Are You Among the Walking Wounded?

Dr. Andrew Dannenberg

Weill Cornell’s Dr. Andrew Dannenberg is concerned about us postmenopausal women.

Postmenopausal?
Normal BMI?
Too much friggin’ trunk fat? Continue reading

#AICR19 Takeaway: Change Your Metabolism

Dr. Edward Giovannucci

Just a little weight loss can go a long way in improving metabolic health, says Harvard’s Dr. Ed Giovannucci.

The evidence is clear, says the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR), the team of scientists who’ve been studying nutrition’s role in cancer for more than three decades.   

Excess body fat, particularly the kind that accumulates around the belly, increases the risk of at least a dozen cancers  pancreatic, colorectal, advanced prostate and breast cancer in us older women.  If you already have cancer, it can worsen the prognosis.

So what can you do about it?   Continue reading

Your Plantastic Kitchen®: How to Tame Your Naughty Testosterone

Anti-cancer dietary advice

Got milk? Got prostate cancer?

Psst, men–and all of you who care about men, growing boys or your own hormonal balance.  How’s your DHT? That’s the powerful male hormone driving adolescent acne, then early hair loss, then later in life, Continue reading

Ring Around the Belly: 5 Keys to Ringing out the Old

Is it my imagination or has Pillsbury’s Dough Boy shed a bit of belly fat?

Wonder what he’s been eating for lupper? Continue reading

Anti-Cancer News: AICR says Soy and Fiber Important for Breast Cancer Survivors

anti-cancer tempeh wraps

Tempeh-Mushroom Wraps with Red Curry Sauce

Dear readers: Over the coming weeks, I will attempt to get reaction from various researchers on the soy findings. Stay tuned, talk with your doctor and do what feels right for you. Nobody needs anxiety

Soy?  Did they say soy should be included in an anti-cancer diet? Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Outrage: Let us Eat Cake?

Is this an anti-cancer diet joke?Ready for some anti-cancer nonsense? This weekend, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is sponsoring– get this– the Montreal Cake Show!  Last time I checked the anti-cancer diet books, cake was definitely off the menu.  

In fact, the esteemed World Cancer Research Fund/ American Institute of Cancer Research panel of scientists just issued this proclamation: Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Celebrations: World Ovarian Cancer Day

Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day, and I have one word for you: flavonoids. These compounds give plants their color, and many appear to be anti-cancerous. Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Strategies: Wine, Women and Breast Cancer

Anti-cancer strategies: Avoiding Alcohol

Experts have been warning us for a long while. Now there’s another study that’s even more scary:   Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Can Flaxseed Stave off Prostate Cancer?

anti cancer flaxseedWe know that flaxseed appears to be an anti-cancer food for women and it may just do wonders for our sex drive, but what about for our men: Does it fight prostate cancer, too? Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Recipes: Can Flaxseed Stave off Breast Cancer?

anti cancer recipes flaxseedKnow anyone who has breast cancer? Doing your best to avoid it? Then consider this: Studies are showing that flaxseed can protect against breast cancer and prolong survival in women who have it. Continue reading

Grapefruit and Estrogen: Pro or Anti-Cancer?

grapefruit anti or pro cancer

Winter 2014 Update: Dr. Kristine Monroe’s most recent study (discussed briefly in the post below), which looks at the effects of grapefruit and its juice on healthy postmenopausal women, has just been published. She found that the whole fruit led to an increase in “the major form of circulating estrogen in postmenopausal women,” that grapefruit juices had no effect on that form of estrogen, but that they did lower another very potent form of estrogen. 

“The take-away message from this pilot study is that the process of hormone metabolism and absorption is complicated,” Monroe said, and more research is clearly needed.

The few studies on grapefruit—and whether it has an anti-cancer benefits or promotes cancer—are definitely at odds.

It’s clear that grapefruit juice contains natural substances that can inhibit an enzyme system (called CYP3A4) responsible for metabolizing certain meds. The result: an increase of medication circulating in the blood, with potentially toxic side effects.

But can grapefruit also increase your estrogen? Continue reading

Anti-Cancer Foods: Cherries and Estrogen

anti cancer cherries in snow

Cherries from Chili spotted in Canada in January. Worth breaking the “eat local” guidelines?

Next time you need a nibble on something sweetish, grab a handful of fresh tart cherries. They could help control your estrogen levels.

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Alcohol and Cancer

anticancer kale and alcohol

What does kale have to do with alcohol? You’ll have to read to the end to find out.

For a brief update on alcohol’s link to breast cancer, click here.

The proof keeps getting stronger and stronger:  Alcohol increases your risk of getting cancer, especially certain common kinds.    Continue reading