Nutrition & Cancer Healing

Nutrition, Diet & the Healing of Cancer (1)

Introductory caveat

Adelle Davis used to say that she never saw anyone get cancer who drank a quart of milk daily, as she did. She stopped saying that when she died of cancer in 1974, leaving behind her a trail of ten million books and a following that was large, devoted, and misinformed.
Stephen Barrett, M.D., in Quackwatch on nutritional & dietary oversimplifications

More from Stephen Barrett on Adelle Davis: ”Adelle Davis (1904-1974) was the first ‘health authority’ among modern food faddists who had any formal professional background. She was trained in dietetics and nutrition at the University of California at Berkeley, and got an M.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Southern California in 1938. Despite this training, she promoted hundreds of nutritional tidbits and theories that were unfounded. At the 1969 White House Conference on Food and Nutrition, the panel on deception and misinformation agreed that Davis was probably the most damaging source of false nutrition information in the nation. Most of her ideas were harmless unless carried to extremes, but some were very dangerous. For example, she recommended magnesium as a treatment for epilepsy, potassium chloride for certain patients with kidney disease, and megadoses of vitamins A and D for other conditions... Davis's most popular book was Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit. George Mann, M.D., Sc.D., of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine undertook the fatiguing task of documenting the book's errors and found an average of one mistake per page...Gordon Schectman, a researcher at Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition, compared 201 statements in Chapter 5 with the publications cited to back them up. He concluded that only thirty (27%) of these statements were supported by the references and that 112 (56%) were either contradicted or not related. Little Eliza Young ... during her first year of life ... was given ‘generous amounts’ of vitamin A as recommended in Let's Have Healthy Children. As a result, according to the suit filed in 1971 against Davis and her publisher, Eliza's growth was permanently stunted. The estate of Adelle Davis settled in 1976 for $150,000. Two-month-old Ryan Pitzer was even less fortunate. According to the suit filed by his parents, Ryan was killed in 1978 by the administration of potassium chloride for colic as suggested in the same book. The suit was settled out of court for a total of $160,000-$25,000 from the publisher, $75,000 from Davis's estate, and $60,000 from the potassium product's manufacturer. After the suit was filed, the book was recalled from bookstores, but it was reissued after changes were made by a physician allied with the health-food industry.”

After this introductory caveat meant to illustrate that there may be more nonsense or (sometimes dangerous) half-truths spread in the field of nutrition than in (m)any other field(s) of human exploration, here is a collection of findings on nutrition and health which strives to be more scientifically sound. Diet after all does seem to play an absolutely pivotal role in both health maintenance and recovery. Often dietary improvements and physical and environmental detoxification alone will heal a person of serious and less serious disease, while sometimes (much) more will be needed for healing cancer and other illness (and for the latter, see for instance Emotions, Healing Cancer & Your Mind, Spirituality, Energetics, Geopathic Stress Solutions and Herbs & Supplements.)

Since the nutritional items frequently described as cancer-curative are minerals and trace elements, raw organic food as well as some supplements (and of course detoxification), all of these receive particular attention on this site.

The importance of minerals and trace elements for health and cancer prevention

US - Sri Lanka Cancer Mortality Comparison

A revealing article by Peter H. Weis, Vancouver; B.C. (formerly published at www.truehealth.org/acompare.html) outlining ”what may well be a simple, supremely effective, and completely natural cancer cure”. And if not cancer cure, then possibly at least a way to prevent and help heal untold cancers while simultaneously allowing our civilisation-battered environment and eco-systems to recuperate and return to a healthy state.
(Article edited by Healing Cancer Naturally for reasons of space.)

  • Cancer mortality overall in Sri Lanka is 7.5 times lower than cancer mortality in the US.
  • Colon cancer mortality in Sri Lanka is 187 (!) times lower than in the US
  • Prostate cancer mortality is over 137 times lower.
  • Lung cancer mortality is 39 times lower in Sri Lanka than in the US.
  • Breast cancer mortality is over 20 times lower (a Sri Lankan woman‘s chance of breast cancer = 1.6 / 100.000).
  • Leukemia mortality is over 5 times lower.
    (Source: World Health Statistics Annual (1996); WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION)

Peter H. Weis:

”These facts point directly to a natural, nutritional cancer cure... and what amounts to the greatest horror story ever perpetuated upon humanity.

