Wednesday, March 14, 2018


by: James Hunt

I want to tell my story so that I can help others diagnosed with prostate cancer. This all started with a routine physical with blood work. My primary care physician called to say everything looks good except a slightly elevated PSA and suggested I make an appointment to see a urologist. After spending months on antibiotics to treat a possible infection of the prostate due to bike riding, my urologist suggested a biopsy. The biopsy was one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced in my life. The biopsy results showed a Gleason 6 cancer in one of the 12 tissue samples taken from me.

The urologist suggested active surveillance where we would monitor the cancer with blood tests, MRI’s and biopsies. He mentioned that I would eventually need surgery- probably within a year or two. I reached out to one of my chiropractor friends for some advice (Dr. Mark Jones of Wading River) who is quite knowledgeable in Holistic medicine and he suggested; Pomi-T ( a dietary supplement that was used in study in a prison that was proven to slow the growth of prostate cancer. He also told me about Chaga Tea - brewed from the Chaga mushroom that grows on birch trees in Canada. I reached out to the good people from "Chaga Island" ( who told me "we will beat this". They helped me put together a plan that consisted of drinking 24oz of chaga tea a day along with daily supplements of Glutathione, Vitamin B complex and Magnesium powder (Calm).

I also spoke to another chiropractor friend, Dr. Keith Gutzmann (of Howard Beach) who also suggested some supplements indole-3-carbinol, turmeric, Indian frankincense and he suggested I look into getting a DVD of a film by Peter Starr canned "Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, Drugs or Radiation". He found this on Dr. Mercola’s website. One Friday night at 8pm my urologist called me to tell me that a second part of my biopsy reveled a more aggressive cancer and that I really need to consider surgery sooner than later. I had just started to feel right mentally and now this. My surviving prostate cancer dvd came and I watched it. The first thing Peter Starr said is that "you have time... you are not going to die tomorrow". He also explained how these doctors will scare you into doing some sort of treatment right away.

I learned from the video a few other key supplements that are proven to slow the growth of cancer Vitamin k2, Vitamin D3, pumpkin seed oil, Vitamin C, Flax Seed Oil, Coenzyme Q10, Neprinal AFD and Lycopene. I also learned about gut health and the need to take Probiotics (Syntol AMD). The film taught me a lot how sugar feeds cancer. I also learned of an ultrasound machine called a 3D color Doppler which Peter Starr explained is a noninvasive way of checking cancer growth without having to go through biopsy and long MRI’s.

I went online to try to find this machine and all I could come up with was the prostate cancer research institute in California. I felt that wasn’t an option for me at the time and took another suggestion of Peter Starr’s and to get a second opinion. I made an appointment with another urologist that came highly recommended. He read my reports and test results and was surprised that the first urologist was pushing for surgery. He said we will do active surveillance with blood work, MRI’s and biopsy’s. Here I was again hearing the word "biopsy". I had done plenty of research on the internet and all I kept reading is that there is a chance of spreading the cancer with biopsy’s. The second urologist said I’ll see you in six months your prostate needs to heal from the biopsy before we can do the MRI.

In the six months I completely changed my diet starting with giving up all processed foods. I started a meal plan that consisted of wild caught fish, chicken and bison that were antibiotic and hormone free, organic vegetables and foods containing healthy fats avocado, cashews and macadamia nuts. I cut all sugars from my diet including those from fruits. My fruit intake was limited to berries occasionally. Getting close to my MRI appointment and thinking this was going to be my only option.

After much research and a referral from my wife's fundraising circle, I came across Dr. Robert Bard a seasoned radiologist in midtown Manhattan that has written books on prostate cancer and has a 3D color Doppler! I made an appointment and went in for the ultrasound. My experience with Dr Bard was excellent the procedure took all of maybe ten minutes. After the procedure I sat with Dr. bard to go over the results, he found a small spot which he said did not look like active cancer cells maybe a scar left from the biopsy. Dr. Bard said we would do active surveillance and watch it that I had nothing to worry about. Dr. Bard has done extensive research on prostate cancer and has come up with his own supplements that he formulated for prostate cancer. A lot of the ingredients in his pills are what I’ve been taking. I’m starting his supplements right away and finishing up what I have. As of right now I have no active cancer and happy I got a second opinion.

My message to everyone battling cancer is to stay smart and realistic. Do your own research and listen to the right people and follow your gut for what makes the most sense.  The resources are all around us and thanks to the world wide web, we have some of the best information available to win this.  Perhaps it was the research that made me push for a second (and even a third) opinion and I'm glad I did- because if I would have caved to the panic-stricken voice of my first doctor, things may have turned out very differently- or worse. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Canine Cancer: A Progressive Approach to Prevention and Treatment.- By Dr. Lynda Loudon

Note from the editor: For those who consider our pets to be a true member of the family,  we dedicate this special prevention article to keeping our furry loved ones safe and cancer-free.

