In early January, 2017 I was trying to ski in Austria, I had put on a lot of weight, tired and sweating profusely,
I stopped, sat down in the snow, wondering what on earth was the matter with me?
Over the previous two years, I had ignored the signs of illness and self treated myself.
On three occasions Black Stool (blood in the upper digestion): If I stopped drinking coffee the problem went away after 3 days!
Indigestion: If I took a few Rennie or Gaviscon tablets, or glass of Coke Cola, the problem would go away !
Thursday 12th January I visited the local hospital, told my story, I was given an upper gastric endoscopy and a blood test.
By Monday I was diagnose with Stage 3 stomach cancer with a 6 cm tumor, caused by an ulcer, followed by helicobacter, and a sugar habit I underwent a 12 week cycle of chemo, an operation to remove most of my stomach, followed by a further 12 weeks of chemo.
The side effects from the treatment whilst in hospital were horrendous, including thrombosis in the left lower leg, a pulmonary embolism, lung infections, pneumonia, unable to go to the toilet, I was fitted with a valve to get chemo in, and blood out.
The whole time I kept strong, when friends visited me in hospital they would find me trying to walk up and down the Hospital corridors.
When I came out of hospital and finished another course of chemo, I spent the next 4 months rehabilitating my self, initially I could only walk 100 meters without a rest, I incurred damage to the nerves in my fingers and toes, vertigo, no energy, daily stomach dumping, referred pain in my back, and I lost 25 kg in weight.
Over the next few months, I did my best to rehabilitate my self, with daily exercise, good food, plenty of sleep and rest.
By September 2017 I was declared Cancer free, but I continued with a 80mg daily dose of heparin for the thrombosis.
By this time I had gone back to work, on one side it kept me focused, but on the other side, I was not working on building up my destroyed immunity, and cleaning out the killer chemicals floating around my body, and I had also gone back to my old ways to eating and drinking.
The problem with a stomach the size of a small Mc Donald’s Berger is you need to turn the food around fast and extract a lot of nutriments.
January 2018, 1 year after being diagnosed with cancer. My skin looked yellow, and I was still under weight and was regularly sick in the evening. I visited the Hospital for the quarterly CT scan followed by an MRI scan, I was informed that I had metastatic cancer of the liver and spine.
I was given the following options: A. No chemo and 6 months to live B) 2. cycles of chemo with up to 2 years to live.
I chose ‘No chemo and 6 months to live’, and discharged my self from the hospital.
I Stopped taking the heparin which destroys your bones, And with the Help and direction from my Fiancé took on the battle to beat Cancer.
This website “Immunity Boost” is about how “I live with Cancer the Natural way”.
Update: May 2019. I have just had a blood test and an ultra sound covering heart, liver, stomach, left leg, other than some white scaring on my liver, the Doctor said: all looks good, and is questioning the original diagnoses by both Kufstein & Innsbruck Hospitals!
For me the big question is: Has this diet been a waste of time, or has boosting my immunity stopped an aggressive liver and back cancer?
I have to say, that since going on the diet, I have felt much better then before the diet, far more energy, and no stomach issues, and my sight has improved. ( could be the carrots!)
Develop a Food & Juice routine, and an Exercise plan.
Problems in your daily life may now become too much to coup with. So you end up doing nothing, or you can go to work, but not deal with your personal life. I found the solution to this is to break issues down into daily tasks that are achievable, and set your self a new task every day.
Do Not carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, if you have been told you are going to die, the body and mind may / will have gone in to shock, this is a challenge you must rise too.
The Further you are in to Cancer the more `RAW´ your food must be.
Start the day by Juicing. You should see a major improvement in your health and energy in two weeks.
For Breakfast. Boost your body with Protein, Energy, Vitamins.
Understand all the possible side effects from your treatment. Be ready for them, and act on the signs before its to late!
