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Publisher’s Note Regarding Red Meat Consumption: The studies concerning whether processed and fresh red meat promote cancer are inconsistent. Scientists also interpret the research results differently, with some concluding that the evidence does not compellingly support discouraging red meat consumption while others deduce the opposite. This section includes articles/videos reflecting both opinions. Nevertheless, I offer this common-sense guidance. Eat red meat infrequently and sparingly, like a condiment. (This advice applies to all flesh products.) Despite the conflicting research and opinions, studies generally indicate that processed red meat poses a bigger health hazard than fresh meat. Accordingly, avoiding processed meats is prudent, especially in light of the destructive chemicals used to prepare the products and their high sodium and deleterious saturated fat content. However, if consumed judiciously, certain fresh, organic, grass-fed red meat such as beef, for example, can enhance an otherwise healthy diet, providing nutrients as omega 3 fatty acids and others that bolster vitality.

*This Publisher’s Note is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician regarding any health concerns. Acting on any information provided on this site is done so at your own risk.

High Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tally Linked to Doubling in Bowel Cancer Risk Before Age 50

High Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tally Linked to Doubling in Bowel Cancer Risk Before Age 50

The journal Gut released telling research avowing that imbibing two or more sugar-sweetened beverages—soda and sports, energy, and fruit-flavored drinks—per day doubles bowel or colorectal cancer risk before age 50 among adult women. Researchers note that in addition to the foreboding cancer threat, these liquid sugar bombs promote insulin resistance, inflammation, and obesity as well as type 2 diabetes.

Scientists Discover Link Between Nicotine and Breast Cancer Metastasis

Scientists Discover Link Between Nicotine and Breast Cancer Metastasis

Nature Communications published a study demonstrating that nicotine, a non-carcinogenic compound in cigarettes, enables the spread of cancer cells from the breast to the lungs. Compared to breast cancer patients who never smoked, those who smoke or formerly smoked both had a higher incidence of lung metastasis, according to researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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CT Scans and Cancer: What Are the Risks?

CT Scans and Cancer: What Are the Risks?

The doctor orders a CT scan for your recurring abdominal pain. When you ask about radiation, she assures you that the dose is low and that CTs are safe. But are they? Is there a connection between CT scans and cancer? . . . 

Computed tomography, or CT, scans can provide valuable diagnostic information, but at a cost—they deliver ionizing radiation, a known human carcinogen. The radiation breaks chemical bonds in tissue molecules, which frees charged ions that can damage DNA . . . 

Cortisol & Cancer: How Lowering Stress Can Help Prevent Cancer

Cortisol & Cancer: How Lowering Stress Can Help Prevent Cancer

Every week on the news, online, in a magazine, we hear or read about the ever-elusive “cure for cancer.” . . . I also want people to focus on an equally important part of their health management:

Cancer prevention.

The best way to beat cancer is to keep from getting it altogether. 

Even if you’re genetically programmed to develop depression or cancer, the way you eat, supplement, and move can change – for the better – the expression of your genetic code. This is also known as epigenetics . . .

The Truth about Breast Cancer: Prevention Is Just as Important as the Cure

The Truth about Breast Cancer: Prevention Is Just as Important as the Cure

While we search for the cure for breast cancer, we must not forget about prevention. The hard truth is that 90-95% of breast cancer is preventable. And only 5-10% has been attributed to genetics.

But how do we prevent it?

By understanding that breast cancer, like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and even Alzheimer’s Disease, is for most people a lifestyle driven disease.

The most important things you can do to prevent breast cancer . . .

Are Cancer Cells Hijacking Your Metabolism?

Are Cancer Cells Hijacking Your Metabolism?

In new research, scientists have discovered how leukemia cells gain a competitive advantage by actually inducing a diabetes-like physiological condition that ultimately serves the purpose of increasing blood sugar. Multiple mechanisms have now been delineated that allow leukemia cells, the focus of this research, to basically increase the availability of the glucose these cells so desperately need.