Cancer is a sad reality for many dog owners that often cuts short precious time with beloved pets.  Cancer is currently the leading cause of death in canines with every dog having a 50% chance of dying from cancer.  It is more important than ever for pet owners to understand how their pets may be at risk for cancer, how to help prevent it and how to find the best treatment in order to prolong the life of their dog.

As with all cancers, genetic, environmental factors, and toxins all play a role in the development of cancer.  Certain breeds are more prone to developing cancer.   However, I along with many other veterinarians believe that the commercial diets we are feeding and over-vaccination also play major roles in the massive amount of cancer we are seeing in our patients.

The problem with the majority of today’s commercial canine diets is that they have strayed far way from the natural diet that our dog’s ancestors thrived on.  Dr. Greg Ogilvie, who was head of internal medicine and oncology at Colorado State University, researched the correlation between diet and canine cancer.  One of the major findings was that the by-products of grain metabolism –glucose and lactate-feed cancer cells.  He strongly recommended avoiding grains and carbohydrates especially in canine cancer patients.  Many of these diets not only have excessive carbohydrates but many of these carbohydrates are GMOs that are exposed to high levels of pesticides.

Commercial dog diets are also processed and exposed to high heat altering the food’s nutritional value. There are often antibiotic residues, mycotoxins and storage mites in the food.  Chemical preservatives such as ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT are also often used.  

There is compelling evidence in veterinary medicine implicating vaccines as a trigger for immune mediated diseases and various types of cancer in dogs.  There is also vaccine-associated sarcoma (VAS) or feline injection-site sarcoma (FISS) that is a type of malignant tumor found in cats (and less commonly in dogs and ferrets), which has been linked to certain vaccines.  It is important to tailor a vaccination protocol to the specific patient.  I recommend a protocol that includes three rounds of puppy core vaccines starting at 9-10 weeks of age then a vaccine booster at one year.  After that the dog can have a serum antibody titer performed to test for immunity to the core diseases. When considering non-core vaccinations for your dog it is important to consider the risk of vaccine vs risk of disease. For example, kennel cough is usually a self-limiting condition and is therefore not a disease worth vaccinating against, in my opinion.  Lyme disease may be prevalent in your area however there are precautions that can be taken to avoid tick bites in the first place.  Dr Jean Dodds is very well-known for her minimum vaccine protocols and is a great resource of vaccination information.  She has authored several articles such as "Changing Vaccine Protocols". 

There are many conventional methods such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation that are sometimes necessary and may be effective in treating cancer.   I personally perform surgery on a regular basis removing abdominal tumors in order to save a cancer patient’s life.  However, the treatment cannot end here.  Every patient must be treated as an individual and the tools available must be utilized and tested in order to find the best therapy for each patient.  The more tools that can be provided for a cancer patient the better chance of prolonged survival.  The difference between conventional medicine’s approach to cancer treatment and functional medicine’s approach is that conventional targets the cancer; integrative or functional medicine focuses on the body as whole.  The cancer is part of the whole body and not considered separate.

The purpose of integrative treatment is strengthen the immune system, alleviate pain, reduce stress, heal wounds and to diminish the toxic load created by traditional chemotherapy.

There are many options to helping the body fight cancer.  It is important to seek out the expertise of an experienced holistic veterinarian to formulate a plan that will work best for your pet.

1) I.V. antioxidant therapy containing carotenoids, vitamin C and E and selenium.  The purpose is to improve immune function, decrease toxicity to non-cancer cells, reverse metabolic changes and increase tumor response to chemotherapy and radiation.   IV administration of these supplements is much more effective because it bypasses the liver and gastrointestinal tract and is delivered directly to the bloodstream.

2) Ozone therapy: 
is a very potent form of oxygen.  Healthy cells thrive on oxygen and the microbes that cause cancer are typically anaerobic, meaning they thrive in the absence of oxygen.  It is most often administered as an IV solution mixed with saline or as a  topical gel that is applied directly to tumors or skin lesions.  It can also be injected directly to cancerous tumors.

3) Hyperbaric chamber therapy: In a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the air pressure is up to three times greater than normal. This causes the lungs to collect up to three times more pure oxygen than is possible when breathing atmospheric oxygen. The pure oxygen is transported throughout the body via the blood stream, which encourages the release of growth factors and stem cells that promote healing.

4) Pol-MVA therapy- this combines the vitamin lipoic acid with the trace element palladium. It supports oxygenation of cells and tissues and improves cellular function.