Drink plenty of fluid. When you’re going through cancer treatment, it’s important that you don’t get dehydrated. When there isn’t enough water in your system, it can’t work the way it should. Fluid has many jobs in your body: Controls your heart rate and your blood pressure Keeps your body temperature steady Removes toxins and waste Carries nutrients and oxygen around your body Protects organs, tissues, and joints
Your Blood: I can not stress how important your blood is to your survival. Three years after the event I am fitter and healthier then I have been for many years. To check how my body is holding up I take a full blood test and compair it to previous tests. Your Blood test shows all.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) unveiled its new guidelines for reducing the risk of cancer. The organization advises people to eat less red and processed meat and more whole, plant-based foods.
The new guidelines, published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians on June 9, states that regular exercise and a “healthy eating pattern” can lower the risk for several types of cancer. Healthy eating, ACS notes, includes limiting or eliminating beef, pork, and lamb as well as processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs, and cold cuts. It also advises avoiding sugary drinks, alcohol, and refined grains.
Instead, the ACS advises eating nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and peas.
American Cancer Society: avoid red meat and eat more plant-based food.
Red Meat and Cancer
In 2015, the World Health Organization classified red meat as a Group 2A carcinogen, “probably carcinogenic to humans,” referencing studies that have linked regular consumption to colorectal cancer. Processed meat was classified as a Group 1, meaning there is evidence from epidemiological studies connecting it to cancer.
A 2018 study from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research found that red meat increases the risk of colorectal, lung, pancreatic, and nasopharyx cancer. Processed meats increase the risk of colorectal, lung, stomach, pancreas, and esophagus cancer.
“The evidence on processed meat and cancer is clear-cut. The data show that no level of intake can confidently be associated with a lack of risk,” said Professor Martin Wiseman, WCRF International’s Medical and Scientific Adviser.
Like the ACS, the WCRF advised eating a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods to reduce the risk of cancer. “Our evidence suggests the greatest risk is for people who consume no or hardly any vegetables or fruit,” said Dr. Rachel Thompson, WCRF’s Head of Research Interpretation.
As well as several types of cancer, evidence links red and processed meat to heart disease as well. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a plant-based diet to protect heart health.
A long-term AHA study analyzed four dietary patterns of Americans from 1987 to 2016. It found that those who ate the most “healthy plant foods” had a lower risk of heart disease. It concluded that plant-based diets “were associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and all-cause mortality.“
American Cancer Society: Avoid Meat to Reduce Cancer Risk
The American Cancer Society published new guidelines, advising people to avoid red and processed meat to reduce cancer risk.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be coming to a close, but staying on top of your breast health is an all-year-round affair. In addition to getting an annual mammogram, this can include adopting certain lifestyle changes. In a PSA released this month, Alicia Silverstone promotes adopting plant-based diet, regular exercise, and limiting alcohol consumption.
Silverstone, who has been vegan since her 20s, is joined by Dr. Kristi Funk, author of the 2018 book Breasts: The Owner’s Manual, The Good Place star Ted Danson, and Jasmine Levya, director of the documentary, The Invisible Vegan. The PSA was released by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization made up of more than 12,000 doctor members, as part of their national “Let’s Beat Breast Cancer” campaign. Watch the video below:
Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer in American women, second to skin cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s estimated that 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women this year.
Although rare, breast cancer affects men as well, particularly in older men or those with a family history of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), between five to 10 percent of breast cancer diagnoses are thought to be genetic.
Race and ethnicity can also affect your risk. White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than Black women over 45. Mortality rates are higher for Black women of any age. Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women have a lower risk of breast cancer. Lifestyle can also play a role in breast cancer risk, such as alcohol consumption (but more on that later). Some animal studies suggest that exposure to certain chemicals (such as pesticides and fossil fuel fumes) raises the risk of breast cancer. But, this has mainly been explored in animals.
Can a Plant-Based Diet Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?
No lifestyle can ensure that one will never get breast cancer. However, there are several lifestyle factors that can reduce the risk:
1. Eat More Plants
According to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), there is some evidence suggesting that eating non-starchy vegetables may decrease the risk of estrogen-receptor-negative (ER) breast cancer. Foods containing carotenoids, which include carrots, yams, kale, spinach, and oranges, may decrease your risk.
