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Cancer Diet

By Jeannine Walston

You are what you EATFood has a very powerful effect in your body. Diet and nutrition alter your internal terrain and genes1-3.

The nutrition in foods affects cancer both directly and indirectly. Some foods kill cancer cells and others promote cancer cell growth. Your body has powerful mechanisms to transform your genes for OR against cancer cells, as well as your entire internal terrain.

“Diet affects cancer both directly and indirectly. Nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. They indirectly help control the cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either encourage or discourage the progression of malignant disease.”
-Keith Block MD

“Phytonutrients from fruits, vegetables, and legumes have been shown to inhibit oncogenes. Oncogenes direct the course of events in cancer from cancer proliferation to angiogenesis (the recruitment of new blood vessels required for cancer progression) to invasion. Other phytonutrients have been shown to increase the expression of tumor suppressor genes that inhibit tumor growth or promote the death of cancer cells.”
-Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC

Many times daily, you have the opportunity to eat cancer fighting foods to support your quality of life and cancer survival. “Three times a day, day after day, we are eating foods that can influence your genes and help us fight cancer,” said David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, author of Anticancer.

Nutrition and cancer is one of the most important areas of integrative cancer care. Educate yourself about foods and cancer as a priority. Eating cancer food can strongly influence your health and healing. Create an anti cancer diet for your own life with nutrition against cancer to support your optimal wellness.

10 Top Tips for Nutrition and Cancer

 Learn that foods impact your entire body. Louis Pasteur said, “The germ is nothing, the terrain is everything.” The terrain refers to the internal environment influencing health. His statement represents a significant change in thinking for the father of the theory that germs (small organisms in the body) cause disease. Food is medicine for your entire physical body with a cancer diet.

2. Eat cancer fighting foods that promote wellness. Many studies indicate that cancer fighting foods support survival and quality of life. Since most people eat at least three times daily, food choices have a strong and constant impact on the body. Nutrition with anti cancer foods is an absolute. Proper nutrition can also increase the efficacy and diminish the toxicity of conventional treatments.

3. Avoid specific foods associated with cancer. Many foods and ingredients are harmful to health and contribute to cancer risk, cancer development, and cancer growth. Learn about foods to avoid in support of your health.

4. There is not a one size fits all cancer diet. Each person is unique and therefore variability exists between optimal diets. Focus on identifying a person-centered cancer fighting foods tailored to you as an individual and designed for your unique constitution.

5. Eat organic as much as possible. Many foods today are burdened with pesticides and other chemicals. Some of these chemicals have been associated with cancer. Pay now or pay more later. Choosing organic foods is a worthwhile investment in your life and especially for the top foods with pesticides.

6. Do not expect your conventional cancer care team to educate you about foods and cancer. Conventional cancer care providers may have some knowledge in this area and understand the powerful relationship between nutrition against cancer. Or they might refer you to a nutrition expert. However, mainstream medical training provides very little education if any about the relationship between foods and health and certainly foods and cancer. Most likely, you need to seek information about diet and cancer from other sources.

7. Consult with an expert. Consider consulting with an oncologist, medical doctor, naturopath, nutritionist, or other trained health care professional with expertise in the relationship between nutrition against cancer. A highly educated provider can guide you about specific cancer fighting foods, general nutritional information, and quantities depending upon your condition. All cancer patients need help in learning what to eat and what not to eat. Some cancer patients need help in adding or losing weight due to conditions such as cancer cachexia, being overweight, or obese. A quality expert can also provide specific recommendations with proper nutrition to increase the efficacy and diminish the toxicity of conventional cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Individualized cancer diets have tremendous power.

8. Understand that food influences your whole person. Food strongly impacts the entire physical body comprised of body, mind, spirit, social, and environmental health. This means that your diet intensely influences your mind-body connection, spiritual vitality, social connections, and a clean and green environment. Healthy foods positively support your whole person wellness. Unhealthy foods provide negative consequences. The reality is that if you eat junk food, the junk extends to your entire body and life.

9. Know and maintain that dietary and nutritional changes are well worth the effort. Due to the amount of time people spend eating, as well as their emotional connections with food, adhering to ongoing dietary guidelines might be perceived as difficult. Make changes step by step. After some clearing out of the old, and building of the new, you will feel invigorated by a healthier diet. If you feel overwhelmed, know the severity of the challenge in eating healthier is consistent with the reward. Once you start feeling the benefits of new food habits, you will never look back. Think outside your box. Be curious. Dare yourself into new delights.

10. Read books about diet, foods, nutrition and cancer. You can learn a lot through reading. Also know that you will inevitably encounter some contradictory recommendations about diets, including cancer food. Educate yourself with several quality books listed in Cancer Fighting Foods, consider consulting with a trained professional about an anti cancer diet, and tune into your body to what feels right for nutrition against cancer.

Nutrition and Cancer Educational Information

Cancer Fighting Foods
Food is medicine when you know what to eat and what not to eat. Learn top anti cancer foods.

Foods to Avoid
Some foods and ingredients contribute to cancer risk and development. Read this must know information.

Why Organic Foods?
Did you know that pesticides used on foods present a significant health risk? Learn why and how organic foods are cleaner for your body. Explore other options such as avoiding the non-organic top twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables.

Clean Water
The human body requires water for health and life. Clean water supports all of your inner workings. Learn about dirty water and the importance of filters.

Do you need more juice? Learn about the health benefits of juicing and how healthy organic fresh juices support your health.

Raw Foods
The consumption of raw foods provides important benefits. Learn the specifics for your wellness.

Food Allergy Elimination and Reintroduction
A food allergy involves an unhealthy response to food in the body. Read more about this process and strategies for improvements.

1. Dean Ornish, MD of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and colleagues have published scientific studies evaluating people with heart disease and cancer. Results suggest that lifestyle changes down-regulate disease-promoting genes and up-regulate protective, disease-preventing genes.
2. Ornish D, Lin J, Daubenmier J, Weidner G, Epel E, Kemp C, Magbanua MJ, Marlin R, Yglecias L, Carroll PR, Blackburn EH. Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: a pilot study. Lancet Oncol. 2008 Sep 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 18799354
3. Ornish D, Magbanua MJ, Weidner G, Weinberg V, Kemp C, Green C, Mattie MD, Marlin R, Simko J, Shinohara K, Haqq CM, Carroll PR. Changes in prostate gene expression in men undergoing an intensive nutrition and lifestyle intervention. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jun 17;105(24):8369-74. Epub 2008 Jun 16. PMID: 18559852