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Hospital Feeds Cancer Patient Animal Based Meals and Processed Foods

19 Sep

Free Drinks for family or friends at the Hospital in the Surgical Waiting Room

What’s Wrong with Animal Based Foods and Processed Foods?

If you’ve watched the recent documentary Forks Over Knives, which is now available in DVD or on Amazon Instant Video or on Netflix, the message from highly respected and reputed doctors (Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Dough Lisle, Dr. Terry Mason, Dr. Neal Barnard and Drs. Matthew Lederman and Alona Pulde) is clear and simple:

  • the quantity of animal based foods and processed foods consumption is directly correlated to degenerative diseases, especially heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and even erectile disfunction.
  • animal protein has shown that its addition into the diet alone can turn on and off cancer.
  • a whole foods plant based diet has the power to cure many diseases.
  • a whole foods plant based diet has the power to prevent many diseases.

Hospital Serves Cancer Patient Animal Based Meals and Processed Foods

Would you give an alcoholic a bottle of wine?  Would you temp someone who just quit smoking with a cigarette?  Then why do hospitals serve Cancer patients, and other patients who are struggling with health and possibly life itself, processed foods and animal products – the very foods that cause disease in the first place?

Last week, someone very close to my heart had a lung operation to remove cancer cells.  While I was undoubtedly saddened by the news, I was appalled at what kind of food was served to her at the hospital.  And this was in a very well known and respected hospital!

Her very first and subsequent drink offers at the hospital:

  • ginger ale with high fructose corn syrup with loads of ice
  • cranberry juice from a plastic tub (the kind that makes the juice taste like plastic)
  • apple juice concentrate from Argentina and China.

She also noted that she had quite a difficult time getting the nurses to give her just plain water without ice.

Her very first meal was breakfast:

  • oatmeal (the healthiest choice on the tray)
  • French toast
  • 2 pieces of greasy bacon (after surgery? really?) and 
  • canned fruit.


  • turkey and gravy
  • mashed potatoes (with butter?),
  • green beans and grapes (at least!).


  • beef stew and
  • broccoli (another at least!).

Snacks: Family and friends were offered ice cream, which was full of  artificial ingredients except for the first ingredient, milk.

The total ignorance in choices offered by the hospital’s food service is appalling but not really surprising.  I remind myself, this is probably how many people eat.  This is considered normal food.  But it is wrong on so many levels.

What To Do To Change What Hospitals Feed Patients?

While many of us are unable to make drastic changes to hospital food services, we can make our choices known!

For family and friends of patients, bring better options for your loved ones:

  • filtered water
  • raw healthy juices
  • fruits and
  • easily digested vegetables (i.e. pureed soups).

For patients: ask the hospital staff if they have Vegan options.

Vinyl Chloride (aka PVC) in the Food We Eat

6 May
I just watched Blue Vinyl last night.  I thought I was going to be very disappointed with my film choice 5 minutes into the documentary that started with a Mickey Mouse voice narration and some folks changing the wood outside their house into blue vinyl – but after 10 minutes, I ran to get my pen and paper.  This was an excellent documentary about PVC. 
PVC is everywhere – in our houses, in our children’s toys, in the air and most concerning- in our food.  Low exposures to dioxins from the manufacture and disposal of PVC cause mutations thus tumors in our bodies.  Any molecule that is present in our bodies poses a risk of cancer. As a doctor from Columbia University said on the film: “Zero exposure is best”.  Dioxins affect EVERYONE – not only those who live near the factories that create PVC (i.e. Lake Charles, Louisiana and Venice, Italy).  “PVC is the worst plastic from an environmental health perspective, posing great environmental and health hazards in its manufacture, product life and disposal. ”  –  (My House is Your House is the consumer education and advocacy campaign tied to Blue Vinyl.)
So how do we avoid dioxin exposure?  The response is just up my alley – besides choosing not to buy anything PVC, it is to CHANGE OUR DIET.  According to the National Academy of Sciences:
“A North American eating a typical North American diet will receive 93% of their dioxin exposure from meat and dairy products (23% is from milk and dairy alone; the other large sources of exposure are beef, fish, pork, poultry and eggs). In fish, these toxins bioaccumulate up the food chain so that dioxin levels in fish are 100,000 times that of the surrounding environment. The best way to avoid dioxin exposure is to reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat and dairy products by adopting a vegan diet. “

Say No to Dinner in a Can

8 Mar
Andy Warhol used themes from popular America in his Pop Art.
As this Cream of Mushroom Soup work of art suggests, dinner from a can is very popular!

I know of family recipes that are based solely on canned soups and vegetables.  And growing up, I remember enjoying Pork and Beans, Corned Beef Hash and Cream of ‘X’ Soup.  Today, I make our family’s food fresh  from scratch.
Healthy Child Healthy World recently cited the top 10 toxic products we don’t need:
1. Air fresheners
2. Drain, oven and toilet bowl cleaners
3. Canned food
4. Pesticides
5. Dry-cleaning
6. Bottled water
7. Rubber duckies
8. Couch cushions
9. Perfume and cologne
10. Oil-based paints and finishes
And yes – canned food is #3 on the list – foods that are acidic and high in fat in particular, contain high levels of BPA which leach from the epoxy lining of the can. 

If you are like me and worry about BPA levels, GREENS could completely block the negative effects of BPA, especially spinach and whole soy products. Our solution = GREEN SMOOTHIES!  We love Green Smoothie Revolution, especially the chapter on Green Smoothies for Kids. Our son’s (and my husband’s) favourite green smoothies are:

1. 1 pineapple + 4 cups spinach
2. 6 pitted dates + 5 cups of lettuce + 2 cups of water 

3. 1 cup strawberries + 2 bananas + 1/2 bunch romaine + 2 cups water

More recipes here.

We will now say NO to anything canned!  (But we still love Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soups!)