FOOD AS MEDICINE
Transformation Magazine|December 2020
How to prevent and treat diseases with vegan diet.
Dr. Carol Wentz Randaci

We officially have been in a “War on Cancer” since 1971. And it’s still an uphill battle. I like to think of it not as a war but, rather, as an awakening that needs to happen, a paradigm shift, a lifestyle change. It’s not a battle when you are fighting an invisible foe. After billions and billions of dollars have been spent on research to identify the enemy—the culprit—it has come down to some obvious knowns in a sea of unknowns. It turns out the number one culprit is the food in your refrigerator and cupboard. What if you found out that upward of 80 to 90 percent of all cancers are caused by dietary and environmental factors? If you were told the most likely way to avoid developing cancer was to change your diet, well, certainly you would change your diet right away wouldn’t you?

The top two cancer killers are lung cancer at number one and colorectal cancer at number two. These are considered as potentially “avoidable” cancers; they don’t just happen, something causes them to happen. For years it was thought that genetics were the main power source of turning cancer genes on, and there was hardly anything we can do to stop the development. In the case of lung cancer, the number one cause is smoking cigarettes. As a smokers’ lungs fill with carcinogens from the cigarettes, the carcinogens create the environment for cells to mutate. So if you do not want to contend with lung cancer, then not smoking is your best bet to prevent its development.

The same is true for colon cancer. After many research studies by leading research hospitals, labs and doctors around the world, it is ascertained that colons across the United States are being filled with carcinogenic food. Progress to control these extraordinary complex diseases is an uphill battle that will continue its march without a fundamental handle of the basic biochemistry of nutrition. Even as far back as 1981 there was a paper delivered by the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress concluding up to 70 percent of all cancers are connected to nutrition or diet. And yet the misinformation or the skepticism still swirls around to undermine and diminish the significance of the evidence collected from institutes all over the world. And as stated by the former director of the UN Agency for Research on Cancer four decades ago, 80 to 90 percent of total cancer is caused by dietary and environmental factors. In countries with these types of diseases the average serum cholesterol is the dominant factor among cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The Stages of Cancer

There are three slightly arbitrary stages of cancer development: initiation, promotion and progression. They are arbitrary because they are difficult to separate and delineate since one merges into the other. They mostly blend from one stage into the next. Serum cholesterol, substantially influenced by nutritional practices, is correlated with diets having more animal-based foods and less plant-based foods.

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