Citrus Peels and Cancer: Zest for Life?

Breast Cancer Prevention With CitrusNew data demonstrating a DNA protective agent was present in at least some fruits and vegetables found that the agent was heat sensitive and determined it was not vitamin C. This was confirmed in a study that tried vitamin C directly and found no effect on DNA protection and repair of DNA strand breaks.

The carotenoid beta cryptoxanthin, found primarily in citrus, seems to be at least one candidate. If you expose cells to a mutagenic chemical, you can cause physical breaks in the strands of DNA, but in less than an hour, our DNA repair enzymes can weld most of our DNA back together. But if you add some of that citrus phytonutrient, you can effectively double the speed at which the DNA is repaired. But this is all just cells in a petri dish, what about in a person?

If you have people drink a glass of orange juice and draw their blood two hours later, the DNA damage you can induce with an oxidizing chemical drops, whereas if they just had like orange Kool-Aid, it didn’t help.

So, do people who eat more fruit walk around with less DNA damage? Yes, particularly in women. Does this actually translate into lower cancer rates? Yes, citrus alone is associated with a 10% reduction in odds of breast cancer.

Given to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, citrus phytonutrients were found to concentrate in breast tissue, though many complained of “citrus burps” due to the concentrated extract they were given; so, researchers evaluated topical application as an alternative dosing strategy, recruiting women to apply orange flavored massage oil to their breasts daily. This request was met with excellent compliance, but it didn’t work. We actually have to eat our food.

Why not just take carotenoid supplements to boost our DNA repair? Because it doesn’t work. Although dietary supplements did not provoke any alteration in DNA repair, dietary supplementation with carrots did. This suggests that the whole food may be important in modulating DNA repair processes.

Though orange juice consumption was found protective against childhood leukemia, it was not found protective against skin cancer. However, the most striking feature was the protection purported by citrus peel consumption. Who eats orange peels? Lots of people evidently. Just drinking orange juice may increase the risk of the most serious type of skin cancer. Daily consumption was associated with a 60% increase in risk; so again, better to stick with the whole fruit. And you can eat citrus extra-whole by zesting some of the peel into your dishes.

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Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Vegetable Pie Recipe For A Cancer Free Lifestyle Diet

Vegan Vegetable Pie Recipe For Cancer Free Life StyleBy: Neeva Kedem, Founder of Never Meat Again.
If you like pies, you must know that almost all the truly amazing pies are based, somehow, on dairy cheese. Or eggs. Or both… too bad, but no worries! Now that we have such a creamy, super-delicious vegan cheese that is based on a 100% vegan super-food (yey! cashew!!), we can achieve even better results with our pies!

Please don’t be concerned with the cashew’s fat as it is a healthy fat that your body needs in order to maintain a healthy body weight (you read that well!); cashew provides you with valuable nutrients that may save you from disease. It will protect your heart like a good guard! Cashew cheese is healthy, tasty, creamy and simply amazing!

This pie is SO good that it might disappear too soon… (someone said it taste like more??) so just think about it: healthy, delicious AND easy to make!!

What you need:

* Vegan cashew cheese with chives (you can mix 1 cup of soaked raw cashews with 1 spoon olive oil, 1/3 cup water, 1 garlic clove and salt in a strong blender until smooth and creamy. When ready, add handful of chopped chives and mix).
* 1 red pepper, sliced (very thin!)
* 1 white or purple chopped onion
* 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
* 2 small potatoes, chopped to small cubes
* 4 spoons corn starch
* Olive oil: 2 spoons to stir-fry the vegetables, 1 spoon for pie topping
* 2 well-chopped garlic cloves
* Herbs for topping: dried oregano, basil, thyme, rosemarie – you could use one, none, or a mix
* Salt to taste

What to do:

* Saute the onion in olive oil until golden, and add the potatoes with salt to taste. Cook until the potatoes are pretty soft, but not too much.
* Add the red pepper, broccoli and garlic. Stir-fry until the vegetables are nice and soft. Add salt to taste and mix.
* Mix the potatoes, corn starch and vegan cheese. Mix well, add the vegetables and mix again.
* Add 1 tbs olive oil to the baking tray so it’s oily all over, and then add the mix. You may top your pie with herbs.
* Sprinkle some olive oil on the top, all over the pie. Couple of stripes will do the work; not too much!
* Bake in 180 degrees celsius for about 25 minutes.

