Maybe we should all detox instead of diet…
September 8th, 2013 by Holly Cornish
Unless you’re totally new to alternative health, you’ve probably heard of detoxification or “detoxing” — the effort to get poisonous substances out of our bodies.
I heard about it for years, but I never paid much attention until I started learning about alternative cancer treatments. Almost all doctors who successfully treat cancer take detoxing very seriously. Our bodies are loaded with lead, mercury, pesticides, food chemicals and additives, chemicals from prescription drugs, a long list of industrial pollutants and who knows what else.
“Hidden Constipation Syndrome”
A study reports that more than HALF of all
patients —62 percent — have colons plugged up
with layers of filthy, decayed fecal matter. . .
Even thought 80 percent had bowel movements
every day without straining!
Colon autopsies show it and now studies prove it. Even if you have a regular, daily bowel movement, you may have many pounds of hardened, toxic, bacteria-laden fecal matter stuck in your intestines.
A breakthrough study from a medical center in Denmark reveals that millions of people unknowingly have these large “fecal reservoirs” that back up your entire colon.
The result? Bloating, gas, abdominal pressure, diarrhea, and gastric discomfort. And no synthetic laxatives or enema can get this toxic, rotting mess out of you!
Click here to discover how you can get rid of this deadly threat to your health and well being.
These toxins also leech into our bodies through our clothes, our furniture, and our carpets. I know, because I’m highly sensitive to chemicals. The gases given out by certain treated fabrics and by newly-purchased plastic items such as computers, televisions and new cars can put me in bed for a couple of days if I’m not careful.
I have a long love-hate relationship with the Pentium chip standard in most computers. At one point I actually had to put my computer in another room and run the connections through the wall to my office. As for most laundry detergents, I don’t even want to talk about them.
Consider me the canary in the coal mine: you’re breathing and touching the same junk that makes me sick, you just don’t notice it. Yet.
My pesticide bath. . .
I grew up in farm country in 1950s and 1960s and I was practically bathed in pesticides and herbicides. So was everyone else. Farmers, including my Dad, had no idea the stuff was dangerous and handled it very carelessly.
Maybe farmers nowadays are more careful not to get it on themselves or inhale it, but I’m not sure it makes much difference, because they still put it on the plants and the earth. I’m certain the ground water where I grew up is unsafe to drink. And the cancer rate there is frightening.
My fatalistic brother thinks all of us who grew up there will eventually get cancer. But then he’s not a believer in alternative medicine. I believe you can do something about your toxic load.
When is the right time to detox?
If you don’t have cancer, it’s tempting to put the whole problem aside — put it off till you have time, deal with it later.
That’s a mistake. NOW is the time to get rid of toxins. Don’t wait till you’re sick. To help you get started, I’ve got extra benefits for you: you’ll feel a lot better, and you might lose weight while you detox. It worked for me.
According to some experts, when you have a lot of toxins in your body, your body sends out messages that something is out of balance. Those messages can take the form of food cravings as well as fatigue, gas, headaches, trouble sleeping, acne, bad breath, and so on. All these things are typical symptoms of toxic overload.
Maybe you’ve heard of the documentary film Super Size Me. It records how filmmaker Morgan Spurlock lived on nothing but McDonald’s food for 30 days and gained 25 pounds. He also began to suffer from liver problems.
When the experiment was done and he was ready to lose the weight, what do you think he did? He went on the “Detox Diet” developed by his wife, Alexandra Jamieson, a certified health and nutritional counselor.
The Detox Diet worked. Spurlock was able to get all the weight off.
Oxford Ph.D. says toxins make us fat
Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, author of the book Toxic Overload, says, “Virtually all chemicals we are exposed to in our food and environment possess some sort of weight-altering effect, even at very low levels.” Dr. Baillie-Hamiliton is an M.D. who also earned a doctorate in human metabolism from the UK’s Oxford University.
She contends that our bodies have natural self-adjusting mechanisms to help keep us thin. Toxins damage this intricate system, causing muscles to shrink while body fat accumulates. In fact, she believes no diet will really ever work without detoxification. She thinks chemical toxins are largely responsible for the global obesity epidemic.
Her research suggests that pesticide residues in food are some of the worst offenders. Pesticides actually contain certain chemicals called carbamates that are ALSO used to promote animal growth and to treat certain human illnesses such as thyroid disorders. These chemicals are known to promote weight gain.
Another chemical found in some pesticides — organophosphates — was also used to fatten up livestock until it got banned for that purpose (it’s still used to kill insects, and low levels of it are found in our food).
