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Recently a good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast Cancer and immediately had her right breast removed. She had no family history of cancer BUT her food choices may have led to her developing Cancer.

Here are the 5 Biggest Cancer Risks for women over 40 and some helpful tips you can use to be proactive.

First, a brief history of our medical fight with Cancer:

  • 1st successful chemotherapy 1947
  • Invention of PAP Test in 1960’s has nearly eliminated death from cervical cancer
  • Bone marrow transplants pioneered in the 1970’s has dramatically increased survival rates for leukemia’s and lymphomas
  • Advances in early detection and treatment for breast cancer have improved early diagnosis and rates of remission
  • In the last 10 years new medication like “Gleevec” attack cancer cells exclusively

Yet, despite all these advances the overall death rate of cancer has ONLY dropped 5% from 1950-2005

In the past couple of years mainstream oncologists and other cancer prevention researchers are now advocating PREVENTION as the first line of defense against cancer and other chronic diseases. These oncologists and researchers are looking at what we can add to our lives that can actually boost our body’s defense mechanisms against cancer.

Dr. William Li, president and medical director of the *Angiogenesis Foundation, wants to change the way we think about food. But first we have to change the way we think about cancer.

Although one in two American men and one in three American women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, research suggests that far more of us may be walking around with cancer than we would like to believe. “In autopsy studies of people who died in car accidents, up to 40% of women between age 40 and 50 have microscopic cancers in the breast, and about 50% of men in their fifties and sixties have them in their prostate glands,” says Li. “By the time we reach our seventies, virtually 100% of us will have microscopic cancers in our thyroid glands…

Read entire article here => http://www.standup2cancer.org/node/3950

*(The formation of new blood vessels. Normal angiogenesis occurs during fetal development to create the baby’s circulatory system, as well as occurs around a wound or cut to help with healing. Tumor angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels that grow into the tumor, giving it nutrients and oxygen to assist its growth.)

Examples:

Tumor growth stops if tumor angiogenesis can be stopped, thus starving the cancer of nutrients and oxygen. If tumor angiogenesis proceeds, the tumor grows and may shed cells that will cause metastasis. Avastin (bevacizumab) is an anti-angiogenesis drug used to treat metastatic breast cancer.

Know your risks…

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Genetics…i.e. family history of cancer

5 Biggest Risks for Women over 40

  1. Diabetes has a link to Pancreatic cancer ~ 80 million people are diabetic or pre-diabetic
  2. Calcium deficiency is linked to a risk of Colon Cancer. Fewer than 15% of women over 40 get enough Calcium. Calcium binds with carcinogens in the colon to help eliminate it out of the body.
  3. Advanced gum disease, Peridontitist, has a link to Head and Neck Cancer. In fact in the saliva of people who have Peridontitist there is a protein that actually grows blood vessels that feed cancer cells.
  4. Diet high in processed meats is linked to Ovarian and other Cancers. Nitrates and Nitrites in meats can be converted into carcinogens in the body. These Carcinogens damage healthy DNA, which makes it easier for cells to turn cancerous. 1-3 slices/day of processed meats – think Deli sandwich, can increase the risk of esophageal, stomach, colon and pancreatic cancer.
  5. Dense breasts – 5x the risk of breast cancer. It has nothing to do with the size or shape but with the amount of fibrous tissue in the breast. You can only tell if you have dense breasts with a mammogram and if you do you need additional screening using ultrasound, digital mammography and MRI to be able to better detect any cancer through the dense fibrous tissue. Ask you doctor if you have dense breasts and demand additional testing!

4 SUPERFOODS that Dr. Li suggests to help prevent Cancer

  • Papaya –Papaya contains Lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes.  1 papaya/week is enough to reduce risk of cervical cancer
  • Jumbo Shrimp – High in Omega 3 fatty acids, salmon, sardines etc. 8-9 shrimp/day reduces risk of breast cancer
  • Unsalted Cashews – Cashews contain proanthocyanidins, a powerful antioxidant which starves tumors and prevents them from dividing. 12 cashews a day lower the risk of colon cancer
  • Beets – beets contain a cancer fighter called Betanin, which gives beets their dark red color and induces apoptosis or cell death in cancer tumors. 1/4 cup or 3-4 slices per day reduces risk of kidney cancer and leukemia.

