May 19, 2011 - 10:57 am
For the past year or so, I have been designing my meals according to an alkaline foods chart--aiming for a 70/30 ratio between alkaline and acidic foods, which is what the chart recommends. Numerous studies, including those completed at top cancer hospitals, have shown that some cancer cells grow faster in an acidic solution. They've also indicated that some chemotherapy drugs become more effective if the area around a tumor cell is altered to be more alkaline.
Nevertheless, in comparing the alkaline diet with Servan-Schreiber's anti-cancer diet, an alkaline diet's effectiveness is based almost exclusively on reducing the inflammation in the body that promotes cancer growth. The anti-cancer diet seems to go several steps further by ALSO recommended foods that force cancer cells to die through apoptosis or that detoxify cancer-causing toxins or protect against free radicals.
I've become mostly vegetarian and have eliminated almost all dairy (I use a little bit of skim milk), which is in strict adherence to alkaline diet principles. Also, the alkaline diet really limits grains and beans. The AC diet, on the other hand, allows limited meat and dairy from grass-fed animals and encourages consumption of whole-grain breads and pastas as well as all kinds of legumes.
I'd really like to get a discussion going among women on this board who have an opinion about which of these diets seems to make the most sense. Help, please!