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Vol. 3 No. 8, August 2011 Copyright 2011 by Wolf J. Rinke

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"People who have the most positive emotion, the most engagement, and the most meaning in life are happiest."
-Martin E. P. Seligman

Nutrition for Cancer Survivors, 2nd Ed.; Barbara L. Grant, MS, RD, CSO, LD, Abby S. Block, PhD, RD, Kathryn K. Hamilton, MA, RD, CSO, CDN, Cynthia A. Thomson, PhD, RD, CSO, C219, 28 CPEUs, $179.95.
(Book, 352 pgs and study guide, 36 pgs) This CPE program is designed to provide you with accurate and useful information that will enable you to guide patients and their families who are facing the challenge of a cancer diagnosis and to help them eat healthfully before, during and after treatment. Upon completion of this accredited, self-directed learning program you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the Adequate Intake (AI) the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) and the Daily Value (DV),
  • Instruct clients how to review reliable and credible scientific studies,
  • Recommend nutritional strategies for eating healthfully while undergoing cancer treatment,
  • Apply nutritional recommendations for calories and protein needs for weight gain, loss and maintenance during cancer treatment,
  • Evaluate the benefits and detriments of vegetarian diets and list various types of vegetarianism,
  • Identify antioxidant micronutrients that play a role in immunity,
  • Provide nutritional recommendations for coping with side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment including constipation, diarrhea and dry mouth,
  • Provide recommendations for physical activity during and after cancer treatment,
  • Detail how dietary supplements can interfere with cancer therapy treatments,
  • Explain health issues associated with processed meat consumption and recommendations for consuming them in moderation,
  • Define clinical trials and options for participation,
  • Discuss various types of alternative and complimentary therapies that support conventional cancer treatment,
  • Recommend types and doses of multivitamins,
  • And much more.

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Postpartum depression can affect up to 25% of new mothers during the first year after delivery. Researchers presenting at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in Washington, D.C., reported that women who took fish oil supplements during pregnancy had fewer symptoms of postpartum depression than women who took placebo. Even though it was a relatively small study researches concluded that since most pregnant women don't meet the daily recommended dose of omega-3 fatty acids expectant moms would be advised to "add a fish oil capsule or two to their daily regimen."
ACTION STEP: To get up to date on how you can help pregnant clients meet all of their nutritional needs read Nutrition for Pregnancy and Lactation, 4th Edition by C. M. Bareuther, RD. For details go to
Source: A. Park, "Study: Fish Oil May Prevent Symptoms of Postpartum Depression", April 12, 2011,

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By Wolf J. Rinke, PhD, RD, CSP
In the last issue of this eNewsletter I shared four specific things you can do that will make you happier:
1. Make other people happy
2. Love what you do
3. Nourish an attitude of gratitude
4. Love someone deeply
Now let's go on from there to find out what else you can do to be happier.

5. Chase your dreams
Happiness is often a byproduct of something that we are going after-something that juices us. Think of children. When are they the happiest-about two weeks before the Christmas or Hanukah holidays, or when they have ripped all the presents open? Once we have clearly defined, specific fire in the belly goals we get turned on and we become happy. In other words if your goal is to be happy-that's what many people in my seminars tell me-you won't necessarily be happy. You get happy from traveling the journey or reminding yourself that you are doing something that improves the quality of someone else's life. Chasing your dreams cranks up your internal body chemistry to such an extent that it energizes you to achieve extraordinary results and may keep or may even make you healthy. Want proof? A good example is Lance Armstrong, who after being diagnosed in 1996 with an advanced form of testicular cancer which had metastasized to his brains and lungs was given only about a 50 percent chance of survival. After receiving aggressive cancer therapy, including brain and testicular surgery and extensive chemotherapy, he went on to win the Tour de France-cycling's most prestigious and grueling race-seven times in a row from 1999-2005. (The previous record was winning it five times.) And just when everyone thought he was down and out, he returned to competitive racing after four years of "retirement" to finish third in the 2009 Tour de France. Not bad for someone who at age 38 is considered old in the punishing sport of competitive cycling. (Yes, I'm aware of the persistent doping allegations against him.)

