Monday, July 09, 2007

A Dietary Defense For Defeating Cancer

When it comes to our health in the 21st Century, one of the worst things you could ever hear from your doctor is the dreaded "c" word. Yes, I'm referring to cancer.

I'd be surprised if ANY of my readers have not at all been impacted by this horrible disease personally, through a family member, or among your circle of friends. It comes on like a roaring lion and grips hard to try to devour and destroy everything it touches.

I've seen it personally in my own life recently with my former Minister of Music Steve Dyar. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December 2006 and just finished up his months-long grueling chemotherapy treatments. Now his throat won't open up to allow him to eat and we are praying for a miracle to happen in his life.

The local talk show host had prostate cancer in March and another famous radio show host is going through this with his wife who has cancer of the uterus. Cancer is ruthless and is not a respecter of persons. It doesn't care who you are and will seek to destroy your life completely.

Thankfully, there are some things we can do as a dietary defense for defeating cancer that one of my extremely knowledgeable readers passed along to me after conducting some research on the subject responding to the asinine study claiming the Atkins diet leads to colon cancer.

Nevermind the fact that it is a high-carb diet that has been shown in NUMEROUS studies to be linked to brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer among others.

With that said, here is a superb guest column which lists the specific vitamins and nutrients you should consume to put yourself in the best position to ward off cancer nutritionally. It's not guaranteed, but having a plan is better than no plan at all.

Special THANKS to my reader for sharing this with us today:


Less than a hundred years ago cancer was a very rare disease indeed. In fact, it was so extraordinary that patients with cancer were prominently discussed in medical textbooks and journals.

Thanks to the "many benefits" of our modern, "balanced" diets, cancers are now widespread, affecting more than 30 percent of the entire population of this planet.

The skyrocketing cancer rates are, not unsurprisingly, completely in accordance with the skyrocketing intake of overly-processed, nutritionally empty carbohydrates from sugar, starch and corn syrups.

Cancer therapies have done little to improve survival rates since the "war on cancer" was declared in the 1970's. Actually, nothing that now can be cured could not be cured then. So clearly the best approach to cancer is prevention.

Traditional diets, containing animal and plant foods farmed by nontoxic methods, are rich in factors that protect against cancer. Many of these protective factors are in the animal fats. Vegetarianism, for example, does not protect against cancer. In fact, vegetarians are particularly prone to cancers of the nervous system and reproductive organs.

So what are the nutrients that protect against cancer? They are:

Vitamin A: Strengthens the immune system. Essential for mineral metabolism and endocrine function. Helps detoxify. True vitamin A is found only in animal foods such as cod liver oil; fish and shellfish; and liver, butter and egg yolks from pasture-fed animals. Traditional diets contained ten times more vitamin A than the typical modern American diet.

Vitamin C: An important antioxidant that prevents damage by free radicals. Found in many fruits and vegetables but also in certain organ meats valued by primitive peoples.

Vitamin B-6: Deficiencies are associated with cancer. Contributes to the function of over 100 enzymes. Most available from animal foods.

Vitamin B-12: Deficiencies are associated with cancer. Found only in animal foods.

Vitamin B-17: Protects against cancer. Found in a variety of organically-grown grains, legumes, nuts and berries.

Vitamin D: Required for mineral absorption. Strongly protective against breast and colon cancer. Found only in animal foods such as cod liver oil, lard, shellfish and butterfat, organ meats and egg yolks from grass-fed animals. Traditional diets contained ten times more vitamin D than the typical modern American diet.

Vitamin E: Works as an antioxidant at the cellular level. Found in unprocessed oils as well as in animal fats like butter and egg yolks. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Strongly protective against breast cancer. Found in the butterfat and meat fat of grass-fed ruminant animals.

Cholesterol: A potent antioxidant that protects against free radicals in cell membranes. Found only in animal foods.

Minerals: The body needs generous amounts of a wide variety of minerals to protect itself against cancer. Minerals like zinc, magnesium and selenium are vital components of enzymes that help the body fight carcinogens. Minerals are more easily absorbed from animal foods.

Lactic Acid and Friendly Bacteria: Contribute to the health of the digestive tract. Found in old fashioned lacto-fermented foods.

Saturated Fats: Strengthen the immune system. Needed for proper use of the essential fatty acids. The lungs cannot function without saturated fats. Found mostly in animal foods.

