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Book Review: When Cancer Hits: Your Complete Guide to Taking Care of You Through Treatment by Britta Aragon

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When Cancer Hits: Your Complete Guide to Taking Care of You Through Treatment is a wonderful book on how to manage virtually every aspect of cancer care. The presentation is balanced because traditional medicinal cancer protocols and alternative medicinal protocols are cited simultaneously.

Certain cosmetic products contain toxins like phenylenediamine in hair dyes, toxic hormonal ingredients in cosmetics and chemical exposures from environmental pollution. The skin is the largest organ in the body. It stretches 20 square feet and weighs just under 10 pounds.

Author Britta Aragon explains seven ways to lower toxicities in the body. These include smoking cessation, cleaning molds in the house, purchasing organic produce and many others. Tips for gentle skin care include using mild soaps, patting with a towel rather than rubbing, use of a safe sunscreen like zinc oxide and avoiding perfumes. These tips are crucial for maintaining a healthy
remission of the disease. Readers and their physicians will find these tips useful.

There are safe products to use during treatment for cancer. Examples can be found at saffronrouge.com and spiritbeautylounge.com. Use fragrance-free skin products or those with natural-source fragrances like fruit extracts.

Aragon explains a number of strategies to escape from the day-to-day reminder of the cancer, chemotherapy, and other uncomfortable treatment protocols. These strategies include keeping a diary, support group discussion forums, exercise, among others. An aggressive cancer can bring on the classic life or death struggle and the ultimate goal is to find effective coping strategies, facilitative companionship and other accommodation modes.

Natural oils are good for dry skin. Examples cited are olive, almond, or sesame. Oatmeal blended with water may reduce itching. Itchy areas may be massaged with an ice cube.

Take a water bottle wherever you go and have plenty of Vitamins like A,B,C and E. Vitamin A helps to heal epithelial skin tissues. B vitamins enhance healthy functioning of oil-producing glands. Vitamin C supports collagen formation. Vitamin E helps to slow premature skin aging. Antioxidants like strawberries, kale, squash and spinach fight free radical damage. Vitamin E cream is a good healing moisture. These are all excellent nutritional tonics to ensure continued
health and a cancer free life experience.

There are drugs and artificial saliva products to combat dryness
in the mouth. Also, carry bottled water at all times. Suck on sugar-free candies, ice chips and sugarless gums to stimulate saliva flow. Consuming more Omega 3 foods helps to combat dry-eye syndrome. Vitamins B,C, E and Omega 3 oils help to combat joint pain.

Alternative therapies include acupuncture, massage, yoga, reiki and a healing trip to the spa. Reflexology, foot rubs and hand rubs may be beneficial too. Reiki aims at realignment of skewed energy centers. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is funding research on the efficacy of Reiki on cancer-related side effects.

There are foods for healthy hair like Omega 3 fatty acids in salmon, almonds and flaxseed. Protein can be found in beans, white meats and vegetables. Calcium is critical for hair growth. Low iron levels can lead to hair loss.

When Cancer Hits contains excellent references and information sources like European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Environmental Working Group, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, International Journal of Cancer, Environmental Health Perspectives and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Always discuss treatment modalities with physicians and other health care providers assuming responsibility for your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. Managing a cancer remission is a full time job which can be made easier
by acquiring and utilizing When Cancer Hits.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.