Saturday, March 31, 2018

How to Help Protect Against Colon Cancer

story at-a-glance

  • Up to 50 percent of colorectal cancer cases are preventable through a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight
  • You can lower your risk of colon cancer by optimizing your vitamin D levels, eating more vegetables, garlic and fiber
  • Avoiding processed meat is important for lowering colon cancer risk.


By Dr. Mercola
Colon cancer has been in the news as of late after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), concluded in late 2015 that processed meat can cause colorectal cancer in humans, classifying it as a Group 1 carcinogen.
Colorectal cancer, which includes both cancers of the colon and rectum, is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. (not including skin cancers). In 2016, it's estimated there will be more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer (and more than 39,000 cases of rectal cancer) diagnosed.1
Your colon, also known as your large intestine, plays an incredibly important role in your health. As food passes through your colon, liquid and salt are removed to prepare it for elimination.
Aside from helping to form, store and eliminate waste, your colon contains billions of bacteria, a healthy balance of which is essential for optimal health.

Many Cases of Colon Cancer Are Preventable

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but, like many types of cancer, it is often preventable.
Research published in Pharmaceutical Research suggested that only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancer cases are due to genetic defects, while the rest are linked to environment and lifestyle factors.2
The researchers estimated that up to 35 percent of cancer-related deaths may be due to diet, another 30 percent due to tobacco, 20 percent due to infections and the rest due to other environmental factors including exposure to radiation, stress, physical activity levels and environmental pollution.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) also stated that about one-third of the most common U.S. cancer cases are preventable through a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.
In the case of colorectal cancer, the percentage that could be prevented via these lifestyle factors rises to 50 percent.3

