Plants for Cancer

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Last month I received an invitation to attend a lecture presented by a doctor who is currently treating patients with plants rather than prescriptions.

Say what?!

Upon receiving the invitation, I immediately cleared my schedule, I just had to check it out!

The doctor’s name is Dr. Ron Weiss and he is the founder of Ethos Health in NJ. Dr. Weiss’ practice resides on a 342 acre farm that produces organically grown produce to a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Pretty amazing concept! You can check him out here on the Today Show.

For this particular discussion, Dr. Weiss focused on foods that are proven to prevent breast cancer, a topic that is close to my heart and my mother’s survival story. Dr. Weiss dove right into the facts and explained how a deficiency of nutrients and toxicity are the root causes of most diseases, particularly cancer. To reverse these conditions, we must change the internal environment so the cancer can no longer survive. His philosophy is based on “thriving not surviving”.

I hear you doc!

Among the many preventative foods, Dr. Weiss discussed sulfur rich foods such as leafy greens, and antioxidant fruits like dark berries. When Dr. Weiss mentioned the powerhouse flaxseed, I immediately thought of my clients and followers.

Have you ever had flaxseed?

Although flaxseeds have been consumed for over 6,000 years, we have just begun to explore their benefits, including cancer prevention. Flaxseeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fiber and protein. However, the real benefit of flax, when it comes to cancer, is it’s the #1 source of lignans in the human diet.

Why is this fancy word, ‘lignans’, important to know? Simply put, lignans and the bacteria in your gut are besties and get along real well.

Between the two, lignans and bacteria, your hormones are regularly balanced throughout your body. Certain cancers such as breast cancer, are greatly affect by hormones. For breast cancer in particular, the hormone estrogen actually feeds cancer growth, but by keeping the estrogen levels low, you literally starve the cancer cells.

For preventive measures, Dr. Weiss recommended taking at least 2 tbs. of group flaxseeds a day. Flaxseeds are great in breakfast cereals like oats and when added to smoothies.

A few notes to consider with flaxseeds:

  • The fat content is very fragile so you never want to heat it on high heats
  • Best when stored in the fridge to maintain freshness
  • Ground flaxseeds are better for absorption than whole seeds
  • Below is a superfood smoothie recipe using this powerhouse seed.

Chocolate Cherry Bomb

1/2 c. frozen cherries

1/2 c. frozen blueberries or mixed berries

1 date, no seed

1 tbs. raw cacao powder

2 tbs. fresh ground flax seeds

1 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk

Add contents to blender and mix until thick smoothie consistency. Use spoon or straw and enjoy!

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