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Posted by Dj priesty On January - 30 - 2013

Cancer is a strange development in the human body which eats away the body slowly from inside. The very word cancer strikes terror into the hearts of almost everyone and many won’t even talk about it. This is so deadly a disease that people would rather not utter its name. But cancer could be a part of our life or our loved ones if steps are not taken to prevent it.

Cancer is a disease that occurs in all human and animal populations. Cancer consists of tissues having potentially dividing cells. This division is not the normal part of metabolism process but the cells grow uncontrollably and abnormally. These cells do not carry out the specific body tasks which they do normally but instead simply function as cancer cells. These cells merely divide and multiply and in turn transmit these characteristics to their cellular offspring. As the cancer grows, the host animal suffers adverse effects caused by invasive growth in the original tumor site or by metastatic spread to other sites in the body. The cancer cells break away from original tumor site, enter into the bloodstream and settle down to grow with normal tissues in other non adjacent parts – this is known as metastatic spread of cancer.

Cancer is derived from the Greek word karkinos, which means “crab.”. It was because physicians noted that the extensive collection of veins surrounding breast tumors look like the claws of a crab.

Cancer is slated to become the leading cause of death by the year 2020 surpassing cardiac disease. Currently, one in three humans have a chance of developing cancer and a one in six chance of dying of it. The disease reaches into three of every four families. Most people know of someone in their families, relatives or friends who have had cancer.

Let us talk about cancer openly and not shove the issue under the rug. The dirt goes no where when shoved under the rug it goes out only when swept out the home. If we don’t think about cancer, talk about its causes, and address them, then unfortunately a large number of us, our loved ones, friends, spouses and children-will be at risk of falling prey to it. There is strong proof to show that extensive lifestyle changes in the form of nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction can radically cut this cancer epidemic.
Some causes of Cancer
1. Smoking
The use of tobacco is what causes cancer in the lungs to start. Tobacco includes cigarettes, cigars and even smokeless tobacco. Tobacco is a well-known, leading and proven carcinogen.
If you don’t smoke, you might think you have absolute protection against tobacco causes. But if you live in an environment of second-hand smoking, the smoke you are exposed to is even worse.

2. Too Much Drinking

Excessive drinking causes tumors in the liver. Studies report that alcohol is both a carcinogen and a co-carcinogen to tobacco.
It also plays a role on what causes prostate cancer.

3. Unhealthy Eating Habits or Unhealthy Foods
Are you aware that your unhealthy eating habits can lead to choosing unhealthy foods over healthy foods?

Are you guilty of unhealthy eating habits? If you are, are you aware that they can also be symptoms of eating disorders? They greatly affect your food choices. They can even be leading causes of colon cancer, other types and diseases as well.
Look inside your refrigerator or your pantry. Do you see unhealthy foods that cause cancer? More often than not, unhealthy foods are bought or are eaten because of unsound eating habits.
symptoms of unhealthy eating include . . .
1. Skipping meals
This is an eating habit many busy people are guilty of. Skipping meals, particularly breakfast, messes up your metabolism and blood sugar levels.
Your metabolic rate may decrease as much as 10-15% and your blood sugar level dips.
Why is this a no-no? Because when your blood sugar is way too low, you will crave for a quick fix which may be a bar of chocolate, a bag of chips, or a burger. Such types of food are unhealthy. Children who learn this habit early in life grow up to be obese because they will prefer energy-dense foods.

? 2. Binging
This unhealthy eating habit is an effect of skipping a meal. Skipping a meal makes you really hungry, so when you do go to eat your next meal, you’ll probably end up overeating and even, eating anything.
If you skip meals, you also tend to snack more on fatty snack foods like chips, pizza or cookies.
? 3. Starving
Some people think starving themselves is an effective way to lose weight. What they are not aware of is it simply doesn’t work that way.
When you starve yourself, your body holds on to fat and burns your lean muscle for energy instead, and so, the fat stays. What is worse is it is just like when you skip a meal, starving makes you hungrier and more prone to overeating.

4. Eating right before bedtime
If you eat fatty foods before going to bed, the fats you just ate will slow down the emptying of your stomach and if you eat this way all the time, it may lead to chronic indigestion.
A diet that has red meat as a major part is what causes colon cancer to start.

