Foods That Fight Cancer… and Win

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In 1999, Jerry Brunetti was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a type of cancer derived from white blood cells) and given as little as six months to live without aggressive chemotherapy.  Unimpressed with conventional treatment methods, Jerry dedicated himself to understanding the root causes of cancer and how to reverse those causes through nutrition and detoxification.   Eleven years later, he’s still here and healthier than ever.

In this post I’m going to share the most potent cancer-fighting foods as described by Jerry Brunetti in his video “Cancer, Nutrition & Healing.”  If you want to know more about cancer testing, detoxification, conventional therapy considerations, stress, and supplements, you can order Jerry’s DVD from his website in the “Health & Education” section.

10 Best Foods for Fighting Cancer

#1: Raw Dairy from Grass-Fed Cows
Raw milk from grass-fed cows contains 35 known enzymes, beneficial bacteria, Vitamins A/D/E, along with EPA/DHA (omega-3) fatty acids. Raw kefir and yogurt have even more goodies since the by-products of fermentation help fight pathogens, support digestive health, and supply B vitamins. Oh, and don’t forget the cream and butter!
*Pasteurization destroys enzymes, beneficial bacteria, and lactoperoxidase which is a growth inhibitor for pathogens. Jerry recommends avoiding processed dairy foods.

#2: Eggs from Free-Range Chickens
Chickens with access to pasture produce one of the healthiest foods known to man. Eggs from free-range chickens are rich in lutein and Vitamins A & E. They also contain cysteine which is a precursor to glutathione, one of the most powerful anti-oxidants.  Healthy eggs boost the immune system and help detoxify the liver.

#3: Freshly Juiced Greens
Kale, Comfrey, Cereal Grasses (Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats), Dandelion, and Plantain provide a very potent mineral, vitamin, and anti-oxidant rich cocktail.  Chlorophyll is a powerful alkalizer, and raising the lymphatic pH is critical to fighting disease.  Greens should be juiced as fresh as possible.  Ideally you’d harvest them from your garden just prior to juicing.

#4: Freshly Juiced Vegetables
Carrots, Celery, Beets, Ginger, and Apple can be juiced together to produce a tasty and healthy drink.  This colorful mix combines a variety of powerful anti-oxidizing compounds.  I realize that ginger and apples are not vegetables, but just go with it.

#5: Fermented Foods
Along with the previously mentioned kefir and yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, and Miso make excellent additions to your cancer-fighting arsenal.  The by-products of fermentation fight pathogens, support digestive health, and supply B vitamins.  Choose refrigerated products as these contain active bacteria.  Better yet, make your own!

#6: Pigment-Rich Fruits
Blueberries are one of the most potent anti-oxidant foods, with a high content of proanthocyanidins.  Other good choices include raisins, prunes, grapes, elderberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries.

#7: Sardines
Feeding on the vegetation of the sea, these guys are very high in EPA/DHA fatty acids to help balance your Omega 6:3 ratio.  They also support immune health, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are one of the only foods rich in nucleotides.  If sardines aren’t your thing, wild salmon is a good alternative.

#8: Nori & Kombu
These seaweeds are high in alginates for detoxifying heavy metals and are very effective for cleansing.  They’re also a rich source of iodine and provide an abundance of minerals.

#9: Free-Range Chicken
These cluckers store healthy EPA/DHA fatty acids in the fat under their skin, and provide a high-quality protein.

#10: Grass-Fed Beef
Contains fat rich in CLA and EPA/DHA fatty acids.  Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is one of the most potent anti-carcinogenic compounds found in food, and is only found in the fats of ruminant animals like cows, sheep, goats, buffalo, and deer.
*Feedlot beef contains saturated fat high in Omega-6 fatty acids from grain. Imbalanced Omega 6:Omega 3 ratio leads to inflammatory disorders such as auto-immune diseases, lupus, arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular illness.  While the ideal ratio is around 1:1, Americans have a ratio closer to 20:1.

A Note on Processed Food
All bodily systems work on enzymes.  Foods rich in enzymes don’t tax the digestive system to produce enzymes.  The more processed food you eat, the more your body has to produce digestive enzymes.  The more your body has to produce digestive enzymes, the more it drains the body’s ability to produce metabolic enzymes that support the immune system and cleanse the body.  Make an immediate improvement to your health… ditch processed food!

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6 Fat Lessons from The 4-Hour Body

The 4-Hour Body
by Tim Ferriss has one objective: to share the 2.5% of subject matter that delivers 95% of the results in rapid body recomposition and performance enhancement.  Here I will share 6 key lessons for achieving rapid fat-loss.

Lesson 1: Success only comes to those who must have it

If you want to lose weight, you won’t achieve it until you decide that you must achieve it.  You need enough reasons for action.  If the pain isn’t painful enough, you won’t have what it takes to keep going when things get tough.  Before you get started, give an honest answer to the question “Is this a must-have, or a nice-to-have?”

Once you commit to achieving your weight loss goals, you need constant awareness of your progress for motivation.  You need measurable results.  Track circumference measurements of upper arms, waist, hips, and thighs.  Track bodyfat using BodPod or other testing methods (UW-Madison’s department of Nutritional Sciences performs BodPod assessments for $50).  Take before photos so you can see your progress.  Finally, make it competitive.  Make a bet with a friend and the fear of failure will make you much more likely to succeed.

Lesson 2: A calorie is not a calorie

A study conducted by Kekwick and Pawan compared 3 groups put on semistarvation (1,000 calorie) diets of 90% fat, 90% protein, or 90% carbohydrates.  Here are the results…

1,000 calories at 90% fat = weight loss of 0.9 pounds per day
1,000 calories at 90% protein = weight loss of 0.6 pounds per day
1,000 calories at 90% carbohydrate = weight gain of 0.24 pounds per day

Imagine starving yourself on a 1,000 calorie diet of carbohydrates only to discover that you gained weight!  The hormonal responses to carbohydrates, protein, and fat are clearly different.  Eat accordingly.