Top Tips to Prevent Colon Cancer

Today can be the day you start making healthy changes to lower your risk of this potentially deadly disease. Top steps include the following.
1.Eat More Vegetables and Some Fruits
Vegetables contain an array of antioxidants and other disease-fighting compounds that are very difficult to get anywhere else – like magnesium.
Results from one meta-analysis indicated that for every 100-milligram increase in magnesium intake, the risk of colorectal tumor decreased by 13 percent, while the risk of colorectal cancer was lowered by 12 percent.4
The researchers noted magnesium's anti-cancer effects may be related to its ability to reduce insulin resistance, which may positively affect the development of tumors.
Beyond magnesium, plant chemicals called phytochemicals can reduce inflammation and eliminate carcinogens, while others regulate the rate at which your cells reproduce, get rid of old cells and maintain DNA.
Vegetables are also one of the best forms of dietary fiber. Studies have repeatedly shown that people with higher vegetable intake have lower rates of cancer.5
Cruciferous vegetables may be particularly beneficial due to the sulforaphane they contain. Sulforaphene, a naturally occurring derivative of sulforaphne, has been found to suppress growth of colon cancer-derived tumors, for example.6
If you're healthy, consuming some fruit in moderation may also be beneficial. According to one study, dried plums (i.e. prunes) may lower your risk of colon cancer by building your gut bacteria.7
2.Eat More Fiber
Dietary fiber has been associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer, particularly incident colorectal adenoma and distal colon cancer.8 Further, for every 10 grams of fiber you add to your daily diet, your risk of colon cancer decreases by 10 percent.9
A 2005 study similarly revealed that dried plums "favorably altered … colon cancer risk factors" in rats, possibly due to their high content of dietary fiber and polyphenolics.10
Fortunately, if you follow the tip above and eat more vegetables, you'll naturally be eating more fiber from the best possible source  vegetables. Psyllium seed husk, flax seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds also provide valuable sources of soluble and insoluble fiber.
3.Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels
Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. In one study published in the journal Gut, people with higher blood levels of vitamin D were less likely to develop colorectal tumors.11
This may be because vitamin D is beneficial for your immune system, which in turn may help to limit the growth of cancerous tumors. According to the researchers:12
"Evidence suggests protective effects of vitamin D and antitumour immunity on colorectal cancer risk.
Immune cells in tumour microenvironment can convert 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] [vitamin D] to bioactive 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, which influences neoplastic and immune cells
… High plasma 25(OH)D level is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer with intense immune reaction, supporting a role of vitamin D in cancer immunoprevention through tumour–host interaction."
Regular sun exposure, use of a high-quality tanning bed and/or supplementation with a vitamin D3 supplement can get your vitamin D levels into the optimal range of 50-70 ng/ml. You'll need to monitor your levels to be sure you stay within this target range.
4.Avoid Processed Meats
Processed meats are those preserved by smoking, curing, salting, or the addition of chemical preservatives.
This includes bacon, ham, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs, some sausages, and hamburgers (if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives) and more. Particularly problematic are the nitrates that are added to these meats as a preservative, coloring and flavoring.
The nitrates found in processed meats are frequently converted into nitrosamines, which are clearly associated with an increased risk of certain cancers. AICR warns that "there is no safe threshold" for eating processed meats.13
5.Be Knowledgeable About Red Meat Consumption
Research suggests that people who eat the most red meat (in one study this was five ounces a day) have a 24 percent greater risk of colorectal cancer than those who eat the least.14
Red meat is likely not the problem in and of itself, however, but the way it's cooked, and the source it comes from, likely play a role. Grass-fed beef, for instance, contains cancer-fighting compounds.
On the other hand, it's known that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, can have a detrimental impact on healthy gut bacteria and is carcinogenic. CAFO animals are typically fed grains contaminated with glyphosate.
Red meat cooked at high temperatures (such as barbecued or fried) may also contain carcinogenic cooking byproducts like heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
When it comes to meats, I recommend eating organically raised grass-fed meats only and cooking them only lightly (rare, not well-done). For the record, I believe most people need some animal protein to be optimally healthy, but most eat far more protein than is necessary (or healthy).
6.Exercise
There is convincing evidence that regular exercise can significantly reduce your risk of colon cancer.15 One study revealed that physically active men and women have about a 30 percent to 40 percent reduction in the risk of developing colon cancer compared with inactive persons, for instance.16
For starters, exercise drives your insulin levels down, and controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risk. It's also been suggested that apoptosis (programmed cell death) is triggered by exercise, causing cancer cells to die.
Exercise also improves the circulation of immune cells in your blood. The job of these cells is to neutralize pathogens throughout your body, as well as destroy precancerous cells before they become cancerous. The better these cells circulate, the more efficient your immune system is at defending itself against infections and diseases like cancer.
7.Maintain a Healthy Weight and Control Belly Fat
A number of studies have linked obesity to an increased risk for about a dozen different cancers, including cancer of the colon. In a 2014 study that analyzed data from more than 5 million people over the age of 16, every 11-pound increase in body weight was associated with an increased risk for 10 types of cancer.17
If you're overweight or obese, even small amounts of weight loss can lead to significant benefits for your health. In terms of cancer prevention, losing excess belly fat is particularly important, as belly fat is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer regardless of your body weight.
8.Limit Your Alcohol Intake and Quit Smoking
Both excessive alcohol intake and smoking are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. When it comes to alcohol, I generally define "moderate" alcohol intake (which is allowed in the beginner phase of my nutrition plan) as a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer or 1 ounce of hard liquor, with a meal, per day.
As you progress further in the nutrition plan, I do recommend eliminating all forms of alcohol. If you're a smoker, you can find tips for quitting here.
9.Eat Garlic
Garlic has been shown to kill cancer cells in laboratory studies, as well as shown promise when consumed via your diet. One study showed that women who regularly ate garlic (along with fruits and vegetables) had a 35 percent lower risk of colon cancer.18
Those who consume high amounts of raw garlic also appear to have a lower risk of stomach and colorectal cancers.19Furthermore, among people with inoperable forms of colorectal, liver, or pancreatic cancer, taking an extract of aged garlic for six months helped to improve immune function, which suggests it may be useful for helping your immune system during times of stress or illness.20
When you add raw garlic in your diet the fresh clove must be crushed or chopped in order to stimulate the release of an enzyme called alliinase, which in turn catalyzes the formation of allicin.
Allicin, in turn, rapidly breaks down to form a number of different organosulfur compounds. So to "activate" garlic's medicinal properties, compress a fresh clove with a spoon prior to swallowing it, chop it finely to add to a salad, or put it through your juicer to add to your vegetable juice.

