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Author Topic: Fighting Cancer With Diet And Lifestyle  (Read 639 times)

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Fighting Cancer With Diet And Lifestyle
« on: February 20, 2022, 04:04:42 pm »
Proper diet is vital to recovering from cancer or any other chronic degen­era­tive disease. Numerous scientific studies over the years have shown that those who eat a low-methionine (plant-based) diet have a lower inci­dence of can­cer. Learn more by watching these short videos:

· https://youtu.be/0VX_oZBMSd4
· https://youtu.be/CVAog5_muNw

To further understand the importance of eating a whole-food, plant-based diet when fighting cancer, order the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger (ISBN-13: 978-1250066114) and read the introduction and the chapters on cancer.
To help make it easier to eat this way, I recommend the Forks Over Knives Cook­book (ISBN-13: ‎978-1615190614) along with the Forks Over Knives Meal Plan­ner app (www.forksoverknives.com/meal-planner). If you need more guidance when it comes to cooking and meal preparation, Forks Over Knives can help you become a plant-based chef with their excellent video instructional courses: www.forksoverknives.com/cooking-course. If you simply don’t have the time or the energy to make your own meals, check out Green Chef vegan meal delivery service: www.greenchef.com.
Unless you need to gain weight, reduce portion sizes. Keep grains to a minimum. As much as possible, eat only foods that are labeled “USDA Organic” and “Non-GMO Project Veri­fied.” Use only organic date sugar or molasses for sweetening. And incorporate foods like the ones shown below that are rich in cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Aim for 2 servings of fruit and 4 servings of vege­tables per day.

· Apples
· Arugula
· Blackberries
· Blueberries
· Broccoli
· Brussel sprouts
· Cabbage
· Carrots
· Cauliflower
· Chard
· Cranberries
· Grapes
· Green tea
· Kale
· Lentils
· Mushrooms
· Onions
· Parsley
· Pinto beans
· Pomegranate
· Radishes
· Raspberries
· Rosemary
· Strawberries
· Tomatoes
· Watercress

Ketogenic diets:
There is a lot of talk on the internet about using a ketogenic diet to fight cancer. In my expert medical opinion, it is best to avoid it, as the growth and spread of can­cer can be accelerated by excess ketones. It is best for the diet to be low in methionine (plant-based) with the carbohydrate level being reasonably low, but not to the point of putting you into a state of ketosis. To learn how to lower the glycemic load of foods that are starchy, please read my blog about resistance starches: www.thomashealthblog.com/?p=4404.

Intermittent fasting:
When it comes to fighting cancer, just as important as what you eat may be when you eat. Intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding is an eating pattern that alternates between periods of prolonged fasting and eating. The most common pat­tern is to fast (not eat) for 18 hours per day and restrict your daily eating schedule to a 6-hour window of time. To learn more about intermittent fasting, please read my blog: www.thomashealthblog.com/?p=4374. If you need to gain weight, intermittent fasting is not advised.

· Multivitamin: Conventional cancer treatment can induce nutritional deficien­cies. Therefore, it is important to take a high-quality, iron-free (cancer loves iron), multivita­min and multimineral supplement. Recommended brand: MegaFood One Daily Iron Free. Recommended dosage: One tablet daily.
· Omega-3 fatty acids: Recommended brand: Freshfield Vegan Omega-3. Recommended dosage: One capsule twice daily.
· Probiotics: Recommended brand: Florastor. Recommended dosage: One capsule twice daily.

The anti-cancer effects of exercise (especially strength training) cannot be overesti­mated. The recommended exercise routine is the 30-Minute Express Workout, 3 days per week at your local Planet Fitness gym. If you do not live near Planet Fitness, you can do strength training at home using exercise bands. If you are una­ble to participate in strength training, a mod­ified walking pro­gram is recommended: www.thomashealthblog.com/?p=1269.

Stress Reduction:
Chronic stress promotes cancer. To help alleviate stress, spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like, such as having sex more often, soaking in a hot tub, visiting a friend, playing with your dog (if you don’t have a dog, adopt one; unconditional love is priceless), spending time outdoors, listening to soothing music, watching a funny movie, learning to meditate, getting a massage, counting to ten before losing your temper, and avoiding difficult people whenever possible.

