Pharmaceuticals in drinking water
Investigating the new wave of pollutants entering our waterways and drinking water
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The treatment plants allow 2/3rds. of the chemicals through.
Dr Robert Laurence MD from the John Hopkins school of public health quotes, “We are swimming in a sea of chemical soup from the deadly mix of the chemical compounds.”
The experts are worried because the Endocrine Disruptors found in our water causes lower sperm counts. They also still do not know what safe levels are.
They still will need years to figure out what happens to us when for example PCB's get mixed with hormones and other chemicals found in our water.
Many of our rivers we cannot swim in or eat the fish so what gives the municipalities the right to tell us the water is safe to drink?
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Cancer can be prevented
Prevention is the key
Billions of dollars have been spent over the last few decades trying to find a cure for cancer.
The effort so far has been fruitless other than some therapies that severely abuse the body by subjecting it to controlled doses of poison such as chemotherapy or radiation. Both of which have long-term destructive effects on the body as well as unbelievable and often unbearable side effects.
Despite all of this, cancer is in most cases preventable. We know that it is not a disease but a dysfunction brought about by the ingestion of poisonous chemicals into our bodies in the water we drink, the air we breathe and the improperly prepared food we eat. All of this leads to the breakdown of our body's natural immune system that have for centuries worked well to protect us against bacteria and naturally occurring contaminants. But the abuse of our air, water and food resources with man-made chemicals have led to a greater occurrence of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and so many more life threatening disorders.
Six main points we will cover in detail:
• Avoid Toxins
• Slow Down
• Change your Diet
• Supplements and Antioxidants
• Control your thoughts (You are what you think about)
Eleven facts about cancer you should know:
SOURCE: WORLD CANCER RESEARCH FUND
||Every person has cancer cells in their body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
||Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
||When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors
||When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
||To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen = 20 the immune system.
||Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
||Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
||Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
||When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
||Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
||An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.
Some of the world's leading experts in nutrition epidemiology have cast a resounding vote in the decades-long debate between treating or preventing cancer: Prevention wins.
There are 6 main points in cancer prevention.
1. Avoid Toxins
Water – There are over 2300 know toxins
in our water and scientists are now getting even more concerned about the long term effects of the mixes of them. Many people are under the impression that chlorine in water causes cancer. Their correct, but it is mainly the by-products of chlorine that gives you cancer. When chlorine reacts to organic matter in the water it creates Trihalomethanes and Haloacetates, which have been proven to be carcinogenic. Fluoride, which is added to the water supply of most municipalities to help cut down on tooth decay in children, is a possible carcinogen. The Journal of Epidemiology, in 2001, linked fluoride as the genetic cause of cancer.
Drinking 8 glasses of purified water daily DECREASES the risk of:
- colon cancer by 45%,
- breast cancer by 79%,
- bladder cancer by 50% and
- rectal cancer by 38%.
Water also assists the kidneys in eliminating harmful salts, toxins and wastes and carries nutrients and oxygen to all the cells in the body. Very important in keeping a strong immune system.
According to the American Journal of Epidemiology bathing and showering in municipal treated water will increase you risk of cancer by 57 percent. The solution is a whole house filter or a shower filter to remove toxic chemicals.
Air – Smoking. I don't have to tell you about this but recent finding have found that second hand smoke can be 40 times worst. Second hand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, including over 40 that are linked to cancer.
The American Lung Association explains that an air purifier is the best way to clean indoor air because it is able to remove these harmful contaminants. The Lung Association review of studies links indoor air pollutants to a string of ailments -- from difficult breathing and wheezing to asthma, respiratory infections, bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer. A Health Canada study estimates that the five common air pollutants -- carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and fine particulate matter -- kill 5,900 people a year in eight big Canadian cities. A study from the EPA states that the number of deaths from lung cancer increases by 8 percent for every 10 micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter.
We breathe in up to 20.000 litres of air a day. Don't you think that the 2 heaping tablespoons of pollutants can affect our health? Having a quality water and air purifier in your home just makes sense. Either you use a filter or you ARE the filter.
Metal toxins from your cookware - Even at a very low level, heavy metal ions can cause serious health effects, including reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, and in extreme cases, death. The most common heavy metal toxins are aluminum, arsenic , cadmium, lead, and mercury. Only surgical stainless steel cookware gives off zero metal oxides into your foods.
Pesticides and Herbicides – Organic meat and produce is readily available in most grocery stores now. For the extra 10% to 20% cost it is far more worthwhile than you can imagine. I recently attended an Organic Farmers fair and was surprised to learn that many of them take organic very seriously. I used to be a bit sceptical at just how organic the foods really were. I was surprised and relieved at the measures they take to make the soils and produce full of minerals and free from toxic poisons.