The horror story of an agriculture which robs our daily food of over 60 natural and crucially vital trace elements without which we sicken and die - and as if this were not enough – an agriculture which then adds its poisons to our daily food, to the air we breathe, to the water we drink, and to the soil in which we grow our crops.

The horror story of an animal husbandry which laces our daily food with powerful growth and female hormones – hormones which accelerate growth - including that of cancer, of course - push young girls and boys into earlier and earlier puberty at the cost of the development of their brains, and feminize males.

Add to this the powerful antibiotics fed routinely to livestock, which have now made many strains of deadly bacteria immune to these powerful drugs [and which seem to have contributed to the spread of Candida fungus overgrowth].

The horror story of a container and convenience industry which laces our bodies with powerful pseudo estrogens and xenohormones which interfere with our vitally fine-tuned hormone balance; and an industry which contaminates our air, our land and our water with its chemical pollutants.

These then, are the factors - and in the order listed here - which are the cause of the massively higher incidence of cancer - as well as of many other incurable, autoimmune, chronic and degenerative diseases.

Of these, the severe deficiency or lack of over 60 crucially vital trace elements in our daily food is by far the largest cause of most diseases - at my guess about 80%. Next are the agricultural poisons which our agricultural and horticultural industries have foisted upon us, followed by the the other causes in the order as listed.

Let us now take a look at Sri Lanka to see what is so different from the US, Canada and the Western world in general.

Sri Lanka is a densely populated island with about 19 million people on 25.300 sq. miles, and an average population density of 739 people per square mile. Sri Lanka's major national production consists of agriculture, forestry, tea, gems, raw rubber and rubber products, and the average household income is SL Rs 116,100 (U.S.$2,600). About 23% of the population live in the lightly industrialized (clothing and accessories, gems, rubber products) five major urban centres, and about 73% live in the rural areas, in villages which merge with one another, each a conglomerate of homestead gardens interspersed with tracts of rice paddies. [sources: "Sri Lanka Web Window" by Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry; and Encyclopedia Britannica]

This means that the large impoverished rural population raises all of its own food, and much of the country's food. As is typical of underdeveloped and developing countries - which cannot afford modern farming methods, equipment and fertilizers - they grow their food by the traditional methods of hand cultivation and fertilization by returning all life wastes to the soil. And the latter, incidentally, returns to and maintains the complete natural spectrum of the 72+ trace elements in the soil and, consequently, in all of their daily food. And this is the major cause of the Sinhaleses' extremely low cancer rate and general robust health.

The far lower cancer mortality and lower incidence of other physical and mental diseases among the Sinhalese is even more significant since hygiene among the crowded rural population is a far cry from what we are accustomed too, and refrigeration is practically entirely absent. Their immune systems put ours to shame by a long shot [Sinhalese death rate per 1,000 population: 5.9; world average: 9.3].

The extremely low death rate of the Sinhalese would be much lower yet if so many weren't killed by violence and food poisoning (38.6% per 100.000, and the second leading cause of death). The high rate of food poisoning is due to poor hygiene and the absence of refrigeration in a tropical climate.

It remains to be said that the typical diet of the Sinhalese consists of 95% grains (chiefly rice), vegetables and fruit, and of 5% seafood and meat.

We can also eliminate the notion that the Sinhalese are blessed with unusually healthy genes. The Sinhalese are a rich and varied mix of the original inhabitants (now almost extinct), of 4th century AD settlers from Northern India (predominant), with a long continuing influx of Tamils from Southern India, a 10th century influx of Moors from Northern Africa, an 11th century influx of Javanese political exiles (nobles and chieftains), and in the 16th century, of Javanese (also Balinese, Tidorese, Madurese, Sundanese, Bandanese and Amboinese) soldiers and convicts from Java under Dutch rule - along with a varied admixture of genes from the 5 centuries long succession of Portugese, Dutch and Englisch colonial empires.

