Summary of Cancer Causes
To summarize: each cell in the body is regulated by code (DNA), much like a computer. If the code goes bad, so does the cell. As we’ve seen, there are a number of things that can derail the DNA code. DNA damage results from: viruses, toxins, oxidative stress, and radiation. Cancer arises when the immune system fails to identify and deal with cells running on altered DNA. Too many hormones, and chronic healing and inflammation, initiate the development of cancer and accelerate its growth.
“Okay”, you’re thinking, “So what do I do now? Every thing causes cancer, I’m doomed!”
Please don’t throw in the towel just yet. Thus far our approach has been to show the avoidable causes of cancer. Now we are going to show you that the answer to the cancer problem.
“The only hope of better things is in the education of the people in right principles. Let physicians teach the people that restorative power is not in drugs, but in nature. Disease is an effort of nature to free the system from conditions that result from a violation of the laws of health. In case of sickness, the cause should be ascertained. Unhealthful conditions should be changed, wrong habits corrected. Then nature is to be assisted in her effort to expel impurities and to re-establish right conditions in the system.”107
“Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power—these are the true remedies”108, “Gratitude, rejoicing, benevolence, trust in God’s love and care—these are health’s greatest safeguard.”109
A good understanding of these laws of health is essential to minimizing cancer’s risk factors. Let’s look at each of these principles of health and what their impact is on cancer.
Pure, fresh, outdoor air is a wonderful stimulant to the immune system. This is because of the negative ions present in outdoor air, which significantly decrease the incidence of cancer and inhibit tumor growth by the enhancing natural killer cell activity.110 Some toxins come from mold (mycotoxicosis and aflotoxins).111 Mold toxins are felt to be responsible for liver112 and lung113 cancer growth. Keeping the premises and basement of your homes free from mold help prevent cancer. Outdoor air has much less toxins.
Thrash and Thrash in their book Hope For Cancer report, “A group of rats with cancer were allowed to breathe negatively charged (outdoor) air, while an equal number breathed common indoor air. After one month the cancer in the rats breathing the indoor air was twice the size of the cancer in the rats breathing the negatively charged air.”114
“When the weather will permit, all who can possible do so ought to walk in the open air every day, summer and winter. But the clothing should be suitable for the exercise, and the feet should be well protected. A walk, even in winter, would be more beneficial to the health than all the medicine the doctors may prescribe.”115
Sunlight is a precious gift from God, which brings us a sense of wellbeing from the endorphins it creates. We have already mentioned that vitamin D is essential to the prevention of cancer. Everyone should get at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day with at least 25% of their skin exposed to the sun. This 20 minutes should be with out sunscreen, (which blocks synthesis of vitamin D). Vitamin D is a potent inhibitor of cancer growth and protects against prostate, breast, pancreas and colon cancer. Colon tumor growth rate increases by 60% when there is a deficiency in Vitamin D.116
Temperance or abstemiousness is avoiding all things that that are harmful and using wisely those things that are good.
An example for need for total abstinence would be tobacco or alcohol. Is there any hope for a smoker or drinker? Lung cancer risk decreases and survival improves the moment you quit. But the longer the time since smoking, the better the survival outcome.117 Similarly esophageal cancer risk declines with time since last drinking.118
An example of appropriate moderation is in the area of diet. We all have to eat, but we don’t necessarily have to all eat as much as we are accustomed to. Much research now exists pointing to the fact that caloric restriction, (eating less food), actually helps fight disease and promotes better health. Calorie restriction decreases cancer by keeping the normal cell cycle under tight regulation and by keeping in check growth factors, hormones, and stress hormones like cortisol.119 Studies now show that caloric restriction both reduces DNA damage and enhances DNA repair (thus reducing cancer risk).120 Okinawans have taught us a lot in this area. They eat 40% fewer calories than Americans yet they have 80% fewer breast and prostate cancers, and 50% fewer ovarian and colon cancers.121 We mentioned that increasing age is associated with a decline in the immune system making cancer more prevalent as people get older. Caloric restriction, while maintaining good nutrition, restores immune function to that found in younger individuals.122 Obesity also impairs the immune system’s ability to find and destroy cancer cells, but again, caloric restriction has been shown to restore immune responsiveness.123
I’m sure we can all testify to the necessity of proper rest. Jesus Christ said, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while:”124 People who sleep well have significantly better immune function than people with insomnia.125
Getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night significantly reduces the risk of dying from cancer and other diseases. Sleeping 6 hours or less, or 9 hours or more, increases the risk of dying by 70%.126 Another aspect of rest is regularity.