Should You Have Routine Colonoscopies Starting at 50?


Men and women over the age of 50 at average risk of colorectal cancer are typically advised to get screened either by flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years, or by colonoscopy every 10 years. But are these screening tests safe and necessary? I'm over 60, and I've never had a colonoscopy and have no plans of ever getting one.
While I believe they can be valuable as a diagnostic tool, I feel confident that with my diet (which includes daily amounts of raw turmeric) and lifestyle it's highly unlikely I would develop colon cancer.
But for many people who are at higher risk, colonoscopies may be an effective strategy. Colon cancer grows very slowly, and it's one of the top leading cancers that kill people, so early detection is important. You could opt for an annual guaiac stool detection test — which checks for hidden blood in your stool — but this test produces many false positives, and the latest evidence suggests this test doesn't work very well.
Another alternative is to get tested by flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years. It's similar to a colonoscopy but uses a shorter and smaller scope, so it cannot see as far up into your colon. On the upside, it's associated with fewer complications. Ultrasounds have also proven to be of value. Overall, visual inspection is the most reliable way to check for colon cancer, and this is what a colonoscopy allows your doctor to do.
If polyps are found in their early stages, your doctor can simply snip them off right then and there. So a colonoscopy is not only a diagnostic tool, it can also serve as a surgical intervention. They take a picture of the polyp, clip it, capture it, and send it to biopsy. It could save your life, and it's definitely something to consider. However, be aware that about one in every 350 colonoscopies do serious harm. The death rate is about one for every 1,000 procedures.
Further, about 80 percent of endoscopes are cleaned using Cidex (glutaraldehyde), which does NOT properly sterilize these tools, potentially allowing for the transfer of material that could easily lead to infection. Asking what solution is used to clean the scope is a key question that could save your life. Make sure it's been sterilized with peracetic acid to avoid potential transfer of infectious material from previous patients.

15 More Simple Cancer Prevention Tips

Cancer doesn't typically develop overnight, which means you have a chance to make changes that can potentially prevent cancer from developing in the first place. Most of us actually carry around microscopic cancer cell clusters in our bodies all the time.
The reason why we all don't develop cancer is because as long as your body has the ability to balance angiogenesis properly, it will prevent blood vessels from forming to feed these microscopic tumors. Trouble will only arise if, and when, the cancer cells manage to get their own blood supply, at which point they can transform from harmless to deadly. There are many steps you can take to lower your risk, including those that follow:21
Stop drinking sugary drinks like soda and cut sugar from your diet
Sit less, move around more and try to take 10,000 steps a day
Drink green tea, an abundant source of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a cancer-fighting catechin polyphenol
Eat your broccoli steamed (broccoli cooked this way has more cancer-fighting glucosinolate than broccoli that's boiled, fried or microwaved)
Eat Brazil nuts; they're rich in selenium, a mineral that's especially beneficial for reducing the risk of prostate, colorectal and lung cancers
Eat artichokes; they're rich in silymarin, which is an antioxidant that may lower your risk of skin cancer
Get regular sun exposure, which will help you optimize your vitamin D levels, a key step to lowering your cancer risk
Marinate your meat with spices, beer or wine, which can lower the formation of cancer-causing substances when you cook it
Eat some "resistant starches" (such as green bananas), which act like fiber in your body.

