(Foreword: This is our continuation of our response to Amy 468 on her desire to know the cancer fighting foods.)

DEAR Amy 468,

Fighting cancer with Teas

The evidence of its cancer fighting potential may not be a lot, however, tea, especially, green tea may be your strong soldier against cancer. Laboratory studies have shown that green tea has slowed or prevented the development of cancer in colon, liver, breast, and prostate cells. This effect is also seen in cancers of the lung and the skin. Moreover, there are some longer term studies which showed that tea was associated with lower risks for bladder, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. But, then, again, I do hope that its anticancer potential shall be nailed in the near future with more research that can hopefully be done to one of the nature’s wonder herbs. Up and until those researches shall be done, then, we still have to wait for tea to be recommended to fight against cancer. Of course, there is no harm in enjoying a cup of tea, every now and then.

I remember my grandmother who was half Chinese who had been drinking tea every single day that I can remember. She told me that she got it from her father who brought that tea drinking tradition from Amoy, China. She passed it on to her children and even to us, her grandchildren. As a matter of fact, I have started drinking tea at five years old. I only came to drink milk when I lived with my godmother when I was about 8. I don’t know as well, if tea has anything to do with my uncles’ smoking vices, since they have been smoking, consuming more than a pack a day, as far as I can remember, but, good graces, they have never been afflicted with cancer. My grandmother can still walk around at about 85. She only died due to a fall injury. I don’t know if it’s the genes or the tea. But, whatever, I thank God for his graces.

Fighting cancer with Grapes

If there is some fight against cancer with foods, this would be on top of my list. I can devour them with no qualms. The only problem here is the price, though.

Oops, again. There are still more to say. But, we are again running out of space for now. So, we’ll continue this in my next issue. Until then again!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)