Eat Healthy

Tip #2 Eat Healthy

Eat a Healthy Diet

Numerous scientific studies have confirmed that the Western Diet high in meat, dairy and processed/ fast foods is one of the leading causes of cancer.

Example

One cup of milk per day associated with up to 50 per cent increase in breast cancer risk: study

Nicole Bogart   CTVNews.ca     Published Tuesday, February 25

TORONTO — New evidence suggests that women who drink as little as one cup of dairy milk per day could increase their risk of developing breast cancer by up to 50 per cent.

Researchers say the observational study gives fairly strong evidence that dairy milk or factors closely related to the consumption of dairy milk is linked to the development of breast cancer in women.

“Consuming as little as one-quarter to one-third of a cup of dairy milk per day was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer of 30 per cent,” study author Dr. Gary Fraser said in a press release.
Continue reading at CTVNews.ca

Thankfully, there are a number of diets that can help prevent (and treat) cancer. These include a Whole Food, Plant Based Diet, Vegetarian Diet and the Mediterranean Diet.


Benefits of a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

Source: forksoverknives.com

A diet high in animal-based and highly processed foods makes people sick and overweight. But many of these sicknesses can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. A whole-food, plant-based diet has been shown to:

  • Lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
  • Reverse or prevent heart disease
  • Prevent and reverse obesity
  • Lower risk of cancer and diabetes
  • Slow the progression of certain types of cancer
  • Improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Improve overall quality of life

Vegetarians Are Better Off

Source: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

All the evidence points to a low-fat, high-fiber diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, as being the best for cancer prevention. Not surprisingly, vegetarians, whose diets easily meet these requirements, are at the lowest risk for cancer. Vegetarians have about half the cancer risk of meat-eaters.11

Vegetarians have higher blood levels of beta-carotene. They consume more vitamin C, beta-carotene, indoles, and fiber than meat-eaters. Vegetarians also have stronger immune systems. German researchers recently discovered that vegetarians have more than twice the natural killer cell activity of meat-eaters.12 Natural killer cells are specialized white blood cells that attack and neutralize cancer cells. Also, vegetarians tend to eat more soy products than meat-eaters. Soybeans contain many substances that are anticarcinogens, including lignans and phytoestrogens. A diet that is rich in soybeans may be one reason for the lower incidence of breast cancer in Asia.

Conclusion
A cancer prevention diet is one that is high in fiber, low in fat (especially animal fat), and includes generous portions of fruits and vegetables. It also minimizes or excludes alcohol. The best diets are pure vegetarian diets.


The Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduction in the incidence of many diseases, but may not be suitable for everyone.

A Mediterranean diet is commonly consumed in regions that border the Mediterranean Sea. It consists of a variety of fruits, vegetables, cereals, legumes, poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and moderate intake of red wine with meals. Epidemiological studies show that the Mediterranean diet is a model of healthy eating that contributes to better health and overall quality of life, and can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, and death.
Source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Mediterranean Diet for Cancer Prevention

Source: Natural Medicine Journal

Large studies have linked the Mediterranean Diet to an overall decrease in cancer incidence. have lower The United States and the United Kingdom, for example, have higher cancer rates than Mediterranean countries. This study looked at data gathered in the Molise region of Italy focusing on the effects of the Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular disease and cancer. Other large observational studies such as EPIC and the NIH-AARP Diet and Health study have subanalyzed the data, looking at the Mediterranean diet, cancer markers, incidence, and mortality.The Greek cohort of the EPIC study followed 25,623 for almost 8 years. Investigators found a 12% reduction in cancer incidence for every 2-point increase in the 10-point Mediterranean diet adherence scale. The NIH-AARP Diet and Health study which followed 380,296 people found a 17% and 12% decreased cancer mortality in men and women following the Mediterranean diet after 5 years of follow-up.


 

Red meat and cancer risk

Colon cancer:
In October 2015, the World Health Organization said that processed red meats like bacon and hot dogs cause colorectal cancer. In an analysis published in 2017, 400 studies were examined. They found that the risk of colorectal cancer increased by 12 percent for each 100 gm/day eaten of red and processed meats. The authors concluded: Our results reinforce the evidence that high intake of red and processed meat and alcohol increase the risk of colorectal cancer.