You should go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time everyday. It is important not to disturb the sleep wake cycle. Disrupting the sleep wake cycle disrupts your circadian rhythms. Disruption of circadian rhythms is associated with accelerated growth of malignant tumors.127128
Yet another aspect of cyclic rest is a weekly rest. A study in Georgia discovered that Seventh-day Adventists have higher levels of immune stimulating antioxidants. The study went on to show that vegetarian Seventh-day Adventists have even higher levels of immune stimulating antioxidants.129 While it was interesting that vegetarians have higher antioxidant levels, what interested me was that even the non-health conscious Sabbath keepers showed health improvements over the general population.
Now that we’ve written about rest, we’re going to talk about just the opposite—exercise. As individuals age their immune system declines. Being physically fit helps attenuate this decline. The immune system responds positively to moderate exercise. Studies have shown that people who cultivate healthy lungs and hearts, (cardiopulmonary fitness), have one-half the risk of mortality from cancer as people who don’t take fitness seriously.130 Observe though that over fatigue increases the risk of viral infections, (of which cancer can be one).131 Regular moderate exercise reduces risk of breast cancer by up to 66%132133134135 and also reduces the risk of cancers of the ovaries,136 uterus,137 prostate,138 colon,139140 and lungs.141 Exercise minimizes cancer by reducing serum estradiol142 and insulin like growth hormone143 which, we showed earlier, cause cancer. It has been said that those who can’t find time to exercise will have to find time to be sick.
We will now discuss proper diet. This is the section that people tend to fixate on, to the exclusion of all others. But let me say right here that while diet is very important, all the other components of a cancer free lifestyle are equally important, and should not be over looked. Your lifestyle should be examined as a whole.
A fresh uncooked fruit and vegetable diet has been shown to invigorate the immune system, reduce inflammation, lessen allergic diseases, heal infections and help fight cancer.144 This is partly because fruit and vegetables are filled _*with micronutrients that help prevent and combat cancer.145146 As constant inflammation often produces cancer, you will be happy to know that naturally occurring flavonoids and phytochemicals found in fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts contain *_anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids and phytochemicals are micronutrients as important to your body as vitamins.147
Antioxidants are additional micronutrients found in fruit and vegetables. They help boost your immune system and restore it if it has gotten out of shape.148 Oxidation is the word we use to describe what happens when something, (usually a chemical such as a protein or a fat), interacts with oxygen. This oxidized chemical can now oxidize another body part. It’s kind of like a game of tag. Tag, you’re it! A body part that you definitely do not want to get oxidized is your DNA, because this would lead to the formation of cancer cells. Antioxidants stop the process long before it reaches the DNA. They also promote the repair of oxidized DNA.
Fruit is especially high in antioxidants; vitamin C, flavonoids, limonoids, fiber, pectin and phytochemicals that  neutralize cancer-causing agents entering the body.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in fruit and vegetables that reduces the risk of kidney cancer,150 breast cancer,151 and leukemia,152 a type of blood cancer. Oranges, grapefruit and lemons are a great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C also helps neutralize the cancer-causing nitrosamines found in red meats.153
Citrus fruits also contain limonene that actually neutralizes cancer-causing substances that cause stomach and breast cancer. 155 Pectin, a soluble fruit fiber, found in citrus and other fruit, prevents the spread or metastases of cancer.156
If I were looking for a super fruit to help fight cancer I think it might be kiwifruit. Kiwifruit provides protection against DNA damage by enhancing antioxidant levels and actually stimulating the repair of damaged DNA.157
Pineapple prevents stomach cancer because it inhibits the formation of the nitrosamines that come from meat.158 Perhaps it would be well to eat a pineapple with each well-done beefsteak in order to be safe!!
