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Eating with an open mind – Part 1

Nutra-therapy prevents tumor growth

Part 1 of the



– a revolution in the area of cancer prevention –




Better to prevent than to cure

In this blog – and the following three on this topic – we will take a closer look at a set of ‘products’ from nature. Many of these Veel van deze natural nutrients are fostering our health in multiple ways.

One of these ways is that these nutrients are helping to prevent the arising of cancers in our bodies. This is especially interesting if we know the statistics: Once a tumor has been formed, chances of survival are only 67 %. So prevention is very interesting. 

Moreover, to prevent the development of tumors in our bodies is a lot easier than you might have thought it is.  


We DO have influence

Our lifestyle is co-determining our risks of diseases. Lifestyle includes the amount of daily physical exercise, the amount and level of stress we experience and how we deal with it, the condition of our immune system, plus the nutrients (the food) we are taking to ourselves.  


Cancer cells in the human body

Right, when I began my scientific exploration in these matters, I really was surpised: In the human body, there are many rather tiny cancers, very limited in their size. This is a fact that in itself is not a threat to our condition and health at all.

Not a threat at all?
Right, because cancer cells do possess what we could call ‘suicide tendencies’: they have a tendency to apoptosis. Nutra-therapy is the way of eating that makes use of the tendency to apoptosis.  So, to put it in other words, nutra-therapy is the way of eating that is preventing the formation of tumors. You’ll read all about the mechanisms of it in the expanded version of the four concise blogs.  

The most important thing to realize is: We ourselves can foster the ‘suicide tendencies’ of cancer cells, just by eating certain nutrients. The molecules that play a role in apoptosis are already there for us. We don’t need pharmaceutical industry  to render them for us. Nature itself does so. We find them in some vegetables, in some fruits and in some spices. A well practiced nutra-therapy gives a significant reduction of the risk of tumors arising in our bodies. 


In  a wider perspective

There are two more ways of fostering apoptosis, ie to reduce the risc of tumor devolopment. Regular physical exercise and limiting the smoking.

Physical exercise – more times daily
Now and again we are hearing the advise to take 30 minutes of physical exercise on a daily base. Those 30 daily minutes don’t need to form one serried period. There is strong scientific evidence that the best we can do is to split those 30 minutes into smaller exercise units. Just to mention a few possibilities: Three minutes of exercise each hour. Or one minute of exercise each half hour.    

And if you experience little control over the amount of daily exercise or over smoking behavior, then please realize that even in those cases the risks of tumor development are significantly reduced just by adopting these thirteen nutrients into your daily menu . So

….whether or not you smoke a lot, some, or not, and
….whether or not you have much, some or none physical exercise, 

please continue reading.

Every little bit helps


Please use your discernment and your creativity. You might not tolerate all of those thirteen nutrients. And then realize that every little bit indeed helps.

Because if one doesn’t tolerate one of those thirteen nutrients, this is no reason to refrain from the other twelve. 

~ Patrick Smolders.


1. Cabbage









Cabbage really scares the hell out of cancer cells. Or, to put it more scientifically: The consumption of cabbage significantly fosters apoptosis. (And we’ve seen that apoptosis is the ‘suicide-tendency’ that cancer cells possess). 

There is lots of choice: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts (in German: ‘Rosenkohl’, the rose-like cabbage), kale, savoy cabbage, cauliflower, spring greens, green cabbage, purple cabbage, white (or Dutch) cabbage, Chinese cabbage (AKA Chinese leaf or Napa cabbage), and my polite excuses to the cabbages I might have forgotten to mention.  











Cabbage is really easy to prepare: It is being boiled in water.
Regarding the cooking time: Please begin to count the minutes at the moment the water is really boilling. 

kind of cabbage number of minutes cooking time
broccoli 10
sprouts 10
kale 25
white (or Dutch) cabbage 15 – 20
red cabbage 15 – 20
green cabbage 15 – 20
cauliflower 10 – 15
savoy cabbage 7 – 12 
Chinese cabbage 8



2. Garlic and onions

This group of nutrients doesn’t only contain garlic and onions, but leeks and shallots too. And just as with the other composite groups, it is advantageous to vary your menu.

Slices, chips, or anything in between: See for yourself how you like to cut it. And there is the forming of a habit: The more you cut onions, the less your tears will flow. If you really insist to prevent tears, please try cutting onions underwater or do make use of a convenient table fan.  

Some of us like to cook onions and the like (ie boiling them about 15 minutes in salty water). Other options to prepare onions etcetera: Frying them in butter (about 10 minutes), or even frying them in oil.  


3. Turmeric

Turmeric is a yellow spice, in most other European languages refered to as curcuma or kurkuma. Turmeric is readily available in the form of powder. But make sure to handle with care: Besides its culinary use it is being used as a dye for textiles etc. 

The component curcumin has cancer-inhibiting properties, anti-oxydative properties and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to reduce colon polyps and therewith prevent bowel cancer. There are hints or indications that turmeric also helps to prevent prostate cancer (just like the tomato does, as we will see later on).  

Another quality of turmeric is that it supports the health of our bones and joints: The adoption of turmeric in your cuisine reduces bone loss (osteoporosis).  

In order to enhance the qualities of curcumin, we add some piperine to it. And that is easy to do, because piperine is abundant in several peppers, that is to say in the (dried) fruits of the piper nigrum (family Piperaceae) that we can put in a pepper mill (see the picture just below). 


Adding some black pepper
Piperine is very abundant in black pepper (latin genus name: piper nigrum), and slightly less abundant in other peppers such as white pepper, long pepper and wild pepper.  

Let us be careful in the English language world, because to Sgt Pepper everything is just one big pot of… pepper.

What about that?
‘Pepper’ is an English word used both for at the one hand the genus Piper (black pepper, white pepper, etc, ie the corns you put in the pepper mill) and at the other hand the genus Capsicum (paprika, chilli, cayenne pepper, in many different tastes and colours such as red, yellow and green). Now of course I’m not saying Capsicum (paprika etc) is a bad thing to eat, but if you want to enhance curcumine, then the use of the pepper mill (Piper nigrum) is a far better idea.


Making your own blend of turmeric and black pepper

Sure one can make his or her own blend or mixture of turmeric and black pepper. My guess would be that your culinary creativity is going to be drastically increased. There is no need to limit yourself to the dinner, if it comes to the use of turmeric and black pepper.  Speaking for myself, I like adding a little to my self-prepared Müesli. 


Or… use curry
Curry contains 20 to 30 % turmeric and a somewhat smaller percentage of black pepper.  
Sure there many different kinds of curry, however in most cases curry also contains some coriander, cumin, cardamom, fenugreek and cayenne pepper.  



Three blogs to go with 10 nutrients more 

I’ll take more time with some nutrients compared to others. One of the reasons for doing so is that at some nutrients the dosage plays an important role, as is the case in cacao, among others. 

                  ~Patrick Smolders, 16 februari 2017.