From the November 2005 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times:
Eat to prevent cancer, to slow cancerous progression, and, possibly, to beat cancer. No treatment—not even a program of nutritional excellence—is consistently effective for “curing cancer.” Cancer is a bizarre end-stage disease that responds in an unpredictable fashion, but dietary protocols that include vegetable juicing and high intake of cruciferous vegetables offer the most potential for treatment and for increasing the survival of cancer patients.
Here are the seven most important dietary steps to take:
Vegetables (not fruits) should comprise the largest part of your diet. They should include raw salad vegetables, raw solid vegetables such as broccoli and snow pea pods, as well as cooked vegetables, which should be steamed lightly, lightly sautéed in water, or cooked in soups.
Sprouts are an excellent concentrated source of phytochemicals. Try mung, radish, alfalfa, and broccoli sprouts. Broccoli sprouts are the richest natural source of sulforaphane.
Include large amounts of green, leafy vegetables (spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, collards, and chard) and choices from the cabbage family (cabbage, baby bok choy, brussels sprouts, red cabbage, and Chinese cabbage) in your salads.
Drink fresh-squeezed vegetable juice two or three times a day, made with carrots, beets, tomatoes and greens (kale, collards, wheat grass, mashe, and cabbage). This provides the broadest spectrum of cancer-fighting nutrients. Only use organic vegetables for juicing.
Beans also contain powerful cancer-fighting compounds, especially the darker colored and reddish beans. Use them in a carrot juice- or tomato juice-based soup with added mushrooms and cruciferous vegetables.
Use organic raw fruits, especially those with high free radical-absorptive capacity, such as all berries, kiwis, gogi berries, red and black grapes, cherries, papaya, and red apples.
Use only raw, unsalted seeds and nuts in your diet as your source of fat. No animal fats or oils should be used. Avocado and raw nuts and seeds can be blended to make delicious dips and dressings.
A Sample Cancer Protocol Menu
The suggested meal options listed below contain multiple choices. You do not have to consume all of the foods listed!
- 6-8 oz. glass of fresh-squeezed vegetable juice made from carrots, beets, kale, parsley, wheat grass, or other greens
- Fresh fruit, especially blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwis, and papaya
- One cup oatmeal with ground flaxseed, walnuts, and added fruit
- Fresh fruit smoothie, blended with watercress, kale, and pomegranate
- Large green salad with baby greens, shredded cabbage, and baby bok choy, with a healthful fruit nut-based dressing
- Vegetable Bean Soup, made with zucchini, leeks, blended cruciferous leafy greens, mushrooms, onion, lentils, beans, parsnips, herbs and spices, cooked in half vegetable juice and half water
- One fresh or frozen fruit (mango or cherries) whipped into a 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice
- Glass of vegetable juice (organic tomato-based) with cruciferous greens added such as cabbage, watercress, and arugula
- Blended salad, 1-2 oz. raw organic spinach, 2-3 oz. leaf lettuce, 1 oz. kale, Chinese cabbage or bok choy. Blend greens in a high-powered blender with apple and cinnamon, avocado and banana, strawberries and pineapple, orange and lemon, or any other cut fruit (and flavored vinegar, if desired).
- Lightly steamed greens, such as brussels sprouts, asparagus, and artichokes
- Raw vegetables, tomatoes, baby bok choy, carrots, peppers, broccoli, snow peas, and small raw okra, with dip or dressing
- Vegetable/eggplant stew made with edamame, red peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes, cauliflower, frozen peas, and currants, with flavoring such as cinnamon or turmeric
- Frozen organic strawberries whipped with an orange or dried pineapple
- Fresh or frozen fruit (whipped), berries, or other fruit
- Eggplant-Hummus Dip
- Bean Salsa Dip or vinegar
As much as one avocado and 3 ounces of raw nuts/seeds can be used in the dressings and sauces each day. Nutritional supplements also are included in the protocol.