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Clark’s Nutrition and Natural Foods Markets have been family owned and operated since 1972. A leader in the Natural Products Markets Clark’s has a wide selection of Whole and Organic foods, Organic Produce, bulk foods, Dairy and deli items, prepared foods and a full frozen foods selection in all our stores. Clark’s is a leader in Vitamins, Supplements, Sports Nutrition, Herbs and bulk teas, Heath & Beauty products, and Homeopathic remedies. Four generations of Clark family members and employees have continued bringing healthy living’ to as many individuals that desire a healthy life. We at Clark’s Nutrition have a passion in making a difference in the way you shop for health. We pride ourselves on providing you with quality products and personalized customer service. We strive to answer your questions to help you make smarter and healthier decisions when buying natural products. We are here to help you!

Featured Editorial: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By Craig Doussett, Assistant Director of Education, Clark’s Nutrition

1. a·ware·ness; noun: knowledge or perception of a situation or fact.

This is a very important month focused on bringing attention to the fifth leading cause of death among woman in the U.S.; breast cancer. Every year, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer which starts a very nerve-wracking time in their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Knowing your family history, taking care of your health, and getting regular checkups which include self-examination is the best way to prevent, prepare and make yourself aware of the threat of breast cancer. Awareness by definition is to gain knowledge of something yet implied in that message is the need to act on the information.

The first aspect of becoming aware in the prevention of breast cancer is proper nutrition and exercise coupled with self examinations. Nutrition experts recommend getting plenty of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower which contain compounds known as ‘Indoles’ that help in the fight against breast cancer. Foods rich in antioxidants such as yams, mangoes, tomatoes, carrots, apricots, and berries are also beneficial in assisting the body in its fight against cancer recurrence and death. Also, avoiding alcohol is very important as alcohol can cause damage to body cells. The American Cancer Society recommends exercising 30 minutes five times a week to boost the immune system and create a sense of well-being and self-mastery. Carefully work up to the desired 30 minutes 5 times a week concentrating on avoiding injury and causing lasting damage. Activities and sports should be chosen based on what one enjoys doing; this will ensure that the activity continues week in and week out. The best exercises are the ones you will continue to perform and make a part of the fabric of your life. Lastly, self examinations are the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.

Women performing self examinations should look for the following: – New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit). – Thickening or swelling of part of the breast. – Irritation of breast skin. – Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast. – Any change in the size or the shape of the breast. – Pain in any area of the breast. Not all lumps turn out to be cancerous yet it is very important to inform your doctor at the earliest sign if any of the above mentioned conditions are present. Early detection is critical in the treatment of breast cancer and the most common clinical tool used by physicians for early detection is a mammogram (X-rays) which is usually performed when a women turns 40 and may continue annually. Concerns over using this technology in the pursuit of knowledge about ones situation should be discussed with the primary health care provider. Physicians will also test for a gene mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Once again, the presence of this mutation does not mean a woman will automatically get breast cancer; unfortunately, women with this condition are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

Although it is understandable that many women do not want to get checkups for fear of hearing the dreaded diagnosis, it is imperative that all women get routine checkups. Every woman has a unique experience when going through this process and that uniqueness benefits others. When women become aware of their reality they are able to assist in controlling that reality and until that control is more wide spread, breast cancer will continue to claim our loved ones unawares.