Based on the understanding of cancer here are seven things one can do to reduce one's risk of cancer and/or assist the body in overcoming cancer. Although we have suggested possible herbs and supplements one can use with each principle, we again strongly encourage you to seek professional assistance in designing your program.
Principle Number One: Increase Oxygen Levels
Cancer cells are anaerobic, which means they live and thrive in a low oxygen environment. They are able to get their energy by metabolizing nutrients, notably sugars and carbohydrates, without oxygen, in a fermentative process. Cancer cells cannot survive in a high oxygen environment, so keeping the body well oxygenated inhibits cancer. Do this by getting plenty of fresh air and exercise. Breathe deeply. If you smoke, quit.
There are several supplements that can enhance oxygenation in the body. For starters, Chinese Lung Support helps with oxygen delivery and uptake and is very useful for anyone with respiratory weakness. Another Chinese remedy that strengthens the lungs and enhances oxygen transport is Cordyceps. Cordyceps also helps the immune system.
Liquid chlorophyll is another great way to enhance oxygen transport. It prevents clumping of red blood cells and helps red blood cells carry more oxygen to the tissues. Research has shown that it can reduce the risk of cancer.
Principle Number Two: Balance pH
In order to have optimal health, the body must maintain a proper internal pH. Cancer cells prefer an acid pH environment. Their fermentative metabolism also releases large amounts of lactic acid that inhibit transportation of oxygen to neighboring cells. This spreads the environment for cancer. A build-up of acid waste also inhibits toxins from being released by cells.
The best way to counteract this acidic environment is to eat large quantities of fresh, preferably organic, fruits and vegetables every day. This is well-recognized as one of the best ways of decreasing your risk of cancer, but unfortunately, its benefit in helping people recover from cancer is often ignored. Fresh fruits and vegetables not only help alkalize the body, they also strengthen immunity, aid detoxification and provide antioxidants.
Besides eating fresh fruits and vegetables, there are several other supplements that can help alkalize the body. The first is Ultimate Green Zone, a whole food supplement that alkalizes the environment, aids in detoxification and builds the immune system to help it recognize and destroy cancer cells.
Digestive enzymes are very important to helping balance pH. Food Enzymes and PDA are good choices for people with cancer. A lack of hydrochloric acid (an ingredient found in both Food Enzymes and PDA) leads to excess lactic acid in the body, which sets the stage for cancer. They are taken with meals to help the body metabolize food correctly so as to avoid a build-up of acid waste and toxins. They are also taken between meals to help rid the body of excess proteins that may be causing acid in the blood.
Principle Number Three: Strengthen the Immune System
The body normally and regularly produces cancer cells due to free radical damage, environmental factors or other causes. A healthy immune system recognizes and destroys these defective cells. When the immune system is unable to recognize these deviant cells or is too weak to destroy them, the disease we call cancer develops.
There are many reasons why the immune system becomes weakened. Poor nutritional intake is a major factor. The loss or destruction of friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract is another. Excessive sugar consumption supplies cancer cells with the energy they need to proliferate quickly, while contributing to chronic inflammation that distresses the immune system.
Improving nutritional intake, especially eating organic fruits and vegetables daily, will help the immune system, as will eliminating chemically-laden processed foods. Reducing intake of sugar, white flour and other simple carbohydrates will also help.
Supplements that can help to rebuild a weakened immune system include the Chinese formula, Trigger Immune. This formula enhances vital energy and immune function, increasing white blood cell production and platelet count. It is very helpful in recovering from chemotherapy and can also be taken during chemotherapy to strengthen the system to resist toxic effects from chemo.
Immune Stimulator is another supplement that can boost the immune system to fight cancer. It not only enhances natural killer cells (lymphocytes), which kill cancer cells, it also increases T-cell production and antibody production. An important benefit of Immune Stimulator is its ability to enhance cellular communication, which helps the immune system identify and target cells it needs to destroy.
Una de Gato Combination is another herbal formula that strengthens a weakened immune system. The principle ingredient, Una de Gato, has been used in South America for cancer treatment and contains compounds that inhibit tumor growth in animals.
Principle Number Four: Detoxify
The human body is bombarded with toxins, heavy metals, chlorine and thousands of chemicals that we breathe in, consume in our diet or absorb through our skin. These all cause free radicals in the body and contribute for the environment of cancer.