6. Treat your "bodymind" like a temple
That's what neuroscientist and pharmacologist Dr. Candance Pert, who discovered the opiate receptor, the cellular binding site for endorphins in the brain, calls our body and mind because her work has unequivocally demonstrated that the mind and the body are one. And that thoughts are things, things that manifest themselves in the body and in your life. So if you think "bad" or negative thoughts then that will have a negative impact on your body. And of course the reverse is true. Since the mind can have only one thought at a time, get in the habit of monitoring your thoughts and self talk by asking: "is what I'm thinking about right now negative?" (The worst is hate.) If it is, it will move you away from happiness and optimum health. On the other hand positive thoughts, like love, kindness and appreciation will move you in a positive direction. This is so powerful that there we now have whole science concerned with this phenomenon-psychoneuroimmunology, or PNI for short. (Want to know more read her books: Molecules of Emotions: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine and Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d or devour my CPE program Beat the Blues: How to Manage Stress and Balance Your Life (

7. Laugh more
That's right--go ahead and laugh right now. Can't seem to get it going? Go to the bathroom, stick your tongue out, wiggle your nose and make the silliest face you can possibly come up with and get yourself to laugh. If you need more help join a laughter yoga club, popularized in India, and now available all over the world including the U.S. ( Or consult with a "certified laughter leader." (Hey, I'm not making this stuff up!) A good way to nurture this is to laugh more at yourself. It will cause you to take yourself less serious-which is a great start because you are not nearly as important as you think you are. (I'm including myself in that statement; so don't get bent out of shape). Laughter has innumerable benefits, it turns on your endorphins and other internal "drugs" that are far more powerful than anything that you can ingest-legal or illegal. In fact it is so powerful that the late Norman Cousin used it as an "anesthetic" to combat pain associated with his incurable disease.

8. Develop a Positive Explanatory Style
Prof. Marty Seligman, who has had a tremendous influence on getting psychologist to focus on the good-what he has dubbed "positive psychology"-wrote a number of powerful books addressing this topic ( His research has demonstrated that we can learn to be more optimistic by developing a "positive explanatory style" (PES). The way you do that is by focusing on the good stuff, especially when bad things happen to you. In other words you learn to fake it until you make it. Research has shown that people who have developed PES, as opposed to a Negative Explanatory Style (NES) are able to evaluate "reality" more clearly,-just the opposite of what most people assume-process "bad" news more effectively, and are more likely to accept what can't be changed and move on. In short, PES enables you to inoculate yourself against the negative attitude "virus" and his big cousin-depression. Plus according to research reported by Tali Sharot, research fellow at University College London's Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, optimists (PES), compared to pessimists (NES) tend to earn more, and of special interest to nutrition professionals, are more likely to take vitamins, eat low fat diets and exercise, thereby reducing their overall risk of heart disease.

9. Keep hope alive
Hope is an incredibly powerful emotion. Without it you not only become unhappy-you die. No one has told that story more powerfully than Dr. Victor Frankl in his book Man's Search for Meaning in which he detailed the role of hope in surviving the German concentration camps. For a more current scientific explanation of hope and optimism devour Tali Sharot's book The Optimism Bias, which maintains that hope is hardwired into the human brain and keeps our mind at ease, lowers stress and improves our physical health. So be sure to never give up hope, no matter how bleak it gets. And even more important, be sure not to confuse inconveniences with problems. Because many of the "problems" that we get ourselves all worked up about, are inconveniences not tragedies. When you are in the middle of one of these, a great diagnostic is to ask yourself: "How will I feel about this in five years from now." And then act accordingly. To deal more effectively with the real tragedies-which will come-turn to the source of hope and inspiration that works for you. It may be religion, spirituality, meditation or listening to a great motivational speech. (Just had to sneak that in.) It will help you keep hope alive and make you more optimistic and happier.
Source: W. J. Rinke, Beat the Blues: How to Manage Stress and Balance Your Life, C178, 28 CPEUs,

5. HEAR WOLF "HOWL"--I MEAN SPEAKAug 3, 2011, 1:30-3:00 "Positive Attitude: The Key to Wellness and Peak Performance," American Assoc. of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting, Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Ctr., Lagoon ABGH, Las Vegas, NV. To register or for more info:

Oct 24, 2011 "Increasing Your Personal Effectiveness", Renaissance Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ. This full day seminar maybe open to you if your company is a member of the Institute of Management Studies (IMS). Contact Ken Verostick, for specifics.

Recommend me to the meeting planner of your upcoming state or local dietetic association and I will help make your next meeting a "howling success." As a way of giving back, I speak to ADA groups at significantly reduced rates.

On the importance of walking: I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

Dr. Wolf J. Rinke, RD, CSP is the president of Wolf Rinke Associates--an accredited provider of easy to use CPE home study programs for nutrition professionals since 1990 available at He is also a highly effective management consultant and executive coach who specializes in building peak performance organizations, teams and individuals, and an author of numerous CPE home study courses, audio/video programs as well as several best selling management, leadership and self-development books including Make it a Winning Life--Success Strategies for Life, Love and Business. In addition he is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and seminar leader who delivers customized presentations that combine story telling, humor and motivation with specific "how to" action strategies that participants can apply immediately to improve their personal and professional lives. Preview a demo at or call 800-828-9653. If you have questions, or would like him to address a specific issue or topic please e-mail him at

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