Diet and nutrition are always hot topics when it comes to colon cancer. It's probably because the GI tract is the organ responsible for digesting and absorbing nutrients from food. It makes sense that the foods you eat would influence your risk for colon cancer and other diseases of the colon. It's sometimes amusing what people think can make for a healthy colon. From enemas to special concoctions that you drink, there's a lot of crazy ideas out there. However, when it comes to … [Read more...]
Holiday Eating Survival Tips
It's almost here, Christmas is only 4 days away!! The holiday season seems to be one of the hardest times to make healthy choices. It's like there are unhealthy foods easily available and staring at you no matter where you are. In your house, office, friends' house, at the mall, in Target. And there is very rarely anything nutritious available. Aside from the tangerines and other citrus fruit in season, it's hard to come by a healthy "treat" this time of year. Really, … [Read more...]
What if Bad Fat Isn’t So Bad?: Article Review
Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the US (Cancer is #2). And now that cancer treatment is more effective, many cancer survivors are going on to develop heart disease after cancer diagnosis. When I talk to survivors about a healthy lifestyle after cancer, I make sure to address their risk for cancer coming back as well as other chronic diseases, like heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. When talking about heart disease risk, dietary fat always comes to mind. An … [Read more...]
A Diet to Cure Cancer: Does that exist?
A common question: "Is there a diet that can cure me of my cancer?" or "Is there a diet that can keep cancer from growing?". Believe it or not, this is a complex question. Of course there are NO easy answers. Certainly not on this earth anyway! Hopefully I can give you an overview of the link between diet and cancer. Remember that there is no one single food or food substances can protect you against cancer. The same is true for a cancer cure. There is no one single food or food … [Read more...]
My last entry talked about foods that help to increase the body's ability to fight disease, which I term "protectors". I like that topic since it focuses on the positive things that people can do with their eating habits. It helps people to understand the things that they should be eating MORE of. However, we cannot overlook the things that we eat that do the opposite and break down our body's ability to protect us against disease. These foods are called … [Read more...]