A donut....for the cure? Is this where we really are focused as a whole society on disease and prevention?
I settled down for an afternoon of watching my favorite NFL team play, and then I started to notice something. Why were all the players wearing pink shoes, pink gloves, pink hats….oh and then I saw the pink ribbons too. Here is October the “official” month for breast cancer awareness.
I don’t ever want to see anyone get sick or have diseases, and want people with diseases to get well and stay that way…but I am also not going to just go with the “mainstream” opinion when it makes no sense to me in the first place.
So here comes my take on all the “race for a cure” or “disease awareness” mentalities/focus when it comes to cancer, diabetes, autism, food allergies or whatever is the hot topic of today.
Awareness into What Exactly?
I have no problems with any growing movement that can help the mass public become more “aware” of a disease WHEN there is also the proper focus on the preventative solution. We can all wear pins, ribbons, t-shirts, bumper stickers or wrist bands till we are blue in the face….but if it’s not helping people to make the right changes in their life to help prevent diseases also, what is the point?
So I have to ask with all this modern “awareness” into diseases and unending fund raisers from races to golf tournaments, is it really helping or distracting us from what is really important? If you have a race, that at the end has a table sponsored by a donut company (yes I have seen many after 5-10ks) and another for a sugar loaded energy drink….how are these in line with the goal of disease prevention?
Great Time for Corporate/Personal Gain
We can "Stop" Diabetes if we buy more....cookies and brownies? Seriously? Where is the awareness into prevention here?
Companies are jumping on the “ribbon” bandwagon to take advantage of our internal “goodwill” and turn it into “smart business” profits. Look around this month (Oct) and you will see pink ribbons associated with all sorts of packages from cans of soup, batteries, car magnets, shoes, shirts, hats, socks, pocketbooks, post-it notes, pens, oil change coupons and all sorts of junk food wrappers.
Is this real charity at work or just a ploy for more profits? While some may claim you are “helping to fund a cure”, are they really donating much of anything? Below is an little bit from an ABC news story:
So who is really making out? Some companies may not even be sending any money towards a good cause and just cashing in on a consumer mentality (such as people who make the car magnets).
Honestly does it even make sense that buying a bag of M&Ms (loaded with sugar, an anti-nutrient which can possibly feed cancer cells) is a step towards preventing anything?
At least there are some sites that call into question who is selling what such as Think before you Pink website.
Charities are Good Business
I’ve always joked (but in a sadly honest way) that the best 2 businesses to be in are religion and charities, because it seems people just throw money at them to feel better about themselves. Sadly while many may have the good intention to want to help others, you have to question if the money sent to any organization is really going to do that.
Take for example the American Cancer Society. An organization that prides itself on “prevention and cure”. What you may not hear about are the people behind the organization and their focus. Here’s a little glimpse from The World’s Wealthiest “Nonprofit” Institution:
Where do you think the priorities of this organization are? Promoting more medical treatments (which can be called “screenings”)? Only funding research for some treatment that can hold a drug patent? Is it any wonder that all the brochures and marketing of “prevention and awareness” focus on treatments and drug therapy with hardly any mention of a real lifestyle changes? After all, there is big business is “treating” more and more people…not actually driving those numbers down with lifestyle/non-medical prevention.
So in essence you have a “non-profit” organization with heavy influences into multiple markets such as pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals, well paid executives, some money spent into research and more on lobbying. This where you really want your effort and money to be used?
The Myth of Fighting Any Disease
How do you fight something that modern medicine knows so little about in the first place?
Now we also come to the heart of the matter, the myth that we are “fighting” any disease in the first place. How exactly do you “beat” cancer or diabetes? How do we even begin to think we can do battle with some disease that modern medicine can’t even comprehend how it happens in the first place?
As far as I know, the only way to win a war against an unknown destructive force, is to never encounter it!
There is no battle that needs to be waged, we don’t need us marching down the street in unity to “fight” anything. What we do need is a growing awareness in how to prevent it from ever happening in the first place in our lives. We need a prevention strategy, not a battle plan of throwing enough money at it and “hoping” a magic pill will be found soon.
