Cancer prevention, colon cancer, the second most common type of cancer
We hear a lot about breast cancer on the news and on social media, reports about celebrities battling cancer, like Angela Jolie’s double mastectomy, is common. Much is also published about prostate and lung cancer, however, this trend is beginning to change. For example, according to a 2012 Center for Disease Control study colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S for both men and women.
Colon cancer used to be most common in people over their 50s, but according to a University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center study published in the 2015 edition of the JAMA Surgery journal, the number of 20 and 30-year-olds who will be diagnosed with colon cancer is set to increase by 90% by 2030. The number of rectal cancer cases could increase by a whopping 124%. For people 35-49, the incidence rates may increase 28% to 46% respectively.
Why is colon cancer skyrocketing?
And why are more and more young people being diagnosed with it? The main culprit is the western diet. Deep fried foods and processed foods containing refined cooking oils and white sugar are now the main sources of “nutrition” many people eat. These foods create a toxic overload within our system which is like fertilizer for cancer.
Hippocrates, who has been called “The Father of Medicine”, once said the ‘all disease begins in the gut’. Because of consuming nonorganic, genetically modified and highly processed foods, many people have over 20 toxic chemicals that are being produced in the colon and causing toxic build-up. Toxins like phenols, indoles, amines, and ammonia.
Over the past 100 years, our planet has become much more toxic, making it even more imperative yet challenging, that we choose our foods wisely and carefully. Our food supply is contaminated with more than 3,000 chemicals which are added to enhance the flavor, the appearance and the shelf life. And millions of metric tons of pesticides are used annually on our crops.
Dr. Budwig’s Approach to Prevent Colon Cancer
- Avoid Constipation – I like to start my day by drinking a glass of pure water followed by several servings of whatever fresh fruit is in season. Fruit is like a broom that sweeps clean the waste from the body with its high fiber content. I wash fruit in a container of pure water (5 parts water and 1 part white vinegar) to remove harmful chemicals. Then I do some push-ups, squats and rebounding, as well as a 20 to 30 minute walk every day, which are all conducive to staying regular and maintaining good health. Throughout the day I try to drink a liter to a liter and a half of pure spring water. Structured water is best as it is much more bio-available.
- Colonic Irrigation – The Budwig Center uses colonic irrigation to remove mucoid plaque. Some people have a hard buildup of mucoid plaque in the colon which may hinder the body from absorbing nutrients and removing metabolic toxins and waste optimally. Mucoid plaque builds up slowly over the years without showing any signs of serious problems and many of us have excess mucus stuck in our bowels and do not even know it.
- Processed Meats – Stop eating commercially processed meats such as sausages, ham, bacon, hot dogs, etc. If you do eat meat, consider lowering the quantity per meal and eat only meat that is organic, grass-fed, and hormone and antibiotic-free. Pork is to be avoides because it often carries the heaviest toxic load. A recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered that 69% of commercial pork, 55% of beef, 39% of chicken, and a whopping 81% of turkey tested positive for antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as campylobacter and Salmonella. I prefer to consume fresh non-farmed fish. All fish with fins and scales are what Dr. Budwig recommended for her cancer patients. Avoid seafood such as lobsters, shrimp, squid, clams, etc. as they are the cleaners of the oceans and seas and carry a toxic load.
- Eat Real Food – Go back to the habits of the ‘good old days’ when we ate food from nature. I like to include in my daily diet fermented foods like kombucha and sauerkraut because these strengthen the gut, improve digestion and the immune system. Seventy percent of our immune system is based in our digestive system therefore it is imperative to keep it working at its best. Replace ‘fake’ processed foods like white refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup (which directly feed cancer) with raw honey, stevia, Xylitol and fruits. One day I have a green garden salad and the next day a coleslaw (cabbage) salad. Coleslaw is one of the best types of foods to regenerate the intestinal flora bacteria and prevent heartburn.
- Food Combining – Proteins and starches do not mix well in the same meal and actually neutralize each other, which can lead to indigestion. Improper food combining is one of the primary factors that cause malnutrition, gas, flatulence, heartburn, and upset stomach. Fruit is much like water and so in about 20 minutes it is ready to move on. So never consume fruit with or just after eating meat which can take up to eight (8) hours to digest. According to Dr. Wayne Pickering “it gets trapped in your stomach with all the other food, where it starts to rot as it’s not being chemically digested there. Therefore, eat fruit 30-60 minutes before other food.” Many people finish a meal with melon which is one of the hardest combinations to digest. “Eat melon alone, or leave it alone, or your stomach will moan,” says Dr. Pickering.
You can avoid colon cancer and in fact any type of cancer by making wise lifestyle and food choices. I encourage not only my cancer patients but also their friends and family that come to Budwig Center to adopt the basic Dr. Budwig way of eating and living. Many believe the body gets sick easily and is quite weak by nature. But just the opposite is true. Our body is designed to be healthy and the reason we often get sick is because we are not living the right lifestyle and eating the proper foods.
- Colon Cancer Cases Rising Among Young Adults
- Protein Degradation in the Large Intestine: Relevance to Colorectal Cancer
- Body Mass Index and Colon Cancer in a National Sample of Adult US Men and Women
- The Human Gut Microbiome as a Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer