Looking for a reason to exercise? How does cancer prevention and treatment sound?
It’s well known that exercise is essential in the treatment of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. But now, scientific research is indicating that being physically active is key to a lifestyle that may prevent and even help treat many forms of cancer. Exercise may be a side-effect free alternative to suffering the ravages of cancer.
It’s been known for some time that exercise may play an important role in preventing three types of cancer: colon, breast, and endometrial. More current research swells that number to over 13. Let’s take a look at some of that research and the new study that expands exercise’s potential to stave off cancer.
Take note that most of the research to date does not prove that exercise mitigates cancer risk entirely, but it does indicate a strong associational link.
The Anti-Cancer Potential of Exercise
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), “Colon cancer is one of the most extensively studied cancers in relation to physical activity.”
The NCI reports on numerous studies indicating cancer prevention. Here are two of the most significant:
A 2009 meta-analysis found that those who are the most physically active had a 24% lower risk of colon cancer than people who are least active. In 2016, a pooled analysis from 12 U.S. and European prospective, cohort studies found a 16% risk reduction for those most active over those least active.
The NCI reports that “many studies show that physically active women have a lower risk of breast cancer than inactive women.”
For instance, in a 2013 meta-analysis of 31 prospective studies, “the average breast cancer risk reduction…was 12%.”
The NCI states: “Many studies have examined the relationship between physical activity and the risk of endometrial cancer…”
In 2015, a systematic review of physical activity and endometrial cancer (31 studies) found a 20% cancer reduction in those women most physically active.
New Research: A Massive Pooling Study
Most recently, for the first time ever, a massive new study was published online by JAMA Internal Medicine indicating that exercise is associated with lowering the risk of 13 cancers. Twenty-six cancers were studied. The research, a meta-analysis, included 1.4 million subjects, including 186,932 cancers over the course of 11 years. The surprising findings were as follows:
- Esophageal cancer, a 42% lower risk
- Liver cancer, a 27% lower risk
- Lung cancer, a 26% lower risk
- Kidney cancer, a 23% lower risk
- Stomach cancer of the cardia (top portion of the stomach), a 22% lower risk
- Endometrial cancer, a 21% lower risk
- Myeloid leukemia, a 20% lower risk
- Myeloma, a 17% lower risk
- Colon cancer, a 16% lower risk
- Head and neck cancer, a 15% lower risk
- Rectal cancer, a 13% lower risk
- Bladder cancer, a 13% lower risk
- Breast cancer, a 10% lower risk
The study stands as a significant breakthrough in our scientific understanding of the relationship between cancer and exercise.
A study co-author, Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., from the American Cancer Society, put the results this way:
For years, we’ve had substantial evidence supporting a role for physical activity in three leading cancers: colon, breast, and endometrial cancers, which together account for nearly one in four cancers in the United States. This study linking physical activity to 10 additional cancers shows its impact may be even more relevant, and that physical activity has far reaching value for cancer prevention.
Since nearly 51% of people in the U.S. do not meet minimum physical activity requirements, the authors concluded that their “findings support promoting physical activity as a key component of population-wide cancer prevention and control efforts.”
Caveat: The study also found an increase in the occurrence of prostate cancer (5%) and malignant melanoma (27%). The authors indicated that the increase in melanoma occurred in regions of the U.S. with higher levels of UV radiation. They stressed the importance of taking proper precautions. Prostate cancer increases may be due to screening bias. Healthy men are more likely to have health exams.
Takeaway: Regular aerobic exercise can have a profound impact on your cancer susceptibility.
Exercise and Cancer Survival
Besides lowering the risk of cancer, exercise also shows promise as a means of helping cancer survivors remain cancer-free. The research shows that exercise or overall physical activity can positively affect known aspects of cancer survival.
For a cancer survivor, both reduced physical activity and the effects of cancer treatment can lead to weight gain, which itself is linked to worse cancer survival rates. A 2012 meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials found that physical activity was successful in reducing body weight and BMI in cancer survivors.
