“If you are a woman, you have a 38% lifetime risk of developing cancer. If you are a man, your changes are even worse – you have a 45% chance.” ~ Dr. Joel Furhman
I could be eating better. I’ve gotten into the habit of eating a lot of cheese, butter, and waffles. My excuse has been that I’m breastfeeding and need the extra fat and calories.
“A diet centered on milk, cheese, pasta, bread, and sugar-filled snacks and drinks lays the groundwork for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune illnesses to develop later in life. It is not merely that sugar, other sweets, white flour, cheese, and butter are harmful it is also what we are not eating that is causing the problem.”
Dr. Joel Fuhrman talks about how important one’s diet is in preventing common childhood problems (colds, allergies, asthma, ADHD), chronic diseases (heart disease and diabetes), and cancer. He emphasizes the concerning fact that cancer rates are rising:
“Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is up 10.7 percent over the last twenty years. Brain cancer is up 30 percent, osteogenic sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, is up 50 percent; and testicular cancer is up 60 percent in men under thirty. No one can tell us why.”
He sites numerous epidemiological studies showing a link between animal fat consumption and cancer.
It’s inspiring me to change some things in our house. Here’s a summary of his dietary recommendations — I like them all:
- Eat a high-nutrient, vegetable-nut-fruit-based diet: will start eating more nuts
- Have one tablespoon of ground flax seeds daily: need to start doing this
- Have at least one ounce of raw walnuts daily, as well as other raw nuts: bought walnuts and plan to start eating daily
- Take a DHA supplement of 100-600mg daily: doing this with a 240mg omega-3 supplement
- Have no processed foods, no dairy fat, no trans fat: need to work on the cheese thing – no more buying it
“Cheese consumption during childhood is a major concern because it takes ten pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese. Besides the bovine growth hormone given to cows, their milk contains estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, prolactin, and other natural cow hormones. Cheese not only is richer in saturated fat, but is a more concentrated source of these hormones.”
- Use little or no oils (essential fats are supplied from raw nuts and seeds and DHA supplementation): minimize the amounts of olive and coconut oil I’m using for cooking
- Avoid antibiotics: done
- Breastfeed for close to two years: 2 years is a good goal
“The child’s immune system is still underdeveloped until the age of two, the same age when the digestive tract seals the leaks (spaces between cells) designed to allow the mother’s antibodies access to the bloodstream. So picking the age of two as the length of recommended breast-feeding is not just a haphazard guess, it matches the age at which the child is no longer absorbing the mother’s immunoglobulins to supplement his own immune system. Nature designed it that way.”
I’d like to start our days with green smoothies: celery, cucumber, banana, flax seeds, chia seeds, spinach and whatever else we feel like throwing in. Did it today and feeling pretty good.