"The time has come to put major emphasis on the soil."
i.e., change the underlying cause of the disease in the human body that allows cancer to grow and thrive!
2004 Isaiah Fidler, MD, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
What is cancer? A formidable enemy!
Report 2011: 1,500 die every day from cancer.
That's equivalent to the fall of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center three times a week, every week, each year, year-in and year-out!!!
Cancer is a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors (except in the case of leukemia where cancer prohibits normal blood function by abnormal cell division in the blood stream).
Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive, nervous, and circulatory systems, and they can release hormones that alter body function. Tumors that stay in one spot and demonstrate limited growth are generally considered to be benign.
More dangerous, or malignant, tumors form when two things occur:
- a cancerous cell manages to move throughout the body using the blood or lymph systems, destroying healthy tissue in a process called invasion
- that cell manages to divide and grow, making new blood vessels to feed itself in a process called angiogenesis.
Cancer is ultimately the result of cells that uncontrollably grow and do not die. Normal cells in the body follow an orderly path of growth, division, and death. Programmed cell death is called apoptosis, and when this process breaks down, cancer begins to form. Unlike regular cells, cancer cells do not experience programmatic death and instead continue to grow and divide. This leads to a mass of abnormal cells that grows out of control. When a tumor successfully spreads to other parts of the body and grows, invading and destroying other healthy tissues, it is said to have metastasized. This process itself is called metastasis, and the result is a serious condition that is very difficult to treat.
In 2007, cancer claimed the lives of about 7.6 million people in the world. Physicians and researchers who specialize in the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer are called oncologists.
This year an estimated 1,596,670 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. Of those, about 571,950 — more than 1,500 a day — are expected to die each year. Cancer is the number one cause of death, surpassing heart disease as of January 2005. 42% of Americans living today are likely to develop cancer and 24% will die from cancer in contrast to the 3% who died from cancer in 1900. Every year ten million people in the world develop cancer and seven million deaths are caused by the disease, i.e., 12% of all reported deaths on planet earth.
The average adult gets 6 bouts of cancer in their lifetime, but only 42% of Americans end up in a cancer hospital. The other 58% have an immune system that protect them against cancer cells that grow into tumors. Get and keep your immune system working to win the war on cancer. The vitamins and nutraceuticals on this site have a demonstrated ability to bolster your immune system.
That's the report from the American Cancer Society, which every year updates cancer incidence and mortality statistics.
Cancer defies modern medicine
To change the probabilities in your favor cancer must be battled on all fronts: from 2-4 times per year detoxification to bolster and protect your immune system, to professional brands vitamins and nutraceuticals, to immune stimulates, to standard medical cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, biological therapies, hyperthermia), to exercise, to include foods + nutraceuticals in your diet with the power to fight cancer tumors at the source and to prevent their growth, to cooking with nutrition packed foods, to psychoneuroimmunology, to avoiding & eliminating toxins and toxic people in your life -- all with the end goal to change the underlying causes of cancer, i.e., the soil.
Know your enemy
Cancer is a disease caused by disturbance in cellular function (DNA). Over the course of the malfunction, the cell progressively acquires certain defining characteristics that allow it to grow and invade surrounding tissue. Cancer involves DNA that has "gone mad" or lost its ability to properly replicate an die at the appropriate time. There are numerous checks and balances of abnormal DNA. Nutrients, like folic acid and vitamin B-12 help to provide correct duplication of your DNA. Vitamin D helps to squelch the growth of abnormal genetic fragments. Other nutrients, such as soy and oligomeric proanthocyanidins helps a cancer cell to revert back to a normal healthy cell. A "symphony" of nutrients, combined with your immune system, keep cells healthy and non-cancerous.
The cell is the base unit of all life. Human beings are made up of 100 trillion cells. Human cells contain about 25,000 laws, or codes, dispersed in the DNA. For example, an alert that signals that the cell needs sugar is followed immediately by the reading, or enacting, of a law that authorizes the creation of new proteins specialized in sugar production and transportation to the area of the body in need, which resolves the crisis, i.e., re-establishment of sufficient sugar reserves in the cell in need to allow the cell to survive. When mistakes occur in the formation of the cell by faulty DNA or mistakes occur in the reading of the laws, or codes, the proteins that are formed cannot fulfil their function, and contribute instead to formation of cancer cells. There are a billion cancer cells (malformed cells) on the surface of one letter in this paragraph.
The development of cancer takes place over a long period of time, a latency period that gives us a golden opportunity to intervene in order to prevent the tumor from reaching the stage of maturity. There is time to block the evolution of the rebel cell into a mature cancer cell by changing the underlying "soil" where the initial damaged DNA cell grows into a mature life-threatening tumor.
