I went to a course last Thursday night which was hosted by two young women – one, a naturopathic doctor, the other specializes in chinese medicine and acupuncture. The topic was about complementary care.
So what did I learn at this lecture (feel free to skip reading this if you don’t really care).
BPA (found in plastic) causes cancer to grow. Researchers found this because they put a breast cancer tumour in a plastic dish to test it, and couldn’t figure out why it kept growing and growing when they hadn’t done anything to it. Then they discovered that the BPA in the plastic dish was causing the cancer to reproduce itself.
Their advice is never to drink water from a water bottle.
Don’t put any food in plastic (for lunch, or in the fridge for leftover food -especially hot soups, and acidic food like tomatoes). I’m not sure what to pack my kids lunches in anymore. I usually put stuff in Glad/Ziplock containers. They suggested Tifflin (?) products but I don’t know what that is.
Never reheat anything in plastic (and I’ve seen some of you do this at school!)
Don’t use plastic kettles.
(Great, I just bought one I love, and now I have to go buy a stainless steel one).
Water also has chlorine in it, get a filter for your taps and shower.
Don’t swim in chlorine, but if you do, go to a sauna right afterwards.
(I don’t know if I’m allowed to go to a sauna now – lymph nodes might swell? I’m going to have to look into that one)
No swimming sure puts a damper on things since I like taking my kids swimming in the summer. As far as I know there is only one pool in Toronto with saltwater (it’s a jewish pool in downtown Toronto).
The naturopath said that when they have new patients, they always check their vitamin D level. Cancer patients always are deficient.
You need 1000 mg per day and 3,000 mg in the winter because we don’t have enough sunlight in Canada. Darker skinned people often need even more Vitamin D3 – sometimes up to 10,000 although that is a bit extreme). A simple blood test will tell you your level. They told us to get ours checked out.
Eat Seaweed. Apparently it shrinks cancerous tumours and is one of the best ways to detox your body. Seaweed attracts toxins that have accumulated in your body (from the environment and what we eat), and it comes out the other end. I’m going to start looking for Seaweed Snacks which apparently you can find at Chinese stores (if they let me in – I promise not to buy anything in a bottle). Japanese Miso soup has seaweed in it too. Guess I will be eating sushi weekly if anybody wants to join me!
Omega 3, 9 are good vitamins to take as well as fish oil.
Ground flaxseed everyday is important to eat daily.
Eat 5 different colours of servings every day of fruits and vegetables.
Other important foods to eat include:
anything red (ie: watermelon, tomatoes etc.)
nuts and seeds
garlic and onions
cabbage, brussell sprouts, broccoli, beans, kale, spinach, cauliflower, and other root vegetables.
chocolate (dark chocolate especially because it contains flavinoids)
How do you cook kale?
I will need to learn new recipes, if anyone has any for root vegetables. Bobo refuses to eat anything green and I don’t usually cook that stuff because I don’t want it to go to waste. But I will be buying it now! I don’t think I will become a vegan, but I need to eat more vegetarian dishes.
They said as long as we eat about 80% good stuff, we should be okay.
Plus organic food is better because it has less pesticides.
Do you know it costs about $25 for an organic marinated chicken from the market? I’m going to be broke! (actually I really like that mesquite chicken and have been buying it over the last couple of months).
Oh and the advice that is sure to kill me… No coffee.
I don’t think that is something I can do.
They suggested Swiss-Processed Organic Decaffeinated coffee because the other ones have chemicals in them.
I’m sorry but if it doesn’t taste good, I’m going with Tim Hortons (it’s not organic, but it is Swiss processed – they use water to get the caffeine out).
Besides, I just read an article in the paper saying that 3 cups of coffee a day is good for you to ward off Alzheimer’s . Pick your disease. I think I’d rather have cancer.