That genes are not a factor is further underscored by the almost as low incidence of disease and cancer among the Chinese and Japanese (the second and third lowest in the world by far). And if it were not for the significantly higher rate of stomach and liver cancers (and particularly so among Japanese males), the cancer mortality of these two vast populations would be as low as that of the Sinhalese.

Most significantly though, these two countries also still predominantly practice a traditional agriculture which returns all life-wastes to the soil, and with it, the full natural spectrum of the 72+ trace elements. Consequently, most of their daily food also contains the 72+ natural trace elements. In China in particular, the 6 thousand year-old tradition of returning all life wastes to the soil is so deeply ingrained that it is practised more strictly than any religion. For the great majority of Chinese farmers it is the only fertilizer there is.

We can also eliminate industrial pollution as a major factor. Owing to the fact that Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world, yet is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries of the world, Japan is the most heavily industrialized country in the world, with all the environmental consequences thereof. Modern in every respect, the Japanese are also subject to the consequent air and environmental pollution, as well as the chemical contaminants in the the wide variety of plastics which are now so pervasive in our lives.

Yet, and only with the exceptions of stomach and liver cancer, the cancer mortality and incidence of disease among the Japanese is almost as dramatically low as that of the Sinhalese. (The incidence of Alzheimer’s, for instance is 5.4% in Hawaii vs. 1.5% of the population in Japan - source: "The Hawaii - Japan Study", Journal of the American Medical Association).

Altogether, these three countries comprise more than one third of the world's population, a combined population of over 2 billion which exhibits the lowest cancer and disease rates in the world, and in many instances, and with few exceptions, dramatically so. And I fully expect that India has a similar disease and cancer rate to that of Sri Lanka - practically all of the same conditions apply - but I could not find any figures. Apparently, India does not yet track these statistics. If India should prove to have a similarly low incidence of cancer and other diseases as that of Sri Lanka - as one may fully expect - then we are looking at about half of the world's population whose incidence of cancer and diseases is dramatically lower than that of the Western World.

Finally, and since about 1/2 (including India) of the world's population has dramatically lower cancer and diseases rates than the Western world, we must now ask why our health sciences have not jumped on this long ago and figured out what makes us so much sicker - and kills so many more of us. And particularly so - given these diverse cultures - since the cause can be isolated so easily, and since the remedy is so simple, so ridiculously cheap and, as these diverse cultures demonstrate, so supremely effective.”

Notes by Healing Cancer Naturally

Some may object that the above observations do not take into account the major lifestyle and probably stress level differences existing between the two countries. While this is true and general perceived stress is likely to be much greater in the US, there still remains the fact that cancer mortality in the US has risen from 1 in 50 to 1 in 3 over the last hundred years, with stress alone being an unlikely candidate or causative agent to account for such a dramatic increase.

So while there is a much lower incidence of cancer in Sri Lanka pointing indeed to a (trace) mineral/vitamin deficiency coupled with toxin onslaught (pesticides, drugs, etc. etc.) as a major causative agent of cancer in the Westernized world, there still IS some cancer occurring in this healthy people. Unless all those stricken by cancer in Sri Lanka were alcoholics or otherwise deviating strongly from the healthy diet enjoyed by the vast majority of the populace, this would be another clue pointing to the likelihood of cancer being multicausal, i.e. having different or several causes. See Cancer Causes, Emotions & Cancer, Healing Cancer & Your Mind, Cancer & Spirituality, Geopathic Stress Solutions and Cancer & Energetics.

Also read Low Incidence Cancer Areas (excerpted from Cesium Chloride (High pH Therapy): A Cure for Cancer?) and the article of the same name (excerpted from ”The High pH Therapy for Cancer” and discussing the Hopi Indians of Arizona, the Hunza of North Pakistan, as well as Central and South American Indians) and their relationship to (trace) mineral-rich nutrition.

The findings of Dr. Joel Wallach

On his tape entitled: "Dead Doctors don't lie", Dr. Wallach, BS, DVM, ND., a veterinarian doctor, says, "Every animal or human that died of natural causes died of a mineral deficiency".

Symptoms of mineral deficiency according to Dr. Wallach:

Calcium deficiency: Facial muscles are sagging, osteoporosis sets in. The following also develop, according to natural pre-dispositions: heel spurs, kidney stones, calcium deposits, cramps and twitches, PMS, lower back pain. Arthritis is osteoporosis of the joint ends of the bones (in 80% of all cases).

