sunday dribble

It makes sense that when something afflicts us, we want to know more about the affliction.  I knew very little about cancer before.  Not that I know much more now, but certain facts I’ve recently come across are eye opening.  Most types of cancer in the western world have reached epidemic levels.  If we are to believe statistics, those quoted last month in the Stand Up For Cancer program which aired on all major networks:  one in every two men will end up with cancer in their lifetime and one in three women.  That figure is mind blowing.

In his book Anti-Cancer, A New Way of Life, Dr. Servan-Schreiber notes:

  • cancer lies dormant in all of us, but our bodies have the capability, most times, to keep these cells in check
  • depending on the type, cancerous tumors take between 5-40 years to develop
  • cancer tumors feed on glucose, or sugar
  • cancer is not genetic, rather predominately lifestyle and environment

Cancer existed long before 1940, but the current explosion has roots starting after WWII.  The author says there are three major factors that have “drastically disturbed our environment over the last 50 years:

  1. The addition of large quantities of highly refined sugar in our diet
  2. Changes in methods of farming and raising animals, as a result, our food
  3. Exposure to a large number of chemical products that didn’t exist prior to 1940.”

Sugar and white flour do the same thing in our bodies, they raise levels of blood glucose.  As blood glucose level rises, the body release corresponding amounts of insulin.  Simplistically, this process promotes cell inflammation.  Since points 2 & 3 also contribute to inflammation, the idea is to construct one’s environment and lifestyle that is inflammation reducing, not inflammation promoting.

Depending on where you live, it can be easier said than done.  But it may be worthwhile paying attention to what is stuck down our gullets.  Even if one is a carnivore, the cost differential for organic grass-fed meat is well worth the cost of not putting in your system what the mechanized system of raised animals are fed.

It ceases to amaze me that the western oncological community doesn’t focus more on diet — other than to say “eat a normal one.”  In other words, “corn syrup solids”  or “high fructose corn syrup” are normal ingredients.  But then again, it was only a few decades ago (during WWII and after) that the medical community saw nothing wrong with smoking tobacco and in fact, most did.

I’m bowing down, embracing, and more than grateful for the life saving techniques our western medicine has developed.  But it makes more logical sense if the community was more comprehensive by incorporating everything which affect our relatively complex organisms like food, environment, mind & thought, emotions.

But no sense continuing to dribble.  Right now I must admit that I’m actually looking forward to the chemo therapy tomorrow.  Anything to take my mind off my mouth.  It’s going to be a long, brown liquid filled slug until December.