It seems that cancer is everywhere. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer-luckily it didn’t spread, but he still has to undergo 6 weeks of ┬áchemo juice through a catheter inserted up his ureter. Ouch! I don’t even want to think about it. He asked me if there was anything he could do beginning now to help prevent cancer from recurring. I told him “you bet there is”. Food. An article in the Duke Medicine Health News, volume 13G-R, gives a breakdown. Among the many protective fruits and vegetables are carotenoid-rich squash, carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes, associated with breast, prostate, colon, and lung cancer protection. Apples, which contain cell-protective quercetin, protect against mouth, throat, lung, and colon cancers. Cranberries contain benzoic acid, which protects against colon and lung cancer and some leukemias. Dark, leafy greens such as kale, contain indoles that help detoxify the liver (mustard and collard greens also). The cruciferous family, which includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower, helps fight cancers of the mouth, stomach, prostate and lung. A BIG however about fruits and vegetables is that NOT All are created equal. Some you can buy non-organic, but others you should buy organic. FOODNEWS.ORG has published a list of the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen. The Clean 15 you can buy non-organic, and these are :Asparagus, Avocado, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Corn, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Mangos, Mushrooms, Onions, Papayas, Pineapples, Frozen Sweet Peas, and Sweet Potatoes. The Dirty Dozen should but purchased organic, and they are: Apples, Celery, Cherries, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Hot Peppers, Collards, Kale, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Spinach, strawberries. Summer Squash and Zucchini, and Sweet Bell Peppers. Happy Eating.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.

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