Cancer Holford

Say No to Cancer

“Say No to Cancer” was written by Patrick Holford, a nutritionist based in London, England, but with an international reputation.

I read this book a couple of years ago, and it was the first time I’d come across a view of cancer that was to some extent evidence-based, yet not always in step with general medical advice, as his message was that 85% of cancers are preventable, through diet and lifestyle choices.

I found a lot of his arguments compelling, although some of his recommendations I wasn’t so sure about. On the web, there are many who are critical of him, in that he goes too far with recommendations that are not fully substantiated, in the use of supplements and mega doses of vitamins.

But on the positive side, these are some of his findings and recommendations, that are apparently evidence-based, and consistent with those from other respected authors:
• Pesticides and plastics may, in mimicking estrogen, be part of the cause of the increase in rates of breast and prostate cancer. So, you should limit exposure of fatty foods to plastic, avoid foods heated in plastic, buy non-PVC clingfilm, and filter your water with a carbon filter.
• Fried or browned food contains carcinogens. So, you should limit your consumption of crisps, chips, pringles, taco shells, pizza, etc.
• Meat is not generally a good thing in terms of cancer. So, you should limit consumption of red meat, avoid processed meat (like sausages and hot dogs), avoid burned meat, and go organic when you can.
• The higher the milk consumption of a country, the higher the rates of breast and prostate cancer. So, limit your consumption of dairy products.
• High and varied consumption of fruit and vegetables is associated with reduced cancer risk. So, make sure your diet contains a variety of these, including in particular cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, etc.) and soya.

In my mind, as these recommendations are consistent with other sources, I’m inclined to go along with them. The cost for me (eg. Not having the pleasure of a barbecued steak, or a cheeseburger) is something I’m willing to pay, if there’s a better chance of avoiding cancer.

Say No to Cancer: The Drug-free Guide to Preventing and Helping Fight Cancer

SAY NO TO CANCER was originally published by Piatkus in 1999 and this greatly expanded edition contains new chapters that reflect the very latest information on the connection between diet and lifestyle and the risk of developing cancer. It offers guidance for people who wish to avoid getting cancer, and for those who want to know what they can do nutritionally if they have cancer and/or want to prevent re-occurrence. By improving your diet and taking the right nutritional supplements you really can say no to cancer.

Sources

Wikipedia on Patrick Holford: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Holford
Note: Anyone can edit Wikipedia entries, so this is possibly a combination of truth, with positive content from Holford, and negative content from his detractors.

Quackometer about Patrick Holford: http://www.quackometer.net/blog/2007/05/holfordism-understanding-patrick.html

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