Cancer rates are rising and they are rising fast. Factors that cause cancer range from what we have in our environment to our emotions to the foods and chemicals we put into our body. Such little attention is put towards prevention in the industry, but new evidence might make it easier for the public to choose foods that actually prevent the feeding of cancer cells.
Have you heard of Angiogenesis? It is the process of blood vessels forming from other blood vessels within the body. Blood vessels help keep our body and organs functioning well. The thing with the process of angiogenesis is we need the right amount of it to happen for things to be running smoothly. Amazingly, the body has the ability to regulate angiogenesis via its own growing and pruning system. The problem is, sometimes this process can get out of control in either direction and we begin to see problems.
If angiogenesis is happening insufficiently we might experience symptoms like chronic fatigue, hair loss, stroke, heart disease etc. If angiogenesis is happening excessively we might experience symptoms like cancer, arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer’s etc. Having too many blood vessels can actually promote a disease as the cells are being fed by excessive angiogenesis. In the case of tumors, more nutrients are being brought to the tumor so they continue to grow.
Focusing on cancer for a moment, angiogenesis happens to be a big contributor to every type of cancer. When angiogenesis is working properly, it helps to stop feeding cancerous cells that lie dormant within the body. So how do we regulate angiogenesis to make sure it’s performing correctly?
New research is being done to discover which drugs and foods are anti-angiogenic so as to help regulate the issue. Already, anti-angiogenesis drugs are being tested and used on animals and humans and results in survival rates are increasing. The problem is these drugs are still toxic and can still create issues within the body. So, while they are much better than chemotherapy and radiation, they still have downfalls. Luckily there are a number of people out there doing research and reporting great results treating cancer with cannabis.
Until non-toxic treatments are made more available, it’s always important to explore alternative treatments like cannabis and also focus on diet and prevention. Here is a list of foods that are showing anti-angiogenic properties.
Grape Seed Oil
The Tomato Sauce Factor
A Harvard study found that men who ate cooked tomato’s, tomato sauce, more than 4+ times per month saw a 40% – 50% decrease in their risk of prostate cancer. This is due to the fact that tomatoes are high in lycopene which is anti-angiogenic. The study looked at about 50,ooo men found that adding cooked tomato’s into your diet more often in a single month as a male is not only an effective but practical solution to begin utilizing.
Below is a video of Dr. William Li discussing more on angiogenesis. It is a great video, but I believe there are a couple small details to watch out for.
He mentions a lot about drugs that work promote less angiogenesis. For me what raises a red flag is that these drugs are all going to come with side effects that will create other issues in the body. These are artificial solutions and not natural, anytime you do this you open yourself up to more issues. It’s again a means to treating one symptom while creating more.
This is why I feel looking at things holistically, simply with food and environment, is the best way to go. Cancer prevention is the least funded aspect of cancer. This should tell us a lot about where the goals of the cancer business is. A couple other red flags come up when he mentions soy. Most soy is genetically modified. It is unclear whether they tested GMO soy or organic soy, if it is GMO soy, again, why open ourselves up to more dangers when we are treating areas of the body?
Further studies of diet and anti-angiogenesis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19969552 (himm cinnamon)
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