Any Doubts A Healthy Diet Lowers Your Cancer Risk?

An interesting piece in today's New York Times tackles the somewhat disputed role of diet -- in most conventional medical circles -- in the fight against cancer.

Unfortunately, the article compares the opinions of medical health experts largely from the conventional side with those of patients who improved their odds of sidestepping, or healing from, cancer, thanks to optimizing their diets.

What's amazing to me: Organizations like the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and Prostate Cancer Foundation strongly endorse the link between a healthier diet and lowering your risk of cancer while "experts" like the one overseeing disease prevention at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who argues "the strength of the message is not matched by the strength of the evidence."

What NIH "scientists" like this one fails to appreciate: Their inability to design studies to support what most people intuitively understand (that the food you eat influences your health, including cancer, the number one cause of death in this country), does not mean this is any less true.

The fact remains that the foods you eat have an enormous influence over your health. Part of the reasons researchers fail to document this is that there are variables that affect your cancer risk the most, like your nutritional type and getting the right amount of exercise, that have enormous influences on the results.

That means what works for some of you may not work for everyone, hence the hesitance by some to fully embrace more natural healing treatments. Instead, experts would rather look toward one-size-fits-all solutions like the South Beach Diet, potentially toxic drugs or surgical intervention in the form of gastric-bypass surgeries to "cure" the obesity epidemic.

New York Times September 27, 2005 Registration Required

Wilmington Star-News September 27, 2005

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