(The second of two articles about the 2013 Annie Appleseed Conference)
Cancer authority Bill Henderson gave a provocative talk about “Living Cancer Free” in which he pointed out that hardly any cancer doctors even know what cancer is. They treat cancer as if it were an alien infiltrator in the patient’s body. That’s why they’re so focused on cutting it out, burning it out, or poisoning it out. But their understanding of cancer is flat-out wrong.
Keep reading for the real story about cancer. . .
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Is Fire In The Belly Slowly and Silently Killing You?
You bet it is. Inflammation is the number one ager and killer. It destroys tissues and organs. It marches you to the grave faster than any other aspect of health.
You need to understand how the gut is the origin of over 95% of the inflammatory processes in our bodies. Down there in the warmth and dark swarm trillions of microbes. Collectively they share one hundred times the genes we do.
In one of the most startling medical discoveries of recent times, it has been discovered that these microbial genes tell our human cells what to do (not just human genes).
The microbes in our set up inflammatory reactions, from heavy metals and food allergies, to enzymes dysfunction and toxic overload.
Our guts are far more complex than ever recognized; we even have a second brain down there, with over 90% of our serotonin. No wonder all this affects our moods too!
Get the real story from one of the world’s top MD writers, in his sensational new book: Fire In The Belly.
Bill pointed out that every person has about 75 trillion cells, 15 trillion of which are in our immune system. Every day, each of us produces about a million cancer cells. In that sense, everybody has “cancer” all the time, but it’s not a problem because our immune system mops up these abnormal cells. Our immune system is what keeps us cancer free.
Cancer only becomes a problem when the immune system gets overwhelmed or collapses, said Bill. In fact, he suggested we should stop calling it “cancer” and call it SISD instead (Sluggish Immune System Disease).
Bill said it’s also time to start using a more descriptive label for “diabetes” — ESD (excessive sugar disease). Cancer and diabetes aren’t really diseases but rather are the body’s reaction to negative experiences or lifestyle choices.
Bill explained the three big causes that account for 98 percent of cancers. (1) Emotional shock or stress can rip the immune system to shreds, leaving the body vulnerable to cancer. (2) Root canals unavoidably leave nasty toxins in the jawbone that get into the bloodstream. Surprisingly, root canals often cause breast cancer and even prostate cancer. Bill says root canals must be cleaned out by a competent biological dentist. (Conventional dentists don’t even recognize that root canals are a problem.) (3) What we put into our mouths — the standard American diet, excessive drinking, and tobacco smoke — can cause cancer.
After years of intense research on how to become cancer free, Bill has devised a simple and effective 7-point plan, which he describes in his book Cancer Free. You can get this remarkable book from Cancer Defeated by clicking here. For free information about the condensed version of Bill’s book, How to Cure Almost Any Cancer at Home for $5.15 a Day, for which I was Bill’s co-author, see this website.
Speaker exposes a scary,
sneaky culprit behind cancer
A young documentary film maker and health authority, Richard Longland, gave a brilliant talk on “Why Am I Still Sick? The Silent Role of Biofilms in Chronic Disease.”
You’re probably wondering, “Biofilms? What are they?”
Biofilms are sludgy, slimy masses in which a variety of bacteria thrive. For example, a biofilm can easily form on your teeth; dental plaque sticks to this biofilm. If you think biofilms have nothing to do with cancer, think again. Poor oral health practically guarantees you’ll get cancer, heart disease, or some other degenerative disease.
You see, biofilms are much like cancer cells: they can break away and spread via the bloodstream throughout the body, causing problems in remote sites. According to Mr. Longland, dental plaque and artery plaque are exactly identical!
Mr. Longland pointed out that prostatitis, which often causes prostate cancer, is a biofilm infection. So are urinary tract infections. So is Lyme disease. So are diabetic sores and other wounds that won’t heal. Mr. Longland said that Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman, died of a biofilm infection. His bedsores wouldn’t heal, and the biofilm infection overwhelmed his immune system.
At least 17 million Americans have biofilm infections, this provocative speaker told the attendees. How do you identify a biofilm problem? Mr. Longland said if it looks like a low-level chronic infection, and if antibiotics don’t get rid of it, then biofilm is probably the culprit. Because biofilms have a cell wall, they don’t grow in a culture. And antibiotics don’t disturb them a bit.
Staph infections and MRSA get all the publicity, while biofilms hide in plain sight. Mr. Longland said the difference between a microbial infection like staph and a polymicrobial biofilm infection is like the difference between a criminal and a gang. According to his theory, the variety of bacteria within a biofilm communicate through electrical connections. The biofilm functions as a single organism! That’s scary.