Chromium deficiency: Man develops 'Pica' an unnatural craving for chocolate, sweets and other substances such as pickles, dirt etc.

Bismuth deficiency: Heals ulcers (Helicobacter pilori) together with some tetracycline (antibiotic). You can also use Manuka honey.

Selenium deficiency: Together with Vitamin E, Beta-carotene and Selenium, more than 13% of all cancers can be cured according to a Chinese study. This also cures cardio-myopathy (heart attack) and 'liver' spots.

Boron deficiency: Kidney stones are symptoms of a raging calcium deficiency. This condition is quickly cured with addition of calcium (please, not calcium carbonate), magnesium and boron. Addition of this mineral also helps regulate testosterone and estrogen hormone production.

Copper deficiency: Ruptured aneurysms, a ballooning of blood vessels, a weakening of the fibers of arteries, strokes - can always be cured by the addition of copper. Gray hair also disappears then. So do vericose veins and sagging body parts.

Chromium and vanadium deficiency: Low blood sugar, diabetes.

Tin deficiency: Male baldness

Zinc deficiency: Loss of smell and taste. Loss of male libido.

Salt deficiency: Hypertension (high blood pressure) in conjunction with calcium supplementation.

Consider this: The addition of rare earth elements (lanthanides) doubles the life-span in animals.

Some of Dr. Wallach's observations include:

”Our genetic potential for longevity is at least 120 to 140 years. The present average life-span of humans is 75.3 years. The average life-span of medical doctors is 58 years.”

A rich and inexpensive source of all known minerals and trace minerals is seaweed. Organic food due to the way it is grown will also be a richer source and contain minerals and trace elements in a balanced ratio, in contrast to conventionally grown food.

Do healthy diets just work thanks to a placebo effect?

Mineral needs of plants and placebo effect

By Gene, EternalFreedom.com

... if my information is correct, a placebo effect generally is relatively short-lived and 'wears off' as the user 'forgets' and the mind-induced benefits are replaced by reality-based body needs. There is no question that the mind has a monumental effect on one’s body and in many cases can override the actual situation, at least temporarily.

Here is an observation based on my own experience that shows the importance of mineral nutrients in our body. When I received my chemistry degree (so many years ago) my first job after graduation was at the Riverside Citrus Experiment Station (part of the University of California). My duties at that time were to monitor (by chemical analysis, etc.) a study on "The Effects of Trace Minerals on Plants".

At this facility, they had literally hundreds of greenhouses in which the air, water, temperature, humidity etc. were carefully controlled and monitored. The various plants under study were planted in sterile sand and were 'fed' through a 'solution' that contained every element known in concentrations approximating sea water (without NaCl {salt}). The plant growth and the 'health of plants' in the control green houses was phenomenal. This method of plant growing is referred to as "hydroponics".

At this facility, they had a large water de-ionizing unit in which all mineral elements were removed (less than parts per billion of each) resulting in incredibly pure water. Solutions were made up from this water source by adding pure mineral compounds. In this way they could have solutions where the mineral contents could be altered and certain elements eliminated.

For example a solution could be made up that duplicates sea water without zinc. The results of this experimental deficiency could be monitored and studied. In almost every case the elimination of any element had a significant impact on the health, size and shape of the plants being studied. (Too much of any element also caused problems too.)

The point of this story is that I don't think that a plant is prone to the placebo effect. And if plants are influenced by deficiencies in their diet, it follows that our bodies require those elements also.

Note by Healing Cancer Naturally

The above conclusion seems to make perfect sense, and many observations concerning the effect of diet - perhaps most dramatically seen in the correlation between nutrition and dental health - corroborate the immediate influence of ingested materials or the lack thereof on human and animal health. Nevertheless, the power of the human mind (as stated in Gene’s introductory paragraph) sometimes seems greater than any “physical” influence or factor and learning to harness this power may be one of the most important skills to acquire for cancer patients and others on a physical, emotional and/or spiritual healing quest. See Healing Cancer & Your Mind for tools and astounding healing testimonials testifying to the awesome healing potential of “mind over matter”.