Gum Disease May Raise Risk of Some Cancers

Gum Disease May Raise Risk of Some Cancers

People who have periodontal (gum) disease may have a higher risk of developing some forms of cancer, suggests a letter published in the journal Gut detailing a prospective study.

US researchers found that a history of periodontal disease appeared to be associated with a raised risk of oesophageal (gullet) cancer and gastric (stomach) cancer and this risk was also higher among people who had lost teeth previously.

Does Eating Meat Cause Cancer?

Does Eating Meat Cause Cancer?

Cancer is the #2 killer in America and is largely preventable via lifestyle choices. In this video, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, also known as the Paleo Mom, discusses meat and cancer risk. She delves into the three mechanisms that link meat consumption to increased cancer risk and provides details regarding why these mechanisms are not problematic for those following a Paleolithic diet.

Cancer Risk – Why Blood Sugar Matters

Cancer Risk – Why Blood Sugar Matters

Blood sugar elevation has become a central focus in medicine these days because of its well-established relationship to so many chronic conditions including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, and Parkinson’s. Now, new research reveals that there may well be a relationship to cancer risk as well.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea . . . studied a sample of over 1 million Koreans between the ages of 30 and 95 who had either a positive cancer . . .

New Study Associates Intake of Dairy Milk with Greater Risk of Breast Cancer

New Study Associates Intake of Dairy Milk with Greater Risk of Breast Cancer

Evidence suggests consistently drinking as little as one cup per day may increase rate of breast cancer up to 50%

“Dairy, soy and risk of breast cancer: Those confounded milks”, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, found that even relatively moderate amounts of dairy milk consumption can increase women’s risk of breast cancer — up to 80% depending on the amount consumed.

*See Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note: In this article, it is suggested that you can use soy milk to supplant cow’s milk. Soy, however, is deleterious to your health. Please see Dr. Frank Lipman’s article regarding the dangers soy consumption poses: See here. If you are searching for a milk alternative, consider raw nut and coconut milks. Research indicates that nuts are an excellent source of fiber and contain various minerals and antioxidants while coconut improves cholesterol and heart health, just a couple of its numerous virtues. Additionally, if you enjoy a buttery flavor, adding ghee to coffee or tea is a delicious option, as this wholesome fat not only delights the palate but also supports wellness by inhibiting inflammation, providing fat soluble vitamins, and more.

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The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, Part I

Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, discusses cancer and how to overcome this devastating illness. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given two months to live at age 19, Nasha Winters studied the factors that produce cancer and methods to overcome them, leading to her own victory over this merciless disease. Now, a naturopathic doctor and board certified in oncology, Dr. Winters shares her knowledge and insights to help others. 

The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, Part 2

The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, Part 2

This is Part 2 in a two-part series exploring a metabolic approach to cancer. Dr. Ronald Hoffman interviews Dr. Nasha Winters, who survived cancer herself and believes that your body’s terrain can help determine whether you will suffer from cancer and the likelihood that you will recover. Drs. Hoffman and Winters discuss ways to naturally improve your body’s terrain to avoid this devastating disease.

Large Study Links Sustained Weight Loss to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk

Large Study Links Sustained Weight Loss to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk

A large new study finds that women who lost weight after age 50 and kept it off had a lower risk of breast cancer than women whose weight remained stable, helping answer a vexing question in cancer prevention. The reduction in risk increased with the amount of weight lost and was specific to women not using postmenopausal hormones. 

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Permanent Hair Dye and Straighteners May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t use these products. The study published . . . in the International Journal of Cancer and suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products.

Prostate Cancer: Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention

Prostate Cancer: Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle Strategies for Prevention

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men (skin cancer is the most common).

Prostate cancer will affect one in nine men over their lifetime, and tragically, it is the second leading cause of cancer-death in males . . .

What can you do with respect to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle to help reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer? . . . Let’s explore the research.

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Fungi Causes Cancer?

