- Minimize refined sugar. Sugar acidifies your body and cancer thrives in an acidic environment.
- Limit alcohol to 5 oz. of wine or beer daily or 1 oz. hard alcohol. Alcohol increases estrogen levels and this may lead to estrogenic types of cancer.
- Limit coffee to 8 oz. daily. Caffeine increases the formation of cysts (lumps) in the breasts.
- Avoid anything that has hydrogenated oil in it, even if the label claims 0 grams trans fats! Hydrogenated oils clog cell membranes, prevent the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of wastes.
- Avoid canned foods which are lined with Bisphenol A, an estrogen like compound. Acidic foods like citrus and tomatoes are more likely to leach this out of the cans.
- Choose meat and dairy products that are hormone free. The hormones given to animals can disrupt our own hormonal balance.
Care for your liver and colon. If these are healthy, we can maintain hormonal balance more efficiently. Include warm lemon water on a daily basis, first thing in the morning. This will stimulate the liver, and induce a bowel movement. Limonene, found in lemon and orange peels prevents breast cancer by blocking cancer cells’ utilization of protein.
Eat cruciferous veggies such as Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy, and Cabbage. These are powerful cancer fighting vegetables that contain “indoles” to supercharge detoxification.
- Eat red, blue and purple fruits and vegetables. The pigments in these protect DNA from free radicals and slows the mutation of cancerous cells.
- Eat Selenium rich foods such as Brazil nuts, onions and garlic. Selenium kills cancer cells before they can spread!
- Enjoy Tangerines. Tangeretin, the plant chemical found in tangerines is 250 times more powerful than genistein (in soy) at squelching breast cancer cells.
- Ensure adequate sleep. Our bodies only make melatonin in the dark when we are asleep. Melatonin is a super antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
I’m generally not one to get easily annoyed. However, there are a couple of things that really rattle me. One is when products make false or misleading health claims. Another is that silly pink ribbon breast cancer campaign. Please don’t misunderstand me; I’m all about breast cancer awareness and prevention. It’s just that many of the products that boast the pink ribbon logo, actually contain ingredients in them that cause breast cancer!
Designs for Health, one of my favorite nutraceutical companies, hosted an educational call on the current radiation situation and here’s what I gleaned from it. If we are threated by radiation, Radioactive Iodine is the least of our worries. The stampede should be for Antioxidants rather than for Potassium Iodine. And the best thing that we can do today is to keep stress levels low, avoid panic, and continue to eat a whole foods diet, free of preservatives and toxins.
Radiation essentially transforms the water in our bodies into highly reactive hydroxyl radicals, the most damaging of all free radicals. These particles can then react with our own DNA, potentially causing all types of cancers throughout the whole body. Radiation is made up of a slew of nasty particles including Krypton, Plutonium, Cesium, Uranium, and other mixed oxides. Some of these have a very long lasting half life of up to one year.
Radioactive Iodine is just one part of the horrendous concoction. It specifically targets the thyroid and causes thyroid cancer, but it has a very short half life, meaning that it dissipates quickly. Previous incidents such as Chernobyl show that adults have virtually no risk. It was mostly the children that were stricken. Most of their exposure came from drinking milk from cows that had eaten radioactive grass.
It is true that if you are eating a diet that is high in iodine, you will be less likely to absorb the radioactive iodine. Luckily for the Japanese, their traditional diet, rich in sea vegetables and fish is naturally rich in iodine.
Because Radioactive Iodine has such a short half life, it is highly unlikely that here in California we will be exposed to radiation drifting in from the Japanese incident. However, the likelihood of an earthquake, a possible tsunami, and impending accidents to our own nuclear reactors is a very real threat and we should be prepared.
In case of an emergency, right at the time of exposure or within 2-4 hours of an incident, adults should take 130 mg of Potassium Iodine. Infants under 1 year of age should take 65 mg. This will block up to 97% of the absorption of Radioactive Iodine. It should be understood that this is only protecting the thyroid. This will have no effect on all the other kinds of other cancers potentially caused from the radiation. While up to 30 mg of Iodine has been proven effective, the higher dose will ensure blood levels to remain high for a few weeks. It is not necessary to take that much Iodine ahead of time and it can in fact be dangerous to your health! Side effects include anxiety, heart palpitations, hyperthyroidism, and even death.
So what can we do to protect ourselves from the other, more dangerous elements of radiation? Quite simply, we need to ensure that we are eating an antioxidant rich whole foods diet and that we are optimally detoxifying. Herbs and spices like garlic, ginger, and panax ginseng reduce radiation induced cell death. Aloe Vera protects the skin and digestive tract from radiation exposure, as does ginger.
Melatonin protects against cellular damage. Our bodies do not make melatonin unless we get enough sleep in complete darkness. We make melatonin ourselves from serotonin which we make from amino acids (specifially l-tryptophan and 5-HTP) and Vitamin B6. Amino acids come from protein foods, so adequate protein intake is key. Glutathione is one of our body’s premier antioxidants. We make it ourselves from an amino acid called L-cysteine. Whey protein powder, as long as it’s been low heat processed and isn’t denatured, is a wonderful source of L-cysteine.
Meanwhile, it makes sense to supplement with smaller amounts of iodine over time to ensure that your thyroid receptors are full. Many of us are already iodine deficient as a result of drinking fluoridated and chlorinated water and eating refined flour products that contain bromides. This can lead to a sluggish thyroid and symptoms such as extreme fatigue and inability to lose weight. Contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to order an iodine testing kit to determine what your current levels are and how much you need to supplement with.
