You should be talking to your doctor about supplements!

supplements and cancerJust the other day someone asked me about the use of herbs and supplements in their daily diet.

While we were talking, I mentioned I take several supplements, one of which is Vitamin D. My rational and evidenced based research points to the fact that I live in Michigan, one of the northern most states, known for its lack of sunshine during the winter months and therefore decreased sun exposure, which leads to decreased levels of Vitamin D. This sun exposure is what allows our bodies to make Vitamin D. Most people don’t have a nearly enough Vitamin Continue reading

Read the latest issue of Thrive

The latest issue of Thrive, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s patient publication, is now available online.

Check out our cover story about options available to women who would like to start a family after cancer treatment has impaired their fertility. The issue also features stories about helping children cope with their parents’ cancer diagnoses and 10 ways to make better decisions about cancer care. Our dietitians weigh in on popular supplements, and our art therapist discusses the benefits of spending time on creative projects.

Visit Thrive online at mCancer.org/thrive. Take time to browse our archive, too.

Most wanted supplements

Marketing claims for nutritional supplements can be lofty — and misleading. What’s lurking inside those bottles — cancer killers? Or con artists?

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center dietitians Nancy Burke, R.D., Joan Daniels, R.D., and Daniel Karsies, R.D., M.S., say the best bet for cancer prevention is a healthy diet. Nevertheless, we know many of our patients have questions about supplements. Get the lowdown on 10 commonly linked to cancer prevention.