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    Posted by TVMarD (U14036821) on Wednesday, 17th June 2009

    I thought the Food Prgramme on Diet and Prostate Cancer quite (=100%) excellent, in raising issues of cancer and diet. Our experience is slightly different in that my husband was suffering from bowel, not prostate cancer, though, to me, it would appear that of all cancers, bowel must be most directly linked to diet. Post-operatively, my husband had a number of digestive problems. The only help we had from the specialist colo-rectal nurse was a short list of foods and the exhortation to get back to our previously healthy diet. "Everyone's different. It's a matter of trial and error". We had excellent advice and help from Maggies Cancer Support, who suggested hospital dietician support, subject to a medical referral. The following day a request for such a referral was turned down by the oncologist "There's no need for that at this stage" We consulted a nutritionist most of whose advice was excellent. Eventually we saw a community dietician whose diet sheets were far more detailed than the hospital ones, and who apologised for our treatment in the hospital, but who was unable to recognise that "Build Up", based on skimmed milk powder might not be the best remedy for someone suffering suspected lactose intolerance, as my husband was at the time.
    It is like walking a tight rope -- one has to be assertive, but one doesn't want to upset medical egos.
    How can one get the NHS to take the connection between food and disease seriously???

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    Posted by Rationalist (U2341500) on Wednesday, 17th June 2009

    With great difficulty.

    Perhaps this is because if everyone lived rationally and ate a healthy diet (by whatever definition one uses - I would suggest no dairy, no meat from large mammals, plenty of fish, grains, fruit and veg), the medical profession would have much less to do, and the drug companies would lose millions.

    If such a health policy were to be pursued, a target could be set of reducing the NHS budget by about half in real terms within a generation.

    Regrettably it seems highly unlikely that this will ever happen.

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    Posted by TVMarD (U14036821) on Thursday, 18th June 2009

    Thanks for reply.

    Another problem we had to solve was the one of soluble fibre(needed in quantity) and insoluble (needed much less, sometimes not tolerated)

    We have also discovered various anti cancer books and anti oxidants.

    I have an odd idea that chemo can overload the liver which then produces too much cholesterol. Any agreement?

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    Posted by Brian (U14034607) on Thursday, 18th June 2009

    The effects of chemo certainly can overload the liver. It indiscriminately destroys cancerous and healthy cells – the debris from which the liver (compromised by the toxic treatment?) finds coping with difficult, maybe impossible.

    I’ve not come across a cholesterol connection.

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    Posted by Brian (U14034607) on Thursday, 18th June 2009

    Rationalist - you should be Minister of Health & Chancellor smiley - smiley

    But you would need 24/7 Police protection from Big Pharma assassins!

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    Posted by Rationalist (U2341500) on Thursday, 18th June 2009

    Thank you, HealthPilgrim, but I fear I'm too old for a new career now.

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