Monday, January 29, 2007

The Food Doctor says 'Dump Dairy'

Fibre-rich diet 'can halve the risk of breast cancer'

In response to an Article in The Daily Mail The Food Doctor says "Dump Dairy"

'Although a good source of calcium, which is important in maintaining bone health post menopause, diary products also contain the growth hormones fed to cows, maximizing milk production. Their effects do not stop at cows however, with humans affected through the production of Insulin Like Growth Factor One, which encourages rapid cell growth in the human body, normally a controlled procedure. The outcome of rapid cell division is an increased risk of gene mutation, which plays a role in the development of cancer, and acceleration of a tumour that may already be present. Reducing your overall dairy intake lessens your exposure to growth hormones. Aim for variety, opting for rice, soya and oat choices, and include dark green leafy vegetables and beetroot'

The Daily Mail said...

Women can halve their risk of breast cancer by eating a diet rich in wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereal, researchers have claimed. They said that dietary fibre - particularly cereal fibre - can help protect against the killer disease in younger women. It gave no protection, however, to those who have gone through the menopause. The Leeds University study suggested that women should eat at least 30 grams of fibre a day - the Government's recommended intake. Fibre can be found in everything from bran flakes to broccoli.

Professor Janet Cade, who conducted the study, said: "Previous research hasn't shown a convincing link between increased dietary fibre and a lower risk of breast cancer. "But earlier studies didn't draw any distinction between pre- and post-menopausal women." Her team, which was funded by the World Cancer Research Fund, came up with three possible causes for the link. It said high fibre foods are rich in vitamins, zinc and other nutrients which have protective anti- oxidant properties. Fibre can also 'smooth' out the peaks and troughs of insulin levels in the body and high levels are a possible cause of cancer. Finally, dietary fibre reduces levels of the hormone oestrogen, which has been linked to breast cancer. This would explain why a diet rich in fibre helps younger women who have higher levels of the hormone.

The Leeds researchers tracked the eating habits and health records of more than 35,000 women over seven years. Of the group, 257 were premenopausal and developed breast cancer during the study. These had lower intakes of dietary fibre compared with the cancer-free women. There was no significant difference in diet among the 350 post-menopausal women who developed the disease and those who did not. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, was welcomed by Cancer Research UK, Information officer Ed Yong said: "The study further highlights the importance of eating a healthy diet for reducing the risk of cancer." Breast cancer kills more than 13,000 women a year in the UK.

1 comment:

PO Box 105 Williston, FL said...

I do want to thank you for the most common sense approach to eating. We eat vegetables mostly raw and some cooked. We eat some beans because other beans cause me to break out with wet pustulas on my hands between and on my fingers. Yes, I am talking organic beans break me out. Kunks and lima beans are terrible for me. We get fiber in our body all day long. I am 53 and my wife is 45. No sickness. We weigh 132-me and 106-her. Body fat is about 20%. We swim. We rebound on a minni-trampoline. I lift weights. We stretch and do some yoga. We walk. We have air purifiers and water based vacuum cleaners. We drive a 2007 Prius, our 2nd. So I blah blah all this too say that we practice all that we believe as you say. We must continue to be active participants in taking care of our own bodies. I know for sure that there are MANY people that say they are vegetarians that do not know or care what it really means to be healthy. They just keep on gorging their poor bodies with anything to meet their emotional needs. So my encouragement for all is to begin with a diet rich in greens every single day. Carefully look at the grains and beans and how they affect your body. We drink green tea every day-no coffee. I am not saying that coffee is a no no. We drink distilled water. We are happy vegetarian based people. We rarely have some fish that is caught in the wild-hopefully.
There are many variables still not discussed enough in a vegetarian forum. I wish people would just be willing to be more open publically about their struggles. Yes, the world would be a radically different place. Thank you for your work. Art K