Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Breast Cancer


Author's Sidebar #1: Despite the millions of dollars that are donated for cancer research, most cancers continue to rise, with not a single cure from the medical industry. The majority of the donations are used (NOT to find cures) but to fund research for more drugs to fill the pockets of the greedy pharmaceutical companies. Western Medicine continues to only offer chemotherapy and radiation as the primary treatment strategies despite their ineffectiveness and devastating side effects. As a result, cancer patients and their families suffer physically, emotionally, and financially, with many of them losing their homes and life savings.

Hmm-mmm ... Maybe we should stop donating our hard-earned money to these organizations and hold the medical industry accountable ... As long as we continue to donate our money and time, the medical industry is NOT going to change!
Author's Sidebar #2: Breast cancer touches someone in our lives sooner or later, but, knowledge can help prevent and fight breast cancer and other cancers. There are some simple things that women can do to prevent breast cancer. There are some simple things that all of us can do to prevent or reduce the risk of developing most cancers without having to make a lot of lifestyle changes.
For example:
-- Eat at least 5 servings of raw vegetables (incl. raw juices) every day.
-- Reduce eating conventional animal meat, processed foods, and fast foods.
-- Avoid diet soda, soda, and fast foods, esp. KFC, McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell.
-- Follow a balanced macronutrient-dense diet such as the Level 3 version of the Death to Diabetes Diet
-- Take a wholefood-based Vitamin D3 supplement or get some sunlight.
-- Take only wholefood-based supplements, esp. CoQ10, ALA, grape seed extract
-- Avoid most conventional supplements -- most of them are synthetic and contain lead or other heavy metals, plus color dyes and other toxic chemicals
-- Get 8 hours of quality sleep every night.
-- Reduce the stress in your life.
-- Reduce wearing a bra (restricting lymph flow, decreased melatonin).
-- Reduce/avoid use of cosmetics, hair products and bleach/detergents (carcinogenic).
-- Educate yourself about proper nutrition and alternative medicine methodologies to protect yourself and your family
-- Get tested every year -- early detection is key (but be wary of mammograms). .

Breast Cancer (Statistics)

In 2002, cancer overtook heart disease as the number one killer of Americans under the age of 85. This trend is expected to continue, and in another ten years – by 2018 – cancer will be the number one killer of all Americans, young and old alike. For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.Breast Cancer Can Be Prevented
About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
The American Cancer Society estimates that over 270,000 women will die of cancer in 2010 – 40,000 from breast cancer alone.
The ACS also estimates that in 2010, 745,000 men and 692,000 women will be diagnosed with cancer. Of the women diagnosed, over a quarter will be found to have breast cancer.

In 2010, an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 54,010 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers in women (about 28%) are breast cancer.

Compared to African American women, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer, but less likely to die of it. One possible reason is that African American women tend to have more aggressive tumors, probably due to excess fast foods and animal meat, and low levels of Vitamin D. Women of other ethnic backgrounds — Asian, Hispanic, and Native American — have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer than white women and African American women.

A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer.

About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the most common. Women with these mutations have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, and they are more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age (before menopause). An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations. In men, about 1 in 10 breast cancers are believed to be due to BRCA2 mutations and even fewer cases to BRCA1 mutations.

About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman), age (growing older), diet, and stress.

Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop.
Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.
A tumor can be benign (not dangerous to health) or malignant (has the potential to be dangerous). Benign tumors are not considered cancerous: their cells are close to normal in appearance, they grow slowly, and they do not invade nearby tissues or spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors are cancerous. Left unchecked, malignant cells eventually can spread beyond the original tumor to other parts of the body.
The term “breast cancer” refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast. Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer can begin in the stromal tissues, which include the fatty and fibrous connective tissues of the breast.
Breast Anatomy:

  Breast Anatomy
Breast Profile:
A ducts
B lobules
C dilated section of duct to hold milk
D nipple
E fat
F pectoralis major muscle
G chest wall/rib cage
Enlargement:
A normal duct cells
B basement membrane
C lumen (center of duct)




Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue and make their way into the underarm lymph nodes, small organs that filter out foreign substances in the body. If cancer cells get into the lymph nodes, they then have a pathway into other parts of the body. The breast cancer’s stage refers to how far the cancer cells have spread beyond the original tumor.
Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a “mistake” in the genetic material). However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. About 90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Every woman wants to know what she can do to lower her risk of breast cancer. Some of the factors associated with breast cancer -- being a woman, your age, and your genetics, for example -- can't be changed. Other factors -- maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, smoking cigarettes,  and eating nutritious food -- can be changed by making choices. By choosing the healthiest lifestyle options possible, you can empower yourself and make sure your breast cancer risk is as low as possible.

The known risk factors for breast cancer are listed below. If a factor can't be changed (such as your genetics), you can learn about protective steps you can take that can help keep your risk as low as possible.

Being a Woman: Just being a woman is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer. There are about 190,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 60,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer this year in American women.

Age: As with many other diseases, your risk of breast cancer goes up as you get older. About two out of three invasive breast cancers are found in women 55 or older.

Family History: Women with close relatives who've been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. If you've had one first-degree female relative (sister, mother, daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is doubled.

Genetics: About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child.

