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Fight Cancer with Veggie Power!

I came across an interesting article by Dr. Mercola who is a researcher, health expert and also very opinionated and outspoken on some of our greatest health challenges- including cancer and heart disease.  In this article, Dr. Mercola talks about how one of his researchers fought back against cancer after a period of false diagnosis and questionable procedures.  The controversy in his article questions whether the diagnostic tools including mammogram and the most commonly used procedures are actually contributing to the problem.

I share the link to his interesting article here and at the bottom of my post.

Some of the information his researcher, the cancer victor, shared was not unexpected.   She transitioned to an anti-oxitant rich diet loaded with fruits and vegetables and cut out commercial meats because of the carcinogenic processes used which go along with it.

There has been pretty much concensus in the scientific and medical community for decades of the anti-cancer benefits received from a “plant-based” diet.

“People who eat a plant-based diet are the healthiest people on the planet,” says Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RA, LD, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman. “Eat at least five cups of fruits and vegetables every day.  Use olive oil instead of butter. Eat plenty of seafood. These are nutrition recommendations that won’t change.”

“Functional foods” is a word we are hearing more and more about.  And “food as medicine” is being talked about.

What is so powerful about plant based foods?

It all starts with the  Antioxidants: Vitamins, Flavonoids, and Minerals!

Here’s a quote from a Web-MD

“Plant foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds are your best bet to obtain disease-fighting antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, the mineral selenium, and flavonoids.

The protective benefits of antioxidants seem to stem from their ability to protect your cells from dangerous free radicals, which you are exposed to as the result of natural processes and pollutants in the environment.”

I often see studies where scientists isolate a particular enzyme, chemical or anti-oxitant (and still do) and demonstrate it’s anti-cancer benefit. But more and more- the emphasis  lies in “food synergy” or the way nutrients in the different foods you eat interact with one another.

Doctors like  Dr. T. Colin Campbell PHD and and Dr. Caldwell Esselstein support the notion of “whole plant based foods” working synergistically to promote health.

“An important result of research in recent years is less emphasis on any single nutrient in preventing cancer, with more support for the way that a balanced, plant-based diet provides a bounty of nutrients and compounds that work synergistically to protect us against cancer,” says Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, and nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Beyond fighting cancer- The benefits you get from eating a diet rich in plant-based foods loaded with antioxidants go far beyond fighting cancer.

Tallmadge and many other say that people who eat foods rich in antioxidants may have many health advantages, including:

  • less cancer
  • lower inflammation levels
  • lower heart disease risk
  • less Alzheimer’s and dementia 

So that ‘s what I already know- that you should try to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, broccoli, garlic and onion, tomatoes,  cauliflower, blueberries, carrots, and bell peppers.

Beverages like tea, coffee, and red wine also contain antioxidants that may offer protection against many diseases, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

Beyond diet, Dr. Mercola has interesting information and insights on the prevention of cancer.

Some of the issues Dr. Mercola addresses are:

Can mammograghy actually be increasing the incidence of cancer?

Are unnecessary biopsies and procedures accelerating the breast cancer?

Is chemo-theapy and radiation doing more harm than good in some cases?

Does aspartame cause breast cancer?

These were some of the interesting subjects covered by Dr Mercola and his associate’s story who beat cancer.  To access his interesting article and his associates interesting and empowering battle against cancer- you can find it here.  It’s titled “My Researcher’s Own Story.  Did Overzealous screening cause her cancer?”

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