Excerpt from Susun Weed's book
Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way
Chapter 2. (page 27)
Can Foods Prevent Cancer?
Absolutely, without a doubt, eating certain foods can prevent breast cancer. Analysis of 156 studies linking diet and cancer found extraordinarily consistent evidence that some foods actively protect cells from undergoing cancerous changes, especially breast, cervical, ovarian, and prostate cells.1 While these foods don’t guarantee freedom from cancer, they are vital elements of an anti-cancer lifestyle.
The United States National Research Council states that 35-70 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths are related to diet and that 60 percent of the cancer incidence in women is related to diet. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans contain phytochemicals that are active against cancer initiation in many direct and indirect ways. They neutralize carcinogenic compounds. They capture and neutralize free radicals. They protect DNA from environmental damage. They prevent the activation of oncogenes. They nourish anti-cancer enzymes in the digestive tract and strengthen the immune system cells which search out and eliminate cancer cells. 2-5
If cancer has already begun to grow, phytochemicals can disrupt the processes necessary for the growth and spread of the tumor. They block metastasis by checking the growth of blood vessels to the tumor. Some foods can even reverse damage to the DNA and turn oncogenes off. 6-8
Here’s the rub: It doesn’t work as well if it isn’t organic.9, 10 An apple a day may even promote breast cancer if it’s been heavily sprayed with pesticides. Eating anti-cancer foods as the mainstay of your diet will improve your chances of living a long life even if they aren’t organic, but choosing organic foods pays the extra dividend of knowing you’re investing in the health of future generations as well as your own.
to be continued in the Feb '04 ezine.....
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Breast cancer: Science doesn't know exactly what causes it, but breast cancer kills more than a hundred thousand American women a year. No single action can guarantee freedom from breast cancer, but lifestyle choices, including exercise and diet, have been shown to be linked to it.
What can we do about our (justifiable) fear of breast cancer? Can we prevent it? Many good studies -- ones which have carefully followed the lifestyle habits of thousands of women over long periods of time -- help us create an anti-cancer lifestyle.
Susun S Weed, author of four Wise Woman Herbals, teaches and writes about herbal remedies and complementary care for women's health; especially during menstruation, childbearing, and menopause. Ms. Weed knows that ordinary foods such as whole grains and beans, and nourishing herbal infusions such as nettle or red clover, can prevent and even reverse cancerous cellular changes.
"As the voice of the Wise Woman Way I am dedicated to empowering women and women's health care choices. I gather information from real women: about problems like breast cancer, and solutions -- whether alternative medicine, herbal remedies, or more orthodox care." -- Susun S Weed