Personal History of Breast Cancer: If you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, you're 3 to 4 times more likely to develop a new cancer in the other breast or a different part of the same breast. This risk is different from the risk of the original cancer coming back (called risk of recurrence).

Eating Unhealthy Food: Diet is thought to be at least partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers. No food or diet can prevent you from getting breast cancer. But some foods can make your body the healthiest it can be, boost your immune system, and help keep your risk for breast cancer as low as possible.

Being Overweight: Overweight and obese women have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Being overweight also can increase the risk of the breast cancer coming back (recurrence) in women who have had the disease.

Low of Vitamin D Levels: Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.

Lack of Exercise: Research shows a link between exercising regularly at a moderate or intense level for 4 to 7 hours per week and a lower risk of breast cancer.

Smoking: Smoking causes a number of diseases and is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women. Research also has shown that there may be link between very heavy second-hand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

Drinking Alcohol: Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages -- beer, wine, and liquor -- increases a woman's risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.

Radiation to Chest or Face Before Age 30: If you had radiation to the chest to treat another cancer (not breast cancer), such as Hodgkin's disease or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, you have a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer. If you had radiation to the face at an adolescent to treat acne (something that’s no longer done), you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

Certain Breast Changes: If you've been diagnosed with certain benign (not cancer) breast conditions, you may have a higher risk of breast cancer. There are several types of benign breast conditions that affect breast cancer risk

Race/Ethnicity: White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African American, Hispanic, and Asian women. But African American women are more likely to develop more aggressive, more advanced-stage breast cancer that is diagnosed at a young age.

Pregnancy History: Women who haven’t had a full-term pregnancy or have their first child after age 30 have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who gave birth before age 30.

Breastfeeding History: Breastfeeding can lower breast cancer risk, especially if a woman breastfeeds for longer than 1 year.

Menstrual History: Women who started menstruating (having periods) younger than age 12 have a higher risk of breast cancer later in life. The same is true for women who go through menopause when they're older than 55.

Using HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy):
Current or recent past users of HRT have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Since 2002 when research linked HRT and risk, the number of women taking HRT has dropped dramatically.

Having Dense Breasts: Research has shown that dense breasts can be 6 times more likely to develop cancer and can make it harder for mammograms to detect breast cancer.

Light Exposure at Night: The results of several studies suggest that women who work at night -- factory workers, doctors, nurses, and police officers, for example -- have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who work during the day. Other research suggests that women who live in areas with high levels of external light at night (street lights, for example) have a higher risk of breast cancer.

DES (diethylstilbestrol) Exposure: Some pregnant women were given DES from the 1940s through the 1960s to prevent miscarriage. Women who took DES themselves have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. Women who were exposed to DES while their mothers were pregnant with them also may have slightly higher risk of breast cancer later in life.

Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics: Research strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in cosmetics, hair products, and detergents may contribute to the development of cancer in people.

Exposure to Chemicals in Food: There's a real concern that pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones used on crops and livestock may cause health problems in people, including an increase in breast cancer risk. There are also concerns about the chemicals in fast foods, mercury in seafood and industrial chemicals in food and food packaging.

Exposure to Chemicals for Lawns and Gardens: Research strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in lawn and garden products may cause cancer in people. But because the products are diverse combinations of chemicals, it's difficult to show a definite cause and effect for any specific chemical.

Exposure to Chemicals in Plastic: Research strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in plastic products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may cause cancer in people.

Exposure to Chemicals in Sunscreen: While chemicals can protect us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, research strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in some sunscreen products may cause cancer in people.

Exposure to Chemicals in Water: Research has shown that the water you drink -- whether it’s from your home faucet or bottled water from a store -- may not always be as safe as it could be. Everyone has a role in protecting the water supply. There are steps you can take to ensure your water is as safe as it can be.

Exposure to Chemicals When Food Is Grilled/Prepared: Research has shown that women who ate a lot of grilled, barbecued, and smoked meats and very few fruits and vegetables had a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who didn't eat a lot of grilled meats.

Dangers of Mammograms

Over 50 Percent of the Death Rate From Cancer is Induced by X-Rays
The following information from Dr. Mercola reveals the dangers of mammography and the benefits of a safe breast cancer screening test called thermography.
Your doctor probably hasn’t told you about it, but a suspicious finding via thermography is the single most important indicator of high risk for breast cancer. And an astounding 95 percent of early stage breast cancers are diagnosed when this non-invasive, painless and utterly risk-free process is used in a multi-modal approach to detection and treatment.
Using thermography instead of mammography could mean the difference between overturning your boat in shark-infested waters, life preserver in hand, outcome unknown… and learning how to keep your boat upright so that you never need a life preserver in the first place.
The reality is reducing exposure to medical radiation such as unnecessary mammograms would likely reduce mortality rates.
What’s more, false diagnoses of breast cancer are very common – as high as 89 percent – leading many women to be unnecessarily and harmfully treated by mastectomy, more radiation and chemotherapy.
So why is there such a push towards screening mammograms?
Because it’s become a billion dollar a year business – one that appears to be more motivated by profits than helping its patients.
Here’s a loose estimate of the money the medical establishment rakes in on mammograms every year:
$100 average cost per screening x 65 million U.S. women aged 40 or over
= $6.5 billion dollars per year
Add to that a few million $1,000+ biopsies and it becomes clear that annual mammography screenings for women 40 years and older is at least a $10 billion dollar per year industry.
In fact, according to Barbara Brenner, Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Action advocacy group and herself a breast cancer survivor.
The United States Public Campaign to Eradicate Breast Cancer has Not Focused on Prevention, but Largely on Efforts to Promote Mammography Screening   

Of course, there are instances where mammography may be warranted. But the truth is there are other technologies that are proven to be more effective, less expensive and completely harmless, that can save far more lives that your doctor isn’t telling you about.
If you’re a woman, there’s a one in eight chance that you’ll develop breast cancer during your lifetime. And despite the fact that reducing exposure to medical radiation such as unnecessary mammograms would likely reduce mortality rates, the American cancer society is promoting mammography to the exclusion of most other screening devices.

