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Oncologists Who Tell Their Patients to Eat Anything They Want

Updated on November 18, 2015

Why Aren't Cancer Patients Encouraged to Eat Right?

Someone I know was diagnosed with breast cancer within the last year. It has since spread and her prognosis is poor.

As a young mother, she had the full barrage of treatments. Her dose of chemotherapy, given with steroids, was so high that her doctor considered hospitalizing her after every treatment. Predictably, her reactions to these drugs were very severe.

In the midst of this, she asked her oncologist what she should be eating. The answer, predictably, was, "Eat whatever you want."

However, for cancer patients, eating the right foods can mean the difference between life and death according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, author of Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients.

Ironically, he notes, many patients may be consuming the very same things that caused their cancer in the first place. Instead, he explains, they should be pumping up their immune systems with super foods and supplements. This affords them the best chance of survival.

Most Oncologists Recommend Not Taking Herbal Supplements While Undergoing Chemotherapy

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But Aren't You Supposed to Avoid Supplements While Doing Chemo?

This is a very controversial issue. Nearly every mainstream oncologist will tell you not to take any supplements during and immediately after your chemo sessions. The belief is that these anti-oxidants will interfere with the action of the pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Blaylock, however, in his book, writes that there is no evidence to support this recommendation. Instead, he argues, the right supplements will enhance the effectiveness of the chemotherapy. A retired neurologist who specialized in treating brain cancer, he says the outcome is much better when patients take certain dietary supplements.

Part of the reason oncologists may not issue food restrictions is because cancer patients often lose their appetites. This is often because chemotherapy treatments make them extremely. The question about whether chemotherapy is helpful, or harmful, is another question reserved for another article. You can read about that debate here.

Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients by Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD

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The Problem of Consuming the Wrong Oils

Dr. Blaylock points out that the Standard American Diet is heavy in what's known as Omega 6 oils. These include corn, safflower and canola oil, all of which he notes are powerful cancer stimulants. (Please watch the video segment toward the end of this article in which Dr. Blaylock is interviewed.)

He said Omega 6 is needed to maintain good health. But we're consuming far too much. He said eaten in mass quantities, this will result in an imbalance, which stimulates cancer growth. He blames the "heart healthy" recommendations, which encourage using products such as canola oil, for the alarming rise in cancer.

Omega 6 oils are commonly found in all processed foods, such as potato chips, crackers and baked goods.

In the United States, one in three people will be diagnosed with this disease at some point in their lives. However, there is much less cancer in parts of the world where people have healthier eating habits, according to Dr. Blaylock.


Processed Foods Implicated in Poor Health

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Diet and Cancer

Cancer is largely a result of a poor diet, according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD. In his book, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, he explains how eating well can help you build a stronger immune system, which you need in order to defeat the malignancy. He said paying attention to your food choices is a necessity.

GMOs in Our Food Supply are Another Concern

One of the best studies on the effects of eating genetically modified foods comes from France. Molecular biologist Giles-Eric Seralini, from the University of Caen, led a study that clearly demonstrated that GMOs cause cancer in laboratory rats. Rats were broken down into groups. Some were fed regular corn, others were fed genetically modified corn, while others subsisted on a diet that included GM corn contaminated with the herbicide Roundup.

This herbicide, manufactured by Monsanto, is the reason crops are being engineered in the first place, The laboratory tinkering allows the plant to grow, despite applications of an herbicide that would normally kill it. So the Roundup only destroys the weeds.

Dr. Seralini found that the rats fed genetically modified foods, with or without the addition of Roundup, which is absorbed by the food crops, developed enormous mammary (breast) tumors. These became apparent only four months on a genetically modified diet.

Other studies, he noted, only followed rats for three months, which isn't long enough to record the development of cancer.

In Europe, genetically modified food must be labeled. (Consumers have largely rejected it.) However, in the United States, no such laws exist. Anytime you order a restaurant meal, you can also assume it contains GMOs. Most corn, soy and canola now sold in America is genetically modified. These are added to many packaged items we see on our grocery store shelves.

It is truly alarming, given these findings that breast cancer patients aren't being steered toward organic food, which cannot contain genetically modified ingredients.


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Connection Between Diet and Cancer Well Established

The mainstream medical community is also well aware that the wrong foods can result in aggressive malignancies, notes Dr. Blaylock in the first video segment shown in this article.

Dr. Blaylock said it's widely accepted that a lot of cancer is caused by poor nutrition. He said there is so much evidence linking a bad diet to tumor growth that cancer is largely considered a malady that afflicts people who eat a Westernized diet.

Interview With Dr. Russell Blaylock

Health and Nutrition Secrets by Dr. Russell Blaylock

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More Cancer-Fighting Benefits by Eating Organic Food

In addition to not containing genetically modified ingredients, organic food likely has other benefits for the cancer patient. Cancer is a largely considered a disease of poor nutrition. Various studies have found that organically farmed produce contains more vitamins and anti-oxidants than conventionally grown crops.

Also, in the middle of the 20th-century, Dr. Jozsef Beres, PhD., from Hungary, found a direct connection between rising cancer rates and chemical fertilizers. This, he theorized, was because the chemical nutrients prevented the plant from assimilating all the micro-nutrients found in healthy soil. As a result, crops were becoming nutritionally deficient.

Taking his theory into the clinical arena, he formulated a supplement with the hopes of reversing cancer. Many people who took his product, known as Beres Drops, did, in fact, see their tumors disappear. The drops replaced all the minerals that had been stripped from the soil by farming practices not in harmony with nature.

There's also evidence that organically grown crops produce abundant chemicals that help humans fight cancer. Chemical pesticides, however, block this action.

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    Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Right on and Right on. I got the "whatever you can eat" speech. But luckily for me my family would have none of that. There is a funny side note on this one. Anti-emetics were given and that helped fight the nausea. But I still just had trouble eating. Until my family doc. at the urging of my sister insisted on using marijuana. (not a drug I care for at all) And then the food made available was great and healthy. I had lost nearly 50 lbs by then and that slowed to only another 30 over the next 4 months of "treatment".

    You rock in the articles, thank you.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi Eric, thank you for reading these articles. I hope they help someone someday.

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    Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

    Very interesting perspective on such a serious topic. Nice job!

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Thank you so much for reading. It is serious, when the patients' lives are hanging in the balance.

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    An amazing view here you have certainly got my attention your ideas of topics are most interesting.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Thanks for reading this. I just hope that someone battling cancer sees this and reads it.

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    When you're seriously ill I cannot imagine a more important time to eat healthfully. My mother-in-law was facing (and ended up dying from) aggressive uterine cancer that spread to her lungs. The doctors gave her the anything-you-can-hold-down spiel and did not even encourage her to quit smoking because she was judged too far gone. (Yet she was doing chemo.) You're doing good work with these hubs, ologsinquito.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Thank you for the kind words. Sorry to hear about your mother in law.

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    Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

    I'm with you on eating as much organic foods as possible. Thanks for bringing the awareness of GMO's out in your article, it is quite harmful to the body.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    It really is a horrible thing that has happened to our food supply. People need to know the truth.

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