They may help reduce the risk of colon cancer from a diet high in red meat.22
Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils, like corn, soy, and canola.
Sleep in complete darkness; light at night suppresses your body's production of melatonin, which has anti-cancer effects
Eat onions, an excellent source of cancer-fighting quercetin; quercetin inhibits the growth of cancer cells from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial and lung tumors
Avoid environmental toxins, including the cancer-causing dry cleaning chemical perc (perchloroethylene)
Avoid French fries and potato chips, which may contain high levels of cancer-causing acrylamide (a compound formed when foods are cooked at high temperatures)
Eat fermented vegetables; they're beneficial for gut health and the fermentation process involved in creating sauerkraut produces cancer-fighting compounds such as isothiocyanates, indoles and sulforaphane

How to Survive Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, Drugs, or Radiation


Story at-a-glance

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the US, about 230,000 men get diagnosed every year but only about 29,000 die each year from the disease. What we don't know is how many of those 20,000 died of the disease and how many died because of the treatment
  • Conventional diagnosis and treatment include PSA testing, biopsy, surgery, drugs, and radiation—all of which have their drawbacks and health risks
  • There are other less invasive, safer ways to diagnose and treat prostate cancer, and filmmaker Peter Starr, a prostate cancer survivor, reveals how
By Dr. Mercola
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the US, about 221,800 men get diagnosed every year yet only about 27,500 dies each year from the disease. Unfortunately, the conventional treatment for prostate cancer leaves much to be desired.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a therapy that didn't involve costly and hazardous surgery, drugs, or radiation?
Peter Starr, an award-winning filmmaker, recently produced the documentary Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, Drugs, or Radiation. He's also in the process of writing a book on the same subject.
In June 2004, he was in fact diagnosed with prostate cancer, and as his film and book title reveals, today, 11 years later, he's still here to share his story.

Why Peter Decided to Take a Lesser-Known Path to Treat His Cancer

Peter spent 35 years making documentary films before becoming a stuntman, riding motorcycles. He suffered a bad accident in 1999 and was unable to work for nearly nine months. Four years later, almost to the day, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"That's significant because I later learned about emotional traumas creating the source or the trigger, if you like, for the cancer mechanism," he says.
As most men, Peter dutifully followed the standard protocol of getting an annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, and when a digital rectal exam (DRE) revealed an area of concern, he followed doctors' orders to get a biopsy done.
"Now, there was no discussion about what a biopsy was, what it would do, what one could tell from it, and what the effects were after the biopsy. I was one of the sheep. I just went in for the program and did the biopsy.
A day later, the urologist called me up and within about eight seconds, he said, 'Yup, you've got a cancer. I want you to read this book by Dr. Patrick Walsh then come in and see me,' and hung up on me.
All I heard was cancer, the 'C' word. I freaked out like most people do. It took me a good four days to understand that I could get a handle on this. Dealing with it, for me was, 'Yes, go look for that book.'
I went to several libraries, bookstores, and health bookstores. I didn't find that particular book but what I did find was a book by Dr. Larry Clapp called Prostate Health in 90 Days.
I then went to seek the opinion of a couple of other doctors... When my urologist said, 'You've got to do a radical prostatectomy,' I didn't. By that time, I had no insurance, so I asked him, 'What's this going to cost?'
The answer was $43,000, which he couldn't afford. Peter walked out of the office and never looked back. Instead, he began reading and talking to people to learn everything he could about both conventional and unconventional ideas about prostate cancer treatment.
He ended up putting together his own program, and three years later, they couldn't find any sign of cancer in his prostate. All they found was a benign lesion. To be on the safe side, he continues to monitor it with an annual 3D color-Doppler ultrasound.
"After about four years, there was nothing there to be concerned with," he says, "but I had found all this amazing material... so I set about making a documentary."

56 Doctors Speak Out About Alternative Prostate Cancer Treatment

Traveling to eight countries on three continents, he interviewed doctors about various aspects of their specialty. In all, 56 doctors are included in the film—MDs, DOs, NDs, and some PhDs that don't practice but do a lot of research.
"All of the people in the documentary are highly-credentialed. We had a shorter version of the film that ran on PBC recently, and I had doctors complaining that these were voodoo doctors; I had to go to the head of the programming for this particular station and say, 'Look at the credentials of these people!'
It's almost like you cannot attack conventional thinking because that's how they make their money, and that's all they've learned. They don't have the frame of mind to go outside of that. I swear, if some of these guys got prostate cancer, they would change their entire thinking about it if they looked into what I've learned," Peter says.
While prostate cancer is common, it does have a close to a 90 percent survival rate after being diagnosed. Of the 221,800 men diagnosed each year, 27,500 die from the disease. As noted by Peter:
"There was a study done in England recently, showing that if you do absolutely nothing about prostate cancer, you will live just as long as if you did conventional treatment.
I know that's statistics and some people obviously would die and some don't. But when you look at that statistic, it's something that's totally ignored by medicine generally."

