ICT Module VII

Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship Module VII: Dietary Treatments of Cancer

Oncologists typically tell their patients to “eat whatever you want; diet doesn’t matter with regards to outcome.” This module will dispel that myth by explaining the interactions of foods and nutrients with myriad pathways in the body. These interactions often cause epigenetic changes which can increase or decrease cancer risk, as well as worsen or improve outcome in those with cancer.

Upon completion of the module, the participant will:

  • Understand the role that a high glycemic index diet plays in increasing the risk of a cancer reoccurrence
  • Review the literature concerning diets that are high in omega-6-fatty acids suppressing the immune system
  • Understand that a diet high in omega-6-fatty acids may decrease cancer-fighting lymphocytes
  • Understand that fat cells produce estrogen independent of the ovaries production of estrogen
  • Understand the role that elevated insulin levels have in cancer development and metastasis
  • Learn the role nitrosamines can play in the causation of cancer
  • Review studies that show that large amounts of iron and copper can lead to free radical production and increase the patient's risk of cancer and reoccurrence
  • Learn vegetables and fruits that are good to juice
  • Know the importance of avoiding malnutrition in a cancer patient
  • Understand the importance of adequate hydration in a cancer patient
  • Understand the role diet plays in genomic methylation