Read about placebo effect in cancer and other illness in Cancer: The Power of Belief to Heal or Kill I, Cancer: The Power of Belief II and The Nocebo Effect: Placebo's Evil Twin: “Think sick, be sick.”

Healing mineral & trace element deficiencies

by Healing Cancer Naturally, © 2004 & 2009

1 Colloidal and other mineral supplements

According to Dr. A., a naturopathic physician, ”The intake of vitamins is virtually useless without minerals... Only organic and colloidal minerals can be assimilated and used by your body cells! ... As the body gets re-mineralized, it also becomes more normalized (and thus more healthy) and becomes progressively less suitable for parasites, bacteria and viruses which can only exist in a de-mineralized and therefore ‘sick’ body.

... the intake of minerals represents the prime reason why living beings (including man) eat. As most foods one can purchase are woefully deficient in minerals (the soil has no longer any of these minerals except NPK supplied by agricultural fertilizers) one MUST supply these in adequate amounts or else ANY disease is ultimately a deficiency disease directly attributable to a lack of one or more minerals."

As this subject is somewhat complex and I am rewriting this chapter to reflect additional information, the reader meanwhile is asked to refer to Dr. Tim O'Shea’s highly recommended thedoctorwithin.com site. Among other things, Dr. O’Shea disagrees about the value of minerals in colloidal form and recommends other forms of minerals. You can read his extensive Minerals article “Minerals - What Dietary Mineral Supplement Should You Buy” at www.thedoctorwithin.com/minerals/Minerals.php .

Also see Supplements, Bioavailability: the science behind “live” and “dead” minerals and On food & supplement absorption, intestinal flora, cancer and immune system: It’s not what you ingest, but what you properly absorb.

2 Organic nutrition

2 Seaweed

Seaweed in its various forms is a time-honoured natural staple food particularly in Japanese cuisine. It forms an important part of the macrobiotic diet which is credited with a number of health and healing benefits, even in cases of cancer.

Seaweed is a cheap and complete source of all known minerals and trace elements found in the oceans and the richest source of assimilable minerals on the planet (and therefore highly recommended by me).

Seaweed and other sea vegetables have been a "major player" in chelating (detoxifying) excess ionizing radiation & destructive radioactivity from the body (see Combatting radiation poisoning tips).

Some of the positive effects of seaweed may in fact be attributable to its high iodine content:

  • iodine supplementation for instance has a suppressive effect on tumor formation and growth (with suppressed tumors showing a higher iodine content)
  • high iodine levels reduce the risk of prostate cancer by some 30%
  • iodine deficiency leads to dysplasia (alteration in shape, size etc. of adult cells), a potential precursor of malignant changes in the breast
  • iodine deficiency increases breast tumor size and makes cancer cells more aggressive
  • low iodine induces a hyperestrogenic state
  • the book " Breast Cancer and Iodine" addresses the connection between iodine deficiency, fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer and how to prevent or survive them, respectively (see its listing under Books).
  • iodine is an essential ingredient in the Gerson approach to the healing of cancer and other illnesses where patients are administered thyroid and lugol's solution (lugol's is iodine plus potassium iodide).[4]

With all its positive qualities, seaweed can also contain heavy metals (seaweed is actually used as a bioindicator for heavy metal pollution because of its recorded ability to accumulate heavy metals in its cell walls). So when buying seaweed, it may be wise to enquire about its origin.

Seaweed should be available in any health food store. It can also be purchased in Chinese and similarly specialized food stores. I have been warned, however (by a company who provides health food stores with seaweed), that seaweed from Chinese etc. specialty stores may be unsafe since they don't do quality controls re levels of heavy metals contamination.

Some more info and five tips how you can easily integrate seaweed into your diet:

Tip 1: Purchase the ”cleanest” seaweed you can find, grind it up in your blender, pour the resulting blackish powder into a salt shaker or other dish and mix it with some sea salt. Use this mixture as you would normally use salt (in case you do use salt, if you prefer not to use it, simply use the seaweed powder straight as a condiment for a rich daily supply of minerals and trace elements).

Tip 2: For reasons of possibly better bioavailability of the minerals, try to get raw-processed seaweed (but don't fret if you can't).

