September 2006 - Issue: 7

WHAT'S COOKING is a monthly bulletin to keep you informed about the healing power of food, great new recipes, individual success stories, and the latest from Dr. Fuhrman guiding you on the path to optimal health.

Dr. Fuhrman's Tip of the Month

Cancer: A Childhood Event

As summer comes to an end and children are getting back-to-school, I decided to dedicate this month’s e-bulletin and my Healthy Times Newsletter to the wellness of our children. The future of our society not only depends on the education of our children but also on their health. If you listen to the news lately you can’t miss hearing about the staggering growth of obesity and diabetes in children worldwide.

Diabetes, hypertension and other obesity-related chronic diseases that are prevalent among adults have now become more common in youngsters. The percentage of children and adolescents who are overweight and obese has skyrocketed upward in the last ten years with no end in sight. The Center for Disease Control recently predicted by the year 2010, fifty percent of children will be overweight. What you tend to hear less about, however, is that early childhood diets not only promote obesity and diabetes but also set the stage for cancers in adult life.

Carcinogenesis, the process that leads to cancer, is believed to occur in a series of steps. The first step is the development of cellular abnormalities, which eventually leads to cancer. This usually occurs during adolescence or soon after puberty as a result of poor dietary choices that occur even earlier. Studies have shown that early onset of puberty is a significant marker for increased cancer risk. It is common knowledge among physicians that the earlier a woman matures, as measured by the age of her first menstrual period, the higher her risk for breast cancer. Both early menarche and greater body weight are markers of increased risk of breast cancer.

Ominously, the onset of menstruation has been occurring at a younger and younger age in Western societies during this century. For example, the average age in the United States is now about twelve years; however, according to the World Health Organization, the average age at which puberty began in 1840 was seventeen. In addition, during the same time period, there has been an increased consumption of refined carbohydrates, soft drinks and cheese, and there has been a huge decrease in the consumption of high nutrient foods, such as vegetables, beans, fruits, seeds and nuts. A greater consumption of animal foods and junk food and a lower consumption of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and beans leads to a higher level of sexual hormones and a cellular toxicity that initiates early life changes that lead to cancer many years later.

Women are not the only sex affected. The same increased risk, as a result of early maturation, is seen with both prostate cancer and testicular cancer. If we grow and mature more rapidly, we increase our cancer risk and age faster. We see the same pattern in lab animals. If we feed them so they grow faster, they age rapidly, develop cancer and die younger.

In other words, cancer is a disease whose predominant cause is our dietary practices when we are young. This is not a subject for political debate. This is now the predominant view of leading cancer researchers worldwide and the evidence is overwhelming and undeniable. Every parent has a right to be informed of this and my book, Disease-Proof Your Child presents the fascinating research science and the solution; and it makes it fun and tasty. Please share this information with everyone you know. The future of our nation depends on it.

- Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
September Menu

Instead of a menu this month, we thought we’d dedicate this section to all the children who will be taking lunch to school but keep in mind, these ideas are good for anyone's lunchbox ... young and old alike.

Children really enjoy taking part in making their own lunches. They will be more likely to eat it if they have a hand in making their food choices. Allow them to be involved in making sandwiches, pita pockets, wraps or special treats, but it’s up to you to make sure they are given healthy filling options.

Here are some ideas to help you get started. Start out with a whole wheat pita pocket, which has been cut in half, or a whole grain tortilla wrap. Spread a small amount of nut butter, hummus, mild salsa, or dressing of their choice in the pita or on the wrap. (Check out the Member Center recipe guide for some great-tasting nut butter and tahini based dressings.) Chop up some of their favorite veggies. Allow your child to stuff the pocket or place on the tortilla, fold over & roll up the wrap. Another option which is always a hit is cashew butter with mashed banana or thinly sliced apples on whole wheat raisin bread.

