How Diet and Lifestyle Changes Can Help to Prevent Cancer
Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, being overweight, tobacco use, stress, environmental toxins, dental hygiene, and consumption of alcohol are all risk factors that collectively contribute to the development of cancers. The disease of cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. A tumor is a symptom of the disease. Eliminate the symptom and ignore the disease after that, and the person will simply develop another cancer malignancy. Clinicians know this. When you understand how a cancer forms, and how cancer establishes itself in the body, then you can develop preventative strategies to manage or prevent cancers. Most cancers are a twelve-year disease, with a tumor appearing at about the eighth year (one billion cancer cells are equal to about 1 gram, which is the size of a marble). Stress and unresolved emotional conflicts can negatively affect the immune system and be very destructive to our body. Growth of tumor not linear, with growth increasing during periods of stress.
“The things that matter MOST in LIFE must never be placed at the mercy of the things that matter least” – J. Von Goethe
How environmental toxins affect cancer
Detoxification is very important to support cancer prevention. What is different today is the vastly increased number of toxins, their level of toxicity, and the frequency of exposures. Unfortunately, we are exposed to toxins in the air, water, and in the food. These toxins can negatively affect our body by weakening the immune system and creating cancer.
The experienced doctors at Miskawaan Health Group (MHG) use advanced testing to determine the toxic burden of your body. Toxins can be safely removed by therapies, including lymphatic massage therapy, Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field (PEMF) therapy, physical therapy, colon hydrotherapy, infrared sauna, chelation, pure water, healthy diet, and targeted supplementation.
How to naturally detoxify the body (Disclaimer – Always check with your medical doctor if the following detox therapies are appropriate for you.)
Our bodies are designed to release accumulated toxins through bowel movements, urination, and sweating or saliva. However, if we have poor digestion or constipation, our systems will find other ways to release toxins such as skin rashes, kidney and liver infections or colon cancer.
Natural ways to support detoxification:
- Rebounding – Mini trampoline which helps move the lymph to detox.
- Soft dry skin brush – Always brush towards the heart to detox lymphatics. Helps cleanse dead skin too.
- Lymphatic drainage massage – Helps move the lymph to detox.
- Water – Helps to flush toxins.
- Infrared sauna – Helps to detox via skin.
- Fasting – Gives the body a break from digestion to support energy for detox.
- Enzymes – Proteolytic enzymes can be used to cleanse blood.
- Enemas – Used to cleanse colon.
- Colonics – Used to cleanse colon.
- Oil pulling – Cleanse oral cavity. Use olive oil or coconut oil; swish several minutes and spit into flushing toilet.
- Exercise – Movement support lymph cleansing.
Stop making cancer
Acrylamide is an industrial chemical that is considered cancer-causing at high levels. The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a “major concern,” and that more research is needed to determine the risk of dietary acrylamide exposure. Acrylamide is most abundant in French fries and potato chips, with lesser amounts found in cooked grain products such as crackers, and other carbohydrate-rich foods.
According to national cancer institute, Heterocyclic Amines (HAs) have been found to be mutagenic, which cause changes in the DNA that may increase the risk of cancer. They are formed in muscle meats cooked above 302 °F (150 °C). Formation increases exponentially as the temperature increases above 302 °F. Cooking methods such as pan frying, broiling, and barbequing cause the highest direct heating of the meat being cooked and therefore are the most likely to produce HAs. Production of HAs is the greatest when muscle meats (beef, fish, chicken, pork, etc.) are cooked at high temperatures until the meat is well done.
Nitrosamines are another group of chemicals formed largely as a result of cooking food and are known to be carcinogenic. They are most abundant in processed meats (sausage, hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts, etc.) and cheese products preserved with nitrites, pickling salt, non-fat dry milk, fish and fish by-products, and beer. The primary conditions that create nitrosamines from nitrates and nitrites combining with amines from food are the acidic condition of the stomach and exposure to high temperatures, such as frying and grilling.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a family of organic compounds that form mainly as a result of the incomplete combustion of carbon containing fuels such as wood, coal, gas, and oil. Additional exposure results from eating grilled or charred meats and processed and pickled foods. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the carcinogenicity of certain PAHs is well established in laboratory animals. The greater the temperature and the longer the cooking time, the greater the nutrient loss. This holds true for both water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, and fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin D.
