Eating to Beat Illnesses

Eating to beat illnesses

We all have our healing habits when ailments arise, whether they involve rest, tea, soup, kisses on sore spots, or plain old pill popping. Generally speaking, a better diet, supplemented by low stress, exercise, and social support, are ingredients for a holistically healthy lifestyle. Sometimes more specific measures need to be taken, and it’s worth learning what’s available within the vast realm of remedies. This ongoing blog series features some wellness options worth exploring that focus on diet as an element of healing. Our first three healers are highlighted below.

Dean Ornish’s Ornish Spectrum, advocates for catering a holistic lifestyle program to your own specific needs, including varying degrees of nutrition, fitness, stress management, and love and support. Dr. Ornish’s key to success is that he doesn’t claim there are any right or wrong foods to eat, or ways to heal, but rather a spectrum of healthful options for us to choose from, depending on what makes us happiest. You can dig deeper into his 35 years of research that are proven to improve chronic conditions such as depression, obesity, heart disease, and prostate cancer, through integrative lifestyle choices.

Dr. William Li is also on the cutting edge of developing a list of foods we can Eat to Beat Cancer through a process called anti-angiogenesis. Angiogenesis provides cancerous cells with their blood supply, and anti-angiogenesis starves these cancers by eating foods that prevent its initiation. This means that we can eat certain foods as medicine, to prevent the growth of blood vessels that will feed cancerous tumors. Here’s a list of some anti-angiogenic foods for starters, but you can read more about the work of Li’s Angiogenesis Foundation to track developments in this groundbreaking field.

Another cutting edge medicinal food trend lies in the world of fermentation. Self-proclaimed “fermentation-fetishist” Sandor Ellix Katz, also known as Sandorkraut, is a firm believer in the healing properties of healthy bacteria, that help replenish a diverse variety of probiotic bacteria in our guts. He has lived with H.I.V. for nearly 25 years, and though he doesn’t claim that the friendly bacteria have cured him, he does think they may have reduced some of the side effects of the medications he takes.

We’ll zoom in on these practices in more detail in future posts, and showcase other individuals’ methods for healing as well. Please share your own remedies with us too, as we’re well aware that there’s no one-size-fits-all technique, and the more options the merrier, so that we can each best find our own balance.

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