Dr. Ann

In an uplifting new report, scientist concluded that a Mediterranean diet high in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) may offer robust protection from breast cancer. For this five year clinical trial, a group of 4,000 women were placed on one of three different diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (>15% of total […]

If you love eating your nuts like I do, you will be pleased to hear that nuts’ health credentials just received another notable accolade-cancer protection. For this first-of-its-kind evaluation scientists pooled the results of 36 previously published studies including more than 30,000 study subjects. Overall, consuming nuts was associated with a lower risk of cancer with the […]

If you need another reason to ditch colas for good, both diet and regular, keep reading. Caramel color is a common ingredient in dark colored sodas and past studies have shown that many can contain significant levels of a caramel color byproduct called 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). 4-MEI has been shown to boost cancer risk in laboratory animals and […]

Processed red meat (think bacon, sausage, bologna, etc.) has a long and illustrious rap sheet and boosting colon cancer risk is at the very top of the list. In a ground-breaking new study that included over 18,000 people from around the globe, scientist identified a common gene variant that appears to significantly increase the chances for developing […]

 A study from the University of South Carolina (Epidemiology, May ’07) reported that post-menopausal women who had the highest lifetime consumption (defined as more than once a week) of grilled, barbequed or smoked red meat, had a 47 percent increased risk of breast cancer.  Those who combined this habit with a paucity of fruit and […]

If you are middle-age and love your meat, cheese, and dairy and eat it too, you may be dramatically boosting your risk of premature death, particularly from cancer.  In this eye-opening new report, middle-age study subjects consuming the most animal proteins were four times more likely to die of cancer than study subjects consuming a […]

     Red meat took a couple of bruising scientific hits this past month. In the first, Harvard researchers reported that men who consumed the most red meat (about two 4-6 oz. servings daily) were 28 percent more likely to have a stroke vs. those consuming one-third of a serving (2 oz. or less) a day. For […]

Broccoli and its cruciferous cousins (kale, collards, cauliflower, cabbage) are world-famous for their cancer-fighting prowess and much of their anti-cancer punch is attributed to a plant compound called sulforaphane. The formation of sulforaphane in cruciferous veggies requires the activity of an enzyme called myrosinase. Unfortunately, myrosinase is heat sensitive, so cooking this family of veggies […]

October was breast cancer awareness month but we should keep breast cancer fresh in our minds year-around. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor and an enthusiastic member the Board of Directors of the Prevent Cancer Foundation (www.preventcancer.org), I want to share my top food picks for maximizing breast health: Beans/Lentils – This category of food is […]

I promised to keep you abreast of the flood of new science related to vitamin D and health so here goes…. In a study that included 554 generally healthy middle-aged adults, those with lower vitamin D levels had stiffer arteries and poorer blood vessel function.  Those with full-fledged vitamin D deficiency had abnormal blood vessel […]

In an intriguing new report, scientists found that study subjects with the highest HDL cholesterol levels had the lowest risk of developing colon cancer.  The investigation was part of the EPIC study, which is tracking the impact of diet and cancer risk in more than half a million Europeans.  Scientists compared 1,200 study subjects who […]

Another sound approach to living a longer life is to include an abundance of plant foods containing alpha-carotene.  In a study of 15,318 adults followed over a 14 year period, the risk of death from heart disease, cancer and all other causes was 39 percent lower for those with the highest blood levels of alpha-carotene […]