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What is the Main Cause of Cancer?
Main Cause of Cancer
This January 16, 2017 article has a chart with numbers about the causes of cancer. Now if you look at this chart you will see that most of the causes is under your control and many do not like that. They will say things like where is the fun in life if I can't eat horrible things that taste good and give me cancer.
Now the chart says that family history is 5% of the cause. Well that is so small that it does not make much of a difference. But smoking is 33% of the cause! Also it can cause death in other ways. Now I knew a cabdriver who did not have a leg and I asked him about it. He said that he lost it since smoking is bad for circulation, but he still smoked.
The chart says that 20% of the cause is being overweight. We have covered some of this above. Being overweight or obese can increase your causes of dying of many causes. The chart says that 5% of the cause of cancer is diet. Now I think this is much too low and will explain why. They can take some out of the 11% due to unknown causes and add it to diet. Unknown can be bad luck or a superstition. Five percent can be lack of exercise. Add these up and that equals 66% of what is in your control according to the chart. Plus I feel that diet should be a lot higher. Note that you can chew tobacco and that is diet, not smoking!
Of the different types of cancer, lung cancer kills the most people and 90% of the lung cancer is due to smoking. Now 5% of the cancer is due to occupation and they know that being a chemist, like I was, can contribute to that. My uncle that was a chemist died of cancer at age 70, but that occupation made him wealthy well before he died. Smoking can be an expensive habit. So you can see how big difference you can make in your odds of getting cancer.
Reducing Odds of Getting Cancer and Curing It
Now we will get into diet more. First I was telling a doctor that works in a hospital that I was very surprised at how big a difference enough vitamin D makes in getting cancer. She said that it should not since it is a disease of toxins. She is right-- it is disease of toxins. That is the main cause of cancer. There is a cancer that you from asbestos called mesothelioma. Asbestos is the cause of mesothelioma.
Smoking introduces a whole set of toxins. In fact over 100 additives are added to the tobacco to make it nearly impossible to quit. Of course the easiest way to quit is to never start. Eating or diet introduces a great deal of toxins that should not be in one's diet. Note that webmd has an article that is easy to find with a search that says that eating salt (that is not a food) is worse than smoking. So they are saying that if you give up salt and start smoking then you will be healthier. They have many MDs read over an article before it is published.
Very recent research shows that eating meat, dairy or eggs is as bad as smoking. Getting back to what I said to the doctor, they now know that vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a hormone. One of the functions of this hormone, is to help your body get rid of toxins.
JAMA says that 77% of Americans have a vitamin D deficiency. A pandemic is a widespread epidemic. It also has the exact quote that PubMed Central has about this. If you have not realizes this by now, I also give you the websites that you can find this at.
I wrote this article because so many are afraid of cancer and that it strikes people at random. So this article is to show that you make your body a good vessel for cancer to grow or make it a terrible place for cancer to live and survive. It just wants a place to survive and eat lots of toxins. Tea is the most studied anti-cancer plant, with over 5,000 medical studies published on its health benefits over the past 10 years.
I hear many health enthusiasts brag about how they drink only water. Let me tell you how stupid this is. As a chemist I can tell you by definition, water is a tasteless liquid. Now if humans wanted something tasteless, then they would eat cardboard. You can sweeten green tea with the herb stevia that is very sweet but has no calories. Plus this herb is good for your health.
Now some know some things that make them not so smart. They know that caffeine helps you to stay awake like if you are trying to meditate or drive. What they do not know is that green tea also contains theanine that also makes you very relaxed. That way you can be awake, alert and relaxed which is ideal for meditation. So it is much better to drink green tea than water. Water does not prevent cancer. Green tea is 95% water. Green tea has EGCG in it that helps you to lose weight that is 20% of your risk of getting cancer.
Now as mentioned there are many more foods that prevent cancer like mushrooms and vegetables that have substance in them that fight cancer. For example Mayo Clinic found that broccoli sprouts are very high in a cancer phytochemicals (plant medicines) and bred these sprouts to be higher in them and they sell them in supermarkets.
When you eat too much carbohydrates or fat, it can be stored. When you eat too much protein, it cannot be stored and it must be broken down. This creates a lot of toxins. Animal foods are acid and plant foods have a tendency to be alkaline. Green tea is listed as the most alkaline food. PCRM, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20 percent in developing countries. When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease.
This fact allowed scientists to separate the effects of eating meat from other factors. Overall, these studies showed significant reductions in cancer risk among those who avoided meat. In contrast, Harvard studies showed that daily meat eaters have approximately three times the colon cancer risk, compared to those who rarely eat meat.
Their Six Guidelines for Cancer Prevention are:
- 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.
University of Southern California News says:
Meat and cheese may be as bad for you as smoking
Eating animal proteins during middle age makes you a candidate for cancer
That chicken wing you’re eating could be as deadly as a cigarette. In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age makes you four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet — a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking.
The difference between protein from plants and protein from animals is the protein from animals has a lot more sulfur in it which causes hydrogen sulfide. Animal protein contributes significantly to the colonic sulfur pool, resulting in the generation of hydrogen sulfide. This has a bad effect on people with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).