.

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Massage Therapy for Gardeners

By The Centre for Health Innovation / June 16, 2017 /

How you can you tell a truly dedicated gardener? A beautiful flower garden or productive vegetable patch are the usual signs.

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