Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Good eats

Much silence from me lately! This reflects both good news (trip to Europe, getting work done, playing lots of volleyball) and not so good news (I'm feeling resentful about my involuntary association with the world of cancer, partly because of its effect on my own life, and partly because someone very close in my social circle--and younger than me--has just been diagnosed and is being dragged into this world herself).

I break my silence with little to say about my own life. But the NY Times strikes again with another great piece on nutrition. This is just a general "what you should eat" article, but most of these items are on my nutritional oncologist's list of things to eat every day.

Bon appetit!


Morgan said...

I read the food article and came to aware of some good healthy foods. Although few of these foods, I usually have in my daily life. However, besides having all these foods we should exercise every day.

winecat said...

I've never heard of a nutritional oncologist - what an interesting concept.

Can you email me with some details?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever told you you're an ELKOG?

Gordon said...

Thanks for this link. It mentions curcumin, do you take that spice?

We hope it may be a wonder cure, and take some. Three professors reckon it must be taken with black pepper to get it into the bloodstream, whereas fourth reckoned it was carried in lymph, so blood concentrations were irrelevant.

Jan hates pepper even more than spice....

Any views please?

Jenny said...

Hi folks--

winecat--I would love to email you, but unfortunately I can't figure out how to do it! Even on your site I don't see an email link (of course, I don't think I have one either...)

Anyway, the place where I went for my 2nd opinion was a chichi (and very well regarded) private practice in Beverly Hills, and part of their treatment approach is nutrition. They have a trained RD (I think that's the degree) on staff who specializes in cancer-related nutrition, and her title is "nutritional oncology"--she has also started nut. onc. programs at some other centers in SoCal. She is rigorous in following current research. For me, she focused first on weight (I had to lose 36 lbs) to reduce my risk. Then we followed the findings of the WINS study (I think it's that one), and she put me on an eating plan that is low in fat, very high in fiber (25-35g/day), and full of little antioxidant touches. I have green tea constantly, 1/2 t of cinnamon daily, etc.

Because that study showed a 20% decrease in risk overall (actually, a much higher decrease for hormone-negative women--the reduction in risk was significant for us, but not for hormone-positive women), I figured that I am cutting my 20% overall risk of recurrence down to at least 16% with this strategy. And it was great to lose weight.

Gordon--Taking curcumin comes from a study involving mice at MD Anderson--mice with breast cancer were FAR less likely to have lung metastases if given large doses of curcumin. Obviously there are several points of mismatch between the study parameters and me, but it's easy to take it and I don't think there's any evidence that it could hurt. I have not followed any of the debate you mentioned.

Hope everyone is doing well! Best wishes!! --j