plum moonIt’s clear to most people these days that cancer is a complex disease that arises from a multitude of different factors.

In today’s show we explore lifestyle and metabolic health, as it relates to preventing cancer.

We bring in a functional medicine perspective to see how lifestyle and metabolic health can help you to maintain a vital healthy balance or help to prevent a relapse if you have been ill.

Listen in as acupuncturist David Lerner weaves together the streams of thought and practice from Chinese medicine, functional medicine and nutrition to help you better understand some easy to adapt ways you can use your food and nutrition to stay cancer free.


3:47  Cancer does not simply occur by itself.
6:28  Cancer cells try to thicken the blood.
7:30   The conventional discussion about estrogen doesn’t go deep enough.
10:41  A discussion about inflammation.
13:52  Some things you can do to dial down inflammation.
14:36  Basic anti-inflammatory diet
15:54  Promote healthy mitochondria with a nutrient dense diet.
17:58  What about turmeric?
21:34  Thoughts on fat.
24:45  Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, the good, the bad and the ugly.
31:03  What oils to use for stir-frying.
33:45  What about fermented foods?
41:00  The role of intermittent fasting.
45:49  Copper and its connection with cancer.
51:15   Using saunas for detox.

David-LernerDavid Lerner

David Lerner is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Washington State. In 1997 David completed post-graduate training at the Beijing Cancer Institute and the Chengdu university of TCM where he trained with doctors specializing in oncology, gynecology, gastroenterology and dermatology. He received his diploma in Comprehensive Nutrition from Huntington College of Health Sciences in 2010. Furthermore David has completed advanced training in integrative oncology with renowned nutritionist and master herbalist Donnie Yance, and he continues ongoing study and regular consultation with him.

David treats a wide variety of health disorders with a focus on acute/chronic pain conditions, supportive cancer care, hormonal imbalances in women and men, as well as various digestive, autoimmune, mood, weight and gynecological disorders. He is passionate about combining the innate wisdom of Oriental medicine with targeted nutritional/botanical protocols relying on evidence-based data.
David practices acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling at the Heart of Wellness clinic in Tumwater, Washington, and assists Evan Hirsch, MD at the Hirsch Center for Integrative Medicine with functional medicine.

He’s also wicked on black diamond runs down the various slopes of the Cascade range.


Hirsch Center for Integrative Medicine
3525 Ensign Road NE, Suite N
Olympia, WA  98506

Heart of Wellness
205 Clark Place SE
Tumwater, WA  98501

Email: Send David an email

Links and Resources

Resources from David’s website
Teri Wahls on “Minding your Mitochondria”
Cancer cells love fructose
Dietary therapy for cancer, Donny Yance
Integrating dietary supplements into cancer treatment
Acid/alkaline food chart

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