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Catherine Lewis

Catherine Lewis

Catherine is a staff writer for AHJ specializing in Cancer, Heart health, Nutrition, and Women's health. She is a dietician and loves to shop at the farmer's market for fresh, local produce.
Catherine Lewis has lived most of her life in Northern California. She\'s been a freelance writer for more than 20 years specializing primarily in alternative health issues for women. She is a breast cancer survivor and volunteer speaker. Her articles have appeared in several news publications in the U.S. and Canada. Catherine enjoys writing, cooking, gardening, meditating, hiking and she reads everything she can get her hands on. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.


Articles


6 Must-Have Health Tests for Women


If you’re a woman, trips to the doctor for that annual exam need to go beyond check of weight and cholesterol screenings as you age. The longer...

Eliminate MSG from Your Diet and Slim Down in the New Year


Monosodium glutamate (MSG) has often been in the news, with the possibility of being linked to certain health conditions ranging from migraines...

4 Common Foods that Can Alter Your Behavior


You probably know that a lack of food can make you cranky and irritable, and that too much food can make you feel tired and sluggish, but did you...

5 Nutrition Myths BUSTED!

Have you ever felt guilty because you think you’re supposed to be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, but don’t? Or that you have a...



5 Salad Myths Exposed


When you’re trying to eat a healthier, more well-balanced diet, replacing your usual fare with main course-sized salads seems like the best way to...

5 Tips for a Healthy Heart

Heart disease (including stroke) is the leading cause of death for both men and women. And although you can’t combat every risk factor (such as...



7 Healthy Habits for Women


Are you the type of woman who is guilty of putting everyone else’s needs before your own? Whether you’re a mother, a wife, a house-wife or a...

A Balancing Act: Getting the Nutrients you Need

Do you eat the same things, day after, day, week after week, with little to no variation? Perhaps you’ve developed somewhat of a “meal pattern”?...



A Cherry A Day Helps Keep Gout Away


Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. But studies over the years have shown that by eating the right foods, you can control the...

A Fight to the Finish: Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar

How do you take your coffee? With real cream and sugar? Or black with one or two of those little pink or yellow packets? I’m a yellow-packet...



A Natural Approach to Controlling High Blood Pressure: Herbal Blends

Do you struggle with keeping your blood pressure in check? If so you may have already tried the usual methods to help lower your blood pressure,...



A Nutritional Tonic for Your Heart: Herbal Blends

Do you have a healthy heart? With heart disease being the leading cause of death in both men and women, it’s likely that you could be one of many...



All About Angina

Have you ever suffered a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart trouble? Maybe your doctor has warned you of the possibility of heart disease...



Alternative Options to Fibroid Surgery


Did you know there are almost 600,000 hysterectomies done in the United States every single year?  At least one-third of those surgeries are...

Alternative Treatment Options for Throat Cancer

Do you remember the days when cancer wasn’t talked about openly? Thank goodness those days are over! These days, you probably have taken a...



Alternative Treatments for Fibroids

Do you or someone you know suffer from fibroids? I have to be honest here - before I started researching this topic I completely blanked on what...



Antioxidant in Red Wine Found to Destroy Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Do you love a glass of really good wine? In addition to its pleasing taste and relaxation factor, you may have heard that red wine (in moderation,...



Are Energy Drinks Really Safe?


You’ve seen them around – those flashy soft drinks that claim to boost your energy for hours, or give you a little pick-me-up when you’re feeling...

Are You at Risk for Brain Cancer?

If you have a television, radio, or subscribe to just about any newspaper or news magazine, then you know of the recent diagnosis of Senator Ted...



Broccoli-Sprout Extract Found to Protect Against Skin Cancer


Did you have a mom (or maybe you’re that mom) who always said “make sure to eat your broccoli”? As many benefits as broccoli has for your internal...

Can a Smoothie Really Improve your Health?

Could a new range of fruit smoothies “boosted” with ingredients actually help you lose weight, relieve your mental fatigue, improve your memory...



Can You Get Too Much of a Good Thing?

Have you ever had too much of a good thing? Like say, dessert? A few weeks ago we brought you an article about the importance of taking folic...