The Safe Breast Cancer Screening Test Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About
(from Dr. Mercola)

You may not know it, but there’s a tool available right now – today -- to help you identify the conditions and diseases that could be growing inside you, symptomless and seemingly harmless … for the moment.

If you’re a woman concerned about breast cancer -- and what woman isn’t? -- this
technology could quite literally save your breasts, and your life.

Your body has an amazing capacity for self-healing. When something goes awry with the normal functioning of your body, it will try to heal itself through natural processes. If those processes fail, symptoms will develop. This is the point at which most people realize they need help – when symptoms appear which affect their lives, or even threaten them.

But what if you could get a heads-up that your body was going through some abnormal changes an entire decade before discernible symptoms develop – well before your life is in potential danger?

Unfortunately, conventional medicine is stubbornly holding on to old ideas of cancer detection and treatment, no matter how ineffective it’s been proven to be. Breast cancer detection methods used by the mainstream medical community include mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), and PET scans.

Education and awareness of better, less risky and more effective options for detecting breast cancer are woefully deficient, but as you will learn, they do exist.

Preventing Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a complex disease, and many things contribute to it. The following points explain some other things you can do to help prevent breast cancer.

Bra Wearing Habits

In a study by Singer and Grismaijer in 1995, 3 out of 4 women studied who wore a bra for 24 hours a day developed breast cancer compared to 1 out of 168 who wore a bra rarely or never.

That is a huge difference, and the implication is clear.  Your first line of defense in preventing breast cancer is to severely limit how many hours a day you wear a bra.

hindering the normal cleansing process of the breast tissue.  Many environmental toxins and pesticides that cause and promote cancer are "fat-loving" and so tend to reside in the breast tissue.  Lymph fluid carries away waste products, dead cells, and toxins.

Another study found that wearing a bra decreased melatonin production and increased the core body temperature.  Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant and hormone that promotes good sleep, fights aging, boosts immune system, and slows the growth of certain types of cancer, including breast cancer.
Note: If you need or want to wear a bra, find one that is fitting. Be especially careful about the underwires and side panels, because if the fit is not just right, the underwire can poke into the breast tissue, and the side panels can create extra pressure and tightness. Consider getting fitted right with a professional fitter by following these guidelines on this web page:

Also, give your breasts "free time". Take your bra off whenever you can, such as at home. At the very least do not wear it to sleep.

Note: While bras do give breasts support, they do not ultimately prevent your breasts from sagging. Gravity will eventually take its effect. There is actually some evidence that bras can even increase sagging. One possible reason for that is that the breast has ligaments, and since other bodily ligaments can atrophy when not in use, the same might happen to the breast ligaments under the constant artificial support from the bra, resulting in increased sagginess. Another possible reason for bra-wearing increasing sagginess is IF a woman wears an ill-fitting bra, which may force some of the breast tissue to "migrate", resulting in differently shaped breasts than otherwise.

Note: All of this may sound far-fetched ... your doctor may have never heard of it, but the evidence is there. Preventing breast cancer should be a very important matter for all of us. Drastically reducing the amount of time your breasts are bound in bras and being conscientious of only wearing well-fitting bras are easy steps to take that might save you a fortune in medical bills, and even your life!

Vitamin D and Sunlight

Breast cancer mortality rates in the U.S. vary according to the geographic region so that the highest rates are in the northeast and urban areas, and lowest rates in the south and rural areas.  This is explained by the variation in sunlight and the subsequent vitamin D production.  According to William B. Grant's analysis, breast cancer risk could be cut in half by sufficient vitamin D levels - or in other words, by sufficient sun exposure.

Adult humans need much more vitamin D than the amount that used to be recommended (400 IU) — probably somewhere around 3000-5000 IU daily. So you cannot get enough vitamin D from the diet alone.  Sun exposure without sunscreens is the preferred source of vitamin D.  If you need vitamin D supplementation, blood testing of vitamin D level is recommended to know how much supplements to take and not to overdose.  Dr. Mercola's article on vitamin D deficiency explains the testing, as well as how much sun exposure is adequate.  Just remember, don't burn!

Carbohydrates, Obesity, and Breast Cancer

Obesity has long been recognized as a risk factor for breast cancer.  Recent reasearch is starting to unveil a bigger picture where obesity, a condition called insulin resistance/hyperinsulinemia, higher estrogen levels, and insulin-like growth factor I are all connected, and act synergistically.  The exact causal mechanism is yet uncertain and under study.

