To fully answer this question I would have to write an entire book. The most popular cancer diets include the Gerson diet, the budwig diet, the raw-vegan diet, the ketogenic/paleo diet and the Mediterranean diet. As with all these therapeutic approaches there is a large variation in how each person responds. Each person’s condition is also very unique making some diets inappropriate for them. For example a person with weak digestion will not do well on a raw food diet. Also many of these diets are very time-intensive to prepare so many people can’t maintain the effort for very long. For this reason I don’t support any one of the strict diets mentioned above but I tailor my approach for each patient into manageable steps. While each diet is unique almost all of them follow a few principles that I believe are essential to any anti-cancer diet.
- No processed food – Make your own food so you know exactly what’s in it. For example that means you make your own salad dressing instead of buying it.
- Eat more veggies and less meat – most meat contains unhealthy fats and toxins, which promote inflammation. Replace that meat with colourful veggies.
- Eat more raw veggies – I don’t support a 100% raw diet but most people don’t eat enough raw vegetables. They contain enzymes and nutrients that have a potent anti-cancer effect but they are destroyed when cooked.
- Juicing veggies is a great way to get ultra high doses of antioxidants condensed into one serving. It would also take longer to eat that same amount of veggies without compressing them into a juice.
No sugar or refined carbohydrates – it is well known that sugar drives inflammation and is the primary fuel for cancer cells. Carbs like bread and pasta also are rapidly converted to sugar, which promotes the growth of cancer.
Dr. Paul Hrkal, ND