Nutritional Mistake – thinking it does nothing and thinking it does everything”
You are not ‘what you eat’ but ‘what you can absorb.’
Using a forensic naturopathy approach we determine the patient’s ‘bio-individualty’ because no one size diet fits all – especiallyonce prostate cancer (PC) is diagnosed.
PC rates are highest in the USA, followed by Western Europe, then Australia, NZ and lower in Asia and coastal Mediterranean countries
Saturated fats are regarded as risk adverse.
Not just for prostate cancer but as the name of the burger on the left implies – ‘quadruple bypass burger’ there are other problems with fatty diets.
Some researchers believe the Asian or Mediterrannean diets offer benefits for PC prevention however the Mediterrannean diet may be an easier transition for Westerners.
Overall, studies suggest that balanced diets with ample vegetables and fruit, olive oil, reduced red meats and increased fish intake may be the best overall preventative diet for most cancers.
A research review just published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research (Volume 53, Issue 2) by urology experts Allison Hodge, MD, and Catherine Itsiopoulos, MD, (Australia) outlines a host of evidence that associates a reduced risk of prostate cancer with a traditional Mediterranean style diet (also called a Cretan diet) featuring dishes like those listed above.
see – Prostate Cancer Prevention
While the typical Australian – American diet is loaded with processed foods, lots of meat and dairy products, Mediterranean meals are built around a variety of plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts and legumes.
Olive oil is the main source of fat in the Mediterranean diet. There is also a low intake of red meat, moderate to low use of dairy products, moderate to high amounts of fish and moderate drinking of wine, primarily consumed with meals. The researchers note that this traditional way of eating among the Greeks and other Mediterranean people provides adequate fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats.
A man’s diet may affect his prostate cancer risk, and a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that fish may offer protection to men with prostate cancer. Men who eat an abundance of fish may have a lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer or dying from prostate cancer compared with men who eat very little or no fish.
Adding fish slows disease progression
The incidence of prostate cancer varies throughout the world, and prior research suggests that diet may affect the incidence of cancer and the number of deaths caused by prostate cancer. For instance, populations who eat a lot of fish such as people in Japan and Alaskan Eskimos have a lower incidence of prostate cancer than people who eat typical Western diets. In this review, researchers examined data from a total of 31 observational studies and looked at the association between the amount of fish men ate and incidence of death from prostate cancer. Because of the many studies included in this meta-analysis, the men ate a wide variety of fish, including fatty fish, lean fish, and even fried fish. Results showed:
Men who ate more fish had a 44% lower risk of having advanced or metastatic prostate cancer compared with men who ate less. In addition, men who ate more fish also had a 63% lower risk of dying from prostate cancer compared with men who ate less.
In this particular analysis, eating more fish was not associated with a significantly lower incidence of prostate cancer, but it did lower incidence of advanced prostate cancer. The authors comment, “In our study, fish consumption was not associated with a lower incidence of all prostate cancer, but it may be related to decreased aggressive, clinically relevant disease. Fish consumption may decrease cancer-specific mortality by preventing metastatic disease.”
While the authors don’t state how much fish a man should eat for the protective benefits, one epidemiological study referenced in the article found that men who ate fish more than three times per week had a lower risk of prostate cancer and especially metastatic cancer than men who ate less.
Get important nutrients. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D and other vitamins, minerals, and protein.
Protect against cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells in laboratory studies. Inflammation is thought to play a significant role in cancer development and studies have demonstrated that fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects as well. As we see from the results of the above study and others, further research is needed to understand the role of dietary fish in cancer prevention.
Make it part of a balanced diet. Eating fish is recommended by a number of health organizations to help prevent a variety of medical conditions. For instance, The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week for heart health. But more isn’t necessarily better in this case. (Am J Clin Nutr doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2010.29530)
The following recommendations are from the American Institute for Cancer Research
The Expert Report
In November 2007, AICR and the World Cancer Research Fund published Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, the most comprehensive report on diet and cancer ever completed.
The Report took six years to produce, and the process was transparent, objective and comprehensive. First, the global scientific literature was searched for relevant studies. Initial searches found some half a million studies, which were soon culled to 22,000. Ultimately, over 7,000 scientific studies were deemed relevant and met the report’s rigorous criteria.
These studies were independently reviewed, compiled and presented to an Expert Panel of 21 world-renowned scientists, who judged the accumulated evidence and developed 10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.
For much more information, visit the Expert Report’s website http://www.dietandcancerreport.org/
Recommendations for Cancer Prevention
These ten recommendations for cancer prevention are drawn from the WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report. Each recommendation below links more details.
You can use these links to skip to individual recommendation pages, or you can start with the first and follow links from page to page through the entire list.
1.Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
2.Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
3.Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.
4.Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
5.Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
6.If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
7.Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
8.Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer.
9. After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.