In Kenya, citizens are mourning the death of one of their leaders, Nyeri county governor Hon Nderitu Gachagua. The former Mathira constituency Member of parliament died while seeking treatment in the US. He died of cancer of the liver and was burried yesterday. His burial attracted many leaders including former Prime minister Raila Odinga, former President Mwai Kibaki, Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Whereas everyone of this leaders agreed that cancer is a menace world over, non seemed to like the idea of introducing preventive care than direct treatment. In the US, the Donald Trump government has set aside a huge chunk of the budget money to support institutions that conduct researches on new therapies and preventive measures that can be taken to ensure that cancer or any other lifestyle disease is contain within harmless limits. It is prudent to note that Nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow and proper civic education should be done on matters healthy eating. If this was the case then Gachagua, my good friend Joel Evans, Wangari Maathai or the Maseno university 3rd year nutrition student could have probably been sound and well today.
Instead of talking about cancer screening machines in every subcounty hospital, I would rather we talk about contributions of meat to the high prevalence of cancer in Africa and the US. Now that as a country, we have left so much of our population to be victims of the cancer menace, as we treat we should ask ourselves whether eating meat during cancer treatment is bad or normal. I s it really bad as health practitioners suggest? May be ‘no’ or ‘yes’. This article will give you indepth analysis and straight answers. It will help you make proper choices in your diet so as to influence your lifestyle in a positive way.
Meat and Cancer
Before we start this conversation today, I want you to ask yourselves how many of staunch Seventh Day Adventist Congregation world over suffer from cancer in relation to those in other denominations. Hospital records show that Seventh-day Adventists, who eat little or no meat, suffer far less from cancer than the average meat-eating population either in the US or in any other part of the world. You want to find out why? Simple, get the relationship between nutrients and bi-products of meet and cancer.
According to Webmd, Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. The online medical resource also notes that there are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast, skin, lung, colon, prostate cancer etc.
According to National Cancer Institute , the condition can also arise during a person’s lifetime as a result of errors that occur as cells divide or because of damage to DNA caused by certain environmental exposures. Cancer-causing environmental exposures include substances, such as the chemicals in tobacco smoke, and radiation, such as ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Mayo Clinic also notes that Gene mutations that occur after birth can cause cancer. Most gene mutations occur after you’re born and aren’t inherited. A number of forces can cause gene mutations, such as smoking, radiation, viruses, chemicals (carcinogens), obesity, hormones, chronic inflammation and a lack of exercise.
But Online portal Livescience says that a few cancers, such as cervical cancer, are caused by viruses, because researchers have isolated the viral genomes from the cancerous cells. But some viruses may take a “hit and run” approach — inducing cancer and then vanishing before the disease is caught, the researchers say.
As Cancer Center notes, the condition develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and cells grow out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue, called a tumour though some cancers, such as leukaemia, do not form tumours.
The condition is fundamentally involved with mal-utilization of protein. Oncologists generally agree that the actual cause of death in cancer patients is cachexia, a condition of severe weight loss and wasting associated with protein malabsorption. In fact, the cells are able to grow by making the amino acids of protein available for their growth at the expense of the body as a whole.
Through his book “Sick and Tired? Reclaim Your Inner Terrain,” Robert O. Young, Ph.D. has more than a page and a half of things that are wrong with eating meat products (see pages 87-89). Though Meat is really condemned in cancer treatment, studies have shown that it does have nutrients that are good for your immune system and it does have some nutrients that help prevent and deal with cancer. But the bottom-line remains, it does more harm than good.
Acidity and Cancer
First of all, understand that during the treatment, a person should not eat anything that is not building the immune system or killing cancer cells. Meat and other refined foods deplete certain enzymes such as trypsin and chymotrypsin through enhancing acid production hence creating an acidic condition in the body that allows the abnormal cells to thrive. The acid produced by the body after ingestion of meat also dissolves normal cells thereby acting as food to the cells.
Accumulation of Fecal Matter in the Colon
All foods which ferment in the bowel including meat is contraindicated in cancer treatment. Fecal matter that accumulates in the Colon is strongly associated with Colon cancer. Scientists and Oncologists have insisted that those with the condition should not consume meat or fish.
Hormones in Meat
Meat especially processed ones have certain hormones that are very dangerous and are indicated as causative agents of certain types of cancer. FDA has shown that Diethylstilbestrol (Des), an artificial sex hormone widely used in food production causes cancer of uterus, breast and prostate. Surveys show that 85% of meat sold in the US and other countries contain the Des hormone.
Nitrosamines another hormone produced from nitrites and nitrate, products readily found in meat cause cancer of the liver, stomach, brain, bladder, kidneys and several other organs.
Meat is dead matter, low in minerals and produces uric acid in excess which is a waste product. Toxins from meat and their acidity in nature force the body to look for in-excess of calcium which helps it neutralize acidity. This is highly connected to the reduction in bone mass and generally leads to Massive weight loss. Remember that tumours can only exist in a predominantly ACID environment caused by a diet rich in dairy foods, meats, grain products, sweets and strong condiments such as black pepper.
Meat is as bad as it sounds above. However, there are situations where eating meat, especially turkey or chicken, is not only acceptable but advised. For example, if a person has been on a very restrictive liquid diet for two weeks or more, it would be advisable to eat some meat to rebuild the protein in the person’s body.
Also, consider a person who weighs very little when they begin a cancer diet. The diet typically causes a person to lose weight, but by eating some meat while on the diet, the weight of the person may stabilize before it gets too low.
As noted by Cancer Tutor, the bottom line is to avoid meats as much as possible, but know that there are situations where a little meat (preferably poultry) can be beneficial, at certain times, in treatment of the condition.
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