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 . . .
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:
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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 . . .
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 . . .
Folks, there is NOTHING remarkable or (much) new about the data reported. What is remarkable is that the FDA, who should be working for us, has not pulled synthetic progesterone from the market even though over three decades of data have proven that it significantly increases breast cancer risk.
But, I digress.
Let’s go back in time to. . .
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 . . .
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.
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
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
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 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 . . .
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
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 . . .
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.
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 . . .
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.
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
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 . . .
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.
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 . . .
We’ve talked extensively over the last few years about obesity, metabolic syndrome, fasting, and type 2 diabetes. These are extremely important in the development of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes). This addresses the number 1 killer of Americans, but we have not yet touched upon the very close #2 killer of Americans – the big C – Cancer.
You can see that heart disease, stroke and cancer really dwarf the other causes of death.