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Can nutrition cure cancer? That online nutrition guru said you can go without chemotherapy and radiation and just change your diet instead. It almost sounds too good to be true–so, should you listen?
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 written by a self-proclaimed nutrition ‘guru’. (Read, not a credentialed expert with experience interpreting scientific research.)
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 really could play a positive role in cancer risk reduction and disease management. I decided to center my life’s purpose around the food and wellness connection, after all!
Many ‘gurus’ are doing much, much more harm than good. Some of the myths they propagate–the apricot kernel lie is probably the one I hate most–are legitimately dangerous. Publishing these myths is hindering our ability to make educated decisions about treatment plans and it is putting REAL people’s lives at risk.
I’ve also seen the way “eating clean” can become an obsession when we start to categorize foods as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and give these dichotomous categories so much power over us.
Many of the patients I worked with as a clinical dietitian (in an integrative cancer center) suffered from debilitating orthorexia that isolated them from their families during a time when they needed a support system most. I write a little bit more about my personal experience with the food rules I temporarily picked up at the center in this post.
Your treatment path is ALWAYS your personal choice and I equally respect and support both my clients who move forward with chemotherapy and radiation and those who decline all conventional treatments in lieu of alternative therapies.
The part I can’t get down with is the idea that food is a cure-all–a miracle potion that can fix even the most serious of cases. Food is amazing – but (unfortunately) it is not a cure-all.
There is widespread misinformation circulating in cancer support groups, blogs created by wellness ‘gurus’, and the media/internet at large. If you’re thinking about declining conventional treatments because you believe you can cure your cancer with nutrition, PLEASE read my thoughts on the matter first:That nutrition guru said you could skip chemo + change your diet to cure #cancer - is it true?Click To Tweet