Despite the medical model which relies on pharmaceutical intervention for every known illness, there are well over one hundred common diseases that can be reversed naturally. That’s the difference between treatment for profit and healing for wellness.
Reverse Diseases Naturally
Arthritis (both rheumatoid and osteo) diabetes (both Type I and Type II), hypertension and cancer are all reversible with proper herbal strategies, nutrition and exercise. Here’s how …
Osteoarthritis is thought to be a normal consequence of aging, caused by routine “wear and tear” on joints. It is thought that cartilage cannot heal itself. Of foremost importance is the notion that osteoarthritis is associated with an inevitable progression to disability, and nothing can stop or reverse the process.
However there is now substantial evidence that osteoarthritis can be reversible. A new term introduced from Europe describes the actions of two categories of nutrients found to aid in the reversal of osteoarthritis; Chondroprotective agents promote the repair of cartilage by stimulating anabolic metabolism of chondrocytes and/or inhibiting catabolic processes found in osteoarthritis. This concept of helping chondrocytes to heal cartilage, rather than a reliance on palliative analgesics, is a relatively new concept that gets more to the actual causes of osteoarthritis, as well as treating the symptoms.
Antioxidants with known chondroprotective abilities are ascorbate (vitamin C), tocopherol (vitamin E), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase, and other antioxidant nutrients have shown in-vitro protection.
Antioxidants share common properties of the inhibition of free radical damage to cartilage, the modulation of immune functions to resist auto-immunity, the decrease of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, the inhibition of degradative enzymes, and for vitamin C, direct anabolic stimulation of chondrocytes.
Joint cartilage can be repaired using a combination of glucosamine sulfate (most important: 750 mg 2 times a day for at least 6 weeks), MSM (2-3 grams a day), and Chondroitin (400 mg 3x day). It is also critical that you get broad nutritional support (a good multi-vitamin powder supplement is best). Use natural anti-inflammatories to prevent damage and decrease or eliminate pain.
Boswellia (also known as Frankincense). In one study, this decreased arthritis pain by over 80% and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Use 900-1,000 mg a day.
Willow bark is the original natural source for aspirin. Because it combines many natural compounds, it is more effective and has been shown to not cause the stomach bleeding caused by arthritis medications. In head on studies, it was twice as effective as Motrin, and as effective as Vioxx.
DMSO has many uses, but it is known mostly as a natural pain killer and transporter. First synthesized in 1866, DMSO is a sulfur-containing organic compound that is derived from MSM, and can be used internally or externally. DMSO can aid injuries such as sprained ankles, sore muscles and joints, and even fractures. It is very effective in treating joint pain when combined with capsaicin which dramatically increases effectiveness.
Restore function with stretching, exercise, weight loss, and heat. Exercise at least 20 minutes a day. Swimming, walking, and yoga are good choices. Use a heating pad or moist heat for up to 20 minutes at a time to give relief.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
RA is your immune system’s response to things going wrong within your body. The smaller joints get affected first, then larger ones and slowly the organs of the body also get affected. It is not very uncommon for RA patients to develop heart and other organ-related diseases as their immune system works towards destroying their bodily functions.
One of the major underlying causes of RA is an accumulation of nutritional deficiencies. Since RA is primarily an immune system disorder, if the immune system is strengthened with the help of nutrition, the symptoms of RA reduce drastically.
Generally speaking, raw foods, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds should form 60 to70 percent of your diet. You should also switch to green tea instead of regular tea and coffee.
Certain types of intestinal bacteria could be linked to the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Most importantly you should eliminate foods like sugar, white flour, processed meats and cold drinks. These foods are extremely dangerous for patients with RA as they only aggravate the process of inflammation and the destruction of their body’s defense mechanism.
Modify your diet and start including nuts, fruit and green vegetables to help in control inflammation. Add raw garlic, green tea and fish oil supplements (these foods also have anti-inflammatory components). Many of those who follow the above suggestions decrease their blood markers for RA after just 6 months to 1 year – some sooner.
Yoga and pranayama is great for people with RA. The pain and stiffness that they feel is often excruciating and causes their joints to freeze making it difficult for them to move. Therefore, a combination of yoga and pranayama helps reduce these symptoms considerably. While, yoga keeps the joints supple and flexible, pranayama helps in the efficient release of toxins from the body, thereby reducing pain.
