20 Years of Research into Preventing Cancer

World Cancer Research Fund/ American Institute for Cancer Research.
Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective.  Washington DC: AICR, 2007
Professor John Potter states: “In fact, it may be possible to reduce cancer risk by 30 to 40% through dietary change as a part of a healthy lifestyle.”  Indeed, the recent Scandinavian twins study (2) has shown that environmental factors — more so than genetics — are the most important considerations in cancer risk.”

5 yr Systematic Literature Review of all relevant types of research, differing in the quantity and quality of evidence.
“Each Change has a Double Effect
“For curtailing weight gain, which in turn will curtail cancer risk, the report advocates increased physical activity and a diet based on low-energy-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits and beans. In addition, it points out that increased physical activity reduces cancer risk directly by lowering hormone levels. A diet featuring plant foods also reduces risk directly by supplying plant compounds the body needs to prevent or repair cell damage. So, getting more active and eating wisely carries a double whammy when it comes to knocking out cancer.”
Cancer does not live well in an environment filled with oxygen.  The best way to force oxygen into every cell of our body is to work our way up to consistent aerobic exercise.  Have you ever exercised hard one day and felt the deep breaths you were compelled to consume for the rest of the day?!  Regular, aerobic exercise appears to be the first and most important change we can make to have a better and longer life.
“The AICR report also raised hackles by consolidating the evidence showing that reducing consumption of alcohol and red meat—particularly processed meat—are important strategies for reducing cancer risk. Although the report does not recommend eliminating either completely, it does call for reducing the amounts Americans ordinarily consume.”
“From the point of view of cancer prevention, the best level of alcohol consumption is zero.”  He also stated that for cardiovascular disease, one or two drinks daily may be protective ~ look into the research and see what we find!
“It provides a solid evidence base for policy-makers, health professionals and informed and interested people to draw on and work with.”
“To the extent that environmental factors such as food, nutrition, and physical activity influence the risk of cancer, it is a preventable disease.”

“Evidence shows that only a small proportion of cancers are inherited.  Environmental factors are most important and can be modified.  These include:
~smoking
~infectious agents [vaccinations?!]
~radiation
~industrial chemicals and pollution
~medication
~food
~nutrition
~physical activity
~body composition”
~genetics1
“That cancer is, in large part, a preventable disease”  was the conclusion of a report on diet and the prevention of cancer published more than twenty five years before this report.2
Since the early 1980’s, research and experts have agreed that food and nutrition, physical activity, drugs and body composition are individually and collectively important modifiers of the risk of cancer and taken together may be at least as important as tobacco.  Why is this not promoted more?!  Somehow we know it has some effect, but not to this degree!
“When combined with not smoking and regular exercise, this kind of healthy diet can reduce heart disease by 80%. and stroke and some cancers by 70%, compared with average rates”3

“No single study or study type can prove that any factor definitely is a cause of, or is protective against, any disease…reliable judgments on causation of disease are based on assessment of a variety of well-designed epidemiological and experimental studies…These introductory chapters show that the challenge can be effectively addressed and suggest that food, nutrition, physical activity, and body composition play a central part in the prevention of cancer.”4
“The Panel agrees, as evident in Chapters 10 & 12 that many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and its precursors, cardiovascular diseases and their precursors, and also perhaps other diseases of the digestive, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems, are to a large extent caused by environmental factors, including inappropriate food and nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity and associated factors.  Following from this, future reports should consider the promotion of health and the prevention of disease as a whole.”5
Food & Nutrition and lifestyle choices are now considered, “environmental factors”?!
“The panel is aware that as with other diseases, the risk of cancer is also modified by social, cultural, economic, and ecological factors [What about how one thinks?! Segway into Ron’s father and how his loss and subsequent sadness contributed to his demise.]  Thus …identifying the deeper factors that affect cancer risk enables a wider range of policy recommendations and options to be identified.  This is the subject of a separate report to be published in late 2008.
“The public health goals and personal recommendations of the Panel that follow are offered as a significant contribution towards the prevention and control of cancer throughout the world.”

Four AICR Recommendations:

“Recommendation 1.)
Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight”
“Justification:
Maintenance of a healthy weight throughout life may be one of the most important ways to protect against cancer.  This will also protect against a number of other common chronic diseases.”

Recommendation 2.)
Be physically active as part of everyday life
(equivalent to brisk walking for at least 30 minutes each day increasing to 60min of moderate or 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity every day)
Justification:
Most populations, and people living in industrialized and urban settings, have habitual levels of activity below levels to which humans are adapted.