Tip 3: I sometimes add spaghetti-like seaweed (the one I mostly buy has the natural sea salt still attached to it) to cooled-down noodle dishes or blend it in the blender together with raw vegetables, for instance in a Budwig mix base.

Tip 4: Smaller amounts of non-salty and bland seaweed such as dulse and nori can also be blended into sweet (fruit-based etc.) dishes prepared in a blender. They enrich it while leaving virtually no taste “imprint” in the dish.

Tip 5: For numerous recipes with seaweed, you could purchase a macrobiotic cookbook, try out macrobiotic recipes or look into Japanese cuisine.

Organic vs conventional food and cancer

by Healing Cancer Naturally, © 2004

General

For a detailed eye-opening write-up on conventional husbandry and rising cancer incidence, read this revealing article outlining ”what may well be a simple, supremely effective, and completely natural cancer cure”.

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are secondary plant compounds belonging to the group of the polyphenols. Flavonoids are the polyphenols most commonly found in foodstuffs, with cancer-preventative effects being ascribed to them. In one nutritional study, Danish scientists found that the ingestion of ecological (organic) foods versus conventionally grown foods resulted in a higher intake of flavonoids. (Grinder-Pedersen et al.: "Effect of Diets Based on Foods from Conventional versus Organic Production on Intake and Excretion of Flavonoids and Markers of Antioxidative Defense in Humans" published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2003.)

While former studies had only addressed individual flavonoids, the new study analysed the intake and excretion of five flavonoids. ‘The organic diet was found to contain significantly higher levels of the antioxidant quercetin, which was found in significantly higher concentrations in the urine of those eating the organic diet.’ The authors concluded that ‘the growing conditions of fruits and vegetables (conventional vs organic) affected the content of five selected flavonoids and resulted in differences in the urinary excretion of major dietary flavonoids.’"

The fact that ecologically produced fruit and vegetables exhibit higher phenolic contents than conventionelly grown produce has been previously proved (such as by Asami et al. [2003]: Comparison of the total Phenolic and Ascorbic Acid Content of Freeze-Dried and Air-Dried Marionberry, Strawberry, and Corn Grown Conventional, Organic and Sustainable Agricultural Practices. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 51 [5]: 1237-1241). The study’s authors presume that one of the reasons for the higher phenol content may be the absence of pesticides in organic husbandry. The function of secondary plant compounds is to help plants to naturally repel insects, fungi and bacteria. Conventionally grown produce due to the use of pesticides requires less of these natural ”antibodies”.

For the same reason, in terms of health-promoting phenols, you are likely to get even higher quantities by including wild herbs into your menu (make sure to only gather them from clean areas away from traffic and conventionally used agricultural land).[2]

Some scientific references re flavonoids and cancer:

  • The antitumor activities of flavonoids: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/16097445
  • Tumour response to quercetin, a bioflavonoid with some promises in therapies: www.ijpsonline.com/article.asp?issn=0250-474X;year=2006;volume=68;issue=5;spage=570;epage=574;aulast=Indap
  • Quercetin induces necrosis and apoptosis in SCC-9 oral cancer cells: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/16573383

Compare Chlorine dangers: “Cancer-fighting nutrients become deadly when combined with chlorinated tap water”.

Pesticides and cancer

”Very serious present-day scientific studies have demonstrated that pesticidal residue disrupts enzymatic activity. It also has toxic, carcinogenic effects. At this point, science is now siding with the standard-bearers of organic farming.” See Pesticides.
Guy-Claude Burger in Instinctothérapie, Manger Vrai", who healed himself of cancer (diagnosed at age 26) by his self-developed ”instinctive” all-raw organic diet, see sunfood.net/anopsology_1.html.

Organic vs. non-organic foods: statistically significant differences confirmed

Researchers at Newcastle university recently undertook meta-analyses of 343 peer-reviewed publications to determine whether there were significant nutritional differences between organic and conventionally grown foods. Among other findings, antioxidants such as polyphenolics (phenolic acids, flavanones, flavones, flavonols, stilbenes and anthocyanins) were found to be substantially higher in organic foods. See "Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses" published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2014). Abstract at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/24968103 and free full text at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4141693/ .

