What do you think causes cancer? Genes? If that’s what you think, you’re wrong 95 percent of the time. Genes are a small part of the cancer story – despite the non-stop hype about this or that gene increasing your cancer risk.
Smoking? You’re not wrong, but it doesn’t cause most cancers. Smoking is linked to only about one-fourth of the 600,000 U.S. cancer deaths each year. More than 30 other factors lead to cancer. To keep it simple, these can be lumped into three easy-to-remember categories.
Which one puts you at the most risk? Read on to find out…
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Research suggests that anything that disrupts your body’s homeostasis (internal balance) can put you at risk for cancer1 by creating oxidative (free radical) stress and inflammation. These two factors damage cells in multiple ways.
In general the big cancer triggers earn their reputations by causing inflammation and free radical damage.
The Big 3 Cancer Triggers
The three chief offenders are:
- Environmental toxins
- Infections (viruses, bacteria, etc.)
- Biological factors
Your DNA does play a role, but only a secondary one.
American Medical Research, LLC says that environmental toxins are responsible for 70 to 75 percent of all cancers. Viruses and other infections cause 20 to 25 percent, while your genetics are only responsible for about five percent. Let’s take a look at each. . .
Want to keep (or make) yourself cancer-free? You owe it to yourself to keep as many environmental toxins out of your life and home as possible.
You may not even be aware of them, but they’re there…silently harming your cells.
Here are some you’re probably ignoring:
- Mercury – a neurotoxin from contaminated fish, water, air, and amalgam dental fillings, aka, silver fillings (which contain 50 percent mercury and sit about two inches from your brain).
- Foci infections – concentrated, localized pockets of infection that evade routine lab tests. The most insidious ones start in your mouth after root canals or jawbone infections, and produce toxins linked to inflammation and cancer.2
- Food additives – used to preserve or enhance flavor or appearance. There are many, ranging from MSG to aspartame to you-name-it… stabilizers, food colorings, dyes, artificial sweeteners. Avoid these by buying real fresh meat, poultry, fruit, and vegetables. Don’t consume packaged or processed foods.
- Irradiated food – to preserve shelf life and stop foodborne microbes that cause illness. Especially common with spices, fruits, and meats. Buy organic, ask if your food has been irradiated, or buy from your local farmer’s market.
- Ionizing radiation – from tests like X-rays, mammograms, and CT scans. Assess the necessity of these tests, as they increase your cancer risk.3
- Pesticides – from lawn care to fruits and veggies, these chemicals are widely used. To reduce exposure, choose organic produce. Tests show levels of toxins are far lower in people who eat organic. And make the decision that your health is a higher priority than a perfect lawn. Ask your favorite golf course which herbicides they use and urge them to consider organic options.
- Polluted water – tap water may not be as pure as you think, harboring things like chlorine, fluoride, drugs, parasites and other microbes, and more, all linked to cancer. Consider filtering your water. Check out our information on water filters here.
- “Sick building” syndrome – mold, radon, paint, and formaldehyde-containing carpet and composite lumber. Water-damaged, new, and newly–renovated buildings are often high in contaminants. Paints these days are loaded with chemicals that give off gases. If you live or work in a sick building, have it remediated or consider moving. If your immune system is constantly fighting these toxins, it can’t protect against other invaders.
- Electromagnetic fields – from microwave towers, cell phones, Wi-Fi. Can cause cellular mutations leading to cancer. Suggested: turn your phone to airplane mode and turn off Wi-Fi while you sleep. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.
- Xenoestrogens – plastics and other compounds that mimic estrogen. Use glass and ceramic as much as possible instead of plastic. Opt for one of the newer protected glass water bottles instead of a plastic one. Metal cans often use BPA, a dangerous chemical, in the lining, so buy foods in glass jars instead, especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.
- Medications – can suppress your immune system (see next section), affect sleep, and alter hormones.
