Dietary choices are linked to 70 percent of all diseases affecting Americans.
Only 30 of 125 U.S. medical schools require doctors to take a nutrition course.
In four years of school, the average physician [MD] gets only 2.5 hours of nutritional training.
The average American's diet includes consuming 140 pounds of sugar a year.
There is twice as much calcium (which protects against osteoporosis and colon cancer) in a cup of spinach as a cup of milk.
Approximately 300 enzymes are known to require zinc for their activities.
Calcium helps neuromuscular relaxation and excitability (this helps heart functions).
Calcium is important in blood coagulation.
Calcium is important in the transmission of nerve impulses.
Calcium increases resistance to infection.
Calcium promotes cellular adhesiveness and strength.
Calcium helps with the maintenance and function of cell membranes.
Calcium helps with the activation of enzyme reactions and hormone secretions.
Calcium is vital for pregnancy and nursing (fetus, infant, and mother).
Zinc is required for DNA synthesis, cell division and protein synthesis.
Zinc is found in hundreds of types of nucleoproteins which are involved in gene expression of various proteins.
Zinc deficiency also affects proliferation and maturity of lymphocytes adversely [impaired immune response to infection].
Phytochemicals give plants their flavor, aroma and pigment, have many roles in potentially preventing cancer growth.
Phytochemicals block hormonal actions and metabolic pathways associated with cancer evolution, stimulate enzymes that flush out carcinogens and suppress the growth and division of cancer cells.
The phytochemical Lycopene, found in tomatoes and red grapefruit, is actually twice as powerful as beta-carotene at eliminating free radicals.
Whole grains — the staples of civilizations for centuries — provide a valuable source of fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, which the refining process, unfortunately, removes.
The bottom-line? “Cancer is a preventable disease.” Go Heavy on Veggies to Prevent Cancer, New York Times; June 28, 1999.
One in three people will get cancer.
The American Cancer Society predicts that a full one-third of the 563,000cancer deaths in 1999 will be nutrition-related. [Much more than they used to admit]
The American Institute for Cancer Research found that appropriate diets alone may prevent three to four million cancer cases a year worldwide.
Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day may prevent well over 20 percent of all cancer cases, including those of the colon, stomach, lung, esophagus, breast, bladder, pancreas and prostate.
"Cancer is usually the result of a decades-long process and nutrition is a way of thwarting each step.”
Some of the most powerful cancer-fighters are antioxidants which stabilize free radicals (highly reactive oxygen molecules) and halt cellular damage.
Vitamin C, an antioxidant in citrus fruits and strawberries, also raises the activity of “natural killer cells,” which search for roaming cancer.
Vitamin E, in leafy greens and nuts, may protect against genetic defects that increase cancer risk.
Beta-carotene, in carrots and sweet potatoes, may block the formation of tumors.
Maitake and shiitake mushrooms stimulate immune function.
Selenium, a mineral found in grains, seeds and garlic, induces cancer cell death.
Antioxidants in turmeric, an herb in curry powder, prevent DNA damage and block tumor growth.