Cancer Prevention

Dietary guidelines to protect against cancer

Introduction by Healing Cancer Naturally

The following article gives a good general introduction to dietary and other habits which — based on data gleaned from epidemiological and other observations — will contribute to a healthy, cancer- and otherwise disease-free life. Major necessary additions and dietary advice however would include items such as the following:

1) Eating organic: compare for instance “Important note: anecdotal ‘vegetarian’ colon cancer case illustrating the possibly major importance of avoiding nonorganic fruits and vegetables” at Vegetarians Live Longer, Cancer Causes: Pesticides and Organic food.

2) Avoiding water-borne toxins: compare Cancer fighting nutrients become deadly when combined with chlorinated tap water, Water filters: How can we get pure, clean water? and Fluoridation can cause cancer.

3) Eating fresh: compare Natural Food Sources of Glyconutrients, The Fungal/Mycotoxin Causation of Human Illness (particularly CANCER) etc.

4) Intestinal and digestive health & cleanliness: compare for instance It’s not what you ingest, but what your cells actually absorb, Dr. F.X. Mayr’s in-depth research into the link between dietary habits, thorough chewing, intestinal/digestive function and health & beauty and Detoxification: Internal cleansing.

5) Including lactic-acid-fermented foods. See Dr Johannes Kuhl's observations that a healthy vegetarian lifestyle is not enough for protecting health.

Cancer-Protective Diet Outline

by Cancer Project, a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site

Diet and Nutrition Facts — What Exactly is the Healthiest Diet?

Doctors and researchers agree that cancer-protective diets are built from plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.

These foods are:

  • Rich in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Rich in cancer-fighting phytochemicals such as isoflavones and isothiocyanates, and antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, selenium, and lycopene.
  • High in fiber.
  • Naturally low in fat (especially animal fats) and salt, and cholesterol-free.[1]

Steps you can take to maximize the cancer-fighting power of your diet:

  • Build your diet from a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
  • Include daily servings of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables and dark green, leafy vegetables.
  • Avoid foods from animal sources.
  • Select foods low in fat and salt.
  • Choose whole or minimally-processed foods over highly-processed foods and supplements.
  • Use care to prepare and store food safely.

Other important steps you can take to keep your body strong and healthy include:

About the Cancer Project

Cancer Project is a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) site.
“The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a growing organization that promotes the prevention of cancer, and endorses non-animal methods of cancer study and treatment.” (PETA)


1 So-called high cholesterol can actually be cancer-protective, see On the link between cholesterol and cancer incidence.

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