A useful and inspiring guide to eating healthy, natural foods – by Katie Panamarenko
A dear friend of mine and Cape May local, Mickey Chew, has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. I would like to dedicate this week’s column to him by offering some organic, nutritional advice to prevent and combat cancer. As always, I believe all food should be organic. Non-organic diets force your body to combat additional toxins and hormones that are grown into and on the food. There’s likely to be a lack of nutritional value in these choices as well.
Through some research at www.alternative-cancer-care.com, I found the Acid–Alkaline Diet to be most obvious and attainable natural means to combat cancer. Cancer cells thrive in low oxygen, glucose-saturated acidic cells. When your cells are acidic (below pH of 6.5-7), they lose their ability to exchange oxygen, allowing cancer cells and cancer-causing microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi) to thrive. High acidic diets include: bacon, beef, lobster, milk, oysters, pork, salmon, scallops, shrimp, shellfish, tuna, turkey, sugar, artificial sweeteners, white flour, breads, canned fruits, white pasta, salt, yogurt, corn syrup, alcohol, coffee, vinegar, soft drinks, aspirin, tobacco and sodas.
To inhibit the growth of cancer within our bodies, we should strive to maintain a high-alkaline and low-acidity diet. When your cells are alkaline (above pH of 7) cancer is less likely to survive because of the high amount of oxygen present. In a pH of 8 or greater, cancer cells cannot survive. Ya’ hear that Mickey, and all others fighting cancer?
Alkaline-encouraging foods include: alfalfa, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber, dandelions, edible flowers, eggplant, green beans, kale, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radish, spinach, tomatoes, wild greens, apricot, avocado, banana, currants, grapes, grapefruit, melons, lemon, orange, rhubarb, tangerine, watermelon, almonds, tofu, whey, chili pepper, herbs, molasses, fresh fruit juice, mineral water.
I have personally met numerous cancer-stricken folks who stuck to this kind of diet and walked away healthier and happier than any chemotherapy patient. It of course depends on what stage you are in and how willing you are to fully commit to changing your diet. We should all be conscious of this lifestyle so as to combat cancer in all our lives and encourage a higher standard for our means of survival – eating.
[Editor’s Note: While we always want our readers to eat their fruits and vegetables, be sure to do your own research and ask your doctor before starting a new diet.]