CANCER PREVENTION from #1 New York Times Bestseller JOY BAUER’S FOOD CURES
“I’ve heard people say that they believe cancer is unavoidable- either you get it or you don’t.
It’s true that we inherit a tendency to develop certain cancers, but scientists estimate that only about 5% of all cancers have a genetic origin.
On the other hand, about 35% of cancers are related to nutritional factors. (To fill in the numbers, about 30% of cancers are thought to be related to tobacco use and the remaining 30% are attributed to all remaining factors, including bacterial and viral infections, pollution, radiation, and occupational hazards.)
Some foods can damage body cells, setting them up for precancerous changes, while other foods protect cells from damage.
***** Cancer prevention depends on knowing the difference.***** ”
Foods to Limit or Avoid
Processed and Red Meats
Many experts believe the high concentration of heme iron present in red meat plays a role.
Heme iron is a type of highly absorbable iron found only in animal protein. Processed meats are often made from red meat, and most contain chemical preservatives, such as nitrites and nitrates, which have been identified as possible cancer causing agents.
D.K. I do not eat meat, however,my husband is a different story! Being in Texas he really enjoys his steaks, hotdogs and hamburgers. Thankfully, upon my encouragement he is limiting his intake of meat. Also, I do purchase his meat at Whole Foods that do not contain hormones, nitrates nor nitrites. I really feel it is important to limit the amount of preservatives and various unhealthy additives to our foods. Also, there are delicious meatless recipes that I find tastier than meat! Oh boy, I know many of my Texans friends will disagree. Sorry, but my tastebuds much prefer the meatless type of diet. In the future, I will be sharing some of those recipes and hopefully you will try and enjoy them.
Salt is thought to increase the risk of stomach and esophageal cancers by damaging the lining of the throat and stomach. Too much damage can cause changes in DNA and increased cell growth. Limit your intake of salt itself, sauerkraut and pickled foods, and of course, all of those salty processed meats listed above.
Meat Cooked at High Temperatures
Cooking meats at high temperatures produces chemicals(HCAs) which have been linked to many cancers, including those of the colon, pancreas,bladder, prostate, and breast.
Joyce Bauer’s says if you love a good steak, feel free to indulge once in a while.Just be sure to trim away excess fat before grilling, and cut off charred or burnt parts before eating the meat, This goes for chicken, turkey, and seafood, too.
To further reduce your risk of consuming harmful HCAs, marinate your meat before tossing it on the grill. It has been shown to dramatically cut back on HCAs formation, perhaps because the antioxidants in seasonings block the creation of HCAs.
D.K. I much prefer to share Joyce’s GOOD FOODS TO CHOOSE because that is empowering! Here we go with that list!
“Cancer is a disease of opportunity. Cancer prevention depends on protecting our health and putting up roadblocks to stop precancerous cells from turning bad and running amok.
Our best hope is to eat a wide variety of nutrient-dense plant foods, including vegetables, fruits, starchy beans, lentils and whole grains.
So the strongest cancer prevention plan is to eat a good mix of healthy plant foods, without focusing too strongly on any one nutrient. “
Antioxidants Vitamins (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-Carotene)
Antioxidants are your body’s version of a computer’s antivirus software. Antioxidants circulate through your cells, repairing DNA that has been damaged by harmful molecules call free radicals much the same way that an antivirus program combs a hard drive seeking out and restoring infected files. Left unchecked, damaged DNA may impair normal cell production. For this reason, a diet that emphasizes antioxidant-rich folds like vegetables, fruits , and whole grains may be one of your best defenses against cancer.
Diets high in vitamin C- rich foods have been linked to a reduced risk of cancers of the stomach, colon,esophagus, breast and cervix.
Best foods for Vitamin C
- bell peppers
- mustard greens
- summer squash
This is a partial list of the vitamin- C foods that Joyce Bauer’s recommends in her book for cancer prevention
Some research shows that eating a vitamin E rich diet reduces the risk of stomach, colon, lung liver and other cancers, Joyce suggests we include vitamin-E rich foods to our diet that will help keep our cells healthy,
Best foods for Vitamin E
- almond butter
- sunflower seeds
- wheat germ
- dandelion greens
- swiss chard
- pine nuts
- turnip greens
- beet greens
- olive oil
D.K. This vitamin is being touted by many researchers and medical doctors. My doctor checks my vitamin D levels a couple times a year because he realizes its importance . There is a normal vitamin level ( which can be a low number)and an optimal level (which is a higher number). The range is 1-100. The only way to know if you are deficient in vitamin D is by a blood test. I always ask for a copy of the lab report as I want to keep up with my numbers.
