Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Stay healthy - Eating and Drinking Cancer away

Cancer is as common as Fever now a day. What is cancer: It is a group of diseases in which abnormal cells accumulate more than normal and can spread to other parts of the body
Let help ourselves from now on at least in things that we know can produce cancer. Cancer happens when we have wrong inputs to our body. Our body is Gods temple and we need to take care of it……….well. God did not create the human body to suffer from cancer, heart attacks, or strokes, can we try to return the body to its original state
We know that a good, balanced diet helps to maintain health. But how our bodies react to food when it reaches the bacteria of our digestive system remains a great mystery. Doctors claims there are more bacteria in and around us than there are cells in our body. It is a new area of science with enormous potential for significant advances in health promotion.
Lets see how mandatory and useful these tips are to be healthy.

1) Do not use plastics in the Freezer at all. It will be much cheaper to buy containers that are made of glass than to pay for in Hospitals. At freezing temperatures plastic produces substance (called dioxines) which is not good for our health and is cancerous. Some food comes with a thin plastic wrapper on it. Never keep that plastic wrapper at on the food in the refrigerator. Remove it and keep the food.
2) Do not heat or cook in Microwave using plastic container at all even if they are compatible. Use glass or porcelain instead. Plastic produces the same substance called dioxins, as in Freezer, in Microwave temperatures which are cancerous. Also they have an influence in the development of the fetus and our children endocrine balance.
3) Do not use mobile for longer durations to speak. 15 min should be the maximum. If we know that it will take more then 15 min. then let’s use Land phone or talk later. It is said that it is better if we use the mobile on the left ear rather than the right ear since it affects the brain directly. Your tariff rates could be much cheaper like the current Re1. Per Minute etc. Do not fall for it.
4) Do not keep on using the empty plastic bottles of distilled water for our daily use at home. Do not use it for more than one or two weeks.
5) Water, while not listed in the food guide pyramid it is quite possibly the most significant nutrient we as humans require. We are made up of about 60% water (H20), somewhere around 84% of our blood is water, 22% of our bone and 75% of our muscles are water.
6) Drink lot of water each day. Make it a habit to take a glass of water in empty stomach in the morning itself.
7) Water comes in different flavors: natural mineral water, pure water, distilled water, filtered water and on and on. Some have natural carbonation and some have it added prior to bottling. carbonized water which contained benzene are Poisonous . Benzene is a poison known to cause cancer and was found in rather high levels as a contaminant of water as a consequence of their carbonation process.
8) If you store water in Plastic container clean and disinfect his or her container regularly at least once in a month or two using your hand. Repeated washing and rinsing can cause the plastic to break down and the carcinogens (cancer-causing chemical agents) can leach into the water that YOU are drinking. Many are unaware of poisoning caused by re-using plastic bottles. Some of you may be in the habit of using and re-using your disposable mineral water bottles (eg. Evian, Aqua, Ice Mountain, Vita, etc), keeping them in your car or at work. Not a good idea. In a nutshell, the plastic (called polyethylene terephthalate or PET) used in these bottles contains a potentially carcinogenic element (something called diethylhydroxylamine or DEHA). The bottles are safe for one-time use only; if you must keep them longer, it should be or no more than a few days, a week max, and keep them away from heat as well. Better to invest in water bottles that are really meant for multiple uses. This is not something we should be scrimping on.

9) Some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. But I have seen people having food in news papers too. The printing ink contains lots of unhealthy compounds which are really bad for our health.

10) Before we go in detail, an: Eating Guide line – “Eat Breakfast like a King and Lunch like a Noble man and dinner like a beggar”. Meaning have good solid breakfast and sufficient Lunch and less of dinner. Morning Breakfast should give us the strength to work for the day and lighter dinner means we do not need extra calories to sleep. But I have generally seen that the eating habits are the reverse order.

