The Navy and Asbestos - A Sorted History

Our series of blogs have discussed the history of the Navy and asbestos cancer being related. Once given a mesothelioma diagnosis, victims will need to better their diet and nutrition while going through radiation, chemotherapy or surgery treatments. We’ve learned that healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates are essential in providing a balanced meal to help maintain weight and energy levels for patients. We also provided information about how mesothelioma treatment regimens can take away a patient’s appetite and in those cases, if your doctor approves it, certain supplements could be used to provide the nutrients your body will need to continue to heal properly.

Because the Navy and asbestos have a sordid history leading to mesothelioma cancer, this month we are providing more information about nutrition, taking it a few steps further by providing healthy and nourishing recipes for people managing malignant mesotheliomaor any asbestos-related illness. These meals will be made up of ingredients that hit on important food groups that will give your body a good start at healing and having good amounts of energy.

If you are have served in the navy with asbestos and been given a mesothelioma diagnosis, diet and nutrition are your secret weapons to fight the cancer and provide your body the ammunition it needs to win the war. If you cannot prepare these meals, ask family or friends to prepare them for you. Make sure to keep plenty of fruits and vegetables on-hand as powerful snacks in your diet and nutrition backpack. Balanced diet and nutrition has always been the key to good health – open the door with this month’s recipe suggestions.

Dark, Leafy Greens Salad

Swiss chard, Spinach, mustard greens, kale and even romaine lettuce are regarded as cancer fighters by cancer researchers for many reasons. These greens are rich in nutrients that block cancer and an added bonus is that they harbor a wide range of disease-fighting chemicals. Research has demonstrated that these foods not only may protect against cancers but also stunt the growth of many cancer cells. The biggest prize goes to Popeye’s favorite: spinach. Studies show compounds exist in spinach that block particular carcinogens from other foods and may provide potential anti-cancer properties that can be used in future drugs.

1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

5 cups loosely packed baby spinach

2 cups chopped cooked skinless turkey (light and dark meat)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped roasted, salted cashews

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion


1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add spinach and remaining ingredients; toss well to combine.