Tai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, may alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and help sufferers better cope with daily life.
Vitamin D, which the body makes itself when exposed to sunlight, may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and some patients who have moved closer to the equator reverse their symptoms completely. Stay away from creams and cosmetics with nanoparticles which have been linked to rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Type II Diabetes
This is a disease which now affects over 370 million people worldwide with increasing frequency every year. Type 2, or adult onset diabetes, is a metabolic disorder that results when the body cannot make enough or properly use insulin, a hormone that converts food to energy. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases and more than 95% of Type 2 diabetic cases can be reversed within 1 year of diagnosis with nutritional balancing and exercise.
A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to a 48 percent increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
The evidence of lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise to curb diabetes is overwhelming.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a trial published in 2002, found intensive lifestyle interventions such as diet or exercise were more effective than the diabetes drug metformin in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The researchers compared the cost-effectiveness of diet and exercise programs in preventing diabetes versus either the use of the drug metformin, or placebo. The diet-exercise program, however, cost society about $8,800 while taking the pill cost about $29,000 per year of healthy lives saved.
Diet and exercise delayed the onset of type 2 diabetes by about 11 years, while metformin delayed the onset by about three years.
While lifestyle changes may be more difficult to make and adhere to than taking a pill, experts say that making the transition to a healthy diet and regular exercise is key.
“The important points of the study are that minimal changes in lifestyle are within the possibility of many different free-living individuals of different ethnicity and culture, and that this works better than medication,” says Dr. Philip Orlander, professor and director of endocrinology at the University of Texas, Houston.
Finnish researchers found that diet and exercise counseling resulted in a 58% reduction in diabetes risk among people who are prime candidates for developing the condition, which is associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyle.
According to two recent Harvard studies, a diet rich in certain high-carbohydrate foods – those low in fibre and with a high glycaemic index – increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, at least in those predisposed to it.
Supplementation with the amino acid arginine could help to improve glucose metabolism by as much as 40%, according to research demonstrating that supplementation with the amino acid significantly improves those with both insulin-sensitive and insulin-resistant metabolisms. In fact, the amino acid is just as effective as several well-established drugs for type 2 diabetics.
Frequent consumption of walnuts could help to slash the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost a quarter. The data comes from the analysis of more than 135,000 people in the USA over a ten year period. Led by Professor Frank Hu and his team at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA, the researchers investigated the possible association between walnut intake and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in 2 large cohort studies: the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and NHS II.
Another study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Southern Denmark researchers found that men who combine weight training and aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or running, may be able to reduce their risk up to 59% without medication.
A weight gain of 11 to 18 pounds increases a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes to twice that of individuals who have not gained weight, while those who gain 44 pounds or more have four times the risk of type 2 diabetes.
An exercise program that combines aerobics and weight lifting is most effective in reversing diabetes. About 100 minutes of higher-intensity aerobic exercise a week, and then two days of resistance training for 15 to 20 minutes a day was found to be very effective in defeating diabetes.
Type I Diabetes
In Type 1 diabetes, people must theoretically take daily insulin shots because their bodies don’t produce any insulin, and is most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults. This makes up less than 10 per cent of all diabetic cases.
The disease is said to arise from an aberrant immune system assault on the pancreatic cells that churn out insulin. But something causes that assault on the pancreas. The immune system doesn’t suddenly work against the human body unless a toxin has been introduced into the human body. That’s where T cells of the immune system go awry.
Although individuals in the pre-diabetes stages have been found to harbour antibodies against their own insulin-producing cells, the antibodies themselves have not been thought to help trigger the disease. Instead, scientists have believed these antibodies are produced after a person’s T cells had begun attacking the pancreatic cells.
A recent study published in Diabetologia found a correlation between serum levels of vitamin D3 and the subsequent incidence of Type 1 diabetes. They found that a deficiency in vitamin D may be associated with an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. The risk of insulin-requiring diabetes was 3.5 times higher in individuals with the lowest Vitamin D concentrations compared with those with the highest. “Individuals in this study who had serum levels of 25 (OH)D greater than 100 nmol/l had a 70% lower risk of developing insulin-dependent diabetes than those with levels below 43 nmol/l,” stated the study authors.
