Monday, 15 April 2013
Obesity referred to as a 'trigger' or 'risk factor' in disease
I recently saw a study that claimed to present evidence that obesity is a risk factor or trigger in the development of cancer.
Over the last year, I have come to understand better than ever the relationship between nutrition and disease. Motivated mainly by the changes I saw following making the ethical decision to become a Vegan, and seeing the subsequent and unexpected improving my own chronic pain and disease, I have researched interdependently and objectively and dredged out and tested facts and evidence of the impact of nutrition on our physical health. Subsequent to all of this research, I feel I am qualified now to express my opinion on this topic.
I can firmly say that I strongly believe that obesity is not a trigger for cancer and other chronic diseases, but rather a coinciding symptom that appears in conjunction with diet related diseases such as cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and so on. To say that obesity leads to a higher risk of cancer is to miss the wider view - the bigger picture. Both cancer and obesity are symptoms of the same wider problem. Just as obesity is a symptom of a distressed body, so too is Cancer. Specifically, in order for cancer to grow, it required a low oxygen environment. A low oxygen environment is created by consumption of high fat, especially high quantities of saturated animal fat and protein, creating an environment that is acidic and under-oxygenated - the perfect conditions for cancers to flourish and also the perfect conditions to hamper our immune systems in their defense.
I am so sick to death of seeing seeing obesity referred to as a risk factor or 'trigger' in diseases like cancer and diabetes!
I remember one day sitting in my Doctor's clinic and really seeing for the first time a poster that they had up in the waiting room. The caption along side a picture of a typical large wasted man said something along the lines of 'Is your weight putting you at risk? This particular poster was specifically referring to the risk of diabetes.
I sat there in silent disbelief. I was so angry that I wanted to tear down that poster right then and there. Here was just another example of the misinformation that is being pushed onto people. And I was there for a condition that I would later find out, could itself have been prevented and even massively improved if not cured, and largely has been by correcting my diet (Rheumatoid arthritis + chronic pain and fatigue that the doctors like to label Fibromyalgia). But none of my doctors ever mentioned diet as a treatment, and so I spent years on damaging chemotherapy drugs, prescription pain killers and anti inflammatory drugs - and why ? Because I didn't know any better. But now I know better! I know that diabetes type 2 is caused by consumption of fat, not sugar like a lot of people believe. The animal fats you consume linger in your bloodstream, hampering the ability of insulin to cope with and process the sugar in your blood. This results in high blood sugar. Did you know that? Too few people do - even, in my experience, type 2 diabetics!
What that poster should have said was 'Is your diet putting you at risk of serious illness?' or 'what is your body weight telling you about your future risk of developing more serious illness'
The average doctor isn't treating the root cause of the problem - the diet - but rather applying a band aid! Then another sore opens up - high cholesterol - another band aid - cholesterol lowering drugs. Oh you have angina? Here take these tablets. You have inflammation? Here take these prescription pain meds and anti-inflammatory tablets. And here take this chemotherapy drug to dampen your immune system that is attacking foreign bodies in your blood that are there because you ate tho wrong foods (especially way too much Omega 6 fatty acids - but that's a whole other topic!) ... So just take this tablet and let's just shut up your immune response - just another band aid.
Why wont doctors address the underlying problem? Do they even recognize what it is? If they do, I've never seen one admit it - with the exception of course of those rare but outstanding doctors like Dr John McDougal, Dr Douglas Graham, Dr Neal Barnard (see image below) and Dr Michael Gregor who all prescribe a whole foods plant based Vegan diet to treat and reverse the top killer diseases of our time. Would it be terribly skeptical of me to suggest that the reason that your everyday GP doesn't prescribe a 'eat real food' solution to these illnesses, is because there is no money in recommending people go out and buy bananas, broccoli, potatoes and rice, no profit to be gained from kick backs ... erm .... 'incentives' from the fruit and vegetable wholesalers? But there sure as hell is a lot of money to be made in prescribing medications. Skeptical or truthful? Dig deep enough and you will find he answer for yourself.
Look deep enough and you too will find truth like this - when big profits are at steak, big influence is wielded. Watch this video on how the big meat and dairy industries in America basically silenced the nutritional council and forced them to 'amend' i.e. completely change their recommendation of 'no animal products'
Many studies are showing time and again that a whole foods plant based diet, containing no animal products (Vegan) and especially high in raw foods actually creates an environment in the body that does not allow cancer to grow! Guess what the other side effect of a Vegan diet is? Yes, a lean, healthy, energized body.
So there you have two polar opposites - the SAD (which stands for Standard American Diet but could just as easily also translate to the Standard Australian Diet) that derives a large percentage of calories from large quantities of animal fats and proteins and likely processed and/or 'Junk' foods, with the side effects being, amongst others : obesity and higher risk of both cancer and heart disease.
In stark contrast, at the other end of the scale is the Vegan and HCLFRV (High Carb Low Fat Raw Vegan) diet containing zero animal products, just whole plant based foods where most calories come from unrefined natural carbohydrates such as glycogen and fructose in fruit or from starches and grains for those who eat a cooked vegan diet, where the symptoms are: a lean body and healthy BMI, a fraction of the risk of cancer and an almost zero chance of heart disease.
Stop being a victim and blaming everyone and everything but yourself. Empower yourself, learn what you need to know and take control. You too can become a vital, energized, happy and healthy human through feeding your body what it wants and what it needs to thrive. But you have to really want to thrive - once you make the decision to do what it takes, it's easy sailing :)
So, in summary, how do you reduce your risk of cancer ? It's the same way you reduce your waistline - feed your body what it needs. Real natural whole food & physical activity - make it a priority every day to nourish both your body, mind and soul through eating and living the right way, the way nature nourished our human bodies for thousands of years, and the way nature intended our bodies to be fueled.
Finally, my personal message to you all is this - Don't wait until you begin to suffer yourself and then find the motivation to act. Act now - Act preemptively and positively, and turn your health around, once and for all, permanently and the right way. Cut out the animal products that are making you sick, whether you feel it or not ... yet. Start enjoying vital health before you get sick! You just have to look to the examples of others who have been there, recognize that an attitude of denial of 'it wont happen to me' is just counter productive, and instead follow the example of those living the life you aspire to! It really is withing everyone's reach - within reach of the nearest banana. :)