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I hate losing friends and loved one to any illness and disease. When we hear the word cancer the first thing that comes to mind is suffering, pain and death. We see it as a death sentence because in many cases it is. Sadly, cancer is still just as deadly as it was in 1971 when President Nixon declared war on cancer by initiating the National Cancer Act. Billions and Billions have been spent on finding the cure. Although those in the cancer world say progress has been made in the treatment of certain cancers it is still the 2nd leading cause of death in our country just behind heart and cardiovascular disease.

My next article will focus on special supplements, foods, herbs, spices and oils that have proven cancer prevention and killing ability.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer with the National Cancer Act. That was a blast of money, 1.9 billion dollars earmarked to set up research facilities to find a cure for cancer. There is much debate as to the results from the billions spent since. In all honesty, I could care less about the debate on results. Figures can be manipulated in so many ways. What I see is increasing rates of cancers, heart disease, diabetes and other adverse health conditions. All of these are caused by the same unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

When I began researching cancer years ago the recommendation were the same then as they are now. However, what seems very confusing is the contradiction of the messages. Many of the cancer organizations state that there is no scientific evidence that a plant based diet or specifically that certain vegetables and fruits have any anti cancer potential. Nor do they say to avoid junk foods just red meats, processed meats, dairy, excessive sun exposure and smoking. Yet in the same breath they do say to increase your intake of veggies and fruits as part of a cancer preventive lifestyle.   Sooooo, why would say there is no scientific evidence that a plant based diet helps reduce the risk but them recommend eating more of them? Because evidence does exist and I have a few of the studies included in this blog.

Many, many studies have been published and peer reviewed that prove many of the compounds in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes can be cancer preventive and even help fight and help the body kill cancers. Yet we never hear the main stream medical community (many very courageous MD’s will  encourage a lifestyle change but not the mainstream medical community) preach prevention by adopting a cancer preventive lifestyle that includes increasing plant based food intake to 5 to 9 servings a day, to increase exercise to 1 hour 5 days a week, to quiet smoking, dipping and chewing tobacco products, to highly limit alcohol consumption and to avoid dairy products, red meats, processed meats, smoked meats and foods that are chard or cooked at very high temperatures including fried foods.

Let’s talk about prevention and greatly reducing our risk of cancers. Certainly genetics play a role and in some cases ( a very small percentage) those genetic tendencies are very strong and hard to overcome. However, most of the genetic cancer potential has to be fertilized or pushed by lifestyle influences to manifest itself as cancer. Studies show that fast foods and processed foods are rich in toxic carcinogenic chemicals. If you eat enough of them you greatly increase your risk of cancers.

Known causes

  • Hotdogs and other processed meats
  • Red meats
  • Dairy products
  • Smoked Charred and BBQ meats
  • Chips of all kinds
  • Microwave popcorn
  • GMO’s
  • Trans fats (hydrogenated oils)
  • French fries
  • Farm raised fish
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • High intake of refined sugars
  • Artificial food coloring’s
  • Radiation
  • Chemo
  • Air pollution
  • Radon gas
  • Obesity

For a list of the 15 foods you should really avoid to reduce your risk of cancer visit this page. http://preventionpulse.com/lifestyle/the-15-cancer-causing-foods-you-probably-eat-every-day/6/

There have been advances in treatments for cancers in pharmacological and surgical approaches and they save lives. However, in all but a couple of cancers, the rates keep growing. Prevention is what we should be talking about.

These figures are easily obtained if you want to research them. I have listed many links to studies below that paint the picture of cause and prevention.

https://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/new-study-plant-based-diets-benefit-cancer-survivors

Fang Fang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., the new study’s lead author, says that “dietary changes that include more fiber, fruit, and vegetables in the diet and less fat, sodium, and added sugar would be important for cancer survivors.”

Dr. Zhang’s advice reflects recommendations my colleagues and I recently made in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. We published six precautionary principles to reduce the risk of occurrence:

  • Avoid dairy products to reduce risk of prostate cancer.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol to reduce the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, colon, rectum, and breast.
  • Avoid red and processed meat to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.
  • Avoid grilled, fried, and broiled meats to reduce the risk of cancers of the colon, rectum, breast, prostate, kidney, and pancreas.
  • Women should consume soy products in adolescence to reduce risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors should consume soy products to reduce risk of cancer recurrence and overall mortality.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to reduce risk of several forms of cancer.

http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/

  • In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Yet evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds working together in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection.…AICR research finds that excess body fat increases the risk of 11 cancers. Vegetables and fruits are relatively low in calories. Whole grains and beans are rich in fiber, which also can help with weight management. That is one reason AICR recommends filling at least 2/3 of your plate with plant foods.Research on foods that fight cancer – and that may also aid cancer survival – is ongoing and active.

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/diet-physical-activity/diet-and-physical-activity.html

  • Choose vegetables, whole fruit, legumes such as peas and beans, and other low-calorie foods instead of calorie-dense foods such as French fries, potato and other chips, ice cream, donuts, and other sweets.
  • Limit your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and fruit-flavored drinks.
  • When you eat away from home, be especially mindful to choose food low in calories, fat, and added sugar, and avoid eating large portion sizes.
  • Limit how much processed meat and red meat you eat.
  • Minimize your intake of processed meats such as bacon, sausage, lunch meats, and hot dogs.
  • Choose fish, poultry, or beans instead of red meat (beef, pork, and lamb).
  • If you eat red meat, choose lean cuts and eat smaller portions.
  • Prepare meat, poultry, and fish by baking, broiling, or poaching rather than by frying or charbroiling.
  • Eat at least 7 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruits each day.
  • Include vegetables and fruits at every meal and snack.
  • Eat a large variety of vegetables and fruits each day. For maximum prevention and healing eat 9 to 13 servings per day!
  •                Essentials oils have been used for hundreds of years to prevent and heal all types of illness and disease including cancers.

Listed below are studies showing cancer cause and prevention in our lifestyles. There are hundreds more proving the same point, foods and chemicals cause cancers and foods can prevent and heal cancers.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3048091/

  • Although plant-based diets including vegetarian and vegan diets are generally considered to be cancer protective, surprisingly very few studies have directly addressed this question. However, a broad body of evidence links specific plant foods such as fruits and vegetables, plant constituents such as fiber, anti-oxidants and other phytochemicals, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight to reduced risk of cancer diagnosis and recurrence.10,13 And, research links meat, especially red and processed meats, consumption to increased risk of several types of cancer.2,10,22 Vegetarian and vegan diets increase beneficial plant foods and plant constituents,16,20,21,3032 eliminate the intake of red and processed meat by definition, and aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.28 The few reports that have addressed whether vegetarian diets can be used for management or prevention of recurrence of cancer are positive. 41,42,45,46 The direct and indirect evidence taken together suggests that vegetarian diets are a useful strategy for cancer prevention.

https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-3-19

  • It has been estimated that 30–40 percent of all cancers can be prevented by lifestyle and dietary measures alone. Obesity, nutrient sparse foods such as concentrated sugars and refined flour products that contribute to impaired glucose metabolism (which leads to diabetes), low fiber intake, consumption of red meat, and imbalance of omega 3 and omega 6 fats all contribute to excess cancer risk. Intake of flax seed, especially its lignan fraction, and abundant portions of fruits and vegetables will lower cancer risk. Allium and cruciferous vegetables are especially beneficial, with broccoli sprouts being the densest source of sulforophane. Protective elements in a cancer prevention diet include selenium, folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, chlorophyll, and antioxidants such as the carotenoids (α-carotene, β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin). Ascorbic acid has limited benefits orally, but could be very beneficial intravenously. Supplementary use of oral digestive enzymes and probiotics also has merit as anticancer dietary measures. When a diet is compiled according to the guidelines here it is likely that there would be at least a 60–70 percent decrease in breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers, and even a 40–50 percent decrease in lung cancer, along with similar reductions in cancers at other sites. Such a diet would be conducive to preventing cancer and would favor recovery from cancer as well.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695357

