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In 1971, the National Cancer Institute had a budget of $233 million. Today their annual budget is almost $5 billion. Yet cancer (23% of deaths) is killing more of us now then ever before. According to Dr. Sam Epstein, author of "Cancer Gate", the lack of success in the war against cancer has been due to a focus on finding a magic bullet to cure Cancer rather than preventing it.
Heart Disease (27% of deaths) is still a major killer in spite of new techniques for artery replacement and bypass surgeries. Again, we contend that a stronger, more persistent focus on prevention would be more successful than new treatments.
Most diseases start at the cellular level. If the cell membranes and nutrients are strong then diseases like cancer, arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, muscular sclerosis, chronic fatique will not be permitted to start or spread. It is also important to avoid sugar and low fibre carbohydrates (bread, pasta, potatoes, crackers) which weaken the cell membranes. Transfats (hydrogenated fats) also insinuate themselves into the cell membrane and make it difficult for nutrients to pass through.
Further, sugars and low fibre carbohydrates get converted quickly by insulin to fat. The fat should be stored in the liver and adipose tissue, but eventually it gets stored in other places like the walls of the arteries with a process called cholesterol oxidation. This leads to Atherosclerosis, Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes. This oxidation can be reduced with a proper diet of foods with vitamins and bioflavanoids which include antioxidants and thus reduce the deposits of fat on the walls of the arteries. Regular exercise helps blood flow and blood pressure. Proper sleep provides time for your body's healing processes. Alchohol, coffee, smoking, emotional stress and trans fats all contribute to oxidation and therefore should be avoided.
Diseases involving edema (swelling) like rhumatoid arthritis, headaches and lupus can be painful due to the swelling. Often these dieases are treated with painkillers (anelgesics). This treats the symptom, but the correct treatment is to reduce the swelling which is the source of the pain. This can be done with antioxidants which makes the blood platelets less sticky and the vascular walls more flexible to reduce blood pressure and swelling.
So our advice is:
• eat a balanced diet of nutritious food including high fiber carbohydrates (spinach, brocholi, peppers, cauliflower, apples, oranges, beans, legumes), unsaturated fat (olive oil, safflower oil, walnuts, sunflower seeds) and protein (milk, eggs, grass fed beef, pork, poultry, fish)
• avoid coffee, sugar, low fibre carbs (potatoes, bread, pasta, crackers), smoking and emotional stress
• avoid transfats, this includes most processed food such as margarine, cookies, pastries, donuts, soda crackers, cooking oil, meat pies, baked goods, peanut butter, potatoe chips, chocolate bars, cereals, soup mixes and snack foods. They are also found in deep fried foods like french fries, onion rings and battered fish.
• get regular exercise (20-30 minutes per day)
• get proper sleep (you should be able to wake up without an alarm clock)
• if you are overweight or obese, attempt to lose weight. To lose weight you must consume fewer calories than you expend each day.
• use home cleaning and personal care products that are free of toxins.
• since it is so difficult to get proper nutrition from food alone, we would recommend that you take supplements of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6 oil), Vitamins, Minerals, Bioflavonoids and Antoxidants.
Your doctor may not give you the advice about supplements. Most doctors' orientation is to prescribe drugs for you. This is due to their training and the barage of advertising and promotional incentives they receive from the drug companies. Doctors are actually not into Health Care, they are into Disease Care. Its your life and your dollar. Its up to you to choose how your health is to be treated and what it is going to cost.
Your Health and Mine