Here’s a tidbit that came through my RSS Reader this week:
Breast Cancer: A Preventable Disease Through Good Nutrition
You can read the whole thing yourself. Or let me share with you some tidbits:
the American Cancer Society takes donations for “cancer research.” Whatever is left over after paying salaries and overhead is funneled to organizations like Planned Parenthood. Their financial statements for the past 3 years are available on their website (they are required to make that information public because of their nonprofit status). For example, in 2005, out of millions and millions of dollars they received, only 3 percent went to actual cancer research – and that was a research grant for a medication for only one type of cancer (http://tinyurl.com/yr278x) .
That’s not very encouraging.
Then she has a list of ways to prevent cancer, which she says, are not ones you haven’t heard before. This one struck me:
Eliminate sugar from your diet. Cancer cells thrive on sugar.
I’ve mentioned giving up sugar to some people, for some health ailments. They look at me, like, how in the world can I do that. I’m pretty fortunate that I don’t have a sweet tooth. I like salty foods and fatty meats, though. Yum.
Increase fresh fruits and vegetables. The more brightly colored (blueberries, cantaloupe, broccoli), the more anti-cancer qualities.
Sounds good in theory. People rush rush around these days. Often kale gets bought, only to wither in the fridge because I don’t get around to making it. My kids only eat certain vegetables. Kale is not one of them.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
The latest I heard is drink when you’re thirsty. Not sure about this magical number 8.
Feel free to agree or disagree with article or anything I say. My main point is, nutrition is hard. Most of us don’t live on farms or in a vacuum.