Cancer Killing Salad?

4 06 2009

If you’re looking for a simple way to include cancer fighting foods, salads are a great way to start.  I recently noticed that I needed to eat more fresh leafy greens and vegetables, so I decided to engineer the most healthy salad I could.  Here’s what I’ve put together, keeping in mind every ingredient is fresh, raw, and organic for maximum phytonutrient combinations:

Salad dressing: 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), 1/2 cup Balsamic vingear, 3 cloves of organic garlic minced, some* oregano minced, some* rosemary minced.  Saved in a bottle for future use.

Rosemary is the primary anti-cancer ingredient I was going for in this salad dressing since it contains carnosol.  The terpene carnosol is known to inhibit cancers ability to spread, and also makes breast cancer cells more sensitive to chemo.  Since I’m on chemo now for a brain tumor, I thought I’d give it a try.  Oregano is also part of the terpene family.  Both Oregano and  Garlic promote apoptosis (suicide) in cancer cells.

Salad: any type of green leafy salad plus, celery, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.  I chop it all down so that I don’t have to chew forever.  (It’s very important that you chew as much as possible** to create the greatest surface area for your stomach and in turn the greatest bioavailability.)

The celery and parsley was what I was going for with these choices since I don’t really eat these very often.  Parsley and celery contain apigenine which inhibits cancer’s angiogenesis (ability to create new blood vessels).  Broccoli and cauliflower promote apoptosis (suicide) in cancer cells as well as inhibit angiogenesis.  Carrots will help my Natural Killer cells, the cells of your immune system specifically designed to remove cancer, to be more aggressive.

These combinations of ingredients not only fight cancer, but also make it very flavorful: a win-win combination.  How do you think I could improve on this cancer killing salad?

* I’m not the best cook (yet).  Experiment to your own personal taste.

** Just remember your stomach doesn’t have teeth, chew slow otherwise these will ferment in your intestine and give you gass.

Reference: All data on anti-cancer foods used in this salad come from “Anticancer: A New Way of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD

Update 2/11/10 – Since this is a very popular post, I wanted to add this update:  While a whole-food plant-centered 100% vegan diet reverses cancer, greens seem to be the key to this process.  So eat the colors of the rainbow in a salad each day and you’ll be sure to get your full spectrum of anti-cancer phytonutrients.  Also, please avoid including any nightshade vegetables in your diet and in this salad.  I’ve also replaced the 1 cup of EVOO with 1/4 cup of fresh Flax Seed Oil.




2 responses

23 02 2010
Haysam Fahmy


Thanks for posting about Dr. Servan-Schreiber and the Anticancer cause. I am the web developer & digital strategist for Dr. Servan-Schreiber and Anticancer. I just wanted to let you know that Dr. Servan-Schreiber will be posting his latest insight and research through his official Facebook page: and his new website:

Most recently, Dr. Servan-Schreiber and 40 renowned physicians & scientists presented new groundbreaking research regarding Vitamin D, while launching an international appeal and calling for new standard recommendations.

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23 02 2010

If you could please let Dr. Servan-Schreiber know he almost got it right. If he had read “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD before he wrote his book, I think he’d have helped a lot more people and himself. Please suggest to Dr. Servan-Schreiber to take Dr. Campbell’s eCornel class on plant-based nutrition. Thanks.

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