CDC Releases New Statistics on Postpartum Depression

Have you recently given birth? If so, or if you know someone who has, you may want to listen up. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recently...



Cholesterol Management Tips

Have you had your cholesterol checked recently? High cholesterol can contribute to many serious medical conditions, and if left unchecked is a...



Contaminated Heparin Rocks Consumer Confidence

Have you ever heard of the drug Heparin? If you take blood thinner medication, you may be familiar with this prescription – even if it’s not the...



Could a Plastic Bottle Be Making You Sick?

Do you drink from plastic bottles or feed your baby with a plastic baby bottle? If so you want to listen up. A preliminary government report has...



Defend Yourself against Dehydration

Ok, my friend - let’s do a quick exercise in hydration. Now this is important, so really pay attention. Stop what you’re doing, take a deep...



Do You Really Need to Have a Hysterectomy?


Have you had, or do you know someone who has had a hysterectomy? It wouldn’t be surprising! Some studies show that a hysterectomy is the second...

E.coli Outbreak Linked to Kroger Ground Beef

Yet another instance of compromised food safety recently came to light when Kroger-branded beef, sold in Michigan and in different parts of Ohio,...



Eat Well for Less: How to Shop Healthy on a Budget


With the ever increasing awareness of the importance of eating healthfully, there is a greater demand for places to buy health foods, organic...

Eat Your Way to a Longer Life


For the secret to a longer, happier, and healthier life, look no farther than your local grocery store. That’s right—superfoods are high in...

Fatty Acid Found in Fish Cuts Risk of Heart Deaths

A recent study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association reports daily supplements of a fatty acid found in fish oil...



Fight Cancer with Green Tea


According to the World Health Organization, up to 70 percent of cancers are diet-related. And, over the past fifteen years, there has been growing...

Food Synergy: It Helps You Lose Weight


Foods in their natural states—raw fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains—are perfectly delicious and nutritious on their own. But due in...

Genetic Profiles Help Individualize Breast Cancer Treatments

When you go to a restaurant, you can usually get your food “made to order.” Even the fast food chains of today are capable of catering to your...



Get Heart Healthy with Omega-3's

Are you struggling to stay on a heart-healthy diet? Maybe heart disease runs in your family and you’re trying to take steps to prevent it. Or, you...



Get Your Blood Flowing with Better Circulation

Has anyone ever said to you - "You must have poor circulation"? Perhaps it was in response to your complaints about cold hands, cold feet, or just...



Getting a Grip on High Blood Pressure


November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness month. Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Many Americans have been diagnosed with...

Good Fats, Bad Fats: How to Tell the Difference


If you’re on a diet and think that the less fat you eat, the better, think again. Not all fats are bad for you—in fact, your body needs fats to...

Healthy Options for the Thanksgiving Dinner Table: 6 Vegan Recipes


Thanksgiving Day is celebrated to give thanks for our blessings and for the wealth of food that we have in the United States. Traditionally,...

Healthy Options for Your Traditional Thanksgiving Table


As the holidays approach, we all become conscious of the battle to stay fit and healthy amid endless party invitations and excessive dessert...

Heart Disease: What Women Need to Know

Here are two important questions for you... Question #1: Are you a woman? Question #2: If your answer to #1 was “yes” do you know you may be at...



Hot Flash Help: Flaxseeds

Women going through menopause often experience a variety of symptoms – everything from night sweats to increased anxiety to decreased libido. But...



How Seaweed Can Improve Your Health

Have you ever eaten seaweed? If you have, chances are it wasn’t straight from the sea, but rather a more edible form such as the kind that you...



How to Get High Cholesterol Under Control

Do you appreciate a really good meal? Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or meat-lover, there’s nothing like enjoying the foods you relish....



How to Make Healthy Choices in a “Packaged Foods World”


In this day and age, it’s hard to get away from eating packaged foods . . . at least every now and then. As hard as you may try to eliminate...

How to Plan a Diet around Cancer Treatment


Have you, or someone you know, recently been diagnosed with cancer? Receiving such a diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming. In addition to...

