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17 March 2014

Four Cancer Prevention Strategies You Probably Never Thought Much About

Photo by Tim Forrest

The sun is great anti-cancer ally, so get your sunshine, namely Vitamin D, and, remember, if you use sunscreen, you won't get any vitamin D. If you're worried about burning, get sun during the off-peak hours, mornings and late afternoons, and off-peak months for that matter; where I live in the Northern Hemisphere, October is a wonderful month to sunbathe, but leave the sunscreen at home. Sleeping in the dark is also one of the most important things you can do to prevent cancer. If you have lights on where you sleep, your body will not produce adequate melatonin which is powerful cancer fighter.

That's pretty much any fat except those made by man! Healthy fats include saturated fat from organic animal sources, no problem there--it is actually cancer-protective! Most of the studies on saturated fat do not take into account the difference between saturated fat from organic, free-range, animal sources and other less-healthy sources--that's the big take away message here. Saturated fat was never bad until we started factory farming and getting our sources of saturated from from unhealthy animals. Trans-fat like the kind found in margarine, so popular for so many decades, is a big problem and vegetable oils are to be eliminated at all costs (see below). 

Quoting from Weston A. Price institute's website"
 The Many Roles of Saturated Fat

"Saturated fats, such as butter, meat fats, coconut oil and palm oil, tend to be solid at room temperature. According to conventional nutritional dogma, these traditional fats are to blame for most of our modern diseases--heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, malfunction of cell membranes and even nervous disorders like multiple sclerosis. However, many scientific studies indicate that it is processed liquid vegetable oil--which is laden with free radicals formed during processing--and artificially hardened vegetable oil--called trans fat--that are the culprits in these modern conditions, not natural saturated fats.

Humans need saturated fats because we are warm blooded. Our bodies do not function at room temperature, but at a tropical temperature. Saturated fats provide the appropriate stiffness and structure to our cell membranes and tissues. When we consume a lot of liquid unsaturated oils, our cell membranes do not have structural integrity to function properly, they become too "floppy," and when we consume a lot of trans fat, which is not as soft as saturated fats at body temperature, our cell membranes become too "stiff."

Contrary to the accepted view, which is not scientifically based, saturated fats do not clog arteries or cause heart disease. In fact, the preferred food for the heart is saturated fat; and saturated fats lower a substance called Lp(a), which is a very accurate marker for proneness to heart disease.

Saturated fats play many important roles in the body chemistry. They strengthen the immune system and are involved in inter-cellular communication, which means they protect us against cancer. They help the receptors on our cell membranes work properly, including receptors for insulin, thereby protecting us against diabetes. The lungs cannot function without saturated fats, which is why children given butter and full-fat milk have much less asthma than children given reduced-fat milk and margarine. Saturated fats are also involved in kidney function and hormone production.

Saturated fats are required for the nervous system to function properly, and over half the fat in the brain is saturated. Saturated fats also help suppress inflammation. Finally, saturated animal fats carry the vital fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2, which we need in large amounts to be healthy.

Human beings have been consuming saturated fats from animals products, milk products and the tropical oils for thousands of years; it is the advent of modern processed vegetable oil that is associated with the epidemic of modern degenerative disease, not the consumption of saturated fats."

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a terrific source for sound nutritional information.


Regarding cancer and heart disease for that matter, the number one substance to avoid is vegetable oil, so read your labels because it is in everything! Use only olive oil or coconut oil or good old-school fats like butter and even lard to cook with. If high temperatures are involved, olive oil won't hold up! Keep olive oil away from light and heat as well because any oil that goes rancid is very bad, and real extra virgin olive oil is very delicate. Just stay away from manufactured oils--they are lined up in the supermarkets in plastic containers--interestingly, light does not degrade them!

Did you know there are herbs and food that repair DNA that has mutated and protect your DNA from mutating? Red Clover infusions will help your body repair DNA and keep it from mutating! So drink up a few times a week at least. In New Jersey where I live, Red Clover grows EVERYWHERE and NJ has one of the highest rates of cancer in the nation. Maybe the plant is trying to tell us something! Red Clover also thins the blood helping to prevent heart-attacks and strokes, working as well as the drug Coumadin, and adds loads of plant phytoestrogens, which are so important in protecting us from hormone-related cancers like breast and prostate.


Additional Notes:
Click here for a Study on Lignans 

Click here for additional articles on how Lignans prevent cancer

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