Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Exercise and Cancer Prevention [Infographic]

Exercise and Cancer "Make Time + Break Time = Cancer Protection"
Infographic from The American Institute for Cancer Research
What does exercise have to do with cancer?

According to the latest research and published studies, cancer needs anaerobic (absence of free oxygen) conditions to take a foothold, survive (grow) and thrive (spread).  

Inadequate oxygenation levels are influenced by a number of factors, including accumulation of toxins, infections, stress, trauma, a poor diet, improper breathing and lack of exercise.

Daily physical activity (or the lack thereof) in particular has recently been linked to an increase or a decrease in the risk for cancers.  Physical activity, especially aerobic exercise, not only oxygenates the body (including the brain) but it also helps to detoxify and restore pH balance in the body, as well as reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Suggested forms of aerobic exercise include walking, running, swimming, bicycling, hiking, dancing, rowing and cardio classes.  Inactive, older, pregnant individuals or those with heart disease or other health problems are advised to consult a qualified medical professional before starting an exercise program.

Infographic and more information and details regarding the new cancer prevention research, visit The American Institute for Cancer Research - Put the "Breaks on Cancer"

To learn more about preventing, healing and curing cancer, register for the Cure to Cancer Summit, a free online event.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Real Food - It's Harder to Find Than You Think! [Infographic]

Real Food - It's Harder to Find Than You Think
Infographic from Ecomom.com
This brilliant infographic comes to us from Ecomom.com, a website dedicated to helping readers make smart choices in truly safe and healthy products, tips, tools and support.

Lately much has been publicized about the quality, purity and true nature of the foods we eat in the typical Standard American Diet (SAD).  Most of us know what highly processed, junk and fast food looks like, and we've been opting to choose "real food" instead.  But how safe and healthy is the "real food" we are choosing?

Unfortunately (as this infographic so aptly points out) most of the food, even the "real food" we consume in the U.S. has been chemically treated, genetically engineered or modified, heavily processed and/or otherwise devitalized.  For example:

The GE/GMO Threat

✔ It is estimated that 70 percent of the foods sold in the supermarket have been genetically engineered (GE) or contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  
✔ GE food is first created in the laboratory, using technology that alters the structure of the organism (plants and animals) we ultimately consume.  Modification or alteration is often achieved through use of foreign DNA, synthetic genes, radiation and chemicals.  
✔ GE foods in the U.S. food supply includes corn, soybeans, sugar beets and cotton (cottonseed oil used in many products)
✔ GE foods and hundreds of GMO derived additives (glucose, lecithin, maltodextrin) are found in thousands of food products that we consume on a regular basis - cereals, breads, baked goods, crackers, snacks, soups, condiments, chocolate, ice cream, juices, soft drinks - the list goes on.
✔ The safety for human consumption of GE/GMO foods has not been adequately tested.  Certain preliminary studies suggest links between GE/GMO foods and:
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Immune suppression
  • Cancer

Animal Products (Meat and Dairy) Threat

✔ Meat and dairy products from conventionally raised farm animals contain synthetic hormones, bacteria, antibiotics and other drugs.  Although safe levels of various drugs in meat and dairy products are permitted, most animals are not tested.  When testing is actually done, unsafe levels of drug residue is often found.

✔ Among the most dangerous animal products to eat are the processed meats - hot dogs, sausages, lunch meat, etc.  It is thought that eating just 2 ounces of processed meat increases your chance of getting:
  • Heart Disease by 42%
  • Diabetes by 19%
✔ Conventionally raised cows are routinely injected with Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) causing them to produce IGF-1 milk.  It is thought that the presence of this hormone in milk and other dairy products (cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.) increases the risk four fold (4 times) in the human development of:
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
✔ Cows injected with rBGH have a much higher incidence of developing udder infections which are treated with antibiotics.  The antibiotics then end up in the dairy products that we consume.

Eating Smart

Many leading physicians, researchers, nutritionists and health experts believe that the best way to protect ourselves and our family from threats in food, including "real food", is to avoid eating all processed, prepared, junk and fast food and instead to eat a certified organic, whole-food, plant-based diet.  A healthy, chemical and additive free, unprocessed diet means selecting ingredients carefully (reading labels) and preparing most meals at home.  Many people say that they don't have the time or money.  But nowadays there are many excellent resources on time and money saving tips and methods.  We can eat healthily if we re-educate ourselves.

Drugs in Milk and Meat
How the FDA Has Failed to Protect Your From Antibiotic Abuse
"Nighmare Bacteria" and Your Diet
What is in Your Hot Dog?
The Food Industry's Most Evil Ingredients
The Truth About Food Additives

Obesity and Cancer - What You Need to Know [Infographic]

Obesity and Cancer - What You Need To Know
Updated Infographic from the AICR
This infographic from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) addresses the relationship between obesity and cancer.  According to the AICR, after not smoking, the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer is to maintain a healthy weight.

Numerous research and studies confirm that overweight and obesity increase the risk for at least eight types of cancers including:

checkmark. 16 red Esophageal Cancer
checkmark. 16 red Gallbladder Cancer
checkmark. 16 red Kidney Cancer
checkmark. 16 red Colorectal Cancer
checkmark. 16 red Post-Menopausal Cancer
checkmark. 16 red Pancreatic Cancer
checkmark. 16 red Ovarian Cancer
checkmark. 16 red Endometrial Cancer

The AICR estimates that excess body fat (including belly fat) is a cause of approximately 120,400 cases of cancer in the U.S. each year.  Yet 7 in 10 Americans are currently overweight or obese and less than half of all Americans are even aware of the obesity-cancer link!

Like so many leading experts who advise us to lower our risk for cancer by adopting healthier lifestyle changes, the AICR also advises to protect ourselves by:

checkmark. 16 red moving more, i.e., adopting a regular exercise routine and otherwise becoming more physically active
checkmark. 16 red eating smart, i.e., eating a mostly plant-based, whole food diet with 2/3 or more of the diet being vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.  See The New American Plate for Weight Loss, Chronic Disease and Cancer Prevention.
To learn more about preventing, healing and curing cancer, register for the Cure to Cancer Summit, a free online event.

Excess Body Weight Increases Cancer Risk
Healthy Weight Tips - Obesity and Cancer
Top 10 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Cancer Causing Agents
The Cure to Cancer Online Summit

For a full-size version of this infographic go to Updated Infographic: What You Need to Know About Obesity and Cancer
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