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Intermittent Fasting and Cancer Treatments

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 23 April 2021
Intermittent Fasting and Cancer Treatments
Cancer cells do not respond to the protective signals generated by fasting, leaving them vulnerable to both the immune system and cancer treatment.
Evidence-based research inclusive of randomised control trials and several other reports suggest that using a low-caloric (fast mimicking) diet for 2-5 days around chemotherapy was associated with greater tolerance to chemotherapy, resulting with less fatigue, weakness, and less gastro-intestinal issues. Fasting was well tolerated and reduced h...
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Cancer Treatment and Sexual Health

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 10 April 2021
Cancer Treatment and Sexual Health
Changes in sexual health may not a priority when you have been diagnosed with cancer, but it might be more important than you expect.
Depending on the treatment you are given, sexual side effects range from mildly annoying to downright debilitating. For instance, hormone-blocking medications can cause vaginal dryness, which can lead to painful sex or lowered sex drive. Patients who have a mastectomy (breast removal) may no longer have feeling in the chest area. Changes in body image affect se...
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Spirit, Stress, and Cardiovascular Risk

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 10 April 2021
Spirit, Stress, and Cardiovascular Risk
Spirituality is an important determinant of health that can affect healing, outcomes, and quality of life. Its effects on stress and physiological dysfunction have been widely studied, particularly regarding cardiovascular function. Spiritual coping mechanisms such as mindfulness, yoga, prayer, daily affirmations, and expressing gratitude can improve mental health states, but they also confer physical health benefits by improving recovery from stress-induced changes during cancer treatments...
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Phytonutrients

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 8 April 2021
Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals available through a diet that includes whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. Research suggests that these bioactive compounds, which contribute to a plant's colour, taste, and smell, also have beneficial health effects. For example, flavonoids are compounds found in cocoa, apples, and green tea. Epidemiological studies have suggested a positive association between diets high in flavonoid-rich foods and cardiovascular health, w...
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Cross-Talk: Microbiome & Immune System Balance

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 8 April 2021
Cross-Talk: Microbiome & Immune System Balance
The human intestinal microbiome acts as a signalling hub that integrates environmental inputs, such as diet and lifestyle, with our genetic and metabolic pathways. Its impacts are widespread across host systems, including the immune system,1 which is capable of adapting and responding to a wide range of challenges. How does the microbiome interact with the immune system, and how do these interactions help determine a state of health or disease in the body?
Reciprocal cross-talk between the...
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Associations

  • The Institute for Functional Medicine
  • Society for Integrative Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
  • Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia
  • British Naturopathic Association

Disclaimer: Manuela Boyle is not a registered medical practitioner or specialist medical oncologist. Manuela Boyle is a general health service provider who is not legally required to be registered under National Health Practitioner regulation law. She practises under the national Code of Conduct that sets standards to general health service providers who are not regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Manuela Boyle is an accredited member of the following professional organisations:
NHAA (Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia), SIO (Society of Integrative Oncology) USA, AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medical Association), IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine) USA