widespread campaigns and untold millions of dollars poured into research to try
to decrease the incidence of cancer, three things have been obvious for many
years; cancer is increasing in our population at a rate of more than one per
cent per year; cancer is a very serious and common disease; and, something in
our environment promotes cancer. While
a diet high in fats and animal products have been recognized as prime offenders
in causing many cancers, now comes evidence that common American beverages are
associated with the production of cancer in some organs—bladder, ovaries,
pancreas, breast, and prostate.
in 1979, reports began to appear in medical journals linking the use of common
beverages with lumpiness of the breasts. Coffee,
tea, cola drinks, and chocolate contain chemical substances called
methylxanthines, which are capable of increasing cell growth in the breasts of
susceptible women to cause fibrocystic breast disease.
This very common disease is responsible for about 90 percent of the
operations on the breast.
work by stimulating a certain chemical within the cell that controls growth
activity. This cellular chemical is
called cyclic AMP. It is normally
broken down by an enzyme after it has sent a brief growth signal into the cell.
However, caffeine, theophylline from tea, and theobromine from chocolate
block the destroying enzyme, jam the cyclic AMP signal in its “on” position,
causing the target cells to continue to grow.
It is estimated that over half of women with fibrocystic disease of the
breast will have a complete regression of the cystic lumps in the breast within
two months of stopping the use of coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate.
The prostate gland in men is very similar in cell composition to female
breast. It appears to respond in
the same way to the growth signal of cyclic AMP to cause benign prostatic
John P. Minton, of Ohio State University in Columbus,
performed the pioneer work in this area, and pointed out that women with
fibrocystic disease have four times the normal risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Minton reported more than five times as much cyclic AMP in malignant
breast tissue as in healthy breasts, and three times as much as in fibrocystic
lumps. Habitual overheating the
breasts further encourages the development of breast disease.
The two parts of the human body that normally remain cooler than other
parts are the female breasts, and the male scrotum.
The scrotum is carried in a relaxed position in hot weather, allowing the
testes to be separated from body heat, if the clothing is not restrictive.
In young boys, if a testis does not descend properly from the abdomen
into the scrotum, urologists will perform an operation to remove the testis, to
reduce the likelihood of cancer in that testis.
Overheating the female breasts, similarly, results in an increase in
disease of the breast. Since breast
cancer is four times more likely to occur in diseased breasts than in normal
breasts, it is desirable not to overclothe the breasts; and to engage vigorous
exercise daily to promote circulation, induce proper sweating, and encourage
cellular resistance to disease.
types of food one eats are prominent on the list of things that cause a craving
for alcoholic drinks. Several
animal studies indicate that the taste for ten percent alcohol solution is
influenced by the diet fed the animal. In
one laboratory, rats were fed a diet typical of many Americans.
When the rats were given the choice of water or ten percent alcohol
solution, they chose to drink five times more alcohol solution than a paired
group of rats fed a vegetarian control diet.
stabilizing the diet for ten weeks, the rats on the popular U.S. diet were
consuming an average of over 40 ml. of ten percent alcohol per 100 gm. body
weight per week. They were switched
to a vegetarian diet. Within one
week, the alcohol consumption had decreased to less than five ml. instead of 40
ml. as previously. In three weeks,
the rats had almost completely stopped drinking alcohol.
Then the popular U.S. diet was resumed.
Within four weeks they were back up to 40 ml.
On certain diets, the alcohol consumption could be doubled by simply
adding coffee, and quadrupled when coffee, sugar, and spices were added.
of the dulling effect on brain cells of toxic chemicals resulting from
fermentation (incomplete digestion), any practice that increases the buildup of
these toxins in the blood will promote poor memory, including eating between
meals or within several hours of going to bed as incomplete breakdown of foods
is much more likely to occur during the slower digestion of the evening,
especially during sleep. A study
done in Australia and reported at the World Cancer Congress in April, 1994, at
Sydney, Australia, showed that limiting eating to 6 hours a day, and fasting for
the other 18 hours could help prevent cancer.
During the 18 hours fasting period there is an increase in the body’s
corticosteroid levels which have an anti-inflammatory effect protecting against
cancer, asthma, allergies, arthritis, and probably other inflammatory types of
not drink generously of beverages or liquid foods at meals as the liquid portion
of the meal must be absorbed before digestion of the solid parts begins.
The delay leads to toxic fermentation.
Recipes that produce complex mixtures of foods are more likely to
initiate fermentation than single foods prepared simply.
variety of foods one uses at one meal should be small.
Especially, one should avoid combinations such as milk, sugar, and eggs,
which are much more likely to ferment when combined than when used separately.
Fruit-vegetable mixtures, for the same reasons, are also capable of
dulling the mind. Eat fruits at one
meal, and vegetables at the next. One
should never overeat, as overeating promotes toxic fermentation, and drains the
body of electrical energy in the attempt to process a large mass of undigested
food. Even non-toxic food chemicals
can make unions in the blood which have a deleterious effect on the functioning
prevent overeating, get up from the table knowing that you could comfortably
still eat more. Satisfy only
hunger, not appetite. Since
disease, disability, and early death, are much less when food intake is low,
maintain the lowest caloric intake at which your weight is stable and your
strength is still good. People have
lived successfully following this rule for many centuries.
digestive tract prepares itself to receive a meal.
Beginning with the salivary glands, the entire digestive tract prepares
the digestive juices to be of good strength and adequate in quantity.
This preparation requires a tremendous expenditure of chemical and
physical energy on the part of the body. If
a regular mealtime pattern has been developed, the preparation for meals will be
made precisely on time. If the meal
is delayed, or is more than an hour early, the preparation for digestion will be
out of synchrony with the meals, causing expenditure of energy to be lost, which
weakens the body, makes it more susceptible to infections, and promotes
incomplete digestion of food. Eating
between meals, even nibbling a few peanuts, causes stagnation of food in the
order to avoid stomach and bowel disease, the stomach needs to finish its work
in 3-1/2 to 4 hours after the meal and rest for an hour or two while getting
recharged for the next meal; therefore, one should allow 5 or more hours from
the end of one meal to the beginning of the next, with nothing eaten between.
people eat between meals, they are less likely to obtain a balanced diet,
according to studies that have been done among university students.
The more frequent the between meal snacking, the greater the development
of cavities. The number of cavities
per year can be predicted with fair accuracy by counting the number of snacks
taken each day. Both overweight and
underweight are more common in snackers. Allergies
are more common among those who snack between meals.
a third meal is taken at all, it should be light and early, and described as
supper. A light meal would be
equivalent to a piece of bread and a small dish of fruit.
One should not go to bed with undigested food in the stomach.
Heavy foods empty slowly from the stomach, fats and salt being the
slowest. Other deleterious
practices are eating too fast, large bites, and poor chewing.
Still others are the use of hot or irritating spices, vinegar, and other
fermented foods including cheese.
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