9 Revolutionary Ways to Prevent Disease
- Drink (That’s Right, Drink) EVOO
In June of 2018, The New England Journal of Medicine published a study which conclusively reported that incidence of major cardiovascular events (heart attack and stroke) was lower in those who supplemented their Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil, as compared to a control group on a low-fat diet. How much was the supplement? Four tablespoons per day — the volume equivalent of two shots of Scotch. Conclusion? Pour it on.
- Tofu or Not Tofu, That is the Question.
The answer? If you’re a guy, Tofu good. If you are a woman at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer, Tofu bad. Soy’s high concentration of phytoestrogens — e.g. naturally occurring estrogen — can ward off prostate cancer, but cause increased risk for breast cancer as well as possible infertility issues in women.
- Does Stress Cause Cancer?
For over 20 years, PCF researcher Suzanne Conzen has been working in breast cancer, currently studying the body’s stress hormone receivers at the University of Chicago. In triple negative breast cancer, she discovered that the one substance that prevented cancer cell death was the stress hormone, cortisol. Her suggestion? We all need to practice mindfulness.
- Smoking after Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Makes Metastases Worse
It’s no new news that smoking is bad for you and you should not do it. Now a new study published in JAMA Oncology in May has demonstrated that men who smoke during localized prostate cancer treatment are more likely to recur or develop metastasis. You didn’t need another reason to quit, but there it is anyway.
Sofrito (from the verb soffriggere, to stir fry) is a tomato-based sauce that is used as a cooking base in many cultures, from Spain to Puerto Rico. The lycopene in cooked tomatoes has long been known to ward off prostate cancer — add that to the latest research on olive oil, and you’ve got the perfect cancer-fighting food. It’s a great way to use up those summer tomatoes before they are all gone. Freeze in ice cube trays for use all winter in your favorite stews and soups. Here’s a basic sofrito recipe.
- Do You Drink Kombucha for a Healthy Gut? We’ve Got a Bridge in Brooklyn to Sell You.
For most of you, we’ve got some good news. If you’re honest with yourself, you didn’t really like the taste of Kombucha anyway. You’ll be glad to know that research indicates that the plethora of healthy bacteria found in Kombucha don’t actually survive your stomach acid. On the other hand, if you like the taste of Kombucha, try Green Tea Kombucha which retains all the antioxidant health benefits of its namesake.
In our final nod to classic European gastronomy, a recent Italian study found that drinking 3 or more cups of European-style coffee can cut your risk of prostate cancer in half. Interestingly, the effects were the same for caffeinated and decaffeinated blends. Still under investigation: which aspects of the espresso brew — from harvest to roasting to extracting — are responsible for this effect.
- Exercise and Prostate Cancer
In June of 2015, PCF funded researcher June Chan discovered that vigorous exercise and other healthy habits may cut a man’s chances of developing lethal prostate cancer by a full 68% — that’s a larger effect than chemotherapy has.
- How to Eat Red Meat Without Killing Yourself
Four simple rules: 1) Always grass-fed, 2) Never charred, 3) Not often, and 4) Together with dark green leafy vegetables.