Biopsy Is Not a Risk-Free Diagnostic Tool

Peter also reviews the process of diagnosis, which includes a biopsy if your PSA score is close to 4. To do the biopsy, a needle is inserted into your prostate about a dozen times, which tends to cause severe bleeding.
Many doctors also still use crude ultrasound to locate the suspected area of the prostate, so there's the risk of missing the cancerous area altogether. A much clearer view of the prostate can be had using a 3D color-Doppler or MRI.
"The invasiveness of the biopsy is amazing. Yet, it doesn't teach them anything that you can't get elsewhere [through other means], with the exception of a Gleason score.
A Gleason score is what a pathologist gives to a sample, based on what he believes to be the aggressiveness of the cancer cells: 2 being low and 10 being 'you better do something tomorrow' attitude."
Interestingly, in Europe, no treatment is implemented if you get a Gleason score of 6. Instead, they will encourage "watchful waiting." Peter's Gleason score was 7, which in the US means that surgery is highly recommended. In fact, his doctor told him he would die if he didn't get it done.
Being told that you're facing death is enough to make most people jump on the bandwagon and do whatever their doctor recommends. According to Peter, about 70 percent of men make the decision to have surgery within 48 hours of their diagnosis, and the entire system is really set up to push you in that direction.
"Usually, when men call me for advice, it's after they've had surgery, drugs, or radiation, and things have gone wrong; when the cancer has not gone away or the cancer has come back. They come to me because they're desperate, saying, 'What do I do now?' I just wish these people would ask that question before they undergo the treatment rather than be rushed into conventional treatment and then have a problem," Peter says.

Is There a Better Way to Screen for Prostate Cancer?

There's a lot of controversy about the PSA test as a screening test. The PSA is an indicator of inflammation, and inflammation can be an indicator of health problems besides prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, or cancer. As discussed by Peter, the PSA is by no means a definitive test, and it should not be the sole basis for the decision to do a biopsy, as the biopsy itself can cause significant damage.
Based on his research, he believes getting an annual digital rectal exam is a better choice. The doctor can feel the prostate to find out whether it's hard, or whether there are noticeable nodules. Then, rather than getting a biopsy done right away, Peter recommends getting a 3D-color Doppler ultrasound done first.
"If, for instance, your GP feels something in your prostate that he doesn't like (maybe the texture isn't right), or maybe the PSA is up a little bit, the first thing I would do is go get a 3D-color Doppler ultrasound. If the prostate is clear of cancer or lesions, then you can walk away... If it's not, if there's a problem with the prostate, you have a choice.
Do I go conventional?—in which case they will do a biopsy because they want to treat you [based on] that. Or do I go to the natural route and give it six months, eight months, or whatever and find out if this process of changing my diet, changing my lifestyle, detoxification, and addressing the emotional components of my life will reverse the cancer.
Give it a period of time and see if that makes a difference, because you're not going to die tomorrow. Not of prostate cancer anyway. You've got time to make that choice. And if you haven't done a biopsy, you start off that entire natural process a lot better than if you have to heal a prostate that's been bleeding. Perhaps, they've even introduce pathogens into the prostate [through the biopsy].
Heaven forbid, this has happened, when they go in and they take a core and the core comes out, cancer cells get a chance to come out of the prostate. There's a chance of the cancer spreading more quickly if you do a biopsy than if you don't. Those are my thoughts and opinions based on what I've read and those I've interviewed."

