Originally published October 10 2007
Cancer: Prevention Is the Cure (Part 1)
by Sarah Aitken
(NaturalNews) Many people have heard the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". When it comes to cancer, this couldn't be truer. To date several billion dollars, over 30 years have been spent on finding that elusive cure for cancer. What about cancer prevention? It is estimated that a woeful fraction of that amount of money has been spent on cancer prevention. The statistics from the Nutrition Journal state that cancer can be prevented in 30-40 percent of known cases through lifestyle factors, such as diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight. The 30-40 percent stated as preventable by the Nutrition Journal, many in fact, be a conservative estimate, as suggested by many wellness practitioners. Cancer costs the US 107 billion annually. Finding a cure is costing us a great deal, but lack of prevention is costing us more.
A review, based on 238 studies published in the Nutrition Journal conducted by Michael Donaldson for the Hallelujah Acres Foundation, has outlined an anti-cancer diet, which includes what to eat, and what to avoid, in order to prevent cancer.
The outline of the recommended diet is as follows:
• adequate, but not excessive calories,
• 10 or more servings of vegetables a day, including cruciferous and allium vegetables; vegetable juice could meet part of this goal,
• 4 or more servings of fruits a day,
• high in fiber,
• no refined sugar,
• no refined flour,
• low in total fat, but containing necessary essential fatty acids,
• no red meat,
• a balanced ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fats and would include DHA,
• flax seed as a source of phytoestrogens,
• supplemented with ~200 μg/day selenium,
• supplemented with 1,000 μg/day methylcobalamin (B-12),
• very rich in folic acid (from dark green vegetables),
• adequate sunshine to get vitamin D, or use 1,000 IU/day supplement,
• very rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals from fruits and vegetables, including α-carotene, β-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, vitamin C (from foods), vitamin E (from foods),
• very rich in chlorophyll,
• supplemented with beneficial probiotics,
• supplemented with oral enzymes
When you start to change your diet to a diet that is full of anti-cancer foods, you may wonder why there is so much junk out there, and, why is it so much cheaper to buy a package of chips vice a bag of organic apples.
The best thing you can do for you body right now to prevent cancer, is to start eating this recommended anti-cancer diet. Many of these recommendations will not be big news to those that take serious responsibility for their health.
In the next anti-cancer article, I will go over why cancer-causing foods are so cheap and available.
Read the study for yourself: http://www.nutritionj.com/content/3/1/19
About the authorSarah is a Chemical and Materials Engineer by education. Through years of focused self-study, she has come to see the benefit of whole food nutrition and allowing the body to heal itself. A Field Center Certified Facilitator, Sarah is passionate about being helpful to others, in any venue, in their quest for a better life.
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