Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge hosts cancer prevention talk |

Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge hosts cancer prevention talk

Lisa Julian is an organic chemist who owns Elevated Yoga & Holistic Health in Frisco and teaches science and nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado Mountain College.
Courtesy Lisa Julian |


What: A free talk with nutrition and chemistry instructor Lisa Julian called “A Current View of Cancer: New Treatments and Strategies for Prevention”

When: Thursday, Sept. 3, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Eileen & Paul Finkel Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Seven years ago, Lisa Julian’s mother was diagnosed with a rare type of blood cancer.

The then-27-year-old Julian earned a doctorate in organic chemistry a few years before and had experience working for a pharmaceutical company and researching cancer treatment, but there was little she could do as she watched her mother suffer through treatment before she died three months after her diagnosis.

Now, Julian said she has found a purpose in sharing her knowledge of science, nutrition and the latest cancer treatment developments with the public.

She will give a free talk called “A Current View of Cancer: New Treatments & Strategies for Prevention” at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium.

“We have to talk about diet in treating cancer. It is imperative, and that is not what is happening at all.”Lisa JulianPh.D.

She plans to break down complex processes in the body for the average person to understand.

She will talk about how DNA mutations caused by oxidation lead to cancer and how environmental factors — like pesticide exposure and solar radiation — can accelerate the inevitable molecular oxidation. She’ll discuss common cancer-treatment drugs, known more broadly as chemotherapy, that kill cancer as well as healthy cells.

“It’s a really interesting, completely illogical process,” she said. “It’s not acceptable.”

She also will present some of her research through the University of Colorado Denver, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and Scripps Research Institute, to develop drugs that target only cancer cells.

Then she will will talk about food as cancer prevention. Julian owns a yoga studio in Frisco, Elevated Yoga and Holistic Health, and teaches nutrition science as an adjunct instructor at CMC and UC Denver.

“Ultimately, what we want to do is create an anti-cancer environment in the body,” she said. “Inflammation drives cancer.”

She’ll discuss the cancer-killing benefits of green tea, turmeric and colorful foods as well as the cancer-feeding properties of sugar.

“We have to talk about diet in treating cancer. It is imperative, and that is not what is happening at all,” she said. “I’m going to be demanding a paradigm shift.”

For more information about the event, call Heidi Kunzek at 453-6757 ext. 2614 or visit

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