April 26, 2006
In the last 10 days, Dina has been involved in radio interviews, part1 part2 and lectures on the subject of cancer prevention. Here is a real case of cancer survival followed by tips on cancer prevention.
Though countless tests, mammograms and self-exams said otherwise, Marvelle Gilbert knew something was wrong. She had lost one breast to cancer 28 years earlier and now, she was convinced she was about to lose the other. A biopsy confirmed her suspicions, but the prognosis was even worse than she had imagined: 17 out of 21 lymph nodes were cancerous, designating her high risk.
The oncologist gloomily relayed the news that Gilbert would need to undergo a second mastectomy and begin chemotherapy and radiation immediately. He warned her that she would lose her hair and prepared her for the likely possibility that the cancer would return.
That was nine years ago. Gilbert did not lose a single hair (“No one believes me!”) and the cancer never returned. Gilbert credits her good fortune to nutrition consultant Dina Khader, M.S., R.D., nationally recognized for her breast cancer treatment and prevention techniques.
“I KNOW it’s because of her,” Gilbert stresses.
Khader does not claim to be able to cure cancer, but medical research has shown that the instances of breast cancer can be reduced if women take certain precautions, like consuming a diet specifically for their blood type.
Listed below are Khader’s most effective hormone-related cancer prevention tips.
1. Follow a healthy eating plan- Certain foods are not suitable for particular blood types. Determine your blood type and avoid those foods with which you are not compatible. In general, however, all blood types benefit from consuming healthy doses of fruits, vegetables and fish with the following exceptions:
• Limit tuna, swordfish and halibut, which contain high levels of mercury that weaken the immune system.
• Beans are great sources of protein, except for chickpeas, which can affect blood sugar or insulin levels.
• Eat raw nuts, not roasted. Roasting nuts destroys the vitamin E content and changes the chemistry of the oil.
2. Eat organically- Organic foods, including free-range poultry, do not contain the pesticides and herbicides that promote unhealthy, cancer-causing estrogens. Only buy fresh saltwater seafood, as farm-raised fish are fed with chemicals.
3. Detox nutritionally- Engaging in a good nutritional detox program consisting of a rice protein powder fortified with extra amino acids, vitamins and minerals helps break down unhealthy estrogens.
4. Stick to glass- As plastic heats up, it leaks into food. Though it is best to avoid using a microwave at all: if you must use one, heat foods only in glass containers. And don’t drink out of a plastic water bottle that has been sitting in the sun or a hot car.
5. Limit soy intake- If eating soy, limit soy consumption to 1 serving per day, focus on fermented soy i.e miso soup and tempeh. More than that disrupts hormone balance. For more info on Soy, click here.
6. Keep clean and mold free - Hire a maid if you must, but keep the house clean. Test for mold in the house. If there is any mold, seek professional help to get rid of it.
7. Exercise in moderation- Cardiovascular exercise increases oxygen levels and oxygen is crucial to killing cancer cells; but over exercising i.e. more than 1 hour can weaken your immunity.
8. Limit alcohol to 3 glasses 4oz. per week- A 4 oz glass of red wine a day may be good for your heart by thinning out the blood to prevent clots, but it increases the risk of getting cancer.
9. Maintain healthy blood sugar level- Watch sugar intake. A high blood sugar level disrupts the immune system, making the body more vulnerable.
10. Get some zzzzzz’s- Six to seven hours of sleep per night keeps the immune system strong and builds up red and white blood cell counts. Sleep deprivation over the long term increases the risk of cancer.
11. Relax- Gilbert believes the stress of losing her husband of 52 years was the major factor causing her breast cancer. If persistent, stress can weaken the immune system, making the body more vulnerable.
12. Avoid red meat- Red meat contains a high proportion of antibiotics and hormones, both known to cause cancer.
13. Minimize dairy- Dairy products, like red meat, also contain high amounts of antibiotics and hormones that cause cancer. Always buy organic. Goat products are safer than cow based products.
For more information about preventing breast cancer and other hormone-relating cancers, contact The Khader Group, Inc. at 914-242-0124 or visit their website at :www.DinaKhader.com
Dina Khader, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., is a registered dietitian and integrative nutrition consultant with a practice in Mount Kisco, NY. She holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition from New York Medical College and conducted her dietetics training at Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.
Khader served as adjunct professor of nutrition at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York and consulted at Green Chimneys Children’s School in Brewster, New York. Khader is a Fellow of the Institute of Human Individuality, an organization whose prime goal is to foster research in the expanding area of human nutrigenomics. In 2000, Khader authored The Food Combining/Blood Type Diet Solution.
Over the last fifteen years, she has delivered numerous lectures, published several articles and been interviewed by many radio, TV and print media sources, both locally and nationally. Peter D’Adamo’s Eat Right for Your Type features her recipes and meal plans. In Total Breast Health, Robin Kueneke recognizes Dina Khader as one of three nutritionists to consult for breast cancer treatment and prevention.
For more information, visit Khader’s website at www.DinaKhader.com.