reduce cancer risk on the cheap

New research published in the journal Frontiers in Aging found that a combination of high-dose vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and a simple home strength exercise program (SHEP) reduced cancer risk by 61 percent in healthy persons aged 70 and older. It is the first study to look at the combined benefit of three low-cost public health interventions for the prevention of invasive cancers. Following future studies, the results may influence the future of cancer prevention in older adults.

Mechanistic studies have shown that vitamin D inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Similarly, omega-3 may inhibit the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells, and exercise has been shown to improve immune function and decrease inflammation, which may help in the prevention of cancer.

Each of the treatments had a small individual benefit but when all three treatments were combined, the benefits became statistically significant, and the researchers saw an overall reduction in cancer risk by 61%.…

Apparently this program was originally designed for fall prevention, also a fabulous goal.

Overall, vitamin D and SHEP had no benefit on total falls, whilst omega-3 s compared to no omega-3 s reduced total falls by 10%


Sounds wonderful…as all institutional press releases do. Here’s the primary document……

The statistical analysis…and the discussion…give a slightly different take. While those statistically significant percentage decreases in “cancer risk” look eye poppingly exciting, the numbers of folk who self reported these cancer diagnoses during the course of the study are very small indeed as compared to the numbers being followed.

** Identifying this article as a gussied up press release was dead easy, BTW…apart from the banner headline proclamation. Typing the title into Google to search for the full paper revealed the near identical headline and near identical article in multiple science news outlets.

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One of my favorite ‘diet gurus’ (not necessarily for losing weight but eating healthy) is Dr Joel Furman. You see his PBS specials every now and then during fund raising.

His advice - to minimize cancer risk - is GBOMBS. Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds (nuts). They all have anti-cancer properties. Have some five days a week or more.

Oh, like 10-15 years ago, his book was “Eat to Live”.

Of course, smoking is one of the most certain ways to highly increase your risk of dying from both lung cancer and emphysema. Oh, and heart attacks/althlescerolsis. a large percentage of people check out this way early.

Smoking takes a good 10 years off your life span. `

Spinach, lettuce (best is romaine), broccoli, green beans, pinto beans, other beans…walnuts and pecans, - add them into your diet. Strawberries, blackberries…

I got a nice Vitamix blender. 1 1/2 cups almond milk, couple black berries, couple strawberries (frozen this time of year as fresh is too expensive), half apple, some carrot…and mix… with lunch most days. Salad every day for lunch with some chicken.

Couple prunes with breakfast. (and take Multi-vitamin, extra D, in morn).

Put walnuts on top of oatmeal couple times a week. … or grab some for afternoon snack. When blueberries in season, on top of oatmeal. Maybe sliced banana on top of oatmeal when no blueberries.