Mitchell Gaynor, founder and president of Gaynor Integrative Oncology and author, explains how cancer can be prevented by an appropriate diet and meditating.
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Fighting Cancer with Diet and Meditation Well I think it’s very important for people to work with their doctors, to work with nutritionists, to work with whoever their healthcare practitioner is to design the diet that does include a broad base of fruits and vegetables. One of the easiest ways of doing this is to go for the different colors because each of the colors represents different fidonutrients that’s gonna have a different effect on the immune system, different antioxidants, a lot of different things. So you wanna have a very balanced diet, really the amount of fruits and vegetables that people you really need 6 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Most people aren’t getting close to that and one of the things I tell people, you know, if people say “Well I have to travel a lot” you know, “I have school activities to do with my kids after school, I don’t have time to eat that much” is juicing, so you can buy a great vegetable juicer for $200 or $250 and you can juice every day. So I give people different juicing recipes depending on what their puttting in their diet, things like carrot, celery, cao, broccoli, cucumber, ginger, wheatgrass. There are a number of things that people can put in depending on what they’re eating. It’s a good way of getting a lot of those servings every day and quickly and it tastes good also and so then you wanna think about other foods that maybe you’re not thinking of. I prefer my patients to try and eat organic as much as possible. One thing I do tell patients though, I’d rather have them eating fruits and vegetables that weren’t organic rather than skipping 'em because they’re not organic. Because I do believe the beneficial fidonutrients you’re getting from fruits and vegetables outweighs the fact that they’re not organic. But if you can find organic that’s the best because you want to minimize what’s called your toxic load. The toxic load is the total amount of toxins whether it’s mercury that’s coming from the longer live predator fish, so I’ll tell people it’s a good idea to get your mercury level checked. Everybody should know what their serum mercury is and that is really looking at methyl mercury. That’s you’re getting more from the longer live predator fish and those include tuna, shark, tile fish, swordfish and mackerel. Those are the longer live predator fish, the fish that eat other fish because there’s a process called bio-accumulation so as any toxin works its way up the food chain, whether it’s DDT or mercury, it will increase and humans eat from the top of the food chain. I also tell people to eat as a low a saturated fat diet as they can. Saturated fat is animal fat and so in the water studies show saturated fat can increase something insulin like growth factor. Every time your pancreas has to make insulin, your liver is making something called IGFs or insulin like growth factors. These are tumor promoters especially for breast cancer. So there are a number of studies showing that women with the highest circulating insulin levels increase the risk of breast cancer. So the other thing that women wanna be very careful about is low refined sugar, low refined or bleached flour. So you want to go more with whole grains, things that are sweetened with honey, molasses. If you need an artificial sweetener, I recommend for my patients Stivia which is from a root, a very, very good, very, very pure nutrient and so every time you’re eating refined sugar, also what’s going up, your insulin levels and your insulin like growth factor. So there’s a huge data on the link between obesity and breast cancer. We know with every 10% increase above her ideal body weight, her risk of breast cancer, a women’s risk of breast cancer, is gonna continue to increase and we know that two times, we talk about windows of vulnerability, those are the times in a woman’s life when her risk is particularly high. Those are the times when breast tissue is developing the most rapidly, that’s in uter