5)  Neoplasena-  this is a formulation created by Dr. Terrence Fox at Buck Mountain Botanicals.  It recognizes and kills cancer cells.  It is made up of alkaloids found in the bloodroot plant, Sanquinaria    Canadensis.  It comes in a topical ointment and injection.

1. Turmeric and its active ingredient Curcumin. Stat 3, a protein that helps tumors metastasize and defend against chemotherapy, is inhibited by curcumin.

2. Antemissin:  This Chinese herb has been used to treat malaria and has now been shown to destroy many types of cancer cells as well.  Unlike conventional cancer drugs like chemo, Artemisinin seems to target cancer cells and leave normal cells unharmed.research is needed to find the most effective dosing.

3. Max’s formula created by Dr. Huisheng Xie, founder of the Chai institute in Reddick, Fl.

4.Fish oil. Dose: 1400mg per 25lbs daily. 

5.Natural antioxidants: such as are berries, pomegranate, green tea, cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

6.Vitamin A, C and selenium

7.Immustim Complex by professional formulas- provides an excellent balance of antioxidants.

8.Hemp seed oil provides a healthy balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Dose: 1 tspn/lb of food fed.

9. Apocaps was created by Dr Demian Dressler, author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. It contains the apoptogens luteolin, apigenin, curcumin and silymarin, as well as gingerols, beta glucans, and l-glutamine.  Apoptogens support the body’s natural process of aptoptosis – the clearing out of old and damaged cells from the body.

In cancer patients, the body is constantly looking for more protein because the immune system is weak.  They body ends up drawing protein from muscle. This creates a wasting condition and is why so many cancer patients are emaciated.
The ideal diet for a canine cancer patient is high in protein, high in fats and low in carbohydrates. A raw grain free diet high in antioxidants and essential amino acids is ideal.

What to look for in a commercial raw diet:
1.     Protein quality
2.     Organ meats should be part of the blend
3.     Good balance of bone and meat
4.     No more than 15% fats
5.     Low carbs
6.     Contains vegetables
7.     Contains supplements such kelp, spirulina, apple cider vinegar and EFA oils
8.     Price- if its cheap its probably not the best quality

An exception to feeding a commercial raw diet is the dog that will not eat it.  It is very important that cancer patients receive adequate nutrition.  You can try a balanced home –cooked diet in these pets.  A good resource for balanced home-cooked diets is

 Cancer is far too common in our beloved canine friends. It is important to know that a healthy, appropriate diet may prevent cancer in our dogs.  Over-vaccination has been implicated in the rise of canine cancer and therefore vaccination protocols should be tailored to each individual patient.   And lastly, there are many treatment options out there beyond the conventional surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  Do your research, find an experienced holistic veterinarian and be the voice for your dog’s best interest.


Dr. Lynda Loudon is an accomplished emergency veterinarian with 15 years of experience in her field. She is currently Medical Director of Animal Emergency Services in Selden and Commack, Long Island. Dr. Loudon’s professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care, nutrition, pain management and holistic medicine. As an emergency veterinarian, Dr. Loudon was too often confronted with a situation where an animal in need of care could not receive treatment due to lack of finances. She could no longer allow this to be a factor in her patient’s care and therefore founded Healing Haven Animal Foundation. (

Aside from her current position as Medical Director, Dr. Loudon has always had a passion for helping injured or sick stray animals. She has personally rescued and treated more than 200 injured stray dogs and cats in the past 20 years. She has also fostered and rehabilitated many of these animals until they were ready to be adopted. Dr. Loudon has dedicated a large amount of time volunteering for local shelters and rescue groups. In addition to her work helping stray animals, Dr. Loudon has been the primary veterinarian to large profile abuse cases such as Maximus, the pit bull who was set on fire by his owner in 2007 and Joey, the pit bull who had been thrown from a moving car in 2012. Dr. Loudon’s purpose and mission is to create a place where animals will get the veterinary care they deserve despite finances, where animals will have a safe haven to live, and a place where the love from animals will help people heal and grow. This is where Healing Haven Animal Foundation is heading.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Kristie Moore (2nd from Left) at the October LI2DAY 5k Race-
Organizer of major charity cancer events on Long Island.
Everything I’ve learned over the last decade working with a local grassroots cancer organization is that EARLY DETECTION is key.  Scheduling routine appointments and screening is imperative to your health.  Sounds good right?  I am a busy mom of two very active boys who play multiple travel sports year-round.  Like many, I juggle, work, the kids’ demanding schedules and make sure they have annual physicals, eye exams, teeth cleaning and routine bloodwork.  I was trying to make a conscious effort to do the same for myself.  

But somehow, I managed to forget my 2016 mammogram! 

