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THE NEWS YOU NEED | September 2010
Special Tribute to David P. Tenberg » PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Begins on Sept. 6 » Community Fundraising Events Raise Awareness »  USDA Nutrition Guidelines Are Changing » Diet and Cancer in the News » New Food for Life Cooking Classes

Dear Cancer Project supporter,

Reflecting on the amazing events of the summer, I am so pleased to share the latest news with you in this e-mail. The most important thing I have been realizing is how the times are changing – more and more people are recognizing the importance of a plant-based diet to help prevent and survive chronic diseases. Congratulations for being ahead of the game!

Enjoy the rest of your read about the latest and greatest on The Cancer Project.

Warm wishes,
Lauray MacElhern, Managing Director
Lauray MacElhern
Managing Director


David P. Tenburg

Special Tribute to David P. Tenberg

David P. Tenberg (1914 - 2005) was an extraordinary man, a retired Baltimore pharmacist and animal lover, whose work and dedication to service continues to make a dramatic difference in the lives of those who need it the most. The estate of David P. Tenberg Charitable Foundation Inc., managed by Marvin Tenberg, first began working with The Cancer Project to introduce a healthy vegetarian meal choice—a delicious lentil-based dish—to the daily patrons of Our Daily Bread hot meal program, which serves more than a quarter million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year.

This achievement led to a grant for The Cancer Project in January 2009 to hold ongoing nutrition and cooking classes to teach crucial, potentially lifesaving skills to the patrons of Christopher Place Employment Academy, an intensive residential program that provides education and training as well as recovery support to formerly homeless men. The success of this program led to an expansion into My Sister’s Place, where homeless women and their children in Baltimore City can safely spend their day and have access to resources and direct services they need to begin the transition back to residential stability and self-sufficiency.

By adding the missing nutrition component to Our Daily Bread’s programs, The Cancer Project has empowered this community with the knowledge of how to choose the healthiest, most affordable, and delicious foods; where to access them; and how to prepare their own meals as part of a healthy lifestyle. To date, this program has served nearly 300 people with this critical, intensive education program and has introduced a healthy, satisfying vegetarian meal choice to the more than 700 daily patrons of Our Daily Bread

If you are interested in discussing how your donation could make a difference, contact Betsy Wason at bwason@pcrm.org.


Kickstart

Join PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart That Begins
on Sept. 6.

The Kickstart is a free online program that makes it easy to try a plant-based diet! Meal plans, celebrity coaches, restaurant guides, special events, and much more are in store for you beginning Sept. 6. Here's your sneak preview:

  • Ask the Vegan Doc on Sept. 15: This conference-call style forum for Kickstart participants allows you to hear from two all-star pediatricians who follow a plant-based diet, Leslie Brown, M.D., and Jay Gordon, M.D. They will share their advice that includes plant-based nutrition for all stages of life and take your questions!

  • Celebrity Coaches: We are bringing back our veteran team of coaches, including Marilu Henner, John Salley, Bob Harper, Persia White, Dean Ornish, M.D., and all of our other star-studded, health-promoting Kickstart team members.

More than 20,000 people have already signed up for the Sept. 6 Kickstart, and we're just getting started! Everything about the Kickstart is easy, including how to join in. Grab your family and friends to take this healthful challenge with you and sign up today at 21DayKickstart.org.


Community Fundraising Events Raise Awareness

The Cancer Project has been the fortunate beneficiary of a variety of creative fundraising events, including a car show, golf tournament, and community dinners! These events do much more than raise funds, they are important outreach activities that raise awareness for the work that The Cancer Project is doing to promote the link between diet and health. In the past month three special events have successfully brought The Cancer Project’s work into the spotlight. We are grateful for the effort that goes into every event—Thank you!

Focus on Cancer Party for Life

 Dr. Jackie Campisi hosted a Party for Life as part of “Wellness Week: Focus on Cancer,” a week-long program presented by the Wellness Concierge Center in Mystic, Conn. The evening included a cooking demonstration of Cancer Project recipes, a presentation by The Cancer Project’s managing director Lauray MacElhern, airing The Cancer Project’s public service announcements, and a special appearance by Dr. Neal Barnard via Skype.

CP Fundraiser at Painting w a Twist - McKinney

Painting with a Twist is a community-oriented business and each month locations around the country choose a charity as the recipient of a Painting with a Purpose fundraising night. In July, two Texas locations held events to support The Cancer Project! In McKinney and Grapevine, budding artists gathered for an evening of creativity and camaraderie. At the end of the evening, everyone took home a one-of-a-kind creation and the evenings raised funds that will go directly toward educating people about the connection between diet and cancer.

If you have an idea for hosting a special fundraising event, please contact our director of special events Debbi Miller at 202-527-7340.


Dietary Guidelines

USDA Nutrition Guidelines are Changing

While we continue to see and hear the wonderful and life-changing results from our Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Classes, it is also a special occasion when we have an opportunity to effect change on a national level. The USDA is currently updating its nutrition guidelines, and in July Lauray MacElhern, managing director, and Neal Barnard, president, testified on behalf of The Cancer Project and PCRM, respectively, during the USDA public hearing. An amazing cadre of professionals testified before the USDA, along with the usual suspects, yet there appears to be momentum to shift the nutrition guidelines to focus on plant-based dietary recommendations. In fact, the draft recommendations state the following: "Shift food intake patterns to a more plant-based diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds." Let's hope that these powerful words end up in the final product!
View the draft summary here (PDF).


