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Five-year survival rates of melanoma patients treated by diet therapy after the manner of Gerson: a retrospective review.

Compare 5-year melanoma survival rates to rates in medical literature.


Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico.

White adult patients (N = 153) with superficial spreading and nodular melanoma, aged 25-72 years.

Antioxidant activity of fresh apples.

Vitamin C is used as a dietary supplement because of its antioxidant activity, although a high dose (500 mg) may act as a pro-oxidant in the body1, 2. Here we show that 100 g of fresh apples has an antioxidant activity equivalent to 1,500 mg of vitamin C, and that whole-apple extracts inhibit the growth of colon- and liver- cancer cells in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. Our results indicate that natural antioxidants from fresh fruit could be more effective than a dietary supplement.

Zinc and copper content of foods used in vegetarian diets.

The zinc and copper content of seventy-four foods was determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Each of these foods was reported to have been consumed by practicing vegetarians. Legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains, hard cheeses, and some nutritional supplements were found to be excellent sources of both zinc and copper. Vegetables, fruits, and their products were generally poor sources of trace minerals, with the exception of seed and bean sprouts. Milk and milk products, including rennetless cheeses, contain small quantities of these minerals.

Bone mineral mass in adult lacto-ovo-vegetarian and omnivorous males.

Past studies indicate postmenopausal women who eat meat may experience greater bone mineral loss than lacto-ovo-vegetarian women. The present study extends those findings by comparing bone mineral in adult lacto-ovo-vegetarian and omnivorous males. Bone mineral mass was determined by direct photon absorptiometry in 320 lacto-ovo-vegetarian and 320 omnivorous males 20 to 79 yr old. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians were Seventh-day Adventists committed to their diet for at least 20 yr. Measurements were made at a cortical site along the radius.

Mineral analyses of vegetarian, health, and conventional foods: magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese content.

The amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese in 22 health and vegetarian foods and their conventional counterparts were measured. Increased levels of magnesium were associated with the presence of soy in vegetarian and health products. Zinc was low in the vegetarian meat and egg substitutes and in soy milk. Copper tended to be decreased in the vegetarian foods but increased in the health foods relative to levels in the conventional counterparts. Manganese levels were increased in most of the health and vegetarian food items relative to levels in the conventional foods.

Gonadotrophin release and meat consumption in vegetarian women.

Many factors including diet modify the hypothalamic-pituitary axis and menstrual periodicity. We have determined the effect of a daily meat or a soybean supplement in rural vegetarian Black women on the length of the menstrual cycle and the episodic and luteinizing releasing hormone stimulated release of luteinizing hormone.

Vegetarian approach to hypertension.

Cross-sectional epidemiological studies suggest that ovolactovegetarians have lower blood pressure and less of a rise in blood pressure with age than meat eaters. Controlled dietary intervention trials in normotensive and untreated mild hypertensive have provided more direct evidence for a direct dietary effect on blood pressure. Studies designed to identify the nutrients involved suggest that neither polyunsaturated fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, potassium, magnesium, sodium, or total protein intake are independently responsible.


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