  • The Report reviewed the relationship between food, nutrition, physical activity, body fatness and 17 cancer sites. The goal of the Report was to review all the relevant research, using precise and reproducible methodologies. An expert panel reviewed the evidence. Based upon evidence that was graded “convincing” or “probable”, a series of 10 recommendations to reduce the risk of developing cancer was produced. One of the most important factors is maintaining a healthy weight throughout life, which can be achieved by regular physical activity and limiting consumption of energy-dense foods and sugary drinks. Other important dietary measures include consuming a diet high in plant-based foods, limiting intakes of red meat, and avoiding salty foods and processed meat. Alcohol should be consumed in modest amounts, if at all. Dietary supplements are not recommended for cancer prevention.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2231485/

  • A large number of epidemiologic, animal, and laboratory studies indicate that abundant consumption of food of plant origin reduces the risk of several types of cancer. The chemopreventive effect is related to the high content in these foods of phytochemicals with potent anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties block precancerous cells from developing into malignant cells by interfering directly with tumour cells and by preventing generation of an inflammatory microenvironment that would sustain the progression of the tumours. In many cases, these anticancer phytochemicals interfere with tumour promotion and progression by mechanisms identical to those through which synthetic molecularly targeted chemotherapeutic agents exert their activity

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14972060

  • Overweight/obesity increases the risk for cancers of the oesophagus (adenocarcinoma), colorectum, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium and kidney; body weight should be maintained in the body mass index range of 18.5-25 kg/m(2), and weight gain in adulthood avoided. Alcohol causes cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, oesophagus and liver, and a small increase in the risk for breast cancer; if consumed, alcohol intake should not exceed 2 units/d. Aflatoxin in foods causes liver cancer, although its importance in the absence of hepatitis virus infections is not clear; exposure to aflatoxin in foods should be minimised. Chinese-style salted fish increases the risk for nasopharyngeal cancer, particularly if eaten during childhood, and should be eaten only in moderation. Fruits and vegetables probably reduce the risk for cancers of the oral cavity, oesophagus, stomach and colorectum, and diets should include at least 400 g/d of total fruits and vegetables. Preserved meat and red meat probably increase the risk for colorectal cancer; if eaten, consumption of these foods should be moderate. Salt preserved foods and high salt intake probably increase the risk for stomach cancer; overall consumption of salt preserved foods and salt should be moderate. Very hot drinks and foods probably increase the risk for cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx and oesophagus; drinks and foods should not be consumed when they are scalding hot. Physical activity, the main determinant of energy expenditure, reduces the risk for colorectal cancer and probably reduces the risk for breast cancer; regular physical activity should be taken.
 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20843485

  • We observed the following significant associations: gastric cancer risk was inversely associated with high plasma vitamin C, some carotenoids, retinol and α-tocopherol, high intake of cereal fibre and high adhesion to Mediterranean diet, while red and processed meat were associated with increased risk. High intake of dietary fibre, fish, calcium, and plasma vitamin D were associated with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, while red and processed meat intake, alcohol intake, body mass index (BMI) and abdominal obesity were associated with an increased risk. High intake of fruit and vegetables in current smokers were associated with a decreased risk of lung cancer. An increased risk of breast cancer was associated with high saturated fat intake and alcohol intake. In postmenopausal women, BMI was positively and physical activity negatively associated with breast cancer risk. High intake of dairy protein and calcium from dairy products and high serum concentration of IGF-I were associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. These results contribute to scientific evidence for appropriate public health strategies and prevention activities aimed at reducing the global cancer burden.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92774/

  • Mounting evidence suggests that cancers are not an inevitable consequence of aging but are preventable diseases. The evidence in this chapter suggests that spices may be factors in one’s diet that may lower cancer risk and affect tumor behavior. Spices have been consumed for centuries for a variety of purposes, such as flavoring agents, colorants, and preservatives. This chapter only scratches the surface of the overall impact of herbs and spices since there are approximately 180 spices commonly being used for culinary purposes. Without question, evidence exists that multiple processes, including proliferation, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and immunocompetence, can be influenced by one or more spices.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2957945/

  • Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 contain benzidene, a human and animal carcinogen permitted in low, presumably safe levels in dyes.2 The FDA calculated in 1985 that ingestion of free benzidine raises the cancer risk to just under the “concern” threshold (1 cancer in 1 million people).6 Bound benzidene also has been detected in dyes in much greater amounts than free benzidene,7,8 but routine FDA tests measure only free contaminants, overlooking the bound moiety.2 Intestinal enzymes release bound benzidene, “so we could be exposed to vastly greater amounts of carcinogens than FDA’s routine tests indicate,” says Jacobson—especially considering today’s children are exposed to multiple dyes and flavoring agents and other added chemicals in foods.9

My next article will focus on special foods, herbs, spices and oils that have proven cancer prevention and killing ability.

To A Long and Healthy Life!

Wally Bishop C.N.C  I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

www.wallybishop.com

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The contents of the email or written communication are not medical advice and should not be considered as such!  This blog is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your physician or health care provider if you have medical issues and before changing your diet or lifestyle or taking herbal or dietary supplements. Never start an exercise program with getting your doctors approval. Never quit taking medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.  Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs.

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no cancerThis article about cancer is not opinion or editorial, its facts. There are many studies from highly respected Universities and Health Organizations that this information is available from. I have listed many of the studies in this document so you can fact check for yourself if you wish.

Let me say to everyone of you that is dealing with cancer today, I pray for a healing outcome for you. Truly, I want you to be well and have vibrant health. To those of you that have lost friends and family to this terrible disease I am very sorry for your loss.

Every month is a focus for a particular type of cancer. The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Liver Cancer Awareness Month.

I deal with a lot of people with cancer in my business as a health coach. For every person it is a unique situation. But regardless of the type or situation it still brings the same paralyzing fear of the unknown. Cancer affects the very young to the elderly, the rich, the poor and every religious and ethnic group in the world.

It’s difficult to put a fence around understanding cancer because there are so many different types and variants within the different types of cancer.

Our lifestyle plays a role as well. However, even those living a lifestyle that reduces the risk of cancer are not totally free from the risk of developing cancer.  We all know people that eat cancer-promoting foods, smoke, are sedentary, drink alcohol like crazy and live stressful lives that live to be 90 years old.  They are not the norm when it comes to cancer and heart disease..

So what do we know? Cancer can be caused by the consistent exposure to certain chemicals over time. Like those in cigarettes, industrial chemicals, petrochemicals, pollutants in the air we breathe and toxic compounds in the foods we eat and drink. There are ten’s of thousands of these chemicals in our world today.

These chemicals can damage the DNA in the cell so that at some point they mutate to a cancerous state. These are called carcinogenic compounds.

Cancer can be caused through genetic expression. Some people have genes in cells that are more predisposed to become cancerous.

Some genes wake up and through genetic expression cause the cell to become sick, then replicate to a sicker cell and then eventually become a form of cancer. Carcinogenic compounds in what we breath, touch, eat and drink can also cause the predisposed gene to wake up and become cancerous.  The chemicals in these foods promote the expression of genes that cause cancer.

We know stress and obesity both play a role in promoting cancer. Add these with the other factors listed above and you may set up the perfect storm for developing cancer of some form in your lifetime.

Like wise, we know there are compounds in certain foods that can suppress the expression of those genes that may cause cancer.  We know through studies that certain healthy lifestyle principles such as eating a mostly plant based diet, exercising, reducing weight to normal levels, avoiding chemical laden foods, reducing stress and stopping smoking greatly reduce the risk of getting cancers.

Interestingly, those same healthy lifestyle principles also reduce the risk of almost every other disease and illness that are the biggest takers of life in America.

How Can We Help Prevent Cancer?

Studies tell us that an abundant consumption of plant-based foods has a chemo protective effect in our body.  There are chemicals and compounds present in plant foods that block precancerous cells from developing into malignant cells.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2231485/

“The field of investigation of the role of nutrition in the cancer process is very broad. It is becoming clearer as research continues that nutrition plays a major role in cancer. It has been estimated by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund that 30–40 percent of all cancers can be prevented by appropriate diets, physical activity, and maintenance of appropriate body weight. It is likely to be higher than this for some individual cancers.”

Source : https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-3-19

There are also plant compounds that reduce chronic inflammation, which is thought to be a major cause of some cancers.

There is much evidence that the American diet (also known as the Western diet) is rich in cancer promoting chemicals through food ingredients such as excessive sugars, artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring agents, preservatives, stabilizers, flavor enhancers, trans fats, and other additives that promote cancer and other illnesses and diseases. Additionally, the American diet is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids that are pro-inflammatory and deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory.