No. 1 Cancer is Skin Cancer

Over one million people a year diagnosed with skin cancer and one person every hour dies from it. Vitamin D helps prevent Skin Cancer/melanoma.

Bottom line: 70% of Cancer risks are related to lifestyle, which can be modified

However, there is One SUPERFOOD Dr. Li didn’t mention and that is brown algae or sea vegetables. Most people are not aware of how powerful a cancer fighter brown sea vegetables are but an ingredient in these sea vegetables has been widely studied…

Fucoidan present in brown algae induces apoptosis of human colon cancer cells

Background

Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide found in brown algae; it has been shown to exhibit a number of biological effects, including anti-tumor effects. In this study, we evaluated the effects of Fucoidan on apoptosis in HT-29 and HCT116 human colon cancer cells.

Conclusion:

The findings of this study indicate that fucoidan induces apoptosis in HT-29 and HCT116 human colon cancer cells, and that this phenomenon is mediated via both the death receptor-mediated and mitochondria-mediated apoptotic pathways.

These results suggest that fucoidan may prove useful in the development of a colon cancer-preventive protocol.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931458/

 

I believe that knowledge and Lifestyle changes can help protect you and others from developing Cancer. Please share this information with others.

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The hottest topic in medicine isn’t the newest drug or the latest surgical device: It’s vitamin D.

What brought the simmering debate to a boil was a 2007 study showing that people taking normal vitamin D supplements were 7% less likely to die than those who didn’t take the daily supplements.

A year later, a major study found that when women with low vitamin D levels get breast cancer, they have a much higher chance of dying from their cancer than women with normal vitamin D levels.

That was surprising news. But just as surprising is the fact that many men, women, and children have insufficient blood levels of this important vitamin.

How many?… Data suggest many of us don’t get the vitamin D we need. For example, a 2007 study of childbearing women in the Northern U.S. found insufficient vitamin D levels in 54% of black women and in 42% of white women.

These findings led the American Academy of Pediatrics to double the recommended amount of vitamin D a child should take — and have led many doctors to advise their adult patients to up their vitamin D intake.

Why do I need vitamin D?

Your body must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children (rickets) and fragile, misshapen bones in adults (osteomalacia). You also need vitamin D for other important body functions.

Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, and other maladies. These studies show that people with higher levels of vitamin D have a lower risk of disease, although they do not definitively prove that lack of vitamin D causes disease — or that vitamin D supplements would lower risk.

The Vitamin D Council — a scientist-led group promoting vitamin D deficiency awareness — suggests vitamin D treatment might be found helpful in treating or preventing autism, autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic pain, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, flu, neuromuscular diseases, and osteoporosis.

The best-known benefit of vitamin D is its role in helping calcium build strong bones. But that’s far from the whole story. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. Vitamin D also plays major roles in the life cycle of human cells.

Vitamin D is so important that your body makes it by itself — but only after skin exposure to sufficient sunlight. This is a problem for people in northern climates. In the U.S., only people who live south of a line drawn from Los Angeles to Columbia, S.C., get enough sunlight for vitamin D production throughout the year.

Dark skin absorbs less sunlight, so people with dark skin do not get as much vitamin D from sun exposure as do light-skinned people. This is a particular problem for African-Americans in the northern U.S.

How can I get enough vitamin D?

Thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back — without sunscreen — at least twice a week should give you plenty of vitamin D.

But this much direct sun exposure might also expose you to potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing UV radiation. And unless you live in the South or Southwest, you probably won’t get enough sunlight during the winter months for your body to make enough vitamin D.  The American Academy of Dermatology recommends against getting vitamin D from unprotected exposure to sunlight.

