Nutritional Concepts
March 17, 2009

Cancer Fighting Carbs

Dear Valued Client,

In honor of National Nutrition Month, we bring your "Cruciferous: The Cancer Fighting Carb." If you are not a devotee already, the following should "seal the deal".

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Enjoy, Bonnie

Cruciferous: The Cancer Fighting Carb

Research has brought the Cruciferous vegetable family to the forefront of cancer-fighting foods. And yes, they are carbohydrates (moderate starch, low glycemic load). Cruciferous compounds have produced positive data for bladder, breast, colorectal, esophageal, lung, prostate, pancreatic, and stomach cancers.

A recent study performed by Kaiser Permanente showed that subjects who ate raw or slightly cooked cabbage and sauerkraut more than three times per week were 72 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those who had 1.5 or fewer servings.

The growth of cancer is linked with a group of proteins in the body that silences genes relating to natural, programmed cell death. Synergistic chemicals specific to Cruciferous vegetables interfere with this protein group and restores natural cell death, thus harmonizing epigenetic pathways.

A Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology study suggests exposure of a fetus to common carcinogens during the late stages of pregnancy could lead to cancer in childhood. A diet rich in cruciferous vegetables may lessen the toxic impact.

High cruciferous intake may enhance the elimination of dietary carcinogens such as heterocyclic amines (the black char on cooked foods such as meat) and alter the metabolism or activity of hormones (such as bad estrogen) in ways that inhibit the development of hormone-sensitive cancers.

Cruciferous vegetable intake may reduce breast cancer risk, especially in those with a GSTP1 genotype, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Cruciferous vegetables are always the least contaminated by pesticide contamination for good reason. Their anti-carcinogenic chemical structure is so strong that it prevents much of the pesticide residue from absorbing into its tissue. Here is a list of vegetable equivalents to the "Nutritional League of Justice."
Food Intolerance Clinic in Every GP Practice?

A program to train practice nurses to run food intolerance clinics in every GP practice, based upon a three year research project at the University of Surrey, was launched last month in the United Kingdom.

Research suggested of the patients believed themselves to have heath problems, 33% attributed their problems to a food intolerance while 70% said that they would be interested in attending a food intolerance clinic.

For the project, four nurses were trained to operate intolerance clinics across the UK. The clinics offered individual sessions with the food intolerance nurse who took a detailed history while the patient was asked to fill in a food and symptom diary. All patients were then put on a two-week healthy-eating diet. This proved to have a significantly beneficial effect on the health of over 50% of the participants.

Patients who felt no better on the healthy eating diet were then put on a two-week wheat and dairy-free diet. Of those who completed the two-week wheat and dairy-free diet, 49% felt that their symptoms had improved. Patients who derived no benefit from either diet could then be referred on for further testing.

The project will be rolled out across the UK beginning in the spring of this year.

Bonnie - I bet this program is going to be wildly successful. Wouldn't this be nice to have in GP offices in the U.S.? For this to happen, most docs have to first acknowledge that food intolerances exist. Good thing you have us.

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