How to Prevent Breast Cancer the Natural Way

From the time you’re a young women, you are taught the dangers of breast cancer and ways to detect it. You are encouraged to perform monthly self...



How to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that April is “Cancer Control Month”? It’s a good reminder on your calendar that cancer can be controlled (to a point) and also how...



How to Survive Morning Sickness

Is your mom the type that would do anything for you? Most moms are . . .  I have to say. Mine surely is! Well, that sense of “giving” started long...



If Fluoride is a Toxin, Why is it in Your Drinking Water?

Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) classification that fluoride can be considered a toxin, the cities of Los Angeles and San...



Is a Raw Foods Diet For You?


Do you like raw foods? Perhaps you enjoy some veggies and dip from time to time, or try to get at least an apple a day into your diet. But what if...

Is the Wine Lover’s Lifestyle Good For You?


Red wine has long been touted as beneficial for cardiovascular health (in moderation), but it turns out that the general lifestyle that wine...

Is Your Food Safe?

Do you remember hearing about the “tomato scare” this past summer? Perhaps you went to your favorite restaurant and were greeted by signs that...



Just How Dangerous Are Salt and Sugar? The Answer May Surprise You!


As you give thanks for the food that nourishes your body this holiday season, you can also give thanks to the advances of modern technology that...

Kick Your Soda or Coffee Habit with These Three Simple Steps


Do you suffer from a coffee or soda addiction? If so, you are certainly not alone! All you have to do is take a look around the office or local...

Lung Cancer Risk Cut by 60% with Exposure to Low Levels of Radon Gas

You’ve probably heard the dangers of radon gas, and maybe even have a “radon detector” somewhere in your home. For years the experts have warned...



Natural Ways to Treat Heart Disease

Does heart disease run in your family? Or have you already been diagnosed with some form of heart condition? Neither one of these outlooks seems...



New Information on the Benefits of Folic Acid

Folic acid may prevent premature births. Has anyone ever told you “make sure you’re taking folic acid!”? If you’re a woman, you may have heard...



New Study Indicates Green Tea Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer

If you could do one little thing to help prevent cancer, wouldn’t it be worth a try? It could even be a small thing, perhaps something as simple...



New Study Reveals Too Much Fast Food May Cause Liver Damage

Who would have thought that a contributing cause of liver damage could be listed as “fast food”?  In fact, fast food is highly toxic to the liver...



Nighttime Aspirin Best to Avoid Heart Disease

You may have heard how aspirin can help prevent the possibility of a heart attack, or that chewing aspirin when a heart attack strikes will lessen...



Pregnancy After 35


Do you hear your biological clock ticking? Or do you feel like you still have time to have a healthy baby, even though you’re “getting along in...

Pregnant Women and Gestational Diabetes: What You Need to Know

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that it involves many things – getting prepared mentally and physically, changing certain lifestyle habits,...



Prevent Skin Cancer with a Balanced Diet

Earlier we told you about skin cancer: the risk factors, warning signs and precautions to take when heading out into the sun. But are there other...



Recent Report Disputes Daily 8-Glass Water Recommendation

How many glasses of water do YOU drink a day? It’s likely that for as long as you can remember, you’ve been told to drink at least 64 oz of water...



Recent Report Reveals Food is Less Safe Today than Four Years Ago

When you sit down to eat a meal, do you ever think about whether or not the food you’re about to eat could make you sick? It would seem you...



Recent Study Shows Pregnancy Really Does Affect Memory

Have you ever heard a pregnant woman say – “The baby is draining my brain!”? Maybe you’ve been witness to a forgetful pregnant woman – or happen...



Relief for Uncomfortable Periods

How many times throughout your life have you heard “It must be your time of the month” – maybe from your boyfriend, husband, or even your best...



Scientific Discovery May Help Detect Colon Cancer Earlier

Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States? The American Cancer Society estimates that there...



Soy: Natural Menopause Relief


If you’re in the midst of that transitional part of every woman’s life called menopause, than you’re no stranger to the hot flashes that accompany...