It’s better to let it cool before you start eating, but it’s a risk your’e taking: someone may get there before you and finish the whole thing!  🙂 Be aware!!!

Neeva KedemAbout Neeva Kedem: Couple of years ago my life took a nice turn when I became vegan. It happened after my 40th birthday; I kind of realized that my health and energy are not as they used to be, and that change is needed. After reading lots of researches and studies, I understood that eating healthier food that is based on plants and natural ingredients will be the best for me, and so I did. It didn’t happen overnight; first, I gave up red meat. Then chicken, which was very hard for me. And only about a year later – cheese and eggs. Today I can say that being vegan improved my health and energy levels, and that I love being vegan!

Is a Neutropenic Diet Necessary for Cancer Patients?

Is a Neutropenic Diet Necessary for Cancer Patients?By: By: Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Back in the 1960s, a patient isolator unit was developed for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Because our immune system cells are often caught in the friendly fire, up to 50% of cancer patients died of infections before they could even complete the chemo, because their immune systems had become so compromised. So, they developed this bubble boy contraption where they shave you, dip you in disinfectant, rinse you off with alcohol, antibiotic ointment in every orifice, and a rotating regimen of a dozen of the most powerful antibiotics we had. Procedures were performed through plastic sleeves and everything in and out had to be sterilized and pass through airlocks, and so, no fresh fruits and vegetables.

People went crazy cooped up in the things, with 38% of people starting to hallucinate. Fifteen years later the results were in; it simply didn’t work. People were still dying at the same rate, so the whole thing was scrapped, except the diet. The air locks and alcohol baths were abandoned, but they continued to make sure no one got to eat a salad. Neutrophils are our front line of defense white blood cells, and when we don’t have enough, we’re called neutropenic, immunocompromised, so we’re put on a neutropenic diet, no fresh fruits and vegetables. The only thing is that there’s a striking lack of evidence that such a diet actually helps.

Ironically, the neutropenic diet is the one component that’s still practiced, yet has the least evidence supporting its use. Their rationale was like look, there’s bacteria on salads, bacteria cause infections, immunocompromised patients are at risk for infections and so no salad, and we’re glad there’s no studies on it because it could be way too risky to give a cancer patient a salad. So its continued use seems to be based on a ‘‘better safe than sorry’’ philosophy.

The problem is kids diagnosed with cancer come in already low in dietary antioxidants, the last thing you’d think you’d want to say is no fresh fruit. So in addition to the lack of clinical evidence for this diet, there may be some drawbacks—maybe restriction of fruits and vegetables may increase the risk of infection, compromise their nutritional status.

So are neutropenic diets for cancer patients reasonable prudence or clinical superstition? A resurgence of research started during the 90s, when the need to support clinical practice with, wait for it, evidence, became increasingly important—what a concept.

In other words, you don’t know until you put it to the test. Three randomized controlled trials were published, and none supported the neutropenic diet. This was the biggest—an all cooked diet versus one that allowed raw fruit and veggies, and there was no difference in infection and death rates.

As a result of the study, the principal investigator at the MD Anderson Cancer Center described how their practice has changed and now everyone is allowed to eat their vegetables, a far cry from “please don’t eat the salads” 31 years earlier.

Today, neither the FDA nor the CDC support the neutropenic diet nor does the American Cancer Society. The real dangers are the pathologic food poisoning bacteria like Campylobacter, salmonella, E. coli. So you still have to keep people away from risky foods like undercooked eggs, meat, dairy and sprouts. Maybe there’s no longer even a debate, yet many institutions continue to tell cancer patients they shouldn’t eat fresh fruits and veggies. According to the latest survey, more than half of pediatric cancer doctors continue to prescribe these diets, though it’s quite variable even among those at the same institution.

