12.15.2009

Protecting Yourself from Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a disease that affects Black men at a disproportionate rate. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who is a survivor of the disease, has a foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the disease, and encouraging men to get tested while also engaging in preventative measures. Author and Final Call columnist Audrey Muhammad, spoke with researcher and author Kevin Muhammad, regarding this deadly disease.

Audrey Muhammad (AM:) I have read that tomatoes and tomato sauce have lycopene, a natural chemical that is considered the reason tomatoes are considered a prostate healthy food along with watermelons, pink grapefruit and papaya. What nutritional advice do you have in regards to providing our body with the best nutrition? In the mainstream field of nutrition, we are always told eat this and eat that and then eat it five more times...

Kevin Muhammad (KM:) Exactly. In the “mainstream” field of nutrition, emphasis is always placed on the foods that a person should eat to meet their nutritional needs. However, we must embrace the opposite —removing certain foods from our diets; and these foods are not relegated to fatty and starchy foods. Such foods include those that we assume or have been taught are nutritious and essential for health. Foods such as nuts, certain beans and forage—in both raw and cooked states—must be eliminated from our diets.

Read the full interview on The Final Call Newspaper website at:http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Health_amp_Fitness_11/article_6623.shtml