I scheduled my 2017 mammogram and sonogram in October because it was Breast Cancer Awareness month after all! After my mammography was finished I had to wait for my sonogram to check the dense breast tissue.  The technician came into the waiting area and said they needed to get more scans because the radiologist saw something.  I had the sonogram and then the radiologist came in and told me I had to come back in 6 months.  

I missed a year folks and in that time, there were changes in my breast health. 

Please, be diligent, be your own health advocate and schedule those appointments.
So, now I am anxiously awaiting my follow-up mammogram in April.  Don’t put off your own health.  My New Years’ resolution is to do a better job of taking care of myself.  When the kids went back to school in September I scheduled all my appointments on one day. Any tests that were required by my doctors were all set up on another day.  Whether you schedule your appointments when the kids go back to school or around the time of your birthday…just get into a routine of when you go so you don’t forget. 

Take it from a busy mom.  You need to stay healthy.  You need to listen to your body.  You need to schedule those appointments and go to them.  Early detection is key.



Being familiar with how your breasts look and feel can help you notice symptoms such as lumps, pain, or changes in size that may be of concern. These could include changes found during a breast self-exam. You should report any changes that you notice to your doctor or health care provider. Having a clinical breast exam or doing a breast self-exam has not been found to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. See complete report from the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


KRISTIE MOORE is the Executive Director of Marketing/Public Relations and Event Co-Producer for LI2DAY-- a busy Long Island-based grassroots cancer fundraising organization.  For over 14 years, she has maintained a most rewarding and exciting career in organizing, producing and promoting charity events to raise $$ for cancer patients and cancer research all over the Island.  (See complete LI2DAY website).  Mrs. Moore is highly respected and recognized in the local non-profit circles as a "marketing powerhouse" for her unending talents and her passion in "magically making it all come together."  Kristie Moore lives in Ronkonkoma, NY with her wonderful husband and two sons.

Monday, January 22, 2018


John Graziano is recognized in the Long Island athletic circles as a champion triathlete, a health coach and a published fitness lifestyle writer/columnist. In this feature article, he associates the mind set of PREVENTION and EARLY DETECTION with his philosophies of awareness and foresight prevalent in fitness training which he constantly imparts onto his students... "where the race against TIME is a focal point of both disease prevention and the personal conditioning in sports training."  Today, John Graziano explores the Cancer Prevention lifestyle with the many parallels between his training regimen, the right attitude toward a healthy disciplines and the proactive pursuits to a healthier future.

I've seen healthy people lose their battle to cancer because they were blindsided by its surprise appearance. They thought, "It couldn't happen to me... I'm healthy... I eat well, I train well, I do this." The next thing you know, it's too late. Learning from the many experiences from the survivors as well as those who didn't make it, cancer is sneaky and can sometimes surprise you- but there are many cancers that can be predicted, detected or can be sought out ahead of time based on your genetic makeup (genetic screening) or heredity.

In this interview, I can't help to weave in and out of the many similarities between the struggles and the need for staying fit and the where-with-all of keeping cancer away.  For example, taking care of our immune system is a major part of the fitness lifestyle- AND the prevention way of life.  Immunity is an important part of our body designed to keep the bad things away- and keeping this healthy and functioning well is a big part of prevention. (for more on the immune system, visit: IMMUNOLOGY TODAY)

A major influence in our lives is being greatly driven by our ATTITUDE - prompted by what things we truly VALUE. It completely defines who we are that will often determine how we end up.  The commonalities between cancer prevention and fitness training are actually astounding!  When you think about knowing your body, eating healthy foods, keeping away from sugars and fatty foods, staying hydrated, maintaining good sleep and stress free- they're the exact regimen for both studies.

As each passing day brings me closer to 50, the wellness & prevention attitude becomes that much more crucial to my very existence and to my loved ones. When I first started getting into fitness, I was concerned about my future and what was going to happen to me over time? Was I going to be able to be around for three daughters? I started worrying about later on in life, thinking, "Wow. I better do something now before it gets too late. If I don't start thinking about it now, 50 or 60 will look pretty bad - and reversing that physical state would be impossible."

I realized that none of this happens without getting into shape. Getting fit and healthy doesn't happen with a quick push of a button. It all takes time. The reason why it's taking so much time is realizing that you're kicking the crap out of your body. You're basically hurting yourself over years of abuse. Somebody once said to me, "...if you want to lose 30 pounds, it took you 10 years to put it on. You think you can lose it in 10 days? It's not gonna happen."

Step one is getting to know yourself. Take the high road of recognizing your weaknesses and you're halfway there! Essentially, you need to have a mental attitude to recognize what you've done to yourself so far- and then turning it around with a new plan.