The American diet is rich in read meat, processed meats, fast foods, salt and chemicals.  To reduce the risk of cancer the intake of these foods should be greatly reduced.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695357

Lifestyle Changes/ Foods to Eat and Drink to Reduce Your Risk

·      Exercise at least 30 minutes daily (yoga, walking, tai chi, swimming cycling)

·      Limit and remove stress by adding laughter and love to your life.

·      Limit alcohol intake

·      Limit saturated fat intake

·      Limit processed food intake

·      Avoid dairy (there is a link between some cancers and dairy consumption) http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/cancer/does-milk-cause-cancer/

·      Limit the intake of refined grains (they increase insulin which has a tie to increased cancer risk) http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/6/The-Insulin-Cancer-Connection/Page-01

Food preparation

There is a role in food preparation that can cause advanced glycation end products (AGE’s) in our foods. These can also be tied to cancer.  That’s another subject for another blog, which you can find at this link. https://webndbitesoflife.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/what-are-you-eating-better-find-out/

The following foods, herbs and spices have anti-cancer properties and should be a part of your regular dietary routine.

Sources: http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/

 Anti-cancer vegetable foods

·      Leafy Greens like kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, romaine, watercress

·      Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and collard greens

·      Artichoke

·      Asparagus

·      Carrots  (most powerful when cooked)

·      Peppers of all kinds

·      Radishes

·      Winter squashes

·      Tomatoes (most powerful when cooked)

·      Onions

·      Shallots

·      Garlic

·      Mushrooms (particularly shitake, button and Portobello)

Fruits

·      Berries of all types (particularly blackberries and black raspberries)

·      Cherries

·      Apples

·      Red and purple grapes

·      Grapefruit

·      Pineapple

·      Lemons

·      Limes

·      Dates

·      Pomegranate

Legumes

·      Beans, lentils and peas

Nuts and Seeds

·      Ground flax seed (great source of omega 3’s)

·      Chia seeds (great source of omega 3’s)

·      Walnuts  (good source of omega 3’s)

·      Brazil nuts (limit to 1 ounce daily only) extremely rich in selenium

Antioxidant Rich Drinks

·      Dark chocolate (85% dark or higher) raw cacao powder

·      Green tea

·      Coffee

·      Matcha tea

Spices (all spices are cancer protective, I am listing the most popular)

·      Basil

·      Cumin

·      Turmeric (Curcumin is the anti cancer compound in turmeric)

·      Ginger

·      Cinnamon

·      Nutmeg

·      Clove

·      Coriander

·      Thyme

·      Rosemary

·      Cardamom

·      Black pepper

 

·     Probiotics or fermented foods should be consumed on a regular basis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25575572
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20187714

 

If you want more information on alternative cancer information please feel free to contact me.

 

Eating a cancer preventive diet can greatly reduce your risk of getting cancer.  Many studies point to an increase of plant based foods as being cancer protective.
Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/
http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/22/2/286
http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/vegetarian-foods-powerful-for-health

 

Leave the processed and refined foods alone, laugh and love often and eat abundantly from Mother Nature!

 

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

 

The contents of this blog is not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/22/2/286

http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/vegetarian-foods-powerful-for-health

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25575572

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20187714

http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/

http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/6/The-Insulin-Cancer-Connection/Page-01

http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/cancer/does-milk-cause-cancer/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695357

https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-3-19

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2231485/

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Unless you want to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes and many more health benefits!!! Red and black raspberries

We have heard for so long about the anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects of cherries, blackberries and blueberries but maybe we haven’t discussed Raspberries as a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and healing food. It’s time we do.

Raspberries come in different colors. Red is certainly the most popular but the black raspberry is more potent when it comes to anti-cancer health benefits. Eating either will give you a bounty of nutrition and anti-inflammatory benefits. Raspberries have been shown to inhibit the production of COX-I and COX-II enzymes resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.

Raspberries are high in antioxidants, high in fiber, high in vitamins and minerals, boost immune function, build stronger bones, are great for the skin and brain function. Additionally raspberries are low in sugar and help support good blood sugar levels so like most berries are great for diabetics. Raspberries also have special compounds that help your body burn fat better aiding in weight loss.

Black raspberries are smaller than blackberries and are hollow in the middle where blackberries get large and are not hollow in the center.

Today, new research suggests that eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells. Tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have revealed that the human body readily absorbs the ellagic acid from red raspberries. This ellagic acid has been clinically shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) in certain cancer cells. http://berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu/…/red_raspberry_fact…

The message here is that raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries and strawberries should all be a part of your diet.

Just don’t forget the raspberries!!

Live healthy, be healthy!

Wally

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Liquid Health Bomb!!

Liquid Health Bomb!!

A Blast is just another way of saying smoothies!

Smoothie makers like the NutriBullet, Vita Mix and Ninja are one of our best weapons against disease and illness.  If you don’t have one, you need one, they are the ultimate smoothie makers! Not trying to start a smoothie brand war, this is just my opinion. I actually have other brands that very good smoothie blenders as well. The point is to use one of these great appliances to improve your health. It can’t help your health sitting idle on your counter.

How can smoothies or blasts improve your health you ask?

Typically we use lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and herbs and spices in smoothies. These foods contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other phytonutrients like plant sterols. These nutrients are the building blocks of a healthy body.   Also, health is a mindset. When you buy an appliance like these smoothie makers you have health in mind. You want better health. You visualize overcoming your health issues by blasting with these great appliances. They increases nutrient absorption. More nutrient absorption equals better health potential. However, smoothie makers can’t help you if you do not use them.

When you use your smoothie maker, use wholesome, nutrient abundant foods from the Farmacey (garden) that provide live giving sustenance! As you blast everyday with real foods using every color under the rainbow you are feeding every cell in your body exactly what it needs to detox, repair, replenish, build and reverse any adverse condition inside that cell.  Studies show that certain compounds in plant foods can actually stimulate our DNA to repair itself!! Wow! how awesome is that? Additionally, antioxidants and other phytonutrients help prevent illnesses and disease by protecting our cells and ultimately our bodies greatly reducing our risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, stroke and many other adverse health conditions. Your health begins and ends at the cellular level.

So how do we know what foods are the healthiest for us?

Fortunately for us, there are two major food nutrient rating systems, developed by leading experts in the Nutrition field; the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System and the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI).  Both provide a good look at what foods are the best and worst for us using a numerical matrix. Which one is the best? That’s for you to decide. However, the NuVal system seems to give scores that seem too high for some not so healthy foods. For example, the NuVal system gives iceberg lettuce a score of 94 out off a top score off 100 where the ANDI system gives iceberg lettuce a score of 127 out of 1000. This seems to be more realistic. Neither system is perfect however.

Both the ANDI and NuVal systems rate both whole and processed foods, but NuVal rates many more processed options and was developed by a team led by David Katz, MD, MPH. The ANDI system provides scores from 1 to 1000 and the NuVal system gives score of 1 to 100.

Dr. Joel Furman developed the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) food rating system. It looks at the complete spectrum of nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients in a specific food and rates it on a scale of 1 to 1000. The broader the spectrum of nutrients and the higher the content the higher the ANDI score. Some foods may seem low on the list to you like some fruits, nuts and seeds or beans because they may be rich in a few nutrients but not a broad range.  It doesn’t mean don’t eat the. It just means foods with higher score have a broader range of health providing nutrients, antioxidants and additional phytonutrients.

