Welcome to our ComedyCures Newsletter:
We're excited to announce the launch of The ComedyCures Foundation's newest program: "Beating Cancer Daily" for patients, survivors, caregivers, and healthcare workers. The BCD podcast is a unique 365-day, bite-sized podcast (5 to 10 minutes) with a comic perspective, hosted by our ComedyCures Founder and stage IV cancer survivor, Saranne Rothberg. Thank you to sculptor and philanthropist Will Ryman for his belief and support as our Founding Co-Executive Producer.
If you want to improve the quality of your day, Saranne and fellow ComedyCures Experts will be sending you practical tips and a little bit of humor every month. See our experts' bios below. We'd love to hear your questions, comments, and suggestions, so feel free to let us know your thoughts. Enjoy!
BCD Host & Executive Producer
A Fun Outing:
This creative activity saved me while I was on chemotherapy for over two years. Our local ceramic painting store had just opened and I had a young daughter. I could not be in the sun while on chemo and radiation, yet I wanted to have an activity to do with my daughter - out of the house - that was cost-effective and meaningful. This activity can also be done at home if you are unable to travel; just order some paints and unpainted ceramics online. Today, I look at the tissue box, vase, and serving bowls that we painted and I remember these intimate moments with my daughter talking, laughing, and painting. When I did not feel well enough to drive, we would invite a playmate and his/her parent for a more social experience. This parent served as my "backup adult" so my daughter never realized that I was feeling under the weather.
Listen to Beating Cancer Daily's first episode:
Meet our friends and enjoy their fun tips and humor!
Jacqui Bryan, RN, CNS, MS, CHC, WHE, FNLP,
ComedyCures Health Builder Contributor
Build Better Bone Health:
We all know that we need calcium to support bone health. But did you know that some of your everyday behaviors could be leaching your bones of this vital mineral?
How to stop this leaching? One easy way is to swap refined, processed food for whole-food alternatives.
For example, swap a bagel for whole-grain oatmeal. Also, wine and cheese may taste delicious together, but did you know this combo can have a positive effect on your bones?
Catch our next Health Builder Session "Build Better Bone Health" on Zoom with Jacqui on April 24th, 2023, at 6:30 pm ET.
Hosted by Saranne Rothberg.
Kathy Poodiack, PA, ComedyCures Editor, and Mind/Body Contributor
TAT for Mental and Physical Health:
Have you ever had one of these limiting beliefs? “I cannot get rid of my pain.” “If I heal, it will come back one way or another.” “I need this illness for protection.” “I’m not allowed to feel good.” Limiting beliefs can keep us from healing physically. One very effective technique for eliminating them is the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT.) TAT involves light pressure on specific acupressure points on the head while listening to or verbalizing certain statements. This relieves "stuck" energy so that we can get into a healthy, even flow. Go to TAT Life for more information.
ComedyCures Comedy Contributor
A Day from HaHa History (#1 Joke Book on Amazon)
March 24, 1863: The first telephone call between New York and Chicago is made, sparking the first interstate argument over whose pizza is better.
Authors: Joey Novick, Neil Berliner, Michael Morse, Ron Beau Phillips
Dr. Katherine Grill, Ph.D.,
ComedyCures Neuroscience Contributor
The Best Part of Today:
Describe three positive things in your life right now. If you want, write each one on a sticky note and paste them in areas that you often frequent (i.e., on your refrigerator, in the bathroom, in your bedroom.) This exercise will remind you to take a breath and remind yourself of the healing power of positivity for a few minutes several times a day.
ComedyCures Food Education Contributor
Ellen's Food Prep Tip:
Warning: When you wash any produce, even organic fruits and vegetables, wear gloves in order to protect your skin from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and/or sulfates.
Use a dedicated vegetable scrub brush
A large bowl for soaking
1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp salt
5 cups of water
Hard Fruits & Vegetables: Scrub under running water with the dedicated vegetable brush. Then soak the scrubbed produce in the cleaning solution bowl for 5 minutes. Rinse well under running water
Thin Skinned Fruits (like berries): Rinse in a colander under running water. Then soak for 5 minutes in solution and rinse again
Sarrah Strimel Bentley,
ComedyCures Movement & Yoga Contributor
Preparing for Yoga Class:
Best not to eat a large meal, especially a burrito, before a yoga session. The rule of thumb is nothing two hours before class. (This being said, I've been known to scarf down a muffin top and an iced coffee 5 minutes before on a hectic day.) No one is perfect!
Have a question for our experts? Please click the "record" or "write us" buttons below and share your experience, tips, and suggestions with us (the "record" function works best using your Chrome browser). See you soon, Saranne!
ComedyCures Upcoming Events
365 Days, Beating Cancer Daily. Wherever you listen to podcasts.
April 15th, Issue 2 | ComedyCures Newsletter
April 14th to April 19th, The ComedyCures Foundation Research Study Abstract based on our "Mindset and Metastatic Cancer Research Study" will be presented at the American Association For Cancer Research Annual Meeting (AACR 2023)
April 24th, @ 6:30 am ET, Health Builder Workshop-Build Better Bone Health on Zoom, with Jacqui Bryan, RN, CNS, MS, CHC, WHE, FNLP, BCD, and hosted by Saranne Rothberg. Save the date.