Try as they may,

try with all their might,

but food companies can’t hide the fact

that fat-laden foods STILL REMAIN something to fight. 

Over the past few years, in an attempt to boost flagging sales of animal-based products and packaged-goods products, the food industry has been promoting the concept that fat is good. Lots of people have been fooled by arguments going back to mid-1800’s which promote low-carbohydrate See End Note 2 , high-saturated-fat diets, (animal protein diets), as healthy diets. A current fad is the KETO diet.

It came as no surprise when I read about ANOTHER STUDY PROVING saturated-fat diets can be deadly, in the long-run,

Let me draw from the results of this study published in an article by Jacqueline Mitchell. See End Note 1

In this particular study that emerged from the Cancer Center, located at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), it was demonstrated that  the metastatic mechanism, [promoting and SPREADING throughout the body], of prostate cancer in mice studied,  is VERY STRONGLY LINKED to diets emulating the AMERICAN TYPE OF DIET, (a low complex-carbohydrate, high-fat diet).

Though there has been many other studies of very large populations and very large sample sizes, (called epidemiological studies), which should convince anyone with a brain synapse that fat-food is bad, there has been few successful REDUCTIONIST studies proving definitive linkages between cancer cells and fat. This studies does just that!

What those epidemiological studies, (large scale), such as THE CHINA STUDY by Colin Campbell, PhD., did discover and point out, with certainty, is that diets can feed or reduce chronic diseases. Yet because those studies encompass a big picture view, they often are open to criticism as being less than definitive.See End Note 3

However, those epidemiological studies, and there are many of them, point to something going on in the diet that affects our genes to resist or accommodate chronic diseases such as cancers.

Those studies pointed directly to the cause being consumption of high levels of saturated fats, animal fats,  in diets in those countries which experience high numbers of chronic diseases, especially cancers.

From the overwhelming amount of data to date, doctors will agree that SOMETHING SWITCHES ON a gene mechanism that makes some genes switch on cancers within our bodies.

So, how does healthy genes suddenly switch on and promote cancer?

Herein lies one of the great contributions to medical science made by this recent study. THIS STUDY provides evidence of a strong correlation between fat and prostate cancer cells.

In this study, those mice fed the typical “Western”diet, (meaning: American diet), that contains much higher levels of SATURATED FATS, switched off their protective factors within their genes and the cancer then flourished and metastasized.

What does this mean for you and me?

It means that, if it is not too late, by modifying our diets to whole-food, plant-based diets we may be able to help keep cancers at bay since we learn from this study that for prostate cancer in particular,  depriving cancer cells of fats may cause them to shrink and die.

One way to do that may be through the diet one consumes. In particular, AVOIDING SATURATED FATS.

Where do saturated fats come from?  ANIMAL-BASED FOOD.

There is another element of this study I find particularly exciting. This study discovered that interfering with the ability of cancer cells to produce the “fats” they need to be able to grow and metastasize, can kill them. This points in the direction of future pharmaceuticals which may be used to treat obesity and that can also be used to starve cancer cells of the fat they desperately need to survive.

Meanwhile, take this to heart, (no pun intended):

During the course of this research, researchers discovered that the experimental animals fed a low-fat vegan diet had very little incidence of prostate cancer. Yet, just the opposite happened with those fed high-fat diets.

This reductionist study complements the many epidemiological studies warning that high animal protein diets, in other words, high-saturated fat diets, (Western diets),  are dangerous.

In other words, again and again we learn that the science continually proves that a Whole food, plant-based diet continues to be the healthiest long-term diet available to people.


END NOTE

  1. “Flipping the switch: Dietary fat, changes in fat metabolism may promote prostate cancer metastasis” By Jacqueline Mitchell.  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. JANUARY 15, 2018.
  2. CARBOHYDRATES.  Be careful when you see the word carbohydrates, or “carbs”. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. The simple carbs are the bad ones which lazy writers often fail to properly explain and to separate from the very healthy, and very necessary complex carbohydrates. Simple carbs are empty of nutritional components and the body absorbs them shockingly quickly. Simple carbs are found in “non-foods” such as sugar, cakes, and candies. On the other hand, SMART PEOPLE eat plenty of COMPLEX CARBS, (aka. whole plant-based foods: vegetables, legumes, and fruits). Notice the word “eat” and not the word “juice”.  Juicing can spike your IGF-1 in a manner similar to simple carbs. Eat your food. Don’t simply drink it. Complex carbs, when eaten, are good the guys and gals of the food sphere. These digest slowly, are processed well by the body, and in most instances, can even ease and eliminate minor complications such as constipation, heartburn, acid reflux. Complex carbs are also at the heart, no pun intended, of the protocols of doctors stopping and even reversing major chronic diseases such as strokes, heart attacks, and even some forms of arthritis. As a side note: you should know that all of your vitamins/nutrients/proteins can come from COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES.
  3. Dr. Colin Campbell, PhD, did prove that when diets exceed a certain percentage of animal protein, those high-protein, animal-food based diets,  thus, high-fat animal diets, can switch on genes that permit cancers to run rampant. Dr. Campbell used an animal protein called casein that is found in milk for those studies. He has two books well wroth adding to your library: The China Study, and, WHOLE.