Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Beware of Foods That Raise Cancer Risk

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 10:20 AM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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I have no doubt that many of the health issues we are facing, including the epidemic of cancer, are related to the way we eat.
 
I often use the adage, “Garbage in, garbage out,” which simply means that if you eat poor-
quality food, you can’t expect the body to function optimally. That’s just common sense.
 
Most of us eat too many devitalized, refined foods that leave our bodies nutritionally
deficient. Furthermore, eating food that has been contaminated with synthetic hormones, pesticides, and herbicides will lead to an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses, including cancer.
 
Our food supply has been contaminated by multiple sources. But perhaps the most egregious contamination is from synthetic hormones that are added to the food fed to our livestock. These estrogenic hormones are added to fatten the animals before they go to market.
 
Unfortunately, these synthetic substances then make it into our food supply. Synthetic hormones in food have been shown to lead to early development in girls and boys. Early
development of secondary sexual characteristics have been associated with breast cancer in women, and I have no doubt that it is also partly responsible for the increase in prostate cancer in men.
 
How can you avoid synthetic hormones in our food supply? Simply by eating only animal products that are labeled as “certified organic.” Keep in mind that many animals are fed
hormones and other toxic chemicals to fatten them up. This includes chickens. Chickens and eggs should only be eaten if they are certified organic.
 
Another example of a common food that can be healthy or unhealthy is fish. Fish provides the body with essential fatty acids that we need in order to be healthy. But most of the fish eaten in this country is farm-raised. In fact, nearly all of the salmon labeled as “Atlantic” is farm-raised.
 
Like cattle, farm-raised fish are fed an unhealthy diet of antibiotics and other additives designed to maximize their growth potential in order to increase profit. Farm-raised salmon has been found to have significantly more organochlorine contaminants than wild salmon. Organochlorine contaminants can cause or worsen iodine deficiency. In my opinion, you should avoid farm-raised fish altogether. It is best to eat wild-caught fish.
 
It is also important to avoid “whites” in your diet. White sugar, salt, and flour are all examples of refined foods that are devitalized. This means that in the manufacturing process, the naturally occurring minerals have been removed from these foods. Furthermore, the final product has been exposed to harsh bleaching chemicals to produce the high white color that you see.
 
A healthy, cancer-fighting diet is full of unrefined foods, including organic fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts, and seeds. It may take a little work and cost more money, but the health benefits of a good diet are well worth it. More information on eating a healthy diet can be found in my book, The Guide to Healthy Eating.
 
 

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