Written By: Sherry F.
Many who know me, know that I have about 4 different area’s that I am passionate about in my life outside of my family, and one of these is Nutrition and Health. I have very strong feelings about nutrition and what people put into their bodies or the bodies of their families. Through this I am sure I have upset or offended people. But it’s not about that at all…it’s about me caring enough to take a stand for what I believe in and to help those closes to me, plain and simple. If it upsets you then maybe I struck a chord because it’s true.
A couple of things I am strongly passionate about are Cancer, obesity, our children’s nutritional health and what they/we put into our/their bodies. Our children most of the time will grow up to be exactly just like us…so if you’re eating habits are in the garbage then so will our children’s.…Do we want that for our children..I THINK NOT!! LET’S STOP THIS CYCLE!!!!
Since Cancer is one of my passions ( I don’t have cancer, but it is close to my heart) I will start here. I will save obesity and children’s health, for later post…but most of what I am going to say will cross over to these other two areas.
First off, 5-10% of all cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations according to the researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. They plus other top dogs believe that between 70-80% of cancer are linked to our diet and other behavioral factors, like tobacco, alcohol and not genetics ( The American Cancer Association has same stats). A study in 2009 by the American Institute for Cancer Research, showed body fat alone causes more then 100,000 cancers a year..
There are people who will say we’ll look at someone like George Burns who lived to be 100 and smoked his lungs out with cigars, drank and ate steak. But remember he also had a great attitude (who knows maybe that made up for all those martinis). But the George Burn’s of this world are very rare. Remember genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger…Think of it like this, you are the seed your diet and life style are the fertilizer.
Let’s talk sugar and cancer, I don’t want to slander sugar, because it is the fuel that feeds all our cells healthy and unhealthy. Everything we eat gets broken down eventually into glucose, even proteins and fats, if needed. Without glucose we could not survive. But if you have/ had CANCER in ANY form, it’s best to avoid all refined sugars and carbs and cut back on high-glycemic fruits. Why you might ask??
Cancer cells are VERY hungry all the time, their metabolism is much higher than a healthy normal cell.. So to stay alive, cancer cells need a bigger fuel supply…so what do you think the fastest way to get that supply…YEP! you guessed it! Sugar and Carbs…
Studies to have shown that woman who eat a higher fat diet are more likely to get a recurrence of cancer as well..This goes for any cancer. The Woman’s Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS) did a huge diet changes study test. Their goal was not to see if cancer could be prevented, but to see what foods could do to help women who already had breast cancer. They included 2,500 post-menopausal women who had previously been treated for breast cancer, it showed that cutting down on fatty foods did indeed reduce the odds that their cancer would come back..(That right there is enough for me, it should be enough for you)..
The Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study, which included more the 3,000 women showed that a combination of diet rich in veggies and fruits, plus with regular exercise, could cut the risk of re-occurrence in half..WOW!!
Lesson learned in these studies is, avoiding sugar and high fat diets and bringing in veggies and fruit, along with exercise can make a huge difference. If these changes can make a huge difference to women who already had cancer, makes perfect sense that it is even more powerful before cancer strikes.
So, I ask people who have/had cancer as a diagnosis, WHY?? are you still eating refined sugars and/or eating that fried chicken or other fried processed foods. Why have you not changed your diet?….is your health NOT important enough?
Let’s talk processed foods and additives like MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Aspartame. This should NOT even been in your vocabulary when your healthy, more or less when you have or had been diagnosed with cancer.
MSG: Ok.. this is in EVERYTHING, (chips, sauces, canned soups and may proceed foods) it comes in different names, it is a flavor enhancer (there are so many like.. monopotassium glutamate, glutamic acid, glutamate, vegetable protein extract, gelatin, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, senomyx, textured protein, yeast extract and autolyzed yeast.)
MSG is linked to Obesity (it disengages the “I’m full” function of the brain, which can result in weight gain), depression, eye damage, fatigue and many other things…if obesity is one of the causes of Cancer, why would anyone knowingly add this to anything you make/cook…it’s doesn’t matter the quantity you add..or how much YOU think your getting in a serving…when you add it up in the course of a day, week, month, year or life time..the stuff can kill you.
My other question, if someone you love has been diagnosed or even a survivor of cancer why would you knowingly add this to their diet..WHY????
I have included a chart with different additives from http://www.foodmatters.tv.
I will go over more in another post about the others mentioned above…don’t want to overwhelm you.
I will leave on this note..if you have or had cancer…won’t you PLEASE take a stand for your health or the health of a family member that has been diagnosed.
Are you/they not worth it? Why do I have to continue to hear…”it’s takes so much time to eat healthy”, “it cost too much”…”I can’t give that up, are you kidding me”! This is the worst…WHY WON’T God heal me? (as their eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger).
Let me say this in response:
It’s going to take a lot more time to drive yourself to Chemo, for Radiation treatments and to all your doctor appointments…
You healthcare is going to cost more than eating right..
What! You can’t give up your diet soda or your fried foods for your health or the health of a loved one.
How about God gave you free will and choice…your choosing to take this precious body He gave you to take care and destroy it…just maybe he did heal you, but with all the bad things you are doing to yourself..YOUR THE CAUSE..
God didn’t give us these bodies to destroy them, yes there are things out of our control when it comes to our health, but we have the power to help keep ourselves healthy.
These words may seem harsh, but I don’t want to see another person die from this disease because of BAD choices THEY made. I have a family history of this disease…I CHOOSE to take a stand for my health and the health of the ones I Love.
You should too.