Dr. Molly Barrow

The Official Dr. Molly Barrow Blog offers educational self help advice about relationships, business, dating, marriage, parenting, teenagers and children, self-esteem, love and romance. Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D in psychology and is the author of Matchlines for Singles and the self-esteem adventure series, Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup Out on a Limb. Dr. Molly is a relationship and psychology expert host on progressiveradionnetwork.com and television guest.

Monday, May 07, 2007

MLB Bat Men and Scary Cancer Control by Relationship author expert Dr. Molly Barrow

Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. was one of dozens of players to swing pink bats on Sunday. (David Kohl/AP)

Clubs think pink on Mother's Day
Players use special bats; clubs raise breast cancer awareness
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com

MLB Headlines

From Yankee Stadium in New York to AT&T Park in San Francisco, it was a day to think pink around Major League Baseball.
Culminating a weeklong initiative designed to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection as well as raise funds to help fight the disease, Major League Baseball had special Mother's Day programs at all 15 home ballparks.

Players wore pink wristbands and pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness were displayed on player uniforms as well as on all on-field personnel. Specially designed pink bats, supplied by Louisville Slugger, were used by some players and the pink ribbon logo appeared on the bases and on commemorative home plates. Players also checked out the batting orders on pink dugout lineup cards.

The pink plates, bats and lineup cards will be team-autographed and auctioned off on MLB.com at a later date to raise additional funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. From May 7 through Saturday, fans and players were able to log onto MLB.com and make a monentary pledge for each strikeout thrown during that period to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation." (http://www.mlb.mlb.com)

Well Done Bat Men!

When your doctor suggests that you have a routine screening for cancer, do you panic? The words mammogram, screening for colon cancer, total body exam for skin cancer or sinus CT scan send some patients running for the door. I lost my own mother to breast cancer. She quietly told me she had found a lump. As I touched the lump that I hoped would be a tiny bump, I felt instead a mass that would be her death sentence. Mom was afraid to face the treatment for cancer and kept her secret until it killed her. I fear cancer, too but I act proactively. I just had a mammogram this month and my GYN did a manual exam. I eat tons of broccoli, antioxidants, lift weights and run.

Because illness in our breasts, skin, colon or ovaries threaten us, it is easy to take an adversarial position with parts of our own body. The very powerful thought-body connection needs to consist of completely positive self talk and turn that connection around to work to your benefit. Basically, your body is listening to you criticize it. Make it gentle praise and support, like encouraging a timid child. Love you and your body thrives. Detest you and your body may fail.

For those of you whose fear incapacitates them, rejoice that science is becoming more successful and less invasive with cancer treatment. Check out the new radio surgery, CyberKnife by Donald Fuller below. Also, please check out preventative measures at the American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/ped_0.asp

The new new careers
By Michael Copeland and Kevin Kelleher

For years San Diego radiation oncologist Donald Fuller relied on the standard tools of cancer therapy: radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. But late last year, Fuller and several partners invested $4 million in a high-energy linear accelerator fixed to a robotic arm. The CyberKnife zaps radiation beams with submillimeter precision at tumors inside patients' bodies. After as many as five, one-hour treatments, tumors can disappear in a matter of days.

So-called radiosurgery has been used for years to treat cancer in the brain, where conventional operations are usually too risky. The CyberKnife--manufactured by Accuray and approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat tumors anywhere in the body--is only now reaching a broad population of patients with early-stage lung cancer, spinal tumors, and other cancers.

But it's turned Fuller, 49, into an entrepreneur. If he can treat 150 patients a year for the average insurance reimbursement of $19,000 each, he'll break even on his radiosurgery business by the end of 2008. Afterward, he could be looking at as much as $2.6 million a year in new revenue. "This is the way we are heading in medicine," Fuller says. "It's the way technology is taking us." (http://jobs.aol.com/article/_a/the-new-new-careers)

Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the author of the new book, “Matchlines: A Revolutionary New Way of Looking at Relationships and Making the Right Choices in Love,” ISBN 159507158X. She is an authority on relationship and psychological topics, a member of the American Psychological Association and a licensed mental health counselor. Dr. Molly has appeared as an expert in the film, My Suicide, documentaries Ready to Explode and KTLA Impact, NBC news, PBS In Focus, WBZT talk radio and in O Magazine, Psychology Today, Newsday, The Nest, MSN.com, Yahoo, Match.com, N Magazine, Women’s Health, Women’s World and Shrink About This columnist for Scripps newspapers and Menstuff. To purchase Matchlines book please visit: http://www.askdrmolly.com.To read Dr. Molly Barrow daily blog: http://www.DrMollyBarrow.com. Dr. Molly Barrow White Papers visit: http://drmollybarrowpapersedu.blogspot.com/. Dr. Molly Barrow Radio: My Relationship Answers http://www.blogtalkradio.com


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