Over the past decade, many researchers studying anti-cancer mechanisms have focused on the intersection of diet and chronic inflammatory diseases, cancer included. The bottom line is becoming clear: Continue reading
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Anti-Cancer Strategies: Inhibit Glutamine
For an overview of cancer as a metabolic disease, start here.
Cancer cells thrive on certain fuels–including glucose and glutamine, two key elements that you must inhibit in your anti-cancer diet. We’ve talked ad nauseum about glucose. But what about glutamine, an amino acid, a building block of protein? Continue reading
Your Anti-Cancer Mother’s Day Gift: Myricetin
Myricetin may not yet grace your doctor’s anti-cancer tool kit, but put it on your prescription pad. Among all the phytonutrients, it’s what I call “plantastic”– blessed with a chemical structure that works some anti-cancer wonder.
Anti-Diabetes is Anti-Cancer: And Butter is not Back
Today, on World Diabetes Day, it’s time to set the record straight: The cause of Type 2 diabetes and its precursor, insulin resistance, is saturated fats. They muck up your cells and the ability of your cells to use insulin.
Choo choo on that! Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Strategies: Do Your Buttons
How can such a common mushroom harbor so many anti-cancer qualities?
Credit its lectins, for starters–
Anti-Cancer News: The New York Times on Feeding Cancer
2018 update: For an update on Dr. Thomas Seyfried’s suggestions for treating cancer as a metabolic disease, read his article here or my piece summarizing that article.
Talk with your oncologist about using this approach and ask your oncologist to reach out to Dr. Seyfried at email@example.com.
This week’s New York Times magazine features a story on a theme familiar to all of you readers of this anti-cancer blog : the metabolic approach to starving, or feeding, disease. It singles out insulin and a related hormone, Insulin Growth Factor-1, which we’ve talked about often. And if glucose, glutamine and certain fatty acids drive cancer growth, as the metabolic scientists quoted in the article suggest, then what could be more important than phytonutrients that keep cancer cells from utilizing those fuels? That’s another theme we’ve been addressing. Remember singing the praises of dill? Continue reading
Anti-Cancer News: Fukushima Update/How Safe are North America’s Salmon?
May 2016 update: C-137 continues to be detected in increasing amounts off the BC coastline, with the west coast of Vancouver island showing the most contamination.
Five years after the world’s most recent nuclear disaster, the plume of waters carrying Fukushima’s cesium has started hitting North America’s Pacific northwest. How safe are our fish? Continue reading
Part 3: What’s On and Off Your Anti-Cancer Platter? Flavonoids & The Mighty Italian Triumverate
Now that you’re no longer a “Proteinaholic,” how do you go about selecting the most nutritious plants among all those shades of red, purple and green?
My first vote goes to “The Mighty Italian Triumvirate,” a combo of Continue reading
Part 2: What’s on and Off your Anti-Cancer Platter? Legumes for Long Life!
July 2016 update: A new study in mice and 19 men by longevity researcher Luigi Fontana found that restricting daily protein to 7 to 9 percent of calories improved their metabolic health.
Legumes–beans, peas and lentils — are the #1 key to longevity, says Dan Buettner, the bestselling author who’s been studying the world’s Blue Zones, those pockets of the world (Mediterranean, Japan, California, Costa Rica) where people eating plant-based diets with legumes as their main source of protein are outliving us all.
How might legumes fuel longevity? Could some be more “nutritarian” than others? How much protein should you be eating anyway? And must it be all plants all the time? Continue reading
2016: What’s on and off your Anti-Cancer Platter?
What’s the latest advice that scientists are dishing out for your anti-cancer diet?
- off the platter: suspect proteins
- on the platter: plant proteins, but which ones and how much?
- on the platter: flavonoids
Read the backstory first to enhance tonight’s exchanges with loved ones. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer News: Canned Beans and the Garden of Iodine
Note: My apologies. This post failed to clarify all the issues surrounding iodine, thyroid hormone and cancer. Low thyroid function may protect against cancer, so what does that mean for our diets? I’ll be publishing an update as soon as I can get some smart experts to explain all the confusing info out there.
Last week the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer health group, released its handy lists of more than 250 brands of canned foods– -those with and without bisphenol A (BPA), a compound used in plastics and cans that seems to wreak havoc with hormones.
Why wasn’t Eden‘s canned beans on the green list?
Anti-Cancer Strategies: 3 Better Ways of Eating Berries
Berries are a must for your anti-cancer kitchen, but how you eat them is key.
- Raw or cooked?
- Combined with what spices?
- As desserts or snacks?
Anti-Cancer Recipes: Holiday Guacamole with Emeralds and Rubies
Here’s a sparkling twist on guacamole to share with friends this holiday season and add to your growing repertoire of anti-cancer recipes.
The emeralds include avocado chunks and cilantro; the rubies, red onions and pomegranates. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Awards: This Year’s Top Blog Post Stinks
Let’s jump straight to the top. The #1 most read post this year is–Anti-Cancer Recipes: Should you Cook Onions? So what’s the short answer? Continue reading
An Anti-Cancer Holiday Gift: Cranberries to Enrich your Poop
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You don’t know what a healthy poop is until you’ve added some cranberries to your anti-cancer diet.
Breaking Anti-Cancer News: Ditch the Peanuts and Spread the Word
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The first study to examine the effects of certain compounds in peanuts on the spread of cancer is about to be published–and the results show serious consequences for your anti-cancer diet, especially if you have metastatic cancer.
