How to Protect Yourself Against Cancer With Food (The Only Way, Actually!)Posted: January 28, 2010
I was reading an article on cancer in the New York Times the other day when this paragraph jumped out at me.. I did a double take. The last part of the sentence made me mad.
“So some researchers are taking a fresh look at ideas that were dismissed as folklore — a blow to the breast might spur cancer, an infection might fuel cancer cells, a weak immune system might let cancer spread.”.
Folklore that a weak immune system lets cancer spread? They have to be kidding! What ELSE would let a cancer spread?
Our protection against disease is a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system is maintained by meeting our nutrient needs.
A vegetarian diet does NOT protect us from cancer; it is devoid of the proper fats we need to build an immune system. It is also far too high in carbohydrates. It takes 2000 calories a day from whole foods, not grains, products, sugar, food colorings, added hormones.
Those 2000 calories a day should be composed of approximately 50% fat, of which 75% of that fat should be from organic saturated fats. 30% should be from HIGH QUALITY protein; grass fed meat, free range chickens, eggs. It should include rich meat stocks, coconut oil, raw butter. The amount of carbohydrates (and I mean ONLY vegetables and fruit, NOT grains)) should make up 20% of our daily intake.
THIS is the only way to protect ourselves from cancer, and it is the only way to heal from cancer. Our medical system (notice I do not call it a healthcare system!), has no idea what great nutrition is; they are still screaming low-fat, vegetarianism, caloric restriction, eating high amounts of vegetables and fruits. We are a nation of fat, sick, unhealthy people. The only way to change this is to stop eating products and get back to eating real, whole, unprocessed food.
Here’s what The Weston Price Foundation has to say about preventing cancer;
How to Protect Yourself Against Cancer With Food
Once a rare disease, cancer is now widespread, affecting as much as one-third of the population. The rise in cancer in the West has paralleled the rise in factory farming and the use of processed foods containing vegetable oils and additives.
Orthodox methods for treating cancer (radiation and chemotherapy) do not prolong life. The best approach to cancer is prevention.
Traditional diets, containing animal and plant foods farmed by nontoxic methods, are rich in factors that protect against cancer. Many of these protective factors are in the animal fats.
Vegetarianism does not protect against cancer. In fact, vegetarians are particularly prone to cancers of the nervous system and reproductive organs.
Nutrients in Whole Foods that Protect Against Cancer
Vitamin A: Strengthens the immune system. Essential for mineral metabolism and endocrine function. Helps detoxify. True vitamin A is found only in animal foods such as cod liver oil; fish and shellfish; and liver, butter and egg yolks from pasture-fed animals. Traditional diets contained ten times more vitamin A than the typical modern American diet.
Vitamin C: An important antioxidant that prevents damage by free radicals. Found in many fruits and vegetables but also in certain organ meats valued by primitive peoples.
Vitamin B6: Deficiencies are associated with cancer. Contributes to the function of over 100 enzymes. Most available from animal foods.
Vitamin B12: Deficiencies are associated with cancer. Found only in animal foods.
Vitamin B17: Protects against cancer. Found in a variety of organically grown grains, legumes, nuts and berries.
Vitamin D: Required for mineral absorption. Strongly protective against breast and colon cancer. Found only in animal foods such as cod liver oil, lard, shellfish and butterfat, organ meats and egg yolks from grass-fed animals. Traditional diets contained ten times more vitamin D than the typical modern American diet.
Vitamin E: Works as an antioxidant at the cellular level. Found in unprocessed oils as well as in animal fats like butter and egg yolks.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Strongly protective against breast cancer. Found in the butterfat and meat fat of grass-fed ruminant animals.
Cholesterol: A potent antioxidant that protects against free radicals in cell membranes. Found only in animal foods.
Minerals: The body needs generous amounts of a wide variety of minerals to protect itself against cancer. Minerals like zinc, magnesium and selenium are vital components of enzymes that help the body fight carcinogens. Minerals are more easily absorbed from animal foods.
Lactic Acid and Friendly Bacteria: Contribute to the health of the digestive tract. Found in old fashioned lacto-fermented foods.
Saturated Fats: Strengthen the immune system. Needed for proper use of the essential fatty acids. The lungs cannot function without saturated fats. Found mostly in animal foods.
Long-Chain Fatty Acids: Arachidonic acid (AA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) help fight cancer on the cellular level. They are found mostly in animal foods such as butter, organ meats, cod liver oil and seafood.
Co-enzyme Q10: Highly protective against cancer. Found only in animal foods.
Compounds in Processed Foods that Can Cause Cancer
Trans Fatty Acids: Imitation fats in shortenings, margarines and most commercial baked goods and snack foods. Strongly associated with cancer of the lungs and reproductive organs.
Rancid fats: Industrial processing creates rancidity (free radicals) in commercial vegetable oils.
Omega-6 fatty acids: Although needed in small amounts, an excess can contribute to cancer. Dangerously high levels of omega-6 fatty acids are due to the overuse of vegetable oils in modern diets.
MSG: Associated with brain cancer. Found in almost all processed foods, even when "MSG" does not appear on the label. Flavorings, spice mixes and hydrolyzed protein contain MSG.
Aspartame: Imitation sweetener in diet foods and beverages. Associated with brain cancer.
Pesticides: Associated with many types of cancer. Found in most commercial vegetable oils, fruit juices, vegetables and fruits.
Hormones: Found in animals raised in confinement on soy and grains. Plant-based hormones are plentiful in soy foods.
Artificial Flavorings and Colors: Associated with various types of cancers, especially when consumed in large amounts in a diet of junk food.
Refined Carbohydrates: Sugar, high fructose corn syrup and white flour are devoid of nutrients. The body uses up nutrients from other foods to process refined carbohydrates. Tumor growth is associated with sugar consumption.
So here, is what a perfect day ,nutritionally ,would look like;
2 organic eggs, fried or scrambled with butter
2 slices turkey bacon
½ cup blueberries
3 chicken legs
1 cup chicken stock
2 cups Swiss chard, sautéed with onions and butter
2 slices tomato
7 ounce grass fed steak
1 cup sweet potato with butter
1 cup French onions soup made with beef stock
2 cups beet greens sautéed with onions and coconut oil
Here is the nutrient levels for this day. As you can see, there is slightly more than 600 mg. of Vitamin C just from food, almost 70,000 IU of Vitamin A, 141% of needed calcium, 481% of needed iron! I challenge you to show me a perfect day from a Standard American Diet (SAD), or a vegetarian diet that can stack up to this amount of great nutrition!
I recently took our governments Food Pyramid and composed a day based on thier recommendations. They say emphasize plant based proteins and keep our saturated fats to a minimum,they recommend 5 servings of grains a day, tell us to limit red meat and butter. I could not keep the calories to 1800 (thier recommendation) AND come anywhere near getting enough nutrition! Carbs came out to 60% of the calories, vegetable fats made up far too much of the fat content (almost 80%), Vitamins A, D, E and C were all low.
It takes fats and proteins from healthy, organic choices to build an immune system. Americans are unhealthy and drastically overweight on our governments recommendations. Lacking enough nutrition in our daily food intake leaves us hungry and without enough energy to run on. It causes us to crave more food, the wrong foods.
We cannot build healthy bodies with intact immune systems on a low fat diet. The fats are crucial, they contain the depth of nutrients we need; enough Vitamins A,D and E to build that immune system that will protect us from cancer.