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Cancer prevention, the natural way

Cancer prevention, the natural way
Multiple new studies show how you can dramatically lower your risk for a common cancer using plain old good nutrition and healthy living.
Combined, the studies show how fish oil, selenium and not smoking all add up to a lower risk for colorectal cancer.
In the first study, researchers compared a selenium-based supplement that also contained zinc, methionine and vitamins A, C and E to a placebo in patients with a history of colorectal polyps. The researchers found that those taking the supplement had a 40 percent lower risk than those taking the placebo.
Researchers believe that over 15 years, nearly half of those taking the selenium compound would remain polyp-free, versus less than a third of those who don't take it, according to research presented at an American Association for Cancer Research conference.
Many polyps are benign, so they don't always mean cancer... but since most colorectal cancers start out as polyps, reducing their recurrence is key to lowering your overall risk. Another recent survey that found fish oil could also reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
Researchers at that same AACR conference found that Caucasians with the highest amounts of fish oil in their diets had a 39 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer than those who got the least.
African-American participants did not appear to share the benefit. No one quite knows why – but it may be related to the fact that they have a much higher risk for colorectal cancer than whites in general.
Finally, a long-term study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that smokers have a 27 percent increased risk of colorectal cancer. The message here is clear: Don't smoke... and if you do, quit. Ex-smokers managed to lower that risk over time.
Then, be sure to get regular colonoscopies – one of the few effective cancer screenings out there.
                                        
                                                      Coffee can lower prostate risk
If you're among the millions of men who've been misled into regular prostate cancer screenings, here's some advice: Skip the screening, and have another cup of coffee instead.
A Harvard Medical School study found that men who drank six or more cups of coffee each day had a 60 percent lower risk of aggressive tumors than men who didn't drink any coffee at all.
That's a lot of coffee... but the researchers also found that more modest coffee consumption had benefits, too: Between one and three cups each day was associated with a 20 percent lower risk, and those who drank four or five cups had a 25 percent lower risk.
That's just one more reason to enjoy your morning brew, since coffee has also been linked to a significantly lower risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver problems, skin cancer, gallstones and even cavities.
The researchers aren't sure what specifically in the coffee could be helping the prostate... but it's not the caffeine. They found the same reduced risk in men who drank decaf.
Another great natural way to help your prostate is exercise: Another new study from Harvard shows moderate exercise lowers the risk of death from prostate cancer by 22 percent.
        An article from Researcher E. Martin
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1042487 tn?1275283499
Dr. Richard Béliveau P.h.D Biochemistry and his team has made a lot of progress into that domain of cancer prevention thru lifestyle habits especially nutrition. He has a book called Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer that everyone should look into

Green tea for example have studies that show a 57% reduction of colo-rectal cancer. 30% of net mass of green tea are polyphenols ( catechines, isoflavones ). An healthy nutrition rich in vegetables and fruits will provide a good reduction and can prevent a lot of cancer. In fruits and vegetables you all know about antioxidants but in term of biochemistry it's mainly due to flavonoids, isoflavone, catechine, isothiocyanates, diallyl suphides, carotenoids, monoterpene. They are all phytochemicals that will have a great impact on your health and reduce your cancer rate. Personally i only drink water, green tea ( japanese Sencha ) everyday, and real fruits juice loaded in antioxidants such as polyphenols and ascorbic acid which is vitamin C. Vitamin C by the way is a powerful antioxidant and extra C should be taken daily.

The cancer prevention answers lie into our lifestyle habits and nutrition. We gotta promote antioxidants foods and do physical exercise, just the way it is.

