Monday, October 3, 2011

Inflammation - A True Cancer Promoter

If you go back through the archives of my blog, you are already familiar with the link to hormone imbalance and cancer. Estradiol, one of three types of the estrogen hormone in our bodies, is an aggressive bugger when it goes unchecked. How do our hormones become so out of balanced? Primarily, through the food we eat and the environment we live in.
For the next few posts I am going to focus on food choices - the fuel for our body and how it is utilized. Are we consuming foods that promote apoptosis (death of cells - which is really a good thing!), or are we providing the fuel that cancer cells crave, and thus they go on forever and ever, dividing in rampant chaos?
I HAVE discussed this before as well. I have read so much information that I only wish I could spend my entire day blogging to share it with you.
Our hormones get out of balance when we eat inflammatory foods. As a population, especially in the U.S., we eat an extraordinary amount of inflammatory foods. A short list includes soy, dairy, gluten... I will be providing cancer promoting and cancer fighting food in the next few days.
A study in 2005 published by Michael Karin  and Florian R. Greten (Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Signal Transduction, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology) found that one control event is most related to cancer development - and that is CHRONIC INFLAMMATION.
You can cut and paste in this link, which takes you to a google search used to find the study, and the top choice will provide a PDF with details of this study.

Chronic inflammatory diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), and even diabetes (also an inflammatory disease) are all great risk factors for cancer.
Chronic inflammation can lead to free radical generation and rapid peroxidation, which can lead to cancer.
Come on back tomorrow where I will begin to share healthful food choices if you wish to remain cancer free. If you are already battling this disease - KNOW that you can BEAT CANCER when you give your body the proper nutrients. God's pharmacy, called nature, is MUCH, MUCH more powerful than any synthetic concoction formulated by a drug company.

To your health,
Rita S.

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