Minerals are a factor with cancer
Minerals are necessary for normal cellular, metabolic, and neurological function. It is well known that nutrient mineral deficiency can impair neurological development and immune function. Iron deficiency is a good example. However, it is also known that iron excess can also impair neurological development and is a growth promoter for cancer. Heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, are also neurotoxins and when present early in life can contribute to impaired neurodevelopment and weaken the immune system.
“The combined evidence suggests that neurodevelopmental disorders caused by industrial chemicals has created a silent pandemic in modern society.” – Lancet, November 8, 2006.
How does mitochondrial dysfunction affect complex diseases like cancer?
Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. A growing number of papers by researchers around the world have implicated dysfunctional mitochondria in many elusive diseases, including cancer, autism, and aging. The Warburg effect is named for Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D., a German physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his work investigating the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cancer cells. More than 80 years ago, Otto Warburg suggested that impaired oxidative metabolism may cause malignant growth.
This assumption, later known as Warburg’s hypothesis, states:
- Cancer is a creation of hypoxia (Low Oxygen)
- Cancer cells are metabolically compromised with the mitochondria deficiency, which produce insufficient oxidative phosphorylation (Energy ATP)
- Fermentation of glucose (Sugar feeding)
- The mitochondria can be supported by nutrients, such as CoQ10, fulvic acid, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) and healthy omega 3 fats.
“Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause … the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.” – Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D.
The importance of nutrition with cancer
Miskawaan Health Group (MHG) uses nutrition to support the immune system and as biological response modifiers. Foods at MHG will be low in sugar and abundant in phytonutrients, which are highly anti-cancerous. Extensive application of PET scan imaging to clinical cancers has clearly demonstrated the vast majority of malignant tumors metabolize glucose at high rates. Phytonutrients contain protective, disease-preventing compounds that interact with other plant nutrients to produce a synergy that can help fight many diseases. Also, broccoli sprouts are a rich source of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates that boost antioxidant status and protect animals against chemically induced cancer. The dietary plan and supplementation at MHG will support the microbiome of the gut, which is 70 percent of the immune system.
“All disease begins in the large intestine.” Ne Ching: The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.
Alkalizing inhibits cancer growth
A proper diet will help the body become alkaline and will provide full spectrum nutrition of needed vitamins, healthy fats, amino acids, and minerals. In a landmark 2009 study, it was shown that oral sodium bicarbonate (alkalizing) inhibits both the growth of tumors and the formation of spontaneous metastases in mouse studies of metastatic breast cancer. Chlorophyll from vegetables supports alkalizing and is a well-known agent for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and blood-building benefits. “Epidemiological studies have consistently shown that regular consumption of fruits and vegetables is strongly associated with reduced risk of developing cancer. Fruits and vegetables phytochemical extracts exhibit strong antioxidant and antiproliferative activities and that the major part of total antioxidant activity is from the combination of phytochemicals.” A healthy human body is self-regulating and self-repairing.
MHG anti-cancer dietary benefits:
- Suppression of cancer cell proliferation
- Induce apoptosis (cell death of cancer cells)
- Inhibit nuclear factor activation pathways (inflammation)
- Inhibit growth factor-signaling pathways
- Inhibit angiogenesis (stop cancer from spreading)
- Inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (inflammation)
- Suppress expression of anti-apoptotic proteins
“The doctors of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas A. Edison
The importance of stress reduction with cancer
Stress reduction and resolving emotional conflicts becomes extremely important with cancer. Chronic stress can increase proinflammatory cytokines, lower antioxidant levels, reduce natural killer cells (white blood cells), negatively affect insulin sensitivity (blood sugar balance), and adversely impact genetic expression. There are many ways MHG reduces stress, supports sleep, and resolves emotional conflicts. These methods include acupuncture, personal training, yoga, infrared saunas, meditation, therapeutic massage, and mind-body wellness therapy. It is important to manage stress and depression. It can help you prevent cancer and live your best life.
“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” – Stuart Scott. Live your life by your own terms, not cancer’s.
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Shapiro TA, Fahey JW, Wade KL, Stephenson KK, Talalay P.
Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.