Natural Remedies that may
Reduce the Risk of Cancer
You may reduce the risk of cancer with common sense advice and natural remedies.
ALWAYS tell your physician about supplements and herbs you use: they can affect your treatment.
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Note on Research about Natural Supplements
Common Sense Advice that may reduce our risk of cancer.
Vitamins that may reduce the risk of cancer
More Natural Remedy Info
from Natural Health Answers Report
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More Natural Remedies that may Reduce the Risk of Cancer:
Anti-oxidants, mineral, herbs and superfoods.
All backed by good evidence.
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Side Effects of Cancer Treatment: symptomatic relief
Including supplements which may help side effects, with research evidence,
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Note: Research on Supplements.
It is difficult to prove that taking a certain supplement will reduce the chance of developing cancer. We really need enormous long-term, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in which some people are given the supplement while others are given placebo. Few studies of this type have been performed. Some people consider it unethical to withhold treatment from some participants in a trial.
For most supplements, the evidence comes from observational studies, which are much less reliable. These have found that people take certain supplements develop a lower incidence of specific cancers. In such studies it is very difficult to rule out other factors. For example, individuals who take vitamins may also exercise more, or take better care of themselves in other ways. Such factors make the results of these studies less reliable.
There are many more traditional supplements to reduce risk of cancer, such as Essiac Tea, Cat’s Claw, Apricot kernels, vitamin E, shark cartilage and soya isoflavones. Although these have been in use for decades, even centuries, they are not covered here, due to lack of modern research evidence. However, new research may clarify if there is any benefit from these.
Common Sense Advice that may Reduce Cancer Risk
Get regular checkups
Many cancers can be prevented, or discovered in the early stages, with screening tests available through your healthcare provider.
Keep in touch with your doctor.
Eat fruit and veg
Eat more vegetables, fruits, and legumes to help optimize body weight, immune function, and hormone regulation.
Consumption of fruits and vegetables is widely accepted as lowering the risk of most common cancers. Include some raw fruit and veg every day to maximise enzymes and anti-oxidants. Smoothies and salads are good ways to do this.
Doctors also recommend that people should not consider supplements as substitutes for food!
Eat less meat
Going vegetarian will avoid meat-related carcinogens.
Most, but not all, studies have found that vegetarians are less likely to be diagnosed with cancer. Vegetarians also have stronger immune function. Female vegetarians have been reported to have lower oestrogen levels than meat-eating women, possibly explaining a lower incidence of uterine and breast cancers.
Especially limit preserved meats such as bacon, ham, salami and smoked foods.
Being overweight may increase cancer risk.
Fibre reduces risk
Whole grains (eg. rye, brown rice, whole wheat) contain high amounts of insoluble fibre. Refined grains, such as white bread, rice and pasta, do not.
This fibre may help protect against a variety of cancers. Many studies show that people who eat relatively high amounts of whole grains have lower risks of lymphomas and cancers of the pancreas, stomach, colon, rectum, breast, uterus, mouth, throat, liver, and thyroid.
Another kind of fibre, called pre-biotic fibre, is protective because it feeds healthy bowel bacteria. Pre-biotic fibre is richest in onions, leeks, pulses and oats
Eat healthy fats
Meals containing olive oil or fish help protect against cancer, and avoiding fat from meat, dairy, and processed foods may decrease cancer risk.
Omega 3 oils, found mainly in oily fish and flax seeds, may reduce cancer risk.
Other foods containing omega 3 oils include many dark leafy greens, freshwater micro algae, sardines, anchovies, walnuts, butter, wild salmon, free-range chicken eggs, and grass-fed beef.
Also, don't fry or char-grill/barbecue food too often. Steam, boil or poach, or grill gently. High heats create carcinogens.
Avoid alcohol and drugs
Use alcoholic beverages in moderation or not at all, to reduce the risk of many cancers.
Alcohol reduces the activity of white blood cells and the body's antibody responses. Low or moderate alcohol consumption seems to stimulate immune functions in a positive way. However, excessive consumption depresses immunity.
Drug abuse causes immune dysfunction. Heroin, morphine, and cocaine cause a variety of immune-system abnormalities. Some of the chemical components of marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol and cannibinoids, exert a powerful immunosuppressive effect, reducing the body's production of T cells, natural-killer cells, and interferon. The use of alcohol and drugs also increases the
susceptibility to AIDS and, probably, other infections.
