Cancer prevention is a hot topic in the twenty-first century because the statistics show that 1 in 3 people now have cancer so the rest of us want to do everything we can to prevent boosting those statistics. It is rare to meet anyone these days whose family or close friends have not been affected in some way by the dreaded disease.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “The number of global cancer deaths is projected to increase 45% from 2007 to 2030 (from 7.9 million to 11.5 million deaths), influenced in part by an increasing and aging global population. The estimated rise takes into account expected slight declines in death rates for some cancers in high resource countries. New cases of cancer in the same period are estimated to jump from 11.3 million in 2007 to 15.5 million in 2030.”
The World Health Organization state on their website “Unhealthy diets and physical inactivity are two of the main risk factors for raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, abnormal blood lipids, overweight/obesity, and for the major chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
- Overall, 2.7 million deaths are attributable to low fruit and vegetable intake.
- Overall, 1.9 million deaths are attributable to physical inactivity.”
They also state “More than 30% of cancer could be prevented by modifying or avoiding key risk factors, according to a 2005 study by international cancer collaborators1. Risk factors include:
- tobacco use
- being overweight or obese
- low fruit and vegetable intake
- physical inactivity
- alcohol use
- sexually transmitted HPV-infection
- urban air pollution
- indoor smoke from household use of solid fuels. “
If you copy and paste the following web address into your web browser you can see a compilation of the latest WHO report on statistics of cancer now and in the future. http://www.who.int/cancer/media/en/GlobalActionCancerEnglfull.pdf
I think our first check point for cancer prevention needs to be a serious look at what we put into our mouths every day. Enzymes are necessary for almost every function in our body and yet if we are living on a typical western diet, it can be extremely low in the enzymes needed to digest the food you are consuming, let alone the enzymes needed for other bodily functions. If you are eating foods from a packet or out of a tin, your body has to use its own enzyme reserves to digest that food. Eating fresh food however, means the food contains its own enzymes to break itself down. That is why fresh foods go off if they are not stored correctly or stored for too long – because the enzymes begin to digest the food and break it down. This is another reason why it is ideal to soak nuts overnight before consuming them. The water activates the enzymes and cause pre-digestion to take place making them easier to digest when we consume them. The nuts must be eaten within 3 days after soaking.
My suggestions for a diet to help prevent cancer is as follows -
Avoid - softdrinks, biscuits, lollies, muesli bars, ice-cream, milk chocolate, artificial sweeteners, cordial, puddings, flavoured milks, processed meats, chips, white pasta, white rice and table salt, alcohol, canola oil, margarine, beer, MSG, yeast and fried foods.
Keep to a minimum, tinned foods, breads, noodles, yoghurt, bottled juices, coffee, black tea, tinned fish, packet foods of any kind.
Minimise dairy foods. A small amount of milk in porridge would be ok. (preferably use Oat Milk or Rice Milk). Definitely no cheese or ‘glasses of milk’. Buy organic milk from the supermarket.
Minimise grain intake. Eat wholegrains only and use sourdough breads occasionally. (preferably wheat free)
What you can eat.
Plenty of vegetables and salads. This should form the BASIS of the new diet.
2 pieces of fruit daily.
All nuts and seeds (except peanuts)
Small portions of fresh organic meats or fish. Frozen is ok for meats.
Small servings of grain foods, e.g. whole cereals like muesli (not processed like most commercial cereals), brown rice, wholemeal pasta, wrap breads, cracker breads and wheat free/ yeast free bread. (you can usually find these in the supermarket)
Plenty of filtered water. (Do not use plastic water bottles).
By following these general guidelines your diet will be high in enzymes, highly alkaline and contain necessary vitamins and minerals for good cellular function.
