New Things You May Not Have Heard of Yet
1. Promoters and Initiators:
Tobacco in all forms-cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing, dipping snuff, side stream smoke.
Alcohol in all forms, even red wine.
Smoked meats-beef jerky, smoked fishes (lox, nova, sable, whitefish), smoked flavored foods.
Nitrates and nitrites used to preserve meats-ham, salami, bologna, hot dogs, sausages, pepperoni, prosciutto, corned beef, tongue, spam, wieners, bacon (recognize by their pink color)
Chargrilled and charbroiled meats-the browned, burnt edges, esp. of fatty meats
Trans fats-stick margarine, shortening, lard, most bakery-pastry products and commercial crackers, (read labels and put back if contains “hydrogenated oils”)
Endocrine disruptors-anything in the environment that mimics estrogen, esp. pesticides, plasticizers (things that make plastics soft such as phthalates and bis-phenol A), parabens (check your lotions and shampoos-things used to soften you).
Exogenous estrogen exposure-hormones, esp. non bio-identical, medications that are hormonally based such as megace and Lupron, oral contraceptives, even topical creams may be a risk factor depending on your genetics and the health of your liver.
Hormones given to farmed animals, esp. dairy cows (recombinant bovine growth hormone).
SUGAR! Most people do not realize that sugar in all forms is the primary accelerator of any present cancer cells. This concept is so widely known, oncologists actually capitalize on it by using radioactively labeled sugar as part of the tracer in pet scans to look for metastasis.
Other nutrient accelerators include elemental iron, copper, sodium and the essential fatty acid called linoleic acid if these nutrients are used in excess or in the absence of other balancing-controlling nutrients.
3. Preventers, Protectors, and Reversers:
The Good News is there are WAY more foods, plants, compounds, herbs, and supplements that are anti-cancer. cancer fighters, cancer minimizers and cancer-reversers than there are problem foods.
Among the best of them are:
The Super Foods–broccoli, broccoli sprouts, and broccoli seeds. There are the most concentrated sources of I-3-C (indole-3-carbinole), DIM (diindolylmethane), and sulforaphane glucosinolate. All 3 of these compounds are found in the crusiferous vegetable family which also includes cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and kohlrabi. They help the body make glutathione peroxidase, which is a potent anti-cancer compound.
Green tea, white tea, and black tea. Tea leaves contain catechins, esp. EGCG (epi-gallo-cathechin-gallate) which help induce apoptosis in cancer cells. (“Apoptosis” is the self-destruct a cancer cell usually performs in a healthy body.)
Onions and garlic-stomach cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide. Onions and garlic, members of the allicin family, cut the risk of stomach cancer in half. Containing bioflavonoids such as quercetin, which can actually revert a cancer cell back to a healthy cell. Allicin and S-allyl cysteine are part of the arsenal of this food group’s cancer-protective compounds.
Mushrooms: Rei-shi, Shiitake, and Maitake mushrooms are potent anti-cancer fighters. Maitake mushrooms esp. contain a polysaccharide called Beta-glucan which stimulates the immune system and activates it against cancer triggers.
Soybeans-contain Protease Inhibitors that squelch tumor growth. They also provide isoflavones such as genistein and diadzein that help prevent estrogen-related cancers.
Berries of bright and deep colors contain ellagic acid which help induce apoptosis, as well as provide a high ORAC (oxygen radical absorptive capacity) value. Foods with high ORAC values are excellent anti-oxidants to scavenge free radicals and prevent cellular damage. Choose blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, dark cherries, red grapes, strawberries, and boysenberries.
Cold water fish provide healthy omega 3 oils such as EPA and DHA which not only protect the heart, they are anti-inflammatory and slow the spread of cancer.
Whole grains not only contain anti-cancer fiber to help prevent colon cancer, they also provide lignans and phytochemicals which actively fight cancer. A fermented wheat germ product is being marketed to reverse most cancers-successfully!
Kelp and sea vegetables such as nori, dulse, and wakame have a special fiber which helps carry toxins, pro-oxidants, harmful fats, and hormone residues out of the intestines.
Fermented dairy such as yogurt, and the probiotics (healthy gut bacteria) used to make yogurt protect our immune system, 80% of the immune system lines the GI tract and fortifies the body’s defense against infection and cancer.
Spices and seasonings such as turmeric, a source of curcumin, help prevent cancers and protect the immune system. Others include cinnamon, ginger, curry, mustard, hot peppers, sage, and rosemary.
Vitamins–Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) resembles glucose chemically. The cancer cells mistake it for their favorite fuel, take it up readily, and then cannot use it. In addition, vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant.
Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) prevents the oncogene (the gene inside cells that acts as a ‘switch’ to to turn cancer on) from activating. The people with the lowest rate of skin cancers are outdoor construction workers. The more vitamin D we have, the better our tolerance for the sun. Vitamin D is actually a hormone we make from the action of the sun’s ultraviolet rays on the cholesterol under our skin surface.
Folate and B12 reverse cervical dysplasia.
Beta carotene, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E reverse oral leukoplakia.
Vitamin C, along with selenium and calcium reverse colon polyps.
There are entire lines of supplements being devoted specifically to anti-cancer uses because they work to protect the cell, enhance the immune system or induce apoptosis.
Further Reading-Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin, PhD. R.D.
Paula can be reached at 561-394-8490, Boca Wellness & Nutrition Services, 2220 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33431 firstname.lastname@example.org