Based on these results, they estimated that the level of serum 25(OH)D needed to prevent half the cases of type 1 diabetes is 50 ng/ml.
Some researchers has centered on whether the trigger to Type I diabetes might be the protein in cow’s milk or wheat gluten, the concentrated form of the protein contained in wheat flour that’s sometimes used in infant cereals. The data revealed that infants who were susceptible to diabetes — because of a family history or genetic makeup — and who were fed cereal before they were 4 months old or after the age of 6 months, had a higher risk of developing antibodies to the islet cells of the pancreas.
Simple dietary modifications that include the addition of foods rich in certain amino and fatty acids could help people with type 1 diabetes to keep producing some of their own insulin, according to new research in Diabetes Care. “Increased intake of branched-chain amino acids and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids may support preservation of beta-cell function,” said the authors.
The American Diabetes Association’s website lists top super foods for diabetics. Among them are nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flax, as well as vegetables – the darker and leafier, the better.
Wild green edibles have been found by many Type 1 diabetics as an effective solution to reverse their disease. While foods such as kale, lettuce, collards etc. offer immense nutrition to the people who consume them, they will never come close to the nutrition of wild greens. Greens found in nature have been grown without human interference and are therefore hardier plants, with longer roots. These root systems are able to reach deep down into the mineral-rich, forest soil and draw out trace minerals, which are unattainable through the best commercially grown organic plants. Wild plants have not been hybridized and remain in their natural form.
The discovery of the beta cell regenerative potential of various food and compounds is bound to upset a burgeoning diabetes industry which relies on convincing all Type 1 diabetics that they cannot survive without insulin. A broad range of natural substances experimentally confirmed to stimulate beta cell regeneration includes the following:
- Arginine: a 2007 study found that the amino acid L-arginine is capable of stimulating the genesis of beta cells in an animal model of alloxan-induced diabetes.
- Avocado: A 2007 study found that avocado seed extract reduced blood sugar in diabetic rats. Researchers observed a restorative and protective effect on pancreatic islet cells in the treated group.
- Berberine: A 2009 study found that this plant compound, commonly found in herbs such as barberry and golden seal, induces beta cell regeneration in diabetic rats, which lends explanation for why it has been used for 1400 years in China to treat diabetes.
- Chard: A 2000 study found that chard extract given to diabetic rats stimulates the recovery of injured beta cells.
- Corn Silk: A 2009 study found that corn silk reduces blood sugar and stimulates beta cell regeneration in type 1 diabetic rats.
- Curcumin (from Turmeric): A 2010 study found that curcumin stimulates beta cell regeneration in type 1 diabetic rats. Additionally, a 2008 study found that curcumin preserves pancreatic islet cell survival and transplantation efficiency.
- Genistein (from soy, red clover): A 2010 study found that genistein induces pancreatic beta-cell proliferation through the activation of multiple signalling pathways and prevents insulin-deficient diabetes in mice.
- Honey: A 2010 human study found that the long-term consumption of honey might have positive effects on the metabolic derangements of type 1 diabetes, including possible beta cell regeneration as indicated by increases in fasting C-peptide levels.
- Nigella Sativa (black seed): A 2003 animal study found that black seed consumption lead to partial regeneration/proliferation of the beta-cells. A 2010 human study also found that the consumption of one gram of black seed a day for up to 12 weeks had a broad range of beneficial effects in diabetics, including increasing beta cell function.
- Stevia: A 2011 human study found that stevia has anti-diabetic properties, including revitalising damaged beta cells, and compares favourably with the drug glibenclamide but without the adverse effects.
The highest success for reversing type 1 diabetes comes from those who have not yet pursued pharmaceutical intervention through artificial insulin injections.
3) HyperTension (High Blood Pressure)
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is simply, elevated pressure of the blood in the arteries. Hypertension results from two major factors, which can be present independently or together: The heart pumps blood with excessive force or, the body’s smaller blood vessels (known as the arterioles) narrow, so that blood flow exerts more pressure against the vessels’ walls. The disease is both 100% preventable and reversible in those willing to adopt lifestyle modification.
