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With the World Health Organisation�s latest report showing that one third of all new cancer cases are preventable through improved diet, the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, the UK�s leading holistic cancer care charity called for clearer healthy eating messages.

As a first step, the charity called for the widest possible use of the Department of Health five a day logo to give the public consistent and clear information, and encouraged the public to look out for this logo when shopping to help include at least five portions of fruit and vegetables in our daily diet. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre has developed well-established nutritional guidelines on combining key vitamins and minerals, so that we eat anti cancer foods as part of a wholefood diet that strengthens the immune system � the body�s first line of defence against the disease.

For the past 23 years the charity has promoted healthy eating as the cornerstone of it�s world famous Bristol Approach to cancer care that uses complementary therapies, and self-help techniques - including practical nutritional advice - to help people more easily manage the day to day challenges of living with cancer.

The charity�s Head Chef and Dietary Adviser food writer Jane Sen commented:

�We know people are still confused about healthy eating as this is the number one issue for callers to our National Telephone Helpline. That is why we strongly urge as a very clear message that eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the first step to improving the nation�s health. The next step is for people to understand how combining certain foods in a wholefood diet can make anti cancer agents work even harder to strengthen the body�s immune system.
�The public is constantly being bombarded with contradictory health and nutrition messages. We need to be very clear that - as the latest World Health Organisation report has highlighted - a healthy diet is one of the best defences against cancer that exists.�


Notes to editors

  1. Bristol Cancer Help Centre Nutritional Guidelines
    to summarise, the charity suggests making gradual changes and adding in more healthy foods into the daily diet, aiming to :
    • eat a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, and include some salad and raw vegetables with meals.
    • increase the range of wholegrains you eat: eg brown rice, barley, millet, and include wholewheat bread and pasta in your diet
    • include beans and lentils in your meals at least three times a week
    • sprinkle nuts and seeds on your food daily
    • use only cold pressed plant oils like olive or sunflower oil in cooking
    • start to include freshly made fruit and vegetable juices where possible
    • drink lots of filtered/spring water � aim for two litres a day

    The charity suggests trying to cut down/avoid consumption of

    • red meat, saturated fats, smoked/cured foods, refined sugar, processed and refined foods, caffeine, excess alcohol, and sweet fizzy drinks.
    Bristol Cancer Help Centre Head Chef Jane Sen�s Healing Foods Cookbooks available on mailorder from the charity give a range of delicious recipes showing how to include the above healthy and anti cancer foods into your diet.

  2. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1980 by the late Penny Brohn a woman living with cancer, and her great friend Pat Pilkington to support people living with cancer and those close to them. It is the UK�s leading holistic cancer charity that has pioneered and specialises in the world famous Bristol Approach that provides a unique range of physical, emotional and spiritual support to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.

  3. The charity offers information and support through its National Telephone Helpline service. Residential courses at the Centre provide people affected by cancer with a holistic programme of care combining complementary therapies, self-help techniques, including practical guidelines on nutrition, and emotional support. The charity�s Cancerpoint service enables people with cancer in the Bristol area to access individual appointments with the Centre�s therapy team.

  4. The centre�s internationally respected Bristol Approach works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment and is delivered on residential courses by an experienced multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists. The charity also works to integrate a holistic approach into cancer care, providing training courses to health professionals and complementary therapists.

"I feel very privileged to have come into contact with the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.  They helped me to care for both my mind and body through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.  My experience has been life changing."

Michele Eve