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Posted by Alan S. on November 02, 2000 at 18:17:47:

In Reply to: Re: cancer runs in family. can anyone help me with diet posted by Rick H on November 02, 2000 at 16:11:05:

: : : Cancer runs in my family,my mum, uncle and all grandparents have died of it. Im 27,a smoker and starting to feel like I'm doomed. The more stressed I get about it, the more I smoke. I guess theres only so much I can do, and I suppose I'm being positive by looking for prevention now rather than a cure later on. I have improved my died significantly to include fruit,fish and salad on a daily basis as well as swimming 3/4 times a week. Are there and specific nutritional supplements or additional sorts of food that anyone can recommend?

: : : Hope this doesnt seem trivial, as I know there are a lot of people reading this who are in a bad way.

: : : Thanks in advance

: : : Julian

: : First, what is your families bloodtype and what is yours? Second, you need to quite smoking, which I'm sure you are well aware of. Third, I would recommend that you adopt a very low carbohydrate diet. Why? Because cancer cells must have glucose (bloodsugar) to survive and grow. Any carbohydrate you take in except for fiber eventually gets turned into glucose. By keeping your bloodsugar levels low on this type of diet, you essentially starve any potential cancer cells. The carbohydrates that you do eat should be things like green leafy vegetables and low sugar berries, all of which provide many good antioxidants without all of the unnecessary sugars (carbs). Fourth, avoid all un-natural fats in your diet, in particular partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Finally, I recommend that you get and read "Protein Power" or "The Protein Power Lifeplan". Alan S.

: Alan,

: When you recommend a low carbohydrate diet, do you feel the same if someone eats whole grains instead of the processed grains sold to us in stores? Aren't whole grains converted to glucose and/or some other form differently such as they are more nutritious and better for us? I'm not sure of the details, and I would have to do research on it, but I believe there is significant difference between eating whole grains and highly refined processsed grains. Whole grains are the natural grains such as wheat berries, brown rice, flax seed, millet (hulled), and natural oats for example.

: Rick H.

From what I have read, a carbohydrate is a carbohydrate, unless it is fiber. It's true that whole wheat contains more fiber than white flour, but not much (just look at the nutrition info on a bag of flour, stone ground whole wheat has about 3 gm fiber and 22 gm of digestible carbohydrate vs. 1 gm fiber and 22 gm carb for white flour). All carbhydrates except fiber get turned into glucose (bloodsugar) for use as fuel or eventually into triglycerides for storage in the fat cells if there is an excess for the bodies energy requirements. In addition, many autoimmune disorders (Celiac disease, Crohns disease, Rhumetoid Arthritis, etc.) have been traced to the consumption of ceral grains, and in particular wheat and corn. Think about it, would our pre-agricultural ancesters have eaten any significant quantity of ceral grains? Not likely. And that is the problem. Our bodies have not had enough time to adapt to diet based primarily on ceral grains. In your previous statement you mentioned wheat berries? Not sure what that is. Also, if you look at the nutrient list for ground flax seed, you will see that all of the carbohydrate content is fiber. Alan S.

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