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Food Synergy: Boosting the Anti-Cancer Diet

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

When does 2+2= more than 4? Food synergy is the art of combining individual foods that when eaten together, boost the nutritional value of each other. Eating certain foods together provides more health benefits than eating one food alone or even just at different times throughout the day. Studies have shown that the antioxidant effects of consuming a combination of foods are more than additive but synergistic.

Just as individual supplements often require a buddy vitamin to enhance bioavailability or effectiveness, so do foods. Eating superfoods such as kale, broccoli, blueberries and avocados is always a good idea, but combing the nutrients in these foods can supercharge the benefits. For example, if you eat blueberries with walnuts, that’s better than just either by itself. It’s not 1+1 = 2, its 1 +1 = 3.

While the list of synergistic combinations is growing daily, here are some excellent combinations:

Tomatoes, Broccoli and Healthy Fats Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a pigment-rich antioxidant known as a carotenoid, which reduces cancer risk and cardiovascular disease. Pairing tomatoes with broccoli has the ability to reduce tumor growth, far more so than if the two are eaten separately. The carotenoids in tomatoes help to increase the bioactive component selenium in broccoli, and yield the most cancer-preventative benefits.  Now add some olive oil and avocado– fats make carotenoids more bioavailable, so the olive oil will help your body absorb these fat soluble antioxidants from the tomatoes. Many of the vitamins and micronutrients in food are fat-soluble, which means they cannot be absorbed without the presence of adequate fat. That means that if you eat fruits or vegetables without fat, you’ll absorb only a fraction of the nutrients you would absorb if you ate them with fat. Roasted carrots with thyme and grass-fed butter anyone? (Yes, butter is better and contains valuable CLA -conjugated linoleic acid, a potent cancer fighter- when made from the milk of grass-fed cows). And about those avocados—consider adding tomatoes to your guacamole.

kale tomatoes avocado sproutsKale Salad with Chopped Tomatoes and Broccoli Sprouts;Tomato Salad with Basil and Parsley; Sliced Avocado

Kale and Lemon (or other vitamin C-rich foods)

Plant-based iron is much more easily absorbed when it is combined with vitamin C.  Combine citrus fruits, strawberries, and vegetables such as broccoli, red peppers, and tomatoes with kale, leeks, beet greens, spinach, mustard greens or swiss chard. So whether you’re sautéing dark greens or making a salad, be sure to include a vitamin C-rich food or a splash of citrus. You’ll increase your immunity and muscle strength by eating this combo than by eating these foods separately (iron carries oxygen to red blood cells, staving off muscle fatigue and vitamin C boots immunity).  And don’t forget to add some healthy fats, which aid the absorption of another carotenoid called lutein, which is found in green leafy vegetables. Use oil olive based dressings or sprinkle walnuts, pistachios, or grated cheese over your greens.

Green tea and Curcumin

Curcumin has been shown to provide extensive anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects. But when it’s paired with the active ingredient in green tea, a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), its cancer-fighting abilities increase significantly.

Vitamin D and Vitamin K2

Vitamin D is a hor­mone like thy­roid, estro­gen or testos­terone and it acts more like a hormone with receptor sites on healthy cells and even more on cancer cells.   A deficiency plays a crucial role in increased risk of cancer and a number of other illnesses. Fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamins K2, A and E, all work synergistically for optimal health and are necessary for optimal use of Vitamin D.  Sufficient vitamin K2 helps to ensure that calcium is bound and held in bones and at the same time is removed from our arteries, joints or other tissues where it doesn’t belong. Vitamin K2 also inhibits cancer cell lines, such as colon, breast, leukemia, brain and many more.

blueberries and walnuts

Blueberries and Walnuts boost brain health with this combination–there is synergy between blueberries and almost every other food (including other fruits and berries). If you eat blueberries with walnuts, that’s better than just either by itself. This pair will improve blood flow to your brain and heart to maximize each other’s benefits. Love dark chocolate? Add some to the mix. Chocolate and berries are both very high in antioxidants, but when eaten together your body absorbs the nutrients up to three times better. (More on chocolate below).

Is the scent of your neighbor’s grilled steak making your mouth water?  Join the fun, but you might want to serve your grilled steak smothered in garlic and rosemary, and alongside a kale or tomato salad.

Meat and Spices

Summertime beckons a juicy spice-rubbed grilled steak, but grilling produces nasty carcinogens. Meat forms a compound called malondialdehyde when cooked, and this compound has been shown to cause cancer and heart disease. Turns out that pairing your grilled steak with delicious herbs will maximize each other’s benefits. The antioxidants in herbs and spices will reduce this compound by 70%, so you can enjoy that steak with less worry. Why? It’s thought that the herb’s antioxidants literally soak up the meat’s dangerous free radicals.  The next time you grill, try rubbing oregano, rosemary, black pepper, paprika and/or garlic into it to get these benefits—just be sure your meat is grass fed.

