Animal Writes
From 25 May 2003 Issue

The Broccoli Link
By Greg Lawson - [email protected] 

A few days ago there was an article in the El Paso Times with the headline "Broccoli May Help Fight Prostate Cancer." It reported that researchers at the University of California at Berkley think that a chemical in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may be used in the future to help treat the disease. The article went on to say it may be years though, before scientists can turn it into a usable drug.

I had just finished a bowl of cream of broccoli soup, made with soymilk of course, and so I was intrigued by this article. Dr. Durado Brooks, director of prostate and colorectal cancers for the American Cancer Society was quoted as saying "Prostate cancer rates are lower in countries where people eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, but the exact link between diet and the disease isn't clear."
Isn't clear? Isn't clear?

Three years ago the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported a 41% reduction in risk of prostate cancer for men whose intake of cruciferous vegetables is high and a 70 percent increase in risk of prostate cancer for men who consume high amounts of dairy products.

Five years ago in 1997, the World Cancer Research Fund analyzed more than 4500 cancer research studies. In their report, they concluded, "Vegetarian diets decrease the risk of cancer." The number one dietary recommendation, "Choose predominantly plant-based diets rich in a variety of vegetables, fruits and legumes."

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 180,000 men will develop prostate cancer this year and more than 30,000 will die from it. It is estimated that half of all men over 50 and virtually all men over 90 have prostate cancer.

For years, medical studies have noted lower prostate cancer rates in countries with low per-capita consumption of meat and dairy products. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, daily meat consumption triples the risk of prostate disease, regular consumption of cow's milk doubles it, and failure to regularly consume vegetables almost quadruples it.

The link between diet and cancer seems pretty clear to me.
So, do you want to wait a few years until scientists develop a broccoli pill, or do you want to join me for lunch?

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