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Taking the ‘Angelina Jolie Effect’ a Step Further to Prevent Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D. ecomii.com
April 24, 2015
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

In late March of this year, Angelina Jolie wrote movingly of her decision to reduce her risk of cancer by opting for preventive surgery. While few of us will ever have to stare an 87 percent risk of cancer in the face, as Jolie did, the unfortunate truth is that at some point in our lives, many of us—nearly one in two men and one in three women—will develop cancer.

Whether we carry the BRCA1 gene mutation or not, we can all learn from Jolie’s thoughtful, proactive approach.

As a doctor, I want people to know that they already wield some of the most powerful tools to help take control over the risk of cancer: the fork and knife. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, diet and lifestyle changes could prevent up to one-third of U.S. cancer cases.

In 2014, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published research my colleagues and I conducted showing that with so much evidence pointing toward a link between dietary choices and certain types of cancer, we ought to apply the precautionary principle to the foods we eat and avoid the products likely to cause the most harm.

For the most part, that means animal products. Consuming just one serving of processed meat per day can up the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent, while drinking two glasses of milk per day can increase the risk of prostate cancer by a staggering 60 percent.

In fact, regularly consuming animal protein can quadruple the risk of dying from cancer – making dietary choices just as deadly as smoking.

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. By favoring plant-based foods—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes—we can dramatically minimize the risk for various types of cancer. For example, one recent study found that vegetarians can reduce their risk of developing colorectal cancer by 22 percent.

Another study shows that women who consume the most carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables—including carrots and sweet potatoes—reduce the risk for breast cancer by about 19 percent. And compared with those who consume meat and dairy products, women who follow plant-based diets have a 34 percent decreased risk for specific cancers including breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers.

Like Jolie said, we can never fully eradicate the risk of developing cancer. But that doesn’t mean we should sit around and wait. Learning about risk factors and options is a good place to start in taking a proactive, precautionary step forward

Neal Barnard, M.D. is a clinical researcher, author, health advocate and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC

 
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Expo West 2015 ~ Best of Show!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 20, 2015
File under: Green Lifestyle Tips, Healthy Eating, Natural Products

Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show, took over the entire Anaheim Convention Center in California from March fourth through the eighth of this year.

The event, in its 35th year grew 7.2 percent, shattering records and attracting over 71,000 industry members.  There were more than 2,700 companies exhibiting natural and organic food, beverages, supplements, clothing and household goods as retailers, distributors and members of the press packed the aisles.

VegTV was there on the lookout for innovative and cutting edge products and was impressed with quite a few, this year.  We picked 10 “Best of Show” exhibitors, included exciting new products from fourteen different lines and conducted video interviews with each. …read more of Expo West 2015 ~ Best of Show! here

 
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Luscious High Protein Banana Bread

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 21, 2015
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

This delicious banana bread is very low in fat, rich in protein and fiber and unlike traditional baked goods, contains no cholesterol. Baked goods made with traditional ingredients contain at least six times the fat and about a quarter of the protein!

What defines quick breads are, as the name implies they are quick!  Quick breads are baked goods that rise with leavening agents other than yeast and evolved after the introduction of baking powder in 1850. …read more of Luscious High Protein Banana Bread here

 
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Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
February 28, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Natural Remedies, Spices, Vegan

Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs, often in a sophisticated way.[1]

Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was identified, and the raw ingredients of a common aspirin tablet have been a popular painkiller for far longer than we have had access to tablet-making machinery.

Indeed, today many pharmacological classes of drugs include a natural product prototype that we originally discovered through the study of traditional cures and folk knowledge of indigenous people.

There’s a plant in South Asia called Adhatoda (from adu meaning “goat,” and thoda meaning “not touch” because it’s so bitter even the goats won’t eat it). It has compounds that help open one’s airways and as such, Adhatoda tea has been used traditionally to treat asthma, with the leaves steeped with black peppercorns. …read more of Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels here

 
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Using a Plant-Based Diet to Prevent Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D. ecomii.com
February 8, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) shows that most Americans have only a vague notion about what causes cancer. Only 35 percent know that red meat is linked to an increased cancer risk, and fewer than half of Americans realize that a plant-based, high-fiber diet can actually reduce their odds of getting cancer. According to the AICR, nearly 340,000 cancer cases per year are preventable with lifestyle changes.

My colleagues at the Physicians Committee and I developed a set of recommendations that everyone can follow to reduce their cancer risk. These six easy dietary guidelines were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition to increase the focus on prevention. …read more of Using a Plant-Based Diet to Prevent Cancer here

 
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