Food as Medicine

Early on this journey, a good friend and renowned chef Amelia Hard turned us on to a cookbook entitled The Cancer Fighting Kitchen, by Rebecca Katz.  Great food, great taste, and easy to use.  Eric prepares the Magic Mineral broth every weekend, and then creates a range of meals using the broth as the basis.  And it is indeed magic!  He plunks into a large kettle every type of vegetable you could imagine, plus kombu which is a seaweed, and lotus seeds (which I read was good for kidney cancer) and covers it all with filtered water.  Then cooks the whole thing for about 6 to 8 hours, all day.  The drained broth goes in the fridge and the vegetables, which have surrendered their goodies to the broth, go into the compost.  Sometimes he adds chicken bones, sometimes range fed beef knuckle bones.

Katz offers some fantastic soup and main dish recipes and salads, some muffins and deserts, smoothies and such.  What we have learned is that sugar of any kind feeds cancer cells, so we use acacia honey which is a low glycemic sweetener, and some maple syrup.  Bleached flour and breads, even potatoes, all end up as sugar, so they are out, too.  Mostly.  I can actually tell now when I eat too much sugar, I get sick quickly.

This book would be good for anyone.  It’s set up to help you deal with treatment side effects, such as nausea, depression, lack of appetite, and fatigue, as well as prevention and actually removing tumors.  She tells us what each ingredient is good for.

Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, describes his own personal journey with cancer, and how he used food to fight his brain cancer, even while being ridiculed by other doctors.  For him, it worked well.  He lived about 20 years past his prognosis.  His book includes a holistic model including mind-body meditations.

He recommends organic cherries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, black raspberry extract, rosemary, parsley, black olives.  No frozen fish.  Omega-3 butter (not margarine) and eggs, avoid processed pork, red meat less than 3 times a week.  Basmati rice, virgin olive oil or flaxseed oil for cooking and salads.

Mushrooms, green tea (steep 10 minutes) and turmeric supports something called angiostatin, which blocks the growth of new blood vessels needed for a cancer to grow.  If you use turmeric, it needs to be plus pepper and coconut oil.  You can read more at http://www.anticancerbook.com.  He was a doctor, so this book is detailed, technical, but readable, not a recipe book.

Experts don’t agree on food as medicine, in his opinion, because the pharmaceutical industry on one side makes their money on drugs, and the food industry protects itself by discouraging dissemination of links between food and illness.  They don’t want anything to change.  For those of us who are fighting for our lives and cannot or will not use western medicine, “it is unacceptable to continue to be the passive victim of these economic forces.”  So his book covers the politics of all this, too.

Foods to Fight Cancer, by Beliveau, Ph.D.is a lovely, full color book that goes into more detail about what to use, and how to cook it, but is not a recipe book.  “Food is like a chemotherapy” taken three times a day, he says, studied by humans for zillions of years.  Nutraceuticals are any food that contains a large quantity of one or more molecules with anticancer potential.  Antioxidants don’t cut it in terms of dealing with cancer.  He groups his guidelines into several categories:

Cabbage: brussels sprouts, kale, watercress, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower.  Eat 5 x a week.  Do not boil.  Cook quickly, steam or stir fry.  These foods he claims can fight existing tumors.  Eric makes a great curried cauliflower soup from the Katz book.

Garlic: garlic,onions, leeks, shallots, chives.  Good to prevent prostate and stomach cancers.

Soy: use as food, not a supplement.  I can’t use any soy, gives me migraines.

Tumeric: with pepper and coconut oil.  Anti-inflammatory. (Research from other sources report that turmeric can remove tumors. I’ll post about getting turmeric directly into my veins.  )

Green tea: Try Oolong.  Gyokuro is a mild green. Bancha is what I use.  It blocks angiogenesis, so over time it can kill a tumor.  No blood supply, no tumor.

Berries: Same as the other book.  Anti-angiogenesis.  Cranberries help kidneys.  Pecans.

Omega-3s:  We have been buying more expensive eggs, for example.  I just started using Ghee made from omega-3 butter, organic.

Seaweed, Ginger, Mushrooms.  I add these items based on research from other sources, especially mushrooms.  That’s a whole blog unto itself, coming up soon.

This post is like flying overhead at about Mt. Hood height or higher, surveying the landscape of ‘food as medicine’.  It may save my life, and it is a whole realm unto itself. It’s a daily occupation to get as much as this into each meal as I can.

It helps when someone else can cook for you, and cook with LOVE!  The all important ingredient.  But if you are on your own, get the Katz book and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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