Happy Tuesday Everyone,
So as you can imagine, not only does Cancer cause you to drastically rethink what food you put in your body and how you treat it, having Cancer in your digestive organs makes it a bit more complicated. I decided on day one that I am going to win this challenge and obviously the best course of action would be to follow my childhood heroes motto of “knowing is half the battle.” Since that point I have been ...
reading everything I possibly can about combatting this disease. Of course I don’t think Barbecue (a G.I. Joe) would have a PSA about what to do if your butt gets sick, but I think they would still recommend learning about it. =-P
Anyway, having a tumor in your colon can cause some complications. Basically just imagine some evil beavers down there building a dam in my intestines, the more food I eat that is harder to digest, the more material I give them to build with. The more high fiber foods I eat, the more the river keeps flowing. I did my best to describe that in the least disgusting way possible. During my life I have definitely taken some jabs at my friends (especially the guys) who were following a vegetarian lifestyle, ironically enough, that lifestyle is what now keeps me healthy. Maybe its Karma, but it could also have prevented this from happening, and more amazingly, help me cure it. I’ll touch on both of these subjects further.
While learning about the food that will keep me healthy, the question that kept coming to the front of my mind was: Are humans naturally herbivores? I know we have all been taught since we were little that we are omnivorous, but is that what we decided or what we were designed to do? I learned that even though humans can digest meat, our anatomy is much more similar to plant-eating creatures. Herbivores categorically have colons that are longer and more complex, their intestines are ten to twelve times longer than their bodies, opposed to carnivorous animals who’s colon’s are short and their intestines are three to six times their body length. I will let you guess which one humans resemble. With a long digestive system, meat can decay as it moves slowly and your body will often produce an unhealthy secondary bile to help break it down. As you can imagine, people who eat larger quantities of meat tend usually tend to east less fiber, because meat contains no fiber. As I said earlier, fiber keeps the river flowing and people in high meat-eating cultures have higher rates of colon diseases, one of them being *ding ding ding* cancer.
Not convinced? Here are a few more fun facts. Human saliva contains digestive enzymes that make it alkaline to help digest plants, carnivores saliva is acidic to help break down meat. Carnivores canine teeth and nails are long, sharp and curved, with the purpose of latching onto and subduing prey. Their incisors and molars are sharp, designed for cutting and tearing. Human teeth like other herbivores are broad and dull, designed for chewing and mashing. Our nails could hardly resemble talons, they are soft and brittle and can hardly hold open a soda can never less subdue anything without breaking, as we have all heard “arrgh, I just had my nails done and I already broke one.” Now listen, I am not saying “don’t eat meat,” as it obviously tastes great and is a good source of protein. I just plan on getting the majority of mine from more “natural” sources. I mean, did you ever find it strange that we are the only animal that has to cook our food to be able to digest it without risk of infection?
If you were to take anything from the blog today I would definitely recommend upping the fiber in your diet, cutting down on fatty meats and avoiding white bread. Get some good healthy whole grains in you! Here is good general list of items to stock up on:
Oh yea, I mentioned earlier that eating healthy could help me cure it? Well, I found a list of cancer fighting foods and the one that really struck a nerve with me was figs. There is a chemical in figs called benzaldehyde and it has shown in a couple studies (one and two) to actually shrink tumors! So I took a trip to Fresh Market down in Hingham, and have been dropping litte fig bombs onto those evil beavers dams morning, noon and night. Sorry to say little beavers, but looks like your gonna have to find a new home soon!
