cancer

  1. High protein foods can boost cancer risk

    Our is diet killing you

    That cheeseburger may be the death of you -- and I'm not kidding.

    Too much meat, cheese and other unhealthy high protein foods in middle age can quadruple your risk of death from cancer, according to a major new study.

    That makes a Dairy Queen habit as bad for your health as smoking, and the risks don't end with cancer.

    If you get 20 percent of your diet from animal protein and high protein foods, you could also face four times the risk of death from diabetes and double the risk of an early death from any cause, according to the new study in Cell Metabolism.

    Cutting protein in your diet down to 10 percent or less, on the other hand, will cut your risk death from any cause in half and death from cancer by 25 percent.

    Surprised? Don't be.

    Part of the reason is likely in your hormones, specifically a hormone known as insulin growth factor-1, or IGF-1.

    When you're young and growing, you need plenty of it. But as you get older, you need less. In fact, as you get older, too much IGF-1 can hurt you.

    This shouldn't be a problem because of the ingenious way in which we've been designed: Your body naturally produces plenty of IGF-1 when you are young and need the stuff, and much less as you age.

    But bad habits can disrupt this natural process, especially the bad habits of the modern junk-food diet, which can cause your IGF-1 factory to start pumping out hormones overtime just when production should be tailing off.

    Of course, that's one reason -- but I don't believe it's the only reason.

    Not all high protein foods are unhealthy, but people who eat the most animal proteins tend to be people who aren't making healthy choices. They're eating cheeseburgers and drinking milkshakes.

    Eat quality proteins such as fish, lean meats and poultry, and I'm sure crossing the 10 percent threshold won't hurt you.

    If there's one upside to the study, it's that it also finds that higher levels of protein can actually help extend lives in seniors.

    This may be in part because seniors are so low in IGF-1 that even a bump in production from protein won't hurt. And it may also be because seniors tend to lose muscle mass as they age and a diet too low in protein can accelerate that process.

    Loss of muscle leads to weakness, loss of balance, falls, breaks, loss of independence and a higher risk of an early death.

    Healthy proteins (and amino acids) can support your muscle so you stay strong.

    In other words, don't celebrate your 65th birthday under the Golden Arches. Instead, continue to make sure your proteins are quality proteins, and limit your red meat intake.

    For a balanced diet with just the right amount of healthy proteins at every age, I recommend a Mediterranean lifestyle rich in lean meats, fatty fish, olive oil, nuts, seeds and all the fresh produce you care to enjoy.

    This diet has been proven to cut the risk of cancer and diabetes. (Yes, precisely the diseases that a diet too high in protein can cause.)

    For more on the many benefits of going Mediterranean, read this free report in my House Calls archives.

  2. Vitamin C kills off cancer cells

    Vitamin C fights cancer

    Vitamin C has been underrated by conventional medicine for treating cancer patients for decades.

    Well, the cat's out of the bag now as a major new study of the benefits of vitamin C confirms that a powerful therapy used for decades in natural medicine can kill cancer cells without doing a drop of damage to normal cells.

    It's plain old vitamin C.

    In high enough levels, vitamin C causes the production of hydrogen peroxide in the blood, and hydrogen peroxide is like kryptonite to cancer cells. As a result, the C was able to wipe out both human and animal ovarian cancer cells when delivered alongside chemo in the new study.

    That's a lab-dish experiment. But the study didn't stop there.

    In a follow-up experiment on 27 human patients with stage III and IV ovarian cancer, vitamin C was shown to boost the cancer-fighting powers of chemo while limiting its toxic side effects.

    In fact, the patients given vitamin C suffered almost no side effects at all, according to the study of the benefits of vitamin C  in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

    Amazing, right? Not really, actually, because this isn't exactly new. We've known about the cancer-fighting powers of vitamin C for decades.

    What's really amazing is how effective Big Pharma and its government pals have been at hiding this from the public -- and they've been doing it in one of the most underhanded ways imaginable.

    Back in the 1970s, a major mainstream study supposedly proved that vitamin C does nothing to fight cancer. But the study was designed to fail, testing only oral supplements instead of the high intravenous doses we know are so effective.

