My last infographic segment will assess the impact of full-fat dairy consumption on cancer risk. Is consumption of full-fat dairy harmful or beneficial in cancer prevention? Does the sourcing of full-fat dairy matter such as choosing grass-fed and organic? These questions will be explored today!
This week, I am pleased to present a guest article written by Virgil Anderson. Virgil was unfortunately exposed to asbestos in the workplace at a young age and diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. At the time of his diagnosis, Virgil was without health insurance and turned to the National Cancer Institute for treatment. He also discovered information on integrative therapies for cancer such as Ayurvedic medicine. I am thrilled to present his article providing an overview of Ayurveda and evidence for its use in combination with traditional cancer treatments. Enjoy!
Does green tea (Camellia sinensis, Theaceae) prevent cancer? There may be some evidence. Today I am sharing an infographic I made about green tea and its anti-inflammatory properties. This infographic is not comprehensive, so if you are interested in the topic I encourage you to check out this website which discusses more of the evidence. Some clinical studies have not demonstrated green tea's efficacy at inhibiting cancer. This could be due to the different varieties of tea (black, green, white, etc.), regional differences in growth (higher level of secondary metabolites in soil-rich areas), or the population studied (genetic and environmental differences). Hope you enjoy my infographic and I encourage you to investigate the research further. For now, I'm going to continue enjoying my green tea and lemon each morning. Enjoy!
The new U.S. dietary guidelines have been released, and though the formatting looks different than previous guidelines, not much has changed. The guidelines propose ways to eat healthier, but don't mention specific food groups such as sugar-sweetened beverages and meat due to the financial clout of these organizations. However, I will consider the evidence and comment about what was outlined well and what should be made clearer.
For as long as I can remember (and I haven't been around too long now), meat has always been the culprit of most diseases popping up and increasing in the U.S. My mother used to always tell all her friends how she only ate white meat because red meat gives us heart disease. My mom is a doctor so when I was a little girl I thought everything a mother said, and a doctor especially, was right. So I followed suit and only ate chicken and sliced turkey, forgoing beef and pork. (But we are Greek so once or twice a year we would eat some lamb).
When it came to eating dairy, however, it was a different story. Dairy has always been good in our household and most others. It’s full of calcium and important for growing bones, my mother told me. But after watching Forks Over Knives this past week, a documentary about eating a plant-based diet that forgoes animal and dairy products to reduce disease, it made me wonder if I should forego those food groups. Below I will outline my thoughts and why I ultimately have decided to keep animal products and dairy in my diet.