Many Patients Die from the Conventional Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Peter's father was also diagnosed with prostate cancer and ended up dying. But not from cancer, Peter says, but rather from the treatment. He was able to obtain his father's medical records and discovered he was treated with a drug called Flutamide.
"Flutamide is an English equivalent in terms of use as Lupron or Casodex in the US, which basically means you become a eunuch. It castrates you chemically. It cuts off your testosterone. What my dad died of was actually a heart attack. On the death certificate it says myocardial infarction.
"He died of a heart attack because over the years that he was taking Flutamide, his body shrunk, his muscle shrunk, his bone shrunk, and his heart stopped. But he didn't die of a heart attack; he died through the continued use of an anti-testosterone drug."
Drugs like these are sometimes recommended because there's a derivative of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which seems to catalyze the growth of prostate cancer. But that's totally different than regular, natural testosterone. Through his research, Peter discovered that men with high, free testosterone do not get prostate cancer. Men with low free testosterone and high estrogens get prostate cancer.
"One of the things I recommend is doing a saliva panel test of all eight male hormones and having a doctor look at them," he says. "And let that doctor give you the advice as to whether it's high or low or whether something should be done." Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, for example, gives testosterone (orally or injected) to his prostate cancer patients, and he's found that it provides his patients with a higher quality of life, without any adverse or negative effects.

The Emotional Component of Prostate Cancer

Many might find it surprising that the emotional element can have such a potent impact on prostate cancer, both in terms of triggering it, and in successfully treating it. Peter first became aware of it through reading about Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer's work in German New Medicine (GNM), but he didn't really accept it fully until he met Dr. Gilbert Renaud.
Later he also interviewed Dr. Bruce Lipton, one of the leading authorities on how emotions can regulate genetic expression, which is explained in-depth in his excellent book, "The Biology of Belief."
"The fact that the cells can change based on the environment that they live in, and that environment is influenced by the way you think and your attitude in life, is an amazing thing," Peter says. "All of a sudden, it was like a piece of the jigsaw puzzle fell into place. I started to look at my own life, and I had to get some people out of my life who were toxic. I couldn't deal with certain jobs that I was doing because I was building this level of stress in my body that I don't need.
With me, it was two or three emotional issues that I'd never resolved. Through Dr. Gilbert Renaud's work, I resolved those. I had distress from one of them that I ignored since a teenager. When it was lifted, I felt the difference immediately... It's not only early life traumas that you store inside your body. It can go back into the womb. It can be issues that are passed through the mother, into the fetus. The fetus then carries them into life.
I was born in England at the height of World War II and one can only imagine the stress any pregnant mother was enduring with the constant bombardment of German bombs exploding all around you night after night."
Typically, the worst emotional insults are before the age of 7 or 8, an age where your rational cortex, which can help you sort through some of these issues, isn't functioning ideally as it hasn't matured yet. It can profoundly damage the circuitry in your body and kill you 50 or 60 years later. For all of these reasons, Peter's program places significant focus on addressing and releasing emotional traumas.
Peter has created the Healing Arts Education Foundation, which is working towards offering programs to male-oriented groups like the Rotary Club, to teach men about prostate health and natural treatment options. Prevention is clearly your best bet, but it's important to understand that a prostate cancer diagnosis is not an automatic death sentence.
Most men will have time to pursue alternative routes of treatment before putting themselves under the surgeon's knife. Should you find yourself with a prostate cancer diagnosis, Peter's general suggestions are summarized below.

