Ultra-Processed Foods: From Convenience to Cancer
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by Kate Morin RN, Dr. Subrata Chakravarty PhD and Dr. Antonio Jimenez MD ND
3w ago
We’ve all heard at some point that processed foods are bad for our health. But the term “processed foods” is quite a broad term, referring to any food that has been altered from its natural form, including cutting, cooking, or blending. The real threat to our health lies not in processed foods but in ultra-processed foods (UPFs), which have significant modifications beyond simple processing. UPFs are not merely altered but are often made from substances extracted from foods or synthesized in laboratories, including artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. These foods are engineered to ha ..read more
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Fit to Fight: How Exercise Aids Cancer Prevention and Treatment
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by Kate Morin RN, Dr. Subrata Chakravarty PhD and Dr. Antonio Jimenez MD ND
1M ago
For a long time, conventional wisdom maintained that people with cancer should not exercise, under the prevailing belief that it would worsen the patient’s condition and deplete their already limited energy reserves. However, this perspective has completely shifted in recent years. There are now over 1,000 randomized controlled trials that unequivocally support the idea that exercise is not only safe but immensely beneficial for everyone, including those battling cancer! Exercise is such a formidable ally in the battle against cancer, it really should be prescribed right along with non-toxic t ..read more
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The 11 Integrative Hallmarks of Cancer
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by Dr. Antonio Jimenez MD ND and Dr. Subrata Chakravarty PhD
2M ago
In 2000, two prominent cancer biologists, Dr. Robert Weinberg and Dr. Douglas Hanahan, introduced a groundbreaking scientific paper that transformed our comprehension of cancer’s behavior at the cellular and metabolic levels. Their paper, titled “The Hallmarks of Cancer,” outlined six characteristics of cancer cells that defined how they function biologically. This work spurred frenzied research in the fields of cancer and immune system biology. It led to two updated papers published in 2011 and 2022 that added eight additional hallmarks, further deepening our understanding of the nature of th ..read more
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Eat Smart: A Guide to the 7 Categories of Inflammatory Foods
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by Kate Morin RN, Dr. Subrata Chakravarty PhD and Dr. Antonio Jimenez MD ND
3M ago
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection. It is a protective mechanism intended to remove harmful stimuli and initiate the healing process. When it is acute, such as the redness and swelling after a cut or sprain, it is beneficial—signaling the immune system to repair tissue and fight off invaders. However, chronic inflammation, which can persist unnoticed for years, is detrimental. It can arise from prolonged exposure to irritants, such as inflammatory foods or environmental toxins, and it is associated with an increased risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Why ..read more
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Can Stress Make You Sick?
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by Kate Morin RN, Dr. Subrata Chakravarty PhD and Dr. Antonio Jimenez MD ND
5M ago
Cancer-Causing Effects of Chronic Stress For many of us, stress is a constant companion. What begins as a normal response to life’s challenges, from our job, family, or illness, can gradually evolve into an ever-present shadow. It creeps into our daily lives, seeping into the very fabric of our well-being until we begin to accept it as the norm. Chronic stress has become even more common than before, exacerbated by factors like the pandemic, the rising cost of living, and the myriad of uncertainties in today’s world. In fact, a staggering 76% of adults reported experiencing at least one stress ..read more
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Recipe Spotlight: Veggie Stuffed Snapper with Rustic Greens & Grains
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by Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers
9M ago
At Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers, our dietary approach is guided by several core concepts of Full Spectrum Nutrition and the Garden Food Plan®, such as: Sticking as close to Mother Nature as possible Focusing on foods that are clean, wholesome, and organic Maintaining a nutrient-rich, balanced diet that nourishes our overall wellbeing Simultaneously, we recognize that every body is different, and therefore, the journey to wellness must be personalized. Cancer treatment is not one-size-fits-all, and neither is cancer nutrition. For some patients, that means incorporating fish into an anti-can ..read more
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The Western Diet and Cancer: An Alarming Link
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by Nikhil Chakravarty MPH, Dr. Subrata Chakravarty PhD and Dr. Antonio Jimenez MD ND
9M ago
Summary The Western diet, characterized by excessive consumption of processed food, unhealthy fats, added sugars, and low fiber content, has been linked to various health concerns, including cancer. The Western diet promotes inflammation and oxidative stress due to the lack of essential nutrients and dietary fiber found in processed foods, creating optimal conditions for cancer cell growth. The excessive caloric intake and obesity associated with the Western diet contribute to higher obesity rates and inflammation, which can fuel tumor growth. The low fiber content of the Western diet alters ..read more
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Recipe Spotlight: Portobello Breakfast
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by Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers
10M ago
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about one-third of the most common cancers can be prevented through lifestyle factors like maintaining a healthy diet. High in essential nutrients that benefit cancer patients, our Portobello Breakfast is a testament to the power of such diet strategies. For instance, Portobello mushrooms are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral known to enhance immune function and protect cells from damage. They also contain antioxidants, which can help combat oxidative stress that often occurs in cancer patients. Not to mention, this recipe allow ..read more
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Gastrointestinal Cancers and the Microbiome: A Close Link
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by Nikhil Chakravarty MPH, Dr. Subrata Chakravarty PhD and Dr. Antonio Jimenez MD ND
10M ago
The human body plays host to trillions of microorganisms living in harmony as a community called the microbiome. The bacteria, fungi and other microbes making up the microbiome live all over us – in our mouths, on our skin, and most abundantly in our gut – and pay their “rent” by helping us maintain our health. Because of how diverse it is, research is still ongoing to determine exactly how the microbiome helps us and what health issues may emerge if it is disturbed. So, What’s the Link to Cancer? Recent research has indicated close links between dysbiosis (the disturbance of the balance in ou ..read more
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Recipe Breakdown: Vegan Tacos and Berry Salad
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by Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers
10M ago
Incorporating healthy and delicious recipes into your daily routine can be a fun and empowering way to take control of your health. But finding the right balance of nutrients can be an individual journey of discovery — and a process that may require some adjustments. Though it can be challenging to know where to start, learning how to incorporate a more balanced diet into your routine doesn’t have to feel boring or overwhelming! To help you take some of the guesswork out of healthy cooking, Hope4Cancer Clinical Integrative Nutritionist Candelaria Maldonado, L.D.N., and Hope4Cancer Cancun Chef ..read more
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