Research is continuing to show a link between certain types of cancer and infections. Historically there has been a focus on viruses, parasites, and bacteria causing certain cancers. However, in recent years there has been research demonstrating a link with fungus.

In a recent study published in the prestigious journal Nature, researchers found an association between fungi that traveled from the gut.

Two Weeks to Bowel Cancer?

Two Weeks to Bowel Cancer?

There’s no doubt antibiotics have saved a lot of lives.

But because they’ve been overprescribed for so many years we’ve ended up with a slew of health problems.

For one thing, overuse of antibiotics wreaks havoc on your microbiome. . .

That’s your body’s ecosystem.

Your microbiome has 100 trillion or so bacteria, viruses and fungi. It affects just about every organ and body system.

Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. But other good bacteria are called “probiotics.”

How to Eat an Anti-Cancer Diet: 6 Steps

How to Eat an Anti-Cancer Diet: 6 Steps

While we’ve done articles about cancer-causing foods . . . I wanted to discuss some simple anti-cancer solutions you can incorporate into your diet.

For example, I’ll explain ways to improve your body’s ability to detoxify, and list some of the top cancer-fighting foods, drinks, herbs and supplements.

1. Lower Your Toxin Load

An anti-cancer diet consists of:

  • Lowering your toxin intake.
  • Supporting the body’s cleansing and detoxifying . . .
How to Prevent Cancer Naturally

How to Prevent Cancer Naturally

Why is it that if you’re unfortunate enough to get cancer, your only option is to see an oncologist who will almost certainly recommend radiation, surgery or chemotherapy drugs?

One reason is that it’s all they know. . . .

Exclusion of natural therapies is universal. If there are cancer doctors out there who recommend these remedies, I haven’t met them. . . .

The good news is . . . Mother Nature has powerful cancer-killers . . .  

21 Cancer-Fighting Foods to Naturally Lower Your Risk of Breast & Lung Cancer

21 Cancer-Fighting Foods to Naturally Lower Your Risk of Breast & Lung Cancer

Maybe you think getting cancer is kind of a tossup, or that it’s something left to the genetic gods that you have no control over. But the truth is, you do have control, every time you put something in your mouth. Turns out, lifestyle factors are involved in most cancers—factors you control are estimated to account for as high as 80 to 90 percent of all causes of cancer . . .

Do Gut Bacteria Affect Bowel Cancer Development?

Do Gut Bacteria Affect Bowel Cancer Development?

Being able to identify someone’s risk of cancer is vital for saving lives. However, it is challenging to predict how likely a person is to develop a specific type. Some links are known, including the link between smoking and lung cancer, while others are yet to be discovered.

According to several studies, bacteria living in the gut can predict the onset of bowel cancer.

Red Meat & Cancer—Again! Will It Ever Stop?

Red Meat & Cancer—Again! Will It Ever Stop?

The media and blogosphere are abuzz with the latest report from the WHO, which classified cured and processed meats as carcinogens and put them in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic, and tobacco. But what does the research really tell us about the link between red meat and cancer?

*See Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note Regarding Red Meat Consumption: The studies concerning whether processed and fresh red meat promote cancer are inconsistent. Scientists also interpret the research results differently, with some concluding that the evidence does not compellingly support discouraging red meat consumption while others deduce the opposite. This section includes articles/videos reflecting both opinions. Nevertheless, I offer this common-sense guidance. Eat red meat infrequently and sparingly, like a condiment. (This advice applies to all flesh products.) Despite the conflicting research and opinions, studies generally indicate that processed red meat poses a bigger health hazard than fresh meat. Accordingly, avoiding processed meats is prudent, especially in light of the destructive chemicals used to prepare the products and their high sodium and deleterious saturated fat content. However, if consumed judiciously, certain fresh, organic, grass-fed red meat such as beef, for example, can enhance an otherwise healthy diet, providing nutrients as omega 3 fatty acids and others that bolster vitality.