Quality of Life
Studies have shown that exercise interventions with cancer survivors had positive effects on quality of life issues such as self-esteem, body image, emotional stability, sleep, anxiety, fatigue, pain, sex, and overall social functioning. Other studies have found that physical activity reduces fatigue and depression and improves physical, social, and mental health.
Recurrence, Progression, and Survival
Physical activity after cancer diagnosis has been linked to better outcomes in specific cancers:
- Breast Cancer: 40 -50% lower risk of cancer recurrence
- Colorectal Cancer: 31% lower death rate
- Prostate Cancer: limited evidence, but one study found a 61% lower death rate in those that exercised at least three hours per week.
What We Still Need to Know
New research is being performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lee Jones, who directs the Cardio-Oncology Research Program, and his team are attempting to learn how exercise may mitigate the cardiovascular side effects of treatment, as well as prevent cancer and cancer recurrence. It has been historically assumed that cancer patients are unable to participate in exercise programs. Jones’ research is looking at two paradigm shifting areas:
- Mitigating the negative impact of chemotherapy and radiation on cancer patients. Jones is finding that the debilitating effects of cancer therapy can be improved in people who participate in structured exercise programs
- Looking at the potential of exercise as an anti-cancer “drug” that would be prescribed to patients similarly to any other cancer drug.
Christine M. Friedenreich, PhD, an expert on physical activity and cancer risk with Alberta Health Services, says that much more needs to be known about exercise and cancer prevention. Some question for future inquiry include:
- Can resistance training also mitigate cancer susceptibility?
- What is the type, intensity, and amount of exercise needed to reduce cancer risk?
- How physically active at various times of life does one have to be to reduce risk?
- Does exercise benefit those with genetic susceptibility to cancer?
- Does physical activity prevent cancer or does physical inactivity cause cancer?
The hope is that, soon it will be possible to provide exact exercise prescriptions to individuals that can help prevent cancer, decrease recurrence, and foster greater survivability.
Given current scientific knowledge, it may be best to adopt a moderate to rigorous aerobic exercise program to help reduce your chances of developing specific cancers.
If you already have received a cancer diagnosis, speak to your oncologist about the role exercise can play in your recovery.
Judge Rejects Monsanto’s Bid To Overturn Landmark Cancer Verdict, But Slashes Award
- The Facts:
School groundskeeper Dewyane Johnson was awarded $289 after a jury found Bayer (Monsanto) to be guilty of causing/contributing to his terminal cancer. Monsanto requested a new trial, and a lower amount has been requested by the corporation.
- Reflect On:
How are these companies allowed to put these products on the market still? At the end of the day, it's me, you and your neighbour who are buying them. We are the solution to stop this crisis. It's time to wake up.
Glyphosate is the new DDT. DDT was a similar sprayed chemical as an agricultural and household pesticide. Decades later it’s been ban, despite that it was used for years, it had tremendous environmental and health consequences. The sad thing is that the manufacturers of these products are well aware of it, and through their control over government policy, these products are approved and only banned after many years of litigation, red-tape, and the overall collective awareness of what’s actually going on.
Once we become aware of it, despite the fact that the manufacturers’ were already aware, it can no longer be used. Awareness kicks off the process of these substances being phased out of existence, despite the fact that it may take decades, without awareness there are no initiatives.
We are seeing the same thing with Glyphosate right now, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Now, it’s important to mention that the pharmaceutical industry completely dominates medical literature, that’s where all the modern day medical literature that’s deemed ‘significant’ has its roots in. Do you think it would be easy to have a product manufactured by the pharmaceutical company to be deemed hazardous in the medical literature when that same pharmaceutical company controls medical literature?
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (source)(source)
Judge Affirms Initial Verdict
This is why when a U.S. judge on Monday affirmed a verdict against Bayer AG (owner of Monsanto) that found glyphosate-based weed-killers are responsible for a man’s terminal cancer illness, it was great news. It’s also vital to mention that there are thousands upon thousands of cancer cases against this product.