People with insulin resistance or hyperinsulinemia (also called syndrome X) have high levels of insulin in their blood because the cells in their body are resisting insulin and so the body produces lots of it to counteract the resistance.  This condition is caused by eating too much carbohydrates that digest rapidly, like bread, potatoes, rice, corn, baked goods, pop and other sugary drinks, cakes, cookies, most desserts, and some sweet fruits.  These foods have high glycemic index (GI).   Carbohydrate foods with low glycemic index (those which digest slowly) would be lentils, beans, barley, most vegetables, and some fruits.  And some foods have a medium glycemic index, for example pasta and certain kinds of breads.
The mechanism of insulin resistance is as follows:
When you eat lots of carbohydrates with high glycemic index, the pancreas produces lots of insulin so that the energy from those carbohydrates (in form of glucose) could be used in the cells all around the body. Insuling is like a 'key' that opens the door to the cells so that energy (glucose) can enter the cells from the bloodstream. When there is lots of insulin in the bloodstream, the cells start resisting insulin's action. Insulin-resistant cells resist the 'key', so therefore they don't get the glucose (energy). Instead, all the extra glucose ends up stored as body fat (that's why obesity is a symptom), while the person can still feel hungry.
Almost all people with type 2 diabetes and many with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and overweight people are insulin resistant. But multitudes of apparently healthy Americans also are have this condition without knowing it, because their pancreas is (still) compensating for the resistance by putting out lots and lots of insulin. You can suspect insulin resistance if you suffer from fatigue, brain fogginess, low blood sugar, obesity, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. A glucose tolerance test can determine if a person is insulin resistant.

Note: For more details about preventing and curing breast cancer, refer to the Death to Diabetes website.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Myths About Diabetes

There are many myths about diabetes. Some of the myths were started through ignorance, others by doctors, dietitians and diabetes educators, others by a single flawed study, and still more exist because of a resistance to change by diabetics.
In some cases the very people that claim to be helping diabetics are lying to them!
Although it is very important to learn everything you can about diabetes, it may be just as important to unlearn a lot of things you believe to be true about diabetes, drugs, and nutrition.
Author's Perspective: "When I was diabetic, I was confused by a lot of the misinformation about diabetes. Fortunately, because of my science background, it made it easier for me to separate fact from fiction. The one  important thing to remember about most of these myths is that they are designed to keep you afraid, uncertain, diabetic and/or dependent on  drugs and uninformed doctors and other so-called "experts".  I learned very quickly that the only person who had a vested interest in my long-term non-drug health was me! -- so, I had to become my own expert.
Here are some of the many myths and misunderstandings about diabetes, drugs, nutrition and other related topics.
Myth: Diabetes is just a little sugar problem – it’s not that serious.
Truth: Diabetes is a disease that affects trillions of cells in the body and, gradually, leads to complications such as heart attack, stroke, amputation, kidney failure, and blindness. So, diabetes is serious . . .  very serious.
Myth: Eating sweets and your genetics cause diabetes.
Truth: Eating sweets does not cause diabetes – they make you fat, which can lead to diabetes. Although your genetics can play a partial role in diabetes, the eating and cooking habits that are passed down from one generation to the next are more significant contributors, when combined with a sedentary lifestyle. Look at your genetics as being the “loaded gun” and your eating habits/lifestyle as “pulling the trigger”. As long as you don’t pull the trigger, the loaded gun can’t harm you! Your body may have a genetic predisposition to acquire diabetes, but, if you make better decisions than your ancestors about food, exercise, and lifestyle, then it is not a forgone conclusion that you will become diabetic.
Myth: Only fat people become diabetic.
Truth: Actually, there are thin people who become diabetic -- in fact, almost 19% of diabetics are not fat. Diabetes is a biochemical/hormonal disease, not a disease from being overweight.
 
Myth: There is no cure for diabetes – once a diabetic, always a diabetic.
Truth: The treatment protocol for Type 2 diabetes is drug therapy, which is designed to suppress the symptoms of the disease and not address the root causes of the disease. And, therefore, the disease cannot be cured. However, there is sufficient clinical evidence that shows lifestyle changes (such as nutrition, exercise, testing, and spiritual health) can prevent and control Type 2 diabetes. And, once the diabetes is under control, further lifestyle changes may reverse the effects of the disease – if the treatment focuses on repairing the trillions of defective cells.
Myth: Once your doctor puts you on insulin, you're on insulin for the rest of your life.
Truth: Not true! That's what the author was told!
Myth: You can eat whatever you want -- as long as you adjust your drug dosage.
Truth: Unfortunately, that's what a lot of Type 1 children and their parents are told. This leads to the "insulin-addiction trap". Anyone with common sense knows that you can't eat whatever you want without suffering some consequences.