Four Steps to Healing Prostate Cancer Naturally

1.Blood: As a first step, Peter recommends doing a 62 blood analysis. If a nutritional deficiency is identified, supplements are suggested to correct it. Vitamin D is particularly noteworthy here, as vitamin D deficiency is strongly associated with prostate cancer. Ideally, you'll want your level to be around 70-100 ng/ml if you have cancer.
"If you're down in the 20-30 ng/ml and you have cancer, that's the first thing you've got to get up. I prefer to get people out into the sunshine," Peter says.
Checking for insulin resistance is also important. If you're insulin resistant, you need to be particularly careful about cutting down on sugar, ideally limiting your total fructose consumption from all sources to less than 15 grams per day. You also need to take a close look at your diet in general, whether you're insulin resistant or not.
Avoid animal products from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), as these animals are raised with hormones, antibiotics, and glyphosate-contaminated GMO grains. Processed foods, in general, are an anathema to good health, but particularly when you're trying to heal cancer.
Peter also recommends fasting, which I believe is good advice—especially if you're insulin resistant. I recommend intermittent fasting, and it doesn't have to be a lifelong commitment. Once your insulin resistance has resolved, you can go back to eating normally.
2.Toxins: Next, he recommends looking for toxins, using urine and fecal analysis. If toxicity is found, a detoxification program is put together. While heavy metals are a concern, calcium is also a factor here, as many men have calcification in the prostate that needs to be eliminated. Strategies for decalcifying the prostate include vitamin K2 or a product called Detoxamin.
"Some of the doctors that I talked to have different ways of doing it. I don't so much get into telling a doctor what he should be doing. I let him do his own research. I just send him patients who'd work with him in terms of integrating what I've learned into what they do," Peter explains.
3.Hormones: A saliva panel is done to check hormones. Testosterone may be suggested if your testosterone levels are low or estrogen elimination programs if your estrogen levels are excessive.
4.Emotions: The fourth and final step is to address emotional traumas. Men don't like to deal with their emotions, but they really need to. While there are many alternatives, one of my favorites, which has been scientifically verified effective, is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This non-invasive and simple-to-learn tapping technique can help you release emotions locked in your body—even if you're not clear on the origin of the trauma.

More Information

To learn more, I highly recommend obtaining Peter's film, now available as a three DVD set, along with a 40-page resource guide. The name, address, telephone number, and qualifications of each of the 56 featured doctors are included in the guide.

At present, this documentary is the most comprehensive compilation available on the alternative views on prostate cancer treatment. You can find the DVD set on SurvivingProstateCancer.org, along with more information about the film. In closing, Peter offers the following suggestion:
"The thing that seems to be common amongst men who have a prostate cancer diagnosis is the fear in their voice, and in their system, when they come out of the doctor's office. The one thing I'd like to say to men generally is, 'You're not going to die tomorrow.'
Don't let the fear control the decision making process of that doctor who would like to keep you in his particular path, because if that urologist doesn't do surgery, he's not going to get paid. What I like to see people do is to try to get their lives together over a six-month period and monitor it. That's got to be the better way to go, I would think, in the long term. But don't let fear rule your decision-making process."


Guide to Uterine Cancer



What Is It?

It’s a cancerous tumor in your uterus, the pear-shaped organ also known as your womb. Most women get it in the lining of the uterus (endometrium), but you can get tumors in the muscles there, too. Almost 50,000 women in the U.S. get this type of cancer each year. If you’re past menopause, your chances are higher.
Early Signs
If you haven’t been through menopause and you have bleeding or spotting -- a red, pink, or white discharge -- between periods, see your doctor. The same is true if you’ve been through menopause and have these same symptoms any time. Bleeding can be a sign of uterine cancer, but it’s also a symptom of a few other medical problems. It can be normal for some women. Your doctor can help you figure out what’s going on.

Other Symptoms

Let your doctor know if you have:
  • Pain in your pelvis (the area between your hips)
  • Lost weight without trying
  • Pain during sex
  • A hard time peeing or it hurts to pee
It’s best if you find uterine cancer before it grows or spreads, so don’t put off your checkups or ignore symptoms.

How It’s Diagnosed

You may have an ultrasound so your doctor can see inside your uterus, and she may send a tiny telescope in through your vagina to get a closer look. But a biopsy is the best way to know if it’s cancer: Your doctor will take a small amount of tissue from the lining and look for cancer cells under a microscope.

Has It spread?

If you have uterine cancer, your doctor will start with one or more of the following to see if it’s spread to nearby organs, like your cervix, or to your lymph nodes (tiny glands in your neck, armpits, and groin):
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI scan, which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make detailed images of parts of your body
  • CT scan, which takes X-rays from different angles and puts them together to make a more complete picture.

Radiation

Your doctor may recommend this after surgery to kill any cancer cells that may still be there. It may also be an option if surgery isn’t a good idea for you. Your doctor will put tiny radioactive seeds near your tumor or beam radiation at your uterus to kill harmful cells. New types of radiation treatment make a 3-dimensional beam that’s the exact shape of the tumor.

