Anti-Cancer Foods & Four Small Changes

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[I had a colorectal cancer operation in 2011. I have just discovered Dr David Servan-Schreiber’s great book on cancer, Anti-Cancer – A Way of Life, 2007, and highly recommend it. The following lists are taken from his book. I hope they may be of benefit to anyone with cancer, in remission, or interested in cancer prevention for him- or herself and their family. The photo is of my wife harvesting cherries in our ‘anti-aviary’ chookyard.]

Anti-Cancer Foods (after Dr David Servan-Schreiber, Anti-Cancer – A Way of Life, 2007; italicised foods especially significant and/or useful against colon cancer, * for prostate cancer; by P.L-N)

PROTEINS
Fish, shellfish* (especially fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, eel)
Pulses (lentils, chickpeas, peas, beans, mung beans)
Organic non-GMO soy (tofu, tempeh, miso, soy beans/sprouts/milk, but not during Taxol chemo)
Organic grass-fed red meat in moderation (max 200g/week)
Organic poultry and eggs in moderation

VEGETABLES

Cabbage family* (cabbages, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choi etc, steamed/stir fried)
Spinach, kale*
Onions, leek*
Turnips*
Aubergine*
Beetroot*
Tomato* (cooked with olive oil to release lycopene)
Asparagus*
Green beans
Sweet potato, pumpkin, squash*, yams
Carrots

MUSHROOMS

Oyster, Thistle Oyster
Enokitake
Cremin
Shiitake
Naitake, Portobello, Trametes (Coriolus versicolor)

HERBS & SPICES

Garlic, spring onion, chives*
Thyme, rosemary, oregano, majoram, basil, mint (terpenes act as anti-cancer cell agents)
Parsley, celery (apigenine inhibits creation of blood vessels feeding cancers)
Ginger
Turmeric
(with black pepper and olive oil in order to be assimilated)
Cinnamon
Curry

SEAWEED

Nori, kombu, wakame, arame, dulse

GRAINS & CARBS

Multigrain or sourdough bread
Wholegrain rice (including Basmati, Thai)
Quinoa
Bulghur (cracked wheat)
Flaxseed*
Porridge, muesli
Mixed grain combo of oats/bran/rye/barley/spelt/flaxseed
Nicola potatoes (low GI)
Sweet potato, yams

FATS

Olive oil
Flaxseed/Linseed oil*
Walnut oil
Organic butter (from grass-fed cows)
Cod Liver Oil

NUTS

Walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans

PREBIOTICS (stimulate growth of intestinal probiotic bacteria)

Banana
Wheat (pasta always al dente, not overcooked)
(Asparagus)
(Tomato)
(Garlic, onions)

PROBIOTICS

Organic yoghurt and kefir
Sauerkraut, kimchee

FRUIT

All berries (Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cranberry…)
Cherries
Orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine (also grated rind)
Apricots
Persimmons
Pomegranate (juice, 225 ml/day)*

DESSERTS

Dark chocolate (plus 70% cocoa, not as milk chocolate, no more than 20g/day)
Sweeteners: agave nectar, stevia, wisteria

DRINKS

Green tea (especially Japanese Sencha, Gyokuro, Matcha)
Mineralised water with lemon/orange rind, thyme, sage
Red wine (especially Pinot Noir; no more than 1 glass per day)

Four Small Changes Making a Big Difference in Preventing/Fighting Cancer

1. FOOD (The Common Western Diet is pro-inflammatory)

Reduce/eliminate sugar, white flour, products with omega-6 (i.e. sunflower oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, margarines, hydrogenated fats, non-organic animal fats in meats/eggs/dairy)

Increase omega-3 intake (oily fish, organic grass-fed animal products, walnuts)

Increase intake of anti-cancer foods (cf. list above, especially oily fish, green tea, turmeric, soy, fruits, vegetables, herbs, probiotics)

Eat only grass-fed, organic animal and dairy products, in moderation

2. ACTIVITY (Our Lives are too Sedentary)

30 minutes of vigorous physical activity per day (plus some sunlight for Vitamin D)

3. INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS (Cause cancer)

Avoid dry cleaning, or air out dry-cleaned clothes

Avoid pesticides and insecticides

Avoid chemical cleaning products with alkylphenols

Avoid skin contact with aluminium (e.g. deodorants)

Avoid cosmetics/perfumes with parabens, phthalates (DBP, DEHP), estrogens

Avoid scratched Teflon pans when cooking

Avoid heating foods/liquids in plastic, polystyrene, styrofoam

4. FREEING YOURSELF FROM FEELING STRESSED & POWERLESS

Resolve past traumas

Find someone to share your feelings with

Accept and control your emotions like fear, anger, sadness, despair by accepting and then letting them go so they no longer have a hold over you

Practise a method of relaxation and self-centering or meditation (e.g. yoga, tai-chi etc.)

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~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on February 25, 2013.

2 Responses to “Anti-Cancer Foods & Four Small Changes”

  1. Hi Peter, My sister Marion (62) is at present undergoing 7 weeks of chemo and radiotherapy for a tumour in the perineum area. I wish she’d had access to your information many years ago – she may have avoided a very painful and now dangerous condition. I guess you may have similar feelings.

    Thanks for sharing these important findings and I’m going to send them on to Julian and Sylvan, Kyoko and quite a few friends. Hope you and your cherry-picker are keeping well and happy. Brendan

    • Hi Brendan,

      sorry to hear again about Marion, my thoughts are with her (as with another woman Lisa up our street with bowel cancer who’s had a chemo and an op and now about to have chemo again, and with our much beloved postmaster Hugh – there’s a poem dedicated to him in The Post-Man Letters – who has had an op for a metastised brain tumour from his prostate cancer and is now a quadraplegic and probably won’t make it for long… and farewelled my sheep-butchering friend Helmut who died from bowel cancer last year…cancer is truly an epidemic for the boomers; as was predicted in the next 50 years during the atmospheric A-bomb tests during our childhoods in the 1950s BTW).

      Dr Servan-Schreiber’s book is truly worth getting. It might give Marion some hope too: Servan-Schreiber himself had a brain tumour and was given only a few months to live, got on top of it/remission, then another brain tumour, now fine… The chronic inflammation theory related to our industrial foods as one possibly important source of cancer (i.e. pre-cancer cells developing into cancer) was new to me. Plus, of course, the sedentary life (quite strong in my case), environmental toxins and unresolved emotional issues (the latter maybe the hardest… in my case unresolved anger/fear of dying starting with mother’s eclampsia at birth, my early hospitalisations, mother’s lack of warmth and bonding etc. Easy to intellectually analyse, hard to emotionally come to some sort of ‘resolution’ about since it’s ‘in my bones’/cells as it were…And these flaws in the glass of course also an element mixed up one’s few virtues… so it’s complicated).

      Thanks for the Eco-Buddhist site, will check it out. Synchronistically, had just started an eco-spiritual conversational thread at the EARTH project I started at IOPS…

      Venceremos,

      P.

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