Sunday, May 11, 2008

Cancer Concerns

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Cancer is one of the more feared diseases that unfortunately strikes many more people now than in the past. There are many kinds of cancer, but they all share a common theme - human cells gone awry and proliferating out of control such that they eventually disrupt normal bodily functions and eventually cause death. There are several factors that appear to play significant roles in causing cancer: diet, exposure to carcinogens, exposure to ionizing radiation, and genetics.

Cells may become damaged by poor nutrition or exposure to harmful chemicals or by ionizing radiation such as cosmic rays or x-rays. Most damaged cells die and cause no problems. But with trillions of cells constantly reproducing to sustain our bodies, sooner or later there will be cells that are damaged in such a way that they survive, but function abnormally. When these abnormal cells lose their normal propensity to die (apoptosis) they can proliferate out of control and then you have cancer.

Cancer and the Immune System

Research indicates that our immune system normally attacks and destroys cells that are no longer functioning properly, as is the case with cancer cells. Cancer is only able to proliferate when it can manage to avoid the body's defenses, which may happen if the immune system is weak or if the cancer is able to deceive the immune system into accepting it as normal. Excess dietary sugar and polyunsaturated fat both weaken the immune system. Some toxins and poisons can also weaken the immune system. Ironically, conventional chemotherapy for cancer also weakens the immune system.

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Cancer and Glucose

Another characteristic of cancer is that cancer cells are only able to burn glucose for energy, unlike normal cells, which can also burn fat for energy. They also consume much more glucose than normal cells. Because of this peculiarity, it is possible that high blood glucose levels may add fuel to the fire once it has started. A study in Korea showed that people with elevated fasting blood glucose levels had about a 20 to 30 percent higher risk of all types of cancer and about double the risk of pancreatic cancer. Another study found that people with elevated fasting insulin and glucose levels were about 50% more likely to have recurring colon polyps and about 2.4 times more likely to have advanced colon tumor recurrence. Low carbohydrate diets may help to slow down the run-away proliferation of cancer cells by helping to normalize blood insulin and glucose levels and to keep them from spiking after meals.

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Cancer and Genetics

Studies of identical twins suggest that most cancers have a genetic component to susceptibility, some cancers more than others. Thyroid, testicular, and laryngeal cancers and lymphocytic leukemia and multiple myeloma appear to have a stronger genetic component. Also, cancers with early age diagnosis generally have a higher familial risk. However, the overall heritability has been estimated at only about 18% for all types of cancer on average, leaving environment as the major factor in causing cancer.

Dealing with Cancer

Once cancer begins to proliferate enough to cause symptoms, it is very often at an advanced stage and difficult to control. Billions of dollars have been spent over decades to find ways to cure cancer, but so far, no consistent cures have been found. Consequently, avoiding cancer is all the more important.

If cancer does strike, be sure to evaluate all of the options available before deciding on a strategy to try and overcome cancer. The Annie Appleseed Project is a good resource for finding information about complimentary and alternative methods of cancer treatment.

In reality, we all may be dealing with cancer. Our choices in life may affect whether cancer can take root and grow.

Make your choices carefully!

5 comments:

Vic said...

I read somewhere about Various Mushrooms having anticancer properties, I think I found the link on http://www.healingpowers.co.uk

Bryan - oz4caster said...

Vic, lots of toxins and poisons have anticancer properties. Unfortunately, most of them are not very good for normal cells either. I've read about anecdotal cases where people with severe bacterial infections had their cancer go away, as if perhaps the toxins from the bacteria caused more harm to the cancer than to the normal cells. That, of course, is the approach of chemotherapy. However, if you don't take away the dietary conditions that contributed to the cancer in the first place, new cancers will form, even if you manage to kill some with poisons. Strengthening the immune system and getting it to properly recognize cancer cells would be the ideal treatment. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done!

Jim Roberts said...

I've read that most chemotherapy drugs make no distinction on the cells that they are targeting. I think this is what made it different from alternative cancer treatments

joebanana said...

Recent studies have shown cannabis has remarkable cancer cell killing abilities. Some types of cancer cells begin dying on contact, and normal cells are unaffected. Too bad the US government has severely restricted research in this field with it's destructive, costly, and senseless war on drugs. While the big petrochemical snake oil peddlers advertise their poison on TV, others go to jail for a flower.

Bryan - oz4caster said...

Couldn't agree more Joe!