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    A Question for All Moms: Have You Had Your Annual Mammogram?

    Did you know breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women? And on top of being one of the most common cancers, breast cancer is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed. Sometimes this is…

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    Cleaning Supplies: are they really clean?

    Low-dose exposure to chemicals in even one product can have lasting damage to our bodies. The relationship between environmental toxins and body chemistry is complex, and can be affected by small choi…

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    Breaking down the numbers: Chemicals in Packaging

    Walking into the grocery store, we may feel more confident in making the right decision for our families thanks to more transparent labeling efforts. The USDA Organic label is stamped right there in p…

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    Personal Care and Cosmetic: affects more than skin deep

    As women, we usually start our days primping with our favorite personal care products and cosmetics. This part of our daily routine has become second nature to us, without much thought about what we a…

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    Put Us Out of Business, Please

    At Protect Our Breasts, we believe in the power of information sharing. The moment someone is exposed to a piece of information concerning the future of their health, they have two options: they can i…

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    Protect Our Breasts with Safer Products

    There are many everyday products on our grocery store shelves today that contain both environmental toxicants and chemical additives that can be harmful to our health. Not all products have these chem…

    Clothes Shopping Post-Mastectomy – It’s the Junior High Locker Room All Over Again!

    After my long journey through a breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and recovery, I thought I was done dealing with cancer for the most part. Here's something that I didn't expe…

    Lady Lumps

    I opted for reconstruction after my mastectomy. This process sure reminded me of the long, windy treatment road to success. After the initial surgery, expanders were put in to my chest to prepare the …

    Gettin’ Ready to Radiate!

    One of the Silver Linings during my breast cancer journey was finding small ways to care for myself. It was the small, simple things, really (e.g., a cup of tea, watching a hummingbird outside my wind…

    The Funk Zone: Sinister Sinusitis with a Side of Prunes

    A few months after my breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy and reconstruction, I started on the brutal road known as Chemotherapy. Though I had been finding Silver Linings at each step of my …

    The Silver Lining Philosophy

    I am Hollye Jacobs: speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist, and author. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, I speak publicly and write about my experience on my award-winning bl…

    Your Medical Checklist: What You Need To Know

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I learned the importance of maintaining a medical checklist. I also learned how little I really knew about my health records and family history. I had to collec…

    The Hardest News to Share

    The only thing worse than having a doctor tell you that you have been diagnosed with cancer is telling your children. Just saying the words, "I have cancer" can make you choke. It took me two years to…

    The Supreme Court Decision on BRCA Testing: It’s Significance for Women

    On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring human genes. This landmark ruling is a giant step forward for women's health because it brea…

    Life after Breast Cancer

    Although it was just a couple of weeks ago when my doctor looked me in the eye and called me cured of the breast cancer that had almost ended my life, I've actually considered myself free from cancer …

    Enduring the Journey, Finding the Cure

    I started off with one of the strongest Western medicine available, and at the end of my treatment, I was in a very vulnerable position. The cancer was gone, but the first year after treatment has the…

    Getting Treatment: How I Became an e-Patient

    When I started treatment, my goal was to make sure the medical staff thought of me as the perfect patient. I was going to do exactly what they said to do and follow all the rules - and I was going to …

    Getting the Diagnosis: All You Hear is “Cancer”

    I tried for 15 years to get pregnant, and when I was told that we should prepare to welcome a baby boy, I was determined to do everything right. I was prepared for the challenges of breastfeeding, but…

    My Breast Cancer Story: Let’s Start at the End

    On September 8, 2009 I went to my doctor for my annual physical. I'm very diligent about getting my regular checkup because I have a history... On March 22, 1996 I was diagnosed with stage 3inflammat…

    An Organic Dad
    An Organic Dad

    Dr. Greene's take on being an organic dad... As a father, I have a desire to teach, provide for and protect my children. For me, one way to do all three of these is to choose organic foods for my fami…