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  1. #11
    Unhealthy diet and habits can cause cancer. Smoking for lung cancer, alcohol for esophageal and intestinal cancer. If bad diet and habits can cause cancer, a healthy lifestyle can help defeating it. It's not fully understood why some go into remission on chemo and others don't. I wouldn't want to rule out diet may be making the difference for some.

    From own experience dietary changes can have a huge impact on wellbeing. I learned about my EoE in my late thirties and dairy products turned out a main culprit causing the inflammation in my esophagus. Constant inflammation in turn is a known risk factor for cancer.

    For hormones, testosterone is boosting prostate cancer, and growth hormones from food, such as dairy products, may accelerate growth of other cancers.

    Metastases can be located in PET scans because of their higher glucose consumption, so to me it sounds plausible that a high sugar intake may not be the wisest choice when battling cancer.

    Anyone any good book recommendations on cancer diets, then? Thanks!
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    I would take note of post #10. While living a healthy lifestyle is beneficial undoubtedly to ones well being, cancer does not discriminate. There are many contributors that can heighten ones risk of developing cancer but again, not all will get cancer even if they are engaged in high risk practices.

    My own Mother died of Lung Cancer. Did smoking cause her csncer? Answer, No, she didn't smoke.

    I have been a caregiver to my Mom and then again to my Father in Law. Through it all, conventional treatment, it was essential that eating anything and everything even though challenging, was essential. Again, post #10 is in my opinion and on point.

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    Clearly, much more study needs to be done. I knew an 80+ year old man who was living in an "old folk's home" in the late 1960s. Smoking a pipe and had done so since he was 12, he said. No cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gothicxtoy View Post
    The reality is, food science is mostly crap. Why? The short reason is that it's very difficult to replicate studies, scientists often cherry pick the data from their experiments, and it's very difficult to get a "control" group, since people have so many different diets in the real world (aka it's virtually impossible for scientists to keep their subjects on a "strict diet").
    Agreed, too many false prophets, too much misinformation, too little emphasis on nutrition at medical school, and too much convenience on consumer side. Also, very hard to perform studies on effects of certain diets. For instance, it was a steep learning curve for me when I got off dairy some 15 years ago. A professor at a medical high school had finally diagnosed me with EoE, when before all I heard was crap like "chew better" when food kept getting stuck in my inflamed oesophagus. A skin prick test revealed cow's milk protein and barley as culprits. I was however told to take oral cortisol steroids until the day I die instead of changing my diet. And didn't comply. I changed butter for vegetable margarine. No more pizza, cheese, milk, yoghurt and so on. Learned to cook. Asian food for lunch. It took me weeks to find out vegetable margarine has milk powder added to make it taste like butter and that one needs to buy VEGAN MARGARINE for it to be vegetable. Most potato fries and many brands of chips contain milk. "Natural" beef flavours made of dairy derivatives. Took me years to realize natrium caseinate found in some coconut cream powders is actually the worst of dairy. Whey is duh. And so on. Without a keen eye it's virtually impossible to completely get off dairy, which will affect any study on that issue.

    But: once I really and fully eliminated dairy from my diet, the difference was AMAZING! Not just did my oesophagus improve, my constant belly cramps were also gone, colds and flues were no longer followed by 14 days of snot, head aches gone, I was generally feeling WAY better. And I can only encourage anyone to check for possible food intolerances or allergies.

    Stunning ignorance in some medical facilities. Lately I was offered lactose free cheese despite clearly communicating my dairy protein allergy in a hospital. Staff corrected me that I must have meant lactose when I said no dairy... *sigh*

    Quote Originally Posted by gothicxtoy View Post
    "cancer feeds on sugar" is a myth in the sense that literally every cell in your body uses sugar (aka "glucose") as its source of energy. There's sugar/glucose in literally everything we eat, unless the packaging explicitly states "no sugar" (and you check the nutritional label to see if there's any grams of sugar).
    The monster hydra is also a myth, but with a very true core when it comes to cancer. Chop off one head and two regrow, or radio-execute a metastasis to find two new ones somewhere else. A lot of refined sugar is clearly unhealthy and cancer cells differ from regular cells, probably also in their reaction on refined sugar overloads.
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    pT2c pN0 (0 of 7 lymph nodes positive) pL0 pV0 R0(local) Pn1
    Perineural growth predominantly on right hand side, tumour diameter 15mm 90% G4 10% G3
    Prostatic parenchyma with glandular hyperplasia and chronic granular, partly purulent inflammation.
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    Lactose free cheese ....really ???

    If you are lactose intolerant just stay away from cheese...easy to do. Gee people are funny. That is like alcohol free liquor...just silly.

    My mum used to make us sugar bread...white bread, margarine (not butter) and sugar...yummy The healthy option would have been brown sugar on brown bread My mum was brought up in the great depression and old habits die hard.

    I am so blessed to be able to enjoy dairy products with no ill effects what so ever. For me life without cheese is unthinkable but that is my Dutch heritage coming through. I suppose you don't really miss something if it makes you sick when you eat it.

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