Maintaining a balanced diet and avoiding diets excessive in meat and animal protein is vital to cancer care. Dr. Colin Campbell, world renowned nutritionist and biochemist, has pointed out that animal protein and milk products can form risk factors for various types of cancers. “Heal Well – A Cancer Nutrition Guide” published by the American Institute for Cancer Research in 2007 is a compilation of study reports on the relationship between cancer and dietary habits from all over the world. Results have shown that excessive intake of red meat is associated with colorectal cancer.
Many cancer patients nowadays adopt energy and nutrient-rich diets. Various proteinaceous powders and nutritional supplements have flooded the markets. However, many excessive consumers of these products are invariably faced with disease progression. One example was Mrs. Lee, who was in her fifth decade when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. As a dietician, she was extremely conscious of her diet and nutrition. She supplemented her diet with large amounts of animal protein, in addition to two large glasses of protein powder per day. However, her general condition quickly deteriorated and her disease progressed rapidly. Despite her nutritious diet, she became extremely cachexic, and shortly succumbed to disease despite aggressive chemotherapy. Her case should serve as a lesson for us to learn.
Highly nutritious diets rich in animal protein does not equate to a healthy diet, especially for cancer patients.
With the use of traditional herbal medicine and having an appropriate diet carefully tailored to individual physique and underlying disease, can help to improve general condition and immunity. However, it is essential to use these methods correctly and selectively.
It is common misconception that animal protein is healthier than plant protein.
Research untaken by Max Planck Institutes in Germany have revealed that plant protein, especially those derived from green plants, are more beneficial than animal protein. Many shelled nuts, vegetables and soya beans are also rich in amino acids, and are non-inferior to animal proteins. In addition, green vegetables are rich in various trace elements, many of which are effective anti-oxidants.
Some authorities have pointed out that persistent intake of large amounts of milk has adverse effects on health. This is because various carcinogenic steroids are found in milk. Many cancer experts from around the world have stated that in nutrient-replete countries, excessive intake of milk is not advised.