Monday, November 08, 2010

Mouse with aggressive tumor and without

mice with tumor kept in check
(David Servan-Schreiber, Anticancer: A New Way of Life. New York: Viking Penguin, 2008. pp.112)

Both mice without immune system were injected with human lung cancer cells by Richard Beliveau’s research team at Sainte-Justine Children’s Hospital, Montreal. One mouse developed aggressive tumor, while the other had the tumor in check. What’s the difference in their diet? The one that had the tumor in check was given a diet of brussels sprouts, broccoli, garlic, scallions, turmeric, black pepper, cranberries, grapefruit, and even a bit of green tea. Its proportions were calculated so that the diet matched what a human could take in during an ordinary day: 100 grams (4 ounces) of cabbage, 50 grams (2 ounces) of blueberries, 2 grams (0.07 ounces) of tea, etc. The group of mice being fed with anticancer food had their tumors developed more slowly. Now we do have documentation on empirical studies of the effect of anticancer food in the lab.

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