Much Love – Teej
Mike Cordeiro August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:31:37 pm
ever hear anything about honey helping with cancer?
tjbaudanza August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:32:04 pm
Mike, I haven’t seen anything about honey. But always willing to read up. Feel free to share
Mom August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:32:24 pm
I am eating an apple with peanut butter right now…
Dan Wren August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:32:40 pm
Melissa Fabick August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:33:03 pm
TJ, You are an amazing writer and I just learned a lot of valuable info from this post. I am off to eat a little trail mix or apple with peanut butter!! Stock up on those Fig Newtons and keep dropping those fig bombs. Those little beavers will have to move else where to build their dams in no time and take those tumors with them. We are thinking about you and as your childhood heroes says you are a “real American hero” Keep up the good work, you are on your way to beating this challenge. :)
Sabrina Pacelli Beaulieu August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:33:26 pm
Kim Buckley August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:33:48 pm
Hey TJ, love this blog. It makes so much sense, doesn’t it? Have you tried Lara Bars? I love them for a snack – made with all natural ingredients – all different flavors made with fruits, nuts, and spices – and they taste really good! Look for them in Whole Foods.
tjbaudanza August 3, 2011
10/10/2015 12:34:08 pm
Hey Kim, Thanks for the tip I will definitely pick some up.
Katharine Scheid (Wilson) August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:34:31 pm
So glad your back to posting! I’m going to make sure Gary reads this one. It’s nice to have some reasoning behind my “it just feels better” argument. Thanks, TJ. :)
tjbaudanza August 2, 2011
10/10/2015 12:35:03 pm
Thanks everyone for all the comments and support. I do ready every single one and they all help. You guys all are amazing. BTW here is another interesting chart on comparing carnivores, herbivores and omnivores: http://www.tierversuchsgegner.org/wiki/index.php?title=Taxonomy
Tommy August 3, 2011
10/10/2015 12:35:22 pm
Interesting about the figs… And as a former vegan I accept your apology!
tjbaudanza August 3, 2011
10/10/2015 12:35:42 pm
Vegan? I didn’t say anything about vegans, they are weird! haha just kidding man. Glad your following. You and Pete need to start blasting this into your twitterverse since you two are the active ones I know of.
Linda Clark August 3, 2011
10/10/2015 12:36:02 pm
TJ – On so many levels I look forward to checking into your website with my cup of coffee in the morning. One of my jobs, besides being a classroom teacher, was as a literacy consultant, growing young writers. Whoever grew you as a writer did an amazing job, but noone can inspire the voice in your writing which is even more amazing!! Not only am I cheering you on every day, lifting up my prayers for you and your family, learning so many new important things, but I now also have a whole new appreciation for one of my favorite foods – fig newtons!!
Amy August 3, 2011
10/10/2015 12:36:25 pm
I think there may still be some of my veggie burgers at your house from the last time we grilled :)
Jason Marsh August 3, 2011
10/10/2015 12:36:46 pm
That was very informative, thanks brother. Being a former wrestler and a current coach for wrestling i see lots of kids& parents who feel they know so much about dieting & proper eating habits. I admit, i thought the same way years ago but now i know i need to pay much more attention in the future. Your educating us all& helping me to become a healthier person and a better coach. Thank you TJ. I love you cuz
Mom August 4, 2011
10/10/2015 12:37:05 pm
To all who have been responding, thank you. All the prayers and positive energy you are sending is helping us all. To those who have purchased Tee-shirts, take a photo and send it along so we can see and save them. I would like to add them to a little project I am working on. You can send them directly to me via e-mail or share on Facebook.
Marge Kaplan August 4, 2011
10/10/2015 12:37:29 pm
Dear, dear TJ,
Dave Lentine August 5, 2011
10/10/2015 12:37:53 pm
Great information for us all TJ. Looks like I’ll have to dig out my Grandmother’s recipe for her Christmas Fig Cookies. I always loved them and have not made them for years now. Chewing on figs as a snack has always been something I enjoy – now you have given me greater reason to eat them – and yes Figs do create BOMBS! Those beavers are in for it!!
Brian August 6, 2011
10/10/2015 12:38:12 pm
Ass jokes are a never ending source of amusement. Keep em coming. It made everyone laugh in kindergarten and continues into old age. I’m glad to see them on the blog. Keep after it TJ. Im proud of you. Proud of your blog. Proud of your focus. Good karmic energy is continually sent your way.
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