Estimated 13.1 million deaths will be as a result of cancer by 2030!! Learn how to prevent it through simple lifestyle changes.
By Kerubo Lornah
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in the body. These abnormal cells are called cancer cells, malignant cells or tumor cells.
Some cancer names for different organs we have today are identified by the name of the tissue that the abnormal tissue originated from for instance breast, lung, throat and prostate among others.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. Up to-date, cancer is said to have caused about 8.2 million deaths according to studies done by World Health Organization.
Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer are believed to cause most deaths each year.
There is a projection that, by 2030, 13.1 million deaths will be as a result of cancer (about 70% increase)
Over 200 types of cancer exist in the world today.
From the above information, we do not have any good news. In any case, we are to brace ourselves for the worse right?….but wait… after so many scientific controversies, it now been found that diet is the leading factor influencing cancer disease – its development and prevention.
Transforming eating habits
The European Code Against Cancer, developed by a committee of experts from all countries of the European community recommends that for one to prevent the occurrence of cancer, one should eat fruits, fresh vegetables and cereals with a high fiber content.
This is actually agreeing with the original diet given by God in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (KJV)
According to Doctor George D. Pamplona – Roger in his book Enjoy It, the vegetarian diet protects against cancer disease.
He advises that the diet is rich in substances which protect against cancer which are only found in plant food.
Vegetarian diet, according to him, contains abundant vegetable fiber, whose absence increases the risk of colon cancer. Meat contains no vegetable fiber.
A diet based on vegetables is exempt from carcinogenic substances which are found in meat, nitrites and hormones to fatten cattle.
Here is how to go about it
It is not too late to change. It is good to learn that as you open your mouth to eat, you are either preventing diseases or inviting them. So the power to prevent even the deadliest disease on earth is in your hands now.
Foods that prevent cancer
Fruits are very effective carcinogenic foods. Research conducted by various institutions and individuals have proven that fruits are very good in preventing most cancers. For prevention of cancer, fresh fruits are preferred over vitamin supplements.
• Lemon, lime, oranges and grape fruits are very rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, limonoids and pectin that fight cancer.
• Pineapples – they prevent stomach cancer. This fruit is also known as the stomach’s best friend.
• Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and currants have powerful antioxidants that neutralize the carcinogenic effect of free radicals.
They contain fiber which acts as a broom that sweeps out carcinogenic substances that may be present in the digestive system.
Vegetables are very important in our diet. Many people seem not to understand the importance of vegetables.
All vegetables protect against cancer in one way or the other.
Vegetables contain pro-vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidant phytochemicals.
For example Red beets - These contain anticarcinogenic phytochemicals. Doctor Schneider refers to various experiences that took place in Hungary Germany in which cancerous tumors were reduced or eliminated by administering a daily dose of 250g of shredded beets or 300-500 ml of juice. These effects were produced even when the juice was boiled and concentrated to make it more tolerable to the stomach.
Other factors to consider:
1. Do physical exercises.
2. Have enough rest each day.
3. Ensure you breathe clean air deeply several times a day. At least spend a half an hour in the open air.
4. Use olive oil, seed or vegetable oils.
5. Abstain from toxics substances like, soft drinks, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and cocaine.
6. Avoid cosmetics with chemicals known to cause cancer.
7. Maintain a good mental attitude. Some studies have shown that those who are depressed are at a high risk of getting cancer. Trust that God is in control of every situation and cultivate a thankful spirit.
8. Take enough water. Try to at least to drink about eight glasses of water a day. Do not drink water with meals. This will burden your digestive system.
9. There is a custom these days of people taking hot or warm water in the morning to flush toxins out of the body…as you take the water, ensure that you do not consume very hot water, food or beverage. Very hot water can lead to cancer of the throat.
10. An expectant woman should be careful of what she consumes. It has been discovered that consumption of hot dogs by pregnant women increase the risk of cancer in their children.
Foods and cancer:
An expert in Public Health Doctor George Pamplona D. Roger in his book Healthy Foods, he advises concerning different foods and their relationship with cancer and why you should avoid them.
Meat – numerous scientific studies, both experimental and statistical, have revealed that meat consumption is a significant risk factor in most types of cancer (brain, lung, stomach, kidney, urinary bladder, uterus, ovarian, and prostate among others).
Meats particularly detrimental are:
• Red meats (beef, lamb and pork)
• Grilled on barbecue
• Fried meat
• Salted and or cured meats such as ham, bacon, and sausages.
Alcoholic beverages – all alcoholic beverages promote cancer, even those considered to have medicinal value such as wine or beer. These do not require large doses to induce cancer. This effect is present even in moderate consumption. One glass of wine a day increases the risk of breast cancer in women by 250%.
Milk – according to various studies, excessive whole milk (not nonfat) consumption is associated with appearance of some types of cancer: breast, lung, ovarian, prostate, and urinary bladder.
Eggs – there is a statistical evidence that excess egg consumption (more than three per week) is associated with cancer s of the breast, stomach, lung, pancreas, colon, endometrium, and ovaries.
Fish – these is less experimental and statistical concerning cancer and fish that concerning meat. However, there is a relationship between regular fish consumption and cancers of the larynx, nasopharynx, endometrium, and pancreas. Fish is also not safe because of mercury, oil spills and waste dumping in water bodies.
Refined products - when white bread, rolls, and other refined products are used in place of whole grains in the diet, there is a corresponding relation to the formation of cancer because they lack fiber, have excess sugar content and contain Trans fatty acids.
Spices – a diet that is rich in hot spices can be a risk factor for certain types of cancer such as cancer of the mouth and esophagus.
Coffee- coffee consumption has been associated with cancer of the urinary bladder and with fibrocystic mastopathy or fibrocystic disease of the breast, which can be precancerous. This effect is not due to the caffeine in coffee, but rather to some of the components in its essence. Consequently, decaffeinated coffee also increases the risk of urinary bladder cancer.
Sugar- various epidemiological studies have related excess of white sugar consumption with colon, stomach and cervical cancers.
Disclaimer: the above information is for education purpose and is not intended to replace medical functions of a health professional in anyway, either in diagnosing or treating medical conditions. The writer of the article will not take responsibility arising from the inappropriate use of the foods stated therein.