Diet

USING WHOLE FOODS AS MEDICINE

“Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food” – Hippocrates.

Whole foods are foods that have not been altered by any processing. They also do not contain any foreign ingredients such as preservatives, additives or colorings. These were the foods consumed by our grandparents.

Fiber is missing from refined and processed foods. The National Cancer Institute recommends 30-40 grams daily. Fiber doesn’t get digested, but goes through the intestines and cleanses the colon and also binds toxins and aids in stabilizing blood sugar, keeping our energy levels more even.

We also need the vitamins and minerals that are not present in refined foods.

When faced with the choice between raw and cooked food, we have to take into account that raw food can be very good for people overweight or have a robust nature, but for people frail and weak, who suffer from deficiency rather than excess, in the long term an exclusively raw food diet is not recommended, though short term may be helpful.

A vegan diet helps in preventing and healing cancer. Many studies support veganism as universally recommended for cancer prevention and healing. It offers a greater quantity of antioxidants and protective phytochemicals.

Animal foods are higher in heavy metals, environmental toxins, pesticide residues, and other carcinogens than plant foods, because animals are higher in the food chain and absorb and store toxins that they take in through plants or small animals. When we consume animal foods, we are eating the animals lifetime accumulation of toxins.

Animals, also are given growth hormones and antibiotics , for example, bovine somatotropine is used to help cows gain weight and is related to cancer.

Also there are carcinogenic biproducts that come from cooking animal products. Under cooking them is not a solution because they can store dangerous bacteria and parasites.

Fish are also a source of environmental contaminants. The bigger the fish, the greater the accumulation, it is better to eat small wish, like sardines, smelts, etc.
In the movie Dr Lorenzo Cohen , director of the most respected Integrative Oncology departament in the world, the MD Ancerson Cancer Center, , affirms that a plant based diet is the most appropriate if you want to recover from cancer, with greens and whole grains and as little sugar and refined products as possible. This is an easy and simple guideline to follow.

Going vegan and organic will require time and effort. You will need to cook differently, shop in different places, and familiarize yourself with different products.

While you are recovering from cancer it is important to eat as little animal product as possible. Once you are well, you can have some without such ill effects.

But, if your doctor says you must have some animal protein, choose the most organic product that you can find.

You might think that plants are not enough to provide us with the proteins we require. In some cancers that is true, because some tumors take up more amino acids from the blood than normally. If you then don’t take in enough protein, the tumor will take it from the muscles and produce wasting.

People with cancer may also need lots of zinc. You can find zinc in ginger, pecans, brazil nuts, split peas and lima beans as well as in whole grains. If you soak the grains overnight you will increase zinc absorption.

Calcium is also an important nutrient for cleansing , and there are many plant foods that are well absorbed, although some green leafy vegetables high in oxalic acid, like spinach or swiss chard or beet greens interfere with calcium absorption. You need to eat other green vegetables for calcium like collards, turnips, kale, broccoli and mustard greens. One cup of kale contains more calcium than a cup of milk. Beans and tofu are also a good source, but watch out for coffee and sugar consumption that interferes with calcium.

To enhance calcium absorption you need vitamin D. 15 minutes a day of sun exposure should ensure enough vitamin D to help with calcium absorption.

Vegans should watch for vitamin B12 deficiency. It is better to take a supplement along with a B complex vitamin.

Also, DHEA, can be found in rich lineolinic acid included in ground flax seed and walnuts.

Be careful with eating trans fatty acids as in fried and processed food, in margarine or refined vegetables oils that interfere with DHEA production.

In summary, if you eliminate processed and refined foods and go as organic as possible we can be sure that we have enough phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids and fiber. Be careful to eat a variety of greens seeds, nuts, grains and vegetables with a small amount of alkaline food, include ground flax seed, B12 and B complex, and lots of fresh raw vegetable juice and wheat grass juice and you will be on your way to a clean healthy radiant body.

ACID ALKALINE BALANCE

Otto Warburg was the scientist that discovered that a deficiency of oxygen at the cellular level causes changes in the cells that can lead to the development of cancer. Also, other factors such as food allergies or acid diet, or free radical and toxins produce acidity in the body.

Acidity contributes to health problems, autoimmune conditions and cancer.

The cells need an alkaline balance, and also the blood must stay slightly alkaline between 7.35 and 7.45.

Keeping this balance is difficult because most diets produce acid reactions. This is why the vegan diet which is predominantly alkaline with the exception of certain fruits and nuts, is the best diets for cancer prevention.

You will be safe if you eat 75% alkaline foods and 30% acidic.