Richard Longland suffered for years from an undetected biofilm infection: Lyme disease. Once he identified the problem, he cured his Lyme disease through naturopathic treatment plus a healthier diet. To decrease biofilm, he recommends cranberries and cranberry juice, and also xylitol, including xylitol chewing gum for teeth and gums.
His recovery also involved juicing, walking outside barefoot to connect with the electromagnetic energy of the earth, bouncing on a mini-trampoline to move the lymph, and following the Gerson anti-cancer eating plan, which is vegetarian.
For healing diabetic wounds, Mr. Longland recommends Dr. Randy Wolcott, M.D., of the Southwest Regional Wound Care Center in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Wolcott has saved many diabetic patients from needless amputations.
For more information about biofilm infections — how to detect them and get rid of them — visit these websites: BioFilmCommunity.org, WhyAmIStillSick.com, and Arthropatient.org.
Boss says, “I want you to find a cure for cancer”
Not many employees get such a tall order from the boss as the one Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., got from his boss at Genentech, a California biotech company. When he first started working for Genentech, his boss walked into his office and said, “I want you to find a cure for cancer.” The boss was serious! So Mr. Aggarwal, a brilliant researcher, rolled up his sleeves and got to work on finding a cancer cure.
As Mr. Aggarwal explained in his talk, his research kept leading to one key factor: inflammation. Inflammation, he found, is the major culprit in most chronic diseases, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, and cancer. Control inflammation, and you control the disease! It’s like a house that’s on fire: you get some water on it as soon as possible before it burns to the ground.
How, then, do you control inflammation? Genentech develops sophisticated drugs to address medical problems, and I was expecting Mr. Aggarwal to tout some new drug his company had developed. He didn’t. That shocked me.
Instead, he said his research had uncovered a certain anti-inflammatory food that beats any drug by a country mile — not just for its anti-inflammatory effects but also for a wide array of other benefits. This food, for example, also kills bacteria and even viruses. And it’s 50 times more active than vitamin C. What drug have you ever heard of that has those features? No such drug exists.
“Curcumin will kill all cancers”
The food that stood out as the champion for its anti-inflammatory and broad-range effects is curcumin — extracted from turmeric, the spice from India with the yellow color. Mr. Aggarwal declared, “Curcumin will kill all cancers.”
Compared to America, India has few cases of prostate cancer, Mr. Aggarwal pointed out. He also said that no country in the world has as much Inflammatory Bowel Disease as America. Inflammation is causing a catastrophic breakdown of Americans’ health.
The solution, according to this speaker, is not to rely on a “Pharmer’s Market” (prescription drugs) but a Farmer’s Market. Eat fruits, vegetables, and cereals, he said. And also add spice to your life — especially turmeric or its more potent extract, curcumin. He also cited other spices that have spectacular health benefits, including cinnamon, rosemary, oregano, and cardamom.
I never expected a highbrow biotech researcher to recommend food as a far better cure than a drug! Mr. Aggarwal summed up his talk by quoting Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Why most Americans don’t
enjoy vibrant, glowing health
“Ancient Medicine” was the title of the talk by Mark Kaylor, Ph.D., an expert on medicinal mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms have been traced back to ancient China and to prehistoric Europe. For example, the frozen body of “Ötzi,” the 5,000-year-old ice mummy discovered in the Alps, was found with chaga mushrooms in his medicine pouch. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote about the chaga mushroom as a cancer cure in his 1968 novel Cancer Ward.
Mushrooms are remarkably powerful foods. If you eat the wrong one, it will kill you. If you eat the right one, it could cure your disease. Some mushrooms act as a general tonic for an astonishing array of health benefits. And that’s where most Americans miss the point about health, Kaylor said.
He pointed out that most Americans don’t look for a health remedy until they get a disease. And then they look for a remedy that targets just that one disease. That’s all wrong, Mr. Kaylor said.
Instead of waiting until our health breaks down and we suffer from a disease, we should seek vibrant, glowing health and shouldn’t settle for anything less. To achieve that, he said everyone should take two medicinal mushrooms: cordyceps in the morning, and reishi in the evening.
He said these two mushrooms have hundreds of compounds with healing properties to boost the immune system, normalize blood pressure, improve sleep, increase the oxygenation of your cells, lower cholesterol, restore the adrenal glands, and strengthen the heart, lungs, brain, liver, and so on.
If you only take one mushroom, Mr. Kaylor favors the reishi, though he also highly recommends cordyceps. The chaga and meshima mushrooms are especially helpful for cancer patients. And the maitake mushroom is a strong immune booster with other benefits.
You can buy these mushrooms in raw form in oriental markets, but some of them are complicated to prepare in such a way that you get the full benefit. It’s more convenient to order high quality extracts of these mushrooms from a company such as Mushroom Wisdom.
