Therefore making a mistake in the diet has an extraordinary importance in the prevention and treatment of tumors. Without going into too many details, we can say that the diet that promotes the onset and progression of tumors is a diet rich in animal fats, that is, red meats, various types of cured meats, butter, dairy products, cheeses, rich in sugars and particularly of refined ones, low in fiber and elements essential. On the contrary, a diet that prevents and slows down the progression of tumors is a diet low in animal fats, rich in fiber, therefore in vegetables of all types (taking into account that some types of vegetables, such as potatoes must be eaten in moderation), rich also of fruit (the recommended amount is on average four to five portions of fruit per day), in which lean meats of fish, turkey, rabbit are allowed (even those of chicken, only if free range, because unfortunately the farmed one is rich hormones and antibiotics, which therefore makes it inadvisable).
It would also be a good idea to eat 3 meals a day, the most energetic of which in the morning, while recommended is a normal meal at midday and a very moderate one, with few calories and carbon hydrates in the evening. Furthermore, between the 3 meals the intake of sugars is not recommended, especially the refined ones (for example, coffee with sugar), because the refined sugar enters the circulation quickly and this involves a peak of insulin in the blood, which should be avoided as insulin is a factor that promotes tumor progression. Of the three daily meals, only fruit intake is recommended, which, by containing complex carbon hydrates and many anti-tumor factors, is therefore allowed.
Diet is not only important for the prevention and treatment of many chronic degenerative diseases, but it is also important during pregnancy to prevent future diseases in the unborn. Indeed epidemiological studies have shown that individuals born to mothers exposed for various reasons to calorie restrictions during pregnancy have a higher rate of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and obesity than their siblings. This seems related to epigenetic changes: changes in gene expression during development in the uterus may persist during adult life.
Genes, as we know, are parts of DNA, which are ultimately responsible for protein synthesis and therefore determine what one is and what one will be. It is not possible, except through genetic manipulation (as scholars who only share the reductionist paradigm of science still maintain), to change our genes and therefore one is more or less lucky if he has good, not fragile, genes that can keep in a healthy state for a long time. This is true, but only partially, because in reality much of the research of the last few years tells us a different story.
What I have tried to say about tumor diseases, for example, which are still considered by most scientists and oncologists to be non-reversible diseases, is a different story: most part of the tumors depend on lifestyle, on different environmental causes, on exposure to various carcinogenic substances, which can act on the genome causing mutations, but also epigenetic alterations. All these alterations, as I have tried to explain and demonstrate in the previous pages, can be by-passed and cancer cells can be reprogrammed, returning to be cells with a normal phenotype, using specific and targeted programs that can be found in the embryo in the moment when life is formed. Finally I told how everything counts in the control of gene expression: diet counts, physical exercise counts, mental and emotional states count, the environmental characteristics in which one lives count, family and social relationships count, and all that matters whether or not to maintain our state of health and the integrity of our genes, thus preventing disease. But when a serious disease, such as a tumor disease, has established itself, then targeted treatments must also be put in place.
So, as already mentioned, with the various collaborators it has been shown that the different programs that together make up the entire epigenetic code have the multiple functions that have been described in the specific chapter. If these are the main strands that will concern the future of science, there is one thing that we can do right now in every moment of our life and that will serve us to keep us healthy: love and laugh. We have already said about the beneficial effects of love and forgiveness. On laughter yoga and on all-round yoga (therefore asana, pranayama, meditation etc.) there are studies that report how these practices are able to epigenetically inhibit the genes responsible for the synthesis of proteins related to inflammation and stress (already in 2008 a publication on Plos One reported a study on yoga and its beneficial effects on gene expression). After all, my friend Nitamo Montecucco, who organizes many meditation and mindfulness courses in his Center “The Global Village” in Bagni di Lucca, has shown in various studies how through meditation there is an epigenetic balance that leads to an increase in the efficiency of the hormonal system, of the immune system, with activation of the centers that reduce stress, so that a sense of well-being, pleasure and increase in self-confidence are achieved.
Laughter then and the yoga of laughter bring this feeling of well-being and pleasure to the climax. Laughter yoga, practiced as it does in his Richard Romagnoli Workshocks, where alongside a sensational laugh, which only he can do, a life philosophy based on love, on the acceptance of what life offers us, on forgiveness is presented and on the sense of gratitude towards all living beings and all creation, it represents a real therapy, which significantly increases the conditions of well-being and health in each of us.