5 Myths about Cancer Exposed!

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You probably hear a lot of conflicting information about cancer. There seem to be so many opinions about what causes it, who is at highest risk, and how you can beat it.

Which ones are facts and which are myths? Some of the truths behind common misconceptions about cancer may surprise you.

5 Common Myths about Cancer

1. Cancer is genetic so nothing can prevent whether or not you are diagnosed. This is one of the biggest myths because experts estimate that more than half of cancer diagnoses can be prevented. Less than 5 percent of all cancers have a genetic link. A vast majority of cancers are caused by environmental toxicity.

2Alcohol is good for my health. While a glass of red wine has proven beneficial to heart health, alcohol causes inflammation. A state of chronic inflammation has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

3People with cancer should “rest” as much as possible. While adequate rest is definitely necessary to stay healthy, experts advise against isolation and inactivity, which can lead to increased fatigue, a weakened immune system, and depression. Patients who exercise consistently have a higher rate of survival and maintain a more positive outlook throughout their recovery.

4The food you eat doesn’t prevent cancer or fight it. Foods high in refined sugar, refined sodium, and unhealthy fats have been shown in countless studies to influence cellular mutation that leads to cancer. Cancer cells consume more sugar (glucose) for fuel than any other cell in your body. Conversely, eating a diet of organic foods with vitamins and nutrients that prevent cellular deterioration naturally increase your chance of preventing and beating this devastating disease (and many others).

5Obesity doesn’t increase risk of cancer. With two-thirds of the United States population considered overweight or obese, this is an incredibly dangerous myth. Experts agree that hundreds of cancer cases are directly caused by carrying excess weight. One primary reason is that fat cells secrete estradiol which acts as a “fertilizer” for cancer cells.

Shockingly, the major organizations that are considered the “leading authorities” on what causes cancer (and how it can be prevented), perpetuate a few myths about cancer of their own.

Despite scientific evidence to the contrary by independent labs – meaning, no one is profiting from the information – they claim there is no link between cancer and…

  • Cell phones and power lines
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair dyes
  • Deodorant
  • Radiation treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Household cleansers
  • Processed foods
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Soy products
  • Stress

Myths about cancer are dangerous and so is the medical community’s refusal to look further than “traditionally accepted” causes. As with every part of your life, being informed is your first line of defense in prevention of disease. Making decisions based on the facts increases your ability to prevent cancer and – if you are diagnosed – beating it.

I appreciate and thank Ty Bollinger of The Truth About Cancer for this great article. Please do yourself a big favor and go to his website and opt-in to receive his emails. If you know anyone who is suffering from cancer – (and don’t we all) The Truth About Cancer will open their eyes to healing alternatives.

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Beet Kvass – A Sweet /Salty Drink With Tons of Health Benefits

I learned about Beet Kvass a few years ago, from my copy of Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon. Beets are a remarkable dark red vegetable that when fermented into Kvass, the benefits just explode.

Sally Fallon has this to say about Beet Kvass:

“This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are just loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments. Beet kvass may also be used in place of vinegar in salad dressings and as an addition to soups.”

I have been making beet kvass now for about 6 months. It is a weekly process that I actually look forward to. I make 1/2 gallon of kvass at a time, using 3 medium sized beets. I peel the beets and then cut them up into quarter-inch pieces. I add one tablespoon sea salt and then fill the half gallon jar up with the beets and filtered water.

After putting a lid on the jar, I set the beets aside, in a relatively warm area. The mixture is ready in 2 to 3 days. I also use the beets again to make a 2nd fermentation. Same process, but this time I add 1/4 cup of the kvass juice from the first fermentation. This helps speed up the fermentation process.

Another Way to Make Beet Kvass:  From Homestead.org.

For people who do not care for the taste of beets but still want the health benefits, there are an infinite number of ways you can dress up the basic recipe.  Try adding fruit such as fresh squeezed orange juice or chunks of apple.  Play with different herbs and spices like lavender or cinnamon.  One of my favorite varieties is the addition of carrots and ginger.   

