Archives for: October 2008
I used to work with a Dr. Carl Costas. He was a great man. Generous with his time, he treated each patient with a unique kindness. Carl died a horrible death from pancreatic cancer and is missed by many. I wonder; if he could have seen into the future would he have made different choices with his health? Would he have thought more carefully about how he lived?
My first year working as a nurse was filled with many difficult moments that I will always carry with me. Once I was working with a patient that had terminal cancer. Unbeknownst to me her family did not want her to know her diagnosis due to its gravity. She was at the end of her days and the cancer was in charge of her body. I remember speaking with her at her beside and mentioning the word cancer. I recall seeing a strange look on her face as she processed what I said. As the word hung in the air I realized she didn't know her diagnosis. Later the family complained that I had gone against their wishes, as a result I had to have a talk with my supervisor regarding patients and how they don't really want to know the truth. That was many years ago but cancer still holds the same dread for many people. Why? Because deep down people are aware that conventional treatment has not changed much in the last 50 years.
Every blood type gets cancer in one form or another, however when A's/AB's get cancer they do not respond as well to traditional therapy. This is particularly true of breast cancer in blood type A's. When they get breast cancer, the treatment outcomes are not as successful as with O's. The answer to this lies in the immune system and the response of the ABO system to cancer cell death.
Our bodies constantly produce aberrant, or non-self, cells that our immune system finds and destroys. It is a very sophisticated response team, but we can simplify it, and think of it in terms of a war going on in our bodies. If you imagine that each side, like an army, wears a uniform so it can be easily recognized we know which side each person is on merely by looking at them and can take appropriate action based on the uniform they wear. The bad guys (non-self) get destroyed and the good guys (self) are recognized and left alone.
But what happens when the opposing side gets a hold of a few of our uniforms and looks just like us? Then it becomes much more difficult to tell which side is which.
This is exactly what happens with the A immune system in regards to breast cancer cells. The cancer cells look so much like the A host cells that they are never discovered. This enables them to go undetected for an extended period of time, growing and infiltrating the breast tissue. It seems the longer they go undetected the stronger they get.
Conventional treatments target these cancer cells in a number of ways, surgically, chemically and radioactively. These treatments are designed to destroy cancer cells, but invariably destroy normal cells as well. They cause plenty of harm as well as good. Presently this is all the medical community has to offer.
Thankfully the story does not end here and with a combined treatment plan the patient can benefit from an approach that includes foods that assist the body’s natural surveillance for cancer cells.
At the conference Peter shared with us something his Hassidic patients tell him,
"God does not give a disease without having already provided a solution."
This little saying is packed with wisdom. In other words the answers to the puzzle of how to get the A's immune system to destroy those cancer cells already exist we just need to find them.
What good news this is!
So here are a few foods that contain phytonutrients that enable A's to increase their ability to defend themselves against an enemy that is not easily recognized. These foods will in effect give the A’s immune system night vision goggles.
Soy: Reading the studies regarding soy foods would make your head spin. They seem to be at two ends of the spectrum. Some studies say don't eat soy it can cause everything from dementia to cancer and other studies say eat soy, it will cure everything from dementia to cancer. It is hard to get away from the controversy when discussing soy. Soy is one of those foods that is very blood type specific. It contains a lectin that agglutinates cancer cells in blood type A’s and sweeps them away. 10% of the dry weight of a block of tofu is this lectin, talk about a cancer buster.
Helix Pomatia: Escargot or more commanly known as snails are specifically effective in breast cancer. The lectin in snails is able to detect the hard to get breast cancer cells, the ones that are more hidden then the rest. Snails can be eaten once a week. Getting past the texture may be hard but for all the hard work they do, it is well worth it.
Fava beans: Fava beans are available year round both canned and fresh. Fava bean lectin has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth by getting the cells to revert back to normal cells. How miraculous this is, the bad guys join the good guys!
Peanuts: Peanut lectins bind with the T and Tn antigen, which is exposed on cancer cells. In normal cells the T/Tn antigen is suppressed but on cancer cells it is expressed. Peanut lectin binds with the cells that have the exposed T/Tn antigen and destroy them.
Green tea: Green tea will inhibit the invading capacity of breast cancer cells.
This means that green tea inhibits metatasis of cancer cells to other parts of the body.
So if you have stage 1 or 2 breast cancer using green tea as a preventative strategy to decrease the risk of metatasis would be prudent.
Blood type A’s will benefit from using these foods both in prevention and in conjunction with any traditional medical treatments. What I find interesting about this list, and this is by no means complete, is that the foods act on the cancer cells in many different ways. The actions of the foods mimick the approach of conventional medicine, which attacks from many angles in order to achieve success. Or does the conventional treatment mimic what happens in nature?
I like to look in peoples' shopping carts at the supermarket. I am fascinated by what other people buy and how they survive on the highly processed food I see in their carts.
Just this week I stood in line behind a women who was purchasing just about every snack pack for school lunches that the store offered. It looked like she simply went down the aisle and put one of each in her cart. The screaming kids that circled her cart may have had something to do with it, but she had allowed it.
I had to resist the urge to ask her why she would pay good money for things that were bad for her family. A few of the questions that went through my head as I stood in line with her were:
Was she thinking about her families long term health?
Did she care about her future grandchildren?
Did she understand the term "empty calories"?
What was her blood type?
It took me a minute to realize that she like millions of others is living in darkness. Fooled into believing that the food manufactuerers and the supermarkets have our best interests at heart. This lie is what I believe keeps people from reading food labels. They look at the outside of the package and see the words organic, low fat, whole grains, natural and put it right into the cart, never reading further on the package.
This same subliminal lie is promoted by Whole Foods and Trader Joes where people believe that once they step through the doors of these stores they enter a world where all the food is "healthy". Somehow the foods in these stores is immune to unhealthy ingredients. Health food stores are viewed by the public as superior to the SAD (standard american diet) supermarket. So if you shop at one of the healthy stores you are viewed as a healthier person.
It's all about the labels, and how they are interpreted.
I am a label reader whether I am in the health food store or in the SAD supermarket, I always take a look at the ingredients before the item enters my cart. I have gotten into this habit after being burned more then once thinking I was buying something "healthy", then realizing after I got home, that high fructose corn syrup was the first ingredient.
If you are following the Blood Type or Genotype diet one of the basic things you can do is take the time to read the labels on all your food items. I challenge you to start reading those labels and to teach your children to do the same.