Guest Post: How To Make An Anti-Cancer Salad

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As the state of health in the U.S. continues to reveal itself, especially in regards to cancer, the more staggering the statistics are:

  • Recent reports suggest worldwide cancer rates will increase 75% by the year 2030
  • If new predictions hold, 22.2 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2030, compared with 12.7 million in 2008

The “big four” cancers (breast, prostate, lung and colon) are all considered to be the result of complex interactions between our bodies and our increasingly toxic environment. To make matters worse, more than 700 new chemicals are added to our environment each year and, because of loopholes in existing laws, they do not need to be proven as safe.

In other words, even if you exercise, eat organic food and don’t smoke, it will still become increasingly difficult to remain healthy and cancer free.

To make matters even more complicated, there are people trying to prevent us from knowing what chemicals and toxins can cause cancer in the first place.

Why? Simple: If we knew, we wouldn’t buy their toxic products.

The chemical industry is working hard to keep us from knowing anything at all. In other words, carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) now have their own lobby in Washington. The industry’s strategy is to lobby Congress to cut off money that funds the “Report on Carcinogens”, a report published every two years by the National Institutes of Health, containing the best information about what agents cause cancer.  Doing so will effectively eliminate much of the information available to the public.

And, if you think this is the only example of such despicable activity, think again.

Unfortunately, there is quite simply no way to live a life that will eliminate all toxic contributions to your body. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. It does mean, however, that you and I need to do everything within reason to resist the effects of our environment. The exciting news is, even in the face of such bleak information, there is much that can be done. Covering it all is beyond the scope of this brief article, so I have chosen to provide a very simple, very practical, but also very powerful way to directly support your body’s effort to resist cancer on a daily basis.

The recipe below is born out of a significant amount of research. Each vegetable listed has been shown to reduce cancer cell growth rate by 50% or more. In some cases, veggies like garlic and onions have even been shown to completely halt cancer cell growth.

I recommend eating a salad containing these specific vegetables most days of the week, especially if you have a strong family history of cancer, or work in a toxic environment. Good luck!

Ingredients for Your Anti-Cancer Salad:

  • Spinach
  • Radicchio
  • Shredded beets
  • Garlic
  • Red Onions
  • Red Cabbage

**Note: None of the much more commonly consumed salad ingredients below came close to breaking the greater than 50% reduction point. In other words, not all salads are created equal:

  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers

Sources:

  1. D. Boivin, S. Lamy, S. Lord-Dufour, J. Jackson, E. Beaulieu, M. C^ote, A. Moghrabi, S. Barrette, D. Gingras, and R. Beliveau. Antiproliferative and antioxidant activities of common vegetables: A comparative study. Food Chem., 112(2):374{380, 2009.
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/opinion/sunday/kristof-the-cancer-lobby.html?_r=0

Dr. Daniel Chong PicDaniel Chong, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician practicing in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Chong specializes in Functional Medicine, an approach that addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. He uses nutritional and lifestyle medicine as his foundational therapeutic tools to help his patients recover from various types of chronic health issues. He can be contacted through his website, www.DrDanielChong.com, where you can also follow his blog. You can also follow him on Twitter @drdanielchong.   

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