Sunday, October 17, 2010

Got an hour to be enlightened?

Hear it straight from the great doctor McDougall. This is a tremendous free opportunity for important knowledge. I eat very healthy. After watching this I am going to eat even healthier.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Breast Cancer

Prediction: Breast cancer rates will skyrocket in the next 20 years.


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. I want to raise awareness that childhood diets are the major cause of adult cancers, including breast cancer. [1] I also want to raise awareness that women are not powerless against breast cancer – mammograms for ‘early detection’ are not the only defense and do not even offer significant benefits. The most important thing to be aware of is that women can achieve meaningful risk reduction with powerful preventive lifestyle measures.
The American Institute for Cancer Research estimates that 40% of breast cancers are preventable through diet and lifestyle measures.
I propose that we could prevent much more than 40% of breast cancers in the future, if we can ingrain healthy habits in our children at a young age.
Early studies found wide international variations in breast cancer rates, originally generating the hypothesis that nutrition is a major determinant of breast cancer risk. Obesity is a significant risk factor for breast cancer:
Gaining one pound per year during adulthood can double breast cancer risk after menopause.
Obesity alone is thought to be responsible for 17% of breast cancers.
Obesity is associated with greater tumor burden and poorer prognosis in breast cancer patients. [2, 3]
Production of inflammatory molecules and estrogen by body fat, as well as elevated insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) levels are thought to contribute to obesity-related breast cancer risk. [2]

Plenty of experts have predicted that the explosion of childhood obesity we have seen in recent years will result in crisis proportions of heart disease and diabetes in the future, but cancer seems to be ignored. Today, over 30% of children are overweight or obese. [4] Clearly, with all the research demonstrating that obesity is a major risk factor for breast cancer, our young girls are in danger.
The prevalence of early puberty, another established risk factor for breast cancer, has been consistently increasing over the past 100 years. Today, by the age of 8, 18.3% of Caucasian girls, 42.9% of African-American girls, and 30.9% of Hispanic girls have already entered puberty. Obesity, soft drinks, and excessive animal protein are the likely culprits.
This is a grim indication of things to come – when these girls reach adulthood, tragically we will see an upsurge in breast cancer cases. With the increases in fast food and processed food consumption in America in the last 20 years, I predict a tragic explosion in pre-menopausal breast cancers in our country in the next 20 years.
Breast tissue is most vulnerable to carcinogenic influences when it is growing and developing – during childhood and adolescence. Children are also especially susceptible to weight gain during adolescence. [5] Thus, this window of time is when a healthy diet is absolutely crucial. Animal studies have demonstrated that a high-fat diet or a body fat promoting diet during puberty promotes abnormal development of breast tissue and production of inflammatory molecules, which in turn may promote tumor growth.[6, 7] Adolescent diet was examined in the Nurses’ Health Study – greater consumption of vegetables during high school was associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer, and high glycemic index foods were associated with an increased risk. [8]

The typical American childhood diet of chicken fingers, French fries, and mac and cheese is not harmless – it is creating a cancer-friendly environment in children’s bodies.
As parents, we must feed our children healthful foods from an early age. This is the most effective protection from future chronic disease that we can provide for them. Healthy eating is a lifetime commitment, and we can give our children a head start. Our goal should be to instill healthy habits in our children so that they grow up at a healthy weight, appreciating healthy food and exercise, and hold on to those habits as adults. In order to do this, we must set a positive example, focusing on nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods.
New research is revealing the protective effects of natural foods against breast cancer. For example, mushrooms have anti-estrogenic activity, and regular mushroom consumption is associated with a 60% decrease in cancer risk. [9] Cruciferous vegetables such as watercress, other leafy greens, and broccoli contain compounds known to inhibit cancer cell growth. [10, 11]
Instead of wearing a pink ribbon, eat vegetables, onions and mushrooms – and make sure to feed some to your kids.


1. Maynard, M., et al., Fruit, vegetables, and antioxidants in childhood and risk of adult cancer: the Boyd Orr cohort. J Epidemiol Community Health, 2003. 57(3): p. 218-25.
2. Cleary, M.P. and M.E. Grossmann, Minireview: Obesity and breast cancer: the estrogen connection. Endocrinology, 2009. 150(6): p. 2537-42.
3. Abrahamson, P.E., et al., General and abdominal obesity and survival among young women with breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2006. 15(10): p. 1871-7.
4. Ogden, C.L., et al., Prevalence of high body mass index in US children and adolescents, 2007-2008. JAMA, 2010. 303(3): p. 242-9.
5. Jasik, C.B. and R.H. Lustig, Adolescent obesity and puberty: the "perfect storm". Ann N Y Acad Sci, 2008. 1135: p. 265-79.
6. Olson, L.K., et al., Pubertal exposure to high fat diet causes mouse strain-dependent alterations in mammary gland development and estrogen responsiveness. Int J Obes (Lond), 2010. 34(9): p. 1415-26.
7. Michigan State University: High-fat diet during puberty linked to breast cancer risk later in life. 2010; Available from:
8. Frazier, A.L., et al., Adolescent diet and risk of breast cancer. Cancer Causes Control, 2004. 15(1): p. 73-82.
9. Zhang, M., et al., Dietary intakes of mushrooms and green tea combine to reduce the risk of breast cancer in Chinese women. Int J Cancer, 2009. 124(6): p. 1404-8.
10. Clarke, J., R. Dashwood, and E. Ho, Multi-targeted prevention of cancer by sulforaphane. Cancer Letters, 2008. 269(2): p. 291-304.
11. Higdon, J., et al., Cruciferous vegetables and human cancer risk: epidemiologic evidence and mechanistic basis. Pharmacological Research, 2007. 55(3): p. 224-236.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Kelly Osbourne's Got It All Wrong!

