Tips to beat cancer should always include dietary components, but too often this part of cancer treatment is ignored.
We turned to William Li, MD, world-renowned physician and author of the New York Times best-seller Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heelf Self to learn more about his thoughts on using food to activate the innate bodies of our bodies. healing skills
Q: Could you share a list of the top foods related to cancer?
A: There is a list of foods that increase your risk of cancer, and these include some disturbingly common foods, such as processed meat, which is classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization, and grilled meats.
Grilling meat produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These are carcinogens that are formed when the oils from meat drip into the flame and smoke. Rising smoke deposits carcinogens directly onto meat. High cooking temperatures also convert amino acids and proteins in meat to toxic heterocyclic amines (HCAs).
And if you don't clean the grill surface carefully and leave the charcoal black, the next time you put food on the grill, you're coating it with carcinogens.
Q: We often hear that the body "wants to be fine" and has an incredible ability to heal itself. Why do you think there aren't more oncologists talking about food choices when a person is diagnosed with cancer?
A: The body is connected to health defense systems that work to help us resist disease, including cancer, from the moment we are born to our last breath. These health defenses, which I describe in my book Eat to Beat Disease, are:
- Our regenerative system
- Our microbiome
- DNA protection
- Our immune system
These systems help our body heal itself. However, when they are weakened or damaged, cancer can develop.
Oncologists are not trained to look at health defenses, they are trained to diagnose and treat cancers that have escaped them. Treatments include surgery, medications, and radiation - food is not part of your traditional toolbox. And all physicians have little or no nutrition education or training.
All of this is changing because oncologists are beginning to recognize the impact of food in treating cancer.
Dr. Li has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, and the Dr. Oz Show, and has appeared in USA Today, Time Magazine, The Atlantic, and O Magazine. He is president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation. More information can be found at: www.drwilliamli.com and on social media @drwilliamli