5. Eating more of fast foods or ready-to-eat foods
Examples of ready-to-eat foods are canned or processed. Fast foods are laden with saturated fats while those which are canned or processed are filled with nitrites and sodium.
When you eat more of these kind of food frequently then you are assured of an unhealthy body. These are foods that are leading causes of colon cancer.
Choosing unhealthy foods over healthy ones is always a result of unhealthy eating. It may lead to being overweight or obesity.
There are many diseases associated with obesity such as heart diseases and even cancer.
Unhealthy foods such as french fries are usually cancer causing foods.
The link between diet and cancer may not be as clear-cut as the link between tobacco and cancer. But no less than the World Cancer Research Fund International believes that “prevention and control of cancer are possible by means of healthy food and nutrition, physical activity and weight management”.
Weight management is impossible with unhealthy eating habits.
These unhealthy foods may be foods that cause cancer.
List of Foods that Cause Cancer

• Red or processed meat
Red meat is either beef, lamb or pork. When it becomes processed meat – ham, bacon, sausage and salami – it is definitely an unhealthy food.
Red meat contains high level of saturated fats. They cause cancer because they increase your risk for the colorectum, stomach, liver and esophagus types.
High consumption of red meat alone is already a major cause of tumors in your colon. If it’s a major part of your meals, then your risk is increased by 25%.

• Saturated fats
Saturated fats are naturally found in many foods. Examples of cancer causing foods high on saturated fats are:
• poultry skin,
• dairy products like cheese, butter and other dairy products made from whole milk, and
• cooking oils such as palm oil, vegetable oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil also contain saturated fats. Always choose quality olive oil because it contains a high level of oleic acid, which is found to prevent breast tumors.
Saturated fats are contributing factor to obesity which plays a major role in the development of breast cancer.
High-fat diets may also lead to pancreatic cancer.

• Dairy and egg products that are not organic
Dairy products which come from livestock fed with corn, soy and wheat and eggs from hens also fed with corn and soy beans contain high levels of Omega 6 fats and zero Omega 3s.
Omega 6 fats can trigger inflammation and so, eating too much of these foods causes cancer. Organic foods are free from harmful residues of pesticides and hormones.

• Sugary drinks and food
Beware when you consume too much sugar because your body produces too much insulin. Cancer thrives and grows faster with high level of insulin.
Otto Heinrich Warburg, a German biologist, discovered that the “metabolism of malignant tumors largely depends on sugar consumption”.
Sugar is definitely not a part of a healthy eating plan. It triggers inflammation and cancer cells need inflammation to keep up their growth.
Too much sugar also weakens and disables the disease prevention ability of your immune system.

• Energy-dense foods
Energy-dense foods that cause cancer are high in fats, added sugar and low in fiber. Examples are fast foods like burgers, fried chicken or pizzas and snack foods such as chips and biscuits.
They are also acidic foods that heighten inflammation in the area where there are already cancer cells. If you consume these cancer causing foods frequently and in large portions, you have a greater risk for both obesity and cancer.
Not all foods are equal.
There are healthy foods or alkaline foods which do your body good and there are unhealthy foods that do your body harm.
It is a matter of choice. Often, you choose unhealthy or acidic foods because of unhealthy eating habits you may not be aware of.
Also, when you are under so much stress, you tend to eat more of these cancer causing foods. Bear in mind that prevention of almost a third of cancer cases in the world is possible because they are results of lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity and frequent consumption of unhealthy foods.
Prevention is easier when you choose healthy foods.

4. Obesity or Being Overweight
Lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits are one of the causes of obesity or being overweight. It may increase your risk for certain types of tumor.

5. Toxic Stress
What causes cancer? Is stress one of the risks? Until today, many experts are not certain of the role of stress in increasing your risk and in the prevention of many types of diseases.
Still, scientists acknowledge that stress can greatly affect your body.

6. Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation

UV radiation comes either from the sun, tanning booths or beds, or sunlamps. It is proven to be what causes skin cancer.
And the bad news is UV radiation doesn’t only harm your skin; it also leads to other malignant tumors.

7. Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
What is ionizing radiation? It is emitted by radioactive fallout, x-rays, radon gas and even radiation therapy used in treating tumor. It is a fact that ionizing radiation leads to cancer and the most common type associated with it is lung cancer.

8. Occupational Hazards
Occupational hazards include cancer-causing agents or chemicals that are found in certain work places. One example is asbestos, which is proven to be what causes lung cancer.