On average, smokers increase their risk of lung cancer between 5 and 10-fold and in developed countries smoking is responsible for upwards of 80% of all lung cancers. Using American data, 24% of men who smoke can expect to developing cancer during their expected life time. – WHO Report. Just a few of the toxic chemicals contained in cigarettes are-
Nicotine, Formaldehyde, Phenol, Benzene, Benzo(a)pyrene, DDT, Toluene, 2-Naphthylamine, Isoprene, DDD, Carbon Dioxide, Cadmium, Nitromethane, Ammonia, Hydrogen Cyanide, Carbon Monoxide, 3-vinyl pyridine, Acetone and Naphthalene plus many, many more!!!! There are over 4000 components of cigarette smoke with at least 43 known cancer-causing chemicals. – (Is Your Home Making You Sick, Dr Peter Dingle 2009)
Lung cancer is the most common cause of death in industrialized countries; however, smoking also contributes to cancers of the pharynx, mouth, oesophagus, pancreas, kidney and bladder. Tobacco causes a three-fold risk of mouth cancer but when taken in combination with alcohol the risk factor increases fifteen-fold.
Children living in homes where the adults smoke experience a drastically increased risk of the same types of cancer as the smoker, as well as increased incidences of asthma, bronchitis, wheezing and coughs as well as SIDS. Children living in the homes of smokers often show a lower than average IQ. Personally, I am looking forward to a world where the abuse of children due to second hand smoke in the home and car is illegal.
WHO Reports states: Cancer arises from one single cell. The transformation from a normal cell into a tumour cell is a multistage process, typically a progression from a pre-cancerous lesion to malignant tumours. These changes are the result of the interaction between a person's genetic factors and three categories of external agents, including:
- physical carcinogens, such as ultraviolet and ionizing radiation
- chemical carcinogens, such as asbestos, components of tobacco smoke, aflatoxin (a food contaminant) and arsenic (a drinking water contaminant)
- biological carcinogens, such as infections from certain viruses, bacteria or parasites.
Some examples of infections associated with certain cancers:
- Viruses: hepatitis B and liver cancer, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Kaposi sarcoma.
- Bacteria: Helicobacter pylori and stomach cancer.
- Parasites: schistosomiasis and bladder cancer.
Ageing is another fundamental factor for the development of cancer. The incidence of cancer rises dramatically with age, most likely due to a buildup of risks for specific cancers that increase with age. The overall risk accumulation is combined with the tendency for cellular repair mechanisms to be less effective as a person grows older.
Tobacco use, alcohol use, low fruit and vegetable intake, and chronic infections from hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and some types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are leading risk factors for cancer in low- and middle-income countries. Cervical cancer, which is caused by HPV, is a leading cause of cancer death among women in low-income countries.
In high-income countries, tobacco use, alcohol use, and being overweight or obese are major risk factors for cancer.
I have always been a big believer in the cancer-parasite connection. Many doctors and scientists are now reporting many correlations between the two. Dr Hulda Clark was a pioneer in this field, but was persecuted and eventually jailed for her push on ‘alternative’ treatments for these problems. Her book ‘A Cure for All Diseases’ describes her work in detail. Go to www.successandhealth.com.au and click on Parasites for your free Dr Hulda Clark eBook. Dr Tullio Simoncini describes in detail his work with cancer the fungus/ cancer connection http://www.curenaturalicancro.com/ and the alternative treatments that he recommends.
Unfortunately, many allopathic treatments for cancer can acidify the body creating a great environment for parasites to grow. Most of the treatments also have a drastic effect on lowering the immune system, which is so important to have when dealing with any illness.
Dr Tullio Simoncini advocates Sodium Bicarbonate injections as a way to alkalise the system, therefore killing off the ability of fungus to thrive. Dr Hulda Clark recommends using Herbal Worming Formulations in conjunction with a ‘Parasite Zapper’ to kill the nasties (zappers available on www.successandhealth.com.au – parasite zappers page.) The beauty of these two treatment types is that they are not harmful to the body. This is vastly different to conventional cancer treatments which often cause cancers in and of themselves – e.g. chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Exercise and Oxygen
There is more than enough evidence that exists to show us that those who exercise regularly have a lower incidence of cancer, and yet there is still a large proportion of the population who do not take heed. The article published below is one of hundreds, if not thousands, which show a direct link.
Physical activity and cancer prevention: etiologic evidence and biological mechanisms.
Friedenreich CM, Orenstein MR.