Originally, the case of school groundskeeper Dewyane Johnson was the first lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer to go to trial. Any Jury on the planet would probably come to the same conclusion. It’s nearly impossible not to after going through all of the corporate corruption, scientific fraud, and science showing glyphosate is indeed wreaking havoc on human health.
Dwayne Johnson was awarded $289 million for damages. It’s likely Monsanto put forth the motion to have the case overturned as it’s a dangerous precedent to have set against Monsanto. This will mean many more millions in damages down the road and they will have to take responsibility for their actions. Monsanto also asked the judge to through-out her original verdict with regards to the punitive damages portion.
Now what’s happening? Judge Suzanne Bolanos said she would cut the damages to $39 million. Bayer said that the decision to reduce the damages was a step in the right decision, as they continue to claim that decades of science shows that it’s safe for us. This science strongly contradicts an overwhelming amount of science and fraud that says otherwise…
“It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides… Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions.” – R. Mesnage et al., Biomed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014) article ID 179691
Lawyers for Johnson in a statement on Monday said they were still reviewing whether to accept the reduced award or retry the punitive damages portion.
If Johnson accepts the reduced damages, the final verdict would order Monsanto to pay a total of $78 million, split equally between compensatory and punitive damages.
Keep in mind that the use of glyphosate rose 1500% from 1995 to 2005, and that 100 million pounds of glyphosate is used every year on more than a billion acres. (Cherry, B., “GM crops increase herbicide use in the United States,” Science in Society 45, 44-46, 2010) (source)
Johnson and his team are currently deciding whether or not to accept this proposal from the company.
Science has illustrated that Glyphosate is clearly not good for humans or the environment. What will it take for its use to be completely banned? There are thousands of lawsuits, thousands of scientists and researchers and papers all pointing to the same thing, yet the industry continues to ignore it and claims otherwise.
On top of this, we have numerous examples of corporate corruption. Corporations like Bayer have amassed so much power in finance and politics that they can literally pay and lie their way through the system. How regulatory agencies approve these products is a complete mystery but becomes less of a mystery when you realize these government regulatory agencies are completely controlled by the company. For something that’s becoming as clear as this, the solution is easy, don’t use these products, and refuse to use these products. That’s the only solution here.
8 Natural Alternatives For Commonly Used Antibiotics
- The Facts:
While antibiotics are prescribed to be helpful, their bug-killing ability unfortunately is unable to distinguish between good and bad microbiomes. Thankfully, all medications are derived from plants, therefore there are many natural alternatives.
- Reflect On:
How many antibiotics do you regularly rely upon? Have you tried any of the outlined alternatives to see if they can provide you the same relief without the long-term side effects?
Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections and can be life-saving. However, most people have no idea how much we are consuming and how they can negatively affect our health.
So many of us are prescribed antibiotics at the first sign of an illness, and we are eating pesticides, and antibiotics in our conventionally raised food. Also, according to many sources including Scientific American, pharmaceuticals including antibiotics are often found in our water supply.
So, What’s The Harm?
Antibiotics are designed to kill “bad bugs” however cannot distinguish between good and bad microbiomes in the body and seeks to destroy all. Leaving the immune system compromised. We see an enormous upswing in autoimmune diseases, and it seems to coincide with the massive overuse of antibiotics. If we wipe out the good gut bacteria that is involved with the strengthening the immune system, there is nothing to stop the autoimmune response which leads to inflammation and disease.
Also, according to the World Health Organization, the overuse of antibiotics is causing antibiotic resistance which is an increasingly severe threat because bacterial infections such as MRSA are becoming harder and harder to treat, which could lead to death. In 2015, antibiotic-resistant pathogens were estimated to cause over 50,000 deaths a year in Europe and the USA. The same medical journal concluded that the frequent use of antibiotics is disrupting and harming our bodies ability to distinguish pathogens from normal cells and bacteria.
