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How to Exercise After Cancer Treatment

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Q: After surgery and radiation treatments for breast cancer, would you recommend a treadmill or an elliptical machine for exercising when weather doesn’t permit going outdoors?
— Carole H., Destin, Fla.
 
A: Either would be good. It is also important to use light weights or a resistance machine as well, so that all muscles are exercised and enough resistance is used to strengthen the bones as well as muscles. It is also important to avoid extreme exercise, as these can produce immune suppression and excessive free-radical generation.
 
 
Q: Any suggestions for getting adequate protein on a vegetarian diet while reducing my intake of complex carbohydrates to reduce inflammation? Many diet supplements are animal-based, which I want to avoid.
— Bill W., Barboursville, Va.
 
A: A pure vegetarian diet is deficient in a few amino acids. These can be replaced by eating eggs. Egg protein (the whites) contains a full and well-balanced complement to all the amino acids. So, you do not have to worry about being deficient. In addition, by eating egg yolks, you are getting a full complement of phospholipids, which are essential for cardiovascular and brain health.
 
It is important not to scramble the eggs, as exposing them to the air while cooking will cause harmful oxidization of the lipids. It is best to cook them in either extra-virgin olive oil or extra-virgin coconut oil.
 
Add several dashes of turmeric to the oil, mix well and you will reduce the risk of oxidizing the fats. The turmeric will also add a wonderful taste — my grandchildren love it when I serve them eggs cooked with tumeric.
 
 
Q: What is in Splenda that makes it harmful? Is Stevia or Erythritol all right?
— Barbara L., Cherry Valley, Ill.
 
A: Splenda (sucralose) belongs to a class of compounds called chlorocarbons. This class of highly reactive chemicals includes carbontetra-chloride and several pesticides. Like those other compounds sucralose was shown to cause liver and kidney damage in animal testing. Chlorine is highly reactive in tissues when combined with carbon atoms.
 
To make sucralose, manufacturers combine three atoms of chlorine to the sugar molecule. A number of people reported problems when using this product and what limited research that has been done on the product before approval found, in addition to liver and kidney damage, intense skin reactions, damage to the thymus gland and immune impairment. It is always better to err on the side of caution and avoid this sweetener.
 
Defenders of Splenda safety respond by pointing out that salt also contains chlorine. First of all, salt in excess is highly toxic to many tissues. Second, it is not a chlorocarbon — it is composed of sodium and chlorine.

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Q: After surgery and radiation treatments for breast cancer, would you recommend a treadmill or an elliptical machine for exercising when weather doesn’t permit going outdoors? — Carole H., Destin, Fla.
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