TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Prevalent knowledge in the natural health
industry reveals that many chronic diseases, including cancer, can only
exist in an imbalanced metabolic environment, the likelihood of which
increases as our average life expectancy does. According to the
Canadian Cancer Society, based on 2009 incidence rates, 40% of Canadian
women and 45% of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Cancer is a term used to describe diseases in which abnormal cells
divide without control. Cancer slowly eats away at healthy tissues,
monopolizes resources and eventually weakens organ function. It is not
just one disease, but many including more than 100 different types.
What can we do?
Through on-going research, scientists have determined that both heredity
and environmental risk factors influence our health and chances of a
cancer diagnosis. Although there is little we can do to change genetic
inheritance, we can protect against cancer and positively impact our
health by following healthy dietary guidelines and avoiding known risk
A simple, cancer prevention program focuses on dietary and lifestyle
modifications — eating healthy, regular activity, maintaining a healthy
weight, reducing stressors and exposure to chemicals and pollutants. Up
to 35% of all cancers may actually be prevented just by eating a
well-balanced, nutritious daily diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruit,
whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats and fibre; utilizing methods
to relieve stress; and guarding against toxic substances.
Known risk factors
Certain synthetic organic chemicals increase the risk factors for
cancer. This growing list of carcinogenic substances includes cigarette
smoke, pollution, pesticides, benzene, vinyl chloride, ethyl alcohol,
and asbestos. Avoid smoking and excess alcohol intake, consume organic
produce (or wash conventional produce appropriately to remove pesticide
residues; many pesticides are not water soluble), and avoid contact
with and inhalation of petroleum fumes.
Whey protein is an excellent lean protein that helps support the immune
system. Whey contains glutathione-boosting amino acids. Glutathione is
a potent intracellular antioxidant. It helps maintain the immune
system. Immune lymphocytes depend on glutathione for normal replication
and function. Glutathione is often found to be depleted in individuals
with chronic disease.
Sulforaphane and indoles are compounds found in cruciferous vegetables
including broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. They appear to possess
anticancer properties by enhancing the liver's ability to detoxify
certain carcinogens more effectively.
Grape seed extract and green tea are both rich sources of polyphenols,
which are potent antioxidants and deliver powerful anti-tumor
properties. Flaxseeds contain lignans that may be associated with a
reduced risk of certain cancers.
While supplementation can offer numerous preventative health benefits,
it is important for individuals undergoing cancer treatment to work
with a health professional who is well-versed in the action and
benefits of any adjunct nutrient.
Holistic cancer research
The good news is that research is constantly uncovering new avenues for
the prevention and treatment of cancer. Prevention is always better
than cure. The simple inclusion of high quality foods, maintaining a
healthy weight and active lifestyle along with some well researched
nutrients offers a comprehensive preventative approach.
There is much promise in the area of supplementation and its role in
both cancer prevention and treatment, but more research is desperately
needed. The Aldo Fund, in memory of Aldo Dominguez and his pioneering
vision and philosophy of wellness, has been established as an annual
fund for natural and integrative cancer research and education in
partnership with the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada. For more information and how you can contribute to this charitable
organization, visit www.aldofund.ca.
Michele Sevier Biography
Michele Sevier, DNM, DAc, is an educator and advocate of natural health
and healing. As an independent advisor to Nutrition House, she is
actively involved in many facets of integrative medicine including
research, the formulation of specialized supplements, and providing
natural health solutions to the general public through Nutrition
House's 'Ask Our Expert' service at www.nutritionhouse.com.
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