Bowel disease and what we eat

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Bowel disease, diet and migration

Dr. Denis Burkitt is a British surgeon who taught and practiced medicine for 25 years in Africa. He said: “There is virtually no bowel disease in rural Africa. I never saw one patient in 20 years of surgical practice”. However when you move Africans to the USA and they start eating the Standard American Diet (SAD), they have the highest rates of bowel cancer of any ethnic group in America. Their genes have not changed, as human genes have not changed for 200,000 years. The only changes made have been diet and lifestyle changes revealing that the Standard American Diet is deadly (again, the ‘high-meat, rich in sugar, highly-processed and low-fibre modern diet’). It triggers your genes to express themselves differently. Therefore, a race that has almost zero bowel diseases on their own traditional rural-based diet and lifestyle, has the #1 rates of bowel cancer in America on the Standard American Diet. The highest bowel cancer rates are in New Zealand where the majority of the public live on ‘high-meat, rich in sugar, highly-processed and low-fibre modern diet’. The highest European incidence of the disease for men is in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (all on a similar diet). The lowest incidence, for both sexes, is in Cyprus and Greece where they eat a local, plant-based, high-fibre, wholefood Mediterranean diet.

The vast and genuine independent research confirms it

Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Dr Raju Kucherlapati is from the Worldwide Cancer Genome Atlas Project. This is a study for the comprehensive understanding of the genetic and genomic changes in 25 major cancers. He says:

“Most cancers are the result of genetic changes that occur during the lifetime of an individual. This does not affect future generations”. This is one of the foremost genetic experts in the world confirming that most cancers are not inherited from your parents, but actually created throughout your own lifetime.

The 351-page World Cancer Report Issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), is the most comprehensive global examination ever done on cancer. It said: “As developing countries succeed in achieving lifestyles similar to New Zealand, they will encounter much higher breast and colon cancer rates. There is no region in the world that has a high incidence of breast cancer without a concurrent colon cancer burden”.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) scientists said: “People feel confused about cancer prevention because it can seem like a new study is published every week that suggests that a substance either causes or prevents cancer. People can be confident that our recommendations are the most evidence-based information on cancer prevention available anywhere in the world. No amount of processed meat is safe for human health. The more meat you eat; the more heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, cancer and coronary problems you suffer…”

The Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee Report said “Most breast cancers occur in people with no family history, so environmental factors – broadly defined – must play a major role in the etiology of the disease. Prevention is the key to reducing the emotional, physical, and financial burden of breast cancer. We have the potential to prevent a substantial number of new cases of this disease in the 21st century. Regulatory agencies could better deal with modifying social and lifestyle factors linked to breast cancer”. The committee defined the ‘environment’ broadly as lifestyle and behavior, such as “alcohol and exercise…”

Even 45+ years ago, in 1971, the National Cancer Review found “genetics determines 2%-3% of total cancer risk”.

Cancer genes are triggered by diet, lifestyle and environment

The following is a selection of quotes from world renowned epidemiologists, scientists, geneticists, doctors, surgeons and cancer experts on how cancer is mostly about what we do every day, and not about our genes, genetics, hereditary factors or family histories.

“The genes have been there for thousands of years, but if cancer rates are changing in a lifetime, that doesn’t have much to do with genes”
Harvard Cancer Specialist Dr. Michelle Holmes says

“The huge breast and bowel cancer growth is mostly due to Western lifestyles, it’s a
misconception that nothing can be done”
Scientists in the Lancet Oncology.
“We didn’t expect to find that eating fruit and vegetables would prove to be so important in protecting men against cancer”

Professor Max Parkin, Cancer Research UK epidemiologist based at Queen Mary, University of London, commenting on the most comprehensive ‘diet and lifestyle cancer study’ undertaken as published by the British Journal of Cancer, December 2011. 

“Less than 10% of breast cancer appears to have a genetic basis. For prevention of breast cancer, limiting alcohol is one of the most important things that you can do”

Sally Scroggs, MS, RD, LD and Clare McKinley, RD, LD, at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the leading cancer hospitals in the world.

“At this point, diet is considered the No. 1 breast cancer carcinogen…”

Dr. Charles Shapiro, Director of Breast Medical Oncology, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

“A significant increase in the risk of breast cancer is already present at one drink per day. From a cancer-prevention point of view it is best not to drink at all”
Summary from 133 studies covering 121,000 breast cancer cases.

