Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life review part. I
In many countries, especially in so-called “developed” countries, cancer has become a social disease, and the practiced medicine, in addition to the exorbitant cost of treatment, has not shown the best results in the fight against cancer. This situation is an inspiration and calling for many scientists, who conduct their own research to effectively fight cancer and to prevent cancer formation. The results of much of this research are much more effective in combating the disease than those used in official medical practice.
One of these pioneers in finding ways to effectively combat cancer was Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, a neuropsychiatrist and scientist. At 31 years old he discovered that he had a brain tumor. After a successful operation to remove a tumor in the brain, the oncologist could give him a little advice on how to guard against recurrence of cancer. Then Dr. Servan-Schreiber began to search diligently through scientific publications on cancer, whose nuumbers were increasing at an alarming rate. In this, he gained a lot of valuable information and insights into his own health, which he shared in his book “Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life.”
The author came to an important general conclusion, that every person has some cancer cells in his or her body. He went further to discover that in countries that do not yet assimilated the „western lifestyle” (mainly polluted with chemicals and processed food), many of those people have tiny micro-tumors in their body that do not grow and do not cause the development of cancer.
Another interesting finding is the fact that the development of cancer is preceded by inflammation in the body and a weakened immune system, which creates conditions for the development of cancerous tumors and their metastases.
Pre-cancerous inflammation and weakening of the immune system
According to research results, pre-cancerous inflammation is the result in a large part to the radical change in the Western diet since the 1940’s, resulting in a rapid increase in the incidence of cancer. The most common harmful ingredients in the new diet are bleached sugar and bleached flour in place of various grits, whole grains, sourdough bread and other high-fiber, highly nutricious carbohydrates. In addition, harmful modified vegetable fats, such as margarine, soy and corn oils and meat from animals fed with feed with corn, soy, raising the omega-6 fatty acid content in their meat and products.
Omega -6 fatty acids are very pro-inflammtory, causing a predisposition to centralized fat redistribution ( the common unhealthy obesity). Fatty acids are also factors in the development of coronary heart disease, but they are inexpensive to manufacture and can be stored longer, now that they are further changed into trans fatty acids. Stress, lack of physical activity and environmental pollution also contribute to precancerous inflammation.
In addition to inflammation, the weakening of the immune system causes the existing cancer cells become activated and attack the weakest parts of the body. NF-kappa-B cells immediately fight cancer cells, but the excessively weakened immune system fails to prevent destruction of the cancer cells. Prof. Albert Baldwin of the University of North Carolina published an article in “Science,” which shows that substances found in green tea and red wine (from grape skins and grape seeds) -epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and resveratrol, respectively – are potent cancer-fighting ingredients. The pharmaceutical industry is working to produce synthetic substances to combat cancer, ninstead of using those already found in nature.
There are specific substances, resulting in the formation of the blood vessels which promote the development of a tumor. Dr. Servan-Schreiber states that drugs used to inhibit the growth of cancer, such as Avastin, are ineffective without activiating supplements. Other active substances are also found in mushrooms, green tea, certain vegetables and fruit, and cetain herbs.
The gene myth, Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF) and cancer growth
The official news very frequently explain that the main source of cancer are inherited through genes. These assertions are contrary to many proven scientific facts. In Denmark, where an accurate record of the impact of genes on disease emergence is run, records found that the effects of illness in children caused by the genes are very minimal, if the biological parents died before the 50-year of life. A surprising finding was that the influence of genes on the formation of cancer in children adopted is somewhat larger, if the adoptive parents die before the age of 50, favoring the idea of a greater enviromental impact on cancer formation.
An important source for the formation of cancer is Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF), which in turn has many of it’s signals and actions from refined sugars, which recently located in the vast majority of modern food products. IGF causes the growth of cancer cells, helping them to promate tissue penetration and fueling inflammation. In a study conducted at Harvard Medical School the reults showed that women with high levels of IGF, there is a 7-fold higher incidence of breast cancer than women with low levels of IGF. Similarly, research conducted at the University of California in San Franicisco showed that in men with very high levels of IGF incidence of prostate cancer is a 9-fold higher than men with normal levels of IGF.
A abnormal increase in IGF has its origin in improprly fed animals. In the U.S. rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) stimulates milk production in cows, but also increases the production of fat cells and cancer cells.