Suggestions on how to cheaply incorporate organic produce into your diet, even when you don’t have a garden

  • Buy bulk quantities of various organically grown seeds (sunflower, cress etc.) and then sprout them which typically increases their nutritional value manyfold. Use the sprouts in salads, blended into a smoothie etc. Make sure to properly store your seeds to avoid molding, mold is a proven cause of cancer.
  • Ask shop owners to make you a deal when you buy larger amounts at once (don't be afraid to haggle).
  • Grow your own tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini/courgettes and pumpkins on your window sill.
  • Grow your own herbs in pots and liberally add them fresh to meals.
  • Shop around, you may find that there are vast price differences in various shops, I know one health food store which actually offers certain organic vegetables cheaper than the pesticide-laden variety on sale in discount stores.
  • Shop online, often the same item can be found cheaper on the internet than in a brick-and-mortar store.
  • Find and join an organic food cooperative where you live. Buying in this way which cuts out the middleman can save large amounts of money.
  • Learn about and gather edible wild plants (there are hundreds of them). To collect them, go out into unspoiled nature (or at least as far away as possible from man-made pollution such as industry and car traffic). Ironically, as mentioned above, wild herbs can be even healthier than organically grown produce, in fact some boast amazing medicinal properties. See for instance the broad range of scientifically established medicinal effects of nettles and dandelion as well as Urtica membranacea cancer cure (a German physician successfully used stinging nettles for healing benign and malignant tumors) and Cure testimony: terminal lung cancer with metastases healed via detoxification with wild herb cocktails and raw foods).
  • Some may need to learn to prioritize and put first things first. Healthy food is a number one priority particularly for those who are already sick. So spending on healthy food should be considered more important than spending on other less indispensable, frivolous or even noxious items.
  • Last but not least for those who truly depend on nonorganic produce, there are webpages such as www.ewg.org/foodnews/ who provide a list of fruits and vegetables which are best and worst regarding pesticide content. Make sure to find a list relevant to your country of residence.

Thoughts on food as energy

As we all know, at its most basic level everything is made up of various types of energy - including food.

I believe by choosing organic food as much as possible (or growing it ourselves including some herbs on the window sill) we not only avoid pesticides and ingest a balanced mineral/trace element spectrum and higher vitamin & nutrient content while showing that we care about the soil and earth we live on, but we also ingest "positive" energy, i.e. the positive energy and vibrations of people who care about the earth, animals and human beings by choosing not to poison them or, as do conventional farmers, only think in terms of short-term profit without regard for long-term consequences for soil, earth, animals, plants and humans...

There are "image-producing" methods for determining food quality (originally developed by the anthroposophists if memory serves), which consistently show harmonious and beautiful patterns created by extracts of organically grown foods versus inharmonious and unstructured patterns created by extracts of conventionally grown food...

So I feel that eating foods (energies) thus produced can only have a positive effect on health on all levels... In this sense, food nourishes the spirit as well as the body (inseparable in any case)...

[to be expanded]

Milk and the Cancer Connection I

1 Cow's Milk’s Link to Cancer

Research reports apparently link cow's milk to Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Juvenile Onset Diabetes, Ovarian Cancer, even Osteoporosis:

www.pcrm.org/health/Info_on_Veg_Diets/dairy.html
www.pcrm.org/health/Info_on_Veg_Diets/milk.html
www.pcrm.org/health/Info_on_Veg_Diets/lactose_intolerance.html
www.pcrm.org/news/lawsuit_cofi.html www.preventcancer.com

2 More on Cow's Milk Link to Cancer

(referring to cows treated with synthetic growth hormone)

”IGF-1 [insulin-like growth factor] and cancer: IGF-1 is known to stimulate the growth of both normal and cancerous cells. In 1990 researchers at Stanford University reported that IGF-1 promotes the growth of prostate cells. This was followed by the discovery that IGF-1 accelerates the growth of breast cancer cells. In 1995 researchers at the National Institutes of Health reported that IGF-1 plays a central role in the progression of many childhood cancers and in the growth of tumours in breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and cancers of the pancreas and prostate. In September 1997 an international team of researchers reported the first epidemiological evidence that high IGF-1 concentrations are closely linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Other researchers provided evidence of IGF-1's link to breast and colon cancers.”
More at www.notmilk.com/drlarsen.html and Milk and the cancer connection II.

