Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Anticancer - how you can protect yourself!

Last night mom and I joined some of my breast cancer support group members and hundreds of others at UCLA to hear David Servan-Schreiber, M.D.,PhD, speak about his book: Anticancer: A New Way of Life. We heard his personal story about brain cancer - how it was diagnosed and how it led him to conduct a meta-analysis of existing research on cancer and how to strengthen one's natural defenses against the cancer cells that exist in all of us. It was outstanding. His book is outstanding too. I hope you'll buy the book and apply the many lessons in it to your daily life so that you can benefit from the knowledge and power it offers to protect yourself from developing cancer or from a recurrence if you've had it in the past. I know that I'm applying it to my lifestyle effective immediately. Key high level points I learned last night (but please get this book and read it) -
  • Sugar (high glycemic index) fuels cancer - replace with low glycemic natural alternatives including agave nectar, stevia, xylitol but NOT with artificial sweeteners (chemicals)
  • Activity is critical - 30 minutes minimum (sweating) 5-6x/week
  • Eat organic as much as possible (pesticides are known carcinogens), but at least find out what types of produce and other foods should be organic if you can't go fully organic - read his book on an eye opening study comparing effects on children on organic and conventional diets
  • Eat tons of veggies - as in 80% of every meal should be veggies/fruit; reduce intake of meat (all types)
  • Avoid parabens, phthalates, BPA, and other known toxins and endocrine disruptors
  • Make sure you're getting enough Vitamin D3 - get your level checked asap by doctor b/c this is a major risk factor for most cancers
  • Soy is GOOD (not bad as previously thought) but best in the traditional forms
  • Omega 3's - be sure you're getting plenty -- fish, flax seed, etc.
  • Turmeric, mushrooms, kale, spinach, broccoli, berries, black pepper, garlic, onions, green tea - and many others - make these common in your diet - they fight cancer cells and there are solid scientific studies to prove it (but you won't hear a lot about it because they aren't money makers for drug companies)
  • There is a mind-body connection, helplessness fuels disease - stress doesn't create/fuel disease but how we RESPOND to it can.
  • STOP PUTTING CELL PHONES AND CORDLESS PHONES TO YOUR EAR - use a headset - preferably not bluetooth (since that is a radio too) - or speakerphone.
  • Replace chemical cleaners with natural ones (i.e., white vinegar), beware of dry cleaning chemicals - read his book to learn how to protect yourself from them

Seriously, super important information with scientific studies backing it up - get the book, read it, apply it and notice how much better you feel very quickly.

Here's a website with lots of info from and about the book: PS - want to know what I had for breakfast this morning? organic, omega-3 eggs with 2 cups of kale (very lightly sauteed with olive oil and ginger), a banana, and a glass of green tea, sweetened with 1 tsp of agave nectar.


  1. All of your info is great, but the link/web site isn't working :(

  2. OK, let's see, try these:

  3. Interestingly, I read a book about seven years ago that encouraged much the same foods. I lost weight easily (could have been bc I was so much younger, too?) and felt great while eating this way. More reinforcement with what you wrote, Julie. The husband may or may not be thrilled, but we are going move in this direction again. Thanks for the info summary you posted. : )

  4. Great info! But I just read a study on agave nectar that scared me, so I might stay away from that (just a personal thing from what I've read).