“Every time you lift a fork to mouth, you are making a nutritional chess move in the game called health,” Funk tells LIVEKINDLY. “I’ve spent years researching what science has to say about which antioxidant-rich foods release molecules that can scavenge free radicals, eliminate carcinogens we consume and encounter, prevent and repair DNA damage, identify and destroy harmful cells in our bodies, inhibit new blood supply required by tumors to grow (angiogenesis), stimulate the immune system, regulate hormone metabolism, and reduce inflammation.”
A 2014 study from Japan linked increased vegetable consumption with a “statistically significant” decrease in premenopausal breast cancer. So, eat your vegetables. Try to make low-fat, whole foods plant-based meals that include a wide variety of vegetables, legumes, and grains. Remember to eat fruit, too.
Funk adds that “meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs create chinks in that armor where breast cancer cells can settle and thrive; animal products increase estrogen, growth hormones (IGF-1), angiogenesis, free radicals, immune system dysfunction, and inflammation.”
However, experts acknowledge that there is no “magic bullet” diet for cancer prevention and additionally, diet is not the sole factor.
2. Exercise Regularly
“Being sedentary increases breast cancer by as much as 40 percent over those who bust a move at moderate levels for 3-4 hours a week,” says Funk.
The American Cancer Society notes that many studies in the past two decades have linked regular exercise to a reduced risk of pre and postmenopausal breast cancer. For adults, this means working out for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity weekly.
“However, even just walking briskly for a mere 11 minutes day drops breast cancer incidence by 18 percent,” Funk continues. “If sweat isn’t your thing, simply strive to move more throughout the day with a goal of 5 hours a week.”
Find a way to move your body every day in a way that you enjoy. That can be walking, yoga, lifting weights, jogging, or playing an exercise video game. Regular exercise has also been proven to reduce anxiety and depression.
3. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Several studies have linked moderate to heavy alcohol consumption to an increased risk of pre and postmenopausal breast cancer. This includes all types of alcohol, including beer and wine. As little as one drink a day can increase your risk of premenopausal breast cancer. According to that same study, approximately 4 to 10 percent of breast cancers in the U.S. (between 9,000–23,000 new invasive cases) can be attributed to alcohol consumption.
Funk explains that “alcohol weakens your immune system, increases estrogen levels (80% of breast cancers are fueled by estrogen), and interferes with your body’s ability to convert folate into its DNA-protective form, methylfolate.”
She adds that depending on your age, one drink a day can increase breast cancer risk by as much as 10 percent and two drinks can raise the risk by 20 to 30 percent.
“The American Cancer Society advises that people who choose to drink limit their intake to no more than 2 per day for men and 1 a day for women,” says Funk.
4. Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
Studies suggest that being overweight can increase the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Weight changes throughout adulthood may also negatively influence the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer while weight loss has been linked to a reduced risk.
“In the United States, up to 50 percent of postmenopausal breast cancer deaths can be attributed to obesity,” says Funk. “Cue the good news: if you lose the weight, you’ll lose the risk!”
Funk recommends embracing a whole foods, plant-based diet and limiting alcohol consumption, cutting back on saturated fat and refined sugar, and regular exercise.
5. Get an Annual Mammogram
Again, it’s important to acknowledge that no lifestyle will completely prevent cancer. But, steps can always be taken to reduce your risk and catch breast cancer early.
“I advise women at normal risk for breast cancer to begin annual mammograms at age 40,” says Funk. Breast cancer is hard to predict, but “14 percent of all breast cancers occur between 40-49 years old, and the highest risk decade in which to get diagnosed is in your 70s.”
Those with a higher risk, such as due to an inherited gene mutation, a family history, prior abnormal breast biopsies, or those with dense breasts should consult with their doctor for a personalized plan.
“I often add breast MRI, screening breast ultrasound, and 3D mammography (i.e., tomosynthesis) for high-risk patients and begin younger than age 40,” says Funk.
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