Introduction to Vitamin Section
From: Cancer Therapy
© 1992 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
For years, many doctors looked down on nutrition. Even the great Hungarian-American biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986) revealed this prejudice when he discovered a new chemical in adrenal glands in the 1920s. He suspected it was a vitamin, but put its study aside. Asked why he didn't pursue the lead, he answered, "I felt that vitamins were a problem for the cook!" Happily, Szent-Gyorgyi overcame his bias and won the 1936 Nobel Prize for isolating vitamin C from Hungarian paprika.
"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food" was a dictum of the great physician, Hippocrates (Þfth century bce). Most medical scientists are only now discovering that there are many powerful healing substances in food. And the ancient Greek's motto is being dramatically afÞrmed today by cancer research centers around the world.
As just one example, scientists in Germany tested various fruit and vegetable juices against mutation- and cancer-causing chemicals. About 80 percent of these juices displayed antimutation and anticancer activity. Juices from raw celery root, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, green peppers, lettuce, asparagus, apricots, red-currants, gooseberries, raspberries and pineapple all showed more than 50 percent inhibition of these harmful chemicals (1).
This section assembles groundbreaking scientiÞc work on food factors and cancer--work that has been steadily emerging from laboratories and clinics on six continents-- and explains it to the non-scientist.
Some of this research has been well-publicized, but most of it has never before been brought to the attention of the person who needs it most: the individual with cancer.
This science of using nutrition against cancer is still emerging, and some of the research is admittedly taking place only in test tubes or laboratory animals.
Nevertheless, science's new emphasis on vitamins and other food factors represents an exciting departure, away from toxic drugs and towards more natural approaches.
1. Edenharder R, et al. [Antimutagenic activities in vitro
of vegetable and fruit extracts with respect to benzo(a)pyrene]. Z Gesamte
Hyg Ihre Grenzgeb (GRD).1990;36:144-147.
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