Saturday, February 27, 2010

Anti-cancer shopping list


Vegetables & Fruits
leafy greens
brussels sprouts
tomatoes
beets
carrots
sweet potatoes
squash
broccoli
onions, leeks, shallots
mushrooms
lentils
peppers: bell, jalapeno
spinach
oranges
grapefruit
lemon
lime
apples
berries – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
apricots
pomegranates
mango

Whole Grains
whole grains (bread, pasta, tortillas)
oats
flaxseed
quinoa

Proteins

salmon
mackerel
tilapia
tuna
soy products (tofu, beans, milk)

Spices & Herbs:
turmeric
ginger
cinnamon
rosemary
curry
chive
garlic
basil

Nuts/seeds/oils
pecans
walnuts
almonds
hazelnuts
flaxseed/flaxseed oil
olive oil
canola oil

Desserts/sweeteners
dark chocolate
Beverages
green tea
ginger tea
red wine (1 glass/day)

resource: Doctor Oz

1 comment:

  1. I'm usually hesistant to call anything "anti-cancer". But I recently read an article in the latest issue of Wise Tradition that I thought was one of the most thorough natural treatment of cancer that I've seen. I think you should read it...let's see if I can find the Wise Tradition issue again.

    It was written by Dr. Thomas Cowan, MD, who also does holistic medicine. In it, I found it quite interesting that it said that a doctor back in the 1800's predicted the onset of cancer in every European country, and was almost dead on right. What did he predict it based on? The percentage of grain in the diet. He figured out based on how much grain they would be eating at so and so time if they will have cancer. With that in mind, I'd object to the listing of any sort of grain, although Dr. Oz is probably correct in that whole grain is way better than the refined counterpart.

    Does this mean that we should shun grain? No...one thing you need to understand about statistics is that correlation does NOT imply causation. It so happens that grain is conductive to civilization, to our way of life. Grain is easier to grow in larger quantity in a smaller amount of space. So as society becomes more civilized, their grain consumption goes up. We almost can't help it -- it is difficult to sustain civilization otherwise. It so happens that as society becomes more civilized, their cancer rate goes up.

    Arguably more relevant is the daily stress in our life. Dr. Cowan attribute cancer to "civilization". As societies get civilized, their cancer rate almost always goes up. It is almost like our body mirrors what our people are doing. When society becomes civilized, many of them move off of the country and suburbs and into cities. Larger number of people are living in a smaller space. This is quite similar to cells multiplying in tumors in our body. Primitive societies simply do not have problem with cancer.

    -Tim

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