In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of the top prescribed medications in the world. The consequences of long-term use include cancer, blood disorders, development of breasts in men, impotence, depression, tachycardia, enlargement of gums, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, hepatitis and life threatening skin conditions.
What causes it?
Poor dietary choices, medication, and sedentary lifestyles are the three primary causes of high blood pressure. Since high blood pressure boosts the odds of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, this lifetime risk represents a “huge public health burden.”
Women who take painkillers such as Tylenol, Motrin and Advil may be setting themselves up for significantly higher blood pressure even if they don’t already suffer from hypertension.
According to the CDC, salt will increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack and stroke. The Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines still considers salt Public Enemy No. 1, coming before fats, sugars and alcohol. However, a study by lead researcher Dr. Niels Graudal, of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, adds to a growing body of research questioning the long-term benefits of a low-salt diet. A review of seven previous studies published in the Cochrane Library found that a moderate reduction in salt intake did not reduce a person’s risk of dying or having heart disease. There are a multitude of whole foods, vitamins and minerals that can treat and reverse hypertension.
Any foods high in vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli), any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates) can counteract high blood pressure. Coconut oil/water and CoQ10 are also very effective for lowering blood pressure.
A 2010 study carried out by Queen Mary’s University in London found that drinking just one 250ml glass of beetroot juice a day dramatically lowered blood pressure for several hours. It also found that the higher the blood pressure, the greater the drop observed.
Vegetarians tend to have lower blood pressure than the general population and it is clearly the diet of choice for people who want to get their blood pressure under control. One study involving California Adventists found that vegetarians have about half the prevalence of hypertension compared to non-vegetarian Adventists. Because vegetarian diets are generally high in fruit and vegetables, people who follow this diet consume more potassium than those who eat a diet of meat and vegetables.
Canadian scientists have found that apples are more effective than other “superfoods” including green tea and blueberries as a source of antioxidants and chemical compounds called flavonoids that combat potentially life-threatening conditions including high blood pressure.
Intake of grape seeds or grape seed extracts can reduce blood pressure and protect against obesity-induced organ damage caused by high-fat diets.
A study released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that taking vitamin C supplements in the short-term reduces both systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) all without any side effects making it an excellent natural alternative to dangerous medications.
More magnesium, potassium and calcium have been inversely linked to hypertension in most observational studies. Dietary sources of magnesium include green, leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. Magnesium supplementation is associated with a 3 to 4 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure and a 2-3 mmHg reduction in diastolic blood pressure, with the best results observed for doses over 2000 milligrams per day.
“Loading up on potassium-rich fruit and vegetables is an important part of any blood pressure-lowering program”, says Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD, professor of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medical. “Aim for potassium levels of 2,000 to 4,000 mg a day”, she says. Top sources of potassium-rich produce includes sweet potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, bananas, kidney beans, peas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and dried fruits such as prunes and raisins. Beans and legumes are also full of fibre, protein and potassium.
Ice-pressed raw olive oil is linked to tremendous health benefits in reducing cardiovascular risk, cancer, pain, allergies and improving weight loss, digestion, eye health and glutathione levels.
Dark chocolate contains flavanols that make blood vessels more elastic. In one study, 18% of patients who ate dark chocolate every day saw blood pressure decrease. Have 1/2 ounce daily (make sure it contains at least 70% cocoa).
In a review of 12 studies, researchers found that coenzyme Q10 reduced blood pressure by up to 17 mmHg over 10 mmHg. The antioxidant, required for energy production, dilates blood vessels. Coenzyme Q10 is also used effectively with L-Carnitine as an endogenous antioxidant.
Lowering high blood pressure is as easy as one, two, tea: Study participants who sipped 3 cups of a hibiscus tea daily lowered systolic blood pressure by 7 points in 6 weeks on average, say researchers from Tufts University–results on par with many prescription medications.
Maintain a healthy weight, lose weight if you are overweight.
As your body weight increases, your blood pressure rises. In fact, being overweight can make you two to six times more likely to develop high blood pressure than if you are at your desirable weight. Keeping your weight in the desirable range is not only important to prevent high blood pressure but also for your overall health and well being.