Head and neck cancer:
In the Netherlands, over 120,000 subjects were followed in a study for over 20 years. Consumption of processed red meat was associated with developing head and neck cancer, including oral cavity cancer. The risk was increased as much as 50 percent compared to the those who consumed little or none.


Diet based health programmes

Dr. Kelley’s Metabolic Typing

A theory that people fall into one of three groups based on the main type of food (protein, carb, or mixed) that their bodies need to stay healthy. The developer uses certain tests to decide a patient’s metabolic type. The theory is that a diet that is correct for the patient’s metabolic type will keep the body healthy and better able to prevent or fight cancer.

The cornerstone of the treatment is a personalized diet based on your nutritional or metabolic type.

One of Dr Kelley’s patients was a woman diagnosed by the Mayo Clinic with stage four pancreatic cancer who had been given six months to live. She’d learned about Kelley’s program through a local health food store. She completed his treatment and was still alive 29 years later.
See drkelley.info for more information about Metabolic Typing.


Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Source: https://www.ornish.com/proven-program/nutrition/

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine has been scientifically proven to reverse the progression of even severe coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and high blood pressure as well as to slow, stop, or even reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer in a series of randomized controlled trials published in leading peer-reviewed journals.

We also found that changing lifestyle changes your genes—turning on protective genes and turning off genes that promote inflammation, oxidative stress, and oncogenes that promote prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer—over 500 genes in only 3 months.

 

Ornish diet: does it work?

Source: Cam-Cancer.org

The Ornish diet and lifestyle modification programme was tested in a randomized trial in 93 men with early biopsy-proven prostate cancer who had chosen not to undergo any conventional treatment 3.

After 1 year, intensive lifestyle changes resulted in a PSA decrease of 4% and an inhibition of the serum-stimulated growth of LNCaP cells of 70%, compared to a 6% increase of PSA and only 9% LNCaP growth inhibition in the control group (not following the Ornish diet and lifestyle modification programme, but making lifestyle changes as advised by their physician).

None of the 44 patients in the treatment group, but 6 of the 49 control patients had to undergo conventional treatment (e.g., radical prostatectomy, radiotherapy, or androgen deprivation therapy) due to an increase in PSA and/or progression of disease on magnetic resonance imaging.

After 2 years, 2 of the 43 experimental patients and 13 of the 49 control patients had undergone conventional prostate cancer treatment; at this time point no significant differences in PSA change were found between the experimental and control patients (excluding patients who had undergone conventional treatment), and adherence to the intensive lifestyle changes remained high (95%) 10.


Pritikin Diet

Source: Pritikin Longevity Center

  • Reduce Key Risk Factors For Breast and Prostate Cancer

    Several studies have found that adopting the Pritikin Program reduced key risk factors for breast and prostate cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 86: 1419, 1994; Nutrition and Cancer, 31: 127,1998; Nutrition and Cancer, 38: 158, 2000; The Journal of Urology, 166: 1185, 2001.

  • Retard the Growth of Prostate Cancer Cells

    In in vitro testing, the serum of men following the Pritikin Program was found to retard the growth of prostate cancer cells and induce cancer cell death (apoptosis). In pre-Pritikin serum, fewer than 3% of prostate cancer cells showed apoptosis. In post-Pritikin serum (after 11 days at the Pritikin Center), almost 40% of cancer cells were on their way to death. In the serum of men following the Pritikin Program for an average 14 years, more than 50% of the cancer cells were in apoptosis. Cancer Causes & Control, 13: 929, 2002.

  • Retard the Growth of Breast Cancer Cells

    In laboratory testing, and using women’s pre- and post-Pritikin serum, the Pritikin Program significantly reduced breast tumor cell growth in three different cell lines (reductions of 7%, 10%, and 19%) and increased death (apoptosis) of cancer cells by 20%, 23%, and 30%. Nutrition and Cancer, 55: 28, 2006.


