Cancer Can't Stand This Diet: Dr. William Li's Anti-Cancer Nutrition Breakthroughs

Episode 890


Each bite of food we eat has the potential to modulate our genetics and impact every cell of the body—don’t you want those levers to be moving in the right direction? Eating for health is one thing, but eating to beat disease is an even more intentional step toward prevention and longevity. I was so excited to sit down with internationally renowned physician, scientist, and author Dr. William Li to discuss how we can leverage food to optimize every system of the body.

We talk about this and so much more. I know you’ll love this conversation as much as I did!


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Topics Covered

  • How Dr. Li got interested in “Food As Medicine” while developing cancer treatments


  • The power of one individual and how treatments are evolving around personalization


  • Why eating to beat disease is not the same as eating for health


  • The difference that food, diet, and lifestyle make, and how now we’re finally able to see what impacts they have on the cellular and genetic level


  • What food would Dr. Li bring with him if he was going to be stuck on an island?


  • One thing Dr. Li knows everyone needs to do better


  • Why plants produce polyphenols, and why organic plants produce more


  • Is dairy good or bad?


  • What’s the deal with soy?


  • What are the most inflammatory foods that we should avoid?


  • The 5 defense systems to support for optimal health and Dr. Li’s 5 x 5 x 5 plan


  • The amazing interactions of the gut-brain axis


  • What Dr. Li eats and what supplements he takes to beat disease


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Automatically generated. Please forgive any typos or errors in the following transcript. It was generated by a third party and has not been subsequently reviewed by our team.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Coming up on this episode of the Doctor's Farmacy.

Dr. William Li: This is the beginning of a new understanding of our human nature. It's because we're beginning to understand that the big nerve coming out of our brain called the vagus nerve, communicates from the brain down to our gut. Our brain talks to our gut bacteria.

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Ep. 890 - Cancer Can't Stand This Diet: Dr. William Li's Anti-Cancer Nutrition Breakthroughs