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Answer to Cancer: Pink or Green?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Could the answer to cancer prevention be right under our noses? Or on our plates?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We walk for cancer, we wear pink for cancer, we donate for cancer but cancer continues to rear its ugly head and strikes
unsuspecting victims of all ages. The fundraising events are underway and the money collected through walks, runs, bike rides and just regular donations flood the major research institutions and pharmaceutical companies in order to help them find the cure for cancer.

But will the cure ever come from the health care industry? Will any amount of money ever be enough to remove the fear of death from the word “Cancer”?  We all seem to be waiting and hoping for some breaking news and the big announcement that the cure for cancer has finally been found.  But will it ever come? Are we fooling ourselves? Or is someone else fooling us?

Several studies have been conducted on cancer treatment and prevention over
the years but somehow have not made headline news. Even those that did were very quickly pushed out of the TV airtime with another commercial for a fast food meal, a refreshing cold beer or a new anxiety pill. 

What if there was a whole other way of understanding the cancer phenomenon,
but somehow only few people understood it?  What if the cure for cancer was not some miraculous concoction (or a pill or immunization) but your own healthy immune system?  What if you could significantly reduce your risk of breast cancer (and any other cancer) by adjusting the foods you eat? Could this be so simple?

For the past two years I embarked on a quest of nutritional enlightenment and education on disease prevention. After 2 years of countless hours spent doing extensive research of medical literature, reading books, watching documentaries and attending many seminars, it all seems so very simple now. 

I am sharing a few videos that I found very informative as they are based on research and articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Cancer prevention and treatment might be the same thing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEa7zl8FIGc&feature=player_embedded



Vegetables vs breast cancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCTA6fGK2wM&feature=relmfu



Stage 3 breast cancer survivor testimony

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhhCdrYcqf4

 

Healthiest vegetables in cancer prevention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tAAehC4BYs&feature=relmfu



Multivitamin and breast cancer risk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Kr1grxWTrqA



After watching those videos you might find yourself being drawn more towards the green (as in green leafy veggies with garlic) and less towards the KFC’s pink bucket of fried chicken, pink frosted doughnuts or artificially colored and flavored jello with a pink ribbon on the package. 


Below is also a link to a documentary movie that has changed the way I understand cancer forever. It might change yours as well.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTGye7kA6rM

Iwona Leger, RN, MSN, Health Coach, owns Love and Peas Health Coaching and runs individual and group coaching sessions. She is very passionate about disease prevention, lifestyle and diet modifications, as well as stress reduction techniques.

For more info visit www.loveandpeashealth.com

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Kim Aliczi October 08, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I was just about the post a link to Dr. Greger's website (nutritionfacts.org), and then I clicked on your links, and poof! It was Dr. Greger! I've learned a lot about nutrition and disease prevention from him, more people should definitely pay attention to what they put in their mouths.
Sarah Atwell October 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Unfortunately there is still a lack of research into why women under the age of 40 get breast cancer with no known risk factors. In my case I was 26 at diagnosis. I was BRCA-1 and 2 negative as well. People do need to change the way they eat but based on where you live (environmental factors) or based on genetic factors not yet discovered, some women will still get breast cancer no matter what they eat. Thank you for the links and the information!
Isabelle S. October 08, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Simple things like carpeting, bedding, air quality, etc. are all up for considerations. Our grandparents used items which were organic....right down to their cotton underwear! One consideration is to re-evaluate our technological "advancements"...what are they doing to our health? No one likes to be a renegade, but I feel that is where we may need to go in our quest for organic health.
Iwona leger October 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Hi Kim Yes, I learn a lot from Dr Gregor and other pioneer doctors who use food as medicine. Few of my favorites and Dr Esselstyn, Dr Popper, Dr McDougal. By the way Dr Greger will be in Boston in a few weeks speaking at an event- if you are interested, the info is on his website.
Iwona leger October 08, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Sarah, Thank you for your comment. I am very sorry that you had to go through the experience of getting the dreadful diagnosis. Any age is to young for that, but 26... I hope everything is good now and you are doing well. A few great rescources that I found on cancer-food connection are: The China Study - book written by T.Colin Campbell PhD and a documentary movie "Forks Over Knives" (available on Netflix). Wishing you great health Iwona
Iwona leger October 09, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Isabelle, You are absolutely correct... our gradparents lived much diferent lives than we do today. Unless we move to some corner of the world with no modern technology, I don't know how we could ever even come close to the environmental conditions our ancestors had. There is so much we have no control over in our lives-how much radiation is being emmited through our electronics, how clean the air is, how pure the water is in our faucets etc. What we put on our plates and and what we eat every day is one of the very few things still left in our control. Every day when I wake up I remind myself that my control over my own health boils down to 3 major things... breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's not a guarantee that I will not get ill one day, but I will do the best I can to do my part.
Cherie Trice October 09, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Thank you Iwona, for your passion. We are grateful that you are in Tolland and grateful that you share your passion and knowledge with others!
Iwona leger October 13, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Thank you Cherie for your kind words. You are a great gift to our community as well. We are lucky to have you.

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