We are a coalition of volunteer health professionals and cancer survivors dedicated to spreading the scientific information about links between food choices and cancer risk. We particularly focus on the issue of reducing animal product consumption -- dairy, eggs, meat, chicken and fish (all of which have been linked to higher risk of certain cancers) – and informing about substitutes for these foods in the diet to assure adequate nutrition. Our President and founder is a Registered Dietitian and cancer survivor.
To educate the public about dietary changes they can make to reduce their cancer risk. Too many large cancer organizations receive funding from agribusinesses and the food industry (especially dairy interests) and so do not provide full information about the connections and what can be done to lower risk: Choose plant-based milks and foods.
- Public lectures in schools, churches, and at community meetings, cancer
support groups, and health events
- Literature displays
- Publication and dissemination of our book Food Choices and Cancer: How Your Diet Affects Risk
To arrange a presentation in your community about cancer and diet, send us an email on the "contact us" page, or call us at (607) 535-7892.
George Eisman's Blog 8/27/14 - Number 2 - Why I Buy All I Can at Farmers’ Markets
Fresh produce is the healthiest food for us, and I choose to buy all that I can from local farmers at area farmers’ markets. There are many reasons for which I do this, including, of course, that it is the freshest, picked-most-ripe produce available, and therefore tastes best and has the highest nutrient content. Other, equally-important reasons include that it supports my local economy, and minimizes wasteful transport from distant farms. Helping with the economic plight of small family farmers is one of the strongest, and probably the most overlooked, reasons.
These farmers have to compete not only with cheap imports from other countries produced by workers paid a pittance, but also with large farms in this country that use migrant workers brought in from poor countries who work for less than minimum wage. Thus small farmers here have to sell what they can at a price that either does not pay them fairly for their own time, or at a higher price that customers complain about being “so much higher than at the supermarket.” The reason our government allows migrant workers to be brought in and paid less than minimum wage is that if produce cost more at the store then more people would grow their own gardens and would not buy as much. In a capitalistic system, this doesn’t fly.
Farmers selling animal products face a different situation: no such disparity exists for them as does for produce farmers. People can plant gardens in their yards, but there are strict laws about raising farm animals in urban areas; thus prices for animal products don’t have to be kept artificially low. In any case, I believe that ethically, environmentally, and for the sake of our own health, avoiding animal products is the best course to take.
George Eisman's Blog 8/22/14 - Number 1 - Eat for Good Health
I have spent my career giving talks about nutrition and the vegan diet:
how being vegan, or moving in that direction, helps lower cancer risk,
prevents animal suffering, benefits the environment, and helps alleviate
food shortages. A few months ago, it was discovered that I had lung cancer –
ironic given my vegan diet and the fact that I’ve never smoked – which has
now impinged on the nerve to one of my vocal cords, taking away much of my
power of speech. Thus I will write instead of speak. Hopefully my writings
will inspire others to give public talks – feel free to use my words, those
of you who would like to.
Cancer risk is definitely raised by consumption of animal protein. It is ironic that the very substance that people think is “heart-healthy” — because animal fat definitely increases our risk of heart disease and substituting higher protein animal products for higher fat ones does lower heart disease risk — is very cancer-unfriendly. Recent studies show, however, that animal protein actually does raise even heart disease risk somewhat (though not as much as animal fat). So one could lower heart disease risk even further by using plant proteins instead, and thereby also lower cancer risk tremendously.
The reason that animal protein raises cancer risk is due to its content of growth hormones. Some growth hormones are added by the livestock industry, but most occur naturally as part of the animals’ life processes, so even the most organic, sustainable, grass-fed, etc. meat, dairy, and eggs still have considerable amounts of these unhealthy (for us) substances. So animal products, whether high fat or low fat, organic or not, are unhealthy foods from the standpoint of causing the two leading death threats in this country: heart disease and cancer.
The other class of foods that contribute to disease risk and shortened lives are processed foods. These refined carbohydrate products (foods which contain lots of added sugars and/or milled grains) wreak havoc on our body’s health because they cause a rise in insulin levels, which in turn causes a rise in blood fat levels. These higher blood fat levels raise heart disease risk, but the elevated insulin levels which precede them raise cancer risk. That is because insulin is a growth hormone itself. The fact that our bodies make insulin does not seem to save us from its ill effects. Don’t find out the hard way as I did – eating lots of sweets and flour products – that cancer can grow in that environment. (Whole wheat flour has the same glycemic index as white flour because the fiber has been so finely divided.) So please remember that just a plant-based diet is not enough for optimal health: whole food and plant-based is the ideal of truly healthy eating.
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Events - George Eisman's Speaking Schedule
Don't Let Your Diet Add to Your Cancer Risk - Part 1 – CANCER AND FOOD - Excerpt from book.
Climate Change and Animal Product Consumption - In an authoritative report published by the World Watch institute in 2009, authors Goodland and Anhang concluded that over 51% of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions come from Livestock.
REDUCING CANCER RISK AND OPTIMIZING BODY WEIGHT WITH DIETARY CHANGES USING THE USDA FOOD PYRAMID IN DEPTH - The USDA Food Pyramid provides a tool for encouraging healthy eating, but age-appropriate insights by a Cancer-prevention Specialist Dietitian can help educators and caretakers fully understand its practical applications for long-range disease risk reduction.
Reducing Meat and Dairy Products in the American Diet -- Concerns about Protein, Calcium, and Iron - Many people may worry that a diet containing little or no meat and dairy products will be deficient in protein: In reality, the protein content of the North American Diet is well above what is required
DAIRY PRODUCTS RAISE BREAST CANCER RISK - Millions of American women suffer from breast cancer. It is the leading cause of death for women ages 40 to 55. Yet, in China and other countries that do not consume much milk or other dairy products, breast cancer rates are much, much lower.