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Natural Medicine : Cancer

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Cancer may be the result of the simultaneous action of at least three factors - viruses, injurious agents, and native weakness.

Animals may be a reservoir for cancer viruses. Animal products figure highly in cancer risks. Viral particles have been found in certain cancers and in milk and eggs. Monkeys, chickens, cows, cats, and dogs may be possible cancer virus carriers.

Cooking may not be adequate to make animal products safe, as even heat-killed viruses have caused cancer in hamsters. In countries where dairy industries are well developed, cancer rates are high. A possible association has also been suggested between areas with developed poultry industries and high rates of leukemia and early maturation of children.

85 percent of cancers are directly related to the environment. Another ten percent of cancer cases are indirectly related to the environment. Estrogens and bile acid derivatives are internally produced carcinogens, which are recognized as being related to environmental factors.

Some studies have associated coffee drinking with female bladder cancer. Drinking one cup of coffee per day may increase women's risk of developing bladder cancer by three times. X-rays to the mouth, head and neck increase the risk of developing thyroid cancer. Atromid-S (Clofibrate for lowering cholesterol) is associated with a higher incidence of cancer and gallbladder disease. Amphetamines, once used in weight reduction programs and now used for hyperactive children, may increase the risk by six times for developing Hodgkin's disease later in life.

Lifestyle management to maintain the body's defenses plays a significant role in determining cancer susceptibility.

General Risk Factors:

  • High meat and fat consumption
  • Coffee, teas, colas
  • Aflatoxins (fungal products found especially in peanuts and soy sauce)
  • Lack of iodine, vitamins A, C and E
  • Amines, such as nitrosamines, found in un-refrigerated foods, processed meat and cheese.
  • High intake of certain vitamins
  • Habitual overeating has been associated with 35% of all cancers.
  • Certain species of mushrooms
  • Diet high in refined foods
  • Diet high in fat or protein
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Long "transit time" for intestinal digestion
  • Estrogens
  • Hair dyes
  • Asbestos fibers
  • Drugs, including certain antibiotics (Tetracycline, possibly penicillin), aspirin, diuretics, immunosuppressants, Azolid, Butazolidin, Presamine, Tofranil, SK-Pramine, Tapazole, Methotrexate, antihistamines, amphetamines, Atromid-S, etc. (NOTE: These are associations, not implying that they cause cancer.)
  • Use of tobacco, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated and decaffeinated drinks
  • Excessive exposure to chemicals, industrial fumes, hydrocarbons, cleaning solvents, and vinyl chloride
  • Stress
  • Exposure to cold, heat, and radiation
  • Drinking tap water in most large cities
  • Long contact with sick pets
  • Chronic irritation or infection
  • All viral illnesses (flu, colds, rashes, diarrhea)
  • Early sexual activities increase the risk of developing cervical and fore skin cancer.
  • Kidney transplant
  • History of any previous cancer
  • Nonspecific factors, such as age, race, sex, occupation, and family history of cancer.

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