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Anti Cancer Diet

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I was recently diagnosed w/ breast cancer and have altered my diet to include only anti cancer foods as much as possible. Also getting in exercise in before surgery.
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Sorry to hear it.  I suggest looking into a ketogenic diet to starve cancer. I originally read about this in Dr. Paul Jaminet's book The Perfect Health Diet.  It's fascinating to me, but the science behind it is strong.

You will surely find other resources that discuss this, it's a well-researched diet for many diseases.

Here are a few links:,8599,1662484,00.html Edit: OOPS!  This link doesn't work, but this article is great.  It was in Time Magazine and it's titled "Can a High-Fat Diet Beat Cancer".  Should be easy to look up :)

Here are links to scholarly articles: (warning: kind of overwhelming!) +diet+cancer&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vi s=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ei=Dx9NT8DcB 8fNqgG83IDHDg&ved=0CB0QgQMwAA

Hope you find something valuable here. My best to you!

As with cholesterol and body fat, there is only so much you can do. Your genetics >>>>> your diet. If you have already been diagnoses with cancer (sorry to hear that) then there's little your diet is going to do. That being said it won't HURT you in any way, but don't stress out over it as much. If diet alone could ward off cancer a lot less people would have it. It's, unfortunately, not really in our control.

I disagree...

Industrial seed oils: unnatural and unfit for human consumption(full post here alth-1-dont-eat-toxins )

Industrial seed oils (corn, cottonseed, soybean, safflower, sunflower, etc.) have not been a part of the human diet up until relatively recently, when misguided groups like the AHA and the ADA started promoting them as “heart-healthy” alternatives to saturated fat.

The graph below shows how dramatically seed oil consumption has risen over the past several decades:


Throughout 4-5 million years of hominid evolution, diets were abundant in seafood and other sources of omega-3 long chain fatty acids (EPA & DHA), but relatively low in omega-6 seed oils.

Anthropological research suggests that our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed omega-6 and omega-3 fats in a ratio of roughly 1:1. It also indicates that both ancient and modern hunter-gatherers were free of the modern inflammatory diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, that are the primary causes of death and morbidity today.

At the onset of the industrial revolution (about 140 years ago), there was a marked shift in the ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids in the diet. Consumption of n-6 fats increased at the expense of n-3 fats. This change was due to both the advent of the modern vegetable oil industry and the increased use of cereal grains as feed for domestic livestock (which in turn altered the fatty acid profile of meat that humans consumed).

The following chart lists the omega-6 and omega-3 content of various vegetable oils and foods:


Vegetable oil consumption rose dramatically between the beginning and end of the 20th century, and this had an entirely predictable effect on the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in the American diet. Between 1935 and 1939, the ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids was reported to be 8.4:1. From 1935 to 1985, this ratio increased to 10.3:1 (a 23% increase). Other calculations put the ratio as high as 12.4:1 in 1985. Today, estimates of the ratio range from an average of 10:1 to 20:1, with a ratio as high as 25:1 in some individuals.

In fact, Americans now get almost 20% of their calories from a single food source – soybean oil – with almost 9% of all calories from the omega-6 fat linoleic acid (LA) alone! (PDF)

This reveals that our average intake of n-6 fatty acids is between 10 and 25 times higher than evolutionary norms. The consequences of this dramatic shift cannot be underestimated.

So what are the consequences to human health of an n-6:n-3 ratio that is up to 25 times higher than it should be?

The short answer is that elevated n-6 intakes are associated with an increase in all inflammatory diseases – which is to say virtually all diseases. The list includes (but isn’t limited to):

  • cardiovascular disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • metabolic syndrome
  • irritable bowel syndrome & inflammatory bowel disease
  • macular degeneration
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer
  • psychiatric disorders
  • autoimmune diseases


Sure, but then why do animals get cancer? Cancer is not a human-only disease. Cancer occurs in any animal that has cells that replicate. That process goes awry no matter what you do at some point. Sometimes to such an extent that you get cancer. No matter what you eat. The reason it's not as common in the animal world is because of natural selection and survival of the fittest, which doesn't apply to human beings.

Because animals eat corn and soy-based food and food with pesticides.

I realize you can't guarantee you won't get cancer with a way of eating, but I think you can 1)reduce your risk significantly and 2) possibly help cure yourself by eliminating the foods that fueled your disease in the first place.

If you are so inclined, here is a link to a lecture I took in a college embryology class (a bit advanced, but it shouldn't be too hard to read) about cancer. It's actually fairly interesting information on how cancer is treated and the shortcomings of it.

Original Post by fincharella:

Because animals eat corn and soy-based food and food with pesticides.

I realize you can't guarantee you won't get cancer with a way of eating, but I think you can 1)reduce your risk significantly and 2) possibly help cure yourself by eliminating the foods that fueled your disease in the first place.

I by no means want to start a debate over what causes cancer and what doesn't, but cancer has been around since before food had any pesticides in it. Also, studies on soy and it's relation to cancer are more than inconclusive.


Anyway there's no point to arguing about it, it won't get us anywhere.

I appreciated the link. And I understood that the research suggests that eliminating the cells is the only cure, but I am more interested in why the oncogenes are mutating. I don't have the answer, of course, but I will continue to explore how I can decrease my disease risk with diet.

This man's research (Dr. Paul Jaminet), has been of great interest to me.

You might enjoy it, too. If you're in Chicago as your profile suggests, we might be neighbors ;-)

And sorry to have highjacked your thread, cdede!

that's creepy - where in my profile does it say I'm in Chicago? While true, I never put that info. anywhere!

You're in a group called "Chicago and Surrounding Area".  You could be in Joliet for all I know!

How I got into those groups is beyond me. I don't ever recall joining any of them! oh well

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