The mainstream has many tricks up its sleeve when it comes to pushing drugs… earlier this year, an experimental drug to treat high cholesterol, developed by the pharmaceutical giant Roche, was touted as the next prostate cancer breakthrough.
If I remember correctly, back in 2011 cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were also hailed as a prostate cancer “miracle drug”… despite the fact that numerous studies have revealed incriminating evidence regarding the relationship between low cholesterol levels (an almost certain result of taking statin drugs) and cancer.
One study, known as the ‘SEAS’ study, showed how two cholesterol-lowering drugs (simvastatin and ezetimibe) taken in combination, increased the risk of cancer.
Diet is key
Recently, I read Dr Michael Greger’s New York Times bestseller, How Not to Die, and it was refreshing to read how a respected mainstream doctor promotes natural ways to help combat diseases like prostate cancer. As Dr. Greger puts it: “The power is mainly in our hands and on our plates.”
According to a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research, any effect of plant-based diets is “likely to be due not only to the exclusion of meat, but also to the inclusion of a larger number and a wider range of plant foods, containing an extensive variety of potential cancer-preventive substances”.
In his book Dr. Greger highlights many dietary approaches that could help in the fight against disease. One food that he writes about really grabbed my attention, especially since it shows some potential to help promote prostate health: cranberries.
While human trials have not yet been conducted to show the effects of cranberries on cancer patients, in vitro studies have found that cranberries appear to be effective in the fight against many cancers, including prostate cancer. Many people also use cranberry juice to clear out urinary tract infections.
It’s believed that powerful antioxidant phytonutrients, found in anthocyanins, hold the key to the potential cancer-fighting properties of cranberries. Anthocyanins form part of the pigment that gives cranberries their bright red colour.
To get the same amount of anthocyanins found in a cup of fresh cranberries you’d have to drink four litres of cranberry juice, or eat 840g of dried cranberries… and these often contain added sugars, like high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to an array of diseases including cancer… So, it’s best to steer clear of these.
However, if you want to cash in on the antioxidant benefits of cranberries, here’s a simple recipe for a wholefood cranberry juice version: 1 handful of fresh or frozen cranberries, 350ml water, 3 teaspoons of organic honey and 60ml of lime juice. Blend all the ingredients together at high speed and serve over ice.
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Statins ‘lower risk of prostate cancer’ and could cut rate of deaths for just 40p a day, published online 30.09.11, dailymail.co.uk
How Not to Die by Dr Michael Greger and Gene Stone, Macmillan