CANCER is a disease which causes uncontrolled cell growth. The cells break up and form tumors, and it spreads to various parts of the body, although some tumors are not related to cancer. Some are benign and do not have the characteristics of cancer tumors, and do not spread to other body parts. There are at least one hundred different kinds of cancer, which affects people around the world.
Cancer is basically caused by such things like over exposure to the sun, a poor diet, a lack of exercise and exposure to harmful chemicals, but there are other causes of cancer that are unknown.
Carcinogens are chemicals that have been known, through the years, to cause cancer. Cancer is also caused by a weakened immune system and the immune system becomes weak from a poor diet lacking in nutrients or from continual stress. The key to a strong immune system, which prevents or heals cancer, is a good diet that is rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Fast food chains like McDonalds and KFC are part of the cancer problem in America. Their foods lack proper nutrients and they are heavy in fats and cholesterol. They also contain plenty of “empty calories.”
Most fast food stores are set up to maximize their profits and little is done in the way of proper nutrition. Although just about everyone knows of the health benefis of fruits and vegetables, few people actually live by it. The American society cathers towards junk food and many people simply go with the flow. A good, sound, diet is essential for healing almost any illness, especially cancer.
When someone first develops cancer, they will probably have no symptoms, but as the cancer continues to develop they will experience some symptoms. Cancer symptoms are not specific to cancer alone. There are other illnesses in which people show the same symptoms.
PREVENTION: You should not wait until you get cancer or any other disease before you eat and live properly. And the best time to begin is now. In life, we get alot of good advice that we do not use. It does us no good if we do not put it into practical use. When it comes to cancer, it is largely preventable just by following some basic rules. The key is definately a healthy lifestyle. Even if you get cancer after living a healthy lifestyle, you have a greater chance of total recovery. A healthy lifestyle is key. That is why in Japan and China, with their much better diets, they have far less cases of cancer and cancer deaths per 100,000 people.
For example, having a steak and cheese sandwich with a soda is not a good way to eat. Foods that are heavy in fat and meats and drinks that are made with processed sugars, wreck havoc on the body and digestive system. Also, milk products are really not healthy foods, because they clog the digestive system and the hormones in milk are meant for a baby cow to grow from 90 pounds to 2000 pounds in two years. The hormones are not meant for humans. These hormones lead to many cases of early puberty and other health issues.
The best cancer-prevention foods will always be fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They have vitamins and minerals that repair the body’s cells and tissues. Foods that don’t do that are the meats, cheeses, sodas and etc. Trade sodas for juice and you have taken a big step forward towards a healthier you and the prevention of cancer.
Whole foods are foods that are natural, like peanuts , oats, rice, and corn. It is best to eat them in their natural state, without the chemicals, added sugars and preservatives. Processed sugar is a cancer in itself. These sugars have been linked to diabetes and other issues. It is added to many foods and drinks, including bread and peanut butter. Yes, sugar is added to peanut butter. Even dried fruit has added sugar to it, although fruits already have their own sugar and dried fruit is already quite sweet because the water is extracted. They use sugar as a preservative and are not concerned about our health.
Many food companies do not use common sense when they produce their foods. A typical candy bar may have five times more sugar than a food that size should have. And a 12-ounce soda probably has enough sugar for a half gallon drink.
Natural foods are harder to transport than packaged foods, that is why it is less available on the shelves. And again, many companies really do not care about the health of the consumer. They are simply in the business of making money. Make a commitment to live a lifestyle that prevents cancer and that begins with what you eat.
RADIATION TREATMENT: Cancers can be removed completely from the body, however when it is not possible to do so because cancer often spreds to other parts of the body, then in some cases, surgery is needed to control the cancer or control obstruction to the body. In other cases, radiation or radiotherapy is used to kill cancer cells and reduce cancer tumors. The radiation can be external or internal. It essentially destroys the cells being treated, not allowing them to divide or grow further. Radiation, however damages cancer cells and non-cancer cells also, but the healthy cells are usually able to recover. Radiation targets and destroys the cancer cells, whiles trying to limit the harmful effect on the normal, non-cancer cells.
Cancer radiation uses strong radiation to destroy the cancer cells DNA and eventually kill them. Most people understand that cancer radiation is administered from a machine. However, a radio active material can be placed inside the patient, which radiates energy to kill the cancer cells. This material can also be injected into the bloodstream. Even after the tumor is removed, a cancer patient may still receive radiation therapy.
CHEMOTHERAPY uses drugs as cancer treatment. The drugs are supposed to halt cancer-cell growth and cancer-cell division. Chemotherapy, like radiation, has the possibility to damage good, non-cancer cells. However, healthy non-cancer cells usually recover after chemotherapy. Chemotherapy uses any one of the cytotoxic drugs as a cure for cancer or simply to prolong one’s life. Chemo maybe done along with surgery and even radiation treatment. The chemo is supposed to kill the harmful cells that divide out of control. However, it also does harm to normal cells, such as the ones in the hair follicles. This is why many people who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy lose their hair.
IMMUNOTHERAPY is the boosting of the bodies own immune system and allowing it to heal the body from the cancer. Patients are given antibodies that help boost the patient’s immune system and conditions the immune system to destroy cancer cells. This method of treating cancer works better on some kinds of cancers but other forms of cancer require multiply methods of treatment. After understanding the make up of cancer cells, medicines were developed to treat cancer. One of them is the monoclonal antibodies.
STRESS AND A LACK OF SLEEP breaks down the immune system but this is prolonged stress which lingers on, this is the most damaging. A good way to counteract stress would be exercise and a different way of dealing with problems. It is well understood that emotional issues can lead to illnesses and cancer and many of them have.