Just like so many people, not a clue.
When interviewed, Kelly said, "I want to eat whatever I want. It's all about portion control."
Wrong, wrong, wrong. What she says is a contradiction. You can't eat whatever you want if you have to watch how much you eat!
There is a saying, "You are what you eat." So if you eat junk, what does that make you?
Even if you watch your portions, if you eat unhealthy foods, you are taxing your organs by putting unhealthy fat, cholesterol, sugar/sweeteners, salt, preservatives, artificial this, artificial that, etc. through your body. If you eat and drink unhealthy you are not promoting your longevity, it is just the opposite- you are risking shortening your life.
Want pain, disease, pills, and doctor's bills when you are elderly?

If you make healthy choices, called a "prescription for nutritional excellence", you don't have to watch portions. You can eat all the healthy food you want (prepared in a healthy way) and arrive at your ideal body weight over time.

Combine healthy eating and drinking with regular exercise for the optimum healthy lifestyle.

We have been duped into believing that we need animal foods for good health- meat and dairy. Wrong. In fact, food from animals is nutrient poor, and has substances that promote disease- cholesterol, saturated fat, growth hormones, cancer promoting preservatives, etc. There is no colon scrubbing fiber in food from animals. There is only fiber in plant foods.
Meat eaters have animal foods remain in their colons for months or longer- a major contributor to colon cancer.

The key is education as to what is healthy and what is not. 3 words: Eat For Health- a 2 book set which will teach you what is healthy to eat and drink and what is not. Buy on or

There is so much misinformation out there. Be someone who "gets it". Read Dr. Fuhrman's Eat For Health, any of McDougall's books at, or read my blog entries from day one.
All the information on this blog re diet is right from two of the best nutrition doctors in the world. It is the truth about what is healthy, and what is not.

There's another misconception- that healthy food doesn't taste good. Wrong again. Healthy food tastes great. It tastes better than unhealthy food. When you wean yourself off of sugary, salty, fatty/oily foods, the natural healthy sweetness and subtle wonderful tastes of healthy food will amaze you.

To be your best, eat the best. Eat a plant based diet.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Five Most Dangerous Foods to Feed Your Child

1. Butter and Cheese - full of saturated fat, cholesterol, and fat delivered chemical pollutants

2. Potato Chips and French Fries - rich in trans fat, salt, and carcinogenic acrylamides

3. Doughnuts and other trans fat containing sweets - rich in trans fat, sugar, and other artificial substances

4. Sausages, hot dogs, and other luncheon meats - containing nitroso compounds that are potent carcinogens

5. Pickled, smoked, or barbequed meats - places you at risk for both stomach cancer and high blood pressure

Get your children hooked on healthy foods instead!

Joel Fuhrman, MD

Friday, October 1, 2010

I Could Give This Guy A Hug!

I am up in Warroad, Minnesota on my school assembly tour, probably not the most progressive area. In a restaurant I was waiting for my meal, and happened to see this article in the Editorial Page of a newspaper from Grand Forks: (The article's headline was in big print which spanned across the entire editorial page!)

Saturday marks World Farm Animals Day

Grand Forks - Saturday marks the 28th annual observance of World Farm Animals Day, dedicated to exposing and mourning the suffering and death of 58 billion land animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses.
There have been undercover investigations showing male chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, their female counterparts crammed together in tiny wire-mesh cages, pigs clobbered by metal pipes and killed by hanging, and assorted farm animals skinned and dismembered at the slaughterhouses while still conscious.

Studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risks for heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other chronic killer diseases. A 2007 United Nations report blames meat production for 18 per cent of greenhouse gases, and the animal waste "dead zone" in the Gulf Of Mexico is actually larger than the BP oil spill.

We're certainly much more aware of the devastating impacts of animal agriculture- on animals, the Earth and humans- than we were 28 years ago. This October 2nd, let's acknowledge all the suffering, disease and destruction connected with animal agriculture and adopt a plant based diet. It would do a world of good!

George Watson


Bravo! I could give this guy a big hug for this editorial! Also the guy who printed this. This creates awareness!