Hormone Therapy

Estrogen and other hormones in your body can make uterine cancer grow or spread faster. New drugs like progestins, tamoxifen, LHRH agonists, and aromatase inhibitors block these hormones to slow the tumor’s growth. This can cause side effects that feel like menopause, including hot flashes, weight gain, or dryness in your vagina.

Targeted Therapy

Some newer drugs use your own cells against the tumor. Antibodies are things your body makes to knock out bugs that make you sick. In targeted therapy, your doctor puts antibodies into your blood to find and destroy the cancer cells. These smart bombs also can carry tiny bits of radiation straight to your tumor to help in the attack.

Clinical Trials

You may be able to be part of a test for new and better drugs to treat uterine cancer. Ask your doctor if there are trials in your area and if one might be right for you.

Your Sex Life

Side effects of uterine cancer treatment can change your sex life. Vaginal dryness or mood changes from hormone therapy may make sex painful or curb your desire. If you’ve had surgery to remove both your ovaries and uterus, you may have the same issues. But lubricants can help with dryness, and some women say their sex lives actually get better after surgery because they have less pain and other symptoms.

Pregnancy

While most women who get uterine cancer are past menopause, younger women can get it, too. If you hope to have children, talk to your doctor about your options, such as storing eggs, before you begin treatment -- surgery, radiation, and hormones can affect your fertility. 

Can You Prevent It?

Get regular women’s health checkups so your doctor can spot any signs of cancer early. Your age, genes, and family history may raise your chance of uterine cancer, but you can do some things to help prevent it, like stay at a healthy weight and get plenty of exercises. And if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, work with your doctor to control it.

Scientists Just Discovered A New Human Organ, And It Could Have Huge Implications For How We Treat Cancer


Scientists Just Discovered A New Human Organ, And It Could Have Huge Implications For How We Treat Cancer.


You would think, after thousands of years of study, we’d have nailed down what was going on inside us. But researchers are arguing that they have accidentally discovered an entirely new organ.
The new structure could even help explain where much of the fluid in our body sits, and may even be the source of lymph, the fluid that is essential to the functioning of our immune system. As such this network, or structure, of fluid-filled channels could be playing a significant role in maintaining our health, as well as propagating disease.
It's not even limited to the obscure parts of us – it is found wrapped around many of our other, more well known, organs. You see, while we thought our lungs, digestive tract, and even our skin were surrounded by tough and dense connective tissue, it turns out that this tissue is in fact riddled with spaces supported through a meshwork of strong connective proteins to prevent them from collapsing, and which freely allow fluid to flow.


This could help explain where so much of our body’s fluid goes. While our cells contain most of the fluid, and the circulatory system carries a whole load more, over a third went unaccounted for and was simply said to be “interstitial”, or just floating around between organs and cells. The researchers claim, in a paper published in Scientific Advances, that the “interstitium” should be defined as an organ in its own right.
They think it may explain why some forms of cancer can spread so rapidly and between unrelated organs. It might also help explain why wrinkles develop, as when you age these channels in the tissue under your skin may fold in on themselves.
It was while conducting routine endoscopies of patients that doctors noticed that the tissue surrounding the bile duct, which should have been fairly solid and dense, was actually covered in an intriguing pattern. When one then decided to take a look using the same device under the skin of his nose, he surprisingly found exactly the same effect.
The key, it seems, was looking at living tissue at such fine magnification. Up until now, medical researchers have relied on fixed tissue microscope slides when studying the human body, say the authors. To do this, they take thin slices of tissue, treat it with chemicals, and dye the structures so that they can be easily identified when placed under a microscope.
The problem, however, is that the fixing drains the tissue of all fluid, and it is expected that this process collapses all the once fluid-filled compartments of the interstitium. Because of this, researchers looking at slides of organs have simply assumed the flattened compartments were tears in the tissue.
It now seems that they will need to do more work to define this structure and convince others that it is an organ in its own right, rather than just a new type of tissue.
“This finding has potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine, including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool," explained co-author Neil Theise.