Category Archives: Chronic Diseases

Stop Cancer Before it Starts

There are many organizations dedicated to finding the causes of and cures for cancer. You probably know recognize many of these such as:

  • The American Cancer Society
  • Cancer Research Institute
  • The Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • Lungevity Foundation
  • Susan G. Koman for the Cure
  • Leukaemia Research Fund

Yet, none of these organizations will be of much benefit to you if you do not practice good cancer prevention strategies.

Stop Cancer Before it Starts

Your probably already know how to prevent most cancers. We don’t need more research to discover these simple cancer stopping techniques.

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  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
  • Eat healthy foods. This means plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid processed meats and, if you must drink alcohol, drink in moderation.
  • Avoid obesity. Maintain a healthy weight and get plenty of exercise.
  • Avoid overexposure to the sun. Skin cancer is a common form of cancer.
  • Avoid carcinogens. These include viruses, bacteria, and parasites as well as air, water and soil pollution.
  • Avoid a compromised immune system.

Some Cancer Prevention Research to Keep in Mind

Eat Your Veggies

One study published in the journal Epidemiology studied how fruits and vegetables affected rates of cancer of the colon, rectum, and breast. The authors indicated that carotenoids, flavonoids, phenols, isothiocynates, fiber, and vitamins C and E could have anti-carcinogenic effects.

They found that raw carrots were the only vegetable that lowered cancer risks by 20% or more for all three types of cancer. They also found that apples, pears, and kiwi were associated with at least a 5% risk reduction for all three cancer types.

Overall high intake of raw vegetables lowered risks by 20% for colon cancer, 18% for cancer of the rectum, and 15% for breast cancer.

Cooked vegetables also reduced risks by 28% for colon cancer, 20% for cancer of the rectum, and 4% for breast cancer.

Watch Out for Sugar

Cancer cells love glucose (blood sugar). They take in and metabolize glucose faster than normal cells.
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This fact allows positron emission tomography (PET) scans to detect cancerous tumors without invasive operations. This is possible by giving the patient a glucose analogue of slightly radioactive FDG, The cancer cells suck this up and it accumulates in cancerous tumors and can easily be detected in a PET scan.

Another study published in the journal Cancer investigated various glucose transport mechanisms in human breast cancer.

Glucose transport across cell boundaries is performed with the help of various protein enzymes. They found that the so-called Glut-1, Glut-2 and Glut-4 protein enzymes were active in breast cancer, but Glut-3 and Glut-5 mechanisms were not as active. Glut-1 was the most actives means of taking glucose into breast cancer cells. Such studies can help identify ways to slow down or inhibit the sugar feeding of cancer cells.

Another study published in the British Journal of Cancer looked at breast cancer rates in various countries. The researchers found that the rate of breast cancer in older women (aged 65-69) were positively correlated with sugar and fat consumption.

Yet another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined risks for pancreatic cancer and consumption of sugar sweetened foods. The study looked at 77,797 women and men.

This study found that those who consumed the most sugar were 1.95 times as likely to get pancreatic cancer as those consuming the least amount of sugar. Similarly for soft drinks, those who consumed most were 2.3 times as likely to get pancreatic cancer as those who consumed the fewest soft drinks.

The researchers thought that high levels of blood glucose created oxidative stress which resulted in free radical damage to the pancreatic cells. The idea is that the regions of the pancreas produce hormones have low concentrations of antioxidant enzymes. Thus, they are especially susceptible to glucose created free radicals.

Yet another study published in the British Medical Journal examined how the consumption of sugar and fat affected the risk of colorectal cancer.

They found that the overall calorie intake of those with large bowel cancer was 18% higher than their control group without cancer. Those with cancer consumed 21% more carbohydrates than those without cancer.

The cancer patients consumed 41% more sugars with little or no fiber and 19% less natural sugars with fiber. They found that the third of the study group consuming the most refined sugars (with high energy to fiber ratios) had an 8 times greater risk of contracting large bowel cancer than those in the lower third of refined sugar consumption.

If you’re not convinced already, another study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control looked at the medical history of 98,030 women aged 55 to 69 years in Iowa. These women were mailed a questionnaire on known and suspected cancer risk-factors.

