Originally posted by Ragnorak
Chemo patients are advised on what they shouldn't and shouldn't eat, so even oncologists accept that diet has an effect on cancer.
Most oncologists believe that diet alone can't eradicate cancer, and I
believe there's a good reason for that (as much as I like to indulge
myself in conspiracy theories).
Say I attract cancer through smoking. My doc tells me to quit smoking,
and to eat this or that. What if I can't resist a good smoke now and
then? Do you honestly believe that the diet alone will cure me?
It is a fantasy that a lot of people choose to believe in because it would
remove the need to drastically alter their lifestyle, go through a
potentially lethal treatment and possibly have to change the very
essence of who they are.
Cancer is most often caused by environmental factors like smoking;
carcinogens* (radiation and various substances that has been proven to
promote cancer). Remove these influences and you remove the very
cause of cancer. But if you're exposed to carcinogens attracting cancer, it
can't be defeated through a diet alone. What the diet can do is
strengthen your immune system and help you avoid a given subset of
Chemo therapy, surgery and other radical forms of treatment are only
temporary solutions to avoid the immediate danger. When your doctor
suggest you quit smoking, eat a certain diet and do this or that, (s)he's
merely given you a list of preventive measures that you can take to
avoid attracting cancer. (S)he's not saying that these things will cure you
once your cells go haywire on you, and the reason for that is simple:
* And here I would like to thank all the developers who wrote the
spelling correction into Firefox, and all the people that helped in building
the dictionaries. If you ever read this: Thank you, thank you, thank you.