Lifestyle and Cancer: Part 2 of 3

In the first part of this series it was established that the underlying cause of cancer stems way back to our earliest single-celled ancestors about 1.5 billion years ago. The initial rapid growth in a cancerous tumor is always due to damaged cells that have malfunctioned.

Looking at the Root Causes: We have triggers that can go off if our cells become chronically unhappy. However, something needs to pull one or more of these triggers.

Here, we examine the carcinogenic agents of our modern world and how they lead to malfunctioning cells. In so doing, we find the root causes that pull the triggers.

Hydrocarbon Toxins: Toxins, such as hydrocarbons, directly damage cells. These poisons are found in tobacco smoke, oral contraceptives, cleaning solvents, and food additives, to name just a few.

Free Radicals: In addition, cancerous processes are initiated by free radicals. The more technologically advanced a society becomes, the more exposure it has to these rogue oxidants.

Some common sources of free radicals include:

  • gamma radiation from X-rays,
  • smoking and cigarette tar,
  • food preservatives, such as nitrites and nitrates,
  • rancid fats, especially from fast food sources, and
  • refined, polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

Excess Hormones: Hormones, such as excess estrogen can also be carcinogenic. Too much of them can cause cancer in the tissues they target. This also applies to xenoestrogens, which are natural estrogen mimickers.

Viruses: Viruses can and do cause cancer. They invade the DNA in our cells and take over the cellular machinery to reproduce themselves. Rapid cellular replication is a way viruses manipulate the cell to produce more of their kind.

Nutrient Deficiencies: Cancers can also be triggered by one or more nutrient deficiencies, especially in a body that is also too acidic and low in oxygen. By some estimates, between 30 and 60 percent of all cancers in North America are related to dietary and nutritional factors. More specifically, this root cause is attributed to poor eating habits, which are based on junk and processed foods.

Weakened Immunity: Finally, any substances or conditions that decrease our body’s resistance and impair immune functions increase the chances of initiating cancer. So, cancer is also a disease of weakened immunity. However, only if immunity is weak can cancerous cells take over a particular region of tissue.

What suppresses our immunity?

Too many toxins, certain substances in a poor diet, and chronic stress will do the trick.

What do all these root causes have in common?

They all stem from the Standard American Diet (SAD), which is both toxic to the body over time, as well as nutrient deficient. Wrap this poor diet around a modern lifestyle that is both sedentary and stressful, and one can not help but inflict repeated damage at the cellular level.

In part three of the series, we will examine how dietary and lifestyle changes can be used to prevent almost all known diseases that exist today.

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