Apples & Chocolate  

Apples, particularly Red Delicious, are known to be high in an anti-inflammatory flavonoid called quercetin, especially in their skins.  Quercetin, also found in red wine, onions, and green tea, has anti-estrogenic effects and may reduce the metastatic potential of cancer cells. (It’s important to buy organic because pesticides concentrate in the skins of conventionally grown apples.) By itself, quercetin has been shown to reduce the risk of allergies, heart attack, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and several cancers.  Chocolate (the darker the better), grapes, red wine, and tea contain the flavonoid catechin, an antioxidant that reduces the risks for atherosclerosis and cancer. Together, they pack an even more powerful punch.

The lesson here is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables prepared in a variety of ways. Different compounds in each food work on different anti-cancer pathways. Aim for eating five to 10 servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables daily, and at least 20-25 different fruits and vegetables weekly.  Whole food and dietary supplements can be helpful, but you can’t supplement your way out of a bad diet, and individual supplements still need to be taken synergistically (for example, if you take vitamin D, you may want to consider vitamin K2—see above). We’ve only just begun to uncover all the powerful synergies, so add a different herb; try a new combo…variety truly is the spice of life!

Bruised Kale Salad:

Green leafy kale

Olive oil

Sea salt and pepper

Wash and dry kale.  Mix together oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Bunch the kale and slice thin or chop.  Massage the seasoned oil into the kale. Serve with poached or runny eggs, or as a side dish for fish, meats, chicken, tofu or bean dishes (plate kale and put your main course on top to infuse the flavors.)

Tomato Basil Salad:

Cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size

Fresh basil leaves, sliced and chopped (I find rolling them up in a log and slicing is easiest)

Fresh parsley, chopped, large stems removed

Organic extra virgin olive oil*

Toss all together with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. How much to use?  One pint of tomatoes will need about 1/3  to ½ half cup chopped parsley and depending on the size of your  basil leaves, about ¼ cup, but all is to taste.  Use enough oil to dress but not drown the tomatoes. *

MarioMeet Mario at the Farmers Market in Southampton NY

*Note:  I use herb infused oils such as basil, rosemary or lemon.  In this recipe I prefer rosemary and basil infused.  If you cannot find them locally, Arlotta makes the very best olive oils I have ever tasted and also the most incredible balsamic vinegars.

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~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project.  Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. https://elynjacobs.com/about/

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Salvestrols: Nature’s Rescue Mechanism from Cancer

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Last week I had a fantastic discussion with Dr Michael Schachter regarding the so-called “war against cancer”. Very little has changed since 1971.  We have drugs, lots of drugs. However, this year, more than 1.6 million Americans will receive a diagnosis, and 600,000 Americans will die of “cancer”.  The real question is– are they dying from the treatment or the cancer? This is, as they say, the billion dollar question.

MBS Photo of 7-16-10 Trees background MBS071610AIntegrative oncology has made significant strides in improving survival from cancer and its treatment.  However, many feel there is a better way or at least another way to heal from cancer.  Some believe that the SOC (Standard of Care) might actually be contributing to more cancer and in some cases worsen the prognosis of patients with cancer.  Dr Schachter spoke of the work of Dr Thomas Seyfried, who believes that cancer is a metabolic disease which is driven by damage to the mitochondria of cells and not from mutations within the nucleus of the cell.  The predominant assumption by conventional oncology is that cancer stems from mutations in genes within the nucleus of the cell. Seyfried explains how the standard of care for brain tumors which generally includes radiation, increases the amino acid glutamine which fuels brain cancer cells just the way glucose does.  He acknowledged that while the therapy has improved two-year survival rates, this is not much to cheer about.  The steroids that reduce inflammation may lesson symptoms and the protocol might extend life briefly, but the overall treatment plan guarantees failure.  Dr Schachter went on to explain that Seyfried’s suggestion of the (calorie) restricted ketogenic diet (RKD) might better serve patients; it can also improve the efficacy of some anti-cancer drugs.  The (calorie) RKD offers tremendous promise as it restricts the glucose that feeds tumors and elevates ketone levels providing an anti-invasive, anti-angiogenic and pro-apoptotic approach towards malignant brain cancer and may well work for many cancers. To hear more on Seyfrieds research, please CLICK HERE.

~~ CYP1B1~Best Kept Secret in Science~~

Dr Schachter and I also spoke once again about Salvestrols, and how CYP1B1 might just be the best kept secret in science.  To recap, Salvestrols are plant derived compounds that produce anticancer metabolites as a result of their action with a particular enzyme, known as CYP1B1.  Salvestrols are found naturally in organic blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, black currents, figs, tangerine peel and perhaps as many as 50 other fruits and vegetables.  The CYP1B1 enzyme is present only in cancer cells, and when it encounters a Salvestrol, it converts it into a form which is toxic to the sick cell and causes that cell to commit suicide (apoptosis). Because the enzyme is not present in healthy cells, the Salvestrols have no ill effects on them–unlike cancer therapies such as chemotherapy.  He further explained that a deficiency of naturally derived Salvestrols can lead to the development and progression of cancer. And in fact, the presence of CYP1B1 is considered a universal cancer marker by many.

