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Did you know that over four decades ago a “war” was pronounced on cancer? Since that declaration was made, the federal government has spent roughly $105 billion taxpayer dollars on conventional cancer research.
And what have we really gained? According to the National Center for Health Statistics, while rates for other dis-eases such as stroke and heart disease have improved dramatically, cancer death rates (adjusted for size and age) have decreased by a mere 5 % over the last 60 years.
Meanwhile, an untold number of individuals have suffered and many have died as a result of toxic drugs and therapies. Here’s some surprising statistics offered by John Robbins in his book Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing :
- 75% of Americans elect for chemotherapy after a cancer diagnosis
- Only 3% are actually saved by this toxic treatment
- 75% of oncologists say that if they had cancer, they would not participate in chemo trials
- One pharmaceutical company, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, accounts for approximately half of all chemotherapy sales in the world
- One out of 3 women and 1 out of 2 men will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime.
- 90% of chemo patients die 10-15 years after treatment (although the death is never officially attributed to the treatment).
- Patients who undergo chemotherapy have a 14 times higher risk of developing leukemia and are 6 times more likely to develop bone, joint and soft tissue cancers (compared to those who do not undergo chemotherapy).
- According to a 2014 World Health Organization report, cancer statistics are indicative of a future “human disaster.” The WHO estimates that cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years.
How can we stop the madness?
Christopher Wild, director of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, puts it bluntly: “We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem.”
He also comments that more commitment to early detection and prevention of cancer is what is needed in order to “address the alarming rise in cancer burdens globally.”
I whole-heartedly agree.
The good news is that since the majority of cancers are created not by genes but by controllable factors such as bad eating habits, stressful lifestyles, infections and exposure to toxic chemicals, we as consumers and patients are in the driver’s seat when it comes to staying cancer-free. With the rise of the field of epigenetics, scientists are beginning to recognize how the use of specific nutrients and lifestyle modalities can literally “turn good genes on while turning bad genes off.”
Here is a list of the 7 main ways you can turn off your “cancer time bomb” along with a few specific substances and research links that correspond to them:
1.) Decrease Inflammation
Inflammation is at the root of almost all disease, including cancer. Here are just a few nutrients that can help you turn off inflammatory genes for Breast Cancer and other cancers:
2.) Prevent DNA Damage
DNA damage can “trigger” a cell to become cancerous. These nutrients have proven to “turn on” tumor-suppressing genes as well as “turn off” tumor-promoting genes:
- Sulforaphane (found in broccoli sprouts)
- Genistein (from fermented soy)
- EGCG (found in Green Tea)
4.) Help Trigger Cancer Cell Death
All living things will eventually succumb to the death process—normal, healthy cells included. Cancer cells, however, are anything but normal. They do not respond to the signals that promote apoptosis, or “cell death.” These nutrients, however, have shown to promote apoptosis in cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone:
5.) Stop Feeding Tumors
Once tumors develop, they will create their own blood supply in order to “feed” themselves. These nutrients have been found to “block” this process, essentially starving cancer cells and shrinking tumors in the process:
6.) Prevent Metastasis (Cancer Spread)
All cancers can metastasize; breast cancers usually spread to the lungs, liver and brain in particular. Specific nutrients can impair a tumor’s ability to spread by blocking certain enzymes which cause “cancer cell seeding:”
And specifically for Breast Cancer and other reproductive cancers (such as prostate, uterine and ovarian cancers):
7.) Block Abnormal Estrogen Production
Substances called “aromatase inhibitors” block the body’s production of natural estrogen, leading to serious side effects including breast cancer. These natural substances help to balance estrogen levels in the body for both men and women:
You may have noticed that a few of the “cancer time bomb-busting” substances mentioned above were repeated several times. These substances—curcumin from the Indian spice turmeric, sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts and EGCG from green tea especially—are true powerhouses of cancer prevention and healing that everybody living in this toxic world should be consuming on a regular basis.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other organically-sourced herbs, spices and plants, including cannabis, that contain anti-cancer properties. What Hippocrates said so long ago still applies today:
“Let food be your medicine.”
Educating yourself about the healing power of natural substances is the first step in becoming an exception to the current “cancer time bomb” statistics. Your body really can be your biggest ally in your journey towards health.