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Naturopathic breast health seminar
encourages small, positive changes

Toronto, October 12, 2005 - As the incidence of breast cancer increases, so does the number of women living in fear of being diagnosed.

"Fear can sometimes motivate people to make positive changes," says Mahalia Freed, 4th year clinic intern at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

"But fear also contributes to stress," says Freed, who is one of the organizers of a free breast health information session. Her goal is for women to walk away from the session feeling good, not fearful, about their bodies.

"We're giving women concrete tips and strategies to help them decrease their cancer risk and improve their health," says Freed. "No matter where you are, it's a good place to start. Any small change you make will have a positive impact on your health."

The seminar is also helpful for women actively struggling with breast cancer who, Freed says, "have all the more reason to eat a breast-healthy diet and follow naturopathic lifestyle suggestions."

She also recommends women adopt simple, daily self-care habits that foster positive feelings about their bodies and health.

"I encourage women to perform daily self-massage, not to find a problem, but to maintain health," says Freed. "Lymphatic massage is quick and easy, encourages circulation, and it also helps women know their bodies and feel good about their health."

The seminar addresses a range of naturopathic recommendations, including diet changes, lifestyle suggestions, self-treatments such as hydrotherapy and skin brushing, and tips for reducing the impact of environmental toxins. It will be held on October 22, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, located at 1255 Sheppard Ave. East at Leslie subway.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are the general practitioners of natural medicine, sharing the same foundational training as medical doctors. The Canadian College Of Naturopathic Medicine educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit.

Interns at CCNM's Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients' health by identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness, using a combination of acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy/massage and lifestyle counselling.

For more information contact:
Heather Gibson, Communications Officer
416-498-1255 ext. 263
hgibson@ccnm.edu www.ccnm.edu

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