Three Simple Steps to Stopping Cancer
One of the most unfortunate developments in modern healthcare
is that the practice of medicine has become the business of medicine.
The goal is not to make people healthy. It is to make a profit.
Modern medicine has little interest in preventing
disease, because there is little profit in it. That is why virtually
the entire system is based on managing and treating
illness, rather than preventing it in the first place.
And nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to cancer
In May of 1986, the New England Journal of Medicine commented
on the state of modern cancer treatment. They called it a qualified
failure. The report strongly argued for an emphasis on prevention.
Today more than two decades later that emphasis
is still not there.
Currently, less than 10% of the National Cancer Institute budget
is set aside to study the environmental causes of cancer. And
less than 1% is budgeted for nutrition studies.
But our job is not to decry
the unfortunate politics of health or rail against the system.
Our job is to provide you with solutions, to uncover breakthroughs,
and to foster hope.
The great news is that there are proven solutions, powerful
breakthroughs and great cause for hope in the prevention (and
treatment) of cancer.
In fact, there are three simple things you can do that will dramatically
reduce your risk. And for those who are already fighting the disease,
these three steps are mandatory.
Here they are:
1. Optimize your levels of the sunshine hormone
2. Optimize your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio
3. Eat a low-glycemic diet to keep your insulin and blood sugar
If you ignore these three factors, it will create an environment
in your body that fuels cancer like gas on a fire. On the other
hand, if you follow the advice I give you below, you will create
an internal environment that is inhospitable to the disease. And
you will dramatically lower your risk.
Optimize Your Levels of the Sunshine Hormone
In the 1940s, Dr. Frank Apperly discovered that there was an
85% higher overall cancer death rate in cities between 10 and
40 degrees latitude than cities farther south. In cities between
40 and 50 degrees, there was a 118% higher death rate. And farther
north still in cities between 50 and 60 degrees latitude
there was a 150% higher death rate from cancer.
Unfortunately, Apperlys research was virtually ignored
until 25 years ago. That is when it was discovered that the rates
of breast and colon cancer were twice as high in the Northeast
as in the Sun Belt. Only then did researchers begin to understand
and acknowledge the connection between sunlight, vitamin D and
Since then, an inverse relationship between sun exposure and
at least 17 different types of cancer has been shown.
It is beyond the scope of this article, but in the book I wrote
with Dr. Al Sears Your Best Health Under the Sun we document
seven distinct ways that vitamin D fights and prevents cancer.
Even if you dont care to learn why this is true, you should
optimize your vitamin D levels by spending time in the sun. During
the winter months, most people should supplement with at least
2,000 IU per day.
Optimize Your Omega-3 to Omega-6 Ratio
Our ancient ancestors consumed roughly equal amounts of omega-3
fatty acids compared to omega-6 fatty acids. We evolved on this
ideal 1:1 ratio. However, with the advent of food processing and
the abundance of vegetable and seed oils in our diet, many people
consume 20 to 50 times more omega-6 fats than omega-3s.
These fats are highly unstable and vulnerable to oxidation. The
unnatural, excessive consumption of these fats strongly promotes
free radicals, which can lead to DNA damage and cell mutation.
In a study published in the journal Cancer Research in 2000 researchers
showed that the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, inhibited the progression
of exponentially growing cancer cells. This study also noted that
omega-6 fatty acids are known to stimulate cancer.
The researchers summarized their findings, stating that Epidemiological,
experimental, and mechanistic data implicate omega-6 fat as stimulators
and long-chain omega-3 fats as inhibitors of the development and
progression of a range of human cancers. Numerous studies
confirm these findings.
Keep Your Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels Low
In the Womens Health Study, researchers found that a consistently
high glycemic diet significantly increased the risk of colon cancer
in women. Other studies have clearly shown that high carbohydrate
diets are linked with a broad range of cancers.
There are several reasons for this. First, these foods dramatically
increase inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
High-glycemic carbohydrates also stimulate the release of insulin.
High insulin levels have been shown to fuel cancer growth. In
fact, cancer cells have six to ten times more insulin receptors
than normal cells!
Finally, sugar itself is like fertilizer for cancer. In 1931,
German scientist Otto Warburg, Ph.D. won his first of two Nobel
prizes. He discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different
energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. While all cells require
glucose for fuel, cancer cells consume 4 to 5 times more glucose
than normal cells. In other words, sugar feeds cancer.
One of the best ways to monitor your blood sugar metabolism is
with a fasting insulin test. Dr. Joseph Mercola suggests
that a normal fasting blood insulin level is below 5. Ideally,
however, you want it to be below 3.
Three Steps to Stopping Cancer
There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer
and increase your level of protection. But the three things I
have listed in this issue are extraordinarily important. And the
good news is that they are simple and inexpensive.
Optimize your vitamin D levels
choose healthy fats
and consume a low-sugar, low-glycemic diet. Follow these three
steps consistently over a long period of time, and you will dramatically
reduce your risk of cancer
and just about every other degenerative