I was introduced to the paleo diet last night during a comedy show believe it or not. The healthy comedian shared his weight loss success by following the paleo diet, but that is not what intrigued me. It was understanding the Paleo diet and the health benefits of cancer and disease free lifestyle. Last year my 14 year old daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Yes, a disease that usually occurs in women 60+ years old. They could not and still cannot give me a reason behind the root of this cancer. We have not history of breast or ovarian cancer, but still a 14 year old could have stage 3 ovarian cancer, have to have both ovaries removed, and completed 6 chemo treatments. So I thought it was one of two things, one the hpv vaccine I insisted she get, or two the food we eat. What else could it be? So with no other known cases of ovarian cancer with the hpv vaccine, I am lead to believe it is the food. So, with that being said, can some one give me a crash course to bring me up to speed on this diet, the research. I am determined to have a healthy family, with three children, a husband, and a father who had a stroke at 53, I have to make some serious changes.
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on August 12, 2012
at 11:36 PM
I came to paleo from the anti-cancer approach, so most of my research has been cancer related. The short answer is food itself doesn't cause cancer, but some foods can have carcenogens in it, like pesticides. The problem with certain foods is that it can create a breeding ground for cancers.
For example, the typical cancer cell has ten times the number of insulin receptors than a normal cell. If your insulin levels are high, you're feeding cancer at 10X. A low carb/paleo diet lowers insulin levels and provides less nutrients to cancer cells. Some say that a ketogenic diet will starve cancer, but I need to hear more on that before I'll put my stamp of approval on it.
Also, the Omega 6 ratios can contribute to problems. Omega 6 is the pro-inflammatory fat, and normal diets are too high in it. When we cut ourselves, we get inlfamed, which means that our body is in repair mode, where cells divide rapidly to heal as quick as possible. If you have a constant inflammation in the body, the groundwork is laid for cancer cells to get a foot hold. After all, the body is saying that rapid cell production is called for (being inflamed).
Another issue is stress. That also weakens your immune response, ups your cortisol levels and creates an unhealthy environment for you, a good one for cancer.
And one thing that needs to be kept in mind with paleo, its not just diet: its excercise as well. Its a lifestyle, not a way to lose weight. There are many benefits of exercise, in both insulin control and with the body breaking down old and bad cells, plus moving nutrients around. A good "run out of breath" exercise or tough strength training will make a hostile environment for cancer, and a healthy body for you.
The four pillers of anti-cancer are: 1. Avoid Carcenogenics (eat natural food, don't smoke, don't snort spray paint, etc). 2. Eat natural foods (veggies with antioxidents, grass fed meats, anti-biotic free meat, etc) 3. Exercise (HIIT training, strength training, leisurly walks. Don't overdo it, or cortisol levels increase - usually after an hour or so of exercise) 4. Relax (meditate, sleep well, etc)
I read about this in a book about preventing cancer. It also matches up perfectly with Mark Sisson's blog and what he promotes, which got me into the whole paleo lifestyle, or at least, gave me a name for what I was doing.
on August 12, 2012
at 10:41 PM
Short answer, yes. Cancer is caused by environmental factors. Food, radiation, stress, etc. Everything is speculation but look at the amount of soy in your diet. Soy has an estrogen-like effect.
Cancer is a mis-match between what your daughter encountered environmentally and what her genome expects. Food is one of those things that has this potential. I am very sorry to hear about this and wish her Godspeed in a full recovery.
on August 12, 2012
at 11:28 PM
Shelley I am so very sorry to hear this about your daughter. Very concerning indeed.
I will be interesting to see what comes up with that vaccine, over time. Its so hard to know what to do. My daughter got it too after a lot of scare tactics from her MD. Her ND told her not to get it. Sigh
Besides food, please look to your environment as well.
Things like plastics and chemicals in clothing and mattresses and dryer sheets etc etc. Also, making sure you aren't drinking tap water.
The Environmental Working Group has a website that is very useful for helping you choose safe body care products. It rates the toxicity level of products overall and by specific ingredients. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ The EWG also gives information on cleaning products.
I hope that your daughter is getting bio-identical hormone replacement rather than synthetic as there is increased risk of cancer with synthetic hormones.
All the best to you and your family.
on August 13, 2012
at 06:44 AM
From what I understand, research seems to show that we all harbor cancer cells, which are mutated regular body cells, probably throughout our lives. It's kind of like warts - we all have the virus, but it remains dormant in the vast majority of cases. Whether or not cancer cells start proliferating in an out-of-control manner to form tumors and invade organs may depend a lot on the environment - the "terrain" - that we provide. We need an optimally functioning immune system to be able to do its job of keeping them in check. As other people have written, sugar feeds these critters, there is an interaction with insulin, and if your immune system is otherwise occupied dealing with low-level systemic inflammation from what you're eating (i.e. wheat, etc) or chronically elevated cortisol levels (stress) then it's not going to be as effective or ready to combat an uprising, should one occur.
on August 13, 2012
at 02:20 AM
To understand WHY food/environmental factors can cause cancer, first you need to understand the development of cancerous cells.
The development is a mixture of genetic predisposition, epigenetic changes over a lifetime (genes can be turned "on" and "off" by your diet and environmental factors. Genes are not static and they do not remain in the same state for your entire life.) Excess insulin in the blood/insulinogenic foods such as dairy and wheat can also cause changes in cells and set up the conditions necessary for cancer to occur in the first place. There's also some evidence that cancer cells may consume glucose at a faster rate than other cells (thus, excess sugar/carbohydrate consumption may feed cancer growth.)
Insufficient gut flora = immune system deficiency. Your intestinal bacteria are responsible for blood sugar control and detoxification to some degree as well. If too much toxins are coming into the body from the environment, hygiene products, and food, the liver must work in OVERDRIVE and often times may not be able to keep up with the amount of crap being introduced into the body. The stuff the liver can't detoxify and, along with the kidneys help, excrete out of the body, WILL damage the liver and probably get inside tissues, other organs, etc. If the liver is damaged, it is not detoxing the body efficiently and potentially toxic metabolites of other toxic substances stick around the body for longer periods of time, causing more damage. It's a cumulative effect.
Certain pathogenic bacteria and yeasts produce alcohol INSIDE the intestinal tract, which is then absorbed and broken down into certain aldehydes, which are CARCINOGENS. This chronic low-dose of alcohol alone may possibly damage the liver. This is one way in which cancer can actually be caused by pathogenic microbes. I've also read that parasites may themselves cause cancer of various organs, but haven't seen too much compelling evidence for that claim. Either way, it's better to err on the side of caution and provide an inhospitable environment for parasites and other nasty microbes inside your body.
All of that ^ is just scratching the surface, but do not let ANYONE tell you that your diet and environmental factors do not affect cancer. I personally refuse to believe that cancer "just happens." Cancer isn't something that the body creates just for fun, it's a complex process that is caused by various factors (many of which we have control over.)
on August 12, 2012
at 10:48 PM
Heavily processed meats are also a no no...I remember reading somewhere that kids who eat hot dogs 3 days a week are 9X more likely to develop leukemia.
I suggest you google Dr. Mercola or Dr. Mark Sissmon...they have some pretty good articles on paleo eating
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