Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Fight Cancer, Eat Fruit

Monday, 24 Jan 2011 04:00 PM


Question: Can eating fruit reduce my risk of getting cervical cancer?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

The results of a recent large study tell us that eating fruit likely helps cut cancer risk. Researchers studied 299,649 women (from the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition study) to ascertain if fruit intake affects the rate of cervical cancer. An average nine-year follow-up found a significantly inverse association between daily increase in intake of fruits and invasive cervical cancer.

The researchers wrote in the September edition of the International Journal of Cancer, “Our study suggests a possible protective role of fruit intake and other dietary factors on invasive cervical cancer.”

This study shows that what your mother told you was correct: Eat more fruit! Fruit contains many valuable phytochemicals, including vitamins and minerals that supply the body with the building blocks it needs to maintain an optimal immune system.

Whether as a deterrent for cancer or just to maintain overall health, eating more whole foods — fruits included — and less refined foods is something we all should do.



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