A Look At Foods For Your Anti-Cancer Arsenal !

‘Cancer flourishes when there are more promoters than anti-promoters. Cancer growth slows or stops when the anti-promoters prevail. It’s a push-pull process. The profound importance of this reversibility cannot be overemphasized.’ – T. Colin Campbell, Professor at Cornell University and author of the most far ranging study ever carried out on the link between cancer and dietary habits

(all foods on this list may not agree with you so listen to your body’s response! Make cancer fighting foods dominant in your daily meals. They work in synergy)


  1. 1.     Green tea   (steep for at 5-10 minutes to release catechins, don’t re-use)
  2. 2.     Olive oil
  3. 3.     Soy (as a natural non-genetically modified food –read labels. Not as a tablet form supplement and not if it does not agree with you)
  4. 4.     Turmeric (as a spice combined with ginger or black pepper for absorption)
  5. 5.     Ginger         5.5 Shiitake, maitake, kawaratake, enokitake mushrooms
  6. 6.     Berries and cherries
  7. 7.     Peaches, plums, necatarines, mangosteen (of the stone fruit mangosteen grows locally in forested areas)
  8. 8.     Mint, thyme, marjoram, oregano, basil, rosemary (contain terpenes)
  9. 9.     Parsley, celery (contain apigenene)
  10. 10.                        Sources of selenium: organic cereals, vegetables, cereal grasses,fish
  11. 11.                        Sources of magnesium: spinach, greens, nuts, wholegrain cereal, pulses
  12. 12.                        Fruits and vegetables esp those rich in vitamin C and vitamin A: typically bright red, orange, yellow
  13. 13.                        Tomatoes (some anti-cancer nutrients from tomatoes need cooking so have some tomatoes raw and some cooked)
  14. 14.                        Seaweeds
  15. 15.                        Garlic, onion, leeks, chives (Garlic tops list in activity against many cancer lines) (Garlic better crushed and better assimilated if cooked in a little oil)
  16. 16.                        Cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, Chinese Cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower

(very high in activity against many cancer lines compared to other cancer fighting foods)

  1. 17.                        Pomegranate (slows spread of prostate cancer)
  2. 18.                        Dark chocolate (more than 70% cocoa. One square = nearly as many polyphenols as cup of green tea properly steeped)
  3. 19.                        Vitamin D (avoid D2 supplements, D3 is better but in the Tropics sunlight is best, insist that elderly and ill folks get a bit of sun)
  4. 20.                        Citrus and citrus peel including orange peel tea
  5. 21.                        Cereal grass: wheatgrass, barley grass etc  (source of selenium, magnesium, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity)
  6. 22.                        Meat and milk from grass fed and free grazing animals, meat and eggs from free-range chickens and poultry      Fish: wild esp sardines, salmon and mackerel

(Animals that are not free to move and are fed foods unnatural for their bodies: genetically modified corn and soy for example have very high omega 6 content and therefore UNBALANCE your omega 3:6 causing high inflammation and fertile ground for cancer)

Consider co-operative and individual land ownership. Plant trees and grow what you can. Fresh herbs can be grown in small pots without a garden.

(Adapted from  Anti-Cancer A New Way of Life by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber

Cereal grasses and mangosteen added to source material)

Anti-Cancer Experiments in Shrinking Cancer Without Drugs

“Ninety-three men with early stage prostate cancer – confirmed by biopsy – had chosen, under the supervision of their oncologists, not to undergo surgery but simply to keep the tumour under surveillance.”

They were then divided into two groups by drawing lots. One group did nothing besides regular surveillance and PSA testing. (PSA is a substance produced by normal prostates but which increases greatly in the presence of cancer). The other group had a radical lifestyle change over the course of one year:

1)    Vegetarian diet with anti-oxidants E, C and selenium plus omega 3 fatty acids as supplements

2)    30 minutes of exercise, six days a week

3)    Stress management (yoga movements, breathing exercises, mental imagery, progressive relaxation)

4)    1 hour weekly of support group participation with other patients in the programme.

Did it make a difference?

“These were methods long considered outlandish, irrational, or based on superstition. Twelve months later, the results left no room for doubt.