Division of Epidemiology, Prevention and Screening, Alberta Cancer Board, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N3. email@example.com
Scientific evidence is accumulating on physical activity as a means for the primary prevention of cancer. Nearly 170 observational epidemiologic studies of physical activity and cancer risk at a number of specific cancer sites have been conducted. The evidence for decreased risk with increased physical activity is classified as convincing for breast and colon cancers, probable for prostate cancer, possible for lung and endometrial cancers and insufficient for cancers at all other sites. Despite the large number of studies conducted on physical activity and cancer, most have been hampered by incomplete assessment of physical activity and a lack of full examination of effect modification and confounding. Several plausible hypothesized biological mechanisms exist for the association between physical activity and cancer, including changes in endogenous sexual and metabolic hormone levels and growth factors, decreased obesity and central adiposity and possibly changes in immune function. Weight control may play a particularly important role because links between excess weight and increased cancer risk have been established for several sites, and central adiposity has been particularly implicated in promoting metabolic conditions amenable to carcinogenesis. Based on existing evidence, some public health organizations have issued physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention, generally recommending at least 30 min of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity on > or =5 d/wk. Although most research has focused on the efficacy of physical activity in cancer prevention, evidence is increasing that exercise also influences other aspects of the cancer experience, including cancer detection, coping, rehabilitation and survival after diagnosis.
PMID: 12421870 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Most people who do not exercise site lack of time as the major reason for not exercising or that they simply do not enjoy it. I am certain they will not have the time later for cancer treatments and will not enjoy them either. It seems a simple choice to exercise now to help prevent the alternative.
Oxygen increases brought about by exercising may be beneficial for the prevention of cancer for a number of reasons.
One of the most well known theories of cancer causation was originally put forth by two-time Nobel laureat, Dr. Otto Warburg of Germany, a bio-chemist who won his first Nobel Prize in 1931 for his discovery that oxygen deficiency and cell fermentation are part of the cancer process. " From the standpoint of the physics and chemistry of life, the difference between normal and cancer cells is so great that one can scarcely picture a greater difference," Dr. Warburg wrote almost half a century ago. " Oxygen gas, the donor of energy in plants and animals is dethroned in the cancer cells and replaced by an energy yielding reaction of the lowest living forms, namely, a fermentation of glucose."
According to Dr. Warburg's theory, when cells are deprived of oxygen, they can become "primitive" and enter into glucose reactions, deriving energy, not from oxygen, as normal plant and animal cells do, but rather from the fermentation of sugar. It is also a much more inefficient method, as the rapid reproduction of the cancer cells uses up large amounts of glucose, breaking it down into lactic acid, a waste product which puts a severe drain on the body. This also causes an imbalance in the body's acid/base ratio, or PH level. As the acidity of the body rises, it becomes even more difficult for the cells to respire (use oxygen) normally. Medical studies have shown that cancerous tumours contain as much as ten times more lactic acid than healthy human tissues.
One possible reason for the dramatic increase in cancer rates over the past several hundred years, according to Dr. Warburg's theory, may be the dwindling oxygen supply brought about by rampant deforestation, exploding population, and the burning of fossil fuels. By contrast, according to this same oxygen deficiency theory, cancer cells cannot exist in an oxygen-rich environment. Therefore, if sufficient oxygen is provided, the frenzied glucose fermentation stops and normal aerobic, or oxygen, respiration returns.
Increasing oxygen levels can only be beneficial for someone who is looking to do all they can to stay healthy.
Chemicals are proving to be a HUGE issue in the whole cancer debate. There is an abundance of data now showing the direct correlations between not only harsh industrial chemicals but those that we use in our own homes daily. We unwittingly poison ourselves and our family with some of the commercially available brands of personal care products available in stores. A common chemical in home products is Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate, shown to be extremely harmful and yet it is available in most commercial shampoos, soaps, toothpaste and dishwashing liquids. The Material Safety Data Sheet tells us that if we get it onto our skin we should rinse thoroughly with water to remove all traces immediately!
Many chemicals such as Dioxins are once again found in common use products in the home. Dioxin is a potent hormonal disrupter that has been implicated in breast and endometrial cancer, stress-related illnesses and lower sperm counts. It has been shown that Dioxins carcinogenic effects are up to 500 000 times more potent than that of DDT. (Samuel Epstein, MD., Safe Shoppers Bible, Macmillan 1995). Dioxins are even found in tampons and other sanitary items.
