(NaturalHealth365) The new guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society will both urge cancer survivors to eat right and exercise to prevent the disease from coming back, and doctors will be encouraged to talk to their patients about eating right, exercising and slimming down if they’re too heavy.
Is it too little – too late
This is the same organization that calls for mammograms and other cancer screenings, while promoting the standard treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. They claim to have encouraged healthy habits, but until now, the group didn’t think there was much evidence to support a strong statement.
Experts are not unanimous about the protective effects of diet on cancer; many have said that diet has no effect on this condition. (crazy, but true) The studies that have concluded diet wasn’t effective used a healthy diet consisting of one or two more fruits and vegetables with a little less fat then the standard American diet.
Nutritional “experts” need to get re-educated
The vast majority of past studies have focused on isolated vitamins not the synergistic actions of a nutrient dense diet. It turns out the advice you got as a child to “eat your greens” has a bigger effect on estrogen metabolism and cell division then any single vitamin.
This new upgrade in recommendations took in to account more than 100 studies in the last 5 years involving cancer survivors, which showed that exercise and/or a healthy diet was associated with lower cancer recurrence rates and longer survival.
Being overweight or obese has long been tied to an increase risk of cancers of the colon, esophagus, kidney, pancreas and breast cancer in post menopausal women. However, there hadn’t been much evidence on the effects of diet and exercise on people who had cancer until now.
Always keep the “big picture” in mind
These new guidelines are not pioneering or promising, because the effects of the standard medical protocol compromises the immune system and can cause secondary cancers. The most dangerous effects of chemotherapy and radiation aren’t neutralized by a few more vegetables.
This is what Mark W. Dewhirst, D.V.M., professor of radiation oncology at Duke University had to say; “In a sense, these therapies can make a tumor healthier.” He went on to explain by, “unless the treatment is very effective in killing many if not most tumor cells, you are shooting yourself in the foot.”
The tumor cells that survive the therapies drive and increase a regulatory factor called HIF1 (hypoxia-inducible factor 1), which cells use to get the oxygen they need by increasing blood vessel growth into the tumor. Solid tumors generally have low oxygen, and HIF1 helps them get the oxygen they need.
The other challenges occurs because cancer cells can survive in a harsh environment, high chemical exposure, low oxygen, higher availability of glucose, acidic pH, which means drugs used in chemotherapy will kill the weaker, and more benign (healthier) cells, while creating the very conditions known to make the more malignant and chemo resistant cancer cells thrive. In the same manner, radiotherapy is known to induce secondary cancers.
So when the American Cancer Society hands out material encouraging cancer survivors to eat better, they should mention what they need to do to minimize the harm done by the treatments they endorse. Don’t be fooled – educate yourself as fast as possible.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.