Preventing Cancer by Joseph Veebe
Since high school science classes, food science has always fascinated me. Since then, I have learned that most people have a disconnect when it comes to applying this science to their daily nutrition. In fact, when you come to think of it, what mechanic does not know how the fuel works in any type of vehicle they are required to work with? Yet, when you look at the curriculum of most physicians today, they receive only a few hours of nutritional information. If you search old textbooks on physical health the information is all there, and it’s accurate. Today’s research studies have not changed the information we all received in our elementary and high school curriculi, they have added to it, refined it, fine-tuned it, amplified it. They have learned even better today what works and how it works. Putting good fuel in our bodies should be our first line of defense against any illness.
So why are people all over the world getting so sick? Well, people are working so hard to make money manufacturing things for us to eat with a long shelf life that we are replacing the fuel for our bodies that nature provides with substitutes with little or no nutritional value. And fortification does not work! We need the whole food, not parts of foods, or artificial nutrients, to get what one doctor calls the entourage effect. A mechanic knows that if you put in bad fuel into your vehicle, it won’t run correctly. In fact, it could do much damage at great cost to the owner. This happens to people. So I have decided to change the way I eat to include more nutrition that will heal the body from whole foods. Then I saw this book, which is about 3 specific foods many nutrition scientists call “super foods”–garlic, ginger and turmeric. Super foods are foods, nuts, seeds, spices or herbs that contain extra concentrations of nutrients with great health benefits. We need to consume some type of superfood each day.
The author, Joseph Veebe, introduces us to ginger, garlic and turmeric as both healthy foods and agents that help to fight cancer. In this book, he discusses these superfoods with a little bit of history, some specific information about the spices and how they have been used in the past and how they are used today.
One of the main purposes of this book is to inform the reader about the factors of cancer that can increase our risk of getting it. He then links several superfoods and their cancer fighting properties. All this information is consistent with the research I have been doing for many years. I saw nothing that stuck out as outrageous or unrealistic. At no time does he make claims to cure cancer. Instead, his book encourages us to increase the intake of foods that have cancer fighting properties. In Chapter 5, the author talks specifically about the cancer fighting properties of ginger, garlic and turmeric. None of the information was new to me. I have seen this information around for nearly 40 years now. Unfortunately, it’s not as common knowledge as it should be. I appreciate the aspect that all this information is gathered together in one place where it is easy to refer to when needed.
Finally, the author wraps up his book with explanations how to use turmeric, ginger and garlic as food and spices. He includes tea in his list of ways to use these superfoods, and then concludes with a large listing of recipes for us to try. He writes that most of the recipes are simple, used in several cultures historically and regularly, and average about 20 minutes in preparation. I noticed while perusing these recipes that he includes teas, smoothies, entrees, stir fries, curries, and much more.
This is a book I can well recommend. The information in it is not new, but well organized and tersely written to keep up interest. At the end of the book he lists references in case the reader cares to continue to study the information introduced. It is not intended to be an exhaustive reference itself, but a helpful handbook to help you get started using these often times overlooked superfoods. I intend to use several of the recipes myself. I am already familiar with several of the teas mentioned, and especially look forward to making a couple of the smoothies.
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