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Cancer: Treatment and Prevention

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Traditional cancer treatment with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery is very well supported with complementary medicine. That support begins with an anti-inflammatory diet that can support a strong, healthy immune system. In addition, certain supplements can help decrease severity or even eliminate side effects including those causing digestive disturbances, fatigue, weight-loss, depressed mood and memory loss. And, it’s also important to know certain supplements don’t mix well with some cancer treatments. Please be in touch if I can help you support your body through your cancer treatment.

Here are a few tidbits showing up in the recent research about cancer prevention:

A number of very interesting studies are coming out about Vitamin D3. Research indicates that people with the highest blood levels have the lowest levels of pancreatic, breast and a number of other cancers.

Spicy foods contain powerful painkillers, decrease inflammation, support a healthy immune system and decrease cancer cell growth. Here, we’re talking about capsicum, the active ingredient in chilies; turmeric, the active ingredient in curcumin; and also garlic, ginger, cilantro, cloves and cinnamon.

Those with the highest consumption of fiber, about 30 grams per day, have the lowest incidence of breast and colon cancers.

Lifetime exposure to estrogen is a risk factor for breast cancer. There’s concern about use of birth control pills and post-menopausal hormones, and it’s impact on breast cancer risk. (Note: There are definitely nutritional options for menopausal concerns.)

There are more and more studies linking pancreatic cancer to high sugar intake. A sugary drink 2 times daily was linked to a 70% greater risk of pancreatic cancer.

Some Spring seasonal foods that help with detoxification and cancer prevention:

Artichoke detoxifies by purifying and protecting the liver, and has a diuretic effect on the kidney.

Asparagus detoxifies with its diuretic effect and helps maintain healthy bacteria in the intestines.

Fennel detoxifies with its strong diuretic effect.

Garlic boosts the immune system and is a strong anti-infective. Try the beautiful sprigs of spring green garlic, only available this time of year. It’s great to eat it raw in salads, sautéed lightly with vegetables, or grilled with salmon.

OK, allow me to present a Spring challenge: Create a detoxifying meal with these spring treats, all at one meal!