As you know, I spent the day at a luncheon for the MOMS club. Totally fun, made new friends and got a little bit of that fresh air perspective one can only gather when driving (far) out of town. I love talk radio and I extra love NPR. My close second is a bay area station, KGO stationed at 810 AM. This morning I listened to a fascinating interview on the Joanie Greggins show.
Joanie spoke with Dr. Joel Furhman, the author of one of Dr. Oz’s and of course one of my favorite books, Eat To Live. His new book, Super Immunity was the topic and holy Moses it sounds like a must read!
Seven key weapons against breast cancer that work
Be proactive and adjust your diet and lifestyle to achieve a high level of health, so that any abnormal cells never can overcome your body’s powerful immune defenses. Early, pre-cancerous changes in the breast can be normalized by nutritional excellence. Women can prevent breast cancer and even if they have cancer they can significantly increase their survival with nutritional excellence. Read Eat For Health, understand nutritional excellence. The best way a women can protect themselves from breast cancer is:
- Do not drink alcohol and of course do not smoke anything
- Do not take any type of estrogen, and avoid drugs (especially antibiotics).
- Have babies and nurse them as long as possible,
- Eat a high nutrient, vegetable-based diet, with loads of greens as described in my book, Eat For Health.
- Take sufficient Vitamin D supplementation to drive the blood level to 35 – 50 ng/ml.
- Use one tablespoon of ground flax seeds daily.
- Don’t grill or fry foods. Steaming vegetables or vegetable soups should be the primary modes of cooking.
- Exercise at least 3 hours a week, and maintain a lean body with little body fat.
Green vegetables are the most powerful anti-breast cancer food. Take note that a vegetarian diet does not show protection against breast cancer as much as a diet rich in green vegetables, berries and seeds. Many vegans eat a high glycemic, nutritionally poor diet, and do not take sufficient Vitamin D, leaving themselves at high risk of cancer. It is the phytochemical nutrient density and diversity of the diet that offers the most dramatic protection against cancer, not merely the avoidance of meat or fat. Close to 300 case-controlled studies show a protective effect of vegetable consumption against cancer and that cruciferous vegetables are the foods with the most powerful anti-cancer effects of all foods. While eating fresh fruits, beans, vegetables, seeds and nuts have been all been shown in scientific studies to reduce occurrence of cancer, cruciferous vegetables are different. Instead of a 1 to 1 relationship they have 1 to 2 relationship with a wide variety of human cancers. In other words, as plant food intake goes up 20% in a population, cancer rates typically drop 20%, but as cruciferous vegetables go up 20%, cancer rates drop 40%.7
Bottom line, eat lots of greens and don’t forget to take your Vitamin D every day.
Number one was no drinking? Someone forgot to mention to Dr. F. that wine can be good for you. Maybe not for your liver, but good for your heart and sometimes your mothering skills. I rarely drink. One drink a month would be overestimating. Wouldn’t you know that I have a big fat glass of vino with me as I type this tonight. Go fig.
I know that was a lot of words. Sorry to be posting heavy stuff. That reminds me of my mom, she always quotes some song, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” It’s from 1969. Still not getting that reference, mom. So long story short (I learned that whenever someone says that, it’s too late), eat healthier.
Sometimes, I think it would be better to live before the Industrial Revolution. Farm my own stuff. No car insurance payments. Oh wait, that also means no epidural either. Nevamind!