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Cancer Is in ALL of Us

Posted by terrepruitt on September 11, 2010

Cancer is in all of us.  Could be why we all know someone affected by it.  We all have it in us.  Experts call it “cancer without disease”.  There are microscopic occurrences of cancer in all of us.  Our bodies fight it off, kill it, or just don’t allow it to grow, but it is there.  I watched Dr. Oz and learned some things I want to share.  There is a process in our bodies called angiogenesis, this is a awesome and necessary process, it is when new blood vessels are formed.  This is something that occurs when a wound is healing.  It also occurs as a catalyst for cancer.  When those cancer cells release chemicals causing new blood vessels to form that feed those cancerous cells or tumors that is when cancer becomes a problem.

There are ideas about fighting cancer before it becomes a problem.  Love that idea.  Let’s prevent and not have to deal with the result of the disease once the cells are out of control.  What the talk is about is “starving” the cancer – ANTI angiogenesis.  It is thought that there are foods that will assist with that.

The episode I watched talked about five foods that will help starve the cancer cells that may be/are present before they become an issue that has to be dealt with.  The guest Dr. said, “It’s not about Doctors and drugs, it is about you and what you eat”.  (Love that!)

The video on the site only has what I summed up for you (above), but I was taking notes so I could post it for you:

Five foods to assist with Anti-Angiogenesis:

1) Bok Choy
   A Chinese Cabbage.  (I don’t think I have ever had it.)
Dr. Li said it has brassinin which is believed to help fight cancer.  His advice was to eat 1/2 Cup three times a week.

2) Cooked Tomatoes
(I have heard this before, but I forgot.  I need to put it on my hubby’s plate.)
   Tomatoes have lycopene, but cooking them increases the availability by two times.  So COOKED tomatoes are what they recommend for preventing prostate cancer.  The recommendation is for a 1/2 cup serving 2 to 3 times a week.

3)  Flounder
    (I don’t like fish.)
    This is an omega three rich food and they say a 6 oz serving 3 times a week.

4) Strawberries
   (I don’t like strawberries either, do you know why?  The seeds.  And you know what?  That is where the good stuff is!)
   They indicated on the show that strawberries are believed to be an anti-angiogenesis food in addition to them being high in antioxidants and they said its the seeds.

5) Artichokes
   (I like artichokes, but with mayonnaise (which is not good in the amount needed to eat an artichoke) and I am not a fan of the hearts—and you guessed it that is where the good stuff is.)
   They compared it to milk thistle and said the artichoke is a flower, the show also recommended a “per day” intake of the artichoke, he said 1/2 cup per day.

Some of these suggestions I’ve heard of, some of them are new to me.  I’ve also heard before that cancer is in all of us, but I hadn’t heard about angiogenesis and therefore I hadn’t heard of ANTI-angiogenesis.  It found it interesting.  I wanted to share.  I think I’ll try some Bok Choy next week and make certain that I get tomatoes on our plates.  I’ll hold off on the fish.  What about you?  Do you eat these foods?  Might you start?  How do you cook Bok Choy?

18 Responses to “Cancer Is in ALL of Us”

  1. Half cup of artichokes a day? That feels like a lot. I do like them though. Hmm. Does it have to be flounder? What about other omega rich fish? Salmon?
    I am not wild about bok choy. But I do like strawberries. Cooked tomatoes! I can do that! (does it count if they are canned? I hope so.)


    • I wrote down a 1/2 cup per day, but the web site said 1/4, but the website had just slightly different info than he said . . . I think 1/4 a day of artichoke is a lot. 1/4 A DAY! That is a lot.

      Salmon IS omega rich, but flounder is low mercury . . . . .according to the information they were supplying. I know that I have heard warnings about salmon and mercury so many when you cut back on salmon you can fill in with flounder? Is flounder not good? I need to learn to like fish.

      I am not wild about strawberries and I have never tried bok choy because isn’t it one of those “sandy” vegetables, where you have to soak and rinse and soak and rinse?

      On the show they SHOWED a can of tomatoes, so I would assume that canned is fine as long as they don’t have a lot of other “stuff” in them.

      LOVE HAVING YOU HERE!!! Thank you, Foodie!


  2. niachick said

    Hi Terre…

    All my favorite foods (except the fish)…I love artichokes, strawberries, tomatoes (cooked or otherwise…and since my husband is Italian, we eat alot of freshly homemade tomato sauce on our gluten free pasta!!! And I love bok choi. For fish we eat Salmon and Cod…that’s about all I can eat of fish.

    Love the blog Terre. So full of grat information, as usual!!!




    • Awesome. You are doing great. I need to work on this list myself.

      How do you cook your bok choy? Is it sandy? The kind of veggie you have to soak and rinse and soak and rinse?