Special and Modified Diets Series: Eating to Gain Weight


When you hear the word “diet” you probably associate it with losing weight. It may seem strange, then, to think about eating more as a “special...

Special and Modified Diets Series: GERD


Do you suffer from GERD? Even if you aren’t familiar with that term, you may experience the symptoms consistent with the condition. GERD...

Special and Modified Diets Series: Heart Disease


If you are at risk of developing heart disease, or have recently been diagnosed with heart disease or high blood pressure, it’s important to know...

Special and Modified Diets Series: Lupus


Do you or someone you know suffer from lupus? If so, you’re not alone! According to the Lupus Foundation of America, nearly two million people in...

Special and Modified Diets Series: Sexual Dysfunction


How’s your sex life? It may seem like a personal question, but it’s not one that goes without notice. For centuries, people have been desperately...

Special and Modified Diets Series: Type-1 Diabetes


If you suffer from type-1 diabetes, then you know that keeping tabs on your diet is essential in managing the condition. In fact, dietary changes...

Strong Evidence Links Eating Red Meat to Cancer

Do you enjoy a really good steak? Or maybe your weakness is a fresh, juicy hamburger with all the toppings. If you’re anything like my husband,...



Study Shows Garlic and Vitamins May Reduce Heart Disease

Could garlic help you reduce the chance of heart disease? It’s looking that way, according to scientists at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center....



Super-Foods: The New Craze That's Centuries Old

Have you ever heard the term “super-foods”? In keeping with other “supers” such as Superman, super powers and super human, it would seem that...



Surviving and Preventing Colorectal Cancer

What do you think are the top two cancers leading to death in the U.S.? If you’re a woman, breast cancer might be one of your answers. If you’re a...



The 10 Best Rules to Follow In the Kitchen: How to Cook for Better Health


Cooking well-balanced meals on a regular basis can be a challenge, especially when it’s easy to fall into a rut of the same old recipes or give in...

The 6 Cancer-Fighting Foods You're Not Eating Enough Of


Cancer affects people of all walks of life.  It does not discriminate against age, color or status.  It’s likely that you know someone, whether an...

The Acai Fruit and its Many Benefits


The concept of super foods is something that has hit the health world like a meteor hits the earth.  They have had a huge impact on the way that...

The Many Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

Have you ever taken Ginkgo Biloba? Perhaps you’ve heard of it, but don’t know much about it, for instance, what it’s used for! Well, we’re here to...



The Real Truth about 5 Food Myths


Myths, tall-tales, urban legends . . . call it what you like, but there are some “stories” out there that just don't hold water when put to the...

Under Pressure: A Guide to Treating High Blood Pressure

Do you remember the old cartoons where steam blew out of a character’s head when he or she was angry? Sometimes the stresses of life can make you...



Understanding Lung Cancer

If you suffer from lung cancer, or know someone who does, you’re well aware what a painful and life-changing disease it is. And you’re not alone....



Vegetarian? Make Sure You Get the Nutrients You Need

Are you thinking of becoming a vegetarian? Or maybe you’re already on the path of a meatless diet, but aren’t exactly sure if you’re getting...



Warning: Vytorin May Not Protect Your Heart

Do you suffer from high cholesterol? Perhaps you’ve tried a number of ways to reduce your cholesterol levels, such as changing your diet and...



What is So Super about Superfruits?


You may have heard the term “super foods” -- foods that are naturally jam-packed full of nutrients and have been found to help treat a variety of...

What You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer


What do you know about cervical cancer? If you’re a woman, you may know more about this type of cancer than your male counterparts . . . or maybe...

What You Need to Know About Salmonella Infections

Did you hear about the recent recall of cereals made by the Malt-O-Meal company? At last count people in 14 states had been affected by two kinds...



Which Birth Control Method Should You Use?


If you’re a woman – whether in your teens or 40s -- you’ve probably thought about the concept of birth control. And if you’re like me, those...

Women and Viagra: Dangerous Combination or Answer to Her Prayers?


Are you looking for a solution to help improve your “bedroom activity”? If you’re a man, you might have an easier time doing so, especially with...

Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure

When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked? According to the American Heart Association, approximately one-third of all adults...


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