Other investigations

Source: Harvard Medical School

…other investigations, though smaller and shorter, tend to support the possibility that lifestyle changes may slow the growth of prostate cancer cells. Here are some examples.

  • A four-month 2001 study of 10 men with recurrent prostate cancer reported that a low-fat, plant-based diet combined with stress reduction appeared to slow the rise in PSA levels.
  • A 2001 study of 13 overweight men reported that an 11-day regimen of a low-fat, high-fiber diet plus exercise improved the ability of blood samples to inhibit the growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells.
  • A 2003 study of 34 healthy men reported that blood samples from men who exercised regularly and from men who followed a low-fat, high-fiber diet slowed the growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells, but blood from sedentary men following typical American diets did not. Further experiments suggested that diet and exercise may exert their effect in a similar way, by reducing levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).
  • A 2003 study of 12 men who exercised regularly and 10 sedentary men found that blood from the exercisers had lower levels of IGF-1 and was better able to reduce the growth of LNCaP prostate cancer cells. Additional experiments suggested that exercise may act in part by increasing a protein called p53, which protects cells from the effects of damaged DNA.
  • A 2004 Harvard study of 675 men with treated prostate cancer linked a high consumption of fish with a reduced risk of recurrent or progressive cancer.
  • A 2005 study of 49 men with rising PSAs after surgery or radiation treatment suggested that soy-based dietary supplements might slow the rise in PSA levels.
  • A 2006 study of 46 men who had rising PSAs after surgery or radiation treatment for early prostate cancer reported that pomegranate juice slowed the rise in PSA levels.
  • A 2006 Harvard study of 1,202 men with localized prostate cancer suggested that the consumption of fish and tomato sauce may offer some protection against disease progression.
  • A 2006 study of 14 men with recurrent prostate cancer suggested that a plant-based diet and stress reduction might slow the rise in PSA levels.

Processed meats rank alongside smoking as cancer causes – WHO

UN health body says bacon, sausages and ham among most carcinogenic substances along with cigarettes, alcohol, asbestos and arsenic.

Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said, placing cured and processed meats in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco.

The report from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said there was enough evidence to rank processed meats as group 1 carcinogens because of a causal link with bowel cancer.

It places red meat in group 2A, as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Eating red meat is also linked to pancreatic and prostate cancer, the IARC says…continue reading Processed Meat and Red Meat


Acid Bodies Increase Cancer Risk

ACID BODIES and CANCER
(based on an article by Stephen Colclough, with new and additional research and comment by Chris Woollams).

This article looks at how acid bodies can cause both ill health and cancer. It provides ideas on how to alkalise for health and, indeed, how to alkalise to help prevent cancer forming or returning. In the article we also cover how alkalising your body can alkalise your cells and stimulate your immune system making both work more efficiently.

“Unlike healthy cells in the human body, cancer cells do not require oxygen – in fact it kills them”…continue reading Acid Bodies Increase Cancer Risk


Foods That Fight Cancer

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research

No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself.
But strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers… …In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Yet evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds working together in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection…continue reading Foods That Fight Cancer


Vitamins AND Supplements that fight Cancer

Source: MedlinePlus

Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. There are 13 vitamins your body needs. They are:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folate (folic acid)

You can usually get all your vitamins from the foods you eat. Your body can also make vitamins D and K. People who eat a vegetarian diet may need to take a vitamin B12 supplement.

Each vitamin has specific jobs. If you have low levels of certain vitamins, you may get health problems. For example, if you don’t get enough vitamin C, you could become anemic. Some vitamins may help prevent medical problems. Vitamin A prevents night blindness.

The best way to get enough vitamins is to eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods. In some cases, you may need to take vitamin supplements. It’s a good idea to ask your health care provider first. High doses of some vitamins can cause problems…continue reading
Vitamins AND Supplements that fight Cancer

Note 1. Videos and images are not part of the original articles.

Note 2. Articles may be edited for content and length

Please share this page to help others