BY HAILEY KOLTKO
What we eat matters. And when it comes to fighting cancer, many believe that it is possible to starve cancer with the foods we put into our bodies. One believer is Dr. William Li, (www.angio.org), who claims that eating cancer-fighting foods cuts off the supply lines that feed cancer cells (or anti-angiogenesis).
Anti-angiogenesis are foods and drugs that prevent our bodies from producing blood vessels, particularly to cancer tumors. It is the bodys way of taking care of problems. A little angiogenesis is a good thing. Pregnant women use it to nourish their baby growing inside of them. Wounds use it to properly heal. However, when your body goes crazy and starts trying to heal pre-cancer tumors, then you have problems.
About half of the population aged 50 and over already have tumors that, if they are fed, could lead to cancer. Anti-angiogenesis prevents these cancer cells from ever starting. Wouldnt it be awesome if we could stop cancer in its track? It can also help cancer patients from relapsing. Essentially, keep the dormant cancer, dormant.
A completely other side is starving cancer. Without blood, cancer cannot survive. Like any cell, cancer needs oxygen and energy, both of which are providing by blood. So if we are able to stop blood from getting to the cancer by drying up the capillaries (tiny blood vessels), then we can stop cancer right in its tracks.
We can start today by eating these healthy foods:
So pretty much, just eat dark Chocolate covered strawberries for every meal! But really, these foods are delicious and easy to incorporate into a diet, if they are not already in your daily intake. In fact, many of these are already accepted staple fruits, such as apples, oranges, and strawberries. Pumpkin can be mixed into just about anything in the fall. Dark chocolate is always a good idea. So maybe if we put down our French fries and pick up some kale chips, well feel better and fight cancer. Regardless if you believe in this or not, eating healthy is a good choice no matter who you are or how your health is.
about the author
Lizzy Smith was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at age 44. Within days, she left her job, ended her marriage, moved, and entered treatment. "To the extent I'm able, I want to prove that despite life's biggest challenges, it is possible to survive and come out stronger than ever," she says.