*This Publisher’s Note is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician regarding any health concerns. Acting on any information provided on this site is done so at your own risk.

What the Science Really Says about Grilled Meat and Cancer Risk

What the Science Really Says about Grilled Meat and Cancer Risk

As backyard cookout season kicks into high gear, many people may be eyeing their sizzling burgers and dogs with suspicion. And for good reason: a number of studies published in the past two decades have turned up evidence that eating charred, smoked, and well-done meat could raise cancer risk—pancreatic, colorectal, and prostate cancers, in particular.

*See Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note Regarding Red Meat Consumption: The studies concerning whether processed and fresh red meat promote cancer are inconsistent. Scientists also interpret the research results differently, with some concluding that the evidence does not compellingly support discouraging red meat consumption while others deduce the opposite. This section includes articles/videos reflecting both opinions. Nevertheless, I offer this common-sense guidance. Eat red meat infrequently and sparingly, like a condiment. (This advice applies to all flesh products.) Despite the conflicting research and opinions, studies generally indicate that processed red meat poses a bigger health hazard than fresh meat. Accordingly, avoiding processed meats is prudent, especially in light of the destructive chemicals used to prepare the products and their high sodium and deleterious saturated fat content. However, if consumed judiciously, certain fresh, organic, grass-fed red meat such as beef, for example, can enhance an otherwise healthy diet, providing nutrients as omega 3 fatty acids and others that bolster vitality.

*This Publisher’s Note is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician regarding any health concerns. Acting on any information provided on this site is done so at your own risk.

Antibiotics + Colon Cancer

Antibiotics + Colon Cancer

No doubt, it is certainly exciting to read about advances in cancer treatment. However, at the same time it is vitally important to recognize what may underlie cancer so that we can target these causes with the hope of reducing risk.

Colorectal cancer is on the rise, and in fact rates of colorectal cancer are increasing, quite dramatically, in younger patients, particularly over the past ten years.

Eating Dairy Products Linked to Prostate Cancer, with Plant-Based Diets Reducing Risk

Eating Dairy Products Linked to Prostate Cancer, with Plant-Based Diets Reducing Risk

Eating dairy products has been linked to a higher chance of developing prostate cancer, while a plant-based diet appears to cut the risk.

Past studies have found a link between consuming dairy products . . . and prostate cancer, as the disease is more prevalent in Western countries where they are the biggest source of calcium. In contrast, prostate cancer is less common . . .

Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.

Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.

The evidence is too weak to justify telling individuals to eat less beef and pork, according to new research. The findings “erode public trust,” critics said.

Public health officials for years have urged Americans to limit consumption of red meat and processed meats because of concerns that these foods are linked to heart disease, cancer and other ills.

But . . . in a remarkable turnabout . . .

*See Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note Regarding Red Meat Consumption: The studies concerning whether processed and fresh red meat promote cancer are inconsistent. Scientists also interpret the research results differently, with some concluding that the evidence does not compellingly support discouraging red meat consumption while others deduce the opposite. This section includes articles/videos reflecting both opinions. Nevertheless, I offer this common-sense guidance. Eat red meat infrequently and sparingly, like a condiment. (This advice applies to all flesh products.) Despite the conflicting research and opinions, studies generally indicate that processed red meat poses a bigger health hazard than fresh meat. Accordingly, avoiding processed meats is prudent, especially in light of the destructive chemicals used to prepare the products and their high sodium and deleterious saturated fat content. However, if consumed judiciously, certain fresh, organic, grass-fed red meat such as beef, for example, can enhance an otherwise healthy diet, providing nutrients as omega 3 fatty acids and others that bolster vitality.

*This Publisher’s Note is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician regarding any health concerns. Acting on any information provided on this site is done so at your own risk.

Low Carbohydrate Diet

Low Carbohydrate Diet

Should I restrict my carbohydrate intake to help my body fight cancer?

Claim: Eating a low carbohydrate diet can reduce the risk of cancer and slow the growth of tumors already present by “starving” cancer cells and preventing them from multiplying.