    Ever since that little bait-and-switch, they've claimed research "proves" that C doesn't work against cancer, using the study to persecute (and even prosecute) any doctor heroic enough to offer this life-saving treatment.

    The new study turns the tables, because this one finally used intravenous C instead of oral supplements -- and the results speak for themselves.

    The reason for the big difference between oral and intravenous is something you can actually see -- something you almost certainly have seen if you've ever taken a vitamin C supplement and noticed your pee turn bright yellow afterward.

    That happens because oral C passes through you very quickly. While your body can still use some of it as it flows through, it can never build up in the high levels needed to create the hydrogen peroxide I mentioned earlier.

    Intravenous C can, as the new study shows quite clearly.

    In this case, it was delivered alongside chemo. But in reality, I've found it can actually be used in place of chemo in many cases.

    Whether or not you need chemo is a decision I'll leave up to you and your doctor. Either way, make sure the benefits of vitamin C are part of your treatment -- and don't stop there.

    Other nutrients that can help make cancer treatments more effective and less toxic when delivered intravenously include B vitamins, amino acids, glutathione and zinc.

    I'll have the full scoop on all the latest cutting-edge research into intravenous vitamin C in the April edition of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations.

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    And if you're facing a cancer battle of your own, be sure to work with a holistic doctor who can develop a nutritional program tailored to your needs.

  3. The life-saving health benefits of nuts

    People who eat nuts have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and death, according to new research.
  4. Sugary drinks can boost endometrial cancer risk

    Soda can boost the risk of endometrial cancer by as much as 80 percent, according to new research.
  5. Keeping cancer risk factors away

    Standing up, going for a walk and getting some regular movement can slash your risk of at least two major forms of cancer.
  6. Chamomile tea benefits turn off cancer cells

    A new study finds that a compound extracted from chamomile tea can switch off the defect that allows some cancer cells to survive and thrive.
  7. Getting fit slashes risk of cancer and heart disease

    A new study finds that keeping fit can dramatically slash your risk for lung and colon cancer as well as heart disease.
  8. Electronic devices disrupt sleep cycles

    The artificial LED light from electronic devices like iPads fool your body into thinking it's daytime disrupting melatonin production, leading to sleep issues, immunity problems, and reducing your protection against diseases like cancer.
  9. Low vitamin D levels getting lower

    Vitamin D levels continue to plunge, with more people battling insufficiencies and even deficiencies than ever before, according to a new study.
  10. CT scans: More radiation exposure than you realize

    CT scans deliver more than 100 times the radiation of an X-ray -- but many people don't realize the test delivers any radiation at all.
  11. Vitamin D fights c-MYC

    Vitamin D can protect against cancer -- and new research shows it can actually control the protein that allows tumors to grow.
  12. Walking and jogging prevents metabolic syndrome

    You can get healthier without even breaking a sweat -- and all you have to do is walk a little faster.
  13. Lycopene benefits can cut your stroke risk

    A key nutrient found in tomatoes and watermelons can cut your risk of a stroke by up to 55 percent.
  14. Smoking increases risk of deadliest stroke

    Smoking can increase the risk of stroke -- and new research shows the habit can increase the risk of one of the deadliest forms of stroke.
  15. Cosmetic chemical linked to diabetes risk

    A common class of chemicals used in cosmetics and around the home can increase the risk of diabetes in women.
  16. Why you need more vitamin C

    The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is set way too low, and researchers are now leading a push to have it increased. Find out how more C can help you.
  17. Some cancers can actually feed off chemotherapy

    Docs have long known that cancers can ultimately resist chemotherapy. Now, new research shows chemo can actually make some cancers stronger.
  18. Working the night shift can increase breast cancer risk

    Working the night shift is already considered a "probable carcinogen," and now new research shows it can dramatically boost the odds of breast cancer.
  19. Poor sleep habits raise stroke risk

    Poor sleep has been linked repeatedly to poor health, and new research shows how not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of a stroke.
  20. Sleep apnea linked to massive increase in cancer risk

    People with severe sleep apnea are nearly 500 percent more likely to die of cancer than people without the condition. Find out how to sleep better every night.

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