Cancer Free….?  

by:  Dr. Jessica Peterson

To give you the most recent update, I had a double mastectomy in October and will be completing the reconstruction in March. Although I had completed months of chemotherapy, my oncology providers all said that chemo was ineffective against actual breast tissue (although necessary to treat the lymphatic involvement) and that surgery was the only option. They were certain that cancer was still prevalent in my breast. The decision to move forward with this was excruciating. But, when my breast tissue was biopsied, it was the best result I could have hoped for – complete pathological response, aka cancer-free. Beyond just being negative for any cancer cells, my tissue was actually healthy. To be honest, I thought I would feel like the world had lifted off my shoulders, that I was healed. But, why didn’t I feel more relieved? I still felt the weight of the journey ahead. I knew I had not crossed the finish line quite yet.

I chose an aggressive therapy; I had an aggressive cancer. But I also knew that it wasn’t a cure. My best- case scenario comes with a few caveats. My “complete pathological response” actually means “no detectable cancer”, which actually means “hopeful that nothing will grow in 5 years”, which counts as a “cure” according to oncology. And if my cancer were to come back in 5 years and 1 day, the treatment would still be considered a success. MY definition of success means living a healthy, vibrant, long life without cancer! And being cancer-free is up to me.

What needs to be better understood is that cancer is a symptom. And treating the symptom isn’t the same as treating the cause. Chemotherapy was effective at stalling metastasis and brought to a halt what had grown fast and furious. For that, I am very grateful. But truth be told, the drugs themselves are carcinogens. And the consequences of the drugs along with the lesser known, lesser talked about, behind-the-scenes side effects, cannot be an acceptable cost to the body. The work to HEAL from chemotherapy and surgery is tremendous, and necessary. And changing why the cancer was there in the first place is essential to survival.

My career as a chiropractor and my practice in functional medicine is founded in identifying cause, improving the expression of health, and nourishing the power of body’s innate ability to heal, provided the right environment. My journey through cancer has highlighted, more than ever, the need for integrative care. I was able to offset much of the physical devastation of chemotherapy and vastly improved my outcomes by integrating a comprehensive, holistic, individualized approach. As a result, I ended my medical treatment with completely healthy breast tissue, and multiple test results actually showed my physiology to be healthier than before I started treatment. This is not only unheard of – it is remarkable.

I am continuing my work to heal on many levels and keep cancer from ever returning in my body. But, I will start at the beginning and share many of my lessons, what worked and didn’t work for me, and hope to offer insight into a very difficult journey.

I am painfully aware that cancer has touched many of your lives or those close to you. And the outcomes range the entire spectrum. I can only share my story, and will do so respectfully. I ask for your respect in return and appreciate your support along the way. I do not intend for my choices to be advice or recommendations.



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“I AM.”

We are excited for Lisa Van Ahn’s “I AM ” initiative!  The I am initiative teaches women and girls to stay out of proximity with anything that makes them uncomfortable, while challenging them to face their fears.  When you trust yourself you are confident what you feel is right. 

The “i am” initiative is taught in a 60-90 minute seminar format.  It involves engaging girls/women in dynamic positive thinking, positive feeling, and powerful movement.  

Find out how this program will benefit the girls in your life!


Don’t miss Dr. Rakowski’s Public Education class tonight!!

 “Strategies to Enhance Brain and Body Health.”

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   “Medicating children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder       (ADHD) is a double-edged sword, not only because of the steep health risks posed by the medications themselves, but also because many kids labeled with “ADHD” actually do not have ADHD at all.

The use of psychotropic drugs in children has been on a steep upward trend for decades. Writing in the Huffington Post, Lawrence Diller, MD said:

Given the current CDC data, one can safely estimate (based on previously detailed distribution curves) that one of six 11-year-old white boys with medical insurance currently take a stimulant drug at least during the school week… we are the only society currently managing our under performing/misbehaving children with drugs to this degree.”

Many of the children prescribed ADHD drugs do not have ADHD at all. One study determined that about 20 percent of children have likely been misdiagnosed. That’s nearly 1 million children in the United States alone.”  source: Dr. Mercola

Friday:  February 22nd, 2013


Southtown Office Park

8120 Penn Ave S

Bloomington, MN 55431






Detox Love:  Dr. Rebecca  &  Dr. Carrie both started a 7-day detox Tuesday !

We decided to do a Thursday morning check-in!

It’s Day 3 Dr. Rebecca, How are you feeling?

“I woke up this morning before my alarm clock.  I attended my 6:00 am workout class and left feeling very hungry!  I decided to increase to  3 scoops & dynamic greens in my morning shake.  Looking forward to the rest of the day….”


It’s Day 3 Dr. Carrie, How are you feeling?

“I am definitely heading into detox mode!  I was able to buffer the side effects of a headache by taking 4-6  AdvaClear capsules with each shake…  Happy to see things moving in the right direction!”