Organochlorines are a third group of pesticide chemicals known to have a weight-gain effect. Animals fed one type of organochlorine still gained weight after their food intake was cut 50 percent! Maybe that’s why we can’t lose weight.
So besides helping you prevent cancer, detoxification may help you shed pounds.
There are many ways to detox, and I suggest trying several, not just one. In this issue, I’m going to talk about one of the most important: colonic cleansing.
Colonic hydrotherapy and the power of water
If you want to clear a lot of toxins from your body, a good place to start is your colon. Also called the large intestine, the colon is something like four or five feet long. It’s the end of the line for the digestive process.
Your body absorbs very few nutrients from food residue once it passes into the colon. Almost all nutrient absorption has already taken place beforehand, in the small intestine. The colon is basically a collection point for waste — the stuff you ate that your body couldn’t use.
The colon DOES do one thing with ferocious efficiency: it removes water from that waste. This can lead to constipation — extremely hard stools. The longer the fecal matter sits in your colon, the more water the colon removes, and the harder the stool gets. The more constipated you are, the more constipated you get.
Since all your waste ends up in the colon, it only makes sense that that’s where your body sends a lot of toxins. Trouble is, toxins can get stuck in the folds and tissues throughout your colon. So the point of colonic hydrotherapy is to flush them all out. The technique is to flood the colon with water and literally rinse out whatever is there.
Colonic therapists believe most people’s colons are lined with impacted fecal matter that can be years old. You can picture it as plaster spackled on the walls of your large intestine. Colonic therapists also believe that this old fecal matter can leak through the walls of the intestine into the bloodstream and make you seriously ill. This old fecal matter may actually promote leakage by creating sores in the intestinal wall.
I don’t know about you, but that’s a scary, disgusting thought — fecal matter leaking through a sore, diseased intestine into my bloodstream.
Another weight-loss secret
Many people who try hydrotherapy experience weight loss just by getting rid of the old fecal matter. The evidence for this is anecdotal, but people report a weight loss of anywhere from five to fifteen pounds — literally old crap that was stuck in their colons.
Everything I’m telling you here is highly controversial. Conventional doctors deny that our colons retain old crap for weeks, months or years. So what? You shouldn’t even retain it for days. You need to get that stuff out!
One thing I believe for sure is that most Americans don’t move their bowels often enough and completely enough. I don’t doubt for a minute that most people have a lot of junk “in there” that needs to get out. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the stuff leaks through the intestinal wall. And it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if this is one of the causes of cancer.
Anyway, I go by results: here at Cancer Defeated we know and have interviewed cancer patients (and others) who have cured or controlled their disease thanks — in part — to colonic cleansing. It’s one part of an overall strategy for defeating cancer. Most of the top alternative cancer clinics employ colon cleansing. And they DO get results. People go home and live for years.
How it’s done
While you lie on a table wearing a hospital gown, a colonic therapist begins by introducing a speculum into the colon through the rectum. The speculum is attached to a water tube. Once this water conduit is inserted, a flow of water passes into the colon. The temperature and rate of water flow can vary, depending on the type of treatment you’re getting. One treatment might use as much as 25 gallons of water. Most people find the treatments pretty comfortable.
I’ve encountered two methods. There may be more, for all I know. One of them uses gravity to move the water. The water tank is positioned above the patient and water flows down through the tube into the colon. The therapist or even the patient controls the rate of flow.
The other method uses a pump, and only the therapist controls the rate of flow. Practitioners are usually trained in one method or the other. They may criticize the one they don’t use and tell you their approach is safer. I don’t know of any good evidence either way, and I think injuries are rare. You can bet if people were being injured by colonic hyrdrotherapy, conventional medicine would make sure we all hear about it.
Cancer Defeated has been reporting on colonic cleansing for many years and we haven’t come across even one actual, real-life case of someone who was injured by colonic hydrotherapy. All we hear are scare stores from someone who heard something from someone who heard it from someone else. I ‘m confident you’ll be fine if you receive treatment ONLY from a skilled, experienced practitioner. (If you’re reading this and you DO have credible evidence of injuries, please write me at the email address at the end of this page.)
I’ve had two therapy sessions myself, one using each technique, and both therapists were careful and professional as far as I could see. More to the point, they’ll stop anytime you say stop.
Improve circulation, boost immunity
Along with flushing toxins out of your colon, advocates say hydrotherapy has some other benefits. It actually helps increase circulation in your body, which in turn increases circulation of white blood cells, boosting your immune function. Better circulation also helps heal injured tissues and re-energizes your body.
