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Healthy eating for life to prevent and treat cancer
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, 2002.
Physical Description:
xii, 244 pages ; 23 cm
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a simple new dietary approach to cancer prevention and treatment

Current research has shown that what you eat is one of the strongest factors in preventing cancer. You can take advantage of this fact to safeguard your health-and this book shows you how. Drawing on the latest medical and dietary research, Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer presents a complete and sensible plant-based nutrition program that can help make cancer less likely-and also help those already diagnosed to heal.

Showing how you can put food to work against today's most common forms of cancer (including lung, breast, prostate, ovarian, cervical, and digestive tract cancers), this book provides detailed nutritional guidelines that have been carefully drafted by Physicians Committee nutrition experts. The book includes over 80 delicious, easy-to-make recipes to help you put these healthy eating principles to work right away. Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer contains important information on:
* Antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other protective weapons
* Foods that boost the immune system
* Nutrition during cancer treatment
* Exercise and weight management
* Stress-reduction techniques
* And more

Whether you are looking to prevent or heal cancer, this book will give you the crucial knowledge you need to take charge now- of your diet, your health, and your life.

Also available:

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Diabetes (0-471-43598-8)
Healthy Eating for Life for Children (0-471-43621-6)
Healthy Eating for Life for Women (0-471-43596-1)

Author Notes

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM; web site: is an international nonprofit organization of physicians, health care professionals, and laypersons promoting preventive medicine through innovative programs.
PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., is a popular speaker and the author of Foods That Fight Pain; Eat Right, Live Longer; Food for Life; and other books on preventive medicine. PCRM promotes preventive medicine through their publication Good Medicine and through innovative programs, including the Cancer Project. PCRM's clinical research studies are breaking new ground in diabetes, obesity, pain management, and other serious conditions.
VESANTO MELINA, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition from the University of Toronto. She was a coordinator of the vegetarian nutrition section of the American Dietetic Association Manual of Clinical Dietetics.

Table of Contents

List of Recipesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Part I Essentials
1 New Power Against Cancerp. 3
What Is Cancer All About?p. 4
How Cancer Startsp. 5
Powerful Protection Found in Simple Foodsp. 6
Cancer and Its Dietary Originsp. 8
Cancer in Various Parts of the Worldp. 11
What to Eat, What Not to Eatp. 12
2 Tracking Down the Culpritsp. 14
Out of the Frying Pan, into the Firep. 15
What's the Matter with Meat?p. 16
Dairy--Far from Perfectp. 23
A Little Douse Will Do You Harmp. 26
Go Leanp. 26
Alcohol: Fuel on the Firep. 27
3 The Right Stuff: Getting the Nutrients You Needp. 28
Fatp. 28
Proteinp. 30
Carbohydratep. 31
Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate: Where Do We Find the Good Varieties?p. 32
Why Animal Products Are Not Recommendedp. 35
Foods for Healthp. 35
Strong Support for Plant Foodsp. 35
Calciump. 36
Vitamin Dp. 39
Vitamin B[subscript 12]p. 39
Omega-3 Fatty Acidsp. 40
Practical Pointersp. 40
Part II Making It Work for You
4 Cancer: Dietary Self-Defensep. 43
Veggies, Fruits, and Natural Antioxidantsp. 44
The Antioxidant Arsenalp. 45
Getting the Protection You Needp. 53
More Cancer Fighters in Plant Foodsp. 54
A Colorful Crew of Alliesp. 55
Legumes: Protein Powerhouses of the Plant Kingdomp. 57
The Joy of Soy Foodsp. 58
Nuts and Seeds: A Little Go a Long Wayp. 59
Great Grains and Friendly Fiberp. 61
Carbohydrates--Friend or Foe?p. 62
Fiber: An Effective Forcep. 62
5 Foods for Cancer Survivalp. 66
Foods and Immune Defensesp. 68
Cutting Fat and Cholesterolp. 69
Natural Immune Boostersp. 70
The Example of Breast Cancerp. 72
Cancers of the Uterus, Ovary, and Prostatep. 74
Digestive Tract Cancersp. 75
6 Nutrition During Cancer Treatmentp. 76
Lack of Appetitep. 76
Taste Changesp. 77
Dry Mouthp. 77
Chewing or Swallowing Problemsp. 77
Nausea and Vomitingp. 80
Diarrheap. 80
Constipationp. 80
Weight Lossp. 81
Weight Gainp. 82
Eating during Recoveryp. 82
Programs Offering Nutritional Supportp. 83
Part III Lifelong Health
7 Putting Food Power to Work Against Today's Common Cancersp. 87
Lung Cancerp. 87
Supersize Your Fruits and Veggiesp. 88
Synthetic Shortcomingsp. 89
Cut the Fatp. 90
Prostate Cancerp. 90
Breast Cancerp. 95
Colon and Rectal Cancersp. 98
Ovarian Cancerp. 100
Cervical Cancerp. 101
Putting Science to Workp. 103
8 Treating Yourself to Good Food and Great Healthp. 104
Making Friends with Healing Foodsp. 105
Food Safety and Food Storagep. 109
Social Eventsp. 111
9 Fitness, Friendship, and Freedom From Stressp. 115
The Research: Good Reason to Movep. 116
Weight Managementp. 122
Stress Managementp. 122
10 Putting It All Togetherp. 130
11 Cooking Tips and Techniquesp. 132
Planning a Menup. 132
Making a Shopping Listp. 134
Seasonal Eatingp. 136
Stocking Upp. 137
Meal Preparationp. 140
12 Menus for a Weekp. 147
13 The Recipesp. 151
Breakfastsp. 151
Grains and Pastasp. 157
Sandwiches and Wrapsp. 161
Saladsp. 168
Dips, Dressings, and Saucesp. 172
Soups and Stewsp. 180
Entreesp. 186
Vegetablesp. 196
Breads and Dessertsp. 207
Beveragesp. 213
Glossaryp. 215
Resourcesp. 220
Referencesp. 222
Indexp. 236