The neglect and reckless disregard for personal care that people put themselves through over time will result in major damage and almost impossible to get over. I was at the point where a horrible diet and lifestyle was next-to-impossible to get over quickly, so I had to do something pretty hard core and pretty fast, and really work strong and stay diligent with it for a while.

Every winter I'd take off, because I worked hard during the season. I'd take off the winter and I'd put on 15 pounds. I was very complacent, and my diet changed dramatically. You realize that each time you do that to your body, it puts a lot of stress on both your body, mentally, and it's harder to get out of that rut again. You think each year it's going to be no problem. The first time it happened, it was easy. The second time, it wasn't so bad.

Embracing a lifestyle and a life plan is like any financial investment.  You have to stay on top of it--  and be prepared for adjustments when necessary. Change your strategy. Do things differently. Taking steps up front, knowing what your goals are, knowing what you're going to have to do, thinking about those things is similar to basically, preventing these disasters.

Step two is to evaluate and re-assess your daily routine and be proactive in the way you think. Prevention in a nutshell means AVOIDING THE BAD and KEEP AWAY THINGS THAT WILL CAUSE YOU LONG TERM HARM. The most important term that I've learned over the last several years is being ahead of the curve and thinking about preventing the many bad habits that carry risks to my health. Similarly, with all diseases, you have to stay on top of your health to address any potential problems while they are still in a manageable state.  

The expression goes, "one ounce of prevention can create a lifetime of success". Essentially, looking at cancer, I would rather be ahead of the curve by knowing what's coming and what I could do to repair anything that's coming, than to be sitting at a table thinking, "Oh my God, how do I get past this problem, and beat something that's become a major, major problem in my lifetime?" Some cancers are irreversible, or they're at a point where you've already let them go too far that you have a major, major hurdle to get over.

To me, it doesn't make any sense in life to pay attention when you're in the thick of the problem.  Today, we have all the tools and technologies that diagnose and provide us with advance warnings right in front of us. Yet so many take a blind eye to this disease; they still smoke; they still ignore checkups and delay prostate exams and mammograms.  The information is completely available for us to know what we can prevent and how to keep it away. How could you not take advantage of learning what preventative care is, and using it to your advantage?


According to The Truth About Cancer, (a publication dedicated to ending the cancer pandemic), there's a significant list of foods that are known in the scientific and medical communities that are directly linked to CANCER as well as other health disorders such as heart disease and diabetes.  This list includes: Refined Sugars, Soda & Carbonated Drinks, GMOs (Genetically Modified Foods), Pickled Foods, Farmed Fish, Canned Goods, Grilled Meats and Microwave Popcorn.  Click here for the complete article.


"What are your goals?" As a trainer, I try to get them to tell me more than this. I also ask "Why are you doing this?"  Usually, what motivates people the most is the fear of loss, fear of struggle of lack of personal control.

On the cancer stage, people begin to take cancer seriously because they lost a loved one. Sometimes they take fitness seriously because they've lost somebody or they have a fear of not being there. Like me, I had a fear of not being there for my children when they turned that age to get married and walking them down the aisle. That was a major fear of mine.

I had to take action first, to have a problem resolved before it became a "real" problem. Driving words that I live by, "You can start a plan today.... don't worry about what it took to get here. Don't worry about what you could be later, whether it's healthy or unhealthy. Worry about today. Do something today to make sure that down the road, it's going to take some time but you're going to have success."

Cancer's unpredictable and malicious nature is what scares me the most- enough to think two steps ahead of it whenever possible.  As healthy as I think I am, as much as I eat well, as much as I train a lot-- cancer's a different thing.  Cancer DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE... it could affect me as it can affect anybody.., in areas and ways that we least expect. I've seen the healthiest of people get diagnosed. Being a triathlete and staying healthy and eating well is truly a great start- but so is getting regular checkups, screenings or looking into preventative care. What I'm doing today is my investment in my own life.  I don't want any interruptions to that because I wasn't smart enough to take those steps to be cautious for something that can affect me or anybody else.

JOHN GRAZIANO is a health & fitness columnist for Modern Pain Journal, and is also the host of MPR-TV.  He is an accomplished athlete, a recognized ambassador of weight loss (, the President of Wildwood Warriors (Long Island based triathlon team) and is a dedicated researcher for all pain relief products, services and professional modalities.  John  has dedicated a life of research and education in the fields of fitness and pain relief due to the many physical issues his body has accrued during the many years of training and competition.  He translated this mission into a public crusade to promote and identify the (seemingly) endless array of pain relief solutions available in the healthcare market.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018



January 18, 2018- this year marks the 20th anniversary of Stoff Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) - a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Jesse Stoff dedicated to cancer research and the advancement of integrative medicine.   As of early 2016, SIMR kick-started AWARENESS FOR A CURE, a local media-based resource program supporting all Island-based cancer charities.  “With the help of my colleagues in the healthcare and care-giving communities, we produced AFAC to facilitate grant-searches for patients and survivors- and also to assist in the promotion of cancer charities, fundraising events and educational efforts,” states Dr. Stoff.

