David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD talks to CBS News about lifestyle and cancer.
There are a number of factors that increase our risk for cancer such as high levels of blood sugar and blood fats, high cholesterol, and chronic inflammation. Our diet can directly reduce each of these risk factors.
During my years at Pfizer as a researcher on teams working to create new medications for cancers and diabetes, I always wondered how I could prevent myself from ever being diagnosed with cancer or other degenerative disease, and from ever having to rely on any form of medication. Then one day someone recommended the book “The China Study”, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., which I read. And there was my answer! A whole food plant-based diet.
Dr. Campbell presents a very compelling, evidence-based look at the correlation between diet and health. Plant-based nutrition prevents, treats, and often reverses chronic degenerative diseases including many cancers as well as other conditions and diseases considered to be risk factors for cancers such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
According to Bertram and colleagues (Cancer Research 47, 3012-3031, June 1, 1987), not more than 2% of all human cancer is genetic, and of particular importance is the contribution of diet.
So how do you use diet to fight cancer?
Food and Cancer
Consuming only foods that prevent cancer is your first step. This means eliminating most meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs (all animal-based foods, mainly due to the protein), sugar, and refined foods.
Focus on foods that protect against cancer which include all whole plant-based foods such as vegetables (including sea vegetables), fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. High in antioxidants, they neutralize free radicals that cause mutations within our cells, including our proteins and our DNA.
In addition to protecting against cancer, whole plant-based foods also help fight cancer after a diagnosis and can be a powerful component of treatment.
Making the Switch
When I switched from my diet of predominantly meat, cheese, eggs, and veggies to a whole food plant-based diet, my life-long asthma completely disappeared and I lost 14 pounds. I developed a passion for helping others experience the amazing benefits of whole plant-based nutrition and for teaching all the things I wish I knew and had to figure out on my own.
Switching to a plant-based diet can be a fun, interesting, and delicious journey to better health, whether you want to make gradual changes or plunge into a whole food plant-based diet.
A 28 Day Challenge
Explore how a whole food plant-based diet can promote an anti-cancer lifestyle.
• Create an environment within your body that is hostile to cancer with delicious and satisfying foods.
• Improve your tolerance if you are undergoing cancer treatment.
• Enhance your immune function.
• Inhibit cancer cell growth.
• Prevent your body from activating carcinogens.
• Boost your antioxidant levels without supplements.
• Lower your risk of recurrence and mortality.
• Enjoy life and enjoy food.
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