The concept of the cancer diet is at the center of the
treatment strategies of all alternative clinics around the world.
All serious educational institutions of alternative medicine give excellent training in nutritional therapy. If a holistic medical doctor lacks knowledge or experience in this field, it is best to team up with someone who is an expert nutritionist. Any physician who doesn't take seriously the dietary aspects of healing cancer is committing a grave error. How important is diet in connection with cancer? It has been proven beyond doubt that the eating habits of a person can -- and very often do -- cause cancer. It is also well known that a change of diet can arrest, and occasionally even reverse cancer, all by itself. This is not to suggest that diet should ever be used as a mono-therapy against cancer, but that it should be regarded as one of the most important factors in the treatment strategy.
It is beyond the scope of this report to discuss diet in detail. There
are many excellent books available on the subject, with hundreds of recipes
and meal plans (see a list of them at the bottom of this page). Here we
will just enclose some general dietary recommendations for cancer patients,
compiled from the literature of alternative medicine. This information
is not given as medical advice, only as general educational information.
Before continuing, let's consider a simple dietary concept that is not mentioned in the list below: Sugar Feeds Cancer. Dr. Mercola has posted an excellent article on his web site on the sugar-cancer connection; you may want to read it carefully. Also: Cancer - The Sugar Connection by Ralph Moss, Ph.D. Read our report on Xylitol , the solution for the cancer patient who craves sugar.
ABSOLUTELY ELIMINATE FROM
1) All vegetable oils exposed to light. Use only extra virgin
olive oil or grape seed oil in dark glass bottles or raw flax seed oil in black
bottles. Cook with grape seed oil or olive oil.
2) All margarine or
anything that contains it.
3) All vegetable shortening or anything that
contains it. It is in about 80% of all packaged baked goods.
hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil or anything that contains it. (These
are used in about 80% of all packaged baked goods including self-popping corn
and movie theater pop corn )
5) All smoked or processed meat, such us
bacon, salami, bologna, pastrami, sausage, ham, self-basting turkey. dried beef,
etc. (cause an extreme immune system reaction by raising the white
6) All white, refined flours or sugar and anything
that contains them. These are processed, eliminating nutrients essential to
life, produced using chlorine bleach, and are extensively damaged by
7) All soft drinks and other carbonated beverages, regardless
of brand name.
8) All canned food.
9) All fried or
deep fried food.
10) All microwaved food.
11) All tobacco
12) All synthetic sweeteners, containing aspartame such as
NutriSweet, Equal, Sweet & Low, etc.
13) All alcoholic beverages
including vine for the first four months.
14) All hard cheese for the
first four months.
15) All vinegar, except for raw apple cider vinegar
(available in health food stores). You may use fresh lemon juice
16) All tap water or filtered water that does not eliminate
fluoridation. Use quality spring water for drinking and cooking.
chemicals and preservatives, including sodium nitrates. artificial coloring,
artificial flavoring and food additives, including corn syrup, dextrose or white
FACT: Our bodies are made out of what we eat and drink. The quality
of the resources we put into our bodies has a significant effect on the various
parts that make up our bodies and how they function.
Difficult as it may
be, try to maximize eating raw food and minimize eating cooked food. Maintain a
diet of about 70% to 75% complex carbohydrates, eaten raw or nearly raw
primarily from grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Cooking food begins to
destroy its enzymes at 118 degrees Fahrenheit. resulting in an immune response
in the body known as digestive leukocytosis. Maximizing the intake of raw food,
preferably nutrient rich, organically-grown food free of man-made chemicals,
pesticides and herbicides, can provide the body with much needed, quality
resources with the enzymes intact. Fresh raw food is generally high in water
content also; however, be conscious that while some fruits and vegetables, such
as peaches, apples and carrots, have more water content than others, such as
bananas, it is not wise to rely upon your food to give your body enough water to
do its work. Drink fresh spring water daily that has not been chlorinated or
fluoridated. Also, stay away from junk food, fast food, canned food, prepared
and microwaved food. The fresher the food is, the more benefit it potentially
If you eat cooked food, either bake it or lightly steam it, and
take plant enzymes just prior to eating in order to minimize the body's immune
response and maximize the body's ability to extract the food's nutrients. The
body is incapable of breaking cooked food down sufficiently to extract most of
what it ultimately needs. The intestine cannot break food down below the level
of Peptides (two or more chains of amino acids). Enzymes taken with cooked food
help supplement what the body would otherwise have to take from its store of
enzymes in the digestive process. Remember that plant enzymes are distinctly
different from digestive enzymes. They are made from plant sources without any
animal constituents and are available from most health food
Minimize red meat. If you do eat beef, it should be free-range
and not corn-fed or raised in feed lots. Avoid pork completely. If you eat fish,
be as sure as you can that the water it lived in is unpolluted and healthy.
