Monthly Archives: September 2013

Which tea dwarfs green tea in antioxident content? Plus a simple way to make tea without brewing. (No it isn’t sun tea.)

Click on the above for a brief scientifically based but nontechnical talk by Michael Greger, MD on the results of research on the antioxident content of 283 beverages. Antioxidents neutralize free radicals that contribute to DNA damage which can cause cells to become cancerous.

Green tea is famous for having high antioxident content (especially green teas grown in Japan). But the research revealed some common beverages that beat green tea. But the really big surprise was two teas that dwarf green tea. One is a type of green tea. The other is one I never would have guessed.

I wouldn’t give up on entirely on green tea though. It contains a nutritional factor called epigallocatechin (EGCG). Here’s what Dr. David Servan-Schreiber says in his book Anticancer:

EGCG is one of the most powerful nutritional molecules against the formation of new blood vessels by cancerous cells.

Green tea also acts as a detoxifier for the body. It activates mechanisms in the liver, that can eliminate cancaerous toxins from the body more rapidly. In mice it has shown to block the effects of chemical carcinogens responsible for breast, lung, esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer.

Unfortunately it tends to evaporate within one to two hours after brewing.

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September 17, 2013 · 2:12 pm

What is the #1 anticancer vegetable?

Click on the above for a short scientifically based (but nontechnical) talk by Michael Greger, MD on the vegetables shown to have the most anticancer effect in lab experiments.

Helpful knowledge when you’re picking and choosing in the produce department or at the salad bar.

Unfortunately some of the vegetables he talks about aren’t available where I live (Guam). Hopefully you live in an area where the selection is greater. I still found the talk interesting and helpful.

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September 17, 2013 · 1:28 pm

Which fruits fight cancer best?

Click on the above for a short, interesting, scientifically based (but nontechnical) talk by Michael Greger, MD on which fruits have the most anticancer properties. And which is the champ.

It’s handy knowledge if you want to change your diet to lessen the chances of getting cancer or want to introduce foods into your diet to help suppress cancer cell growth to supplement ongoing cancer treatment.

I give my wife my own version of an anticancer fruit/veggie smoothie twice a day and I can say without a doubt that such nutritional measures have definitely reversed her rapid decline she was going through last year from cachexia (rapid weight loss, growing weakness, loss of appetite, etc.). By now she should have been severely emaciated (skinny) or dead. Many people comment that she doesn’t look like she has stage 4 cancer.

It has definitely helped to manage her cancer and extend her life.

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September 17, 2013 · 1:13 pm

What if the conventional theory of how cancer starts and grows is wrong?

Click on the above picture to hear a TED Talk by cancer researcher Mina Bissell on a new understanding of the roots of cancer. Conventional cancer thinking focuses on the theory that the DNA in single cells become damaged causing cells to go haywire and grow out of control. Thankfully, the body’s defense mechanisms take care of most of these rogue cells. But sometimes one escapes and, over years, doubles and redoubles eventually growing into a full blown tumor.

Ms. Bissell has done extensive research on an alternate theory about the part the biochemical microenvironment has in instructing cells to become cancerous. She demonstrates that changing the microenvironment can change those instructions even to the point of possibly having them revert back to normal cells.

The talk is slightly technical but it’s worth the effort. It’s helpful in understanding a new explanation of the causes of cancer and giving hope for what is possible if we can change the biochemistry around the cancerous cells through a combination of food, drugs and lifestyle changes.

I found it helpful and interesting. I hope you do too.

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September 15, 2013 · 11:43 am