Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the last several decades you’re aware that smoking causes cancer.
Plus a good number of other carcinogens in our environment have been identified including asbestos, heavy metals, radon, plutonium, radiation, various chemicals, engine exhaust, and even chemotherapy drugs!
Certain infections and viruses also have a strong association with cancer including:
- H. Pylori infection
- Human papilloma virus (HPV)
- Hepatitis B and C viruses
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Human herpesvirus 8 (also known as Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus)
- Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1
Well, there’s a new member of the “Associated with Cancer Club” that potentially affects about one out of three people.
Here’s the scoop:
Obesity and cancer—more than a coincidence
A study published in The Lancet Oncology has shown that obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year.
The highest number of obesity-related cancers was in North America, with more than 110,000 (23 percent of the worldwide total), while the lowest number was in sub-Saharan Africa, with 7,300 cases (1.5 percent of the global total).
Women have more than double the risk of men. The analysis of the data showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 new cancers in women in 2012, as compared to 136,000 new cancers in men during 2012.
It ain’t no surprise
It’s been a well-known fact that obesity is associated with back and joint problems and is part of the “perfect storm” of conditions known as metabolic syndrome which increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Yet the obesity-cancer association may have some people scratching their heads.
Well, let me enlighten you because the link between obesity and cancer is anything but a surprise.
Obesity-cancer connection #1: Sugar
Consistently elevated blood sugar (frequently seen in obese people) causes repeated releases of insulin from the pancreas, and if blood sugar and insulin levels remain elevated for a long time, it can lead to inflammation.
Tumor cells use inflammation as a signal to multiply—and that especially includes malignant tumors.
In addition, sugar also feeds the harmful bacteria in your gut and can cause them to overcome your friendly bacteria. When this happens, your immune system is greatly hampered.
Since your immune system protects you against cancer, that also increases your risk.
Obesity-cancer connection #2: Salt
H. pylori infection (the infection that causes most ulcers) is associated with increased cancer risk.
Well, that risk shoots up exponentially when people with H. pylori also have a high-salt diet!
A study done at Vanderbilt University showed an explosive increase in stomach cancer risk for people who have H. pylori and eat a high salt diet (especially fast and processed foods—and sadly, this is the typical diet of a large number of obese people).
Obesity-cancer connection #3: Fiber
In addition to being loaded with sugar and salt, the Standard American Diet which is typical to many obese and overweight people is also severely lacking in fiber.
It’s a known fact that fiber is associated with a decreased risk of cancers, especially colon cancer.
This is the reason why Sub-Saharan Africa showed the lowest incidence of obesity-related cancers like I mentioned above. The traditional African diet is loaded with fiber, so their low cancer rate should be no surprise.
Potential life-saving measures you can take
If you are overweight or obese, or just want to decrease your overall cancer risk, here are four very important, natural life-saving measures you can take:
Step 1: Keep it real
When you have a diet of real foods, not only are you helping your body to get all the crucial nutrients it so desperately needs to keep you healthy and strong, but you are also inherently limiting your salt and sugar intake and most importantly, naturally upping your fiber intake as well!
And the Great Taste No Pain system can guide you in achieving this very important goal.
(Or if you're gluten sensitive, Great Taste No Gluten.)
Both Great Taste No Pain and Great Taste No Gluten show you the easy steps on how to create luscious meals using nutritious REAL foods that you and your family will positively love.
And both systems show you how to pair foods together (known as food combining) to help encourage better digestion.
When your foods are more thoroughly broken down like they should be, this encourages better nutrient absorption and more regular bowel movements.
In other words, you can help your body become a far less attractive home for sickness and disease to fester.
In addition, better nourishment and the lower calorie intake from real foods can also help you drop excess weight and keep it off.
Step 2: Balance your intestinal flora
For anyone who has had a typical processed food diet, chances are excellent that the beneficial bacteria in your gut have taken a hit and are outnumbered by harmful bacteria (a condition known as dysbiosis).
That can eventually lead to a weakened immune system, impaired digestion, poor nutrient absorption and anything-but-regular bowel movements.
All calling cards for cancer to come knocking!
But you can help replenish your supply of friendly bacteria by supplementing with a high quality probiotic formula like Super Shield.
Super Shield contains 13 strains of potent, top-grade probiotic bacteria. These little powerhouses go to work immediately in your gut, helping to beef up your population of beneficial, disease-fighting bacteria, strengthening your gut wall, enhancing digestion and crowding out harmful pathogens.
And if H. pylori is a problem for you, Super Shield is your ticket!
Studies have established that certain Lactobacillus strains -- L. acidophilus, L. salivarius and L. casei -- can help DESTROY H. pylori!
And all three of those strains are in Super Shield.
Step 3: Move it
Nothing helps you shed excess pounds and expel disease-causing toxic wastes better than regular exercise.
Stop making excuses not to exercise. Instead get your doc’s OK (especially if exercise has not been a part of your life for a while or ever) and get your derriere moving.
Step 4: Get enough anti-inflammatory Omega-3 EFAs
Inflammation is an instigator behind cancer and can signal tumor cells to multiply.
Unfortunately, our Standard American Diet happens to be anemic when it comes to inflammation-fighting Omega-3 essential fatty acids. At the same time, we are getting inundated with inflammation-causing Omega-6 EFA from our diets.
But a high quality, Omega-3 oil formula like VitalMega-3 can help you achieve the very important goal of getting enough of Nature’s anti-inflammatories.
Just 2 capsules a day gives you a healthy 2,000 mg of the purest, medical grade fish oil including 1,200 mg EPA, DHA and other inflammation-taming Omega-3 fatty acids.