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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Carmel Aaron: Slash your risk of cancer

  • The risk or the cancer statistics. demonstrate that we have more of a chance of contracting cancer now- than ever before.
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  • We want Equal Opportunity in employment, and even in other important  areas.
     
    Of course there are some parts of life we do not want to have equal opportunity in. One of those just happens to be--Cancer.
     
    I am not saying that there are ways to cut your chance for cancer -- completely, (as I do not have data on that) but it is important to us and those we love to learn what we can do to minimize our chance of getting cancer.  I am sure that means a lot to you as well as it does to myself.
     
    The risk or the cancer statistics. demonstrate that we have more of a chance  of contracting cancer now- than ever before.  That is not good news!
     
    What are the experts telling us about cancer?
     
    From HealthGuide.org  we learn: 
    Research shows that a large percentage of cancer-related deaths—maybe even the majority—are directly linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, a lack of exercise, and an unhealthy diet. Avoiding cigarettes, limiting alcohol, and getting regular exercise are a great start to an anti-cancer lifestyle. But to best support your health, you also need to look at your eating habits.
     
    The problem as viewed by David Wolfe
    Cancer now is the
    #1 Cause of death
     
    The World Health Organization tells us some Key facts:
    • Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008 (1).
    • Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.
    • About 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use.
    • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths.
    • Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030 (2).
     
     
    David Wolfe informs us:
    to Slash our Cancer Odds
    Cancer cells have as many as 6 to 17 times as many receptor sites for insulin. Insulin delivers sugar to the cells. Cancer¹s sugar hunger indicates that it is best to be on a low-sugar diet. That means no starchy food, soda, candy bars, refined sugar of any kind, no carrot or beet juice, and no sweet fruit. This is the most basic dietary approach to cancer.
    Page 2 of 3 - Another important element to consider is Dr. Otto Warburg¹s Nobel prize-winning discovery that cancer is anaerobic. Healthy cells require oxygen. Cancer cells must have a low or no oxygen environment. Any food or exercise that increases oxygenation is good because it helps decrease the reproduction of cancer cells. >From these two starting points: low sugar, high oxygen we can develop an entire anti-cancer program.
     
    Since diet is so important, which foods are the best to fight cancer?
    From Lifescript.com we that these foods are very helpful in slashing cancer:
    1.Berries
    How they help: All berries  are low glycemic, so they are fruit that are not high in sugar, they contain antioxidants compounds, which may protect your cells from damage linked to cancer. They may also boost your immune system, says Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., author of The Portion Teller Plan (Broadway) and adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University.
    They contain polyphenols, including ellagic acid and anthocyanins – antioxidants that counteract, reduce and repair damage to cells.
     
    2. Grapes
    How they help: A plant chemical called resveratrol, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, hides in grape skins – especially purple and red ones.
    Studies have shown they may keep cancer cells from growing and inhibit tumors, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
    Cancers they may fight: Liver, stomach, breast and colon
     
    3.Tomatoes
    How they help: Tomatoes get their bright red color from an antioxidant called lycopene, which can protect cells from damage and kill those that aren’t growing properly, Doyle says.
    They also may protect skin from cancer “by absorbing UV light,” says Wilhelm Stahl, Ph.D., professor and antioxidant researcher at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany.
    Cancers they may fight: Breast, lung, endometrial, skin, prostrate and mouth .
     
    4. Cruciferous veggies
    How they help: Cruciferous veggies (think broccoli, kale and cabbage) contain potential cancer fighters such as glucosinolates, crambene and indole-3-carbinol, says the American Institute for Cancer Research.
    They also contain sulforaphane, which may keep cancer at bay by helping rid the body of carcinogens and inhibit the growth of cancer cells, according to research from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
    Cancers they may fight: Stomach, breast, skin, mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophageal
     
    5. Garlic
    How it helps: Garlic contains unique antioxidant phytochemicals called allyl sulfides that “seem to intervene in several steps of the cancer process,” says Karen Collins, R.D., C.D.N., nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research. A 2007 study in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that these compounds inhibit colon tumor formation and cell growth.
    Page 3 of 3 - Cancers it may fight: Stomach, esophageal, breast, lung and colon
    6.
     . Tea
    How it helps: Tea is chock full of antioxidants called catechins, which lab studies have found may stop growth of cancer cells and reduce the size of cancerous tumors.
    Cancers it may fight: Colon, liver, breast, prostate, lung, skin, bladder, stomach and pancreatic
     
    7.
     Flaxseed
    How it helps: “Flaxseed contains an antioxidant called lignans, which may help the body rid itself of carcinogens, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to reduce inflammation and boost the body’s immune system,” says Krista Haynes, R.D., a staff dietitian with the Cancer Project, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C.
    Cancers it may fight: Colon, breast, skin and lung
     
    8.
     Legumes
    How they help: They may be tiny, but legumes such as peas, beans and lentils pack a big nutritional punch.
    “They contain natural phytochemicals that are uniquely different from those in vegetables and whole grains.”
     
     These include saponins, protease inhibitors and phytica acid, which lab studies reveal may prevent the reproduction of cancer cells.
    Fiber, too, can decrease your risk of colon cancer, according to a 2007 American Institute of Cancer Research report.
    Cancers they may fight: Colon and stomach, among others
     
    9. Dark-green leafy vegetables
    How they help: These emerald-hued veggies contain folate and carotenoids.
    “Carotenoids are antioxidants that aid cell-to-cell communication that controls cell growth, while folate is essential to protect our DNA, the starting point of any change that leads to cancer,”
     
     Cancers they may fight: Breast, skin, lung, stomach, mouth, pharynx and larynx
     
    Learn even more on cancer. For more information please go here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/Cancer-War
     
    I do wish you all the best as you improve your lifestyle to slash your risk of cancer.
     
    You and those you love will be happy you learned and applied this anti-cancer lifestyle now.
     
     
    (Carmel Aaron lives in Heber Springs has a degree in biology and has been certified by Proevity in Nutrition and Glycemic Indexing. She owns and operates Anatomy Academy Wellness.  Where she teaches: Weight Loss, Nutritional consulting, assisting with Pain reduction & Detoxification. To contact her email: AWellnessCoach@Gmail.com)

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