Recommendation 3.) Avoid sugary drinks and consume fast foods sparingly, if at all

Recommendation 4.) Eat mostly foods of plant origin
(Eat at least five portions/servings of a variety of non-starchy vegetables and of fruits every day.
Eat relatively unprocessed cereals ~ grains and/or pulses (legumes) with every meal.
Limit refined starchy foods.
_____________p.26

p. 137

1.) World Cancer Research Fund/ American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical
Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective.  Washington DC: AICR, 2007; p. 15
2.) National Research Council.  Diet, Nutrition and Cancer.  Washington DC: National Academy of Sciences, 1982
3.) Willett W. Summary. In: Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy.  The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating.
New York: Free Press, 2003
4.) World Cancer Research Fund/ American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical
Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective.  Washington DC: AICR, 2007; p. 16
5.) ibid., p. 26
6.) ibid., p. 17

Get Slim, Prevent Cancer, and Elevate your Mood!

Close to six years ago I began to feel funny ~ as though I could feel the blood running through my veins.  It was very uncomfortable and I found out I had High Blood Pressure.  Now I don’t believe in taking drugs, so my options were limited.  It led me to a great discovery!  Something that prevents Cancer and other common diseases, elevates my mood, keeps me slim and energetic ~  yes, you guessed it… Exercise!

Over the years I had always done some exercise, but never consistently, three + times per week.  Now I was determined, but it had to be fun… I found Dance, Dance, Revolution (DDR).  It is fun, you can increase the intensity gradually and DDR is always putting together new games to keep it interesting!  Originally we purchased an X-Box just for the purpose of my exercising 15 minutes every morning.  Now we have the version for the wii ~ I highly recommend it 🙂

OK., now if you want the research behind the outrageous claims above, check out the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) study of 20 years of research.  They determined the top 10 things you can do to prevent cancer.  The most amazing part of what they found is that 9/10 things are totally within your control!  See more AICR Recommendations to Prevent Cancer by clicking on PREVENT CANCER.

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Health of the Host

Why a virus doesn't make everyone sick

The above video is one section of Module 1 in a 12 Module Course we created to help your young people learn REAL Health.  If you are interested in more information on our courses, click here.

Health of the Host

Why a virus doesn't make everyone sick

We don't always get sick when we encounter a virus.  Why not?  Sometimes the most important thing is not the virus we encounter, but how healthy the host is.

What if you are the host.  Your body is the host to trillions of bacteria - more bacteria than you have cells in your body!  Did you know that is true?  Keeping  the balance of bacteria in your body to favor the beneficial bacteria is what keeps us healthy; this is what,  in my opinion is more important than the virus you may be exposed to.  Here's an example from our mini-farm to demonstrate why...

An example of healthy host chickens

Health of the Host when the host is a Chicken

We were told to use antibiotics in the chick feed... but we chose a more natural route...

When our family got chickens.  Learning to care for them naturally was a priority.  Keeping their host healthy we were thinking could help prevent illness.  We wanted to have healthy chickens, but we were told antibiotics were necessary to prevent problems.  We decided to do all we could to promote beneficial bacteria and none of the things (like antibiotics) that could destroy beneficial bacteria in order to strengthen the health of the host - our chickens' hosts.  Read on to learn what happened!

health of the host Chicken on a fence

Health of the Host when exposed to a virus or pathogen

Parasites are  not always an issue with proper management practices...

Parasites feed on the host of a particular animal.   In my experience with humans, parasites usually afflict people under a lot of stress and eating a lot of sugar - both things that may compromise host health.


For example, with our chickens, coccidosis, a type of chicken parasite, caused a couple to die in the early years. 


 But we found that over time by focusing on a variety of animals in our yard, and keeping their hosts healthy, the issue was solved.


 Coccidosis is the biggest problem when a parasite can jump from one host - or chicken - to the next host.  Because we didn't have hundreds or thousands of chickens at one time, and they are free to roam a relatively large area, natural management practices made coccidosis on our mini-farm a non-issue.  


Giving our chickens room to roam and promoting beneficial bacteria, and the health of their host, we never had another health issue with our chickens over the 15 years we had them.

Compost encourages beneficial bacteria

health of the host Management Practices

Encourage beneficial bacteria in your yard to improve host health

Pay Dirt by J.I. Rodale is an amazing book because it helped me to make the quantum leap to thinking about gardening in terms of how healthy I can make the soil. 


How healthy is your soil as the host?


Traditional gardeners and farmers think about how to increase N-P-K values to raise better crops. A beginner in organic gardening thinks in terms of N-P-K in the addition of bat guano – bone meal – ash. Pay Dirt helped me to grasp that the quantity of these elements is not as important if the soil is truly healthy.


Creating compost from a variety of materials can provide the microorganisms and “biologic life” that is what makes uptake of nutrients in the plant so much greater ~ even when less N-P-K is measurable.  Could it be that, just like in the soil, the beneficial bacteria or biologic life in our bodies keeps the "bad bacteria" in check and plays a larger role in our level of health for our host than previously believed?!


 Promoting beneficial Bacteria is just one way we keep our host healthy!



Who Discovered the Health of the Host matters?

Antoine Bechamp

     During the time of Louis Pasteur there was a scientist named Antoine Bechamp.  His work discovered and explored the blood, fibrin, albumin, hemoglobin, red blood cell structure, coagulation, fermentation, microzymas and bacteriology (now known better as probiotics and beneficial bacteria vs pathogens like anthrax.)  A more contemporary researcher, Gaston Naessens (www.cerbe.com) discovered something he called "somatids" that may well have been the "microzymas" that Bechamp did so much research on.

