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The Cattle Baron’s Gala

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Chicken Strips

The menu at this week-end’s Cattle Baron’s Gala featured smoked brisket, baby back ribs, chicken fajitas, grilled steaks, fried chicken strips, jumbo shrimp filled with cheddar cheese and crisp bacon. An avocado bar loaded with toppings including sour cream, chicken and chile con queso (cheese sauce) was available. There were also sliced sweet potatoes deep-fried and served with garlic mayonnaise and thick-sliced green tomatoes deep-fried until golden brown.

It seems that most of us are hard wired with a “helping” gene. We love to think that we are doing good things for other people and this week-end’s event showcased the effort of over 100 volunteers. They worked hard for a year to make sure the 1,800 guests had a great time because it was for a “good” cause. The hefty proceeds benefitted the American Cancer Society.

Unfortunately, after doing the research for my 2010 book, Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection, I no longer hold the ACS in such high regard. Experimental research and even population studies have shown that a low-fat, whole food, plant-based diet can prevent 95 percent of all cancers, including those “caused” by environmental toxins.(1)  Yet the American Cancer Society promotes surgical, pharmaceutical and radiological approaches to cancer treatment and prevention because it’s main source of funding comes from the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

The ACS also receives funds from the food industry so they do not take a hard stand on well-studied nutritional recommendations. When they tell people to limit certain foods rather than avoid them, that’s the equivalent of telling junkies to “limit your intake of cocaine.”  It is not a serious warning and doesn’t make an impact on anyone.  Nor does the American Cancer Society mention avoiding or reducing consumption of dairy products including milk and cheese in its recommendations.

If we know that a whole-foods, low fat, plant-based diet can prevent (and even reverse) many cancers, why doesn’t the Cattle Baron’s Gala serve foods based on that science?

Instead of spending so much time and money promoting what author Samuel Epstein has called “the world’s wealthiest non-profit,” wouldn’t we want to use our helping genes in a much healthier way by learning how to feed our families a healthy, whole-foods, low fat, plant-based diet? For more information read Diet and Cancer: Is There a Connection or The China Study. Both books are available on Amazon.


(1) T. Colin Campbell, Howard Jacobson, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (Dallas, TX, BenBella Books, Inc., 2013), 8

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A Cure for Cancer

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With the recent uproar around the Susan G. Komen for the Cure decision to stop funding mammograms and medical exams for poor women through Planned Parenthood and then the reverse decision to continue the funding has made many people begin to question the organization.

Maybe it’s time that we quit thinking that buying pink cosmetics and pink balloons and pink wrapped hams is going to save us from cancer.  It is an organization of people started by a woman with a good heart that has spent more time and effort on marketing in the past few years than on getting the word out that you can actually prevent or even stop/reverse some cancers through lifestyle choices.  We don’t have to wait for a drug company to come up with a potent drug that will make us sicker than we’ve ever been, in the hope that it will eventually heal us.

I’ve seen statistics that indicate as many as 80% of cancers can actually be prevented or reversed.  That may seem like too much “pie in the sky” for most of you, but in the latest report by Cancer Research UK Statistics it states that 45% of cancers can be prevented through lifestyle choices.  Tobacco use, overuse of alcohol, obesity, eating meat, eating a low fiber diet, a lack of fruits and vegetables and a lack of exercise were all cited as causes of cancer.

Let’s stop thinking that if we just give more money to these large organizations we won’t have to worry about our lifestyle because a CURE is just around the corner.  We already have a CURE for nearly half of all cancers.  Why don’t we start researching for ourselves and then living the way we know we should?

To get you started on eating a healthy low-fat diet with fruits and vegetables, here is a recipe for a simple, tasty soup that even your kids will eat.


1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
6 cups vegetable broth (divided use)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cups fresh or frozen corn

In a covered soup pot, simmer onions, garlic, chile and salt in 1 cup vegetable broth for about 10 minutes until onions are soft.
In a small bowl, make a paste with cumin and 1 tablespoon broth, stir it into the pot, and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.
Add sweet potato and 4 cups broth and simmer for 10 minutes, until sweet potato softens. Add bell pepper and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
At this point, puree’ soup in blender. If you prefer to have some chunks, only puree’ half of the soup.
Pour soup back in pot and add last cup of broth with the corn.
Gently reheat on low heat.
If desired, top with a garnish of chopped cilantro or diced avocado.

Makes 4 servings.

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© 2010-2011 Melinda Coker

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Virtual Weekend Event

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Sassy Slim and HealthyYou may want to join us for the Sassy Slim and Healthy Virtual Weekend. Finally, you can begin your new healthy lifestyle on the path to SASSY, SLIM and HEALTHY… all in a matter of a few hours over the weekend!

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Now, in one “virtual” online weekend, you can begin to create the lifestyle that will:

◦Get you moving and eating the foods your body needs
◦Establish your weekly ritual so that you and your family will be able to dine on tasty, healthy foods
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© 2010 Melinda Coker

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