One of AFAC's partners is BEST ANSWER FOR CANCER ( an international organization of doctors working to shift the cancer paradigm to a more patient-centered treatment approach.  Dr. Stoff carried the same free-resource access and education-based principles into the AFAC blueprint to help orgs' fundraising attendance through social media and mass publishing via web. 

Awareness for a Cure supports all Long Island Cancer
Fundraising groups such as LI2DAY by conducting
media and news coverage, video spotlights and social
media publishing.
AFAC's charity directory details the specific help that they offer the public.  As listed, groups such as the Bone Marrow Foundation, Frankie's Mission, and Andrew McDonough B+Foundation are dedicated to raising money to help fund specific cancer research or provide financial help to patients & families.  Meanwhile, the Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation gives out $$ to children whose parents may have been stricken with cancer.

One of the top headliners of "Awareness News" is LI2DAY ( - producers of breast cancer walks on Long Island.  Since 2003, founder Ginny Salerno has been organizing multi-day walks all over Long Island where 100% of the funds raised by walkers would stay on Long Island to be distributed by grassroots breast cancer service & support organizations. With support from local politicians and businesses, Breast Cancer Walks have raised over $6 million dollars in 14 years.

In a 2017 on-air interview at WBAB/WBLI, Dr. Stoff was featured as one of Long Island's cancer crusaders and discussed the ways that charities are helping the recently diagnosed.  To represent this, guest speaker Jaime LaMarca (Patient Access Manager of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society) joined the show. “I visit hospitals and oncology offices to raise awareness about LLS and what we can do to help”, says Ms. LaMarca. “When a patient is first diagnosed, they are thrown into a world they certainly don’t want to be in. An easily accessible support system is really important for (any) patient- and as a social worker, it’s a passion of mine to bring support, education and offer financial assistance!”
Dr. Jesse Stoff has appeared in countless TV and Radio
News broadcasts about his expertise in Onco-Immunology
and his active role in the philanthropic society.

AFAC also produces “Survivor Stories”- a mini-biography video series presenting inspirational role models who escaped the deadly disease.  One of the many stories include Rachel Klein - a Long Island mom with a then-to-now perspective of what it was like to first get diagnosed.  With the help of foundations like LLS, she received help to "stay in the fight" and regain her quality of life for years to come.

Publishers of AFAC News promotes the achievements of local cancer orgs.  “By listing & cataloguing grants, publishing fundraiser videos and posting the charity events all over social media, we have become advocates of the charities and a true ally to patients and survivors!”, states Laurel Muckey, AFAC co-editor.

To date, Dr. Jesse Stoff continues to pursue his many philanthropic projects.  He is also involved in writing and publishing countless articles and books about cancer & wellness while working full-time as the medical director and head onco-immunologist at the Integrative Medicine of NY in Westbury, Long Island ( 

Media contact: 516-620-3535

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Friday, January 19, 2018


One of the main reasons for public awareness includes the empowering inspiration of 'good news'. Especially in the fight against chronic diseases like cancer, success stories from innovations, medical breakthroughs and personal achievements, "positivity" in the form of a testimonial can be quite impactful to us all. Hearing about a survivor's journey can reinforce our inner strength throughout our own personal challenges. They can easily help us through the dark loneliness of illness and help elevate us through the emotional hurdles of the treatment and (even) post-treatment phases. Here is just one of a growing number of stories direct from a cancer survivor working her way into remission. Rachel Klein has completed her treatments battling Leukemia and reflects on how it all happened.

Ms. Rachel Klein - a Long Island mom who shares a then-to-now perspective of what it was like to first get the diagnosis and with the help of cancer foundations like the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, she received the help she needed to stay alive and regain her quality of life for years to come. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Story by: Jennifer Hunt (co-founder of "FIGHT LIKE A GIRL" team)
Edited by: Lennard M. Gettz (

On December of 2010, (I was 38 years old at the time) I went for a routine yet early sonogram and then mammogram due to some curious lumps found from an earlier exam.  Though my doctor didn't express heavy concern, he sent me for testing and it was there that they saw something suspicious.  Within two days, they proceeded with a biopsy and the results showed that I had DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ), which is an early stage cancer that's contained in the milk ducts of the breasts.   

At this point, I was confused and didn't know what to do; I didn't know anybody else who had gone through something like that so it was just a bit shocking for a few weeks to get used to the idea. I knew it was in an early stage so I wasn't panicking with 'end of the world' thoughts.   I just had to figure out what to do to take care of the situation and to get it done as quickly as I can.  My twins were in kindergarten and my daughter was going on nine at the time and I had to figure out everything and make it all normal for the sake of my kids.

