Below is information derived from an Internet Doctor that I personally idolize. He has taught me much of what I have written on regarding health. You can go into his site from any of the links below and sign up for his regular Internet newsletters and for free yet. Most of the information below helped me to build my 6 Quickie Ways to Good Health on my # 1 Feature on www.blueeyedcurse.com
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
A report issued by the American Cancer Society in January last year found a staggering 156 Americans PER HOUR were diagnosed with cancer, and more than a half-million people were predicted to die from it by the end of 2004. With statistics like these (and the one's highlighted in the above article) it's no surprise cancer has been named the top killer of Americans under the age of 85.
Fortunately, there are steps you can follow to avoid becoming another victim of this "Serial Killer." By following these simple strategies, you can be sure to optimize your health so you won't fall stricken with cancer this year or ever.
The first strategy is to avoid sugar whenever possible. What you need to understand is that sugar feeds cancer. This has been known for nearly 100 years now. In fact they gave the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1931 to a German physician for discovering this. Unfortunately, most contemporary oncologists fail to appreciate this basic concept and do not advise patients to avoid sugar. This includes sugar from the goodies, sugar from refined grains (Potatoes and Corn are considered in the grain family) and sugar from booze. ( Note: Sugar which you need to function should be from fruit only in its whole form, no juices. ) If you take in an adequate amount of sugar from 5 fruit sessions a day as I do, with its fiber content that slows up the release process of the sugar into the bloodstream and eliminates negative potential insulin production, (an apple is one session, cut up fruit in some low fat sugar less yogurt is another,) you would want to exclude the sweet vegetables like corn, peas and beets. Simply obtain the sugar that you need from whole fruits. The more diversified the better.
I understand that it is not a surprise to learn that sugar is harmful to you, but you may be surprised to find out how many ways it is. You can learn more ways sugar can damage your body, by reading: 124 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health.
Next, please have your vitamin D levels checked as soon as possible. There is a mountain of scientific evidence that clearly show how powerful an influence vitamin D is on the prevention and treatment of cancer. Optimal vitamin D levels works dramatically in preventing many cancers, especially breast, prostate and colon cancers.
Few foods naturally contain vitamin D. Sardines which have an abundance of important nutrients, including potassium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, iron and calcium in the tiny sardine bones, are a good source of vitamin D. I personally eat 3 to 4 full cans of Sardines a week, about 4.25 ounces at a sitting and in fact for 1 lunch a week I take a full can, chop up the sardines and combine them with a can of Progresso soup either the Manhattan or New England clam chowder. It is a delicious treat with all the nutritional trimmings.
Most of us have vitamin D levels that are far too low. The best way to bring these levels back up is by exposing your skin to sunshine, something most of us can and should do in the summer. There is strong evidence that the long-standing recommendation of avoiding sun exposure has increased cancer deaths, not just non-fatal skin cancers, by more than 50,000 per year in the United States due to lowered vitamin D levels.
The fact is that Vitamin D dictates not only the absorbability of calcium in the intestines, it regulates all the calcium in the bodies functions including the brain. This was our personal practice and learning 101 in our agricultural career. Calcium content in the soil was the microprocessor for all the minerals in the soil and their individual electrolyte functions as well as hormone production.
Every thing below is Blueeyedcurse observations.
Drinking enough water during the day and drinking the right water mix.
Most people do not drink enough water. There are volumes and volumes of medical information regarding the bodies needs of adequate hydration and the elimination of wastes. We will not cover this issue in this feature other than drinking the right water. Now there has been written pros and cons regarding distilled water. I personally have drank distilled water for over 40 years now, starting with my concern of the percolation of hard agricultural chemicals into our wells on our farm and around our home there. This was followed in Florida where our water source is treated and it needs to be treated as bacteria in water including beaver fever in bottled water is a concern. Unfortunately chlorinated water taking care of the bacteria in it, takes care of all bacteria in the gut and this is not good as we need certain bacteria's working in our gut. Most municipal water has a certain amount of beneficial minerals that comes from ground water. Distilled water takes everything out of the water and this is not good especially if you subscribe to an alkalizing diet regimen as I do. The solution is simple. Spike the distilled water with minerals. We use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) , lemon juice that happens to be an alkaline forming food and a little Potassium Chloride, the little salt that we use in lieu of Sodium Chloride that is really not that bad if you have a generous amount of potassium foods in your diet (bananas for one ) to mute the ill effects that sodium can give. We do enough minerals to bring the pH up to around 7.8 to 8.0. This also brings the total alkalinity up to an optimum 120 ppm which will stabilize the pH in the desirable range. You can use swimming pool test strips to gain the concentration that you need without going overboard.