Myth: Diabetes is not as serious if you are taking pills instead of insulin.
Truth: Diabetes should be taken as seriously regardless of whether you are taking pills or injections. Unfortunately, because we live in a drug-tolerant society that sees pills as “normal”, we don’t really believe our health is in any danger if we are taking pills. Either way, the diabetes will still progress and lead to other health complications. In fact, pills lull diabetics into a comfort zone and a false sense of wellness that eventually fails them.
Author’s Note: A co-worker thought that he was safe taking a pill, but today is on insulin because the disease continued to progress.
Myth: You can control your diabetes by avoiding the carbs.
Truth: You may be able to temporarily lower your blood glucose level, but you can’t avoid a major macronutrient such as carbohydrates and expect to get healthy. Besides, not all carbohydrates are bad – it’s the refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, and cereals that are the problem. However, good carbohydrates, such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts, actually provide some of the missing saccharides, which help to repair the cells and reduce the insulin resistance.
Note: Recent research indicates that cells have a thin carbohydrate (“sugar”) coating (glycocalyx) of glycoproteins and glycolipids that support cellular communications and the immune and endocrine systems.
Myth: It costs more to eat healthy foods.
Truth: It does cost more to eat healthy foods – in the short term. Fresh vegetables and fruits cost more than a box of macaroni and cheese. Sprouted-grain bread cost more than wheat bread. Organic brown rice cost more than white rice. However, as your health improves, you will save money with over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, doctor visits, physical exams, hospital stays, and the quantity of groceries.
Myth: Most people (including diabetics) do not like taking drugs.
Truth: Surprisingly, most people prefer to take drugs – in lieu of making changes to their lifestyle, nutrition, or exercise regimen. Most people will deny that they like taking drugs, but the facts show that more than 65% of the people in the United States take prescription and/or over-the-counter drugs; and, more than 60% take multiple drugs. This is due to our intolerance to personal pain and suffering – why suffer if there’s a drug that will eliminate the pain? Also, there is the belief that the drugs are “working” because they do what they are advertised to do, e.g. reduce pain, lower blood pressure, lower blood glucose, lower cholesterol. It will require a major paradigm shift in our thinking to move away from drugs as the solution to our health problems.

Myth: Once you have diabetes there is nothing you can do. You must listen to the doctor and take any medication he prescribes to lower your blood sugar.
Truth: Diabetes is the easiest disease to reverse. With diet, exercise and nutritional supplements you can reverse type 2 diabetes.

Myth: Type 2 diabetes is genetic. If others in your family have type 2 diabetes chances are that you will get it.
Truth: That is nonsense. If you keep eating the way they do, you will most likely get type 2 diabetes and so will the majority of people who eat the same way. If you follow the recommendation of Dr. Bernstein to modify your diet or  if you follow the recommendation of Engineer DeWayne McCulley (author of "Death to Diabetes) to eat a plant-based diet and exercise on a regular basis, you will not have high blood sugar.

Myth:  My doctor says that people who advocate the use of vitamins are quacks.
Truth: People who use (the right kind of) wholefood vitamins are healthier and more aware of how their body is functioning. 

Myth:  My doctor says it's ridiculous to think that (Type 2) diabetes can be reversed.
Truth: People who use (the right kind of) wholefood vitamins in combination with a superior nutritional program are healthier and more aware of how their body is functioning.
Doctors in this country are not trained in preventive medicine therefore they do not believe in it. They are trained to cut, remove and medicate. Your doctor is jealous because he is not getting a kickback from the drug companies for the prescriptions he would be writing for you. Instead you will be too healthy to require his services in the future.

Myth:  If you're a Type 1 diabetic, diet changes won't help.
Truth: Most Type 1s will have to take insulin, but they can dramatically reduce the amount of insulin with a superior nutritional program.

Myth:  People who say diabetes can be reversed are just trying to sell you their book or someone else's book.
Truth: Yeah, that one may be true! Smile That's one of the reasons why the author of Death to Diabetes explains his program on his website -- so that you can verify the program for yourself without having to buy the book!.

Summary
To summarize, those are just some of the dispelled myths about diabetes and how to reverse its progression. You must remember that natural remedies take time. If you don't have the patience and determination you will lose and the diabetes will win. 

Most people will complain that the "natural" way did not work for them. But they don't or won't make a complete diet and lifestyle reversal. Instead they will pick and choose what they like about the program, justify their cheating and then complain that it did not work for them overnight.

Sidebar: In addition to these myths, there are a lot of so-called healthy foods that have been marketed as such -- but, they're not healthy at all! Take a look at this web page -- you may be surprised ...

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The 5 "Live" Super Foods! (To Reverse T2 Diabetes)

Super Foods!
The author defines a super food as a food that contains multiple micronutrients and phytonutrients that provide health benefits. The author defines a "super meal" as a combination of super foods that help to prevent disease or heal the body from disease.

The author has grouped these super foods into five categories of “live” super foods. When consumed on a regular basis as part of a balanced synergistic meal, these foods create a biochemical/hormonal balance that reduces insulin production, controls appetite, nourishes the cells, strengthens the immune system, prevents inflammation, and helps to heal the body physically, biochemically, hormonally, emotionally and spiritually. As a result, these foods help to reverse your diabetes.

The list of five “live” super foods includes  vegetables/(some) fruits, filtered water, lean protein, monounsaturated fats/Omega-3 fats, and some organic whole grains -- but, does not include many of your favorite "dead" foods or any of the so-called “healthy” foods.

However, if you're diabetic or struggling with some similar disease, then,  you must consume these foods (and, avoid the  5 "dead" processed foods) as part of the Super Meal Model Diet for Diabetics -- to ensure that your body is obtaining a balance of key macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytochemicals.

