Module 1: Nutritional Principles
1. Diversification reduces risk
In investing, owning a portfolio of 100 shares of 50 companies is considered a lot safer than owning 5,000 shares of one company. No matter how successful that company is today, if it goes out of business tomorrow, we lose everything.
The more and different kinds of anticancer foods one eats, the better. There’s a synergy that makes them even more powerful in combination.
In a study with mice, they gave different groups different cancer preventative agents, then tried to induce breast cancer.
Of the control group given no preventive agent, 100% developed breast cancer.
Of those mice given one agent, 50% developed a tumor.
Of the mice given two agents: 33% came down with breast cancer.
Three agents: 20%
Four agents: 10%1
Cancer grows and develops in different ways. The more ways one blocks it by eating different bioactive phytochemicals, the less chance it has of winning.
Some foods may stop it from the beginning. Others may stop its growth. Others bolster the immune system, so it destroys cancer. Others block the body from growing new blood vessels to supply the tumors.
Falling into a rut is easy. Once one finds cancer-fighting foods and meals they enjoy, they should focus on them.
But, a change up from week to week is good.
Buy apples instead of oranges, pistachios instead of peanuts and lentils instead of beans.
Turmeric is so powerful and effective. Eat a quarter or half teaspoon every day.
But also experiment with other spices.
2. Eat food as unprocessed as possible
Milk from free-range, grass-fed cattle is better than factory farm milk full of bovine growth hormone, antibiotics and who knows what else.
Whole wheat bread is healthier than bread from white flour.
Whole produce is best, but sometimes we may buy it frozen or canned.
3. Take supplements only as needed
Even people in the alternative health movement have a “miracle” pill mentality. When they learn about nutrition, they want to buy a bottle of capsules at the health food store the same way conventional patients buy a bottle of prescription pills at the pharmacy.
The best way to get Vitamin D is through sunlight, but that’s impossible in temperate zones during the cool seasons. Where I live, I couldn’t get Vitamin D in January even if I sunbathed naked all day.
It’s also harder for people with darker skins than white skins.
And people with very fair complexions can burn before they know it.
Enough sunlight to produce Vitamin D is healthy, but a sunburn is not.
And many people spend the daylight hours inside working.
Therefore, it’s necessary for many people to take Vitamin D supplements from around October through April.
Buy vitamin or nutritional supplements that are in the form of food, not synthesized.
For example: take Vitamin C extracted from fruit instead of ascorbic acid.