Food As A Melody

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I am a long time foodie.  I love farmers markets anywhere, anytime; I love to cook;  I love to garden. So when I lost all interest in food during chemo, I was worried.  My inability to eat roused an almost primal fear associated with the need to live.  In response, I forced myself to eat with only one goal in mind:  nutrition.

This experience was a paradigm shift that stays with me to this day.  Everytime I eat, I realize that I have an opportunity to choose foods that help create an anti-cancer environment in my body.

According to David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD in Anticancer, A New Way of Life (p. 125):

“Every day, at every meal, we can choose food that will defend our bodies against the invasion of cancer by

  • detoxifying carcinogenic substances;
  • supporting our immune system;
  • blocking the development of new vessels needed for tumor growth;
  • preventing tumors from crating the inflammation that serves as their fertilizer;
  • blocking the mechanisms that will enable them to invade neighboring tissues; and
  • promoting the suicide of cancer cells.”

Food, Servan-Schreiber argues, is a melody that we play every time we eat.

Each week in our Food & Flavor section, we look at the nutritional and anti-cancer aspects of various foods.  With one food or idea each week, we build an informational and experiential base that you can use to craft a personalized anti-cancer diet. What you eat is a choice with potentially important repercussions.  Take charge of your health, one step at a time, one decision at a time.


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