Men’s Health Month

 

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Top 4 Cancers you can Prevent and Manage

Men’s Health Month is acknowledged across North America every June and this year the Friday before Fathers’ Day, the17th, is Wear Blue day.

The goal of Men’s Health Month is to increase the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.  This month promotes and encourages men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease.

Cancer is a leading cause of death for men second to Heart disease.  This month we’re going to talk about the three most prevalent cancers in men and what you can do to help prevent developing cancer and strategies to manage symptoms if you already have a particular cancer.

A cancer diagnosis should be taken as a warning that something else is wrong in the patient’s overall health and that further attention is necessary to various systems.

Unfortunately, very few doctors today have com­prehensive programs designed to reverse underlying fac­tors that lead to prostate cancer and others. The typical aging person doesn’t know about lifestyle changes, drugs, and nutrients that may keep an inactive cancer confined.

To take control of your health you must be willing to invest in the time needed to help yourself.  You are worth it!

Although Prevention is the key to being completely victorious over cancer most people have no interest or desire to understand this concept until the harsh reality of a cancer battle is present.  With this in mind here are some general dietary guidelines, every man should implement into their daily life, followed by more specific suggestions based on the cancer type.

Dietary

  • Eliminate/reduce all forms of Sugar. This includes white sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, brown sugar, beet sugar, icing sugar, molasses etc.
  • Eat more fiber rich foods such as whole grains, vegetables and some fruit. Brassica’s such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage are highly beneficial due to their higher levels of cancer fighting nutrients.  A word of caution:  If you have stage three or four cancer fruit should be kept to one serving per day and should be low glycemic.
  • Avoid Bad Fats such as those found in: fried foods (including fries, doughnuts and deep fried foods), margarine, vegetable shortening and oils, baked foods (cookies, cakes, pastries) especially if pre-packaged, processed snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn).
  • Avoid/reduce Meat and Dairy intake. Meat is high in saturated fat, contains pesticides, antibiotics and hormones and is harder to digest.  A high meat diet promotes the growth of specific intestinal bacteria that causes more reabsorption of estrogen through the intestinal wall. Dairy – contains environmental toxins, are difficult to digest and are considered high allergens meaning they put additional stress on your immune system.
  • Include Healthy Fats, “in moderation”, such as avocado’s, cold pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil, organic butter, Wild salmon, trout & haddock, nuts and seeds, chia and flax seeds.
  • Avoid GMO foods. Animal studies link GMO’s to organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders. The practice of creating GMOs requires injecting the DNA of one species into another to develop certain characteristics. Unfortunately, this manipulation created unexpected repercussions.
  • Eat Organic and Local as much as possible. By doing so you will reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and gain more nutritional value.
  • Exercise – In study after study Physical Activity has been shown to be beneficial to not only prevent cancer Nu Healings Nutrition Ottawa but plays an important role in recovery and avoiding recurrence. It is a critical component of energy balance and strongly influences health.   Not only is exercise essential for prevention of cancer but several studiesshow the relationship between exercise, rehabilitation and quality of life in cancer patients. Both the American and Canadian Cancer Society recommend physical activity.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of pure water – The best rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces per day and more if you exercise, are in the heat or sweat. As an >example if you are a 190 lb. man, you should aim to drink at least 95 ounces per day or 2.8 liters. Pure water refers to water that is free of chlorine, >fluoride and other chemicals.  Water is not only essential to most bodily functions, including digestion, absorption and circulation but necessary to removing toxins from your body through excretion via kidneys and colon.

Targeted recommendations

Prostate Cancer

  • Top quality Men’s Multi Vitamin and Mineral No matter how well you think your diet is it’s very difficult to get all the essential nutrients your body requires on a daily basis.  A good multi will help address deficiencies.  I prefer the “ Food based” ones as they are recognized as food by your body and therefore better absorbed.  Also, much better quality.  Try one of these:  Mega Food available in ONE daily over 40, over 55 or regular.  New Chapter or Garden of Life brands.
  • Lycopene Nu Healings Nutrition Ottawa  – Found in high quantities in tomatoes.  Many studies show the benefits of lycopene in prevention and CAM (Complimentary Alternative Medicine) treatment of prostate cancer.  Supplement with 15-30mg daily with food.
  • Use organic and grown locally if possible for freshness and quality. Using cooked tomatoes as often as possible releases the cancer fighting properties of this “fruit”.  Never store in the refrigerator and avoid canned due to the BPA in the can linings which is toxic especially since tomatoes are acidic.
  • Vitamin DDeficiency of this “sunshine” vitamin is strongly associated with Prostate cancer as well as most others. Have your doctor check your levels or pay for it yourself at the lab. Simply have the doctor check the box.  In Canada the cost is around $35 or, receive a home test kit from D Action Study sent to your home. 
    • Ideally, you’ll want your level to be around 70-100 ng/ml (US) or 175-250nmol/L (CAD) if you have cancer. That means 5000-8000IU daily with food. The recommended RDI is a base amount and not sufficient for a society that avoids the sun at all costs. Read more here: http://bit.ly/24NfdmA
  • Green Tea Drink this often (4-6 cups) throughout the day and take as a supplement Green tea has anti-Nu Healings Nutrition Ottawa inflammatory properties and the polyphenols and flavonoids in the tea are COX-2 inhibitors.  Researchers at the Mayo Clinic showed that consuming green tea inhibits cancer growth.  Use a Supplement with high EGCG at a dosage of at least 725-1450mg/day especially if you don’t drink it.
    • Note* as always drink Organic only as this product is usually from China and will contain environmental toxins.
  • Selenium is protective against many types of cancer, promotes apoptosis (cell death), is a powerful antioxidant and improves quality of life during aggressive cancer treatments. A selenium deficiency appears to increase the risk of prostate cancer for to five fold. Supplement with 200-400mcg daily with food.

