Posts Tagged: Cancer

Holistic Survival Podcast with Jason Hartman

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By Rob Archangel, 180DegreeHealth.com staff writer Ahoy, y’all- Matt’s got a new interview up over on Jason Hartman’s Holistic Survival Podcast. It’s a great one covering some of the big ideas behind 180D and what makes Matt’s approach unique and compelling. Especially for those just getting started here, it’s definitely worth a listen.  Check it out: 180 Degree Health with Matt Stone Jason’s got a good site over there as well, helping people prepare for a changing world through proactive, positive steps.  As a former apprentice on a permaculture homestead and assistant to an organic vegetable  minifarm, I dig that a couple of permaculturists have been previous guests.  He’s got lots of other good info there too, so feel free to poke around.

Causes of Cancer and the Relationship Between Cancer and Diet

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Cancer is extremely complex, and there are so many different varieties of cancer – breast cancer, prostate cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, colon cancer, bone cancer, brain cancer, skin cancer, and more.For every type of cancer there exists a plethora of theories regarding the cause of cancer and the relationship between cancer and diet.But the cancer prevention diet so often touted by medical professionals is not always the best plan. When I think of cancer, and I’m sure you’re on the same page with me on this, I think of Arnold in Kindergarten Cop yelling out “It’s nod a toomahhhh!”  Then of course my mind wanders to scenes from Commando and Predator mostly and I start shouting things like “Get to the Choppa…Run!” Okay maybe that’s just me…. Read more »

Causes of Skin Cancer and Melanoma

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Sun is one of the leading causes of skin cancer, right?  Wrong.  The causes of melanoma are far more complicated than modern medicine would have you believe.  180 Degree Health wants to present alternate research and information on skin cancer that fills gaps left open by conventional declarations. Skin cancer is caused by the sun right?  Wrong.  Skin cancer is caused by a combination of an underlying degenerative (cancerous) state within the body and poor skin which cannot properly protect and heal itself from solar radiation.  Furthermore, the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, has nothing to do with solar radiation.  In fact, melanoma can strike anyone of any race, and often emerges on the soles of the feet and in other places where “the sun don’t shine.” Sunscreen won’t… Read more »

Blood Sugar Information – Effects of High and Low Blood Sugar

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Without question, one of the greatest epidemics of modern man is the epidemic of high blood sugar. High blood sugar effects include, first and foremost, elevated levels of the hormone insulin.  Insulin, a fat storage hormone named after “insulation,” leads to a disorder known as metabolic syndrome – a pre-diabetic condition that typically includes elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, low HDL, and obesity.  This disorder puts one at risk for every illness associated with obesity, such as heart disease, most cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and type 2 diabetes – just to name a few. So right there, you have an incredibly powerful list of high blood sugar effects.  It increases the risk of: Heart disease Stroke Obesity Type 2 diabetes Cancer Depression and other emotional disorders Alzheimer’s and other neurological… Read more »

Dr. Colbert on Obesity

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More on the hot topic of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids later, as the review of Brian Peskin’s video series on the topic has the wheels in my brains spinning.  For now, thanks to Darya Pino of Summer Tomato where I found this truly fine assessment of obesity in America… http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/262582/january-25-2010/the-word—manifest-density

Diverticulosis

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This week is evidently digestion week. It began with an email from a friend on helping out with a digestive condition called “diverticulosis,” which she referred to, unknown of the spelling, as “diver-tickle-o-sis.” Next, some friends came over for dinner and, naturally, we talked about IBS while eating. I’m a classy dinner host no doubt. For starters, diverticulosis is a condition, an extremely common one, where pockets form in the intestines and fill with fecal matter. They are basically small blowouts in the intestinal walls, where it balloons out and gets clogged. As this mass ferments and continues to stretch out the intestinal walls, inflammation can set in, causing the development of a condition called diverticulitis. As with IBS, these conditions are both caused and exacerbated by malabsorption, and more… Read more »

180degreehealth sneak peek — Dr. Fatkins

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Unedited excerpt from 180-Degree Health: Understanding and Reversing the Decline of Human Health, due for release in January 2009 …one need look much further than the end result of most people “livin’ la vida low carb.” Everyone knows that going on a practically no carb diet has serious drawbacks. For one, most people get mean constipation. If not, your body odor and breath start stinking to a level that screams, “this can’t be healthy!” What’s totally nuts is that even Dr. Fatkins himself mentions, on page 303 of Dr. Fatkins New Diet Revolution… “…remember that prolonged dieting [including ‘this one’] tends to shut down thyroid function. This is usually not a problem with the thyroid gland but with the liver, which fails to convert T4 into the more active thyroid… Read more »

