What is cancer?
Causes of cancer and what to avoid
Symptoms of cancer
Cancer remedies / treatments
What is cancer?
Cancer (medical description is malignant neoplasm) is a broad group of over 200 diseases in which cell growth and communication gets out of control. A cancerous group of cells divide and grow abnormally. They can form malignant tumours, invade and destroy adjacent tissue, or metastasise (spread to other locations throughout the body via lymph or blood). Most cancers form a tumour, but some such as leukaemia do not.
Not all tumours are cancerous. Benign tumours do not grow uncontrollably, do not invade neighbouring tissues, and do not metastasise.
The standard medical treatment for cancer is a combination of one or more of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. When using these treatments, the survival rate depends upon the type and location of the cancer and the extent of disease at the start of treatment.
The risk of cancer increases with age, and the majority of people who are diagnosed with an invasive cancer are over the age of 65. The most common types of cancer in children are leukaemia, brain tumours, lymphomas and blastomas. Cancer caused about 13% of all human deaths worldwide in 2007. The most common forms are lung, stomach, liver, colorectal and breast. Cancer is the leading cause of death in the developed countries, and the second most common cause in developing countries.
Rates are rising as more people live to an older age and live a more cancer-prone lifestyle.
Causes of cancer and what to avoid
The causes of cancer are controversial. Most scientists think that 90-97% of cancers are caused by environmental factors, with only 3-10% of them having a hereditary or genetic defect cause.
- Diet. A diet high in sugar, refined and processed foods is almost certainly the major cause of cancer. Cancer cells are highly dependent on glucose, and usually die if they are forced to use ketones or fats for energy.
The most important changes to make are:
Avoid polyunsaturated fats. These are the golden vegetable oils lined up in your supermarket. They include canola, corn, cottonseed, flax seed, grape, mustard, nut oils, safflower, sesame, (all seed oils), soy and sunflower oils. Polyunsaturated fats are very hard on your liver and are associated with various liver diseases (7), cancers, and many other modern degenerative diseases. Avoid Omega-6 oils. (8,9)
Use plenty of saturated fats. Coconut oil, butter, ghee, cream, tallow, lard, palm oil and goose fat are all healthy fats that both prevent and heal cancers.
A cancer-preventing diet includes plenty of fresh vegetables, such as leafy greens, broccoli and a wide variety of others. Animal, poultry and fish products in a cancer-preventing diet are wild or free-ranging, and fresh (some forms of traditional processing without any modern additives are acceptable).
Avoid all grains, except small quantities of white rice. Avoid all products made with grains (flour).
Avoid legumes (beans). This includes lentils and peanuts. Note: green (long string) beans, fresh peas and snow peas are healthy vegetables, they are not harmful.
Avoid all sugars, especially fructose (fruit sugar, HFCS high fructose corn syrup) which is toxic and is very hard on your liver. Do not eat a high fruit diet, especially sweet fruits. Avoid fruit juices, and make your own vegetable juice instead.
Avoid GM foods.
- Stress. Extended periods of unrelenting stress are dangerous. However, short periods of stress that are resolved within hours may not be a problem at all.
- Lack of sufficient and regular sleep. Insomnia can be treated, and shift work should be avoided by those at risk. (11)
- Lack of physical activity. Exercise need not be strenuous. However, long periods of sitting and inactivity, typical in a modern lifestyle, are dangerous.
- Lack of oxygen. At sea level, pristine air comprises 20% oxygen. In urban areas, where vehicles, heaters, power stations and other exhausts spew carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, the oxygen level falls to around 10%. When combined with low levels of physical activity, most people simply do not get enough oxygen.
- Acidity. Tumours have an acidic pH, and require an acidic environment to develop. Tumour invasion does not occur in regions with normal pH. (10)
- Radiation. The most dangerous form of radiation is ionising (for example x-rays, radioactive elements), though
some forms of non-ionising radiation are dangerous (ultra violet light, microwaves). Children and adolescents are twice as likely
to develop radiation-induced leukaemia as adults; radiation exposure before birth has ten times the effect. (6)
Excessive strong sunlight sufficient to burn the skin.
