SEX food? WHAT, I wanted to know, was “Sex Food”?
I was on the phone with Ryan (let’s call him Ryan), a client who five months earlier had been diagnosed with stage 3, non-small cell lung cancer. Interested in preserving the quality of his life, he had opted out of conventional chemotherapy and had sought out direction on how natural therapies might be used to help him heal.
Now, six weeks later, I was wondering how he was doing so I followed up on his progress with a phone call.
He was doing very well, I noted, as he proceeded into a litany of positive changes. “…AND I lost 25 pounds!” he announced proudly. “It’s all this ‘sex food’ you’ve gotten me eating now”, he added teasingly.
Um. . . Excuse me?
“You know,” he explained, “RABBIT food”.
I burst out laughing as I worked out the syllogism in my head: Rabbits feed on a diet rich in green leafy vegetables … and carrots (remember Bugs Bunny?). Also, rabbits have a rapid rate of reproduction which is equated with sexual activity. Hence: rabbit food = sex food. I get it.
I had never thought of the cancer healing diet I recommend to my clients as ‘sex food’ before, but… yeah, sure, why not?
Conversely, neither, I’m willing to wager, do most folks think of sex food (i.e. rabbit food) – and other foods – as the immensely powerful cancer-healing medicine that it is.
How many people realize, for example, that dried beans, especially lentils, contain cancer-inhibiting enzymes that prevent the development and recurrence of breast cancer?
Red raspberries contain ellagic acid which neutralize carcinogens in the liver.
Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, helps to prevent the formation of a blood supply to cancerous tumors so that they aren’t able to grow.
Omega 3 fatty oils, found in foods such as pumpkin seeds, walnuts and dark green leafy vegetables, possess anti-tumor qualities and are anti-mitotic (prevent cancer cell division). Studies have verified flax seed oil’s ability to suppress tumor growth.
And carrots (every rabbit’s favorite), one of the many foods which provide a rich source of beta carotene, act as antioxidants that neutralize damaging free radicals, enhance immunity, and promote cell differentiation.
On the other hand, how many people realize that sugar feeds most cancers? Insulin and insulin-like growth factors drive the growth of cancer so eating a low glycemic diet is imperative. Breast, prostate, and all gastrointestinal cancers especially are quite sugar sensitive.
These are just a few examples of what Hippocrates must have meant when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine”. But man (or woman) cannot live by lettuce alone, to paraphrase a familiar scriptural quote, and I am not suggesting that a diet of carrots, beans, turmeric, flax, and raspberries is enough by itself to cure cancer. Yet, a nutritional protocol addressing all the components of cancer initiation and progression can be profoundly effective in stopping it in its tracks. I’ve seen it for myself now too many times to keep count.
Even Ryan may not have fully realized the transformation that awaited him when he traded in his former diet of fast food take out, soft drinks and coffee for real, whole, living foods, supported by therapeutic nutrition in supplemental form.
Just the other day, I was on the phone with him again. This time, he was doing, in his words, “160%”! Nine months after his initial diagnosis, he had very exciting news to share with me: the PET scan had revealed that the tumor in his lung had begun to shrink.
Such is the power of nutritional oncology.
Such is the power of sex food!