Food is Medicine
The foods you eat and do not eat dramatically influence your health, including quality of life plus survival with, through, and beyond cancer.
Scientific findings tell why and how. Your diet immensely defines your internal environmental throughout your physical body to alter your genes. Some foods kill cancer cells and others promote cancer cell growth. Learning differences with consistent choices for cancer fighting foods is one of the most proactive self-care actions for you to feel better and live longer.
“Diet affects cancer both directly and indirectly. Nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. They indirectly help control the cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either encourage or discourage the progression of malignant disease.”
-Keith Block MD
Remember that every single day, you can consume healthy nutrition. Give yourself your own medicine through these powerful cancer fighting foods. This list comes from massively extensive research shared in Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD and Harnessing the Power of Your Diet Against Cancer: Report of Translational Research by Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC of Nutritional Solutions.
- Cruciferous Vegetables: Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Arugula, Turnip, Radishes, Cabbage, Bok Choy, Watercress, Kohlrabi, and others
- Carotenoids: Fruits and Vegetables with bright-colored yellow, orange, red, or green
- Leafy greens
- Sprouts: Broccoli Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts, Kale Sprouts, Sunflower Seed Greens, Wheatgrass Juice, Barley Grass Juice, Oat Grass Juice, Cabbage Sprouts, Cauliflower Sprouts, and others
- Berries: All types and especially Blueberries
- Garlic, Onions, Leeks, Shallots, and Chives
- Herbs and Spices: Ginger, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Mint, and especially Turmeric
- Green Tea
- Citrus Peel: Orange, Tangerine, and Lemon Peels
- Mushrooms: Maitake, Shiitake, Enoki, Crimini, Portobello, and White Button Mushrooms
- Super-Green Foods: Chlorella, Spirulina, Blue-Green Algae, Wheat Grass, and Barley Greens
- Legumes: Dried Peas, Lentils, and Beans with Black Beans, Pintos, Adukis, Kidney, and Mung Beans
- Seaweed: Nori, Kombu, Wakame, Arame, and Dulse
- Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Whole-Grain Bread, Wild Rice, Rye, Whole-Wheat Pasta, Barley, and others (do not consume any grains if you have gluten allergies)
- Fish (must be Wild Fish without mercury and any other toxins)
- Oils, Nuts, and Seeds (includes Coconut, Olive, Hemp, Walnut, and flaxseed oils that are not rancid)
Local Nutritional Resources
Foothills Farmers Market – Auburn, California
Provides schedule and locations of Farmers’ Markets plus lists of food such as fruits, vegetables, and other items in seasons.
The Little Fish Co.
Best fresh, wild caught fish locally & throughout Sacramento region. At several different Farmers Markets and also have Order Forms on their website to get fish for pick up.
Other Local Growers & Producers
Blue Acres – Newcastle, CA
Family owned blueberry farm, grown naturally.
Jim’s Produce – Wheatland, CA
Organic produce grower, offering community supported agriculture (CSA).
Natural Trading Company – Newcastle, CA
Certified organic grower-offers community supported agriculture (CSA) produce, pastured-raised eggs and heritage turkeys.
Otow Orchard – Granite Bay, CA
Sells tree fruits and produce.
Sierra Foothill Meat Buyers Club Producers
Producers are local, family-owned operations. Livestock are raised in the Sierra Foothills rangelands and on pastures without the use of hormones or antibiotics. The poultry and eggs are pasture raised and fed organic feeds. Their foods include locally grown and produced meat, poultry, and eggs.
Grass Fed Products
Coffee Pot Ranch – Sheridan, CA
Produces natural beef, pork and lamb. Address is 4225 Karchner Rd in Sheridan, CA 95681 and telephone at 530-633-0814.
Flying Mule Farm – Auburn, California
Another resource to purchase grass-fed meat and pastured raised poultry and eggs is at Flying Mule Farm in Auburn. The farm raises 100% grass-fed lamb, beef plus pastured raised poultry and eggs. Goats are available too. Grass-fed products are superior to grain-fed for its nutritional value and taste. Grass-fed meat is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and in cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than grain-fed (commercial raised) meat. Flying Farm is the only USDA-certified producer of grass-fed lamb in the Sierra foothills. Animals raised on their farm are raised the way nature intended and are treated humanely. Meet producer Dan Macon and learn more about the farm’s practices at the Old Town Farmer’s Market in Auburn, across from the courthouse, every Saturday 8:00am to 12:00pm. It’s an opportunity to know who the farmer is behind the products and to build a sense of trust with how they are raised.
Sinclair Family Farm – Auburn, CA
Offers naturally grown and pasture raised beef, chicken, lamb and pork. Also, sells cage free pastured raised eggs.
Stores with Locally Grown Produce
Other Featured Nutritional Resources
Known for her book, The Cancer Fighting Kitchen, a resource infused with fantastic taste that features 150 science-based, nutrient-rich recipes. Rebecca offers great more great resources on her website like the Culinary Rx article.
Maximize your cancer therapy with nourishing foods, nutrients and herbs to enhance the efficacy of your treatments, while safely reducing their side effects. Learn more in Oncometabolic Advantage Program by Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC.
The Truffled Pig
Nourishing recipes from a young adult advanced stage lymphoma cancer survivor, cooking hobbyist, healthy lifestyle advocate, athletic enthusiast, and college educated health practitioner. Explore real food, nutrition, and wellness from the Truffled Pig.
Recipes that can benefit some people in Happyolks.
One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer
By Rebecca Katz
A Recipe For Life by the Doctor’s Dietician
By Susan Dopart
Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen: The Girlfriend’s Cookbook and Guide to Using Real Food to Fight Cancer
by Annette Ramke & Kendall Scott
Other Books about Healing from Nutrition
Anticancer: A New Way of Life
by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD
Harnessing the Power of Your Diet Against Cancer: Report of Translational Research
By Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC of Nutritional Solutions
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods
By Michael Murray, ND, Joseph Pizzorno, ND, and Lara Pizzorno
Life Over Cancer: The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatments
by Keith Block, MD
The Definitive Guide to Cancer, 3rd Edition: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing
by Lise Alschuler & Karolyn Gazella
Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan
by Lise Alschuler & Karolyn Gazella
Baby Boomer Diet: Body Ecology’s Guide to Growing Younger
by Donna Gates
Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods
by Verne Varona
The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Nutritional Approach to Preventing Recurrence
by Edward Bauman & Helayne Waldman
Green for Life
by Victoria Boutenko
The Estrogen Alternative: A Guide to Natural Hormonal Balance
by Raquel Martin & Judi Gerstung D.C
Waking the Warrior Goddess: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against and Fight Breast Cancer
by Christine Horner, M.D.
Eat Well Through Cancer
by Holly Clegg and Gerald Miletello, MD
What to Eat Now: The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook
by Rachel Keim & Ginny Smith