To stimulate circulation, a hydrotherapist may take advantage of both hot and cold water. If your therapist uses this technique, you’ll see alternate applications of hot and cold. Makes sense — blood vessels dilate with heat and constrict with cold. Doing this process repeatedly ends up driving blood to your organs, which helps tone them.
Your colonic therapist may recommend several treatments, which may be as often as one or two times a week for a month or two.
If you decide to try it, my advice is “go slow” and see how your body reacts. If it’s painful, stop. IT SHOULDN’T HURT — at worst, there may be some discomfort in penetrating the anus with the speculum — but no serious pain. Don’t let a therapist pressure you into additional treatments unless you feel completely comfortable with the process and the outcome.
We’ve published Special Reports on alternative cancer clinics in Mexico, Germany and the United States. Most (not all) of these clinics feature colonic cleansing as an important part of their protocols for treating cancer, and if you receive cancer treatment at such a place you can be pretty confident the therapists know what they’re doing.
Unfortunately, besides the cancer clinics my team has visited and written up, it can be hard to find a colonic therapist and harder still to check them out. Colon cleansing is considered something of a fringe therapy even among alternative health professionals such as acupuncturists, chiropractors and body therapists. My trusted massage therapist doesn’t believe in it. I think he’s wrong.
I believe it deserves mainstream recognition and could benefit nearly everyone. But I suspect this view will not receive wide acceptance anytime soon.
If you don’t want to try the water method or if you can’t find a colonic therapist near you, take a look at Cancer: Step Outside the Box, a soft cover book by my good friend Ty Bollinger. Chapter 8 reveals a colon cleanse you can do at home with natural remedies. In fact, Ty’s book also tells you how to cleanse your liver, gall bladder, kidneys and blood. It’s a valuable resource. With his advice you can really go to town and get rid of the toxins in your body!
One more thing: some advocates of colon cleansing say that the shape and texture of your bowel movements is a clue to your overall health. There are all kinds of theories on what a healthy bowel movement “should” look like. An extremely hard bowel movement — typical of constipation — is obviously a bad sign. And a watery, almost totally liquid bowel movement — diarrhea — is another bad sign. But other than that, I’m not persuaded the shape of the feces tells you anything.
In our last issue I discussed a supplement that’s useful for detoxing (among many other things) — if you missed this important information, you can scroll down and read it now.
Control This ‘Rogue Protein’ Today…
Or Risk Disease and Early Death
There’s been a quiet revolution going on…
During the past 20 years or so, scientists have gained new understanding in the way our immune system works — how it guards us from invading microbes and wild uncontrolled cancer cell growth. Some of that research has yielded an exciting, highly effective substance derived from citrus — but not from the fruit! It’s from the part most of us throw away.
This substance from oranges and grapefruit stops a “rogue protein” that most people don’t know about — but that may be a major cause of deaths by cancer, heart disease, stroke and more. Your level of this rogue protein is probably a more important health marker than cholesterol and many other biomarkers that doctors and patients fret about. And the citrus breakthrough is the only known substance that helps control it.
It’s not often you find a plant-based substance that offers the universal benefit and breakthrough potential of the one I’m going to talk about today…
The Secret Cure For High Blood Pressure
If you’re struggling with your blood pressure, this news is going to make your day:
A German scientist has discovered that eating certain foods causes your body to retain water, which increases the volume of fluid in your circulatory system (commonly called “bloating”), thus raising the pressure in your blood vessels.
By abstaining from these foods (or cutting back), your body sheds water and the “bloat,” which dramatically reduces blood pressure.
So, what are these “high blood pressure foods” you should avoid?
If you said “salty” or “fatty” … you’re wrong.
Hold on to your hat — because the foods that raise blood pressure the most are some of the very foods that doctors say we should eat more of as part of a “heart-healthy, low-fat diet.”
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This novel compound offers proven properties in blocking cancer cell aggregation, adhesion, and metastasis. And a mounting stack of evidence shows it not only protects against cancer but also a host of other diseases.
A major reason cancer is so deadly is its tendency to metastasize to other sites throughout your body. The majority of cancer deaths come from tumor cells that enter your blood and lymphatic systems and hitch a ride to your lungs, liver, bones, and elsewhere.
Till recently there’s been little hope of an effective way to prevent cancers from metastasizing.
Fortunately, clinical research now shows that a food supplement called Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) can limit tumors from spreading in men with advanced prostate cancer.1 Other research indicates it’s effective against other types of cancer as well. However, please take heed: some brands of MCP are better than others, so going on the net and ordering the cheapest one is not a smart move (it seldom is for any supplement).