Long-Chain Fatty Acids: Arachidonic acid (AA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) help fight cancer on the cellular level. They are found mostly in animal foods such as butter, organ meats, cod liver oil and seafood.

Co-enzyme Q10: Highly protective against cancer. Found only in animal foods.

Conversely, here are some of the compounds found in processed foods that have been linked to cancer:

Trans Fatty Acids: Imitation fats in shortenings, margarines and most commercial baked goods and snack foods. Strongly associated with cancer of the lungs and reproductive organs.

Rancid fats: Industrial processing creates rancidity (free radicals) in commercial vegetable oils.

Omega-6 fatty acids: Although needed in small amounts, an excess can contribute to cancer. Dangerously high levels of omega-6 fatty acids are due to the overuse of vegetable oils in modern diets.

MSG: Associated with brain cancer. Found in almost all processed foods, even when "MSG" does not appear on the label. Flavorings, spice mixes and hydrolyzed protein contain MSG.

Aspartame: Imitation sweetener in diet foods and beverages. Associated with brain cancer.

Pesticides: Associated with many types of cancer. Found in most commercial vegetable oils, fruit juices, vegetables and fruits.

Hormones: Found in animals raised in confinement on soy and grains. Plant-based hormones are plentiful in soy foods.

Artificial Flavorings and Colors: Associated with various types of cancers, especially when consumed in large amounts in a diet of junk food.

Refined Carbohydrates: Sugar, high fructose corn syrup and white flour are devoid of nutrients. The body uses up nutrients from other foods to process refined carbohydrates. Tumor growth is associated with sugar, HFCS as well as starch consumption.

Questions or feedback about what you think of this list? Leave a comment below!

NOTE: Much of the information provided in this list is taken from the Weston A. Price web site. Special THANKS to my readers for pointing out this for proper attribution.

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Blogger Sparky's Girl said...

Wow! Interesting list. Some of those I knew and some I didn't.

Around this time last year we thought I had breast cancer. Scariest thing I ever dealt with. Test after test.. and finally a surgical biopsy. While I was glad to hear I was cancer free, we did find out I had some problems that raised my risk for cancer another 20%! I was told I'd likely develop BC within the next 10 years.

So now I'm doing everything I can to avoid that future. That's part of what prompted me to start low-carb again.

Thanks for sharing this Jimmy. It just may be what someone needs to help avoid the big C.

7/09/2007 11:13 PM  
Blogger Sherrie said...

Looks awfully familiar:

Is this the same anonymous author who provided the butter anyone and the fibre articles that were rips off as well?

7/10/2007 2:03 AM  
Blogger TedHutchinson said...

"Traditional diets contained ten times more vitamin D than the typical modern American diet."

More than 80% of our Vitamin D3 comes from direct exposure to sunshine. It is a heat driven process so only occurs when the erythemal index is above 3. It requires the presence of UVB rays so also needs your shadow to be shorter than your height, however those above latitude 40 will find there are some months of the year when no UVB reaches the earth.

5 minutes laying fully naked will raise 1000iu so doubling this raises 2000iu and if there is absolutely no sign of the skin going pink you can repeat this process to raise 4000iu which is the amount your body works best with each day.

The production of Vitamin D is a self-limiting process so further heat actually changes the D3 into suprasterols that are not usuable. So once people have spent 20minutes in the sun, it is best they cover up, go inside, to allow the skin to cool and the Vitamin D3 they have just made to be absorbed before repeating the process.
Little and Often.
Never get burnt.

7/10/2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Jimmy, that list comes from an article on the westonaprice website and as such should probably be stated:

7/10/2007 5:13 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for noting that, Sue! This was submitted to me by a reader, but I'm happy to give the proper attribution. THANKS for the link! :D

7/10/2007 8:25 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANK YOU, too, Sherrie! If you ever notice anything on my blog that has been submitted by a reader that "looks familiar," then please feel free to post a link to the original source so proper attribution can be made. I appreciate it very much!

7/10/2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger Robin Bayne said...

As a breast cancer survivor who has been researching, I'd like to add Turmeric (like in curry)--to your list of supplements.

Also, to be avoided for those at hight risk of BC--raw flax. Like soy, flax could increase estrogen and cause cancer.

7/10/2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Thanks for that Jimmy. I think you can add a little comment just after the list giving attribution, because most people won't see this comments page.

7/12/2007 11:34 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Done deal, Sue! :D

7/13/2007 1:28 PM  

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