3 Cow's Milk and General Health

Cows' milk, certainly the ubiquitous pasteurized/homogenised variety, actually seems to be truly deleterious to the human body (among other reasons, the calcium contained in it is difficult to absorb – the countries with the highest pasteurized dairy consumption also have the highest incidence of osteoporosis). See

www.nomilk.com (contains a long list of milk & health-related links) www.notmilk.com (contains info on calcium, "Milk - the deadly poison", alternatives, diabetes, prostate cancer, FAQ etc.; according to some sources, notmilk’s information is a mixture of truth and fiction but in my opinion very much worth a visit).

In this context, I highly recommend the Fit for Life series (particularly vol. 2) by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond since it seems to give a comprehensive while easily readable overview of nearly everything written in the field of nutrition [contains among a wealth of health maintenance information hundreds of scientific references to corroborate their claims]. Vol. 3 includes: You CAN prevent breast cancer.

4 Why Organic Milk?

On Soy & Soy Risks

Soy apparently has many beneficial constituents along with harmful ones. "Far from being the perfect food, modern soy products contain antinutrients and toxins and they interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals."

As summarized by Leonard (leonardleonard1 at earthlink.net):
"Among other things, nonfermented soy contains allergens, several toxins, and (particularly if uncooked, unfermented, & unsprouted) powerful protease inhibitors, which inhibit the critical anti-cancer action of proteolytic enzymes, particularly trypsin. Sprouting also diminishes the enzyme inhibitors. Soy also contains PHG, which interferes with digestion ... I'd try to switch to organic tempeh as much as possible, and perhaps a little cooked tofu as a last resort."

People have reported very serious health complications arising after adopting soy foods (the worst affected being babies apparently, and even Alzheimer’s may be partially caused by “too much soy”). Additionally, most soy beans sold in the US today may be genetically modified.

The only safe soy foods to consume seem to be organic fermented soy products (tempeh and natto), since fermentation is the only way to rid soy of its undesirable constituents and "kill" the anti-nutrients it contains. Heat - including very high temperatures (above 400 deg. F) for long periods of time - does not do it. (Fermentation also doesn't involve the multiple chemical processes required in the production of tofu and other processed soy products.)

So it is best to avoid all nonfermented soy products.[3]

Important articles on soy

  • www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert
  • mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htm
  • mercola.com/2000/june/10/soy_dangers.htm
  • http://thyroid.about.com/cs/soyinfo/a/soy.htm
    On soy and low thyroid function (according to a naturopath using radionics, all people with cancer have low thyroid function).

Addendum by Healing Cancer Naturally:

www.thedoctorwithin.com lists among other things the following likely toxicities of soy products:

  • increases blood estrogen levels to 22,000 times normal
  • blocks absorption of zinc, which is necessary for brain formation
  • introduces free radicals into system, which can retard any formative tissue
  • blocks stomach enzymes, promoting chronic indigestion
  • cannot itself be digested, promoting chronic indigestion and allergies
  • high levels of aluminum prevent normal brain and intestinal formation (aluminium apparently is implicated in the causation of Alzheimer’s).

See www.thedoctorwithin.com/soy/Magic-Bean/

More soy articles

  • www.second-opinions.co.uk/vegetarian.html#link20

Footnotes

1 Compiled on the basis of information provided by Öko-Institut, Freiburg, Germany, and International Organic FQH Research Association, now Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

2 Wild herbs addditionally can be highly therapeutic, see e.g. the scientifically established medicinal effects of stinging nettles and dandelion.

3 Compare Fermented soy beverage “the best nutritional supplement” for cancer?.

4 With all its positive qualities, take note, however, that iodine can be a two-edged sword. While it appears to have greatly benefited the health of a number of individuals, others (clearly a minority - but nevertheless) apparently have been seriously damaged. So inform yourself about the pros and cons before considering applying isolated iodine on your own for any purposes, or at least make sure to only ingest it in its natural complex with other minerals and trace elements in the form of seaweed.

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