They found that BMI was related directly to cancer risk. Cancer risk for 60% of the women with the highest BMIs was from 40 to 70 percent higher than for those in the lowest 40% of BMIs. There was also double the risk of colon cancer in women consuming the most sucrose-containing foods.

You Can Stop Cancer Before it Starts

Research tells us not only the causes of cancer, but how to prevent many cancers types.

Cancer prevention strategies include consuming healthy fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed sugars that are depleted of fiber.

Unfortunately, this requires some effort on your part. You’ll need to about most of the manufactured foods that contain lots of added sugars. And, you’ll need to eat more raw fruits and vegetables.

If you like fruit or vegetable juices, switch to blended smoothies that retain the natural fiber.

Cancer prevention is a choice you must make. Make the right choices and stay healthy.

Do Something About High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

As your heart pumps blood throughout your body your blood vessels experience increased pressure when your heart pumps, and less pressure when your heart is between beats. The systolic blood pressure is the pressure (measured in mm of mercury or Hg) when your heart beats. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure when you heart is between beats.

Blood pressure readings are normally given as the higher (systolic) pressure “over” the lower (diastolic) pressure, sometimes written like 120/80. Normal blood pressure is around 120 over 80. The American Heart Association says that a blood pressure reading of 130 over 80 is the start of high blood pressure or hypertension.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

The The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure provides many risk factors for hypertension. These include:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Too much sodium
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Inappropriate combination of drugs
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Chronic steroid therapy
  • Illegal drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Selected over-the-counter dietary supplements and medicines
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy lifestyles: lack of exercise, poor diet

Add to these, anxiety and depression. A paper, Are Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Risk Factors for Hypertension? published in the Archives of Family Medicine, described a study of 2992 white and black men and women to determine if anxiety and depression were predictors of hypertension. They found that anxiety or depression were risk factors for hypertension.

Dangers of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder and places undue stress on your blood vessels and other organs in your body. The CDC indicates that about 79 million people (29% of the population) suffer from hypertension. Prolonged (unmanaged) hypertension or high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis, arterial disease, damage to the retina in the eyes, kidney disease, stroke and other diseases.

The The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure gives us some facts about blood pressure we all should know.

This report indicates that starting at a blood pressure of 115/75, your risk of cardiovascular disease doubles with every 20/10 increase in blood pressure.

Managing High Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, the The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure recommends that doctors prescribe several medications. This include Thiazide-type diuretics as well as an ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitor, beta-blocker, ARB (angiotensin-receptor blocker), CCB ( calcium channel blocker), or a combination of these drugs.

In addition to drugs, changing your diet can also be helpful.

One such diet is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, this diet emphasized fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and low fat dairy products.

What do Bananas Have to Do With High blood Pressure

For more about how you can reverse high blood pressure oor hypertension, check out The High Blood Pressure Remedy Report. Learn what bananas have to do with high blood pressure!

Make changes today that can reduce or eliminate high blood pressure and provide you with a long, healthy, vigorous life.

Diabetes: Medical Evidence Shows You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association in it’s Living With Diabetes page indicates: “There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) will help you control your weight and can keep your blood glucose in the healthy range.”

But, is this still true today?

Type 2 Diabetes Medical Condition

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels that are not managed by normal insulin production, storage and secretion by beta cells in your pancreases. Eventually the beta cells fail to function and injections of insulin must be taken. Other cells in your body also become insulin resistant and do not easily allow glucose to enter when normal amounts on insulin are present.

Beta cell function declines over time and after about 10 years, more than half the people affected require insulin injection.

This medical condition is diagnosed by several tests. Glucose levels are measured by testing blood A1C levels (for long term blood glucose levels), fasting blood glucose level, and an oral glucose tolerance test (a 2 hour test to see how your body responds to oral glucose).

diabetic photoIf your body is unable to properly regulate glucose levels you have diabetes. You will often need to monitor your glucose levels by doing random glucose tests during the day to check for your need for medication or injected insulin.

This medical condition can lead to further undesirable consequences. Primarily, blood vessels become damaged in the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain and legs. This doubles the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can require amputation of feet and legs. Cuts and blisters do not heal properly.

Type 2 Diabetes Cure: Ending Your Medical Condition

A cure is a substance or procedure that ends a medical condition.