The ANDI System

Sample Nutrient/Calorie Density Scores
Kale 1000 Sunflower Seeds 64
Collard Greens 1000 Kidney Beans 64
Mustard Greens 1000 Green Peas 63
Watercress 1000 Cherries 55
Swiss Chard 895 Pineapple 54
Bok Choy 865 Apple 53
Spinach 707 Mango 53
Arugula 604 Peanut Butter 51
Romaine 510 Corn 45
Brussels Sprouts 490 Pistachio Nuts 37
Carrots 458 Oatmeal 36
Broccoli Rabe 455 Shrimp 36
Cabbage 434 Salmon 34
Broccoli 340 Eggs 31
Cauliflower 315 Milk, 1% 31
Bell Peppers 265 Walnuts 30
Asparagus 205 Bananas 30
Mushrooms 238 Whole Wheat Bread 30
Tomato 186 Almonds 28
Strawberries 182 Avocado 28
Sweet Potato 181 Brown Rice 28
Zucchini 164 White Potato 28
Artichoke 145 Low Fat Plain Yogurt 28
Blueberries 132 Cashews 27
Iceburg Lettuce 127 Chicken Breast 24
Grapes 119 Ground Beef, 85% lean 21
Pomegranates 119 Feta Cheese 20
Cantaloupe 118 White Bread 17
Onions 109 White Pasta 16
Flax Seeds 103 French Fries 12
Orange 98 Cheddar Cheese 11
Edamame 98 Apple Juice 11
Cucumber 87 Olive Oil 10
Tofu 82 Vanilla Ice Cream 9
Sesame Seeds 74 Corn Chips 7
Lentils 72 Cola 1
Peaches 65

You can find more information about this food rating system at http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/andi-food-scores.aspx

 

Below is a sampling of NuVal Scores.

Fresh Bread and Rolls                                Score
Alvarado Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread               29
Arnold Natural Flax and Fiber Bread                    48
Arnold Italian Crustini Rolls                                13
Healthy Choice Hearty 7-Grain Bread                  34
Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread                   36
Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread                             27
Wonder Cinnamon Raisin Bread                          11
Wonder Classic White Sandwich Bread                28

 

Cold Cereal                                                                          Score
Cap’n Crunch Sweetened Corn & Oat Cereal                                   4
General Mills Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal                  37
Hodgson Mill Unprocessed Wheat Bran (Millers Bran)                   100
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes Cereal                                               29
Kashi Strawberry Fields Cereal                                                      6
Post Spoon Size Shredded Wheat Cereal                                      91
Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal with Almonds                         29
Post Frosted Shredded Wheat                                                     32
Quaker Life Cereal                                                                     25

 

Fresh Vegetables         Score
Avocados                              88
Broccoli                              100
Lettuce – Iceberg                   94
Sweet Potato                       100
Tomatoes                            100

 

Frozen Vegetables                                                   Score
Birds Eye Cooked Winter Squash                                    100
Birds Eye Deluxe Frozen Artichoke Hearts                       100
Green Giant Cut Green Beans Steamable                         100
Green Giant Chopped Spinach                                          88
Birds Eye Sweet Corn & Butter Sauce                               23
Green Giant Cauliflower & Cheese Sauce                           25
Green Giant Creamed Spinach with Artificial Cream Flavor  24
Green Giant Green Bean Casserole                                   15

 

Canned Vegetables                                                Score
Allens Popeye Regular Spinach                                        87
Aunt Nellie’s Ruby Red Sweet & Sour Harvard Beets           8
Del Monte Fresh Cut Regular Spinach                              87
Del Monte Fresh Cut Whole Green Beans (with salt)          84
Del Monte Fresh French Green Beans No Salt Added        100
Libby’s Sauerkraut with Caraway Seeds                           13
Ready to Serve Artichoke Hearts                                     26
Vlasic Old Fashioned Sauerkraut                                       4

 

Fruits           Score
Bananas           100
Blueberries       100
Coconuts            24
Grapefruit         100
Mango              100
Passion Fruit       88
Pineapple          100

 

Cookies                                                                            Score
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies                                       11
Kashi TLC Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookies                                      33
Nabisco Chips Ahoy Chewy Real Chocolate Chip Cookies              2
Nabisco Mini Teddy Graham Snacks                                          28
Nabisco Nilla Wafers                                                                  6
Salerno Butter Flavored Cookies                                                 2
Nabisco Honey Maid Low Fat Grahams                                       24

 

Crackers                                                                                                       Score
Annies Home Grown Bite Size Whole Wheat Bunnies Baked Snack Crackers              24
Austin Toasty Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter                                                  24
Kashi TLC Mediterranean Bruschetta Snack Cracker                                                30
Keebler Townhouse Bistro Multi Grain Crackers                                                        3
Kellogg’s All-Bran Garlic Herb Crackers                                                                   35
Nabisco Ritz Bitz Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches                                                 9
Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Flavor Goldfish                                                              20
Ryvita Sesame Rye Crispbread                                                                              40
Sunshine Cheez-it Reduced Fat Baked Snack Crackers                                             23

 

Salty Snacks                                                                              Score
Baked Lays Original Potato Crisps                                                        25
Chex Mix Brand Snack Traditional                                                          7
Crunchy Cheetos                                                                                  4
Fritos Brand Corn Chips                                                                        6
Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips All Natural Tortilla Chips                              34
Doritos Nacho Flavored Tortilla Chips                                                     2
Lays Stax Original Potato Crisps                                                            3
Old Fashioned Kettle-Cooked Reduced Fat Cape Cod Potato Chips           25
Pringles Reduced Fat Sour Cream & Onion                                              3
Snyders of Hanover Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks                                    25
Snyders of Hanover Original Tortilla Chip                                              34
Utz Barbecue Potato Chip                                                                      4
Sunshine Cheez It Assorted Party Mix                                                   20

 

Fresh Meats                              Score
Chicken Breast (skinless)                      57
Ground Sirloin (Beef 90/10)                  46
Ham (whole leg)                                   39
Pork Baby Back Ribs                             36
Pork Tenderloin                                    65
Turkey Breast                                      56
Turkey Breast (skinless)                       73

 

Seafood                                  Score
Atlantic Salmon Fillet                       96
Bay Scallops (treated)                     43
Clams (raw, treated)                       44
Crab, Alaskan King                          62
Haddock (treated)                           74
Lobster                                          60
Sardines (fresh)                             94
Shrimp (treated)                            40

 

Milk                                    Score
Chug Milk Shake Vanilla              21
Nonfat Skim Milk                       100
2% Milk                                      84
1% Milk                                      89
Silk Chocolate Light Soymilk         46
Silk Soymilk                                88

 

Juice                                                                       Score
Lakewood Fresh Pressed Pure Pomegranate Juice              38
Odwalla Pomegranate Limeade (20% Juice)                       1

 

Oil/Shortening                     Score                
Canola Oil                                                 24
All Vegetable Shortening                              1

 

For more info about the NuVal system please visit http://www.nuval.com/scores

Health happens when we balance our lives by eating the healthiest foods and drinking the purist water as often as possible, getting outside, moving more, de-stressing and removing as much toxicity (environmental and emotional) from our lives as we can.

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive Shake

@WallyBishopCNC

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

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Prevent Cancer Through Your Diet and Lifestyle

If you do not believe that your food and lifestyle choices promote cancer and other adverse health conditions and diseases, you could not be more wrong.

If you are eating the typical American ( now called western ) diet which includes fried foods or foods cooked at high temperatures (meats or foods that have charring on them), pastries (doughnuts, cakes, etc…), candies, animal foods ( meats and dairy) once a day or more, red meat more than once a week, refined foods such as sugar laden cereals, enriched flour products (breads, cookies etc…), prepared foods (marinated meats, white rice, macaroni and cheese, rice-a-roni, vegetables in sauces or fruits in syrups, etc…) you are slowly setting yourself up for adverse health conditions even cancers.  These types of foods contain ingredients that actually rob your body of healthy nutrients and set up a path way in which cellular DNA can be damaged leading to disease and even cancer.

If you have immediate family members that have developed cancer there is reason for you to be concerned particularly if more than one person has had cancer.  This may show that you could have a genetic potential to develop cancer in your life time. Sure, this can be a terrifying thought but it is not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that you are going to develop cancer.  Eating the western diet is not the way to maximize your potential to avoid the menace of cancer.  You need to be proactive and remove potential cancer causing foods and agents from your life where possible.

Your diet and lifestyle are by far the most powerful influence to prevent cancers. I challenge you today to make your diet and lifestyle one of health promotion.  Even if genetics play a role, your lifestyle can trump those genetics many times.  Living a life of health promotion does not guarantee an illness free life. It does push the odds greater in your favor of having less illness promotes a quicker recover in the event you do become ill. In addition, living a life of health promotion provides numerous improvements to your quality of life, living longer, younger and happier.

Cancer Prevention

You should make sure you are including cancer fighting foods in your diet daily to maximize cancer prevention.

