Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cancer Prevention

April is officially Cancer Control Month, during this time we honor cancer victims and survivors, raise awareness of the impact cancer has on our citizens, and underscore our commitment to battling this deadly disease.  While this altruistic effort is certainly commendable, we have to ask if it is really moving us in the right direction?

Science Daily, on Dec 9, 2008 projected cancer to be the number 1 killer in the world by 2010.  According to the new report, the burden of cancer doubled globally between 1975 and 2000. It is estimated that it will double again by 2020 and nearly triple by 2030. This translates to far greater numbers of people living with - and dying from - the disease. The report estimates that there were some 12 million new cancer diagnoses worldwide this year, and more than seven million people will die from the disease. The projected numbers for the year 2030 are 20-26 million new diagnoses and 13-17 million deaths.

During the month of April, you can expect a large national campaign to secure more funding for research into the "cure."  Big ads, such as the Breast Cancer 3-day's "Race For the Cure," are commercialized and adorned on radio & television. In total, this effort has raised over $2 trillion in the last 25 years, yet cancer appears worse than ever.

The conventional cancer treatments, chemotherapy, radiation, & tumor inhibiting medications, have shown limited results and a host of side effects.  A recent British study, reported by ABC News in Nov. 2008, found that about 1 in every 4 cancer related deaths had either been sped up or even caused by chemotherapy. The study's findings also included the discovery that 2 out of every 5 of the patients had suffered significant poisoning from the treatment.

Regardless of these statistics, we constantly hear about the progress we are making.  However, with the ever increasing burden, I question the relative progress we have made in "curing" the world of cancer.  Many statements that have been purported were clearly driven by a marketing agenda for more federal grants and private support for research into the already highly profitable business of cancer treatment.

In the book, Outsmart Your Cancer, Tanya Harter Pierce outlines 6 main ways in which cancer statistics are manipulated to make them look better than they are - she had obtained these findings mainly from the excellent work of Lorraine Day, MD, and Ralph W Moss, PhD. * "Cure" is defined as being alive 5 years after diagnosis. This means that a person could be very sick with cancer for 5 years and 1 day, after which he or she dies, and still be declared as "cured" by chemotherapy. Isn't this simply playing with words? * Certain types of cancer and certain groups of people which exhibit poor recovery rates are simply excluded from overall statistics. This artificially raises the average "cure" rate. * Easily curable cancerous and even pre-cancerous conditions are included in overall statistics.

An example for the latter is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which was included in and now accounts for a significant portion of breast cancer statistics. This move artificially increases the overall recovery rate. * Earlier detection is taken to mean longer survival time. This means that a person may die at the exact same point of cancer development as another person, but the former is taken to have lived longer simply by virtue of the fact that his tumor was discovered earlier. In other words, different start points are used. Isn't this merely delusional? *

Patients who fail to "complete" conventional treatment protocols are excluded from overall statistics. This means that if a patient prescribed a 10-course chemotherapy protocol dies after 9 sessions, he is not included as a "failure" case. Control groups, however, play by different rules. This, again, artificially raises cure rates for conventional protocols. Isn't this totally unscientific? * Adjusting for "Relative Survival Rate". This is perhaps best explained by Dr Moss: "Relative survival rates take into account the 'expected mortality figures'. Put simply, this means that if a person hadn't died of cancer he might have been run over by a truck, and that must be factored into the equation." Once again, this artificially raises the success rates of conventional treatment.

Medical historian Hans Ruesch, "Despite the general recognition that 85 per cent of all cancers is caused by environmental influences, less than 10 per cent of the (U.S.) National Cancer Institute budget is given to environmental causes. And despite the recognition that the majority of environmental causes are linked to nutrition, less than 1 per cent of the National Cancer Institute budget is devoted to nutrition studies."

It is scientific fact that everyone develops between 1,000 - 10,000 cancer cells as a product of metabolic processes everyday.  Fortunately, we have a powerful immune system that heals and destroys these abnormal cells, allowing new healthy cells to reform.  The critical question that must be asked when cancer is present is, "why is the body not healing itself?"  Conventional cancer treatment wants to focus on destroying the cancer from the outside (chemo, radiation, etc.) whereas the best success rates have come from maximizing the bodies own innate healing abilities.

Cancer is not as mysterious as what was once thought...it is known to be caused by a toxic and/or deficient lifestyle and the cure is simply bringing purity and sufficiency back into the body on a cellular level.  Nutrition plays an incredibly large role in this process.   When the body is in a balanced state of homeostasis, disease is prevented.  The critical balance must be addressed in the following areas:

Mental Balance:  Be thankful & grateful for your life & the great creator of life.  High stress releases abundant amounts of the hormone cortisol which suppresses immune function and allows tumors to grow unopposed.

Blood Sugar Balance:  High carb &/or high protein diets cause a desensitization of cellular insulin/leptin signaling.  This causes weight gain, immuno-suppression, & heavy inflammation.

Fatty Acid Balance:  Use a high quality fish oil, such as Nordic Naturals.  Make sure you are getting plenty of the fatty acids, EPA & DHA, which are not present in flax seed.  Avoid foods with canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, safflower, or soybean oil.  These oils skew fatty acid ratios into the inflammatory stages.  This process alters the immunological balance causing tumor growth to go unchecked in the body.
pH Balance:
  Eat an alkaline based diet, with lots of raw foods, green vegetables, single cell algae such as Spirulina and Chlorella, & clean water. In addition, get rid of the multivitamins and supplement with a high-quality greens powder - more absorbable & nutrient dense than synthetic supplements

Digestive Balance:  Optimize your digestion & nutrient absorption through maintaining a healthy gut with probiotic supplementation. 

Movement Balance:  Movement is life and the very action of movement within our muscles & joints stimulates and nourishes our brain. We depend on both intense levels of movement stimulation (vigorous exercise) & non-intense (walking around).  In addition, proper joint function and spinal movement is an essential brain & immunological enhancing nutrient that is absolutely vital to life & health.

Sunshine & Hydration Balance:  Optimizing sun exposure and vitamin D levels are essential immune enhancing nutrients.  Ideally, we should be in the sun with ample skin exposed for 20-60 minutes a day depending on the darkness of your skin.  In addition, hydration with pure water and vital salts is critical to cellular purity.  A minimum of half your body weight in ounces is recommended water intake.  Use high quality volcanic salts such as Himalayan Sea Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, or Redmond's Real Salt on a regular basis. 

Healing Cancer Workshop   Part I

Monday, April 12th   7pm