There is an old Zen saying that goes something like this “ You can not overcome a shadow by fighting the darkness, but rather you just turn on the light and it will disappear”. Lots of effort can be spent fighting the darkness, or some simple awareness can shed the light we need to make it disappear.
Mike Adams over at Natural News sums up how I also believe about the only good benefit to taking on a “battle” against disease by walking:
Prevention at the Cellular Level
We all want to be healthy, but does that stop anyone from buying a pink donut thinking they are battling cancer? It’s evident from the many studies on more natural living societies that cancer and heart disease is rarely seen until you introduce more “modernized” foods. Weston A Price has a good excerpt on how to protect yourself against cancer with food:
When you eat "Real Foods", it' s amazing how to find many protective nutrients can be found in them
When it comes to diseases, you will see the blame passed around from many different angles including:
While I am not going to ever point out one thing to blame for everything, they all play a part. We need to start looking at the damage being done on the body as a whole and how it effects us at the cellular level.
What is cancer? Essentially it is a bunch of cells gone bad and destructive. If left unchecked it will continue to damage other cells and create more and more “cells gone bad”. Do this in your lung and you have lung cancer, in your brain and you have brain cancer, etc.
So in the goal of prevention, we are looking to maintain the health at the cellular level….and let the ones that have gone bad die off (so they can’t spread).
Cell Death and Recycling
Recycle at the cell level and stay healthy!
The programmed cell death/self-suicide of a cell, otherwise known as apoptosis, is a good thing in some cases. While you don’t want all your cells to die off, you definitely don’t want the cancerous cells gone bad sticking around and creating more damage. It could be summed up that a defective apoptosis system is a big reason for the progression of cancerous cells in a body. If left unchecked, the cancerous cells spread and create more. A functioning apoptosis system would call for the cancerous cells to commit suicide and stop the progression.
This is such a complex system that most scientists probably can’t explain why and how apoptosis malfunctions and allows for the progression of cancerous cells.
Although recently more and more light is being put into how the cells can “recycle” their own damaged parts and create a new and healthy cell in the process. This is what is known as autophagy and could be one of the keys to living longer and healthy! Here’s a good summary from the University of Florida Health news on UF scientists reveal how dietary restriction cleans cells:
and more from this really good article in Scientific American on How Cells Clean House:
So it seems that autophagy through various pathways can not only help stop new progression of cancerous cells, but may also help improve apotosis signaling through healthy mitochondria. Add this to a continual process of healthy cell repair and “going green” (recycling) at the cell level may be the real fountain of youth.
While researchers are currently looking for a pharmaceutical treatment to increase autophagy in healthy cells and apoptosis in cancerous ones (although more is not always better and with every treatment seems to come more negative side effects), we can already take action with our naturally built in survival system and signal it through “restricted food supply” as seen with calorie restriction and intermittent fasting.
November 1st - Intermittent Fasting (IF) Day
To give more awareness of the benefits of using intermittent fasting for health (and weight loss), I am calling for everyone out there to do an intermittent fast on Sunday November 1st (perfect timing as I know many will probably eat too much candy on Halloween the night before).
How long you fast is up to you. Skip breakfast, skip lunch, drink water/tea during the day. Because we are not fasting a whole day you do eat at some point (such as dinner or whenever you choose). While you should always check with a Dr before attempting a fast, most should be ok with going without a meal and it is a good reminder into what really matters in our “battle” against diseases.
So if you really want to help someone else out there stay healthy for life, educate them on what real healthy living should be.
Free Intermittent Fasting Ebooks!
I have “revived” the IF Life! Now you can get the IF Life Revolution ebook series (for FREE) all about educating people on how to lose weight and be healthy with the use of intermittent fasting. So if you want to help someone get healthy, point them to the site here (or pass along this article) for the free ebooks and let them learn for themselves!
Then come join us all Nov 1st in taking a worldwide stand in defining real personal health care, and yes you can go for a walk in the sunshine too if you want!