Beneficial Bacteria

It is considered, "a vindication of Bechamp's theories, that many researchers over the course of the twentieth century and up to the present have arrived at conclusions in various disciplines that support the microzymian model.1"

 Bechamp appears to have been ahead of his time in realizing that living organisms and organic materials are rich with life such as bacteria.

The medical establishment of his time was also disturbed by some of his discoveries as he had great success against diseases like cancer with electromagnetic frequencies.

Blood Coagulation & Fibrin

Bechamp was known for making more simple the enigma of how blood coagulates.  

Fermentation

Bechamp showed that the alcoholic fermentation that might occur in beer, yeast, wines and sauerkraut, was a process very similar to human digestion.  Today we realize that this is another foundational component to the health of the host.

Germ Theory

The theory that germs are what infect us and get us sick really bothered Bechamp, and had a lot to do with the controversy that sparked between him and Louis Pasteur (see plagiarism below.)

He has been known to have called the germ theory or microbian theory of disease as, "the greatest scientific silliness of the age."  I realize this is hard to accept given that we have been told we are in a worldwide pandemic and we need to stay away from other people because they might be carrying germs.

Today, my thought is that there is some truth to the germ theory - in that we can get exposed to germs.  But the important part that is left out of the media and government communications is that the health of our host is probably a more important factor than even what germs we are exposed to.  It is the only possible explanation to why some who are exposed to a virus might become ill and why some who are exposed to the same virus may not become ill.  

Maybe the deciding factor is the health of the host.

Pleomorphism

Bechamp found "moulds" or molds who were so identified because they could invert sugar, or convert it into a fermentation.  These "granulations under certain conditions evolved into bacteria.1"  Microbe became the word for this bacteria, but Bechamp always preferred that they be called microzymas.

"Pasteur never understood either the process of digestion nor that of fermentation, both of which processes were explained by Bechamp, and by a curious imbroglio (was it intentional?) both of these discoveries have been ascribed to Pasteur1."

I first heard this theory thirty years ago and have much time and experience with the world to ponder if this might be so. With all that we are learning in the media around us that is not true or might be slanted to preserve and promote a certain viewpoint, it is not so hard to see this as plausible...

The possibility of pleomorphism is worth pondering.  Most people know that sugar feeds the fungus or "bad" bacteria candida.  But worth noting is that many diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and cancer seem to have a candida related fungal overgrowth component.  

In my experience I have also seen many of the above issues reversed when the "health of the host" or the mitochondrial health is restored.  I believe this is the future of real health care.

Spontaneous Generation

Bechamp didn't buy into the idea of spontaneous generation - he was in good company as it became one of Newton's Laws.  Pasteur, however believed it for much of his life.

Antisepsis

Another discovery credited to Bechamp is antisepsis or the idea that you could wash your hands between a dying patient and a birth to prevent the transmission of disease.  

Lister did many early antiseptic experiments or operations.  

"the patients died in great numbers, so that it came to be a gruesome sort of medical joke to say that 'the operation was successful, but the patient died.' But Lister was a surgeon of great skill and observation, and he gradually reduced his employment of antiseptic material to the necessary and not too large dose, so that his operations 'were successful and his patients lived1.'"

During these days of Covid or the coronavirus we are doing mass experimentation with antisepsis or antibiotic sprays or antibacterial lotion.  This has actually been recently proven dangerous to use too much and destroy too much of the beneficial bacteria that is so critical to the health of our host.  We would be wise to stick to an alcohol base with maybe some essential oils when needed.  Washing our hands has proven better than resorting to antibacterial lotions or soaps.

Plagiarism?

There is some controversy surrounding the work of Antoine Bechamp as some believe that Pasteur plagiarized and distorted much of Bechamp's work.   One example given in the intro to Bechamp's translated work, The Blood, claims that while Bechamp was studying diseases silkworms could contract he found one was a parasite (see note above) and one was because the constitution or the health of the silkworm host was weakened.  

When Pasteur was presenting a report to the Academy in his first work on silkworms he disagreed - denying that a parasite could be the problem and said Bechamp was, "in error."  Later, in his second such report, he took the idea that the silkworm was susceptible to a parasite and claimed it as his own!

 There are books written about this plagiarism (Pasteur Exposed (once published as Bechamp or Pasteur? by Ethel Douglas Hume, and The Dream and Lie of Louis Pasteur (previously published as Pasteur, Plagiarist, Imposter) by R. Pearson.

Bechamp, the Thorough Scientist

Bechamp was known for having the, "faculty for taking infinite pains1," and some theorize that this attention to detail and focus was foundational to his genius and the many discoveries - including the "health of the host" that he made.


References:

1.) Bechamp, Antoine, The Blood and it's Third Element, Introduction by D.L. Major published by adistantmirror.com.au 2020

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