Cancer is a condition in which the cells deviate from the normal controls of regulated growth and reproduction. These cells begin to multiply more rapidly than normal, invading and destroying other body cells. These cancerous cells can spread, or metastasize from their primary site to other parts of the body via the bloodstream or lymphatic system. The cause (or theories of cause) vary greatly and might be different for different individuals. Genetic, emotional, environmental and lifestyle factors all seem to play a role to varying degrees. Several inhibiting factors have been identified such as vitamins, herbs and certain foods. On the other hand, there are several promoter factors such as smoking and too much fat in the diet. According to the Harvard University School of Public Health, lifestyle issues are responsible for at least 65% of cancers. Poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, carcinogens in the environment, alcohol, family history, socio-economic and environmental pollution are the leading causes. Many experts feel that most of these factors lead to an increase in the body’s oxidant levels, therefore anti-oxidants are one of the most important inhibiting factors. Stress, if not partly the cause of cancer, definitely weaken the immune system and enhances the rate of cancer multiplication.
There are more than 100 types of cancer, varying in symptoms and aggressiveness. You can divide most cancers into four broad categories:
1. Carcinomas; cancer that affects the skin, mucous membranes, glands and internal organs.
2. Leukemia; cancer of the blood tissue.
3. Sarcomas; cancer of the muscle, connective tissue and bones.
4. Lymphomas; cancer in the lymphatic system.
There are seven classic early warning signs that form the acronym CAUTION:
Change in bowel or bladder habits
A sore that does not heal
Unusual bleeding or discharge
Thickening or lumps in anywhere in the body, including breast
Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing
Obvious changes in warts or moles
Nagging cough or hoarseness
Even though it is estimated that 50% of all men and 33% of all women will develop some form of cancer in their life, most cancers are treatable with good rates of recovery. Of course the best success is prevention and that involves adopting a healthy lifestyle. Eat a good wholesome diet including: whole grains, seed, nuts, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower), yellow and orange vegetables (carrots, pumpkins, squash, yams), apples, berries, organic fruit, and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans). Many of the plant pigments have been shown to be quite effective in protecting DNA as well as being a good source of anti-oxidants. Green vegetables contain chlorophyll and are known cancer fighters. Onion and garlic should be eaten liberally as they have been shown to decrease incidence of cancer. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an anti-oxidant that has been shown to decrease cancers, especially prostate, cervical, lung, and stomach. Almonds (especially raw) contain laetrile (B17) and has been indicated helpful in most cases of cancer. Most dark berries contain anthocyanins, an anti-oxidant that is indicated in heart disease and cancer. Carrot juice (3 – 6 cups daily) is quite beneficial and can be combined with beet (roots and leaf), cabbage, ginger, asparagus. Drink lots of clean water. Many have suggested that a rainbow diet full of coloured fruits and vegetable is the best diet to prevent many health issues, including cancer. Eat organic food if possible, emphasizing an alkaline diet. Make sure you get adequate fiber. Olive oil and essential fatty acid oils are very important to consume. Green tea has been shown to reduce cancer reoccurrence. Several mushrooms such as Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake, Chaga and Enoki have been used to fight cancer for millennia, with current scientific research supporting this claim. Seaweeds added to the diet spice it up without the need for salt, and have been shown to soften hardened tumors.
Reduce consumption of dairy (butter and yogurt OK), sweets and sugars, junk food, deep fried food, shell fish, peanuts, processed food, saturated fats, salt, white flour, and caffeine. Eat only small amounts of red meat and never luncheon meats, hot dogs, smoked or cured meats.
Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A, Beta Carotene (100, – 200,000 IU Daily), Vitamin C (5,000 -20,000 mg throughout the day), Bioflavonoids (up to 1,000 mg daily), BEVC (2 capsules, 3 times daily), Zinc (30 mg daily), Selenium (200 mcg daily), Sharks Cartilage (1 – 3 tsp. daily), Colostrum, IP6, Krill / Black Currant Oil (2,000 mg, twice daily).