The Path to Cancer

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Can­cer is not a new devel­op­ment. Can­cer has been around since the time of dinosaurs; how­ever, can­cer rates are soar­ing to new lev­els. Is it genetic? The rise in breast can­cer rates (and pedi­atric can­cers and asthma, for that mat­ter) can­not just be genetic because they are ris­ing at such a pre­cip­i­tous rate. Could it be our envi­ron­ment?
We know that there are many rea­sons we get can­cer. Yes, part of it is genet­ics, but that is a very small part. About 85% of breast can­cers occur in women who have no fam­ily his­tory of breast can­cer. These occur due to genetic muta­tions that are the result of life in gen­eral, rather than inher­ited muta­tions; that’s right, the rest is lifestyle. No, you are not to blame for your can­cer. We live in a toxic world.

Amer­ica, Land of the Rich, Health of the Poor

Let’s start with food. Our food is calo­rie dense and nutri­ent defi­cient. When your grand­par­ents made lunch, it was roast chicken with herbs, pota­toes with pars­ley and veg­eta­bles with pars­ley. I have fond mem­o­ries of my grand­mother finely chop­ping the pars­ley and adding it to every­thing. Now, because time is short for us and our kids eat in school cafe­te­rias, we have chicken or turkey sand­wiches on bread made with refined flour and high fruc­tose corn syrup and maybe moist­ened with toxic jarred may­on­naise (more on chicken below). For many, the only veg­etable seen on their plate is ketchup or pick­les (yes, they have redeem­ing qual­i­ties but con­tain much sugar). If we see pars­ley on our plate, it is there as a gar­nish, not nec­es­sar­ily meant to be eaten. Did you know that pars­ley has potent anti-inflammatory and anti­cancer abil­i­ties? The phy­to­chem­i­cals in pars­ley can slow the speed of cell divi­sion, leav­ing time for the cell to cor­rect DNA mis­takes and acti­vate apop­to­sis, and recent research shows that one par­tic­u­lar com­pound, api­genin, found in cel­ery, arti­chokes and herbs such as pars­ley may well be the key agent for killing breast and pan­cre­atic can­cer cells. And no, it’s not just about pars­ley. Many such for­got­ten herbs and foods have the power to heal.

My grand­mother and her grand­mother raised their own chick­ens and turkeys, and fed them well. Our chick­ens and turkeys today are fed ques­tion­able and unhealthy feed and our meat is processed and pressed into plas­tic. Even when we try to shop well, we are duped and poi­soned. That beau­ti­ful steak in the meat mar­ket is loaded with antibi­otics and hor­mones. A recent trip to “Whole Foods” dis­cov­ered dex­trose and soy oil in the pre­pared soup, clearly a for-profit exchange for what should have been a healthy lunch choice. Our stores are stocked with GMO foods, even in “health” stores. Our food is sprayed with toxic chem­i­cals and grown in toxic water.

Some­time in the 50’s and 60’s moth­ers were intro­duced to clean­ing prod­ucts that made their clean­ing chores seem a breeze—that ease cre­ated dis-ease. Our grand­moth­ers cleaned with vine­gar. Adver­tise­ments sold us toxic cos­met­ics. We liked them; they worked so much bet­ter and smelled won­der­ful. Can­cer rates soared in gen­er­a­tions to come.

How did we get here? This, like can­cer, didn’t just hap­pen, it hap­pened slowly and sneak­ily over generations.

So the next time your hear your doc­tor say that “can­cer just hap­pens”, look him in the eye and ask him why.

Ask him if the treat­ment s/he is rec­om­mend­ing will cure you or just extend your life. Ask him if the treat­ment will address the cause. Maybe he doesn’t know that the major causes of ill health are tox­ins (think flu­o­ride, alu­minum, mer­cury, chem­i­cals, etc.), infec­tions, nutri­tional defi­cien­cies, radi­a­tion, lifestyle and emo­tional stress.

Can­cer doesn’t just hap­pen. At the same time, you are not respon­si­ble for your can­cer; you are not to blame for your can­cer. We live in a toxic world: the air we breathe, the food we eat and the prod­ucts we use on our bod­ies and in our homes con­tribute to dis-ease; stress, neglect and emo­tional trau­mas con­tribute to cancer.

If we want to treat our can­cer, we must treat the cause of it, not just man­age the pre­sent­ing symptom—the tumor. If we want to pro­tect our future gen­er­a­tions, we need to make changes now. If we want to heal from our can­cer and help avert recur­rence, we need to clear out as many emo­tional and envi­ron­men­tal tox­ins that we can and choose our food wisely. Much is out of our con­trol, but every inch con­tributes to a mile.

Live well, be well.

Elyn

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