11) Eat food with lot of fiber. Good sources of fiber are found in Fruits and vegetables. The low level of fiber prevents the colon in our body from cleaning itself. This results in a buildup of toxic matter in the colon. The buildup of toxic matter in the colon can lead to many health problems, the most serious of which is colon cancer. A toxic body also means a weakened immune system and the body's inability to fight disease and illness.
12) General Health : Felicia Cosman, M.D., clinical director of the Foundation, reported recently on a study that confirmed that on a long run women who sit more than nine hours a day were reported to be 50 percent more likely to suffer a hip fracture than those who sit fewer than six hours a day. Get our joints moving! Power walking is an important exercise.
13) Having a full-term pregnancy before age 30 may decrease the risk for developing breast cancer.
14) Breast-feeding may decrease the risk of breast cancer. The benefit appears to be greatest in women who have breast-fed for longer than 12 months or who breast-fed several children.
15) No alcohols or consume less and No smoking (“Give up now and greatly reduce your risk of cancer”). Alcohols and smoking are cancerous especially for women. It is said that it increases the chances of breast cancer. But Red grape wine is good for preventing Cancer
16) Grapes and button mushrooms are good to prevent Cancers. We need to wash them properly due to pesticides that we apply on them. Eating grapes and mushrooms jam-packs us with nutrients, vitamins, and anti-oxidants that help combat infections, prostate cancer, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. Green onions, celery, bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli proved themselves as essential ingredients to a vitamin-filled diet but they do not help preventing cancer.
17) All cooking oils are bad for health but it’s good to use Olive oils at least 10 days out of 30 days. Olives are good brain food, Some other brain food are Walnuts, Raisons,Badam, Poppy seeds(less qty only), fig etc

18) Protect yourself in the sun and take care not to burn. Skin cancer is a largely preventable disease, but the number of cases has more than doubled so Protect yourself from the sun and harmful UV (esp 11:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M remember to take extra care with children) but research suggests that fifteen minutes a day of direct exposure to sunshine may be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many forms of cancer. Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, our skin absorbs the rays and produces vitamin D.

19) If you snack, choose a healthy option such as fresh fruit or low calorie yogurts instead of chocolate or crisps.

20) Talking about fresh foods, oranges, peas, and cauliflower contain a very high capacity of antioxidant. One of the ways of preventing cancer is by taking antioxidant. Our body naturally produces chemical elements (reactive molecules) called free radicals. They can cause permanent damage to our cells. Cancer, aging, and cardiovascular disease are the causes of this damage. To protect us from these diseases, antioxidant plays a great role. What you might not know is that antioxidant may prevent prostate cancer, which is mostly found in men. Antioxidant protects body cells from the bad impacts of free radicals, such as pollution, exhaust fumes, radiation, certain drugs, chemical exposure, and even processed food

21) Don’t heap food on your plate (except vegetables). Think twice before having second helpings. It good to stop eating when you burp.

