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Cancer patients are more conscious of what they are eating since food could potentially benefit their outcome.  Doctors and medical researchers are studying the kinds of diets that people should consider.  Their studies and discoveries may help in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

The Macrobiotic Diet in Cancer

Food At Its Best“Macrobiotics is one of the most popular alternative or complementary comprehensive lifestyle approaches to cancer. The centerpiece of macrobiotics is a predominantly vegetarian, whole-foods diet that has gained popularity because of remarkable case reports of individuals who attributed recoveries from cancers with poor prognoses to macrobiotics and the substantial evidence that the many dietary factors recommended by macrobiotics are associated with decreased cancer risk. Women consuming macrobiotic diets have modestly lower circulating estrogen levels, suggesting a lower risk of breast cancer. This may be due in part to the high phytoestrogen content of the macrobiotic diet. As with most aspects of diet in cancer therapy, there has been limited research evaluating the effectiveness of the macrobiotic diet in alleviating suffering or prolonging survival of cancer patients.

The few studies have compared the experience of cancer patients who tried macrobiotics with expected survival rates or assembled series of cases that may justify more rigorous research. On the basis of available evidence and its similarity to dietary recommendations for chronic disease prevention, the macrobiotic diet probably carries a reduced cancer risk. However, at present, the empirical scientific basis for or against recommendations for use of macrobiotics for cancer therapy is limited. Any such recommendations are likely to reflect biases of the recommender. Because of its popularity and the compelling evidence that dietary factors are important in cancer etiology and survival, further research to clarify whether the macrobiotic diet or similar dietary patterns are effective in cancer prevention and treatment is warranted.”

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Apples Found to Stop Malignant Breast Cancer from Forming

Food At Its Best“New breakthrough research has found that apples – and specifically apple peel – contain powerful substances that can help inhibit the deadliest and highly malignant type of cancer from forming in the breast.

It is more evidence, said the researchers, of the importance of eating fruits and vegetables to help prevent life-threatening disease.

During the past year, researchers at Cornell University have conducted six studies in which rats were exposed to a type of adenocarcinoma that is the main cause of death among breast cancer patients as well as test animals. For 24 weeks the rats were fed daily doses of fresh apple extracts – the equivalent of eating one, three or six apples a day in humans. Another group was given no apples.”

Tumor formation was inhibited in more than 50 percent of the animals but was most effective in those fed the most apple extract. Cancer developed in only 57 percent of the rats fed the equivalent of one apple a day, 50 percent in those given the medium dose, and in only 23 percent given the highest dose.

The researchers believe special phytochemicals in the apples interrupted and turned off the chemical pathway of human breast cancer cells.”

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Can Tumeric Reduce the Spread of Breast Cancer?

Food At Its Best“Recent studies from the University of California, San Diego,  published in the British Journal, NATURE , have discovered a molecule called RANKL ,found in aggressive breast cancer cells that predicts more deadly, lethal and life threatening disease.  The findings from these recent studies suggests that drugs that block RANKL may be effective in preventing both the early stages of breast cancer and the advanced progression of the disease. Research has also shown that Curcumin,  the active ingredient in the common spice, Tumeric , has properties that also reduce the expression of these deadly molecules within cancer cells and can potentially slow the spread of breast cancer.”

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton