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A Untapped Source of Healing Cancer — Our Own Bodies

Posted Jan 11 2010 6:43pm

The complexity of cancer certainly makes understanding the disease almost impossible. Nearly all cancers are caused by abnormalities in the genetic material of the transformed cells.[1] These abnormalities may be due to the effects of carcinogens, such as tobacco smoke, radiation, chemicals, or infectious agents. Other cancer-promoting genetic abnormalities may be randomly acquired through errors in DNA replication, or are inherited, and thus present in all cells from birth. The heritability of cancers is usually affected by complex interactions between carcinogens and the host’s genome.

Cancer is fundamentally a disease of regulation of tissue growth. In order for a normal cell to transform into a cancer cell, genes which regulate cell growth and differentiation must be altered.[2] Genetic changes can occur at many levels, from gain or loss of entire chromosomes to a mutation affecting a single DNA nucleotide.

Cancer is a devastating disease. I was first personally touched by cancer at the young age of 13. My best friends father left a church retreat with stomach pain, and two days later it was determined he has pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the most deadly of the cancers leaving people battling the disease with a 4% survival rate. I remember his father returning home and spending his last days in a hospital bed in their living room.

Epidemiological studies have shown that low vitamin D status is correlated to increased cancer risk.[3] Study shows Vitamin D reduces cancer risk by 60% – if you take 3 times the FDA’s recommended dose.

New light is being shed on some areas we often overlook – our own bodies. The health and functioning of the inner environment determines what happens when we are exposes to microbes and germs. When the body is weakened by poor nutrition, environmental toxins, stress and a other factors, it is this inner biology that fails to adequately combat outer potential instigators of disease.  Function of the human body is a complex array of physiological processes dominated by three main situations: trauma, toxins, and thoughts. These three lead to the first step of malfunction; dis-ease.

The first is trauma. If you twist or mis-align your spine and physically impede the transmission of the nervous system’s signals, it may result in a distortion of the information being exchanged between the brain and the body’s cells, tissues, and organs. Obviously the most radical form of impeded signals occurs with major spinal trauma particularly to the brain stem.

The second is toxicity. Toxins and poisons in our system represent inappropriate chemistry that can distort the signal’s information on its path between the nervous system and the targeted cells and tissues. Altered signals, derived from either of these causes, can inhibit or modify normal behaviors and lead to the expression of dis-ease, or the replication of unhealthy cells.

The third and most important influence of signals on the dis-ease process is thought, the action of the mind. Mind-related illnesses do not require that there be anything physically wrong with the body at the outset of the dis-ease. Health is predicated upon the nervous system’s ability to accurately perceive environmental information and selectively engage appropriate, life-sustaining behaviors. If a mind misinterprets environmental signals and generates an inappropriate response, survival is threatened because the body’s behaviors become out of sync with the environment. We may not think that a thought could be enough to undermine an entire system, but, in fact, mis-perceptions can be lethal.

Doctors do not heal patients; they help remove barriers to the body own healing mechanisms.

Since 1971 the United States has invested over $200 billion on cancer research; that total includes money invested by public and private sectors and foundations.Despite this substantial investment, the country has seen only a five percent decrease in the cancer death rate between 1950 and 2005.[4]

The following are my major recommendations:

1. Control your insulin levels: Make certain that you limit your intake of processed foods and sugars as much as possible. Elevated insulin destroys the body’s systems.

2. Get appropriate amounts of omega-3 fats found in fish, nuts and flax seed.

3. Get appropriate exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.

4. Normalize your vitamin D levels with safe amounts of sun exposure. Vitamin D is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight. Season, geographic latitude, time of day, cloud cover, smog, and sunscreen affect UV ray exposure and vitamin D synthesis in the skin, and it is important for individuals with limited sun exposure to include good sources of vitamin D in their diet. Extra vitamin D is also recommended for older adults and people with dark skin. Individuals having a high risk of deficiency should consume 25 μg (1000 IU) of vitamin D daily to maintain adequate blood concentrations

5. Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables, try to shoot for 50% of your diet to include raw food, mainly vegetables and fruit.

6. Make sure you are not in the two-thirds of the population who are overweight and maintain an ideal body weight.

7. Get enough sleep, roughly 6-8 hours regularly.

8. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.

[1] Kinzler, Kenneth W.; Vogelstein, Bert (2002). “Introduction”. The genetic basis of human cancer (2nd, illustrated, revised ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-07-137050-9.

[2] Croce CM (January 2008). “Oncogenes and cancer”. The New England journal of medicine 358 (5): 502–11. doi:10.1056/NEJMra072367. PMID 18234754.

[3] http://www.creighton.edu/publicrelations/newscenter/news/2007/june2007/june82007/vitamind_cancer_nr060807/index.php

[4] ^ Kolata, Gina (April 23, 2009). “Advances Elusive in the Drive to Cure Cancer”. The New York Times.

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