A portion of Healthy Food. This is roughly equal to:
an apple, orange, banana, or similarly-sized fruit
two plums, nectarines or similarly-sized fruit
a handful or grapes or berries
a slice of melon, pineapple or large fruit
one tablespoon of raisins or other dried fruit
two serving spoons of cooked vegetables, e.g. broccoli or carrots
a dessert bowl of salad
two serving spoons of beans and pulses (only one portion per day)
a 150ml glass of fresh fruit juice or smoothie (only one portion per day)
Beans, pulses can only count towards one portion a day. This is because they are high in fiber but don’t contain the same balance of nutrients as other fruit and vegetables.
Fruit juice can also only count towards one portion a day. This is because they are high in nutrients but low in fiber. And extracting the juice releases sugars which are bad for your teeth.
Mushrooms can also count towards your portions. But try not to fry them in lots of oil as they will readily soak it up.
22 ) If we eat foods that are as close to the state nature produces them we are most likely to get the nutrients we need together with all the other factors our bodies need to use them. This is crucial to any cancer diet.i.e Do NOT OVER COOK.
Ex. A shining example is iron. Our bodies need Vitamin C in order to assimilate iron. However, there are still iron supplements on the market that do not have Vitamin C included in their mix. Now, parsley is a very rich source of iron and, you guessed it, is also full of Vitamin C. To further complicate matters, Vitamin C is heat affected and water soluble, so cooking, particularly in liquids destroys it - hence my assertion that eating foods - in this case parsley - in their natural state is best. Of course this won't work for all foods - potatoes for example - but it is a good strategy to keep in mind when trying to maximize nutrition.
The other reason for eating foods in as near natural state as possible, is that cooking destroys the natural enzymes. Enzymes not only play a crucial role in digestion, and therefore influence the quality of the nutrients we get from our food, but some enzymes, particularly pancreatic enzymes, play a direct role in the fight against cancer.
23) Have no meal without SALADS. The answer to point No. 20. is salads. Using as wide a variety of salad vegetables and incorporating as many different colored salad veggies, is an excellent way to increase your intake of live enzymes But even with hot meals, many raw veggies can be added as a garnish, i.e. parsley chopped up over scrambled eggs. Herbs stirred in a casserole after the heat is turned off. A couple of rings of capsicum on top of cooked fish. Use fruits to dress up a steak or a roast. Even curry leaves can be mixed in low heat. broccoli and cauliflower, celery and carrots in raw form with cottage cheese are good for health. Raw foods into your daily diet, give yourself and your loved ones an edge in the cancer fighting stakes.
24) Phytochemicals are chemicals found in plants that protect plants against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Eating large amounts of brightly colored fruits and vegetables (yellow, orange, red, green, white, blue, purple), whole grains/cereals, and beans containing phytochemicals may decrease the risk of developing certain cancers as well as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The action of phytochemicals varies by color and type of the food. They may act as antioxidants or nutrient protectors, or prevent carcinogens (cancer causing agents) from forming.
The list below is a partial list of phytochemicals found in foods:
Allicin is found in onions and garlic. Allicin blocks or eliminates certain toxins from bacteria and viruses.
Anthocyanins are found in red and blue fruits (such as raspberries and blueberries) and vegetables. They help to slow the aging process, protect against heart disease and tumors, prevent blood clots, and fight inflammation and allergies.
Biflavonoids are found in citrus fruits.
Carotenoids are found in dark yellow, orange, and deep green fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, parsley, oranges, pink grapefruit, and spinach.
Flavonoids are found in fruits, vegetables, wine, green tea, onions, apples, kale, and beans.
Indoles are found in broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, and turnips (also known as “cruciferous” vegetables). They contain sulfur and activate agents that destroy cancer-causing chemicals.
Isoflavones are found in soybeans and soybean products.
Lignins are found in flaxseed and whole grain products.
Lutein is found in leafy green vegetables. It may prevent macular degeneration and cataracts as well as reduce the risk of heart disease and breast cancer.
Lycopene is found primarily in tomato products. When cooked, it appears to reduce the risk for cancer and heart attacks.
Phenolics are found in citrus fruits, fruit juices, cereals, legumes, and oilseeds. It is thought to be extremely powerful, and is studied for a variety of health benefits including slowing the aging process, protecting against heart disease and tumors, and fighting inflammation, allergies, and blood clots.
Phytochemicals cannot be found in supplements and are only present in food. Foods high in phytochemicals include the following:
green tea
Brussels sprouts
bok choy
red wine
25) vitamin C (ascorbic acid)According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), vitamin C may protect against cancer of the oral cavity, stomach, and esophagus and may also reduce the risk of developing cancers of the rectum, pancreas, and cervix. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C may provide protection against breast and lung cancer.
the following foods are good sources of vitamin C:
one medium orange - 69 mg
1 cup orange juice - 124 mg
1 medium raw green pepper - 106 mg
1 cup raw strawberries - 81 mg
1 cup cubed papaya - 86 mg
1 medium raw red pepper - 226 mg
1/2 cup cooked broccoli - 58 mg
The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C has recently been increased to 75 milligrams per day for women and 90 milligrams per day for men. Safe upper limit = 2.000mg. If on high doses of chemo or nephrotoxins, upper limit = 500mg.