Author's Sidebar: The terms "live" and "dead" may sound a little melodramatic, but I believe that they get the point across without having to explain the rationale of each term in detail. In addition, I found these terms to be very effective in making specific points during my lectures and workshops. Also, these terms tie nicely into the book’s title and the photograph on the front cover of the book.
“Live” food (pronounced l i v e as in "I'm alive") helps the body to heal, fight disease and stay alive. “Live” foods are primarily raw, unprocessed, lightly-cooked or partially processed foods that contain most of the seven nutrient factors. The term “live” does not necessarily mean that the food is alive, but it does contain the nutrients that keep the body alive. Coincidentally, these foods are connected with the prevention and reversal of many of the major systemic diseases and ailments.
“Dead” food inhibits the body from healing and leads to disease and early death. “Dead” food is man-made, processed food that lacks most of the seven nutrient factors. Coincidentally, these foods, along with a sedentary lifestyle, are connected with the development of many of the major systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
For those familiar with proper nutrition, there should be no surprises with the following list.

1. Vegetables, Some Fruits, Other Plants: include bright-colored, tasty foods that are full of critical macro and micro-nutrients.
Vegetables

Vegetables include green/leafy and bright-colored, such as spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, bok choi, greens (collards, mustard, kale), Romaine lettuce; asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, kelp,  stringbeans; beans, carrots, onions, garlic, okra, peppers (orange, red, yellow, green), squash; sea vegetables; and, legumes.

Fruits include dark, bright colored fruits such as a├žai berries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, elderberries, strawberries, apples, grapes, pears, goji berries; plus, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangosteens, and pomegranates.

2. Filtered water: comes from whole raw vegetables and fruits, raw juices, grasses, and tap water that has been filtered. Most tap water contains contaminants including bacteria, viruses, parasites, dissolved metals, pesticides, herbicides, waste, lead, asbestos fibers, fluoride, chlorine, and other chemicals.

3. Lean protein: includes fish (wild salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, tilapia), nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, whey protein, whole soy foods (tofu, tempeh, miso); lean, organic beef, free-range chicken breast without the skin, turkey breast without the skin; goat’s milk, raw milk, low fat plain yogurt; organic eggs, low fat cheese, soy/tofu cheeses, blue-green algae (spirulina, chlorella); grains (amaranth, quinoa); wild game (venison, bear, bison); organic seafood (shrimp, crab, lobster); and most vegetables.
Lean Protein: Wild Salmon

4. Unsaturated fats: include monounsaturated fat, Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat, some Omega-6 polyunsaturated fat, and certain saturated fats.

Monounsaturated fat is contained in extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nuts, cashews, avocados, peanuts, walnuts, and almonds. Omega-3 fats are found in cold-water fish such as wild salmon and sardines; and, nuts such as walnuts and almonds.

5. Organic whole grains: include amaranth, quinoa, kamut, barley, oat, rice germ/bran, and alfalfa. However, most diabetics should avoid grain, at least until they stabilize their blood glucose levels and reach Stage 4 of the Death to Diabetes Program.

Note: For a complete list of "live" foods (and "dead" foods), refer to Chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Death to Diabetes book.


The 5 "Live" Foods


Reference: Death to Diabetes Website

Thursday, July 14, 2011

So-called Healthy Foods [Part 2]

Here are additional foods that are marketed as "healthy"foods but, they're not. Unfortunately, many of these so-called "healthy" foods actually fuel diabetes and other diseases!-- Baked beans: excess sugar
-- Bran muffin: fat, sugar, flour
-- Bottled teas: excess sugar
-- Brown rice: check the fiber content, buy organic
-- Canned tomatoes: get organic (but check to ensure there's no sugar)
-- Cheerios: it doesn't lower your cholesterol!
-- Diabetic foods: i.e. Glucerna
-- Diet soda: Are you kidding me?

There are still more ...


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So-called Healthy Foods [Part 1]

There are a lot of foods that are marketed as "healthy"foods but,they're not. In fact, many of these so-called "healthy" foods actually fuel diabetes and other diseases!
-- Cereal: gateway food, sugar
-- Oatmeal: yeah, I know, everyone is shocked by that one
-- Wheat bread (flour, PHO, HFCS)
-- Yogurt: too much sugar, dead bacteria
-- Canola oil: man-made, hydrogenated
-- Soy: yeah, we Americanized a good thing from the Asians
-- Fruit juice: lots of sugar
-- Bottled water: 52% is tap water!
-- Cow's milk: pasteurized, homogenized, "dead", mucous-forming

Many of our clients and other diabetics get frustrated when they don't understand why they're blood glucose level doesn't come down once they start eating healthy foods. But, once they realize that some of the foods they were eating were actually not healthy foods, they were a little upset. But, once they made the necessary dietary changes, and saw their blood glucose levels start coming down, they were very happy.

During the past few months, this topic also came up during a couple of our corporate wellness workshops, a webinar, and a radio call-in show.

So, we decided that we should post some of these foods, and make people aware of what's real healthy and not healthy.


p.s. There's a lot more so-called "healthy" foods, so we will add to this list with future posts. Feel free to email us if you have some foods that you believe should be on the list.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Top Killer Diseases

The leading diseases that cause death account for almost 75% of all deaths; and, the top 3 diseases account for over 50% of all deaths in the United States. During the past 10 years, the main culprits have remained relatively the same.