It’s not just how much you weigh that’s important: it also matters where your body stores extra fat. Some people tend to gain weight around their belly; others, around the hips and thighs. “Apple-shaped” people who have a pot belly (that is, extra fat at the waist) appear to have higher health risks than “pear-shaped” people with heavy hips and thighs.
No matter where the extra weight is, you can reduce your risk of high blood pressure by losing weight. Even small amounts of weight loss can make a big difference in helping to prevent high blood pressure. Losing weight, if you are overweight and already have high blood pressure, can also help lower your blood pressure.
Slow breathing and meditative practices such as qigong, yoga, and tai chi decreases stress hormones, which elevate renin, a kidney enzyme that raises blood pressure. Try 5 minutes in the morning and at night. Inhale deeply and expand your belly.
Exhale and release all of your tension.
Perhaps one of the biggest money makers for conventional medicine is cancer. Many doctors say they don’t know the cause of cancer, however the cause is no mystery. There is a cause for every effect. There are some great minds who have studied the causes of cancer as well as the solutions to the problem. There is also a desperate need for more public education on the actual causes so people are better equipped about prevention.
There is a conspiracy of silence regarding the cancer industry and people who suffer from cancer are entitled to know the truth. Most of us have heard only one side of the story. We’ve all heard about the conventional treatments for cancer, but we never hear about unconventional methods of actually preventing or reversing the disease.
They tell us chemotherapy saves lives, boosts long-term survival rates and does not damage healthy cells. All these statements by the cancer industry are false. Poison kills indiscriminately– always has and always will. While damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers cells to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment. That’s right …chemotherapy will actually boost cancer growth and cancer treatment is the leading cause of secondary cancers.
Chemotherapy drugs (especially alkylating agents) are known to cause other cancers including leukaemia. Alkylating agents directly damage DNA of all cells. These agents are not phase-specific; in other words, they work in all phases of the cell cycle. Because these drugs damage DNA, they can cause long-term damage to the bone marrow and consequently affect long-term immunity. With these drugs, the risk for a second cancer develops slowly over time but their diagnosis is inevitable. Studies have shown that the risk begins to rise about two years after treatment, amd is highest about five to 10 years after treatment. This is the reason most chemotherapy patients die 10-15 years after treatment.
Radiation therapy can also increase the risk of developing cancer in most people. The types of cancers linked to radiation therapy are vast, but primarily consist of leukaemia and sarcomas. These cases typically develop a few years after radiation exposure with the peak of risk being about five to nine years after exposure. Again, most patients that pursue radiation therapy develop secondary cancers related to treatment and not as a consequence of the original cancer. Radiation-induced cancers have exploded in the past two decades ever since radiation has proliferated as a treatment, usually secondary to chemotherapy.
Cancerous cells cannot survive in an oxygenated environment
A low cellular oxygenation level in newly-formed cells are actually going to turn cancerous. In 1931 Dr. Warburg won his first Nobel Prize for proving cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in cells. He stated in an article entitled The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer that “the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery, we know it occurs whenever any cell is denied of 60% of its oxygen requirements”.
Of course there are secondary causes of cancer but a lack of oxygen seems to be the #1. He then goes on to elaborate that “the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar. All normal body cells meet their energy needs through the respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation”.
In summary, this means that cancerous cells are anaerobes (without oxygen) and healthy cells are aerobes (with oxygen).
What reduces oxygen levels in cells?
1. Build-up of cellular toxicity which then damages the cellular oxygen respiration mechanism within cells.
2. Poor blood flow in the form of red blood cells clumping which slows down the bloodstream and restricts flow into capillaries.
3. Lack of proper building blocks for cell walls that don’t allow nutrients into the cells.
4. An acidic environment in the body.
Cannabis is perhaps one of the most powerful healing plants in the world and it makes cancer essentially disappear. Cannabis compounds are responsible for halting the growth factors that are responsible for metastatic growth.
Although there has been scientific evidence that marijuana can shrink and even kill tumours since the 1970s, much of the recent public interest in this research has been inspired by Run From The Cure, a documentary about a Canadian man who claims that the concentrated oil from the cannabis plant has cured his skin cancer. He then tries the cure on a number of other cancer victims in his community with similar results.
