Thursday, May 26, 2011

Food to Eat if You Have Cancer...

or if you ever don't want to get it!

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(This list was derived from the above book.)

I've recently been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in my lungs, I'm receiving chemo, Gemzar, and also eating the foods on the following list that actually work together with the chemo so you can heal faster.

Here is a list of food that I eat and why I eat it. 2 words you will see a lot in the book are Angiogenesis which is prevent of cancer cells from growing those tentacle like vessels and Apoptosis which is the death of cancer cells

The book I'm reading states that eating healthy — with the following list of foods — actually works w/chemo to rid your body of cancer. The foods listed stimulate apoptosis (death) in cancer cells and inhibit angiogenesis (growth of vessels). In no where in the book does it say to not get chemo. It says while you are on chemo, to eat this stuff.

And remember, sugar feeds cancer. That's why they make you drink the sugar water to get a PET scan, because all that glucose goes straight to the cancer tumor and it sucks up that sugar so it can grow, so try to get off all sugar.

I've never felt better eating this food. I feel like I could run a marathon, but I get tired fast, lol, seeing that I have lung cancer now. I get out of breath going up and down the steps a few times.

Here's what I'm eating and what it does:

Green Tea, 3 cups a day - it reduces the growth of new blood vessels needed for tumor growth and metastases

Olives & Olive Oil - phenolic antioxidants

Tumeric - Helps stimulate apoptosis (death) in cancer cells and inhibit angiogenesis (growth of vessels). 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of tumeric a day mixed with 1/8 tsp of pepper and a table spoon of olive oil. This combo helps your body absorb the benefits of tumeric.

Ginger: protects against certain cancers, it acts against cancer cells. Also helps w/nausea caused by chemo

Cruciform veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bok choy, etc)contains I3Cs-dindole-3-carbinols which are powerful anticancer molecules.

Garlic, onions, leeks, shallots - they promote apoptosis in colon, breast & lung cancers and prostate. Regulates blood sugars, this in turn reduces insulin secretion an dIGF and thus the growth of cancer cells.

Veggies & fruit rich in carotenoids (carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apricots, beets, etc.) - contain vitamin A and lycopene which have the proven capacity to inhibit cell growths of several cancers, stimulate immune cells which then attack tumors

Tomatoes & sauce - must be cooked, has a whole series of anticancer nutrients, and mix w/olive oil to help your body assimilate the lycopenes.

Soy - (my bc was triple neg, so I'm ok w/soy) blocks the stimulation of cancer cells by sex hormones, they also block angiogenesis. Less BC cases in Asia where they eat a lot of soy

Mushrooms - shitake, maitake, cremini, portobello, oyster.... contain polysaccharides and lentinian which stimulate the immune cells. Often used in Japan as a complement to chemotherapy to support the immune system.

Herbs & Spices - rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and mint are very rich in essential oils of the terpene family and promote apoptosis in cancer cells and reduce their spread by blocking the enzymes needed to invade neighboring tissues. Rosemary is also an anti-inflammatory. Its capacity to enhance the effectiveness of certain chemotherapies.

Parsley and celery contain apigenin, an antiinflammatory that promotes apoptosi and blocks angiogenesis.

Seaweed - several varieties of seaweed commonly eaten in Asia contain molecules that slow cancer growth, especially that of breast, prostate, skin and colon cancer. (luckily I love sushi!! nothing raw tho, since I'm on chemo)

Berries - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries contain ellagic acid and a large number of polyphenols. They stimulate the mechanisms of elimination of carcinogenic substances and inhibit angiogenesis, also promote apoptosis. (I have a berry smoothie everyday made w/soy milk and a tablespoon of flaxseed oil)

Plums, peaches & nectarines - 'stone fruit' contain as many anticancer agents as berries and are cheaper. A study at University of Texas observed that plum extracts had powerful effects against the growth of breast cancer.

Citrus fruits - oranges, tangerines, lemons & grapefruit contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids. Stimulate the detoxification of carcinogens in the liver. Flavonoids in the skin of tangerines penetrate brain cancer cells and facilitate their death by apoptosis. if using the skin choose organic. Put a piece of skin in the green tea, makes it yummy.

Pomegranate Juice - it has been used in Persian medicine for years. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been confirmed and has the capacity to substantially reduce the development of prostate cancer (among others) even in it's most aggressive forms). In humans daily consumption of pomegranate juice slows the spread of an established prostate cancer by 67%.

Red Wine (although I am not consuming this while on chemo) - contains polyphenols including the celebrated resveratrol. These polyphenols are extracted by fermentation. Reservatrol acts on genes that are known to protect healthy cells against aging. It can also slow the 3 stages of cancer development – initiation, promotion & progression – by blocking the action of NF-kappa B. Only 1 glass per day, drank with food. (More than one glass daily should be avoided, since it may lead to an increase of cancer)

Dark chocolate (my favorite on the list) Must be 70% or more. Contains a number of antioxidants, proanthocyandidins and may polyphenols. (1 square of dark chocolate contains twice as many as a glass of wine or green tea!) These molecules slow the growth of cancer and limit angiogenesis. Consume 20 grams a day. Do not eat milk chocolate, mixing dairy w/chocolate cancels the beneficial effects of the molecules of cocoa.

Vitamin D- reduces the risk of several cancers. Studies published recently have shown positive effects of vitamin D3 on breast cancer, non-small lung cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.

Now obviously I don't eat every single one of those, but from each category I try to eat one each day. For instance, for breakfast I still have my coffee, (not a fancy Starbucks coffee, just plain coffee) then I make a berry smoothie with soy milk and almond milk, for lunch I will have a veggie filled salad and put my "TOP" dressing on it which is 1/4 tsp of Tumerica, Olive Oil and Pepper, mix that in with some balsamic vinegar, a touch of Agave Nectar and some Dijon mustard and you have yourself a tasty dressing. For dinner I eat more veggies, I like to roast them, throw a cut up onion in a roasting pan with red peppers, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, roast those for 20  minutes, then throw in some zuchinni or asparagus... whatever veggies you like. Serve with some grilled Salmon. Snacks I drink my green tea, eat a piece of dark chocolate or some nuts like mixed fancy ones.

I encourage you to pick up the book, it's my cancer 'bible'. It is so informative and uplifting as well.

Here is Dr. Dave, my hero.

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Photosource: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(I hope they don't get upset with me for using it, it's a great cause)

Dr. Dave's list, to eat or not to eat?

Definitely EAT!