Why are doctors still reluctant to move away from the neutropenic diet? There are several reasons why doctors may be hesitant to incorporate evidence-based medicine into the practice. They have limited time to review the literature. They’d like to dig deep into studies but they simply don’t have the time to look into the evidence. That’s what Nutritionfacts.org is for.

Bone marrow transplants are the final frontier. Sometimes it’s your immune system itself that is cancerous—leukemia, lymphoma, and so the immune system is wiped out on purpose to rebuild from scratch, and so inherent in the procedure is a profound immunodeficiency for which a neutropenic diet is often recommended, but had never been tested, until now. Not only did it not work, a strict neutropenic diet was actually associated with an increased risk for infection, maybe because you didn’t have the good bugs from fruits and vegetables crowding out the bad guys in the gut. Not only was the neutropenic diet not beneficial but there was a suggestion that it could be potentially harmful. It would not be the first time that an intervention strategy made good theoretical sense, but ultimately was ineffective when put to the test.

Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D. – Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

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Now this is a veggie burger!

Veggie Burger For Cancer DietBy: Lisa Robbins, A Holistic Nutritionist and Author of The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself!.

Inspired by the Raw Family’s recipe for Gorilla Burgers, in their phenomenal uncookbook, Fresh, these burgers will both surprise and nourish you with deliciousness and vibrant health! Great for a little power-up lunch or quick dinner, you’ll soak up their energy and feel great for the rest of the day.

Add all your favourite condiments like crunchy raw slices of onion, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, alfalfa or red clover sprouts, hot peppers, dijon mustard, relish or whatever topping you can rustle up. To make them even more delish and healthy (maybe we should leave out messy) serve them inside a collard, swiss chard, lettuce or spinach leaf. The burger above has Dijon mustard and raw ketchup, also from Fresh.

Smoked Paprika gives these tasty burgers a slight barbecued flavour. If this is your first foray into a raw meal, you’ll love these quick little apps. You might want to double the recipe for company, because I promise you’ll want more than one! One recipe makes six small burgers or ten tiny appetizer burgers.Veggie Burger Recipe on Breast Cancer Authority Blog

Ingredients

3 medium or 2 large carrots chopped in blender to a small coarse chop

3 cloves garlic, chopped fine

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

2 small or 1 large onion, chopped small

1 teaspoon smoked Paprika

1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt

1/2 cup pecans or walnuts chopped very small, or blended to a small coarse chop

1/4 cup sunflower seeds, blended to a small coarse chop

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Form into small round patties and refrigerate. When ready to serve your appetizers, place each ‘burger’ on a large green leaf and garnish. Place another leaf on top if needed, or roll up and eat.

Lisa Robbins

Lisa Robbins is a holistic nutritionist and teacher for exceptional people who want to know how to cleanse, heal and eat for optimal healing! Lisa is the author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself and Cancer Cure and Survivor Stories and Founder at IncredibleHealingJournals.com Get her popular free cleansing report with 9 simple and effective cleanses, Cleanse Your Body at TheGoodWitch.ca

Holiday Vegan Eggnog & Rich Chocolate Rumballs – Recipes For A Cancer Diet

Cancer Diet Recipes - Vegan EggnogBy: Lisa Robbins, A Holistic Nutritionist and Author of The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself!.

What? Healthy? Yes, everything can be healtherized! Eggnog is one of the simplest recipes to turn raw. Why buy fattening, artery clogging, thick, sweet, cooked eggnog from the store, if they have it in stock, when you can make it yourself anytime at home in 30 seconds?