We must not be fooled into thinking that the government agencies are protecting us from chemicals contained in personal care products. On the FDA website, a document posted states – ‘a cosmetic manufacturer may use any ingredient or raw material and market the final products without government approval.’
In 1997, Senator Edward Kennedy stated – ‘ Cosmetics can be dangerous to your health. Yet this greedy industry wants Congress to prevent the American people from learning that truth. Every woman who uses face cream, hair spray, lipstick, shampoo, mascara or powder should demand that this arrogant and irresponsible power-play by the industry be rejected. A study by the respected non-partisan General Accounting Office reported that more than 125 ingredients available for use in cosmetics are suspected of causing cancer. Other cosmetics may cause adverse effects on the nervous system, including convulsions. Still other ingredients are suspected of causing birth defects. A carefully controlled study found that one in every sixty users suffered a cosmetic related injury identified by a physician.’ That was written 10 years ago and yet most of the same offending chemicals still exist in cosmetics today.
Many of the same ingredients are found in men’s shaving gels, aftershave and hair gels. Unfortunately for those of us living in Australia, the government allows into products many ingredients that are banned overseas.
Some of the other main ingredients to look out for are Propylene Glycol, DEA, MEA, TEA, Sodium Fluoride (not to be mistaken for calcium fluoride), Saccharin, Aluminium, BHA and BHT, Lanolin (often contaminated with pesticides), Mineral Oil and PEG’s.
Chemicals and Cancer in Humans: First Evidence in Experimental Animals
By James Huff
Certain human diseases have been traced to exposure of environmental and occupational chemicals. In many instances the first evidence of potential adverse effects came from experimental studies and were subsequently discovered in humans.
Associations of human cancers, as a diverse group of diseases, and chemicals have been made since the middle 1700s. Since then, nearly 100 chemicals, mixtures of chemicals, or exposure circumstances are now recognised as being or strongly implicated as being carcinogenic to humans. Of the less than 1000 agents evaluated adequately for carcinogenicity in laboratory animals, a varying spectrum of data from studies on humans are available for only about 20-25%. So far, more than 60 agents are linked unequivocally as causing cancer in humans and another 50 or so are strongly suspected of being carcinogenic to humans. Not all of these have been or can be evaluated in animals because some are industrial processes or
"occupations," some are environmental and cultural risk factors, and some are mixtures of agents. For those that can be studied experimentally, the qualitative concordance between humans and animals approaches unity, and in every case there is at least one common organ site of cancer in both species. The evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals preceded that observed in humans for nearly 30 agents and is the subject of this paper.
In a paper presented to JSTOR 1995,Johnni Hansen and Jorgen H. Olsen, they stated – “as formaldehyde is inexpensive and of great industrial importance, it has been widespread in the working environment and in household materials and cosmetics for several decades. New applications for formaldehyde are still being developed. Formaldehyde causes nasal tumours in rats exposed by long-term inhalation and is genotoxic in several test systems. Some epidemiologic studies indicate that formaldehyde is carcinogenic to the nasopharynx and sino-nasal cavities; more conflicting evidence is available with regard to the risk for cancers of the buccal cavity, colon, lung, prostate, bladder, brain and skin and for leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease.”
The problem lies in the fact that many chemicals in everyday use products break down to formaldehyde in our bodies or when mixed with other chemicals.
You have to be very careful when choosing where to buy personal care products if you are serious about reducing your cancer risk. I believe this to be an issue that warrants serious consideration.
In the interest of putting all of this information into a simple and useable format, here are my recommendations for a simple cancer prevention program.
The 3 – Step Process
Step 1. Remove all of the harmful chemicals from your home and replace with safer products. Eg. Laundry, kitchen, bathroom and personal care. Make your home a ‘safe’ place to live. Reduce exposure in your work environment if possible.
Step 2. Detox and undertake a thorough parasite cleanse.
Step 3. Begin and exercise program, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
With these 3 steps, you will be giving yourself a much better chance at preventing cancer.
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