Researchers have now found that the compound called cannabidiol, has the ability to ‘switch off’ the gene responsible for metastasis in an aggressive form of breast cancer. Importantly, this substance does not produce the psychoactive properties of the cannabis plant.
Cannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%.
Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.
“If you heat the plant, you will decarboxylate THC-acid and you will get high, you”ll get your 10 mg. If you don’t heat it, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams and use it as a Dietary Cannabis . . . and push it up to the anti-oxidant and neuro-protective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams,” stated Dr. William Courtney.
“The amount of Cannabinoids we need would be difficult to get through smoked Cannabis without feeling the intoxicating effects,” said Kristen Courtney.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) maintains our biological systems by regulating each cell tissue. It uses Arachadonic acid/Omega 6 to make Endo-Cannabinoids: fatty molecules that communicate harm between cells. Dietary Cannabis mimics the ECS by providing Cannabinoids when there is an Arachadonic acid deficiency or Clinical Cannabinoid Deficiency.
Patients suffering from end stage Cancer need to eat buds whole.
Cancer cells have a high metabolism and require much energy for rapid growth. Researchers reported in the Journal Cancer that garlic compounds produced reactive oxygen species in brain cancer cells, essentially gorging them to death with the activation of multiple death cascades, blocking pathways and the proliferation of brain tumours.
Use of DMSO in medicine dates back decades. It was predominantly used as a topical analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Today, we know that DMSO can treat a variety of disorders including arthritis, mental illness, emphysema, and even cancer. While this is now considered a superb cancer treatment, orthodox medicine is not interested in discussing its benefits. If DMSO were to be implemented and used in cancer treatment, the “true cure rate” for orthodox medicine would rise from 3% to above 90%
The Soursop is a flowering, evergreen tree native to tropical regions of the world. It also contains a long, prickly green fruit which happens to kill cancer up to 10,000 times more effectively than strong chemotherapy drugs, all without the nasty side effects and without harming healthy cells.
Curcumin, possibly the most powerful antioxidant known from the popular Indian spice Turmeric, has countless health benefits. A recent study led by a research team in Munich showed that it can also inhibit the formation of metastases. Curcumin exerts anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects by inhibiting tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), suggesting that its effect on endothelial function may be mediated by the suppression of inflammation and/or oxidative stress via down-regulation of TNF-alpha.
One of the most comprehensive summaries of a review of 700 turmeric studies to-date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd. He showed that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.
Grapes and Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a phenolic compound that contributes to the antioxidant potential of red grapes.
Resveratrol is not only an antioxidant and antimutagen, but also reduces oxidant-caused cell death. Resveratrol has been shown to inhibit production of nitric oxide and tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-A) by lipopolysaccharide-stimulated Kuppfer cells. Kuppfer cells are macrophages fixed in place in the liver. Their chronic overproduction of nitric oxide and TNF-A due to chronic infection can cause severe liver damage.
Perhaps Resveratrol’s most important property is its ability to inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (CoX-2). CoX-2 is related to cancers and abnormal growths in the intestinal tract. Natural CoX-2 inhibitors such as resveratrol have been shown to reduce the occurrence of cancers and pre-cancerous growths. So while pharmaceutical companies race to find complex agents that inhibit CoX-2, the ingredient is already present in red grapes which if consumed daily (or via organic grape juice) will protect against tumours naturally.
The health benefits of green tea are due to the presence of a group of plant flavonoids called catechins. Of particular interest to researchers is epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), the primary catechin in green tea. For example, South Korean researchers have found that EGCG blocks TNF naturally by interfering with the ability of certain pro-inflammatory chemicals to bind to cells of smooth muscle tissue of the vascular system. In a 2009 study conducted by the Chonbuk National University Medical School, it was noted that the specific mechanism of action of EGCG in terms of blocking TNF is the suppression of fractalkine, an inflammatory agent specifically involved in the development of arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Regular consumption of tomato and its products is being consistently associated with a lower risk of several types of cancer and, to a lesser extent, coronary heart disease. Among the many tomato components credited with healthful properties, carotenoids and particularly lycopene are being actively investigated.
Modest effects of the regular intake of tomato juice provides small amounts of carotenoids which were found on the production of inflammatory mediators, such as TNF-alpha. TNF-alpha production by whole blood was found to be more than 30% lower after almost a month of consuming raw tomato juice.
