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Plant Based Diet Greatly Reduces Risk of Getting Cancer

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March 06, 2005 Commentary

Plant-based diet greatly reduces risk of cancer, say studies

Three new studies published in the journal of the American Medical
Association are proving the benefit of a plant-based diet in greatly
reducing the risk of cancer. The studies show that high consumption of
fruits and vegetables wards off a variety of cancers. (They also show that
consuming red meat multiplies the risk of colon cancer.) Another study in
the same issue shows that consuming olive oil reduces the risk of breast

So here we're talking about a wide variety of cancers: prostate cancer,
breast cancer, colon cancer, even leukemia and multiple myeloma. And across
the board, we're seeing that consuming a plant-based diet is what prevents
cancer and enhances health at many different levels, including
cardiovascular health.

But here's what's fascinating about this study that you probably haven't
heard in the mainstream press: it was conducted on regular, everyday people
that are generally consuming unhealthy diets to begin with. Let me explain
further: if you select 1000 people out of the population and examine their
diets in terms of cancer prevention, the vast majority of those 1000 people
are consuming a lot of cancer-causing ingredients in packaged meats (the
sodium nitrite ingredient), they're consuming artificial coloring, and
they're eating monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that actually
promote cancer. And yet, we see that the small amount of fruits and
vegetables these people consume actually protects them from the dangerous
effects of those ingredients.

Now, if you were to repeat this study and look at the anti-cancer benefit
in holistic nutritionists, or people who consume vegetarian organic diets,
you would see a much stronger protective effect. The cancer rates in that
group would plummet. Because, let's face it, even in the published studies
when people talk about eating fruits and vegetables, a lot of the data come
from self-reported surveys. And the things that people consider to be fruits
are not necessarily healthy fruits. For example, eating apple pie is counted
as a fruit in clinical trials. Personally, I wouldn't count that as a fruit.
It's a cooked, sugary apple pie made with hydrogenated oils, refined white
flour and refined sugar in the crust. To me, that's not fruit. That's junk
food. But medical studies call that "fruit."

The same is true with vegetables: a lot of people might think spinach
lasagna counts as a vegetable serving. And, again, I consider that to be
junk food. It's loaded up with cheese, it probably has some sort of chemical
taste enhancer if it's been purchased at the store, it has refined
carbohydrates in the crust, and it probably has refined sugar in the tomato
sauce. And yes, there's a little bit of spinach in there too, but that's not
a vegetable serving. That's just junk food with a bit of spinach filler.

To me, eating spinach means buying raw spinach and having a nice spinach
salad, or giving it a Chinese-style stir fry with nothing but garlic and a
little bit of soy sauce. That's a real vegetable serving. So if you look
across the population at what people consider to be fruits and vegetables,
to me it's amazing that there's any health benefit coming out of these
studies at all. Because people have distorted definitions of what fruits and
vegetables really are. (Some people consider strawberry ice cream to be a
serving of fruits!)

As a result, if you observed a group of people in a study and you made sure
they ate raw fruits and vegetables and avoided all of the refined,
manufactured food products, you would see phenomenal results. If you had
people eating raw blueberries, nuts, green leafy vegetables, salads, and
consuming whole drinks made from vegetable concentrates, then the results
would be vastly different from what you're seeing in these published
studies. You'd see diseases like cancer literally vanishing in the group.

And yet even these mainstream studies using unhealthy people on minimal
plant diets are showing positive results. It goes to show you that even
people who have poor dietary habits can dramatically reduce their risk of
cancer by consuming a few fruits and vegetables along with their unhealthy

There's an important side note in all of this too: the common fault of all
clinical trials. The population at large is so unbelievably unhealthy that
clinical trials using everyday people lose relevance to the nature of
healthy human physiology. Because, let's face it, when you're conducting
trials on the existing population, you're really only asking the question,
"What will be the effect of this treatment or drug or supplement on diseased
people?" That's the question you're asking.

So you get all of these study results about prescription drugs or olive oil
or nutritional supplements, and really these results only tell you how they
operate on unhealthy people. We don't really have any clinical trials being
conducted on strictly healthy individuals, because where do you round up
1,000 healthy people who follow an organic, plant-based diet, who engage in
regular physical exercise, and who avoid all the metabolic disrupting
ingredients that I commonly write about here? Where do you find people like
that? Maybe only at a natural health convention, but certainly not in the
population at large. Look around: the population is heavily diseased. Why
are we basing all modern medical studies on the physiology of diseased

(Some medical researchers might answer by saying, "Because that's who we
need to treat with the drugs!" And I say, sure, but if you only study
unhealthy people, how do you expect to learn anything about the causes of
health? You see, modern medicine really only studies disease. That's why med
school graduates are generally clueless about nutrition (see related ebook
on nutrition) and disease prevention.)

All this leads us to a startling realization, which is that we now have a
system of medicine based on a collection of clinical evidence that was
derived from studying how unhealthy, chronically diseased, malfunctioning
human bodies respond to certain chemicals. That's what we have today. So
when people call it evidence based medicine, it's actually not based on any
realistic evidence of how healthy bodies might respond. It's all based on
running clinical trials with diseased individuals.

That's how conventional medicine smeared the reputation of vitamin E, by
the way. Some vitamin E haters rounded up a bunch of people dying from
advanced stage heart disease, then they gave them synthetic vitamin E (i.e.
a non-natural chemical) in very low doses. When the people started dying off
from their heart disease, the researchers put the blame squarely on vitamin
E. Hence the bizarre news headlines in late 2004 proclaiming, "Vitamin E
will kill you!" It's all nonsense. The people were dying of heart disease in
the first place, and the statistics were not adequately adjusted to take
expected mortality rates into account.

But getting back to the JAMA studies, we at least now know that eating more
plants -- even small portions of those plants -- will vastly improve the
health of most people (even diseased people). That much is clear. And if you
actually eat real fruits and vegetables instead of processed ones, you'll
benefit even more.

About the Author:

Author Mike Adams is a holistic nutritionist with over 4,000 hours of
study on nutrition, wellness, food toxicology and the true causes of
disease and health. He is well versed on nutritional and lifestyle
therapies for weight loss and disease prevention / reversal. View Adams'
health statistics showing LDL cholesterol of 67 and outstanding blood
chemistry. Adams uses no prescription drugs whatsoever and relies
exclusively on natural health, nutrition and exercise to achieve optimum
health. Adams' books include the Seven Laws of Nutrition, The Five Soft
Drink Monsters and Superfoods For Optimum Health. In his spare time, Adams
engages in pilates, cycling, strength training, gymnastics and comedy
improv training. In the technology industry, Adams is president and CEO of
a well known email marketing software company.