Still, Dr. House correctly diagnosed that one of his associate's father had cancer because the guy was eating a macrobiotic diet and had the blue dot tattoo on his neck for aiming radiation therapy. The guy admitted that he had metastatic lung cancer and a prognosis of three months.
Okay, I buy the blue dot. But a macrobiotic diet? Don't get me wrong, I had friends on the macrobiotic diet in the eighties (and to be honest, they looked unhealthy, but maybe being unhealthy was why they got on a macrobiotic diet in the first place.) But this guy was supposed to be a well-respected rheumatologist. I don't think macrobiotic is the cancer diet these days and I'm really not sure that a rheumatologist with three months to live would think macrobiotics was going to add significantly to quantity or quality of life. And they were eating at the hospital cafeteria. Not a hot bed of sprouts and brown rice, right?
I don't know what is a good cancer diet other than women with estrogen-sensitive cancers should avoid meats with added hormones. And I've heard that dairy can affect certain cancers (which again, makes sense because milk is a substance whose purpose is to help a cow gain a half ton of weight in a year--milk naturally has hormones in it.) I figure House defaulted to macrobiotic because it was a kind of short hand. Macrobiotic = extreme + healthy.
I think that there are ways to eat more healthy when you're sick. But as usual, TV has failed to tell me what they are. So it's back to lots of fruits and veggies and anti-oxidants. And maybe some Hagaan Daz now and then.