This book discusses some of the important topics about nutrition and cancer. Many books are being written about diets and cancer. What is exciting to me after 3 decades of research, is the new frontier about individualized health analysis and just how to monitor an individual’s health state. One person’s health food may not have the same benefits to another person, and may be harmful as in the case of soy for some people. Another example that some women benefit in breast cancer prevention with certain antioxidants like green tea, and others do not based on their chemistry and genetics. This is why individualized testing is so important.
I have been very impressed about the role of plants in our diet. Scientists have found approximately around 375,000differentspeciesof plants, with new ones discovered frequently. Plantsconsist of two main groups; green algae and land plants. The benefits of many plants that are potentially edible, is largely still unexplored. Even recent studies on apples and cherries tell us about many newly discovered benefits of these common used foods.
This can include in the near future a way to find out what is going on with the cells in our body with daily or even hourly with home tests to see how our body chemistry responds to certain foods.
An example of this is the new research on metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, and diabetes and the role that these problems play in cancer. By measuring inflammation test, oxidative stress tests, hormonal levels, metabolic tests, diabetes and prediabetes screening tests, we can see how we are doing. New research on volatile organic compounds can tell us with instant breath tests about chemicals that show we are not processing carbohydrates and fats properly. This is the basis of what is really going on with prediabetes and of course diabetes.
In addition, genetics, suppression of the immune system, acidosis, factors from the environment, electromagnetic fields, lifestyle, and high stress levels, hormonal and chemical imbalances, all play a role in cancer.
Each person has separate chemical and biological factors and the potential to regulate many of these areas. The development of a cancerous tumor microenvironment, and the process of tumor growth, occurs over time that is unique to each person. The disease develops in most people from multifactorial activity that goes through years of damage to the cells and its consequences.
Nutrition and disease prevention
I have often been asked how do we promote and get people interested in prevention. Sometimes it takes a crisis of friend or family member to be motivated. Prevention may not be of interest until it is too late. Everyone should be aware of the possibility of cancer and take a proactive role in health.
New ways to monitor health
In my book Quality of Life Health Care and Cost Effective Health diet and nutrition should be considered along with avoidance of food that harms the cells. An exercise program is vital to incorporate into the nutritional program.
Ways to monitor health and take measures against cancer
Avoiding foods high in mercury, like tuna and bottom feeder fish, sword fish is a proactive step. Testing for heavy metal toxicity and treating with detoxification protocols through diet modifications, possible benefits from certain seaweed formulations and use of supplements as a preventive measure is one of many ways to help the cells avoid damage to mitochondria and DNA.