It’s a better idea to get vitamin D from foods or from supplements.

Will a vitamin D test tell me if I need more vitamin D?

Yes. As part of your regular blood test, your doctor should order a test for 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).

Everyone agrees that anyone with a 25-OHD level of less than 15 ng/mL or 37.5 nmol/L (depending on the units reported by a lab) needs more vitamin D.  A 2002 study found that 42% of African-American women of childbearing age had vitamin D levels below 15 ng/mL.

Which foods contain vitamin D?

Surprisingly few foods contain vitamin D — unless it’s added to the food. That’s because your body is built to get vitamin D through your skin (from sunlight) rather than through your mouth (by food). But once your body has enough, it doesn’t matter whether you got it through your skin or through your stomach.

There are three vitamin D super foods:

  • Salmon (especially wild-caught)
  • Mackerel (especially wild-caught; eat up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are low in mercury)
  • Mushrooms exposed to ultraviolet light to increase vitamin D

Other food sources of vitamin D include:

  • Cod liver oil (warning: cod liver oil is rich in vitamin A; too much may be bad for you)
  • Tuna canned in water
  • Sardines canned in oil
  • Milk or yogurt — regardless of whether it’s whole, nonfat, or reduced fat — fortified with vitamin D
  • Beef or calf liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Cheese

Nearly all milk in the U.S. is fortified with vitamin D. So are many brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine, and ready-to-eat breakfast cereals.

How much vitamin D do I need?

The current recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 200 IU for people up to age 50, 400 IU for people aged 51 to 70, and 600 IU for people over age 70.

That’s not enough, Boston University vitamin D expert , MD, PhD, tells WebMD. Holick recommends a dose of 1,000 IU a day of vitamin D for both infants and adults — unless they’re getting plenty of safe sun exposure.

In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that breastfed infants receive 400 IU of vitamin D every day until they are weaned. This doubled the AAP’s previous recommendation.

The AAP also recommends 400 IU/day of vitamin D for children and teens who drink less than a quart of vitamin D-fortified milk per day.

The Vitamin D Council recommends that healthy adults take 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily — more if they get little or no sun exposure.

There’s evidence that people with a lot of body fat need more vitamin D than lean people.

The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board is currently updating its 1997 vitamin D recommendations. A report is expected later in 2010.

Can I get too much vitamin D?

Too much of any good thing is a bad thing. Too much vitamin D can cause an abnormally high blood calcium level, which could result in nausea, constipation, confusion, abnormal heart rhythm, and even kidney stones.

It’s nearly impossible to get too much vitamin D from sunlight or from foods (unless you take way too much cod liver oil). Nearly all vitamin D overdoses come from supplements.

The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board’s 1997 recommendations — scheduled for a May 2010 update — suggest that 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D is safe for adults and that 1,000 IU per day is safe for infants up to 12 months of age.

However, the relatively small doses of vitamin D in daily vitamin pills are not enough to correct serious vitamin D deficiency. A 2009 study suggested that the best regimen for treating vitamin D insufficiency is 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 taken three times a week for six weeks. This time-limited regimen did not result in vitamin D toxicity.

How much vitamin D is too much?

That’s controversial. According to the National Institutes of Health, the maximum upper limit for vitamin D is 25 micrograms (1,000 IU) for children up to age 12 months and 50 micrograms (2,000 IU) for everyone else.

But some recent studies suggest that healthy adults can tolerate more than 10,000 IU of vitamin D per day. John Jacob Cannell, MD, executive director of The Vitamin D Council, notes that the skin makes 10,000 IU of vitamin D after 30 minutes of full-body sun exposure. He suggests that 10,000 IU of vitamin D is not toxic.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 25-OHD levels that are consistently over 200 ng/mL are “potentially toxic.”

What kind of vitamin D is best?

The recommended form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. This is the natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight.

