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Cancer Preventitive Foods

Foods that love the liver:

  • artichokes
  • lemons
  • asparagus
  • beets
  • dark leafy greens (dandelion, beet greens, chard, kale, etc).

Foods that boost immunity:

  • Cultured foods for their probiotics like kombucha, home canned/ pickled veggies, kimchi, sauerkraut, homemade yogurt or kefir if you can tolerate dairy.
  • Colorful fruits and veggies for their anti-oxidants like beets, berries, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, carrots, kiwi, kale, cabbage, peaches, pumpkins, papaya and pineapple.
  • Spices for their anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities like garlic, onions, mustard, turmeric, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, cloves, and cumin.

Don’t forget to play with these foods with friends and family for a happy healthy life.

What is Cancer?

Cancer itself is a disease process not just a tumor in the body.  A tumor is to cancer what a heart attack is to coronary artery disease.  It is the end result of a long process. In biological terms, a cancer cell is a normal cell found in our body that has become immortal and doesn’t die.

Why are immortal cells a problem?

Cancer cells have genetically mutated to not die and thus can grow indefinitely taking over or invading other areas of our body.  One of the challenges cancer cells impose on the body is they rob oxygen and nutrition from surrounding cells. Another challenge is when they replace normal functioning cells that we depend upon to remain in balance.  Some cancer cells over-produce the hormones and chemical signals of molecules of the parent cell type, further disrupting our balance of health.

What causes genetic mutation?   

Geneticists will describe two causes of cellular genetic mutation, environmental toxins that disrupt and change normal DNA replication or a mistake has been made by the cell in that same replication process. However, everything the body does it dose for a reason.  The body doesn’t make mistakes, so even the “mistake” has to be caused by something.

Ultimately, all genetic mutations stem from our lifestyle choices. We define our lifestyle as the decisions we make everyday to live; eating, drinking, breathing, exercising, mental attitudes, etc. These choices determine what our body will be exposed to and how well it will be able to function daily -  thus determining if it is clean and healthy or toxic and dis-eased.

It is important to note that although exposure to toxins causes genetic mutation there is a deeper issue of why the body is unable to properly detoxify these chemicals and prevent the mutation.  Read on for more on this… 

Grilled Rack of Lamb with Herbs De Provence

This is a simple, quick, delicious way to prepare my favorite cut of meat; rack of lamb. When I carve the rack into individual chops Justin appropriately calls them lamb “lollypops.”–Tanda

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 rack of grass fed lamb cut into individual chops

2 TBS olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

Herbs De Provence

Start charcoal grill

Brush each side of the lamb chops with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with sea salt, pepper and the Herbs De Provence. Heat the grill to high and grill chops 5 minutes per side for medium doneness.

Try This: Serve with roasted broccoli, summer squash, or grilled asparagus and a summer salad.

Health Tip: Lamb is one of the top foods that contains the mineral zinc. Zinc is a potent immunostimulant and is essential for proper immune function. When zinc is deficient in the body there is a decrease in T-cell function.

Cancer: A Process of Degeneration

Cancer Triangle

Did you know we have cancer cells in our body right now?  On average we have between 500-1000 cancer cells in our body at any given time.  So, why don’t we have cancer (the disease)?  It’s because of the balance among our immune system, liver, and emotional health.  When a diagnosis of cancer is made, balance has been lost in each of these three systems. Prevention starts with supporting their health.

The Liver

The liver’s role is to detoxify our body.  If this process is hindered or overwhelmed then there is increased likelihood for harmful chemicals that can cause the genetic defects in our cells to remain in the body.

For liver health and cancer prevention:

1. Quit smoking, or better yet, don’t start. Smoking is still the number one factor to increase risk of cancer. If smoking is an issue consult a naturopathic physician to help quit as it can take more than just will power, like balancing blood sugar and hormone function.

2. Daily detox by limiting toxins into the body and increasing toxins out. Limit inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, alcohol, and sugar.  Choose organic foods as often as possible. Eat loads of veggies and fruit (6 cups a day minimum) as these foods supply the liver with necessary co-factors to safely eliminate toxins.

3. Decrease dependence on prescription medications.   Medications put stress on the liver. A drug in circulation is filtered by the liver about 300 times in a day.  The drug’s goal is to outsmart this filtration and stick around long enough to do what it was designed to do and the liver’s goal is to break down all chemicals and remove them from circulation. This battle can deplete vitamins and minerals the liver requires to detoxify other chemicals in your body.  We are NOT recommending you stop taking necessary medications.  We ARE recommending you add health to your life such that you don’t need them any more.

