CAM ConferenceDo you like this photo of real (and organic) fruits and vegetables? I took them out of my refrigerator, says Ann Fonfa, volunteer president of the Annie Appleseed Project.
In this section, we have many articles, many studies on food and nutrients. Each heading has many articles under it. Keep looking or SEARCH. The Project believes these discoveries should be put together. Looking at a single food, or nutrient, or worse, a single ‘active element’ of a food will NEVER be the answer. There is NO Magic bullet and it is the wrong direction for research to take. What makes a human being their healthiest is REAL food and vegetables. And stop using your microwave every day.
But combining the healthy benefits offered in these stories, articles and studies, may be the best way to go forward with building health. There is a synergy with combining healthful ingredients.
A Commentary on the Nutrient-Chronic
Disease Relationship and the New Paradigm of
By Andrew Shao, PhD, and Douglas Mackay, ND
Nutrients and Chronic Disease
May 2010 Ann Fonfa – founder of this website/nonprofit: One of the saddest differences between the conventional approach to nutrition and the integrative, holistic, natural…one is the use of meal replacement – ‘nutrition’ products, often sold by large pharmaceutical companies. I will never forget watching a friend who had a stomach feeding tube while in the hospital, receive artificially-vanilla flavored ‘nutrient’ drink. I could see from the label that it did not contain the best of the best! When I was in the hospital for the original cancer surgery, I had my mother go to the local health food store and bring me back fresh-squeezed juices. But of course I was healthy (except for cancer diagnosis!) and not really under the hospital’s full control.
But the contents are mostly (if not all) synthetic and artificial versions of nutrients – example shown here our BOLD:
Strawberries & Cream Ready to Drink( BRAND NAME REMOVED) Ready-to-Drink Strawberries & Cream
Water, SUGAR (Sucrose)), Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Concentrate, Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Potassium Citrate, Natural & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Chloride, Salt (Sodium Chloride), Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, FD&C Red #3, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3.
Sadly physicians and most conventional medical providers do not get much training in nutrition. Products like the one shown above are sold through pharmaceutical reps – we all know they have excellent access to the medical community (haven’t you seen them in doctors’ offices – they get right in while you wait!)
At the same time the medical community is taught that vegetables are full of bacteria and that fresh-squeezed juices might therefore be harmful.
But there are now a variety of products on the market that offer real nutrition – natural ingredients which studies show are more easily absorbed into the human body and the nucleus of all of our cells. The category known as green drinks
Our articles on green drinks/green foods
would be one of these products, and lately there are ‘functional foods’ especially designed to provide many nutrients to people recovering from illness or undergoing treatment for cancer, heart disease, etc.
11/07 In the study, French scientists describe how high and low doses of polyphenols have different effects. Most notably, they found that very high doses of antioxidant polyphenols shut down and prevent cancerous tumors by cutting off the formation of new blood vessels needed for tumor growth.
Polyphenols are commonly found in red wine, fruits, vegetables, and green tea. Celine Baron-Menguy, Arnaud Bocquet, Anne-Laure Guihot, Daniel Chappard, Marie-Joseph Amiot, Ramaroson Andriantsitohaina, Laurent Loufrani, and Daniel Henrion. “Effects of red wine polyphenols on postischemic neovascularization model in rats: low doses are proangiogenic, high doses anti-angiogenic”. FASEB J. 2007 21: 3511-3521. November 2007
(The FASEB Journal (www.fasebj.org) is published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and is consistently ranked among the top three biology journals worldwide by the Institute for Scientific Information. FASEB comprises 21 nonprofit societies with more than 80,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB advances biological science through collaborative advocacy for research policies that promote scientific progress and education and lead to improvements inhuman health).
Correspondence from Journal of the National Cancer
Institute, Vol.91, No.13, July 7, 1999
Norman J. Temple, Ph.D. wrote a letter discussing the need to conduct “randomized intervention trials using a mixture of fruits and vegetables. A suitable mixture might be oranges, tomatoes, broccoli and carrots.” He suggested that an easily made ‘placebo’ of similar appearance (and taste) could be used as a control. He stated that such a trial would achieve these objectives:
“1) It would prove that fruits and vegetables do indeed prevent cancer
2) it would demonstrated the feasibility of this study design
3) there is strong evidence that fruits and vegetables should also prevent coronary heart disease and help correct hypertension.”
Part of his letter pointed out that this would resolve so many of the research questions that torment (us) about which individual supplement or agent is appropriate in fighting cancer. He speculated that it would take “several decades to discover an effective anti-cancer substance” if we continue on the road of looking at one isolated element at a time in a study. He suggested that a “team of substances” would be the more likely for “optimal effectiveness”.
His answer, shared by many other forward-thinkers, is to look at WHOLE FOODS.
Norman J. Temple, Ph.D. is at Althabasca University, Althabasca, AB T9S 3A3, Canada
Heart disease is still the number one killer with cancer a close second.
Ann’s NOTE: I read an article about whole foods in a beautiful newsletter called “A Real Life, a reminder of how good it can be”, (245 Eighth Avenue, Box 400, New York, NY 10011) which discussed the value in whole foods.
The author, Annie Berthold-Bond stated specific, troublesome questions on “how to eat for ideal weight, how to eat for your heart, how to eat to prevent cancer of the colon, breast, prostate, and who knows what else – what to do to keep the immune system sharp, to clean out the toxins, to have the most energy every day?
All of it can be answered in two simple words. EAT WHOLE”. She further states that cooking takes no longer than going to get or ordering fast foods.
Ann found that out when she began to eat oatmeal. It takes just 15 minutes to make in the morning. This is not much longer than setting up any other breakfast food.
2/05 From Dr. Leo Galland:
In response to requests from students and educators, we are releasing a reference-only version of the Drug-Nutrient Workshop.
This version contains the entire database of the clinical reference system, which can be browsed and searched by substance name, type of interaction and key words. It is intended for professional training programs, health libraries and users not engaged in clinical practice.
It does not support creation of individual patient files. For more information, please go to www.NutritionWorkshop.com and view the Product Walkthrough, slides 34-45.
Leo Galland M.D.
133 East 73 Street
New York, N.Y. 10021