Healthy & Happy
October, 2013 - Issue #108
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Cancer and Infertility Treatment
Links Debunked

A significant population of women struggling with infertility are concerned that IVF treatments could increase their risk of cancer. Thankfully, a recent study shows that this worry can be quieted.

As reported by Reuters on February 18, 2013: "Women getting fertility treatments can be reassured that in vitro fertilization (IVF) does not increase their risk of breast and gynecological cancers, according to a US study of Israeli women. The findings were fairly reassuring. Nothing was significantly elevated,' said lead author Louise Brinton, chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland."

Dr. Catherine DeUgarte, a fertility specialist, serves the SCV community via her office at the Aesthetic Center of Santa Clarita. 310-209-7700

Winning the Cancer Battle
Did you know that every person has cancer cells in their body?

These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements to strengthen the immune system are advised.

We all know that chemotherapy and radiation are the primary treatments for cancer patients, but it is possible for there to be a natural approach, as well. Many of the foods we eat and the utensils we cook with could be feeding those cancer cells.

You may know that sugar is a cancer-feeder, but did you know that milk causes mucus in the gastro-intestinal tract - and cancer also feeds on mucus?

Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment, so focus on an alkaline diet. Even a negative attitude can make your body acidic.

Improving your diet may not be the cure but a little natural
supplementation will never hurt. Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
For more information contact Lisa Reynaldo, ND of the
Unruh Spine Center. 288-0022

Worry-free, Hormone-free, Surgery-free
Permanent Birth Control

The Essure procedure was designed with you in mind so you won't need to take time away from your busy life. During this quick procedure, a doctor places the soft, flexible Essure inserts into your fallopian tubes through the natural pathways of your vagina and cervix, so no incision is necessary. The inserts are made of the same material that is used and proven safe in heart stents and other medical devices. Over the next six months, your body works with the inserts to form a natural barrier in your fallopian tubes. This barrier prevents sperm from reaching the egg so that pregnancy cannot occur.
Aesthetic Center of Santa Clarita 312-0497

Shop and Support
the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center!
October 1 to October 31
Pink Ribbon Month

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, everyone is invited to wear a pink ribbon in honor of, or in memory of, someone they love during the month of October. Pink Ribbon lapel pins can be purchased from Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's gift shop, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center and other locations. The pins are available for $5. For a listing of businesses offering the pink ribbon pins, please visit

Cobblestone Cottage Brighton Special Jewelry
Cobblestone Cottage, located in the River Oaks shopping center, will feature a special Brighton Power of Pink bracelet to promote Breast Cancer Awareness; $5 from each bracelet sold will be donated to the Breast Imaging Center. In addition, Brighton will donate $5 from each sale to a breast-cancer-related organization.

November 1
A Day of Creating Beauty

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care will donate a portion of their proceeds from this event to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center. Call 254-3686 to reserve your spot.

Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center to
Benefit from Awareness Events

During October and on November 1, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation and Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center will bring breast cancer awareness to the community through selected fundraising events in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Proceeds benefit the Breast Imaging Center; your participation in these events will help fund state-of-the-art equipment and ensure women in our community have access to superior technology for breast cancer detection.
For more information or to make a donation, please call 200-1200.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Finds Treatment is a Piece of Cake
Quick Response to Abnormal Test Brings Health and Happiness

Oma Timberlake's life changed in August 2007 when she noticed an abnormality in her breast.

She went to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, located on the campus of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, that afternoon for a mammogram and was called within hours, asking her to return for a biopsy. Gregory Senofsky, MD, reviewed Oma's case and together they decided a mastectomy would be best. Her surgery was scheduled on her birthday, October 16.

"Dr. Senofsky ... said he would have a cupcake ready for me when I came out," she said. "Everything went great. I had very little pain and the doctors were very attentive." She also credits her supportive family who took her in for her recovery period. After returning home, she started chemotherapy.

Henry Mayo physicians and staff became a second family, providing support and encouragement for her recovery. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them," she said. "I'm doing well now and I appreciate everyone so much for letting me tell this story. I hope it encourages someone else to go get their mammograms after they read this. I'm still waiting for my cupcake, though," she added with a chuckle. 253-8822

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Kick Cancer's Butt and Have Fun doing It
Sunday | October 6
Soroptimist of Santa Clarita Valley Hosts Bras for a Cause: "Bras on Broadway"

Join Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley to support local non-profit charities Circle of Hope and Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center by attending its 10th-annual Bras for a Cause fundraiser.

The theme of this year's event is "Bras on Broadway." Held from 12pm to 3pm at The Oaks Grille at Tournament Player's Club (TPC), the event will feature amazing blinged-out bras representing myriad Broadway plays, along with baskets full of gift cards for personal services, meals, weekend getaways, elegant home decor and personal items.

Tickets are $65 and include delicious food, a complimentary beverage from the full-service bar and Broadway-style entertainment.

Saturday | October 26
American Cancer Society Hosts Bark for Life

The American Cancer Society Bark for Life honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions and is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. By supporting Bark for Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives and help us move closer to a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The event is held at West Creek Park in Valencia from 8am to 12pm.

Bring your best canine friends for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demos, contests, games and more. Please note: All dogs must be on a leash, have current rabies immunization, and be at least 6 months

Santa Clarita "Light the Night" Walk
Help raise funds for lifesaving research and patient services at Bridgeport Park. Festivities will begin at 5pm with food trucks and music. The walk is from 7pm to 9pm.

Your participation in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk funds therapies and treatment advances for blood cancer patients. Your fundraising efforts will be helping to save lives.

Friends and family, children and seniors, neighbors and co-workers all are welcome! This is a casual fundraising walk with no fitness requirements.

Stay Healthy at the Paseo Club
According to new research published in Cancer Epidemiology, incorporating aerobic exercise into your lifestyle may prove effective in lowering your risk of developing breast cancer. Aerobic exercise alters the way that your body breaks down and metabolizes estrogen, which is one of the ways it helps reduce your risk of the most common cancer in females across the globe.

The kids are back in school so now is your time to get back into your fitness routine. Whether it is getting aerobic exercise in the form of a tennis lesson, Zumba or their new Insanity and Turbo Kick class, the Paseo Club offers over 50 group exercise classes a week. Take advantage of their three-level fitness center, 15 tennis courts and their heated Junior Olympic Pool. This month they are offering no-initiation when you sign a one-year commitment. Call Membership to schedule an appointment now and take care of your health! 257-0044
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