Malabsorption

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First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap for all the newbies, Price directly observed a dramatic change in physical, mental, and even societal health amongst several independent groups of humans worldwide, as they were exposed to modern foods for the first time from a previously natural, nutritious, and untainted diet. Highlights include improper formation of facial structure resulting in crooked teeth, something we now just consider to be normal and “genetic”… Read more »

Fruc Fructose

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Fructose is a kind of sugar. There are many kinds of sugars: sucrose, lactose, galactose, maltose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, and bunches more. Fructose is just one type. Fructose is famous for being the type of sugar found in fruit. Because of this association with fruit, considered to be a very nutritious and overall healthy food to be included in the daily diet of every man, woman, and child, fructose has been given unfair judgment. We might want to take a moment to investigate fructose a little further though, because there’s a legitimate possibility that it is the biggest single contributor to chronic disease. For realsies. As those who have done their homework have discovered, there is a striking correlation between the availability of refined sugar and the widespread onset of… Read more »

Hungry, Hungry Hippos

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The question I promised to answer in last week’s self-starvation experiment saga was “why are we so hungry if we’re eating more than ever before?” This is one of the biggest questions of the 21st century, and the correct answer may hold the key to unlocking the entire degenerative process that began at the dawn of carbohydrate refining. Most people agree that the cause of the Diabesity epidemic (a great term that I stumbled across, as the two, type II Diabetes and obesity, often go hand in hand) is eating too much and exercising too little. But as anyone who has read more than a few paragraphs of this blog knows, my opinions differ. I certainly see this ballooning phenomenon having far more complexity. It is clear that Americans, as… Read more »

Devitalized Food

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Modern, mainstream nutritional dogma tells us that eating a lot of fats, a lot of calories, and not exercising are the primary causes of the degenerative process leading to heart disease, Diabetes, obesity, and perhaps Cancer. People unaligned with mainstream thought on the subject of human health say that those claims are full-blown BS. Gary Taubes, who researched the subject for half a decade before writing his human health opus, Good Calories, Bad Calories, has pretty much established that it is in fact, BS. Still, on his side of the fence, carbohydrates are the root of all evil – the cause of the entire degenerative process ranging from your good ole’ heart attack to Alzheimer’s. Yet, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, whatever – have been staples of various human diets throughout history… Read more »

Got Hyperinsulinism?

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Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that is secreted to manage proper blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels are extremely important. Too much sugar or too little sugar circulating through our bloodstream has an incredibly powerful – and harmful effect. Sugar balance is therefore of the utmost importance. Insulin is a storage hormone, meaning that it triggers the storage of sugar into the liver and the cells. Because of this property it is considered the key hormone involved in the accumulation of body fat. In fact, Type I diabetics that cannot produce insulin will literally waste away if insulin is not medically administered. Because carbohydrates, simple sugars in particular, have a pronounced effect on insulin in the body – causing a tremendous rise in the amount of insulin… Read more »

Pleomorphism n’ Stuff

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Some Logic…Instinct – the most sophisticated mechanism for achieving harmonious existence; the sum of evolution and adaptation manifested as a behavior, action, or tendency. Humans come into the world, before we learn much or develop our ability to reason, acting purely on instinct – like that of a wild animal. Our instincts have developed over the millennia to give us the best possibility of survival. What we are naturally inclined to do as infants is essential to life and optimal development. As we grow and learn our instinct begins to take the back seat and our reasoning takes over our actions. We are unique as a species because our ability to dominate instinct with reasoning is common. This is such a powerful thing that we sometimes even depart from the… Read more »

Research Quotes 2007

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“The single greatest factor in the acquisition and maintenance of good health is perfectly constituted food.”-Sir Robert McCarrison; Nutrition and Health (1936) “The truth will always be in the minority. Always, always, always… You will never find it in the hallways of conventional institutions. You will find it in pockets, in clusters, individually. And it will not be mainstream.”-Joel Salatin; Everything I Want to Do is Illegal (2007) “Nutrition is the master healing science. All else is mere remedy at best. Nutrition necessitates lifestyle change, while other methods, effective as they may seem, are temporary if nutritional changes are neglected. We cannot hope to get well by taking medication and consuming junk food… all other therapeutic disciplines are secondary to nutrition… Nutrition is the Master Science and stands above all… Read more »

