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Special Event with Dr. Rula: Can Integrative Oncology Help Me?

You’re invited to an introduction to Integrative Services with Dr. Heidi Rula!

6-7pm, Wednesday, March 13th

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About Dr. Rula

Dr. Rula has played a key role in bringing integrative medicine to the Valley.  She served as medical director of the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center where she lead a team of physicians and complementary practitioners in a unique model of integrative primary care.  Dr.  Rula’s passion for integrative oncology was inspired by the experience of caring for her mother with terminal cancer. It was this experience that motivated her to train in integrative medicine to better help support patients during cancer treatment and help them go on to live healthy and vital lives. Read more about Dr. Rula here.

Please contact the ICRC Integrative Service Department @ 480-314-6660 for additional information.


This event is located at…..

685. S. Dobson Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

March Recipe: American Irish Stew

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to experiment with different Irish staples like root vegetables and lean meat. This stew boasts hearty vegetables like carrots and parsnips, which contain carotenoids, potent antioxidants that help maintain healthy cells. A moderate amount of beef gives the one-pot a full flavor and powerful protein. Give this meal a real cancer-protective punch by pairing it with something green – a fresh salad or some steamed veggies. Bonus points if you eat green while wearing green!

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1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 1/4 lbs. beef, top round, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (stew beef with the fat trimmed may be substituted)

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces

2 medium parsnips, cut into large chunks (optional)

3 cups low-fat, reduced-sodium beef broth, or as needed

4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary

1 leek, coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 75 minutes or until meat is tender.

Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender. Do not overcook to avoid potatoes falling apart.

Serve hot and garnish with parsley.


Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 1 1/4 cups

Per serving: 370 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate, 32 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 427 mg sodium.

Did You Know?

The custom of drinking alcohol stems from an Irish legend that St. Patrick chided a dishonest innkeeper for serving his customers less-than-full glasses of whiskey. Although many drink beer to celebrate the occasion, limit to one drink a day for women and 2 for men for lower cancer risk.

Survivorship: Navigating the New Normal

Coming to Scottsdale in April….

A four-part series to guide cancer survivors through the lifestyle changes that occur after cancer and encourages wellness for the mind, body & soul.

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Presented by Dr. Rula & Ironwood Integrative Services Team


Week One

6– 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

An Integrative Approach to Cancer Survivorship: Lifestyle Matters!

Dr. Heidi Rula



Week Two

6– 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Exercise Basics for Cancer Survivors

Catherine Costin, RN, MSN, CMES



Week Three

6– 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Eating Like a Survivor

Kindra Peterson, MS, RDN, CSO



Week Four

6– 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Taking Care of You: Mind, Body & Spirit

Jessica Wells, LMSW & Kelly Huey, MSW, MCSW, OSW-C



Commitment to attend all four classes in the series is requested.

You must RSVP to Ironwood Integrative Services by calling (480)-314-6660 or sending an e-mail to

Located at the Scottsdale office of Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

Cancer Prevention Foods with Dr. Rula: Fact or Fiction?

It has been estimated that only 5% of all cancers are due to genetics which means that up to 95% of cancers have a lifestyle and environmental component.  The fact that many cancers are preventable is important to remember.  Our diet has been one of the top lifestyle issues related to cancer with an estimated 35% of cancers being related to our food.  There is a lot of misinformation out there about what foods cause cancer, so this is a good opportunity to separate fact from fiction.

Sugar causes cancer.

Many of my patients are incredibly fearful that sugar will cause or feed their cancers.  I try to calm this fear because we do not have any evidence that there is a direct link between eating some sweets and cancer risk.  We do have some evidence that eating a very high carbohydrate diet may increase the risk of some cancers but as with everything, it is all about balance.  Having an occasional sweet will not change your cancer risk.  VERDICT:  FICTION

Soy causes cancer.  

Soy is probably one of the foods I get the most questions about from my cancer patients.   Soy foods contain isoflavones that act as a phytoestrogen in the body.   Since high estrogen levels contribute to cancers, it was thought that these phytoestrogens would also promote cancer.  For years, breast and prostate cancer patients were instructed to avoid all soy.  However, recent literature reviews have shown that eating whole soy foods may lower the risk of many cancers.   For example, breast and prostate cancer patients that eat soy foods have a lower risk of cancer recurrence.  I recommend that people eat up to 1-2 servings a day of whole soy foods like tofu, edamame and soy milk.  It is best to minimize processed soy like soy isolates since we don’t know if these foods have a different effect in our body. VERDICT:  FICTION

Coffee causes cancer.

It has recently been found that coffee contains acrylamide a chemical that has been linked to cancer. This got coffee drinkers worried that their coffee was making them sick.     A 2017 study looked to assess any link between coffee consumption and cancer risk and found that drinking two cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of many types of cancers.  So, if you are not sensitive to caffeine, go ahead and enjoy your coffee. VERDICT:  FICTION

Red meat and processed meats cause cancer.

Red meat includes beef, lamb and pork (yes – pork, it is not the “other white meat”).    Processed meats are any meats that go through any type of curing, smoking or salting, or have any added chemical preservatives. Processed meats include foods like hot dogs, bacon, ham and sausage.  Both red meat and processed meat consumption has been linked to cancer risk.  With this evidence, I advise my patients to limit their consumption of these foods to no more than once a week.   VERDICT:  FACT

Vegetables and Fruits lower the risk for cancer.

Your mother was right; eating fruit and vegetables is good for your health.  That evidence is growing that eating a diet that is high in vegetable intake lowers the risk for many different cancers.  I recommend to my patients that they get at least 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruit (emphasis on vegetables) daily.  VERDICT:  FACT

Eating a healthy diet is a powerful tool to help ward off cancer. Food not only has the power to heal us but also the power to make us sick. There are many foods that are not only delicious but are good for you as well.  So, eat foods that love you back!


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To learn more about natural chemotherapy in Phoenix with by calling 602-494-6800Dr. Salganick is fluent in English and Spanish and sees patients at our Phoenix & Glendale locations.