Fort Myers Florida Weekly


Cancer prevention from your own backyard



Prevention is a lot safer, less painful, less expensive, and a lot less frightening than treatment, so I spend a lot of time researching ways to prevent disease. The downside is that I have no way to prove that any of these techniques work. We may be spending money on stuff that doesn’t do anything at all, but I don’t think so.

Personally, I am interested in preventing colon cancer because of a strong family history. My mother died of colon cancer at the age of 47. My maternal grandmother died in her early 60s of “something down there” (we didn’t talk about those things in those days.) I have now outlived my mother by 16years and I’m still going strong. Something is working. Either God doesn’t want me in Heaven just yet or my attempts at health are paying off.



One of the most interesting nutrients in the fight against colon and other types of cancer is modified citrus pectin. Also known as fractionated pectin, MCP is a complex polysaccharide obtained from the peel and pulp of citrus fruits. Through pH and temperature modifications, the pectin is enzymatically broken down into shorter, non-branched, galactose-rich carbohydrate chains, which makes it dissolve more easily in water and better absorbed than ordinary pectin.

The new structure allows the MCP to access and bind tightly to galactosebinding lectins (galectins) on the surface of certain forms of cancer, reducing the ability of cancer to metastasize.

For metastasis to occur, cancer cells have to clump together; galectin is thought to be responsible for providing the binding site but MCP is small enough to access and bind tightly with galectins, blocking the clumping of cancer cells and adhesion to surrounding tissue. Deprived of the ability to adhere, cancer cells fail to metastasize.

What types of cancer? Prostate, breast, and colon cancers have been studied in reference to MCP with favorable outcomes.

MCP is a soluble fiber with no potential side effects. Dosage levels range from 6 to 30 grams per day in divided doses. I have been using MCP since my scare a few months ago and notice big changes in bowel habits, which can only be positive.

Will it help prevent cancer? I believe so, and if there are a few wayward cancer cells lurking in my colon or other places, I believe MCP will prevent them from feeling at home and exit the body without harm. My overall goal is to make my body inhospitable to cancer. MCP is part of that plan. 

— Ms. Simontacchi is a certified lifestyle educator and owns the Island Nutrition Center on Sanibel. For more information, call 472-4499 or visit www.carolsimontacchionline. com.

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