2007 Reading List

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* Denotes work of particular significance and/or exceptional integrity(Chronological order as they were read)… The Maker’s DietJordan Rubin *Nourishing TraditionsSally Fallon Cholesterol MythsUffe Ravnskov Enzyme NutritionEdward Howell *Nutrition and Physical DegenerationWeston Price Pottenger’s CatsFrancis Pottenger Caffeine BluesStephen Cherniske Eat Fat Lose FatSally Fallon Waking the Tiger Peter A. Levine The Milk BookWilliam Campbell Douglass Solved: The Riddle of IllnessStephen Langer/J. Scheer Sugar BluesWilliam Dufty Excitotoxins: The Taste that KillsRussell Blaylock The Diet CureJulia Ross *The Schwarzbein Principle Diana Schwarzbein Know Your FatsMary Enig Seven Weeks to SobrietyJoan Mathews Larson The Garden of FertilityKatie Singer The Untold Story of Milk Ron Schmid Secrets of the SoilPeter Tompkins Lick the Sugar HabitNancy Appleton *Traditional Foods Are Your Best MedicineRon Schmid *Recipe for Living Free of DiseaseAajonus Vonderplanitz Raw to RadiantKim Cohen Fiber… Read more »

Status of the Puzzle

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It’s been a year now of concentrated research and tireless pondering on the current human health status, what constitutes an optimally healthy diet and lifestyle, and the best strategy for where to go from here if health interests you. To be able to come to some worthy conclusions, I had to make as much sense out of the endless sea of information as possible. This was no small feat, and the process of putting the pieces of the “puzzle” together is an ever-evolving process of refinement. But as we hit the end of 2007 and celebrate a full year of my self-righteous proclamations, it made sense to commemorate the current status of my overall understanding of the health trends that we’re seeing in the world. First of all, for all… Read more »

WAPF 2008 Annual Conference

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The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Annual Conference was focused specifically on children’s health. It was enlightening in many regards and left me feeling like several more pieces of the health puzzle have come together. The whole seminar can best be summarized as “Natasha Campbell-McBride.” McBride, a Russian M.D. living and practicing in England, spoke for the first time on Saturday to the entire audience of nearly 1,000 health, food, and farming dorks. McBride presented her theory and patented syndrome which she labels “Gut and Psychology” or GAP Syndrome. GAP syndrome is an acute illness where one begins wearing inexplicably trendy clothing while looking upon the world with a distant stare. Also, the vision of the GAP sufferer clouds over with a dull brown tint, known by medical experts as KV… Read more »

Heil Schwarzbein! (New Version)

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We are drowning in what I call ‘nutritional minutiae.’ There is an endless stream of breaking news about such and such phytonutrient’s cancer-preventing properties, the latest antioxidant ‘discovery’ and on and on and on. On top of all that, there is a relentless fuss over pesticides, GMO’s, soy estrogens, and more. And then mainstream nutritionists focus on vitamins and minerals as if that’s the only thing that matters when it comes to health. Oh and then there are enzymes in raw food. Gotta worry about getting my enzymes now. And what type of exercise and how much? And am I spending enough hours in the sun, or too much? And how much mercury is in my fish? And did that cow eat grass or grain, and was that grain GMO… Read more »

Spotlight on Coconut Oil

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So I’m usually like, “hey, fats are good, eat ‘em suckaz!” This time I wanted to get specific though, because true virgin coconut oil is a powerful substance deserving special attention. Coconut oil’s affect on the body can be so noticeable, particularly for those who have been avoiding fats for many years, that is seems almost druglike. I’d go so far as to say that the only people who wouldn’t notice a dramatic physiological effect from consuming coconut oil are those with a high metabolism, those already eating lots of utilizable fats, or those who have particularly stable blood sugar otherwise. The most noticeable effects are a rise in body temperature, increased energy, and lack of hunger and sugar cravings. Coconut oil has a long litany of other less noticeable… Read more »

A New Revolutionary Field of Biology!

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A book I’m currently reading, The Biology of Belief, got my motors running in a big way. It fired me up because it totally sums up the ridiculous blind tangent that some of the “smartest” people have been on for 60 years. The author, Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., states that the field of epigenetics (meaning control above genetics) is a revolutionary new field of biology regarding how we look at heredity. Instead of seeing genes as the sole determinants of our blueprint, epigenetics “profoundly changes our understanding of how life is controlled.” By this I can only assume that “our” refers to the idiots that have been trying to unlock the human genetic code, and “profoundly changes our understanding” means that they no longer think about it with the intellectual integrity… Read more »