I didn't get to do much research before my doctors had set up an appointment for me to see a doctor at a nearby hospital (undisclosed) which turned out to be a horrible experience. The doctor couldn't communicate well and didn't discuss options. He just wanted to do what he wanted without any input from me whatsoever. It was right then that I felt "this was not the one for me".

Soon after, I connected with Christine Romano. We live in a small town in Eastern Suffolk and I knew about her undergoing breast cancer. I happened to run into her at the gym within that same week.  I introduced myself and mentioned my situation including my dissatisfaction with my doctor and not knowing where to go.  It was then that Christine told me where she went (Sloan Kettering, Commack) and what she went through.  It wasn’t long before I ended up going with her doctors and I found them to be so much better.  They gave me different options and I was able to explore them and decide what I felt was best for me.

It was a much different scenario than my first hospital. At Sloan's, they thoroughly examined me, gave much more attention to my reports, my mammogram and sonogram and then the biopsy. We had long discussions in her office while the other doctor didn't do that for me at all.  I was particularly impressed and truly respected at the fact that she was open to my wanting a mastectomy to avoid undergoing radiation and my feelings of cutting to the chase and save myself all the trouble of a lumpectomy, radiation and chemo.

Eight years later, all that anxiety is now just a memory and I feel good about everything.  It wasn't easy for about a year because of the number of surgeries involved. Altogether, I think I had probably four procedures - some were minor, but the reconstruction and the mastectomy was quite involved. But in the end, I felt I have the best results.

My whole journey was worth it to me because it's my turn to help other people now. I've met so many other people that I would have never met before and we all became true friends. Because of my experience, I feel like my life is better after the fact because of all the people I'm able to meet and help- thanks to my story.

Throughout my chapter with cancer, I definitely felt like I wasn't concerned about the end-- that it was going to be a horrible outcome. I knew that I would take care of it somehow and it was going to be fine. I had such anxiety for a good month or two until the surgery

As life keeps on, the next wave of challenges also continues; my husband James was diagnosed with prostate cancer within the past two months.  Not to diminish the emotional burden of this news, but somehow, having undergone this for my own self gave me the unique strength and the perspective to handle this differently. Of course you worry about your spouse and your family all over again, but now I have better perspective and attitude about it-- as far as what cancer support truly means and how the entire cancer existence looks like.  What may also make this one a bit more manageable was that his cancer is quite early so we don't feel like it's going to be as heavy an issue in terms of its malignancy. As with any adversity, "we'll just take this on like we tackle everything else... and it'll be okay".

I’m so glad I went for my mammogram early.  This allowed me more choices while the cancer was still in the isolated stage. They tell you to do it at 40, but I got mine two years prior because they were suspicious. I was lucky enough to find it at 38 and be aware that something didn't seem right. If I had waited to 40, I'm sure I would have had a much different outcome.  Two whole years of waiting with breast cancer that I wouldn't have known about would certainly put me in a rough place today. I just didn't feel like it was worth it and I heard some bad stories about radiation-- how it burns your skin and over time, it may even affect your bones in your chest. I have a great aunt who's in her late 80's who has bones that are coming through her skin from radiation.  Her bones are fragile because of that type of cancer treatment.  Thinking about that, my gut told me that it's not good for my body to go through that if I can avoid it- hence the mastectomy was the best choice for me.

Back when I was diagnosed, I didn't do as much research as I could have. I think I just had so much anxiety that I wanted it out fast that I just felt like I didn't want to waste the time, which is silly. But now that James is diagnosed, he's doing alternative things right now while he's still in the early stage.  His doctors said that he has six months and they'll check him again and see where he's at. So far, he changed his whole diet and he cut out sugar and carbohydrates and anything that turns to sugar- like pasta. He's just eating fish and vegetables and he's also drinking the Chaga mushroom tea, which is known to help with fighting cancer. He just started doing all that around the end of September and they're going to recheck him in April. I'm just now getting familiar with alternative methods myself.

Similarly, Christine Romano works with a woman who had stage four breast cancer who also changed her diet to include Chaga mushrooms where you can make tea out of it and that's supposed to help. Apparently, her cancer is now gone and she's still following up with doctors-- and I think it was stage four breast cancer and I believe it was in her back or spine. So it was a bad cancer and they thought she was going to die- and right now her doctors are amazed that her scans show no cancer.

