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Return to Oz - And Starving Cancer
Created on 5/13/2011

I had the good fortune to tape another segment on The Dr. Oz Show, one that will air next Friday, the 20th. This time we spoke about ways to age healthily. One aspect of the discussion had to do with preventing cancer, specifically how to starve cancer cells.

All cells in the body require nutrients to survive, including cancer cells, and they get those nutrients delivered to them by blood vessels.

Cancer cells, however, have a way of convincing the body to make new blood vessels in order to supply them with more and more nutrients - this process is called angiogenesis, and we want to stop it in order to starve the cancer cells. Stopping the process of angiogenesis is called anti-angiogenesis.

As you can imagine, there is a great deal of research going on into anti-angiogenesis, and some anti-angiogenic drug therapies are already available. But what if we could eat in a way that might help with anti-angiogenesis? Very early data suggest that might be possible.

The foods to focus on, not surprisingly, are brightly colored vegetables and fruits like broccoli and raspberries; besides, they also contain chemical compounds that appear to possess anti-cancer activity.

The trick, however, is to be selective with anti-angiogenesis.

Why?

Because the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) is important for normal processes in the body, such as wound healing. If we stop the formation of new blood vessels everywhere, well, that could be bad...

So we need to find a way to stop new blood vessels from forming that go to cancer cells. We're not there yet, but the research findings are exciting and hold great promise - and eating healthily may go a long way towards preventing the development of cancer cells, or at least starving them.

So, eat well, and be well.
Dr. Russ
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