But before we discuss that, let’s pause for a moment and talk about that “rogue protein.” It’s called galectin-3…
A serious troublemaker
Mounting research links elevated levels of the rogue molecule to not just cancer but many other diseases, too.
At this point, the general public knows little about galectin-3, but epidemiology experts expect a whole new disease classification of “Elevated Galectin-3 Conditions” to emerge.
Published research shows that advanced cancer, chronic inflammation, organ and tissue remodeling and fibrosis all share a common culprit — excessive galectin-3. (Tissue remodeling is a repair response to injury. Fibrosis is abnormal tissue remodeling that creates excessive scar tissue within organs, causing loss of function.)
So, what do we know about this rogue protein troublemaker? More than you might think…
Galectin-3 is a beta-galactoside binding protein involved in many cellular processes. It occurs naturally in your body in small amounts. But real trouble emerges when your levels become elevated, triggering life-threatening diseases.
The role of galectin-3 in metastatic cancer has been well documented over the past couple of decades.
But scientists now know that galectin-3 is directly linked to many other serious diseases — heart attack, congestive heart failure, strokes, kidney disease, inflammation, and mortality from all causes.
A ten-year study of mortality from all causes was completed in August 2011 and involved 8,000 people. It showed that high levels of galectin-3 tripled all-cause mortality.2 That makes galectin-3 a shocking and important risk factor — more so than cholesterol, in my opinion.
There’s only one proven galectin-3 blocker
The only proven natural galectin-3 blocker is Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP)3 — an advanced form of citrus, derived from citrus pith — the white stuff that comes between the skin and the juicy part of the fruit you like to eat. The citrus pith is modified to a specific molecular weight and structure that allows the body to absorb it. (Note: Big Pharma is planning synthetic versions also.)
This unique structure is what gives MCP its therapeutic qualities. Eating unmodified citrus protein will not be helpful because the molecules are too large for the body to absorb.
Pectin is abundant in oranges, lemons and grapefruits, as well as apples, guavas, quince, plums and gooseberries.
The problem is that its highly branched molecules don’t dissolve in liquid. In modified form, it’s more easily absorbed by your digestive tract, moves into your bloodstream quickly, and once there it targets galectin-3 molecules throughout your body.
Published research has demonstrated that MCP is the only natural inhibitor of galectin-3 that controls it by binding and blocking its far-ranging harmful effects.
MCP and cancer progression
Galectin-3 is over-expressed on the surface of certain cancer cells. It’s ‘sticky’, so it allows cancer cells to accumulate before disbursing throughout your circulatory system. It’s now a proven scientific fact that galectin-3s are highly capable of promoting cancer progression and metastasis.
Studies consistently show the clinical value of binding, blocking and neutralizing your circulating levels of galectin-3, which MCP is highly capable of doing.
MCP is especially useful in preventing and treating metastatic cancer — especially solid tumors such as melanoma, and prostate, colon and breast cancers.
One of the most promising studies to date shows that MCP inhibits prostate cancer metastasis. It was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1995.
The researchers injected rats with human prostate cancer cells and divided them into four groups.
The control group received water only, and the remaining groups received water with varying concentrations of MCP. One month later, only 50 percent of the rats receiving MCP had any metastasis. But 94 percent of those fed water with no MCP had metastasis to their lungs.4
Works in humans, too
Following up on these exciting results in 1999, oncologist Dr. Stephen Strum and colleagues showed that MCP had positive effects on patients suffering from advanced prostate cancer.5
Five out of seven men with advanced prostate cancer (unable to do conventional treatment) responded positively to taking MCP daily for three months or more.6 This was confirmed using Prostate Specific Antigen Doubling Time (PSADT), which measures how fast blood levels of PSA rise. Since PSA is a marker for cancer progression or recurrence, longer PSA doubling times mean slower disease progression, which is good. Granted, it’s a small observational study…
But another Phase II clinical trial showed that MCP increased the PSA doubling time in eight of the ten men whose prostate cancer had returned after conventional treatment. They took MCP for 12 months.7 This study used a particular brand of MCP, Pectasol-C®. This is the brand we recommend because it’s most extensively backed by clinical research.
Other animal studies show MCP to be effective against breast, skin and liver cancers, as well as prostate cancer.8 Cancer was much less likely to spread to the lungs in mice who got MCP.