They're still monitoring her because it's just newly happening- but, that same woman is the one helping my husband with his diet.  She guides him as far as foods to avoid; foods that promote cancer, especially sugar. He actually lost some weight now and he feels much healthier with this new diet. They said it's early so he has 'til April and then they'll do more tests and then that'll give him the time, like six months to see if any of this works that he did.

From the day I turned to Christine at the gym for help, she was five years cancer free then and within two months of me getting diagnosed, she was prompted to get checked again.  Her results unfortunately showed that her cancer returned in the same breast that she already had surgery on the first time. She had to go through radiation treatment because it was too far along. 

While we were giving each other support that whole time, we heard about the Long Island 2-Day walk which started us into this whole new chapter in our lives about giving back to other cancer patients. She said, "We should do a walk because it helps people on Long Island." I was a little intimidated but with Christine's encouragement, I was certainly up for the challenge.

We had to raise money and we didn't know exactly how. At the time it was $1,000 per walker- and we only thought it was going to be the two of us so we heard the phrase, "Fight Like A Girl." and it felt empowering, so we decided to make that our team name and we made team T-shirts.  it turned out to be an easy way for us to raise money-- to make team T-shirts and offer them to people who supported us with donations they would get one of our team shirts.  We ended up raising around $11,000. More women joined making us seven in total. I believe most of them didn't have cancer; they just wanted to support us and do the walk. From the team of 7 the first year we have grown to a team of 30 now.

Terri Kneitel is our 30+ months
pacnreatic cancer survivor
Today, so many people have heard of us that whenever someone in our town that we know gets breast cancer, they turn to us. Our group brings support by getting together with anyone diagnosed-- usually offering to meet them for breakfast and we’d share our experiences with breast cancer as far as what we've all been through and what we chose to do. That kind of support really eases people's minds. I always end up continuously texting and chatting with them especially when they're going through their surgery. We talk about how they feel and we exchange stories about things like the pain and discomfort.  These little things really matter to anyone undergoing treatment.  

If we know of anyone who needs help, we guide them towards the LI2Day Walk and from there, they get the right assistance that they need. Sometimes they need rides to the hospital or they can't clean their house or they need a wig and they can't afford to buy it or insurance won't pay for it. So then the LI2Day Walk helps them with those things. That's the kind of support that we do- unofficially.

Our group is more like a branch of LI2Day Cancer Walk. We focus on raising money every year by reaching out to everyone in our area including all the local businesses- and we’re getting really good at it!  For example, last year we raised $45,550 and altogether over the past seven years we've raised about $215,000.  I always tell people to do the walk and not be intimidated. I’d say, “You don't have to worry about the walking and raising the'll happen!"  They raise the money themselves. And now we have a big fundraiser every year that last year we had over 600 people at the East Wind in Wading River.  As a branch partner, we filter all the money to LI2Day- so 100% of everything we raise goes to them. And then everything, they give 100% of the money that we raise. So we do it that way right now.

"Our group started out as just me and Christine...
now we're up to about 30-people strong!"- Jennifer Hunt.
We grow from year to year. Now our team is around 27 to 30 people strong.  We started with just the T-shirts and things like that--  and then we keep adding to it.  We do other things to raise $$ like a comedy night fundraiser at a comedy club and we sold out on that. We also conduct local church fundraisers where we have Chinese auctions, bands, food, dancing and raffle prizes. It would be so popular that we outgrew the space because every year we would sell out and people would be annoyed that they couldn't get tickets to it. So then we grew to East Wind in Wading River at the main hotel’s convention area. It's four rooms open to one and last year we had over 600 people. .. all starting from WORD OF MOUTH. Right after Christmas, we will start with our fundraiser for May. We will start getting the letters out for donations and people will start walking the town and getting donations and stuff like that. So all those other people on the team they really do a lot too to help us.

(Find them at “Fight Like a Girl” on Facebook).

Samantha (at 7) working at her very first fundraiser for
Food Allergy Awareness & Research. All shirts carry
her own artwork and she ran the entire booth.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF CARE-GIVERS (Strength and greatness traveling through genetics
If you start your kids off a certain way, they might just surprise you what remarkable things grow with them. I just can't imagine that it grew to this.  When my daughter Samantha was young we used to do a specific fundraiser with our T-shirts based on my sons having food allergies.  Because she was a good artist and daddy owned a screen printing shop,
this formed into a creative way to sell something special to raise money for a cause.  She started making up all these T-shirt designs and her dad cranked them out and off we went to all the local fairs. I guess we did it for a good three or four years and we raised almost $3,000.  She's always been quite good at fundraising and helping people and she still helps me with all our "Fight Like a Girl" projects. Samantha has done the walk since age 11-- she's 18 now and still strong at it!  After she graduates she plans on being an art therapist where she can use her art to help people. I'm so proud to see her pursuing this path throughout her college career and her whole life!


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