Monday, March 3, 2008

Friendly Foods

Here is another link to the next part in that series of articles I posted about yesterday.

Part 3 in the series of 4: Herbs or Natural Products That Protect Against Cancer Growth

Oooh! I love this topic!!! Of course, this article is targeted at those of you (lucky bastards) who DO NOT have cancer. The first two are for those of us who are not near so fortunate.

I had to go back and read that last part after I started cursing the author for his double-crossing ways once I read that SOY was on both the Increase Cancer Growth list and the Protection list. I'm like that. I always start with the meat of an article... who cares about the fluff? Details? Pshaw! Rush me to a conclusion so I can act quickly and erroneously! Gah!

"For each target group, the aim is to identify herbs and natural products
with the potential for or against cancer growth. For example, if a woman
with breast cancer takes soy, she increases her risk of cancer growth. If
a woman who does not have cancer takes soy, she protects herself against

Now, my friends, I ask you one very important question: do I consider myself as 'having cancer' or not? I am 17.5 months NED. But I also kind of look at it as once a cancer patient, always a cancer patient.

And the answer is...

"Women with breast cancer or with a history of breast cancer should avoid
therapeutic doses of soy products especially if they are taking tamoxifen."

See. Once a cancer patient, always a cancer patient. Damnit.

Here is the Reader's Digest Condensed version of the normal foods on the list for you lazy types that never follow links (yeah, that's you, Mom!).

  • Apples (I guess the old addage comes from somewhere, eh?)
  • Asparagus (It's springtime. Go get you some little green spears!!! Mmmmmm!)
  • Barley (I got nothin' here)
  • Cabbage (changes the way estrogen is metabolized - who knew?)
  • Cranberry
  • Folic Acid - not a food but hey!
  • Garlic
  • Green Tea
  • Lavender - also not a food - but pretty
  • Olive Oil (so get away from that vegetable oil already!) (Mom, that was for you again)
  • Soy (fickle, fickle condiment. Don't turn your back on it!)
  • Spinach (Popey & Olive Oil knew something we didn't)

In conclusion, I don't know. Go cook something. It's almost lunch time here and I'm starving now. Geez. I think I'll have an apple with some peanut butter on it. And for dinner tonight? Perhaps a gently roasted cornish game hen with some asparagus and a spinach salad. No, really. I bought all that stuff at the store yesterday before I read the article. Just braggin' on myself for a minute there.

More on the last in the series tomorrow.


spruchill said...

I love your blog. I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma 5 weeks ago. Double mastectomy, chemo port, lymph nodes removed with in last 2 weeks. A lot happening real fast. I have found so much good information on blogs. Thanks so much for yours. Could I post your blog on my blogroll?
Sarah S.

Imstell said...

Of course you can. And I will return the favor. Only 5 weeks ago. That's rough. You're still in shock yourself. I'm glad you had a port put in. It will really save you a lot of pain and suffering in the long run. You are very brave to be online doing research so soon. I couldn't bring myself to check anything until well after I'd finished chemo.

Where is Spruce Hill? Your pictures were lovely.