THE NEED FOR ORGANIC PRODUCE

If you cannot buy organic produce, wash the produce by pouring 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a sink of water. Soak the produce for 20 minutes and then rinse with clean water. This will not eliminate the systemic pesticides that are taken into the plant tissue, and they are not removed, either, by peeling or washing either.

In order to make the most value for your dollar, purchase what is in season, for example in Spring you can eat lots of greens, dandelion, peas, etc., that are very cleansing after the winter.

In summer you can have more summer squash, tomatoes, corn and green beans.

For fall, you´ll find cabbage and kale and winter squash and root vegetable that will give you the nutrients to sustain you through the winter.

There are some vegetables and fruits that are especially useful for fighting cancer. Cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes, garlic, onions, sea vegetables and seaweeds, essential fatty acids, like flax oil, whole grains and legumes, whole grains like barley, oats, quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice.

Try to avoid wheat. Use Legumes instead: beans lentils and split peas. Legumes and grains are better if soaked for 8 hours or overnight for cooking. Adding a pinch of ascorbic acid powder to neutralize any harmful molds that may be present. Then remove the soaking water, and let them cook on low heat, adding salt and veggies near the end.

Some spices are cleansing and cancer preventative like turmeric, rosemary, oregano, ginger, parsley, mint.

FRESH RAW JUICE

Raw juices are powerful healing tools. Their alkalinity fights cancer because cancer cells thrive more easily in an acidic environment. Also, they are packed with nutrients and enzymes.

You will need a good juicer like the ¨Juiceman¨ juicer by Salton.

You might include cucumber,celery, lettuce,beet, cabbage, carrot, garlic, and greens like parsley, chard, wheatgrass and tomato and fruits like pears or apple that contain little fructose.You can add spirulina and ather algy for great addtion of extra-nutrients. There are many taste combination, and we will be posting our favs soon,in the middle time. Experiement and enjoy. The greener, the more clorofil and the greater the healing effect. Well, red is also good. And orange…And purple is just awesome, berries are amongst the high containing antioxidant foods.
Why do you think food has colour?

WATER

Water flushes toxins out of the body. You need 8-10 glasses a day. Drink about half your weight in ounces of water, so for example if you weigh 180 pounds, you should drink 90 ounces of water. If you have not been drinking a lot of water, you may want to add an extra glass of water. Start adding water slowly, one or two glasses a day. If your ankles and feet swell, drink diuretic juices like cucumber and parsley.

Make sure the water you drink is purified.

Also include some green tea.

FOODS TO BE AVOIDED

Sweets are prohibited. When you eat refined sugars there is a rapid rise in your blood sugar levels and the pancreas produces insulin as a response. That can promote cancer cell growth in breasts, ovaries, lung prostate, colon.

Also high insulin levels can be an indicator of whether breast cancer returns after treatment.

Try to avoid all sweet white foods, all kinds of sugars and sweeteners.

Use Stevia instead, which actually regulates blood sugar levels.

Don’t use artificial sweeteners because aspartame has been linked to brain tumors. Aspartame was licensed to be used in foods in 1983 and since then it has been observed that there has been a significant increase in brain cancers and lymphomas.

All these are to be avoided:

· Meat and animal products

· Cooking meats produces highly mutagenic substances for the colon, it is very risky for people with fast acetylation.

· Smoked, pickled and salt preserved foods.

ALCOHOL

It acts as a solvent that increases the penetration of other carcinogens into target tissue.

It reduces the bioavailability of other substances that prevent cancer. It also makes detoxification more difficult increasing carcinogenic compounds, and increases the rate at which some elements become carcinogenic.

It increases the cellular exposure to oxidants, and suppresses immune system functions. It is better to eliminate alcohol completely from the diet.

It is said it is good for heart disease, but there are other, and perhaps better, ways to help the heart.

Be as strict as you can, especially in the beginning. Think of your success, get inspired.

In summary ,

It is crucial you keep the balance of your body tissues toward alkalinity.
Eat a rainbow of colors every day.
Eat eight to ten servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. Make sure to include choices from the cabbage family (cruciferous vegetables) broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, as well as the garlic family, garlic and onions, which help increase sulfur in the body and promote detoxification.

Too Busy? Use an Organic Greens Powder

Avoid stimulants, sedatives and drugs, such as caffeine & nicotine. Reduce alcohol intake.

Remove refined foods such as white sugar and white flour from your diet

Exercise five days a week for at least 40 minutes per day with focus on conditioning of your cardiovascular system, strengthening exercises and stretching exercises.

Sweat profusely at least three times a week, while exercising vigorously, using a sauna, steam or a detox bath. (Be sure to drink plenty of fluids)

Take a high-quality multivitamin and mineral.