Carrot Ginger Kvass 

  •   1 beet

  •   2 carrots sliced or grated
  •   1 inch chunk of ginger chopped or grated
  •   1 ½ teaspoons salt
  •   ⅛ cup whey (optional, if not using whey double the amount of salt)
  •   filtered water

  Follow the same method as for the plain kvass, simply adding carrots and ginger   to the mix.  Please note that for carrots and ginger grating or shredding does not pose the same issue as with the beets.  You may however find it difficult to keep the smaller pieces of vegetable under the brine.  Complete submersion is important since mold can form on any bits that rise above the surface. 

More great advice from The Kitchn.com:

Beet kvass may be an acquired taste for some, but those who love it often wax enthusiastically about its health properties and energizing effects. Like other lacto-fermented, probiotic foods, beet kvass can promote intestinal health and aid digestion. You might drink it straight-up as a daily tonic or cook with it like vinegar — it’s great in salad dressings and soups like borscht. It even makes an interesting cocktail mixer, similar to a vinegar shrub.

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Improve Your Brain By Healing Your Gut

Who would have thought that the quality of the bacteria in your gut would have enormous influence on your brain?

Our current medical system treats every part of our body as totally separate entities. For example, our stomach is in Arizona, our liver is in Montana, our brain is in Kansas – well, at least you get the point! So how could it be possible that the microbiome  in our gut (the millions of bacteria – good and bad) have a direct impact on our brain?

This is a health-changing and interesting video by Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Mercola. You will learn how many other problems people have to day can be simply improved by changing their gut health.

Learn how making your own fermented foods, like kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha can have a huge positive impact on your gut — and your brain.

Feeding your Good Bacteria with Prebiotics

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We’ve talked much about the power and importance of probiotics both here on my blog and in my upcoming book, Brain Maker. The good bacteria that make up your microbiome play a vital role in not just your digestive health but your overall well-being.

But how do we best set up these friendly “good bacteria” for success? By eating a diet that includes sufficient amounts of “prebiotics,” the fuel that feeds your success. Popular prebiotics include garlic, onion, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens and more.

Watch above as I discuss the power of prebiotics, and learn more about your microbiome in Brain Maker – available April 28.

If you would like to view Dr. Mercola’s article based on this interview, and download a full transcript of this video, please visit the link below.

Dr. Mercola Brain Health

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Intermittent Fasting – The Easy Way To Lose Weight

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Is intermittent fasting for you? Are you the type of person who wants to lose weight,  have more energy, and be able to have a your brain work sharper? So what’s the magic potion? The only magic is that Intermittent Fasting really works. Will it do all these things for every person? Maybe not. But what if intermittent fasting could help you just lose some weight?

I discovered intermittent fasting about a year ago, and recently looked a lot closer at the benefits as well as the different ways you can use it. Keep reading to find out how intermittent fasting can work wonders for you. Even help you lose those pounds.

Instead of eating three square meals a day, an eating schedule that involves “intermittent fasting” could help fight not just obesity but many related diseases of modern life, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, researchers say….via Science suggests intermittent fasting may have health benefits – Fox News

More Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Benefits of intermittent fasting are numerous. It is considered to be good way to preserve your health for a long time and to stimulate your brain and cellular healing. In contrast to the popular belief that we need three meals a day and snacks between them, fasting means that you spend some time without food.
You can always decide for yourself which intermittent fasting schedule works the best for you. Some people like to extend their non-eating period that includes time they sleep to omitting breakfast in the morning. Other people choose to eat only one large meal a day with fruit and non-caloric beverages during the non-eating time.
 If you want to know how intermittent fasting affects your overall health and in what ways you can benefit from skipping a meal or setting eating schedules,  look here. ……via 6 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting that Will Completely Blow Your 
Some studies suggest that fasting can reduce inflammation and help the body get rid of damaged molecules. Because digestion requires a lot of work from the body, fasting gives it a significant break.

…via Healthy Habits Forever: Benefits of Intermittent Fasting