“Of the forty-nine patients who hadn’t changed anything….six saw their cancer worsen and had to undergo ablation of their prostate, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Conversely none of the forty-one patients who had followed the program of physical and mental health required recourse to such treatments. In the first group, the PSA level (which reflects the tumour’s growth) had increased by 6% on average, not including the men who had had to withdraw from the study because of the increase in their disease (their level of PSA was still more worrisome and would have greatly increased that number [of 6%]….As for the second group whose lifestyle had changed, the PSA had decreased by an average of 4%, indicating a regression in the tumours of most patients.

“But what was more impressive still was what happened in the bodies of the men who had changed their lifestyles. Their blood, presented with typical cancerous prostate cells (cells from the LNCaP line used to test various chemotherapy agents) was seven times more capable of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells than the blood of men who hadn’t changed anything in their lifestyles.”

Furthermore a closer look at the patterns showed that the men who had applied Dr. Ornish’s instructions more diligently, had blood cells that were more active against the cancer cells!

“In scientific terms this is what we call a “dose-response effect” and is major argument in favour of a causal link between lifestyle and cancer.”

Dr. Ornish had taken his study to the molecular level and was also able to show that genes in the prostate before lifestyle intervention and after showed remarkable change. The lifestyle programme had modified the functioning of more than five hundred genes in the prostate. It inhibited the genes that had a preventive effect and inhibited those that favoured development of the disease.

In some individuals the effects can be dramatic. Might sound like something from Trevor Sears’ radio programme but Jack McClure, one of the subjects who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer 6 years before, after 3 months on Dr. Ornish’s programme was able to say, “My latest biopsy, they couldn’t find any cancer cells at all. I’m not ready to say I’m cured of cancer. They just couldn’t find it anymore.”

Retold and excerpted from Anti-Cancer A New Way of Life by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber

Pink Ribbons: Make the fight personal everyday.

Today news came that the sister-in-law of a close friend passed away, ending her battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in her mid-thirties, five years ago. I remember meeting her, a strong spirited caring woman with children, the youngest then just a toddler.

On a brighter note, last year I met a nurse, age 40, and a recently diagnosed breast cancer victim- except that she defied the victim role and beat the cancer. I’m looking forward to sharing her victory story with you some day.

The pink ribbon evokes emotion among us, as a symbol of our universal concern for women with a diagnosis we dislike even naming, and our fears for ourselves or the women we love.

The pink ribbon. For the fight one of many frontiers: transport to radiotherapy centres, support groups, research, counselling…

The pink ribbon.

In 2009 The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, in an article on the critical nature of lifestyle changes in the prevention and treatment of cancer, listed breast cancer as a “lifestyle based” disease, “controllable through alterations in human behavior”.

How could this be? Breast cancer appears cruel and random when we look around us.

The first thing to understand is that cancer is not the result of one carcinogen (cancer promoting agent) or gene, but a combination of many factors operating together.

Your immune system is your first guard against cancer. And it is best supported by (i) adequate exercise (ii) excellent nutrition and (iii) optimal stress management. How many women are scoring poorly in each of these three areas?

All forms of chronic stress whether mental, physical or emotional reduce the effectiveness of the immune system.

So you’re sick of hearing about diet, exercise and stress management? The issue is not whether you’ve “heard it before” but have you made the changes in YOUR life?

Go for all of these changes to reduce your risk:

  • Get enough Vitamin D
  • Get enough Beta Carotene (Vitamin A as found in orange and red fruit and vegetables)
  • Get enough Vitamin E
  • Reduce your stress
  • Get enough exercise
  • Don’t work nights all your life!
  • Manage your weight!
  • Watch the mammograms!
  • Know your blood Type
  • Breastfeed your baby for as long as you can!
  • Learn how to reduce your risk of bladder infections.

Start somewhere or else, hey, you might as well tie the pink ribbon around your neck!

As for the relationship between antibiotics for bladder infections and breast cancer I am not aware that this is a proven relationship or just a random association awaiting thorough clinical evaluation – but bladder infections are a pain in the tail (or should I say ‘tummy’ – so you’ll want to avoid them anyway!)

 Be proactive! Make what you know count in your life!

In our next article we look at each of these factors in more detail.

I’m looking forward to writing it! Meanwhile Stay Well and here at http://www.yourhealthbase.com/breast_cancer_risk_factors.html

is a link detailing many observations from scientific and clinical research on breast cancer risk.