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By Pat Wetzel
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
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.
Pat Wetzel is the Founder of the Anti-Cancer Club. In 2009, she was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. After three rounds of chemo, surgery and radiation, she is in remission.
How does one take control of one’s health, even in the face of cancer? What are the factors of health in the context of cancer?
Research by Dean Ornish, MD, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, Jeanne WallacePhD, CNC, and others point to 4 key factors over which each of us has total control: Nutrition, Exercise, Mind/Body Modalities (such as stress management) and Social Connection.
The lifestyle choices that create anti-cancer health are not the day to day reality that most of us live. Our lives are fast and stressful. We don’t always eat well and exercise may or may not be part of our equation. And even with family and friends, cancer can be very isolating. People simply don’t know what to say or do.
Ultimately each of us must find our own path, but we don’t have to re-create the wheel. Learn from all of us on this site as we share personal experiences, expertise and insights into creating an anti-cancer life.
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