Every vegetative food has health promoting properties, some more than others. If you try to include as many colors as possible from the vegetable world every day you will promote optimal health.  Buy organic when possible. If eating meats, buy wild caught fish (cold water fish is preferred; salmon, trout, steelhead, sardines, cod, and halibut) and organic free range chicken and turkey.

  • at least 5 servings of vegetables, 2 fruits, 3 whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and heart healthy oils ( olive oil and coconut oil to cook with, sesame, flax and sunflower should never be used to cook with )
  • make 50 to 70% of your vegetables raw and 50 to 30% lightly cooked (beans must be cooked)
  • include more omega 3 rich foods,
  • include some super foods ( see list below) every day,
  • Vitamin D3 get at least 2000 IU’s  daily,
  • Detox your body twice a year
  • Get a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise at least 4 days a week, hard enough to sweat (your work or job does not count)
  • Use a sauna periodically to help remove toxins
  • Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of water daily (natural spring water or purified water, Pur, Brita etc are fine)
  • Get 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine at least 3 times per week
  • Use very good micron filters in your home air system
  • Use green, non toxic home cleaning products
  • Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins
  • Laugh and smile in abundance
  • Fill you life with love
  • Do for others when possible

Cancer Promoting Things

  • Process and refined foods (most food products in a package or box)
  • Cola’s, soft drinks
  • High fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, corn syrup, excessive amounts of any added sugars
  • Trans fats, hydrogenated fats
  • Excessive intake of stimulant foods (high energy drinks)
  • Alcohol
  • Red meat, charred meats, excessive intake of animal foods
  • Foods cooked at high temperatures
  • Fried foods
  • Heavy metal toxcity
  • Excessive salt intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress

Below is a list of cancer fighting foods:

If you are diagnosed with cancer

If you are diagnosed with cancer, after the first shock, you need to assess your options. There are some very important questions you need to ask your doctors. Certainly you need to change your diet and lifestyle to one of health promotion.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What traditional treatments are recommended?
  • What is your prognosis with treatment and without?
  • What effect on your quality of life do the recommended treatments have?
  • What other illnesses or diseases can the recommended treatments cause in the future, short-term and long-term?
  • If I decide to do alternative treatments will you continue to monitor me during the treatments?
  • Are there any alternative treatments that you may recommend? Don’t be surprised when the doctor say’s no alternative treatments have been shown to be effective. Traditional doctors are powerfully discouraged from recommending alternative or natural treatments. However a few doctors will go against the traditional establishment and recommend alternative treatments.  A new branch of medicine is growing in which traditional medicine and alternative medicine is both used. This new branch is labeled “Integrative Medicine”; I would urge you to consider them as well.

There are many effective non-toxic alternative cancer protocols available.  Tens of thousands of people have had great success with them. This becomes a very personal decision for you and your family to make.  The most important part of your life with cancer is education and researching for yourself your options.  Don’t be pushed and don’t let people scare you so bad you make rash decisions. Pray for wisdom and guidance, research different options, ask questions, talk to others that have had or are doing the treatments or alternative protocols and then make a decision.

If you decide to use alternative cancer protocols understand your current doctors may drop you, some are very understanding and will continue to support your efforts.  Look for a doctor that will support you regardless of your decision.

There can be a lot of confusion in the alternative market. I only recommend two sources because I know the sources and know the info to be true and accurate.  I know many people who have had great success with alternative cancer protocols.

The best sources for alternative cancer protocols

Conclusion If you don’t have cancer, celebrate your life and begin to live a life of health and happiness.  If you or a loved one has cancer don’t retreat;  pray, educate yourself, counsel with those that have gone before you and go on the attack.  It may seem difficult at the time, however your belief that your body will heal and you will recover is as important as any treatment you decide to do. I urge you to believe and embrace your healing process. Pick a treatment plan and stick with it. Optimize your opportunity for recovery by living a life of health promotion. When you are ill, your body needs an abundance of high quality nutrition, eat and supplement wisely, rest and live in peace and harmony.

Healthy Wishes for  Cancer Free Life

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Nutritionist

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

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In memory of those that have fought and passed and celebration for those that have fought and conquered.

If you do not believe that your food and lifestyle choices promote cancer and other adverse health conditions and diseases, you could not be more wrong.

If you are eating the typical American ( now called western ) diet which includes fried foods or foods cooked at high temperatures (meats or foods that have charring on them), pastries (doughnuts, cakes, etc…), candies, animal foods ( meats and dairy) once a day or more, red meat more than once a week, refined foods such as sugar laden cereals, enriched flour products (breads, cookies etc…), prepared foods (marinated meats, white rice, macaroni and cheese, rice-a-roni, vegetables in sauces or fruits in syrups, etc…) you are slowly setting yourself up for adverse health conditions even cancers.  These types of foods contain ingredients that actually rob your body of healthy nutrients and set up a path way in which cellular DNA can be damaged leading to disease and even cancer.

If you have immediate family members that have developed cancer there is reason for you to be concerned particularly if more than one person has had cancer.  This may show that you could have a genetic potential to develop cancer in your life time. Sure, this can be a terrifying thought but it is not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that you are going to develop cancer.  Eating the western diet is not the way to maximize your potential to avoid the menace of cancer.  You need to be proactive and remove potential cancer causing foods and agents from your life where possible.

Your diet and lifestyle are by far the most powerful influence to prevent cancers. I challenge you today to make your diet and lifestyle one of health promotion.  Even if genetics play a role, your lifestyle can trump those genetics many times.  Living a life of health promotion does not guarantee an illness free life. It does push the odds greater in your favor of having less illness promotes a quicker recover in the event you do become ill. In addition, living a life of health promotion provides numerous improvements to your quality of life, living longer, younger and happier.

Cancer Prevention

You should make sure you are including cancer fighting foods in your diet daily to maximize cancer prevention.

Every vegetative food has health promoting properties, some more than others. If you try to include as many colors as possible from the vegetable world every day you will promote optimal health.  Buy organic when possible. If eating meats, buy wild caught fish (cold water fish is preferred; salmon, trout, steelhead, sardines, cod, and halibut) and organic free range chicken and turkey.

  • at least 5 servings of vegetables, 2 fruits, 3 whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and heart healthy oils ( olive oil and coconut oil to cook with, sesame, flax and sunflower should never be used to cook with )
  • make 50 to 70% of your vegetables raw and 50 to 30% lightly cooked (beans must be cooked)
  • include more omega 3 rich foods,
  • include some super foods ( see list below) every day,
  • Vitamin D3 get at least 2000 IU’s  daily,
  • Detox your body twice a year
  • Get a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise at least 4 days a week, hard enough to sweat (your work or job does not count)
  • Use a sauna periodically to help remove toxins
  • Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of water daily (natural spring water or purified water, Pur, Brita etc are fine)
  • Get 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine at least 3 times per week
  • Use very good micron filters in your home air system
  • Use green, non toxic home cleaning products
  • Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins
  • Laugh and smile in abundance
  • Fill you life with love
  • Do for others when possible

Cancer Promotion (those you can influence the easiest)

  • Process and refined foods (most food products in a package or box)
  • Cola’s, soft drinks
  • High fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, corn syrup, excessive amounts of any added sugars
  • Trans fats, hydrogenated fats
  • Excessive intake of stimulant foods (high energy drinks)
  • Alcohol
  • Red meat, charred meats, excessive intake of animal foods
  • Foods cooked at high temperatures
  • Fried foods
  • Heavy metal toxcity
  • Excessive salt intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress

Below is a list of cancer fighting foods:

If you are diagnosed with cancer

If you are diagnosed with cancer, after the first shock, you need to assess your options. There are some very important questions you need to ask your doctors. Certainly you need to change your diet and lifestyle to one of health promotion.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What traditional treatments are recommended?
  • What is your prognosis with treatment and without?
  • What effect on your quality of life do the recommended treatments have?
  • What other illnesses or diseases can the recommended treatments cause in the future, short-term and long-term?
  • If I decide to do alternative treatments will you continue to monitor me during the treatments?
  • Are there any alternative treatments that you may recommend? Don’t be surprised when the doctor say’s no alternative treatments have been shown to be effective. Traditional doctors are powerfully discouraged from recommending alternative or natural treatments. However a few doctors will go against the traditional establishment and recommend alternative treatments.  A new branch of medicine is growing in which traditional medicine and alternative medicine is both used. This new branch is labeled “Integrative Medicine”; I would urge you to consider them as well.