Use Natural/ Plant-Based Antibiotics Instead
Most people have no idea that all medications are derived from plants and brought to a factory and created with chemicals, hence side effects. Many plants have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s time to return to tradition.
Honey has been used for centuries and possesses antimicrobial properties. It has been known to heal burns, and wounds and it also provides a protective shield to prevent infection. Manuka honey has a significant antibacterial effect.
Oregano fights many strains of bacterial, viral and fungal infections, sometimes better than its prescription counterparts. Oregano is commonly used to fight Streptococcus when combined with olive leaf extract. According to the Microbiology Journal, Oregano even fights intestinal bacterial infections including E.Coli and is an effective treatment for candida overgrowth. It is believed to destroy the cell membrane of dangerous pathogens to stop them from replicating.
3. Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake Mushrooms naturally boost the immune system and contain antimicrobial properties. These mushrooms packed with many essential amino acids are a nutrient powerhouse which also improves brain function.
Thyme heals most wounds, especially in the gut. This fantastic herb treats dysbiosis and helps the body rebalance bacteria in your body. The compound found in thyme oil is called thymol which is an antimicrobial, antifungal and antiparasitic remedy.
Garlic is one of the best natural antibiotics. The unique Sulphur compound in garlic helps resolve illnesses of all kinds including pneumonia, prevents food poisoning, and it improves intestinal health. Unlike traditional medications, garlic like many herbs is intelligent. Garlic is highly effective in killing off a host of gut pathogens including candida, while at the same time feeding and encouraging the growth of the beneficial microbes.
Goldenseal has a long history of use by Native American Indians to treat a variety of infections. It is commonly used for sore throats, colds, flu, bronchitis, and streptococcus. Containing a compound called Berberine, Goldenseal is greatly useful.
Clove has an antioxidant and antimicrobial activity which is higher than many other fruits, vegetables, and other herbs. Clove is such a powerful natural medicine, it is believed to treat even the most stubborn staph infection.
8. Colloidal Silver
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Please note: when fighting a more severe infection, a longer course of treatment may be required.
Bonus Natural Alternative: Echinacea
Echinacea has been used for centuries and is making a comeback in recent years. This North American flower It is highly effective in fighting infections, especially the common cold, and the flu. When coupled with Goldenseal, it’s a dynamic duo.
Avoid eating non-organic, and grain fed meats and find a local organic farmer to help ensure the integrity of the food you are eating. Filter your water with a high-quality filtration system, such as Berkey. Explore natural alternatives to antibiotics with your Functional Medicine M.D. or Naturopathic Physician. They can help you explore your options and discuss the possible risks and benefits of each regimen.
Don’t take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. And, if you do take antibiotic medication, make sure to take probiotics such as ABX Support by Klaire Labs (four hours away from antibiotics). And, make sure to finish the prescription to help avoid antibiotic resistance.
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Antidepressants Cause Severe Withdrawal Symptoms Like Hallucination, Mania, & Anxiety, Study Reveals
- The Facts:
Another study has emerged outlining the harmful health consequences of taking antidepressant drugs. Not only do pharmaceutical companies lie about their benefits, but they also conceal their harm.
- Reflect On:
There are other ways to deal with depression that are more effective than medication. Placebo, for example, exercise, a plant-based diet, meditation etc.
This article was written by Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com. Posted here with permission. You can sign up for their newsletter here.
A concerning new study published in the journal Addictive Behavior and titled, “A systematic review into the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal effects: Are guidelines evidence-based?,” reveals that antidepressants are far more addictive and harmful than previously assumed, and vindicates the long time activism on this issue spearheaded by American psychiatrists like Kelly Brogan, MD and Peter Breggin, MD.
Highlights from the paper are as follows:
- More than half (56%) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects.
- Nearly half (46%) of people experiencing withdrawal effects describe them as severe.
- It is not uncommon for the withdrawal effects to last for several weeks or months.
- Current UK and USA Guidelines underestimate the severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal, with significant clinical implications.
