Supporting Cancer Treatments with an Anticancer Diet
I have read blog posts and articles in which people have been outright offended by the merest suggestion that you could influence the outcome of a cancer diagnosis with diet. To a certain degree I understand this sentiment. The natural compounds found in food do seem like a drop in the ocean when you are facing the life-changing enormity of a cancer diagnosis.
The importance of natural medicine has paled into insignificance over time, dwarfed by the sheer power of the drugs that can be offered by pharmaceutical companies. But when I talk about eating an anticancer diet, I’m talking about using natural compounds, shown to have a laboratory-displayed anticancer actions, to be used in conjunction with recommended medical treatments. Never instead of them.
This is a crucial point – if I had cancer I wouldn’t treat it with a daily turmeric smoothie on its own, with no medical treatment! However, if I was having chemotherapy or radiotherapy, I know that I would be supporting this treatment with foods that have been shown to act negatively on cancer cells. I also know that I wouldn’t be eating foods that have been shown to promote cancer cell growth and metastasis. I would want to give my body every chance it has of fighting the disease.
Modern science is providing us with more and more information on how natural anticancer compounds work. We can finally begin to understand how green tea prevents angiogenesis (blood vessel growth around tumours); how turmeric initiates apoptosis (cancer cell suicide); and how antioxidants in plants can act to prevent the cellular DNA damage that promotes cancerous growth.
People with cancer often feel like they have little control; but diet is one of the few things we can all do something about. I’m not saying that if you have cancer you can’t eat a bar of chocolate when you’re feeling down, or that you should feel guilty for enjoying a sweet treat! But I do believe that to give the body the best chance of fighting back, 80% your diet should be anticancer.
I also believe, with every fibre of my being, that if there is information out there in the scientific community, that can help people in their fight against cancer today, we should be shouting it from the rooftops. Even if that research hasn’t been conclusively proven yet.
I have written a short, easy to understand bool ‘Food to Fight Cancer: What Your Doctors Aren’t Ready to Tell You’. This book details which foods to eat and which foods to avoid if you have cancer – any why. I’ve priced it as cheaply as possible, at £2.99 to make it accessible to all (while allowing me to keep the website functional). If you have cancer, I urge you to read it and learn how food and medical treatments can complement each other, helping you to fight and beat cancer.
Sonia Nicholas, Founder of The Green Apple Club.
About the Author:
Sonia Nicholas is a Biomedical Scientist, Clinical Science Writer & Editor, and Founder of The Green Apple Club. Sonia has two degrees in Biomedical Science and been working in the field of clinical science for fifteen years. As well as running The Green Apple Club, Sonia reports on the very latest advances in clinical research and diagnostics, and specialises in the relationship between food and cancer.