There are probably one or two items from this list you can tackle today, and doing something is better than doing nothing. Every reduction in your toxic load is good for your health. If you’re already sick, take a radical approach by reducing your exposure as much as possible.
I’ve known cancer patients who went the last mile to eliminate ALL these sources of poison – and it worked. They got well. Yes, they took other steps, detoxifying wasn’t the only thing they did. But it was a major part of their plan.
Infections – viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi
Few people know it, but quite a few cancers are caused by infections. Certain infections are even directly linked to specific cancers.
Human papilloma virus (HPV), probably the best known among them, is linked to head, neck, and cervical cancers. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is linked to leukemia… Hepatitis C to liver cancer… H. Pylori to stomach cancer… colitis to colon cancer… and Herpes II to cancer risk in general.
It’s also untrue that living in the U.S. or another industrialized nation gives you a free pass on paying attention to intestinal parasites. Americans often harbor nasty worms, amoebae and other vile critters.
Unfortunately, you don’t always know when you have a low-grade infection or parasite. Some infections are sub-clinical and don’t knock you out cold, but still suppress your immune system.
The Canadian Cancer Society notes that a compromised immune system boosts your risk of succumbing to all pathogens, which in turn boosts your cancer risk. Treating infections and boosting your immune system in general can help eliminate these potential cancer threats.
Treat your body like your best friend, not your enemy, because how you treat it significantly impacts your cancer risk. Which of these factors can you improve today?
- Poor eating habits/nutritional deficiencies – your body is designed to run on nutrient-filled foods, so packaged, processed, over-cooked foods don’t give it what it needs. And refined carbohydrates – sugar, flour, white rice, potatoes – contain little nutritional value.
- Toxic emotions/chronic stress – studies show that high stress can encourage tumors to grow like crazy.4
- Poor thyroid function – a hazard because of iodine deficiency, exposure to radiation, heavy metal or fluoride, autoimmune disease, and even gluten sensitivity.
- Intestinal imbalance – fake foods and antibiotics, pesticides, and infections can damage beneficial bacteria and wreak havoc on your internal terrain – affecting how oxygenated and nourished your cells are.
- Hormone therapies – birth control pills, HRT, and hormone blockers disrupt your delicate hormone balance and can lead to cancer. Also beware of hidden sources of hormones, like RBSt, a synthetic hormone given to cows to accelerate growth. You ingest it when you consume conventional meats and dairy.
- Inadequate oxygenation – from lack of exercise, pollution, and excessive acidity. Half a century ago, Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg discovered that cancer grows when a cell is denied 60 percent of its oxygen.5 A sedentary lifestyle creates oxygen deficiency and is linked to cancer.
As you can see, just as an injured basketball player can no longer help the team, damaged cells ditch the team and are only concerned with their own survival. Thus they become cancer cells — “immortal” and uncooperative, growing like crazy, and evading your body’s natural immune controls. They coat themselves with fibrin to avoid detection.
Surprise! You’ve got cancer now!
We all have cancer cells within us. A recent Japanese study suggests you have 75 million cancer cells in your body at any given time.6
A healthy person’s immune system finds and destroys cancer cells before they can become full-blown tumors. But a weakened immune system leaves cancer cells free to run amok.
According to Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, in her new book The Cancer Revolution, it takes an average of ten to twelve years for a single cancer cell to multiply into a full-grown tumor.
She also says cancer is a disease of the whole body, not a particular organ.
This means, when someone is told they have cancer, the problem originated long ago – most likely in the factors listed above. I’ve known people who cleaned up themselves and their world AFTER being diagnosed with cancer – and succeeded in turning back the disease – but it’s much wiser to get started now.
I’ve also known people who waited until it was too late.
Eradicating most or all of the items on this list of cancer causes will not only protect you from the Big C, but from a host of other diseases as well, such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease. It will add years to your life – even decades.
But. . .there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The last issue of Cancer Defeated talked about some very different approaches than the ones above when it comes to cancer prevention and treatment. If you missed it, you can scroll down and read it now.