Eating the right proportion of Alkaline forming foods vs. Acid forming foods (80% to 20%)
We have written extensively in different features on our website regarding the importance of eating a diet predominately alkaline. Our Condensed information on health feature, our Alkalize feature, pH feature, Tissue acid waste feature, the list is long and the evidence is indisputable. I can't help thinking of a friend that is going through Chemo right now with Lymphoma and reading about the Lymph network and the importance alkalinity plays in it. If you don't think alkalinity plays a life and death role with every organ in your body, click the line below for a real eye opener.
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Balancing each meal and snack with an equal proportion of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fats 40-30-30 is optimum.
I received my first education from the Daoust couples 40-30-30 book on balancing the big 3 when I undertook a 30 lb. weight loss program and boy did it work like a charm. I have followed this program religiously even after achieving my 30 lbs loss. For over 2 years now there has only been two instances when I grabbed an apple and ran that I did not adhere to eating a balance at every meal and snack. I believe it has helped me to maintain my optimum weight and I believe there is a relationship between weight, storing fat and also the storing of tissue acid waste that I call the "Serial killer". Balancing every meal and snack and of course observing calories, stimulates the production of the hormone Glucagon. Glucagon is the fat and I believe the tissue acid waste burning hormone. Insulin is produced when your intake is heavy in carbohydrates and in particular high sugar foods. Insulin is the fat storing and waste storing hormone and that is good if you are going to go into hibernation as a bear does for months at a time. This is what the fat storing process was designed for. Surviving from one winter to another took precedence over leading a long life without tissue acid waste terrorizing your body.
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Finally, if you want to prevent cancer it is important to work on balancing your ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fats by taking a premium fish or cod liver oil every day. This is because the omega-3 in fish is high in two fatty acids crucial to human health, DHA and EPA. When choosing your fish or cod liver oil http://www.mercola.com/forms/carlsons.htm, it is important to remember that not all brands are the same. Therefore, you will want to do a little homework so you can ensure the quality of the omega-3 fish or cod liver oil you consume is the best out there. (I use Life Extensions fish oil product with sesame lignans).
Note: I don't rely on fish oil only for Omega 3's, but I take a good fish oil supplement every day. I rely on freshly ground Flax seed, Walnuts, two supper fish meals a week, 4 lunches with about 3 ounces of Portugal caught sardines each, a couple of lunches with Alaskan Salmon to try to reduce mercury contamination that is in most fish. In addition, I eat about 5 measuring cups (uncompressed) in two 2 1/2 measuring cup meals of dark green raw vegetable and a palm full of dark green herbs mid morning with a little clump of raw Aloe Vera in the mix. Nice short pictorial demonstration on how we do our Herb and Aloe Vera snack every mid morning link below. The fresh herbs and Aloe provide a nice fresh shot of Alkalinity after a vigorous exercise session on the hand ball court. Lactic acid is a by-product of exercise and mopping up acid with a little orange juice for its alkalinity and body depleted sugar topped off with the Herb Aloe snack is just what the Doctor ordered. Check out this link herbaloe2.htm
I eat nuts and seed at every meal and snack, 5 sessions. Nuts and seed have primarily Omega 6's and 9s. (Walnuts are about the only nut that has some omega 3's but even Walnuts are primarily 6's and 9's) These are essential fatty acids but have to be countered with at least an equal amount of omega 3's and I feel with the list above of my omega 3 intake I achieve this and most likely exceed the one to one recommended ratio and that is even better.
This information is intended to heighten awareness of potential health care alternatives and should not be considered as medical advice. See your qualified health-care professional for medical attention, advice, diagnosis, and treatments.