Another animal study started with melanoma cells. Those receiving MCP had notably fewer tumors spread to their lungs. When the MCP rats did get lung tumors, they were much smaller than the untreated mice.9
Scientists believe MCP makes it tough for cancer cells to break away from the main tumor, which keeps it from aggregating and spreading.
MCP also induced apoptosis (natural cell death) in various types of cancer. And it may activate T, B and NK immune system cells and induce cell death in leukemia cells.
Incidentally, if you do opt for conventional chemotherapy, you’ll get dramatically better results if you use MCP as a adjunct therapy.10,11 MCP is particularly valuable for patients who want to combine alternatives with conventional treatments.
Helps fight heart disease and more
MCP research is ongoing for conditions other than cancer. Here are the high points:
- Cardiovascular disease. Galectin-3 is linked to cardiac injury, progression to heart failure, and cardiac fibrosis. Lowering galectin-3 levels reduces fibrosis and improves outcomes.12 Inflammation is the hallmark of arteriosclerosis and galectin-3 levels contribute to inflammation.
- Diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Controlling your galectin-3 levels may help reduce inflammation associated with type II diabetes, metabolic disease, and insulin resistance.
- Fibrosis. Galectin-3 plays a central role in promoting fibrosis, and is even able to activate ‘resting’ fibroblasts into more active ones.13 MCP may be vital in halting that damage.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis. Study showed reducing galectin-3 levels also reduced arthritis and decreased pro-inflammatory cytokines.14
- Inflammatory GI Conditions. MCP reduces inflammation in your gut mucosa, which can help with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity.15
- Liver Disease. High galectin-3 levels are linked strongly to liver fibrosis. MCP can be used as a preventive, and also post-disease, and for various types of hepatitis.
- Asthma. In one study, mice with lower levels of galectin-3 showed improvement in important markers.
- Kidney disease. Lowering galectin-3 levels was linked to a decrease in kidney fibrosis, and other signs of organ damage.
It’s even a potent detox agent
Heavy metals can seriously aggravate or initiate health problems. Chelation therapy has traditionally used chemicals that bind to heavy metals like lead and mercury and usher them out of your body. But intravenous chelatoin needs a clinical setting, requires a catheter in your arm, and may involve chemical side effects.
In contrast, oral MCP has been shown to bind toxins and release them via your urine.
In a 2006 study, eight healthy people were given 15 grams of MCP a day for five days, and 20 grams on day 6. Twenty-four hour urine samples were gathered on days one and six, and analyzed for toxin and nutrient excretion.
Here’s what the study found…
- Significant increases in excretion of arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and lead between day one and day six.
- 150% increase in cadmium excretion.
- 560% increase in lead excretion.
- Essential mineral excretion (calcium, zinc, and magnesium) did not increase, showing that MCP didn’t deplete these nutrients. This is important because conventional chelation removes healthy minerals along with toxic heavy metals.
In one case study, five patients with different diseases were each given the PectaSol-C® form of for seven months. Each experienced a decreased (average 74%) heavy metal burden, which was believed to play a key role in their recovery.
FDA-approved test measures levels of galectin-3
There’s now a very affordable galectin-3 blood test, covered by most insurance plans. It’s approved for measuring cardiovascular disease risk and also as a biomarker for metastatic cancer. Levels above 15 ng/ml are considered high risk.
Unlike the biomarker C-reactive protein (CRP) which only indicates you have inflammation, elevated galectin-3 is recognized as an active trouble-making biomarker. And there’s actually something you can do about it… take MCP.
Looking for a lab? Health Diagnostics Laboratory offers galectin-3 testing as part of its total cardiovascular panel… 804-343-2718 or www.myhdl.com.
Powder or Capsules?
MCP is available in powdered and capsule form. It’s best taken on an empty stomach — 30 minutes before eating, or 1 hour after.
Dosage varies by whether you’re taking it at a therapeutic or maintenance level.
It’s important to know that not all MCP products are made alike. The only clinically tested and researched MCP is PectaSol-C®, made by EcoNugenics.
Therapeutic: For those with concerns about cancer, cardiovascular disease, heavy metal toxicity, immune issues, or high circulating galectin-3 levels… 15 grams/day (a 5-gram scoop of powder 3x/day — or 6 capsules 3x/day).
Maintenance: For long-term health maintenance… 5 grams/day (5 gram scoop of powder once/day — or 6 capsules per day).
MCP is available through various venders online, or from these…
I consider MCP one of the most promising supplements for cancer, fibrosis and so much else. Yet so few people know about it. So please, do pass this on to friends and loved ones.
Lee Euler, Publisher