Next time you are out shopping, pick up vanilla beans (or pure vanilla extract), and a nutmeg nut. Hopefully you will have dates and raw, slivered almonds or cashews on hand (from the all that raw nut milk you have been making lately). If this slipped by you, what I meant to say was, seed and nut milks are delicious, nutritious, filling, slimming, and generally knock out, health enhancing! See Hemp Milk and other easy Seed and Nut Milks.

Like Rich Chocolate Rumballs, this eggnog is made with raw nuts which feeeed your body, your nervous system, brain, immune system, and arteries; lowering cholesterol, burning off excess saturated fats, providing your trillions of cells with a rich pool of antioxidant protection and tools to repair and rebuild themselves.

Important Tip
Nuts fill you up with everything you need, extreme quality protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, highly unsaturated fats, phytochemicals … if you are craving food, eat nuts, they are one of the secrets to super nutrition! Find out more about Super Nutrition – it is one of the 10 Key Principles of Healing and takes up a lengthy chapter in The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup raw cashews or slivered almonds
  • 2 cups fresh water
  • ½ vanilla pod
  • 4 Medjool dates (or 6 normal dates but the sweetness of Medjool is better!)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 fresh raw eggs (optional)

Directions:
Throw the ingredients into the jar of your blender. Turn it to high and blend until the nog is smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds in a Vitamix, one to three minutes in a regular blender depending on its strength. Pour through a fine sieve into a tall glass with ice. Add a little rum or brandy for extra holiday cheer, and grate fresh nutmeg over the top.

Vegan Variation
Leave out the eggs — That’s it!

Rich Healthy Chocolate Rumballs For A Cancer DietRumballs Balls are one of our favourite Christmas treats. For years I made rumballs with tons of butter, crushed cookies, chocolate chips and icing sugar.

These Rumballs balls are made with a blend of raw nuts, rich in health enhancing unsaturated fats that feed your trillions of cells and heighten the functioning of your brain and nervous system, which means you feel and think better! Your cells rebuild and protect themselves, viscosity of blood and pliability of artery walls is improved, excess saturated and damaged fats are burnt off lowering cholesterol, immunity is enhanced; every function in your body heightened and improved when you eat raw nuts and seeds regularly.

Nuts are a powerhouse of antioxidant protection, rich in Vitamin E’s, rebuilding proteins, phosphorus, magnesium and other important nutrients used by your body to rebuild and protect itself.

Nuts fill you up with everything you need, extreme quality protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, highly unsaturated fats, phytochemicals … if you are craving food, eat nuts, they one of the secrets to super nutrition! Find out more about Super Nutrition – it is one of the 10 Key Principles of Healing and a chapter in The Cancer Journal ~ Heal Yourself!

The Recipe:

  • 2 cups ground, raw, unsweetened coconut
  • 3 cups ground, raw almonds
  • 2 cups ground, raw pecans
  • ¼ cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon & 2 Teaspoons Rum Extract
  • 1 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ground, raw oat groats or steel cut oats
  • 1 cup ground or whole raw, unsweetened coconut for rolling the balls in.

Directions:

  1. Grind the nuts into meal using a powerful blender or food processor. If you have a Vitamix, use the dry blending jar for this.
  2. Mix the nuts thoroughly with cocoa powder, add agave nectar, vanilla and rum. When thoroughly blended together, sprinkle in the ground oats and work them in, giving them time to soak up the liquid and harden the mixture for rolling.
  3. Make balls with your hands and roll them in coconut or cocoa.
  4. Place in a container with a tight lid, in the refrigerator, until about 30 minutes before serving. If you are keeping them any longer than two days, pop them in the freezer to keep them fresh.

Lisa Robbins

Lisa Robbins is a holistic nutritionist and teacher for exceptional people who want to know how to cleanse, heal and eat for optimal healing! Lisa is the author of The Cancer Journal Heal Yourself and Cancer Cure and Survivor Stories and Founder at IncredibleHealingJournals.com Get her popular free cleansing report with 9 simple and effective cleanses, Cleanse Your Body at TheGoodWitch.ca

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