Many people eat prunes, or dried plums to help them with their bowel movements because they know these foods are high in fiber. What they may not realize is that the fiber from these plums or prunes decreases colon cancer by mopping up toxins, such as bile acids, coming out of the liver.159
We’ve all heard it said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And while that may have been a commercial advertisement by the fruit growers of America for their product, apple pectin has indeed been discovered to strengthen the immune system and prevent growth of cancerous tumors in the colon.160
Studies coming out of Italy, (and other countries where the “Mediterranean Diet”, high in tomato products, predominates), reveal that high consumption of tomatoes protects against cancers of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum and prostate.161162 This protection may come from the phytochemical lycopene found in tomatoes.163
Cruciferous vegetables, (which include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage), are extremely valuable for cancer prevention. They can actually keep cancer-causing toxins from binding to DNA in the cell, thereby reducing DNA damage.
What’s more they increase the elimination of cancer causing toxins from the liver and intestines.166 Remember all those hormones and hormonally active substances that cause cancer? Phytochemicals in cruciferous vegetables increase the urinary excretion of estrogens.167
Carcinogens are substances that can cause cancer. Powerful anticarcinogens are found in cauliflower.168169 These anticarcinogens inhibit the formation of malignant tumors.170 High levels of vitamin A and phytochemicals give broccoli high anticarcinogenic properties as well.171
Cabbage is a key food in the prevention of pancreatic172173 breast and ovarian cancer.174 Cabbage contains phytochemicals that can reduce the carcinogenic effects of benzopyrene, a cancer-causing chemical found in tobacco smoke.175
The phytochemicals in cabbage prevent, as well as have a curative effect on, tumor growth.176
The bulb foods, (onion and garlic family), are also known to have anti-cancer properties. They lower the risk of stomach cancer,177 prevent the development of tumor cells,178 and are helpful in the treatment of cancers of the stomach and colon.179 Garlic is especially helpful in the prevention of cancer of the stomach,180 breast,181 prostate,182183 endometrium,184 and bladder.185 It works to combat cancer by stimulating the immune system, detoxifying carcinogens, and by a direct toxic effect on cancer cells.186
There are other vegetables which aid in the fight against cancer. Spinach prevents cancer of the throat, breast, colon, and bladder.  The Vitamin A, carotenoids, and fiber in carrots give them powerful anticarcinogenic effects.188 Don’t be fooled though—taking vitamin A pills does not provide this same protective effect.189 It’s hard to reproduce nature in the laboratory. Eating pellets created in a commercial factory can in no way substitute for good whole food. Yellow orange vegetables all contain beta-carotene, vitamin A and other “carotenoids” which have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer of the lungs, prostate and pancreas.190
Radishes have valuable properties that impede DNA changes that lead to cancer.193
Beets have properties that are anticarcinogenic.194
Legumes (beans) are good cancer fighters too. Regular consumption of beans is associated with a significant decrease in cancers of the pancreas,197 prostate,198199 and endometrium,200 (the lining of the uterus). One legume that has come to special attention is the soybean. Soy has strong antioxidant properties and is a potent immune stimulant.201 It has shown benefits for viral illnesses, particularly cancer.202 Soy products also possess anti-inflammatory properties that decrease the potential for cancer development.203204 Soy products have been shown to protect against cancer of the prostate, breast, colon, rectum, stomach and lung.205206207
Soy, as well as the common seasoning turmeric, help counteract the estrogenic effects of hormones and hormonally active environmental toxins on breast tissue.208209 We call the substances in soy and turmeric phytoestrogens.
Phytoestrogens, such as those contained in soy, have been shown to counter the carcinogenic effects of estradiol on the cells of the body, reducing not only the risk of breast cancer, but lung,210 prostate,211 and endometrial212213214 cancer as well. Since soy phytoestrogens only weakly stimulate the estrogen receptor they are not cancer-causing.215 And since they bind the estrogen receptor, other estrogens cannot bind to the receptor. Thus the weak phytoestrogens replace the strong estrogens, (such as estradiol), protecting the cells from being stimulated to cancer formation.216 It’s like having a weak politician in public office rather than a strong one who can get things done. Whereas in politics this would not be desirable, in the body is preferable.
