Yesterday I suggested combining traditional anti-myeloma therapies with holistic, non-traditional approaches.
Here is a great example of this. A friend of mine and myeloma survivor, Steve Joachim, has seen the light! Steve wasn’t given long to live a few years ago, having run out of therapy options to slow his aggressive cancer. Nothing was working. So Steve agreed to undergo a dangerous, experimental allogeneic (allo) transplant using chord blood from an unrelated donor.
It worked. But it left Steve battling host-graft disease and other serious health issues. So Steve became interested in healthy eating and nutrition.
Honestly, my impression is Steve never paid much attention to any of this before his transplant. But I am pleased to say Steve is doing much better now–and he credits healthy living for his turn-around.
Here is a list of “power foods” Steve shared with his Stillwater, Minnesota multiple myeloma support group recently:
Tomatoes–The major dietary source of lycopene, a carotenoid
Onions-Red onions are outstanding sources of the bioflavonoid quercetin which has potent anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial benefits. The quercetin also helps prevent blood clots.
Soy foods-A plant hormone in soybeans (genistein) helps fight breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. Soy also helps reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and moderate menopausal hot flashes.
Cold-water fish-Salmon, mackerel, tuna, bluefish, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which protect against heart attacks and strokes.
Green tea-The leaves are rich in anticancer chemicals. The tea also offers protection against heart disease and strokes.
Cranberries-They are an excellent source of vitamin C and have anticancer and anti-heart disease properties.
Sweet potatoes and Yams-Rich in cancer-fighting carotenoids, these antioxidant-packed vegetables prevent the free-radical damage that can cause heart disease and macular degeneration.
Beets-The vivid red pigment (betacyanin) is believed to be a powerful cancer-fighting compound.
Oranges-The vitamins and antioxidants they contain are effective in elevating the levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol and stopping free radicals from causing cell damage that can lead to heart attacks. Hesperin, one of the antioxidants reduces inflammation without doing damage to delicate tissues lining the stomach. Limocene has the potential to reverse early breast, lung and liver cancers.
I read from another source that flavonoids cluster in the orange’s peel and in the white, pithy part underneath. So orange marmalade on toast is good to have.
Pineapples-They are a good source of manganese, needed to make collagen-the protein that builds bone and cartilage. People who don’t get enough manganese develop brittle bones. Pineapple also contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain, a remedy for indigestion.
Chili Peppers-There is evidence that chilis are effective in lowering LDL cholesterol are preventing stomach ulcers, and in thinning blood, preventing blood clots
Aspargus-They are one of the best food sources of folic acid, a B vitamin necessary for cell regeneration. Asparagus also offers powerful protection against cancer through glutathlone, an antioxidant.
Avocados-The monounsaturated fat in avocados protects against the clogged arteries that cause heart attacks and strokes and it improves blood-insulin levels.
Chicken soup-this reduces the action of white blood cells that rush to inflammation sites and cause the cold symptoms of irritation and stuffiness. An amino acid in the chicken (cysteine) is similar to a drug used to treat bronchitis and upper-respiratory infections.
Oats-help protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. And three antioxidants in oats-tocotrienols and caffeic and ferulic acids-neutralize free radicals before they can cause heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditons.
Apples-are a source of pectin, a fiber that binds cholesterol. Like red onions, quercetin is a compound in the skin of red apples which can prevent free-radical damage. In lab studies quercetin inhibits tumor formation and prevents carcinogens from mutating DNA.
There’s other good foods like eggs, nuts, garlic, chocolate, wine, promegranate,and dark beer that may not have the anticancer properties of some foods, but are good to include in your diet.
If you knew Steve like I do, you would be amazed he has embraced healthy eating. This is a guy who used to think catsup was a vegetable!
I’m so proud of what Steve has been able to accomplish! If you are interested in how good nutrition and healthy living can help fight cancer, my wife Pattie and I share lots of great ways to live a longer and better life with cancer on our http://www.helpwithcancer.org/ website.
Feel good, keep smiling and eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables everyday! Pat