Raw Fruit and Veggies
There is sufficient evidence to indicate that a diet consisting of foods high in natural antioxidants such as raw fruit and vegetables provide anti-inflammatory benefits. The higher the intake the more they are associated with significant reductions in levels of markers of inflammation, including C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha).
Any fruit or vegetables (preferably dark coloured) which are a good source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells, blocks the growth of cancer cells. A team of researchers at Ohio State University announced that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cabbage its purple colour, are capable of cutting the growth of colon cancer cells both in-vitro and in rats by 50%-100%, with certain extracts even destroying up to 20% of the cancer cells while leaving healthy surrounding cells intact.
Research confirms that red foods such as strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, tart cherries, cranberries, and goji berries are high in immune-supportive and cancer-fighting nutrients such as lycopene and carotene. Many red foods also have a high antioxidant content, making them an integral component of any anticancer diet. The antioxidant power of raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate, and dozens of other nutrient-rich fruits make some red and berry powders cancer superfoods.
Vegetables in the cruciferous family include kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, watercress, turnips, mustard plant, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy. Cruciferous vegetables contain detoxifying compounds called indoles and isothiocyanates, which have been proven to help prevent and reverse cancer. Recent research has identified sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables as a potent anticancer agent.
Wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, blue-green algae, arugula, spinach, chlorella and spirulina, and other green foods are rich in blood-purifying chlorophyll and other important phytonutrients for detoxifying the system and rejuvenating organs. Laboratory tests have established that chlorophyll inhibits the activity of carcinogens at a molecular level. Studies have demonstrated the capacity of chlorophyll-rich foods to reduce tumour growth. Green powders are loaded with phytonutrients proven to be highly beneficial in cancer prevention and healing.
18 Spices Which Prevent or Treat Cancer
Believe it or not, but when the opposition in question is an adamant disease like cancer, everything you need to prevent or treat it is right inside your spice cabinet. These are not just dried seeds, fruits, roots, barks or any other plant-based substances to add flavour to our foods, but they double as anti-cancer agents. More than 180 spice-derived compounds have been identified and explored for their health benefits. It is beyond the scope of this article to deal with all herbs and spices that may influence the risk of cancer and tumour behaviour, but 18 of these include allspice, basil, caraway, cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, garlic, ginger, oregano, rosemary, saffron, thyme and turmeric.
Detoxify your body
By detoxing I mean decreasing cellular toxicity and increasing oxygenation to cells. Eliminating environmental toxins from your diet (by eating organically grown foods and avoiding chlorinated/fluoridated water) and your surroundings (by using non-toxic, natural cleansers, cosmetics, furniture, building materials, and clothing) will go a long way toward eliminating cancer from your life. There are a variety of ways to detox your body via water fasts, juice feasts (where you drink only fruit and vegetable juices for a set number of days), and full-on detoxification programs.
Eat mainly alkaline foods
Foods that are acidic to the body consist of meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs, junk food, soda, alcohol, coffee, grains, and cereals. You therefore want to minimise the intake of these foods in your diet. Alkaline food on the other hand, consist mainly of fruit and vegetables. A good percentage to aim for is 75% alkaline foods and 25% acidic foods. This may be challenging in the beginning because many people’s diets are the exact opposite. Once this becomes a bit more natural, a general guideline to shoot for is:
45% cooked fruit and vegetables, 30% raw fruit and vegetables and 25% grains, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, or poultry.
Generally speaking, most vegetables and fruit have an alkaline-forming effect on your body fluids. Most grains, animal foods, and highly processed foods have an acid-forming effect on your body fluids.
Your health is best served by a good mix of nutrient-dense, alkaline and acid-forming foods. Ideally, you want to eat more alkaline-forming foods than acid-forming foods to have the net acid and alkaline-forming effects of your diet match the slightly alkaline pH of your blood.
There has, in addition, been research that shows the benefits of a 100% raw food diet in the treatment of cancer. The Gerson Institute in San Diego, California provides an alternative to treating cancer. The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. Over the past 60 years thousands of people have been cured of ‘incurable diseases’ including: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and auto-immune disorders. Talk about food as medicine!