      Glad you liked it. I was amazed by the whole “anti” thought processs. I loved that a DOCTOR thought nutrition was connected to health and is interested in prevention! I loved that!


      • Elaine said

        Bok Choy is in a lot of asian dishes and you put in wonton soup… it is a green celery like food. It is best diced up in my opinion, but you find huge pieces in the chinese food.


        I watched the same episode and I am glad you took notes 🙂 I couldn’t remember the artichoke…and thought this info would be easy to find on line…


        • Elaine –

          Yeah, I guess I must have had it but not realized it or . . . I haven’t had it in a long time. I think of it looking like HUGE scalions, right? White at the bottom and green and leafy-like at the top? Oh, but the picture shows short ones. I think I have seen that too.

          Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Love Dr. Oz and I like all of those foods too. ESPECIALLY strawberries! Yum! Of course, I like all food, seems like. 🙂 I am always impressed with the knowledge you share for good living. So inspiring to live clean.


    • I have to watch him when my husband is not around. Hubby doesn’t like ANY KIND of shows like that. Basically if it isn’t Sci-Fi, my hubby isn’t interested.

      And you are doing awesome too, if you like all those foods. I have to admit, I have a bit of work to do on that list . . . ok, A LOT of work to do on that list. But I found the whole idea interesting. I mean, I believe that food plays a HUGE hand in our health and wellness, but that they are explaining the science behind it and there is a doctor interested in prevention and nutrition intrigues me. I guess, they are all better (more knowledgable) about it, but I just keep thinking about those doctors from Super Size me that said they had no idea eating McDonald’s for 30 days three meals a day would be so bad for one’s health. That just really didn’t make sense to me.

      Thanks for being here, Ms. TWENTY-NINE DAYS (well by now 28!) !!!!!!!!!!


  4. Becky said

    Okay — you knew I’d be all over this one with losing my mother my father and my brother-in-law to cancer within 16 months.

    I hadn’t heard of any of this but I worry everyday EVERYDAY that it will get me too. My sister had a huge scare over the summer. My fear is real and I always thought I just had to sit here and take whatever comes, but I don’t… I can be proactive, right?

    I have eaten and love all of those foods with the exception of the cabbage — I hate all forms of cabbage.
    This was very helpful to me today Terre.
    Thank you for sharing!


    • Oh, I think that one of the saddest things about disease touching someone’s life—-the worry that it tends to cause in others. It is bad enough that the disease has wreck havoc in one body, but even after it is dealt with it continues to wreck havoc and destroy the good because of the worry. Sad that it has so much power.

      I believe people can be proactive. I have always believe by NOT eating certain things we can help our health and wellness. I have also believed that eating certain things can help, I just didn’t know the term and what it was helping. Nothing is a guarantee. All we can do is our best.

      I am glad you are already eating and love these foods. Yay!

      Thank you for stopping by B!


  5. suzicate said

    Someone sent me an email from John Hopkins thats says the same thing and tells you the good and the bad. I found it very interesting. I am not a fan of avacados either but I can do guacamole on occasion.


  6. Melisa said

    Interesting list…and I am wondering about the specifics. Is flounder really a better cancer fighter than salmon? Is bok choi more beneficial than other greens like broccoli, kale, collards, and so on?

    Get this: I regularly drink bok choi *juice*! Mixed in with other things like carrots, apples, and so on but my wonderful ND has me aiming for some kind of brassica every day for the goitrogenic (anti-thyroid) properties they have. Oh, and it has to be raw, so I bought a juicer and drink it almost every day. Yum. Well not really yum, but the apple and carrot aren’t bad and it beats taking pills!


    • Well, in regards to flouder over salmon the reason they gave was because salmon has been found to have mercury. I believe they were steering people away from the mercury, they said, “rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury.”

      The brassinin is what is in bok choy and is also found in broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. I don’t know what they are “pushing” bok choy. Maybe they are trying to make it easy. As many people pointed out to me, I have probably eaten bok choy in Chinese food. Maybe they feel that since people eat Chinese Food they will be getting some bok choy already and it wouldn’t be too difficult to add more.

      There you go again “bragging” about your juice. 😉 You made me laugh with the “Yum. Well not really yum”.


      • Melisa said

        My ND recommends sardines (definitely NOT yum)because they have all those good oils and are too tiny to accumulate much mercury. I have really, really tried to choke those little fish down but….yuck! I open a tin, gag a little bit down and then hand them off to my very happy cats 🙂

        I use bok choi for my juice because it’s milder in flavor than kale and collards. It’s pretty easy to grow around here, too.


        • Aren’t sardines really high in sodium?

          I have always thought of bok choy as a “sandy vegetable”. So I have never bought it or tried to deal with it. But I think I will go to the local farmer’s market and see what they have. It makes sense to put it in juice if it has a milder flavor than kale and collards.


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