I have a farmer grow a cow for me every year. It goes from mother's milk to grass and never sees a needle. My baby cow does not contain livestock antibiotics, growth hormones or parasites. It costs far less than what I would pay for in a store and I give most of it away as red meat is also not the best for you if you eat it too often. Free roaming chicken and their eggs along with fresh fish are the main meats you should have to avoid cancer. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
Also just use your logic. No plastic containers or plastic wrap in the microwave. (Best not to use one at all) No plastic water bottles in the freezer. Use stainless steel or glass for drinking and storage. *
2. Slow Down
Ever hear the expression ‘Stop and smell the roses'? Are you type that jumps out of bed when the alarm goes off giving you just enough time to get ready for work, put pack a coffee, fight rush hour traffic then deal with a stressful job?
Stress can have a serious effect on your health. Slow down and take the needed breaks. I know some people who practice TM (Transcendental Meditation) and a 20 minute session feels like they've slept for 4 hours. Yoga is also a great way to release stress and get your body into a relaxed state.
3. Change your Diet
A report, issued by the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research, based on an exhaustive review of nearly 7,000 scientific studies into whether cancer rates are influenced by diet, obesity and exercise, concludes that cancer "is mostly preventable," estimating that about one-third of all cases in advanced countries like Canada could be eliminated by diets that aren't loaded with fatty, sugary foods, by people exercising regularly and, if they are obese, by slimming down to an appropriate weight. Among the cancers with links to these factors are those of the breast, prostate, mouth and colon.
Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. Take time to have a nutritious breakfast. If you don't have a lot of time mix some Muslix with organic yogurt and throw some fruit on top. Ideally use blueberries, as they are high in antioxidants. Simple and fast.
Juicing – Absolutely the best way to start your day.
Organic meat, vegetables, eggs and milk –
Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soymilk, cancer cells are being starved.
Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
Whether you cook your vegetables by boiling, steaming or microwaving, you are bringing the temperature to over 100 degrees and losing all the nutritional value. Cook you vegetables in the Vacumatic cookware. When cooking Vacumatically the temperature does not exceed 72 degrees and thus retains all the vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Go HERE for more details.
Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Prepare Green tea with HOT, not Boiling Water. Boiling water makes Green tea bitter.
Water - best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled and RO water is acidic, avoid it.
Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
You are what you eat.
Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, an epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a member of an expert panel that oversaw the writing of the report. Also on the panel were such nutrition luminaries as the Harvard School of Public Health's Walter Willett, said scientific evidence strongly supports the estimate that poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise cause one out of three cancers. "I definitely feel confident that it's at least that much," she said.
To encourage more physical activity, the report says society should place less emphasis on elite professional sports that lead people to be sedentary spectators, and instead develop entertainment that inspires everyone to be physically active. It says cities should be designed for walking and cycling, rather than the current practice of promoting automobile use through road expansion.
The Canadian Cancer Society supports the report's approach, saying Canada needs a two-pronged strategy for dealing with cancer that involves both individual action and public-policy interventions that help people reduce their cancer risk.
5. Supplements and Antioxidants
Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells. For years I have been drinking a tea called Taheebo, or Pau D'arco as it is called in South America. It's an unusual taste but this tea made from the inner bark of an unusual tree grown in South America is a very strong antioxidant. I'm also a firm believer in the health benefits of the juices sold by many of the multi-level companies. I call it my liquid vitamins. There are many quality ones to choose from such as Goji Juice, Intra, Mangostien, etc. They're all great and loaded with antioxidants.
6. Control your thoughts
Never underestimate the power of the mind. Hypochondriacs do get sick more often mainly because they believe they are. One of the most profound statements I have ever heard was ‘You are what you think about'. Many books have been written on the subject. The most recent was ‘The Secret'. It's very simple. If you believe something strongly enough it can become reality. I've tested this theory many times and am constantly amazed at how it seems to keep working.
If you can see yourself with cancer and you're always worrying that you will get it, you may end up getting your wish. On the other hand if you regularly visualize yourself as the healthy individual who will live past 100 years of age, this may happen as well . ‘Whatever the mind can believe and conceive, it can achieve.'
DO NOT underestimate the power of your subconscious mind.
Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
Bottom line, Prevention is the best cure!!!
|U.S. estimates of cancers that can be prevented with appropriate nutrition and physical activity:
|Mouth, pharynx, larynx: 63%
|Total average for these cancers: 34%