Our world has changed as we spend less time outdoors and the protective ozone layer has eroded, so sunlight today contains more cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation than it did a few decades ago.
In some studies, low vitamin D levels have been linked to several cancers,, including breast and colon. some scientists theorize that vitamin D may help block the development of blood vessels that feed growing tumors and help stop the the proliferation of cancerous and precancerous cells.
Best foods for Vitamin D
- wild salmon (fresh or canned)
- mackerel (not king)
- mild (fat-free 1%)
- soy milk
- fortified yogurt
- egg yolks
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Some research has shown that eating plenty of omega-3’s may reduce the incidence and progression of colon, breast and prostate cancers.
It is believed that omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent cancer by inhibiting cancer cells proliferation and disrupting steps that are critical to tumor growth.
They may also reduce inflammation ,which means that they are likely to help reduce the possibility of cellular mutations. But even if omega-3’s don’t directly reduce the risk of cancer, they certainly help keep our bodies song and healthy.
D.K. Omega -3s have helped with my dry eyes. I tried various eyedrops which helped temporarily. I have proven to myself that the omega-3s definitely have helped. My eyes get extremely dry (especially during the night) so I have experimented. I would take omega-3 supplements for a week and see how my eyes felt, followed by time not taking them. I have learned I absolutely have to take them for my eye comfort.
Best foods for Omega-3 Fatty Acid
- wild salmon (fresh or canned)
- mackerel (not king)
- trout (wild, rainbow)
- chia seeds
- ground flaxseed
- butternuts (white walnuts)
- walnut oil
Different fruits and vegetables contain various combinations of phytonutrients (also thought to protect against cancer )
Best Cruciferous Vegetables
- brussel sprouts
- collard greens
- mustard greens
- bok choy
- Swiss chard
Tea contains compounds called catechin which are thought to be able stop the growth of cancer cells and help prevent cellular mutations that contribute to cancer development.
In Japan, where tea is the preferred beverage, green tea consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of stomach cancer among women.
In China, green tea drinkers were found to have a reduced risk of developing rectal and pancreatic cancers, compared with non-tea drinkers. Regular tea drinkers have also been shown be at lower risk colon, breast,ovarian, prostate and lung cancers.
D.K. I have also read in a few sources that green tea is also helpful with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s. In the sharing corner of this website is information on why we should purchase organic teas. It was shocking to read how regular teabags are treated with chemicals.
Herbs and Spices
Herbs and spices have been used in folk medicines for thousands of years.
Turmeric is the yellow spice found in curry powder. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, and it may help prevent cancer by interfering with aspects of cellular signaling. In laboratory animals, Curcumin has been shown to help prevent cancer of the breast, colon, stomach, liver, and lung.
Rosemary is wonderful and fragrant herb.
Laboratory studies have shown that rosmarinic acid can protect against cell damage and prevent DNA fragmentation.
D.K. I love to cook with fresh herbs knowing their flavor enhancement and health benefits. I have a huge rosemary plant which is very easy to maintain. Besides cooking with it, I blend it in a blender and add to my bath water. Rosemary is believed to be “brain nutrient”
Also, I have mint, oregano,and basil plants.
I would love to encourage growing herbs and adding to your foods.
This one root contains more than 50 antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, and some of these phytonutrients have been shown to suppress cancer cell and tumor growth in laboratory studies. Ginger isn’t a miracle food, but it’s certainly an incredibly healthy addition to a cancer-fighting diet. Try grating fresh ginger into stir-fries or hearty stews or soups. Also a delicious tea can be enjoyed by steeping a few slices in hot water.
D.K. Most days I make green drinks ( with an array of green vegetables) and I add an unpeeled piece of ginger and turmeric to it.