Here are some suggestions to help you complete their healthy lunch

  • Fresh fruit…whole or cut up
  • Date Nut Pop'ems (any flavor)
  • Pixie-Vites

For more healthy lunch ideas and more on our children's health crisis read my  September 2006 Healthy Times Newsletter

Food for Thought

The Five Most Dangerous Foods to Feed Your Child

  1. Butter and Cheese – full of saturated fat and fat delivered chemical pollutants
  2. Potato Chips and French Fries – rich in trans fat, salt, and carcinogenic acrylamides
  3. Doughnuts and other trans fat-containing sweets – rich in trans fat, sugar, and other artificial substances
  4. Sausages, hot dogs, and other luncheon meats – containg N-nitroso compounds that are potent carcinogens
  5. Pickled, smoked, or barbequed meats – places you at risk of both stomach cancer and high blood pressure
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'Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy'
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Time: 9:00 pm EDT

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Recipe of the Month

If you’d like to be more creative you may place a Pop‘ems Stuffed Apple in their lunch. It can either be wrapped in plastic as is or baked in the oven and cooled before wrapping.

Pop'ems Stuffed Baked Apples
Serves: 4

4 large apples
12 Dr. Fuhrman's Date Nut Pop'ems, any flavor

Instructions: Using an apple corer, or sharp knife, core the apples. Squeeze three pop'ems together to form a log. Stuff the pop'ems in the center of apple. Place apples in a baking pan, and sprinkle apples with cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Bake at 375 degrees for 1/2 hr.

Another idea is to core an apple and spoon almond butter, cashew butter or peanut butter into the center and top with raisins and/or unsweetened coconut, or place a date/coconut roll in the center, instead of the nut butter. These may also be either baked or left as is.

A lunchbox would not be complete without cookies, but make sure they are healthy ones. Dr. Fuhrman’s Banana Oat Cookies are nutritious and delicious!

Dr. Fuhrman's Banana Oat Cookies Recipe

Don’t forget to tuck an “I love you” note in their lunch now and then! That along with the fun, nutritious foods, will be sure to brighten their day!



Dear Dr. Fuhrman,

In January, Matt was deployed to Iraq. He has been eating Eat to Live for 8 months in military dining facilities and in the field. It's challenging, eating veggies, fruits, and whole grains, but they do provide it, you just have to filter your way through the chow hall and seek out the good foods. I also sent him boxes and boxes of healthy nuts and seeds, dried fruits, nut butters, and healthy crackers (not perfect there, but he needs energy in the desert).

People always question his diet. Some in disbelief and some generally interested, like anywhere else in the world. So, many people (as you all have encountered) have excuses for not wanting to eat healthy and modify thier diet and lifestyle, because it's too hard, too many obstacles, etc., but here's a person who has been able to be successful in Iraq in the middle of a war for 8 months! I am so proud of him. I attribute determination, personal health goals, and compassion for his success.

I wish continued success to everyone.


Just a sidenote, sine June 2005, he and I have lost 35 and 40 pounds respectively. He is at his ideal weight, and I'm working towards getting to my ideal weight. My 36 month old daughter also eats the ETL way and is the happiest, healthiest, child I know!

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Dr. Fuhrman in the News
Watch a compelling interview with Dr. Fuhrman, as he discusses his thoughts on the future of childcare in America and how to improve the health of the nation.

Dr. Fuhrman talks with Leah Guy about America's dependence on medication. Proving just how important childhood nutrition is, Leah talks with two of Dr. Fuhrman’s own patients, who—along with a specialized diet—are tackling their diseases naturally without resorting to the standard of drugs.

View here: – Episode 6 – Healthful Parenting

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Dr. Fuhrman's Summer Grill-Off Winners!

First Place: Pecan Herb Burgers, Submitted by Lindsay Wagner and Adriane Spade
Prize: Initial Phone Consult with Dr. Fuhrman PLUS Dr. Fuhrman's Control Your Health Destiny T-shirt
Second Place: Walnut Lentil Veggieburger, submitted by Julia Spagnoli
Prize: 1 VegiZest and 1 Greatest Diet on Earth DVD PLUS Dr. Fuhrman's Control Your Health Destiny T-shirt
Third Place: Healthy and Delicious Curried Cashew Red Lentil Burgers, submitted by Lee Silverstein
Prize: 1 Greatest Diet on Earth DVD PLUS Dr. Fuhrman's Control Your Health Destiny T-shirt

Thank you to all of our participants and congratulations to the winners!! All recipe submissions are available in our member center recipe guide.

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