"> TED Talk with Dr. William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?
“Autopsy studies from people who died in car accidents have shown that about 40% of women between the ages of 40 and 50 actually have microscopic cancers in their breasts. About 50% of men in their 50’s and 60’s have microscopic prostate cancers. And virtually 100% of us by the time we reach our 70’s will have microscopic cancer growing in our thyroid. Yet without a blood supply most of these cancers will never become dangerous.” Dr. William Li
“Diet accounts for 30-35% of environmentally caused cancer.” Dr. William Li
I find the first quote shocking and the second quote empowering. As I watched the above video I was amazed and excited. We don’t have to rely on big pharmaceuticals to come up with a cancer cure! Preventing cancer for most people may be a matter of just eating a better diet! I think many people know that eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and relaxing are all things we need to do to lower our risk of becoming ill. We know it but do we do it? Probably not as often as we would like. But instead of beating ourselves up about not doing enough, let’s look at it another way. Below is a list of foods that have been found to be helpful in preventing cancer and many other diseases. This is accomplished by a process called antiangiogenesis. Diseased cells are intentionally cut off from a blood supply (ie a source of nutrients) and thereby prevented from growing. If we can add some of these foods to our diets and consume them on a regular basis we may be able to have a longer healthier life and possibly prevent cancer from ever showing up. Now doesn’t that sound nice?
Making small changes to your diet is not that hard. Pick one item from the above list and find new ways to add it into your diet and the next week try another. You could add fresh or frozen blueberries (preferably organic) to your cereal in the morning or as a desert at night. Mix a handful of the berries into a smoothie. Make your own salad dressing by using some fresh lemon juice, olive oil & salt. I love steamed soy beans with a bit of tamari over brown rice or have a glass of red wine at night. Many of these foods are as common as can be like apples, cherries and garlic. Some a little more exotic, sea cucumber, maitake mushrooms and bok choy. I was thrilled to see Lavender on the list and not really surprised to see the citrus fruits lemon, orange & grapefruit. I have read studies where these essential oils have been shown to not only inhibit tumor growth but have also reduced existing tumors – isn’t that remarkable?!
One of my family’s favorite supplements is Ningxia Red (click on the link for more information). Ningxia Red is an immune supporting, antioxidant super juice that is a great addition to any diet. It has Ningxia wolfberry purée, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, pomegranates as well as lemon & orange essential oils. I have heard many stories of people who were undergoing cancer treatments that have found this drink to be very helpful and supportive during a very challenging time. So helpful that their Doctor’s told them to keep doing whatever they were doing. I know from personal use that this juice improves my eyesight, helps to reduce sugar cravings and improves my energy levels. When I read the food list above for the first time I immediately thought of Ningxia Red because it contains several of those items.
My guess is that we’ll be hearing more and more about how certain foods can help us keep disease at bay. See if you can find a few good ones you like and eat them more regularly.
Now pardon me, I need to go make a big pot of tomato sauce while I enjoy a glass of red wine.