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Study gives more evidence cancer is a lifestyle disease largely caused by food

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Cancer is a terrible, unwanted illness that affects far too many of the world's population today. One of the scariest things about this deadly foe, however, is that doctors today attest to having little idea about what causes cancer cases. We've assumed that sunlight is the culprit, but also medications and sunscreens. We've accused certain jobs, specific fumes, and lifestyle choices, but a recent Canadian study sheds more light on the subject, suggesting that cancer actually is a lifestyle disease that is hugely influenced by the foods we eat. (1)

Current Cancer Facts

However shockingly, it's believed that the worldwide cancer rate is only going to rise in future years. Some have predicted that by 2020, 1 out of every 2 women and 1 out of every 3 men will be diagnosed at some point in their lives with some form of cancer. Cancer is so incredibly common already that it's more likely for someone to contract cancer than to get married or have a baby. These types of statistics are insane, especially considering the millions of dollars worth of research being poured into science and study meant to help combat cancer and reduce the disease in the future. (1, 2, 3, 4)

Comment: The above list of dietary and lifestyle factors likely is a muddle of truth, half-truths and lies. It's rather dubious to pin cancer on natural sunlight exposure, smoking, salt, processed meats, inadequate fiber intake, etc. The truth is that we simply don't know how any of these things contribute to cancer (if at all), despite what epidemiological studies may tell us. None the less, it seems self-evident at this point that diet and lifestyle do have a great impact on one's cancer status.

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Israeli start-up company using canines to detect cancer

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Dog with samples.
A Negev start-up company is using canines to determine if an individual has cancer. Prognose 220 Mil is inviting the public to send a saliva sample to their laboratory, via messenger, where specially trained dogs use their strong sense of smell to sniff for cancer.

"The main significance of the test is life saving early detection (of cancer). Since dogs are able to identify the characteristic scent of the disease," says lab manager and dog trainer Uri Bekman. If the dog sits still after sniffing the sample, that is an indication of the disease being present. The test costs NIS 400.

Yael Dror Alon, a businesswoman from Caesarea, took the test and tested positive, despite doctors giving her a clean bill of health. She is now undergoing treatment at Tel Hashomer Medical Center and has decided to embark on a fundraising venture to provide access to the test for anyone in need.

A study by Prof. Pesach Shvartzman, of Ben Gurion University recently found that various forms of cancer have a common smell that can be detected by dogs.


The carnivore diet: Is it really healthy?

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Is an all-meat, carnivore diet healthy?
The carnivore diet is a hot eating trend, and many people have reported significant benefits from adopting an all-meat diet. But is consuming only meat healthy in the long term? Read on to understand the mechanisms behind the diet, the potential consequences of not eating plant foods, and a few alternatives to going pure carnivore.

In my recent debate on the Joe Rogan Experience with Dr. Joel Kahn, I touched briefly on the carnivore diet. I'm a huge believer that meat is an essential part of a healthy diet, but eating an all-meat diet is an entirely different subject, and I think we need to be very careful about assuming that an intervention that works well in the short term will also be safe and effective in the long term.

In this article, I'll discuss the diets of ancestral populations, how the carnivore diet affects the body, my concerns about the potential consequences of such a restrictive diet in the long term, and alternative dietary approaches that might offer the same benefits without having to go pure carnivore.

Comment: It's good to get Kresser's take on the diet and air out some of his concerns. However, when we look at the anecdotal evidence we hear fairly miraculous results from people doing the diet long term. As Kresser has stated, there's still a great deal we don't know, and caution should be exercised when embarking on any new diet.

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Is broccoli good for you? Meet the crucifer family

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Public health officials and nutrition experts love to sing the praises of the virtuous cruciferous vegetable family. We are told that these pungent plants can fight off cancer, strengthen our immune system, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. But could crucifers have a dark side?

The cruciferous veggies (the Brassica family) dominate the produce aisle; many people may not realize how many familiar vegetables belong to this family.

Comment: Confused yet? It would be nice to have some definitive evidence on whether or not vegetables are actually as healthful as most of the experts claim. Yet it seems this contentious issue is far from settled. It's obvious there are some harmful effects, but does the hormesis argument counteract these effects? The best approach, as always, seems to be the need for self experimentation. 'Does it work for me?', if sincere, is the most important question anyone can ask.

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World Health Organization declares: Anti-vaxxers are among the top 'threats to global health' in 2019

Anti-vaxxers have been named one of the top threats to global health in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The anti-vaccine movement joined air pollution and climate change, HIV, and a worldwide influenza pandemic on the list released on Monday.