9. Cancer Causing Viruses and Bacteria
It is proven that malignant tumors are not contagious. But many types of cancer are results of some viruses and bacteria. One of the examples of cancer causing viruses is the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. It causes tumors in the cervix when left untreated.

These environmental factors and lifestyle habits are what cause tumors. They can be prevented. Any unhealthy choice you make creates damaging changes in your genes known as somatic mutations or acquired mutations.
Taking the time to understand what causes cancer will help you make an informed decision. Learn the steps on prevention. You and your family deserve nothing less than a quality life lived in freedom from the disease.

Healthy Eating Plans and Guidelines to Follow for Cancer Prevention

Healthy eating plans include different guidelines such as anti-cancer, vegetarian, raw vegan, Mediterranean diets. If you scrutinize each one of these healthy eating guidelines, you will notice they have something in common — healthy fruits and vegetables. They are essential part of all cancer prevention diets.
A healthy eating guide benefits you in a lot of ways. Every medical expert in the world today agrees that a healthy lifestyle – which includes nutritious diets or eating plans – is the key to prevention of major diseases like cancer.
“If parents set a precedent of serving healthy foods at family meals while their kids are young, the children are more likely to adopt good eating habits as they grow up.”
Try to get rid of unhealthy eating habits for your family’s sake.

Healthy Eating Guidelines for You
The following are examples of healthy eating plans. You may choose any of the diets listed below. . .

1. Anti Cancer Diet
From the diet’s name itself, you will know that it is one of the healthy eating plans.
It is composed of healthy and anti-inflammatory foods for you to eat. Examples are those which are full of Omega 3s, the healthy fats.
Benefits of an anti-inflammation diet also include protection from other chronic diseases besides cancer prevention.
2. Vegetarian Diet
This is also another one of the healthful diet plans. It is basically plant-based although, vegetarianism can take different forms such as vegans, lacto-vegetarians, lacto-ovo vegetarians and semi-vegetarians.
You should consider adding more greens to your diet. Eating a plant-based diet will provide your body with so much health benefits. You will be helping the environment at the same time.
3. Organic Diet
This diet encourages eating organic foods more often than conventional ones. Organic foods differ from conventional ones in the way they are produced.
Why should you choose organic foods? Because foods produced organically are superior in terms of nutrition. Organic foods are not comprised of foods that are genetically modified or food that is grown with fertilizers.
4. Raw Foods Diet
The raw diet advocates eating of uncooked, unprocessed and unheated foods. It believes that cooking destroys most of the enzymes in foods which serve as nutrition for the cells of your body. These enzymes are also essentials for body functions.
One division of raw foodism is the raw vegan diet in which only raw plant foods such as fruits, all kinds of vegetable, nuts, seeds and sprouts, seaweeds.
Raw foodism also espouses that it is hard for your system to digest and absorb food that is cooked. Cooking also destroys nutrients such as vitamin C. Overcooked food is worse as it can turn into toxins. Illness starts when the body is full of toxins that it can’t eliminate.
A slimmer and healthier you is the best benefit of starting a raw food diet.
5. Mediterranean Diet
The main staples of a Mediterranean meal are fruits, vegetables and plenty of the good fats — the monounsaturated fats like those in olive oil.
The Mediterranean type of diet is good for your health. Olive oil is a major part of this type of diet which has been found to be effective in breast cancer prevention.

If we trust Christ to deliver us from eternal death to everlasting life, we can also trust Him to deliver us from depths of despair to greater heights of hope.
Isaiah 9:1-7 prophesied about the Promised Messiah who will bring salvation to the world. He is the Mighty God from the beginning. He will be called the Prince of Peace because He will bring peace to millions of hearts who seek Him. He is the Christ and Savior.
Since Jesus Christ is such an all-powerful and loving God, who has saved us from the terrible claw of death, He can also deliver us from any hopeless situation we’re in. Life may bring us to a place of great despair, but those who trust in Christ will see the light of a great hope for the future.
Is your life full of difficult problems at the moment, and there seems to be no way out? In Christ, there is a way. Are you in a place of utter darkness and despair? Christ is your light. Remember this: “The people who walk in darkness have seen a Great Light; on those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, a Light has dawned.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, may those who trust in You will never lose the Great Hope of Salvation. You were stripped and nailed on the cross for my diseases to get healed, In my situation I believe and trust in you for healing. Amen.

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