Cancer’s Weakness

Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD best sums it up: “cancer is a wound that won’t heal”.  In his book “Anticancer: A New Way of Life”, he goes on to describe how cancer uses the mechanisms of healing against the body.  In short…

Cancer needs three conditions to grow:

  1. inflammation in the body
  2. angiogenesis: the ability to grow blood vessels quickly which are weak and easily broken
  3. suppressed immune system, specifically Natural-Killer (NK) cells which are designed to seek out and kill cancer cells

These conditions are the “Achilles Heal” of cancer and all three conditions need to be met in order for cancer to grow.  Your body is creating cancer cells all the time, and your NK cells are there to kill these rogue cells.  Cancer becomes visible when these three conditions are going on in your body for a long period of time.

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll want to do everything you can to tip the scale in your favor by targeting cancer’s “Achilles Heal”.  That means partnering with a doctor you trust to help you decide on which treatment is best for your type of cancer and improving your lifestyle through positive changes in diet, exercise, and stress-reduction.

Unfortunately the all-to-common belief among doctors is that changing your diet or exercise won’t make a difference when it comes to cancer, but research says otherwise:

In 2005 Dr. Dean Ornish showed that an “intensive lifestyle change” had a beneficial effect on prostate cancer after one year. A total of 93 men, all of whom had chosen not to undergo conventional treatment for prostate cancer, were randomly assigned to an experimental group which would be asked to make an “intensive lifestyle change” and a control group who were not required to make any changes. The control group experienced a 6% increase in PSA levels with 6 patients having to leave the study for conventional treatment due to disease progression. The experimental group was prescribed the following “intensive lifestyle changes”:

  • vegan diet, supplemented with:
    • soy (1 daily serving of tofu plus 58gm of a fortified soy protein powdered drink),
    • fish oil (3gm daily),
    • vitamin E (400IU daily),
    • selenium (200mcg daily), and
    • vitamin C (2gm daily)
  • moderate aerobic exercise (walking 30 minutes 6 days a week)
  • stress management techniques (gentle yoga based stretching, breathing, meditation, imagery and progressive relaxation for a total of 60 minutes daily
  • participate in a weekly 1-hour support group to enhance adherence to these major lifestyle changes

The experimental group which adopted these “lifestyle changes” experienced a 4% reduction in PSA levels with no patients having to leave the study for conventional treatment due to disease progression.
(“Intensive Lifestyle Changes May Affect the Progression of Prostate Cancer” The Journal of Urology, Sept’05, pp.1065-1070)

The fact that prostate cancer could be reverse blew my mind.  This was my first clue that I could do something more to improve my cancer situation.  So I started exploring the internet, reading blogs, buying books, watching DVDs to learn whatever I could from other cancer survivors in order to find out what they did to cure their cancer naturally.  Amazingly, a similar pattern emerged:

  1. vegan diet made up of  primarily fresh raw fruits, greens and vegetables;
  2. some type of (green) juicing regimen;
  3. exercise; and,
  4. a positive change in mental attitude

T. Colin Campbell, PhD describes in his book “The China Study” how he wanted to understand why kids in India were getting liver cancer at such an early age.  He was able to trace it back to aflatoxin in peanut butter being sold through out India.  However, he notice that mostly children of the rich were being stricken with liver cancer.  He traced it back to discovering these wealthy families had adopted a Western diet plentiful in meat and dairy.  Eager to reproduce his theory that a diet rich in animal protein could cause liver cancer, he got a grant from MIT and started experiments with exposing mice to aflatoxins.  To his surprise, he discovered that cancer could be turned off and on by adjusting the threshold of animal protein in the diet.  Additionally, he discovered that not only could cancer be turned off but also reversed.  This magic threshold he calculated to be 10% of total calories from animal protein.  Less than 10%, cancer is reversed.  More than 10%, cancer is accelerated.  The standard American diet generally has about 20-30% of total calories coming from meat or dairy (animal protein).  If you have cancer, or any other type of chronic illness, you need to read “The China Study” to learn more about T. Colin Campbell’s research.

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