Relax deeply every day, to get your nervous system in a state of calm, rest and relaxation.

Prayer, meditation, time in nature, a relaxing bath, sitting in your garden, watching the sunset, anything that feels good, not an obligation.

ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST

You need to slowly cleanse the bowels. Make sure you have regular bowel movements, at least once or twice a day.

Enough Fluids, Fiber and Exercise help to have normal bowel movements.

Yiu can add two tablespoons of ground flax seeds, 1/2 tsp acidophilus powder or 1/4 cup fresh plain yogurt and extra magnesium capsules in the form of magnesium citrate.

Pay attention to your liver, as it is a very hard working organ that always needs attention.

You can eliminate easily gall stones and sand by having first thing in the morning , 20m prior to breakfast, the juice of a lemon mixed with a tablespoon of extravirgen olive ioil. Start easy before going to a more intense gallbladder flush because if you force it prematurely the gallbladder can release larger stones that may require immediate surgery. So, go easy on that.

You take care of your lungs by breathing deeply .

Don’t forget to brush your skin daily, it is a major detox organ.

Of course you can also cleanse the kidneyFill two one quart bottles or jars with clean filtered water. Be sure they are empty by the end of each day .

There also plenty of supplements that can help you get rid of parasites, heavy metals, and other undesired accumulations.
Also don’t forget to clean your environment and pantry, as well as your cosmetics, your home and the air you breath.
Common everyday chemicals have been linked to cancer. Over 80.000 new molecules that the body doesn’t recognize. From those only few hundred have ever been tested for safety, and an awful lot have been proven to be very damaging to our health.

Shop Organic

Using organic produce in the process of healing the body from cancer is essential. Reducing toxic load in all forms is a primary aim in order to reduce the load on one’s immune system, allowing it to activate the bodies’ own healing mechanism.
we have adopted the recommendations of the movie Fresh!

Buy local products when possible, otherwise, buy organic and fair-trade products. Ask your grocer or favorite restaurant what local food they carry and try to influence their purchasing decisions. You will support your local economy and small farmers, reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides, improve the taste and quality of your food, and protect the environment from fertilizer and pesticide run-offs.
Shop at your local farmers market, join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and get weekly deliveries of the season’s harvest, and by buy from local grocers and co-ops committed to stocking local foods.
Support restaurants and food vendors that buy locally produced food. When at a restaurant, ask (nicely!) your waiter where the meat and fish comes from. Eventually, as more and more customers ask the same question, they’ll get the message!
Avoid GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)! When buying processed food (anything packaged) buy organic to avoid GMO. (Since almost all the soy, corn, and canola in the US is genetically modified, over 70% of all processed food contain GMOs from by-products of these grains.)
COOK, CAN, DRY & FREEZE! Our culture has forgotten some of the most basic joys of cooking. Not only is cooking at home better for you and more economical, but it’s an invaluable skill to pass on to your children.
Drink plenty of water, but avoid bottled water when you can. Water bottles pollute the environment and bottled water is often mere tap water. Plastic is harmful to your health and to the environment. Buy a reusable water bottle and invest in a good water filter.
Grow a garden, visit a farm, volunteer in your community garden, teach a child how to garden. GET DIRTY! Have fun!
Volunteer and/or financially support an organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable food system. Stay informed by joining the mailing list of the advocacy groups you trust.
Get involved in your community! Influence what your child eats by engaging the school board, effect city policies by learning about zoning and attending city council meetings, learn about the federal policies that affect your food choice and let your congressperson know what you think.
SHARE your passion! Talk to your friends and family about why our food choice matters.

Health Benefits of Eating Organic

Pasture-raised meat, eggs, and dairy
Lower fat: Meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals are ideal for your health. Compared with commercial products raised on feed lots, they offer you more “good” fats, and fewer “bad” fats, according to the Journal of Animal Science, among others[1]. Because meat from grass-fed animals is lower in fat than meat from grain-fed animals, it is also lower in calories. As an example, a 6-ounce steak from a grass-finished steer can have 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grain-fed steer, or the same amount as a skinless chicken breast. If you eat a typical amount of beef (66.5 pounds a year), switching to lean grass-fed beef will save you 17,733 calories a year. If everything else in your diet remains constant, you’ll lose about six pounds a year. If all Americans switched to grass-fed meat, our national epidemic of obesity could diminish.

More Vitamins: Meats from pastured animals are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs. According to a study by Colorado State University[2], the meat from the pastured cattle is four times higher in vitamin E than the meat from the feedlot cattle and, interestingly, almost twice as high as the meat from the feedlot cattle given vitamin E supplements. In humans, vitamin E is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. This potent antioxidant may also have anti-aging properties. Most Americans are deficient in vitamin E.