Many supplements contain vitamin D as vitamin D2 or calciferol. It’s derived from irradiated fungus. Because this is not the form of vitamin D naturally made by your body, nutritionists and medical doctors recommend using the D3 form for those taking vitamin D supplements.

Does vitamin D interact with other medications?

Yes. Steroid medications such as prednisone can interfere with vitamin D metabolism. If you take steroid drugs regularly, discuss vitamin D with your doctor.

The weight loss drug orlistat — brand names include Xenical and Alli — may cut absorption of vitamin D. So does the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine (sold as Questran, LoCholest, and Prevalite). People taking these drugs should discuss vitamin intake with their doctors.

The seizure drugs Phenobarbital and Dilantin (phenytoin), affect vitamin D metabolism and affect calcium absorption. So do anti-tuberculosis drugs.

On the other hand, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and thiazide diuretics increase vitamin D levels.

BOTTOMLINE:

Unless you live beneath the “Sun Line” from Los Angeles, California to Columbia, South Carolina or want to increase your risk of skin cancer you need to supplement with Vitamin D

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What we take into our bodies goes beyond just the food we eat. Although a healthy diet is the backbone of a healthy life, we need other pieces of the picture to make it more complete.
 
WATER . The human body is about two-thirds water, and it is essential for every function of the body. While we can live for many weeks without food, we can only survive a few days without water. On a micro level, water helps to transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. On a macro level it is the primary transporter of nutrients through our systems and is essential for carrying waste products out of the body. So it is necessary for all digestive and excretory functions. It is needed for maintaining proper body temperature and much more.
As we sweat and lose water through all of our elimination processes, it is vital that we keep replacing that with good quality, clean water. Most city tap water is NOT good quality water, and contains a lot of chemicals that could be potentially harmful to our long-term health. Invest in a good water purifier or have good quality water delivered on a regular basis. As an adult you should be drinking 8-10 full glasses of good quality water every day. If you don’t drink enough water, poor muscle tone, joint and muscle soreness, and even excess body fat may be the result.
 
SUNSHINE . Sunshine is the most powerful nutrient in our solar system and is the one we seem to be most afraid of these days. It is made up of many different rays, each with its own benefit. Almost every living thing, whether it is a blade of grass, a flower, a fruit or an animal, draws its life from solar energy. All living things depend on the sun for their very existence, and we are no exception. Sunshine is a tonic. It is a natural relaxant and also a natural stimulant to the body’s vital energies. When the body is exposed to the sun’s ultra-violet (UV) rays, a compound in the skin is activated as a precursor to Vitamin D. Exposing clean skin to the sun’s rays for about 20 minutes a day, at least every other day, ensures that we have enough Vitamin D in our bodies.

Because this is impossible in certain parts of the world, especially during winter, Vitamin D needs to be supplemented. As we will discuss a little later on, Vitamin D is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium. It is especially important for the healthy growth and development of bones and teeth in children. UV rays are also instrumental in the body’s production of melatonin, which allows us to relax and sleep. This is why we often feel tired and relaxed after sitting in the sun.
 
SUPPLEMENTATION . I believe that most, if not all people, should supplement their diets with the proper nutrients to achieve wellness. Nutritional deficiencies can cause a wide variety of symptoms, in addition to weakening the body’s defenses against serious illnesses. Nutritional requirements are also increased by many things in a persons life. People who smoke, drink alcohol, use prescription or recreational drugs, have a lot of stress, diet to lose weight, are at a greater than normal risk of having deficiencies.
 
 Also adolescents, elderly people, pregnant and nursing women, women taking oral contraceptives, people who have chronic illnesses, people with certain genetic disorders, and of course people with poor dietary habits all have that same risk factor. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the population fits into one or more of these categories.
 
Data compiled by the US Dept of Agriculture indicates that at least 40% of the people in America consume only 60% of the RDA of ten selected nutrients. That means that close to half of the population suffers from a deficiency of at least one important nutrient. Very likely it is a lot higher than we think. So as well as a healthy diet, we need to supplement to get the amount of nutrients our bodies need to be optimally healthy.
 