Incidentally, Mr. Kaylor is also a colossal fan of turmeric. He said, “If you’re not using turmeric, you’re crazy!” As mentioned before, the key ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is readily available as a supplement.
Two long-term cancer survivors
said NO to conventional treatment!
Thirty-eight years ago, doctors told lung cancer patient Carl Helvie he had six months to live. He gave a talk about how he cured his cancer without any conventional treatment. He used meditation, took laetrile, practiced visualization exercises of the laetrile destroying his cancer cells, prayed regularly, and ate a healthy diet.
Mr. Helvie eats fruits, vegetables, and occasionally chicken and fish, but no farm-grown salmon. His doctor had ordered him to quit eating nuts for good because of his diverticulitis, but Mr. Helvie cured it by drinking aloe vera. (He recommends a brand called Georges.) He now eats as many nuts as he wants — about four pounds per week. He also eats cheese — a lot of it. He hasn’t eaten beef for 25 years. And he eats no sweets.
Is organic food too expensive? Mr. Helvie says it’s cheaper than paying your doctor. Good point. His website, www.BeatLungCancer.net, features his book You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions.
The next long-term cancer survivor to speak was Reagan Houston, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer 16 years ago. Mr. Houston bought Linus Pauling’s book on controlling cancer through vitamin C and decided to follow Dr. Pauling’s advice.
Mr. Houston told his doctor what he was doing, and the doctor said, “It’s not approved.” Mr. Houston also decided to take multivitamins. Again, his doctor said, “It’s not approved.” But the doctor, to his credit, agreed to monitor him.
Mr. Houston said, “You didn’t get cancer because you were lacking in radiation or chemo, so why add those?” Another good point. He has lived for 16 years cancer free with no pain. Vitamin therapy, he said, is based on excellent science and doesn’t cost much money. It’s a powerful therapy for all types of cancer — both early-stage and widespread (metastasized) cancers. The title of his book is Vitamins Can Kill Cancer.
The entire audience was grateful to Ann Fonfa for presenting another informative and inspirational conference.
Of course, the best move of all is to avoid cancer in the first place. Our last issue had some important information about one of the major causes, so if you missed it, please scroll down and take a look now.
Chemicals that Mess with Your Hormones
Can Switch on Cancer
Man-made chemicals are everywhere — in our food, our homes and workplaces, and even our natural waterways. There’s no escaping them.
Recently I’ve come across chilling proof that one particular class of chemicals — those that disrupt our endocrine systems — is causing disastrous health effects. The statistics guys are seeing a spike in multiple kinds of cancers, as revealed in a recent investigative report put together by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Let me help you avoid these toxins and boost your body’s ability to detoxify. . .
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Who’s Winning The War In Your Gut?
Right now there’s a war raging inside your digestive tract.
Billions of “good guy” beneficial bacteria (called probiotics, which literally means “for life”) are defending you against an army of nasty pathogens.
Your total health depends upon the good guys winning the war.
But if you suffer frequent gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea, these are warning signs that your good guys are losing the war within. And fiber supplements, laxatives, acid-fighters — even common probiotics — aren’t the solution.
Recent research from the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School suggests these temporary fixes could be putting your gut health at risk.
These new studies indicate these problems are being caused by a lack of enzymes in your digestive tract.
Now, there’s an easy, a highly effective fix for these problems.
Too many connections between
chemicals and cancer
Humans and wildlife across the world are exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on a regular basis. EDCs get moved around the world through commerce and natural processes, like waterways, that carry pollutants to the ocean. And new sources of exposure are identified on a regular basis.
According to the WHO report, nearly 800 chemicals “are known or suspected to be capable of interfering with hormone receptors, hormone synthesis, or hormone conversion.” As yet, scientists have only investigated a small fraction of these chemicals. In fact, “the vast majority of chemicals in current commercial use have not been tested at all.”
Other information from the report:
- Global rates of endocrine-related cancers have been rising for the past 40-50 years (these include breast, endometrial, ovarian, prostate, testicular, and thyroid cancer).
- Hormonal changes that result from chemical disruption to the endocrine system lead to earlier breast development for young girls in every country where this phenomenon has been studied. Early breast development is a risk factor for breast cancer.
- High exposure to polychlorinated dioxins and to specific PCBs also boosts risk for breast cancer, particularly in those women whose bodies lack a certain detoxifying enzyme.
- Occupational exposure to pesticides, certain PCBs, and arsenic increases prostate cancer risk.
- Workers involved in applying pesticides show an excess risk of thyroid cancer (as do their wives — proof that people in this profession carry pesticide residue home with them).
Many other diseases on the upswing in recent years, from Type II Diabetes to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to infertility, also show direct links to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Plus, there are other common diseases that likely stem from EDC exposure: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, stroke, asthma, obesity … and the list goes on.