'Vaccine hesitancy', as the WHO calls it, 'threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.'

The organization added in its statement: 'Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease - it currently prevents [two to three] million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved.'

Comment: World Health Organization documents how to respond to 'vaccine deniers'


CBD products - Are some just snake oil?

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Arliss Buergo has been using CBD for the last year. She uses it in oil form, with just a drop on her tongue once a day.

"Those anxious moments, they seem to just drift away," Buergo said. "I feel just calmer, more at ease, grounded."

She considers the extract a natural alternative to treat her anxiety. It comes from the leaves and flowers of hemp and marijuana plants.

"I feel more mindful in the moment," she said.

She's one of a growing number of people taking a variety of CBD products. They come in the form of oils, edible gummies, creams and even coffee.

Comment: Don't fall for the fake CBD trap


Industry-Sponsored Doctors: New study shows depth of commercial influence


Professional education events are heavily sponsored by drug companies promoting their products as the solution. This widely used coercive and misinformation technique where drug risks are exaggerated and side effects minimized was exposed in a recent BMJ Open study.

The online medical journal BMJ Open recently published a retrospective cohort study titled Does industry-sponsored education foster overdiagnosis and overtreatment of depression, osteoporosis and over­active bladder syndrome? An Australian cohort study. Looking at publicly reported industry-sponsored events in Australia from October 2011 to September 2015, the researchers focused on three conditions subject to over diagnosis and over treatment: depression, osteoporosis and overactive bladder.

Comment: Conventional doctors in the pocket of Big Pharma


You call that meat? Not so fast, cattle ranchers say

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Sales of plant-based meat substitutes, like this burger made by Impossible Foods, increased 22 percent to $1.5 billion last year.
The cattle ranchers and farm bureaus of America are not going to give up their hold on the word meat without a fight.

In recent weeks, beef and farming industry groups have persuaded legislators in more than a dozen states to introduce laws that would make it illegal to use the word meat to describe burgers and sausages that are created from plant-based ingredients or are grown in labs. Just this week, new meat-labeling bills were introduced in Arizona and Arkansas.

These meat alternatives may look and taste and even bleed like meat, but cattle ranchers want to make sure that the new competition can't use the meat label.

Comment: So what, "cultured animal cell patty" doesn't have a good ring to it? How about "tube-formed plant-based protein cylinders for BBQs"? Or "ground soy protein isolate bits"? "Textured vegetable protein" is already a thing, after all. The complaint from ranchers seems legit - if something isn't really meat, you shouldn't be able to call it meat. Why don't these companies practice a little truth in advertising and say what their products actually are, rather than what they're supposed to be imitating. Oh right, because then no one would buy them! Deceptive indeed!

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Three little-known cancer killers

I'm not only surviving; I'm thriving! But I still have bone marrow cancer.

I know that IgA Kappa Light Chain Multiple Myeloma is not curable through conventional medicine. However, precancerous and cancerous cells may be susceptible to many natural therapies [1]. Although everything I describe below is controversial, there may be specific "cancer killers" out there that might help those with a personal challenge of malignancy.

Some medical research describes cancer as a mitochondrial metabolic disease [2],[3]. But most conventionally trained medical doctors are unaware of this concept. Most doctors don't know about various natural therapies that have been suggested and used to treat cancer. Peer-reviewed research supports the use of many non-toxic products and technologies. Unfortunately, there are not many human studies that prove success with these alternative methods. The reason? It would be rare for pharmaceutical companies to finance research that couldn't be patented and made into money-making drugs! Yet, my alternative treatment plan includes many of these ideas, which are not part of mainstream medicine.

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Measles virus wipes out golf-ball-sized cancer tumor in 36 hours

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The measles could be a "single-shot cure for cancer," Mayo Clinic doctor says.

Clinical trials underway at the Mayo Clinic are revealing an unlikely friend in the fight against cancer... the measles virus.

Scientists have long known that getting sick with the measles can sometimes trigger spontaneous reduction in the size of tumors, but recent clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic have demonstrated just what a powerful weapon the little virus can be.

In a 2014 trial, a concentrated dose of the measles put a late-stage cancer patient into long-term remission.

Comment: Fascinating. In the SOTT Radio Network's interview with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, the idea that what we think of as pathogenic bacteria and viruses may actually serve a helpful function to the organism was discussed. We clearly have a rather simplistic understanding of what the effect viruses and bacteria actually have on the organism; so much so that a discovery such as this seems completely baffling.

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