So, are there ways to restore the function of your pancreatic beta cells and eliminate insulin resistance so your pancreatic insulin correctly manages blood glucose levels?

The answer is clearly: YES!

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgeryy normalizes A1C levels in more than 80% of patients, and many patients can stop taking diabetes medication, including insulin injections. Bariatric surgery effectively reduces the amount of food you can eat and drastically cuts calorie absorption. For many people, the return to normal blood glucose levels is sudden, within days or weeks–long before any significant weight loss.

Calorie Restriction

An article in Diabetologia, Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol, clearly shows that both beta cell function and insulin resistance can be reversed with a low calorie diet.

The study tested whether the rapid bariatric effect could be due to the sudden decrease in calories. The researchers used 11 people with type 2 diabetes who had an average BMI of 33.6.

They were put on a 600 calorie per day diet. The diet was mainly a liquid diet consisting of Optifast and Nestle Nutrition along with three servings of non-starchy vegetables. This amounted to around 600 calories per day.

After the first week fasting blood glucose levels became normal, glucose levels in the liver improved, and insulin response improved to near normal levels.

After 8 weeks insulin response became better than “normal.”

In other words, the participants in this research study no longer had the medical condition known as type 2 diabetes.

The researchers concluded: “This study demonstrates that the twin defects of beta cell failure and insulin resistance that underlie type 2 diabetes can be reversed by acute negative energy balance alone.”

Carbohydrate Restriction

Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that type 2 diabetes can be reversed, and the solution is simpler than you might think.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. She has recently created what is only the second non-surgical weight loss rotation in the country for medical students. Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Hallberg is also the co-author of www.fitteru.us, a blog about health and wellness.

B.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1994

M.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1996

M.D., Des Moines University, 2002

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Type 2 Diabetes Cured But Not Forever

Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition brought on by a diet rich in refined carbohydrates and a low fiber diet. This means, for example, beet sugar without the fiber of the beet, cane sugar without the fiber of the cane, and corn sweeteners without the fiber in the corn.

Refined sugars quickly enter your blood stream and cause insulin levels to rise rapidly. This stresses your entire body. And such a diet will inevitably lead to the medical conditions identified as type 2 diabetes.

Even though you can restore proper function to your body, the stress of too much refined sugar can bring back your diabetes.

To remain cured of type 2 diabetes you must adopt a healthy lifestyle that consists of consuming real foods with little or no processing and getting healthy exercise.

Yes, type 2 diabetes can be cured. But, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep it from returning.

Preventing Cancer: Are Phytochemicals the Key?

Medical News Today tells us that cancer is the second leading cause of death (right behind heart disease) in the United States.

Is there anything you can do to prevent unnecessary early death from cancer?

Yes there is.

A recent article (Health benefits of fruit and vegetables are from additive and synergistic combinations of phytochemicals) in the journal The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tells us that phytochemicals are a key component of a healthy diet that could reduce your risk of unnecessary death.

This article tells us that a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains “is a practical strategy for significantly reducing the incidence of chronic diseases.”

For example, the article tells us that a third of all cancer deaths could be avoided with an appropriate diet. And prevention is always a better strategy for staying healthy than treating a chronic disease.

More than 5000 phytochemicals have been identified in plant foods. These are biologically active non-nutrients in fruits, vegetables and grains. Many of these are antioxidant compounds that help protect your body’s cells by preventing oxidative damage. This reduces your risk of developing chronic diseases.

The Amount You Consume is Key

We all consume different amounts of fruits and vegetables. But, the journal Nutrition and Caner reports that the quarter of the population that consumed the fewest fruits and vegetables had double the risk of cancers when compared to the quarter of the population that consumed the most fruits and vegetables.

Of the types of cancers that were studied, phytonutrients helped protect people from the following cancers:

  • Lung cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Cancers of the oral cavity
  • Stomach cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

Considering that breast cancer and lung cancer are at the top of the list of all cancers, this is critical information you need to act on.

Are You Getting Enough Fruits and Vegetables?

The Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports on average, Americans consume about 3.4 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention gives some guidelines for the consumption for fruits and vegetables. They indicates that “Adults who engage in <30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily should consume 1.5–2.0 cup equivalents fruit and 2–3 cups vegetables daily."

