The Bad News: We All Have Cancer
Dr. Oz and I recently discussed some common public misperceptions about cancer. One of them is that if you walk out of a doctor’s office with a clean bill of health, you don’t have cancer. Right? Wrong. The truth is that all of us have microscopic cancers growing in our bodies all the time. These tiny tumors form because, although the human body is pretty amazing in its ability to stay healthy, our cells do make mistakes occasionally. All it takes is for one of the more than 50 trillion cells in our bodies to make a single mistake while dividing and, presto, a potential cancer is born.
The Good News: You Can Prevent Cancer From Growing
Fortunately, these tiny cancers don’t usually stay around very long, because they are fragile and short lived. Our immune system usually roots out and destroys microscopic cancers when they are spotted. Healthy tissues also contain a wealth of natural anti-cancer substances that make it very difficult for microscopic cancers to grow. An important group of these substances are cancer-starving molecules called “angiogenesis inhibitors.” Angiogenesis is the process our bodies use to grow new blood vessels. Cancers can hijack this process to recruit their own private blood supply to feed themselves. Without these blood vessel lifelines, cancers remain tiny and can’t become dangerous.
Secret Weapons, Courtesy of Mother Nature
Are there any secret weapons that can help boost our body’s ability to defend against cancer? The answer is yes. Among the most practical are foods and beverages that contain natural cancer-starving molecules that prevent tumors from acquiring blood vessels. Many fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices contain these protective anti-angiogenic substances, which I’ve discussed with Dr. Oz on his show. For more on these foods, click here.
But here is a new and surprising cancer-fighting food: cheese.