Laughter significantly increases the activity of T cells and other markers of healthy immune function. Excessive physical and emotional stress, including depression, can lower our immunity.
Studies have shown that reducing stress levels, increased socializing, and positive thinking can increase the activity of T cells and natural-killer cells and dramatically extend the lives of cancer patients. Learn to relax.
Find a way to resolve the emotional issues we all carry around. Good counselling, homeopathy, Emotional Freedom Technique and many other methods can free you from the 'baggage' that contributes to cancer. Be willing to let it go.
Exercise – but not too much
Moderate exercise stimulates and enhances health. Exercise also helps control insulin, and healthy insulin levels reduce cancer risk.
However, more is definitely not better: over-exercise stresses the immune system.
Strenuous exercise depresses the activities of T cells and natural-killer cells.
Vitamins That May Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Studies indicate that broad supplementation with a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement reduces risk (colon cancer) or increases survival time (lung cancer). Our government’s own figures prove that our soils are now severely depleted of minerals, so it makes sense to top up. This is an easy, economical and sensible way to increase your health protection. Don't forget to eat a good diet too!
Warnings: none at recommended doses.
Supplements: There are a huge number of multi's in every chemist, supermarket and health shop. Naturally, none can contain very high amounts of everything – the pill would be so big, you would not be able to swallow it! But some contain very small amounts, often with quantities of unhealthy fillers. Capsules tend to be purer and better value than tablets.
I recommend Viridian High Five Multi-Vitamin and Mineral vegecaps, which contains extra vit. B5, to support the adrenal glands in times of stress. Viridian also produce special multi-supplements for men, women, sports enthusiasts, and children.
Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, which protects cells from free radical damage. It also acts to protect other anti-oxidants, such as vitamin E. It prevents oxidation of fats, and in studies it increased levels of Glutathione by up to 50%. Glutathione is an important anti-cancer compound made in the body. It an antioxidant, an immune system booster, and a detoxifier, helping us repair damage caused by stress, pollution, radiation, infection, drugs, poor diet, and ageing.
Several observational studies have found a strong association between high dietary vitamin C intake andreduced stomach cancer. Vitamin C may prevent the formation of carcinogenic substances known as N-nitroso compounds in the stomach.
Observational studies have also linked higher vitamin C in the diet with reduced risk of colon, esophageal, laryngeal, bladder, cervical, rectal, breast, and perhaps lung cancer. However, dietary vitamin C intake does not appear to be associated with a reduced rate of prostate cancer.
In one lengthy Japanese study, terminal cancer patients took 10g Vitamin C daily until their deaths. Those taking extra vitamin C survived more than four times longe,r on average, than those in the control group. This study confirms work done many years ago by Dr.Linus Pauling.
Vitamin C also improves collagen metabolism, which may help to contain cancerous growths.
Vitamin C probably works best taken in frequent small doses. Vitamin C increases iron absorption.
Warnings: Not more than 1g. day with warfarin or similar drugs.
Supplements: cheap vitamin C is widely available but the usual form, Ascorbic Acid, may be too acid for some. Some tablets contains a lot of unnatural fillers. Look for a time release formulation, and/or take your vitamin C little and often. Low acid formulations are kinder for those with sensitive stomachs. Try Ester C capsules or Acerola powder.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, occurring in oily fish, dairy products, and made in the skin when exposed to sunlight. It is essential for good bone formation.
Vitamin D is activated in the liver and kidneys - this activated form of vitamin D causes “cellular differentiation”- essentially the opposite of cancer.
Breast cancer rates are relatively high in areas of low exposure to sunlight. There is evidence to indicate that vitamin D may be protective against breast cancer:
1. Activated vitamin D appears to have anti-oestrogenic activity.
2. Both sunlight and dietary exposure to vitamin D have correlated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.
3. In combination with tamoxifen, a synthetic vitamin D-like molecule has inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells in test tube research.
4. In test tube research, activated vitamin D has increased the anticancer action of chemotherapy
5. Synthetic vitamin D-like molecules induce tumour cell death in breast cancer cells.
6. Synthetic vitamin D-like molecules have prevented the equivalent of breast cancer in animals.
Warnings: none at recommended doses.
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