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Nutrition and Cancer Video


Dr. Donald Abrams talks for an hour about the importance of “We Are What We Eat” (Adelle Davis).  The bottom line is we must eat well in order to be well.  In this day our healthcare system is too focused on disease management when it should be teaching wellness or “good” health activities.

When treating a person living with cancer (think of the cancer is a weed and the person is the garden) you try to make the soil as inhospitable as possible to the weed.  Basically he supported a diet that is:
  Organic, Plant-based, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory

The World Cancer Research fund publishes recommendations to reduce the risk of contracting cancer.   These include:
1.  be as lean as possible without being underweight
2.  be physically active at least 30 min a day
3.  avoid sugary drinks and limit consumption of energy dense foods
4.  eat a variety of vegetables, legumes, beans
      You cannot eat too much cruciferous vegetables!  Broccoli needs to be crushed and chewed.  Broccoli sprouts are 1000 times better than broccoli.  Kale is great.  Soy products like tofu, bean and milk are fine but limit more soy processed foods like fake meat items.  Tomatoes are rich in lycopene but need to be cooked in oil so use olive oil as that is a neutral oil.  Onions and garlic are great miracle foods.  Ginger is good and tumeric is great.  Tumeric has been shown to have many activities against cancer cells.  How much tumeric?  a teaspoon a day adding black pepper since that increases absorption 1000fold.  Mushrooms are another species, not plant nor animal.  All mushrooms must be cooked and they are antioxidants and immune enhancing.  Eat heavily pigmented fruit like blueberries and red grapes.  Eat food in Nature’s packaging as that is the best!  Jasmine and basmati rice are better than the others and millet and quinoa should be added to our diet.
5.  Limit consumption of red meats and avoid processed meats
          He lives on salmon, a cold water fish.  Also he likes Omega 3 supplements.  I love salmon and now with Costco carrying it is easy to have every night of the week if we want.
6.   If alcohol is consumed limit amount to 2 drinks for men and 1 for women. Taking resveratol capsules maybe beneficial.  Green tea is very beneficial.  I consume 2 cups in the morning and try to get in 2 at night.
7.  limit salt intake
8.  don’t take supplements instead eat more of Nature’s packaging.  Although there are some classes of people that may benefit from supplements.  Frail elderly folks who consume small amounts of calories would be able to get the nutrients they need only in supplements.

Everyone of the recommendations we have all heard and most we abide by.  Of course not smoking is the top of the list.  Keeping thinner than you think was a recent eye opener for me.  Traveling to other poorer countries educates you as to how much us Americans eat and really you don’t need to eat that much.  If you eat and drink only high quality food products then you are leaps ahead.

Please comment on your own thoughts below.  We’d love to hear from you.  Thank you.

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