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Your Health & Wellness, Iss #037 -- Cancer
August 26, 2008
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* Cancer *
Cancer statistics are frightening. It hits one out of every two men in the United States and one out of every three women. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and fourteen years old.
Every year 1.2 million Americans develop cancer, and a new cancer is diagnosed every 30 seconds.
Although 50 percent of all adults will be stricken with some form of cancer in their lifetime, only 1 in 500 people developed it in 1900. What has happened between then and now?
Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. The predominant cancer today is lung. Lung cancer kills more men and women than any other form of cancer. As a matter of fact, the death rate death from lung cancer is greater than the death rate from breast, prostate, pancreatic, and colon cancer combined.
The leading cause of death by cancer for women after lung are breast and colorectal respectively. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men. One and a half times more men die of cancer than women!
Cancer cells are naturally present in everyone's bloodstream. They are restricted from harming healthy cells by special immune cells known as NK (natural killers.)
But, just what is cancer? Cancer is fundamentally a disease of the immune system.
Every day your body creates anywhere from a few hundred to 10,000 cancer cells. A properly functioning immune system identifies and removes these cells. But there are many things which can compromise your immune system leading to the development of cancer.
The War On Cancer
Back in 1970, the second leading cause of death in the United States was cancer. The public made it clear that they wanted a cure. (Today cancer is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 85.)
The President of the United States at that time, Richard Nixon, announced in his State of the Union address that he would take action against cancer. “I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used."
"The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dreaded disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal.”
The following year, on December 23, 1971, President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act into law. He commented, “I hope in the years ahead we will look back on this action today as the most significant action taken during my administration.” Back to the Present
I think the mindset back in those days was that cancer was caused by a single, identifiable substance–and all that was needed was a panacea. However that was not the case. If researchers knew in the 1970s what they know today, they might have been daunted by the task which was ahead of them.
The cause of cancer can be attributed to the ‘progress’ and innovations which have been made in food manufacturing and processing, the dairy industry, pharmaceutical industry, and meat processing. Not to mention Big Tobacco up until the 1990s.
In addition there are the pesticides, pollutants from manufacturing plants saturating the air we breathe and water we drink, fluoridated and chlorinated water, synthetic hormones, sunscreens, obesity, genetically modified organisms, and more.
If medical science and the government knew that back then, they would have had to butt heads with lobbyists from the tobacco industry (which was finally accomplished in the 1990s), the food and meat industries, chemical manufacturers, etc.
Even if these industries could have been persuaded (or mandated) to research alternate methods, processing, and to use non-carcinogenic chemicals, the time, funding, and loss of profits would argue against it.
Conventional Cancer Treatments
Though still feared and deadly, cancer doesn’t have to mean an automatic death sentence anymore. And I don’t mean because of conventional medicine’s surgery, radiation or chemotherapy options.
There are effective natural alternatives which are kept hush-hush by the Food and Drug Administration and conventional medicine. These alternatives are not taught in any traditional American medical school.
The late Robert Atkins, MD, of the Atkins Diet fame, once said: “There is not one, but many cures for cancer available. But they are all being systematically suppressed by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the major oncology centers. They have too much of an interest in the status quo” (Robert Atkins, MD.)
Chemotherapy is used to kill cancerous cells anywhere in the body. Unfortunately the drugs used are cytotoxic which means that they target the cells which divide the fastest. The drugs are also indiscriminate because they will poison healthy cells too–including NK cells.
Effective in only 2 to 4 percent of all cancers, chemotherapy drugs are primarily useful against Hodgkin’s disease, acute lymphocytic leukemia, testicular cancer, and choriocarcinoma.
What is not well known is that chemotherapy is just 7 to 10 percent effective. And it is more effective the younger you are. At age 45, successful chemotherapy is about 50/50. At 50 years old and beyond, you are better taking a placebo, or doing nothing at all.
Radiation therapy uses ionizing radiation to destroy cells in the targeted area by damaging their genetic material. Like chemotherapy, radiation is indiscriminate in that it targets nearby healthy cells as well as cancerous cells.
Both chemotherapy and radiation treatment have unpleasant side effects. Some effects are hair loss, a weakened immune system, nausea and vomiting.
Alternative Cancer Treatment
Natural cancer alternatives are open and available outside of the United States. In Japan for instance, doctors have discovered a natural cure native in mushrooms. In particular, three different types of mushrooms contain a cancer-fighting compound. This mushroom ‘cocktail’ stimulates the patients immune system so that natural NK cells ‘eat’ the cancerous tumors.
German doctors have a proven track record of curing cancer. Yes, I said ‘CURE!’ In 1868 Peter Busch, MD, a German-American doctor in Philadelphia accidentally discovered that a fever kills cancer.
Today, German doctors have since proven Dr. Busch’s ‘accidental’ discovery. Germany has a successful track record in curing cancer. They have cured the famous and the not so famous of their cancers throughout the years. One of their most famous patients was former president Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan developed cancer during his presidency. He was treated by the German doctor Hans Nieper, MD. Under total secrecy, Reagan traveled to Germany in 1985 and was successfully cured of cancer. He lived for another 19 years not having died from cancer.
Alternative natural treatments are only available in private clinics in the United States. Conventional medicine isn’t aware of them, and even if aware, doctors are not permitted to use them.
Prevent Cancer Through a Healthy Lifestyle
But, you don’t have to develop cancer in the first place. The key to remaining cancer-free is working with your body in providing it what it needs as far as nutrition and exercise are concerned.