Avoiding these toxins is part of both cancer prevention and holistic cancer therapy. In particular, avoid or eliminate refined and processed foods (especially foods raised with pesticides, antibiotics or steroids), toxic cleaning products (such as laundry detergents, skin care items, fluoridated toothpaste, etc.) and chlorinated and fluoridated water. Also, avoid microwaved or irradiated food and protect yourself from electrical equipment (as electromagnetic pollution may be a major causal factor in cancer). If you have questions about how to make these changes, consult with your health professional.
It is also helpful to assist the body in detoxifying from these substances. Several supplements can be helpful here.
For starters, E-Tea or Essiac Tea is a famous anticancer formula that helps the body eliminate toxins. It improves lymphatic drainage and stimulates the immune system. All Cell Detox is another good, general cleansing formula that is based on a Native American medicine man's cancer remedy. It reduces inflammation, supports the liver and digestive system and helps neutralize acid. Chinese Blood Stimulator nourishes the blood and helps increase its volume. It is an excellent formula for helping the body rebuild after chemotherapy.
Principle Number Five: Use Antioxidants
Our need for oxygen exceeds the demand for any nutrient, even water, because we need oxygen for normal energy production in the cell. However, oxygen can also produce free radicals that can damage normal cells and cause cancer. Antioxidant nutrients protect the body from this free radical damage, thereby reducing cancer risk. Antioxidants can also be used in a treatment program for cancer, because they help protect the body from harmful side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
Some antioxidants to consider here include High Potency Grapine, an extract of grape seed that helps reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage, and Green Tea Extract, which contains polyphenols called catechins, powerful antioxidants that protect cells from cancer and kill cancer cells. One of these catechins is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which was shown in several lab studies to kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.
Thai-Go contains xanthones, powerful antioxidants; that have been shown in numerous studies to inhibit cancer cells and aid in tumor reduction. These compounds cause apoptosis (or preprogrammed cell death) in cancer cells. Xanthones exert cytotoxic (cancer cell killing) effects against human hepatocellularr carcinoma cells, and have been shown to inhibit the growth of human leukemia HL60 cells. Xanthones have also shown effects against human breast cancer SKBR3 cells. IF Relief also contains xanthones and is helpful for reducing chronic inflammation and pain.
Principle Number Six: Increase Joy and Pleasure
One German study shows a commonality that all cancer patients experienced a trauma and an unresolved psychological issue shortly before the cancer developed. Stress is a big component of cancer because psychological stress creates physical stress that dramatically reduces immune function.
Reducing stress should be a stress-less task. That's why the goal here is not to reduce stress, but rather to deliberately seek out joy and pleasure. A pleasurable, happy experience has a more positive effect on the immune system and healing, than the stressful effects of an experience.
So, seek out pleasurable experiences. Find things that make you laugh. Spend time with family, friends or pets. Take a walk in the fresh air and sunshine. Surround yourself with pleasing colors, smells and sounds. Listen to your favorite music; get up and dance. Listen to calming, meditative music. Take a hot bath in Epsom salts and lavender oil. Treat yourself to a massage, take a mini-vacation or go to a spa for the day.
You can also reduce stress by taking products like Nutri-Calm, which replenishes the nervous system and adrenals. Adrenal Support will build stamina and promote healing, as well as giving the body more ability to cope with stress. Chinese Stress Relief is another option that can improve the body's ability to relax, counteracting stress.
Seek out professional assistance in designing the holistic program that's right for you. Remember, there is always hope!
From Sunshine Sharing - Vol.18 No.5
Principle Number Seven: A good diet is recommended.
It is important to avoid all mucous forming foods (grains and dairy, cooked or heated fats, sugar), all processed foods, sodas, coffee, tea, salt, alcohol.
The best cleansing is done with a diet of pure organic vegetables at least for 3 days.
We need to sip 1 to 2 liters of CELTIC water a day. CELTIC water has a pH of 7.5 and only 50mg/l of dissolved solids at 180o C. (Use EVIAN if you cannot find CELTIC water).
We also need 2 to 3 cups of vegetable broth made at home with 5 to 6 organic vegetables, some fresh herbs and pure water.
It is important to chew food until it is liquid and rest after meals, outdoors if possible.
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