A lack of sleep also stresses the body and affects hormones which promote cancer cells. The amount of sleep you get has alot to do with how your body is able to fight an illness, like cancer. A good amount of sleep is six to eight hours per night. It also depends on the person. When you sleep well is it always better for your body.
Certain chemicals are produced during sleep, like melatonin, and in women this lowers their estrogen levels. A lack of meltonin raises estrogen levels too high and increases the risk of breast cancer. The body is out of balance with a lack of sleep , thus a good amount of sleep is essential for proper health and cancer prevention.
EXERCISE is a must for anyone to stay healthy and prevent cancer. Even longs walks count as exercise. It ought to be done on a regular basis, like everyday or every two days, because long periods of inactivity is not beneficial for the body. People who lack exercise grow weak bodies that are subject to illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease.
Regular exercise will control weight gain by burning fat, calories and increasing your metabolism. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and decreases the chance of getting many other diseases, not just cancer. Another benefit of regular exercise is it improves your mood, along with increased muscle strength. Your cardiovascular system, such as the heart and lungs, also become more efficient.
THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D is underutilized. Vitamin D fights infections and a lack of it factors into many people getting cancer. You can get vitamin D naturally by getting exposed to sunlight. Sun light hits the skin and the body turns it into vitamin D. People who live in northern, cold, climates oftentimes do not get enough vitamin D during the winter months. This can be solved by taking vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D3 is far better than vitamin D2, it is a natural form. Vitamin D, when taken to fight cancer, gets the white blood cells to produce antibiotics. It plays a major role in combating infections and cancer. It also controls the body’s blood pressure levels, muscle strenght and progammed cell death. Programmed cell death is the killing of cells that will harm the body, such as in the case of unwanted cancer cells. It keeps damaged cells from growing and reproducing and this is essential for destroying cancer cells.
The vitamin D in milk and Cod liver oil contains minimal amounts, which are only good for preventing rickets. Supplements for fighting cancer must be the right dosage, which is up to 5000 IU. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to more than 15 kinds of cancers. Rectal cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer lung cancer and more.
EATING TO PREVENT CANCER. Populations that eat a so-called western diet generally defined as a diet consisting of lots of processed foods and meat, lots of added fat and sugar, lots of refined grains, lots of everything except vegetables, fruits and whole grains, invariably suffer from high rates of so-called western diseases: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Virtually all of the obesity and type 2 diabetes, 80 percent of the cardiovascular disease and more than a third of all cancers can be linked to this diet.
Populations eating a remarkably wide range of traditional diets, generally don’t suffer from these chronic diseases. These diets run the gamut from ones very high in fat to ones high in carbohydrates to ones very high in protein. There is no single ideal human diet but that the human omniverse is exquisitely adapted to a wide range of different foods and a variety of different diets. Except for the relatively new western diet that most of us now are eating.
What an extraordinary achievement for a civilization to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick and increases the risk of cancer. While it is true that we generally live longer than people used to, most of our added years owe to gains in infant mortality and child health, not diet.
There is actually a third, very hopeful fact that flows from people who get off the western diet. They see dramatic improvement in their health. We have good research to suggest that the effects of the western diet can be rolled back and relatively quickly. In one analysis, a typical American population that departs even modestly from the western diet could reduce its chances of getting coronary heart disease by 80 percent, its chances of type 2 diabetes by 90 percent and its chances of colon cancer by 70 percent.
The more you process any food, the more profitable it becomes. The health-care industry makes more money treating chronic diseases and cancer than preventing them. So we ignore the elephant in the room and focus instead on good and evil nutrients, the identities of which seem to change with every new study.
These days it is easier said than done, especially when seventeen thousand new products show up in the super market each year, all vying for your food dollar. But most of these items don’t deserve to be called food. I prefer to call them edible foodlike substances. They are highly processed concoctions designed by food scientists, consisting mostly of ingredients derived from corn and soy that no normal person keeps in the pantry, and they contain chemicals additives with which the human body has not been long acquainted and promote cancer. Today much of the challenge of eating well comes down to choosing real food and avoiding these industries novelties.
People who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier and have less cases of cancer, than those of us eating a moder western diet of processed foods. Any traditional diet will do. If it were not a healthy diet, the people who follow it would not still be around. True, food cultures are embedded in societies and economies and ecologies and some of them travel better than others.
In borrowing from a food culture, pay attention to how a culture eats as well as to what it eats. In the case of the French paradox, for example, it may not be the dietary nutrients that keep the French healthy as much as their food habits: small portions eaten at leisurely communal meals; no second helping or snacking. Pay attention to the combinations of foods in traditional cultures . In latin America, corn is traditionally cooked with lime and eaten with beans; what would other wise be a nutritionally deficient staple becomes the basis of a healthy, balanced diet.
Cultures that took corn from Latin America without the beans or the lime wound up with serious nutritional deficiencies, such as pellagra. Traditional foods are more than the sum of their food parts. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. There is nothing wrong with eating sweets, fried foods, pastries, even drinking soda every now and then, but food manufacturers have made eating these formerly expensive and hard to make treats so cheap and easy that we are eating them everyday.
The French fries did not become America’s most popular vegetable until industry took over the jobs of washing, peeling, cutting and frying the potatoes. If you made all the french fries you ate, you would eat them less often, if only because they are so much work. The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies and ice cream. Enjoy these treats as often as you are willing to prepare them-chances are it won’t be everyday and you reduce your risk of cancer.