It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s great that we raise awareness and that we raise money to fund research….BUT what if we already have the tools to prevent most cancers, including breast cancer? What if we spent as much time and money educating people on what they can do to prevent cancer? According to many doctors who promote a whole foods, plant-based diet (Dr. Neil Bernard, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Fuhrman….to name just a few), we DO have the tools. Those tools are the foods we eat.
Cancer has become more prevalent in the United States as people have bought in to the fast food, highly processed, high fat, high sugar diet. Tonight on ABC News there was a segment on a couple of people who were part of a study on how fast food affects weight. In just a few short weeks, the two people profiled had gained a significant amount of weight. Check this out for yourself: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/fast-food-diet-participants-paid-purposely-gain-weight/story?id=17377478#.UGujVU1fDzk Excess weight has long been a causal factor for cancer. I believe that by eating a plant-based diet, we get to choose a different ending. Every time I eat highly nutritional foods, I improve my odds.
A Facebook friend of mine, Sharon McRae, has a very personal story regarding this. Sharon’s mother died from cancer but Sharon’s story is one of why she will not support the pink ribbon campaign. Please check out her story here: http://sharon-mcrae.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2011/10/why-im-boycotting-the-pink-ribbon
Instead of jumping on the pink ribbon campaign this year, consider how we might aim for preventative medicine instead…. Healthy, nutritious foods are the “drugs” we need to help prevent this vicious disease. Let’s quit funding companies that promote an unhealthy lifestyle by buying their pink ribbon merchandise. Let’s educate people on the tools that are readily available to prevent cancer and other diseases. It might put the pharmaceutical companies out of business, or severely reduce their profits, but it will save a lot of lives.
Oh, and by the way, I’m with Sharon . . . I’m boycotting the pink ribbon, too!