Top Killer Diseases in U.S. Bar Chart

As shown in the bar chart above, the diseases that are the leading cause of death are:
-- Heart Disease
-- Cancer
-- Stroke
-- Respiratory Disease
-- Diabetes


Other top diseases include:
-- Influenza/Pneumonia
-- Alzheimer's
-- Kidney Disease


Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US and also the leading cause of death worldwide. More than half of the deaths that occur as a result of heart disease are in men.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Caucasian Americans. For Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Asians or Pacific Islanders, heart disease is second only to cancer.

In heart disease, as the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

The key to preventing death from heart disease is to protect the heart and know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

More Information About Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.

About 611,000 Americans die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 370,000 people annually.

In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds. Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics, and whites. For Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, heart disease is second only to cancer.

Coronary heart disease costs the US $108.9 billion each year and is the most common type of heart disease.This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

Note: Heart disease is a term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries.

Heart Attacks
Ever since statin drugs were introduced in 1989, heart disease and heart attacks have gradually increased every year.There are 350,000 heart attacks every year, with xx,000 being fatal.
About 580,000 people in the U.S. suffer heart attacks each year. Of these, 410,000 are a first heart attack and 165,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

Most heart attacks are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that bring blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. When blood cannot reach part of your heart, that area starves for oxygen. If the blockage continues long enough, cells in the affected area die.

Note: People drop dead suddenly from a heart attack for many reasons, including:
-- Plaque buildup that breaks off a large blood clot
-- Blockage in the widow-maker
-- Electrical signal malfunction
-- Medications
-- Not getting tested
-- Ignoring the signs
-- Wrong blood tests
-- Stress
-- Misdiagnosis

Note: Refer to our blog post about the 7 warning signs of a possible impending heart attack.

Cancer
Cancer is the second-leading cause of death for both men and women in the US and also the second-leading cause of death in many other countries. Based on the current growth of cancer cases, cancer will surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death within 3 to 5 years.

Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide out of control without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues.

There are more than 200 types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, bone cancer and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer. Conventional cancer treatment usually includes chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.

Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of 100 trillion cells. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old or become damaged, they die, and new cells take their place.

When cancer develops, however, this orderly process breaks down. As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form growths called tumors.

Many cancers form solid tumors, which are masses of tissue. Cancers of the blood, such as leukemias, generally do not form solid tumors.

Cancerous tumors are malignant, which means that they can spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. In addition, as these tumors grow, some cancer cells can break off and travel to distant places in the body through the blood or the lymph system and form new tumors far from the original tumor -- this is known as metastasis.

Unlike malignant tumors, benign tumors do not spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. Benign tumors can sometimes be quite large, however. When removed, they usually don’t grow back, whereas malignant tumors sometimes do. Unlike most benign tumors elsewhere in the body, benign brain tumors can be life threatening.

Differences Between Cancer Cells and Normal Cells
Cancer cells differ from normal cells in many ways that allow them to grow out of control and become invasive. One important difference is that cancer cells are less specialized than normal cells. That is, whereas normal cells mature into very distinct cell types with specific functions, cancer cells do not. This is one reason that, unlike normal cells, cancer cells continue to divide without stopping.

In addition, cancer cells are able to ignore signals that normally tell cells to stop dividing or to start a process known as programmed cell death (apoptosis), which the body uses to get rid of unneeded cells.

Cancer cells may be able to influence the normal cells, molecules, and blood vessels that surround and feed a tumor—an area known as the microenvironment. For instance, cancer cells can induce nearby normal cells to form blood vessels that supply tumors with oxygen and nutrients, which they need to grow.

Cancer cells are also often able to evade the immune system, a network of organs, tissues, and specialized cells that protects the body from infections and other conditions. Although the immune system normally removes damaged or abnormal cells from the body, some cancer cells are able to “hide” from the immune system and grow undetected.

Tumors can also use the immune system to stay alive and grow. For example, with the help of certain immune system cells that normally prevent a runaway immune response, cancer cells can actually keep the immune system from killing cancer cells.

Cancer affects men and woman of all ages, races and ethnicities. The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimates the total costs of cancer in 2009 were $216.6 billion: $86.6 billion for direct medical costs and $130.0 billion for indirect mortality costs.

Stroke (Cerebrovascular Diseases)
Cerebrovascular diseases are conditions that develop as a result of problems with the blood vessels that supply the brain. Four of the most common types of cerebrovascular disease are:
    Stroke
    Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
    Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    Vascular dementia.

Every year more than 795,000 people in the US have a stroke; risk of having a stroke varies with race, ethnicity, age and geography. Risk of stroke increases with age, yet in 2009 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were younger than 65 years.

The highest death rates from stroke in the US occur in the southeast.

Respiratory Disease
Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) is a collection of lung diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related issues, including primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but also bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.

A study released by The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) estimated that 16.4 million days of work were lost annually because of COPD, and total absenteeism costs were $3.9 billion. Of the medical costs, 18% was paid for by private insurance, 51% by Medicare, and 25% by Medicaid. National medical costs are projected to increase from $32.1 billion in 2010 to $49.0 billion in 2020.

Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When a person has diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin or cannot use insulin as well as it should. This causes glucose to build up in the blood.

Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.

Type 1 diabetes, which was previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or juvenile-onset diabetes, may account for about 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, which was previously called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes, may account for about 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

The estimated costs of diabetes in the US in 2012 was $245 billion. Direct medical costs accounted for $176 billion of that total and indirect costs such as disability, work loss and premature death accounted for $69 billion.