~~ “Eat your Vegetables”  Mom, various dates ~~

Obviously we need to eat more fruits and vegetables.  For the healthy individual without cancer and who eats a significant amount of organic produce, diet is likely sufficient.  (Why organic?  Click Here and Here).  For those with cancer or who have had cancer, it is virtually impossible (and terribly expensive) and potentially dangerous to eat enough to challenge cancer, so a supplement may well be the answer.  Keep in mind that while fruits are incredibly healthy, they do provide a significant source of sugar (glucose).  To simplify things, the scientists who coined the term Salvestrols developed a point system.  The strong diet might afford one 100-300 points daily.  However, to attain the necessary 1000+ points needed to control an existing cancer, this is an unachievable goal via diet alone.  I personally take 1000-2000 daily in supplement form.  For more information, please replay Update on Innovative Cancer Treatment Strategies including the Ketogenic Diet and Salvestrols .

We also talked about things that inhibit the activity of CYP1B1.  These include Laetrile (also known as B17 and amygdalin, with bitter apricot kernels being one of the best sources) as well as carbon monoxide (cigarette smoke), household pesticides and chemicals, but also resveratrol (at high doses of more than 40mg or so per day). Yes, resveratrol has some anticancer benefits, but it inhibits the activity of the enzyme, so it must be avoided in supplement form if you are taking Salvestrols.

What supports CYP1B1?  Magnesium, niacin, biotin, selenium, vitamin C and iron (when appropriate).

Have there been clinical trials on Salvestrols?  No, but often the real-life case studies tell all.  Again, listen to the show, search the internet blogs or contact Dr Schachter to get his opinion and to hear and read about the case studies (I have also listed some resources at the end of this post).  I, for one, don’t need trials to appreciate logic and research; furthermore, just as I know that there will not be trials for broccoli, I am well aware that there will not be trials for Salvestrols, nor are they needed.  If something cannot hurt you, and offers great promise, and you can afford it, go for it…..listen to your gut– it really knows best (sorry father).  Interesting too that the science behind Salvestrols may offer some incite as to why therapies such as Gerson work so well—tons of organic vegetables.

The take-home?  Salvestrols have the extraordinary ability to recognize cancer cells, embed themselves in them, and destroy them. When Salvestrols come into contact with the CYP1B1 inside human cancer cells, they become “activated”—and cause the cancer cells to stop growing or die. CYP1B1 is only in cancer cells, and Salvestrols go on a-seek-and-destroy mission. Salvestrols appear to be applicable for all cancers at all stages, and may be useful for both the prevention and management of cancer.  The RKD, although not an easy diet to strictly maintain for a lifetime, is a viable option for the management of for cancer and can often be modified once NED (no evidence of disease) has been achieved.

We don’t want to die of our cancer, but we also do not want to die from its treatment.  And cancer tends to recur, especially with conventional treatment, grows silently for years and is often only detected with more damaging scans. That said, I just want to be very clear that none of the concepts discussed here are approved by the FDA for cancer treatment and that this information is preliminary, experimental and for informational purposes only. My role here and on Survive and Live Well is to inform, and you are certainly welcome to draw your own conclusions and make informed decisions.  Further, treatment does not end with active therapy….treatment is a life-long commitment to health.

For more information, click on the above links or contact Dr Michael Schachter at the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine.  You can also purchase a DVD of Dr Schachter’s presentation on Salvestrols at CARE via his office, and you can pick up a copy of Brain Schaefer’s book, Salvestrols: Nature’s Defence Against Cancer. (And no, that “c” is not a typo).



~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Dr. Michael B. Schachter is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College and Columbia P&S Medical School in NYC. He is also a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Schachter has been involved with nutritional and integrative health care for 35 years. A leader in alternative cancer therapies, EDTA chelation and orthomolecular psychiatry, he is a past president of the American College of Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). He has authored numerous articles and was a major contributor to Burton Goldberg’s classic “Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer”. His published 2010 paper “Integrative Oncology for Clinicians and Cancer Patients” helps to guide patients in developing a cancer treatment program. In 2010, Dr. Schachter received the Humanitarian Award from the Cancer Control Society in California. He has a special interest in the role of iodine in health and disease. Dr. Schachter is the director of the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, NY.

Dr. Brian Schaefer was educated in Victoria, B.C., Canada and Oxford, England, obtained a B.Sc., and M.Sc., degree from the University of Victoria and a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) degree from Oxford University in England (Wolfson College). After these studies were completed he chose to return to Canada. After two years as a research fellow in Ottawa he returned to Victoria where he currently lives with his wife and his two children. A fondness for England continues and he returns to England on a regular basis. He has published and lectured on a broad array of topics including psychometrics, pattern recognition, visual perception, knowledge acquisition, artificial intelligence, laboratory medicine and cancer research. The author serves on the Board of Directors of companies in Canada and England.

Case Studies:

Schaefer B, Tan H, Burke D, Potter G, (2007) Nutrition and Cancer: Salvestrol Case Studies.. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 22, 4: 177-182.

Schaefer B, Dooner C, Burke D, Potter G, (2010) Nutrition and Cancer: Further Case Studies Involving Salvestrol. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 25, 1: 17-23.

Schaefer, B., Potter G., Wood R., Burke D. (2012) Cancer and Related Case Studies Involving Salvestrol and CYP1B1. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 27: 131-138.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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