The diet / cancer link

Written by Simon Mitchell

Attitudes torepparttar link between diet and cancer are changing fast. The World Cancer Research Fund was founded specifically to fund and sponsor education and research intorepparttar 147233 diet-cancer link. There is mounting evidence thatrepparttar 147234 high fat intake in a typical Western diet, along withrepparttar 147235 low intake of nutritious foods such as vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, may be responsible for up to 35% of cancers.

The World Cancer Research Fund isrepparttar 147236 only major national charity concerned withrepparttar 147237 link between cancer and food, nutrition and lifestyle factors. Their report 'Food, Nutrition andrepparttar 147238 Prevention of Cancer: a global perspective' gives guidelines consistent with those published byrepparttar 147239 World Health Organisation,repparttar 147240 E.U. 'Europe against Cancer' initiative and other authoritative organisations. The idea of an 'anti-cancer diet' promotes prevention by strengtheningrepparttar 147241 immune system directly and has partly led torepparttar 147242 promotion of a 'five a day' campaign for fresh fruit and vegetables.

The intensification of agricultural practices has led to a decline of between 25% to 75% inrepparttar 147243 levels of key mineral nutrients in farmed vegetables overrepparttar 147244 last 60 years. There has also been a rise in farmed fruit sugar levels, so much so that some 'natural' fruit juices now contain as much sugar as a fizzy drink.

If we can source quality food, our cooking methods often destroyrepparttar 147245 nutritional content. Studies show that fresh, uncooked vegetables strengthenrepparttar 147246 immune system and increase resistance to many diseases. Cabbage placed in cold water and boiled loses about 75% of its vitamin C content. Similarly fresh peas cooked for only five minutes lose 20-40% of their Thiamine content and 30-40% of their vitamin C. About 50% of vitamin E is destroyed by frying or baking food.

Tests in Spain recently measuredrepparttar 147247 levels of flavonoids (a kind of antioxidant) left in fresh broccoli after it was cooked. The results show large differences in flavonoid content according to howrepparttar 147248 broccoli was prepared. The cooking methods were:

boiling - 66% loss pressure-cooking - 53% loss of major antioxidant steaming - minimal loss of antioxidants microwaving - 97% loss of flavonoids

Scientists in Finland found that blanching and deep-freezing vegetables destroyed beneficial compounds. Blanching prior to freezing destroyed up to one-third ofrepparttar 147249 vitamin C content of vegetables and more was lost in storage. The healing properties of uncooked foods are being increasingly recognised in natural cancer therapies.

The more we let food industries create what we eatrepparttar 147250 more likely we are to be at risk from diet related problems. In effectrepparttar 147251 commercial interests of food manufacturers are systematically robbing unwary shoppers of health, and eventually life. The more control and information we have in sourcing pure foodstuffs,repparttar 147252 less at risk we are from dis-ease for nutritional reasons. One ofrepparttar 147253 first steps in finding a healthy diet is changing how and where we shop and sourcing foods we can trust. The supermarkets give us thousands of choices but few options. Try to find for example, one ofrepparttar 147254 many varieties of biscuits available that do not contain 'hydrogenated vegetable oil'.

Too much protein in a diet is also harmful to health and can promote cancer. Meat and sugar-rich diets are common inrepparttar 147255 West. These are often overcooked or over processed. When cooked or processed foods are eaten our white blood cells (leukocytes) rush torepparttar 147256 intestine to help with digestion. As a result other parts ofrepparttar 147257 body may be left undefended from attack by germs and viruses after a heavily synthetic meal.

Biological enhancement of crops, growth hormones in milk and meat, mercury in our mouths, colorants and carcinogens in food are commonplace. The foot and mouth epidemic, B.S.E. in sheep and cattle, nuclear radiation andrepparttar 147258 de-naturalisation of our food are examples of how common sense is abandoned to profit. The 'Precautionary Principle' is too often being overlooked inrepparttar 147259 rush of science.

Paradigm shifts in cancer treatment

Written by Simon Mitchell

A paradigm is a sort of cultural, consensual pattern of thought or model of something. For examplerepparttar 'current consensus in scientific medicine'. Paradigms change, likerepparttar 147232 impact of Galileo's work on disprovingrepparttar 147233 flat-earth theory or Copernicus' heresy thatrepparttar 147234 Earth moves roundrepparttar 147235 Sun. These new ideas met a great deal of resistance from orthodox philosophy but eventually gave rise to a changed perception ofrepparttar 147236 world we live in.

We live now in a time of 'paradigm shift' which creates fundamental changes in our assumptions aboutrepparttar 147237 world, and even this contributes to modern stress! A paradigm shift is a huge step that results in a change of consciousness. Although our physical sciences have discovered new fields of quantum reality, medical science is lagging far behind. Philosophy has traditionally been an important part of medical practice sincerepparttar 147238 medieval days of Paracelsus, even Hippocrates, an ancient Greek (and originator ofrepparttar 147239 Hippocratic Oath).

How we perceiverepparttar 147240 world and our part in it is central to how we perceiverepparttar 147241 role of dis-ease and our reaction to it. One ofrepparttar 147242 present problems of finding effective cancer treatment within Western scientific medicine is a 'paradigm gap'. There are different perceptions ofrepparttar 147243 world at work speaking incompatible languages. These have deep roots in our philosophy. This gap is presently condemning millions of people world-wide to suffer treatments for cancer that are often as destructive asrepparttar 147244 disease itself.

Paradigm 1: The mechanistic view This can be traced back to Descartes and other scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton. The universe is a vast machine and we are all cogs, all with our part to play in its function. The healthy body is a well made clock and if it goes wrong we simply take it apart and tinker withrepparttar 147245 insides until it goes again. If it breaks it doesn't really matter because there are plenty more where that came from. Nothing exists unless it has been proven through logical methods.

cancer: something had gone wrong with this body, it has a lump. Cut it out and throwrepparttar 147246 lump away.

Paradigm 2: The anthropomorphic view This paradigm is central torepparttar 147247 philosophy of Darwinism and others who helped set humans as 'apart and above', or atrepparttar 147248 head of other life forms. Humanity isrepparttar 147249 supposed crown of creation, we are created to lord it over every other creature as 'head ofrepparttar 147250 food chain'. The planet is ours to dominate and exploit to our own demands. We must conquer every mountain and battle against disease. We arerepparttar 147251 most evolved and dominant species in a process of natural selection. We exist for no purpose and have just evolved through sheer luck. In this world our media fantasy industries create pigs and fish that can talk human. Animals are anthropomorphised through culture to haverepparttar 147252 same needs, desires and dreams as humans. The animals, forests, oceans and environment around us exist purely for our convenience. This paradigm is human self-centred and exploitative to everything including ourselves.

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