- Infections. A variety of viruses, bacteria and parasites are associated with cancers. Examples of cancer-causing viruses include human papillomavirus, Epstein-Barr, Human herpesvirus 8, hepatitis B and C, and Human T-cell leukaemia.
- Toxins and pollutants. Tobacco smoking causes 90% of lung cancer (1,2). Alcohol causes 10% of cancers in males and 3% of cancers in females in Western Europe (3). Cancer related to people's occupation is estimated to represent between 2-20% of all cases. (4) Every year, at least 200,000 people die worldwide from cancer caused by toxins such as benzene and a wide range of other pollutants. Most cancer deaths caused by occupational risk factors occur in the developed world.
- Physical agents. Asbestos, nanoparticles (see sunscreens), exhaust fumes (particularly diesel), glass wool and rock wool can cause lung cancer if inhaled. Powdered metallic nickel, cobalt and crystal silica (quartz) are dangerous, but probably require years of exposure.
- Hormones. Abnormal levels of hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Growth hormones, hormone replacement therapy, and hormones related to stress may cause cancers.
Symptoms of cancer
When a cancer starts, it produces no symptoms. Signs and symptoms only appear as it grows, progresses or ulcerates. At first, the symptoms may be mild, non-specific, and similar to the symptoms that occur with a variety of other conditions. It is not uncommon for early-stage patients to be treated for other ailments that cause the same symptoms.
The local symptoms of a cancer are caused by the mass of a tumour, or its ulceration. Blockages, lumps, swelling, bleeding or the build-up of fluid in the chest or abdomen can occur. Initially cancers are usually painless, and pain occurs only in advanced stages.
The systemic or generalised symptoms of cancer are weight loss, fever, being excessively tired, and changes to the skin. Other more specific symptoms for some types of cancers may include clubbing of the fingers and nails, and nerve disorders.
When metastasis occurs, the lymph nodes, liver or spleen can swell, affected bones may fracture, and neurological symptoms can occur.
Cancer remedies / treatments
Many effective cancer treatments are simply a treatment for the above cancer causes.
- Movement and exercise. Inactivity is a cause of numerous degenerative diseases, including various cancers. Any movement is highly beneficial if you are mostly inactive. But the biggest benefits in protecting against and recovering from all sorts of cancers comes from intense exercise. A breakthrough study (17) in 2016 showed that intense exercise reduced tumour growth by 60-70%. Regular exercise gives your immune system a boost and protects against cancer through numerous pathways. (16, 17)
- Sodium Bicarbonate. A 2012 study (10) shows that baking soda is an effective tumour prevention and treatment.
- Diet. A no grain diet and an alkaline diet are both effective. Avoid sugar.
- Vitamin D and sunlight.
- Vitamin C taken intravenously. High-dose intravenous vitamin C is a safe and effective treatment that effectively targets and destroys cancer cells. (15) Other studies show that oral vitamin C may also have a less effective, but more convenient role in cancer treatment. (15) In contrast, conventional chemotherapy destroys all cells, both healthy and malignant. Pharmaceutical drug companies cannot patent vitamins, so are doing all they can to discredit vitamin C cancer treatment.
- Gum turpentine.
- Gluten-free diet, near-ketogenic diet (ketogenic fasts are effective when used for a limited period.) People who live by the diet and lifestyle in my ebook Grow Youthful automatictally have this type of diet.
- Frankincense. (12) Some of the healing molecules in Frankincense essential oil can pass through the blood brain barrier. Other essential oils also have cancer-healing properties: melaleuca (tea tree oil), commiphora (myrrh), rosemary, lavender and many other essential oils. Some of the oils have similar qualities to each other, and sometimes the determining factor in their selection is being able to get the purest, highest quality oil at a price you can afford, also determined by what is available fresh and local.
- Skin cancers. Milkweed is a fast and effective remedy that leaves little or no scarring.
- Ginger. A study (13) showed that one of the compounds in ginger is up to 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy in destroying the cancer stem cells that make malignant tumours so dangerous. The compound, known as 6-shogaol, is produced when ginger roots are cooked or dried. The researchers found that 6-shogaol is active against cancer stem cells at concentrations that are harmless to healthy cells, in contrast to conventional chemotherapy which has horrible side effects largely because it kills healthy as well as cancerous cells. (14)
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