Does your heredity dictate whether you get cancer?

Ayna posted this on my blog, and my response follows:

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: “I have been a vegetarian for so many years I can’t count them. But

my family women have a breast cancer gene. You can’t beat that, it does not matter what you do, it’s in the blood. I have lived through 2 breast tumors which had not spread. That was perhaps God ´s gift to me. I don’t know. We can’t eat healthily anymore unless the food is being grown under anti-chemtrail situations and being watered with pure water without any fluoride.

I wish you would address these issues and tell your “followers” where you get the perfect clean wonderful veg you use for your smoothies. I do not mean to be rude, I just would like to know how you do it.”

Answer: Organically gardened vegetables are “perfect” and I teach about that in Ch. 5 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods. However, I eat both organic and conventional fruits and vegetables that I buy in the store, year-round. I buy organic produce when it’s not more than 50% more expensive than conventional, when it’s available, and when it’s a “dirty dozen” item.

I wash my conventional produce using a good organic soap. (I use Shaklee Basic H, and others are at your local health food store.) Keep in mind that in the hundreds of studies proving a link between raw plant foods and disease prevention, the vast majority of those disease-preventing foods were grown conventionally. (That is, with pesticides.)

I’m not saying this to suggest that eating herbicides isn’t harmful. I’m saying that your alternatives, animal products, are MUCH higher in pesticides/herbicides than conventional fruits and veggies are. (That makes sense since animals’ tissues and organs build up those same chemicals they’ve been eating on sprayed produce.) And I’m saying that if we have to eat conventional produce, we can still reap the benefits and avoid living a fear-based life. Not all budgets can bear 100% organics. If yours can, by all means, buy organic!

I don’t agree with being defeatist about our heredity. True enough that you can’t change your DNA. But read The China Study for a much more detailed understanding of why heredity is a much smaller piece of the puzzle than lifestyle, and why we have far more control than you have been led to believe, Ayna.

All the animals in Campbell’s studies were injected with a known carcinogen, aflatoxin. Only the animals who indulged in a high animal-protein diet actually got cancerous tumors. Those who ate a plant-based diet did not.

When you don’t have time on your side and cancer has taken control of body systems, that disease is hard to root out. But you have the option to avoid risk in the first place with a highly oxygenated, mostly-raw, plant-based lifestyle.

Or you can eat lots of processed food, and lots of animal products, and put yourself at high risk for cancer, heart disease, auto-immune diseases and all the other modern maladies. With lots of dead foods going in your mouth every day, combined with your hereditary factors, you give your body the optimal climate to grow cancer. Fortunately, you have a choice about the bigger of those two risk factors.

tips for eating right inexpensively

Q:   Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, I can’t afford to eat the way you suggest. Any ideas?

A:   Most people base their purchasing decisions on taste, convenience, price, appearance, and shelf life.

Of course, what tastes good is dictated by our addictions, and you know if you read my blog that sugar is the most addictive substance on the planet.   Having to wash fruits and vegetables can’t compete, for convenience.   Organic produce doesn’t always look shiny and pretty.   And produce and most whole foods don’t last long on the shelf.   Nutrition is the loser in most buying criteria and decisions!   (If you don’t believe me,  take a peek at  what’s in virtually all grocery carts next time you’re in the store.)

I do have 11 tips for you to save money (and many more are in 12 Steps to Whole Foods):  

  1. Plan meals ahead of time and keep a shipping list to avoid impulse buying.  Along with your shopping list, keep a list of what constitutes “good” prices, as well as a calculator to take along on shopping trips. 
  2. Quit buying chips, soda, and packaged cookies and candy. Quit buying meat.   Quit buying fast food. These things are costing you more than you may realize.
  3. Instead, buy grains and legumes, which are higher in protein than people expect, inexpensive, and they keep in storage for years.   Try serving grains/legumes most nights a week instead of meat.      
  4. If you have a family, invest in a big freezer.   Put it in the garage.   Buy it used if you need to.
  5. Start learning what things cost, and buy larger quantities (5# or more) of produce, nuts, seeds and grains when they’re in season and on sale.
  6. Freeze on-sale fruits in small bags in the freezer.   Put greens in the freezer for green smoothies, if you can’t use them before they will go bad.   Freeze bulk-purchased nuts and seeds in freezer bags.
  7. Ask around and find the buying co-ops for local produce and health-food items.   Get on email lists for those co-ops.   You don’t have to buy huge bulk amounts for Azure Standard and other co-ops.
  8. Dig a cold-storage hole in the ground against your home, if possible, line it with plastic or wood or straw, and put a wooden lid on top.   Store potatoes, onions, carrots, homemade sauerkraut, nuts, seeds, and oils through the winter.
  9. Grow a garden.   Even if all you have is a patio or tiny backyard, you can grow a surprising amount of produce.   This will give you organic produce, and you can freeze whatever you’re not able to use, for fall and winter months.
  10. If organic produce is really expensive, buy conventional and just wash it well, with a veggie soap.   I use Shaklee Basic H.   A gallon of it lasts me a decade.
  11. Go shopping when you’ve just eaten, not when you’re hungry.   Then planning and intelligence informs your shopping decisions (not cravings and addictions).