But, the sad fact is that most Americans are not getting the recommended levels of fruits and vegetables — and thus the protective phytochemicals. They indicate:

“Overall, 13.1% of respondents met fruit intake recommendations, ranging from 7.5% in Tennessee to 17.7% in California, and 8.9% met vegetable recommendations, ranging from 5.5% in Mississippi to 13.0% in California. Substantial new efforts are needed to build consumer demand for fruits and vegetables through competitive pricing, placement, and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities, and worksites.”

So, it’s vital that you increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

What About Individual Supplements?

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tells us that taking individual supplements is not an effective way to consume the important phytochemicals. They indicate that “taken alone, the individual antioxidants studied in clinical trials do not appear to have consistent preventive effects. The isolated pure compound either loses its bioactivity or may not behave the same way as the compound in whole foods.”

The combination of all the phytochemicals from fruits, vegetables and grains seems to be the important key to preventing many chronic diseases.

juicing photoSupplements are simply not going to supply all the nutrients, phytochemicals and fiber found in real fruits and vegetables. That’s why many people are using blenders to create vegetable and fruit smoothies to capture the most nutrition possible for their healthy diets. Check out our page about juicing and blending to see how you can get the most healthy protection against chronic diseases.

L-Citrulline and L-Arginine: This One-Two Amino Acid Punch Can Improve Circulation—And Your Love Life!

L-Citrulline and L-Arginine are amino acids that help increase Nitric Oxide production. And, it’s Nitric Oxide that helps relax narrow blood vessels which increases oxygen flow. And vasodilation sends more blood and oxygen to nourish every cell in your body.

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HealthLine tells us that L-Arginine is naturally found in foods such as turkey, pork loin, chicken, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, peanuts, spirulina, dairy products, chickpeas, and lentils.

Eases Circulation

These amino acids represent a holistic, non-pharmaceutical, way to support healthy blood pressure since the heart does not need to pump as hard to move blood through the circulatory system. Because blood moves more easily, you can experience more stamina and faster recovery during exercise sessions.

How Do L-Citrulline and L-Arginine Work?

Your blood vessels are surrounded by a layer of smooth muscle. The endothelium (inner lining) of your blood vessels use Nitric Oxide to tell the surrounding smooth muscle to relax. This relaxing of the smooth muscle surrounding your blood vessels allows them to widen and increases blood supply in the area.

So, they key is to increase the production and supply of Nitric Oxide.

Arginine is necessary to produce Nitric Oxide which allows blood vessels to relax or dilate. Arginine results in relatively rapid dilation of blood vessels. When Citrulline enters the kidneys and other tissues it is converted into arginine. Taking both L-Citrulline and L-Arginine produces both quick and sustained dilation of blood vessels.

In addition, Citrulline helps eliminate toxic ammonia from the liver.

Who Benefits From L-Citrulline and L-Arginine?

Anyone who wants a healthy blood pressure and greater blood flow can benefit from L-Citrulline and L-Arginine. This includes people with angina who want to avoid chest pain. People with leg pain due to poor circulation, including diabetic patients, will see an improvement in circulation and reduced pain. Anyone who exercises and wants to do more reps and recover faster will benefit. And, men who suffer from erectile dysfunction due to restricted blood flow can have normal blood flow restored.

Baby boomers who are concerned about their cardiovascular health should be particularly interested. It is of interest to everyone interested in anti-aging because it promotes cellular health and resists the accumulation of plaque..

Video About the Benefits of L-Arginine

Dr. Harry Elwardt tells us that L-Arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that has shown promise in the prevention of arteriosclerosis (blockage of the arteries). L-arginine is pure 100% free form arginine and is the precursor for endothelium-derived nitric oxide (EDNO).

Three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize In Medicine in 1998 for discovering nitric oxide’s role as a vasodilator. In a healthy endothelium (inner wall of a blood vessel), nitric oxide (NO) will keep vessels pliable and elastic, dilate (open up) blood vessels keeping blood flowing smoothly, relax blood vessels, keep platelets and white blood cells calm and prevent them from sticking to the vessel wall, prevent oxidation, slow plaque growth, suppress arteriosclerosis and melt away plaque that already exists.

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