Cancer

Billions of pounds have been spent researching the origins and treatment of cancer. The war on cancer has been as tough a campaign as the war on terrorism. It has always been difficult to isolate the enemy and traditionally past wars have clearly defined who the enemy was. It has been said that the war on “terrorism” was the first time in history that war has been declared against an abstract noun. The war on cancer has suffered this problem as well, identifying the specific agent that causes this cancer or that cancer has proved unrewarding and much effort has therefore been directed at the treatment of cancer instead.

Cancer has come to be accepted as inevitable health problem of modern society. An exception to this failed approach might be the association of lung cancer and smoking. It is taken over 50 years to finally satisfy everyone of the causative connection and socially to affect a change in society and the underlying behaviour & attitude to smoking. Why did it take so long? Perhaps in part because people enjoyed smoking and felt deprived if they had to give it up and also because of powerful commercial interests that could fund campaigns to mitigate the adverse effects on profits, using advertising, lobbying the government and buying respectable scientists to question the evidence of the health hazards of smoking.

We are at historic stage in the understanding of cancer and its prime cause but unlike the anti-smoking reaction the opposition to these findings will be far more powerful.
It would appear the very food we eat is perhaps the major factor underpinning cancer development. It was fairly easy for people to see that inhaling large amounts of toxic fumes from smoking cigarettes was an unusual and clearly unhealthy habit, but how could eating food from reputable sources of supply be a health problem?

The truth seems to be that it is. Food is defined as anything that we can eat that gives energy and provides nutrition for our bodies it covers anything from simple refined carbohydrates such as sugar or white flour to complex mixtures of meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and fats. The schematic diagram below shows how the risk of developing most chronic diseases relates to the kind of diet we eat.Obviously there are other factors such as stress, environmental health hazards, our genetics and more. Also it is quite correcft to note that anyone on a 100% animal food based diet might live to a ripe old age and not develop any such disease (there are the few heavy smokers, heavy drinkers who manage to survive to their 90's, but very few) and even those who follow the 100% whole plant diet might succumb to any of the chronic diseases because of the other factors. It does seem a "no brainer" on the basis of the evidence gathered so far, not to shift from the far right towards the far left to reduce the risk of most modern diseases. This is not a case of all or nothing! Every shift in the right direction will lower the risk of developing the common chronic diseases of modern society and there are no adverse side-effects!

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Dr. Joel Furman. Click on the above image to view

"Eat for Health"- The Anti Cancer Diet

 

 

 

If you really want the background science & research underpinning this work you must watch this video by Dr. T Colin Campbell above.

Just click on the image above.

 

 

Check where your diet is on the scale above.

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It is good to see that Cancer Research UK recommends a shift towards a diet richer in vegetables, fruit and grain away from an animal based food diet. Below is a short extract from their website:

"Experts think that nearly 1 in 10 UK cancer cases could be prevented through healthy diets, and we know that a balanced diet can also help to maintain a healthy body weight, which can itself reduce the risk of many cancers.The link between diet and cancer is complex and difficult to unravel. This is because our diet is made up of lots of different foods and nutrients. Many of these could affect our risk of cancer. Some foods, such as red and processed meats and salt, increase the risk of developing cance,while others, such as fruits, vegetables & high fibre foods, can help prevent the disease". End of extract from Cancer Research UK.

"This is a move in the right direction but why wait for the definitive research work that may take a further ten years when there is already sufficient clinical and anecdotal evidence to make changes in our diets. When there can be no adverse outcome from a shift to a whole plant diet but a significant risk from not doing so, what is there to lose but a temporary sense of loss of some of your favourite foods? From all the research undertaken by doctors studying the impact of a whole plant diet, the 1 in 10 suggested by Cancer Research UK would seem far too low." M.Lingard

 

Research into the use of Turmeric for pancreatic cancer : a valuable article by Dr. Michael Greger HERE