Did you ever have an argument with somebody and, even though you know they were wrong, they were able to win the argument? I think everyone has had that happen. Funny thing is, it didn’t make them right it only made them the winner of an argument. Maybe you didn’t know your facts at the time, maybe they were smarter than you (it happens), maybe they lied???? There are so many reasons why this can happen and it happens all of the time when we talk about alternative methods to fighting cancer. Alternative to the “accepted” methods of fighting cancer like radiation, chemotherapy and so on. One of the most maligned alternative treatments is the super food idea. I have even heard people say that super foods are a myth. Now, I’m no scientist but I can tell you that super foods are not a myth.
The Power Of Words
I read an article once about a group of doctors, I think they were oncologists, who had gotten together and were taking the opportunity to say that eating healthy had no impact on your cancer battle. In fact, the author calls it a myth. Here’s a quote from the article.
But there is a yawning divide between this nutritional folklore and science. During the last two decades the connection between the foods we eat and the cellular anarchy called cancer has been unraveling string by string.
That evening at a reception hosted by the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, guests partook of a sumptuous buffet that included, among other fare, thick slabs of roast beef, a variety of rich cheeses and generous servings of wine. Afterward came the cancer research association’s grand celebration known for its dessert buffet. Read More at the NY Times
He is making a special point to note that the doctors are all eating what most would consider “unhealthy” food. At this point, you should realize that this article is being written to persuade and not educate. He describes the lavish meal the cancer doctors are eating with the unspoken assumption being that they are healthy and cancer free. I can almost guarantee you that some of them smoke and don’t have cancer. It’s a trick. It’s verbal slight of hand. Look, they’re doctors doing bad things and they’re OK. See, we just proved it.
Not to be outdone, this article lists a number of “myths” one of which is super foods.
Blueberries, beetroot, broccoli, garlic, green tea… the list goes on. Despite thousands of websites claiming otherwise, there’s no such thing as a ‘superfood’. It’s a marketing term used to sell products. Read More at Cancer Research UK
I just threw my carrot juice out the window. I’m never eating broccoli again! Super foods must be a conspiracy. It’s all a trick to get you to eat those blueberries and enrich themselves and buy blueberry mansions. 😀 Just kidding! Come, come….let’s be more honest. Nobody is taking advantage of people by having them eat more blueberries.
Honestly, you can see how somebody could read these articles and easily think that there is no benefit to using super foods in the fight against cancer. I mean think about it. We’ve been the victim of a myth! Think how embarrassing that would be. There are those that worship trees and those that believe in, perish the thought, super foods! What idiots we are, dopes… uneducated imbeciles. Except there are many doctors who disagree with them and they have the science to back it up!
Things like this really bother me and I’ll tell you why. Often, I find that some doctors or scientists begin with a bias and then move forward in an effort to prove that bias. They “reason away” what they believe to be incorrect without being completely honest. It bothers me because some people take it as gospel because it comes from the mouth of somebody wearing a white coat.
Super Foods Are Not A Myth
So a myth is based on fiction or anecdotal evidence…stories. There is no evidence for a myth which is why these words are so powerful. These authors are claiming to “debunk” mother nature. To be honest, does anybody believe this any longer? After all, we have major hospitals using the slogan “Food is medicine”. Nobody who is a responsible adult is suggesting for people throw out their medicine, quit chemo and eat bananas. Instead, responsible and educated scientists and doctors are suggesting that certain foods help fight and sometimes even kill (apoptosis) cancer. Please notice all of the “sciency” data and the lack of animal sacrifices. 🙂
You can read my post on cancer fighting foods. In that post I linked to a video from my favorite doctor at NutritionFacts.Org but here it is again if you only want to watch the video. I went through this video and made a list of all of the best foods he mentioned. It is very helpful. 🙂
You may also want to read my post about how these studies are done. It’s titled “In Vitro vs. In Vivo Testing and What it Measn to Your Cancer Fight” It’s a really good read and will open your eyes. “In Vivo” means “live” or “in the body” and “In Vitro” refers to the artificial environment of a test tube or petri dish. There’s a big difference. So, the next time somebody tells you to eat 200 figs a day because a study was done and it turns out they kill cancer you will be ready and educated. If you want to skip the article here’s the video from the article. It’s worth watching. Also, you can see my recipe list at the top of the page. 🙂
Of course, there’s more evidence than you can shake a stick at but all you need to do is a search on the web and you can find a ton of stuff. 🙂 In fact, here’s an article I just happen to stumble upon this morning. Here’s a quote.
Even the National Cancer Institute admits garlic “…may reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, especially cancers of the gastrointestinal tract”. Garlic reduces inflammation, fights free radicals, and fights cancer. Eat it raw or chop it up and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before cooking with it or its beneficial compound, allicin, will not be released. Read More at Natural News