Jul 25, 2011

Health


Everyone knows someone with cancer... It is estimated that 1,529,560 men and women (789,620 men and 739,940 women) will be diagnosed with and 569,490 men and women died of cancer of all sites in 2010. The good news is cancer rates are actually dropping. I would like to think that it's because people are taking better care of themselves and becoming more aware of ways to prevent cancer. Dr Andrew Weil is a very well known integrative medicine doctor that I follow very closely. He is the founder and Program Director of the Arizona Center for integrative medicine. His website and blog are fantastic! I also love his cosmetic products sold at Origins.
Here are some of Dr Weil's tips for preventing cancer:

  1. Avoid polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods that might contain trans-fatty acids (such as deep-fried foods).
  2. Minimize or eliminate consumption of foods with added sugar.
  3. Increase omega-3 fatty acid intake by eating more cold-water oily fish, freshly ground flaxseed and walnuts.
  4. Reduce consumption of animal foods and try replacing them with plant-based proteins such as whole soy products.
  5. Use hormone-free, organically produced products whenever possible.
  6. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  7. Eat shiitake, enokidake, maitake and oyster mushrooms frequently.
  8. Drink green tea daily.

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