Processed Meats, Cheese Linked to Lung Cancer

A new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine claims phosphates, a common food additive, may help speed the growth of lung cancer tumors. Testing in mice determined phosphates, often found in soda and processed cheese and meat may also cause tumors. Researchers say phosphates are critical to human nutrition, but eating too much can be dangerous. In the 1990s adults consumed about 470 mg of phosphorous per day, but now they can reach 1,000 mg a day; Reuters investigates.

Another reason to avoid processed foods is they often contain harmful trans fat and cancer-causing compounds called acrylamides. Eek! 

Cancer More Lethal for Diabetics

A new study in Journal of the American Medical Association has determined people with diabetes who get cancer are more likely to die. Researchers examined studies involving 125,000 people from 10 countries. Revealing female diabetics had a 76% higher risk of death from uterine cancer, 61% higher risk for breast cancer and 32% higher risk for colorectal cancer; Reuters investigates.

Try preventing both diseases! Fruits and vegetables are potent cancer and diabetes fighters.

Fruits and Vegetables Stomp Breast Cancer Risk!

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals breast cancer survivors who consume fruits and vegetables beyond current recommendations, more than 5 servings per day, had less risk of reoccurring tumors. Researchers claim estrogen causes many common types of breast cancer and eating lots fruits and veggies helps lower levels of harmful estrogen; Reuters reports.

Not exactly a new revelation, but still cool! Fruits and vegetables, such as kale, arugula, watercress, bok choy, broccoli and cabbage, have powerful anti-cancer effects, like halting the growth of breast cancer cells and inhibiting the progression of lung cancer. And, previous research has determined eating fruits and vegetables helps reduce men’s risk of colon cancer.

Also, earlier this month, a study showed fruits and vegetables help strengthen bones too.
 

Vitamins and Selenium Don't Prevent Prostate Cancer

Cancer is a disease. And according to Dr. Fuhrman, eating lots of high-nutrient foods protect against prostate cancer, namely fruits and vegetables, like watermelon, tomatoes, pomegranates, green vegetables, berries and figs. And avoiding harmful foods, like meat and dairy, help reduce men’s risk of prostate cancer. A healthy diet is key! Not just taking supplements and eating crappy food.

That’s why a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium don’t prevent prostate cancer. Researchers found that 35,533 cancer-free men, in their 50’s, who took selenium and vitamin supplements, several years later had the same risk of developing prostate cancer as men who received the placebo, Health Magazine investigates.

And similar research has shown simply taking vitamins C and E don’t ward off heart disease either.

Red Meat Boosts Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

An upcoming study in the January 22, 2008 issue of Circulation claims eating 2 servings of red meat per day increases risk of metabolic syndrome, a precursor to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, by 26%, but eating foods, like fruits and vegetables, lowers risk; CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates.

You should add nuts to that list too! A recent study showed people consuming a Mediterranean diet with a daily serving of nuts, decreased their risk of metabolic syndrome by 13.7%. And other reports link red meat with cancer of the small intestine and heightened susceptibility to bacterial toxins.

Fertility Drugs Boost Cancer-Risk

Drugs used to induce ovulation increased the risk of uterine cancer in a group of women treated with them 30 years ago. Published in American Journal of Epidemiology, 5 women out of the 567 reportedly given fertility drugs developed uterine cancer, roughly 3 times the incidence in the group not given drugs. Research also revealed a small, but significant, increase in breast cancer, malignant melanoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; NewScientist reports.

Cancer Will Soon Cost Trillions

Yesterday, we found out cancer will overtake heart disease as the world’s number one killer by 2010, with 27 million cancer cases by 2030. And now, a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals the total financial expense and human cost, i.e. the price of years of life lost, will reach $1.472 trillion in 2020, up from 2000’s $960.7 billion figure; via HealthDay News.

 

Cancer to Top Heart Disease in 2010

According to the 2008 World Cancer Report, cancer will surpass heart disease as the leading killer in the world by 2010. Estimates forecast 27 million people will have cancer by 2030, resulting in 17 million deaths annually. In addition to smoking, experts blame the spread of the Western lifestyle, i.e. poor diets and lack of exercise, for cancer’s increase; via HealthDay News.

CT Scans Boost Cancer Risk

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have determined up to 7% of patients from a large U.S. hospital system had been exposed to enough radiation from CT scans during their lifetime to increase their risk of cancer, up 1% from the baseline cancer rate. Researchers warn against continually scanning cancer patients that have cured their cancer; via Reuters.

Not a new concern. According to Dr. Fuhrman, other radiation scans, like mammograms, also up cancer-risk. Claiming, “The younger you are when the mammograms are performed, the greater the risk of radiation-induced cancer.” He explains that mammograms have become a multibillion dollar industry, how they provide false hope and the role of vested-interests in cancer treatment.

Don't Stuff Kids with Milk and Meat! --UPDATE--

According to new research in the Journal of Pediatrics feeding children lots of meat and dairy products build stronger and healthier bones in adolescence. Claiming children eating 2 servings of dairy and 4 or more servings of meat a day had denser bones as teens; Reuters reports.

Bad idea! Kids already eat too much milk and meat. Over time, children, specifically girls, eating a lot meat and dairy products go through puberty sooner, increasing their risk of breast cancer later in life. Not to mention dairy is linked to heart disease and meat to prostate cancer.

Getting plenty of vitamin D is important to bone health. So is exercising. Also, calcium is not restricted to cow juice. Plant foods like flaxseed and quinoa and leafy greens like bok choy, turnip greens, collard greens, kale and romaine lettuce are packed with calcium. Phooey to milk!

UPDATE: Dr. Fuhrman got fired up over this study. His thoughts:

This article must have been interpreted by the animal food industry. The facts are as follows.

It did not show denser or healthier bones in children eating more meat, milk and cheese; it showed kids who eat more animal products are bigger with larger BMI’s. If you are bigger your body’s mass of muscle, bone and fat are bigger too, everything enlarges. So they had bigger bones, not denser or healthier bones, but that we already knew. This is bad, not good; researchers have well established that kids who eat more animal products get bigger and die younger.

Our population is getting bigger, maturing earlier, aging earlier, getting sick sooner and dying younger. Size does not equate with health. A recent study tracking over one million girls for 25 years showed those who were taller and heavier had drastically increased risk of ovarian cancer. And breast cancer is linked to increased size, early maturity and early puberty too. The same heightened cancer risks have been shown for males. Those with the highest body mass have dramatically increased risk of early life death. In fact, an important study showed football players in the largest BMI category (linebackers) had six times greater risk of early life death that those in the lower category.

Overeating animal products in childhood is the main reason for our world’s explosion in cancer incidence in this century. The mantra should be, “Eat to get bigger, die younger.” I discuss more studies in my book Disease-Proof Your Child. Understanding these scientific studies is a must read for every person in America. It is the only way we will ever win the war on cancer.

Bowel Cancer: Brits Eating Less Processed Meat...

In lieu of reports linking processed meat with cancer, specifically bowel cancer, British consumers are now eating less meat. Of the 2,124 people surveyed 11% said they were trying to reduce foods like bacon and 26% reported eating more fruits and vegetables; via FoodNavigator.

Meat takes longer to digest. As it sits in the gut, it promotes prolonged exposure to carcinogenic compounds found naturally in meat. Now, on the flipside, fruits and vegetables reduce the incidence of cancer, like colon cancer, because phytonutrients protect the body against disease!