This study aimed to assess the veracity of the the U.K.’s current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the American Psychiatric Association’s depression guidelines which state that withdrawal reactions from antidepressants are ‘self-limiting’ (i.e. typically resolving between 1 and 2 weeks).
In order to accomplish this goal the systematic review used the following methods:
“A systematic literature review was undertaken to ascertain the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal reactions. We identified 23 relevant studies, with diverse methodologies and sample sizes.”
The results were reported as follows:
“Withdrawal incidence rates from 14 studies ranged from 27% to 86% with a weighted average of 56%. Four large studies of severity produced a weighted average of 46% of those experiencing antidepressant withdrawal effects endorsing the most extreme severity rating on offer. Seven of the ten very diverse studies providing data on duration contradict the UK and USA withdrawal Guidelines in that they found that a significant proportion of people who experience withdrawal do so for more than two weeks, and that it is not uncommon for people to experience withdrawal for several months.”
Side effects were wide-ranging, lasting several months or longer (including permanent dysfunction), such as:
“Typical AD withdrawal reactions include increased anxiety, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, imbalance, sensory disturbances, and hyperarousal. Dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, brain zaps, diarrhoea, headaches, muscle spasms and tremors, agitation, hallucinations, confusion, malaise, sweating and irritability are also reported (Warner, Bobo, Warner, Reid, & Rachal, 2006, Healy, 2012). Although the aforementioned symptoms are the most common physical symptoms, there is also evidence that AD withdrawal can induce mania and hypomania, (Goldstein et al., 1999; Naryan & Haddad, 2011) emotional blunting and an inability to cry, (HolguinLew & Bell, 2013) long-term or even permanent sexual dysfunction (Csoka & Shipko, 2006).”
The study concluded:
“We recommend that U.K. and U.S.A. guidelines on antidepressant withdrawal be urgently updated as they are clearly at variance with the evidence on the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal, and are probably leading to the widespread misdiagnosing of withdrawal, the consequent lengthening of antidepressant use, much unnecessary antidepressant prescribing and higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions overall. We also recommend that prescribers fully inform patients about the possibility of withdrawal effects.”
The researchers also noted that the rising numbers of antidepressant prescriptions used throughout the world may be fueled by the antidepressant drug withdrawal side effects themselves:
“As the lengthening duration of AD use has fuelled rising AD prescriptions over the same time period, we must understand the drivers of such lengthening use. The evidence set out suggests that lengthening use may be partly rooted in the underestimation of the incidence, severity and duration of AD withdrawal reactions, leading to many withdrawal reactions being misdiagnosed, for example, as relapse (with drugs being reinstated as a consequence) or as failure to respond to treatment (with either new drugs being tried and/or dosages increased). This issue is pressing as long-term AD use is associated with increased severe side-effects, increased risk of weight gain, the impairment of patients’ autonomy and resilience (increasing their dependence on medical help), worsening outcomes for some patients, greater relapse rates, increased mortality and the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.”
The concerning implications of this study to millions around the world who are on antidepressants were immediately recognized by the media, as evidenced by mainstream reporting on the topic with the following headlines:
- BBC News: Antidepressant withdrawal ‘hits millions’
- The Guardian: Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms severe, says new report
- The Times: Painful price of coming off drugs for depression
- Independent: Antidepressants cause withdrawal symptoms in over half of patients who try to quit them, review shows
Thanks to a small but courageous group of professionals who have been raising awareness of the profound, unintended adverse effects of psychiatric drugs and the abject absence of objective criteria for determining “mental disease,” not only are there already resources available to the public today to better understand the dangers of psychiatric drugs, but there are also programs and protocols in place to help those who are on them to come off of them safely and with the support of others who have done the same already. For instance, the program put together by Dr. Kelly Brogan — Vital Mind Reset — has produced powerful outcomes. Take a look at the testimony wall here to learn from the first hand experiences of those who underwent the program and came out drug-free, often with their psychiatric symptoms and comorbid conditions reduced or completely put into remission.
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