Although eachl cancer has its own triggering events that leads to damaged DNA, all cancers follow the same four stage development process.
Stage One: Initiation - Briefly the exposure of cells to carcinogens triggers irreversible damage to cell DNA which initiates the cancer. These "initiated cells" are not sufficiently activate to be called cancerous. However, if exposure to toxic agents continues regularly or if a factor in promotion allows the mutated cell to pursue its own path, then the potential to develop into a cancerous cell increases if not attacked by your body's immune system.
Stage Two: Promotion - If the "initiated cell" ignores the rules of destruction by your immune system of cells that do not "fit" your DNA and manage to complete the gene mutations that will allow them to get around the rules may form a cancerous tumor. In short, the mutated cell refuses to respond to the orders transmitted by the society of cells that make up your DNA. It has only one purpose, to ensure its own survival and that of its offspring.
It is in Stage One and Two that your lifestyle to optimize your own immune system and nutrition with certain foods' phytochemicals, combined with supplements and nutraceuticals, may change the course of the next stage.
Stage Three: Progression - In the third stage, the transformed cell survives and gains its independence, as well as characteristics that are more and more malignant that help it to invade the tissue in which it is localized. Stage Three cells become metastasizing cells. All Stage Three cells possess six common characteristics of mature cancer:
1. Cancer cells reproduce themselves in the absence of chemical signals
2. Refusal to obey the order to stop growth by nearby cells that perceive the danger to surrounding tissue.
3. Resistance to obey the order of cellular suicide (apoptosis), which allows the cells to bypass the control of the cell's protection mechanisms.
4. The ability to form new blood vessels by angiogenesis, allowing oxygen and nutrients for its growth.
5. Immortality: the acquisition of these characteristics causes the cancerous cells to become immortal, capable of infinite reproduction.
6. The ability to invade and colonize the organism's tissues, first locally, and then more widely through the spread of its seed, the metastisized cells.
Stage Four: The cancer has spread to another organ(s).
Restore Your Immune System to Recognize and Destroy Cancer Cells
Cancer cells are forming in the human body all of the time, but it is checked early in its growth by the body's defense mechanisms, the immune system. The human body survives endless assaults on the integrity of the DNA and is able to repair most of this damage. If the defective cell exists, the cell-to-cell communication systems tells the cancer cell to revert back to normal functioning.
If the defective cell continues to grow, then the human body instructs it to commit suicide, apoptosis.
If this does not work, then the body shuts down the making of blood vessels to the growing cancer cell, now formed as a tumor (anti-angiogenesis).
If the tumor continues to grow, then the body begins to wall off the cancer cells with a tough envelope made of collagen and calcium, called tumor encapsulation.
During the above Stages One and Two, a toxin free and aggressive nutrient dense program, including the foods we eat and don't eat (sugar, etc.) combined with vitamins and nutraceuticals, and a restful environment, gives the body the internal means (immune system) to fight off cancer in its early stages.
The task of your body's immune system is to recognize "self" from "non-self" meaning whatever cells have your unique DNA can stay and everything else must be killed and escorted out of your body. Your immune system is the "army" that activates your natural killer cells, finds and destroys cells (phagocytosis) that are unfriendly to your body, of which cancer qualifies as "unfriendly", very unfriendly.
If you bolster your own internal cancer fighting squad, while finding medical therapies that are proven to help debulk and destroy your tumor with reasonable safety, then you are well en route to "beating cancer."
At Brava Nutrition, we believe that you can change your lifestyle to incorporate nutrition dense foods, eliminate sugars and junk or dead food from your diet making use of the anti-cancer molecules and phytochemicals in foods, incorporate a 2- 4 times per year detoxification program, include professional brands vitamins and nutraceuticals into your life, incorporate psychoneuroimmunology techniques into your life, daily exercise, clean water, fresh air, the love of a significant other, friends and family, savor life to the fullest, and combine this with standard medical treatment, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, should cancer tumor (s) be diagnosed. With the complement of preventive nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and standard medical treatment, you have a chance to prevent and beat cancer as the body is a self-regulating and self-repairing mechanism with incredible healing power of nature and medical science.
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To learn more visit the sites of the top USA cancer centers ranked by
US News & World Report:
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins Hospital Oncology Center
Mayo Clinic / Cancer
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
University of Washington Medical Center
UC San Francisco Medical Center / Cancer Center
Duke University Medical Center Cancer Institute
Stanford Hospital - Cancer Institute
Massachusetts General Cancer Center
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