What are the current cancer numbers worldwide?

    • Cancer is now the #1 killer in Australia & UK (ahead of heart disease)
    • Over 7,500 people die every day in China now from cancer
    • Over 25% of all European Union deaths are now cancer-related
    • In 1900 cancer was a rare disease – now kills 1 in 8 worldwide
    • Men now have 3x the cancer rate of their grandfathers
    • Breast cancer in 1960; 1-in-20 (on a better diet, lifestyle and environment)
    • Breast cancer in 2015; 1-in-7 (on the modern diet, lifestyle and environment)
    • Prostate cancer has risen 500% since 1980
    • Cancer incidence worldwide is increasing by 15% every year
    • Cancer is dramatically increasing in the 20-34 age group worldwide
    • Preventable lifestyle cancers will grow 70% over the next 20 years
    • Drink 100g of alcohol daily and your liver cancer risk is up to nine times higher than a non-drinker. Liver cancer is fatal in 98% of cases worldwide.


What diet & lifestyle choices are currently listed by Cancer Research UK as the Top 10 causes of cancer?

    • Cigarettes (first, second and third-hand smoking)
    • Being obese or overweight
    • Meat (listed in numbers 3, 8 and 10)
    • Low fibre or ‘low carb’ diets
    • Low fruit and vegetable intake
    • Alcohol

What are the Top Six causes of bowel cancer?

    • Eating meat
    • A low fibre diet
    • Alcohol intake (no amount is safe)
    • Being overweight
    • Cigarette exposure
    • Lack of exercise

So what do we know and what can we do?

Cancer goes through five very basic stages from Initiation to Promotion to Progression to Proliferation to Host Death. Initiation is when a carcinogen is introduced into the body environment such as cigarette smoke, alcohol, meat, asbestos or large amounts of added sugar through processed and refined foods. This is then absorbed into the blood and transported to the cells. It then bonds to cellular DNA turning a normal cell into a cancer cell. Pre-cancer ‘Initiation’ is preventable obviously by avoiding known carcinogens (cancer-causing diet, lifestyle or environmental elements).

Cancer promotion occurs when this cell divides and creates daughter cells and this genetic damage is reproduced. Promotion can be strongly influenced by the state of your biological terrain. Promotion is reversible (depending on the health of your body terrain), which is also dependent on your diet, lifestyle habits and environment. Oxidative stress, DNA damage, inflammation & the modern diet all drive cancer growth up. A plant-based wholefood diet, Regular Intelligent Fasting® and smart, educated lifestyle and environmental choices, all drive cancer growth down and dramatically and instantly lower your risk of being diagnosed with the top cancer killers.

The Exceptional Health Company Advice

We make no claims about curing cancer – that is ethically inappropriate (as we are still learning so much every day about cancer) and against the law. However what we can say is that we specialise in teaching you how to live a long, healthy life, free of drugs and disease. Firstly and most importantly, diet and lifestyle is crucial. We encourage you to support your immune and digestive/liver health through optimum food choices and if needed, then ongoing holistic nutritional and naturopathic support. If your digestion system and liver are strong and working efficiently it will really maximise your body’s ability to find, fight and remove cancer cells.

TIP: Restricting or avoiding alcohol is perhaps one of the most powerful actions that you can take to support the liver and bowel.

We teach you how to eat plant-based wholefoods that are delicious, nutritious, simple to make, and rich in health-enhancing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will significantly improve your health.

TIP: Follow the longest lived centenarian cultures habits, such as a plant-based wholefood diet, rich in vegetables, legumes (lentils, beans, tofu, and tempeh), fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Add beverages and herbs high in antioxidants such as natural green tea, fresh berries, turmeric, thyme, oregano, sage, mint and rosemary, alongside daily salads and leafy greens, and when fasting; fresh vegetable juices.

We support you to learn and master Regular Intelligent Fasting® as this is key to rebooting and rebuilding your digestive track, bowel and liver health and your all-important immune system.

TIP: A good way to get prepared for dietary changes or fasting is to plan your meals a week ahead and make sure you have all the ingredients at the ready. We will support and help this process.

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