Welcome to summer.
Article 3 of 8 on Cancer
In this post, I want to talk about the role of diet in the prevention and treatment of cancer. I just love how the veggies are really starting to kick off now that the warmer weather is with us. I feel like a proud parent as I nurture ‘my crop’ and look forward to the pleasure of eating fresh veggies straight from the garden.
But first, let me share a cancer survivor’s story with you.
In 1994 I attended a cancer survivors night at the Gawler Foundation. One survivor shared her path to healing as follows:
Eight years prior she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and undertook the standard of care: Surgery (radical mastectomy), chemo and radiation.
She was told ‘All clear’.
Two years later she had cancer in the other breast and chose the same treatment, with the same result.
So when she had metastases in the liver and brain a couple of years after that she decided to take her healing into her own hands.
Her lifestyle changed radically – particularly her diet. Also, she moved up north to a sunnier climate (more about sunlight next time).
Every few months when she went for scans the doctors were amazed that her tumours were regressing, but did not ask what she was doing to achieve such incredible results. ‘This is a miracle’ was the response because they couldn’t accept that she had played a part in it.
I guess if I’d spent 10 years training to be an oncologist I would resist anything that negated my paradigm too.
That story changed my life. Not that I’ve had cancer, or believe I ever will, it just spurred my interest further to keep investigating.
Let me share some of the results of my research.
The 1931 Nobel Laureate in physiology was Dr Otto Warburg. It was awarded to him because of his work with cancer.
Here’s what he had to say:
‘Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarised in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.’
In plain English, that means that cancer feeds on sugar (glucose). So anything with a high glycemic index (that which raises blood sugar) speeds the growth of cancer – things like grains, potatoes, fruit, most processed foods etc.
On the other hand, cancer cannot live on ketones.
Nutritional ketosis (burning fat for energy and not to be confused with ketoacidosis, a life-threatening situation that affects diabetics) is nature’s alternative to burning sugar for energy.
If you’re interested to find out more, here’s a link to a cookbook that explains the theory and gives lots of delicious recipes:
The Ketogenic Cookbook
A lot has been learned in recent years about the role of food in preventing/treating cancer. In particular green leafy vegetables and top of the list is broccoli.
Here’s a great article about their cancer-fighting benefits:
Green leafy vegetables.
And if you’re not sure if the ‘standard of care’ is right for you, here’a little site that I recommend:
Beating Cancer Gently
Remember, sooner or later, one way or another you have to pay for your health.
I choose to do that every day by eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sunshine and exercise.
So that’s it for now. Let me know what you think in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
And until then, may you enjoy an ever increasing abundance of health, happiness, love, success and prosperity.
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