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1042487 tn?1275283499
By the way, thanks for those great studies respirate, definitely the kind of studies we want to see here.
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A new study suggests one of the omega 3 fats found in fish oil might actually increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer! there are a lot of problems with this study. It's a long way from being the final word, and in fact it may mean nothing at all.
According to the study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, men with higher levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were two-and-a-half times more likely to have an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Something else stunned the research team: men with the highest amounts of trans-fatty acids in their blood appeared to have a 50 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate cancer!
Trans-fatty acids are synthetic "fake" fats found in thousands of processed food products. They've been linked to inflammation and heart disease. There's even talk of passing laws against them and removing them from the food supply altogether.
Along comes this study that seems to show trans-fatty acids DECREASED cancer risk.
The researchers found similar results for omega-6 fats. These have been associated with inflammation — and they tend to be seen as harmful. (But omega-6 acids aren't really evil.  In this study, omega-6 fats, like trans-fatty acids, were found to be linked to a LOWER cancer risk.
If you take this study at face value, the "bad" fatty acids were good, while the "good" omega-3 fats  thought to protect your body from inflammation were bad.
Lead researcher Theodore M. Brasky, Ph.D. and colleagues at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center based their conclusions on data gathered from 3,461 participants in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial.
The researchers wanted to determine whether high concentrations of omega-6 fats and trans-fatty acids in the bloodstream could be linked to the development of prostate cancer.
But the latest findings were the total opposite of what the researchers expected!
Commenting in a group statement, Brasky said the surprising results seem to "shine a light on the complexity of studying the association between nutrition and the risk of various chronic diseases."Thousands of Americans swallow fish oil capsules daily.
Fish oil supplements are reputed to help: Prevent cardiovascular disease,
Boost your immune system,Stop progression of psychotic disorders in high-risk children,
Guard against inflammation, Reduce prostate cancer tumors.
The people who participated in this study were not a "random" sample. The study was conducted ONLY on males and only on males over the age of 55. What's more, the roughly 3,400 men in this study were just a subset of about 19,000 men taking part in a study of the drug finasteride, prescribed to prevent prostate cancer.
Of the 3,400 men in the fatty acid study, half developed prostate cancer while the study was in progress. That's a very high cancer rate.
This was not a typical group selected from the whole population. The researchers said very few of the men in the study even took fish oil supplements. Those who got any omega-3 in their diet at all got it from eating fish. This makes me wonder how much mercury those fish eaters were taking in. I don't eat a lot of omega-3-rich fish for that reason.
I wonder how many of these men were taking the drug finasteride (since that's what the main study was all about). The drug could easily have played a role in the results. As could the lack of the drug, in those participants who DIDN'T take it.
A lot of people don't start taking fish oil and/or eating a lot of salmon until AFTER they're told they have prostate cancer. That's late in the game, and certainly no basis for decided whether the omega-3's prevented or caused their cancer.
Remember that half the men in this study came down with prostate cancer. Consider someone who's never bothered much with supplements and then learns he has cancer. In a panic he starts taking lots of vitamin C, vitamin E — the whole gamut of supplements, including fish oil. It's a good thing to do. But it seems to me it would be very easy for a researcher to misread the data: takes fish oil, has cancer; never touches the stuff, doesn't have cancer.
So don't go tossing your cod liver oil or other fish oil supplements! These study results could be a legitimate warning or not.
Brasky's team emphasized the need for further research to better understand the relationship between prostate cancer risk and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
There are other omega-3s that were not linked to a possible increase in prostate cancer risk. if you're deciding on whether to use or continue using omega 3s-here's some information.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are three fatty acids in the omega-3 family:
Alpha-linolenic acid found in English walnuts, in some types of beans, and in canola, soybean, flaxseed/linseed, and olive oils. Olive oil would be the preferred source; avoid canola and soybean.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)  found in seaweed and cold water, fatty fish  this is the one implicated in the recent study
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)  found in mackerel, salmon, trout and other cold water, fatty fish.
Recent dietary guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommend a balanced diet with five or more daily servings of vegetables and fruit. They also suggest you limit intake of red meats and animal fats, including dairy fats, in order to reduce cancer risk.
A good way to do this is by eating more fish, poultry or beans instead of beef, pork or lamb. The ACS says that while studies suggest eating more servings of fish for their omega-3 fats can help lower heart disease risk the clinical evidence regarding cancer is uncertain.
One reason they may take this position.
In 2006, researchers examined 38 studies on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids conducted over the past 40 years. They considered studies that showed positive effects, negative effects, and even NO effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the development of cancer.
They concluded that these studies don't provide enough evidence to suggest a significant link between omega-3 fatty acids and the cancer rate. They further determined that using omega-3 fatty acid supplements is unlikely to prevent cancer.
Although research may not prove conclusively that omega-3s are a silver bullet for cancer preliminary study results suggest another benefit of fish oil supplements may be their ability to increase survival and the efficacy of chemotherapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
And a clinical study published in the journal Cancer concluded that omega-3 fatty acids seemed to prolong the survival of cancer patients who were also severely malnourished.








1530171 tn?1448133193
Some of the members may be posting information in good faith with the best intentions
to help, however:
Some further investigation and scrutiny must be applied to findings from various studies and research including some very questionable recommendations e.g. from the world's wealthiest non-profit organization -American Cancer Society- and the National Cancer Institute- with allocating billions of dollars from public money and donations to Big Pharmaceuticals for research (almost exclusively and thus perpetuating the vicious cycle
of research, drugs and profits with NO cure in sight.)
Make sure you watch the free video - extended till June 20th- Burzynski The Movie.
It is an eye opener for the ones not familiar with this. It might be the beginning of the end of the FDA and its decades-long suppression of life-giving cures.
Also suggested reading: "The Secret History of the War on Cancer" by Devra Davis, Ph.D

Caution with fish oils. ( By the way it is huge business!)
Polyunsaturated oils, including the omega 3 fats, are extremely susceptible to damage from heat, light, and oxygen. When exposed to these elements for too long, the fatty acids in the oil become oxidized, that is rancid.

Rancidity not only alters the flavor and smell of the oil, but it also diminishes the nutritional value. More importantly, the oxidation of fatty acids produces free radicals, which are believed to play a role in the development of Cancer, Cardiovascular, Heart and  other degenerative diseases.
Only freshest and highest quality from verified sources is recommended!
Try to take away from hot or warm foods or drinks!
Best yet, consume quality safe small cold water fish containing omega3.
( Mercury could be an issue with either fish or oil supplements)

Avoid consuming poultry!!! Just do a search "Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Chicken"
Please do not invite more cancer and disease into your life!
  Only organic pastured grass fed meats from local small farmers are recommended
(and have up to 10x more omega3 !). Just  search the "eat wild" web site for more info.


  Heart disease is NOT caused by Cholesterol! It is caused by inflammation and nutritional deficiencies! Suggested reading : The Coconut Oil Miracle by Dr. Bruce Fife
Free cellular medicine basic course@ Dr. Matthias Rath's website.
Also search : The Cholesterol Myth and Statin Drugs.

This is a small sampling. If there are any Colleges in your area offering a course in Pseudoscience, consider taking it. Our society is plagued by Pseudoscience with biased
and botched studies and research with one main objective : Profit!
So rule of thumb: Follow the money trail!

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something,
  if his salary depends on not understanding it."
  Upton Sinclair

Blessings to all,
Nikodicreta



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A very good web is consumerlab
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