More Omega-3s: Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from grain- fed animals, according to the Journal of Animal Science[3]. Eggs from pastured hens can contain as much as 10 times more omega-3s than eggs from factory hens. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. A diet high in Omega three may reduce the risk of cancer[4], high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. A study by Tashiro and Yamamori in Nutrition also found that people with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer’s disease.
More Conjugated Linoleic Acid: Meat and dairy products from grass-fed ruminants are the richest known source of another type of good fat called “conjugated linoleic acid” or CLA. When ruminants are raised on fresh pasture alone, their products contain from three to five times more CLA than products from animals fed conventional diets.[6] CLA may be one of our most potent defenses against cancer.[7]

Sustainably Grown Fruits & Vegetables

“According to the USDA’s own numbers if you look at fresh produce grown in 1950 and compare it nutritionally with fresh produce grown today you will find that the amounts of key nutrients, minerals and vitamins have diminished by 40%.” Michael Pollan, in FRESH.
More nutritious: Organic crops, on average, contain higher levels of trace minerals and antioxidant phytonutrients.[8]
Official food composition tables, including data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reveal that since the 1940s the mineral levels in fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy have declined substantially in conventional foods. Combine this with earlier (pre-ripened) picking, longer storage, and more processing of crops — all of which result in a depletion of nutrient levels in produce — and it’s no wonder we may be getting fewer nutrients in our food than we were 60 years ago.
The artificial fertilization associated with conventional crops produces lush growth by swelling produce with more water. Partly because of this water inflation, there are higher levels of nutrients in organic produce.
A recent review of the subject estimated that organic produce tends to contain 10-50% more phytonutrients than conventional produce. Phytonutrients, many of which are antioxidants involved in the plant’s own defense system, are higher in organic produce because crops rely more on their own defenses in the absence of regular applications of chemical pesticides.
No chemical residue: One of the huge advantages of organic foods is that they haven’t been doused in pesticides.[9] Pesticide residues turn up, not just on fruit and vegetables, but in bread, baby food and other products. Monitoring programs consistently show that around one in three non-organic food samples tested contains a variety of pesticide residues.
Most pesticide-residue safety levels are set for individual pesticides, but many samples of fresh produce carry multiple pesticide residues. Rules often do not take into account the “cocktail effect” of combinations of pesticides in and on foods. Research is emerging confirming the potential for such synergistic increases in toxicity of up to 100-fold, resulting in reproductive, immune and nervous system effects not expected from the individual compounds acting alone.
One American peer-reviewed study lead by Chensheng Lu found that the urine and saliva of children eating a variety of conventional foods from area groceries contained biological markers of organophosphates, the family of pesticides spawned by the creation of nerve gas agents in World War II.[10]

[1] 1. Rule, D. C., K. S. Brought on, S. M. Shellito, and G. Maiorano. “Comparison of Muscle Fatty Acid Profiles and Cholesterol Concentrations of Bison, Beef Cattle, Elk, and Chicken.” J Anim Sci 80, no. 5 (2002): 1202-11.;Dhiman, Tilak R. “Factors Affecting Conjugated Linoleic Acid Content in Milk and Meat” Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 45 (2005), pp. 463-82: 467-68: 472.
[2] “Dietary supplementation of vitamin E to cattle to improve shelf life and case life of beef for domestic and international markets.” G.C. Smith Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1171
4.Simopolous, A. P. and Jo Robinson (1999). The Omega Diet. New York, HarperCollins; Rose, D. P., J. M. Connolly, et al. (1995). “Influence of Diets Containing Eicosapentaenoic or Docasahexaenoic Acid on Growth and Metastasis of Breast Cancer Cells in Nude Mice.” Journal of the National Cancer Institute 87(8): 587-92

7.Ip, C, J.A. Scimeca, et al. (1994) “Conjugated linoleic acid. A powerful anti-carcinogen from animal fat sources.” p. 1053. Cancer 74(3 suppl):1050-4; Aro, A., S. Mannisto, I. Salminen, M. L. Ovaskainen, V. Kataja, and M. Uusitupa. “Inverse Association between Dietary and Serum Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women.” Nutr Cancer 38, no. 2 (2000): 151-7.

9.See list of resources from the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/pestfoodtb.html
10. Chensheng Lu’s study was published in Environmental Health Perspectives (ehponline.org), a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

We recomend you to watch the movie FRESH.

Purchase Organic Produce in Your Area:
USA: www.localharvest.org
Canada: www.cog.ca
Australia: www.organicfooddirectory.com.au.

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