• Anita Hollerer-Squire

The healing power of food

Updated: Jun 14

Food plays a critical role in our life. What we eat can either contribute to disease or defend against it.

The importance of a healthy diet in combating disease is continuously underestimated by most health professionals. If you have ever been diagnosed with cancer for example - what was the nutritional advise you received? Most doctors are not educated enough in nutrition, nor do they have the time to take a holistic approach to well-being. Physicians are trained to treat symptoms with drugs - which no doubt is important, but leaves other key factors like diet, exercise and mindset untouched.

The main reason food doesn't get the recognition it deserves is that there is no big money to be made - unlike with pharmaceuticals. Drugs bring in billions of dollars every year. Broccoli on the other hand, doesn't. Therefore, pharma companies are not interested in funding studies on the benefits of food, which can't be patented.

The studies that have been done on the relationship between certain food and their healing powers have shown promising results that just cannot be ignored.

According to a number of studies by Dr. Richard Béliveau (Doctor in Biochemistry and Scientific Director of UQAM’s Chair in Cancer Prevention and Treatment), eating lots of plant-based foods decreases the risk of cancer because they contain high concentrations of phytochemicals such as polyphenols. These compounds interfere with processes involved in cancer progression, including tumor cell growth, survival, and metastasis.

Recent studies have shown that molecules present in many plants demonstrate strong anticancer activity. For example, garlic, onions, leeks, berries, cruciferous vegetables, curcumin (turmeric), herbs and green tea inhibit tumor growth.