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Join Lisa Van Ahn 2-23-13.

Class Two: The Strategy Of Desire + The Burning Question

Details: Saturday, February 23rd, 11:30-12:30pm at   the OM collective

Cost: $10







In this workshop I am the facilitator of Danielle LaPorte’s work. She is the creator and I offer a mediation and accountability point for individuals to grow through her books material.

You could absolutely do all of this ON YOUR OWN. However, if you’d like guidance and accountability in navigating her book I would love it if you joined me for this course in living your dream on fire.

This workshop is in her own words a “soulful + practical guide to creating success on your own terms”. In my phrase it is living “your dream on fire”. I am beyond honored to take you on this journey and to guide you in accountability, encouragement, holding you to the integrity of living your dreams.

This monthly class is designed to give you a semi-regular shot of inspiration and motivation for living your dreams out loud, embracing the fear you might feel in going for it, and doing it anyway.

Once a month we will meet to delve into Danielle LaPorte’s ‘Fire Starter Sessions’. We will discuss the chapters of her book as well as complete fire starter assignments to get us geared up for living another month of our dreams on fire.

This class can be taken in succession or you can join us for individual sessions as well. It is not a cumulative course but rather an opportunity to be inspired in living your dream whenever you feel you are ready or inspired by the material.

There are few better times to send a heartfelt Thank You than Valentine’s Week. I have been blessed by an abundance of love and support throughout my journey with breast cancer. My family, friends, patients, peers, and those who didn’t even know, have been a beautiful light along this road to health and recovery. After taking the time I needed to adjust and heal, I am ready to share my story with you. I have been humbled by the support that came flowing forward. I realize that my sharing has been a bit limited, and there have been many questions. Opening up about my story will not only help me move towards peace, but hopefully help others who may be dealing with a difficult diagnosis.

I have an open heart and welcome your words of wisdom and encouragement. This is an ever evolving journey and there is much I have to learn. I will never forget the day of my first PET scan where I would find out how advanced the cancer was. I had never prayed so hard. My prayer to God was that I would willingly walk this journey, if He would only give me the chance to do so. And He has. So, here I am…walking, learning, healing, and teaching. I have dedicated this past year to working with top professionals and advancing my training in integrative care, with myself being my best case study. I have utilized our clinic’s services to the fullest and have benefited immensely from enhancing my health throughout treatment. My goal is to provide a greater awareness of how to protect your health and improve your outcomes by incorporating advanced nutritional programs, monitoring your biochemistry, and balancing your mind-body connection. This past year has been one for the record books, and my resolution for 2013 is to HEAL in the greatest sense – I will share this journey as well.

Thank you again to all of you who have shown unbelievable love, expressed concern and kindness, hoped and prayed along with me and have opened your hearts to support me. My gratitude is beyond words.

I have created a donation site to help with my substantial medical and health costs over this past year. A large portion of the donations will be dedicated to “paying it forward” by offering services to help others improve their health, no matter what diagnosis they are facing. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Delicious Brownies for you or your Valentine, but extra special to keep your blood sugar stable!

Healthy Love.  

Mini Brownies:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl:

  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Dynamic Greens
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3 tbsp creme fraiche (optional if dairy free)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and/or almonds
  • Pinch of salt

Pour batter into a greased mini-muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.



There is still time to detox this February!

Be your own Valentine and give yourself the gift of health!  

Join Dr. Rebecca and Dr. Carrie for a 7 day detox, starting next Tuesday 2/19/13.

Call today to schedule your appointment.

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Home from Houston!

Dr. Carrie and Dr. Jessica just spent the weekend in Houston learning the most recent applications for advanced in-office diagnostics. They are excited to put their knowledge into action this Monday morning and offer you the best testing and research to advance your health.

Lake Pointe’s BioChemical Evaluation is a comprehensive urine, saliva, and blood test that measures 40 different markers to assess the health and function of every cell in your body.

Compared to a standard medical physical that tests for disease, our functional physical gives you the information you need to heal your body and prevent disease.

Our testing is highly scientific and is backed by the most current research. Individualized protocols are created for each patient based on your results and goals.

The latest research shows a 17 to 1 return on investment for ever dollar spent on your health. Invest wisely!

Make your health a priority and schedule today.

Smart Kids, Healthy Kids!

Friday, February 22nd 2013!

This is an awesome FREE public health seminar from Nationally known speaker, Dr. Robert Rakowski!

Learn valuable information on how to enhance brain and body health for your children and yourself.  Learn essential building blocks to a healthy lifestyle and nutrition.  You don’t want to miss this event!!!  Sponsored by the MN Chiropractic Association.    Registration:  Please call, #952-882-9411

Where:  Southtown office park

8120 Penn Ave S

Bloomington, MN 55431