There are many effective non-toxic alternative cancer protocols available.  Tens of thousands of people have had great success with them. This becomes a very personal decision for you and your family to make.  The most important part of your life with cancer is education and researching for yourself your options.  Don’t be pushed and don’t let people scare you so bad you make rash decisions. Pray for wisdom and guidance, research different options, ask questions, talk to others that have had or are doing the treatments or alternative protocols and then make a decision.

If you decide to use alternative cancer protocols understand your current doctors may drop you, some are very understanding and will continue to support your efforts.  Look for a doctor that will support you regardless of your decision.

There can be a lot of confusion in the alternative market. I only recommend two sources because I know the sources and know the info to be true and accurate.  I know many people who have had great success with alternative cancer protocols.

The best sources for alternative cancer protocols

Conclusion If you don’t have cancer, celebrate your life and begin to live a life of health and happiness.  If you or a loved one has cancer don’t retreat;  pray, educate yourself, counsel with those that have gone before you and go on the attack.  It may seem difficult at the time, however your belief that your body will heal and you will recover is as important as any treatment you decide to do. I urge you to believe and embrace your healing process. Pick a treatment plan and stick with it. Optimize your opportunity for recovery by living a life of health promotion. When you are ill, your body needs an abundance of high quality nutrition, eat and supplement wisely, rest and live in peace and harmony.

Healthy Wishes for  Cancer Free Life

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Nutritionist

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Read Full Post »

Chrronic inflammation imagesWhen you hear the word inflammation, I am sure you think about muscle and joint pain. Body Inflammation is caused by many things.  Chronic inflammation may lead to many adverse health conditions more severe than joint and muscle pain.

As a part of our normal healing response the body creates inflammation for different reasons.

If we over exercise our muscles, inflammation causes pain. If you sprain an ankle the body induces swelling for multiple reasons, the swelling is an inflammatory response. This keeps the ankle immobile and speeds healing. If you eat a food that has spoiled, the body is going to kill the invader or remove it. This causes diarrhea, cramping and possibly vomiting, all a form of inflammation cause by our immune system. When you pickup a splinter in your finger the presence of a foreign object or foreign matter trigger an immune response. The immune response actions cause redness, tenderness and swelling. This is caused from the immune response sending its army (white blood cells) to attack the invader and any friends it may have brought with it, such as bacteria. It also sends a cleanup crew (a different type of immune cell) to dispose of the bad guys that the army killed. If you get the flu, the immune system raises the bodies temperature to kill the invader, you have chills, headaches, body pain, all due to the immune response to heal you. These responses are protective inflammation and is much different than the inflammation I am concerned with in this blog.

The inflammation that causes disease and other adverse health conditions comes from our diet and lifestyle. The inflammation caused by these foods and behaviors last in our bodies for a long time causing damage to tissues and organs. In fact chronic inflammation is believed to be a major contributor to most illness and disease.   Chronic inflammation is a silent killer. It’s happening in your body and you can’t see it or feel it until damage is being done.

SAD, the standard American diet and lifestyle leads the way as the primary instigator of chronic inflammation. The consumption of refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined and processed foods, trans fats, saturated fats and preservatives create inflammation throughout the body.  This may eventually cause cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, allergies, reduced immune system function, high cholesterol, chronic infections, auto immune diseases, heart disease, digestive disorders and other adverse conditions.

Diet contributors to chronic inflammation include:

Like wise certain lifestyle activities such as a sedentary lifestyle, lack of sunshine, recreational drugs and pharmaceutical drugs cause chronic inflammation. Excessive stress in your life can contribute to chronic inflammation.

Another good article about inflammation can be found here.

Next, Part II  the symptoms of chronic inflammation and how to reverse it!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

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Beat Cancer!!

In memory of those that have fought and passed and celebration for those that have fought and conquered.

If you do not believe that your food and lifestyle choices promote cancer and other adverse health conditions and diseases, you could not be more wrong.

If you are eating the typical American ( now called western ) diet which includes fried foods or foods cooked at high temperatures (meats or foods that have charring on them), pastries (doughnuts, cakes, etc…), candies, animal foods ( meats and dairy) once a day or more, red meat more than once a week, refined foods such as sugar laden cereals, enriched flour products (breads, cookies etc…), prepared foods (marinated meats, white rice, macaroni and cheese, rice-a-roni, vegetables in sauces or fruits in syrups, etc…) you are slowly setting yourself up for adverse health conditions even cancers.  These types of foods contain ingredients that actually rob your body of healthy nutrients and set up a path way in which cellular DNA can be damaged leading to disease and even cancer.

If you have immediate family members that have developed cancer there is reason for you to be concerned particularly if more than one person has had cancer.  This may show that you could have a genetic potential to develop cancer in your life time. Sure, this can be a terrifying thought but it is not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that you are going to develop cancer.  Eating the western diet is not the way to maximize your potential to avoid the menace of cancer.  You need to be proactive and remove potential cancer causing foods and agents from your life where possible.

In Part I we looked at the factors that have the biggest influence on cancer promotion, the majority of which we have some control over.  Your diet and lifestyle are by far the most powerful influence to prevent cancers. I challenge you today to make your diet and lifestyle one of health promotion.  Even if genetics play a role, your lifestyle can trump those genetics many times.  Living a life of health promotion does not guarantee an illness free life. It does push the odds greater in your favor of having less illness promotes a quicker recover in the event you do become ill. In addition, living a life of health promotion provides numerous improvements to your quality of life, living longer, younger and happier.

Cancer Prevention

You should make sure you are including cancer fighting foods in your diet daily to maximize cancer prevention.

Every vegetative food has health promoting properties, some more than others. If you try to include as many colors as possible from the vegetable world every day you will promote optimal health.  Buy organic when possible. If eating meats, buy wild caught fish (cold water fish is preferred; salmon, trout, steelhead, sardines, cod, and halibut) and organic free range chicken and turkey.

  • at least 5 servings of vegetables, 2 fruits, 3 whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and heart healthy oils ( olive oil and coconut oil to cook with, sesame, flax and sunflower should never be used to cook with )
  • make 50 to 70% of your vegetables raw and 50 to 30% lightly cooked (beans must be cooked)
  • include more omega 3 rich foods,
  • include some super foods ( see list below) every day,
  • Vitamin D3 get at least 2000 IU’s  daily,
  • Detox your body twice a year
  • Get a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise at least 4 days a week, hard enough to sweat (your work or job does not count)
  • Use a sauna periodically to help remove toxins
  • Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of water daily (natural spring water or purified water, Pur, Brita etc are fine)
  • Get 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine at least 3 times per week
  • Use very good micron filters in your home air system
  • Use green, non toxic home cleaning products
  • Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins
  • Laugh and smile in abundance
  • Fill you life with love
  • Do for others when possible

Cancer Promotion (those you can influence the easiest)

  • Process and refined foods (most food products in a package or box)
  • Cola’s, soft drinks
  • High fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, corn syrup, excessive amounts of any added sugars
  • Trans fats, hydrogenated fats
  • Excessive intake of stimulant foods (high energy drinks)
  • Alcohol
  • Red meat, charred meats, excessive intake of animal foods
  • Foods cooked at high temperatures
  • Fried foods
  • Heavy metal toxcity
  • Excessive salt intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress

Below is a list of cancer fighting foods:

If you are diagnosed with cancer

If you are diagnosed with cancer, after the first shock, you need to assess your options. There are some very important questions you need to ask your doctors. Certainly you need to change your diet and lifestyle to one of health promotion.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What traditional treatments are recommended?
  • What is your prognosis with treatment and without?
  • What effect on your quality of life do the recommended treatments have?
  • What other illnesses or diseases can the recommended treatments cause in the future, short-term and long-term?
  • If I decide to do alternative treatments will you continue to monitor me during the treatments?
  • Are there any alternative treatments that you may recommend? Don’t be surprised when the doctor say’s no alternative treatments have been shown to be effective. Traditional doctors are powerfully discouraged from recommending alternative or natural treatments. However a few doctors will go against the traditional establishment and recommend alternative treatments.  A new branch of medicine is growing in which traditional medicine and alternative medicine is both used. This new branch is labeled “Integrative Medicine”; I would urge you to consider them as well.