Chicken and turkey should be free-range or wild, and on diets normal to their
native habitats. Most animals raised for slaughter are fed and cared for
inconsistent with the health and needs of the animals, and many animals raised
for food are diseased. It is common practice to have drugs, antibiotics and
dangerous hormones included in their diet to keep them alive and to manipulate
their life cycles to fatten them for slaughter as fast as possible. Most animals
are also put through inhumane deaths, dying in states of terror that fill their
bodies with adrenaline, among other things, which gets consumed when the
animal's flesh is eaten. Humane slaughter is almost nonexistent, but if you eat
animal products. be sure they are organically raised. Go to a health food store
or butcher you can trust.
If you eat raw beans. seeds and nuts. soak
them in spring water, non-chlorinated, non-fluoridated, for 24 hours to
deactivate the enzyme inhibitors. After 24 hours. the water should be poured
off, the beans, seeds or nuts rinsed, then soaked in fresh spring water again
for another 8 to 12 hours before cooking or eating raw.
If you drink
fruit or vegetable juices, get a juicer so you can have them fresh. Juice must
be consumed within the first few minutes it is prepared. The enzymes naturally
present in fruit or vegetables immediately start to break down the juice
constituents into simpler compounds, and the longer the juice sits. the more its
benefit is diminished. Benefit is maximized by including the fiber. If your
juicer separates juice from the fiber, eat the fiber by itself or in a salad. It
is full of benefits your body can utilize.
Drink water that is
non-chlorinated, non-fluoridated and alive. It is possible for tap water to be a
healthy source of water, but not probable. Thus, wherever water is specified in
these recommendations, it is generally stipulated to be spring water. Further,
spring water has lower surface tension, thus a higher cleansing ability than
most municipal water (tap water). Do your homework! Before getting water, check
its source. Ask the bottled water company for a current assay of the man-made
chemical content. There should be none. Sodium Fluoride. frequently added to
drinking water, is one of the 100 most toxic substances known to exist. Commonly
found in tooth paste, it is a poison and should be scrupulously avoided (you can
get toothpaste at health food stores that does not contain this). Calcium
Fluoride is okay. Also, some bottled water companies add chlorine to their
holding tanks, and some offer filtered water and/or water bottled straight out
of the tap. Be sure what you are getting is pure spring water that has not been
Muscle movement from walking and exercise helps the body's
lymphatic system remove metabolic waste and toxins from the body. Lack of motion
can be detrimental. If normal body movement is restricted or impractical, get
deep muscle massages daily, moving toward the heart area to implement the
lymphatic system. Minimize the intake of man-made chemicals, including drugs.
Virtually all pharmaceutical drugs, including aspirin, are harmful (i.e. produce
side effects) to varying degrees. If you can exercise, include that as part of
Bring as much joy and love into your days as possible. Put
yourself into circumstances that you enjoy and that inspire you. If you are
dealing with toxic emotions or relationships, take steps to minimize or
eliminate them. If you need help in doing this, seek out resources that will
support you. This is your life. You have a right to make it work for
Books on Cancer Diet:
Challenge Cancer and Win!
Beating Cancer with Nutrition
What to Eat if You Have Cancer
The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet
The Dries Cancer Diet
Nature's Cancer Fighting Foods
Cancer: Fight It with the Blood Type Diet
What to Eat if You Have Cancer
Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations
During & After Treatment
Staying Alive: Life-Changing Strategies for Surviving
Tell Me What to Eat
The Breast Cancer Prevention and Recovery Diet
Foods That Fight Cancer
The Cancer Recovery Eating Plan
The Survivor's Handbook: Eating Right for Cancer
The Cancer Survival Cookbook
Foods That Combat Cancer: The Nutritional Way to
Doctor Moerman Cancer Diet
The Diet-Cancer Connection.
Cancer and Nutrition
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