Diet and Cancer in the News

Meat Intake Linked to Bladder Cancer
Consumption of red and processed meats increases the risk of bladder cancer, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 300,933 men and women and found that those who consumed the most red meat had a 22 percent increased risk of bladder cancer, compared with those who ate the least. Consumption of nitrites and nitrates, compounds used for preserving, coloring, and flavoring processed meats, was associated with a 28 to 29 percent increased risk at highest intake levels. PhIP, a chemical commonly found in grilled chicken and other meats heated to a sufficient degree, was associated with a 19 percent increased risk of bladder cancer. Participants were part of the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study and were included in a 7-year follow up.

PhIP has been linked to numerous cancers in humans, including breast, colon, and prostate. Nitrites and nitrates have long been recognized as potent carcinogens.

Ferrucci LM, Sinha R, Ward MH, et al. Meat and components of meat and the risk of bladder cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Cancer. Published ahead of print August 2, 2010. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25463.

The Latest on Fish Oil and Cancer
Despite a new study reporting that fish oil could decrease breast cancer risk, many researchers remain highly skeptical of this supplement, due to the numerous health risks associated with fish oil intake. Fish consumption has actually been tied to increased breast cancer risk. A study from Nutrition and Cancer shows that postmenopausal women who consume a mere 25 grams of fish per day (just under 1 ounce) have a 14 percent greater risk of developing estrogen-positive breast cancer.

Analysts of fish oil have found high levels of contaminants such as organochlorine pesticides, methyl mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), even in molecularly distilled fish oil. And the touted omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils are actually highly unstable molecules that tend to decompose and unleash dangerous free radicals.

Fish and fish oil intake have also been tied to increased diabetes risk. In a recent Harvard study, researchers followed 195,204 adults for 14 to 18 years and found that those who consumed more fish or fish oil had a higher risk of developing diabetes. The risk increase was modest for occasional fish eaters, but rose to a 22 percent increased risk for women consuming five or more fish servings per week.

Naturally, the question arises: Where will we find our healthy essential fats if not from fish? The answer: Microalgae-based DHA supplements provide the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids without any harmful contaminants or potential allergens. If health-conscious consumers want to supplement their intake of omega-3 fatty acids, plant sources are a safer option and can work as efficiently as fish oil. However, according to health professionals, supplementation may not even be necessary in the first place.

Professor Frank Sacks with the Harvard School of Public Health reports that with adequate intake of plant foods with omega-3s, essential fatty acid supplementation is likely unnecessary. According to Sacks and other nutrition experts from the World Health Organization, it is likely fine to rely on plant sources of omega-3 for the conversion of long-chain omega-3s (EPA/DHA), such as walnuts, flax seeds, dark green leafy vegetables, soybeans, and even some citrus fruits.

Scientists do agree on one thing: If our diets were not so high in fat, we would not need to supplement our diets with omega-3 fatty acids, because it is the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids that is most important. The more fatty meat and other animal products people consume, the more their total fat intake increases, especially in the form of omega-6. When the ratio of essential fatty acids is geared toward omega-6, metabolism of both fats becomes altered. In this high-fat environment, the body cannot efficiently process the essential fats that occur naturally in healthful plant foods.

Ultimately, high-fat diets are a major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, including breast cancer. If we would address this underlying risk factor and lower our total fat intake, we would have no reason to supplement essential fatty acids-and we would hope to see much lower rates of cancer and other chronic diseases in our population.


New Food for Life Cooking and Nutrition Classes for September 

See a full class schedule and to register visit here >>

ADULT CLASSES

Alaska

Anchorage: Providence Cancer Center (09/27, 10/04, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/01, 11/08)
Anchorage: St. John United Methodist Church (Diabetes) (09/28, 10/05, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09)
Wasilla: Dayspring Enrichment Center (09/29, 10/06, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/03, 11/10)

Arizona

Yuma: Yuma Central Seventh-day Adventist Church (09/09, 09/16, 09/23, 09/30, 10/07, 10/14)

California

San Diego: Sharp Outpatient Pavilion (09/07, 09/14, 09/28, 10/05, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26)

Colorado

Colorado Springs: Briargate YMCA (09/09, 09/16, 09/23, 09/30)
Denver: Denver Botanic Gardens, Morrison Center (09/15, 09/22, 09/29, 10/06, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27)
Peyton: Meridian Ranch Recreation Center - YMCA (9/13)

Connecticut

Salisbury: Noble Horizons (09/21, 09/28, 10/05, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/02)
Waterbury: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at U. of Conn. (09/17, 09/24, 10/01,10/08, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/05

Florida

Titusville: Space Coast Cancer Center (9/14)

Massachusetts

Ashland: Ashland Senior Center (09/09, 09/16, 09/23, 09/30)
S. Yarmouth: Yarmouth Senior Center (09/24, 10/01, 10/08, 10/15)

Michigan

Ann Arbor: Whole Foods Market (09/08, 09/15, 09/22, 09/29)

Ohio

Bainbridge: Creative Healing Center (09/09, 09/16, 09/23)
Hudson: Summa Wellness Institute (Diabetes) (9/29)

Pennsylvania

Somerset: Somerset Hospital (09/08, 09/15, 09/22, 09/29)

Texas

Grand Prairie: First Baptist Church Grand Prairie (09/16, 09/23, 09/30, 10/07)
Roanoke: Roanoke Recreation Center (09/28, 10/05, 10/12, 10/19)

Washington

Kennewick: Tri-Cities Cancer Center (09/01, 09/08, 09/15, 09/22)
Redmond: PCC Natural Market (09/17, 09/24, 10/01, 10/08)

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