Cancer

Web Resources

  • PCRM Resources
      • Diet and Cancer - What we eat and how we treat our bodies on a daily basis have a very powerful effect on our health and quality of life. Although cancer can affect many different parts of the body, the foods that prevent cancer and deter cancer growth are generally the same. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes all have important nutrients and other cancer-fighting substances like phytochemicals and pectin that strengthen immune function and destroy cancer-causing substances before they cause harm.
      • Cancer Resources - According to the World Health Organization, approximately one-third of cancer cases are preventable. The American Institute for Cancer Research states that an estimated 340,000 cancer cases per year can be prevented with a healthy diet, physical activity, and a consistently healthy weight.
      • Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk - The World Health Organization has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20 percent in developing countries.
  • The Plantrician Project's Resource Portal - Cancer Research
  • Dr. McDougall's Health & Medical Center
      • Breast Cancer - Breast cancer is a dominant fear for many women. Fortunately, it’s also largely a preventable disease with the right diet and a healthy lifestyle. Contrary to what most people hope for, early detection by mammography causes more harm than good. Radical surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are brutal remedies universally prescribed to women with breast cancer, yet they provide little survival benefit. Hormone manipulation is of some value, however the best and most overlooked approach for treating breast cancer is a change in diet and exercise.
      • Colon and Other Cancers - What you place in your colon determines its health. The high-fat, low-fiber Western diet of meats, poultry, milk, cheeses, eggs and refined foods sets up the perfect environment for the development of colon polyps and colon cancer. Polyps are mounds of tissue resulting from three and more decades of irritation from the bowel’s contents. More of the same damage causes progression to colon cancer. In almost all cases, by the time “real cancer” is present in the colon, cells have escaped and spread to the rest of the body. Fortunately, spontaneous healing is always taking place within us.
      • Prostate CancerDue to modern medical belief in early detection with PSA testing, diagnosis of prostate cancer has increased at least 10-fold in the past 2 decades. But many doctors will tell patients that testing does more harm than good because over 90% of men diagnosed will not die from this disease. Those few who have an aggressive form are usually far beyond the reach of current therapies at the time of diagnosis.
  • The Angiogenesis Foundation's Eat to Beat Cancer Initiative has catalyzed a movement to improve health through cancer-fighting foods. Based on the latest medical science, there are practical, healthy, and tasty food choices that can be made by you every day, at every meal, to incorporate cancer-fighting foods into your diet. Their research is showing that certain foods have properties that can starve the microscopic cancers that develop in our bodies all the time. These properties are based on the breakthrough approach of suppressing blood vessels that feed cancers, a process known as angiogenesis. They have researched dietary factors from fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices and have identified and catalogued over 100 foods containing naturally occurring angiogenesis inhibitors.

Guides

  • The Cancer Survivor's Guide: Foods That Help You Fight Back (free .pdf download) - Provides comprehensive advice you can put to work right now, giving you important insights into what researchers have proven - food choices can help prevent cancer and, when cancer has been diagnosed, nutrition can improve survival. The links between diet and cancer are nothing short of dramatic and now you can learn how certain dietary patterns help people diagnosed with cancer live longer, healthier lives. You’ll have empowering information on how simple, everyday choices can improve your health and well-being.
  • Healthy Eating for Life: Food Choices for Cancer Prevention and Survival (free .pdf download) - Some dietary changes have a preventive effect for many types of cancer. Boosting your intake of vitamin-rich vegetables and fruits, for example, strengthens your immune system and helps knock out cancer cells. To help prevent cancer, it is also smart to avoid meats, dairy products, and fried foods. Choosing fiber-rich legumes, grains, vegetables, and fruits helps keep many types of cancer at bay. Plant foods also contain a wide variety of cancer-fighting substances called phytochemicals. These facts all point to choosing a vegetarian diet to help prevent cancer and improve cancer survival. Studies of vegetarians show that death rates from cancer are only about one-half to three-quarters of those of the general population.

Articles

  • Cancer: Is It Just Bad Luck or Failed Research? - Dr T. Colin Campbell - Isn’t it time that we let the public know that the progression of cancer is not as random as widely believed? It’s more than mutation – it’s also nutrition.
  • A Cure For Cancer? Eating A Plant-Based Diet – Kathy Freston interviews T Colin Campbell - "I have been working closely recently with a few extraordinary nutritional researchers, and I find that the information they have compiled is quite eye opening. Interestingly, what these highly esteemed doctors are saying is just beginning to be understood and accepted, perhaps because what they are saying does not conveniently fit in with or support the multi-billion dollar food industries that profit from our 'not knowing'."

Video Links

Cancer Association of South Africa - Fact Sheets and Position Statements