Is Cancer Preventable?

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Several months ago my neighbor’s son was diagnosed with leukemia. Although I’ve never met him – I feel for him. Cancer scares the crap out of me, and I can only imagine the hell he’s living through.

What’s more, it’s been heart-wrenching for me to see the toll her son’s illness is having on my neighbor. Especially last week when she told me that she was flying out to be with her son because his treatment wasn’t going well. “He’s so sick he might not know I’m there,” she said, “but I have to be with him just in case.”

Cancer is horrible, and there’s not much I can do for my neighbor and her son, but maybe there’s something I can do for you. I believe that cancer is preventable. Here’s why:

What the Research Says About Cancer

Consumption of Meat and Dairy and Cancer – The China Study, considered the most comprehensive study on the connection between diet and disease in medical history, found that the more animal-food people ate, the higher their rates of cancer. In addition, individuals eating almost no animal-foods were virtually free of cancer.

Consumption of Fruits & Vegetables and Cancer – According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, The National Cancer Institute and numerous other researchers, an overwhelming number of studies show that when eaten in large enough quantities, fruits and vegetables (especially raw green vegetables) protect against all types of cancers.

Consumption of Beans and Cancer – Beans have been shown to be beneficial in preventing reproductive cancers like breast and prostate cancer.

What You Can Do to Prevent Cancer

  • Dramatically reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat and dairy.
  • Dramatically increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables (especially raw green vegetables). Make sure to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat at least one serving of beans or legumes every day.

Where to Get More Information

This post is certainly not comprehensive, it’s just a little information to get you curious. For more information I recommend Joel Fuhrman’s books, Eat to Live  and Super Immunity. For a great review of Super Immunity, click HERE.

For even more info, check out the following links:

http://engine2diet.com/

http://www.thechinastudy.com/

http://www.oprah.com/health/Can-a-Plant-Based-Diet-Cure-Cancer/1

I appreciate anyone who takes the time to say hello! I love receiving your comments and questions, so please contact me. Email: celestedimilla(at)yahoo(dot)com (pardon this funky spelling…it helps prevent spam).

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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5 Responses to Is Cancer Preventable?

  1. cryingfire says:

    It just really makes me wonder why, with such compelling evidence, folks don’t realize that they have more control over their health than society lets on. Many people I know seem to think that cancer, diabetes and heart disease just “happen” to you. Your getting old…It’s genetics…and many other reasons that you have no control over. I guess I know the answer to my own question, but it still just shocks me sometimes.

  2. Thank you so much for your comment! I don’t get it either. Then again, it wasn’t long ago that I was eating mostly frozen foods and thought that because I ate low fat that I was eating healthy. I just hope that society catches on and that healthy eating becomes the norm rather than something considered ‘extreme’ by society. Hope all is well with you!

  3. Flo says:

    Thanks for sharing this post. I slowly transitioned to a plant based diet after my diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer. I frantically searched to find ways to reduce my risk of a reoccurrence and BINGO! FOOD! Why didn’t anyone tell me this before? It is all very political.

    • Hi Flo! I’m so sorry that you had to deal with cancer – I can only imagine how dreadful that must have been. And it really is sad that no one told you how much changing your diet could help to prevent a reoccurrence. I agree with you that it’s political – but it’s still so sad that it breaks my heart. It’s awesome that you discovered a plant-based diet, but I wonder how many cancer survivors never do. And hey, I’ve got a question for you. How would you feel about sharing your story on my blog? It wouldn’t have to be anything long, just a few paragraphs about your illness, recovery and discovering a plant-based diet. No pressure, I completely understand if you don’t want to do this. But let me know – I think your story would be inspirational for a lot of people.

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