Lesson 3: You can lose 20 pounds in 30 days without exercise

It’s called the Slow-Carb Diet, and there are only five rules to follow…

Rule #1: Avoid any carbohydrate that is, or can be, white. This includes bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, tortillas, and fried food with breading.

Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again. Simplicity helps dieters stick with a program, so keep it simple. Tim suggests mixing a protein, legume, and vegetable at each meal.

Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Drink as much water, unsweetened tea, and coffee as you like. Red wine and diet soft drinks are allowed in moderation. Avoid milk, soy milk, normal soft drinks, and fruit juice.

Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. Fructose, the principal sugar in fruit, is converted to fat more efficiently than almost all other carbohydrates. Tomatoes and avocados are the only exceptions.

Rule #5: Take one day off per week and eat anything you want. It turns out that dramatically spiking caloric intake once per week actually increases fat-loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate doesn’t downshift from extended caloric restriction.

Here are three more tips that will help prevent 90% of the stalling problems with the Slow-Carb Diet. Eat a high-protein meal within 30 minutes of waking, get at least 20 grams of protein per meal, and drink plenty of water, especially on cheat day.

Lesson 4: Cold exposure accelerates fat-loss

When most people think about caloric expenditure, all they think about is exercise.  That’s a shame, because it turns out that heat appears to have a much greater potential when it comes to fat-loss.  Ray Cronise, a material scientist at NASA, was able to triple his rate of fat-loss through cold exposure alone.  Researchers aren’t exactly sure how it works, but who cares?  The point is that it works.  Here are a few ways to make it work for you…

1. Place an ice pack on the back of your neck for 20-30 minutes, 5 days per week.
2. Drink at least 2 cups of ice water on an empty stomach immediately upon waking.
3. Take 5-10 minute cold showers before breakfast and/or before bed.
4. Take 20 minute ice baths that induce shivering.

Lesson 5: Minimize spikes in blood sugar

“The more a food causes blood sugar to jump, in general, the fatter you will get.”  This is a great reason to avoid white carbohydrates and sugary beverages with high glycemic indexes, but Tim found that he could bump his blood sugar up to 150 mg/dL by eating protein and vegetables quickly.  How fast you eat could be just as important for fat-loss as what you eat.  Here are a few tips for slowing down…

1. Chew each mouthful of food a certain number of times before swallowing. Digestion starts in the mouth, so doing this will help your body extract the most nutritional value from your food. It will also help you slow down.
2. Drink ice water during meals to dilute digestion. Doing this will interfere with digestion and slow down the process.
3. Divide your meal into sections and wait five minutes before eating the next section.
4. Eat smaller portions.

Other tips to minimize blood sugar jumps during meals…

1. Eat fat early in the meal, or just prior to a meal. One tablespoon of almond butter as an appetizer works great.
2. Freshly squeezed lemon juice just prior to eating can lower blood sugar peaks by 10%.
3. Cinnamon can reduce the glycemic index of a meal by up to 29%.

Lesson 6: Swing your way to fat-loss

Tracy Reifkind lost 45 pounds of fat in 12 weeks, and attributes her success to the Russian kettlebell swing.  The two-arm kettlebell swing is all you need for dramatic changes, as it works all the muscles from the base of the skull to the Achilles tendons.

Tim suggests two sessions per week (Monday and Friday) of at least 75 repetitions.  Start with a weight that allows you to do 20 perfect swings but no more than 30.  In order to complete 75 total repetitions, do multiple sets with 60 seconds rest in between.

Build your own two-handed kettlebell for $10 with parts from the local hardware store.

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The Calorie Myth and a Real Solution

We’ve all heard it before.  If you want to lose weight, eat less and exercise more.  Burn more calories than you consume and your body has no choice but to tap those fat reserves for energy, right?

Fat chance.  First of all, it takes incredible willpower to consume fewer calories than you burn.  Food is one of our strongest primal needs.  How long can you fight that?  What will happen when you eventually lose that fight?  It’s not a sustainable solution.

Secondly, when you restrict calories your metabolism will downshift to accommodate the apparent scarcity of food.  Your body isn’t stupid.  Fat is an energy safety net, and the harder you push to free that energy (by eating less or exercising more) the more desperately your body will hang onto it through metabolic adjustments.

Finally, fat is not the only energy reserve in your body.  If you simply starve yourself or exercise like the Energizer bunny, it’s impossible to target fat over muscle.  The only way to target fat is to understand how the body regulates fat tissue, which should have been our focus in the first place.  Here it is folks… a real solution.

Insulin is the dominant hormone when it comes to fat storage.  Gary Taubes lays this out in his book “Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It.”  Anything we do to increase insulin levels will make us fatter, and anything we do to decrease insulin levels will make us thinner.  The easiest way to reduce insulin levels is to eat fewer carbohydrates, especially carbohydrates with a high glycemic response.  Eliminate sugars (fruit juice, soda, sweets) and starches (bread, potatoes, cereal) and you will lose fat.  You’ll lose fat because your body will switch from using carbohydrates (glucose) as fuel to using fat as fuel.  Your body won’t burn fat for fuel unless you restrict carbohydrates enough that your body has to make the switch.

Atkins had it right when it comes to fat loss.  Don’t exercise more.  Don’t eat less.  Just follow the prevailing wisdom about fat loss prior to the 1960s and get your fat storage hormone under control.

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