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ComedyCures Empowering Your Brain, Breast Health, Behavior Change, and Cuisine

June is National Brain Awareness and Cancer Survivor Month!

As we step into the month of June, we not only embrace the vibrant summer season but also highlight the significance of brain health. June is Brain Awareness Month, providing us with a wonderful opportunity to delve into topics that nourish and protect this remarkable organ.

In this edition, we bring you expert tips on building a better brain, shed light on the lesser-known risk factor of breast density for breast cancer, offer insights into healthy behavior change, share a humorous moment from history, tantalize your taste buds with a delectable recipe.

PS: June is also Saranne's Birthday Month. Yoohoo!


Enjoy Our Latest ComedyCures Fun Tips and Humor!

Jacqui Bryan, CNS, RN, BA, MS, CHC, WHE

ComedyCures Health Builder Contributor

Build a Better Brain

Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the brain. Some may experience brain fog, forgetfulness, or exhaustion. We can’t eliminate stress, but we can protect our brains. In this workshop, we will explore lifestyle and nutritional strategies to enhance your brain health.

Humor by Marvin Silbermintz and our ComedyCures Writers Room Participants

Tip: Consume 1-2 servings of a fatty fish each week such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring.

You are a FAT HEAD. Let me rephrase this, your brain is 60% fat.

Join me and learn strategies to make your brain quicker, smarter, and more resilient.

Sign up for our free Health Builder Session "Build A Better Brain" on Zoom with Jacqui. Hosted by Saranne Rothberg.

Date: June 26, 2023 at 11:30 AM ET. Click here to RSVP.


Dr. Katherine Grill, Ph.D.,

ComedyCures Neuroscience Contributor

Healthy Behavior Change Tip

Making healthy changes is easier if the new behavior is aligned with your self-image. Think of a few ways you'd describe yourself and connect your identity to the change you want to make.

Tip: If you see yourself as outgoing, think of using humor in conversations as an extension of your outgoing personality.

Illustration by: Michael Morse and Mark Crumbs

Neil Berliner,

ComedyCures Comedy Contributor

A Day from HaHa History (#1 Joke Book on Amazon)

June 18, 1960: Arnold Palmer shoots a 65 to win the U.S. Open in Denver, Colorado. To celebrate, he drinks a mixture of iced tea and lemonade, and asks the bartender, “Hey, what the hell do you call this drink?”

Authors: Joey Novick, Neil Berliner, Michael Morse, Ron Beau Phillips


Kathy Poodiack, PA, ComedyCures Editor, and Mind/Body Contributor

Breast Density is Not Well Known as a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Dense breast tissue has been associated with up to a four times higher risk of breast cancer. However, a new study suggests few women view breast density as a significant risk factor.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open (1), surveyed 1,858 women ages 40 to 76 years from 2019 to 2020 who reported having recently undergone mammography, had no history of breast cancer, and had heard of breast density.

Women were asked to compare the risk of breast density to five other breast cancer risk factors: having a first-degree relative with breast cancer, being overweight or obese, drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day, never having children, and having a prior breast biopsy.

“When compared to other known and perhaps more well-known breast cancer risks, women did not perceive breast density as significant of a risk,” said Laura Beidler, an author of the study and researcher at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Click here to read more about this study.


Ellen Thur,

ComedyCures Food Education Contributor

Zucchini Dill Fritters with Cashew Aioli

Zucchini Drill Fritters Ingredients

  • 2 Small Zucchinis, about 2 Cups

  • 1 Carrot, Grated

  • 1 Green Onion, Sliced

  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats (or quinoa, or even buckwheat), ground in a Vitamix to make flour

  • 2 Tbsp. Black Sesame Seeds

  • 1 Rounded Tbsp. Chopped Dill

  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

  • 1/8 tsp. Ground Cumin

  • 1/8 tsp. Ground Pepper

  • Avocado and Cashew Aioli to Serve (Recipe Below)


To create these delicious and healthy zucchini pancakes, let's start by grating the zucchini. Once grated, sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and allow them to drain in a colander for approximately 20 minutes.

While the zucchinis are draining, take a bowl and combine the grated carrot, finely chopped onion, fresh dill, sesame seeds, oat flour, and a delightful blend of spices.

After the zucchinis have drained, gently squeeze out any excess water and add them to the mixture. Thoroughly combine all the ingredients until they are well incorporated.

Now, it's time to cook these scrumptious pancakes. Heat a pan over medium heat and add a splash of coconut or avocado oil.

Take approximately 2 tablespoons of the zucchini mixture and shape it into a thin pancake by gently flattening it between your palms.

Place the pancakes onto the heated pan and cook them for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they become beautifully crisp and golden. Feel free to add more oil to the pan as needed.

Enjoy these delightful zucchini pancakes as a tasty and nutritious treat!

Cashew Alioli:


  • ​1/2 Cup Cashews

  • 1/4 Cup Water

  • 1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • the Zest of one Lemon

  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt

​For a creamy and versatile cashew sauce, start by soaking the cashews in fresh water overnight. The next day, drain the cashews and gather the rest of the ingredients.

Alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup of prepared cashew cream. Combine the soaked cashews or cashew cream with the other ingredients in a blender or food processor.

Puree the mixture until it reaches a smooth consistency. Depending on your preference, you may need to adjust the amount of water and seasoning to achieve the desired taste and texture.

Once prepared, this delicious cashew sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately 5 days.

Enjoy the creamy goodness on your favorite dishes and get creative with its uses!


Celebrating a Milestone: 100 Episodes of Beating Cancer Daily Podcast!

On June 5th we aired our 100th episode! Over the past months, we have been dedicated to sharing inspiring stories, expert insights, and empowering strategies to support those on their cancer journey.

Listen on Youtube, ComedyCures website, or

wherever you listen to podcasts.

Please share Beating Cancer Daily with a patient, survivor, caregiver, or healthcare worker that you love!


ComedyCures Upcoming Events

  • June 26, 2023 at 11:30 AM ET: Health Builder Session "Build A Better Brain" on Zoom with Jacqui. Hosted by Saranne Rothberg. Click here to RSVP.

  • Everyday: Beating Cancer Daily. Wherever you listen to podcasts.

  • Everyday: ComedyCures LaughLine. 1-888-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha (888-424-2424). Free 24/7.

  • Everyday: Find us on Social Media @ComedyCures


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(1) Beidler LB, Kressin NR, Wormwood JB, Battaglia TA, Slanetz PJ, Gunn CM. Perceptions of Breast Cancer Risks Among Women Receiving Mammography Screening. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(1):e2252209. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.52209

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