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So that online nutrition guru said you should eat x (and most definitely never eat y) to cure your cancer without chemotherapy and radiation. Should you listen?
Today’s post is so, so important to me.
As an oncology registered dietitian, I’m constantly asked about superfoods and supplements that might cure cancer. Usually, it begins with an article found on the internet. Usually, this article is written by a self-proclaimed nutrition guru. (Read, not a credentialed registered dietitian with extensive education, experience interpreting scientific studies, and clinical experience within the field.)
From goji berries to green juices, I’ve heard it all. And for the most part, I agree that many of these nutrient dense foods can play a positive role in cancer risk reduction and disease management.
But are these foods really more beneficial than conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation?
(BTW, don’t even get me started on the self-proclaimed gurus who are propagating incredibly dangerous myths related to cancer nutrition. The apricot kernel myth is probably the one I despise most.)
To be clear, your treatment path is your personal choice and I fully support both my patients who choose and decline conventional treatments. What I don’t support is widespread misinformation widely circulating throughout cancer support circles and the internet at large.
So who can you trust?
Which cancer nutrition myth do wish would go away forever? Who is your favorite reputable source of cancer nutrition information? What questions do you have about the role that nutrition plays in cancer development?