Low Carbohydrate Diets

Low carbohydrate diets, which have become increasingly popular, vary in their level of stringency. A standard recommendation . . .

Cancer Remedies

Cancer Remedies

In this video, Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, and his mother, Winona Axe, discuss her miraculous journey vanquishing breast cancer. After she was declared cancer-free following conventional medical treatments, Winona again received a cancer diagnosis. This time, however, she followed her son’s advice, using all natural methods to fight the disease, and she prevailed. Learn about the tools she used to reclaim her vitality in this video.

10 Natural Cancer Treatments Revealed

10 Natural Cancer Treatments Revealed

Have you ever wondered how effective natural cancer treatments can be? Around 20 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was crazy for my family at the time because my mom was a gym teacher, swim instructor and was always considered to be “healthy.”

After her diagnosis, she took the advice of her oncologists at the Cleveland Clinic . . .

Connection between Gut, Diet, and Colorectal Cancer

Connection between Gut, Diet, and Colorectal Cancer

A new study provides some of the strongest evidence to date that microorganisms living in the large intestine can serve as a link between diet and certain types of colorectal cancer . . .

The paper, published online by JAMA Oncology, focuses on Fusobacterium nucleatum, one of hundreds of types of bacteria that dwell in humans’ large intestines, and one that’s thought to play a role in colorectal cancer.

What Foods Increase Cancer Risk?

What Foods Increase Cancer Risk?

While it is imperative to eat foods that prevent cancer, it is equally important to exclude those that could potentially increase cancer risk. In this short, yet informative video, Dr. Mark Stengler, NMD, discusses the many and perhaps even surprising dietary choices that promote this deadly disease.

*See Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note Regarding Red Meat Consumption: The studies concerning whether processed and fresh red meat promote cancer are inconsistent. Scientists also interpret the research results differently, with some concluding that the evidence does not compellingly support discouraging red meat consumption while others deduce the opposite. This section includes articles/videos reflecting both opinions. Nevertheless, I offer this common-sense guidance. Eat red meat infrequently and sparingly, like a condiment. (This advice applies to all flesh products.) Despite the conflicting research and opinions, studies generally indicate that processed red meat poses a bigger health hazard than fresh meat. Accordingly, avoiding processed meats is prudent, especially in light of the destructive chemicals used to prepare the products and their high sodium and deleterious saturated fat content. However, if consumed judiciously, certain fresh, organic, grass-fed red meat such as beef, for example, can enhance an otherwise healthy diet, providing nutrients as omega 3 fatty acids and others that bolster vitality.

*This Publisher’s Note is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician regarding any health concerns. Acting on any information provided on this site is done so at your own risk.

Adding Refined Fiber to Processed Food Could Have Negative Health Effects, Study Finds

Adding Refined Fiber to Processed Food Could Have Negative Health Effects, Study Finds

Accumulating evidence demonstrates consumption of whole foods naturally rich in fiber confers an array of health benefits. This . . . has led to the food industry enriching foods with highly refined soluble fibers . . . U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules allow foods containing supplemented fibers . . .

New Study Shows Avoiding Sun Exposure Is as Dangerous as Smoking

New Study Shows Avoiding Sun Exposure Is as Dangerous as Smoking

Conventional wisdom is that we need to avoid sun exposure in order to avoid skin cancer. However . . . .[w]ith all of the new data emerging on the importance of vitamin D, which can be made in our body when sunlight hits the skin, researchers are finally starting to ask the right questions. The answers are surprisingly showing that avoiding sun exposure is a significant health risk.

How Gum Disease Could Lead to Cancer

How Gum Disease Could Lead to Cancer

Is oral health even more important than we thought? Well, new research from Finland has pointed to a surprising link between gum disease and the development of some cancers. And even worse, it has been linked to the risk of cancer-related death.

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is characterized by the inflammation of the tissue surrounding the base of the teeth, or the gums.

In its more advanced stages . . .


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