|Countless hours of independant research conducted by us have resulted in even more treatment strategies that do not require a prescription. These include proper diet, exercise, lifestyle adjustments and alternative options. Diet plays a considerable role in the development of cancerous cells and progression as do genetics, stress, and lifestyle according to Dr. Eugene Kwon of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It is widely evident that eating right and exercise are essential for all of us to maintain our health, but which foods are shown to increase one’s risk of cancer? |
• When certain foods are deep fried, (especially potatoes) they “form a suspected human carcinogen called acrylamide according to the National Cancer Institute.
• Salt allows cancer-causing Helicobacter pyloric bacteria to thrive in the stomach.
• Charring, or burning, meat creates carcinogens called heterocyclic aromatic amines.”
• Trans fats, saturated fats, and artificial sweeteners can increase one’s risk of developing cancer. “Researchers from the University of Texas found that men who had undergone surgery for prostate cancer and had diets high in saturated fats (including steaks, burgers, and cheese) were almost twice as likely to see their cancer progress.
• Carcinogens called nitrosamines are found in cured meats, such as lunch meats, bacon, and sausage” (Hubbard, 2010).
Soy has been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells. Lycopene (from tomato-based foods) may be linked to a lowered risk of prostate cancer. Some studies have found no link between lycopene and prostate cancer (CDC, 2011). Our diet is now comprised of far less red meat, less sugar, more soy, tomato products, fresh fruits and vegetables. The American Institute for Cancer Research and the Mayo Clinic websites have wonderful recipes.
Center for Disease Control. (2011). Lycopene. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/
Hubbard, S., (2010, August 19). Avoid these 9 cancer-causing foods. Retrieved from http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/ headline_health/foods_cancer_risk/2010/08/19/342840.html
Healthy Eating Tips
- Limit red meat to once per week, or avoid completely. Instead, have seafood and/or vegetables. Portabella mushrooms are a wonderful substitute for red meat. Ground turkey and ground bison (buffalo) are great alternatives to ground beef.
- Limit dairy, or avoid completely.
Avoid sugar. Sugar can be found in almost everything, including most spaghetti sauces. While some sugar is tolerable, adding sugar to tea, coffee, oatmeal, etc., should be avoided. There is some controversy over sugar fueling cancer cells. In our personal experience, cutting out sugar resulted in better (medical) test results; lower or stable PSA, stable tumor count and size on bone scans, etc.
- Absolutely no soda/pop! Sustitute with water, unsweetened tea, unsweetened fruit/veggie juice from a juicer, smoothies made with silken soy and/or almond milk.
- Avoid sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade. These are extremely acidic; cancer thrives in acidic environments.
- Avoid or greatly limit coffee (regular and decaf) as it is also extremely acidic.
- Substitute sugary desserts with fruit.
- Read food labels and purchase the items with the fewest preservatives and additives. The fewer ingredients listed, the better it is for you. Sometimes organic foods are not the best choice. Some examples are butter, cheese, pasta, rice, and frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned (fresh is preferred).
- Avoid margarine. Use real butter instead.
- Avoid pre-shredded cheese. These are loaded with preservatives. Buy a block of cheese and shred it when needed.
- Check the labels on rice and pasta. The 10-minute rice is full of ingredients we can hardly pronounce. Brown rice and couscous are preferred.
- If fresh fruits and vegetables are unaccesible, take a look at the frozen versions. They last longer and usually only have one or two ingredients.
- Avoid processed foods. Shop primarily the perimeter of the store.
- Try to include soy in your meals. Firm soy can be added to so many dishes. It picks up the flavor of the other ingredients and is not noticeable.
- Growing your own food in a garden is the best way to eat healthy. If you are able to, plant a small garden. You will eat healthy for less money.
- Exercise and fresh air are extremely important as tumors and cancer cells flourish in oxygen-deprived environments.
- Reduce stress. Stress is a major contributor to cancer cell growth.
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