Show Me the Numbers

Even conventional medicine advocates improving your diet to fight cancer. There are several parts to this. Cancer treatment is rough on your body so the healthier you are the better you tolerate it. The risk factors for most forms of cancer include some form of poor nutrition. The same advice applies after treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence.

But most of it indicates a direction, e.g., eat less animal fat, more fruit and vegetables, not too much meat, less red meat, more fish, more whole grains, but not a goal. It\’s hard for a vegetarian to reduce the amount of meat in their diet. Now the fish directive usually includes an upper limit of not more than twice a week because of mercury contamination.

Twice in the last week we\’ve eaten too much salad and vegetables and it\’s messed with our digestion. It\’s possible to do too much, especially at first.

In addition to the various MDs I\’m working with, I\’m consulting with a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). She\’s nice and specific, 9-12 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. So many grams of high quality protein, which seems to mean low-fat, per day, dependent on body weight. Take these supplements to increase your red blood cell count (chemo and bleeding during and after surgery lowers it) and reduce inflammation (except the week before and after surgery, most anti-inflammatories are also blood thinners).

I\’m willing to change my diet, but I want to know how much is enough. It is possible to have too little cholesterol. Any doctor mindlessly shouting any cholesterol is too much gets lumped with the street corner preachers. I\’ll jump but show me the numbers for how far.

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