Cancer

  1. The cancer risk lurking in your freezer

    Remember the days when frozen meals and packaged foods seemed like the greatest thing since sliced bread?

    From a fried chicken dinner in minutes... to hot oatmeal in an instant... to waffles with a flick of the toaster... the convenience that these foods offered was nothing short of a miracle when they first debuted.

    And even though we now know that the processed carbs and sugars in these foods won't do your waistline any favors, it's STILL awfully tempting to crack open a package when your belly is rumbling and you're short on time.

    Heck, boxed meals are often a whole lot tastier than anything you could whip up yourself!

    But it may be time to "l'eggo" that Eggo and other packaged foods once and for all -- because according to a new study, the more processed foods you eat, the greater your risk of cancer.

    In the study out of France and Brazil, over 100,000 people periodically filled out questionnaires about everything they ate and drank.

    Every item they put into their mouths was categorized into one of four groups, ranging from unprocessed foods (like fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish) to "ultra-processed" foods (including packaged breads, processed meats, snacks, sweets, and sodas).

    After about five years of follow-up, the researchers compared these dietary diaries to the participants' medical records.

    It turned out that a 10-percent increase in ultra-processed foods in the participants' diets led to a 12-percent increase in their overall risk of cancer... and an 11-percent increase in breast cancer specifically.

    I wouldn't exactly call CANCER "convenient"!

    Now, the study didn't prove that these "Frankenfoods" CAUSED cancer. It could be that those who eat more packaged foods also have more unhealthy lifestyle habits than those who favor fresher foods.

    But it's undeniable that processed foods' added sugar -- not to mention their lack of protective fiber and vitamins -- may feed the growth of cancer cells.

    And as I've shared with you recently, studies have shown that processed meals ramp up inflammation in your body, which sets the stage for many diseases, including cancer.

    Not only that, but foods from bags and boxes often contain additives and preservatives known to be carcinogenic -- and toxic chemicals can even leach into the food from packaging.

    When you open up a boxed meal, you're really opening a Pandora's box of risks!

    Switching to the Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet makes it easy to sidestep processed junk -- because it includes only FRESH meats, fish, dairy, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

    And try cutting out the grocery store "middleman" by shopping at your local farmers' market, where you can buy whole ingredients with no packaging whatsoever.

    No time to cook? Invest in a slow cooker (a.k.a. "Crock-Pot"). You can simply throw meat, veggies, and seasonings into the cooker and let it do all the work while you go about your day.

    A true miracle!

  2. Cellphone radiation linked to heart tumors

    EXPOSED: Cellphone radiation risk to humans is real

    It seems like no matter where you go these days, everyone's got their faces bent downward -- staring straight down at the smartphones in their hands.

    These gadgets can sure be a delightful distraction, what with games, texts, photos, and the World Wide Web literally at your fingertips.

    But they may also be a DEADLY one.

    And I'm not just talking about the immediate risks that cellphones pose to your life if they steal your attention while you're crossing the street or sitting behind the wheel.

    I'm not even talking about the posture problems caused by all of that bending of your neck!

    It's something a whole lot scarier: Although the telecom industry SWEARS that the low levels of RF radiation emitted by cellphones are perfectly safe, a new study suggests that that radiation exposure can really add up over time... and may saddle you with cancer!

    The government-backed study exposed male and female rats to very high levels of the SAME kind of radiation emitted by cellphones. The animals were really bathing in the stuff, with their entire bodies exposed all at once.

    After 10 years, it turned out that male rats developed malignant tumors in the tissues around their hearts. And guess what -- the tumors that the rats developed were very similar to the types of tumors that HUMAN cellphone users had developed in previous studies!

    Back then, the mainstream tried to dismiss those findings as just a fluke. But the scary and sad news is that it looks like the danger is very real after all.

    So, if you find yourself fidgeting with the phone a little too much these days, it may be time to reduce your use. I've had a cellphone for well over 10 years -- the time it took for the rats to develop those heart tumors in this most recent study -- and I'm never the first one to start using some new-fangled technological gadget!

    Fortunately, you can minimize your exposure to RF radiation by making some easy replacements in your daily routine:

    • Instead of switching it to "vibrate" or "silent," turn off your phone when you're not using it. Even when it appears to be "sleeping," it's still emitting radiation!
    • Instead of carrying the phone in a pants pocket, shirt pocket, or bra, keep it away from your body in a bag (but not a purse you're holding close to yourself).
    • Instead of holding the phone up to your ear (which is dangerously close to your brain) when making calls, use either wired headphones or speakerphone mode.
    • Instead of sleeping with your phone in the bed, on the nightstand, or anywhere close to your head, put it away in a drawer, high up on a shelf, or even charge it in another room.

    Making the swap on just a couple of these habits can make a world of difference. And while you're at it, load up on antioxidants known for repairing the oxidative damage caused by these types of sources of everyday radiation.

  3. Radiation therapy? Don’t forget the blueberries

    Beat back cancer with a bushel of berries If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that I tend to recommend the "active surveillance" approach for many early-stage tumors. But if and when your cancer reaches a later stage, though, "watching and waiting" may no longer be enough. And while radiation can kill off the cancer...
  4. Gum disease ups the risk of cancer

    The cancer risk lurking in your mouth Taking a trip to the dentist is never on anyone's shortlist of favorite things to do. Your mouth gets poked... your teeth get scraped... and your gums might bleed... especially if you've been a little lax with the mint-waxed floss. But according to the latest science, that brief discomfort is NOTHING compared to...
  5. Pomegranate juice beats back lung cancer

    This sweet sip makes cancer go up in smoke If you've been reading my eTips for a while, you know that I've made it my mission to discover healing ingredients from all over the world -- and to share what I find with you. And though I frequently travel to new lands, sometimes what I find is more about the...
  6. Maple syrup fights cancer

    Stick with this natural sweetener to stop cancer in its tracks Here in the Northeast, we're coming up on the start of maple syrup season -- a "sweet spot" in the midst of a frigid winter. It's the time when sap starts to flow freely from maple trees, ready to be tapped and collected -- and you wouldn't have your...
  7. Blueberries improve effectiveness of radiation for cancer

    Don't get zapped without these "power" berries Undergoing radiation treatment for cancer is a dangerously double-edged sword. Sure, getting zapped may beat back the cancerous cells... but it can fry your healthy cells, too -- leaving you feeling worse than ever. That's why I tend to recommend the "active surveillance" approach for prostate and many other cancers in the early...
  8. Hypertension drug raises skin cancer risk

    WARNING: Do this to save your skin It's a familiar story. You go in for your annual physical... that cuff tightens around your arm... and you walk out with a prescription for a drug you're supposed to take for the rest of your LIFE. It's a scenario that's happening to more and more people now that new guidelines have lowered...
  9. Five New Year's resolutions slash cancer risk

    After the ball has dropped... don't drop the ball! If you made New Year's resolutions as 2017 gave way to 2018, I applaud you -- especially if those resolutions have something to do with improving your health. It's really never too late. Even if you've been lighting up or eating too much junk food for longer than you care to...
  10. Esophageal cancer risk linked to mouth bacteria

    Beat back cancer by "brushing up" on your oral health You know what you've got to do. You brush, you floss, and you swish mouthwash around like a good soldier. You want to keep your teeth as long as you can... and keep those pearly whites sparkling and your breath minty fresh. But it may surprise you that no matter...

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