In fact, as much as 24 percent of human diseases and disorders are estimated to stem from environmental influences.
The bodily system you don’t want to mess with
Let me explain why your endocrine system is so easily disrupted by these chemicals that too often lead to cancer.
Hormones released by your endocrine system influence just about every process in your body. They regulate mood, growth and development, and sexual and reproductive processes. Your endocrine system is also in charge of tissue function, metabolism and essential body processes, like cell growth.
Think of the endocrine system as your body’s chemical messenger system. Picture different tissues that “talk” to each other using molecules (hormones). Endocrine glands release over 50 major hormones and hormone-related molecules directly into your bloodstream. From there, those hormones get transported to cells throughout your body and are responsible for a wide range of basic body functions.
Despite the high number of hormones circulating in your bloodstream, each one affects only the cells genetically programmed to receive and respond to a specific hormonal message. Those hormonal messages are influenced by things like stress, infection, and — our main topic today — endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are substances that enter your body from the outside and mess up your endocrine system in different ways, nearly all of them bad. The scary part is, we don’t know how they’re affecting us — only that the effect is negative.
How to limit your exposure to
The World Health Organization report calls for improved testing for EDCs followed by government bans of the offending chemicals. Great idea, but what are the chances of that happening anytime soon? Answer: slim to none.
What you can do is take charge of your life and pursue chemical-free living: Limit your exposure, and detoxify yourself on a regular basis.
EDCs enter your body in three ways: inhalation through your nose, ingestion through eating, or skin uptake (absorption through the skin). Here’s how you can limit your exposure:
- Check your makeup and personal care products — choose all-natural products and toss out any that contain man-made, synthetic chemicals.
- Make sure the rest of your personal care products are free of synthetic fragrance.
- Buy organic. Follow the “Dirty Dozen” concept I wrote about in Issue #40. That means the following fruits and vegetables should always be purchased organic: Peaches and nectarines, blueberries, apples, grapes, cherries, strawberries, celery, bell peppers, spinach, kale and collard greens, and potatoes.
- Drink purified water.
- Use natural cleaning products. You can’t beat vinegar and baking soda for most cleanup needs.
- Eat whole foods — nothing that’s processed or laced with preservatives.
- Make smart seafood choices and go for low-mercury fish (like sardines).
- Buy VOC-free for your house when possible (VOC = volatile organic compounds). Whether you’re buying new kitchen cabinets, a new mattress, or new flooring, purchase natural products if feasible.
- Start a kitchen garden and grow your own herbs (or buy organic herbs).
- Take off your shoes when you go in your house — and ask guests to do the same. This limits the amount of pesticides tracked into your home.
- Quit using insecticides and rodent poisons. Find a natural way to eliminate pests.
- Buy grass-fed meat. As a bonus, it tends to be leaner than meat from animals raised on grain.
- Cook with cast-iron cookware or stainless steel pots and pans. Avoid Teflon at all costs. (Learn more about Teflon risks from Issue #211.)
And here’s how you can work to get rid of EDCs already in your system:
- Detox regularly. I’m a strong advocate of infrared saunas for detox purposes (learn more from Issue #51, and again in Issue #263).
- Take turmeric supplements. They’ve been shown to help filter chemicals like BPA out of your body.
- Eat plenty of fiber to ensure you have a minimum of one bowel movement a day.
- Take probiotics, or add kefir to your diet, to help your gut escort toxins through your body and out of it.
- Drink water: number of ounces should be equal to half your body weight in pounds. For example, if you weigh 150, drink 75 ounces of water (vs. the 64 ounces or 8 cups you sometimes hear about). This helps push toxins through your system.
- Appropriate levels of calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and iodine in your diet can help decrease toxin absorption.
Two other things we know: children (in the womb and during childhood) are at greatest risk. The most sensitive window of exposure to EDCs for the human body happens during critical periods of development, including fetal development and puberty.
Even if exposure doesn’t cause direct birth defects or immediate disease development, it can make a person more likely to develop other diseases throughout his or her lifetime. So speak up and intervene for the younger people in your life.
Overcome this worldwide health failure
The scariest thing about it all is that we don’t know the true extent of the chemical risks we face. There are still significant knowledge gaps when it comes to EDCs and endocrine-based diseases. Right now, there’s a strong association between EDC exposure and endometrial and ovarian cancer, but health policy makers are waiting for “proof.”
There’s a worldwide failure when it comes to addressing these health concerns. Even if we did know more, our current healthcare system isn’t capable of managing these risks and dealing with these disorders, and won’t be any time soon.
So while we wait for the government to reduce exposure through bans and restrictions (don’t hold your breath), the best we can do is independently limit exposure and detox regularly. I’ll add to the tips above in the coming months.
Lee Euler, Publisher