Food for Thought
Since diabetes causes major damage to the arteries (macrovascular & microvascular), that means that 4 out of the 5 top killer diseases are associated with our cardiovascular system. In addition, two of the top health conditions (high blood pressure, high cholesterol) that affect more than 100 million Americans  are associated with the cardiovascular system.

Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us when someone drops dead of a heart attack. Maybe something is being overlooked here ...

Other Top Diseases
Other top diseases include:
-- Influenza/Pneumonia
-- Alzheimer's
-- Kidney Disease
 
Note: Although obesity is not listed as a disease, it should be, especially since more than two-thirds (68.8%) of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese; and, obesity is a major risk factor for the top 3 diseases.


FYI: Every year, about 35 million people visit the hospital (average 4.8 days stay) in the U.S. That's about 96,000 people a day. Every year, about 2.5 million people die in the U.S. (56 million worldwide). In the U.S., that's roughly 6800 people that die each day (153,000 worldwide).

Note: Globally, the top 3 diseases are the same around the world as they are in the United States.


Influenza and Pneumonia
Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. The reason influenza is more prevalent in the winter is not known; however, data suggest the virus survives and is transmitted better in cold temperatures. Influenza is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Influenza can be complicated by pneumonia, which is a serious infection or inflammation of the lungs. The air sacs fill with pus and other liquid, blocking oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. If there is too little oxygen in the blood, the body's cells cannot work properly, which can lead to death.

Pneumonia can have over 30 different causes, including various chemicals, bacteria, viruses, mycoplasmas and other infectious agents such as pneumocystis (fungi).

Together, pneumonia and influenza cost the US economy more than $40.2 billion in 2005. This figure includes more than $6 billion due to indirect costs (such as time lost from work) and $34.2 billion due to direct costs (such as medical expenses).

Influenza accounts for 1,532 deaths annually and pneumonia 52,294.

Alzheimer's Disease
Dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in memory or other thinking skills that affect a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is caused by damage to nerve cells in the brain which are called neurons. As a result of the damage, neurons can no longer function normally and may die. This, in turn, can lead to changes in memory, behavior and the ability to think clearly.

 For people with Alzheimer's disease, the damage and death of neurons eventually impair the ability to carry out basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing.

People in the final stages of the disease are bed-bound and require around-the-clock care. Alzheimer's is ultimately fatal. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.

An estimated 5.2 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease in 2014, including approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

Almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer's are women. Of the 5 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's in the US, 3.2 million are women, and 1.8 million are men.

In 2013, 15.5 million family and friends provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias - care valued at $220.2 billion, which is nearly eight times the total revenue of McDonald's in 2012.

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most expensive conditions in the nation. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Despite these staggering figures, Alzheimer's will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today's dollars) in 2050.

A woman's estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a man. As real a concern as breast cancer is to women's health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as healthy kidneys. Because of this, waste from the blood remains in the body and may cause other health problems.

It is estimated that more than 10% of adults in the US - more than 20 million people - may have CKD, of varying levels of seriousness. The chances of having CKD increase with age; it increases after 50 years of age and is most common among adults older than 70 years.

Chronic kidney disease is widespread and costly, costing Medicare upward of $41 billion annually.

Awareness and understanding about kidney disease is critically low, with an estimated 26 million Americans having chronic kidney disease. Among those with severe (stage 4) kidney disease, fewer than half realize that they have damaged kidneys.

Note: Although obesity is not listed as a major disease, it should be, especially since more than two-thirds (68.8%) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese; and, obesity is a major risk factor for the top 3 diseases. 

FYI: Every year, about 35 million people visit the hospital (average 4.8 days stay) in the U.S. That's about 96,000 people a day.

Every year, about 2.5 million people die in the U.S. (56 million worldwide). In the U.S., that's roughly 6800 people a day that die (153,000 worldwide).

Note: Globally, the top 3 diseases are the same around the world as they are in the United States.

Good News
Although many of these disease are increasing each year, there are still strategies and activities that we can implement to prevent these diseases and, in some cases, even reverse the effects of these diseases.

The most important thing that you can do right now is to educate yourself about disease and nutrition, and why prescription drugs are not the answer, especially long term.

Then, be proactive and begin to gradually change your diet over time. If you don't like the idea of changing your diet, then, do it gradually and keep some of your favorite foods or comfort foods as part of your diet. That way you'll have a better chance of sticking with the diet. Also, the really nice thing about this kind of proactive strategy is that if you should develop one of these diseases, then, it will take you a lot less time to implement the complete diet and go "all in".

In future blog posts, we will discuss specific steps that you can take for each of these diseases, including specific foods, supplements and compounds that actually kill cancer cells.

In addition, we will also discuss the Number 1 problem that is fueling these diseases along with the top 3 major nutritional deficiencies that are fueling many of the top 10 diseases, especially heart disease, cancer, and diabetes -- along with obesity, chronic fatigue and many autoimmune diseases.

We will also discuss why the supplements you're taking right now aren't really working and may actually be fueling a nutrient deficiency that is going undetected.

Note: For more details, refer to the DTD online training program and the DTD books/ebooks on heart disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

Top Killer Diseases in U.S.

References:
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)