excess cortisol production / cancer prevention

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 19, 2011 at 12:24 AM

I've never fully immersed myself into Paleo. I've stuck to a "zone-esque" paleo in the past, eating a lot of greek yogurt and peanut butter that I just couldn't bring myself to give up. I got real sick about 6 months ago, fell off the wagon completely (I'm talking eating and exercising), and have gained 20 lbs. I also just found out that my family has a rare genetic adrenal cancer caused from an increased cortisol production after my brother was diagnosed and currently undergoing a similar surgery to one my dad had 20 years ago. I'm quickly approaching the same age and want to do everything I can to avoid the same fate. Both of them were extremely over weight, much like the rest of my family. I refuse to develop this cancer! We also seem to have some genetic kidney issues, but we're not sure if it's related to the same.

2 days ago I decided to go back to Paleo. I do not have access to the healthiest foods, but I will do the best I can. My question is, what foods are the best for preventing or combatting the production of excess cortisol? Kidney health? Does anyone know what the Paleo benefits are in fighting cancer (IMO, it should be a good preventative measure, but I'm interested in others' opinions)? I also have two small children who are genetically predisposed as well, so I'd be interested in any child-friendly advice as well!

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on November 19, 2011
at 01:49 AM

For the kids avoid sugar and vegetable oil.



on November 19, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Good question. Definitely good to recognize that predisposition is in no way saying you must develop any of these diseases. I may have a predisposition to severe hangovers, but if I never drink alcohol I will never have a hangover, right? So in my opinion paleo is absolutely an anti-cancer diet in and of itself. A diet specific to our species. As long as we act congruently with what our bodies expect and need to manifest health then health is what you will get. I like to look at diet and lifestyle as health promotion more than disease treatment.

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