Anti-Cancer News: AICR says Soy and Fiber Important for Breast Cancer Survivors
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 Foods: Fennel Leaves
What anti-cancer benefits do fennel leaves and walnuts have in common?
Anti-Cancer Foods: Are you Buying the Best Turmeric?
What kind of turmeric powder should we choose for our anti-cancer kitchens? Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Foods: Freeze your own Berries
With summer on its way out, it’s time to freeze some of its most nutritious anti-cancer bounty. How to do it? Remember these 3 letters: Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Strategies: Does Diet Really Matter?
When it comes to anti-cancer strategies, does diet really matter? To what degree? Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Foods: Why I’ve Gone Nuts for Walnuts
2016 update: Myricetin is one of those magical flavonols that act as anti-oxidants in normal cells but selectively destroy cancer cells. In fact, among the flavonols, it may be tops at targeting cancer cells for destruction.
Put walnuts and their next of kin on your anti-cancer shopping list. And who might that be? Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Diets: What’s the Deal with Dairy?
2018 Update: For a fascinating look at how milk’s software disrupts key genes and thus drives the uncontrolled cell growth that we call “cancer,” read this interview with German dermatologist Dr. Bodo Melnik as well as his recent publication.
I’ve been reserving judgment on dairy products for 55 years now–since Grade 1, when my mom lied to the school authorities and told them I was allergic to milk. Truth was: it made me gag.
But now that Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the Department of Nutrition, Harvard’s School of Public Health, and an esteemed panel of scientists have opined on the subject and we’ve had time to reflect, I can say this with certainty about whether or not dairy products have any place in an anti-cancer diet: Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Resources: A Book, a Club and an MD with an Alternative Approach
Add these to your list of anti-cancer resources: Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Alert: Sprouted Chia Recalls
Have you purchased any of these for your anti-cancer kitchen? Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Recipes: Jittery Cook’s Jicama Sticks
Still struggling to find a simple jicama recipe for your anti-cancer diet? f you read the post on fermentable fiber, you know that Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Recipe Challenge: Let’s Make Ketchup
What’s wrong with buying ketchup for your anti-cancer diet?
Anti-Cancer Foods: Which Crucifers are Best Raw?
If you’ve been following this anti-cancer food blog, you know all about the crucifer dilemma and the recent research solving it: Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Foods: How to Pick Unseasonal Berries
How should you go about picking berries for your anti-cancer diet when you can’t get fresh ones from the ‘hood? Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Foods: Serve Up Some Fermentable Fiber
October 2015 update: Scientists are continuing to identify various food sources of fermentable fiber, including sources of “pre-biotic” fermentable fiber–the kind that provides the healthy bacteria for your gut to ferment. I’ll be updating this list as new studies come out. If you haven’t read through it in a while, you might want to do so.
Just when you thought you could tell the differences among various kinds of fiber, scientists start dishing out a brand new term for our anti-cancer diets: fermentable fiber. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Recipes: Indalian Onions
This anti-cancer recipe is like one of those research trials they stop early because the results are just so fantastic. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Diets and the Pitfalls of Plants: Copper and Zinc
Update: The same researchers who’ve found that onions and garlic can increase the bioavailability of zinc in plants have found that the following foods also help: beta-carotene rich vegetables (such as carrots). lime, ginger, red and black pepper.
Yes, a plant-based diet is great for fighting cancer because plants contain all sorts of anti-cancer compounds, but heed the traps: Too much copper and too little zinc, often a result of plant-only diets, can fuel cancer—as well as make you tired. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Diet: And then there was Smoking
I once heard a geneticist claim that the changes to genes induced by smoking have been traced forward for three generations. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Diet: Which Foods Target Cancer Stem Cells?
Here’s your 2014 New Year’s bounty: a heads up on what I’m betting will become one of the hottest topics in anti-cancer research– foods and dietary components that can alter cancer stem cells. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Recipes: Bombshells about Crucifers and Why Red Radishes Rule
At the American Institute of Cancer Research’s 23d annual conference of scientists throughout the world who study the anti-cancer effects of foods, a few plants took top honors: Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Recipes: Groundbreaking News about Crucifers
Remember all those cautions to eat crucifers raw in order to maximize their anti-cancer properties? Detest raw cauliflower and broccoli? Then this new research will change your life: Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Foods: A New Meaning for Mushroom Tea
Update: Since this article was first published, Australia’s senior research scientist, Dr. Peter Roupas, has stated publicly that it’s fine to eat button mushrooms raw. The research showing potential toxins in raw buttons was flawed, he says. That’s good news for readers who have cancer. Raw buttons (white, brown and portabello) contain a compound that binds to cancer cells and keeps them from growing, says the UK’s Dr. Yugang Lu; cooking on high heat inactivates that compound. If you do cook buttons, simmer on very low heat –not greater than 140F/60C–and consume the cooking water. The ABL seems to migrate there, Lu says.
Looking for some synergy in your anti-cancer diet? Then, take these two ingredients and—no, don’t make a tea with them. Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Outrage: Let us Eat Cake?
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
Your Anti-Cancer Kitchen: What to do about all that Plastic?
If you’re trying to create an anti-cancer kitchen, then remember these three numbers: Continue reading
Anti-Cancer Foods: Radishes are more than they’re cracked up to be
What’s so great about this week’s anti-cancer food–plain, pungent radishes? Let’s talk methylation, for starters.