It also makes sense to supplement with antioxidants since not all of us can eat 100% organic and fresh every day. I am a big fan of Alpha Lipoic Acid which recycles Vitamins C & E in your body. Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant that is both water and fat soluble so it can positively benefit all of your body’s tissues.
If you are curious about radiation levels in your area, the Environmental Protection Agency is tracking it for us on their website, radnet.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t been eating a healthy diet, perhaps this is the wake up call you need to start making some positive changes in your life. One of the most beautiful things about healthful eating is that by expanding your own consciousness and making healthier choices, you can have a positive impact on the health of the planet and the state of the world, one bite at a time. For a free 30 minute phone consultation, call me at 510-421-3214. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Yours in Health,
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE
The catastrophe that’s hit Japan is mindblowing and has affected me on a deep emotional level. Our home, Planet Earth, is not as vast as we once believed it to be and what happens far away can impact us on so many levels. We are all interconnected in this web of life.
Today, the headlines are announcing a nuclear disaster in Japan that is almost as bad as Chernobyl. Here in California, we are threatened with the pollution that could make it’s way across the Pacific.
Here are my recommendations, (gleaned from Drs. Ann Louise Gittleman and Jon Barron) to protect yourself from radiation:
Eat sea vegetables daily. Sea vegetables are rich in sodium alginate which chelates radiation out of your system. You can use Nori seaweed sheets to wrap sandwiches in instead of bread. You can tear nori sheets into pieces and mix them into salad, soups, and rice. You can find dulse and kelp flakes in your local health food store and sprinkle them liberally onto your food. Drink bladderwrack tea. You can boil your grains with strips of Kombu seaweed. Use hijiki and wakame to make salads. (You can skip the sugar and use agave nectar instead in the linked seaweed salad recipes).
Boost your beta carotenes: This will help to keep your immune system strong and keep your mucous membranes lubricated. Eat carrots, winter squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and any and all dark leafy vegetables.
Protect your DNA with nucleotide rich foods: Nucleotides protect DNA integrity. Eat sardines, anchovies, and/or sprinkle nutritional yeast (at least 2 Tbsp) on your foods every day.
Supplements: If you are low on iodine, your thyroid will pick up the radioactive iodine that is being released into the atmosphere. Preload your thyroid with good iodine so that your are less likely to absorb the radioactive kind. If you have a healthy thyroid and are not taking medication, Take the iodine supplement called Iodoral, at least 125 mg daily with food. I also recommend Russian Choice Immune, a probiotic supplement that was especially designed for Chernobyl survivors.
Stay strong and positive and try to remain in a state of gratitude rather than one of panic.
Your in Health,
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE
This last Sunday, I participated group hike and fundraiser to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund . What an uplifting experience! It was a gorgeous day. The coastal fog burned off by mid morning and the views all up and down Mount Tamalpais were inspirational.
My big take-away was that plastics are evil. For food storage I use pyrex and stainless steel. However, the bottles that I have been filling with reverse osmosis water contain hormone disrupting phthalates (BPA). Check the codes on your plastic items to see if the plastic you’re using is safe or not. Here are the top 10 tips I learned while trekking on Sunday:
1). Know Your Plastics. Avoid clear, shatter proof plastic that contains BPA (usually code 7). This was the code on the bottom of my water jug. Safer plastics are coded 1, 2, 4, and 5.
2). Minimize canned foods. The lining inside of cans is coated with BPA (bisphenol A) which leaches into the food. Be especially careful with acidic foods such as tomatoes and pineapple which leach even more! Yes, this means coconut milk too. Thankfully, there is now coconut milk in cartons available for purchase.
3). Never microwave in plastic! (Try to minimize microwaving in general; plants watered with microwaved water will always die)
4). Use non-toxic cleaning products. You can use baking soda and vinegar for most cleaning jobs.
5). Eat hormone free meat and dairy. If the animal is given hormones and you eat it, you get hormones too!
6). Avoid “fragrance.” Those Glade type plug ins are bad news. Use essential oils instead which are non toxic.
7). Avoid the following hormone disrupting ingredients: DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, parabens, PEG, anything that ends with -eth, triclosan, triclocarban, triethanolamine (TEA), hydroquinone, and oxybenzone.
8). Avoid anti-aging creams that contain lactic, glycolic, AHA, or BHA acids.
9). Avoid slathering on sunscreen. Yep, that’s right. Most sunscreens contain cancer causing ingredients. Pretty ironic. Plus, making Vitamin D from the sun is one of the easiest and best cancer prevention strategies there is and sunscreen prevents you from Vitamin D synthesis. Do limit exposure and cover up during peak sun hours. Find a safer sunblock at: www.safecosmetics.org/skindeep.
10). Use a headset when talking on your cell phone. Or text instead of calling. The EMF’s that radiate from cell phones are creating health risks that are not yet well understood and may be causing hormonal disruptions.
- supplemented with milk thistle to support the liver
- ate ate least 7-10 servings of vegetables daily including plenty of crucifers like broccoli that support detoxification
- emphasized organic foods
- drank pure water
- ate at least 35 grams of fiber daily with plenty of flax seed lignans to help detoxify excess estrogen
- got at least 8 hours of sleep every night
- exercised daily
- practiced some form of stress relief like deep breathing, meditation, or visualization
- only drank organic, pesticide free wine