Nutrition Nerd Reads

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 ( .

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.

3 thoughts on “Nutrition Nerd Reads

  • There are newborns with cancers…

    For some, the damage is long done before being old enough and aware enough to try prevention.
    I remember that when Linda McCartney died, the family said that she had strictly followed all the healthy food diets for years and it didn’t seem to help much.

  • Batya,

    Good point. We have no guarantees in life. I was reading a book a while back (can’t remember the title), but the book mentioned that the health of fetuses are determined by the baby’s maternal grandmother, because that is when the eggs are formed.

    Even so, if you are healthy now, even if you have a gene for one of these cancers, you can up your odds by eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.

  • One note on Linda McCartney:
    She ate a lot of soy.
    Judy Cole suggests:
    I have wondered for a long time if the terrible breast cancer suffered by Linda McCartney was in some way linked to her high soya diet over many years.

    Soy is controversial.

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