The Immune System 

One of the essential jobs of the immune system is to determine self from non-self. The cells of the immune system are constantly answering the questions, “are you me?” or “are you not me?”  The bodies ability too answer these keeps us free from pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and other foreign particles. In cancer, the hard part is the cells that cause the issue are “me”. In a healthy body, the immune system kills these rouge cells and keeps their numbers in check.

The lack of the ability to differentiate between Me and not me is one of the key reasons cancer takes hold.

Immune supporting cancer preventing ideas:

1. Limit immune compromising foods like (you guessed it) gluten, dairy, sugar, and alcohol.  Sugar especially suppresses immune function and is the fuel for cancer cells.

2. Eat supportive foods like veggies and fruits. Get your antioxidants and probiotics.  See the side bar for specific foods in these categories.

3. Be who you are.  Do know know what makes you happiest? Do you know at your core what makes You, you? This might sound funny, but people who are unsure about these questions also often have a trouble with their immune systems.  The more clear we get about our likes, dislikes, and preferences, and take action by using our VOICE to speak up about these desires, the better our immune system functions.

The Emotions

There is an emotional component to all disease, and this is especially true in cancer. When we explain this to our cancer patients most of them immediately know what the emotional issue is.  Some people have no idea yet, and further exploration into this is necessary to support healing. Cultivating healthy emotions is HUGELY preventive to the cancer process.

HMother and Child Laughingealthy emotions are emotions that come up and are experienced at the time they are triggered (vs suppressed and revisited at another later time, sometimes years in the future).  Healthy emotions mean we have full and complete access to the full rage of emotions from ecstasy and pure joy to sadness, grief, and even depression.

 

Healthy Emotional Expression and Cancer Prevention:

1. Learning to love ourselves is the most healing thing we can do to cultivate healthy emotions. The root of emotional suppression is often a belief in being wrong, undeserving, or not good enough to truly voice our feelings.  This usually manifests as self-criticism, complaints about ourselves, or unwillingness to forgive ourselves for what we feel we have done “wrong” along the journey of life.

2. Cultivating self awareness by getting quiet and listening to the signals of our body. Our bodies are talking to us all the time.  Its first communication is through emotions meant to guide us towards health and away from dis-ease. If we don’t get the message, or ignore it, the body talks to us a bit louder with physical symptoms. And finally, if we still have not heeded the call to change how we are living, disease results.

3. Live your dream life. True happiness resulting from deep life satisfaction is one of the all-time best health adding, disease preventing things on the planet.  Don’t know what your dream life looks like?  Finish this sentence: In my wildest dreams…

Still not sure?  Call us (406-551-1441) to schedule a dreaming session.  The Clearwater doctors are extensively trained in coaching techniques that can help you to answer this very question and make a plan on how to move closer to living a happy and healthy, dream life.

Hidden Sources of Sugar

Dairy products, especially SKIM MILK, are a hidden source of sugar.  Milk is made up of protein, fats and lactose (a simple sugar). If you remove the fat from milk all you have left is sugar and some protein. If you tolerate dairy drink full fat milk, and eat full fat yogurt and cheese.

Look out for ANY processed food labeled LOW FAT of FAT FREE.  It is probably full of sugar, as that is the only other option unless it is made of 100% protein.

Other hidden sources of sugar that seem healthy:

  • peanut butter
  • granola
  • cereal
  • flavored yogurt
  • dried fruit
  • trail mix
  • fruit juice
  • salad dressing
  • spaghetti sauce
  • ketchup
  • BBQ sauce
  • energy drinks
  • gatorade

A common theme in our newsletters… these are easy to avoid if you eat Whole Foods as Your Mother Nature intended.

Healthy Tips for Sweet Success

Follow these guidelines to help reduce your cravings for sweets and simple carbs and add health to your life everyday.

#1. Eat protein and healthy fats at every meal, especially breakfast! See our favorite breakfast recipe: The Usual Breakfast.

#2. Eat a startchy veggie at dinner and lunch instead of bread, pasta, or rice.  Examples: beets, sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, winter squash, spaghetti squash, rutabagas, radishes, celery root, and Jerusalem artichokes.  See our Roasted Spring Beets Recipe for ideas.

#3. Make your own sauces, condiments and dressings.  Then you can use natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, stevia, and brown rice syrup in the quantity you desire, which quite possibly is less than the amount in the store-bought version.

Here is a long time favorite recipe of our friends and family never before released in our newsletter: Maple Syrup Dressing!