The Trouble with the NET © is a series of articles from Ronny Allan about the perils and dangers which lurk on the internet and can trap the unwary into believing that something which sounds good must be true – after all, it’s on the internet so it must be true? WRONG. However, we must use the internet but we just need to be conscious about the sources of the information available to read. Stick to the scientific sites and always look for the reason behind why someone is publishing something. This article is the 4th in the series talking (and listening) about diet and nutrition myths. The links to the first 3 articles have been provided below.
Diet and nutrition myths
If someone already has a diagnosis of cancer, what they eat can become quite important, especially with the side effects of certain cancer treatments, especially as a result of drastic surgery in the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, especially as a result of the consequences of cancer where morbidities such as fatigue and weight loss can be prevalent.
Unfortunately there are many misconceptions about food and cancer and the power and sheer volume of information on the internet leads cancer patients into territory where there is no distinction between fact and fiction. Many cancer patients really need carefully tailored advice on diet and nutrition and for some groups of patients, it can be vital in the battle for quality of life. When you look at the issues with my own cancer type, Neuroendocrine Cancer, this is a classic example of a cancer where nutritional advice is totally key to quality of life and does not fit the situation of simply saying just eat healthily.
There are all sorts of ‘miracle’ anti-cancer diets out there but I strongly advise anyone against embarking on a dramatic eating plans simply because it allegedly worked for one person. Add to that the various cancer myths related to diet and nutrition such as the one where as sugar feeds cancer so all we need to do is starve our tumours of sugar – this has been debunked by every top cancer organisation in the world. This is one of several cancer myths which patrol the internet on a daily basis. Click on Article 1 below to read more.
Then there are the ‘trendy’ or ‘celebrity’ diets which might have worked for the person ‘pushing’ the diet or in many cases who wants to sell you the book or video about the diet, but it may not be appropriate for any cancer patient, let alone a Neuroendocrine Cancer patient. And if someone is pushing a diet where the intent is weight loss, that might be the last thing many cancer patients want to do. Even if they did, that diet could have adverse effects on the cancer patient’s quality of life and even interfere with treatment. In short, people can end up malnourished and there just isn’t the evidence to support such extreme strategies in cancer.
Now in case you don’t believe me on diet and nutrition myths, let’s have a listen to one of the top Neuroendocrine Cancer specialist dietitians in the world – Tara Whyand Click here or on the picture below.
The other articles in this series can be found here:
The Trouble with the ‘NET’ – Cancer Myths – click here
Alternative Therapy risks – click here
Miracle Cures – click here
Cancer kills but so does fake cures – click here
Hope is great, false hope is not.
Be careful out there – it’s dangerous.
thanks for reading