It is extremely important to stay well hydrated during cancer treatment. Adequate hydration helps flush toxins out of the body and reduce common side effects of treatment. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, divide that number by 2. That equals 75 and that is the number of fluid ounces of water to drink per day.
For maximum health benefit, it is important that the water you drink and cook with, be filtered of toxins and molecularly “structured.” The recommended water filter that can do both is the AquaLiv Water System (www.aqualiv.com). Structured water is also known as EZ (exclusion-zone) water, H3O2, the fourth phase of water, and gel water. Struc­tured water is more absorbable, optimizing hydration and flushing out toxins. It has been championed by Dr. Gerald Pollack, PhD, renowned scientist and distin­guished professor of bioengineer­ing at the University of Washington (https://youtu.be/i-T7tCMUDXU).

Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with a higher risk of cancer development. Lack of quality sleep can lead to immune suppression and production of cancer-stimulating inflammatory cytokines. The individual contributions of inadequate sleep, circadian rhythm disruption, and impairments of melatonin production and immune function to the initiation and promotion of cancer are being examined closer by scientists. Getting deep and undisturbed sleep in total darkness may be far more important than we realize. To learn how to fix the most common sleep issues, visit www.thomashealthblog.com/?p=3003.

Proper Breathing:
Chronic hypoxia (persistent lack of optimal tissue oxygenation) is a major driving force for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and numerous other health conditions. Most people have habitual “over-breathing” or “hyperventilation” patterns at rest, such as chest breathing instead of diaphragmatic breathing, mouth breathing instead of nose breathing, and rapid and deep breathing instead of slow and shallow breathing. These abnormal breathing patterns lead to hypocapnia or decreased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the alveoli (lungs) and arterial blood. This lack of CO2 is harmful because it constricts blood vessels which leads to decreased perfusion of vital organs and, due to something called the Bohr Effect, impairs oxygen release from hemoglobin which leads to hypoxia. Fortunately, this can be reversed over time with proper breathing retraining exercises using a simple device called the Relaxator™ (see www.thomashealthblog.com/?p=13678).
It seems counterintuitive, but the more air one breathes, the lower the levels of CO2 and the less oxygen that reaches the tissues and is released to he cells. Having normal levels of CO2 in the alveoli (exhaled air) and arterial blood (40 mmHg or 5.3% at sea level) is crucial for good health. Numerous chronic diseases are associated with hypocapnia from over-breathing and the resultant tissue hypoxia. For example, in a 2001 Ukrainian study, 120 women with metastatic breast cancer were found to have an average of only 22 mmHg or 2.9% of CO2 in their exhaled air. In the same study, it was found that breathing retraining exercises reduced mortality in the women by nearly six-fold! It’s as if tumors are cries of the body for more oxygen. To promote normal breathing patterns, healthy CO2 levels, and optimal tissue oxygenation, I spend 15 minutes twice daily using the Relaxator™ while checking emails.

Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS
Mount Dora, Florida

For more information:
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Bonuccelli G, Tsirigos A, Whitaker-Menezes D, et al. Ketones and lactate “fuel” tumor growth and metastasis: Evidence that epithelial cancer cells use oxidative mitochondrial metabolism. Cell Cycle. 2010;9(17):3506-3514.
Cavuoto P, Fenech MF. A review of methionine dependency and the role of methi­onine restriction in cancer growth control and life-span extension. Cancer Treat Rev. 2012 Oct;38(6):726-36.
Dai S, Mo Y, Wang Y, Xiang B, Liao Q, Zhou M, Li X, Li Y, Xiong W, Li G, Guo C, Zeng Z. Chronic Stress Promote Cancer Development. Front Oncol. 2020 Aug 19;10:1492.
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This information is for educational purposes only and not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, and monitor­ing by your personal physician. Therefore, I cannot answer questions regarding appropriateness in your situation nor give treatment advice. That is for your personal physician to determine after he or she carefully studies the references above.
Located in Mount Dora, Florida, Dr. Thomas is one of the most educated, experienced, and innovative physicians in North America. Over the past 30 years, he has helped people throughout the United States and Canada to prevent and overcome disease, improve their health, slow aging, and increase their lifespan. As an active translational researcher, Dr. Thomas has spent over 35,000 hours poring over the latest scientific discoveries and translating max. discoveries into promising theories


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