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Food and Health, Part 2

Anticancer: A New Way of LifeDavid Servan-Schreiber was a medical researcher in his early thirties when he learned he had brain cancer. After surgery, he searched for a way of life which would reduce his chances of his cancer recurring. His book, Anticancer: A New Way of Life, tells what he learned, scientifically, about how diet affects cancer.

Dr. Servan-Schreiber's experience with cancer changed him from a research career-driven scientist to one interested in the practical application of science, particularly the drawing together of divergent knowledge to find out what prevents cancer and, once it has been treated, what prevents it from recurring. He learned that healthy immune cells fight cancer in its beginning, so it doesn't take over a body.

Food from our garden“...studies on the activities of immune they are at their best when our diets are healthy, our environment is 'clean,' and our physical activity involves the entire body (not just our brains and our hands)."

What inhibits immune cells? Traditional western diet. Persistent anger or despair. Social isolation. Denial of one's true identity (that is, trying to be what we're not). Sedentary lifestyle.

What activates immune cells? Mediterranean diet, Indian cuisine, Asian cuisine. Serenity, joy. Support from family and friends. Acceptance of self with one's values and past history. Regular physical activity.

Here, in a nutshell, is the formula for living a long and healthy life. If only it were so easy. It has taken me almost fifty years to change from a meat and potatoes (preferably fried) diet to a better one. And I'm not there yet. Change comes slowly, but it does come.

Corn (canned)

Canned corn had only one pesticide residue (diazinon) in thirty six samples.

Corn (fresh/frozen, boiled)
Two residues of the pesticide diazinon and one of chloroform were detected in thirty-six samples of fresh corn, an extremely safe food, from the pesticide standpoint, although society's overreliance upon corn for corn oil and other process products has led to an overabundance of proinflammatory omega-6 fatty acids in our diet.  These fatty acids are linked with heart disease and arthritis.

--Diet for a Poisoned Planet, David Steinman,, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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This blog reminds me of my new years resolution. Lately it has been a wholistic practise for me to eat slowly. I am willing to write something for this blog about that if anyone is interested.
Comment by Maggie Hess Tue Jan 20 17:09:00 2009
I'd love to have a couple of paragraph entry about eating slowly. Thanks for offering!
Comment by anna Tue Jan 20 18:18:27 2009

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