Colorectal cancer

  • Top quality Men’s” Multi Vitamin and Mineral supplement. No matter how well you think your diet is it’s very difficult to get all the essential nutrients your body requires on a daily basis.  A good multi will help address deficiencies.  I prefer the “Food based” ones as they are recognized as food by your body and therefore better absorbed.  Also, much better quality.  Try one of these:  Mega Food available in ONE daily over 40, over 55 or regular.  New Chapter or Garden of Life brands.
  • Vitamin DDeficiency of this “sunshine” vitamin is strongly associated with Prostate cancer as well asNu Healings Nutrition Ottawa most others. Have your doctor check your levels or pay for it yourself at the lab. Simply have the doctor check the box.  In Canada the cost is around $35 or, receive a home test kit from D Action Study sent to your home. 
    • Ideally, you’ll want your level to be around 70-100 ng/ml (US) or 175-250nmol/L (CAD) if you have cancer. That means 5000-8000IU daily with food. The recommended RDI is a base amount and not sufficient for a society that avoids the sun at all costs. Read more here: http://bit.ly/24NfdmA
  • Vitamin E is a family of eight compounds that are naturally occurring antioxidants able to neutralize free radicals.  Vitamin e has been shown to lessen colon cancer development by its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic processes.
    • Be sure your supplement contains all 8 forms of the vitamin especially Gamma Tocopherol (most active cancer preventive agent). One of the brands I choose is New Roots Vitamin E8.
  • Calcium – Higher calcium intake seems to lower the risk of developing colorectal cancer. The use of calcium alone or with Vit D appears to protect the mucosa of the colon and rectum as well as increasing apoptosis of epithelial cells.  Supplement with 1200mg daily and be sure to take with Vitamin D and K to ensure absorption and proper distribution.  Dietary sources of calcium should come only from Organic sources as dairy products are highly toxic containing hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and GMO’s.

Lung cancer

Important note* If you have never been a smoker or around smokers, have your home tested for Radon gas & asbestos and get tested for heavy metals (arsenic, nickel, chromium, iron oxide).

  • Top quality Men’s” Multi Vitamin and Mineral No matter how well you think your diet is it’s very Nu Healings Nutrition Ottawa difficult to get all the essential nutrients your body requires on a daily basis.  A good multi will help address deficiencies.  I prefer the “ Food based” ones as they are recognized as food by your body and therefore better absorbed.  Also, much better quality.  Try one of these:  Mega Food available in ONE daily over 40, over 55 or regular.  New Chapter or Garden of Life brands.

 

  • Vitamin DDeficiency of this “sunshine” vitamin is strongly associated with Prostate cancer as well as most others. Have your doctor check your levels or pay for it yourself at the lab.  Simply have the doctor check the box.  In Canada the cost is around $35 or, receive a home test kit from D Action Study sent to your home. 
    • Ideally, you’ll want your level to be around 70-100 ng/ml (US) or 175-250nmol/L (CAD) if you have cancer. That means 5000-8000IU daily with food. The recommended RDI is a base amount and not sufficient for a society that avoids the sun at all costs. Read more here: http://bit.ly/24NfdmA
  • QuercetinA flavonoid found in many foods such as grape skins, red onions, green tea and tomatoes.  It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect cell’s DNA from cancer-inducing alterations. Additionally quercetin helps control signaling pathways that are abnormal in cancer cells and inhibits the growth of lung cancer cellsTake 1000-3000mg daily.
  • Astragalus – This herb has been used for centuries in Asia and has immune- stimulating effects. It has been shown to increase the effect of white blood killer cells. Supplement with 2000-4000mg daily.

Regardless of the type of cancer you have, all the above recommendations can be implemented very safely and effectively.  These recommendations are only an introduction to dietary and CAM therapies and are by no means intended to replace the advice of a physician.

 

Sources:

Life Extension:  Disease Prevention and Treatment

Dr. Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/06/27/your-diet-can-reduce-your-risk-of-prostate-cancer.aspx

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