Quitting is Not Enough
The unfortunate passing of news anchor Peter Jennings is a painful reminder that quitting smoking is not enough to ensure future good health. Cancer grows slowly in its initial stages, but increases its development over time, often with very few early warning signs. Once cancer has started it does not care that its host has stopped smoking. This cancer lives off of glucose, which is abundant in the American diet in the form of sugar, alcohol, and carbohydrates. Cancer is also a very clever disease. It creates protection shields around the cancer cells that prevent the body's natural protection molecules, T-Cells and B-Cells, from gaining access to the cancer.
Common health screening tests also do not often identify the early stages of cancer development. The PSA test of prostate cancer produces many false positive results, as do mammograms, the standard test for breast cancer. Blood tests do not normally include cancer tests such as the CA 125, which is used to monitor the presence of various types of cancer in the body.
Conventional medicine offers very little in the form of cancer prevention strategies, but natural or holistic medicine offers many scientifically proven prevention strategies. Some of the leaders in their field of cancer prevention are Dr. Ralph Moss, Dr. Patrick Quillin, and Drs. Richard Passwater and Otto Warbury both Nobel Laureates just to name a few.
These gentlemen and other dedicated scientists and practitioners have been building on the work of pioneers such as Dr.Linus Pauling, who emphasized the importance of Vitamin C in maintaining a strong immune system. Pauling examined the difference in energy metabolism between cancer and non-cancer cells. The theories of these leading authorities on the prevention of cancer, both past and present, have one common theme, that it is definitely possible to prevent and even treat most cancers with natural strategies.
These natural strategies all begin with the importance of nutrition, both in terms of boosting the immune system and reducing the level of glucose or sugar in the body. Glucose not only feeds the cancer cells (300-500% increased uptake of glucose compared to regular cells) it also suppresses the body's natural immune system and the immune enhancing nutrients consumed with foods and supplements. If blood sugar levels are reduced via decreased consumption of sugar, simple carbohydrates and alcohol, the growth of cancer cells can definitely be slowed down. Then, foods and supplements containing vitamins C, E, A, and B6, as well as zinc, omega 3 and 6 fats, arginine, glutamine, alpha lypoic acid and curcumin have been shown to attack and contain cancer cell growth. These are just a few of the nutrients which have been shown to have cancer-fighting capability in human studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies in the laboratory.
Another powerful natural cancer prevention strategy involves systematic detoxification in order to remove as many of the pathogens and free radicals from the body as possible. By reducing the toxic load in the body, the immune system is better able to deal with any cancer cells which may be present. As many as one billion cancer cells can be present in the body that are undetectable by the typical diagnostic equipment.
There are 20 trillion of our 60 trillion cells that are involved in the functions of our immune system, and we need as many of these immune cells as possible to be available to cope with any cancer cells which may be present. Detoxification can be accelerated or enhanced in various ways including sauna, steam bath or exercise, all of which induce sweating and the release of toxins from our cells. After the liver, the skin is the second most important organ involved in detoxification. It is essential to assist the liver in any detoxification program, and certain nutrients and herbs have been shown to have this ability. Some of the key supplements used in this liver detoxification and support role include milk thistle, alpha lipoic acid, L-arginine, curcumin, astragulas and taurine.
A third and very important strategy in the prevention of cancer involves stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing, yoga and meditation. Over 80% of all illnesses are induced or made worse by the increase in stress which drains the immune system. Chronic stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol which acts like a free radical in the body doing damage to cells, and making them more vulnerable to the presence of cancer cells. Scientists have proven that everyone produces 40-60 cancer cells every day, which are easily destroyed by the body's immune system under “normal circumstances.” However, if a person is carrying a heavy toxic load (i.e. smoking), has a diet high in glucose, is not taking immune boosting nutrients, and is under stress these cancer cells have an excellent chance of finding a place to grow.
There is absolutely no excuse for anyone not being able to access information on the many natural and effective cancer prevention strategies that have been developed over the past 50 years. The Internet provides quick and often thorough information on this topic. Here are some of the possible sources of information on natural strategies for cancer prevention. Just type in any of these names or phrases:
- Ralph Moss, Ph.D.
- Patrick Quillin, Ph.D.
- Richard Passwater, Ph.D.
- Earl Mindell, Ph.D
- Julian Whitaker, M.D.
- Michael Murray, M.D.
- James Balch, M.D.
- Ray Strand, M.D.
- The Gerson Diet
A trip to any bookstore or health food store will also reveal literally hundreds of books and magazine articles on the topic of cancer prevention. For smokers and ex-smokers a new book may be particularly helpful. The title is “The Healthy Smoker: How to Quit Smoking by Becoming Healthier First.” This book provides a comprehensive set of strategies not only to help smokers quit smoking, but also to help ex-smokers avoid the many serious health problems caused by years of smoking.
It is not necessary to live in fear of a future battle with cancer as long as every possible step is taken to help the body avoid this very preventable disease.
Written by: Charles K. Bens, Ph.D., President of Happy Cells, Inc.
© Charles K. Bens, Ph. D.