What it Means to Be Vegan

While the term “vegan” was first coined back in 1944 by English animal rights advocate Donald Watson, interest in the lifestyle has really grown in the past five years. More businesses are becoming vegan-friendly, allowing people to explore new options when it comes to food and other products. 

So exactly what does it mean to be vegan? Here’s a quick guide on how it works.

What it means to be vegan.


What it Means to Be Gluten Free

Gluten-free diets have become more popular over the past few years. For some people, gluten-free isn’t a dieting choice as much as it is a need. Over 3 million people suffer from celiac disease, pushing them away from gluten. Here’s a quick rundown of how celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can impact your diet.

How gluten sensitivity and celiac disease affects you.


Preparing for American Diabetes Month

Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population is affected by diabetes, which Is why American Diabetes Month is an important time to help raise awareness of the disease. 

The American Diabetes Association celebrates its 75th anniversary this year after decades of spreading awareness of one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. In 2015, the organization is focusing on a theme of “Eat Well, America” to spread the world about how healthy food can help make for a better future.

Healthy choices for American Diabetes Month


Current Research in Breast Cancer

There are millions of breast cancer survivors in the United States, and researchers are doing plenty of work to try and save even more women from the deadly disease. Here are a few of the initiatives that medical centers are studying to try and cure and prevent breast cancer.

Breast cancer research and treatments


The Stages of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has several different stages that can make a big difference in the severity and necessary treatment of the disease. Depending on when a person is diagnosed, the stage of breast cancer will dictate what treatment options are available. Early detection will help you catch breast cancer in an earlier stage, which greatly improves a person’s ability to fight the disease.

Different factors play into discovering what stage a person’s breast cancer is in, so we’ve created a quick guide to help you learn about the various stages.

The different stages of breast cancer


Early Breast Cancer Detection Tips

Early detection of breast cancer helps save thousands of lives each year. According to the American Cancer Society, over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed throughout 2015. Being aware of the warning signs of breast cancer and going through regular exams can lead to an early diagnosis and successful treatment.

Early breast cancer detection signs and symptoms


How to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Roughly one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. As the second most common type of cancer for women, millions of people will have to battle breast cancer, whether it’s the women fighting it or the families that will lend support alongside their loved ones.

There are more ways than wearing pink to raise awareness of the disease during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just a couple of examples to help get the world out this October.

Raise awareness in northeast Ohio for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


How Does Growing Up with Furry Pets Impact Your Immune System?

The body’s immune system encounters many foreign particles including allergens, bacteria, and viruses during a lifetime. The immune system’s job is to fight these disease-causing organisms and keep our bodies in a state of balance, or homeostasis.

Allergic Reactions and Your Body

Sometimes – based on things like genetics, diet and other health factors – our immune system over responds to something that should be harmless (like cats or dogs) and produces a chemical signal, tipping the balance to put us into an allergic state.

Image of child holding a puppy. Find out more about pet allergies and how they are affected if you grew up with pets in your house, from Allergist/Immunologist Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer of Westshore Primary Care.