Research indicates that diets high in fat and meat, and low in fiber, markedly increase oxidative stress in the digestive system, which in turn increase the risk of colorectal cancer.217 High fiber intake effectively reduces the oxidative stress caused by high-fat and high-cholesterol intake.218219 Grains, (such as wheat, rye, and oats), are a good source of this fiber.220 Rye helps reduce the carcinogenic effect on the intestines of toxins processed by the liver.221 Wheat and wheat bran have antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties.222223 One way fiber prevents cancer is by acting as a sponge to mop up and remove excess hormones from the body.224225 As a result, diets high in fiber can reduce the risk of breast cancer.226
While diets high in animal, trans, and oxidized fats cause cancer, natural fats high in omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, and have anticarcinogenic properties.227 In addition to promoting blood flow, omega-3 fatty acids, found in walnuts, flax and olive oil, have anti- inflammatory properties.228 Olive oil has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 33%.229
There is abundant research that a diet of fresh fruit, grains, nuts and vegetables provides the best protection against cancer.
Some may be wondering why meat is not as beneficial. The cow, for example, consumes wheat grass and barley green so that he will not get heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis, but she does not pass these benefits along to the consumers of her body. Meat has very little in the way of nutrition capable of cancer prevention. When you come down to it, the biggest reason people come down with cancer is because they fail to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables.230
Should it be any surprise that what we have been talking about is the original, Creator’s diet,
“Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” “And thou shalt eat the herb of the field”.231
Water is the fluid life sails on. Water carries nutrition from the blood to the cells. It then carries waste products from the cells to the blood for excretion by liver, kidneys, lungs, and sweat glands. Daily water needs including drinking water, water in beverages, and water in food. You need between 8 and 12 eight ounce glasses of water a day. Strenuous physical exercise and heat can greatly increase daily water needs, and there is substantial variability between individuals.232
In modern times, with the advent of convenience machines and antiperspirants, perspiration has been nearly eliminated from our societies. As a consequence more stress is placed on the kidneys, liver and lungs to eliminate cancer-causing toxins from the body. If we know what toxins are involved in our particular cancer, we should make every effort to eliminate it. One useful way to accomplish this by sweating. Drinking water, exercising, and taking saunas to produce sweat, expel toxins
from the body.233
Trust in God
Trust in God’s love and care, can have a positive effect in several ways.
Trust in God is a part of good spiritual health. Those with good spiritual health, have longer life expectancy, greater well-being and life satisfaction. They deal better with illness, have fewer hospitalizations and shorter hospital stays. They suffer less anxiety and depression, and enjoy better immune system function that helps in the fight against cancer.234
God has said that all healing comes from Him and that listening to His voice and obeying His commands brings health. Trusting Him is part of the healing process.
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”235
Trusting God brings the benefit of social ties at church. On the other hand, socially isolated people are more likely to die of cancer.236
Most people who enter into a full trusting relationship with God are led to a life of service to others. Studies reveal that giving support to friends, relatives, neighbors, and family, significantly reduces mortality, while merely receiving support does not improve mortality.237 A study from the university of Michigan revealed that volunteers of community organizations are 2-1/2 times less likely to die than those who do not become involved in volunteer work. voluntary work, more than any other activity, dramatically increased life expectancy.238 Haven’t we always known that, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”239 Although merely attending religious services is beneficial, one surprising study showed that among religious
people, volunteers, had 60% less mortality.240
Studies show that gratitude—an attitude of thankfulness, significantly improves long-term breast cancer survival.241 Our health would be greatly improved if we made a list of ten things for which we are thankful every day of our lives.
Research confirms that happy people have better physical health, increased longevity, and fewer illnesses. If they do get sick, they have less pain.242 Happy people have more IgA, (an immune system antibody), in their saliva and less cortisol in their blood.243
In summary: cancer is most often the result of a failure of the immune system to destroy bad cells. Bad cells are created by viruses, toxins, oxidative stress, hormones, poor nutrition and/or radiation. Once cancer begins it is often driven on by hormones or inflammation.
The solution is to maximize our health and expel toxins through the natural remedies: pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, gratitude, rejoicing, benevolence, and trust in God’s love and care.
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