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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 10 - January 16, 1997 - 27 Cancer Watch Cancer research says vitamins are best if from foods People relying on taking vitamins may not adhere to maintaining a well balanced diet Can supplemental vitamins, fiber and natural fruit and veg- etable compounds called "phyto- chemicals" in pill form work as well as foods to fight off cancer? At a recent symposium present- ed by the American Institute for Cancer Research, leading diet and cancer researchers said supple- ments are not a substitute for eat- ing plenty of plant-based foods. When our bodies absorb phyto- chemicals, vitamins and fiber from plant-based foods, they work in different ways to protect our health, by shielding cell mem- branes from damage to affecting rates of the cell division that is key to the cancer process. According to Gary G. Mead- ows, Professor of Pharmacology, Washington State Univers!ty, "Researchers still have not dis- covered answers to questions about dosage and combined ef- fects of these plant food elements. "Studies that find benefits from food substances use amounts that are far greater than in normal di- ets, and the toxic effect of large amounts of some vitamins and phytochemicals, and combina- tions of them, are still not known." That's one reason why taking large doses of vitamin and phyto- chemical supplement pills is not advisable, the researchers pointed out. "Many people believe that if a little is good, more must be bet- Chemically dependent meetings scheduled A Chemically Dependent Anonymous (CDA) group meets each Monday and Friday from 8 to 9 p.m. in Beebe Medical Center's cafeteria. For more information, call 645-3311. A CDA group also meets at Dry Dock in Angola at 8 p.m. on Fridays. DID YOU START YOUR POST-HOLIDAY DIET. 9 No YO-YOs! Dieting causes the body's metabolism to slow as a starvation response to conserve fu- el. Yo-yo dieters gain weight back more quickly and lose it more slow- ly next time. Also, continually losing and re- gaining weight appears to increase the levels of fat in the blood and thereby heart disease risks. Submitted by the YMCA For more information, call 227-8018 ter," Meadows commented. "In fact, overdoing any one thing of- ten has negative effects. When people rely too much on supplement pills, they tend to for- get about eating a balanced diet." Other uncertainties, Meadows said, are the lack of standardiza- tion in the manufacture and label- ing of complex phytochemical supplements, and not knowing how early in life or how long con- sumers have to take them to get beneficial effects. For example, people may take suppl.ements pills that claim to isolate the phytochemicals such as beta-carotene or sulphur com- pounds found in broccoli, garlic and other vegetables. However, in reality there may be so much processing in making supplements that the chemical composition of the compounds may be altered and ultimately yield few health benefits for the consumer, noted John D. Potter, head of the Cancer Prevention Re- search Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and co-chair of the World Cancer Research Fund expert panel on diet and cancer. "Deodorized garlic, for exam- SAVE 20-50% pie, has wiped out at least half of the sulphur compounds that are beneficial in garlic. "And to re- lease a number of compounds in a vegetable such as garlic, you need to chew it, crush it or cook it. "But if you don't like the odor of garlic, you can eat a number of other foods and perhaps get the same benefit from different com- pounds with overlapping effects, and that's the point of eating a va- riety of vegetables and fruits." As for the familiar refrain of "no time to cook," the researchers advised Americans to put health before convenience by making time to prepare and cook more healthy foods like vegetables, even if it means giving up some "IV watching time. "We're a pill-taking society," Meadows pointed out. "Instead of changing our eating habits, we'd like to eat potato chips and take a pill to counteract the negative ef- fects. But that's not very realis- tic." Meadows advises looking at what we can do to eat for better health. The food industry is ex- pected to manufacture more foods fortified with phytochemicals and other health protectors, following the current trend of foods now available with extra calcium, such as orange juice and breakfast cere- als. For now, the researchers agreed, the best way to fortify our health and eat for lower cancer risk is by using salad bars, pack- aged salads, frozen vegetables and the wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables that are more available than ever before. Beebe Doctors Close to Home It's important to know that there are qualified doctors and nurse practi- tioners close to your home. At Beebe Medical Center in Georgetown, Dr. Roberlltogan, an internist who also specializes in oncology, nurse practitioner Bonnie Hofstetter, and Dr. DomingoAviado, a primary care physician, will .diagnose and treat your health problems with skill and care. They are I[1t committed to caring for you and your good health. Beebe Call 856-3596 for an appointment with Beebe Medical Center doctors clos e to your home. 301 N. DuPont Hwy. Georgetown, DE