26) Beta caroteneBeta carotene, also known as provitamin A, may help decrease the risk of developing cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, this nutrient may prevent certain cancers by enhancing the white blood cells in your immune system. White blood cells work to block cell-damaging free radicals.
Good sources of beta carotene are dark green leafy and yellow-orange fruits and vegetables. In the body, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A. Eating foods rich in beta carotene is recommended to possibly decrease the risk of developing stomach, lung, prostate, breast, and head and neck cancer. However, more research is needed before a definite recommendation on beta carotene consumption can be made. Overdosing on beta carotene is not recommended. Large doses can cause the skin to turn a yellow-orange color, a condition called carotenosis. High intakes of beta carotene in supplement form may actually cause lung cancer in people at risk, such as smokers, and it is not recommended.While there is a recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A (safe upper limit = 25,000IU or 15mg), there is not one for beta carotene. Examples of some foods high in beta carotene include the following:
sweet potatoes
27) Vitamin EVitamin E is essential for our bodies to work properly. Vitamin E helps to build normal and red blood cells, as well as working as an antioxidant. Research is finding evidence that vitamin E may protect against prostate and colorectal cancer. The recommended dietary allowance for vitamin E is 15 milligrams per day. The adult upper limit for vitamin E is 1,000 milligrams per day. Good sources of vitamin E (and the amount each serving contains) include the following:
1 tablespoon sunflower oil - 6.9 mg
1 ounce sunflower seeds - 14 mg
1 ounce almonds - 7.4 mg
1 ounce hazelnuts - 4.3 mg
1 ounce peanuts - 2.1 mg
3/4 cup bran cereal - 5.1 mg
1 slice whole wheat bread - .23 mg
1 ounce wheat germ - 5.1 mg
Since some sources of vitamin E are high in fat. A synthetic form of a vitamin E is available as a supplement. Vitamin E supplementation is probably not needed for most individuals because vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and is stored in our bodies. Very high doses of vitamin E can also interfere with the way other fat-soluble vitamins work. Also, large doses of vitamin E from supplements are not recommended for people taking blood thinners and some other medications, as the vitamin can interfere with the action of the medication. To make sure you are meeting your needs, eat a varied diet that includes whole-wheat breads and cereals.
There is no recommended dietary allowance for antioxidants. Eat a variety of foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, to ensure you are getting adequate amounts in your diet.
28) omega-3 fatty acids
Researchers are studying the effects omega-3 fatty acids have on delaying or reducing tumor development in breast and prostate cancer. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, we must get them from food or supplements. The omega-3 fatty acids include:
alpha-linolenic acid
eicosapentaenoic acid
docosahexaenoic acid
Sources and recommended servings of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include:
seafood, especially cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, halibut, stripped bass, tuna, and lake trout (aim for three to four servings of these fish every week)
flaxseed oil and beans such as kidney, great northern, navy, and soybeans
The American Cancer Society recommends avoiding omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the following situations:
if you take anticoagulant medications or aspirin, as omega-3 fatty acid supplements may increase the risk of excessive bleeding
if you are menstruating, as omega-3 fatty acid supplements may increase the tendency of developing anemia.
if you have elevated cholesterol levels, as omega-3 fatty acid supplements may continue to increase your cholesterol levels
if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (Women should talk to their physicians before taking omega-3 supplements or any dietary supplements.)
29) Eating a healthy diet can reduce your risk of cancer. But it will also help to protect against other conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes, as well as improve your overall health and wellbeing.
30) Nobel laureate, Dr. Otto Warburg of Germany, won his Nobel Prize for his discovery of oxygen deficiency in the CANCER growth process. When pH is off and our bodies are running more acidic, our cells are getting less oxygen. Cancer thrives under an acid tissue pH/oxygen deficient environment. Is it any wonder today that cancer rates are up? Human blood stays in a very narrow pH range right around 7.3. Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. Total healing of chronic illness takes place only when and if the blood is restored to a normal,
slightly alkaline pH.

To keep the pH mineral and Vitamens are required. over-acidic food consumption can change the pH. Cigarette smoke is rich in cadmium (the blue color in the smoke). Cadmium is the most neurotoxic substance known to human beings. A low zinc/high cadmium ratio is implicated in learning disabilities. Smoking changes the body pH.

31) Stem cell preservation: Umbilical cord blood is an irreplaceable source of stem cells, like those found in bone marrow, which cannot be duplicates or created by artificial means. Cord blood contains the most potent supply of these life giving stem cells and may be used by your family to fight a host of deadly diseases. While most children will live long and healthy lives, the birth of the child is the only opportunity, your only chance, to possibly protect that child, or a sibling, or other family member against life threatening diseases far into the future. Make the decision to give the gift of cord blood banking to your family member or loved one.
While important advances are being made in cancer therapy, treatments for cancer are a miserable experience and do not always succeed, even when the cancer is detected early. When it comes to cancer, nothing beats prevention. Eat healthy to avoid Chemotherapy.

1 comment:

Nirek said...

Good to see such detailed reports on how to overcome cancer! Interesting read