There are many effective non-toxic alternative cancer protocols available.  Tens of thousands of people have had great success with them. This becomes a very personal decision for you and your family to make.  The most important part of your life with cancer is education and researching for yourself your options.  Don’t be pushed and don’t let people scare you so bad you make rash decisions. Pray for wisdom and guidance, research different options, ask questions, talk to others that have had or are doing the treatments or alternative protocols and then make a decision.

If you decide to use alternative cancer protocols understand your current doctors may drop you, some are very understanding and will continue to support your efforts.  Look for a doctor that will support you regardless of your decision.

There can be a lot of confusion in the alternative market. I only recommend two sources because I know the sources and know the info to be true and accurate.  I know many people who have had great success with alternative cancer protocols.

The best sources for alternative cancer protocols

Conclusion If you don’t have cancer, celebrate your life and begin to live a life of health and happiness.  If you or a loved one has cancer don’t retreat;  pray, educate yourself, counsel with those that have gone before you and go on the attack.  It may seem difficult at the time, however your belief that your body will heal and you will recover is as important as any treatment you decide to do. I urge you to believe and embrace your healing process. Pick a treatment plan and stick with it. Optimize your opportunity for recovery by living a life of health promotion. When you are ill, your body needs an abundance of high quality nutrition, eat and supplement wisely, rest and live in peace and harmony.

Healthy Wishes for  Cancer Free Life

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Nutritionist

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Read Full Post »

Dear Readers,

Improve Your Diet and Lifestyle and Lower Your Risk!

I have put more links than normal in today’s blog, I think it is important that you read the other information provided by these sources. When it comes to cancer many people have a hard time believing that their lifestyle choices may promote or lessen the risk of developing cancer. Even if they have a genetic history of cancer a healthy diet and lifestyle will greatly reduce the risk.

When people hear the word cancer it invokes a real fear and an almost certain connection with death or at least fears of the toxic effects that some chemotherapy and radiation treatments leave cancer victims to live with.  For women, the word breast cancer has frightening consequences for their health and their fear of losing an important part of being a woman.

Let’s discuss prevention first, why not do everything you can to ensure you or your loved one doesn’t suffer or die from this deadly menace. To understand how to prevent cancer we need to look at the potential causes and risk factors.

Many things can influence your opportunity to develop cancer. For example; exposure to toxic chemicals such as pesticides, industry pollutants such as PCB’s, toxic heavy metals like mercury and toxic petrol chemicals such as benzene have a promotional relationship with cancers. Also, chlorine in your drinking water can be a promoter of cancer. It may be hard to control these factors because of where you live or work, however important choices must be made. In addition, your exposure to certain viruses and bacteria such as the human papilloma virus, hepatitis B and C virus, Helicobacter pylori and some forms of herpes are potential cancer promoters.  Certainly genetics may make us more susceptible to developing certain cancers.

Other factors increase your risk for developing cancer, such as smoking, having more than two alcoholic drinks a day, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, repeated excessive exposure to sunlight, hormone replacement therapy’s with an increase in estrogen, repeated radiation exposure, chemotherapies and some pharmacological drugs are linked to cancers and other diseases and negative health conditions. Even some antibiotics may increase your risk for breast cancer.

However, on cancer, diet and lifestyle are at the top of the potential cause list. Why is this? Our diet and lifestyle can tip the balance in both directions; in your favor preventing the cancer or it can tip it in the other direction opening up pathways in the body that may allow cancer to develop. Study after study confirms a direct correlation to a Western diet, (typical diet eaten by Americans) a sedentary lifestyle and cancers. The Western Diet has large amounts of animal foods, simple sugars, a high Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio, and primarily refined and processed foods. The Western Diet is not only associated with cancer, it is also related to higher incidences of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.

Studies show that the Western diet causes massive amounts of inflammation that promotes cellular genetic damage. In fact inflammation is related to so many adverse health conditions it was really hard picking a link to share with you, I could have picked fifty for you to read, so I chose this one. The body initiates an inflammatory process when fighting an infection to kill the infection, this is normal. Chronic inflammation is the type that causes a variety of harmful health conditions. The inflammatory process is very complicated and is associated with a variety of diseases and health conditions not just cancer.

Free radicals are one of the leading inflammatory promoters in the body. Free radicals are such a problem because so many things in our lives can cause them. For example, stress, working out, environmental pollutants in the air we breathe, pharmaceutical drugs,  metabolic processes, cigarette smoke, pesticides, chemicals in our homes, petroleum products, refined and processed foods etc…all cause free radical attacks in our bodies. Antioxidants counter the effects of free radicals preventing cellular damage. The Western diet is a poor provider of antioxidants. Taking an antioxidant supplement while consuming a Western diet is a waste of your money, the antioxidant is wasted and evidence has shown that some antioxidants taken in supplement form may actually promote other diseases and health conditions. Antioxidants are the most powerful and useful to the body when they are consumed in their natural state, unprocessed or refined.  There is a synergy between nutrients bundled in nature’s foods. For example, Vitamin C replenishes Vitamin E by giving Vitamin E extra electrons to neutralize more free radicals.

Our Western diet is counter to health; it fosters inflammation, is devoid of health enhancing critical nutrients and it causes damage to cellular genetic material.  In a bold but true statement; the very diet and lifestyle the majority of Americans are  living are killing them. In addition other cultures that once had good health have seen their populations adopting the western diet and now their health rates are declining.

Next Blog, Part II –How to Prevent Cancers and Other Alternative Treatments

Healthy Wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

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Mysterious Superfood

Mysterious Superfood

In today’s world of exotic fruits, mushrooms and strange vegetables, it is easy to over look less sexy foods.  In the nutritional circles and functions I attend the buzz is around exotic fruits, herbs, vegetables and mushrooms such as Gojo Berry, Lucuma, Maca, Astragalus, Ho Shu Wu, Rishi and Chaga etc... These are just the tip of the iceberg in the über ( highest, elite ) super foods family that gets everyone’s attention.  All of these have powerful health restorative properties. However, natures most nutrient dense super food is sitting right in front of us everyday. Because it’s parent source is so common, it is over looked by many. You may not even know about it until now.

Many people eat it every week, however not in the form that provides super dense nutrition that can truly help restore health and in many cases reverse adverse health conditions.  In fact, it is so powerful it is used medicinally to treat high cholesterol, high urine calcium and diabetes.  So, have you got an idea what food I may be talking about. I’ll give you a hint; its tan, brown and black in its natural form, it is a staple for certain cultures and it can be made into flour, cheese, wine, beer, liquor and eaten whole.  Do you know what it is? It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor, you can put it on almost any food or eat it by itself.

I have a client that is missing a few feet of intestine, 1/2 of their colon, 1 kidney, has COPD and is on oxygen most of the day, adrenal failure and heart issues. The past few months she has been eating this food in large quantities and for the first time in several years her health is improving. She was having reoccurring pneumonia and bronchitis and now her immune system is functioning at a much higher level. She can actually do light house work without the oxygen, and can enjoy the outdoors again. Her doctor was amazed that she is building health now previously he told her she would continue to get worse and eventually it would take her life.  This tells you just how powerful food is to our body.

What if I told you that the bran and the germ from rice is the single most nutrient dense food in the world.  Would you have guessed that rice bran and rice germ is the food I am talking about? Probably not.  It takes 20 to 30 pounds of brown rice to make one pound of the rice bran and rice germ.  Ounce for ounce no other single food has as deep and rich of a vitamin, mineral, essential fatty acid, enzymatic, phytonutrient and antioxidant content.

Rice bran and rice germ ( for brevity sake rice bran) is hypoallergenic and is gentle enough for even infants yet a super powerhouse of health ( in depth detail ) for adults!.  The bran and germ of the rice is where about 85% of the nutritional power of the rice kernel is stored. The bran part of rice is extremely nutrient dense. Only recently, technology has developed methods for stabilizing the healthy oils in rice bran and germ. An enzyme in the bran causes the oil in the bran to go rancid very quickly. Now the bran of the rice kernel can be removed and stored for a longer period without damaging the super nutrition contained in the bran part of the rice kernel.