It is also imperative to shield your body from toxic chemicals in the water and air as much as possible. This takes a strong immune system.
In 1981, Richard Doll and Richard Peto, both formerly of Oxford University, estimated that 30 to 35 percent of all cancers were diet related. In its series on cancer prevention, CNN (Cable Network News) reported that according to the American Cancer Society, 50 percent of cancer is preventable! This 50 percent of preventable cancer is lifestyle related.
There are three lifestyle issues which impact cancer–smoking, poor food choices, and lack of exercise. These are all controllable, and within your power to change.
Non-Lifestyle Related Cancer-The Environment
The other 50 percent–the portion which is much more difficult to control is due to environmental factors (air and water), carcinogenic compounds in packaged foods, fish, meat, sunscreens, and fruits and vegetables (through pesticides and genetically modified organisms.)
It is virtually impossible to avoid all dangerous chemicals as they are in the air, water, household and personal care products, fruits and vegetables (through pesticides), and food. Over the past 50 years, anywhere from 70,000 to 100,000 distinct chemicals were introduced into the global marketplace. And if that wasn’t bad enough, approximately 1,500 new chemicals are added yearly!
These chemicals are not regulated and undergo no safety testing whatsoever. An environmentalist decided to have her blood tested to find out how many chemicals were in her body. The results astounded her. She tested positive for 36 out of 68 potentially poisonous chemicals. Many of these chemicals are linked to cancer.
It is not unusual to find mercury, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), arsenic, lead, and flame retardants in the body. Many of these toxic chemicals never leave the body, but accumulate in the bones and fat tissue.
Although it is impossible to avoid all carcinogens, they can be minimized. Chemical-laced deodorants and skin and hair care products can be swapped for products containing organic ingredients. Make sure your drinking water has a filter attached to it (a reverse osmosis or distillation system for instance.)
Cancer From Pharmaceutical Drugs
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs have been linked to the development of cancer. Researchers in Canada discovered that antihistamine drugs Claritin, Histamil, and Atarax increased cancer growth in mice.
This very same group found that antidepressant drugs such as Prozac may be associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer. These drugs are known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.)
Certain blood pressure-lowering drugs have raised the risk of women over 65 years of age of developing breast cancer. These drugs are classified as calcium channel blockers (CCBs.) Common medications which fall into this class are verapamil, Diltiazem, and Nifedipine.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs are not exempt from links to cancer. All drugs belonging to classes known as fibrates and statins caused cancer in laboratory animals. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are the biggest sellers of all pharmaceuticals.
Cancer From Cell Phones
And as if all of the proceeding is not enough–cell phones and their towers have been strongly linked to brain cancer. Specifically what is problematic are the electromagnetic wave energy associated with cell phones.
It seems that it has taken about 10 years for tumors to start appearing in heavy cell phone users.
I know–after all of this you feel like throwing your hands in the air and saying, “What’s the use?” Everything I eat, drink, breathe, apply to my body, and now, even my trusty cell phone, cause cancer.
I feel your pain. But developing cancer is no fun. Living with it is even worse. This book will explore in detail what to do about the 30 to 50 percent of cancer caused by your lifestyle.
We’ll next look at the remaining 50 to 70 percent that is environmental, caused by cell phone usage, and caused by the use of personal care and home products.
Beating Cancer will show you that you don’t have to sit idly by hoping you don’t get cancer. And even if you have been diagnosed with cancer, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a death sentence.
Cancer, like other chronic diseases, results from foreign and extremely powerful toxic substances invading the body. Your body’s immune system is overwhelmed and overpowered. Often your immune system is already severely weak from poor nutrition, lack of exercise and our toxic environment.
Listen to what Gary Null, PhD, says in his book Power Aging:
“Take a look at the life of someone living one hundred fifty years ago. What do you see? The majority of people live in an agrarian society, but do not use pesticides. They don’t even have them. Nor do they have fungicides or genetically engineered crops."
"They don’t use food irradiation, the equivalent of giving one hundred thousand chest X rays to a bunch of strawberries. And they don’t give growth-stimulating hormones to their cattle to increase meat or dairy cow production (resulting in mastitis infections in the cows, which require antibiotic use, and produce pus in the milk)."
"Plus, look at the positive points in these people’s lives. They generally eat lots of fruits and vegetables. The inhabitants of a typical farm in the U.S. work from sunup to sundown. It’s a tough life, but they’re exercising their bodies all day, and they have purpose and meaning to their lives...” (Emphasis mine; Pg. 11.)
Our technology-driven society actually works against the natural order of your body. And at the same time you don’t nourish your body with natural whole foods. Your body is in a state of constant starvation because it doesn’t get the nutrients it needs for growth, strength, and repair.
Beating Cancer will show you what you have to do as an individual to turn this around. Knowledge is empowerment, and this e-book show you in detail what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
Cancer can be beat. You, like myself, can make up in your mind that you will not develop cancer. But, even if you have cancer, and it hasn’t progressed to the point of no return, you can defeat it.
Beating Cancer Cancer poses the single greatest health threat to Americans under the age of 85-beating even heart disease.
My new e-book Beating Cancer will explore in detail the many causes of cancer, how you and your family can protect yourselves and not be a statistic, and how to beef up your immune system if you have been diagnosed with it.
In short, find out how to cancer-proof yourself.
The cost of Beating Cancer is $21.97. Its value-priceless.
Joseph Elijah Barrett.
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