“Only 2% to 3% of cancers are attributable to genes. The rest has to do with lifestyle. We now know that we can largely avoid these ‘genetic’ diseases even though we may harbor the gene (or genes) that are responsible for the disease. Diet is the primary driver behind several common cancers. Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed”
Colin Campbell, Ph.D., former Senior Science Advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research, Director of the Cornell-China-Oxford Project on Nutrition, Health and Environment.
Genes have nothing to do with your diet?
Your diet has nothing to do with your genes?
If you want to live a long and healthy life free of drugs and disease, the first step is acknowledging that you have the power to shape your own health and wellbeing. The myth that a person’s life course is set by their genetic make-up at birth is only a small part of the story. Are we merely a helpless, ticking biological bomb waiting to explode into our genetic destiny? No. Could it be that you are caught up in a maelstrom of marketing that tells you that your genetics are to blame and that there is nothing you can do about it? Yes. Each piece of human tissue only uses about 15% of its gene complement, so you want to be sure that those genes are the most advantageous possible for your health.
Your genes are not your master
I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, ‘You are what you eat’, but what you probably don’t know is that you are composed almost entirely of molecules derived from your food. Your food fuels your genes. The foods nutrients help to shape how your genes express themselves; where a genomes ‘genetic self-expression’ can make or break your health. The truth is; every year, over 97% of your body is completely replaced. Even down to your genetic DNA. You are rebuilt from the nutrients in the foods you eat. Your body’s genetic expression is run by food interaction. Your health is the cumulative experience of your lifetime. You have the power to change it; with every meal. Your body’s genetic expression is run by food and lifestyle interaction. The great news is you own your genetics – so it is up to you to make them work for you!
The research, studies and food recommendations from the WCRF & AICR 2018, to help lower your risk of, and to prevent, breast cancer, are built around following; a no-alcohol, plant-based wholefood diet.
The Associations between Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer – World Cancer Research Fund International Systematic Literature Review 2017
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective (the Third Expert Report – 2019) is a comprehensive analysis, using the most meticulous methods, of the worldwide body of evidence on preventing and surviving cancer through diet, nutrition and physical activity. It builds on the ground-breaking achievements of the First and Second Expert Reports, published in 1997 and 2007 respectively.
World Cancer Research Fund & American Institute for Cancer Research UPDATE Cancer-Prevention-Recommendations-2018
There is a vast amount of evidence that eating a plant-based wholefood diet lowers, and in some cases, reverses, heart disease and hypertension. This has been shown in the fasting studies, the chicken studies, the saturated fats studies, the fibre studies, the plant-based eating studies, and of course, the meat-is-directly-linked-to-heart-disease studies.
Plant-Based Diets & the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease – Journal of the American College of Cardiology
A healthy plant-based diet is simply mostly eating ‘plant-based wholefoods’ – such as apples rather than apple juice – as these are plant foods in their natural state, unrefined, and with their natural fibres, antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals intact. Eat mostly plant foods, mostly wholefoods, and you receive the benefits, as the centenarian cultures do.
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.