Rice bran has many health promoting benefits as well as providing an abundant source of energy. Several studies have shown that rice bran has cholesterol lowering abilities, blood sugar stabilizing ability for type I and type II diabetics. Furthermore a *study stated that ” Diseases in which preventive and/or nutraceutical effects have been detected include: cancer, hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol), fatty liver, hypercalciuria ( high concentrates of calcium in the urine), kidney stones, and heart disease. In addition, rice-bran products may have potential applications as nutritional ingredients in the context of their utility in functional foods.” Source: Jariwalla RJ. California Institute for Medical Research, San Jose, CA, USA.

Stabilized rice bran is the new super natural health super food! Rice bran contains an amazing array of advanced nutrients and antioxidants which assist you in maintaining your overall health. The nutritional value of rice bran is vastly superior to other brans and works with your body naturally for optimal vibrant health.

Studies have shown rice bran has over 100 antioxidants & co-factors. Stabilized Rice bran has just about all the essential vitamins and minerals you would ever need for natural health maintenance, weight management and instant energy.

Rice bran is superior – it has an astounding quantity of other healthy nutrients such as phytosterols, polysaccharides, beta-sitosterol, natural fiber, Vitamin E complex, plus a large complement of B vitamins. Rice bran also boasts an array of essential vitamins and minerals, gamma oryzanol, plus it is a good source of Omega 3 & Omega 6.

Rice Bran In Your Diet:

  • Vital Nutrients
  • Phytonutrients
  • Full Amino Acid Profile
  • Quality Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids
  • Powerful Antioxidants including:
    • Alpha-lipoic Acid
    • Ferulic Acid
    • Gamma-Oryzanol
    • IP6 (Inositol hexaphosphate)
    • Phytosterols
    • Tocotrienols  (complete  forms of vitamin E )

Protein — Stabilized rice bran has easily digested, hypoallergenic essential amino acids that are necessary for building human protein. These include Tryptophan, Histidine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine,  Isoleucine, Lysine, Valine, and Leucine.

Complex Carbohydrates — unlike simple carbohydrates which can add to blood sugar and fat storage problems, healthy complex carbohydrates like those found in stabilized rice bran have a “low glycemic index” which means that they don’t cause spikes in your blood sugar. In fact, stabilized rice bran has been found to help normalize blood sugar.  One ounce of rice bran has less than 1 gram of carbohydrate.

Fiber — Stabilized rice bran has soluble and insoluble fibers  necessary for optimum digestive health, blood sugar regulation, lowered cholesterol, and the prevention of diabetes and heart disease.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) — Omegas 3, 6 & 9 help to strengthen  cellular membranes (so the bad stays out and the good stays inside cells). They also help with energy production (eliminating fatigue); transporting oxygen to the cells; removing waste from the cells; regulating hormones; reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness; reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol & increasing HDL “good” cholesterol, not to mention, improving your   complexion, mood, memory & concentration!

Enzymes — including Glutathione Peroxidase, Methionine Reductase, Polyphenol Oxidase, energy enhancing, immune boosting CoQ10,   Aspartate Amino Transferase Isozyme AAT-1 & AAT-2, Catalase, and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), which is an especially powerful antioxidant.

Tocotrienols & Tocopherols (Complete Vitamin E family) — Tocols as a complete group are much more powerful than regular vitamin E. They are great for your cardiovascular system, your immune system, and your complexion! Stablized rice bran contains α-Tocopherol, β-Tocopherol,   γ-Tocopherol, δ-Tocopherol, αTocotrienol, β-Tocotrienol, γ-Tocotrienol, δ-Tocotrienol, Desmethyl-tocotrienol, and Didesmethyl tocotrienol.

Phytosterols and Sterolins (phytosterols glucosides) — These are natural phytonutrients with healthful properties that range from helping to fight free radicals, prevent cancer, reduce blood sugar and blood lipid levels, lower  cholesterol and ease menopausal  symptoms. Stabilized rice bran contains β-Sitosterol, Campesterol, Stigmasterol, Δ5-Avinasterol, Δ7-Stigmastenol, Sterol glucoside, Acylsterol glucoside  Oligoglycosylsterol, Gramisterol, Monoglycosylsterol, Dimethylsterol, Cellotetraosylsitosterol, Branosterol, Isofucosterol, Obtusifoliol, Sitostenol, Methylsterol, 28-Homosteasteronic  acids, β-Amyrin, 28-Homotyphasterol, Citrostadienol, and 6-Deoxycastasterone,

Calcium — which helps build strong bones, teeth and muscles; promotes healthy nervous system; has a calming effect on the nervous system; helps with proper functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system; and plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure, regulating blood  clotting, preventing cancers of the digestive tract and  decreasing mood swings, food cravings, and the pain, tenderness and bloating associated with premenstrual syndrome.

Magnesium — which is an essential element for proper functioning of the nervous, muscular and cardiovascular systems. It also helps with nerve and muscle functioning, helps relieve cramps and PMS, aids in bone formation, regulates heartbeat and helps to normalize blood pressure.

Potassium — which helps to regulate fluid balance, heart rhythms and blood pressure and helps with mental function by sending oxygen to the brain. It is required for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system.

Gamma Oryzanol Complex — this amazing anti-mutagenic group  includes Campesterol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartenol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartenol Cis-ferulate, Cycloeucalenol Trans-ferulate, Cycloeucalenol Cis-ferulate, Stigmasterol Trans-ferulate, 24-Methylenecycloartanol  Trans-ferulate, 24-Methylenecycloartanol Cis-ferulate, β-Sitosterol  Trans-ferulate, β-Sitosterol Cis-ferulate, β-Sitostenol Trans-ferulate,   β-Sitostenol Cis-ferulate, Stigmasterol Cis-ferulate, Stigmastenol  Cis-ferulate, Campesterol Cis-ferulate, Cycloartanol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartanol Cis-ferulate, Stigmastenol Trans-ferulate,  24-Methylcholesterol Trans-ferulate, and 24-Methylcholesterol Cis-ferulate. These help boost immune response, reduce inflammation, increase energy, metabolize glucose, regulate blood sugar, and more!

Polyphenols — including Ferulic acid, α-Lipoic acid, Methyl ferulate, ρ-Coumaric acid, ρ-Sinapic acid, Isovitexin, Proanthocyanidins. These have been shown to assist the immune system and to reduce the risk of  cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Metal Chelators — including Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium and Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6). Getting heavy metals out helps to make sure that antioxidants don’t “turn to the dark side” and become pro-oxidized free radicals.

Carotenoids — Very effective free radical scavengers including Lutein,  α-Carotene, β-Carotene, Lycopene, Zeaxanthine, and Crytocyanthine.

B-Vitamins & Vitamin-like substances — including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Betaine, Dimethyl glycine, Inositol, Biotin, Choline, Folic acid, and Phytates. These can help prevent cancer and prohibit cholesterol buildup, support adrenal function, calm and support the nervous system, and aid in key metabolic processes.

Polysaccharides — including Cycloartenol-ferulic acid glycoside, Diferulic acid complex, Diferulic acid-calcium complex, Hemicelluloses, Arabinogalactan, Arabinoxylan, Xyloglucan, Proteoglycan, Glycoprotein,  Arabinofuranoside. These are known to help immune function lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and increase coronary artery capacity.

Phospholipids — including Phosphatidylserine, PhosphatidylCholine, Phosphatidylethanolamine, Lysophophatidylcholine, Lysophosphatidylethanolamine. Phospholipids helps support the growth and renewal of cellular membranes, forming an important barrier to filter toxins out. They also act as cellular antioxidants when free radical “bullets” try to penetrate the cell. Phospholipids are also thought to prevent depletion of the   neurotransmitter choline, improving mental focus, brain function, and both  mental and physical stamina.

*Study: Rice-bran products: phytonutrients with potential applications in preventive and clinical medicine. Jariwalla RJ. California Institute for Medical Research, San Jose, CA, USA.

Rice bran research on it effects in preventing, reducing and managing high cholesterol and diabetes.

Make sure the rice bran you buy is from a reliable source providing a high quality product.  I feel we offer a superior rice bran at the lowest price.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Products and information presented herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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