It is important to know that whenever we are looking to correct a vitamin or mineral deficiency, we need to be aware that nutrients work synergistically together. This means that there is cooperation between the nutrients.
 
Most work as catalysts, promoting the absorption and assimilation of other nutrients. Correcting the deficiency of one vitamin or mineral requires the addition of a whole host of others, not simply the replacement of the one you think you are deficient in. This is why taking a single vitamin may be ineffective, or even dangerous. And this is why a whole-food or balanced supplement should always be used whenever possible.
 
FOOD . A healthy diet, as I said, is the basis of a healthy body. Food must provide a proper balance of nutrition, and must also be free of harmful chemicals and additives. Then it must be prepared in a way that preserves the nutrients. Whole foods that are unprocessed with nothing added or taken away are the most healthy. In addition, plant foods like fruits and vegetables contain thousands of phytonutrients which help to keep our bodies healthy. They are our front-line defenders against cancer and free radicals.
The best way to eat these is fresh and raw as much as possible, and the most healthy are those grown organically without harmful chemicals. If you do cook your vegetables, then just cook them lightly so they retain most of their goodness, and limit your intake of table salt.

The bottomline is this: drink plenty of clean, pure water, eat as close to nature as you can, get some exercise…outdoors in the sunshine as often as possible and take a wide spectrum whole food supplement to fill in the nutritional gaps. ( I recommend Body Balance)

Do a little each day, every day and don’t expect the quick fix. Time will expose what you are doing or are NOT doing. This *”Slight Edge” approach will change your life…but YOU decide how it changes.

* I advise everyone to read the book by Jeff Olsen called, “The Slight Edge”. Give this book as a Holiday gift, it will change people’s lives more than any tie or pair of socks ever could and will not get eaten by the dryer.

 

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Dr. Tonnie J. Wulff, Network Spinal Analysis Practitioner: Here are my observations on the use of Body Balance and OsteOmegaCare in conjunction with Network Spinal Analysis.

I opened my Network Spinal Analysis practice January 2004. Initially, I attracted clients with basic complaints of headaches, low back pain, and various musculoskeletal aches and pains. My practice has been steadily growing and I am now starting to attract more complicated cases including two fibromyalgia clients. My initial treatment protocol with these clients included 3 Network Spinal Analysis entrainments (treatments) per week, for 8-12 weeks.

Under this treatment protocol alone, both of my fibromyalgia clients found improvements in their ability to adapt to weather changes, atmospheric pressure changes, and regular daily life stressors which include physical, chemical and mental/emotional stress. Around week #6 of care, I suggested we add Body Balance and OsteOmegaCare to their treatment regimens.

One of my clients received such an immediate boost of energy with the addition of Body Balance that we actually needed to reduce her serving and gradually increase her up to a standard serving. After several weeks of using both Body Balance and OsteOmegaCare, this client has felt better than she has in years. Her massage therapist that she’s been seeing for years called me to express how impressed she is with the positive changes she’s seen in this client.

My other fibromyalgia client also noted a marked increase in energy levels after a few weeks of utilizing Body Balance. With the addition of OsteOmegaCare, she no longer complains of knee and ankle joint pain. During a re-exam/consultation with this particular client, she shared with me that she had been noticing an increase in overall body aches and pains and a decrease in energy during the last couple of weeks. After my inquiring what had changed, she confessed that she had gotten out of the habit of taking her Body Balance and OsteOmegaCare. After re-introducing these products to her daily regimen, her aches and pains have subsided and her energy levels are improving.

Discontinuing the products was a great way for both her and me to note the difference they were actually making in her overall sense of health and wellness.

I have since attracted a few more Fibromyalgia clients into my practice and feel confident that the combination of Network Spinal Analysis, Body Balance, and OsteOmegaCare will assist these clients in experiencing the sense of health and wellness that they are looking for.

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