Beating Breast Cancer: Can Diet Help?

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I am saddened that so many women friends close to me, young and old, were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past year. It breaks my heart. It is so tough for them. Despite medical advances, breast cancer is still the #2 cause of death in the US. Cancer can create fear and a feeling of helplessness. Just learning the diagnosis can make it worse, because those feelings can cause the immune systems to plummet. It is not a death sentence. There are things we can do about it. We do have choices. Beating breast cancer is possible. Many women have done it already and are doing just fine.   

Our body is self healing. Our immune system defends us against cancer. But if it gets weak, we can get cancer. We all have cancer cells in our body. A healthy immune system keeps them in check, gets rid of cancer cells, or turns them into normal cells, prevents them from successfully growing and spreading.

The immune system is weakened by nutritional deficiencies, sugar, toxic chemicals, drugs, alcohol, an unhealthy lifestyle, and chronic stress. Our emotions are very important. We have more power than we realize within ourselves. And with God, all things are possible. Don’t let anyone steal your hope.

Most people want the best modern medicine can offer and anything else that’s safe and effective.  Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation may get rid of the cancer, but chemotherapy weakens the immune system so it may come back.

If the medical route is chosen and necessary, then it’s best to bless it, and expect good results from it. But don’t forget other safe, effective ways to help yourself. A great diet is safe and can help your body repair, recuperate and improve your chances for healing without interfering with your medical treatment because it provides essential nutrients to keep your immune system and body cells as healthy as possible. It makes sense to stop putting alcohol and toxic foods and drinks in your body. Limit dairy, eggs and meat and stay away from the ones full of hormones and antibiotics.

You do need enough Vitamin D3. But you can’t rely on supplements for all the nutrition you need. Plant foods each contain a unique combination of nutrients -vitamins, minerals, enzymes, coenzymes, even yet unidentified nutrients.  

When you make new cells, everyday they need all the right nutrients, or they can be abnormal cells, cells that don’t function properly. Cancer cells are abnormal cells. Science and patient case histories back up that a number of foods have anti-breast cancer activity: cruciferous vegetables –fresh broccoli, cabbage, kale; other fresh greens, mushrooms, berries, onions, beans and seeds. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat For Health, cites studies that show a “huge protective effect.” “People who ate these foods had approximately 60% less cancer.” Another study found regular consumption of mushrooms was associated with over 60% less cancer.

The American Cancer Society in 2013 says diet as a factor in lowering breast cancer risk is controversial. Not that you shouldn’t eat vegetables or fruits, or a healthy diet, but more research is needed. There is a link with alcohol and with obesity, but “no proven link with a high fat diet,” and “Vitamin D evidence is conflicting.” The focus remains primarily on medical treatment for breast cancer.

That may explain why my friends’ oncologists told them when asked that they can eat anything they like. I agree more research is always needed, but if we choose to wait for the research it could take 10 or 20 years to make a difference in medical practice. You decide.   

Information shared here is not intended as medical advice, and cannot substitute for professional medical advice and information. Information provided is general in nature and may be helpful to some people but not others, depending on their personal medical needs. Always consult with your personal physician before changing or undertaking a new exercise program or following advice designed for general audiences only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay getting care because of something you have read here.

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